Far from it, WWE's flagship shows WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown have started building for the final PPV event of the year, WWE TLC. So it was an important week, but which show managed to deliver?
4. WWE NXT
To say that it was the Homecoming episode for Takeover, WWE NXT wasn't as strong as it could have been this time around. The show felt like it had a lot of filler in it, and while everything was good, like the Jake Atlas and Tony Nese match, it didn't necessarily push Takeover.
The show had a few matches with Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher and Cameron Grimes facing Dexter Lumis, but those segments just didn't have the warmth to really pull fans in.
While a ladder match is usually a lot of fun, the main event fell flat just because it was repetitive from the previous week. The action in the ring was good between Shotzi Blackheart and Raquel Gonzalez, but two classification matches in two weeks is overkill.
3. WWE Raw
The Red Mark delivered three pretty consistent and enjoyable hours of television this week, all of which pushed the show to WWE TLC. The opening segment was a lot of fun between Randy Orton and Alexa bliss, with that fresh and exciting feeling as the mind games continue to be played.
The action in the ring was also solid throughout. The No.1 Triple Threat Contenders match went as planned, as Slapjack and Ricochet had a fun encounter and Cedric Alexander and Xavier Woods set fire to a truly impactful match.
WWE has done a great job with Money in the Bank and Miz in general this week. There were several segments that were all built towards the main event, and when AJ styles Drew pulled out, it was likely a cash-out could happen. It provided a really exciting finish to the series, wrapping up a great episode.
2. WWE SmackDown
Much like the Red Mark, WWE SmackDown also pushed things really well towards WWE TLC, especially between Kevin Owens and Roman reign. The opening segment with them was great, KO clearly regaining their pace with great confidence.
This continued into the main event tag team match and the fact that Roman was standing up, after teaching Jey and KO a lesson, really pushed him as an elite force. the Bayley and Natalya's match was a bust, and the booking of Bayley, in general, was certainly questionable, as WWE would be smarter if they stayed strong, so when Bianca Belair beats her it means more.
Elsewhere Carmella and Sasha Banks had a good segment, which is a new feud, pls the six-man tag which was a tribute to Pat Patterson was fantastic. It was also nice to see Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler again, working alongside Corbin. They didn't deserve to be made for other people's behavior so it's good to see, plus this trio could be a lot of fun to watch develop.
1. AEW Dynamite
Was there never any question of which show was the best this week? AEW promised a big event with the Winter Is Coming show, and Tony Khan and his team certainly delivered it. It was one of the most high-profile shows of the year, with Sting's shocking debut obviously being at the heart of it, which was an epic moment.
The opening battle royale was a lot of fun, with Miro in particular having an impressive performance here, looking as dominant as people hoped. In addition, the team match was also a very good back-and-forth.
Of course, the main event was also a huge game. Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega had a very good competitive encounter for the world title. But it was the last angle that got people talking, Don Callis making an impact (see what I did there), in the end, opening up a working relationship between AEW and Impact Wrestling that certainly stung. the interest of the fans.
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 - 104
AEW Dynamite - 135
WWE SmackDown - 100
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“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 hard 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 deuxième 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.