The Top Matches Of The Week: 1/3 to 1/9/2020

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5-copy (1)We are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match. I also want to remind all of you that can catch my Top 5 of the week on the podcast Eddie Valiant’s Hot Take here. That is where I look at all the matches I have listed here and I pick the five best of all of them.

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 (1/4/2020)

time bombFinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) went through an absolute war with the IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas Of Destiny after Juice hit Tama Tonga with the left hand of God and then Finlay hit him with a cutter for the win. Lance Archer defended his IWGP United States Championship against Jon Moxley in a Texas Deathmatch and these guys literally went to wear putting themselves through chairs, but Moxley would get the KO after hitting the Paradigm shift through tables to regain the titles. Some are calling it the greatest IWGP Jr. Heavyweight match of all time, I am calling Will Ospreay vs Hiromu Takahashi the early contender for match of the year. These two went back and forth hitting each other with finishers, but it was Takahashi who hit a modified tombstone/package piledriver like move for the win.

Honorable Mention:

Wrestle Kingdom 14 usually has some of these eight man tag matches and one of the good ones saw Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, and El Desperado defeat Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Sanada, Evil, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi when Zack made Bushi tap out to a very painful submission.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 12/27/2019 to 1/2/2020

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5-copy (1)We are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match. I also want to remind all of you that can catch my Top 5 of the week on the podcast Eddie Valiant’s Hot Take here. That is where I look at all the matches I have listed here and I pick the five best of all of them.

WWE Smackdown (12/27/2019)

1The last Friday night Smackdown of 2019 kicked off with one heck of a match as The New Day and Braun Strowman took on the team of Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura. For the most part, Nakamura and Cesaro did most of the work (Zayn never tagged in once) as they dominated Kofi for most of the match until he tagged in Braun who took care of business which included a huge powerslam that was enough to get the pinfall victory over Nakamura. The other great match of the night was the triple threat match that almost didn’t happen, but did as King Corbin, Daniel Bryan, and The Miz were all battling for a shot at Bray Wyatt. King Corbin made himself a presence in the match which included some help from Dolph Ziggler until Roman Reigns fixed that and took Corbin out of the picture. What followed was an excellent match between Bryan and The Miz as it was a battle of the LaBell lock vs the figure four leg lock and Daniel made The Miz tap to the LaBell Lock.

WWE RAW (12/30/3019)

Without a shadow of a doubt, the match of the night honors belongs to two men who tore it up at WWE TLC and they did the same thing on RAW, I am talking about the opening contest of the night as Aleister Black took on Buddy Murphy in a rematch and throughout the match it looked like Murphy was going to have the upper hand again, but after reversing Murphy’s Law into a near fall, Black would hit Murphy with not one, but two Black Masses for the 1-2-3. In a decent match, The Street Profits handed The OC a big loss making them the best tag team in the multiverse after Ford hit the frog splash on Anderson. Zelina Vega turned out to be a huge asset for Andrade as he took on Ricochet from exposing the concrete on the outside to knocking him off the top rope allowing Andrade to hit the Hammerlock DDT for the win.

AEW Dynamite (1/1/2020)

Thew first time Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin met the match ended in a 20 minute draw so the second match was promising to be a classic. This time around, Cody had Arn Anderson in his corner and he proved to be a great commodity especially when Darby went for the Coffin drop and Arn instructed Cody to lift his knees just in time. Cody rolled up the hurt and stunned Allin for the 1-2-3. In the very next match, Riho defended the AEW Women’s Championship in a fatal four way match against Nyla Rose, Dr. Britt Baker DDS, and Hikaru Shida and these women put themselves through hell, but after Baker was unable to lock in the lockjaw submission on Shida, Riho rolled her up for the 1-2-3. Jon Moxley took on Trent Baretta in a one on one match that was actually entertaining. The night ended with a tremendous six man tag match that saw The Elite (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks) start the new year right with a huge victory over The Lucha Brothers and PAC.

Honorable Mention:

The women’s tag match on Smackdown Live that saw Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans lose to Sasha Banks and Bayley was a pretty decent match. Lacey has definitely been improving since her rivalry with Becky Lynch ended. Charlotte Flair vs Natalya on RAW looked like a decent match, but it went on for too long in my opinion.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 12/20 to 12/26/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyWe are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match. I also want to remind all of you that can catch my Top 5 of the week on the podcast Eddie Valiant’s Hot Take here. That is where I look at all the matches I have listed here and I pick the five best of all of them.

FLQ No Fear (12/21/2019)

flqThe organization known as Federation Lutte Quebecoise held a free event called No Fear on the FITE TV App and the first highlight of the night was the match between legendary Canadian wrestler Tyson Dux who took on Evolve Champion Josh Briggs. For most of the match, he worked on Josh Briggs leg and it was a key as Briggs towards the end tried for a big boot and he missed allowing Dux to hit him with a suplex and a cover for the win. In the main event of the night, Stu Grayson of AEW’s The Dark Order defended his FLQ World Championship against The Beast Man FTM and Evil Uno. The match was pretty competitive, but it pays to be a member of The Dark Order because the minions helped Grayson get the victory as he pinned The Beast Man FTM after hitting him with the night fall.

