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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #4)

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It’s Royal Rumble week, making it a very important one in the wrestling world with a lot of focus being placed on all of the WWE shows, in particular. However, across the board, it was a strong week of wrestling with a real variety of shows this week.

As ever, there was a mixture in quality, with some shows knocking it out of the park while others floundered and struggled. But, it’s time to Break It Down and find out which show was the highlight for this week!


6. WWE SmackDown

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This week felt like a very random episode of WWE SmackDown, one which certainly wasn’t up to the usual standards of the blue brand. The show was full of WWE Raw stars, and it was just far too random and distracting to make an impact, and it really wasn’t needed.

The strongest moments of the show were focused firmly on the blue brand stories, with the segment between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns, which was full of passion and intensity. It added an element of emotion with KO’s family connection, and that is something that only makes their match more exciting.

The Bianca Belair and Bayley match was the best bit of in-ring work on the night, but the opening and main event segments were certainly a mess. The main event was not enjoyable in the slightest and adding all of the WWE Raw stars was a one-off moment that hopefully won’t happen again soon.

5. WWE NXT

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WWE NXT certainly didn’t feel like a ‘must-see’ episode this week, with a lot of matches, but very few which were overly exciting or gripping. Because of the current tournaments going on, the show was very heavy on the tag team action, and adding non-tournament tag team matches didn’t help that.

The work with the NXT Women’s Championship scene was certainly well done, with Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez both stepping up as serious challengers, which is fresh and exciting. Meanwhile, Bronson Reed and Tyler Rust continued to look strong, which is needed as the brand ushers in new stars.

The main event was solid enough, but the match didn’t quite hit the levels that it could have done. Teasing Finn Balor joining Undisputed Era is interesting, but overall there just wasn’t enough to hook people with the show.

4. WWE Raw

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This show was easily the best WWE Raw of the year and was a major step up in quality from what has come so far this year. The opening segment served its purpose in developing the WWE Title storyline, which is something that was desperately needed.

The work with the women’s division was certainly messy though. The match that started as a singles bout between Shayna and Charlotte and ended as a six-woman tag had three starts overall, which wasn’t ideal. However, Ali was impressive once again with his promo as Retribution finally has a storyline that is actually interesting.

Meanwhile, Sheamus and John Morrison had a great match, and seeing Riddle run the gauntlet was great as well. Edge’s promo was masterful, showing just how good he is, and the main event was certainly a noteworthy one, with a lot of magic and pre-taped moments being bled in again. It’s something WWE can’t rely on, but every now and then it is fine.

3. AEW Dynamite

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AEW Dynamite was a bit of a mixed bag this week, with some really impressive moments, and a few that simply weren’t that entertaining. The storyline with Cody and Shaq just isn’t that intriguing right now, and that remained the case this week.

Lance Archer and Eddie Kingston’s match was solid but nothing overly special, while The Varsity Blondes facing Chris Jericho and MJF didn’t quite set things alight either. However, the main event was an entertaining match, with The Dark Order continuing to be very fun to watch.

The women’s match between Britt Baker and Shanna was great as well, with Baker’s character continuing to be tremendous. However, the match of the night was certainly Dax Harwood facing Jungle Boy, with that being the match of the week as well, with this contest being absolutely superb.

2. WWE NXT UK

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Speaking about superb matches, the main event of WWE NXT UK was another match of the week contender. The fatal four-way elimination match is one that really was gripping from start to finish. WWE gave tons of time to this match and it absolutely delivered.

All four teams brought their best to this performance and it really created an energetic and fun main event match. But across the show, there was a lot of great storytelling, from the work with Ilja Dragunov’s character to Sha Samuels looking dominant.

The show also kickstarted in an interesting manner as well with Trent Seven revealing he is going to cut weight and push for the Cruiserweight Championship. It gives Seven some clear direction while also providing an obvious rival for Jordan Devlin, which is needed.

1. IMPACT Wrestling

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IMPACT Wrestling certainly continued its impressive streak of shots for 2021 this week. The show is proving to be very consistent with a lot of high-quality matches and wrestlers who are stepping up and making an impact. The show started well with a great promo from Rich Swann, and it continued in that standard.

Seeing Cousin Jake and Joe Doering do battle was great, and they had a nice physical bout against each other. Meanwhile, Eddie Edwards facing Brian Myers was a good match as well that had some great technical work throughout it.

The main event match was an enjoyable one with some great action taking place, and seeing Trey Miguel return was lot of fun. The show overall felt like it had a clear direction though, with every segment being important, and that made for a much more entertaining show than the rest.

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- 6
IMPACT Wrestling- 18
WWE NXT- 17
AEW Dynamite- 16
WWE NXT UK- 15
WWE SmackDown- 12

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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #9)

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It’s been another brilliant week of wrestling on the road to AEW Revolution, while WWE continues to build towards WWE WrestleMania 37. The week brought big title matches, celebrities competing in the ring, and some really strong build-up to the major events around the corner.

But which shows stood out, which had the best matches, and which was ultimately the most entertaining of the week? Let’s Break It Down and find out!


6. WWE Raw

WWE Raw had a few highlights, with the first hour of the show being really enjoyable as it flew by. The match between Drew McIntyre and Sheamus was PPV worthy and saw them bring the best out of each other, while The Hurt Business being so direct was excellent to see.

However, the decision to push back the WWE Championship match several times actually hurt the show overall. The flow and excitement really was taken out of the night. The show had so many lackluster segments, from squashing Naomi to the pointless Tag Team Championship match featuring Adam Pearce.

