Welcome to “The Grade Book”, a new weekly look into the matches (and some segments) in professional wrestling. I am “Mr. V” Anthony J. Valvo and I will be alongside WWE Superstars/ROH on Sinclair/FCW Recapper and Co-Host of “The Wrestleview Independent Roundtable” Jason Namako to provide our “grades” for each match that was aired on television for the past week. World Wrestling Entertainment, TNA Impact Wrestling, and Ring of Honor will be highlighted weekly in this feature. We may also include matches from Florida Championship Wrestling, TNA Xplosion, and the ever-popular Ring Ka King in India.
This week is our second week, so we will be doing somewhat of a trail. Jason and I watched every match from the WWE, TNA, and ROH from February 25 – March 2, 2012. We will provide a couple of sentences as thoughts and give the readers a Grade Point Average or GPA. If you are not familiar with a GPA, it is based on a point system from 0.0 to 4.0. We then will give it a letter grade based on the quality of the match.
The contents are as follows:
Mr. V and Jason Namako provided a grade for ROH on Sinclair, WWE Monday Night Raw, WWE NXT, WWE Superstars TNA Impact Wrestling, and WWE Friday Night Smackdown. Those shows are part of the weekly rankings.
Jason Namako provided a grade for Florida Championship Wrestling, TNA Xplosion, and Ring Ka King.
Mr. V and Mr. Namako’s GPA Scale
4.0 – 3.6 – A
3.5 – 2.6 – B
2.5 – 1.6 – C
1.5 – 0.7 – D
0.6 – 0.0 – F or INC
After our Grade Book is opened, we will then offer what we thought was the Show of the Week. We will award two points for the show of the week and one point to the runner-up, similar to what the “Mr. V” columns were in months past.
Now remember readers, this is completely subjective. There is a difference between the words “objective” and “subjective”. If you don’t know what that means, look it up on dictionary.com.
So, let’s begin.
Ring of Honor on Sinclair (aired February 25th)
Best Segment: As per the usual, the best segment on ROH TV this week was the “Inside Ring of Honor” segment. It does a great job each and every week at allowing these guys to cut promos and get better on the microphone. This week was no different where Jimmy Jacobs & Kevin Steen cut really good promos to hype up their 10th Anniversary Internet PPV match.
Match #1: The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) def. The C&C Wrestling Factory (Caprice Coleman and Cedrick Alexander) when The Young Bucks hit More Bang for Your Buck on Coleman.
Mr. V – This was not a good finish as the Young Bucks seemed to have regressed since their time in TNA. I guess I can type that I was not impressed with The Young Bucks at all. However, this match was saved by the ability of Coleman. He is just what ROH needs. Alexander improved since the last time I saw him. Grade: 1.7
Jason N. – Very disappointing match, especially in the Young Bucks performance. Coleman & Alexander looked really good here, however, and are really starting to get over with the ROH fanbase. But, the Bucks did not look good, and this was not a good sign heading into the Internet PPV on Sunday. Hopefully they pick themselves up and have a better performance, but this was not good on their end. Grade: 1.7
Overall Grade: 1.7
Match #2: Davey Richards defeated Jay Lethal with a Roundhouse Kick to retain his ROH World Championship.
Mr. V – This match told more of a story than an actual wrestling match. I just felt there was too much that went on to distract the two combatants in the ring. Make no mistake; I thought Richards and Lethal gave the viewers a good demonstration of quickness and hints of technical wrestling. However, in the end I was unfulfilled because of the out-of-ring shenanigans. Grade: 2.5
Jason N. – Very good match. As in the match he had with Generico back in November, Lethal made Richards work his style match. It was not Lethal work Richards’ style. Richards was toned down in this, and sold very nicely for Lethal. It did get a little “no-selly” at the end, but it didn’t deter the match in general. Also really liked all the people who both guys are feuding with come to ringside as it really tied up a lot of things into one nice, neat bow. It was a good main event. Grade: 2.6
Overall Grade: 2.55 (round it to a 2.6)
Ring Ka King (aired February 26th)
Note: This is a Jason Namako exclusive. Mr. V was not able to catch the recent Ring Ka King at the time of release
Best Segment: Only 2 segments on the show this week, but the better of the 2 was the backstage segment involving the faction of Scott Steiner, Sonjay Dutt, Abyss & Magnus confronting the Indian commissioner. It was really well done as it laid down the groundwork for the eventual TNA vs. India feud that we will see on future episodes.
