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Weekly Wrestling Viewing Guide: June 11 - 17, 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)

Despite Extreme Rules being pretty disappointing, Raw ended up being really fun last week. Much of that had to do with Samoa Joe’s interaction with Paul Heyman as they build the Joe/Brock Lesnar title match.

Because Joe locked Heyman into the Coquina Clutch (after calming telling him exactly what he was going to do), Brock is showing up this week. That means we get a Joe/Brock stare down. That should be really fly.

There’s also the two mysteries that have made Raw interesting: “Who attacked Enzo?” and “What are these texts with Kurt Angle?”.

Verdict: Raw has been overall solid after WrestleMania. A Brock Lesnar showdown with Samoa Joe is worth keeping an eye on.


SmackDown Live (USA Network)

This is the Money in the Bank go home show, but go home shows haven’t really been a big deal in a long while. MITB being a PPV with two multi-person matches, there’s a good chance this episode will just be random matches between participants.

The tag title scene has been extremely entertaining however. The Fashion Files is consistently hilarious. The New Day are back. And the Usos have really found their stride as the heels who drank too many Five Hours Energies.

This will also be the go-home for the Randy Orton/Jinder Mahal title match. Since Jinder won the belt, they haven’t done much to add any extra intrigue to the rematch.

Verdict: It’s a go home show, but it feels like you can just tune into the PPV and not miss much.

205 Live (WWE Network)

Neville is still missing a #1 contender now that he’s dispatched with TJ Perkins. This is the show where they usually crown a new contender and those are usually fun matches. If that is announced for this show prior, check it out.

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


NXT (WWE Network)

NXT has a big women’s title match this week, an elimination triple threat between the champion Asuka, Ruby Riot, and Nikki Cross. While the chance of the title changing hands are extremely slim, the match is loaded with talent and will likely be very fun.

Drew McIntyre is in action this week as well and he’s always awesome.

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

Lucha Underground (El Rey Network)

This week is the start of the tournament to crown the winner of the Cueto Cup. That person also gets a title shot at the end of year show Ultima Lucha Tres.

Nothing big is advertised as of writing this, but Lucha Underground is always consistent. It’s also very storyline based so it really is a show that needs to be watched weekly to understand what’s going on.

Verdict: Lucha Underground is always a fun show. If it’s your bag, watch it.


Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)

Impact was in India last week and will be for the next three weeks. The atmosphere was fun but the Impact woes, such as erratic storytelling, still exist.

This week will have Sonjay Dutt challenging Low Ki for the chance to win his first X Division title. That should be a fun match and could end with a big feel good moment.

Verdict: Impact is still a mediocre show. The X Division title match should be fun, but it’s not worth sitting through 2 hours for it.

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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