05th Feb2019

The Last Week In Wrestling #16 (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 Imhotep must not be awakened or the 10 Plagues of Egypt shall destroy the world! Does that look as stupid as it felt to write it? I’d erase it but the budget still isn’t large enough to make a purchase of the delete button possible. Anyway, we have a bunch of stuff to get to, so let’s get to it.

Best Promo:

Resist and Refuse (Impact) – Rich Swann and Sami Callihan were involved in another good promo that saw Swann choose to not join oVe. This feud is slowly turning into some-thing that has big potential, but we’re also only still in the beginning of it all.

Best Moment:

The Man Gets Her Due (WWE) – At the Royal Rumble, Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble in a moment that felt like a second chance at doing the right thing for the first time. I remember all of the times that Daniel Bryan was and likely will still be denied his chance to be the star of the WWE. When Becky won the Royal Rumble, she was given the shot at glory that people like Bryan and AJ Styles or CM Punk have been denied in some form, in addition to the likes of Rey Mysterio or Goldberg among others. Becky has been the crowd favorite for some time and it’s great to see her get rewarded with the title shot at Wrestlemania.

Best Move:

Spring-Board Flip (Impact) – Rich Swann wrestled El Hijo del Vikingo and, at one point, made the move in question of the guard-rail in magnificent fashion.

Best Personality:

Melissa Santos (Impact) – Melissa’s debut was a success as the league’s new interviewer. Melissa Santos will thrive if she can keep her performances consistent with the one she gave this week.

Best Character:

Killer Kross (Impact) – Kross has developed a very strange, bizarre character, but it still manages to work as a pseudo-jock sort of thing as well.

Best Performance:

Johnny Gargano (WWE) – As good as Ricochet was in the match with Johnny, it was the latter of the two that stole the show. Gargano was like a house of fire (I can’t believe that phrase has stood the test of time and that I’m using it) and wrestled like an old pro with an ax to grind. Johnny’s performance was as good any-thing you’ll see this year and I’ll stand by that…unless I forget.

Best Wrestler:

RUSH (Ring Of Honor) – As much as I’ve gushed about Johnny Gargano and Ricochet, RUSH was the best wrestler this week, because he combined his persona and his wrestling together to create a fantastic effect for any spectator. If RUSH doesn’t get a Ring Of Honor World Title run this year then I’ll hold my breathe until my face turns blue!

Best Card:

Royal Rumble (WWE) – On paper, this card was dynamite, but it did falter a bit in practice. That being said, this assemblage of matches worked out just fine and had a couple of real winners.

Best Show:

NXT: TakeOver (WWE) – This was quite the show and while I gave this a slightly lower grade than a lot of others did, I still felt it was a big success.

Best League:

WWE – Vince and his people offered me even more money, so I’m bought and paid for. Also, Stephanie McMahon is the most beautiful woman in the world and is better than Jane Fonda.

Best Match:

Ricochet versus Johnny Gargano: NXT North American Title Match (WWE) – This match was something else. The action hit all the right notes and the wrestling was as sound as any-thing that has appeared on television in some time. I think this could be called an instant classic.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a good week for wrestling and as we enter an era of wrestling that seems to be poised to be the biggest twenty years, it really is a good time to be watching and working in professional wrestling.

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