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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #3)

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As we head towards one of the busiest periods of the calendar year for professional wrestling, the eyes have certainly been on the weekly shows and the quality that they are providing. The third week of the year certainly wasn’t a perfect one overall, but while some shows struggled, others really thrived.

There were some fantastic in-ring matches throughout the week, with a title bout and some good storyline development towards the major shows that are coming up in the future. But which show was the pick of the bunch? Join us as we Break It Down to find out!


6. WWE Raw

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For the third week in a row, WWE Raw takes the bottom spot, with the red brand really struggling to build an entertaining three hours. The show has fleeting moments of quality, such as the match between Charlotte Flair and Peyton Royce, which was hard-hitting and back and forth, as did Ricochet and AJ Styles, which is no surprise.

However, the show is just far too inconsistent, with not enough quality throughout the evening to really grip people, even heading into the Royal Rumble. Mace and Xavier Woods had quite a sloppy match, while the six-man tag team match had far too much in-fighting for The Hurt Business for the bout to get going.

Alexa’s Playground didn’t really work with Asuka, and their main event angle didn’t click either. However, the worst segment of the night was the Dirt Sheet, which was mocking Drew McIntyre and Goldberg. Seeing Gillberg was fun, but this didn’t build any interest in the upcoming WWE Championship match and made them both look ridiculous.

5. AEW Dynamite

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It was an off night for AEW this week, with this particular episode of AEW Dynamite not quite delivering or feeling particularly ‘must-see.’ There were good elements to this show, with Tazz cutting a great promo and Jon Moxley having arguably the match of the night.

However, there was a lot that just didn’t work. The opening tag team match was chaotic and quite sloppy, and that was a trend throughout the night. AEW often likes to have six-man tags, but a lack of rule-following is something that makes the matches tough to get connected with.

The main event was fun, seeing the Inner Circle’s attempts to prove who is the best being enjoyable, but it wasn’t a blockbuster match. Meanwhile, Cody’s bout with Peter Avalon was just far too long. The Shaq storyline continues to be teased and hasn’t really proven to be interesting to this point, with this show just lacking the normal buzz overall.

4. WWE SmackDown

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The blue brand was a much better show this week than last, with WWE SmackDown returning to its usual quality. Throughout the show, the work with Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman was tremendous, with the opening promo from the Universal Champion silencing any doubters about his microphone skills.

The women’s tag team match was very enjoyable, with The Riott Squad holding their own with the champions until Billie Kay accidentally cost them. Her work is continuing to be great, and hopefully, WWE can continue that, meanwhile the Obstacle course did actually prove to be entertaining.

This was the type of segment that could have been a disaster, but it did a really good job of putting over Bianca Belair, especially when she carried Otis. Plus, seeing Kevin Owens get the best of Roman Reigns for a change was fantastic to see, as that hasn’t really happened since the Tribal Chief returned to WWE.

3. WWE NXT U.K.

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WWE NXT U.K. was very enjoyable this week, with WWE’s newest brand continuing to deliver in high-quality in-ring action. Right from the start that standard was set as Rampage Brown and Dave Mastiff had a very hard-hitting bout. There was nothing pretty or technical about it, but instead, it was just a physical brawl, which was tons of fun to watch.

The show developed other storylines nicely as well. Kenny Williams pushing Amir Jordan into a tough match sets up certain possibilities, meanwhile seeing Ilja Dragunov return and showcase a much more physical and aggressive side of himself was tremendous, as he can build on this now.

The main event was given plenty of time and it really benefitted from that. Kay Lee Ray put her NXT U.K. Women’s Championship on the line against Jinny and they had a fantastic match together, going back and forth with Joseph Conners causing issues on the outside, ultimately leading to the finish.

2. WWE NXT

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The black and gold brand was very much focused on the in-ring product again this week, which is mainly because of the two tournaments taking place. Kushida and Leon Ruff had a solid match with The Way, while Lucha House Party and Imperium had a really exciting match as well.

Having Lucha House Party set up their match with Legado Del Fantasma was great work, continuing to push the main roster team. Plus, it was great to see the women’s tournament really get built up, and Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter going through was a great surprise.

But it was the main event that really stole the show here, with the Fight Pit returning. This match type is one of the best that WWE has created in years, and Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa certainly didn’t disappoint, with an incredibly physical clash.

1. IMPACT Wrestling

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When it comes to the best show of the week, there’s no doubt that IMPACT Wrestling takes the top prize. This show had everything from great in-ring work, surprises, and fantastic backstage segments to create a really entertaining evening of wrestling.