Charlotte and Nia Jax’s match failed to build any excitement either, with the show being full of smaller, forgettable matches. Of course, this episode did end with a bang though as Bobby Lashley became WWE Champion in dominant fashion, which was absolutely the right call.

5. IMPACT Wrestling

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It was another good episode of IMPACT Wrestling that featured a lot of nice matches, but nothing overly standout to make the show pop. The opening triple threat was a solid match for the X-Division, while the build of Tenille Dashwood was also effectively booked.

Sami Callihan’s segment, turning up at Trey Miguel’s training area was interesting and felt unique due to how it was filmed, which allowed that to thrive. It was also great to see FinnJuice, and the tension between them and The Good Brothers could lead to something special.

However, the best work of the night came between Matt Cardona and Brian Myers. With Cardona being the special guest referee for Myers’ match with Eddie Edwards, he tried to cheat only for Cardona to stop it, which adds tension to their friendship that was really well booked.

4. WWE NXT UK

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WWE NXT UK featured the best match of the week, as Kay Lee Ray defended her NXT UK Women’s Championship against Meiko Satamoru in what was an amazing match. They went back and forth in a hard-hitting bout that really felt like a big deal, with the women delivering on the hype.

However, the whole show was entertaining for the majority of it. Seeing Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan back was a nice boost for the tag team division, which created a good match. However, having Williams sneakily cheat to help Jordan win was nice booking, and teases issues between them down the line.

The Supernova Sessions segment failed to deliver once again here, with this talk show really feeling very awkward. The whole focus being on Tyler Bate and him being a vegan, which wasn’t entertaining. But what was entertaining was the opening match between Ilja Dragunov and Sam Gradwell. It was physical, but the character work was excellent as Dragunov’s anger issues overcame him once again.

3. WWE SmackDown

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The blue brand always does a great job of focusing its entire show on the upcoming PPV, and that’s exactly what happened with this episode. From the start, everything was about WWE Fastlane, with Daniel Bryan kicking off the show with a tremendous promo that was full of fire, really building his storyline with Roman Reigns.

The segment between The Street Profits/King Corbin and Sami Zayn fell flat, with all four feeling a little lost right now. However, the work between the Mysterio’s and Gable/Otis was far better, while the storyline work with Reginald throughout the night was excellently done, potentially leading him to work with Nia Jax.

Apollo Crews’ character change was fantastic and is exactly what he needed as a character. He feels far more interesting than he ever has done, setting up a big match with Big E, plus the main event steel cage match certainly delivered.

2. WWE NXT

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Right from the opening tag team match, which was hard-hitting and full of great near falls, this show was enjoyable. Teasing Timothy Thatcher joining Imperium is an interesting idea that could lead to a fun storyline, plus the work with Cameron Grimes during the night was also very enjoyable.

Aliyah and Ember Moon had a nice match together, but the Women’s Tag Team Championship match just didn’t live up to the hype, with the poor finish being very disappointing. Seeing LA Knight appear was good, and while his promo was fairly generic, it was well put together.

It was good to see Lega Del Fantasma being booked stronger, making them feel like a threat again. But the main event was the treat of the night, with Finn Balor and Roderick Strong having a really solid main event to close the show.

1. AEW Dynamite

AEW Dynamite was an incredible show this week that really had something for everyone, creating one of the best shows the company has ever had. While the main event tag team bout and brawl as a slightly flat ending, everything else was brilliant.

The mixed tag team match featuring Shaq was better than it had any right to be, with everyone involved clearly giving their very best. The press conference segment was quite unique and put together well, with MJF and Chris Jericho having some great promos against The Young Bucks to build that match.

The six-man tag team match that saw Tully return to the rind was very fun, while the Women’s Tournament final was an excellent match, proving once again why the division needs more focus. Everything on the show built towards the PPV and it really did an amazing job of hyping up the show, showcasing how good a go-home show can be.

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- 17
IMPACT Wrestling- 31
WWE NXT- 39
AEW Dynamite- 45
WWE NXT UK- 25
WWE SmackDown- 27

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Match Of The Month: The Top 10 WWE Matches (February, 2021)

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Last month I kicked off a new feature, where I run down the 10 best WWE matches of the month from across all shows and PPV events. January saw some very good matches take place (which you can check HERE), but the month of February actually saw that stepped up a notch.

So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at what my top 10 matches for February were in the world of WWE.


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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #7)

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It’s Sunday, you know what that means. As ever, it is time to Break It Down, as we take a detailed look back on the last week of wrestling, taking a look at what has worked, and what has fallen short, in what’s been another action-packed set of shows.

As ever, there have been some highlights and lowlights, but there have been some brilliant matches throughout the week which have kept fans entertained. But which of the shows was the true standout?


WWE RAW

WWE Raw continued in its recent tradition of being a very long three-hour show, and while certain moments worked, and were enjoyable, there are too many moments that simply don’t work. The Miz TV opening segment wasn’t exciting, but it does make sense on his behalf to pull out of the Elimination Chamber.

The six-man tag team match featuring The Hurt Business against Riddle and Lucha House Party was a very average match, and the Lacey Evans announcement renders that recent storyline fairly pointless. It’s not been a great story anyway, and the fact a tag team match had Asuka as a bit-part player just showcases where the women’s division is at right now.

Kofi Kingston and The Miz did have a nice match against each other, which was great to see, but the overwhelming positive of this show was the gauntlet match. It’s a stipulation WWE typically does very good at, and this was no different.

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