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What I Watched
- NJPW Destruction in Kobe, 9/24
- Beyond: Far Beyond Wrestling, 9/24
- WWE No Mercy, 9/24
- Monday Night Raw, 9/25
- SmackDown LIVE, 9/26
- 205 Live, 9/26
- NXT, 9/27
- Lucha Underground, 9/27
- Fight Club Pro Project Mayhem VI, 9/22+23, released on VOD 9/29+30
Upcoming Watch List
- Monday Night Raw, 10/2
- SmackDown LIVE, 10/3
- 205 Live, 10/3
- NXT, 10/4
- Lucha Underground, 10/4
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
Killshot vs Dante Fox in a Hell of War (Three Stages of Hell) Match
Lucha Underground, 9/25
When wrestling reaches to the furthest depths of its dark heart, it winds up in matches that make you question your own morals. Killshot and Dante (aka AR) Fox created such hideous glory in the best death match of the week, which is a high compliment when Jimmy Havoc’s in a Hashtag-DeathHouse tag team match.
After this match, I need to see Dante Fox and Killshot elevated into the main event picture, as I care about few who will be there next season (aka bye bye Ricochet, have fun in the WWE) as much as them. Specifically, Fox’s facial expressions were as evocative and emotionally gripping as any you see inside the squared circle.
- Juice Robinson vs Kenny Omega © for the NJPW US Championship, NJPW Destruction in Kobe, 9/24
- Death House: Callous Hearts (Clint Margera & Jimmy Havoc) vs Drew Parker & Rickey Shane Page in a Deathmatch, Fight Club Pro Project Mayhem VI Night 1
- Shane Strickland vs Omari, Fight Club Pro Project Mayhem VI Night 2
- Joey Janela vs AR Fox, Beyond: Far Beyond Wrestling, 9/24
Non-WWE Segment of The Week
Kenny Omega Dunks On YOSHI-HASHI
NJPW Destruction in Kobe, 9/24
NJPW is (on occasion) doing more with its post-show press conferences. This week’s was a delight, because we got to see Kenny Omega give the proper reaction to YOSHI-FRICKIN-HASHI of all people asking for a title shot. That response? Mockery. Stating he’ll give the dude his best match of the year.
WWE Match of The Week:
The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins ©
WWE No Mercy, 9/24
It’s very good that I waited 4 extra days to write about this match, because it gave us this fucking shirt:
What I love about this match is that it helps everyone. Not only do Rollins and Ambrose look 10 times better than they had during their recent singles pushes, but it elevates Cesaro and Sheamus by making them credible threats to two former world champs.
And yes, this match wasn’t great because of Cesaro’s grizzly dental injury, but that sure did add to it.
– Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax vs Emma vs Alexa Bliss in a RAW Women’s Championship Fatal 5 Way Match, WWE No Mercy, 9/24
– Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn, SmackDown LIVE, 9/25
WWE Segment of the Week:
As The Enzo Turns
Monday Night Raw, 9/25 and 205 Live, 9/26
This is a story told in three parts. First of all, Neville throwing out the fucks he has about the Cruiserweight title.
Then Braun Strowman wrecking shop, followed by the whole 205 Live gang running … well, destroying Enzo.
Lastly, Enzo’s full, unchallenged promo. Some don’t like a promo that doesn’t get met with opposition. Me, I think it helps confirm that Enzo is now the bad guy, by wearing out his welcome better with audiences. The issue with Enzo is that the crowd always starts to chuckle if he can jaw jack at a target in front of him.
- Rusev’s Pride of Bulgaria Celebration, SmackDown LIVE, 9/26