Match #1: 6-Man Tag: The Bollywood Boys & Mickie James vs. The Sheiks & Raisha
Jason N. – Good little 6 person tag. It was more to get over the Mickie/Raisha feud than anything else, but the Bollywood Boys and The Sheiks had good chemistry with each other. Mickie actually cut a good promo afterwards to setup the match next week, and got me interested in seeing it, so job well done. Overall, it was a good opener with nice effort by all. Grade: 2.0
Match #2: 12-Man Battle Royal to become the #1 Contender to the Ring Ka King Championship: American Adonis(Chris Masters) vs. Dr. Nick Dinsmore vs. Magnus vs. Maxx B vs. Scott Steiner vs. Isisah Cash(Luke Gallows) vs. Roscoe Jackson(Trevor Murdoch) vs. Barood vs. Romeo Rapta vs. Zorvar vs. Chotu vs. Aghori Saaya
Jason N. – OK battle royal, but it definitely had its lulls in action. I was kind of sad to see Chotu in the ring, especially when the “In Memoriam” was played before the show started. He moved worse than the Great Khali, and that is saying something, but again, it’s also very sad. Magnus was the right choice to go over, and the finishing run picked up the pace, but the battle royal in general was just OK. Grade: 1.6
Florida Championship Wrestling (aired February 26th)
Note: This is a Jason Namako exclusive. Mr. V was not able to catch the recent Florida Championship Wrestling at the time of release.
Best Segment: Without a shadow of doubt, it was the backstage skits involving Dean Ambrose & Dr. Bronson. Those two had good chemistry with one another and I liked that Ambrose brought up that Bronson was a Tank Abbott style wrestler before doing the psychologist thing. Good stuff with those two.
Match #1: Corey Graves vs. CJ Parker
Jason N. – OK match. Graves put on a good performance and he is starting to improve since coming into developmental. However, Parker was not good here at all is green as grass, so it definitely hindered the match for me. Graves got his greasy scumbag character over and had a good effort, but Parker’s lack of effort killed it for me. Grade: 1.4
Match #2: Seth Rollins vs. Rick Victor
Jason N. – Pretty good match here. I was another impressive performance from Victor, who has really grown on me in recent weeks in terms of showing a lot of potential. Rollins was also good on the sell and come back, and I liked the Rollins/Paige eventual affiliation for down the line. Grade: 2.1
Match #3: Dean Ambrose vs. Sakamoto
Jason N. – It was nothing more than squash for Ambrose and to get over the continued feud with himself and William Regal. Sakamoto was just there as a warm body, which is unfortunate. But, the feud continuation was well done. Grade: 1.7
Match #4: Big E. Langston vs. Jason Jordan
Jason N. – Like the previous match, it was merely a squash to get over Langston. Jordan looked OK in the losing effort, but still needs a lot of work. Grade: 1.5
Match #5: FCW 15 Title: Richie Steamboat(c) vs. Damien Sandow
Jason N. – Now, I have had my quips about Steamboat, but he put his working boots on in this match. Showed a good amount of charisma, decent on the sell, and Sandow is just downright awesome and out of everyone on the FCW roster, is the most ready for a call-up. It was a really good main event. Grade: 2.5
WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow (aired February 27th)
Best Segment: Jason and I agreed that while the Chris Jericho and CM Punk opening segment was a very good moment, the best had to be when John Cena saved The Rock at the end. The Rock struggled and Cena picked him right back up. It can possibly make for a great WrestleMania main event.
Match #1: Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk ended in a No Contest when John Laurinitis told the ref to throw it out.
Mr. V – This match had amazing segments and chemistry (as did the other Punk/Bryan matches), but the finish just focused on the General Managers of Raw and Smackdown. It was booked properly still at the expense of a concrete winner. Punk was just a tad off with his work in the end of the match, but Bryan was flawless. It was still a strong story from start to finish. Grade: 2.7
Jason N. – Good match, but really just a backdrop to further the Ace/Teddy Long saga, as well as put more heat on the Jericho-Punk feud in the post-match. These two have great chemistry in all of their matches, but this was the worst of their most recent 3, strictly because of the outside sheangians. Grade: 2.2
Overall Grade: 2.45
Match #2: Kelly Kelly defeated Nikki Bella with a Bridge Pin
Mr. V – The match was too short, but give Kelly credit for blocking “Twin Magic”. Still, no selling and time length did not make me buy into the match. Grade: 0.8
Jason N. – Well, Kelly used an ACTUAL wrestling move to win the match, but other than that it’s what you would come to expect from these two, and that is not very good. Grade: 1.0
Overall Grade: 0.9
Match #3: John Cena defeated The Miz with the STF.
