A new week is almost here and that means we need to look back at the previous week one more time.
This past week's edition of AEW Dynamite was by far the best, and most well rounded episode thus far and set the bar high for upcoming episodes of the show. Reality is it is where we are going and not something to expect on a regular basis. Cody and Wardlow really defied expectations for the first Steel Cage in AEW history and Cody's moonsault was the smoothest thing I've seen in a long time. I don't always praise AEW, but this was a great show ahead of Revolution and I will be paying attention this Wednesday night.
WWE will return to Saudi Arabia this week coming up with another Super Showdown, but this time The Fiend will collide with Goldberg for the Universal Title and it will be the test for WWE to see if they've changed. The Fiend needs to be given his chance to show how credible he can be and Super Showdown is the first step for him to do that.
A month after Jushin "Thunder" Liger officially called it a career another legendary figure from New Japan's past will be hanging up the boot for the last time. New Japan legend Manabu Nakanishi wrestled his final match yesterday in Korakuen Hall competing alongside his friends Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata one final time. Nakanishi may not have reached the level of some of his fellow stars, but he will leave behind legacy of incredible moments and memories that helped define a generation of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Nakanishi chose to go out on his terms and in wrestling that is always applauded so even though we are sad to see you go we are thankful you leave on your terms. Thanks for the memories and enjoy a much deserved retirement.
It's Sunday and that means it's time for a weekly report and to look back at another week of wrestling moments.
After Free Enterprise last weekend it became official on this week's edition of NWA Power at Crockett Cup in April it will be "National Treasure" Nick Aldis defending the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship against "The Villain" Marty Scurll. If Marty wins he takes the "Ten Pounds of Gold" and if Nick wins Marty will write him a check for $500,000.
Speaking of championship on this week's edition of AEW Dynamite a new Women's Champion was crowned as Nyla Rose toppled Riho. I for one thought that Nyla should've been the first champion this way Riho could have chased the gold instead of things going the way they have, but either way Nyla now has the gold and should maintain control of the division for the foreseeable future.
After a brutal attack from Randy Orton this past week on Raw it seems like Matt Hardy wants to prove a point and will go head to head with the "Viper" this week in a No Holds Barred Match. The only question we need to ask is how "dark" this match will get?
Another week has come and gone now it's time for our weekly report!!
After receiving his 10 Lashes this past week on AEW Dynamite it appears that it's time for the next stipulation. The three stipulations were Cody can't touch MJF, 10 Lashes and a match with Wardlow. Now Cody I'm sure will showing the effects of the 10 lashes to, but they will be just some of the battle scars Cody will have ahead of his highly anticipated match with MJF at Revolution on February 29. Either way though it's Cody vs Wardlow in a Cage on February 19.
Speaking of Wednesday night NXT had a major return that shook the present dynamic to it's very core when after four months on the shelf Velveteen Dream has finally returned to action. If Undisputed Era didn't already have enough problems they have another with a healthy Velveteen Dream.
Tonight in Baltimore there will be a very special event presented by Ring of Honor called Free Enterprise. The reason this event is special is due to the involvement of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis in the main event. Tonight Nick Aldis teams with Rush against PCO & Marty Scurll of Villain Enterprises. This match is another step forward in the developing rivarly between Marty Scurll and NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. Will Marty accept Nick's terms or will he have a counter offer for the match at Crockett Cup we find out tonight!!
As we look forward to another week it's time to look back at the week that has just ended and talk about the biggest news of the week. Even though Drew McIntyre challenging Brock Lesnar is big news it is also something we saw coming during the Royal Rumble or at least could've predicted so there really isn't anything more to talk about on that front at least right now.
One story I found interesting this week was according to both Fightful and Ringside news the WWE is trying to curb information from being leaked to dirt-sheets. During meetings at the Performance Center this week WWE informed talent of the new I guess they'd be called requests considering talent obviously still spoke with a dirt sheet. In my opinion, if this allows for more surprises to take place without information leaking out the nit would be a good thing, because it would allow for WWE to bring surprises back to programming and could make programs more interesting.
Two matches have been officially announced for AEW's upcoming PPV Revolution set for Saturday February 29 from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. The two matches set for the event so far are AEW World Champion Chris Jericho defending his title against Jon Moxley and Cody vs MJF in a grudge match. I for one didn't expect Cody and MJF to have a match at this event, but even though they're having the first match of the feud it doesn't mean it should be or will be the blow-off.