The week that saw WWE evolve into WWE Survivor Series, there was a lot of pressure on the two flagship shows to ensure preparation for this one. Additionally, the Wednesday Night War continued in its usual fashion, with two excellent shows continuing to fight overwhelmingly.
There were ups and downs across the board with some things not quite related while others really flourished. It was also a remarkable week with several major league games, including one big change. So let's break it down and reveal which show was the best!
4. WWE SmackDown
The Blue Mark provided a pretty poor episode in week 46 which was a surprise as WWE SmackDown has been pretty consistent over the past few weeks. The show just didn't do a great job building for Survivor Series, especially with the men's playoff game.
Several squad members were defeated, which didn't really make them look like strong wrestlers that fans should care about or take seriously as the series draws near. However, it was nice to see Daniel Bryan again, and he and Jey Uso had a really good game together in the main event.
More, Roman reign and Drew McIntyre did a great job with signing their contract. Roman continues to really develop the gadget he's been working on right now, which is really SmackDown for now.
3. WWE Raw
WWE Raw has been difficult to watch at times over the past few weeks which has been quite a long task to get through. But this time it wasn't because the show had a really good flow throughout, with some fantastic wrestling matches and some great moments.
While working with women Survivor Series the team was not great, there was better work with the men's team, and putting on RETRIBUTION was wise. Plus, The Fiend and Alexa Bliss were amazing all night long, backstage and in the ring, which continued their storyline well.
Of course, this show will be memorable because of the main event, which saw Drew McIntyre defeat Randy Orton to become WWE Champion. It was a shocking title change not everyone saw coming, and one that created a really fun moment for the series.
2. AEW Dynamite
It was another strong show for AEW Dynamite this week, which had a lot of quality throughout. From the start, the Young Bucks and Top Flight had a really good game, which established the young team to come, while also making the champions look good.
The contract signing segment was interesting because it kicked off some additional story elements which will improve the story. Additionally, The Blade and PAC had a brilliant match, as they really brought him into the ring, with the tension between all the talent involved clearly building up.
The NWA Women's Championship game was the real highlight of this show, it was such a great encounter between Serena Deeb and Thunder Rosa which was a lot of fun to watch. Now, hopefully AEW can kick in and put the same focus on their own female title, which could give the overall product a boost.
1. WWE NXT
It was another epic week for the Black and Gold brand as WWE NXT began construction towards NXT Takeover: War Games. Working with Leon Ruff and Johnny Gargano was really enjoyable, with Damian Priest still connected as WWE started to make Ruff a more serious wrestler which was great.
The show was full of great games, especially the women's tag team game, which was a lot of fun to watch. But each segment just felt like it was pushing something forward, which a great show should do.
While the return of Undisputed Era was an epic way to end the show that was really fun to watch, it was the women's championship game that stole the show. Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai put it all into this one, which was a really physical and entertaining back-and-forth.
Fourth place = 1 point
Third place = 2 points
Second place = 3 points
First place = 4 points
2020 results (each week, the points count will be added below):
WWE Raw - 101
WWE NXT- 140
AEW Dynamite - 128
WWE SmackDown - 95
“Scream” vedette David Arquette has an extreme passion that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hardcore style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a second it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.