Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings September 30 – October 6
Wrankings to get you through. Wrankings to get you by.
- 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, 205 Live, and NXT.
Weekly Wrasslin Wrankings
September 30 – October 6
1. Drew McIntyre vs Roderick Strong
This was one of my favorite NXT tv matches in recent memory. It was a hotly contested affair that brought out the best of both competitors. I loved the intensity between the two and the continued thread of respect each one has. McIntyre’s look of, “I don’t want to do this, but he’s going to make me” was pure genius. What a match.
2. Kevin Owens
Over the course of his time on SDLive and more specifically this feud with Shane, Owens has turned into a completely different animal. Watching him lose his mind in the most controlled way possible has been intense. Shane definitely did his part by elevating the stakes and taking a beating, but Owens was the clear cut star here. On the mic he was sharp and direct and then he absolutely obliterated Shane.
3. The Usos and New Day Hell in a Cell Confrontation
Yet again, The Usos and New Day go out and prove that these two teams are not only the best in WWE right now, they have an argument for being tops in the world. Even when I feel like I’ve had too much, they found a way to make me want more. So excited for their match at HiaC.
4. Enzo Amore
Enzo continues to be the main reason I’m tuning in to 205 Live. He’s brought the cruiserweights to the Raw Main Event two weeks in a row. He is crushing it on the mic. He is someone I’m very much learning to dislike, a lot. Top that off with the little grains of truth in what he’s saying and you’ve got consistency baby. PLUS: he made Kalisto feel like a big deal again.
5. Cedric Alexander
The appearance of Enzo and the budding feud with Kendrick and Gallagher has really risen the performance of Cedric, never more so than this week. Alexander went off the deep end in his match with Gentleman Jack and showed an aggression we haven’t seen from him in WWE. I’m intrigued to see where this road takes him.
6. Velveteen Dream
Man oh man am I enjoying this building conflict between Aleister Black and Velveteen Dream. For what it’s worth, Black’s playing his part fine but it’s amazing seeing Dream step up and make himself known. Laying out the debuting Lio Rush and screaming for Black to notice him. We are seeing a very special feud develop.
7. Drew Gulak vs Mustafa Ali
Initially, I was just planning to put Gulak on. I love the Power Point presentation, it’s becoming one of my favorite parts of WWE television. However, the way Ali played into it this week and then the ensuing match between them, I had to put it on the list this week.
8. Kairi Sane’s NXT Debut
While her match with Aliyah wasn’t a clinic or anything to write home about, the excitement of her appearance could really be felt. The building was excited to see her, my kids were excited to see her, I was geeked up. What else do I need?
9. The Miz vs Roman Reigns
There’s something different pouring out of Roman Reigns and I am loving it. It’s like he feels more free. The Miz HAS been feeling it for well over a year. An exciting television match with an ending that I didn’t see coming. Good call bringing in The Bar, even though I love The Miztourage. Miz with some heavies on his side should be interesting for a few weeks.
10. Bray Wyatt Introduces Finn Balor to Sister Abigail
Just when I thought I had had enough of Balor vs Wyatt, we get this. Speculation has arisen on whether or not there will be a character Sister Abigail or if it will be another version of Bray, much like The Demon is for Finn. Either way, color me intrigued.
BUMMER: Lack of Footage
I wanted to include Zelina Vega this week. Her promo work building to Almas vs Gargano was great but I was unable to find anything from it.
Last Weeks List
- Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
- No Mercy
- Kassius Ohno vs Fabian Aichner
- Enzo Amore
- Kenny King vs Kushida
- Mickie James Confronts Alexa Bliss
- Pride of Bulgaria Celebration
- Bullet Club ‘Invades’ Raw
- Adam Cole vs Eric Young
BUMMER: Impact Wrestling