MLW Fusion (12/21/2019)

daveyDynasty members Alexander Hammerstone and MJF were set to clash in an opening round match for the Opera Cup and I was pretty sure we were going to get some tom foolery with the match. Unfortunately for Richard Holiday, it was either their egos or their pride that would allow either one of them to go down to the finger poke. Nonetheless, the two of them had a pretty good match that saw Hammerstone dominate most of it and he put a huge exclamation point on the match with a huge sit-out powerbomb that was all he needed for the 1-2-3. In the final match of the opening round of the Opera Cup, Low Ki took on Davey Boy Smith Jr. in what was a pretty good match between the two that saw Low Ki keep pace with Smith, but an attempt at a submission would backfire on Low Ki. Low Ki had some sort of sleeper hold on Davey and as he started to go down to the mat he simply rolled Low Ki and used his submission attempt as a way to the 1-2-3 to move on.

NJPW Road To Tokyo Dome 2019 (12/21/19)

bushiZack Sabre Jr. the technical wizard was supposed to compete in a tag match, but due to an injury, he faced Bushi one on one instead and for the most part he showed Bushi why he was the technical wizard. Zack would make a fatal mistake when he went for the Zack Driver, Bushi reversed it and pinned him on a modified back roll called The Bushi Roll for the win. Will Ospreay and Tomohiro Ishii went to war with Evil and Hiroumi Takahashi like it was Wrestle Kingdom 14. The best was the all out brawl of the two bulls in the ring as Evil and Ishii were just clubbing each other to death. At one point, Ishii set up Evil like he was going to powerbomb him, but as he was doing it, Ospreay hit Evil with the phenomenal forearm and then Ishii powerbombed him, but Evil would kick out of the ensuing pin attempt. After more clubbing exhanges between the two, it was a sliding lariat from Ishii to Evil that was all it took for Ishii and Ospreay to get the win. This match definitely has me excited to watch Ospreay vs Takahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 14.

WWE RAW (12/23/2019)

For a night that was going to feature the first ever encounter between Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio for the United States Championship, the rest of it just looked OK. Some of the good matches on the card were Ricochet who took on 205 Live legend Tony Nese in a one on one encounter that ended with Ricochet hitting the recoil for the win. In a decent six man tag match, The OC were victorious over Randy Orton and The Viking Raiders after AJ was able to hit the phenomenal forearm on Orton to get the 1-2-3. The match between Seth and Rey wasn’t amazing, but it further showcased Heel Rollins whose cronies The AOP aren’t willing to allow him to take a loss on RAW as they interfered. I am enjoying this because Seth Rollins is a better heel than he is a face and Raw needs a really good heel since Brock only wrestles once or twice a year.

NXT On USA (12/25/2019)

Technically I don’t think any of the matches were live, but that didn’t matter because the opening match certainly delivered. Roderick Strong promised the week before that he would hold a North American Championship open challenge and this week Austin Theory answered the call in what was one of the best matches of the week. At one point I thought Roddy was done after he was awkwardly suplexed on the apron, but he held on eventually hitting Theory with the end of heartache and he followed it up with a stronghold (walls of Jericho) for a submission win. In the second match of the night, Jack Gallagher was looking to get back in the win column as he took on Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in what was a very technical match for the most part. At one point, Isaiah bent Galklagher’s arm back with his foot that it looked and sounded like his shoulder or arm snapped. He finished him with a jumping kick to the side of the head which was all Swerve needed to win. Dominik Dijakovic and Bronson Reed battled on the show as the two gargantuan’s threw everything at each other. After failing to pin Dijakovic when he hit a Lou Thesz press from the top, he tried to go to the top again, but this time he was met by Dominik and hit by a chokebomb that was enough to put Reed away.

GCW Jimmy All The Way (12/26/2019)

3You know things will get really crazy at a Game Changer Wrestling show especially one that is hosted by Jimmy Lloyd, but it featured a lo9t of great matches. The opening match of the night set the tone as Jason Cade fought Lucky 13 in quite the battle that saw Cade end the battle with a backslide driver on to a chair for the win. Tony Deppen and Ophidian had quite the battle as these two tried beating the living hell out of each other, but a roll up was all it took for Deppen to steal the win. Blake Christian introduced himself to the world and showed us what he could do in a battle with Jordan Oliver that saw them go through tables, springboard splashes from the ring to the stage, and a spinning splash that helped seal the deal for Christian. The last great match of the night was a brutal battle between Dan Maff who was wrestling his last match in GCW against Jimmy Lloyd. After several tables used in the match, Dan Maff delivers a burning hammer onto a table and that was all she wrote for Jimmy Lloyd.

