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Weekly Wrestling Viewing Guide: May 28 - June 3, 2017


There’s a ton of wrestling content nowadays and unless you’re a hardcore pro-graps fan, you have to decide what to watch when and what to consider leaving out. That’s where we come in to help.

Every week, we are going to run down the big in-ring happenings for the easily accessible US wrestling. (“In-ring” meaning no Talking Smack nor Total Divas). This won’t cover your indie needs, but ReverendKain always has you covered in his weekly Sermon on the Mat for that. Ring of Honor won’t be making the weekly recap, but you can always find them on their website.

Bear in mind, matches could be added after this posts that would definitely change how worth a show is to watch.


Monday Night Raw (USA Network)

Both Raw and SmackDown Live are promoting multi-man matches for their next respective pay-per-views (PPV). While SmackDown is building to a six person ladder match at Money in the Bank in a month, Raw is promoting a five man match for next Sunday at Extreme Rules.

The problem with building to a multi-person match is WWE often just gets lazy and runs random matches between different members of the match to kill time. Those matches often don’t have any implications, meaning the entire build is skippable as soon as they announce the match.

This week, Raw is running Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns as well as Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Samoa Joe this week. Now, just because they don’t have stakes doesn’t mean that the matches won’t be good. Roman and Bálor had a great one on one match a few weeks ago. But you can tune into Extreme Rules in a week without watching Raw and not miss a beat.

Verdict: The matches may very well be good, but this isn’t essential for checking out the Raw PPV this is setting up.


SmackDown Live (USA Network)

SmackDown has the same issue that Raw does. They too are running a multi-man match at Money in the Bank. And unlike Raw, they’ve got three weeks to kill. If we’re lucky, they may at least tease playing around with the field (add Rusev maybe?) to make the three weeks more interesting.

However, the women of the blue brand have a match with big implications this week. All the women on the roster who aren’t champion are in a match to decide who will face Naomi at Money in the Bank for the title.

Meanwhile, Jinder Mahal is still champion and will be facing Randy Orton at the PPV in a few weeks. We’ll soon see Randy looking to get some revenge for losing the title.

Verdict: SmackDown hasn’t been “must watch” in awhile, but last week was a step up for them.

205 Live (WWE Network)

As long as the main stories of the cruiserweight division are represented on Raw as well, this isn’t essential viewing. It’s usually a fun show though.

Verdict: If you like the cruisers, check it out.


NXT (WWE Network)

This is the first real episode post TakeOver when we learn where the stories will go after the enjoyable Chicago special. Who’s next to challenge Bobby Roode? Is Itami turning heel? What’s the fallout from the #DIY break up? Is Ember ready for Asuka? (No one is.)

Verdict: The new era of NXT has delivered weekly and should be on your radar.

Lucha Underground (El Rey Network)

After a long hiatus, Lucha Underground is back. They are returning with an All Night Long match (pretty much an Iron Man match) between champion Johnny Mundo and Willie Mack.

While LU is always enjoyable, it’s definitely possible that such a long break killed its momentum. All the build for this title match is forgotten, as has all of the small stories they’ve been running. They will surely do their best to remind us where we left off, but when it comes to heat, they’ll be starting from scratch.

Verdict: LU is always a fun show. If you were a fan before, check it out.


Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)

This is another new set of tapings and these next four shows will be taped from Mumbai, India. That’s really cool and should have a very different and unique feel.

One match advertised is a bout between LAX and the new Veterans of War tag team to crown new GFW tag team champions. (LAX are already the Impact tag champs.) Plus Low-Ki is set to defend his X Division title against Andrew Everett.

For the first episode of the new taping, they’re likely going to try to pull out the stops. Impact has been very hit or miss so there aren’t any episode I’m going to call “Must See.” But the venue could make for an interesting watch.

Verdict: Impact is still a mediocre show but the fact the show is taped in India will make for a different feel.


Best of the Super Juniors Final (NJPW Network)

As you probably know if you’ve read this weekly, I don’t usually go over what’s going on in New Japan. However, I will peek in the Cageside officers and asked indie expert ReverendKain if there’s anything big and he listed this as show to consider watching.

He’ll have a brief preview of it in his Sermon on the Mat, but as of now, the finals aren’t set. It sounds like if you follow NJPW, this is a special to watch.

There’s a ton of other wrestling out there and we can’t cover it all on here. So if there’s something you’re particularly excited for this week, let your fellow wrestling fans know in the comments.

See ya next week!

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