29th Nov2018

The Last Week in Wrestling #7 (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 have those two WWE Pay Per Views to cover, as well as a lot of terrible WWE television, so go get your bon-bons and kiss your ass good-bye.

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WWE Match Ratings Out Of 5:

Raw

  • Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor & Elias versus Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin – 2.5
  • Nia Jax & Tamina versus Sasha Banks & Bayley – 2
  • The Lucha House Party versus The Revival (Lucha House Rules Match) – 3
  • Ronda Rousey versus Mickie James – 2
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable versus AOP – 2
  • Natalya versus Ruby Riott

Raw Verdict: 1 out of 5 – Phil was right. This show sucked.

Smackdown

  • Charlotte Flair versus Billie Kay – 2
  • Charlotte Flair versus Peyton Royce – 2
  • Local Jobbers “The Bryant Brothers” versus Shane McMahon and The Miz – 0
  • The New Day versus The Bar & Big Show – Thanksgiving Feast Fight Match – 0
  • Asuka & Naomi versus Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – 2
  • Randy Orton versus Rey Mysterio – 2.5

Smackdown Verdict: .5 out of 5 - This might be the worst episode of WWE TV this year. Two 0 matches and the stupid idea to turn one of wrestling’s most beloved fighters into a heel made this into some-thing to lament.

Survivor Series

  • Team SmackDown versus Team Raw – 10-on-10 Tag Team Survivor Series Match – 2.5
  • Team Raw versus Team SmackDown – 5-on-5 Women’s Survivor Series Match – 2.5
  • Seth Rollins versus Shinsuke Nakamura – 3.5
  • AOP versus The Bar – 3
  • Buddy Murphy versus Mustafa Ali – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match – 3.5
  • Team Raw versus Team SmackDown – Men’s Survivor Series Match – 3
  • Ronda Rousey versus Charlotte Flair – 3.5
  • Brock Lesnar versus Daniel Bryan – 4.5

Survivor Series Verdict – 3 out of 5 – The matches were mostly a real thrill, but the show itself was quite dull and didn’t make me want to watch Raw or Smackdown after the whole thing ended.

NXT: Takeover – WarGames 2

  • Matt Riddle versus Kassius Ohno – 2
  • Shayna Baszler versus Kairi Sane – 2-out-of-3 Falls Match For The NXT Women’s Championship – 3.5
  • Aleister Black versus Johnny Gargano – 4
  • Tommaso Ciampa versus Velveteen Dream – NXT Championship Match – 3.5
  • Ricochet, Pete Dunne & War Raiders versus The Undisputed ERA – War-Games Match – 4

NXT : Takeover – WarGames 2 Verdict – 4 out of 5 – With only one mistake on the card, this was a fine show that will stand as the antithesis of what Vince does on Raw or Smackdown.

NXT

  • Keith Lee versus Fidel Bravo – 2
  • Lars Sullivan versus Keita Murray – 2
  • Nikki Cross versus Candice LeRae – 3

NXT Verdict: 2 out of 5 – If this is what Triple H is going to bring to the main roster when he gets to eventually book every-thing, then he can keep his lazy ass in NXT.

NXT: UK

  • Rhea Ripley versus Xia Brookside – 2.5
  • Eddie Dennis versus Jack Starz – 2
  • Mark Andrews versus “Wild Boar” Mike Hitchman – 2.5
  • Toni Storm versus Isla Dawn – 2.5
  • Jordan Devlin versus Ligero – 3.5

NXT: UK Verdict – 3 out of 5 – This was a fun show with a good card, but if this new brand is going to be around for the long haul, then it needs to get a lot more interesting.

205 Live

  • Tony Nese versus Noam Dar – 3
  • Akira Tozawa & The Brian Kendrick versus Local Competitors – 2
  • Gran Metalik versus TJP – 3

205 Live Verdict – 3 out of 5 – Triple H does a much better job when he has only one thing to focus on and this division is a very simple thing to book. Maybe lazy-ass Triple H will be okay on main roster TV, as long as it doesn’t require him to do more than one thing at a time.

