21st Jan2020

The Last Week in Wrestling #50 (Wrestling Round-Up)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this edition of The Last Week In Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and the critics hated Rey being a Palpatine. They actually thought that being a nobody was more devastating than being the descendant of the Emperor. I’d rather be Marge Debruge’s son than Adolf Hitler’s kid, if you catch my drift. That argument for Rise Of Skywalker being terrible is so stupid…there are many reasons to dislike Rise Of Skywalker, but Rey being cursed as the spawn of evil is not one of them. Did Rey even care who her parents were in The Force Awakens? I was under the impression Rey knew who here parents were and didn’t give a s— that they were poor. Any-way, I’m prattling on because wrestling often feels like this argument about Rey in Rise Of Skywalker, that being completely stupid. I may not like the sequel trilogy of Star Wars, but I do try to find things in it that I like, just like I do with wrestling…except squash matches. I f—— hate squash matches! No squash match is winning match of the week here. Hey, stick around and find out what match was the best of the week! See, I can pretend to know what I’m talking about.

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Best Moment:

Tessa Makes History (Impact Wrestling) – Tessa Blanchard became the first woman to be Impact World Champion and, in many ways, the first real female world champion.

Best Promo:

Gino’s Destiny (Major League Wrestling) – Gino Medina and a whole host of others did a great job making a suspense thriller out of what faction Gino would join (Dynasty was the lucky winner). It was refreshing to see a promo actually have some urgency to it for a change.

Best Speaker:

Lana (World Wrestling Entertainment) – This story-line of Lana cheating/leaving Rusev may be a bore, but Lana has quickly become a star out of this (she still can’t wrestle).

Best Character:

Drew McIntyre (World Wrestling Entertainment) – It’s remarkable what a few weeks will do for a man. Drew went from dull and useless to being the vibrant, indispensable fighter he was when he first left the WWE. Drew is on course to being a great tweener in wrestling, which is some-thing the sport will always need.

Best Wrestler:

Dragon Lee (Ring Of Honor) – Lee had a couple of great performances through two big show for Ring Of Honor that really showed-off what this luchador can do.

Best Performance:

Willie Mack (Impact Wrestling) – At Hard To Kill, Mack wrestled a Tag Title Match that had to be competed as a Handicap Match, due to Rich Swann’s injury. Mack was just way too good here. Give this match the time of day and you’ll see Willie Mack at his finest.

Best Move:

Canadian Destroyer (Impact Wrestling) – Willie Mack used this move off of the top rope in the Handicap Match from Hard To Kill. Trust me when I say that this was a hell of a thing.

Best Match:

Tyler Bate versus Jordan Devlin (World Wrestling Entertainment) – This was an outstanding bout from NXT UK Takeover Blackpool II. The Tessa/Sami match was almost as fantastic as this one, but Tyler and Jordan were on fire here.

Best Card:

NXT UK Takeover Blackpool II (World Wrestling Entertainment) – There were a lot of fabulous matches that delivered, by and large (there were a few disappointments, but no tragedies).

Best Show:

NWA: Powerrr (National Wrestling Alliance) – For all the big Pay Per Views over the week, the little one-hour nostalgia re-mix was the most entertaining. The wrestling was exciting and the format of the episode was actually fun. NWA: Powerrr won’t be this way every week, but it kicked ass this time.

Best League:

Ring Of Honor – Believe it or not, ROH put on two excellent shows that, when coupled with a solid ROH TV episode, gave Ring Of Honor the best week it’s had in many months. The rumors of Marty Scurll taking over as head booker may just be true, because these shows had an immediacy to them that has been absent for nearly a year. Impact Wrestling came close to taking this award, but Ring Of Honor was a more thorough success, with sounder cards and more focused booking on every division.

Final Verdict: 4/5

With the first/third woman to become a World Champion and numerous fresh names getting a chance to make their name known, this week proved to be quite prosperous for many, including us.

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