It’s time for my take on the top 5 best and worst moments of wrestling week on television. This feature will cover Raw, NXT, Dynamite, SmackDown and Rampage on a weekly basis.
Without further ado, let’s get to it…
Top 5 Heaven Moments
1 Brock Lesnar going crazy
Brock deciding to just go on a ‘beating people up’ spree is always good value. I really enjoy this current face run that Brock is doing. We all know he is a bad ass, but SmackDown just proved it again.
2 Malakai Black vs. Cody Rhodes
I will start with Cody going over was not exactly how I would have went with it but the match itself was easily the best of the three these two have had. This was more of a fight than their previous encounters, with both men a bit bloodied by the end. The outside interference worked for me. Overall, an extremely good match.
3 Pac vs. Andrade
The rematch most fans were excited for, and it did not disappoint. These men have great chemistry and it showed again on Rampage. The match was creative, it was hard hitting and whilst I was not a massive fan of the interference at the end, it did not spoil the match at all.
4 Charlotte Flair vs. Bianca Belair
As the main event on Monday Night Raw, it was a fantastic match. Belair can sometimes seem a bit out of sorts depending on who she is up against, but with Flair, they just hit the right notes. Raw was not at its finest this week, but this was a true highlight.
5 Hit Row make their SmackDown Debut
Let us be honest, I was worried about this call up. Was it a little too early? Were creative going to try and mess with it? Luckily, that did not happen, and they let Hit Row just be Hit Row. The expectations were high given the weeks of hype they have had, and I am glad they hit it out the park. Big things in this groups future if allowed the time to just be themselves.
1 Queen’s Crown matches
Was this top of my hell moments last week? Yes it was. Why is it here again? Because they did the exact same thing on Raw. The tournament just fell flat and that is due to no importance put on any of the matches. I don’t think any of the Queen’s Crown matches lasted longer than 10 minutes and that is just not fair on the competitors.
2 Arn Anderson
Arn is a legend in the business and rightly so. However, in 2021, do we really need to see him on TV as much as we do? The partnership with Cody feels a bit flat at times and I just don’t think we need as much of Arn as we are currently getting.
3 The crowning of King Woods
Massive fan of Woods being the King. He deserved a little solo moment and he also deserved it for campaigning for the tournament to come back. This segment just fell flat and didn’t go anywhere. It ended rather abruptly and just didn’t hit the notes I was hoping for.
4 The Women’s Title exchange
A lot has been said about the aftermath of this, but I wasn’t a fan of the swap in the first place. This is a similar situation WWE did last year with the tag belts but at least then, it was two babyface teams and it kind of worked. It would have been much easier for either woman to lose their title prior to the Draft. The hype of what happened after might help sell a Becky vs. Charlotte match at Survivor Series but outside of that, it wasn’t the best.
5 Sami Zayn’s change in entrance music
This is a weird one, but I don’t understand why they changed Sami’s music. Give me Worlds Apart over the generic change in music we got. It might be short term, but if we are changing the music, give him something better than what we got.
There you have it, my top five heaven and hell moments of the week. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Agree? Disagree? Feel free to discuss it on Twitter with both Hooked On Wrestling (@ho_wrestling) and myself (@garytait1).
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