Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (May 4-10)

One thing that's important to remember when considering the WWW is that my decisions are somewhat arbitrary and capricious, and the criteria can vary from week to week. Which is why this week I'm starting off with

WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW

...which was full of surprisingly excellent wrestling, from a Cesaro tour de force against THe Ascension, to a long, great match between Rollins and Ambrose (although really, Montreal, holy shit chanting for a middle rope dive to the outside?) And sure, Ambrose is probably only being inserted into the Payback title match so he can take the pin and protect Orton and Reigns, but still, he'll make things more fun. Plus a decent tag match around the Neville-Barrett-Sheamus-Ziggler King of the Ring stuff from last week.

Oh, and Sami Zayn, getting a Bret Hart rub, a huge Montreal ovation, dislocating his shoulder hyping up the crowd, and still wrestling a solid, competitive match against John Cena. That's where you chant "holy shit", folks. Match of the week, but a pyrrhic victory, because we still don't know how bad Zayn hurt himself pulling it off.

Filler included Rusev squashing Fandango, which included what I think is the third or fourth "underling overshadowing heel" plot in the last six months, Stardust getting his win back over R-Truth courtesy of a bag full of plastic spiders because of course he did, the reintroduction of Tamina (Snuka) as Naomi's friend/cousin, and the anemic, half-assed, main event that poked around waiting for the inevitable beatdown to start. But there was a lot of good in those three hours, so it...

...was better than...

LUCHA UNDERGROUND

...which was better on average, but didn't come close to the Sami Zayn moment. Everything this week was fine and solid, from the opening tag match to further the Trios feud while Evilisse recovers from her ankle injury, to the tag match where Hernandez was destined to turn on Prince Puma, to the main event where Johnny Mundo brought the best out of Alberto El Patron. The non-match introducing Daivari (as Delevar Daivari) was disappointing, but kudos to LU for making him a wealthy LA Persian instead of a foreign sheik. Progress! And...

...an imporvement over...

WWE NXT

...which has got problems right now. This week's episode focused mainly on the women's division, continuing the Bayley-Emma feud and including the usual contract-signing fight between Sascha Banks and Becky Lynch. Which is fine. But two weeks away from Unstoppable, and the main event set up the necessary face-face rivalry between Hideo Itami and Finn Balor for their three-way with Tyler Breeze at Unstoppable... just as word came in that Itami would be out for 6-8 months with a, wait for it... shoulder injury. Oh, and Rhyno's gonna lose to Baron Corbin at Unstoppable in an attempt to answer two questions - can Baron Corbin wrestle a full match, and what the fuck are they going to do with Baron Corbin? Still...

...a bit better than...

WWE SMACKDOWN

...which my DVR kept fucking up the playback of on Friday, which is why I had to wait for a weekend rerun, in Spanish, to be disappointed by a pile of retread Raw matches. I mean, it's always nice to see three of the people in the Neville-Ziggler-Barrett-Sheamus feud, but the only thing that wasn't a Raw retread was a match between the Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores. And I've read a rumor about that, but I hope it isn't true, and I'll talk about it when it happens unless it happens on Main Event or Superstars, in which case I'll never see it.