Elton's Weekly Wrestling High Spots and Botches: May 23-30

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This is your boy El here trying something new for the wrestling crowd. Every week, I’ll be taking a look at the big goings-on that take place inside and outside the squared circle. The wrestling landscape is always rife with massive triumphs and devastating losses that get chat rooms all across the internet talking. This is why I figured it’d be cool to cover all the madness (shout out to the “Macho Man”) that transpires on all the big shows and even the international ones. I’m here to remind you of (or make you aware of) the memorable high spots and cringe-inducing botches of the week in wrestling.



Impact Wrestling

WWE SmackDown

AEW Dynamite

Random Rumblings Around the Squared Circle

High Spots: You know what shocked the hell outta me? That Dark Side of the Ring episode about the Ultimate Warrior. It wasn’t the total hit piece I figured it would be. That episode definitely delved into some of the more negative aspects of the big guy, but it also showcased the more positive moments he shared with his wife and detailed his heartfelt comeback to WWE in 2014. Great episode as always. That whole WWE/NJPW working relationship rumor is wild, isn’t it? If that deal ever comes to pass, I’d pay top dollar to watch Roman Reigns test his luck against Tomohiro Ishii and R-Truth do his best to out-funny Toru Yano.

AEW Double or Nothing 2021 was a damn good show, by the way. Stadium Stampede was a fun thrill ride, the Three-Way Match for the AEW World Championship had me on the edge of my seat, Britt Baker finally won the Women’s title, and Jungle Boy surprisingly prevailed during the Casino Battle Royale. Plus we got surprise appearances from Lio Rush and Mark Henry. The live crowd added so much life to the show and damn did it feel good to see them have a ball for close to four hours.

Botches: Tom Phillips getting released sucks. And by the looks and sounds of it, a whole lot of other WWE personnel got their walking papers right alongside him. Good luck to Tom and everyone else that lost their jobs last week.

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