The Top Matches Of The Week: 8/16 to 8/22/19

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mr-x-top-5 copyAs I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Dave Turner vs Gregory Iron vs Atticus Cogar (Freelance Wrestling: Get Over Or Die Tryin 8/16/2019)

Freelance Wrestling were celebrating their 50TH ever show and they did it in style with so many matches, but one match stood out to me and that was a triple threat match that saw Dave Turner take on the only wrestler with Cerebral Palsey in Gregory Iron, and Atticus Cogar. For most of the match, Dave Turner used his size difference to his advantage as he was able to throw the other two around. Don’t be fooled though because Iron and Cogar showed us some impressive wrestling proving why they belonged in the squared circle. At one point though, it looked like Turner was ready to put things away as he was able to halt Iron who was sitting on the top turnbuckle. He picks up Cogar in a fireman’s carry position and proceeds towards Irons who he places on top of Cogar and delivers a Death Valley driver to both of them. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the pinfall and he would miss a splash attempt from the top that allowed Cogar and Iron to recover and eliminate him from the match as Cogar hit him with a shining wizard. Cogar tried to neutralize Iron, but he wasn’t phased as he nailed Cogar with handicap parking for the win.

Austin Aries Vs Ace Austin (MLW Fusion Ep. 71 8/17/2019)

ariesOne of the brightest young stars in the cruiserweight or as MLW puts it, the middleweight division in Ace Austin took on legendary competitor Austin Aries in a match. Aries was looking to use Ace Austin as a stepping stone to get closer to current Middleweight champion Teddy Hart while Ace was trying to prove that it was time to make way for the new. The match seemed pretty even for the most part as both men were throwing everything at each other, but at one point it looked like Ace had it in the bag. After getting too cocky, he gave Aries time to recover while in the tree of woe and Aries took advantage by hitting a jawbreaker. While recovering from the move, Ace panicked and pulled out his metal wand and it did it’s job as the referee Kevin Quinn, turned his back giving Ace enough time to hit a low blow, but unfortunately for him he couldn’t get the pinfall. Ace then tried charging at Aries, but he was met with a vicious forearm to which Aries followed up with his patent brainbuster which was all she wrote for Ace as Aries got the 1-2-3.

LA Park Vs Jimmy Havoc (MLW Fusion Ep. 71 8/17/2019)

la parkThis was a very interesting match that was on the card because this was a New York City street fight that pitted two member’s of Salina de la Renta’s Promociones Dorado as Jimmy Havoc took on “The Chairman” LA Park. From watching this match, you would never be able to tell that these two guys were teammates as they hit each other with everything from chairs to garbage cans. At one point, Jimmy Havoc was lying in the corner and LA Park set up the door in front of him to which he then proceeded to hit the door with a missile drop kick. Jimmy then did what Jimmy always does and he gets dark and he breaks out the staple gun to which he starts hitting LA Park with staples. After face planting LA Park against some steel chairs that were set up, Jimmy looked to be in full control and as he charged at Park, Park used all of his momentum and overhead tossed him right into the chairs. Park the sized him up and took his chance and nailed a giant spear right back into the chairs which was all Park needed to get the 1-2-3.

Cesaro Vs Samoa Joe (WWE RAW 8/20/2019)

joeLet me start off by saying that there were a lot of decent to good matches on this week’s episode of RAW, but the thing I was excited for is the King Of The Ring tournament. The WWE brought it back and it kicked off this week and the first match saw the “Swiss Cyborg” Cesaro take on the always deadly Samoa Joe. Cesaro literally came out swinging right from the start of the bell as he came flying in with a huge European Uppercut that stunned Samoa Joe, but Joe was able to kick out of the ensuing pinfall attempt. He managed to keep himself in the match despite all of Cesaro’s European Uppercuts and even his submission attempts. Finally at one point, Cesaro was frustrated as he couldn’t figure out how to put away Joe so he tried for the neutralizer, but Joe was able to counter and he then placed Cesaro right in the Coquina Clutch and that was all she wrote as Cesaro tapped out securing Samoa Joe a place in the very next round.

Daniel Bryan Vs Buddy Murphy (WWE Smackdown Live 8/20/2019)

buddy mAs the fans are desperately clamoring to figure out just in the hell has been responsible for what has happened to Roman Reigns, the situation has gotten a little out of control as Buddy Murphy has pointed fingers towards Rowan which has incensed Daniel Bryan and all of that has led to this week’s edition of WWE Smackdown Live as Bryan and Murphy locked up for the first time in what could be considered a dream match. While Murphy was holding his own in the match with Bryan, you had to wonder what kind of a factor was Rowan going to platy through out the match as Rowan did have a reason to be pissed. Nonetheless, there were times when you thought the veteran in Bryan was surely going to put away Murphy especially when he had locked in the Labell lock. As Murphy was desperately trying to make it to the ropes, Bryan was able to convert it into the rings of Saturn, but he would quickly lose momentum as he tried grabbing for the leg as well allowing Murphy to finally make it. Then finally on schedule, Rowan would get involved and he would prove to be a distraction for Bryan as he ate a superkick from Murphy and with his back turned, Bryan tried to roll him up for a pin, but Buddy kicks out. As soon as they rise to their feet, Daniel charges, but Murphy avoids it and hits with a high knee right to the chin and then Buddy does the impossible as he hits Daniel with the Murphy’s Law for the win.

Captain’s Challenge (205 Live 8/20/2019)

205You may be wondering what the Captain’s Challenge is and it was basically 205 Live’s version of a Survivor Series match where Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak and the number one contender Oney Lorcan were able to pick up to four teammates to do battle. Drew Gulak chose Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari, Angel Garza, and Mike Kanellis while Oney Lorcan chose Humberto Carrillo, Akira Tozawa, Jack Gallagher, and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. The match for a little while featured no eliminations until an accident allowed Mike Kanellis to score a pinfall over Akira Tozawa, but Jack Gallagher was able to get the rebound for his team as he knocked out Kanellis with a headbutt to even the odds. Tony Nese would then gain the advantage for his team when he was able to hit Gallagher with the Jig ‘n Tonic. We would see Oney Lorcan even the odds again by eliminating Tony Nese. Then it would be a while again before we saw another elimination as Team Gulak worked on Isaiah until Gulak was able to finally eliminate him with the cyclone crash. In pure frustration, Gulak would get himself eliminated after using a steel chair on Lorcan, but Lorcan would recover as he eliminates Daivari. Then an excellent matchup between cousins Carrillo and Garza would ensue as the two went back and forth, but Carrillo was the better man as he nailed Garza with a twisting splash for the win.

Honorable Mention:

There are a couple of matches from Raw that you can check out that were good and one of the is the main event that saw Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman take on the Raw Tag Team Champions The OC’s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The other match is the second King Of The Ring match that saw Cedric Alexander take on Sami Zayn. One match you should definitely check out is the King Of The Ring match between Andrade and Apollo Crews from Smackdown Live. On this week’s episode of NXT UK, Mark Andrews had a really good match against James Drake who is one half of the NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Another match to check out is the six man tag match from this week’s Ring Of Honor TV show that featured Villain Enterprises taking on Lifeblood.

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The Top Matches Of The Week: 8/9 to 8/15/19

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mr-x-top-5 copyWe took a little break from doing these top matches of the week and it was a much needed break. The landscape has been pretty bleak as far as top matches from the WWE were concerned which is in part the reason for the break. But as you all know, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in October. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Adam Cole Vs Johnny Gargano 3 (NXT TakeOver: Toronto 8/10/2019)

coleThe question going into any rivalry that heads into a rubber match is always how can we top the first two? The WWE/NXT and William Regal definitely set them up for success with the best two out of three falls match, but with stipulations (sort of like a 3 stages of hell match). The first stipulation of the match was chosen by Adam Cole and it was a straight up wrestling match. The first fall overall was in Johnny Gargano’s pocket as he was dominating Cole, but after a blatant low blow, Johnny lost it and hit Cole with a steel chair giving him the first fall. The second fall of the match was a street fight chosen by Gargano and he dominated the fall beating Cole up all over the arena and even put him through a table at one point, but it was a Gargano escape applied on to Cole that would even things up at one. The third and final stipulation was chosen by William Regal and it was a no escape barbwired steel cage match that saw them beat the hell out of each other with Kendo sticks, steel chairs, and even a sledgehammer. After surviving so much punishment, Adam Cole climbed to the top of a table on top the cage as he was trying to escape Gargano who had cut a piece of the barbwire, but it was one moment that would change it all. They were on top of the table and Johnny tried to hit Cole with the barbwire that was wrapped around his hand, but Cole blocked it and launched each other right into the tables waiting 20 feet below in the ring. Unfortunately for Gargano, that was all she wrote as Adam Cole is still NXT Champion.

