Ruminations on TV Shows, Comics, And Music
2017 was an excellent year in wrestling. WWE went really experimental pushing their first ever all UK tournament, its first successful all-women tournament in this century, and booking NXT storylines that surpassed their normal Raw and Smackdown roster. Impact was trying desperately to pull up out of the tailspin they'd been in for a couple of years, and while they didn't exactly have a banner year, they did look better at the end of 2017 than they did at the beginning. And ROH's relationship with New Japan helped their production finally level up to the talent of their wrestlers.
This and next season are the most tournament-centric of all-time, and they're mostly a blast. We also have some killer title runs and feuds. In particular, The Expedition For Gold that finds The Hardy Boyz reuniting in Impact, winning the titles, then taking going after the title in a variety of indie promotions in a quest to be The Tag Team Champions Of All Space And Time. They pop up in ROH to take the titles, and the day after they drop the ROH titles, they show up in the WWE in yet another title match, It is still an unprecedented feat.
Since the days of Hulkamania, it's been pretty rare that a champion reigns over an entire season of this curated watchthrough. That said, there are three champs who walk into this season with the title and make it until at least the final episode with the titles around their waists.
1110. The Main Event Mafia
It's an update on the NWO idea. Sigh. Only this time, it's Kevin Nash, Sting, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Rick Steiner. We'll try and balance that storyline with some X-Division matches, and a good ol' Awesome Kong drubbing.
Announcers: Mike Tenay, Don West
1. Kurt Angle vs Abyss in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
2. Sama Joe vs Kevin Nash
3. Sting (Impact Champ) vs AJ Styles
4. Chris Sabin vs Alex Shelly for the Impact X Division Championship
5. Awesome Kong (Impact Knockout Champ) vs Sojourner Bolt
6. Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jarrett in a No DQ Match
7. Ultimate X Match
Alex Shelley (Impact X Champ) vs Jay Lethal vs Xavier Woods vs Chris Sabin vs Suicide
1111. No Way Out
Easily the best scripted Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in history pays off immensely, followed by a satisfying Money In The Bank Ladder Match, and what's considered one of the best Wrestlemania matches in the history of the WWE.
Announcers: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz, Todd Grisham, Lillian Garcia, Tony Chimel
1. WWE Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Undertaker, Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Edge, Big Show, Vladimir Koslov
2. WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match
John Cena, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Edge, Kane, Mike Knox
3. Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Kane, CM Punk, Christian, Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry, Finlay, MVP, Kofi Kingston
4. Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
We kick things off with the formation of the most promising stable that ever broke up too soon: Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted Dibiase Jr. We also get some WWE veterans of the 70s and 80s coming back to feud with Chris Jericho (I guess Randy Orton was busy that week?).
Announcers: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Todd Grisham, Lillian Garcia, Tony Chimel
1. JBL (WWE Intercontinental Champ) vs Rey Mysterio
2. Chris Jericho vs Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat
2. Jake Hager (WWECW Champ) vs Christian
3. Chris Jericho vs Ricky Steamboat
4. Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy in an I Quit Match
5. Legacy vs Triple H (WWE Champ), Batista & Shane McMahon
Final Girl University
Justice League Animated Series
One Album Discographies
The Good Place
The Mountain Goats
The Rolling Stones
They Might Be Giants