Weekly Wrasslin Wroundup (Apr 27-30

So, what happens when there's an extra four hours of pro wrestling in a week? A jumbo-sized edition of Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup. Our winner this week is not a surprise.

LUCHA UNDERGROUND

...took the top spot with the main event, even though the rest of the card was sub-par. The title vs. career match between champion Prince Puma and top talent Drago made good use of what seemed to be an odd decision at first - putting Drago's career on the line. But it's time to open a rift between face Puma and heelish manager Konnan that they've been teasing literally since Puma first debuted, and his upcoming match with Konnan loyalist and "whatever-it-takes" tweener Hernandez is the way to do it.

They're going to use Tejano to introduce Daivari, which is a shame, because Tejano does nothing for me at all.Killshot's match with Fenix was fine but not as smooth as the Lucha ideal. And the Cage-Cuerno-Hernandez match that put Hernandez in line for the title shot wasted Cuerno and was therefore just average. Still, a great title match means it...

...was more entertaining than...

WWE Extreme Rules

Which technically aired Sunday, but unless I'm throwing a party, there's no way I'm watching any of these PPV's live. Extreme Rules was better than I was expecting, or it was until someone told me it was better than they expected, which raised my expectations and then Extreme Rules let me down. It was... fine? Not awful? The New Day got the tag belts, which I've known for at least six weeks had to be inevitable. WWE continues to be behind Neville in a big way, giving him a win over Bad News Barrett in the pre-show and proving my guess from last week correct. Reigns won (shocker) and continued the myth of the Incredibly Heavy Announcer's Table from the week after Wrestlemania. Cena won (shocker). Seth Rollins won via Kanenanigans (shocker). Most of the wrestling was a solid B/B+ by WWE standards, but with a lot of apathy going in and few surprises going out, it still wasn't a great show. Although I did like it...

...a smidge better than...

WWE King Of The Ring

This whole thing was very weird. They unveiled the concept on Monday (the return of the King of the Ring tournament), held the four quarter-final matches on Raw, then had the final three matches in an hour or so special on the WWE Network. Since two of these three matches involved Adrian Neville working his ass off, I was happy. I fast-forwarded through the Barrett-R Truth match because it was obvious that was going to be brutish and short. And even though I wanted Neville to win the whole thing, it's probably for the best that they didn't. It's bad enough they've stuck him with the awkward second nickname "The New Sensation". You don't have to tell people they should be excited about Neville. His ring-work takes care of that.

So now we have King Barrett, which should be fun for a while and keep attention off the Intercontinental Title while the world tries to figure out whether Daniel Bryan's injuries are career-ending or not. Which I guess is fine. And the tournament...

...was better than...

WWE NXT

...which is finally getting off its ass now that it has a Takeover to build to on May 20. Owens v. Zayn should be a barnburner. But it's still fucking around on the rest of the card. The thing about NXT is that sometimes it's a wrestling show with plots and stories and sometimes it's just a showcaase to introduce and establish characters. Which is why they do things like bring Adam Rose back down so that Hideo can beat him and we can all remember Hideo exists. The last month has been thick with that kind of thing and it's still too much of the show for my taste.

The tag champions, Wesley and Blake, are decent wrestlers with with awful personalities, and they're feuding with Enzo and Cass, which are all personalities and no wrestling. The combination is a goddamn mess. And having a non-title match between the two teams when Enzo and Cass are already the #1 contenders is just treading water. And NXT is convinced Dana Brooke is going to be a thing, which is just going to irritate me, because I'm not 15 years old and it's not 1997. But still, it was...

...slightly bettter than...

WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW

...which featured the preliminaries of the King of the Ring tournament already discussed, and not much else. Now, any show where Neville pins Luke Fucking Harper (whose gimmick is that sometimes he remembers he has crazy eyes), is a great show. But everything else during the hour was meh. We havej Reigns-Orton-Rollins at Payback, which is a yawner so yawny I'm happy we only have a few weeks to build to it .We have the fallout from the Kiss Me Arse match, yay. And we have the Damien Sandow Relaunch, which was such a damp squib everyone involved not named Damien Sandow should be embarrassed for themselves. At least, in retrospect, R-Truth beating Stardust makes sense when you know the King of the Ring storyline is that Neville had a much harder semifinal match than Barrett did.

Oh, and one other positive. If we spend the next three weeks having Rusev come out and straight up murder anyone who signs up for the John Cena Midcard "Elevation" Invitational, I'll be fine with that. And it still made for...

...a better show than...

WWE SMACKDOWN

...which I will grant had a solid tag titles match and a watchable main event and a slight improvement in the whole New Damian Sandow Gimmick plot, but pull the trigger on Kane or stop dragging it out. I'm guessing this is leading up to a possible farewell tour kind of thing in the classic Kane getup, but it's' taking FOREVER. And the rest of the show was just fast forward fodder.