And here we have the second week WWE having awakened from slumber. Also, just one non-WWE thing. As I’ve said, I’m trying to change that. NJPW Tag League is coming up to help out, and I may be giving TNA another shot now that it’s employing The Hottest Free Agent in Pro Wrestling: Ethan Page.
As always, if I’m missing anything that can be accessed without too much trouble, @ me on twitter: henrytcasey .
What I Watched
- NJPW Power Struggle, 11/5
- Monday Night Raw, 11/6
- SmackDown LIVE, 11/7
- 205 Live, 11/7
- NXT, 11/8
Upcoming Watch List
- Monday Night Raw, 11/13
- SmackDown LIVE, 11/14
- 205 Live, 11/14
- NXT, 11/15
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
Marty Scurll vs Will Ospreay © for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
NJPW Power Struggle, 11/5
This is a fun match, and I think it’s the best either have had during their runs in New Japan. Sure, Ospreay match’s against Ricochet is iconic, but it at times felt too much like a routine and not like a fight.
And even if Scurll and Ospreay have wrestled a ton of times before, this match didn’t smell at all of two guys going through the motions. Scurll actually fought despicably and Ospreay had to deal with him in mostly non-flippy ways. Good times.
- Kenny Omega vs Trent Beretta, NJPW Power Struggle, 11/5
- Kota Ibushi vs Hiroshi Tanahashi © for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, NJPW Power Struggle, 11/5
- David Starr vs Anthony Gangone © for the FBW Championship, Five Borough Wrestling, A Savior Among Us, 11/10
Non-WWE Segment of The Week
A New Challenger Appears for Kenny Omega
NJPW Power Struggle, 11/5
Yep: Jericho vs Omega will happen at WrestleKingdom 12 this year. And if the match alone (and the social media dick measuring contest) didn’t seal the deal on your excitement, check out this promo:
Also, gotta love that Jericho uses a countdown clock for this debut moment, just like he did when he came to WWE. Another smart touch? Jericho is silent for the first few moments of the promo, so the crowd and announcers can lose their collective shit.
- Darby Allin Is Living In His Car, But Why?!?!, WWNLive, 11/6
- Mini-Doc: The New WWN Champion Keith Lee, WWNLive, 11/10
WWE Match of The Week:
AJ Styles vs Jinder Mahal © for the WWE Championship
SmackDown LIVE, 11/7
I haven’t hated Jinder’s run as champ. First: it irked fans enough to make this match matter a lot, and second: this match didn’t illogically tweak the role of the Singh brothers, Mahal’s not at all-secret weapon, so that AJ could win.
Not only did Styles systematically take down the flopping boys, but his subsequent return into the ring used reversals and ring-awareness so he wouldn’t go down like all the rest.
- Pete Dunne vs Enzo Amore, Monday Night Raw, 11/6
- The Bar vs Ambrose and Rollins, Monday Night Raw, 11/6
- Tyler Bate vs Enzo Amore,205 Live, 11/7
- AlexAndrews vs Joseph Conners and James Drake, 205 Live, 11/7
- Roderick Strong vs Adam Cole, NXT, 11/8
WWE Segment of the Week:
Enzo Introduces the UK Division to the British WWE Fans
205 Live, 11/7
This gets a best for giving Tyler Bate on the mic, and for continuing to validate the Enzo Experiment. Sometimes you need to get guys over by pairing them with others who already matter.
This segment also won be over by putting Mark Andrews and James Drake on screen. It also showed that WWE is smart enough to not give Joseph Conners a microphone.