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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #49)

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As we come towards the end of the year, all four shows have ramped things up in order to push their individual storylines, matches, and upcoming shows. There was plenty of noteworthy moments from the world of wrestling this week, with certain moments connecting, and others, unfortunately, falling flat.

As ever, it’s time to Break It Down and work out what worked, and what didn’t. We will take a look at all four shows and see which was the standout episode for this week!


4. WWE Raw

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It was a really strange episode of WWE Raw this week, which was a real tale of two halves. The first half of the show was a complete disaster, to put it mildly. Every single segment fell flat, from the RETRIBUTION members losing (again), to the awful Miz TV segment, it was just bad all around.

Thankfully, things in the second half of the show picked up a lot. Kofi Kingston and Shelton Benjamin proved they’re as good as ever with their bout, and the handicap match featuring the stars involved in the main event scene was really enjoyable as well.

But ultimately, they didn’t close the show this week, instead, that honor was given to Bray Wyatt facing Randy Orton. This was a great match and was one of Wyatt’s best outings in the Firefly Fun House form, with a really fun and well put-together finish.

3. AEW Dynamite

AEW delivered a massive show last time out, but sadly this episode failed to really follow up on that. The big excitement was what Kenny Omega would do next, but for anybody who saw Impact Wrestling, it was pretty much the same thing, which was disappointing.

The opening tag team match between The Young Bucks and TH2 fell very flat for me, as there was a real lack of selling throughout. While there’s no doubt a great amount of skill, it was hard to invest in. Throughout the rest of the show, the in-ring work was good, but nothing felt particularly thrilling or must-see.

Sting was a big part of the excitement heading into this episode, and once they got through the, ‘he’s happy to be here’ stuff, his promo was good. The tease of him vs Cody was really well done, which is a story that audiences can easily get into.

2. WWE SmackDown

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WWE SmackDown was a solid show from start to finish, and while it was nothing mindblowing, everything was entertaining. There was some solid in-ring action, with Montez Ford and Dolph Ziggler having a good encounter, while Big E and Sami Zayn was solid as well.

Not everything was great, as the pairing between Billie Kay and Natalya didn’t work and just feels totally pointless. The post-breakup storylines for The IIconics really have made the decision to split them up seem even more ridiculous than it first seemed.

The main event saw Carmella challenge Sasha Banks for the title, and while it wasn’t necessary to have this match on the show, it was entertaining. Carmella and Banks clearly have good in-ring chemistry, and that’s a good thing moving forwards for this rivalry.

1. WWE NXT

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WWE NXT was great this week, coming off the back of a really good Takeover, there was plenty going on. Building up a laundry list of potential challengers for Finn Balor made sense, and having Karrion Kross return was also a massive moment. It’s also smart to keep him away from Balor for now, as that can setup a much bigger match down the line.

WWE also continued its strong work with the tag team division from Imperium, Ever-Rise, and Grizzled Young Veterans. It’s a much-needed injection of quality and their match was great, while Killian Dain and Pete Dunne had a really great singles match as well, with Dain looking good in this one.

The main event saw Raquel Gonzalez defeat Ember Moon which was also a really solid match. It’s great to see WWE committing fully to Raquel as well, as this is something she’s certainly earned. WWE also did a nice job following up on WarGames from this, and the injuries that the crazy match caused.

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- 105
WWE NXT- 149
AEW Dynamite- 137
WWE SmackDown- 103

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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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