07th Sep2018

Nerdly Wrestling Awards – Week Two

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to week two of the Nerdly Wrestling Awards, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a very competitive week of wrestling to get to, with one league getting a card in as an early exception to the rule. Let’s get right to the best of wrestling, from last week.

Worst Promo:

1. The Smoke Show (Impact)
2. N/A (Ring Of Honor)
3. The Wedding Of Johnny Mundo And Taya (Lucha Underground)
4. N/A (AAA)
5. The Resurrection Of Joey Ryan (All In)
6. N/A (Major League Wrestling)
7. The IIconics Challenge Naomi (WWE)

Winner: The Wedding Of Johnny Mundo And Taya (Lucha Underground)
This was pretty lousy television no matter how you look at it. Lucha Undeground went a little too close to Vince McMahon’s bread and butter here, complete with the bad comedy that Vince likes.

Best Promo:

1. Rich Swann Challenges The X Division Champion To A Match (Impact)
2. Kenny King’s Delusional Denial Of Being Evil (Ring Of Honor)
3. N/A (Lucha Underground)
4. Konnan And Vampiro Challenged Each Other To A Loser Leaves Town Match (AAA)
5. N/A (All In)
6. The Hart Foundation Hates Kevin Sullivan (Major League Wrestling)
7. Kevin Owens Wants His Spot Back (WWE)

Winner: Kenny King’s Delusional Denial Of Being Evil (Ring Of Honor)
King cut the best promo of his career and tied up all of the loose ends of the past few years of his career.

Worst Trend:

1. N/A (Impact)
2. Too Many Interferences (Ring Of Honor)
3. Bad Wedding Stole Thunder Of Wrestling (Lucha Underground)
4. Too Many Trios Matches At One Time (AAA)
5. Bad Card Pacing (All In)
6. N/A (Major League Wrestling)
7. Stagnant Rivalries (WWE)

Winner: Bad Card Pacing (All In)
All In was a real blast, but some indulgent booking and pacing ruined the length of the main event and almost sent the PPV into Halloween Havoc territory.

Best Trend:

1. Matches Were Reigned Supreme (Impact)
2. Smart Wrestling Decisions (Ring Of Honor)
3. N/A (Lucha Underground)
4. Night Of Great Wrestling (AAA)
5. Promise Kept (All In)
6. Unique Main Event (Major League Wrestling)
7. Big Stars Had Big Success (WWE)

Winner: Promise Kept (All In)
Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks promised a great night of action that you could only find on their card and they kept that promise.

Worst Moment:

1. Moose Turned Heel (Impact)
2. N/A (Ring Of Honor)
3. Ricky Mundo And The Doll (Lucha Underground)
4. N/A (AAA)
5. Main Event Got Rushed (All In)
6. N/A (Major League Wrestling)
7. Bryan And Andrade Get Stiffled (WWE)

Winner: Moose Turned Heel (Impact)
This felt like it was the absolutely worst thing to do with Moose. Now, Moose feels like the slave to Austin Aries, which is not some-thing he should be getting involved in at this point in his career. Moose is a face that people were actually getting behind and his momentum is now gone.

Best Moment:

1. Tessa Blanchard Won The Knockout’s Title (Impact)
2. The Bullet Club Won The Six-Man Titles (Ring Of Honor)
3. N/A (Lucha Underground)
4. Fenix Won The Mega Heavyweight Title (AAA)
5. Cody Rhodes Won The NWA World Title (All In)
6. The Hart Foundation Destroys Kevin Sullivan (Major League Wrestling)
7. Becky Lynch Is The People’s Woman (WWE)

Winner: Cody Rhodes Won The NWA World Title (All In)
This was the biggest moment in Cody Rhodes career and the biggest moment for the NWA World Title since 2007.

Worst Wrestler:

1. N/A (Impact)
2. N/A (Ring Of Honor)
3. N/A (Lucha Underground)
4. N/A (AAA)
5. Stephen Amell (All In)
6. N/A (Major League Wrestling)
7. Jinder Mahal (WWE)

Winner: Jinder Mahal (WWE)
Boy, do I feel bad about putting Amell over Mahal, but that is the way it was. Amell has a long way to go before he could be called a talented wrestler, but he is progressing, which I can’t say about Mahal. At least Mahal is finally making his money, thanks to his WWE World Title run last year.

Best Wrestler:

1. Tessa Blanchard (Impact)
2. Flip Gordon (Ring Of Honor)
3. XO Lishus (Lucha Underground)
4. Fenix (AAA)
5. Kenny Omega (All In)
6. Tom Lawlor (Major League Wrestling)
7. Kevin Owens (WWE)

Winner: Kevin Owens (WWE)
Owens came across like a mega star all throughout Raw. Owens has gone way past being just another indy guy in the big leagues.

Worst Match:

1. Eli Drake versus Brandon Tidwell (Impact)
2. N/A (Ring Of Honor)
3. N/A (Lucha Underground)
4. N/A (AAA)
5. N/A (All In)
6. N/A (Major League Wrestling)
7. Dean Ambrose versus Jinder Mahal (WWE)

Winner: Dean Ambrose and Jinder Mahal (WWE)
These two guys had a rough night.

Best Match:

1. Tessa Blanchard beat Su Yung and Allie – Triple Threat Match For The Knockout’s Championship (Impact)
2. The Bullet Club (Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks [Nick and Matt Jackson]) beat The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) – Ring of Honor Six-Man Tag Team Titles Match (Ring Of Honor)
3. XO Lishus beat Jack Evans – No Mas Match (Lucha Underground)
4. Bandido and Flamita beat Aero Star and Drago, Golden Magic and Laredo Kid and DJZ and Andrew Everett – Four Way Tag Team Ladder Match For A Tag Team Title Shot (AAA)
5. Kenny Omega beat Pentagon (All In)
6. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor defeated Jake Hager (Major League Wrestling)
7. Seth Rollins versus Kevin Owens – Intercontinental Title Match (WWE)

Winner: Kenny Omega versus Pentagon (All In)
This was some-thing else and a real barn-burner.

Worst Show:

Lucha Underground

Best Show:

All In

Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine week for professional wrestling, with lots of great matches and the first signs of a true alternative to the WWE appearing for the first time since 2001.

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