Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings – August 19 – August 25
Slowly getting back into the wrankings game. Had two PPVs so I still wasn’t able to include anything past WWE.
- MAXIMIZATION OF TELEVISION TIME – What did this person do with their minutes? Were they must see? Was it something exciting to witness?
- FOLLOW THROUGH – Did this person handle the mic and deliver as promised or fall flat on their face. Even if it’s poor booking, it’s still a strike against them.
- STRAIGHT UP ENJOYMENT – Some times this will be enough to get them on through.
- IN RING PERFORMANCE – Yeah sure you were great on the mic but did your match stink up the joint?
*We reserve the right to add/subtract or alter the criteria at any point.
This list will include ANY wrestling that one of us has watched that week which does include when Justin watched WCW Nitro on the Network. Included for this weeks list are: NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III, Summer Slam, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,and NXT
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
August 19 – August 25
1. Braun Strowman
Hard to argue against anyone having a better week than Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men solidified his spot at the top of the card with an outstanding Summer Slam showing and followed it up with a face to face encounter with The Beast Brock Lesnar the next night on Raw. Kudos to you, Braun.
2. The Usos vs The New Day
They followed all of the hype of this feud, the great Battleground match, solid SDLive match, with another outstanding match at Summer Slam and on the kickoff, no less. This is budding into an all time great rivalry the likes of The Hardys and Edge and Christian. Look out.
3. The Miz
Speaking of the SummerSlam kick off, The Miz and his Miztourage were the opening of the show and wrestled The Hardys and Jason Jordan in front of 50 people, give or take. Yikes. Miz, however, turned that into some amazing mic work the next night on Raw with heavy hitters Roman Reigns and John Cena his opposite. It felt the realest Miz has felt since coming over to Raw and the most heated since his epic blow up at Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack.
4. Dolph Ziggler
And speaking of Talking Smack and disappearances…. Dolph resurfaced on SmackDown Live this week and promised everything from singing, robes, big entrances, and lasers. I can’t wait to see what materializes from it but like I said earlier about Miz, it felt real. If we keep getting ‘from the heart’ stuff, maybe the loss of Talking Smack won’t be so bad.
5. Hideo Itami vs Aleister Black
In what was an excellent TakeOver event, it’s hard to really pick out any of the matches on their own, but even now as I think back on it, this hard hitting affair really sticks out. Pulling no punches…or kicks…coming right after each other, made this feel like a FIGHT.
6. Neville vs Tozawa
I’m including both matches. The SummerSlam kickoff match where Neville regained the championship was well put together and the rematch on 205 Live was one of the best matches I can recall seeing on that program. It made 205 Live can’t miss this week, which is literally never the case. Hats off to the intensity between both men.
Wait. No new Fashion Files or wrestling and I’m still including them? Yes. Deputy Dango and Officer Breeze played red carpet reporters for Up Up Down Down over the weekend and it was great.
8. Bobby Roode
What a weekend for the Glorious One. A HUGE match with Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship at TakeOver followed up by an even bigger debut on SmackDown Live. Time will tell whether he will be a good or bad guy but Brooklyn erupted for him and it was hard to not get swept up in it.
9. Samoa Joe
Coming in at number nine and he almost flew under the radar with everything happening around him, Samoa Joe was amazing this week on Raw. He obviously had a great role in the 4-way at Summer Slam but his command in the ring, insisting he would be Miz’s partner and then laying down the law as a general backstage was great.
10. Lars Sullivan
Continuity. Gotta love it. Picking up where he left off last week, Lars Sullivan is scheduled for a match with No Way Jose and instead attacks him prior to the match. Looks like Lars will be getting some more TV time in the coming weeks.
BUMMER: The Brooklyn Crowd
Typically a really good crowd and they were for TakeOver. Awful for most of SummerSlam and Raw.
Last Weeks List
- Breezango (6)
- The Usos and The New Day (2, technically)
- Ric Flair
- Shane McMahon
- Southpaw Regional Wrestling
- Rusev (2)
- Shinsuke Nakamura
- Big Cass
- Lars Sullivan
- The Street Profits