07th Jun2021

The Last Week in Wrestling #53 (Wrestling Round-Up)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s column of The Last Week In Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Mr. Rogers here with us. Mr. Rogers: Hello my television neighbor. I wanted to talk to you about violence. When people watch violence, that doesn’t make them violent. Violence is wanting to be violent and then choosing to be violent. When you watch wrestling, you are watching it because you want to watch wrestling. Watching wrestling doesn’t always have a meaning besides wanting to watch wrestling. Wrestling can be fun, but we should always remember that wrestling can hurt the people that do it, because it is violent. When wrestlers get hurt, that’s not your fault. However, you should always try to empathize with them when they are in pain. Mr. Robinson: Hello boys and girls! I’m in pain listening to this old-ass sack of crap talk his cracker-jack bull-s—t! Mr. Rogers: Why are you so angry? Mr. Robinson: Maybe it’s ‘cuz I don’t wanna suck d—k for money no mo! I wanna kick a ballet dancer in tha chick balls like any midget does! I gonna parade around Pamela Anderson’s house wearin’ her ass like a d—k-cap! Mr. Rogers: I think that at times like this, it’s important to know what you are feeling. What are you feeling? Mr. Robinson: I feel like beatin’ da s—t out of a panda! Buckwheat: Na a pambda! Pambduz is da bess! Gumby: Shut up you sumunabitch! I’m Gumby damn it! Why don’t you stoopid-asses shut the f—k up and get me some chicken noodles?! Mr. Rogers: Anger is a friend that doesn’t care about you. Buckwheat: Yeah! Alfalfa always say dat a monkey stole his socks an ah baleeb him! Mr. Rogers: Maybe you should think about how the words you say make others feel? Mr. Robinson: Eat my ass Chip! Gumby: Hold on! I’m Gumby damn it! I say what we argue about! I…think he might be onto something here. I need to be nice to people. Mr. Robinson: Damn it! I don’t wanna do that! I push a old woman down da stairs! Mr. Rogers: It’s time to stop being mad and start getting real…mad real. Me: Okay. This was…a minute in the life. Let’s get to The Last Week In Wrestling!

[Author’s Note: Riddle, a wrestler accused of sexual assault, is on this show. Riddle has not been found guilty or innocent of the charges against him in a court of law. If Riddle’s presence offends or alarms you, then viewer discretion is advised. Darby Allin, who was accused of rape and not yet found guilty or innocent in a court of law, is on this show and if that upsets or alarms you, then viewer discretion should be advised].

New Japan Strong

  • Clark Connors vs. AJZ – 5 out of 10
  • El Phantasmo vs. Wheeler Yuta – 7 out of 10
  • Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Dickinson – NJPW Strong Openweight Championship Match – 8 out of 10

Ring Of Honor Women’s Wednesday

  • Angelina Love (w/ Mandy Leon) vs. Mazzerati – 7 out of 10

Ring Of Honor

  • Fred Yehi vs. Rocky Romero – Pure Rules Match – 7 out of 10
  • The Foundation vs. The OGK – ROH World Tag Team Championship Match – 8 out of 10

NWA Power

  • Aron Stevens & Kratos vs. The War Kings – NWA World Tag Titles Match – 7 out of 10
  • Nick Aldis vs. Mims – 2 out of 10
  • Thunder Rosa (w/ Melina) vs. Kamille (w/ Taryn Terrell) – 7 out of 10
  • Battle Royal For An NWA World Title Shot – 2 out of 10

Impact

  • TJP and Fallah Bahh vs. Josh Alexander and Petey Williams – 6 out of 10
  • Rosemary, Havok, Rachael Ellering, Tenille Dashwood and Jordynne Grace vs. Fire N’ Flava, Deonna Purrazzo, Susan and Kimber Lee – 6 out of 10
  • Decay (Black Taurus and Crazzy Steve) vs. Johnny Swinger and Hernandez – 4 out of 10
  • The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) vs. Sami Callihan and Moose – 5 out of 10

Final Verdict: 4/10

It took nearly a half hour for the first match to start and even then, the four we did have were not very long or overly thrilling. I’m very excited about the Iron Man Match next week, but I wish that Impact would have focused on making this week exciting as well.

AEW Dark Elevation

  • QT Marshall vs. Robo – 2 out of 10
  • Abadon vs. Leila Grey – 1 out of 10
  • Thunder Rosa vs. Ashley D’Amboise – 5 out of 10
  • Lee Johnson vs. Daniel Garcia – 4 out of 10
  • Nyla Rose vs. Robyn Renegade – 0 out of 10
  • Ethan Page vs. Alex Reynolds – 5 out of 10
  • Tay Conti vs. Queen Aminata – 5 out of 10
  • Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Mike Sydal – 6 out of 10
  • Scorpio Sky vs. Alan Angels – 6 out of 10
  • Matt Hardy vs. Fuego del Sol – 3 out of 10
  • Ren Narita vs. Royce Isaacs – 4 out of 10
  • Rocky Romero vs. JD Drake – 6 out of 10

AEW Dark

  • Nick Comoroto vs. Duke Davis – 1 out of 10
  • Aaron Solow vs. Ganon Jones – 1 out of 10
  • 10 vs. Dillon McQueen – 4 out of 10
  • Evil Uno & Colt Cabana vs. Steven Andrews & Simon Lotto – 4 out of 10
  • Big Swole & KiLynn King vs. The Bunny & Madi Wrenkowski – 4 out of 10
  • The Gunn Club vs. Kal Herro & Liam Gray – 2 out of 10
  • Leyla Hirsch vs. Vertvixen – 6 out of 10
  • Dante Martin vs. Jason Hotch – 6 out of 10
  • Diamante vs. Reka Tehaka – 5 out of 10
  • Joey Janela vs. Bear Bronson – 6 out of 10
  • Angelico vs. Ryzin – 5 out of 10
  • Julia Hart vs. Tesha Price – 3 out of 10
  • Brian Cage vs. Sonny Kiss – 6 out of 10

