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Weekly Wrestling Viewing Guide: Sept. 10 - 16, 2017

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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. This won’t cover your indie needs, but ReverendKain always has you covered in his weekly Sermon on the Mat for that.

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)

Unlike last week, when they booked much of Raw well in advance, this week, nothing is advertised.

They’ll continue building to No Mercy. Braun Strowman is coming off of a cage match with Big Show and now will be looking towards his match with Brock Lesnar. Alexa Bliss learned last week she’ll need to defend her title in a fatal 4-way at the pay-per-view (PPV). And of course Roman Reigns and John Cena still have issues with each other.

Verdict: Raw has been consistent lately, but with nothing advertised and still a few weeks to go to the PPV, it may be one you can miss.


SmackDown Live (USA Network)

Unlike Raw, SmackDown has has loaded show for us this Tuesday.

There are three title matches:

  • The Usos (c) vs. the New Day in a street fight for the tag titles
  • Natalya (c) vs. Naomi for the Women’s title
  • AJ Styles (c) vs. Tye Dillinger for the US title

That would be enough to be worth tuning in for, but they’re also advertising the return of Vince McMahon to SmackDown to address the issues between his now suspended son Shane and Kevin Owens.

Verdict: This is a big episode that feels like a “Must Watch.”

Mae Young Classic finals (WWE Network)

Immediately after SmackDown, they will host the finals of the Mae Young Classic in the same arena.

I have concern that the crowd may not be as hot as they were in Full Sail. This will be a crowd who just watched at least 2 hours of wrestling and a crowd where many may not have seen the MYC before. Hopefully, the hot SmackDown will keep the crowd hot for the finals.

That aside, I’m stoked for this as the tournament has been a blast. (Check it out on the WWE Network if you haven’t already.) The finals pit the pirate themed Japanese babyface Kairi Sane against the heel of the tournament, former MMA athlete Shayna Baszler.

Ronda Rousey and the other MMA 4 Horsewomen will be there. There will be representation from the WWE 4 Horsewomen as well. There’s surely a chance that they will advance that angle here. (Though that could take place on the red carpet that happens prior at 6 pm est.)

Verdict: There’s plenty here worth tuning in for. Also, catch some of the MYC on the Network first if you haven’t.

205 Live (WWE Network)

Enzo Amore is #1 contender, though needed to cheat his way to get there. Plus Drew Gulak has powerpoint slides. It’ll be after the finals, so you could be worn out of the wrestling by this point. But if not, see what’s up.

Verdict: If you like the cruisers or certified g’s, check it out.


NXT (WWE Network)

The only thing advertised this week is Johnny Gargano vs. either Tino Sabbatelli or Riddick Moss. It was set up last week when they were being jerks to Johnny Wrestling in the Performance Center.

While nothing else is advertised, last week Asuka relinquished her title and we don’t have word on how they are going to crown a new champion. Drew McIntrye is still having issues with Adam Cole’s Ring of Honor crew. William Regal had a video sternly telling them to stop it, which I’m sure will work.

Verdict: There’s not much advertised but NXT has been fun as of late.

Lucha Underground (El Rey Network)

This is the 100th episode of Lucha Underground and they have advertised a big match between Rey Mysterio and the Monster Matanza Cueto. With that and Ultima Lucha not far off, expect things to really heat up as the season heads towards its conclusion.

Verdict: This is a pretty big episode of Lucha Underground


GFW Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)

Last week, Eli Drake retained his GFW title against Matt Sydal. This week, he’ll learn who his next challenger is as Johnny Impact will face Low-Ki to determine the #1 contender. This should be a good match as both veterans are very talented.

We’ll also see oVe challenge LAX for the tag titles in a match in Tijuana.

Also, Taya Valkyrie debuted last week and immediately attacked Rosemary. That should be a fun feud.

Verdict: There’s a decent amount going on here to at least keep an eye on.


NJPW Destruction (NJPW World)

This another of four big September shows for New Japan. Here’s the line up for all of them.

The main event is Zack Saber Jr. challenging Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental title. Their G1 match was really fun and this is worth checking out.

Verdict: This has an intriguing main event

If I could only watch one thing this week, it’d be:

The Mae Young Classic finals

It was a tough call because of the stacked SmackDown. But I really enjoyed the MYC in it sentirety and I really want to see how it ends. While SDLive has a packed show with what should be some fun title matches and I really enjoyed the Kevin Owens story last week, I’m more emotionally invested in the MYC.

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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