Mr. V – This match was to build up Cena and to keep him safe from any danger leading to Mania. This felt more like a TNA X Division match with the no-selling than it was to be a top-level match. It was a tune-up for Cena, and with his power it looks like he is ready for The Rock. Grade: 1.8
Jason N. – You all remember the 1st match these two had back at the Bash in 2009? Well, picture that match, and you have what took place on RAW. Completely not necessary to even have and Miz has fallen so far from this time last year that it’s baffling. Grade: 1.3
Overall Grade: 1.55 (round it to a 1.6)
Match #4: Epico and Primo defeated The teams of R-Truth and Kofi Kingston AND Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Epico pinned Swagger when Primo hit the Backstabber.
Mr. V – There was not much to like unless you like the flying aspect in a match, which we got from Primo, Epico, and Kingston. I felt that each one had a moment, but this match did not fit the stipulation. The bright spot to this match was that Primo and Epico retained the title. That team has great chemistry. Grade: 1.7
Jason N. – Complete spotfest of a match, but I enjoyed its fast pace. Everyone worked pretty well together, and it was nice to see Epico & Primo hold on to the belts because they needed the win more than anyone else. However, the grade gets dropped down a peg because of the complete waste of interference of Kane, especially because of what we saw on Smackdown. No need for it, and it hindered the overall grade. Grade: 1.6
Overall Grade: 1.65
Match #5: The Big Show and Sheamus defeated Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes when Sheamus hit the Brouge Kick on Mark Henry.
Mr. V – This match was more of a story between Show and Rhodes. The story in this match was very slow. On a side note, what happened to Mark Henry? I hear he wants released, but man this is a different man from his World Title run. Grade: 1.0
Jason N. – So, Mark Henry, who was a killing machine as champion just 4-5 months ago is now getting beat in 1 minute? Another flip-flop of a very good talent and it is pathetic. The match was nothing; booking is mind-boggling, nothing more to it than that. Grade: 0.5
Overall Grade: 0.75
TNA Xplosion (aired February 29th)
Note: This is a Jason Namako exclusive. Mr. V was not able to catch the recent TNA Xplosion at the time of release.
Best Segment: No best segment, as the Xplosion show only provides 1 match, a Spin Cycle, backstage interviews, and a classic match each week. But, if I had to give a best segment, it would be for the Spin Cycle because it is something I have always enjoyed from TNA since they started it back in 2008.
Match #1: Mickie James and Velvet Sky vs. Sarita and Rosita
Jason N. – Actually, a pretty decent little Knockouts tag match. Sarita & Rosita did a nice job on their control section, and Velvet wasn’t bad on the FIP (face in peril) work. Mickie showed a good amount of babyface fire off the hot tag, and while the finish was a little clunky, it didn’t deter the match to me overall. Grade: 1.9
WWE NXT (aired February 29th)
Best Segment: Despite the fact that one of the segments involved the introduction of William Regal as the GM of NXT, we decided that the best one was the Intervention. Kaitlyn kept me interested in what will happen between Bateman and Maxine. It is just another twist to the BetaMax saga.
Match #1: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil def. Alex Riley and Percy Watson when Young hit the Gut Check on Watson.
Mr. V – I thought this had some really good tag team action. I thought Young shined with an all-around attack on Riley. Watson was fantastic in the hot tag and hit his spots well. I’ll give Riley credit for selling well to offset his high-octane offense. O’Neil was just not good enough, and we have seen better. Grade: 2.0
Jason N. – Decent tag match, but not anything special. Young & O’Neil did work well as a team, but Riley with his “Road Runner” pace to his matches just kills any match he is a part of. Interested in O’Neil vs. Watson next week and hopefully it’s better than this was. Grade: 1.7
Overall Grade: 1.85
Match #2: Michael McGillicutty def. Tyson Kidd with the McGillicutter
Mr. V – I really liked this match. I think both found a story on NXT and that is a good thing for both. Kidd was impressive with his air and quick attacks, while McGillicutty worked well in quickness and slowed the match down. It had great chemistry and I hope to see more. One thing I do not want to see is McGillicutty’s “aggressive face”. Grade: 2.5
Jason N. – Best match on the show by far. These two had really good chemistry with one another, and both have improved a lot in the ring, especially McGillicutty. Good intestity by McGillicutty, and Kidd was really good on his comeback. Hats off to both guys for putting on a really entertaining match. Grade: 2.3
Overall Grade: 2.4
Match #3: Kaitlyn def. Maxine with a Full Nelson Bomb
Mr. V – This story is to win the heart of Derrick Bateman? I am completely fine with that! It was a solid Divas’ match that featured Kaitlyn’s raw power and Maxine’s brawling ability. The only knock is that Kaitlyn need just a tad more work. Grade: 1.9
Jason N. – Solid Divas match, but these two have had better matches prior to this. Liked the hate shown by both girls in the match, and I think it helped the match in general. Maxine is on the cusp of being a very good female heel for the company, and with some time, Kaitlyn has the potential to overtake AJ as the top young babyface Diva of the company. Good effort by both. Grade: 2.0
Overall Grade: 1.9
WWE Superstars (aired March 1st)
Best Segment: Well, that Raw Rebound when Cena told Rock off was good.