Taichi vs Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 18 8/11/2019)

black memphistoWe all knew that at this point in the tournament that Tomohiro Ishii and Taichi were not going to be crowned the winners of the B block as Ishii came into the match with 8 points while Taichi had only 6 points. So, it’s safe to say that this match was all about ending the tournament the right way by saving face. These guys were throwing everything at each other but the kitchen sink as neither man refused to lose and it showed. At one point, Taichi tried for his patent Black Memphisto, but Ishii did his homework by countering it and then hitting Taichi with a huge lariat that you would think Taichi was out, but he kicked out of the ensuing pin attempt. Later on in the match, you were feeling that something had to give so Taichi attempted to end the match with a super kick, but Ishii blocked it. Unfortunately for Ishii, he didn’t see the enziguri coming, but never fear cause he shook that off like it was nothing. Shocked that it happened, Taichi was quick on his feet and he hit Ishii with a superkick that connected this time and allowed him to hit the Black Memphisto which was all she wrote as Taichi picked up as huge win to be a part of six way tie for fifth place.

Shingo Takagi vs Hirooki Goto (NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 18 8/11/2019)

shingoOne of my favorite Japanese superstars is the Dragon Shingo Takagi who has continuously impressed me in all of 2019. Unfortunately for Shingo, he didn’t have a lot of success in the G1 Climax tournament which was why he was also looking to save face as he entered the match with only six points. Now his opponent on the other hand, Hirooki Goto had a pretty decent tournament as he was in tie for first place with Tetsuya Naito, Jon Moxley, and Jay White. So in order for Goto to have a chances stay alive, he needed to beat Shingo, but that wasn’t going to be easy. They were throwing everything at each other in this match from suplexes to lariats as they were trying to take each others heads off. At one point, they were involved in a huge exchange with rights and lefts flying everywhere, but Goto thought he was going to have Shingo dazed with a headbutt. Unfortunately for him, Shingo returned with a huge lariat that helped setup the holy bomber that nearly took Goto’s head off and Shingo finished it all by hitting the last of the dragons for the win.

Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins (WWE SummerSlam 2019 8/11/2019)

rollinsI never thought in a million years that I would be putting a Brock Lesnar match into this category, but after what I saw you can’t deny it. Brock Lesnar was defending the WWE Universal Championship in the very hurt Seth Rollins and the question heading in was how much was Rollins going to be able to take from the beast with injured ribs? The match looked as if Brock was going to dominate again, but as soon as he went to hit that first German, Seth was able to land on his feet and he nailed Brock with a superkick. It dazed Brock a little, but Brock would soon go back to work on Rollins. Brock would then go on his rampage of hitting six German suplexes and an F5 before Rollins got his opportunity to strike and your damn right Rollins took advantage. Lesnar started clearing the Spanish announce table, but as soon as he turned to grab Rollins, he was met with a superkick that sent him lying on the table. Rollins would climb the ropes to the top of steel post and he connected with a huge splash. He would then hit Lesnar with a curb stomp, but Lesnar would kick out of the ensuing pin attempt. As soon as Rollins tried for a second curb stomp, Lesnar countered and attempted an F5, but Rollins would counter that with a superkick and then he finished off Lesnar with another curb stomp that secured the win.

Buddy Murphy Vs Roman Reigns (WWE Smackdown Live 8/13/2019)

buddyI was super excited for this week’s episode of Smackdown because it featured the first ever match featuring Buddy Murphy who is WWE’s best kept secret, but I am going to be honest with all of you. Knowing that I was excited for the match, I never thought it would end up here cause I figured it would be a total squash match for Roman, but Buddy brought the fight to the big dog almost right from the get go. After being launched into the opposite corner of the ring, Buddy comes full steam ahead and he nails Roman with a big knee shot that almost gets him the pinfall. For the most part Buddy held his own against Roman whether the fight ended up on the outside of the ring or back inside. At one point, I thought the WWE was going to allow Buddy to defeat Roman after a series of knee shots that found their mark and followed with a brain buster, but Roman would ultimately kick out. He would go on to hit a superman punch and he followed it up with a spear that put Buddy away for the 1-2-3. One thing is for sure, Roman knows who Buddy Murphy is that is for sure.

Ilja Dragunov vs Kassius Ohno (NXT UK 8/14/2019)

ohnoIlja Dragunov has been undefeated in NXT UK since he started with the British brand, but he was getting his real test when he took on the wrestling genius Kassius Ohno on this weeks episode. The match looked as if Ilja had this high octane adrenaline fueled ability that almost made him immune to attacks by Ohno in the beginning of the match because he seemed to have an answer for everything until Ohno was given the window of opportunity. Ilja made a mistake in the match which allowed Ohno to damage his left arm and from there Ohno was relentless, but much to Ilja’s credit he never gave up as well. Ilja had so many opportunities in the match to win, but the damage to the arm would come back to haunt him. He would nail Ohno with a German suplex into a pin cover, but he couldn’t hold on because of the arm. He would hit Ohno with a huge powerbomb into a cover attempt, but he couldn’t hold on because of the arm. Finally in the end, it was the genius of Ohno that would prevail as Ilja climbed the ropes, Ohno used the referee as a shield. He would do it long enough to give himself an opportunity to knock Ilja off the ropes into the steel post and on to the floor to which he followed up by throwing him against the steel post, and then proceeded to hit Ilja with a death by elbow to the back of the head which was enough to gain the win and hand Ilja his first loss.

Honorable Mention:

The NXT Tag Team Title match between the Street Profits (Champions) and The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish started off a little rough, but they definitely finished strong as the Street Profits retained. I know everyone was worried what type of a match was Trish Stratus going to have with Charlotte at SummerSlam, but that match was so good it almost ended up at the top. Drew McIntyre vs Cedric Alexander deserves some kudos as both men were able to put on a good show on RAW. The match between Ember Moon and Charlotte from this week’s Smackdown Live was good, but not amazing enough to end up int he top matches.

 

The Top Matches Of The Week: 7/19 to 7/25/19

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mr-x-top-5 copyAs I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs Caristico vs Negro Casas vs Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL 7/19/2019)

ligerJushin is one of the most legendary wrestlers to ever come out of Japan in my opinion and the man is currently on his retirement tour and he made a stop at CMLL in Arena Mexico for a match with Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero, and Caristico (the original Sin Cara) in a one fall match. At first it was looking like a tag team match as Ultimo Guerrero dominated the ring against Caristico and occasionally Negro Casas would help him out. It was until Jushin made his way into the ring that it was clear that it was supposed to be a fatal four way. Eventually at one point, it looked like Ultimo Guerrero had Caristico in the corner, but whenhe launched himself, Caristico moved out of the way just in time sending Guerrero to the outside. Right after this Caristico launched himself from inside the ring over the turnbuckle and onto Ultimo Guerrero with a huge cross body, but it took the both of them out of the match. Jushin took advantage by hitting Negro Casas with a kick to the stomach and he followed it up with a powerbomb which was enough for the 1-2-3 and the win.

