Welcome to the very first edition of Wrestling Watchers Week In Review. You’re one-stop site for all things in the world of professional wrestling. This is a NEWS report, we are NOT a dirt sheet. The only things printed here will be actual news. No rumors, no hearsay, now fantasy-booking. Sit back and relax while we fill your head with all the wrestling events that happened during the week.
Clash of the Champions: Gold Rush: All right, September’s big PPV has come and gone and almost nobody was left standing. That and only 1/2 of a title belt changed hands. Sami Zayn defeated Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles to become the new IC champ, even though, in his opinion, he already was. This was a great card and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already. Both “main events” (Randy Orton vs Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns vs Jey Uso) were fantastic, and the undercard wasn’t anything to sneeze at.
Raw Sees Two Glorious Debuts: In a night filled with a LOT of craziness, we got the debut of Mandy Rose…..in a tag team with Dana Brooke The WWE had previously billed her return as “Mandy Night Raw”, so when she came out with Dana Brooke as a brand new tag team, I gotta admit I was a little confused and defused. I like Dana Brooke, but this just seems like a team that was put together because they didn’t know what else to do….later that night the Glorious Robert Roode made his Raw debut when he accepted an open challenge by WWE Champ Drew McIntyre in the main event of the evening where he failed to capture the gold…..That dirty snake in the grass Randy Orton destroyed four Legends when he posed as a janitor, put on night vision goggles, turned off the lights, and beat up Ric Flair, The Big Show, Christian, and Shawn Michaels..overall a really solid, entertaining show.
Champions vs Challengers on NXT: This week the husband/wife team of Candace LaRae & Johnny Gargano took on the team of Damien Preist & Io Shirai. With the help of a low blow from LaRae, Gargano was able to pin Preist for the win…….Some of the nights’ best came from OUTSIDE the ring as Shawn Michaels hosted a sit-down between NXT Champ Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly, Watching them was a masterclass in the art of the promo, I’m not sure when I’ve enjoyed wrestlers sitting around talking more then I did on Wednesday…..This was a really hard show to summarize. There were around 6-7 matches on the show and pretty much all of them were outstanding.
Jon Moxley defeats The Butcher to retain the AEW Championship: Moxley found a really hard fight and came out on top over a challenger of Eddie Kingstons choosing, and that ended up being The Butcher……Britt Baker made her return to the ring, in an evening that saw barely any matches featuring the women of AEW……..Cody came out and accepted Mr. Brodie Lee’s challenge for a dog collar match to be wrestled on the one-year anniversary show on October 7th, on TNT……We got some more hints at an MJF/Chris Jericho program…and FTR beat SCU in what I’d call the match of the night.
Roman Reigns grants Jey Uso rematch at Hell in a Cell: Friday night on Smackdown! Roman Reigns offered Jey Uso a rematch for Hell in a Cell but warned him that it would have the biggest consequences of any match in the history of WWE. No details have been given as of press time…..Kevin Owens hosted a special edition of the KO Show on Smackdown featuring Alexa Bliss. Owens confronted Bliss about her recent change since being confronted with the Fiend, then out of nowhere, the lights flickered and the Fiend was in the ring and attacked Owens, setting up a match for the Oct 9th edition of Smackdown…Sasha Banks appeared for an in-ring segment, where she tore off her neck brace and challenged Bayley to a match on the Oct 9th Smackdown!…..
Hot Tags: In this part of the News Report every week we’ll feature some news that doesn’t maybe deserve a whole write-up, but definitely deserves a mention……Triple H said this week in a press conference that this weekend’s NXT Takeover 31 will be a “game-changer”. If I had to guess, I bet we’re gonna see a change of venue, maybe Thunderdome or somewhere else, but I don’t think it’ll be at the performance center…..AEW has confirmed a celebration for Chris Jericho’s 30 years in wrestling on their big anniversary Oct 7th show………The planned location for Wrestlemania might not be done in time for the show! WWE has stated that they’re monitoring the situation, but have nothing new to report at this time……
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