WWE/TNA/ROH: My Top 10 Moments of the Week (Mar. 12-16)
Another week of professional wrestling has come to an end and it was quite the good week!
WWE Monday Night Raw was a good show highlighted by a number of good in-ring promos.
TNA Impact Wrestling delivered another solid show this week, but they went a bit overboard with the backstage segments.
Ring of Honor Wrestling makes their debut on the list with last Saturday’s episode. Since they don’t air here in Connecticut, I watch it on their website when it becomes available on Thursdays. While a short show, it was filled with some very good wrestling!
WWE Friday Night SmackDown was much better than last week and capped off a good week of wrestling.
Who walks away with Show of the Week?
I am once again torn between Raw and Impact Wrestling. It was a hard decision, but I have to give it to TNA Wrestling thanks mainly to Bobby Roode
Only 10 moments can make the cut, though, so here are my top 10 moments of the week!
No. 10: Christopher Daniels vs. Mr. Anderson (TNA)
This was a good match that saw some nice back-and-forth action.
Anderson and Daniels really worked well together and that gives me a lot of hope for the tag match at Victory Road.
The fans already know that A.J. Styles works well with both Daniels and Kazarian, but the big question mark in the match was Anderson.
While he has been wrestling house shows, I feared that he was going to have a bit of ring rust and drag this match down.
I was pleasantly surprised when he not only performed well, but worked great with Daniels to create a good match.
Anderson looked good in his television return and I hope he moves on to at least the Television Championship when this is over. He’s already entertaining while on television; imagine if TNA gave him the title!
Daniels rarely disappoints and this was no exception. My only problem is that his feud with Styles seems never-ending.
When it does end, it ends up starting right back up a year later.
They need to get away from each other and move onto other things!
Daniels and Kaz make a good team; they could probably give Samoa Joe and Magnus a run for their money!
No. 9: The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels Meet Face-to-Face (WWE)
I thought this was a great segment. Shawn Michaels was once again solid on the mic and he continues to be the star of these in-ring segments for the feud.
While I’m enjoying his mic work, I wish he was the star. He’s only the special referee for the match!
He may take a few bumps during the match, but Triple H and the Undertaker will be the ones beating the hell out of each other, not HBK.
The Undertaker was great on the mic, an improvement from last time.
The last time we heard the Undertaker on the mic, he seemed lost and overwhelmed at times. That was his first live promo in almost a year, so maybe he just needed to shake the cobwebs.
I like how Michaels stated that, even now, he could still be the man that could end the streak. That implies that he could screw over the Deadman just to end it.
This adds a lot of intrigue to the Hell in a Cell match. The Game and Shawn Michaels could very well be working together on this.
This is dubbed as an “End of an Era Match” but if the Undertaker defeats Triple H, what does it really end? The Game will still be around to hog the spotlight and ignore young talent for years to come.
If Triple H wins, though, that would certainly end an era. If the Phenom loses, he may never be back.
Of course, this could just be a massive swerve and Michaels could screw Triple H out of the win.
Then, there is the biggest swerve of all: HBK calls the match right down the middle without showing any favoritism.
No matter what happens, I’m quite excited for this match and can’t wait for Raw when all three are in the ring!
No. 8: Kenny King vs. Jay Lethal (ROH)
Ring of Honor Wrestling makes their debut in the top 10 with Jay Lethal defeating Kenny King.
This was quite the good match that saw some nice action between two gifted athletes.
TNA were fools for letting Lethal go. He could be TNA’s Television Champion right now!
TNA’s loss is ROH’s gain, though.
Lethal is as good as I remember him and it seems like ROH is treating him like a star. Not only is he the current ROH television champion, he’s a contender for the ROH World Championship!
This company is doing their Television Championship right. They’re making it a stepping stone to the world title.
Kenny King was quite impressive and it’s hard to believe that he was one of the four finalists on the second season of WWE Tough Enough back in 2002.
You don’t see many Tough Enough contestants in the ring anymore and I’m glad King stuck it out and continued on with his dream!
This was the first time in years that I have seen anything ROH and I was impressed with the quality of the matches.
The production values are not very good but they need time in order to improve, which I think they will!
No. 7: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Michael Elgin (ROH)
ROH makes a second appearance with Michael Elgin defeating Kyle O’Reilly.
This was also a very good match.
It featured some nice action and a few great moves including two back body drops from O’Reilly to Elgin: one from the top rope and other from the apron to the outside.
O’Reilly is much smaller than Elgin and played the underdog very well.
The crowd was clearly behind him the entire match and they were disappointed when it seemed like he’d win.
Elgin was very impressive for someone his size. He’s a big, bulky guy but he can pull off some nice moves and is rather quick in the ring.
I enjoyed Ring of Honor quite a bit and I can’t wait to watch yesterday’s episode this coming Thursday!
No. 6: Chris Jericho vs. Sheamus (WWE)
I thought this was a very good match. For being their first one-on-one match-up, Sheamus and Jericho meshed very well together and that certainly delivered something enjoyable to watch.
Both wrestlers were great in the ring and are definitely ready for WrestleMania.
I’m quite happy that Sheamus lost this match. He’s been booked to look way too strong heading into the big event and that could have gone one of two ways.
Either Sheamus would decimate Daniel Bryan and win the world title or his huge build would lead to a sudden stop when he loses.
What made his loss to Jericho better was that it was caused by Daniel Bryan.
The two WrestleMania opponents haven’t really done anything to each other since Sheamus picked the world title.
