Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Apr 13-16)

A shocking swerve in this Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup, with an underdog pulling off a surprise... well, "victory" isn't the right word, but still, a shocking upset.

LUCHA UNDERGROUND

...which takes the week despite having a weaker-than-usual week itself. The finale of Drago and Aerostar's best-of-five series gets Match of the Week, but it wasn't up to the standard of their other matches, and the crowd was strangely dead until about halfway through the match when a table spot woke them up. An OK Trios tournament match and a three-way-dance featuring half of the Trios finale contestants rounded out a show that still...

...was better than...

WWE SMACKDOWN

...what's this? Smackdown in second place? That's unpossible! Yet it is so. Raw's shitty wrestling and NXT's lack of any real content means that two or three decent matches put Smackdown in second. I mean, fuck knows it wasn't great, but I'll take Neville getting a good fight and a DQ win over Sheamus, a decent main event tag, and slightly fewer pointless squashes overall if I get them.

...which was better than...

WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW

...which ended up beng a huge clusterfuck of a show. Three hours of weird, short matches, the return of Fandango Classic, teasing a Kane turn that I guess people kind of want to see maybe, and oh, we got the stipulations for the Extreme Rules title match between Rollins and Orton - no R.K.O. allowed, and it's in a steel cage. Apparently nobody remembers when Randy Orton used to headpunt people to death. They will in a couple of weeks. Still, an insane and raucous London crowd helped Raw...

... be better than...

WWE NXT

...which really wasn't that great. The troll doll version of Dean Ambrose, a.k.a. Solomon Crow, semi-squashed C.J. Parker in what may well be the latter's final NXT match. Baron Corbin's back to fast-squashing no-names until they figure out what to do with him. Amore and Cassidy do their thing in a squash-with-story, Dana Brooke debuted in another squash of Ol' Blue Pants and seemed pretty horrible doing it. And while it's always nice to see Sami Zayn, watching him work at the pace of near-40-year-old hoss Rhyno for fifteen minutes is less than ideal.