13th Dec2018

The Last Week In Wrestling #9 (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 some wrestling to get to, so let’s do so.

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WWE Match Ratings Out Of 5:

Raw

  • Natalya & Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax & Tamina – 1
  • Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Mickie James & Alicia Fox – 2
  • The Lucha House Party vs. Scott Dawson (Lucha House Rules) – 2
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre – 2.5
  • AOP & Drake Maverick vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (3-on-2 Handicap Match) – 2.5
  • Heath Slater vs. Rhyno – 1
  • Finn Bálor vs. Jinder Mahal – 2
  • Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax & Tamina – 2.5

Raw Verdict: 1 out of 5 - This was among the worst shows in Raw history. People have been saying that a lot about Raw, so this probably isn’t a surprise.

Smackdown

  • Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Charlotte Flair & Asuka – 2.5
  • Jey Uso vs. Xavier Woods and Cesaro – Triple Threat Match – 2.5
  • Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy – 2.5
  • AJ Styles vs. The Miz – 2.5

Smackdown Verdict: 1.5 out of 5 – Bad booking ruined a solid card, as well as the production decisions in the main event.

NXT

  • Matt Riddle vs. Punishment Martinez – 2
  • Forgotten Sons vs. Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo – 2
  • Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai – 3

NXT Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – I felt like I was on Valium when I watched this.

NXT: UK

  • Joseph Conners vs. Dan Moloney – 2.5
  • “Bomber” Dave Mastiff vs. “Wild Boar” Mike Hitchman – 2.5
  • Ligero vs. Tyson T-Bone – 2.5
  • Rhea Ripley vs. Candy Floss – 2.5
  • Travis Banks vs. Wolfgang – 3

NXT UK Verdict: 3 out of 5 – This was a slightly better version of NXT, but it needs to get a bit more life in it in order to stand the test of time.

205 Live

  • The Brian Kendrick vs. Drew Gulak – 3
  • Ariya Daivari vs. Clay Roberts – 2
  • The Lucha House Party vs. TJP & Mike Kanellis – 3.5

205 Live Verdict: 3 out of 5 – This was no great hour of wrestling, but it was good fun.

Mixed Match Challenge

  • R-Truth & Carmella vs. Jeff Hardy & Charlotte Flair – .5
  • The Miz & Asuka vs. Jimmy Uso & Naomi – 2.5

Mixed Match Challenge Verdict: 1.5 out of 5 – Have you ever seen the part in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the priests are smacking their heads with the 2x4s? This show was like hitting yourself in the head with a 2×4.

WWE Verdict: 1.5 out of 5 – I have a hard time recommending this week of WWE television to people, because it was pretty bad.

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Impact Wrestling

  • Jake Crist vs. Willie Mack – 3
  • Dark Allie vs. Heather Monroe – 2
  • Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju & Raj Singh) vs. Damien Hyde & Manny Lemons -2.5
  • Matt Sydal vs. Ethan Page – 3
  • Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie vs. Moose & Tessa Blanchard – Mixed Tag Team Match – 2.5

Impact Verdict: 3 out of 5 – This was a solid show that could of used some finesse in the booking.

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Ring Of Honor

  • Kenny King vs. Christopher Daniels – 2.5
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Josh Woods – 2.5
  • Adam Page vs. Façade – 2.5
  • SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr. – ROH World Tag Team Championship Match – 2.5

Ring Of Honor Verdict: 3 out of 5 – The matches were under-whelming for some reason, but it was a good night.

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Major League Wrestling

  • Teddy Hart vs. Jason Cade – 3
  • Ace Romero vs. Marko Stunt – 3
  • Rush vs. Sammy Guevara – 3

Major League Wrestling Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a firm card that had the right build to the bigger events for the near future.
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Best Promo:

Tommaso Ciampa’s Evil Mind (WWE: NXT) – Ciampa cut a fine promo where he goaded Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano into fighting each other in a steel cage. Ciampa has come a long way as a character and it showed here.

Best Moment:

Rhyno Is Fired (WWE: Raw) – I’m not a big fan of the way this happened, but it was a legitimate surprise and they stuck to it and the ramifications of Rhyno being fired, so I’ll give it a pass as a good moment.

Best Move:

Fall-Away Slam (Ring Of Honor: Adam Page) – Page used the move on several occasions in his match with Façade and really showed how far he has come in just a few short years.

Best Match:

The Lucha House Party vs. TJP & Mike Kanellis (WWE: 205 Live) – This was a good main event that had the best rating of the week, even though that isn’t saying as much as it normally would.

Best Wrestler:

Christopher Daniels (Ring Of Honor) – With an excellent promo and a great performance in an otherwise disappointing match, Daniels was the best wrestler of the week.

Best Card:

Ring Of Honor – The best assemblage of matches was with Ring of Honor, which makes the failure of the card even more depressing.

Best Show:

Major League Wrestling – MLW had a good card, but they were able to make a real winner of a show out of what they had, thanks to a string of good matches that had some-thing good to remember them by.

Best League:

Major League Wrestling – MLW was able to pull themselves together and have a great week despite not being the best in most of the major categories. What is this, Jeopardy?

Final Verdict: 3/5

The WWE brought the score down, but every-body else did well and kept me from wanting to shoot myself, so there you go.

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