Los Parks vs Wagners (MLW Fusion Ep. 67 7/20/2019)

la parkYou want to talk about two of the biggest names in the world of Mexican Lucha Libre then there are none bigger than the Los Parks (LA Park & El Hijo de La Park) and The Wagners (Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr.). Well that clash of families took place once again, but this time in a MLW ring as the two battled. The match was dominated by The Wagners in the beginning as they proved that there is no tighter bond than that of father and son. Eventually the Los Parks would have their shot at dominating the match proving that they can work just as well together. The rest of the match was an all out war as they literally threw everything they could at each other, but in the end one mistake proved fatal. LA Park was on the outside of the ring when Dr. Wagner Jr. hit him with a suicide dive that practically sent him into the front row. El Hijo de LA Park would then launch himself with a suicide dive of his own into Dr. Wagner Jr., but when Dr. Wagner Jr’s son tried to do the same thing, he went right into his own father knocking him right out of the match. El Hijo de LA Park would throw El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. back into the ring where he was met with a spear from LA Park and that was all she wrote as they got the 1-2-3.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Apollo Crews (Smackdown Live 7/23/2019)

kinshasaOne guy that I am certainly happy to see getting some in ring time is Apollo Crews for sure as he is a very talented wrestler especially after his match last week with Kushida. While RAW Reunion was an absolute dud in matches, Smackdown definitely tried picking up the slack by having him face WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The match was pretty even for the most part as both men were showcasing what they had, but at one point it looked like Shinsuke was about to put Crews away for good with a Kinshasa, but Crews was able to stop him in his tracks with a kick and then n Olympic slam out of nowhere. Unfortunately for Crews, it wasn’t enough to put him away so he tried climbing the ropes, but Shinsuke was there to put a halt to that and it ultimately lead to a Kinshasa that connected and allowed Shinsuke to get the win. It was a very good outing for Apollo, but he unfortunately couldn’t get the W, but I hope this is the beginning of more to come from him.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs Drew Gulak (205 Live 7/23/2019)

205 live 2Drew Gulak was looking for anyone to come knocking on his door from any where in the company and someone answered in the form of NXT Newcomer Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. This was going to be an interesting match considering that Gulak had mentored him down in Evolve Wrestling for many years. One thing was for sure in the beginning of the match and that is Swerve was not scared or intimidated by Gulak as he matched him move for move and dare I say controlled most of the beginning of the match. It wasn’t until Scott injured his right hand hitting Gulak in the skull that the tide began to change and Gulak had more control as he tried to pick up the arm and hand of Scott. After dishing out some further punishment, Gulak slapped on the Gulak (a modified camel clutch) that was punishing Scott every second that he was in it, but some how Swerve made it to the bottom rope to break the hold. Swerve tried to muster up a flurry of offense, but in the end the hand came back to bite him when it counted and Gulak was able to hit the Cyclone clash to help secure him the 1-2-3 and the win. This is a match of the week contender right and I can’t wait to see more from Swerve in the future.

Jordan Myles vs Angel Garza (NXT 7/24/2019)

jordan mylesIt’s the first match in the semifinals of the NXT Breakout Tournament and the match featured two of what I believe are the best left in the tournament as Jordan Myles took on Angel Garza. The match in the beginning looked like it was going to favor Jordan Myles until Garza pulled the ring apron out from under him, literally! It was such an awkward fall that you were left wondering what kind of condition was Myles going to be in for the rest of the match. Nevertheless, he never gave up and he kept moving forward eventually hitting Garza with a running discuss clothesline that allowed him to muster up some offense. After Garza missed Myles with a moonsault, he hit Garza with a series of moves that involved a kick to the head, a running discuss clothesline, and a huge German suplex into a pinning combination that Garza just couldn’t kick out of. Jordan was the big winner of the match and on his way to the finals.

Daniel Garcia vs Kevin Blackwood (Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory 7/24/2019)

bwutIn a record two minutes last week, “Red Death” Daniel Garcia shocked everyone when he pinned Discovery Gauntlet champ Christian Casanova, but this week he has a tougher challenge. Some time ago last year, Daniel Garcia and Kevin Blackwood were involved in a bad car accident that left the two in the hospital to recover. Now, the two are in the ring at the White Eagle Hall in Worcester, MA to do battle for the right to return the following week. These guys in the beginning of the match pulled out the big guns and they threw everything they had at each other, but neither would stay down or quit. I mean for most of the match, these guys were matching each other move for move like it was a give me your best shot contest. After several big time moves and kick outs, it looked like Kevin Blackwood was finally going to take this home as he started to slap on Just Like Heaven (STF), but he struggled to look in the final arm and Daniel Garcia took advantage and reversed it into a death shooter (Sharp Shooter). As soon as Daniel leaned all the way back, Kevin had no choice, but to tap out.

Honorable Mention

It was a rather slow week for wrestling in my opinion as far as great matches are concerned, but one match that deserves some mention is Leyla Hirsch vs Alex Reynolds from Beyond Wrestling’s 17TH episode of Uncharted Territory. Leyla fought her ass off in this match and proved that she has what it takes to hang with the boys. There was a match on Ring Of Honor TV this week that featured Dalton Castle, Jeff Cobb, Kenny King, and Jonathan Gresham and it was a pretty decent match. Lifeblood vs Villain Enterprises also deserves a mention from that night as well. If it hadn’t ended in a DQ for Davey Boy Smith Jr., his match with Alexander Hammerstone from this past week’s MLW Fusion would not be in this category.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 7/12 to 7/18/19

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mr-x-top-5 copyAs I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Josh Briggs Vs Anthony Greene (Evolve 131 7/13/2019)

agIt’s the tenth anniversary special from Evolve wrestling and what a way to start it off then two of the best in the indies in Josh Briggs and the Retrosexual Anthony Greene in our opening contest. For those of us that follow Indy wrestling, we know who these two are, but for those that don’t they were in for a treat as these two brought it right from the get go. Josh Briggs would use his size to his advantage for the beginning of the match and when he needed it later, it came in handy. Anthony Greene though was scrappy and he wasn’t going to let Josh walk away with an easy win as he did what any smart competitor does. He did his homework and for most of the match he worked on the once injured hip of Josh Briggs. We thought for sure at times that Anthony was some how going to steal a win, but Briggs wouldn’t quit as well and when the opportunity arose he took it in the form of a choke slam into a powerbomb that was all it took to declare Josh Briggs the winner.

Jeff Cobb vs Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 2 7/13/2019)

g1When you think of these two men, the words that pop into your head is that this is going to be one intense heavyweight battle between Jeff Cobb and the “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii and they did not disappoint. These two monsters of men were throwing everything they could at each other whether it be shoulder blocks by Cobb or some vicious slaps and forearm/elbow shots from Ishii that found their mark. It was truly a back and forth battle as both men were vying to get a 1st win in the G1 Climax 29 tournament. I mean they were literally throwing everything from dueling vertical suplexes, tons of exchanges like slaps and headbutts, and even more suplexes. At one point, Cobb would hit Ishii with a Urinagi suplex, but Ishii got right back up, countered the lariat, and hit Cobb with a dragon suplex. At one point, the action was just too much for Cobb who couldn’t hit his patent tour of the islands due to his back giving out and Ishii took advantage. They’d go through a few more exchanges that found Cobb hitting the mat and Ishii would follow up with a seated lariat and then a brainbuster that found it’s mark allowing Ishii to cover Cobb for the 1-2-3.

Kenny Omega vs Cima (AEW Fight For The Fallen 7/13/2019)

aewOut of all the matches that were on AEW’s Fight For The Fallen card, this was one of the matches that I wanted to see the most. It was hard to comprehend with all the experience that both Kenny Omega and Cima have that this was the first time these two would meet in action. This was also a match that had a lot riding on the line for both competitors in the match as Kenny was still looking for a singles win while Cima who trains all of the OWE wrestlers was looking to build off of his successful win over Christopher Daniels the month before. For the most part, it looked like Kenny had a gameplan as he attacked the knees of Cima, but after receiving a meteroa from Cima on top of the bell keepers table, Cima would be in control of the match. Despite receiving four more Meteroas during the match, Omega was not giving up. After knees to the back of the head and a tiger driver 98 from Omega, Cima would kick out, but unfortunately the one winged angel would put him away for good.

Cody Rhodes/Dustin Rhodes vs The Young Bucks (AEW Fight For The Fallen 7/13/2019)

aew 1There was a lot of tension in the air when this match went underway because even at home I could feel it as I watched Dustin and Cody Rhodes take on the Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks. The two teams definitely matched the tension with intensity as both teams brought it as when the match began Cody and Nick went move for move. It was when Dustin was tagged in that momentum shifted and they began teeing away on Dustin, but eventually in the match one mistake almost changed the complexity of the match when Matt went to bury his shoulder into Cody and instead caught the ring post. In turn, being the savvy veterans that they are, you can bet your last bottom dollar that Cody and Dustin went after that shoulder. Despite everything they tried though, they couldn’t put the Young Bucks away and the Bucks eventually rose to the occasion hitting stereo superkicks and a Meltzer driver to Cody that put the match away leaving the Young Bucks undefeated in AEW.

