AEW, AEW All Out, Cesaro, Darby Allin, El Phantasmo, Flash Morgan Webster, Gallus, Grizzled Young Veterans, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ilja Dragunov, Jimmy Havoc, Joey Janela, Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Mark Andrews, Matt Jackson, Minoru Suzuki, Nick Jackson, NJPW, NJPW Royal Quest, NXT UK, NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, Pac, Pentagon Jr, Rey Fenix, Robbie Eagles, Taiji Ishimori, The Lucha Bros, The Young Bucks, Tyler Bate, Walter, Will Ospreay, WWE, WWE Network, WWE UK Championship, Zack Sabre Jr.
This was a tough week to gauge as to how many matches were going to make the cut and that is because of the three events happening all in one day. You had NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff and NJPW Royal Quest all happening on Saturday afternoon while AEW All Out happened on Saturday night. So, I have decided that for this week, the top matches will look a little different than they usually do, but it’s only for this week and then things will return to normal. 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 or you can email us at email@example.com and we will try to check it out. 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:
NJPW Royal Quest 8/31/2019
There were a lot of technical difficulties in the beginning that just plagued this pay per view overall and that is too bad because some of the matches effected could have been god enough to be here. The tag team match that saw Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay of Chaos challenge Bullet Clubs El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori in a tag match that has been brewing for a while since Robbie Eagles turned his back on the Bullet Club. It all culminated into a match that was absolutely amazing and that is the payoff of building storylines. Hiroshi Tanahashi battled Zack Sabre Jr. for the British Heavyweight Championship in a match that was a technical masterpiece, but the chips did not fall in Sabre’s corner as Tanahashi got the best of the technical wizard. The Last great match of the night was a 30 plus minute masterpiece that saw “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada defend his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the veteran Minoru Suzuki in what could only be described as a very physical match between the two. Despite the devastating punches, Suzuki couldn’t put Okada away and a rainmaker was all it took to prove Okada is one of the best in that division.
NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff 8/31/2019
First you can not talk about this event without mention Cesaro’s open challenge which was answered by Ilja Dragunov. These two put on quite the clinic and the match only further cemented our beliefs in how underused Cesaro really is in the WWE. This was easily an early contender for match of the night as Cesaro pulled off the victory with an emphatic neutralizer. You also can’t talk about the event without mentioning the roller coaster ride that was the triple threat tag team match that saw the Grizzled Young Veterans take on Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster and Gallus. The match literally had you on the edge of your seat as the title was so close to changing hands on so many occasions, but what looked like a great idea on the part of the Grizzled Young Vets turned out to be a mistake as Webster and Andrews took advantage and won the match. Who knew that a 40 plus minute match between WWE UK Champion Walter and Tyler Bate would be entertaining from beginning to end? Well, let me tell you that after seeing this match I definitely want a part two even though I don’t know if they could top that. Tyler came pretty close, but Walter was just too much and he barely retained his title.
AEW All Out 8/31/2019
If you were to ask me if there were any bad matches on this card, I would turn around and tell you absolutely not, but here are my favorites of the night. The best match of the night in my opinion was the ladder match of death between The Lucha Bros and The Young Bucks. There were so many spots that just left you speechless from the incredible Canadian Destroyer that Pentagon Jr hit on Matt Jackson through a table or Nick nearly missing the tables on the outside of the ring when Penta sent him flying. Pac vs Kenny Omega was a pleasant surprise as both men left it all in the ring, but Pac was just lucky this time around. Cody Rhodes took on Shawn Spears in what was a great match that featured a lot of drama with Tully Blanchard in Spears corner and a special appearance from the legend Arn Anderson. The last great match was the Cracker Barrel match that saw Darby Allin take on Jimmy Havoc and Joey Janela. The honest truth was that I was completely surprised by the end result, but check out Darby who was the star in the match.