Honorable Mention:

In an event called Ring Of Pakistan on the FITE App, former WWE Superstar Chris Masters fought Ring Of Pakistan champion Baadshah Pehalwan Khan in what was a pretty decent match. Khan was even able to break out of the Master Lock at one point before he took the win. At NJPW Road To Tokyo (Dec 21ST edition), Yoh, Sho of Roppongi 3K teamed with Robbie Eagles to take on El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori, and Gedo in what started with a violent beginning, but ended when El Phantasmo attacked the referee so that Ishimori wouldn’t tap out to Robbie Eagles. Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Jay White and Chase Owens was a decent follow up to the Opsreay tag match, but it definitely didn’t come close to that one as Naito and Shingo got the win. It wasn’t the best match, but it was a decent opener to RAW as Kevin Owens powerbombed Mojo Rawley through a table to get the obvious win. Believe it or not, I enjoyed Bobby Lashley vs Cedric Alexander only for the fact that Alexander is amazing. Lana getting involved to announce her stupid wedding is what gets it in the honorable mention column. On NXT On USA, Shotzi Blackheart made her debut against Bianca Belair and despite losing the match she put up on heck of an effort against the EST of NXT. Chris Dickinson took on Rickey Shane Page on the finale of Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Season 2 and the match was great until Chuck O’Neill and his toolbag friends decided to jump Dickinson.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 12/13 to 12/19/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyWe are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match. I also want to remind all of you that can catch my Top 5 of the week on the podcast Eddie Valiant’s Hot Take here. That is where I look at all the matches I have listed here and I pick the five best of all of them.

Ring Of Honor Final Battle 2019 (12/13/2019)

Bayley-Brooke-1It’s no secret that Ring Of Honor has been struggling since most of all their talent has been poached by the WWE or left to start AEW. Bully Ray took on Mark Haskins in what was a brutal battle as well as Bully Ray being the best heel in the world of wrestling. Unfortunately for him, he took a cheese grader to the nether regions courtesy of Mrs. Haskins and Mark took advantage to get the win. Dragon Lee went to battle with ROH TV Champ Shane Taylor. Taylor dominated most of the match, but those vicious knees from Lee was all it took for him to capture the TV Title. The Briscoes and Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham went to war at the event, but by hook or by crook, Lethal and Gresham were able to steal the tag team titles. I had to include this match in here because a 51 year old man who was blackballed in the industry had a spectacular 2019 and became the new Ring Of Honor World Champion as PCO did the unthinkable and beat Rush after Rush threw everything at him.

NWA Into The Fire (12/14/2019)

It’s NWA’s return to the PPV world and it had a pretty good card. Colt Cabana defended his NWA National Championship against not only Ricky Starks, but Aron Stevens as well. Stevens was almost a non factor and punching bag for the whole match. Thunder Rosa despite not knowing her opponent Tasha Steelz, she showed her true dominance in the match and hit a double stomp to get the win.

WWE TLC 2019 (12/15/2019)

Humberto Carrillo and Andrade kicked off the action on the pre-show and they tore the house down as they went counter for counter with each others moves and Andrade even saw some blood. Carrillo in the end was as impressive as ever as he hit a poisonrana and followed it up with a moonsault for the win. The New Day defended their tag team titles against The Revival in a ladder match and I would give these guys a week off especially The Revival who saw Wilder take a big ending from Big E off the ladder and then Dawson landed head first into a ladder after Kofi used the hanging titles as a weapon before he grabbed them for the win. Aleister Black and Buddy Murphy went to war and Murphy may have damaged Black’s Jaw with all the superkicks and knees to the face that he took, but it was a surprise Black Mass that put Murphy away.

WWE RAW (12/16/2019)

This was a decent episode, but kind of a let down from the action of the night before. The match that kind of saved the night was the Gauntlet match to determine the number one contender for Rey Mysterio’s United States Championship. The match started with R-Truth and Akira Tozawa, but the real action didn’t really get good until Tozawa took on Ricochet. From that point on, Ricochet stole the show with great matches against Tozawa, Matt Hardy, and Humberto Carrillo (which was the best one). The other match that was really good was the match between AJ Styles and Randy Orton who were finally meeting after weeks of getting in each other’s business. Surprisingly, AJ was in control of most of the match after locking in the calf crusher that took its toll against Randy, but like a Viper he finds a way to way. After faking Randy out the first time, he attempts another Phenomenal forearm, but he gets caught with an RKO and Randy takes the win.

NXT On USA (12/18/2019)

Screen-Shot-2019-12-18-at-9.07.28-PM-1-900x480It’s hard to pick just one or two matches from the whole entire show because almost all of the matches were great. The night opened up with the NXT Championship match that saw Adam Cole defend the title against Finn Balor in what was a great match where both men showcased their athleticism. After a distraction from Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole was able to retain the title. Killian Dane and Damian Priest went to war, but unfortunately for Priest he had a constant target in his hurt ribs and Dane took advantage of it. Don’t count him out though because when things looked bleak, Priest pulled off the win after getting his knees up during an attempted Vader Bomb to which he finishes with The Reckoning. Cameron Grimes vs Kushida was an all out battle as well, but a vicious double stomp from Grimes was all it took for him to win. Last week, Travis Banks was successful against Jaxson Ryker, but this week he took on the Bruiserweight Pete Dunne in what was an all out battle. Dunne would get the win after a huge superplex that he was able to hit to which he followed up with a kick and the bitter end to seal the victory. In the final match, Rhea Ripley was willing to put it all on the line as she took on NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler. They threw everything at eahc other throughout the match, but we all know how dangerous Shayna is especially with the Kirifuda Clutch to which she locked in for several minutes. Rhea never gave up as she is able to get out of it. Baszler continues to work on her, but she makes the mistake of allowing the crowd to distract her. She sets Rhea up on the top turnbuckle, but when the crowd chants Rheas name, Baszler gets distracted and Rhea takes advantage by hitting a super riptide from the top which was all she needed to seal the victory and become the new NXT Women’s Champion.

