Welcome back TJR readers! Did you spend all day Friday getting arraigned yet again, and missed WWE Smackdown? Perhaps you spent all day Monday praying for the people of Hawaii, and missed Raw.
Worry not for I have returned with another edition of the Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week.
10. Sting and Darby Allin Competing in a Casket Match at AEW All In
The most successful tag team in AEW history, will be competing at AEW All In. It was announced this week that Sting and Darby Allin will be facing Swerve Strickland and AR Fox in a ladder match. Sting and Fox are an incredible 17-0 in AEW, being undefeated since teaming up for the first time in March of 2021. Clearly, a casket match should benefit the 64-year-old Sting, as he has no issues burying younger talent. (TJRWrestling)
— Sting (@Sting) August 10, 2023
9. Hikaru Shida to Defend the AEW Women’s Championship in a 4-Way Match at AEW All In
Hikaru Shida is having a very busy month. Just a week after capturing the AEW Women’s Championship, Shida successfully defended her title against Anna Jay in the main event of AEW Dynamite this week. Shida will now defend the title at AEW All In on August 27th against Toni Storm and two other females. Two qualifying matches will take place this week to determine the other two competitors, with Saraya facing Skye Blue and The Bunny facing Dr. Britt Baker. We will have to wait and see if Tony Khan continues to feature the women’s division so strongly, or moves on to the next thing that the internet tells him to do. (TJRWrestling)
8. Raw and Smackdown Get New Commentary Teams
There was a shakeup on both the Raw and Smackdown commentary teams this week. Starting this past Monday, the new Raw commentary team will be Michael Cole and Wade Barrett. Cole will be a very busy man, as he will also be on the new Smackdown commentator team with Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves. Cole commentating on both shows is truly impressive, especially figuring that he has been working with the WWE for over 25 years. Cole may very well go down as the second-greatest commentator in WWE history, behind of course only Art Donovan. (TJRWrestling)
7. The Jericho Appreciation Society Officially Disband
After weeks of internal issues caused by Don Callis trying to recruit Chris Jericho, The Jericho Appreciation Society had an emergency meeting to open AEW Dynamite this week. As the meeting progressed more and more members left the group, until it was only Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara left. Guevara then told Jericho he was not abandoning Jericho, but told Jericho that he needed Jericho to decide where his future lay. Backstage after the segment, Jericho was approached by Callis. Jericho then told Callis that he would give him his answer about joining him next week. Luckily for Jericho, even without the JAS or Callis, he is still a member of the Angry Hotel Patrons of America. (TJRWrestling)
6. FTR to Face The Young Bucks at AEW All In
It has taken well over a year, but we are finally getting the rubber match between FTR and The Young Bucks. This past Saturday on AEW Collision, FTR challenged The Young Bucks to a match at AEW All In on August 27th. FTR stated during the challenge that they want to determine who is the greatest tag team of all time. The match was then made official this past Wednesday on Dynamite. This will be the third match between the two teams, with each team currently having won one. Adding even more intrigue to this match, FTR are close friends with The Young Bucks‘ antagonist CM Punk. This should be a great match, but personally, I believe the greatest tag team of all time will always be Mandy Rose and OnlyFans. (TJRWrestling)
The Rubber Match.
Who is, The Best of a Generation?
FTR vs Young Bucks III
— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) August 10, 2023
5. Sonya Deville Out Indefinitely With Injury
The curse of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships continued this week. This past Monday on Raw, it was revealed that WWE Women’s Tag Champion Sonya Deville will be out indefinitely with a torn ACL. It is unclear what this injury will mean for the tag titles or Deville’s partner Chelsea Green. The titles were already vacated once this year, and have been held by five different tag teams since February. Hopefully, whoever captures the titles next will be able to add some stability to the division, as even Tony Khan thinks that is too many title changes. (TJRWrestling)
Injury update. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/pA9P9gvSHa
— Daria/Sonya Deville (@SonyaDevilleWWE) August 8, 2023
4. Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits Form New Faction on Smackdown
It appears that we are getting The Hurt Business 2.0; although not with the original cast. After weeks of teasing it, Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits formed a new faction this week. This past Thursday on Smackdown, a suit-wearing Street Profits attacked both The Brawling Brutes and Gallows and Anderson. The Street Profits then walked up the ramp, and was joined by Lashley. Later, Lashley posted a picture on social media, stating, “Break’s over. Time to take over.” Upon seeing the post, TJRWrestling’s John Canton immediately responded by asking, “What is a break?” (TJRWrestling)
— Bobby Lashley (@fightbobby) August 5, 2023
3. Shinsuke Nakamura Attacks Seth Rollins On Raw
It was a rollercoaster week for Seth “Freakin” Rollins. After successfully defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Finn Balor at SummerSlam, Rollins teamed with Cody Rhodes and Shinsuke Nakamura on Raw to face The Judgment Day. In the end, Rollins, Rhodes and Nakamura were victorious in the match, with Rollins and Rhodes shaking hands after the victory. Suddenly however, Nakamura hit Rollins with a Kinshasa knee to the face. Nakamura then left the ring, while the crowd booed him loudly. After the attack, Nakamura quoted a video of the attack with a picture of a Japanese Katana on social media, which could be an explanation or just mean that Nakamura’s favorite ninja turtle is Leonardo. (TJRWrestling)
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) August 8, 2023
2. IYO SKY Successfully Cashes in Money in the Bank To Become WWE Women’s Champion
This past Saturday at WWE SummerSlam, saw two new WWE Women’s Champions. First, an “injured” Bianca Belair defeated Asuka and Charlotte Flair in a Triple Threat Match to capture the title. Belair did not have long to celebrate however, as IYO SKY then came down to cash in her Money in the Bank Briefcase on the injured champion. Just a few moments later SKY defeated Belair, to capture her first WWE Women’s Championship. WWE recently got some slack for cutting several women’s matches from the SummerSlam card, but clearly did some Damage CTRL here by adding an extra one. (TJRWrestling)
— WWE日本語公式 (@WWEJapan) August 6, 2023
1. Jimmy Uso Turns on His Brother at SummerSlam
It is going to be an interesting holiday season at the Uso’s house this year. This past Saturday at WWE SummerSlam, Jey Uso seemed to have his cousin WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated. Things took an unexpected turn however, when a man covered in all black pulled Jey out of the ring. The man then revealed himself to be Jey’s own brother Jimmy Uso, who then attacked Jey. Jimmy then threw Jey back into the ring, allowing Reigns to get the win. We shall have to wait to tonight to find out why Jimmy betrayed his own twin brother, although my guess is that just like his father “he did it for the Rock.” (TJRWrestling)
— WWE (@WWE) August 6, 2023
That concludes another edition of The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week. Although I often joke, I have recently started refereeing with GroundZero and training at the Institute of Professional Wrestling, and now respect more than ever what wrestlers do every week. If you like what I do, despite my jokes being as bad as an Anoa’i family reunion. Then follow me on Twitter @Fowlerwrestlin1 and listen to my Podcast The Smark and the Noob. Thank you to all of those who read this every week.