AEW Dynamite

  • Darby Allin vs. Cesar Bononi – 6 out of 10
  • Adam Page vs. Joey Janela – 6 out of 10
  • Jade Cargill vs. Kilynn King – 2 out of 10
  • Miro vs. Dante Martin – TNT Title Match – 4 out of 10
  • Scorpio Sky/Ethan Page vs. The Dark Order – 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

As a wrestling show, this was anemic. As a final sell for Double For Nothing, this was quite good, but since this show relied on promos to do that final pitch, that works against this particular show. The Inner Circle talked and brawled with The Pinnacle. Miro and Lance Archer talked and brawled. Britt Baker just talked. Sting and Darby Allin brawled with everyone and even managed to dress up a bunch of people like Sting to…do so? This show felt very much like an idealised version of a WWE go-home show, rather than an AEW wrestling card before a huge event. AEW is still struggling to have an identity and this show puts that sad fact very plainly. Hell, Eric Bischoff was here referencing The New World Order on a night where Cody Rhodes spectacularly failed to replicate a boxing weigh-in while Adam Page and Brian Cage had to take 30 seconds to explain why they now get to fight each other on PPV. Oh. Kenny Omega Terry Taylored himself again by playing a moron again. PAC is a heel for some reason. Orange Cassidy was teased as champion. Why is the World Title playing second fiddle to the Stadium Stampede match? The Casino Battle Royal was an afterthought here as well. AEW is not a bad league, but it is constantly disappointing, like it was here. I hope Double Or Nothing is a good show. That being said, I’d like it if Dynamite would be as consistently enjoyable as it was in the beginning.

Raw

  • Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston – 7 out of 10
  • Nikki Cross vs. Rhea Ripley – Beat The Clock Match – 5 out of 10
  • Charlotte vs. Asuka – 8 out of 10
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Shelton Benjamin – 6 out of 10
  • Riddle vs. Xavier Woods – 8 out of 10
  • Jaxson Ryker vs. AJ Styles – 3 out of 10
  • Sheamus vs. Humberto Carrillo – 4 out of 10
  • Natalya/Tamina vs. Nia Jax/Shayna Baszler – WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Match – 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 7/10

There were several excellent matches here and a few solid ones as well. In the ring, the best matches got a lot of time. This was a show of very little nonsense, save for the bit at the end. I enjoyed being able to go from match to match and having confidence that the quality would continue. Even the short matches had a certain charm this week. It’s nice being able to derive pleasure from watching Raw. I look forward to seeing if the streak continues next week.

SmackDown

  • The Usos vs. Street Profits – 8 out of 10
  • Tamina/Natalya vs. Riott Squad – 5 out of 10
  • Bianca Belair vs. Carmella – 4 out of 10
  • Kevin Owens vs. Apollo Crews – 5 out of 10
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Chad Gable – 5 out of 10
  • Dominik Mysterio/Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler/Robert Roode -SmackDown Tag Team Titles Match – 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

The opener stole the show. If you only watch the opener, then I wouldn’t blame you. The Usos take on The Mysterios for tag straps next week. Works for me.

NXT

  • Shotzi Blackheart/Ember Moon vs. Dakota Kai/Raquel Gonzalez – NXT Women’s Tag Title Match – 6 out of 10
  • Pete Dunne vs. Bobby Fish – 7 out of 10
  • Mercedes Martinez vs. Zayda Ramier – 5 out of 10
  • Frankie Monet vs. Cora Jade – 4 out of 10
  • Karrion Kross vs. Finn Balor – NXT Championship Match – 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 7/10

The main event dominated the show and it was to great effect. Kross is starting to feel like a real champion. Finn might be done after this. Who knows if Vince will put him back in the main roster. If this was the last, then Finn can say he went out swinging. Wherever he ends up, Finn Balor is one hell of a wrestler.

NXT UK

  • Nathan Frazer vs. Sha Samuels – 7 out of 10
  • Teoman vs. Ashton Smith – 6 out of 10
  • Kenny Williams vs. Andy Wild – 6 out of 10
  • Trent Seven vs. Sam Gradwell – 8 out of 10

205 Live

  • Asher Hale vs. Tony Nese – 8 out of 10
  • Ariya Daivari vs. Ari Sterling – 7 out of 10

This Week’s Highlights:

  • Best Match: Karrion Kross vs. Finn Balor – NXT Championship Match
  • Best Wrestler: Tom Lawlor
  • Best Show: NXT UK
  • Best League: Ring Of Honor

Ultimate Verdict: 7/10

This was a week where a lot of good matches happened in all of our promotions. That being said, things were not always right as rain. There were issues of matches getting cut short to make time for promos and other things that most are not willing to stick around for. A benefit of this week was that newer wrestlers had a chance to show what they could do in AEW, WWE and NJPW. We also got to see wrestlers break out of a certain image that has been cast upon them and be seen as something better. Simplicity was the key to success this week. Promotions all across the board didn’t get too brazen with their booking. The right people tended to win matches of decent length and that’s what’s necessary for card-to-card progress. Finally, it was a week where wrestlers got to perform beyond what they are often allowed to and it made some heads turn. There’s something to be said for professional wrestling when, even in the stagnancy it is trapped in right now, at least the athletes are finding ways to accrue the body of work they need for success. I had a good time watching these shows this week and I hope you did as well. I’ll see you next week.

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