AEW Dynamite (12/18/2019)

dark-order-aew-dynamiteNot the best episode they have put out all year, but a decent show. The night opened with The Lucha Brothers taking on Kenny Omega and Hangman Page, but this week they continued to struggle after Hangman makes the mistake of hitting his own partner which allowed Pentagon Jr. to hit the double stomp for the win. Kris Statlander was fantastic once again on AEW Dynamite as she grabbed a huge win over Dr. Britt Baker DDS earning her a shot at the AEW Women’s Champion Riho on New Years Day. Jungle Boy had to prove that he could wrestle and last ten minutes with the AEW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho to which he did after spending the last 90 seconds of the ten minutes in the walls of Jericho. The Young Bucks and SCU did battle for the AEW Tag Team Championships, but SCU was just too good tonight after Kazarian was able to pin Matt Jackson after the SCU Later.

Honorable Mention:

While I thought it was a good match up, Matt Taven vs Vincent didn’t quite live up to the hype that I thought it would be. Still both of these men did their best and Taven sold it well at Final Battle. Maria Manic came out, she destroyed Angelina Love and Mandy Leon establishing that she is the dominant female, but Angelina did not get one ounce of offense in the whole match at Final Battle. On NWA Powerrr, Zicky Dice won his qualifying match to compete for the TV Title against CW Anderson and Sal Rinauro. I love the new rule that you have to win a match in 6:05 to be TV Champ. In relatively short fashion, The Wildcards disposed of The Dawsons in a decent tag team match on NWA Powerrr. I am a huge fan of Deonna Purrazzo and was so proud to see her debut against Auska on RAW, but do you really think they’d make Auska look weak? The Butcher and The Blade vs Cody Rhodes & Darby Allin on AEW Dynamite was good, but not enough to earn it’s way to the top matches.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 12/6 to 12/12/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyWe are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match.

WWE RAW (12/9/2019)

The match of the night and maybe my match of the week was between Humberto Carrillo and Andrade. I don’t know what Humberto did to Andrade, but he fired him up and the match was absolutely amazing. One thing all wrestling writers need to take notes on: Humberto who is a babyface found a way to avoid Zelina’s interference to puck up the huge win against Andrade. Becky Lynch vs The Kabuki Warriors was a decent match, but it did what I thought it would and that is show that the Kabuki Warriors were too good to be defeated by one person. The final good match of the night was the United States Championship match between Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles. The two went back and forth showcasing why they were the best of their gens and Randy even did his best work in this match.

Impact Wrestling (12/10/2019)

Acey Romero made his Impact Wrestling TV I believe against the dirtiest player in Impact in Moose. These two put on quite the show for the crowd as they threw everything they had at each other. At times, it looked like Moose was getting frustrated because he couldn’t put Acey Baby away, but all it took was a spear and no jackhammer needed for Moose to pick up the win. The tag team match to determine the number one contenders for The North at Hard To Kill in January saw Reno SCUM take on The Rascalz, oVe, and Rich Swann & Willie Mack. Well Mack was in the match at the beginning, but a high risk maneuver took him out and left Swann on his own, but it didn’t matter because Swann punched their ticket to the PPV with a roll up win over Dave Crist.

NXT On USA (12/11/2019)

The first match of the night usually sets the tone and this one was no different as Lio Rush defended his NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Angel Garza who is regular of this blog in what was an epic match that could be match of the year material. Lio went to the well once too many times and he tried to land the frog splash on the outside of the ring, but Garza stuck his knees up just in time. Once in the ring, Garza hit the winged clipper, but Rush kicked out in the ensuing pin attempt, but no matters because Garza locked in a full nelson submission that was all it took as Rush tapped out. The triple threat match to decide the number one contender for the following week is the other match of the night as Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, and Finn Balor gave it all they had. It looked like at times that Keith Lee was going to take the win, but Finn is a veteran who knows how to pick his spots and he stole the win.

AEW Dynamite (12/11/2019)

The Butcher and The Blade made their debut this week as they battled Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall in what was a surprisingly good match. QT looked a little rough at times, but he added to the magic of the match and you were hoping for some kind of miracle, but The Butcher and The Blade were too good with their suplex/lung blower combo. The tag team match that saw Shawn Spears and Kip Sabian team up to take on Hangman Adam Page and Kenny Omega looked a little rough for both teams as far as chemistry was concerned, but it was a really good match. The last match of the night saw one heck of a Texas street fight that saw The Young Bucks and Santana & Ortiz throw everything but the kitchen sink at each other. Not to mention all the different people that got involved in the match made it interesting as well.

Honorable Mention:

At GCW W.O.M.B.A.T 2., Tony Deppen had an interesting contest against Levi Everett, an Amish wrestler who was dominating the match until Deppen grabbed a little bit of his trunks for the roll up and win. Travis Banks picked up a big win for NXT UK when he defeated Jaxson Ryker on NXT On USA. Dakota Kai earned a huge victory whether it be by hook or by crook over Mia Yim on NXT. Luchasaurus and Sammy Guevara had a pretty decent match of power vs speed on AEW Dynamite.

