Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings June 17- June 23
So here it is, week to of the rankings. How did we do last week? Any of the same wrestlers make the list? Who stood out this week? All shall be answered below, children. Here is the ever evolving criteria we will be using for the list.
- 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 week will likely be all WWE but the plan will be to 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, Money in the Bank PPV, NJPW Dominion, Lucha Underground,and WCW (December ’98).
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
June 17 – June 23
1. Baron Corbin
Baron had a solid showing in the MitB Main Event ladder match, including laying out Shinsuke Nakamura out before the match started. Eventually Corbin grabs the briefcase and wins the match. He follows that up with a cocky appearance on Talking Smack and terrorizing Jinder Mahal on SmackDown Live during his match with Luke Harper. Great presence. Something big is coming Corbin’s way.
Moving up this week. The team found a way to freshen up Fashion Files, got a big win at Money in the Bank, and they’ve got a t-shirt now. If anyone wants to buy me one, that’d be cool.
3. Samoa Joe
Joe continues to hover as a true highlight to Monday Night Raw and a credible threat to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship. This week he shut Roman Reigns up and made him pass out. That’s good for something, for most.
After last weeks weird hug with Corey Graves, Bayley cements her spot in the list by cleaning house in a segment that solidified the women’s division as just that, a division. She finally looked strong without having to change her character.
Goldie and Truth are going to tangle next week on Raw in some fashion and although Truth has held his end of the bargain, Goldust has been on fire dipping back into the Golden Age. I’m really enjoying watching him revisit this version of the character and can’t wait to see what floats to the ring.
I wasn’t looking for anything amazing from Lana at Money in the Bank but she absolutely over shot my expectations. She had a solid match with Naomi where she was slow and methodical. Picking apart Naomi’s knee.
7. Jinder Mahal
While the match between Mahal and Orton wasn’t a show stealer, it was everything I wanted from it and more. I’ve been waiting to see Mahal step into the role as champion and he showed that he can handle things on his own, if need be. In the meantime continue the cheating and I’ll keep booing.
8. Cody Rhodes vs Christopher Daniels
I wish I could have watched the lead up and I was trying to find the whole card as I think the combination of both of these things would have propelled this match higher onto the list. This was a really good match between two men who know what the hell they’re doing. Cody was great at milking the busted lip for all it was worth and seeing him raise the championship, as a fan, was ultra gratifying. Kudos gents. Hope we get some more from you two.
9. Elias Samson
The song was average heat seeking Samson material and I still most definitely appreciate that but it was oddly interrupted by Finn Balor. Fast forward to later in the show and Balor is having a backstage interview where he gets laid out by Samson. This is a good look for him. A high profile feud with someone he can toss around a bit.
10. Drew Gulak
Having been away from Raw, I’ve also mostly been away from 205Live. I had seen Gulak’s No Fly Zone beginnings but hadn’t seen what he’s done with it. It was fun to finally see it in action and to see him finally have a direction.
BUMMER: Enzo and Cass – This was a decent segment that paid off a month worth of television. Why I listed it as my bummer is twofold. First for all the right reasons. I loved Enzo and Cass as a team, so I was sad to see them break up. Second, man that division is light enough as it is, isn’t it? Can Raw really afford to lose a team?
Last Weeks List
- Asuka (1) and Nikki Cross (2)
- Samoa Joe (2)
- Breezango (2)
- Lana (2)
- Goldust (2)
- Okada vs Omega II
- Sami Zayn
- The Velveteen Dream
- Johnny Mundo vs The Mack