19th Jul2019

The Last Week in Wrestling #31 (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 a big week to cover, with leagues like EVOLVE and ALL Elite Wrestling jumping in with the normal group to round out our field of competition. Sounds like Olympics coverage, doesn’t it? Okay, let’s start the Olympics…I me…you know what I meant.

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Best Promo:

The Master Of Hardcore Has Returned (EVOLVE) – Paul Heyman cut a juggernaut of a promo where he spoke to the people at the EVOLVE Anniversary show about his legacy in Extreme Championship Wrestling and the legacy of EVOLVE itself. This was the rare time where he spoke out of character (to an extent, at least) and was seen as a sympathetic person.

Best Moment:

Io Shirai Is Bad To The Bone (WWE) – On NXT, Io debuted the aspects of her new life as a villain and did so in stark, surprising effect, complete with leather pants, if I remember right. Best of luck to her as a heel.

Best Move:

DDT (Ring Of Honor) – Tracy Williams did two incredible versions of this in a row that are just fantastic.

Best Personality:

Drake Maverick (WWE) – In addition to his role as a wrestler, Drake continues to be one of the best personalities in wrestling, in particular as the 205 Live General Manager.

Best Character:

MJF (Major League Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling) – MJF has become one of the best villains in all of wrestling and he knows how to elicit a reaction from just about any-body.

Best Performance:

Aleister Black (WWE) – Black had a hell of a match with Cesaro that both men were incredible in, but Black just had a little some-thing extra that gives him this award for the week.

Best Wrestler:

Austin Theory (EVOLVE) – Theory proved himself as one of the best wrestlers around in his match against JD Drake and showed why Gabe Sapolsky is relying on him to carry the league for a while.

Best Card:

Extreme Rules (WWE) – The card for that event was just too damn good not give that award to, even though it didn’t quite turn out as good as you would hope for.

Best Show:

EVOLVE 131 10th Anniversary (EVOLVE) – This took an excellent card and made a show that wasn’t perfect, but was thoroughly satisfying every step of the way.

Best Match:

The Dynasty versus The Hart Foundation: Ladder Match For The Major League Wrestling World Tag Team Championship (Major League Wrestling) – This was a vicious, grueling way to make a great match, but it worked.

Best League:

EVOLVE – Not bad for a guest star. EVOLVE had a great anniversary show that might have hooked a few more people into watching it, thanks to the show having appeared on the WWE Network.
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Final Verdict: 4.5/5

This was a great week for wrestling, good, bad and ugly. The future is bright…

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