Combate Americas: Tito Vs Alberto

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

titoalberto.0There have been occasions where as a fan of sports entertainment that you are left wondering if one of them is making the right decision when they step into an Octagon. You are essentially leaving the world of sports entertainment and entering into a world where once that door closes there is literally no escaping destiny. We saw CM Punk fail terribly in his first fight against Mickey Gall back at UFC 205 to the point where you questioned this type of decision making. Since then, we have seen Jake Hager step into the world of MMA in Belator and he has been successful for the moment, but I want him to face some real veterans like our next subject just did for Combate Americas. The man I am talking about is the man formerly known to the world as Alberto Del Rio who in his career was a former WWE Champion as well as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Last night, Alberto Rodriguez stepped into the ring with a man who may be well over his prime, but at one point was a true bad ass of the Octagon in Tito Ortiz. The first ever Mexican American UFC Champion came into the event not only with a 20-12-1 record, but with a clear agenda that he was going to embarrass Alberto.

tito-ortiz-def-alberto-del-rio-via-first-round-rear-naked-choke-submission-combate-americas-tito-vs-alberto-12-7-2019The stipulation heading into the fight was that if Ortiz won the fight against the 9-5 Alberto, Alberto would give up his WWE Championship belt to Ortiz’s kids. However, if Alberto won the fight, her would receive Tito’s UFC Championship belt. He also stated that if Del Rio could make it out of the first round that he would donate $50,000 to Alberto’s charity. However, when the fight actually started, Tito absolutely smothered Alberto bringing him to the mat where Alberto barely got any offense going and was constantly on the defensive as it eventually led Ortiz to get the rear naked choke locked in and after a few seconds Alberto tapped out after 3:10 of the first round had passed. Tito had done what Tito always did and that is he brought the spectacle to the fight with his Trump 2020 trunks, flag, MAGA Hats, and even coming out to Hulk Hogan’s Real American Hero theme song all the way to the ring. Tito definitely proved that if any former WWE wrestler wants to prove what he has, he needs to fight a real trained killer like The Huntington Bad Boy himself. One thing I will say is that while there are no excuses, but this was Alberto’s first MMA fight since 2010 and he has stepped into the ring with some real deals like Mirko Filipovic (Pride- Bushido 1 2003). I don’t know where Alberto goes next with this, but he’ll have to think long and hard before stepping back. If you can get access to the event, check out the fight between Desiree Yanez and Melissa Martinez which was definitely worth the price of admission.

_Q3Q2273.5

The Top Matches Of The Week: 11/29 to 12/5/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyWe are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match.

WWE Smackdown (11/29/2019)

Screen-Shot-2019-11-29-at-8.24.50-PM-1-900x480Surprisingly, the very first match of the night between Roman Reigns and Robert Roode was actually really good. The match featured plenty of action including some shady business from Dolph Ziggler and King Corbin, but a spear would ultimately put away Roode. While I thought the ending of the match was OK, The New Day (Kofi and Big E) defended their WWE Smackdown Live tag team titles against the team of Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. The match was competitive and it was nice to see Cesaro back in action especially on a night when Sheamus returned with a promo and Elias returned with a backstage promo.

205 Live (11/29/2019)

angel-garza-vs-jack-gallagher-3_origI never thought that I would ever write this, but the very first match on 205 Live between Ariya Daivari and Raul Mendoza was a great way to open the show, but too bad the crowd was lame. Ariya ended the three year anniversary episode on the winning side of things. Jack Gallagher has appeared on more episodes of 205 Live than anyone and it’s for good reason because he can wrestle anyone and he proved again tonight against Angel Garza in a hard fought fight that saw Garza end it with the wing clipper. Angel Garza is going to be a champion in the company because he has the it factor.

Ring Of Honor Episode 428 (12/2/2019)

rohThe fatal four way tag team match that started the broadcast was pretty cool and is showing that Ring Of Honor is not dead yet. The match saw Silas Young and Josh Woods survive quite a hectic match against SOS, Coast To Coast, and The Bouncers. The finish of the match came when as Silas set up LSG by launching him into a running knee from Woods proving that Silas might be a tag team guru. The other match that was pretty excitng was another fatal four way match, but this time it was singles action as Kenny King took on PJ Black, Ultimo Guerrero, and Eli Isom. While the match was exciting, it was really a showcase for Eli Isom who proved that even though he lost, he has a future in the business. After hitting a facelock DDT, Black would climb the ropes to hit Isom with a moonsault double stomp for the win.

WWE RAW (12/2/2019)

Raw-December-2nd-2019Some of the best matches on the card were probably not meant to be anything but squash matches. Aleister Black took on the Premiere Athlete Tony Nese in one heck of a match where Tony did his best to match Black, but ultimately that big knee to the face and the Black Mass was all it took for Black to win. In the very next match, Andrade took on Eric Young who we haven’t seen in singles action in a very long time and while at moments he looked a little slow at times, Young kept up with Andrade. That angered Andrade and one mistake was all it took for Andrade to retake control and a hammerlock ddt was all she wrote for EY for the night. The last match to check out is a six man tag match that saw Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, and Humberto Carrillo take on The OC. At times, it looked like The OC would fall, but the veteran AJ Styles got the best of Ricochet as he delivered a styles clash from the middle rope that ensured Ricochet was not getting up from that.

