First of all, an apology for how late this is. My weekend was a blur of indie wrestling and Persona 5, but I’m looking to get next week’s done quickly.
As always, a list of what I watched for this week’s edition and what I’m planning to watch next week. If I’m missing anything that can be accessed without too much trouble, @ me on twitter: henrytcasey.
What I Watched:
- PROGRESS Wrestling Presents: Freedom’s Road S01E07, 4/13
- Make Me Feel Alive…, EVOLVE, WWN Live, 4/14
- How To Cut A Good Wrestling Promo, Ethan Page, 4/14
- OTT: Scrappermania III, 4/15
- Monday Night Raw, 4/17
- ROH Wrestling, 4/17
- Chikara: Bad Wolf, hit VOD 4/17, originally happened 4/1
- SmackDown Live, 4/18
- 205 Live, 4/18
- Talking Smack Live, 4/18
- NXT, 4/19
Upcoming Watch List
- T1W & Battle Club Pro: “The One Who Knocks”, 4/22
- EVOLVE 82, 4/22
- Tier 1 Wrestling Presents: “True Will”, 4/23
- EVOLVE 83, 4/23
- Monday Night Raw, 4/24
- ROH Wrestling, 4/24
- SmackDown Live, 4/25
- 205 Live, 4/25
- Talking Smack Live, 4/25
- NXT, 4/26
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks (The Elite) vs Lio Rush, Ryan Smile, & Will Ospreay (The Uptown Funkers)
OTT: Scrappermania III, 4/15
While the below honorable mentions do some things well, this match checks a lot of boxes, and with style.
While the Funkers do in fact funk, they also bring the high flying brilliance that Rush and Ospreay are known names for. And of course you have The Bucks doing their chicanery and Kenny being the slyest devil in the game.
OTT: Scrappermania III is available via FloSlam.
- Marty Scurll vs Jay White, OTT: Scrappermania III, 4/15
- Martina, Nixon Newell, & Alex Windsor vs Bea Priestley, Jinny, & Katey Harvey, OTT: Scrappermania III, 4/15
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs Mike Quackenbush,Chikara: Bad Wolf, 4/1 (available 4/17)
- Silas Young, Hangman Page, Jay White, and Jay Lethal vs Colt Cabana, Lio Rush, Hanson from War Machine and Bobby Fish, ROH Wrestling, 4/17
Non-WWE Segment of the Week:
EVOLVE Mini-Doc: Crowning A WWN Champion
Directed by Kenny Johnson, via WWNLive/YouTube, 4/17
If you want a brief primer on what’s going on with a few of the biggest names in EVOLVE, this is a great way to catch up with Catch Point. Not only does it tell the Yehi / Riddle story, as well as show off the dickishness of “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams, but it doesn’t leave the other half of the 6-man elimination match behind. And that means you get more Stokely Hathaway, and to learn about Jon Davis and Parrow.
WWE Match of The Week:
Sasha Banks vs. Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax – Fatal 4-Way Match
Monday Night Raw, 4/17
It’s not a perfect match, but it deserves some callout for something that WWE got right with the swaps in the women’s division. With Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Bayley finally have opponents with similar frames.
It was weird that WWE announcers never harped on the uphill battle that the comparably-tiny Sasha Banks should have been facing with the chiseled and statuesque Charlotte Flair. But now, they won’t need to, and this match showed some proof. While we all love an underdog, Sasha looks more realistic a potential victor now, and if this is her day 1 chemistry with James and Bliss, she will have a solid chance of thriving under this new era.
Also: Charlotte appears to have been the puzzle piece that SmackDown Live’s women’s division needed. Her match with Naomi was the first time in a while that either performer worked with someone who physically matched up. Unfortunately, a series of whiffs near the end made that match harder to watch.
- Charlotte Flair vs. Naomi, SmackDown Live, 4/18
- TJ Perkins vs Austin Aries, 205 Live, 4/18
- Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young in a Steel Cage, NXT, 4/19
WWE Segment of the Week:
Cesaro & Sheamus welcome The Hardy Boyz to Team Red
Monday Night Raw, 4/17
This segment is the proof that Matt Hardy is now working with the WWE when he’s trolling the masses about a return of his former self. As Dave Tach put it on our latest episode of The Ring Post, Matt can spend 95 percent of a promo in Hardy Boyz mode and then sprinkle on a bit of Broken Brilliance.
- Chris Jericho puts Elias Samson on “The List”, Monday Night Raw, 4/17
- Jinder Mahal Will Be The New American Dream, Talking Smack, 4/18
The Colons Will Not Be Forgotten, Talking Smack, 4/18
- Another close call for Sami Zayn, SmackDown LIVE Fallout, 4/18
- Hideo Itami returns to confront NXT Champion Bobby Roode, NXT, 4/19