10th Oct2018

WWE Week in Review (Oct 1st – Oct 7th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this edition of the WWE Week In Review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have lots of excellent wrestling matches to cover, so let’s do so.

Worst Promo:

A Moment Of Boredom (Raw) – Alexa Bliss was in one of those “A Moment of Bliss” vignettes that are performed well, but still manage to be dull… like most of today’s television shows (The Wire was boring, too).

Best Promo:

Ciampa’s Promise (NXT) – Tommaso Ciampa pledged to destroy Velveteen Dream if he got in his way. This was a good old-fashioned declaration of war and made Velveteen Dream interesting for the first time in his career.

Worst Moment:

Thundersucked (Super Show Down) – Elias played Thunderstruck before a match. I don’t know if you know this, but Elias can’t sing… and this is a wrestling show.

Best Moment:

Your Team Left (Raw) – As a promo, this was average until the end, but when Kevin Owens and Elias struck a nerve about the crowd’s sports team leaving, they roared their anger for about six minutes and gave this more momentum than any promo that’s happened since CM Punk’s pipe-bomb from Raw in 2011.

Worst Trend:

The Wrong Main Event (Raw, Smackdown, NXT and Super Show Down) – Each of these cards featured lack-luster main events that prevented the right match from closing the card. For example, we had AJ Styles and Samoa Joe for the WWE World Title being smacked out of their proper place on the card in favor of Dr. Vowel and The Mortician… for the last time… this month.

Best Trend:

Good Wrestling Every-Where (205 Live, NXT, Smackdown, Mae Young Classic and Super Show Down) – There were a lot of excellent matches all over these cards. You can’t have any better trend than that.

Worst Match:

Randy Orton versus Tye Dillinger (Smackdown) – This was a 0 out of 5. Nothing happened but some quick brawl that had already happened last week. This was not a Perfect 10! That’s right! I know Tye’s catch-phrase! I’m not afraid to screw with it! Poor bastards.

Best Match:

10. Lacey Evans versus Candice LeRae (NXT)
9. Kevin Owens versus Bobby Lashley (Raw)
8. Shelton Benjamin versus Daniel Bryan (Smackdown)
7. Akira Tozawa versus Gentleman Jack Gallagher (205 Live)
6. Kalisto versus TJP (205 Live)
5. Johnny Gargano versus Tony Nese (NXT)
4. The Shield versus Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler (Super Show Down)
3. WWE Champion AJ Styles versus Samoa Joe (Super Show Down)
2. Buddy Murphy versus Cedric Alexander to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (Super Show Down)

1. Meiko Satomura versus Mercedes Martinez (Mae Young Classic)

This was a hell of a match that I had given a 4.5 out of 5. All of the dinks like me from the other wrestling sites seemed to like this match, so maybe there’s some-thing going on here… or we’re all morons.

Worst Wrestler:

Triple H (Super Show Down) – I’m happy to sit down and watch a Triple H match in 2018, but not when he is cutting off the rest of the roster and not when he performs like a jabroni (I used the damn word).

Best Wrestler:

Meiko Satomura (Mae Young Classic) – That’s right! Meiko kicked ass! Before I break the exclamation point button on this thing, I’ll just say that this match she had on the MYC was validation for all of her years of hard work and ought to punch her ticket to any-where she wants to go.

Worst Show:

Mixed Match Challenge – This was a lousy wrestling card. It got a 1.5 out of 5. Do you wanna go watch and find out? It’s your funeral.

Best Show:

205 Live – While tied with the Mae Young Classic with a 3.5 out of 5, this edition of the cruiserweight brand was simple yet exciting. There are times when 205 Live can be very boring, but when it’s good, it’s damn good, which was the case this week.

Final Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a week that had its fair share of failures, but it was able to sneak in some great wrestling every so often, so you can’t help but crack a smile at the end of it all, even if it is bitter-sweet in a way.


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