27th Dec2018

The Last Week In Wrestling #11 (Wrestling Round-Up)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this edition of The Last Week In Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a post-Christmas column dedicated to… the last week in wrestling. I was trying to be clever, but if you’ve ever read any of my stuff on Nerdly, then you know I don’t usually make that far down the track. Also, we’re adding a few new awards to the column, so break out the good china. Well, here comes Santa Claus and an elbow drop from the top turnbuckle. Ho Ho Slam!

Best Promo:

Declaration Of War (Becky Lynch) – On Smackdown, Becky Lynch told anyone listening that she wants to fight Ronda Rousey. There was nothing fancy here, but promos don’t need to be anything but effective to get the job done. I wouldn’t be surprised if Becky and Ronda get the main event of Wrestlemania delivered to them on a silver platter thanks to promos like this.

Best Moment:

Canada Rocks (Raw) – On Raw, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were revealed to be on their way back to action in the near future. Raw definitely needs to have some big stars back to kick some ass while putting some in some seats, so this is good news to most of us.

Best Move:

Pele Kick (Andrew Everett) – Andrew Everett did a two-footed Pele Kick. It was $#@!&?; cool! Everett had a really good showing in his match with Dezmond Xavier, but doing a tow-footed Pele Kick was like taking a piece of cheesecake and bathing it in a golden caramel sauce before you shower it with raspberries and a fresh, velvet crème… I want some damn cheesecake! Any-way, this was a great move and it deserves to be remembered.

Best Personality:

Vince McMahon (Raw and Smackdown) – Vince can be a bit over the top when he appears on TV, but he did really well here. Since the whole idea behind this award is to recognize the best non-wrestling performer of the week, then honoring a week where Vince actually chose subtlety instead of the anvil to the head approach his promos usually take isn’t a bad way to go.

Best Character:

Becky Lynch (Smackdown) – Lynch has been a great character over the past several months and this week was no exception. Eric Bischoff recently said he likes the way Becky Lynch talks on the internet, so don’t take my word for it. If you didn’t know I was the loser that tried to buy TNA/Impact through Indiegogo, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking I was secretly Levar Burton. You know… my word for it? Anyway, Becky has really become something great this year and she seems poised to end 2018 on a high note, if this week was any indication.

Best Performance:

Santana (Impact Wrestling) – There were a lot of great performances this week, but Santana just barely took it away from everybody else with his best wrestling in Impact so far against Fenix.

Best Wrestler:

AJ Styles (Smackdown and Tribute To The Troops) – AJ did a great job this week and proved, once again, that Vince was out of his mind when he didn’t give AJ a go a decade ago.

Best Card:

Raw – It’s not every day that I get to say that Raw had the best card of the week, but that is the case this time. Raw had a strong card that turned out quite well for every-body, so there you go.

Best Show:

Major League Wrestling – The card was good, but it was the wrestling’s quality and the presentation of the card that made this into a good show. The main event was handled like the spectacle that it was and this whole show felt very unique.

Best League:

WWE – It wasn’t a perfect week, but Vince and his goofy family did a nice job injecting some life into their broadcasts, so why not give them some credit?

Best Match:

10. Hijo de LA Park versus DJZ – (Major League Wrestling) – 3

9. Dezmond Xavier versus Andrew Everett – (Major League Wrestling) – 3

8. Akira Tozawa & The Brian Kendrick versus Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher – Street Fight Match – (205 Live) – 3

7. AJ Styles & Seth Rollins versus Daniel Bryan & Dean Ambrose – (Tribute To The Troops) – 3

6. Trevor Lee versus Trey Miguel – (Impact Wrestling) – 3

5. Santana versus Fenix – (Impact Wrestling) – 3.5

4. Tom Lawlor versus Simon Gotch – No Ropes, No Holds Barred Match – (Major League Wrestling) – 3.5

3. AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali versus Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas – (Smackdown) – 3.5

2. Johnny Gargano versus Aleister Black (Steel Cage Match) – (NXT) – 4

1. Women’s Gauntlet Match – (Raw) – 4.5

My Take: Earlier this year, the men had a great Gauntlet and now the women got their shot at one and did just as well. The women were given the main event and did better than you can ever hope for, so congratulations to the women for having a great match.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a good week for wrestling, thanks to some excellent main events and some big moments happening when they were needed most.

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