Opinion: Match & Show Ratings for May 31 to June 6

Welcome to TPWW’s Emperor Smeat’s Match and Show Ratings for the week of May 31st to June 6th.

Match and show star ratings (out of 5):

WWE RAW (June 1)
* Seth Rollins vs. Aleister Black – 3.0
* United States Championship – Kevin Owens vs. Apollo Crews – 3.0
* Kevin Owens & Apollo Crews vs. Angel Garza & Andrade – 2.0
* Billie Kay vs. Nikki Cross – 2.0
* Nia Jax vs. Kairi Sane – 2.0
* Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka – 3.0
* MVP vs. Drew McIntyre – 2.0
Overall – 2.0
Best – Flair vs. Asuka match.
Worst – Most of the matches ending with weak or flat finishes.
Show Notes – Opening promo by Rollins was somewhat dull. Rollins vs. Black was pretty good. Owens vs. Crews was pretty good despite the anti-climatic finish. The Viking Raiders & Street Profits bowling segment was a waste of time. Rey Mysterio’s interview segment was a bit awkward. 24/7 title segment was the best use of Rob Gronkowski in WWE. Randy Orton’s promo was decent. Flair vs. Asuka was good despite the lame ending. This week’s episode was mostly dull overall.

NXT (June 3)
* Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim – 2.0
* Candice LeRae & Johnny Gargano vs. Mia Yim & Keith Lee – 2.5
* Tony Nese vs. Isiah “Swerve” Scott – 2.5
* #1 Contender’s for NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat – Undisputed Era vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Breezango – 3.0
* Aliyah vs. Santana Garrett – 1.5
* Cameron Grimes vs. Bronson Reed – 2.0
* Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals – El Hijo Del Phantasmo vs. Drake Maverick – 3.5
Overall – 3.5
Best – Finals of the Interim NXT Cruiserweight tournament.
Worst – Aliyah vs. Garrett match.
Show Notes – Opening LeRae vs. Yim match was decent despite the weak ending. Maverick’s interview segment and NXT Championship Prime Target video were decent. #1 Contender’s Tag Triple Threat match was pretty good despite the flat ending. NXT Women’s Championship Prime Target video was fantastic. Phantasmo vs. Maverick was very good. The contract spot with Triple H felt too much like a cheap PR ploy than being a genuine moment. This week’s episode was mostly enjoyable overall.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown (June 5)
* Otis vs. King Corbin – 2.0
* Lacey Evans vs. Sonya Deville – 2.5
* AJ Styles vs. Drew Gulak – 3.0
* Shorty G & New Day vs. Mojo Rawley, Cesaro, & Shinsuke Nakamuara – 3.0
* WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship – Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss – 3.0
Overall – 2.5
Best – 6-man tag team match.
Worst – Miz and Morrison’s prank segments being way more miss than hit.
Show Notes – Opening Jeff Hardy and Sheamus promo segment was decent. Otis vs. Corbin was decent despite the flat ending. Evans vs. Deville was decent despite the overbooked shenanigans. Matt Riddle vignette was pretty good. Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles promo segment was good. Gulak vs. Styles and the 6-man tag match were pretty good. Women’s Tag title match was pretty good despite the ending being a bit messy and abrupt. This week’s episode was somewhat decent but very throw-away in terms of quality.

AEW Dark (June 2)
* John Skyler vs. Billy Gunn – 1.5
* Jon Cruz & Joe Alonzo vs. The Butcher & The Blade – 2.0 (Squash)
* Christi Jaynes vs. Kiylnn King – 2.0
* EJ Lewis & Big Game Leory vs. Santana & Ortiz – 2.5 (Squash)
* Peter Avalon & Brandon Cutler vs. Natural Nightmares – 2.5
Overall – 2.5
Best – Avalon & Cutler vs. Natural Nightmares match.
Worst – Skyler vs. Gunn match.
Show Notes – The Natural Nightmares segment was decent despite the audio issues. Lewis & Leory vs. Santana & Ortiz was a pretty good squash match. This week’s episode was decent at best overall.

AEW Dynamite (June 3)
* AEW World Tag Team Championship – Kip Sabian & Jimmy Havoc vs. Hangman Adam Page & Kenny Omega (c) – 3.5
* Brian Cage vs. Shawn Dean – 1.5 (Squash)
* Colt Cabana vs. Chris Jericho – 2.5
* Big Swole vs. Nyla Rose – 3.0
* TNT Championship – Jungle Boy vs. Cody (c) – 3.0
Overall – 3.5
Best – Both of Britt Baker’s segments during the show.
Worst – The rushed ending to the TNT title match.
Show Notes – The opening BLM video was a nice statement from AEW. Tag title match was very good. Taz and Jon Moxley promo segment was pretty good. Cabana vs. Jericho might have been Cabana’s best AEW match. Britt Baker’s rehab vignette was great. Swole vs. Rose match and post-match angle with Baker were pretty good. FTR interview segment was also pretty good. TNT title match was pretty good despite the rushed ending. This week’s episode was very enjoyable overall.

Week awards:

  • Best match of the week – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals – El Hijo Del Phantasmo vs. Drake Maverick (WWE NXT)
  • Worst match of the week – John Skyler vs. Billy Gunn (AEW Dark)
  • Best show of the week – AEW Dynamite
  • Worst show of the week – WWE RAW