The big tag team segment was great, seeing James Storm return and then the surprise of Matt Hardy and Private Party, proving more doors are open between AEW and IMPACT. This played into the main event, which was a great bout, and with Tony Khan appearing as well, it was certainly noteworthy.

The way Taya Valkyrie finished up her run with IMPACT was fantastic, while the opening match between Eric Young and Rhino, plus the post-match beatdown was very well done as well. The show built the women’s tag team division and continued to push other mid-card talents too, which really provided an entertaining show.

Sixth place= 1 point
Fifth place= 2 points
Fourth place= 3 points
Third place= 4 points
Second place=5 points
First place= 6 points

2020 results (each week, the points tally will be added up below):

WWE Raw- 3
IMPACT Wrestling- 12
WWE NXT- 15
AEW Dynamite- 12
WWE NXT UK- 10
WWE SmackDown- 11

 

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Paul Wight Reveals Vince McMahon Called Him After Signing With AEW

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Paul Wight has officially arrived in All Elite Wrestling.

During a post-show media scrum following tonight’s AEW Revolution, Wight stressed that there was no bad blood between him and WWE after more than two decades working with the company, referring to his departure as simply a “mutual dissolution of services”.


White told Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com:

“Vince actually called me the day that it was announced that I had signed with AEW. Wished me a lot of luck. Agreed that I’m a good asset to AEW. Thanked me for all the years that I worked in WWE. There’s no animosity, there’s no anger, there’s no dirt, so to speak. This just came down to contract negotiations and opportunities. Let’s face it, at over 20 years in WWE I have done everything that there is to do in WWE. I needed a fresh start. I think Vince understands that, and understands me as a talent.”

Wight began his wrestling career in WCW winning the world heavyweight championship in his very first night. He is most well known for his 21-year career in WWE where he won five more world titles and became a Grand Slam Champion. The seven-foot giant admitted that leaving that safety net he had created for himself was not an easy choice.

“Believe me, leaving WWE was a little bit scary. I had so much tenure there and so much experience, and had basically already paid every due I needed to pay at WWE. To leave that spot and to put a lot of faith in yourself and say, ‘Hey if you’re really passionate about this, and you really want to do this, than you need to put your big boy pants on and give it a shot.’ I’ve very thankful that it all worked out, and hopefully the AEW fans will be happy as well.”

In addition to getting back into the ring, Wight will team up with Tony Schiavone to provide color commentary for a brand new weekly series called “AEW Dark: Elevation”. This is something he says he’s been eager to do for quite some time.

“One of the big passions I’ve had for a long time is getting to color commentate. Trying to bring my experiences from the ring like the great Gorilla Monsoon or Jesse Ventura were able to bring to their commentary to help get the talent in the ring over more, and help tell their stories. I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”

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BREAKING: Christian Cage Has Signed With All Elite Wrestling

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Paul “Big Show” Wight and Tony Khan both promised a major, “Hall of Fame worthy” name for tonight’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view, and they delivered in the form of a six-time world champion.

Christian Cage took to the ring tonight in Jacksonville, FL and officially signed his name on the dotted line. He has notably resumed using the last name and “Instant Classic” moniker he popularized during his run with TNA Wrestling, and was either using his original TNA theme song or an AEW remix of that theme.


Christian, along with best friend and tag team partner Edge, helped to revolutionize the ladder match as one of the greatest WWE tag teams of all time. He has also had a long and successful singles career, becoming a grand slam champion in WWE and a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion while in TNA.

In 2014, Christian suffered a concussion during a match that would end his in-ring career for the past seven years. He made his return to the ring at this year’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view as a surprise entrant, after quietly working to get cleared. Many expected that to lead to some sort of return program for Christian on WWE television, much like they did for Edge many years after he was forced to retire, but ultimately nothing came from it.

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‘All Ego’ Ethan Page Makes AEW Debut In Face Of The Revolution Ladder Match

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The “E” in “AEW” now stands for “EGO”.

Revealed as the sixth member of the Face of the Revolution ladder match at tonight’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view, “All Ego” Ethan Page has officially signed with All Elite Wrestling — a debut many years in the making.


Page’s contract with IMPACT Wrestling expired at the end of 2020 and it was well known at the time that there was serious interest from most of the major companies in signing him.

He had options, which likely resulted in him signing the most lucrative contract of his wrestling career, but AEW was always the most likely destination. Page competed at the original ALL IN event in Chicago and is well liked by most, if not all of the major decision-makers in AEW.

Ethan Page is a 14-year pro from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. He and Josh Alexander as The North were one of the best tag team in the world until their recent split, and hold the record for the longest IMPACT Wrestling World Tag Team Championship reign in history. He is also the founder of the Alpha-1 Wrestling promotion in Oshawa.

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