Match #1: Santino Marella def. Curt Hawkins with a Jackknife Pin.
Mr. V – This was a solid opener and I thought there was surprising chemistry between these two. I think Hawkins controlled the match nicely and is one of the underrated wrestlers in the WWE today. Marella has improved drastically, he is deviously quick and for once did not use The Cobra to win. Nice touch. Grade: 2.3
Jason N. – Best thing on the show, but that is not saying much about the wreck that was this show this week. Hawkins is another guy who has improved in the last year, and Santino did a good job on the FIP work, but it was just an OK match. Grade: 1.6
Overall Grade: 1.95
Match #2: Beth Phoenix def. Alicia Fox with the Glam Slam.
Mr. V – This match was all about showcasing Phoenix. She controlled the entire match, and was great on the power game. There was nothing more other than that. Grade: 1.2
Jason N. – Beth squash, Alicia was not good, all I can really say. Grade: 1.3
Overall Grade: 1.25
Match #3: The Great Khali def. Jinder Mahal with the Brain Chop.
Mr. V – It did have its moments, but the main event was too quick and had no flow. Grade: 0.8
Jason N. – No words needed for this wreck of a match, horrible. Grade: 0.2
Overall Grade: 0.5
TNA Impact Wrestling (aired March 1st)
Best Segment: The “sit-in” promos from Bully Ray, Bobby Roode & Austin Aries, with Sting getting involved at the end. Really well done segment as it gave Aries a chance to shine in a main event program and he delivered on his promo. Ray and Roode cut good promos also, and Sting’s involvement for once made logical sense into booking the main event.
Match #1: Kazarian and Christopher Daniels def. AJ Styles in a Gauntlet Match. Styles won first via DQ when Kazarian hit the “Fade to Black” finisher. Kazarian was the second round with a pin.
Mr. V – I am still a bit concerned about this storyline, but I think it shows that Kazarian wants to be the leader and is tired of following. It is starting to finally make sense. Styles’ in-ring ability kept the energy up and I still believe that he is their best wrestler. While Daniels and Kazarian won this, Styles was the highlight of the match. Grade: 2.4
Jason N. – The action between Styles & Daniels was pretty good, and AJ has really toned down his highflying style, along with adding some new moves which I was very impressed by. The Kazarian stuff was odd, but it continues an odd storyline so we’ll see where it goes. Grade: 2.1
Match #2: ODB def. Madison Rayne with the BAM.
