This Week in Wrestling 2018 Week 34

Craig Wilson and Brian Damage

It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 34th of 2018. Today, Craig talks about SummerSlam, Brian talks about Matt Hardy and we introduce you to ‘Jobber Clobber’, the wrestling t-shirt brand of our own Jamie Lithgow

A Week on from SummerSlam 2018

So, SummerSlam is in the bag. A storyline arch that lasted the best part of three and a half years come to fruition. Roman Reigns defeated the man who ended the streak, Brock Lesnar, to capture the title.

All in all, there was a lot of news coming out from SummerSlam and, what was, a show which lasted more than five hours from the opening match to the closing bell.

And overall? It was a mighty good show. Flawless, it was not, but overall pretty solid and a lot of positives to take. Ronda Rousey winning was a big moment, we appear to have, thankfully, drawn a line under the Constable Corbin/Finn Balor programme and Braun Strowman/Kevin Owens is done too. There was also Becky Lynch turning on Charlotte and surprisingly clever use of DQ finishes.

But, as ever, there was stuff that didn’t need to be there. Ellias concert was unnecessary but not as needless as the teasing of Randy Orton coming to the ring but then, simply, not bothering. There was also stuff that flatly didn’t work. Jeff Hardy and Shinsuke Nakamura just didn’t click. It may well be a dream match on paper but didn’t really work, and that was a shame. I’m not really sure of using the Raw tag team titles for comedic effect, as they did with B Team win. But, hey, am not a WWE writer and those behind the shtick are. I’m just never comfortable with a title being used as a prop in such a way.

Best match of the show? I’d say AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe. The stuff between Joe and Styles’ wife is very believable and sets up the rage from AJ nicely. This presumably leads to Hell in a Cell where, within the confines of a cage, Joe will be let loose as a madman. The two obviously have scintillating chemistry and worked a very good match with a very interesting storyline along the way.

I also thought that Dolph Ziggler versus Seth Rollins was a very good match, and certainly a blistering way to kick off the main part of the show. I think the two also work well together and I’d like to think there’s an even better match somewhere along the way in them.

While SummerSlam was a rather good show, it did highlight the same issues as are normally the case with the WWE: i.e. it’s inability to streamline thing and go for killer over filler. A good SummerSlam could have been a great one, had it been trimmed down ever so slightly.

A Broken Woken Matt Hardy

If you have been paying attention to his tweets and social media in general, ‘Woken ‘ Matt Hardy has been seriously hinting at retirement. As with many wrestlers, all those years of high-risk bump taking has started to take its toll on him.

His wife Rebecca hasn’t been quite as cryptic with her comments. She has stated that Matt is trying to make a decision on his in-ring career. He has a little less than a year left on his current WWE contract. Matt has already gone to Twitter and thanked his fans for all their years of loyalty to him and his career.

The rumors have it that Matt is slowly transitioning himself as a backstage producer in the company. Even if Matt decides to remain an active competitor, the truth is how much longer can he really go? While his Woken gimmick is less daredevil than when he was a part of Team Xtreme with his brother Jeff, Matt has slowed down considerably in the ring.

Matt has a family to think about and does have money secured unlike many other veterans of pro wrestling. If he does decide to retire, that will leave others with question marks….mainly his current tag team partner Bray Wyatt. What happens to the ‘Eater of Worlds’ without a Woken Matt by his side? Does Bray even need Matt Hardy? What about his brother Jeff Hardy. Jeff is still the ultimate risk taker to this day…surely his career might be winding down as well.

Regardless of the outcome of Matt’s decision, he has had a great career. A self made star who continually reinvented himself much like the great Chris Jericho. So to Matt Hardy, we all weesh you well in your future enDEAVors and thank you for a WONDERFUL career.

Picture Gallery

That time Bruno Sammartino faced Batman….errr I mean The Battman.

An interesting look for Rey Mysterio Jr.

A cool pic of Jinder Mahal

The recently departed Aretha Franklin with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III

A great moment when Natalya appeared at SummerSlam wearing her father Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart’s ring jacket.

Tattoos of Jushin Liger and Great Muta

Dana Brooke

The demon Finn Balor and Jeff Hardy

Video Gallery

Davey Boy Smith commercial

Introducing Jobber Clobber

This week our very own Jamie opened his first Etsy shop. He has been teaching himself how to screen print with the aim of designing and producing geeky wrestling related t-shirts. You can find his shop at He has also set up a Facebook page which can be found here  Give it a ‘like’, give it a share, spread the word and, if you want, buy a t-shirt specifically designed to put you over!

All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.

One thought on “This Week in Wrestling 2018 Week 34

  1. I don’t blame Matt Hardy one bit for seriously considering retiring. I know if I found out my spine and pelvis was fusing together, my knee-jerk reaction would be to retire right there and then.
    I’m glad the WWE is for once, doing good by Hardy so far, by teaching him another career path in the meantime. I personally think Matt should not only retire but, have a retirement match with Bray, and pass the torch as it were and ride off into the sunset. Thank you for everything you’ve given of yourself Matt.

    Very cool art, especially that Jinder mahal print.

    Sweet shirts Jamie. They look great.

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