The next seven days are going to be one hell of an assault on your time and attention span as a pro wrestling fan, and I mean that in the best way possible. Yes, the content machine never stops churning, and there are issues with that but I woke up feeling positive about it all today. Excited, even!
Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to:
Mon., Aug. 16: Monday Night Raw, featuring all the go home angles to SummerSlam, like Goldberg and Bobby Lashley coming face-to-face, Randy Orton and Riddle’s latest shenanigans, and more
Tues., Aug. 17: NXT TV, featuring all the go home angles to NXT TakeOver 36. The show has been dubbed “Title Tuesday,” as Kushida defends the cruiserweight championship against Roderick Strong and MSK puts the tag team titles on the line against Imperium. There’s also a Karrion Kross vs. Samoa Joe face-to-face planned.
Wed., Aug. 18: AEW Dynamite, featuring the fifth and final Labour of Jericho, which is a match against MJF where the Judas Effect is banned and he won’t be allowed to enter to his usual theme, Judas. Fans are going to sing it anyway. It’s going to be a hell of a moment. In addition, The Young Bucks put the tag team titles on the line against Jurassic Express. Plus, Sammy Guevara has a “big announcement” to go along with a match against Shawn Spears. Finally, Sting is wrestling!
Thurs., Aug. 19: Impact, featuring former WWE star Melina making her debut, and the first chance to follow up on Christian winning the world title from Kenny Omega.
Fri., Aug. 20: This is a jam packed night. Impact’s Emergence event is scheduled for 7 pm ET, featuring Christian Cage vs. Brian Myers for the Impact world championship, and more. Friday Night SmackDown is set for 8 pm ET, featuring all the go home angles to SummerSlam. Nothing is advertised just yet but expect all the big names to promote their upcoming matches. AEW Rampage is set for 10 pm ET, featuring a heavily promoted show in Chicago they’re calling “The First Dance.” This is the show they’ve strongly hinted will feature CM Punk making his debut for the company and his return to pro wrestling.
Sat., Aug. 21: SummerSlam, a show being held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a football stadium and will have over 40,000 people in attendance, so it should have that major event feeling. The show will feature Roman Reigns defending the Universal championship against John Cena, Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg for the WWE championship, Edge vs. Seth Rollins, and more.
Sun., Aug. 22: NXT TakeOver 36, featuring the end of the Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly saga, Samoa Joe’s first match in well over a year as he challenges Karrion Kross for the NXT championship, and more.
And then it’s right back into a new Monday and a new episode of Raw. The grind really and truly does not stop, but for this week we can be excited about just how big it all feels.