Opinion: Match & Show Ratings for February 2 to February 8

Welcome to TPWW’s Emperor Smeat’s Match and Show Ratings for the week of February 2nd to February 8th.

Match and show star ratings (out of 5):
WWE
WWE RAW (Feb. 3)
* Lana vs. Liv Morgan – 1.0
* Mojo Rawley vs. Drew McIntyre – 1.0 (Squash)
* 6-Man Elimination Tag Team match – Kevin Owens & Viking Raiders vs. Buddy Murphy & AOP – 3.5
* Aleister Black vs. Eric Young – 1.5 (Squash)
* Rey Mysterio vs. Angel Garza – 3.0
* Asuka vs. Natalya – 3.0
* #1 Contender for WWE Championship Triple Threat match – Seth Rollins vs. Ricochet vs. Bobby Lashley – 3.5
Overall – 3.0
Best – Rollins vs. Ricochet vs. Lashley match. Worst – Lana vs. Liv Morgan match.
Show Notes – Opening promo segment was pretty good for once. Ruby Riott’s surprise return was the only good thing about the Lana vs. Morgan match. 6-man tag match was very good overall despite its questionable booking. Charlotte’s promo was boring but Rhea Ripley’s surprise appearance was great. Triple Threat match was very good. RAW itself was a pretty good show.

NXT (Feb. 5)
* Angel Garza vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott – 3.5
* Dominik Dijakovic vs. Killian Dain – 2.5
* Mercedes Martinez vs. Kacy Catanzaro – 1.5 (Squash)
* Jordan Devlin vs. Tyler Breeze – 3.0
* Undisputed Era vs. The Broserweights and Tommaso Ciampa – 3.0
Overall – 3.5
Best – Velveteen Dream’s surprise return. Worst – Martinez vs. Catanzaro match.
Show Notes – The Broserweight mobile was pretty cool although the opening promo between the Broserweights and Undisputed Era felt flat. Garza vs. Scott match was very good. NXT’s handling of KUSHIDA since he arrived has been mostly terrible. Women’s promo segment was decent overall. 6-man tag team match was pretty good. Velveteen Dream’s return was great. NXT itself was very good this week.

NXT UK (Feb. 6)
* Piper Niven vs. Dani Luna – 2.0
* A-Kid vs. Tyler Bate – 3.0
* Pretty Deadly vs. Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith – 2.5
* Steel Corners Street Fight – Eddie Dennis vs. Trent Seven – 3.5
Overall – 2.5
Best – Steel Corners Street Fight match. Worst – Joseph Conners promo.
Show Notes – Steel Corners Street Fight match was very good but the rest of this week’s episode of NXT UK was average at best and mostly skippable.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown (Feb. 7)
* The Usos vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode – 3.0
* Elias vs. Cesaro – 3.0
* Daniel Bryan vs. Heath Slater – 1.5 (Squash)
* Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus – 1.0 (Squash)
* #1 Contender for SmackDown Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way match – Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi – 2.5
Overall – 2.5
Best – Otis’ date training montage. Worst – The Roman Reigns vs. King Baron feud that refuses to end any time soon.
Show Notes – The Dirt Sheets trailer with Miz’s dad was the highlight of the opening segment. Elias vs. Ceasro was good and one of Elias’ better matches on the main roster. Tired of the never ending King Corbin and Roman Reigns feud. Heath Slater getting quality tv time was the biggest shocker of the night. Otis’ date with Mandy training video was great. Women’s Fatal 4-way match was decent despite the latter half being weak. Show itself was average at best.


AEW
AEW Dark (Feb. 4)
* Sony Kiss & Brandon Cutler vs. Jurassic Express – 3.0
* Mel vs. Hikaru Shida – 2.0
* Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford vs. Kenny Omega & Riho – 3.5
* Sean Sears & Colin Delany vs. Best Friends – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Sabian & Ford vs. Omega & Riho match. Worst – Mel vs. Shida match.
Show Notes – Brandi Rhodes’ therapy segment was interesting. Mel vs. Shida was somewhat decent at best but Mel’s in-ring skills are pretty bad. Mixed tag team match was very good overall. Main event tag match was entertaining. This week’s episode of Dark was good overall.

AEW Dynamite (Feb. 5)
* Jon Moxley vs. Ortiz – 3.5
* Best Friends vs. SCU – 3.0
* Britt Baker vs. Yuka Sakazaki – 3.0
* The Butcher & The Blade & The Lucha Bros vs. The Young Bucks, “Hangman” Adam Page, & Kenny Omega – 4.0
* Kip Sabian vs. Joey Janela – 2.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – The Cody and MJF 10 Lashes segment. Worst – Sabian vs. Janela match.
Show Notes – Moxley vs. Ortiz was very good overall. Baker vs. Yuka match was good despite the abrupt ending. Baker slowly has been getting really good in her new heel role. Eight-man tag team match was amazing. Sabian vs. Janela was somewhat dull. The Cody & MJF lashing segment was great and brutal at the same time. This week’s episode of Dynamite was very good overall.


Various Wrestling
NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo 2020 Night 2 (Feb. 2)
* Toa Henare vs. Yota Tsuji – 2.5
* Yuya Uemura, Tomoaki Honma, & Togi Makabe vs. Tiger Mask, Manabu Nakanishi, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 2.5
* Gabriel Kidd vs. El Phantasmo – 2.5
* Robbie Eagles, Tomohiro Ishii, & Hirooki Goto vs. BUSHI, EVIL, & Shingo Takagi – 3.5
* Ryusuke Taguchi, Roppongi 3K, & Jon Moxley vs. DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado, & Minoru Suzuki – 3.5
* Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito vs. Taiji Ishimori, Jay White, & KENTA – 3.0
* RevPro British Heavyweight Championship – Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) – 4.0
* Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi – 4.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – RevPro British Heavyweight Championship match. Worst – Uemura, Honma, & Makabe vs. Tiger Mask,Nakanishi, & Tenzan match.
Show Notes – The undercard matches were enjoyable overall. CHOAS vs. LIJ 6-man tag team match was very good and same for the 8-man tag match afterwards with Moxley and Suzuki. Ospreay vs. Sabre Jr. was amazing. Okada vs. Taichi match was great. Night 2 of The New Beginning in Sapporo was very good overall.


Week awards:

  • Best match of the week – RevPro British Heavyweight Championship – Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) (NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo 2020 Night 2)
  • Worst match of the week – Lana vs. Liv Morgan (WWE RAW)
  • Best show of the week – NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo 2020 Night 2
  • Worst show of the week – WWE Friday Night SmackDown