The Hart Foundation vs The Dynasty (MLW Fusion 7/13/2019)

mlwSome time ago, The Dynasty had stolen one of the tag team belts off of a member of The Hart Foundation so a challenge was issued for a ladder match and the challenge was accepted. So, it was Teddy Hart and Brian Pillman Jr. defending the tag titles against The Dynasty’s Richard Holiday and MJF in a ladder match. Questions were swirling around the Dynasty especially in MJF who seemed to be scared of climbing the ladder and eventually it showed as MJF at one point made Aria Blake climb the ladder for him because Holiday was indisposed of at the time and it backfired. The two teams continued to go to war throwing everything at each other including MJF going through a door. It looked like it was Pillman’s time to climb the ladder, but then Alexander Hammerstone came and interfered in the match. Even though Davey Boy Smith Jr came down to even the odds, it wasn’t enough. Both Richard Holiday and Brian Pillman Jr. climbed the ladder, but Aria Blake would prove to be a worthy distraction as Holiday disposed of Pillman by hitting him with a chair. As Pillman hit the mat, Holiday reached out and grabbed the belts.

Kenta vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 3 7/14/2019)

kenta 2A match with a lot riding on the line as far as respect is concerned as the one common thread between Kenta and Hiroshi Tanahashi is Katsuyori Shibata. Shibata helped Tanahashi get into to shape to win last year’s G1 Climax tournament and he was here to do the same for Kenta this year. Tanahashi was in full control of the match when it started, but made the mistake of bringing the fight to the outside where Kenta took over. Throughout the match, Kenta was really stepping up his striking game with Tanahashi to the point that if looked like Tanahashi was about to have the advantage, Kenta was able to shut it down with a flurry of kicks. At one point in the match, it looked like Tanahashi was going to win the match with his flurry of sling blades and a huge cross body from the top rope that sort of landed, but on his last attempt at a splash from the top rope, Kenta was able to get his knees up. Kenta would follow it up with a PK and then his patent GTS (Go To Sleep) that left Tanahashi seeing stars as Kenta got the 1-2-3 and his second win of the tournament.

Aleister Black Vs Cesaro (WWE Extreme Rules 2019 7/14/2019)

pZx_U0cFIf there was ever physical evidence as to why two men should be at the top of the food chain in the WWE, then last night at WWE Extreme Rules Aleister Black and Cesaro provided said evidence. It was the first singles match in Aleister Black’s WWE PPV career and he asked for someone to knock on his door and the Swiss Cyborg did just that and the end result took your breath away. The match started with Black looking like he was in full control until Cesaro was able to dump him to the outside. Cesaro would then nail what had to be the move of the match with a springboard European uppercut that hit it’s mark. Cesaro brought the fight to Aleister, but Aleister held it together with his martial arts strikes. The other wow moment of the match once again belonged to Cesaro who took a Meterora attempt and turned into another Euro uppercut. After trading strikes back and forth, Aleister out of nowhere hits the black mass and gets the win. One thing will be said, Cesaro definitely proved in this match that he deserves to be a champion.

Chad Gable Vs Jack Gallagher 2 (WWE 205 Live 7/16/2019)

205 liveThe first battle between Gentleman Jack Gallagher and Chad Gable was absolutely tremendous even though the match ended in a count out victory for Gable. I suppose that the result was eating away at the both of them as they wanted to prove who was the better man so on this week’s episode of 205 Live, they battled for a second time. Much like the action in the first fight, these two started the match going hold for hold and move for move as they tried to one up each other, but then the action heated up when Gable began focusing on the ankle and knee of Gallagher, but it didn’t phase him as they continued to go to war. At one point the action heated up as Gable went to the top to try and moonsault, but Gallagher was able to get his feet up just in time to catch Gable right on the chin sending him to the far corner where Gallagher then answered with an amazing missile drop kick. Gallagher then set up Gable right on the top turnbuckle where he proceeded to climb where he was looking to suplex Gable, but as soon as the two were in the air, Gable was able to readjust to hit a splash that sent Gallagher reeling. Gable being the professional that he is proceeded to grab Gallagher and he delivered a punishing rolling German suplex that was enough to secure the win for Chad Gable.

Honorable Mention:

I’m throwing in here, the match between Jay “Switchblade” White and Hirooki Goto from G1 Climax 29 Night 2 because what started as a war of words outside of the ring turned into an absolute war inside the ring. The triple threat tag team match that saw Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy vs The Dark Order vs Angélico and Jack Evans was a terrific match, but at times it looked like Dark Order struggled and the Marko Stunt spot was just lame in my opinion. I am putting Liv Morgan vs Charlotte Flair on WWE Smackdown for a reason and that is I am proud of Liv’s performance tonight. She has stepped up her game and I can imagine great things from her in the future. I’m adding Matt Riddle vs Drew Gulak from Evolve: 10TH Anniversary Special because it was a great match that had kind of a predictable ending.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 7/5 to 7/11/2019

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mr-x-top-5 copyAs I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Kenta Vs Kota Ibushi (NJPW G1 Climax 29 Opening Night 7/6/2019)

kentaThis was going to be one hell of a match and an interesting one because it was the first time since Kenta had left the WWE/NXT and the first time in over a decade I believe that he had fought in a New Japan ring. The other interesting note about this match is that his first opponent back in Kota Ibushi was also a master of striking with a history in Kickboxing. For most of the match, Kenta had slowed down the pace and he was in full control as he showed Ibushi why he was a master of striking himself. It also just seemed that no matter what Ibushi tried to do that Kenta always had an answer for his onslaughts. At one point in the match, Kenta was looking to put away Ibushi with the GTS, but Ibushi was too aware of his attempts and he would have a counter. At one point, both men were so determined that they tested each others fighting spirits by trading forearms and kicks, but Kenta got the best of the exchange with a high kick strike to the head. Kenta then proceeded to hit Ibushi with four straight foot strikes to the head, but that didn’t put away Ibushi. Kenta didn’t lose his composure as he lowered his knee pad, picked up Ibushi in a fireman’s carry position, and nailed the GTS which was the it factor of the match that gave Kenta the win.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada (NJPW G1 Climax 29 Opening Night 7/6/2019)

okada 2When you think of legendary rivalries in the world of professional wrestling, you think of Ric Flair vs Sting, you think of Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels, and if you’re a fan of NJPW you definitely think of Okada vs Tanahashi. It’s the equivalent of the Lakers vs the Celtics in Japan and it definitely didn’t disappoint in Dallas as both men threw everything they had at each other. For a little while, it looked like Tanahashi was in well control of the match after nailing a dragon screw leg whip that allowed him to have control of most of the match. However, Okada never gave up and he came so close in so many instances to ending the match with the rainmaker, but Tanahashi stayed int he game. Eventually, Okada showed us why he is the IWGP Heavyweight Champion as he was able to nail the tombstone pile driver again and then he followed it up with the rainmaker that led to the 1-2-3 and the first victory of this long tournament.

Taya Valkyrie vs Rosemary vs Su Yung vs Jessicka Havok (Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVII 7/7/2019)

monster's ballBefore I say anything about the match itself, the women of Impact Wrestling should be proud of themselves for the match that they put on because it was more exciting than a lot of the men’s matches. I mean this was a Monster’s Ball Match and they were getting hardcore with ladders, chairs, tables, thumbtacks, garbage cans, etc. Taya was a little worried heading into the match, but she held her own against some of the deadliest women in Impact Wrestling. Some of my favorite moments in the match were moments like Taya using a staple gun to staple an 8×10 of herself to Su Yung’s head, Jessicka Havok tying up Taya in the tree of woe and then delivering an elbow drop onto a chair, or how about Taya being in the tree of woe with Rosemary and Su Yung above her and she still manages to suplex them into a ladder. After putting Rosemary through a table, Taya waited for Jessicka to hit a super tombstone on Su Yung into thumbtacks for her time to strike. As soon as it happened, she saw Jessicka cover Su Yung for the pin, but Taya struck just in time by throwing a chair at Jessicka’s head to which she proceeded to cover Su for the win as she retained her Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship.

Tessa Blanchard vs Sami Callihan (Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVII 7/7/2019)

slammThere was a lot of significance in this match as I believe it was the first intergender match to headline Slammiversary as Tessa Blanchard took on “The Draw” Sami Callihan. The match started out exactly the way you thought it would with Tessa trying her best against Callihan, but he was just way too much at times as it looked like he was enjoying the fact that he was inflicting pain. Anytime that it looked like Tessa may be gaining any advantage, Callihan was quick to end it with just unfiltered brutality and you could hear the effects of the moves in Tessa’s cries, but she never gave up. At one point, it looked like Tessa may have a chance as she nailed Sami with a low blow and then the baseball bat to the stomach. She proceeded to hit Sami with the Magnum, but Sami kicked out  and she transitioned it into a crossface, but he was able to escape. Sami would retaliate with a package piledriver, but Tessa kicked out of the ensuing pinfall attempt. Tessa would rise to her feet to give Sami the thumbs down, but he didn’t take it lightly and he hit Tessa with another piledriver, but this one did the job as he got the 1-2-3 for the win.

