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

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Break It Down

It’s certainly been the most unique WrestleMania week in history, and the shows weren’t quite what we might have imagined because of that. However, there is no doubt that the wrestling world has continued to work hard in putting on entertaining shows to distract fans from what is going on.

Of course, from a WWE perspective, there was plenty of focus on WWE WrestleMania’s two-night extravaganza, while AEW Dynamite continued pushing its respective storylines.


Once again the shows had to put on unique twists to try and make things as entertaining as possible with some fun promos, segments, and even a title match. But, what show was the strongest of the week? Let’s find out as we break it down!

4. WWE Raw

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Once again the red brand was the weakest of the four shows this week, despite the fact it was the final show for the red brand heading into WWE WrestleMania 36. The show wasn’t poor though, as it had plenty of excellent promo work.

The Undertaker cut one of his best promos in years on AJ Styles, while Edge and Paul Heyman both put in excellent work in building their storylines. However, the real issue with the show that didn’t make it as strong as others was the lack of in-ring work.

While it’s clear why WWE isn’t having lots of wrestling right now due to the fact the show has no fans. Having fewer matches than other shows does actually hurt WWE Raw, as fans still want to see active wrestling take place.

3. WWE NXT

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The black and yellow brand had another very solid outing this week with the first planned Takeover match taking place as Keith Lee defended his NXT North American Championship. He competed against Dominick Dijackovic and Damien Priest in what was a fun match that felt worthy of its main event spot.

However, because its three people that we have seen wrestle against each other so many times it just wasn’t quite as exciting as it could have been. Outside of that, there was a fun match between Bobby Fish and Velveteen Dream, continuing Dream’s storyline against Adam Cole.

There was also a brilliant gauntlet match between several members of the women’s roster who had not qualified to the upcoming ladder match. It was thrilling to watch and highlighted the division, with Dakota Kai earning her spot for next weeks match up.

2. WWE SmackDown

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Out of the three WWE shows, the blue brand seemed to be the most focused and streamlined towards WWE WrestleMania and continuing storylines as normal. That’s why the show was so entertaining to watch with some fantastic wrestling and promo segments.

The show had some fun matches that may not have been five-star classics but they were certainly entertaining. Tamina, Lacey Evans, and Naomi had a fun match, while Tucker and Dolph Ziggler competing was also a great match, especially with the big hacker gimmick reveal continuing Otis’ storyline.

The highlight really came from the main event segment which saw John Cena cut a great promo towards WWE WrestleMania, while WWE made the most of pre-taping it to have a fun scare by The Fiend.

1. AEW Dynamite

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Once again, AEW Dynamite stood out the strongest this week with no fans in attendance. The main reason for that was simply because the show continued to work as normal, instead of changing things up too much simply because of the current situation.

This is something that really helps as the show feels like it is required viewing still with storylines still progressing and moving ahead, rather than slowly going along with random matches. Lance Archer has an impressive in-ring performance and Brodie Lee’s Vince McMahon style character continuing to develop.

The main event was also tremendous and was easily the match of the week. Sammy Guevara continues to be the standout talent on AEW’s roster on a weekly basis, and this week was no different as he stole the show with his performance in the tag team main event.

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- 32
WWE NXT- 38
AEW Dynamite- 43
WWE SmackDown- 27

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Kenny Omega & Don Callis Hatch Plot To Steal AEW World Title; Duo To Speak On IMPACT Next Tues.

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Perhaps the single most bizarre year in the history of professional wrestling continued tonight on AEW Dynamite, as IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Don Callis realigned himself with Kenny Omega in what appears to be a carefully orchestrated plot to steal the AEW World Championship.

For weeks Omega had been pleading with Jon Moxley to meet him in a fair-and-square professional wrestling contest, a stark contrast to their first collision in 2019 that saw both men crash through a trampoline made completely out of barbed wire.


Two weeks ago things took another twist on Dynamite when Moxley was attacked backstage, knocked unconscious by an unknown entity. Omega, to his credit, was in the ring awaiting an official contract signing for their world title bout.

Callis is a long-time friend of Omega and fellow Canadian who called some of his most important matches in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. When he showed up tonight on Dynamite, joining the commentary booth for the show’s main event, no one thought anything of it. After all, the IMPACT official was also present at Full Gear to witness his friend’s victory over Hangman Page.

