23rd Nov2018

The Last Week in Wrestling #6 (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 we will include the two WWE PPVs in the next edition. We have some excellent matches to cover, so let’s do so.

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WWE Match Ratings Out Of 5:

Raw

  • Tamina versus Ember Moon – 2
  • Finn Bálor versus Dolph Ziggler – 3.5
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable won the Tag Team Battle Royal – 2
  • Bobby Lashley versus Elias – 2
  • Sasha Banks versus Bayley – 2

Smackdown

  • Jeff Hardy versus Andrade “Cien” Almas – 2.5
  • Rey Mysterio versus The Miz – 2.5
  • The Bar & Big Show versus The New Day – 3
  • Daniel Bryan versus AJ Styles – WWE World Championship Match – 4.5

NXT

  • Bianca Belair versus Mia Yim – 2.5
  • Lacey Evans versus Karissa Rivera – 2
  • Kyle O’Reilly versus Hanson – 3

NXT: UK

  • Dakota Kai versus Nina Samuels – 2.5
  • Tyson T-Bone versus Jake Constantinou – 2
  • “Bomber” Dave Mastiff versus Dan Moloney – 2
  • Jinny versus Millie McKenzie – 2.5
  • Zack Gibson versus Trent Seven – 3.5

205 Live

  • Drew Gulak & Gentleman Jack Gallagher versus Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick – 3
  • The Lucha House Party versus Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman – 2
  • Cedric Alexander versus Lio Rush – 3.5

Mixed Match Challenge

  • Braun Strowman & Ember Moon versus Bobby Lashley & Mickie James – 2
  • Jeff Hardy & Charlotte Flair versus The Miz & Asuka – 2.5

Final WWE Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a dull week that was saved by a great WWE World Title match.

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Impact Match Ratings Out Of 5:

  • Tessa Blanchard versus Ray Lyn – 2.5
  • LAX (Santana & Ortiz) w/ Konnan versus KM & Fallah Bahh – 2.5
  • Johnny Impact versus Matt Sydal w/ Ethan Page – 3
  • Su Yung versus Heather Monroe – 2
  • Brian Cage versus Sami Callihan w/ oVe (Jake & Dave Crist) – X-Division Championship Match – 3

Final Impact Verdict: 2 out of 5 – Impact deserves better than mediocre, but it seems stuck with it, for now.

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Ring Of Honor Match Ratings Out Of 5:

  • Jeff Cobb versus Shane Taylor – 3
  • The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas) versus Cheeseburger and Eli Isom – Tag Team Match – 2
  • Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham and Dalton Castle versus The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) – Six-Man Tag Match – 3

Final Ring Of Honor Verdict: 3 out of 5 – This still felt too minor league for its own good, but it was good, nonetheless.

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Major League Wrestling Match Ratings Out Of 5:

  • Ricky Martinez versus Dr. Rex Bacchus – 2
  • Size Matters versus Dirty Blondes – 0
  • “Filthy” Tom Lawlor versus Sami Callihan – Chicago Street Fight Match – 3.5

Final Major League Wrestling Verdict: 2 out of 5 – I felt like I was watching an episode of Monday Night Raw that was booked by Brian Gewirtz.
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Best Move:

Running Knee (Daniel Bryan) – Bryan won the WWE World Title with this move in thrilling fashion.

Best Moment:

Becky/Ronda Showdown (Raw) – These two had an intense brawl that became a wild fracas between both brands’ female rosters and turned into suspenseful stare-down after Becky got her face broken by Nia Jax in one of the worst botches in modern wrestling.

Best Promo:

Konnan Returns (Major League Wrestling) – Konnan had a great promo and vignette that really made you want to watch his upcoming bout for the MLW World Title, even though he is still likely out of shape.

Best Match:

Daniel Bryan versus AJ Styles - WWE World Championship Match (WWE Smackdown) – We got a PPV bout on free TV and it lived up to the hype. You can’t beat any-thing that this match offered.

Best Wrestler:

Sami Callihan (Impact and Major League Wrestling) – With two excellent bouts, Sami did a great job this week and keeps proving himself to be an invaluable athlete.

Best Card:

Smackdown – With four matches that all worked well on paper and in practice, Smackdown had a good week with its matches, even when some of the matches faltered a bit.

Best Show:

Smackdown – The matches were excellent and the actual episode moved quite well from match to segment to make an exciting night of action.

Best League:

WWE – Vince had another mixed week in terms of good and bad, but he had more than enough good to seize the award this week.

Final Judgement: 3.5/5

As a whole, this week had some rough spots, but when things went well, they went really well. This was also a week of surprises that kept things interesting even when they already were. Over-all, there was a lot to like and I liked a lot of it.

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