This Week In Wrestling
Despite all the complications that come with running wrestling shows during a worldwide pandemic, both WWE and AEW continue to put on great television every week. This week was busier than normal as WWE held its annual Money In The Bank pay per view Sunday night. While that was a very newsworthy show, the events that transpired on Raw the next night involving Becky Lynch were shocking. The craziness in WWE didn’t stop there. A day later, Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn was stripped of his title as he is unable to work. A tournament has started on Smackdown to crown a new champion.
AEW continued to build towards its Double or Nothing pay per view this week. The card is shaping up to quite possibly be the best one in AEW’s short history. AEW is looking to make new stars and they continue to build storylines that will achieve that goal.
WWE Money In The Bank – Sunday May 10, 2020
The Money In The Bank(MITB) pay per view did not go quite as we expected and that’s not a bad thing. Professional wrestling is at its best when it can surprise the fans. WWE did just that on Sunday night. Asuka and Otis won their respective MITB matches. While Asuka’s win doesn’t come as too much of a shock, Otis winning might be one of the biggest swerves in recent WWE history. WWE also made history as MITB was the shortest WWE PPV in almost 30 years. There were no titles changes on the show as all of the champions came away victorious in their matches.
WWE Raw – Monday May 11, 2020
When Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch said she would confront Asuka on Raw this week, no one could have guessed the bombshell Lynched dropped. Becky Lynch relinquished the title to Asuka after announcing she is pregnant. The women’s MITB match was actually for the Raw Women’s title and Asuka is now champion. Becky Lynch will be stepping away from WWE for a while which puts WWE is quite a pickle. Their two top stars, Lynch and Roman Reigns, will now both be off TV for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this forces WWE to finally make new stars and not just rely on the stars of yesterday.
The other top story coming out of Raw is Randy Orton challenged Edge to a traditional wrestling match at the Backlash pay per view. Edge has not yet accepted the match but it more than likely will happen. WWE also announced that stars from both Raw and Smackdown can now appear on the opposite shows. This makes sense with the very limited rosters both shows have due the COVID-19 pandemic.
All Elite Wrestling Dynamite – Wednesday May 13, 2020
The feud between the Inner Circle and The Elite continued this week on Dynamite. Kenny Omega and Matt Hardy defeated Santana & Ortiz in a great match. Later in the night, Inner Circle leader, Chris Jericho, challenged the Elite to a Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing. That match is now official and adds to an already loaded card.
AEW continues to put out top level shows every week even with the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. It says a lot about the fairly new company and the management behind it. It could be argued that Dynamite has actually gotten better in the crowd-less environments. If AEW keeps this momentum, it’s only a matter of time before they legitimately challenge WWE for top wrestling company.
WWE Smackdown – Friday, May 15, 2020
Smackdown featured the beginning of the Intercontinental Championship tournament. Sami Zayn was stripped of the title after deciding not to work due to the risks of contracting the coronavirus. The first round wrestling matches that occurred this week were Baron Corbin versus Elias and Daniel Bryan up against Drew Gulak. Elias and Bryan emerged victorious in their respective matches. Next week’s matches include AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura and Jeff Hardy against Sheamus.
Universal Champion Braun Strowman teamed with MITB winner, Otis, to successfully defeat the Miz and Morrison. Strowman’s current adversary, Bray Wyatt, did not make an appearance on the show which was unusual. That feud is expected to continue as Wyatt’s alter ego, the Fiend, has yet to make an appearance.