"Filthy" Tom Lawlor, AEW, AEW Double Or Nothing, Anthony Greene, Chris Dickinson, Chuck O'Neil, Cody Rhodes, Double Or Nothing, Dustin Rhodes, El Generico, Kevin Owens, Motor City Machine Guns, Pentagon Jr, Rey Fenix, The Lucha Bros, The Young Bucks, WWE
As I said last week, 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 when AEW starts their weekly shows. 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.
Cody Rhodes vs Dustin Rhodes (AEW Double Or Nothing 5/25/2019)
I love wrestling matches that evoke so many kind of emotions in you that you are just spent emotionally when the match is over. I love matches that do that because you become emotionally invested in those matches and it’s a sign of the oldest game in the wrestling business and that is pure storytelling. I could have picked any of the matches on the card from this show, but none hit me in the chest harder than Cody Rhodes vs Dustin Rhodes. This match is going to be a reminder to the WWE of what could have been back in 2015, but nonetheless the night started with a big message sent Triple H’s way courtesy of Cody and Brandi. The match itself was fantastic, but it took a different turn when Dustin was bleeding profusely from the head throughout the whole match even dying his brothers head red from all the blood. The ending sequence was poetic as both were hitting each other with the signature Cross Rhodes, but it was Cody that would finish the match on top. The tear jerking moment came at the end when Cody and Dustin finally embraced in the ring telling an amazing story.
The Young Bucks vs The Lucha Bros (AEW Double Or Nothing 5/25/2019)
This was a match that I believed was going to remind fans just how awesome tag team wrestling really is. See how I didn’t say that it was going to put it on the map and that is because tag team wrestling was at one time great and now it’s time to make Tag Team Wrestling great again. The Lucha Bros and the Young Bucks threw everything at each except the kitchen sink and they did a tremendous job paying tribute to some of the great tag teams of the past as well as other great indy wrestlers like the Motor City Machine Guns with the Made In Detroit, the top rope brainbuster like El Generico, a package powerbomb to pay tribute to Kevin Steen, and a Canadian Destroyer to pay tribute to Petey Williams. The action was intense, there was a lot of superkicks, but in the end the Young Bucks prevailed with a huge win to retain the AAA tag Team Titles. Sadly in my opinion, these were the top matches of the week as the WWE had no real answer for AEW and Beyond Wrestling had some honorable mentions like Chris Dickinson vs Filthy Tom Lawlor and even Chuck O’Neil vs Anthony Greene.