NXT On USA (12/4/2019)

20191204_NXT_DainDunne--351186ceabc1575787e5dd537eb3857eThe night started out with Killian Dane issuing an open challenge since Damian Priest was not cleared to wrestle and Pete Dunne answered the call for what was another classic match in their rivalry. The ending was a little weird as Dunne was choking out Dane on the top of the ropes and when Dane fell backwards on to him, it knocked him out and Dane was in perfect positioning for the referee to do the 3 count. Kushida made his long awaited return to NXT with an impressive win over Cameron Grimes who attacked Kushida’s original opponent before the match started. Kushida may have won by roll, but the contrast in styles made for an excellent story that was told well. The last match that was great from the night was the six man tag match that saw Keith Lee once again shine as he teamed with Tommaso Ciampa and Dominik Dijakovic to take on The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, and Kyle O’Reilly. Finn Balor tried to get involved in the match, but it didn’t matter as Keith Lee just trucked through everyone.

AEW Dynamite (12/4/2019)

krisThey started the night with a bang as Santana and Ortiz teamed up with Sammy Guevara to take on The Young Bucks and Dustin Rhodes. The match featured all the spots you would want from Dustin and his powerslams that included a funny timeout, a 630 senton from Guevara that was awesome, and a double Meltzer driver from the Bucks and Rhodes that sealed the deal for the team. The next great match was a singles match between Rey Fenix and Trent Baretta. The match was physical and featured all the acrobatics you would expect from Fenix, but despite losing Trent kept up with Fenix for most of the match. In a match that I did not expect to put up shocked a lot of people as Kris Statlander took on the number one contender Hikaru Shida in what was a classic. Statlander went blow for blow with Shida and shocked the world when she hit the big bang theory driver which was all it took to get the win. Joey Janela tried his bets against Jon Moxley, but Moxley proved why he is the IT factor in AEW right now.

Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Ep. 10 (12/5/2019)

beyondThe night started out with a great match between Jay Freddie and Brandon Thurston as these two were throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other. Unfortunately, the match was called off after Freddie took a nasty spill to the outside from the top turnbuckle. CJ Cruz shocked the world in a terrific first round win in his match in the Pride Of New England Tournament For Tomorrow match against Anthony Greene. The main event of the night featured one of Beyond Wrestling’s aces in John Silver who took on Jake Atlas who was making his debut and farewell match all in one night as he heads to Orlando. There was a lot riding on the line for Silver who in this whole second season only suffered one loss to Orange Cassidy which had to be playing in his mind. The two went at it giving it everything they had and in the end Silver came out victorious after hitting the punt on Atlas’s head.

Honorable Mention:

The fatal four way women’s tag team title match at WWE Starcade that saw The Kabuki Warriors defend their championships against Charlotte and Becky, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, and The Boss and Hug Connection was a really good match that saw The Kabuki Warriors survive another day. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express shocked the world on this week’s season finale of NWA Powerrr defeating The Wild Cards (Thomas Latimer & Royce Isaacs) to become 9 time NWA Tag Team Champions. On AEW Dynamite, Pentagon Jr took on Christopher Daniels in a match that Daniels almost took, but a distraction by Fenix would prove fruitful for Pentagon Jr.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 11/22 to 11/28/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyWe are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was an amazing week of wrestling especially in the WWE. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match.

NXT TakeOver: WarGames (11/23/2019)

https___specials-images.forbesimg.com_imageserve_5dd9fc572c886a0007eceb66_960x0This was an amazing night of wrestling and it all kicked off with the first ever Women’s WarGames match. The match featured Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, and Kay Lee Ray took on Rhea Ripley, Candice LaRae, Tegan Nox, and Dakota Kai. Well , it was supposed to be Dakota and Tegan, but Dakota had her heel turn and took Tegan and herself out of the match. She essentially made it a 4 on 2 match and despite the odds, Rhea found a way to win the match pinning Shayna Baszler. The men’s WarGames match was even more exciting as it was the Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong) who took on Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and their mystery fourth member who turned out to be Kevin Owens. The match featured some amazing moments from guys like Lee, but it was that final moment that took your breath away as Ciampa dropped Cole from the top of the cage through a table.

WWE Survivor Series 2019 (11/24/2019)

221_SUR_11242019aw_3806__2250db17ccac9a8f6f30c51a1abd1663.0What should have been the second consecutive amazing night for the WWE kind of fell short. None of the traditional 5 on 5 on 5 matches deserve to be up here, but two matches do. The first match saw Adam Cole having to defend his NXT Championship against Pete Dunne who won the opportunity the night before. Despite being battered and bruised up, these two gave everything they had including an incredible Panama Sunrise from Cole to Dunne on the outside apron. The other match that I thought was great was the match that saw NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong take on WWE United States Champion AJ Styles and WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The match went back and forth and Shinsuke shined in this match despite taking some bumps including a styles clash that saw Roddy come out of nowhere as he proceeded to throw AJ out of the ring and he took the pinfall for the win.

