It’s Saturday night, and here on TVE that means it’s time for the Weekly Wrestling Feature. That’s right, WWF has been revived and actually this feature is going live on the site at exactly 6:05 pm EDT.
Since we’re bringing this feature back from a hiatus, I’ll say what you can expect from WWF this week and beyond. This is largely a recap of the week’s wrestling events (televised) with some opinion mixed in. Things like Wrestler of the Week and Match of the Week have been removed from the series, purely because I don’t get to see every single wrestling event that happens in a week and just don’t feel comfortable saying this is Wrestler/Match of the Week when there could be a person/match more deserving of it that I just didn’t see.
It has been a noteworthy week in wrestling for sure. Kurt Angle revealed that Jason Jordan is his son, Smackdown had its Battleground go home episode, and Killain Dain suffered his first defeat in NXT at the hands of Drew McIntyre who earned the right to face Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn III in the process. ROH announced some matches for their co-promoted War of the Worlds UK event coming up and NJPW kicked off the G1 Climax 27 with four nights of action..
Tomorrow of course is the start of a new week, and it begins with Smackdown presenting Battleground on WWE Network. The event is headlined by a Punjabi Prison match for the WWE Championship between Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton. We’ll have a special Battleground predictions edition of Deadly Venom going live on the site tomorrow morning and then late tomorrow night I’ll have the Battleground Review posted.
But before next week begins, let’s recap the week that was in professional wrestling.
RAW 7/17/17 Results:
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
- Bayley def. Alexa Bliss
- Gentleman Jack Gallagher & Mustafa Ali def. The Brian Kendrick & Drew Gulak
- Finn Bálor def. Elias Samson via Disqualification
- Ariya Daivari def. Akira Tozawa via Match Stoppage
- The Revival def. The Hardy Boyz
- Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe ended in a No Contest
Miz and the Miztourage took out Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose during the opening segment. Also, Big Cass made a statement by laying waste to Big Show in a brawl.
This week’s RAW was hyped up to feature the reveal of Kurt Angle’s big personal announcement that could “ruin him.” A lot of people, myself included, assumed this was going to be some affair angle and a lot of us feared the worst in a Dixie Carter appearance. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.
Kurt revealed that he dated a girl in college and she gave birth to a son after they split up that he didn’t know about. This son was put up for closed adoption. It just so happens that this young man grew up to be a wrestler and eventually found his way to WWE.
The son was revealed to be Jason Jordan, making his RAW debut. That’s right, just because he’s Kurt Angle’s son, Jason Jordan gets to come to RAW and Smackdown gets nothing in return. That of course means the end of American Alpha as a tag team, meaning WWE’s obsession with splitting up face tag teams has now spread to Smackdown.
The Roman Reigns/Samoa Joe match ended in a No Contest thanks to interference from Braun Strowman, who destroyed both men. That means we still don’t know who will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Summer Slam.
Next week, RAW will feature a match between Bayley and Sasha Banks where the winner will face Alexa Bliss at Summer Slam for the RAW Women’s Championship.
WWE Smackdown 7/18/17 Results:
Legacy Arena, Birmingham, AL
- Jimmy Uso def. Kofi Kingston
- Mike Kanellis def. Sami Zayn
- Becky Lynch def. Charlotte Flair
- Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin def. AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura
This was the go home show before this Sunday’s Smackdown exclusive PPV Battleground on WWE Network. We’ll have our predictions for Battleground posted tomorrow morning, but here’s the preview for the event.
WWE Smackdown presents Battleground 7/23/17 Preview:
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- WWE Championship Punjabi Prison Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton
- United States Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens
- Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs. The New day
- Flag Match: John Cena vs. Rusev
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin
- 5-Way Elimination #1 Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Tamina vs. Lana
- Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis
- Kickoff Match: Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English
Again, check back tomorrow for our Battleground Predictions and Preview edition of Deadly Venom. That prediction column will feature my predictions along with Sandman’s predictions.
WWE NXT 7/19/17 Results:
NXT Arena @ Full Sail University, Orlando, FL
- Ember Moon def. Ruby Riot
- Oney Lorcan def. Danny Burch
- No Way Jose def. Cezar Bononi
- Drew McIntyre def. Killian Dain to become #1 Contender to the NXT Championship
We’re drawing ever closer to TakeOver: Brooklyn III and we now know that Drew McIntyre will be challenging Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at that event. McIntyre was able to outlast Killian Dain in the battle of the undefeateds to become the number one contender.
It was a strong hour for NXT, and you can read my full review in The NXT Generation. If you missed it, go watch it ASAP. While there were three good matches, the match of the night as far as I’m concerned was Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. A very hard hitting encounter.
