RVR Year End Awards: Best Weekly TV Show

RVR Year End Awards: Best Weekly TV Show

Hello and welcome to the Rear View Reviews 2017 Year End Awards spectacular. Before we get to handing stuff out here are a list of contributors:


Arnold Furious. Director of Content. Reviewer of the matches. @ArnoldFurious

Amanda Why. Interviewer Extraordinaire. Watcher of NXT. @manda_why

Ian Hamilton. Has seen more wrestling than you this year. @theianhamilton

Aqeel Khalid. Podcaster. Spewer of Lovely Takes. @AqeelKhalid

Chris Boyle. Website Organiser. Editor in Chief. @boyleybugs

VK. Your Pal. Progressive. @vilinskikonjic

Jack Stevenson. Dragon Gate Guy. Rad as heck. @stevensonj95

Mark Ashford. Likes Live Shows. Sorry, “loikes”. @iloikewrestling


Not everyone contributed to every award, nor submitted a “top 3”. Points are given thusly; 3 points for first place on a ballot. 2 points for second. 1 point for third. I present a list of total points and everyone who got votes…


Best Weekly TV Show:

  1. NXT 16
  2. wXw Shotgun 5
  3. Smackdown 5
  4. CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide 4
  5. WCPW Loaded 3
  6. RAW 1
  7. Impact 1
  8. 205 Live 1

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NXT is one of the best shows WWE have had in a long, long time. It’s on a great run. The talent rotate and different guys get over one after another. It benefits hugely from Vince McMahon’s total apathy. He’s probably unaware that it’s such a big deal and how hardcore the NXT fans have become down in Florida. 2017 saw NXT step its game up again as it entered a new era. New talent, new production and exciting matches and feuds. It won this award hands down. Nothing else was close. Way back in joint second were Smackdown and wXw’s Shotgun show. Shotgun is one of the best TV shows out there. The way they successfully build characters and feuds on Shotgun enhances the major shows. If you watch all of wXw’s programming there is another level of run-on booking that you won’t get by just watching the big shows. They’re doing a far better job of controlling the storylines and talent than WWE are. This can only be because it’s a small team and they’re all on the same booking page. Another couple of honourable mentions are CWF Mid-Atlantic, which is a small show with shoddy production but they produce some terrific pro wrestling. It’s properly old school too if you miss the 1970s territories. WCPW’s Loaded has come in for a lot of flak but it’s not been a bad show, considering it was free on YouTube. Loaded often had big names and good matches. There has been criticism of WCPW as an entity but when they were good, and they often were, the in-ring was well worth looking into.

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