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 ReverendClaire 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.
Money in the Bank (WWE Network)
Strap on in, folks. This bad boy is going to be five hours.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match
- AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE title
- Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s championship
- Carmella (c) vs. Asuka for the SmackDown Women’s championship
- Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias for the Intercontinental championship
- The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the SmackDown tag team championships
- Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
- Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan
- Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley
Verdict: This is going to be a long one, but I enjoy the Money in the Bank match concept a bunch (and the MITB briefcase concept as a whole). AJ vs. Nakamura has gotten better each time they’ve fought. I’m very curious to see how Jax and Rousey are booked. The same goes for Asuka/Carmella.
It’s going to be a long show, and the last PPV was a dud, but I think this one will be better.
Raw (USA Network)
Here’s the fallout for the Raw end of Money in the Bank. Will Ronda Rousey be new champion?
Verdict: It depends on the PPV. If it’s good or if there’s intriguing happenings, this will be worth watching. If the PPV sucked, maybe it won’t be worth tuning in for.
SmackDown Live (USA Network)
And here’s your SmackDown fallout. Will AJ still be champ? If so, who’s his next challenger? Has either briefcase ended up on Tuesday? Are we on our way to Miz vs. Bryan?
Verdict: Same applies to SmackDown as it does Raw.
205 Live (WWE Network)
This week, there will be a triple threat match between Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy, & Hideo Itami.
Verdict: This should be a good match.
NXT (WWE Network)
The NXT after TakeOver are matches taped prior to TakeOver and some fallout videos. It won’t have any real bearing on the storylines. That’ll come next week.
Verdict: I’m a fan of NXT, but this is one to skip if you want a breather since it’s all matches taped prior to the show from yesterday.
After defending his title successfully in Aztec Warfare, Pentagon Dark has to defend his Lucha Underground championship again this week against Matanza.
Also, Dario Cueto is dead and his father, Antonio, is running the show. (It’s the same guy but dressed like an old man.)
Verdict: Honestly, last week left me disappointed. You could finally see the budget cuts with less crisp video and some shoddy editing. Also, they rushed the entrants to the Aztec Warfare match, which really hurt it. This week won’t be that style match, so we’ll see how this episode is paced.
Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)
This week, Madison Rayne will face Taya Valkyrie while Z & E will defend their tag titles against LAX.
Verdict: Impact has been consistently solid. However, this week doesn’t have anything too huge advertised. I think the show is worth keeping an eye on in general, but this episode isn’t anything big.
If I could only watch one thing this week, it’d be:
Money in the Bank
Despite WWE swinging and missing pretty hard on the dual branded Backlash, I’m still looking forward to this one. I enjoy the concept of the ladder match and like how it can shake up the title scenes.
Nia vs. Ronda has me very curious. Ronda has exceeded my expectations every step of the way, but this is her first real challenge. It has a chance to bomb miserably, but I can see her continuing to impress.
Are they going to sacrifice Asuka to Carmella like they did Charlotte to build up their heel champ?
And even though I have a pretty good feeling Styles is retaining his title, that will be a very good match.
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!