Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings November 18 – November 24
It’s only wrankings, it ain’t no take over.
- IIMAXIMIZATION 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: War Games, Survivor Series, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, 205 Live, and NXT.
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
November 18 – November 24
1. Aleister Black vs Velveteen Dream
What a build up. What a story. What a presentation. Dream showed up ready to go and I couldn’t be happier. For months, we’ve been wondering if Velveteen Dream would be able to live up to this massive persona he has created, in the ring. This was his first chance to do so and he blew it out of the water. Both men way over delivered here and I love it.
2. AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar
Like we didn’t know this was going to be great. Lesnar dominates early, Styles fights for his life, Brock on his heels but still pulls it off. It has catapulted itself into one of my favorite Brock matches since his return in 2012.
3. NXT TakeOver War Games
Yeah, I know. Pretty generic, but it really was an excellent show. Felt like TakeOvers of old only bigger. Every match served its purpose and over delivered.
4. The Usos vs The Bar
From The Usos promo down to the ring, to the absolute main even style pacing of the match, I loved what they did here. Both teams continued their respective PPV hot streaks.
5. Johnny Gargano vs Pete Dunne for the UK Championship
Do I really need to say anything? Of course these two delivered an excellent match.
6. Roman Reigns vs The Miz
Nice TV main event match for the Intercontinental Title. Both men were dialed in and were performing at a high level. Roman completes the grand slam with his first IC championship.
7. Drew Gulak vs Akira Tozawa
More Gulak, please. Had to add this for a few reasons. First, Drew’s promo before the match was great. The crowd cheering ‘power point’ and without hesitation he responds, ‘no chanting’ I feel he’s starting to talk more trash in the ring too, which is great. The match itself was a gritty street fight that saw Drew in control most of the time.
8. The Bludgeon Brothers
It was great to see Harper and Rowan back on television and as a unit, a destructive one at that. The gear is a bit odd but they had to move them away from The Wyatt Family look, I suppose. Nice finisher and nice addition to the tag team division.
9. The Zo Train
The Zo Train still has some steam on it. This week it felt like Noam Dar and Tony Nese finally are settling into it, Daivari has been there but hasn’t been the bright spot. Gulak has far and away out shined the squad and this weeks Gobbledy-Gulak-er was part of the reason why. Zo at ringside rules.
10. NXT Women Invade WWE
Weird choices in Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to team with Paige, who got a pretty positive reaction, on her first night back. The Raw segment just felt off but it was definitely a surprise. The three women for SDLive were a complete shock but somewhat make sense. Ruby Riot appears to be leading a team of Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan. I’m willing to go on the ride and see where these are going.
As I said above, I’m willing to see where it’s going to go but I went from really geeked up to see her back to not caring almost confused within a segment.
Last Weeks List
- Daniel Bryan Advocates for AJ Styles
- Natalya vs Charlotte
- Platinum Paul Heyman
- The New Day All Over The Shield
- Ember Moon vs Mercedes Martinez
- Kalisto vs Drew Gulak
- Drew and Cien Almas Brawl
- Alexander & Swann vs Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- Team Raw Returns the Favor
- The Bludgeon Brothers
BUMMER: Jason Jordan’s Almost Cry Thing