Although still early in 2021, the world of wrestling has set high standards of quality within the ring since last week so far, and all shows continued with that idea here. The shows were all diverse and not all went well with each show, but there were many positive points to take home.
A huge title match, great promotions, and a week of throwing a fair amount of fireballs were enough to keep everyone entertained. But which show was the strongest? Let’s disassemble it and find it!
6. WWE Raw
WWE Raw has been struggling lately and sadly the show hasn’t changed the shape of the red brand. It’s clear that the show was hurt by COVID-19, many went missing, and many had double obligations at night, so the credit is worthy of recognition. In that regard, Drew McIntyre, who starred in the video, despite having a positive COVID test, is also commendable.
Sheamus and Keith Lee had a fun match as partners and opponents for the show, but otherwise the show lacked much. Charlotte Flair, who confronts Lacey Evans, was nothing special. Now, even with frequent use of Rick, defeating Riddle does not help her character. Even if it helps Bobby Lashley as a whole, it easily feels like a mistake.
The entire show was built around Triple H, returning to a one-off match against Randy Orton, all well set up. It was never an exact match, but I wish I had given it a little longer.Obviously, the big issue is Alexa Bliss Some people like fires and others don’t. I personally enjoy a bit of magic and ridiculous things when it works, and this story has worked so far and this is a great end to the show.
5. WWE SmackDown
WWE SmackDown was a huge success last week in 2021, but unfortunately the quality of this episode has declined slightly. It was still a good show, but there are many positives, especially when it comes to in-ring products, and Daniel Bryan and Cesaro had a particularly good match at the show.
I really enjoyed working with Billie Kay. Her “punk” atmosphere was a great comedy, but the story of King Corbyn and the Mysterio family continues to be well organized. Jey Uso also played a very good match with Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke Nakamura seems to have won a big push as a baby face, which is great.
4. WWE NXT UK
WWE NXT UK is another really fun show this week, and the brand has been putting together some great work lately. It was great to see Sha Samuels’ debut. He was a true talent of Ring and Mike and had a great encounter with Joe Coffey to start the show.
Jinny and Kay Lee Ray had a very good promotional segment for building title matches. And it certainly raised interest in their next title match. In addition, Sam Gradwell and Tyler Bate had a really fun match together. WWE was clearly aiming to back up the bait.
But this show was really about the main event. Walter, who defended his NXT UK Championship, was not disappointed. He and A-Kid had a great match. This was a very devastating encounter that didn’t give up from start to finish while maintaining WALTER, but A-Kid looked just as good with the defeat.
3. Impact wrestling
It was a big week for IMPACT Wrestling at the Hard To Kill event this weekend. The PPV was a lot of fun, but our focus is on the weekly edition of IMPACT. This was a great show overall and built PPV in a very nice way.
The women’s match in the opening round had plenty of time and wasn’t disappointing, but the tag match featuring Manic and suicide was also a fast-paced and desperate match. There was really no need for storytelling between Eric Young’s group and Rhino and his men. The match itself was incredibly average.
Moose’s squash victory was also a bit too long, so he would have benefited from being a little faster. However, the main event between Karl Anderson and Rich Swann was strong, and the post-match brawl perfectly built the required hard-to-kill six-person tag match.
2. WWE NXT
Still, this week too, the Black and Gold brands were a lot of fun. The show focused heavily on tag team wrestling and featured many great in-ring pieces that started the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and brought a lot of fun matches.
Grizzled Young Veterans showed off how good they are, and while it was weird to book Ever-Rise as a baby face team here, MSK’s debut was a lot of fun and previous IMPACT stars were serious. It was impressive. Candice LeRae and Shotzi Blackheart also performed well, but Shea Lee’s character development continues to be brilliant.
The match between Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis was the only real disappointment of the show as this was not completely related. However, his work with Pete Dunne throughout the show was excellent, building him and his group as a real threat. Dan faces Finn Baller, so everyone should be thrilled.
1. AEW Dynamite
AEW Dynamite was very exciting this week and we had a lot of really good matches. The show benefited from the lack of large-scale multi-man games, where everything was crisp and sensible. PAC and Eddie Kingston had a great opening match and set the pace for the entire show. This story was a lot of fun.
The show also saw some of the best bookings since Miro joined AEW. He was dominant and physical, and hopefully this is the method he used to move forward. The behind-the-scenes segment of Matt Hardy and private parties, which is often overlooked by most, was also really good storytelling here.
It was a great twist for Kenny Omega to choose “Good Brothers” over “Bucks”, and the FTR also played a great tag team match between the Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt. The waiting room segment was fun and we found Britt Baker in top shape. Meanwhile, Thai Conti and Serena Deeb had a great match. The main event was also delivered like all of this great show, but the only pitfall I had was the look of Sting. In my opinion, doing the same thing every week feels old. He is someone who shouldn’t be used too often to make him feel more special.
6th place = 1 point
5th place = 2 points
4th place = 3 points
3rd place = 4 points
2nd place = 5 points
1st place = 6 points
Results for 2020 (Weekly points will be added to the following):
WWE NXT UK-6
– WWE Sports
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