Josh Briggs v Ethan Page (Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Ep. 15 7/10/2019)

briggsAfter having faced Joey Janela the week before, Briggs was back in action this week while on the road to Americanrana 19 where he will John Hennigan (a.k.a. Johnny Impact) one on one, but this week he faces one half of the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions in “All Ego” Ethan Page. For the most part of the match, Ethan dominated the match as he targeted the hip, back, and shoulder of Josh Briggs. No matter what Josh tried to do, it always seemed like Ethan would have an answer for him and he almost walked out with a win after hitting the Iconoclasm which he followed up with an elbow, but Briggs kicked out. The t went back an forth for a bit before Briggs was able to counter a powerbomb with a hurricanrana. He saw that the opportunity was there and as soon as Page got up, Briggs once again hit him with a chokeslam and he covered him for the 1-2-3. This matchwas definitely the highlight of the episode for me as Briggs once again prove how awesome he is.

Honorable Mention:

If you want to see a classic wrestling match in it’s purest form then you have to watch Zack Sabre Jr. vs Sanada from the opening night of the G1 Climax 29 in Dallas, TX as these two put on a show. I want to stick the rest of the Slammiversary card from Impact Wrestling here on the honorable mention list because there were a lot of really good matches on the card. Ricochet took on both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (at separate times) and had a decent match on RAW. It wasn’t quite match of the week material, but it was close as Shinsuke Nakamura earned a huge win over WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor on Smackdown Live. I also wanted to include Oney Lorcan and the brawl that he had with Ariya Daivari on 205 Live cause these guys got mean with each other. One match from Beyond Wrestling’s Uncharted Territory Episode 15 that you should check out is the Hardcore tag team match that saw Bear Country take on Kyle The Beast and Jimmy Lloyd.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 6/28 to 7/4/2019

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mr-x-top-5 copyAs I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Villain Enterprises vs Mark Haskins, Tracey Williams & PJ Black (Ring Of Honor Best In The World 2019 6/28/2019)

pcoOne of the most impressive units in all of Ring Of Honor may just be that of Villain Enterprises which is comprised of Marty Scurll, Brody King, and the monster PCO. In all of there defenses of the Ring Of Honor Six Man Tag Team Titles, they have been successful as they are well on their way to breaking The Kingdom’s record, but there is one team that stood in their way and that was 2/3rds of Lifeblood in Tracey Williams and Mark Haskins who teamed with PJ Black. For the most part, the match was pretty even with both teams trying to one up each other in the beginning and then it was all out war as they threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other. I mean even PCO was attempting backflips everywhere he had a chance to which was how crazy the match was. At one point in the match, PJ Black had a chance to put away Marty Scurll, but when he attempted the back flip from the top rope, Marty was waiting with his boots up. Brody King would enter the ring and he would deliver a gonzo bomb to PJ and PCO would finish him off with a back flip from the top rope to secure the 1-2-3.

Jon Moxley vs Joey Janela (AEW Fyter Fest 6/29/2019)

dean6The match was officially a non sanctioned match which means that AEW was not accepting liability for what was going to happen in this match and it’s a good thing that they didn’t because this match was brutal. These guys used everything that was underneath the ring from steel chairs, steel chairs wrapped in barbwire, tables, boards wrapped in barbwire, a ladder, and even more tables. Both men at one point were just beaten, broken, and bleeding as they endured whatever they through at each other, but at one point, Moxley had had enough of the Bad Boy. He went underneath the ring and he brought a bucket into the ring and inside the bucket was a bag and guess what was inside that bag? If you guessed thumb tacks then you obviously know what a hardcore match is. The only problem is that Moxley proceeded to remove Janela’s shoes and his socks to drive him into the thumb tacks. Janela almost avoided it at one point, but Moxley picked him up like he was going to suplex him into it and just drove his body right into it. Then he picked up Janela and drove his feet into the thumb tacks before delivering a paradigm shift into the thumb tacks to get the 1-2-3.

Robbie Eagles vs Will Ospreay (NJPW Southern Showdown 6/29/2019)

crfnL2vwOne of the most intriguing matches of the Southern Showdown card was the one between Bullet Club member Robbie Eagles and IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay. The two had met on three previous occasions with Robbie having the advantage with two wins over Ospreay with the last one being a controversial win thanks in large part to El Phantasmo. The match was everything that it was cracked up to be with both men just throwing everything at each other, but the complexion of the match changed when Robbie took advantage of a knee injury Ospreay suffered during the encounter. Robbie did his best to take advantage of it, but Ospreay wouldn’t go down and it worried El Phantasmo to the point that he got involved in the match, but Eagles wasn’t going to allow Phantasmo to make a difference and it cost him. Ospreay eventually after not putting away Eagles with a shooting star press, resorted to hitting the blade and then finished off the match with the stormbreaker that got him the 1-2-3. I don’t know what Robbie’s future is in the Bullet Club, but I’m sure El Phantasmo will have something to say.

Honorable Mentions:

I honestly believe that one of the top Mexican wrestlers in the world is none other than Rush who is undefeated in Ring Of Honor and had one heck of a match on the kick off show with Flip Gordon at Best In The World 2019. One match from AEW Fyter Fest that deserves some recognition for sure was the women’s triple threat match between Nyla Rose, Riho, and Yuka Sakazaki because these women through everything they had at each other and it was entertaining. A match to check out especially if you have Independent Wrestling TV, you should check out WWR (Women’s Wrestling Revolution) Let Them Eat Cake and the match between Terra Calaway and Leyla Hirsch in what was a classic David vs Goliath match. Ricochet vs AJ Styles from this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw definitely deserves an honorable mention, but mainly because the end results was a heel turn move for The Club. The last match for this list is the match between Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Cameron Grimes which I thought was a really good match, but it didn’t top Joaquin Wilde vs Angel Garza match.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 6/21 to 6/27/2019

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mr-x-top-5 copyAs I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Tessa Blanchard vs Jake Crist (Impact Wrestling 6/21/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-21_221132_www.twitch.tvMuch like the WWE, it’s hard to find anything to be happy about when it comes to Impact Wrestling, but despite all of the hiccups the product seems to be getting better. One of the things the company does right usually is their Impact Knockouts division and one of my favorites is Tessa Blanchard who took on Jake Crist of OVE in a rare intergender match. Jake was instructed by Sami Callahan to get a victory over Tessa who interjected herself into their business the week before, but Tessa came out of the gates hot hitting Jake with some vicious forearms before launching herself not once, not twice, but three successful suicide dives. Unfortunately her advantage didn’t last long as Jake Crist was just vicious in the ring with her especially when he was raking her face with his forearm. Eventually, she would fight back and she got her opportunity when she climbed the ropes and she nailed Crist with the magnum. That was all it took as she covered him for the 1-2-3 and believe me Sami Callahan was not happy.

Rush & Bestia Del Ring vs Ángel De Oro & Niebla Roja (CMLL LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6/21/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-22_165809_www.youtube.comAs you all know in CMLL, every match is fought in a best two out of three falls match and the first few falls are usually very short in time frame. Ring Of Honor sensation Rush and his partner Bestia Del Ring took on the brothers Ángel De Oro (Miguel Chavez) and Niebla Roja (Sergio Chavez) in the Gran Final De La Copa Dinastias 2019. The first fall was very quick in where Rush started the match early by attacking the others and got the first fall after hitting a missile dropkick in the corner to Niebla Roja with Bestial hitting a senton bomb against Ángel De Oro. The second fall saw them take them to the outside where they each fought their opponents in the stands. They continued to beat on them when they returned on to the ring, but soon paid when they were distracted allowing Ángel  and Niebla to get back in the match with three straight suicide dives through the middle rope. Rush and Bestia would eventually drop the second fall when Rush was disqualified for using the camera wires. The two teams would go back and forth for the third fall trading advantages, but it was a powerbomb from the middle rope that Bestia delivered to Niebla that eliminated him from the match. They would try the same thing to Ángel, but he would reverse it into a huricanrana to eliminate Bestia. After going back and forth, a controversial finish would win the match for Ángel and Niebla. Ángel would deliver a low blow and turn it right into a roll up for the 1-2-3.

