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Weekly Wrestling Viewing Guide: June 4 - 10, 2017

The feeling when you’re tired from all the PPVs.

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.


Extreme Rules (WWE Network)

I remember when I was young, I didn’t get to watch WWE (or WCW) pay-per-views too often. It was the nature of the game back then. I was always so excited when the show would start and that FBI warning would show up meaning the rare PPV viewing would about to start.

When the Network started, there were still only monthly shows and I’d still get excited with that FBI warning popped up. Finally I could watch all of the monthly WWE PPVs. But now there are so damn many, it’s tough to get excited for the vast majority of them. How can they feel special when they happen all the time? They’ve oversaturated their product to the point where it’s easy to say “Whatever” about a specific show.

While it may not feel like a big deal, it doesn’t mean tonight’s show won’t be any good. It doesn’t feel special, but there are some good matches.

The fatal 5-way main event is loaded with talent and should be a blast. Aries and Neville have great chemistry every time the meet up. The tag team championship cage match could be really fun as well.

Verdict: It’s not a must see PPV. But it could be fun.


Monday Night Raw (USA Network)

This will be the fallout from Extreme Rules, so nothing is yet announced. The excitement surrounding this show will depend on what they end up doing at the PPV. We will know who is facing Brock Lesnar coming into this show so they can start building that.

Verdict: It depends on Extreme Rules.


SmackDown Live (USA Network)

Now SmackDown Live has two multi-person matches to build to. While it’s really cool that they are running a women’s Money in the Bank match, it’s definitely possible that they build it like they do the men - by running a bunch of matches featuring people involved in that match to buy time until that match itself.

However, I’m a bit more hopeful for the women’s build. Their current story has been based around Welcoming Committee and Becky and Charlotte’s crusade against them. With a stable based story already in play, the matches will feel less random and part of a bigger story.

Also on the blue brand: The New Day have returned and will be challenging the Usos for the tag championships at Money in the Bank while Breezango just continue to be wildly entertaining. Orton and Mahal are still feuding as well and will rematch at the PV.

Verdict: It feels like SmackDown may be finally be starting to find its post shake up footing, but building the multi-person matches could cause some redundancy.

205 Live (WWE Network)

It will be interesting to see who is champion coming into this 205 Live with Aries and Neville going at it again at Extreme Rules. Often, they will crown number one contenders on this show. It’s possible that will be one of them.

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


NXT (WWE Network)

NXT suffered a big blow with Tommaso Ciampa’s ACL injury. The #DIY break up and feud was going to be a top story in the yellow brand and now he’s likely shelved for awhile. It sucks for him (obviously), it sucks for Gargano who was the one to be feuding with him, and it sucks for NXT in general.

That doesn’t mean NXT won’t deliver otherwise though. Bobby Roode returns this week and we’ll likely learn who his next challenger is. Drew Galloway maybe? Roderick Strong? Does Hideo get another shot? Or does Hideo turn heel?

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

Lucha Underground (El Rey Network)

Last week’s All Night Long match ended with Johnny Mundo retaining his title due to a tie score when time expired. If the match was a half second longer, Willie Mack would have won. Promoter Dario Cueto wouldn’t have that as the finish of this feud. He ruled that they will start the match next week and go as long as it takes an overtime. First pinfall or submission wins.

They had a fun match last week and there’s no reason it shouldn’t continue that way this week.

Verdict: Mundo and Mack have good chemistry and the continuation of their title match should be fun.


Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)

Last week I said here that they were in India last week. That was incorrect. It was a 7th Impact Zone episode from the last taping.

Their India episodes start this week. There’s nothing match wise advertised, but it should be a different feel in front of a different crowd. That will hopefully add a spark to the show.

Story wise, most stories are still rather mediocre an Impact still isn’t a show that consistently delivers the goods.

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


NJPW Dominion (NJPW Network)

Much like every week, I check with ReverendKain about anything he thinks that should find its way into here. This week, he mentioned New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Dominion show, which he described as one of NJPW’s big 4.

The card is here. Technically, this isn’t Saturday but early Sunday morning. But it’ll happen before the next guide drops.

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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