ROH TV 7/19/17 Results:
Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA
- Punishment Martinez def. Jonathan Gresham
- Cheeseburger & Joey Daddiego def. The Tempura Boyz
- The Young Bucks & Hangman Page def. Bully Ray & The Briscoe Brothers
ROH has announced some matches for the War of the Worlds UK pay-per-view event coming up on August 19th. The event is co-presented by CMLL, NJPW, and RPW. Here’s how the card is shaping up so far:
- ROH World Championship Match – Cody (c) vs. SANADA
- ROH Tag Team Championship Match – The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Addiction
- ROH World Television Championship – KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Marty Scurll vs. Dalton Castle
Other talent scheduled to appear are NJPW’s Los Ingobernables de Japon (Naito, EVIL, and BUSHI), CMLL’s Mistico, Rey Buccanero, Titan, Ultimo Guerrero, ROH’s Jay Lethal, Bully Ray, The Briscoe Brothers, Adam Page, and Kenny King.
GFW Impact Wrestling 7/20/17 Results
Impact Zone, Orlando, FL
- Super X Cup Match – Drago def. Sammy Guevara
- Sienna def. Amber Nova
- Lorado Kid, Garza Jr., & Octagoncito def. Idris Abraham, Demus & Trevor Lee
- Matt Sydal def. Low-Ki and El Hijo de Fantasma in a Triple Threat Match
- Eli Drake def. Eddie Edwards, Moose and EC3 in a Fatal 4-Way Match
NJPW G1 Climax 27 7/17/17 – Night 1 Results
Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkaido, Japan
- Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Jushin Thunder Liger def. Juice Robinson, Michael Elgin, & David Finlay Jr.
- Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & El Desperado def. Kenny Omega, Tama Tonga & Chase Owens
- EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi def. SANADA & BUSHI
- Toru Yano & Jado def. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo
- G1 Climax 27 A BLOCK – YOSHI-HASHI (2) def. Yuji Nagata
- G1 Climax 27 A BLOCK – Bad Luck Fale (2) def. Togi Makabe
- G1 Climax 27 A BLOCK – Hirooki Goto (2) def. Tomohiro Ishii
- G1 Climax 27 A BLOCK – Zack Sabre Jr. (2) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- G1 Climax 27 A BLOCK – Tetsuya Naito (2) def. Kota Ibushi
NJPW G1 Climax 27 7/20/17 – Night 2 Results
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
- El Desperado & Zack Sabre Jr. def. Hirai Kawato & Kota Ibushi
- Tiger Mask IV, Yuji Nagata & Togi Makabe def. Gedo, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens defeated David Finlay Jr. & Hiroshi Tanahashi
- BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito def. Jado & YOSHI-HASHI
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Juice Robinson (2) def. Satoshi Kojima
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Tama Tonga (2) def. Michael Elgin
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – SANADA (2) def. EVIL
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Kazuchika Okada (2) def. Toru Yano
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Kenny Omega (2) def. Minoru Suzuki
NJPW G1 Climax 27 7/21/17 – Night 3 Results
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
- EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi def. Juice Robinson & David Finlay Jr.
- Minoru Suzuki & Taichi def. SANADA & BUSHI
- Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi def. Tama Tonga & Chase Owens
- Michael Elgin, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Gedo
- G1 CLIMAX 27 A BLOCK – Hirooki Goto (4) def. YUji Nagata (0)
- G1 CLIMAX 27 A BLOCK – Tomohiro Ishii (2) def. Togi Makabe (0)
- G1 CLIMAX 27 A BLOCK – Kota Ibushi (2) def. Zack Sabre Jr. (2)
- G1 CLIMAX 27 A BLOCK – Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) def. Bad Luck Fale (2)
- G1 CLIMAX 27 A BLOCK – Tetsuya Naito (4) def. Yoshi-Hashi (2)
NJPW G1 Climax 27 7/22/17 – Night 4 Results
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
- Togi Makabe, Kota Ibushi & David Finlay Jr. def. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo
- Zack Sabre Jr. & El Desperado def. YOSHI-HASHI & Jado
- Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi def. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Toru Yano (2) def. Satoshi Kojima (0)
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – EVIL (2) def. Juice Robinson (2)
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Minoru Suzuki (2) def. SANADA (2)
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Kenny Omega (4) def. Tama Tonga (2)
- G1 Climax 27 B BLOCK – Kazuchika Okada (4) def. Michael Elgin (0)
The G1 Climax 27 is just getting started; there’s a lot of great New Japan Pro Wrestling action happening through the finals of the G1 Climax 27 on August 13th. In next week’s edition of WWF, we’ll rundown the results of night’s five through nine (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday).
That’s going to do it for this week’s edition of the Weekly Wrestling Feature. WWF will return next Saturday night at 6:05pm ET and it’s going to be a big edition; we’ll recap five nights of NJPW’s G1 Climax 27, Battleground, RAW, Smackdown, NXT, ROH, and Impact. There’s a TON of wrestling going on next week and we’ll have it all covered right here in the WWF.
As stated earlier, tomorrow morning a special edition of Deadly Venom goes up as I’ll be giving my predictions for Battleground and that column will also feature Sandman’s Battleground predictions as well.