Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings September 2 – September 8
Wrankings whoa oh oh wrankings. Nothing more and nothing less.
- 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: Next rounds of the Mae Young Classic, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,and NXT
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
September 2 – September 8
1. Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon Boils Over
Everything about this has been great. Seamless work since Owens came over after the shake up. Kevin had some unreal mic work this week, nudging Shane further and further until he stepped over the line.
2. Abbey Laith
Laith will not be winning the tournament, but I’m not sure anyone had a better performance in it than her. After having THE match of the first round, she brought out the absolute best from both Rachel Evers and Mercedes Martinez. She played her part so well that I was completely bummed when she couldn’t knock off Martinez.
3. Toni Storm
Abbey Laith may have had the best overall performance but I don’t know if a bigger star has risen than Toni Storm. After a solid match in the first round with Ayesha Raymond, Storm elevated Lacey Evans in a hell of a match, brought out the best in Piper Niven, and had arguably the best match of the tournament with Kairi Sane. She’s a star and a force to be reckoned with. Must. Have. More.
4. Hideo Itami vs Kassius Ohno
There was some tension in the air when these two hit the ring this week. First BIG fight feel from Ohno since his return to NXT. It seems like we should be getting much more from them as well.
5. Dolph Ziggler
I feel like I shouldn’t be, but I’m in. I’m completely curious as to where it’s going. Dolph was able to garner some boos, which has always been my knock on him as a bad guy. This guy I want to boo. This guy I want to see lose.
6. Mia Yim vs Shayna Baszler
After walking through her first round opponent, I was afraid we weren’t going to get to see much from Shayna. Boy was I wrong. You could tell these two have worked with each other before, as their chemistry was off the charts. Mia presented as an equal bested by one mistake that landed her in the rear naked choke. Hell of a fight.
No match this week for Asuka, but a farewell on NXT television. She has officially relinquished her championship to nurse an injury before making a debut on either Raw or SmackDown Live. She is a badass but was absolutely adorable here and I was drawn in and ready for the next step in her career.
8. John Cena vs Jason Jordan
So far the Jason Jordan experiment has shown promise but needs a few tweaks and some big time bouts. It doesn’t get any bigger than John Cena. These two opened the show with a barn burner. Jordan looked like he belonged with The Face That Runs the Place. There’s hope for you yet, my man.
9. Lars Sullivan
This isn’t a new story, by any stretch, but man this Lars Sullivan looks like a freak. He’s a damn machine. I’m curious to see how he gets fully integrated into the roster and how well he can handle himself in a story.
10. Dakota Kai vs Rhea Ripley
A match up of bright futures. Ripley with unlimited untapped potential and Kai with immediate readiness. A great chemistry between the two.
BUMMER: No Breezango
Man. For the first time since I started this, there’s no Breezango. They weren’t on television.
Last Weeks List
- John Cena and Roman Reigns Contract Signing
- Abbey Laith vs Jazzy Gabert
- Toni Storm
- Dakota Kai
- Kairi Sane vs Tessa Blanchard
- Breezango (8)
- Bobby Roode (2)
- Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish
- The Miz (2)
- Dolph Ziggler (2)