Yep, I took a while off from doing this thing. Why? Mostly because it’s been a busy season outside of this little project. And maybe I’m starting to wonder if this should be a Monthly thing and not a weekly thing. Agree? Disagree? As always, @ me on twitter: henrytcasey to let me know what you think.
What I Watched
- Evolve 95, 10/15
- Monday Night Raw, 10/16
- SmackDown LIVE, 10/17
- 205 Live, 10/17
- NXT, 10/18
- Lucha Underground, 10/18
- CZW: The Wolf of Wrestling, VOD 10/18
Upcoming Watch List
- WWE TLC, 10/22
- Nova Pro Wrestling: Nova Project 3, 10/22
- Powerbomb TV: Futures, 10/22
- Monday Night Raw, 10/23
- SmackDown LIVE, 10/24
- 205 Live, 10/25
- NXT, 10/26
- PCW: Fright Night, 10/27
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams vs Zack Sabre Jr.
Evolve 95, 10/15
I kinda wanted to give this to one of the Lucha Underground Season 3 finale matches, but couldn’t. Even though I’m writing this almost a month after it happened, Williams vs Sabre Jr. still sticks out in my memory.
A technical master-class, I loved this bout because it continued to push forward the slow-burn story of ZSJ’s weakness. Yes, he won, but Hot Sauce looked amazing here, just like Jaka did the previous night in his non-title victory over Sabre.
Available on WWNlive.com because WWN and FloSlam fell apart faster than a birthday cake in a pro wrestling setting.
- Matt Riddle vs Fred Yehi, Evolve 95, 10/15
- Mil Muertes vs Cage vs Jeremiah Crane, Lucha Underground, 10/18
- Lucha Underground Career vs. Title Match: Prince Puma vs Champion Johnny Mundo, Lucha Underground, 10/18
Non-WWE Segment of The Week
Lucha Underground Finale Montage
Lucha Underground, 10/18
In a surprise to no one, the finale scenes of Lucha Underground’s third season brought all of the thunder. Both of the show’s prior season cappers included shocking moments, but this time it bore an even greater responsibility, as this could have been the series finale, and many fans were aware that Puma’s departure was for real, as the wrestler who portrays him (Ricochet) has been teasing a departure for months and months.
And then, it delivered — and it did so in spades. While we can spend posts debating what Dario Cueto said into a phone as he bled out (he better not be dead, damnit) — and Brandon Stroud already put work into that, we can’t just stall out there. From King Cuerno’s epic trophy room to the surprise appearance in the Lizard Temple to the Spider-Man No More-esque goodbye from Puma, this sequence was exquisite.
And fortunately for me, I took so long to write this that we know this won’t be Lucha’s final season:
Also, a little note to Evolve. That crazy clusterfuck ending to Evolve 95 wasn’t how you do a brawl to close out. Sure, you had the epic DARBY OFF THE BACKBOARD spot I desperately wanted to see in Corona, NY (at the death house called The Elmcor), but that was a little too early for The End to be met with a significant challenge.
Available via El Rey, iTunes and other services
- “Keith Lee issues an OPEN CHALLENGE!”, 10/15
- A Film by Taya, Lucha Underground, 10/18
WWE Match of The Week:
Aleister Black vs Raul Mendoza
It’s funny, I didn’t remember this match when I was skimming through the NXT archives, but fast-forwarding to the middle of it, I realized this was the easy pick of the WWE week. Yes, that’s owed in part to it being a weak week for matches in the E, but this had a memorable moment despite Mendoza being utterly forgettable in it.
Yes, this is one of the excellent matches that stoked the fire of the feud between Black and Velveteen Dream. Dream’s finally finding that character, and Black’s utter fury — taken out on Mendoza — is perfect.
WWE Segment of the Week:
Kevin and Sami Explain Themselves, Again
SmackDown LIVE, 10/10
We don’t know what exactly is going on backstage with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn — reportedly kicked off the last leg of a recent European tour — but on camera they are gold.
This segment, where they harass Daniel Bryan, and go in on him for becoming a corporate lackey, is another example of why Kevin Owens is doing better than most of the company when it comes to promos. He has a memory that outlasts the most recent three months. Bringing up how Bryan used to be anti-authority, and now cares about what’s best for business? Ties the room together, man.
- The Shield Enter Raw Together for the first time in a long time, Monday Night Raw, 10/16
- Pulp Fashion, SmackDown LIVE, 10/17
- New Day or RUSEV Day?, SmackDown LIVE, 10/17
- Drew Gulak’s Uninterrupted Powerpoint Presentation, 205 Live, 10/17