WWE RAW (11/25/2019)

20191125_RAW_AJR6d45b783049902aa3eaa-1024x576It was a weird night on RAW and the two redeeming matches of the night was the Fatal 4 way to decide the man who would face AJ Styles for the WWE United States Championship as Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and Randy Orton all did battle. Rey would get the best of Ricochet with a roll up for the win and it was up to him to get the job done against AJ. AJ was punishing Rey through out the match attacking Rey’s knee, but after Rey successfully hit the 619 on AJ, AJ’s momentum carried him into the referee who went down. This allowed Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to come in and attack him, but thanks to Randy Orton clearing the ring and hitting AJ with an RKO, Rey was able to win the title. The other match of the night that was good was the match between Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens which happened thanks to Owens delivering a stunner to Seth at the beginning of the show. The match did wonders as it helped possible set up a heel turn for Seth with maybe A.O.P. (Authors Of Pain)?

NXT On USA (11/27/2019)

20191127_NXT_FinnCiampa_P2--8f5292dd2c7816b573f46aa972ea1dc7This week’s episode of NXT wasn’t a terrible one, but it had a couple of memorable matches on the card with the first one being a NXT Tag Team Championship match that saw The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish take on the team of Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic, but that would quickly change as Bobby Fish suffered an injury in the beginning moments that then saw Roderick Strong step in to do the match. It was an excellent match that went back and forth, but UE would take advantage of a distraction by Adam Cole to retain the titles. The other great match on the card was between Tommaso Ciampa and Finn Balor and there is no need to tell you how good the match was, but the ending is what is worth watching since Adam Cole once again made an appearance.

AEW Dynamite (11/27/2019)

Screen-Shot-2019-11-27-at-7.55.07-PM-360x200There were a lot of great moments in this episode of Dyanmite like the debut of The Butcher and The Blade or the Jerigoat, but there were also a lot of strange finishes to matches as well. Nonetheless, you knew the minute you saw that Kenny Omega had his rematch with PAC that it was going to be an amazing match and it indeed delivered. After escaping each other’s attempts at finishers, Kenny was able to pull off a win against the number one ranked PAC with a second crucifix pin. I had high hopes for Scorpio Sky who I think is a future star, but we also knew that there was no way he was walking away AEW Champion against Chris Jericho. After some amazing back and forth, Jericho was able to get the win with a lion tamer. What was great about this was the fact that Jon Moxley sort of confronted Jericho at the end of the match making us wonder if that match is on the horizon.

Honorable Mention:

Screen_Shot_2019_11_30_at_8.17.48_AMMance Warner and Jimmy Havoc had themselves one hell of a match on MLW Fusion that saw them leave the arena, go to Jimmy’s house and so much more in a falls count anywhere in Orlando match. The triple threat match between Damian Priest, Pete Dunne, and Killian Dane to decide the number one contender for the NXT Championship was great, but not better than the two WarGames matches. The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) vs Daniel Bryan from Survivor Series was a decent match and while I thought WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley vs NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler was a little too slow, it was definitely a lot better than most of the matches that night. Dakota Kai taking on Candice LaRae on NXT On USA had potential to be an excellent match, but the rivalry between these two will be far from over. On Thanksgiving, MLW had a special edition that feature Ross Von Erich take on Jacob Fatu for the MLW Heavyweight Championship and it was a really good match until the predictable heel turn of Filthy Tom Lawlor happened.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 11/15 to 11/21/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyWe are back again with another edition of The Top Matches of the week and this was a good week. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy your week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match.

WWE Smackdown On Fox (11/15/2019)

I was originally excited for Nikki Cross vs Sasha Banks, but due to outside interference, the match then saw Nikki team up with Sasha as well as Carmella and Dana Brooke to take on NXT’s Teagan Knox, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley, and Mia Yim in what was an impressive outing for NXT, but unfortunately Nikki Cross was able to pick up the win for Smackdown Live. The other good match from the night was the tag team match between Shorty G and Ali who were fighting to keep their spot on Team Smackdown against Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The match ended with G and Ali hitting a roll up German Suplex/450 splash combo for the win.

MLW Fusion (11/16/2019)

The match of the night for sure was the amazing battle between former MMA star Filthy Tom Lawlor and Dave Boy Smith Jr. which was also the main event. The match was divided into parts with Davey Boy dominating the beginning of the match proving that he had mat wrestling skills like Tom Lawlor and then there’s the second part where these two threw everything at each other, but in the end Lawlor got the best of the battle witha pinfall victory. This was unfortunately the only match worthy because I would have included Marshall Von Erich vs Ikuro Kwon, but the match ended after four minutes due to outside interference.

WWE RAW (11/18/2019)

The best match of the night in my opinion was the match between Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre who were throwing everything at each other throughout the whole match. Unfortunately after battling to end the second hour of RAW, the match was interrupted by Triple H and The Undisputed Era. The second best match that they should have let go till the end was Seth Rollins vs Andrade which was looking like a match of the night contender till there was outside interference and the match ended in a DQ win for Rollins. Humberto Carrillo vs Karl Anderson was great and it was helped a lot by Samoa Joe’s commentary and Buddy Murphy vs Akira Tozawa was also an great match to watch as well as Buddy Murphy did some amazing selling.