Aerostar Vs Teddy Hart vs Lowrider vs Daga (WrestleCircus Big Top Revival 6/23/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-23_235535_www.twitch.tvWhen it’s a lucha libre rules match and you see that Daga is on the card then you know you  are going to get one heck of a match. Add the veterans Aerostar and Teddy Hart and mix them in with a fresh face like Lowrider and this is a contest. The action was heavy and it was fast as these guys threw every thing they had at each other and one of my favorite spots was the multiple tope suicidas and back flips off the ropes and to the outside from each of the participants in the match. After surviving one heck of a Canadian Destroyer from Teddy Hart, Daga was able to get back into the match thanks to Lowrider hitting Teddy with a springboard cutter. Daga eventually began to duke it out with Lowrider eventually nailing him with an scoop slam piledriver before executing an underhook into a codebreaker of sorts that was enough to pick up the win and he got the three right before Teddy Hart was able to stop it. All the men in the match deserved a round of applause including Aerostar who was returning from a a bad injury just the week before.

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs The New Day (WWE Stomping Grounds 6/23/2019)

072ecd9de0d7b146-600x338I went into this PPV with absolutely no expectations whatsoever and out of all the matches on the card, this one came out of nowhere. The tag team match saw Kevin Owens and his best friend Sami Zayn take on The New Day’s Big E and Xavier Woods ina grudge match of sorts. The match started and it almost looked as if KO and Zayn were going to take it early as KO eliminated Big E out of the picture temporarily with a superkick. He followed it up with three straight superkicks to Xavier and followed it with a senton from the top, but Xavier kicked out. Zayn tried a blue thunder bomb, but Xavier kicked out so he tagged KO back in. Kevin then tried to hit a frog splash, but Xavier kicked out and Big E finally made his way back onto the apron. The duo began working on Woods for most of the match before he was able to tag Big E into the ring. There was a lot of action as they never led off of the pedal. Eventually after several tags, Xavier was in the ring with Kevin and he tried climbing the ropes for a high risk maneuver, but Kevin was quick to knock him off it and when he got up, Kevin hit him with the stunner to get the 1-2-3. If you watch any match from that night make sure this is one of them.

Ricochet Vs AJ Styles (WWE RAW 6/24/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-25_110056_loangovernment.comJust from the two names that you see this match already should have been a match of the week contender, but the WWE always finds ways to screw things up and they almost did. Ricochet had won the US title from Samoa Joe the night before and now 24 hours later was in a match with AJ Styles who was returning from injury. When the match first started, it was actually fun to watch as each competitor was trying to one up each other, but then all of a sudden here comes Gallows and Anderson to screw up a perfectly good match. AJ then kicks out the duo after they tried tripping up Ricochet and when the match returns from commercial break, it has been restarted. Most of the match, it just seemed that AJ was always a step ahead of Ricochet and that is just the veteran in him, but it got serious as Ricochet was matching him move for move. At one point, Ricochet was able to hit a springboard moonsault, but he failed to get the 1-2-3 as AJ kicked out. At that point that is when he set himself up for a 630, but AJ was quick to get out of the way eventually nailing him with a forearm and then he topped it off with a phenomenal forearm to get the 1-2-3. I look forward to whatever lies in the future for these two.

Io Shirai Vs Shayna Baszler (NXT 513 6/26/2019)

One of the best rivalries going in NXT has to be the one between NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler and Io Shirai. For Io Shirai, it all came down to this steel cage match which happened to be the first in NXT history for women and that is because out of two chances at the championship, Shirai has already failed twice. Shayna at first in the match was the smarter competitor as she targeted the body parts she needed in case of submission and she used the steel cage as a weapon while Io was always trying her high flying techniques. Io finally came to her senses eventually in the match and started using the cage as well and boy did she use it. At one point, Shayna delivered her patented Kirifuda Clutch submission to get Io away from the cage, but as Shayna climbed Io quickly got back up and did a German suplex from almost the top of the cage. That put Baszler out for a bit and that is when Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir came to ringside to guard the door preventing her from escaping. So, she climbed the cage and that is when Shafir followed, but Candice LaRae came to the rescue and eliminated the horsewomen while Io delivered a Moonsault from the very top of the cage that connected with Baszler. Unfortunately as she tried to crawl her way out, she was met with another Kirifuda Clutch, but as she used the cage door to get Baszler off of her, it only knocked Baszler to the ring floor helping her retain her championship.

Chris Dickinson vs Matthew Justice (Uncharted Territory Ep. 13 6/26/2019)

dickinson“Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson should have his own column here on Top Matches because the man brings it week in and week out with amazing matches. As he gears up for his big match against Daisuke Sekimoto at Americanrana 19, he has asked for the best talent around and Matthew Justice, a journeyman of indy wrestling answered the call. It looked like another easy match for the dirty daddy until Justice introduced some chairs and things went hardcore in this no DQ match. Justice would get a window of opportunity as Dickinson was trying to perform the Memphis piledriver on the apron, Justice reversed it with a back body drop and in turn Dickinson hurts his elbow on the way down. Then the holy shit moment happened because Justice got too cocky. Both men were on the outside of the ring and Justice looked to be in full control as he took a door from underneath the ring and set it up at the ring bell table. As they made their way to the stage at The White Eagle in Worcester, Dickinson was able to reverse it and he delivered a Pazuzu bomb (Razor’s Edge) on to the door. Despite this, Justice would kick out of the ensuing pin attempt to stay in the match and he would kick out again after a death valley driver onto a chair. Dickinson then traveled to the outside and he pulled out a door from underneath the ring, but this time Justice delivers a death valley driver onto the door, but Dickinson kicked out. As Justice climbed the ropes, Dickinson quickly rose up and met him at the top to deliver a power bomb of sorts which was the final nail in the coffin as Dickinson was able to get the 1-2-3.

Honorable Mentions: 

One of the matches that is worth a mention was the first round match of the NXT Breakout tournament match between Angel Garza and Joaquin Wilde. The match showed what both men could do and what lies ahead for the future of NXT which is promising. The next match on the list would be the WWE United States Championship match at WWE Stomping Grounds between Ricochet and the champ at the time Samoa Joe. It was a match that featured contrasting styles, but in the end it was pretty entertaining. At WrestleCircus Big Top Revival, the match between Tessa Blanchard and Scorpio Sky may not have gone the way I wanted it to, but Tessa Blanchard is awesome and deserves a watch. The last match on the honorable mention list is from episode 63 of MLW Fusion that saw the debut of the Von Erich brothers (Marshall and Ross) as they teamed with Filthy Tom Lawlor to take on Contra Unit (Jacob Fatu, Simon Gotch, and Josef Samael) in what was an all out war.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 6/14 to 6/20/2019

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mr-x-top-5As I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

TJ Perkins vs Adam Brooks (PCW ULTRA Mind Crawler 6/14/2019)

tjpNow that TJ Perkins is free from the WWE, he can go and roam and be where ever he wants to be which includes coming home to PCW ULTRA for their event Mind Crawler. In his return match, TJ Perkins was taking on Adam Brooks for a shot at being the number one contender for the PCW ULTRAlight Championship. The match started off with each man showing each other up, but things quickly got serious. Ity looked as if Adam Brooks was going to be in control of the match as the huge blockbuster he nailed took a little bit out of TJP. Unfortunately for Brooks, that didn’t stop TJP from mounting a comeback with his high flying style of wrestling. At one point, it looked like TJP was going to put it away early, but while on the wrong side of the ropes, Brooks was able to climb up and nail a meteora on the ring apron. Due to this, Brooks injured his knee in the process and it slowed him down because when it came time for the swonton dive from the top, he gave TJP enough time to recover and he placed his knees up as Brooks came down and TJP finished it with the disaster kick to get the win.