Mixed Match Challenge

  • Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal versus Bobby Roode & Natalya – 2.5
  • R-Truth & Carmella versus Rusev & Lana – 1

Mixed Match Challenge Verdict – 2 out of 5 – Why do they have to dance on this show? Do you wanna watch wrestlers dance? I don’t even wanna watch John Travolta dance, so why would I want to watch wrestlers dance? Screw it.

WWE Verdict: 2.5 out of 5There was some great wrestling this week, but the bad booking takes the score down quite from where it should be.

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Impact Wrestling

  • Team Fallah (Fallah Bahh, KM, Kikutaro, Dezmond Xavier & Alisha) vs. Team Drake (Eli Drake, Jake Crist, Rohit Raju, Glenn Gilbertti & Katarina) – 2nd Annual Eli Drake Gravy Train Turkey Trot – 2.5

Impact Verdict: 2 out of 5 – One match is not the best way to promote wrestling in the modern age, but the match was decent enough, so it could have been worse… although not by much.

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Major League Wrestling

  • Kotto Brazil versus Trey Miguel – 2.5
  • Marko Stunt versus Gringo Loco – 2
  • Low Ki versus Shane “Swerve” Strickland – MLW World Heavyweight Championship Match – 3.5

Major League Wrestling Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 – This show was a good example of how to take a decent card and get the most out of it. The second match wasn’t even that good, but it actually succeeded in making Stunt look important, which is a great thing. The build to the next show was excellent mad this whole thing worth my time.

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Ring of Honor

  • Marty Scurll beat The Hurricane – Fight Without Honor Match – 3
  • So Cal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) beat The Young Bucks (Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson) and The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) – Triple Threat Match For The Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Titles – 3.5

Ring of Honor Verdict: 4 out of 5 – This was a fine episode of ROH TV that took two good things and slammed it together with an excellent build for Final Battle.
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Best Move:

Natural Selection (WWE) – Charlotte Flair used the finisher with a steel chair and it looked like it hurt… a lot.

Best Moment:

Brock Cracks (WWE: Survivor Series) – Brock Lesnar gave Daniel Bryan a great gift when he sold Bryan’s offense so much to the point that he actually crumbled to the ground when attempting an F5. It’s little stuff like that that wrestling needs to be taken seriously, because psychology will never be considered unnecessary.

Best Promo:

Shane Leaves The Farm (Major League Wrestling) – Shane Strickland quit MLW in an excellent promo where he questioned Court Bauer for allowing people like Low Ki to be champion and still order hits on the rest of the roster. Shane actually made sense, even if it was at the expense of MLW’s (fictional) reputation.

Best Match:

Brock Lesnar versus Daniel Bryan (WWE: Survivor Series) – This was a great match that deserved to be at Wrestlemania.

Best Wrestler:

Charlotte Flair (WWE: Smackdown and Survivor Series) – Charlotte really turned things around for herself this week and became a mean son of a #!$@#. Ric oughta be proud of his daughter for getting to turn a negative into a positive.

Best Card:

Survivor Series – This card was excellent and ended up better than the show over-all, which was booked to favor Raw and the select few on its roster to heavily. There are several dream matches here that lived up to the hype and that is a great thing.

Best Show:

NXT – Take0ver: WarGames 2 – This also had a great card, but the show itself took the great wrestling and made the whole thing matter for the long run.

Best League:

Ring Of Honor – They may not have won any awards from me this week, but ROH was the best over-all league in wrestling, because it offered great wrestling and built toward the big event of the year with plenty of skill and panache. What Ring of Honor sold was what wrestling fans want to buy and I didn’t have to spend all night debating whether I liked what I was watching or not.

Final Verdict: 3/5

There was a lot of great matches this week, but Vince’s bad booking leaves one hell of a mark.

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