Omega and Moxley had an incredible match this evening, leaving it all in the ring as the show crawled closer and closer to the top of the hour. That made it all the more heartbreaking, and for many fans, infuriating, when Callis came to the ring and involved himself in the action.

Callis first approached the ring after Omega took a nasty spill to the floor, prompeting the AEW medical team to check on him. He then grabbed the microphone and insisted the referee call off the bout. However, with the ref sufficiently distracted, Omega was able to use the mic to draw blood from the now-former champion’s forehead. That and the One-Winged Angel was all he needed to steal the one-two-three in the middle of the ring.

Omega and Callis quickly grabbed the world title belt as soon as the bell rang and rushed backstage, not even waiting for ring announcer Justin Roberts to make the title change official. On their way out they exchanged heated words with AEW President Tony Khan and waded through a sea of upset AEW wrestlers who clearly all wanted answers, finally arriving at their car.

And that’s when they dropped a bombshell. Omega and Callis will speak on their actions next week, but it won’t be Wednesday on Dynamite. Fans will have to tune in to IMPACT Wrestling live on AXS next Tuesday night to see how this all plays out.

2020, am I right?

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Sting Signs Multi-Year, Full-Time Contract With All Elite Wrestling

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All Elite Wrestling has signed Sting to a multi-year contract.

Yes, you read that correctly. The heart and soul of NITRO and the “Icon” of World Championship Wrestling will once again compete on the TNT network after shocking the world in his AEW Dynamite debut on Wednesday night.


Sting made an immediate impact, coming face-to-face with both the “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes and the TNT Champion Darby Allin, taking his very first steps in an AEW ring.

An official press release from the company, shared in its entirety below, revealed that the 12-time world heavyweight champion signed not only a multi-year deal, but a full-time deal, implying that he will be on AEW programming consistently going forward.

“THE ICON” STING MAKES DEBUT ON AEW DYNAMITE “WINTER IS COMING” EPISODE ON TNT

December 2, 2020 – “Winter is Coming” was already guaranteed to be the biggest episode
of AEW DYNAMITE yet, but on a night packed with tremendous clashes, the debut of
wrestling legend Sting took the world by surprise.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, Sting’s jaw-dropping
appearance sent electricity through the crowd at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla., and
throughout the wrestling world, when he stepped in the ring.

AEW has also confirmed tonight that it has officially signed Sting to a full-time, multi-year
agreement.

“The surprise introduction of Sting was a great way to celebrate our biggest episode of Dynamite
yet,” said Tony Khan, CEO and GM of AEW. “When AEW launched, I was ecstatic to bring
wrestling back to TNT after a very long absence. Sting defeated the legendary Ric Flair in the
final wrestling match to be shown on TNT for more than 18 years until the debut of Dynamite in
2019. Now, almost two decades later, it’s such a thrill to welcome Sting to AEW and bring him
back home to TNT!”

Tune in to AEW DYNAMITE on TNT next week to see why Sting is joining the most boundless
promotion in all of wrestling.

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BREAKING: ‘The Icon’ Sting Makes Shocking Debut In AEW Dynamite

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The Icon has returned to TNT.

The man they call STING made a shocking appearance this Wednesday night on a special edition of AEW Dynamite – one that the company had heavily promoted as the biggest and most important episode in its young history.


The 61-year-old wrestling legend made his career in the National Wrestling Alliance, arguably becoming the most important figurehead of World Championship Wrestling and its flagship show on the TNT network, Monday NITRO.

It was believed that Sting suffered a career-ending injury during a match with Seth Rollins in 2015, during his short-lived run with WWE. He announced his retirement from professional wrestling the following year while being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Sting arrived in All Elite Wrestling carrying his signature baseball bat, chasing off Taz, Brian Cage, Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs, who were in the midst of assaulting AEW coach Arn Anderson.

In the ring, “The Icon” had a very pointed and tense stare down with both the “American Nightmare” – an obvious intergenerational dream match in the making – and TNT Champion Darby Allin, who has been compared to Sting’s “Crow” character by many fans.

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