By: Nate Kaiser
A culture shock brought the wrestling business to their feet this week as CM Punk returned on WWE Backstage. The Fox weekly run show saw the return of Punk right before they closed the show. His words rang out to the masses, closing the show as Punked proclaimed: “When they think they have all the answers, I change the culture.”
Raw (Monday) 11/11/19
Monday night continued to build towards the meeting of all three brands at their next paper view event, Survivor Series.
“The Man” Becky Lynch opened up the show, reminding the women’s division why she is the most dangerous part of her career.
“Because of Bayley, Shana Bazler, or the kabuki warriors think I’m going to stop fighting, then they haven’t been paying attention to my career,” said Lynch. Lynch and Charlotte Flair would go on to face the Kabuki Warriors, but fall short after a roll-up by Asuka.
Later on in the night, Seth Rollins would lay out a challenge to the United Kingdoms’ best, and Walter would answer. Walter controlled the pace of the match by his sheer size and strength, but after a run-in by Imperium, the stage was set for an eight-man tag.
The Street Profits and Kevin Owens would tag with Rollins to take on Imperium. After a stomp from Rollins to pick up the win, the anticipation going into Survivor Series reaching a boiling point.
In the main event, the “O.C.” faced off against Randy Orton, Humberto Carrilo, and Ricochet. Orton and Ricochet struggled to find the same page throughout the match. In the end, Styles would take an RKO by Orton and a moonsault by Carrilo for the loss.
Raw clocked in at a 2.06 rating, an all-time low outside of significant holidays for the company. Later in the week, though, it was released that Raw bottomed out at 1.25 rating. Their recent ratings pose a question to WWE to decide when they should be worried about how low their ratings are getting.
AEW Dynamite (Wednesday) 11/13/19
Coming off of their blockbuster paper view event “Full Gear,” AEW settled back into the swing of things on TNT. Chris Jericho retained his world championship against Cody, the unchained mad man of AEW Jon Moxley defeated Kenny Omega in a hellacious unsanctioned match.
This week Moxley squared off with Micheal Nakazawa, and he showed no signs of slowing down. Moxley destroyed Nakazawa and put him away with an elevated Paradigm Shift. After the match, Moxley addressed the crowd in wild fashion: “I told you exactly what was going to happen at Full Gear, and I delivered as promised, as advertised,” said Moxley.
The tag team division is heating up, especially in the undercard, as AEW starts to focus on some of those lower card teams. With SCU and the Lucha Bros established rivals, teams like Jurassic Express, and the Dark Order can start to develop more.
Luchassurs returned to save Jurrasic Express from a beat down at the hands of the Dark Oder. The crowd exploded to see the big man back finally, and aligning these two teams will be an excellent way to keep the tag division moving.
Dynamite also saw the debut of the massive Warlow. Warlow destroyed Cody and proceeded to hang him from the top rope by his necktie. Nick and Matt Jackson, the Young bucks, received the beating of a lifetime from Santan and Ortiz, and next week they will take on Private Party.
AEW clocked in this week at 957,000 viewers bouncing back from last week’s 822,000 viewers. Overall, an excellent bounce-back week for AEW, with SCU retaining their Tag titles in the main event, expect to see a lot of things start to develop in the coming weeks.
NXT (Wednesday) 11/13/19
Over to the competition, NXT dropped in their viewership this week down from the 813,000 viewers to 750,000. The invasion of the O.C. last week was sure to bring in more viewers, but this week NXT struggled to keep up with AEW Dynamite.
The NXT Cruiserweight championship was on the line as the champion Lio Rush faced off against the hottest rising star in NXT Angel Garza. These two tore the house down in one of the best cruiserweight title matches in the recent month. Rush retained the title after hitting his finisher, the “Final Hour,” but the ref did miss Garzas foot grazing the rope, so expect to see these two meet up again in the future.
WarGames is on the horizon, and the teams have been set. Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, and the new Dominik Dijakovic are set to face off against the Undisputed Era. The question is who will be the final member of Team NXT.
A ladder match would show the main event pitting Mia Yim vs Io Shirai for a War Game advantage. Shirai won after a run-in from NXT UK Women’s champion Kay Lee Ray. A great show this week, building into what should be a monumental paper view at WarGames.
Smackdown (Friday) 11/15/17
Everyone is gearing up for Survivor Series, Nov. 24, and the superstars on Smackdown are doing the same.
New Day faced off against the Revival in a tag team championship match. The match would go to a no-contest, as the Undisputed Era jumped both teams.
Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan are aligning to face off for the Universal championship after “The Feind” Wyatt attacked Bryan at Crown Jewel. Wyatt explained that all Bryan had to do to get a championship match was to say one word: “YES.” The show would close on this note, and Smackdown would rack in 2.350 million viewers.
In other news, Marty Scurll battled PCO in the finals of the Final Battle number one contender tournament for Ring of Honor. Scurll bested Jay Lethal to qualify for the finals, and PCO bested former world champion, Dalton Castle. Dec. 13 PCO will challenge RUSH at “Final Battle” for the Ring of Honor World Championship.