Mr. V – This match was a power showcase for ODB, who should get another run at this Knockout’s Title after this showing. ODB brawled well and showcased her power. Rayne was a bumping and selling machine through the entire match. It branched out the feud between Gail Kim and Rayne well while saving face. Grade: 2.0
Jason N. – OK Knockouts match, but not as good as the match ODB had with Gail the previous match. I liked Gail’s interactions with Madison towards the end, as it makes Gail this scumbag who only cares about her Knockouts Title. However, if Madison turns face, I have my qualms because she was not good as a face when she returned to SHIMMER last year (Cheap Plug for Independent Roundtable), so I don’t think this will work if that is where they go with it. Grade: 1.6
Overall Grade: 1.8
Match #3: Zema Ion def. Shannon Moore with the Hostile Makeover
Mr. V – This match needed a lot of selling. It was just move for move and I do grow tired of it once in a while. Moore just looks unmotivated since Jesse Neal left the company and it showed in this match. While Ion was fine with his offense, he needs a lot more before I consider him an “X-Division” Champion. Grade: 1.7
Jason N. – Much better effort from Moore in this match. Shaved away all the sloppiness from the week prior as all the moves looked crisp and he also showed some nice fire as well. Ion was his usual flashy self, but the character is getting over and the promo beforehand running down Jesse Sorensen will definitely gain him some heat for when Sorensen comes back. But a solid match overall from Ion and Moore. Grade: 1.9
Overall Grade: 1.8
Match #4: Velvet Sky and Mickie James def. Angelina Love and Sarita when Sky hit Love with The “In Yo Face”
Mr. V – The TNA Knockouts went 2-for-2 in storytelling with the Knockouts this past week. It was a short story, but had a good payoff to keep Sky over as a legitimate contender. It keeps them all relevant with the company. It is just refreshing, I guess, to see Sky get another chance as I grew tired of Mickie James consistently in the Knockout Title matches. Grade: 2.0
Jason N. – Once again, another good Knockouts tag match. Mickie & Velvet work well as a team, and Velvet put on a pretty solid performance with some nice fire on the hot tag. Sarita was once used pretty well, and I hope that we see her in a singles role in the Knockouts title picture going forward. But, a pretty good Knockouts match that I was very impressed by. Grade: 2.0
Overall Grade: 2.0
Match #5: James Storm, Magnus, and Samoa Joe def. Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and Bully Ray when Storm hit the Last Call Superkick on Roode
Mr. V – It was my favorite match of the show. It was a very good from start to finish and it kept my interest. Aries shined and I have been saying since he returned that this is someone you can build a division around. Joe and Magnus are my most improved wrestlers of 2012 so far, they look like they have teamed for years. Ray added some brawling and some good “overselling” moment. The big story was Storm and Roode, and the payoff to this match was very rewarding. Grade: 3.2
Jason N. – Best match on TV this week. It was just a very good main event. Everyone was used very well in their roles. Aries, in his 1st TNA main event definitely showed why he belonged in there. Joe was made to look like someone to take seriously for the 1st time in a long while as I liked his FIP work. Roode and Ray were good on the control section, and Storm was great off the hot tag. Hats off to all 6 guys, definite YES vote in the MOTY Project. Grade: 2.9
Overall Grade: 3.05
WWE Friday Night Smackdown (aired March 2nd)
Best Segment: By default it would have to be the back and forth between Sheamus and Ziggler to open the show. Other than that, there was nothing really of merit.
Match #1: Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler with The White Noise
Mr. V – It was a very good, back and forth fight that showcased Sheamus’ ability to brawl and use his power game. Ziggler had great quickness and was very technical when he worked on the neck of Sheamus. I thought it was a good match for Sheamus to be built as the “next-in-line” for the championship, while I am concerned where this puts Ziggler on the Mania card. Grade: 2.6
Jason N. – Pretty good match. Shame to see Ziggler continue to take losses, but at least he is having strong performances against all these top guys, and this was no different. Sheamus was good on the comeback, and gets another big win heading into Mania. Grade: 2.2
Overall Grade: 2.4
Match #2: Santino Marella def. Heath Slater with The Cobra
Mr. V – There was not much featured in this match. However, it was not a bad wrestling match as well. There was some hints of quality, but not nearly enough. Grade: 1.3
Jason N. – Useless match. Slater bumped like a champ and Santino’s comedy was entertaining, but other than that, pretty useless part of the show. Grade: 1.5
Overall Grade: 1.4
Match #3: Eve def. Natalya with a Roll Up
Mr. V – There was nothing much to this match. Eve gets a needed victory while Natalya (for some reason) struggles to find some ground. Grade: 1.2
Jason N. – Nice little Divas match. I assume Natalya is a babyface again, but she did pretty good here. Eve, while playing a good heel character, needs to transfer that onto the ring because she was just OK in this. But, all in all, a solid match from these two. Grade: 1.8
Overall Grade: 1.5
Match #4: The Big Show def. Mark Henry with the WMD Punch.
Mr. V – These two usually never disappoint when up against each other. Same case in this match. There was great power and brawling. Henry even showed a technical side by working on Show’s ribs. It was a strong finish as well for Show, who gets much needed momentum when he faces Cody Rhodes at Mania. Other good moment, the way Henry went down after the WMD. Take note, future WWE Superstars. Grade: 2.5
Jason N. – Little bit better match than last week as these two just continue to show great chemistry with one another, but again, it is completely unnecessary to book when this was main eventing PPVs no more than 4 months ago. Good effort by both, but the match should have never been booked in the first place. Grade: 2.0
Overall Grade: 2.25
Match #5: Justin Gabriel def. Drew McIntyre with a 450 Splash
Mr. V – I honestly thought this begins a reformed McIntyre and it might be a good thing. McIntyre has the talent and I am hoping a new gimmick will help. As for Gabriel, it was good to see his 450 again. Grade: 0.9
Jason N. – More to get over the post-match angle than anything else, but a decent little match from these two. Gabriel played a good FIP and McIntyre delivered yet again. Grade: 1.6
Overall Grade: 1.25
Match #6: Daniel Bryan def. Randy Orton via Countout when Kane attacked Orton.