Rush Vs Jay Lethal Vs Jeff Cobb Vs PCO (Ring Of Honor TV 6/14/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-19_112448_loangovernment.comYou can always count on Ring of Honor to bring you some of the most exciting matches around and they did just that this week on their TV tapings with a four corner survival match that featured the number one contender to Matt Taven’s ROH World Championship in Jeff Cobb taking on Rush, former ROH Champion Jay Lethal, and the freak known as PCO. This was a wild and crazy match where each wrestler sort of had their spot and PCO deserves a lot of credit being able to hang with the young guys as he begged them to do a suicide dive through the ropes at him. There was a lot of action in the match, but at one point, PCO was able to hit a pop up powerbomb to Jay, but Cobb was able to break up the pin count. Cobb follows that with delivering a brainbuster and then a standing moonsault on to PCO, but Rush was able to stop the pin count. Rush superkicked Cobb and delivers an overhead belly to belly suplex into the corner, but Jay Lethal is able to intercept. Eventually after PCO missed a moonsault from the top rope onto the ring apron, Lethal was able to get to Cobb, but Kenny King came down and distracted him allowing Cobb to hit the tour of the islands for the big win.

Puma King Vs Sammy Guevera vs Myzteziz Jr. (Gira Conquista 2019: Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide at Cancún 6/15/2019)

A triple threat in Mexico? Why the heck not and the match features some amazing prospects like the young AEW signing Sammy Guevera taking on Myzteziz Jr. and the very curious character known as Puma King. The match was very typical of a AAA or Lucha Libre match with each guy showing how impressive they can be both in the ring and in the fly zone. At one point, it looked like Myzteziz Jr. was going to take thew win after hitting an impressive 450 splash on Puma King, but Sammy Guevera was there to interrupt the pinfall attempt. Later on in the match, Myzteziz Jr. thought Sammy was out of the picture so after hitting a moonsault, he went to cover Puma King, but Sammy climbed the ropes and hit a shooting star press on top of the both of them, covered em for the 1-2-3. After the match Killer Cross made his way down to the ring where he destroyed both the Puma King and Myzteziz Jr. while Sammy wanted no part of it. The match fetaured some impressive moments especially from Sammy Guevera who hit an impressive standing Spanish Fly and Puma King was impressive as well for a bigger guy.

Seth Rollins Vs Daniel Bryan (WWE Raw 6/17/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-19_104451_loangovernment.comThere is not a lot to be excited for when it comes to the WWE and I am not 100% sure that I wanted to include this match, but for a main event for Raw I’ll take it. The match originally saw Seth try to nail a second suicide dive through the second rope, but Erick Rowan caught him and slammed him ending the match. All hell broke loose with the Revival, The Usos, The New Day, and more showing up forcing the referee to ban everyone from ringside and to restart the match. The match was actually a decent one when it returned from commercial break as Seth was ion control for most of the match. Daniel had his chances as well, but the brilliance of Bryan was his ability to counter Seth and he did it a couple of times as he countered a step up enziguri into the LeBell lock and later on doing the same thing, but this time countering a five star frog splash into the LeBell lock. Unfortunately in the end, Seth was able to hit the step up enziguri and he followed it with a curb stomp that was all it took to put away Bryan. 

Ultimo Guerrero vs Terrible (CMLL LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6/17/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-17_235830_www.youtube.comAs is tradition in Lucha Libre, the matches are all best two out of three falls matches and usually each of the competitors seems to take one a piece before the definitive third fall. In an episode of CMLL from Puebla, Mexico, Ultimo Guerrero was taking on Terrible and he got his ass kicked for most of the 1ST fall before he was able to steal the fall with an interesting submission hold that I don’t know what to call. Terrible dominated the second fall before taking it to tie it up at one a piece and that is where the real action happened. Ultimo Guerrero had a lot to lose in this match especially when it seemed that the ref was pulling for Terrible. The last fall all came down to who was going to outsmart the referee as well and Ultimo did just that as he held on to the ropes for more added pressure to make sure Terrible did not kick out of that pinfall attempt as he succeeded in fooling the referee.

Dolph Ziggler vs Xavier Woods (Smackdown Live 6/18/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-19_103959_loangovernment.comAs I said for the match from RAW, it’s been very hard these days finding a good match to come out of RAW and Smackdown, but I had a feeling that Dolph Ziggler and Xavier Woods were going to bring it and they needed to after a sub-par promo session that happened before. The match started off with both men showing their amazing backgrounds in amateur wrestling as they jockeyed for an advantage. They would go back and forth in the match throwing everything they could at each other like an honor roll from Xavier or the zig zag from Dolph. At one point, I thought the match was done when Xavier lifted Dolph with a gorilla press, but chose to throw him down into a gutbuster. Unfortunately, he couldn’t put him away and Dolph ended up on the apron and that is when Xavier’s luck changed. Dolph proceeded to slam Xavier against the steel; post and followed it up with a superkick that connected. He throws him back in the ring where he hits Xavier with a zig zag, but he doesn’t cover him. He puts Xavier against the ropes where he tries to tie him up and then connects with a devastating superkick that was all he needed to get the 1-2-3.

Chris Dickinson vs Shane Mercer (Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Ep. 12 6/19/2019)

At Americanrana 19, the “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson will be taking on Daisuke Sekimoto in what should be a great match, but until then Dickinson has been asking for the baddest that Beyond Wrestling can give him. On this week’s episode of Uncharted Territory, he took on the “Iron Demon” Shane Mercer in what most think would be his toughest opponent to date. For most of the match these guys were throwing everything they could at each other including chops that were leaving both their chests looking pretty raw. At one point it looked like it could go either way as Dickinson hit Mercer with a lariat, but Mercer kicked out. Mercer would return the favor with a gorilla press into a fall away slam, but Dickinson kicked out. Dickinson would try for a Memphis piledriver, but Mercer kicked out at one. Mercer would then proceed to hit a spinning lariat, but it wasn’t enough to put Dickinson away. What was it going to take for either one of them to win. It would take a chop, a spining kick, and another Memphis piledriver as Dickinson came out on top.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 6/7 to 6/13/2019

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mr-x-top-5As I have said many many times and I’ll say it again there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

The Butcher & The Blade vs Slither (Beyond Wrestling Secret Show 6/9/2019)

This was the main event of the secret show at Ned Devine’s in Boston as The Butcher & The Blade (Andy Williams & Pepper Parks) took on Slither (Chris Dickinson & Joey Janela) in what would be an interesting match. The match was as expected as both teams traded advantages with Janela and Co. having the first until The Butcher & The Blade took over and went to town on poor Janela. It wasn’t until Janela was able to make the tag to Dickinson that business started to pick up. At point, it looked like B & B were about to steal a win when Williams suplexed Janela into double knees, but Dickinson was able to make the save. They rallied back with Janela hitting a stunner to Williams to which he followed it up with a package piledriver, and it was finished off with Dickinson hitting as piledriver of his own, but Parks was able to keep things alive for them. The save didn’t matter as Janela ended the match by hitting a German suplex and the rest was history. This was definitely one of the best matches on the card with Jay Freddie vs Tristan Thai being the other.

Kota Ibushi Vs Tetsuya Naito (NJPW Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall 6/9/2019)

operapictureThis was a much anticipated match between the IWGP Intercontinental Champion Kota Ibushi against the man he beat for the title at the G1 Supercard Tetsuya Naito. Tetsuya seemed to dominate the match for the most part while Ibushi was able to get some good shots in, but Naito consistently worked on Ibushi’s neck throughout the match. Then it happened around the 10 minute mark of the match when Naito dumped Ibushi right on his neck on the ring apron and it looked ugly. You were left saying that there was no way that Ibushi was going to get up from that, there was no possible way, but as Red Shoes count got closer to 20, Ibushi somehow willed himself back into the ring. There was no quit in Ibushi who immediately took a reverse huricanarana from the top rope and he still kicked out. Naito had a great game plan as no matter how many times Ibushi countered or kicked out of, he continuously worked on the neck and it eventually paid off when Naito was finally able to hit the destino to take the win and avenge his loss.  How Ibushi was able to walk away from this match I will never know, but that landing did look very ugly.

Dragon Lee vs Will Ospreay (NJPW Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall 6/9/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-10_210931_education-load.comThis was a match on the card that I was really looking forward to as per tradition the winner of the Best Of Super Junior Tournament usually challenges the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion which was the case as Will Ospreay fresh off his tournament win challenged his longtime friend and champion Dragon Lee. The match was as advertised with so many high flying high risk maneuvers that even air traffic control had a hard time keeping up. The amazing thing about the match is how well these two knew each other so it was hard for one of them to take full advantage. At one point, after failing to hit Dragon Lee with an aerial move, Dragon set him up on top of the barricade then proceeded to enter the ring and launch himself at full speed with a suicide spear that connected landing both men over that security barricade. At times, I couldn’t understand how Will was staying in the match whether it was taking double knees to the chest as he hung up side down against the steal post or having his tiger bomb reversed into an Canadian destroyer which was followed by a knee to the face. Despite all of this, he persevered being able to avoid Lee’s finisher by hitting the hidden blade, following it up with an Os Cutter, and ending it with the stone breaker for the 1-2-3.

