Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings December 16 – December 22
Who wants to walk with the Wrankings?
- 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: Clash of Champions, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, 205 Live, and NXT.
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
December 16 – December 22
1. Dolph Ziggler Walks Out
Alright. So this climbed up all they way to the top of my list this week as I was writing. Firstly, this seems to have lit the internet up, as Dolph tends to do. I am unsure of which way this goes, which is exactly why it was done. Did Dolph just hand over the US Title? Did he walk away from WWE? What happens with the championship now? Seems like it can go many ways. It should be added that his promo work here, specifically towards the end, is some of his best ever.
2. Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate for the UK Championship
I gotta tell ya. I really shouldn’t have been as excited for this rubber match as I was. I really shouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. Pete Dunne is a surgeon, man. Watching him work on Bate’s arm and hand and fingers is a real treat. It’s stupid how much I love it. Bate continues to be an exciting through and through babyface with unimaginable determination and fire. Plus that left. Do yourself the favor.
3. The SmackDown Live Tag Division
So there was a lot to choose from this week and ultimately I couldn’t decide and to me that tells me the division is hot. We can start at the top. The match at Clash of Champions was outstanding. All four teams found a way to not only separate themselves but to excel, grow, and shine without getting the win. We also saw the division get deeper with Breezango in action against the still pretty new team of The Bludgeon Brothers. On Tuesday, it continued. The Usos and Gable and Benjamin had a terrific match, placing Chad and Shelton in line for another shot. The New Day and Rusev Day continue to set themselves apart as characters. Managing to have a good and memorable match in Christmas costumes.
4. Sami and Kevin Show vs Nakamura and Orton W/Shane and D-Bry as Refs
This should have been a train wreck. I guess technically towards the end it was, and that’s what made it great. The feeling of “is Daniel Bryan a bad guy” was present throughout the entirety of the match, even with Shane McMahon pulling closer to bad guy antics. The tension between Shane and Daniel was palpable at the end and I could not wait to see where they’d take it on SmackDown Live. Plus a great spotlight placed on Shinsuke Nakamura again.
5. The Revival Returns
The match with Slater & Rhyno was decent enough, great showing from the returning Dash & Dawson, but just the fact they were back was excitiing enough to propel them this high. The Revival has returned and hopefully this means the tag division will come back to life on Mondays.
6. Baron Corbin vs Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler for the US Championship
What a hot open for the Clash of Champions PPV. I thought for certain that Zigs was there to take the pin. They certainly threw me off the scent and the three of these men gave a hell of a performance. This was the best Roode has looked since his arrival on SDLive. Corbin looked like a dominant heel who can handle his business. Ziggler was the crafty veteran, striking at just the right moment. Well done, gents.
7. Cedric Alexander vs Drew Gulak I and II
On their own they are both very fine matches but I think pairing them together and adding the Zo Train story into it makes this a great entry for the week. There is a great chemistry in the ring between Alexander and Gulak. Drew using a lot of submissions (new ones,even) to try and ground Cedric for a Better 205 Live. Cedric incorporating the standing Spanish Fly has been a spectacle on its own.
8. Hideo Itami
True, his 205 Live debut was nothing to write home about, it was a nice dominant win to set him on the right path. The more important thing from the week was his appearance on Raw to help out Finn Balor. It showed me exactly what I want to see from the cruisers when they appear on Monday nights. Tangle with anyone on the roster.
9. First Ever Women’s Royal Rumble Announced
I can’t believe how much negativity this is getting. This IS a big deal. Like it or not, WWE has the most eyes on it. This is the best way to drum up interest and support for women’s wrestling and hopefully appeals to women and lights fires for little girls. Yes, they had to fall all over themselves because it has to feel like a big deal. To me, this does. The women on the roster have another thing that they can fight for.
10. Ladies Love Elias
Elias continues to be a great addition to the Raw roster. This week he was interrupted first by Sasha, then Mickie, and finally, Bayley. He had a song for each of the first two and avoided a hug from the third. What a jerk! So like how do I get Elias’ hug?
BUMMER: The Internet
Doing what they do best. Dumping all over the Women’s Rumble this time.
Last Weeks List
- The Yep Movement
- Roman Reigns vs Cesaro
- Charlotte Flair vs Ruby Riott
- Dean Ambrose vs Samoa Joe
- Jason Jordan
- The Great War is Coming
- The Zo Train
- Fabian Aichner
- The Bludgeon Brothers
- The Fashion 4 Being Ridiculous Again
BUMMER: I Didn’t Make the PPV on 2K18