No preamble this week, minus the typical 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:
- WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup: Mexico Qualifier, 5/5
- Fight Club Pro: Dream Tag Team Invitational Night One, originally took place on 4/11, available on VOD on 5/5
- Battle Club Pro: May The Villain Reign, 5/6
- Monday Night Raw, 5/8
- ROH Wrestling, 5/8
- “FIFTY” – Being the Elite Ep. 50, 5/8
- SmackDown LIVE, 5/9
- 205 Live, 5/9
- Talking Smack Live, 5/9
- NXT, 5/10
Upcoming Watch List
- “Moving Forward” – Being The Elite Ep. 51, 5/11
- Ring of Honor: War of the Worlds, 5/12
- “Bullet Club Gets a Villain” – Being The Elite Ep. 52, 5/13
- Monday Night Raw, 5/15
- ROH Wrestling, 5/15
- SmackDown LIVE, 5/16
- 205 Live, 5/16
- Talking Smack Live, 5/16
- NXT, 5/17
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
British Strong Style vs The Elite
Fight Club Pro: Dream Tag Team Invitational Night One, originally took place on 4/11, available on VOD on 5/5
Few teams can go toe to toe with The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson), but British Strong Style might have actually pulled it off. Of course, many might balk at the $20 VOD price of the DTTI Night One event, but this card is a fantastic roundup of the best of independent wrestling talent today.
Available for purchase on Vimeo.
- EC3 vs Flip Gordon vs Darius Carter, Battle Club Pro: May The Villain Reign, 5/6
- Young Bucks vs The Squad, ROH Wrestling, 5/8
Non-WWE Segment of the Week:
Being the Elite Ep. 50, 5/8
Matt & Nick Jackson’s Being The Elite YouTube series took a big turn with this episode, that I’ll explain further next week, but “FIFTY” offers everything. From storytelling and a cornball saccharine rendition of “Say Something” to on-the-road behind-the-scenes footage, this is proof of why the Young Bucks have been smart to cut their own path on the road.
- The Keeper Of The Gates To Heaven…, WWN Live/YouTube, 5/4
WWE Match of The Week:
Hideo Itami vs. Roderick Strong – NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Match
If you were wondering about how much rust Hideo Itami would bring to the ring, you can watch this match to bury those questions. Also, points to Roddy for finally being over with the Full Sail crowd.
- No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team Turmoil Match, Monday Night Raw, 5/15
WWE Segment of the Week:
SmackDown LIVE, 5/9
This was the second time we’ve seen this style of promo from Jimmy and Jey, The Usos, and I give them all the credit for having waited between renditions. Normally with WWE, once a promo style gets over, it gets run until stale (see: Amore, Enzo & Cass, Big).
Still, the UK crowd, which had been a little quiet overall throughout the week, bought in fully here.
- Breezango’s investigation goes international in “The Fashion Files”, SmackDown LIVE, 5/9
- Mojo tells some kids a story, SmackDown LIVE, 5/9