The Usos Vs Ryder/Hawkins vs The Revival (WWE Raw 6/10/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-10_223942_loangovernment.comThere hasn’t been a lot to be excited for when it comes to the product that the WWE has been dishing out for a little while, but this is one match we can all agree on that needed to happen. I honestly do not remember the last time that Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins had defended the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship titles, but they were on this week’s episode of Raw against The Usos and The Revival in a triple threat match. It was a pretty even match with each team getting a shot in the ring, but the Revival were impressive as they picked and chose their spots and it definitely paid off. Jey Uso was in the ring riding the wave of momentum as he literally superkicked everyone from Zack Ryder to Curt Hawkins, but right as he climbed the top rope to do the signature splash, Dawson tagged Jey and as soon as Jey hit it, Dawson through him out of the ring and he covered Zack Ryder for the 1-2-3. It obviously wasn’t the best match of the week, but hopefully it’s a step in the right direction.

Chad Gable Vs Jack Gallagher (205 Live 6/11/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-12_153856_loangovernment.comSomeone in the WWE must have been listening to the podcast that I am on because we have been saying since episode 1 that the best move for Chad Gable was to be on 205 Live. Last night for the opening match, Jack Gallagher was waiting patiently in the ring to see who his opponent was when the music hit to reveal the former Olympian in what was truly a technical battle between the Olympian Greco-Roma style versus the catch style grappling that Gallagher performs. The match did not disappoint as both men tried to show each other up in a battle of wits. Gallagher would catch a break during the match when he sent Gable against the steel steps giving him an opportunity to take the advantage. At one point, it looked like Gable was going to slap the ankle lock, but Gallagher rolled through and sent him face first into the turnbuckle. He followed it up by throwing Gable into the ropes and follows it up with Lariat, but he couldn’t secure the pinfall. Both men eventually ended up on the outside of the ring where Gable would deliver a overhead German suplex that put Gallagher down. Unfortunately, Gallagher couldn’t make it back into the ring by the referee’s count of 10 making Gable the winner by count out.

Bear Country vs David Starr/Eddie Kingston (Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Ep. 11 5/12/2019)

The night was going to start with an open challenge for Bear Bronson of Bear Country, but much like the secret show in Boston, they were once again interrupted by David Starr. After trying to belittle them on the microphone, he accepted the open challenge against the both of them, but added the legendary Eddie Kingston who said he was now going by the name ACH as his tag team partner. The match started out with Bear Country dominating the match and with an undefeated record in Beyond Wrestling, the odds looked to be in their favor against first time partners. However with the amount of experience between the two of them, Starr and Kingston began to steal the show. Frequent tags, dirty tricks, and endless ring knowledge brought the advantage their way for most of the match. At one point, it looked like Bear Country had a glimmer of hope as Bear Bronson the climbed the ropes to get on Beefcake’s shoulders, but an outside distraction by Kingston allowed the two to eliminate Bronson from the picture so that they could work on Beefcake with dueling lariats with some superkicks thrown in for fun, and a German suplex into a bridge pin was all David needed to end their undefeated streak.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 5/31 to 6/6/2019

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mr-x-top-5As I have said the last couple of weeks, there is an abundance of wrestling at our disposal that it’s almost a dream come true because I remember being a teenager and wanting more wrestling than just the WWE and WCW because they were only on certain nights of the week. Now, we live in a world where you are getting WWE’s programming (RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK plus PPV’s when applicable), Impact Wrestling (free on Twitch), and so much independent wrestling whether it be Ring Of Honor TV on Fite, or all the various independent promotions that are on Independent Wrestling TV like Beyond Wrestling and ICW New York to name a few. Now, we are in the midst of a revolution in wrestling especially since AEW debuted with Double Or Nothing and with the fact that they have a weekly show coming in September. So with all this wrestling going on, I am once again here to present to you guys what I consider to be the top matches of the week from all the promotions that I have watched. If there is any match I may have missed and you think I should check it out then tweet me @EddieValiant82 on Twitter. Here are the matches that I believe you should check out, but to hear what my match of the week was, you’ll have to tune into my podcast Five Star Wrestling Podcast to find out when we read our five star moments/match of the week.

Adam Cole Vs Johnny Gargano (NXT TakeOver 25 6/1/2019)

1The first match between the two very best wrestlers in NXT today was one of the best matches of the year as Johnny Gargano won the best two out of three falls match. So, the question then became how were these two men going to top what they did a couple of months back? It didn’t look like they were worried at all as both men went into the match ready for a battle. At first, it seemed that no matter what Adam Cole tried to do wasn’t good enough because Gargano had him well scouted. The only problem for Gargano was the fact that while there were times that he was able to lock in the Gargano escape, Adam Cole had an answer for that. There was so much energy in the arena and so much emotion as we hung in by the edge of our seat every time one of them came close to a three count, but after 32 long grueling minutes, a winner was finally decided and after failing to hit the panama sunrise, Cole got right back up and hit Gargano with another one ands topped it off with the last shot that put him away for good. It is the match of the year and might be one of the greatest wrestling moments I have ever been apart of.

Jon Moxley vs Juice Robinson(NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 2019 Final 6/5/2019)

Opera Snapshot_2019-06-06_091618_loangovernment.comIt was Jon Moxley’s much anticipated debut in New Japan Pro Wrestling and his first actual match since his departure from the WWE. The match was not pretty or technical by any means, it was brutal and it was just the way fans would want it from them. The action started in the ring, but it quickly went to the outside as Jon was just teeing off on Juice, but Juice was a different man in this match with the haircut to match, he gave it right back even climbing to the top of the platform where the video screens are just to sacrifice himself in hopes of punishing Moxley. After going back and forth in the ring, the action ended up back outside where Moxley just began punishing Juice by suplexing him through a table and then punishing his knee against the steel post. These guys threw everything at each other through out this 20 plus minute match. Moxley put Juice through a table, well no problem because Juice puts Moxley through a table. Juice puts Moxley into a modified Boston crab, well no problem because Moxley put Juice into a Texas cloverleaf. In the end, it was two dirty deeds that would eventually put Juice away with the second one given a little extra emphasis to make sure that he didn’t kick out again. Jon Moxley is your new IWGP United States Champion.

Will Ospreay vs Shingo Takagi (NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 2019 Final 6/5/2019)

IMG_4507This was a match that all fans of great wrestling were looking forward to as the winner of Block A “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi took on Block B winner Will Ospreay who was also the Best Of The Super Juniors 2016 champion. The two competitors roads to the finals were different as Shingo finished undefeated in his block while Ospreay had lost to El Phantasmo and Robbie Eagles. The match between the two was unbelievable as the high flying style of Ospreay met the power and agility of Shingo in what Dave Meltzer gave 5.75 stars for a rating. There was so much action in this fight as both men went back and forth just trying to jockey for an advantage that could lead them to the promise land. At one point Ospreay turned a vertical suplex into a cutter that helped him buy some time. At another point, Ospreay tried for a top rope huricanrana, but Shingo saw it coming and turned it into a death valley driver, but it wasn’t enough to put Ospreay away. After going back and forth trading finishing moves, Ospreay emerged with a hidden blade to the back of Shingo’s head, he followed that up with an Os Cutter, and finished him off with a stone breaker to get the 1-2-3 ending Shingo’s 97 match win streak.

Chris Dickinson vs Josh Alexander (Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory Ep. 10 6/5/2019)

Anytime the “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson is in the ring, you better believe that it’s going to be one heck of a fight and the same bodes true for “The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander as well. For Beyond Wrestling’s first season, it took them until episode 10 to book Josh Alexander, but after several issues obtaining a visa, he was finally here and he had to be up to the challenge to take on the hard hitting Dickinson. These two men went back and forth throughout the match throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other in what was an intense contest. At times,it would go from being a wrestling contest to an outright brawl with both men want to prove their mettle and the crowd was eating it up with every moment. At one point in the match, Dickinson tried everything from a death valley driver to a powerbomb, but eventually a huge lariat that sent Alexander into next week was what it took to finally win. After the match, Dickinson showed his respect to Alexander and the crowd reciprocated it.