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Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Payback Edition)

So, Payback is on the books, and it's a good thing I waited until after it to start writing the Wroundup, because that means I can say nice things. Because in many ways, Payback was a better show than Wrestlemania.

@midnight Power Rankings (Apr 25-28)

Obviously, the most prolific and consistent performer on @midnight last week was Christ Hardwick promoting his standup special. This isn't a slam per se - modern entertainment dynamics demand using your output to promote your other output. And I actually liked the special quite a bit. But it got hit HEAVY this week. Next up amongst the guest performers was Aisha Tyler, leading a Thursday show that got back to the sort of professional comedians having fun thing that @midnight is best at.

1) Aisha Tyler (Th)
2) Sara Schaefer (T)
3) Chris Gethard (Th)
4) Jen D'Angelo (Th)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Apr 25-28)

We're four episodes away from three season finales and three episodes away from a fourth. My free time will be happy when all four of these shows are done, but I'll be happiest when one particular show finishes. We all know which one.

Agents of SHIELD: "The Singularity" (15% Stupid)

I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the whole messianic fervor among the Inhumans thing. I mean, it makes sense, and it makes for good stories, and they're using it well, but I don't necessarily enjoy watching it, if you know what I mean.

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! (Apr 27)

Sometimes, there's no time for vignettes. Sometimes, there's so much goddamned wrestling that needs to happen that Lucha Underground just fills the show with wrestling and then, at the end, spends a couple of minutes on Vampiro trying to cure Pentagon Jr.'s presumably Matanza-inflicted paralysis through hot wax and tough love.

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Biweekly Edition)

The last two weeks in WWE have been very... Odd. On one hand, we have the promise of young and new and talented wrestlers getting opportunities near the top of the card. On the flip side, this is still the WWE. Two weeks ago, we had an excellent Raw and a decent Smackdown, but then, with a few exceptions, last week's shows from the UK were weird and lackluster. I don't know if it was jet lag, weird sound production, or what, but both shows seemed really off.

Motherfuckin' Lucha underground! (Apr 20)

Goddamn, I love this show. Let's get straight to the point. After the Disciples of Death lost their Trios Tournament match to Fenix, Jack Evans, and PJ Black, Sinestro De La Muerte ripped the still beating black hearts from the chests of both his teammates and absorbed their power. You know why that happened? Because this is MOTHERFUCKING LUCHA UNDERGROUND, that's why.

Oh, The Metahumanity! (April 18-20)

Man, I need to make time to watch more Daredevil. Could have watched some today, but HBO ran a Silicon Valley marathon and I got caught in the middle of Season 2 until I had to make dinner. Anyway, I did find time for the three main shows this week, and that time wasn't wasted for two of them.

Agents of SHIELD: "The Team" (15% Stupid)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Apr 12-14)

Good thing I binged three Daredevils last weekend, because even iwthout a new Flash and Arrow this week, I've been too busy to watch any more. Found time for Legends of Tomorrow, somehow, even though I'm increasingly convinced it's a bad idea.

Agents of SHIELD: "Paradise Lost" (20% Stupid)

@midnight Power Rankings (4/11-4/14)

Man, I hope someone out there is really enjoying episodes full of barely-post-pubescent YouTube stars, because i am clearly not the target audience. Lord knows, I wanted to put Carrot Top in last place just out of elitist spite, but I couldn't, thanks to Monday's show.

1. Mike Lawrence (Th)
2. Arden Myrin (T)
3. Rich Eisen (Th)
4. Annie Lederman (Th)
5. Lemorne Morris (T)
6. Ilana Glazer (W)
7. Lucia Aniello (W)
8. Paul W Downs (W)
9. Carrot Top (T)
10. Vitaly Zdorovetskiy (M)
11. Brittany Furlan (M)
12. Logan Paul (M)

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