Mr. V – The match was very good until the end when they brought in Kane. From the looks of it, I think we may have found Orton’s opponent for WrestleMania and it is a good one. The quickness of Bryan and Orton and the flow was pretty impressive and Bryan gets to gloat that he defeated Orton. Sheamus will be that Wolf that teaches the Gingerbread Man a lesson at Mania. Grade: 2.4
Jason N. – Another good match from these two, and like with these matches Bryan is having with top guys on TV that there is no finish so that when this goes to PPV, it still will mean something. The Kane thing is weird, but we’ll see where it goes. Grade: 2.2
Overall Grade: 2.3
The Honor Roll
Distinguished Honors – James Storm, Magnus, and Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and Bully Ray, TNA Impact Wrestling, March 1.
High Honors – Davey Richards vs. Jay Lethal, ROH on Sinclair, February 25.
Honors – Richie Steamboat vs. Damien Sandow, FCW, February 26.
The Grade Book
A+; A; or A-: None.
B: James Storm, Magnus, and Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and Bully Ray (TNA).
B-: Davey Richards vs. Jay Lethal (ROH).
C+: Richie Steamboat vs. Damien Sandow (FCW); Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk (RAW); Michael McGillicutty vs. Tyson Kidd (NXT); Kazarian and Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles (TNA); Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler (Smackdown); The Big Show vs. Mark Henry (Smackdown); Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (Smackdown).
C: The Bollywood Boys and Mickie James vs. The Sheiks and Raisha (Ring Ka King); Seth Rollins vs. Rick Victor (FCW); Mickie James and Velvet Sky vs. Sarita and Rosita (Xplosion); Darren Young and Titus O’Neil vs. Percy Watson and Alex Riley (NXT); Kaitlyn vs. Maxine (NXT); Santino Marella vs. Curt Hawkins (Superstars); Velvet Sky and Mickie James vs. Angelina Love and Sarita (TNA).
C-: The 12-Man Battle Royal won by Magnus (Ring Ka King); Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson vs. Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander (ROH); Dean Ambrose vs. Sakamoto (FCW); John Cena vs. The Miz (RAW); Epico/Primo vs. Kofi Kingston/R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger/Dolph Ziggler (RAW); ODB vs. Madison Rayne (TNA); Zema Ion vs. Shannon Moore (TNA).
D+; D; or D-: Corey Graves vs. CJ Parker (FCW); Big E. Langston vs. Jason Jordan (FCW); Kelly Kelly vs. Nikki Bella (RAW); The Big Show and Sheamus vs. Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes (RAW); Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox (Superstars); Santino Marella vs. Heath Slater (Smackdown); Eve vs. Natalya (Smackdown); Justin Gabriel vs. Drew McIntyre (Smackdown).
F or INC: The Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal (Superstars).
Our Weekly TV Rankings (Week 2)
Before we get to our Honor Roll and Grade Book, let’s show the classroom how we have each show ranked this week.
1) Impact Wrestling – Surprise! They get the show of the week once again. They had great promos with Aries and Roode and were on par with all of their matches. Plus having the Distinguished Honors match helps their cause.
2) WWE NXT – Easily the best one hour show. They had two above average matches and two impressive segments. There is a lot to like once again on this show.
3) Ring of Honor on Sinclair – The wrestling felt flat for our expectations, but the Inside ROH segment really boosted its overall program.
4) Monday Night Raw – The wrestling was flat, but the segments leading to their biggest PPV of the year really gave them solid ground. We still felt that this was a very average show as a whole.
5) Friday Night Smackdown – The opening segment was great, but we got nothing else after that. The wrestling was good AND bad. It was a very inconsistent show.
6) WWE Superstars – In the words of fictional film critic Jay Sherman.
Overall Rankings after Week 1
1) Impact Wrestling (4pts.)
2) ROH on Sinclair (1pt.)
3) WWE NXT (1 pt.)
4) Friday Night Smackdown (0pts.)
5) Monday Night Raw (0pts.)
6) WWE Superstars (0pts.)
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