Here’s the latest edition of my weekly roundup of what’s worth checking out from the week in wrestling. People I talked to loved the Raw main event more than I did, but my issue was that the winner was so clearly obvious.
If somehow you found this and you don’t know I do a podcast about wrestling, I do! It’s called The Ring Post, and we just published our latest episode “Paybacklash” which you can find here.
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, Ch.47: Complicated Simplicity, hit VOD on 4/29
- NJPW: Wrestling Toyo Province 2017, 4/29
- WWE Payback, 4/30
- Monday Night Raw, 5/1
- ROH Wrestling, 5/1
- SmackDown Live, 5/2
- 205 Live, 5/2
- Talking Smack Live, 5/2
- NXT, 5/3
- NJPW: Wrestling Dontaku, 5/3
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
Kenny Omega vs Tomohoro Ishii
NJPW: Wrestling Dontaku, 5/3
As much as I loved the matches from Progress 47 (watch it) nothing stands up in comparison to this bit of business from The Cleaner (Omega) and the Stone Pitbull (Ishii).
I wanted there to be a little more heel/face dynamic when I was watching this match, but in the time since I’ve realized why. Omega may possibly be turning heel, and this match may have primed the crowd to handle it, as they’ve already been turning on Okada, his opponent at the upcoming Dominion show.
NJPW: Wrestling Dontaku is available on NJPW World.
- South Pacific Power Trip vs. London Riots, Progress Wrestling, Ch.47: Complicated Simplicity, hit VOD on 4/29
- PROGRESS World Title and Tag Team Titles on the line: British Strong Style vs Ringkampf, Progress Wrestling, Ch.47: Complicated Simplicity, hit VOD on 4/29
- Hiromu Takahashi vs Ricochet, NJPW: Wrestling Toyo Province 2017, 4/29
Non-WWE Segment of the Week:
EVOLVE Mini-Doc: Page vs. Darby – The Final Chapter
WWN Live/YouTube, 5/1
I’ve had a hard time writing about the recent last man standing match between Ethan Page vs Darby Allin. This video, another gem of an Evolve Mini-Doc from Kenny Johnson, tells so much story that it needs to be screened at the start of the next Evolve event.
Excellent mix of match footage and backstage content, with caption overlays as necessary. Gives the suicidal Darby Allin all the credit he deserves. I hope he’s going to be well soon.
WWE Match of The Week:
Naomi & Charlotte Flair vs Natalya & Carmella
SmackDown Live, 5/2
While the Payback PPV had some good stuff, this is the match I found myself thinking about more. And that’s less about the match itself rather than what it did for its characters. Love everything that happens once Charlotte arrives, as well as Becky’s decisions.
- The Hardys vs Sheasaro, Payback, 4/30
- Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman, Payback, 4/30
- Number 1 contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins vs Finn Bálor vs The Miz, Monday Night Raw, 5/1
WWE Segment of the Week:
The Fashion Files
SmackDown Live, 5/2
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best non-wrestling segment of the WWE week. Please, let this be a recurring bit. As I noted on the latest episode of The Ring Post, I want this to be a plot device for summarizing the current state of SmackDown Live.
Purest of gold here:
- Roman Reigns is assaulted backstage by Braun Strowman: Raw Talk, April 30, 2017 (WWE Network Exclu.. – YouTube
- Sheasaro on Raw Talk/Raw
- Chris Jericho receives a Raw goodbye from Kurt Angle, WWE YouTube , 4/30
- AJ Styles, fired up on Talking Smack, 5/2