Top 5 Weekly TV Shows Of 2017
Submitted by Justin Watry on 01/09/2018 at 07:23 PM

Cheap Plugs

Apparently, research shows that if you plug a bunch of stuff at the start of a column people will read it more than if it is placed at the end. Is that true? Not sure. We will find out in 2018 I guess. Here are links to click on or junk to check out...

The Resonant Complex - Fairplay:

NRW Match from June (featuring yours truly):

ApexCast (WWE discussion and much more):

Moses & The Hermit - Vibin':

There you go. Even if it is just a click and five seconds of your time, every little bit is appreciated. Never know? Might be the greatest five seconds of your life...only one way to find out!

My 2017

With the close of another year, I can honestly say that this was a great year. As many know, I crossed off a bucket list item of attending my first (and last?) ever WrestleMania in Orlando. First plane ride too for that trip. I made my anticipated return to NRW in June, which required a lot of work and dedication that only a few of you understand (video posted above). I lived up to my word of working out more and eating healthier. I moved to a new place. I was a groomsman for my buddy who married my younger sister in an epic week's worth of festivities leading up to their wedding. I got a new (and higher paying) job. I completed my first full length novel. Also, I met a whole bunch of new cool people. Big thumbs up there! In terms of columns, I admit I swayed at times from writing a lot. However, I still delivered AT LEAST one article per week and most weeks, much more than that - including one of my favorites columns ever entitled My Journey To Orlando! Feel free to Google that. Very good 2017 from yours truly.

My 2018

Truth be told, I don't really do the 'new year's resolutions' thing. I have things I want to do and set out to do, which is kinda the same idea but is still different. In my mind at least, it's different. I knew I was going to Mania in April 2017. I knew I was going to wrestle once again come summer time. I knew I was moving. I knew I was going to write my debut novel. I knew about my sister's wedding. I knew I had to eat better. I don't consider these new year's resolutions really. They are just goals or ideas to accomplish. Regardless of what you call them, I did them all and can proudly say that at the end of the year. Not to beat a dead horse from a column a few weeks ago, but I strongly urge everybody to follow the Nike slogan: Just Do It!

Whatever that may be. Eat better, Go to Mania. Get into shape. Text that longtime friend you lost contact with. Call the girl you have a crush on. Ask for a pay raise at work. Seriously, take a deep breath and go get it.

Best/Worst Of Columns

Predictably, my next dozen or so columns will be year in review garbage. Best Of This. Worst Of That. The usual. If you want my typical ramblings about wrestling and other stuff, you can find me on Twitter. If not, let's get to the 2017 lists!

Top 5 WEEKLY TV Shows Of 2017

5. 205 Live
4. Main Event
3. Smackdown LIVE
2. NXT

1. Raw - This is really a three horse race: RAW, SD LIve, or NXT. I think the Takeover live specials more than made up for the weekly shows. The simple fact is NXT is made to groom wrestlers for Raw or Smackdown LIVE. We all know the end game is to get called up and perform in front of a larger audience. That being said, losing Becky Lynch, Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, American Alpha, Asuka, and countless others has hurt. They have rebuilt in a very impressive way but are still working on getting there 100 percent. Unlike the popular opinion that the blue brand is better then the red brand, I disagree. Much of Smackdown LIVE was dragged down this past year by Jinder Mahal. A lot of the Superstar Shakeup felt like misfires, and the show didn't really recover until November when AJ Styles and Charlotte won their respective championship belts. The tag scene is finally improving, and you can see lots of good things forming for Smackdown LIVE. Sadly, that was not enough to overtake RAW. Yes. the show is terribly long at three hours. Yes, Lesnar was barely on screen as the top title holder. Yes, the tag belts bounced all over the place. Yes, the drama with Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon got tiresome. Yes, yes, yes. I agree. Even with those faults, it had more than enough bright spots to make up for the negatives. Braun reigning, Roman being THE GUY, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins coming together, Angle returning to the ring, Jason Jordan developing, the women's division evolving with Alexa Bliss, and tons of other great things happened. We'll see if that continues on Road to WrestleMania 34 in early 2018...

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