Finally RAW and Smackdown we’re back to live shows and for me, Smackdown was once again the better show. RAW was a bit of an improvement, but it’s still a long way from being really good again. Hulk Hogan, John Cena and Brock Lesnar all on the same show and I still prefer the blue brand.
Also Hulk Hogan didn’t get quite the pop I thought he would as he came out to the ring. I think the racial comments he made several years ago have left a sour taste in a lot of fans mouth. Nonetheless he was there and gave an amazing tribute to the late, great “Mean” Gene Okerlund. An emotional tribute video by the WWE, and if you haven’t seen it you should check it out.
Onto the the top ten, and just like the McMahons promise for fresh faces, there are a few new names on this weeks top ten. There were some really good matches on RAW and Smackdown this week and a lot of standout performances in my opinion. So let’s get to it and check out this weeks top ten!
Although not winning the triple threat match last night Charlotte put in quite the effort. She was able to hit several of her signature moves nearly winning the match on multiple occasions. Her loss keeps her out of the title match at the Rumble and allows her to be in the Rumble match itself. She is my early pick to win it.
9. Dean Ambrose
The intercontinental championship was on the line Monday night in a falls count any where match. Ambrose and Rollins put on their best match since the feud started in my opinion. Rollins was looking as if he was going to win the match when Bobby Lashley interfered and pummeled Rollins, allowing Ambrose to retain.
8. Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin had a surprise, mostly clean win against Elias Monday night. I had honestly written Corbin off as a legitimate contender on RAW. Clearly after the win on Monday, the powers that be are still high on him. I would like to say it would be interesting to see where the win will lead, but I’ve never been a fan of Corbin, so…I’m not going to say that. But a wins a win and that’s why he’s on the list this week.
7. Daniel Bryan
The “New” Daniel Bryan is on fire as a heel. He is cutting some really great promos and his matches have been even better. I am happy to see a rematch at the Royal Rumble between him and AJ Styles. I’m not sure where the storyline is headed, but it’s one that I’m interested in. I’m glad Daniel Bryan is back!
6. Bobby Lashley
Finally! Finally Bobby Lashley is in a meaningful rivalry. This guy was supposed to challenge Lesnar at some point and he has been barely treading water for nearly a year. He took matters into his own hands Monday night costing Rollins his chance to regain the IC title. Rollins and Lashley will be a good rivalry for the next few weeks.
5. Andrade Cien Almas
Cracking the gohomepwb.com top ten for the first time is Andrade Cien Almas. He has been better than good since coming to the main roster. He has been putting on great matches, but mostly in a losing effort. After taking an incredible flipping piledriver last night, he managed to rebound from that and pick up the win for him and Samoa Joe. Oh and the man he pinned to get the win… future hall of famer, Rey Mysterio!
4. The Bar
In what was the match of the week for me, The Bar was victorious against The always game, Uso’s. Although Mandy Rose interrupted the match distracting Jimmy Uso, the Bar still had a great match and a victory nonetheless. They also accepted a challenge from The Miz to defend the titles at the Rumble. That should be an interesting match.
3. Sasha Banks
It’s hard to believe, but this is another first. Sasha Banks has been on the gohomepwb.com top ten as a tag team, but this is her fist time on the list by herself. And it’s about time! After a lackluster 2018 that saw her reduced to insignificant tag matches and a lame, confusing feud with Bayley, 2019 looks better already. She was able to make Nia Jax tap earning a RAW women’s championship match at the Rumble.
2. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins stepped up his game Monday Night. He was the man that got the win in the opening six man tag match and impressed Triple H enough to earn a title shot later in the night. Although he was unsuccessful in the main event, it’s safe to say that win or lose, Seth Rollins is the reason most people even tune into RAW.
1. Becky Lynch
The Man Becky Lynch is back on track. She has earned her title match after winning an incredible triple threat main event match on Smackdown. Becky, Charlotte and Carmella all had a great match and represented the women’s division with pride. Becky vs Asuka at the Rumble has the makings of an instant classic.
A pretty good week so far for wrestling. Smackdown wasn’t the only notable event going on in Jacksonville yesterday. The start up promotion of AEW held a rally not far from where Smackdown was being put on. A gutsy move by the start up promotion, that has created some headlines amongst the wrestling community.
Friday will be another AEW blog about the signings we learned about yesterday, and has WWE taken notice? Do they even care? And can AEW attract some WWE talent to join them? There are a lot of hardcore wrestling fans excited about AEW and the possibility of a wrestling war again. Hopefully Cody didn’t bring a BB gun to take on a tank.
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