Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings July 1 – July 8
It’s July and it’s rankings and it’s #WrestlePals. What more do you need?
- 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: Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,NXT, Slammiversary XV, and G1 Special in USA Night 1.
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
July 1 – July 8
Sitting just outside of the radar of this list since it’s inception. Naomi has been so good for so long, that it’s just expected. I absolutely love what they’re doing with her being a take on all challengers, kind of champion. How smoothly she rolled into that submission hold, it was beautiful.
These stupid and lovely men continue to be one of my favorite things about televised wrestling programs. The lengths they’re willing to go to really help define who these characters are, is incredible. Plus Tenay Young and Worker Dango are amazing. Silly bastards.
3. Okada vs Cody
As of now, I’ve been unable to watch G1 in USA night two, which is a bummer but I did catch this gem and all of night one. A great mix of styles, storytelling, and just hard hitting action.
4. Omega vs Elgin
New Japan’s cards can be kinda long with a lot of OK matches to open…but the Main Events deliver without fail. As mentioned before, Okada and Cody had a great match, but not too long before them Kenny Omega and Michael Elgin had a barnburner too.
5. The New Day vs The Usos Rap Battle
I have to admit that when this was announce on the prior SmackDown Live, I groaned. There was no way this was going to be any good, considering WWE’s track record with such things. Shame on me for doubting The New Day. It was fun, it was heated, it was real, and it had Mega Ran.
6. Bobby Roode vs Roderick Strong
There’s nothing flashy about Bobby Roode matches but the man is amazing at elevating whomever he is facing. With the solid story built around Strong leading into this and add the ability we knew he had, and you have an excellent televised match on NXT. Well done.
So I tried to watch Slammiversary XV and failed miserably BUT there was a highlight. The match was..fine…it’s a strap match, it is what it is. The real tale here was the EC3’s work as a shit heel. It was fun watching him do something awful and then pay for it later in the match.
Finally Rusev has returned to television! Really dug the way he came out on Cena’s coattails but USED that as an attacking point. Not huge on a Flag Match but I’m willing to be surprised on this one.
The Princess of Staten Island fell way down this week but mostly because she wasn’t on the show very much. What kept her on the list was her chasing Ellsworth out of the ring when Bryan said he would strip her of the briefcase if he broke any of the rules. It means something to her. I dig it.
10. Braun Strowman
I didn’t watch Raw this week. I did however browse the WWE YouTube and came across Strowman kicking Crews out of the sky. Tremendous.
Last Weeks List
- Nia Jax
- Women’s Money in the Bank Rematch
- Asuka vs Nikki Cross
- Breezango (4)
- Oney Lorcan vs Hideo Itami
- Goldust (4)
- Samoa Joe (4)
- The Velveteen Dream