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 her 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.
New Japan Cup (NJPW World)
This is the second of the semi final matches of the New Japan Cup where Zack Saber Jr. will face SANADA. The winner goes on to face Tanahashi in the finals.
The finals will happen on March 21st, which is Wednesday. Since it is in Japan, it will be very early Wednesday. The winner will get a title opportunity of their choosing.
Verdict: I’ve been keeping an eye on the bigger matches and they’ve certainly been enjoyable. The semi finals should be really good.
Raw (USA Network)
Once again, we’re promised Brock Lesnar to appear on Raw. Last week, when Brock once again no showed, Roman Reigns got pissed and went to confront Vince McMahon. The boss sent Roman home. Vince guaranteed that the Universal Champ will show up on TV this week. Does that mean more coming from Vince’s mouth?
The other big time event for Raw is the Ultimate Deletion! Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy will have a Final Deletion style match on WWE TV. That alone is worth tuning in for. Will it be as wacky as when TNA ran it? What does the WWE version of that madness look like? The original version was weird, wild, and hilarious.
Ronda Rousey missed last week but is once again advertised for all the episodes heading into WrestleMania.
And of course, John Cena called out the Undertaker last week? Will the Deadman respond? Will the American Badass respond? Will either of them respond?
Verdict: Once again, Raw is looking good this week. The Ultimate Deletion alone has me really interested and the Brock story continues to interest me. This has been a consistently solid show on the road to Mania.
SmackDown Live (USA Network)
Last week, SmackDown ended with a bang, when Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens attacked and straight up brutalized Shane McMahon. Shane had just finished announcing his final act as commissioner before stepping down: Booking KO vs. Sami for Mania.
Now, Daniel Bryan, who is fully in charge, will be returning to deal with the fallout from that mess.
In championship pictures, Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles are headed towards their WrestleMania match while Asuka and Charlotte are head to theirs.
Verdict: SmackDown was pretty good last week, which was a step up from the norm. It’s tough to ignore programming as we get so close to WrestleMania, but we still don’t know if last week was a course correction or just an anomaly.
Mixed Match Challenge (Facebook Live)
This week, Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss face Asuka and the Miz as we head into the third round.
There’s added interested in this match because on the men’s side of the teams, this is all Strowman. But on the women’s side, Asuka is still riding an undefeated streak which applies to this program too. Likely, that means Awe-Ska goes on, but it’ll be interesting to see how they book it.
Verdict: It’s worth checking out if you’re not doing anything at 10 pm and you have a Facebook account. It’s not must watch overall with no impact on any greater storylines, but it’s fun.
205 Live (WWE Network)
The second semi-final match up will air this week when Mustafa Ali battles Drew Gulak. The winner goes on to face Cedric Alexander at WrestleMania for the cruiserweight title.
Verdict: Mustafa Ali has had superb match after superb match during this tournament. I expect no different this week when he and Gulak lock up.
NXT (WWE Network)
This is the first episode of the most recent set of tapings. That could mean new faces such as War Machine, Ricochet, or EC3.
Oney Lorcan and Danny Birch were set to face Mustache Mountain in the final first round match of the Dusty Classic this week, but a knee injury has sidelined Tyler Bate. General Manager William Regal hasn’t yet announced what he’ll do to address this.
Verdict: New tapings are also exciting ones to watch as they can introduce new stories or new people. This one also serves as the final batch prior to TakeOver: New Orleans.
Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)
Impact has advertised a Monster’s Ball match between Kongo Kong, which Jimmy Jacobs in his corner, and Abyss, with Father James Mitchell in his. Also, Sienna will challenge Allie for the knockouts title.
They will also reveal the briefcases from the Feast or Fired match, which means this will be EC3’s last episode.
Verdict: Impact has been consistently good the last month as they continue to improve under the new vision. Plus, this is EC3’s last hurrah in Impact, which is noteworthy in its own right.
If I could only watch one thing this week, it’d be:
Another tough call this week with a lot of wrestling I want to watch. I want to see the first new taping from NXT and I want to see EC3’s final Impact.
But I can’t say no to the Ultimate Deletion. I loved the Broken madness when I followed it in TNA and I’m dying to know how it translates to WWE.
Let us know what you’d choose below.
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!