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)
Raw’s been fun as of late overall. This week, Brock Lesnar is back to help build his upcoming Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view (PPV) bout. Also, Braun Strowman is back because he’s not finished with Roman Reigns. (Can’t say he didn’t warn us.) And they’ll likely follow up on the break up between Enzo and Cass.
There’s a lot of stuff to keep an eye on in the red brand.
Verdict: This could be a good episode with a bunch of stuff to follow up on. Keep in on your radar.
SmackDown Live (USA Network)
After Sunday’s polarizing finish to the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match when James Ellsworth grabbed the briefcase, they decided to strip Carmella of the briefcase and redo the match this Tuesday. Despite the fact that most people think they bungled some if not all of this, it’s a Money in the Bank ladder match on one of their weekly shows. Unless you’ve sworn off the E after last Sunday, it’s probably worth tuning in to see how they cap all of this off.
Verdict: It’s probably worth checking out to see what they have on tap for the Money in the Bank mulligan.
205 Live (WWE Network)
With the cruisers on both Raw and 205 Live, this show never feels vital unless they advertise something title related prior. But it gives the stories more time and allows the characters to breathe.
Verdict: If you like the cruisers, check it out.
NXT (WWE Network)
There’s another big women’s match on a WWE program this week, and this one didn’t take a bunch of baffling decisions to set up. Asuka will be defending her NXT women’s championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match. While the ending likely isn’t in doubt, the match will still deliver.
Also, there is a debut (which I won’t spoil here) that could be interesting to some people.
Verdict: It’s worth tuning in for the Women’s title match.
Lucha Underground (El Rey Network)
The Cueto Cup continues this week, continuing its first round. The match that’s advertised as of now is Taya vs. Joey Ryan. But there’s always plenty of drama to follow on LU.
Verdict: Lucha Underground is always a fun show. If it’s your bag, watch it.
Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)
It’s the Slammiversary go-home show so this is where Impact will put the finishing touches on that PPV card. They teased contract signings for this week which we’ll likely get final promos to some of the matches.
There’s also a street fight between Rockstar Spud and Swoggle. Their feud is one of the most enjoyable things on Impact.
Verdict: If you’re curious about Slammiversary, this is the show to watch to see if you’re going to tune in three days later.
G1 Special (AXS TV/NJPW World - delayed)
New Japan Pro Wrestling starts their push into the American market with two nights of shows in Long Beach, California. You can find the full card here.
The goal of these two nights will be to crown their first US champion. Also, new Ring of Honor champion Cody Rhodes will be challenging Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight title on night one.
They’ll likely pull out all the stops if they want to make an impression in the US market, which is their goal in all of this. If you’re curious and get AXS TV, it may be worth watching.
Verdict: If you’ve been curious about NJPW, you may want to check it out. If you are already a fan, this is probably already on your radar.
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!