I can say with all honesty that I enjoyed both RAW and Smackdown Live equally this week. There were a lot of twists during RAW that I didn’t see coming and Rey Mysterio and Andrade had one of the best matches I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched thousands of matches. So it was tough to narrow it down to ten this week, but here goes:
10. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe and Mustafa Ali were to go one on one last night, but Joe had other plans. Before the match started he brutally attacked Ali and declared himself the winner of the upcoming Royal Rumble. I personally don’t see that happening, but Joe sure made an argument for himself.
9. Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross made her Monday night RAW in ring debut and looked great in the match. Helping her team, which also included Bayley and Natalya, defeat the Riott Squad. Personally, I would like to see her join the Smackdown roster and reunite with SaniTy. At the same time RAW could use a boost to their women’s division.
8. The Revival
This team has been on a role since the McMahons promised change. Picking up a win Monday night over the Lucha House Party, they appear to be staying in the number one contender position for the RAW tag team titles. The RAW tag team division needs a lot of work and probably won’t see improvement until after Wrestlemania, but keeping The Revival in contention for the titles is a step in the right direction.
7. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch picked up a win over Peyton Royce last night in an ok match. The match went a little long in my opinion, but it always great to see “The Man” on tv. Hopefully she can regain the momentum she had prior to her injury as I feel she has cooled off a bit. Still, Becky is a must see on Smackdown right now.
Just edging out her Royal Rumble opponent for the number six spot is Asuka. Asuka made short work of Billie Kay during their impromptu match last night. I am really looking forward to the match between her and Becky at the Rumble, this match could possibly steal the show.
5. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio, even in a loss, cracked the top five this week. I realize we are only sixteen days into 2019, but this will be a match of the year candidate. Rey was in position to win the match, but a distraction from Andrade’s manager Zelina Vega, helped Andrade hit his finisher for the win. A five star match nonetheless.
4. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks is in the top five for the second week in a row. She was able to make Tamina tap out to the bank statement, getting the win for her and teammate Ronda Rousey. Banks and Rousey will go one on one for the RAW Women’s Championship at the Royal Rumble. After the match Banks had a great promo making Rousey look bad. It should be interesting to see what happens next week on RAW.
3. Bobby Lashley
New intercontinental champion! Bobby Lashley picked up a surprise win in a triple threat match for the title last night. Beating rivals Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose is a big feather in the cap for Lashley. The win is probably his biggest since returning to WWE last April. I think the WWE is setting up for an IC title match against Kevin Owens at Wrestlemania.
It appears that WWE is dropping the “Cien Almas” part of Andrade’s name, but one thing not dropping is the stock of Andrade and Vega. As mentioned a couple times already, Andrade vs Mysterio was by far the best match of the night, and will be one of the most talked about all year. Andrade is primed for stardom and will be a champion by the end of 2019.
1. Finn Balor
It was a toss up for me this week for number one. I think Almas and Balor could easily be flip flopped, but I gave the very slight edge to Balor. He not only beat Jinder Mahal, but also beat; John Cena, Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre in a fatal four way in the same night. His reward? The Beast Brock Lesnar, and a shot at the Universal title at the Royal Rumble.
A really good couple of days of WWE programming. That is something I don’t think I’ve said for quite a while. It would appear as if they are starting to regain the favor of the WWE universe. Which is good news as we are less than a couple of weeks away from my favorite pay per view, the Royal Rumble.
The Rumble has been WWE’s version of an all star game in recent years. Not only do you get to see most of the men and women on the roster, you get a few surprise entrants as well. On Friday I plan on explaining how and why the Rumble has become my favorite pay per view.
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