NWA Powerrr (11/19/2019)

Despite the fact that Jim Cornette’s commentary is atrocious, the night featured some decent matches with one that could have had great potential. That match that I am talking about is NWA World Champion Nick Aldis who took on veteran Trevor Murdoch which was going great and made Murdoch look strong until he slipped on the top rope and fell allowing Aldis to stick him into a cloverleaf. The best match of the night was the women’s match for sure as Thunder Rosa and Marti Belle took on Ashley Vox and NWA Women’s Champion Allysin Kay. Thunder dominated the match making a strong case for her getting a title match in the future and the match also featured the debut of former WWE Divas Champion Melina coming to the aid of Rosa and Belle.

NXT On USA (11/20/2019)

Adam Cole vs Dominik Dijakovic in a ladder match to determine who gets the advantage at WarGames is definitely the top of the list as Cole hung in with the big man. These two threw everything at each other from a Panama Sunrise from the top of a ladder from Cole to the feast your eyes, but it was Cole throwing Dijakovic through a ladder that allowed him to pick up the win. The other amazing match on the card was the Tag Team Classic between current NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) and former NXT Champions and legends The Revival. This match was non stop, edge of your seat action and I think it should be a match of the year contender for sure. Undisputed Era may have walked away with the win, but you can understand from this match why The Revival are one of the best tag teams in the game.

AEW Dynamite (11/20/2019)

This was actually an excellent episode from beginning to end with so many great matches. Nick Jackson ventured into singles action in a classic with Rey Fenix that ended with Fenix picking up the win after hitting a spinning muscle buster. Hikary Shida defeated Britt Baker DMD in a classic number one vs two contender match that even saw Britt suffer an injury to her nose during the match. Private Party went to war with The Proud and Powerful in what was a classic tag team match showcasing why AEW has a great tag team division. That Gin & Juice maneuver is something else and very effective.

Honorable Mention: 

The Question Mark and Aron Stevens vs Colt Cabana and Ricky Starks was a decent match, but it featured some great comedic moments between Question Mark and Stevens. Becky Lynch vs Rhea Ripley on NXT On USA was an amazing match until there was outside interference that ruined it in my opinion. The Viking Raiders vs The Forgotten Sons was a decent match, but not better than Undisputed Era/Revival. This was a tough one to put down here because it was entertaining, but Jon Moxley vs Darby Allin on AEW Dynamite just wasn’t the best match of the night.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 11/8 to 11/14/2019

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mr-x-top-5 copyIt has been a while since the last time I did The Top Matches Of The Week, but we are back in business again. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy youyr week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match.

AEW Full Gear (11/9/2019)

IMG_5787This might not have been the first pay per view for AEW, but it was definitely there first that was built up with a weekly show. The card was stacked with matches that had the potential to steal the show, but only two matches did that in my opinion with one being honorable mention. The night started out with an amazing slug fest between The Bastard PAC and Hangman Adam Page. At times, it looked like PAC was going to remain undefeated, but right in the end, Page was able to block PAC’s cheating ways en route to a win. The other match that was absolutely amazing, but in the end was absolutely insane was the Lights Out match between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega. These two put each through literal hell with a barbwired covered baseball bat, broken glass, a board with mouse traps, and even a barbwired bed, but when it was all said and done, Jon Moxley survived the insanity and was victorious.

NXT On USA (11/13/2019)

This was an interesting week for NXT because for the first time I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the product. I thought the opening match between WWE Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush and Angel Garza absolutely set the tone for the rest of the night that wasn’t really matched. These two went above and beyond showcasing why they are the top talent in NXT and why we should get a rematch. The next match on the list was a match between rising star Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Bronson Reed which was a nice mixture of speed and agility vs pure power. They didn’t have the match of the night, but Isaiah continues to impress me especially with the fact that it shows he can work with anyone no matter the size or weight difference. The last match on the list was the last match of the night as Io Shirai took on Mia Yim in a ladder match to determine who got the advantage at WarGames. The match started a little rough, but these two carried it for the remainder of the show and Mia Yim may have suffered the most damage as she not only suffered damage to her nose, but she was attacked by Kay Lee Ray and Shayna Baszler as Io climbed the ladder to victory.

AEW Dynamite (11/13/2019)

EJSqPrHXkAA1iAr-960x540On a night that featured short matches and great moments that build future rivalries, there were only two matches on the whole card that impressed me the most from AEW Dynamite. The rubber match between “The Bastard” PAC and Hangman Adam Page was almost just as good as their AEW Full Gear match and proved that these two can be exciting. PAC was his usual brutal self at the end of the match as he stomped away at Page’s head before putting on that Rings of Saturn like submission called the brutalizer for the win. The second match on the card that impressed me was the main event that saw AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevera take on AEW World Tag Team Champions SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky). Sammy Guevara put in a lot more work then Jericho did in the match, but it was competitive and Scorpio Sky continues to shine as he was able to get the pinfall victory over Jericho (the first time Jericho has been pinned).

Honorable Mention:

Cody Rhodes promised that if he didn’t beat Chris Jericho at AEW Full Gear, he would never challenge for the belt again. Unfortunately for him, MJF threw in towel and Jericho retained his championship. Riho had the tough task of taking on her teacher Emi Sakura and believe me this was close to ending up there because there was so much heart from Riho, but not quite there. Darby Allin was supposed to take on “The Chairman” Shawn Spears and The Librarian Peter Avalon in a triple threat match on AEW Dynamite, but thanks to Joey Janela’s interference it became a singles squash match for Allin who after the match accepted Moxley’s challenge for next week.