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SPOILER: Top NXT Name Moving To Friday Night Smackdown

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It would appear that WWE is set to shake things up for its rosters once again as it is being reported there will be a call-up from WWE NXT to WWE SmackDown in the very near future.

According to Mike Johnson at PWInsider, Matt Riddle will be joining the blue brand shortly, although there was no official date given as to when that change will take place. Johnson did also note that there have been talks of moving Matt Riddle up for a while now, dating back to before WrestleMania 36, but they ended up being put on hold.


The King Of Bros is a former NXT Tag Team Champion, which he held with Pete Dunne. However, their partnership was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic as Dunne cannot travel from England. Because of that, he began teaming with Timothy Thatcher.

However, that partnership ended up imploding as Thatcher walked out on Riddle during a title match, which led to them losing the titles to Imperium. Since then the two men have been feuding, and this week on WWE NXT they will compete in a steel cage match that will also see Kurt Angle work as the special guest referee.

It is currently unclear whether or not this will serve as Riddle’s final appearance on the brand, but a steel cage match could be a good way to go out.

Riddle has previously appeared on WWE SmackDown during the build to WWE Survivor Series in 2019, and he also made an appearance in the WWE Royal Rumble match earlier this year, being eliminated by SmackDown’s King Corbin.

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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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Jey Uso Discusses Working As A Singles Wrestler & Missing The Fans

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Jey Uso recently gave his thoughts on a range of topics from working as a singles wrestler to possibly facing Edge and Christian.

Jey Uso spoke with FOX Sports and he discussed working as a singles talent and how he went from hosting karaoke segments to main eventing PPVs as a singles star.


“[I] went from hosting the girl’s karaoke to winning a contender’s spot against my own cousin, Roman Reigns,” Jey said. “And I main-evented my own pay-per-view with him, and then my own Hell in a Cell with him.

“I always knew I could hang with singles work because wrestling is wrestling, Uce,” Jey stated. “The only thing is, it felt weird not having Jimmy with me coming out. I’m always on the left. He’s always on the right. It was just a weird vibe.”

Uso also spoke about how the fans and how he’s been missing them, stating you don’t know how important something is until it’s totally gone.

“Man, I miss the fans. That is the biggest part,” Jey said. “You know how they say, ‘You don’t know how important something is until it’s gone and taken away from you?’ Like, man. I didn’t know.”

Finally, Jey also discussed Christian’s recent in-ring return and how facing Edge and Christian in a tag team match is on his bucket list.

“We had the Hardy Boyz, and then we had the Dudley Boyz … that’s one more team I have to mark off,” Jey said. “They’re the OGs of the tag division. That triple-threat ladder match at WrestleMania, bro, like, c’mon. Two out of the three teams, me and my brother got to be blessed to work with … that’s another bucket list. Straight up.”

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Bad Bunny Has Reportedly Impressed People In WWE

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According to a report by Fightful Select, current WWE 24/7 Champion, Bad Bunny, has been impressing behind the scenes in WWE.

The music artist made his debut with the company at the WWE Royal Rumble in an appearance that was initially just to perform a song. However, he ended up getting involved in the Rumble itself, which led to The Miz and John Morrison being eliminated.


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Since that point, Bad Bunny has been a focal point of WWE Raw, working alongside Damian Priest. He’s captured the WWE 24/7 Championship and has had impressive merchandise sales. However, according to the report, his work ethic has been impressive, while his WWE WrestleMania 37 plans were also stated.

This probably isn’t a big surprise to anyone who has paid attention of late, but the planned WrestleMania match for Bad Bunny as of early February was he and Damian Priest taking on Miz and John Morrison in a tag team match. He and members of his family and entourage have been at the WWE Performance Center and have participated in private lessons and training.

We’d mentioned that Damian Priest had impressed people backstage upon his WWE debut, but his on screen “friend” Bad Bunny seems to have been a hit as well. Those that we heard from said that Bad Bunny was easy to deal with in their interactions with him, and was open to doing what he needed to on Sundays and Mondays, as well as being “excited to do business in the future.” One Raw wrestler said that Bad Bunny treating the situation seriously made a great impression on several in the locker room.

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