All they have really done was talk and get into the ring once for a tag match.
Bryan costing Sheamus the match not only makes the Celtic Warrior finally look human, but it also adds to the storyline.
No. 5: Austin Aries Breaks a Record (TNA)
This past Thursday, X-Division champion Austin Aries revealed that he was now the longest reigning champion in the history of the title.
He surpassed the previous record of 182 days and currently stands at 189 days as of this writing.
He celebrated the only way A Double knows how: with a bottle of champagne and a video package about himself.
Ion would later come out and try to ruin the celebration by throwing champagne in Aries’ face, but the champion responded by dumping the whole bottle on his challenger’s head.
Overall, I thought this was a great segment, thanks mostly to Aries.
A Double was great on the mic here and breaking the record of longest reigning champion only adds to his “Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” persona.
While Ion’s actions were great, his mic work left a lot to be desired. He looked like an amateur next to somebody like Austin Aries.
Aries really is the best thing to happen to the X-Division in a long time.
TNA needs to take full advantage of his overall skill and his popularity and have him in a match every Thursday — not just with fellow X-Division wrestlers, either. TNA should start his transition into the main event and put him in the ring with A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe and James Storm, among others.
Aries is the future of the company and as long as they keep his push going strong, A Double will be world champion by the end of the year!
No. 4: Christian Returns, Joins Team Johnny (WWE)
Christian has been missing from WWE programming since November. While he did make a few appearances, it just doesn’t feel right if Captain Charisma isn’t on my screen every Friday night.
He made his return at the Elimination Chamber to endorse John Laurinaitis for the job of sole general manager, but he disappeared again.
Christian is now back, though, and he returned with the Peep Show!
He opened SmackDown on Friday with the Peep Show and it was a good way to open the show.
When it was announced on Monday that he was returning on Friday, I figured that WWE would save the Peep Show for the end of the show. Thankfully, they didn’t and the peeps got a dose of Captain Charisma right away.
Christian was great on the mic and certainly hasn’t lost a step since being away.
I don’t like that his “one more match” gimmick is still around, but at least he’ll be facing someone other than Randy Orton this time.
I did like how he wanted the general managers to beg him to be on their team. Christian is still the egotistical superstar he was before his injury and I love it!
Teddy wouldn’t give in but Big Johnny promised him one more match.
That’s all he wanted, so Team Laurinaitis added another former world champion to the ranks.
It’s great to see Christian back and it’s better to see that he has a spot at WrestleMania!
No. 3: The Rock Concert (WWE)
It’s hard to describe the concert itself, so just watch the video.
This was extremely entertaining, though! The Rock had me laughing the entire time!
The crowd seemed to love it as well, so I guess that means the Rock Concert was a huge success.
The Rock sang a few songs in the tune of “Jailhouse Rock” and inserted insults about John Cena, all of which had me cracking up big time.
Whether the People’s Champion said the tired line about Fruity Pebbles or something new like “Cena looks like Vanilla Ice banged a Teletubby,” the Rock had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
The big thing on Raw was this rap vs. rock battle between Cena and the Rock, and rock definitely defeated rap.
While Cena delivered a good promo, the rap itself was very bland and not entertaining.
If Cena just said what he rapped normally, then he would have made the list as well.
Monday Night Raw belonged to the Rock and momentum is currently on his side.
Now, if only someone would just throw a punch!
No. 2: Chris Jericho’s Promos (WWE)
I was never a fan of bringing family issues into storyline as I feel it could be in bad taste.
At the same time, when it works, it catapults the feud into a different level.
Chris Jericho’s promos on Raw and SmackDown did just that.
He delivered two very powerful promos on the two WWE shows and they added a lot of intrigue to the feud between himself and CM Punk.
Jericho revealed that Punk’s father was an alcoholic and that’s why he was straight edge. He had a demon inside of him that he was trying to hide with his tattoos and his pipe bombs.
He was no anti-hero, he was just a fraud.
That really gets into the head of the champion and puts the challenger at a major advantage.
Not only does he have to deal with Jericho, he has to deal with family.
Those family issues will be at the back of his mind all the way up until WrestleMania and it will give Jericho a big advantage.
At the same time, Jericho may have made a mistake.
Nobody likes their dirty laundry aired out for everyone to see.
Punk will be looking for some major revenge and Jericho may end up regretting that he ever said anything.
No. 1: Bobby Roode’s Dynamite Promo (TNA)
Describing the promo doesn’t do it justice. Just watch the video and hopefully you’ll understand why I put this at No. 1.
Now, I usually hate contract signings, especially in TNA.
While WWE’s tend to be chaotic and someone always ends up beaten down, TNA’s tend to be boring. The wrestlers sign the contract, talk for a bit and then leave the ring.
TNA went a different route here and I loved it!
Bobby Roode did all of the talking and Sting did all of the action, but the reason I liked this so much was because of the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
He delivered a top notch, dynamite promo here!
Roode has been at the top of his game in terms of mic work, but he took it to a whole new level here.
TNA has some good mic workers, but Roode overshadows them all with promos like this.
Sting really helped out here by staying silent.
If they were going back-and-forth on the mic, I don’t think this segment would have been as good as it was.
Sting’s silence was the perfect thing for him to do.
While Sting did snap at the end and beat down Roode, the champion won this encounter by a mile.
There was nothing Sting could have done that would have put him ahead.
Bobby Roode was the star of Impact Wrestling this week and he’ll be the star at Victory Road as well!