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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #45)

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Break It Down

It was another very busy week of professional wrestling and one that was full of major moments for both WWE and AEW. Each company delivered a lot of big matches, interesting angles and they all really pushed the storylines that they have going on.

But out of those four major shows, which was the one which stood out the most? Which show was the most enjoyable to watch, and which was missable. Let’s Break It Down and reveal all!


4. WWE Raw

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It was another lacklustre edition of WWE Raw this time around, mainly because the show really felt like it was dragging on throughout the three hours. It was a long slog to get through without a lot of interesting moments happening.

There was the continuation of the Survivor Series build, however, both the men’s and women’s teams are arguing about who is the most dominant, which just isn’t interesting or enjoyable. The show was just filled with poor comedy, especially the 24/7 Championship segment, which was a total joke.

The work with the WWE Championship scene in the main event was interesting enough but a step backwards in quality from recent weeks. Thankfully, Ricochet and Mustafa Ali had an amazing match which ensured that there was one element of the show which was worth checking out.

3. WWE SmackDown

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The blue brand was superb this week, with a really exciting show that was a lot of fun to watch. Right from the start, the show caught the attention right off the bat as Drew McIntyre randomly appeared, teasing a match with Roman Reigns with the opening segment being a ton of fun.

His subsequent match with Jey Uso was also excellent, with the two men having great chemistry to put together a fun encounter. Sami Zayn defending his title by count-out was great, as it really boosted his character and the intelligence that he has to get one over on all of his opponents.

It was fun to see Chelsea Green debut, although that ended in an unfortunate manner due to her injury. Elsewhere, Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins had an amazing match, bringing their story to an end in a really fun manner.

2. AEW Dynamite

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Coming off a brilliant AEW Full Gear, this show had a lot of excitement surrounding it and overall, it certainly delivered. The debut of Jade Cargill was certainly interesting, and while a Shaq match doesn’t interest me personally, it’s a big get for the company, and if it’s going to bring out this side of Brandi Rhodes then it can only be a good thing.

MJF and Wardlow officially joining The Inner Circle was fun, with tension between them and Sammy Guevara being clearly teased. But the main highlight for this show was the Bunkhouse tag team match, which was just wrestling carnage at its very best, it was a ton of fun.

The big disappointment of this show was the final angle, with PAC making his return to attack Eddie Kingston, after an amazing match between Penta and Fenix. This could have been an epic finish had nothing been said, but Tony Khan hyped up something much bigger throughout the night on social media, which led to this really falling flat.

1. WWE NXT

WWE NXT Leon Ruff

From the opening match right through to the main event, WWE NXT was a ton of fun this week. Starting out with Leon Ruff shocking the world by beating Johnny Gargano to win the North American Championship, the show reminded fans that anything is possible, giving Ruff a big push which led to Gargano completely losing it throughout the night.

Then, in the main event, Breezango and the current champions, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch had a really fun NXT Tag Team Championship match. It was hard-hitting and full of back and forth pinfall attempts which led to an exciting match.

Plus, everything in between those segments worked as well. There was a solid Cruiserweight Championship match between Santos Escobar and Jake Atlas, who is thriving right now. Plus, Toni Storm and Candice LeRae had a really hard-hitting and enjoyable match as well. This was certainly a show that fans needed to check out.

Fourth place=1 point
Third place=2 points
Second place=3 points
First place=4 points

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

WWE Raw- 99
WWE NXT- 136
AEW Dynamite- 125
WWE SmackDown- 94

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Handcuff Stipulation Added To 1/27 AEW Dynamite Match

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Dax Harwood of FTR is scheduled to face Jungle Boy of Jurassic Express in a singles match on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.

While the action inside the ring is expected to proceed like normal, their respective ringside onlookers are going to be restrained. AEW announced on Monday that Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard will be handcuffed to Luchasuarus at ringside to prevent outside interference.


Below is the updated lineup for Wednesday:

  • Hangman Page vs. Ryan Nemeth
  • Britt Baker vs. Shanna
  • Dax Harwood vs. Jungle Boy
  • Chris Jericho & MJF vs. Varsity Blonds
  • Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer
  • Jon Moxley speaks
  • Cody Rhodes responds to Shaq
  • Darby Allin & Sting address their Street Fight
  • Young Bucks & Good Brothers vs. Dark Order

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Darby Allin Discusses Working With Sting & Being The TNT Champion

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Darby Allin has given his thoughts on working with Sting in recent weeks, and what it has been like to be TNT Champion.

Allin spoke with The Total Slam Podcast where he spoke about working with Sting, who he has been together with since the wrestling legend joined the company.


“I don’t know where it is going and how it came up,” Allin said of their storyline. “I feel like he saw something in me that is almost lost in wrestling today with the creative side of things. I know he saw my videos and it’s something different, and I feel he sees a little bit of himself in me.”

Darby also spoke about getting to be the TNT Champion and the experience he has had with the company since he joined.

“It feels amazing. When I first stepped into AEW and I saw what they had to offer, in my mind I thought I was the poster child of creative freedom. You’ll give me creative freedom and I will show everything I can do here and not elsewhere,” said Allin. “They realized it with all my videos and how I put matches together and it feels really good and that I belong in that spot.

“I was bitter and angry on my independent run because I was a second match card guy and saw the main eventers, and in my mind, I thought there is no reason why I can’t be there. I’m just not taken seriously like I want to be taken. If you give me the opportunity like I did with Cody or with Cage, and I can show everybody that if you give me the ball, you will never get it back.”

Allin is currently set to be part of Sting’s first match back at AEW Revolution, where the duo are set to face Team Tazz members, Brain Cage and Ricky Starks in a street fight. (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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Dax Harwood Reveals He’d Like Chad Gable To Join AEW

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AEW’s Dax Harwood recently spoke about WWE Superstar, Chad Gable, discussing the chemistry they had and how he should join AEW.

Harwood and Gable have a huge history together from their rivalry in WWE with American Alpha and The Revival having some fantastic matches together. When speaking with Arn Anderson as part of a special AdFreeShows watch-along for the ARN podcast, Dax spoke about how you can tell if a wrestler belongs, and why AEW should sign Gable.


“That’s what separates the wrestlers from guys who are playing wrestler. There are guys who can go in there and do some athletic, crazy stuff, and I wish I could. But if you believe in your heart that you’re the best, if believe you’re the biggest badass in the world, nobody can beat you, you’re gonna look legit. I think we should get Gable into AEW, but that’s just my thought.”

Harwood then put over the American Alpha stars as two of the hardest workers they’ve ever wrestled, and how they shook up their matches regularly to keep them fresh.

“Those two guys are two of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been in the ring with. They are the two hardest working guys I have ever been in the ring with. We worked with those guys for I don’t know, four months straight, 5 months straight on these house shows. This is when NXT was picking up and we were going to these house shows every week. Every week, my goal was to change the match. I never wanted to do the same thing, ever. There’s some guys that want, and I can understand, there’s some guys that want to preserve their body and preserve their mind and just get through it, and I get that, but these guys weren’t like that.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)

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