Hello friends! If you look at the below, you’ll see a couple of changes. This upcoming week marks both me watching Impact again (yes, this is all Ethan Page’s responsibility) and my renewed interest in Chikara.
For Chikara, I plan to watch the VOD of the penultimate episode Kill the Moon and possibly attend its season finale Closing Time, a decision which will depend on whether or nor Mike Quackenbush vs David Starr is announced for that show in Philly.
And at some point, I’m going to begin the grand project of watching the show from its 4th season, a long-overdue project. The decision to start there was helped by the excellent Courtney Rose (@ChicagosCRose on twitter).
As always, if I’m missing anything that can be accessed without too much trouble, @ me on twitter: henrytcasey.
What I Watched
- Survivor Series 2017, 11/19
- Progress Chapter 57: Enter Smiling, 11/19
- Monday Night Raw, 11/20
- SmackDown LIVE, 11/21
- 205 Live, 11/21
- NXT, 11/22
- Powerbomb.tv: Wazzup, 11/25
- Powerbomb.tv: This Very Second with Bryce Remsburg, 11/25
Upcoming Watch List
- Beyond Wrestling/Women’s Wrestling Revolution, 11/27
- Monday Night Raw, 11/27
- SmackDown LIVE, 11/28
- 205 Live, 11/28
- NXT, 11/29
- Impact Wrestling, 11/30
- Chikara: Kill the Moon, ?? VOD
- Chikara: Closing Time, 12/2 — possibly attending live
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
Keith Lee vs. Flash Morgan Webster
Progress Chapter 57: Enter Smiling, 11/19
Nobody’s surprised to see me hand out a best to my two favorites from BOLA 2017, who wrestled a fantastic, epic match, that just happened to be booked the wrong way.
Anyone watching Progress during the last months has to be wondering what they’re doing with Flash. If all of these almost-wins will build to a major character point and a championship, then maybe they’ll be able to say it was worth it.
But Keith Lee loses nothing if Flash manages to eek a suprirse underdog victory out of the WWN Champion, not the least because the title wasn’t on the line. The crowd adored Keith Lee, though, to the point where nobody would even hazard the opinion that he needed to beat The King of the Mods.
- Logan Easton LaRoux vs AJ Gray vs Anthony Greene vs Razerhawk, Powerbomb.tv: Wazzup, 11/25
- Thick Boys (Jay Freddie & John Silver) vs Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy), Powerbomb.tv: Wazzup, 11/25
- Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) vs CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) © vs for the PROGRESS Tag Team Championships, Progress Chapter 57: Enter Smiling, 11/19
Non-WWE Segment of The Week
“Revenge can only be found on the road to self-destruction”
Dahlia Black promo via YouTube
While I thought the four-way match that included Dahlia and Jinny was rushed and didn’t gel together as one whole match (instead reeking of two, smashed together), Ms. Black’s pre-match promo was excellent.
Until this moment, this feud existed in short moments where announcers rushed out words to one of the two, who typically had joined them on commentary. While it could have used one more story beat (at the start, showing their friendship pre-injury), it still was the most well-acted (bravo, Dahlia) and necessary story beat of the week.
- The shit talking Trent Seven gave Zack Gibson, Progress Chapter 57: Enter Smiling, 11/19
- All of the weirdness that was Powerbomb.tv: This Very Second with Bryce Remsburg, 11/25
WWE Match of The Week:
AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar
Survivor Series 2017, 11/19
How could it be anything but this? AJ Styles elevated himself even higher in the lore of WWE by pulling an amazing 1 on 1 match out of the notoriously unreliable Brock Lesnar.
- The New Day vs The Shield, Survivor Series 2017, 11/19
- Charlotte Flair vs Alexa Bliss, Survivor Series 2017, 11/19
- The Bar vs The Usos, Survivor Series 2017, 11/19
- Roman Reigns vs The Miz © for the WWE Intercontental Championship, Monday Night Raw, 11/20
- Akira Tozawa vs Drew Gulak in a Street Fight, 205 Live, 11/21
- Johnny Gargano vs Pete Dunne © for the WWE UK Championship, NXT, 11/22
- Ruby Riot vs Sonya Deville, NXT, 11/22
WWE Segment of the Week:
Paige Returns, With Friends
Monday Night Raw, 11/20
Obviously, this segment will age well or poorly based on how WWE books Paige and the friends she picked up on her way back to the main roster, but for now, it’s a win.
Not only was it fun and shocking for a return to turn into an invading faction, but it’s quite clever. Rose and Deville provide solid cover and distraction from the controversy that took place during the time where while Paige’s injury (among ohter thing) kept her off camera.
- Braun Strowman’s post-show interview, Survivor Series 2017, 11/19
- Enzo and The Zo Train give thanks, Monday Night Raw, 11/20
- SmackDown Gets its own Women’s Trio from NXT, SmackDown LIVE, 11/21