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.

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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.

The Top Matches Of The Week: 5/24 to 5/30/2019

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mr-x-top-5As 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.

Five Star Wrestling Podcast: Week 2 AEW Double Or Nothing

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8Aeu4Rm9_400x400 (1)I think I speak for most of us in saying what a debut Pay Per View that was from AEW (All Elite Wrestling) who presented their first event Double Or Nothing last night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The event featured matches like Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho 2, The Young Bucks vs The Lucha Bros, Cody Vs Dustin, and so many more matches. Although the review of the event stops here because if you want to here what we thought of the event, you’ll have to wait for the next episode of our podcast. In one of our episodes after WrestleMania, I said we were going to have a competition between the three of us for our first season of predictions and thanks to Pro Wrestling Scorecards, our first season is well underway. Eddie Valiant picked up the first win of the season last week while Juicy Josh finished second while Devin came in third. This week was a completely different story as you will see from the scorecards below and Devin picked up his first win of the season while Eddie finished in second. Unfortunately for Josh, he finished at the bottom of the ladder, but there is always next time which is NXT TakeOver 25. Check out the cards below, but in the meantime listen to our latest episode here.

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The Top Matches Of The Week

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Mr X Top 5There 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. So with all this wrestling going on, I am going to try my best 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.

Orange Cassidy vs Joey Janela (ICW New York’s What’s Beef? 5/18/19)

icw 11I have to go back to the start of my wrestling binge watching with this amazing show from this past Saturday night that featured a lot of amazing matches. One match in particular stood out for me and that was the mirror match between Independent Wrestling Champion Orange Cassidy and the “Bad Boy” Joey Janela. The best part of Indy wrestling is the spectacle that comes with it and these two definitely provided it as they both came dressed exactly the same way to the ring complete with matching sunglasses that even the referee wore. Despite all of the amazing abilities that Cassidy possesses, he was taking to the limit by Janela. I thought Janela was going to take the match when he hit Cassidy with the trapper keeper bomb, but it just wasn’t enough. The ending of the match was the best as Cassidy used his brains to beat the bad boy after both men sprayed orange juice into each others eyes. Janela still blinded by the citric acid thought he had Cassidy rolled up, but it ended up being the referee. When he thought he won the match, Cassidy then rolled him up for the 1-2-3.

Jay Lethal/Jeff Cobb/Rush vs Villain Enterprises (ROH 400 5/17/2019)

If there is one thing I love about tag team matches, it six man tag matches and Ring Of Honor provides that for me especially considering the company has a Six Man Tag Team Championship. This past week, Ring Of Honor celebrated a big milestone as they reached episode 400 and they did it in style by having the six man tag champs Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King) in action against former ROH Champion Jay Lethal, ROH TV Champ Jeff Cobb, and Rush. The match was non stop action from beginning to end with PCO doing moonsaults, unique match ups like Cobb vs King or even Rush being in the ring with Scurll. We saw some unique double team action that led to Brody King slamming Lethal to the mat which was followed up by the PCO moonsault that got PCO the 1-2-3 over Jay Lethal. There is just way too much action in this match to list on such a small review.

Daga vs Minoru Tanaka (MLW Fushion 5/17/2019)

11111I totally did not expect this match to be ass amazing as it was because I was very unfamiliar with Minoru Tanaka, a Japanese legend of the ring, but these two definitely brought the goods as the match went back and forth. While Daga was physical and hitting Tanaka with some high flying maneuvers, Tanaka was being smart with the submission game at certain points of the match as he worked on Daga’s knee. The match was a great contrast of styles as we were observing the Mexican Lucha style vs the Japanese style that mixes Martial arts with wrestling. Daga tried his best, but with every move, Tanaka had an answer for it and in the end it looked like Tanaka was going for the cross arm breaker, but he transitioned it into a pin and the win. It wasn’t a very long match, but they did so much in a decent amount of time.

The Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match (WWE Money In The Bank 5/19/2019)

ricochet-ladder-broken-mitb-wweWhat is there to say about this match that hasn’t already been said by everyone in the world? This might have been the greatest Money In The Bank ladder match of all time and these guys certainly left their all in that ring and to be honest I don’t know how some of them are still walking around with their health. Poor Ricochet at one point was put through a ladder while Andrade delivered a sunset power bomb off a ladder and into another ladder that catapulted Finn Balor like he was on a trampoline. The match at one point looked like the scene of a seven car pile up, but it was the ending of the match that bothered me a lot. Ali was climbing the ladder as Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Andrade, Ricochet, and Randy Orton were all laid out on the outside of the ring. Then all of a sudden the music hits and here comes Brock Lesnar to ruin the ending of a great match as he got rid of Ali and snatched the suitcase. I just want to take the time to thank them for giving it their all for our entertainment.

AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (WWE Money In The Bank 5/19/2019)

241_MITB_05192019jg_6433__600d02588a3a04784ec4100676aa07f7.0This was everything that you thought it was going to be. It was two of the best wrestlers in the world being allowed to do what they do best and that is put on a five star match that is worthy of being a WrestleMania main event. It was absolute poetry in motion and all of the other cliches that describe how awesome this back and forth, refuse to die match really was. Some of the amazing action included an inverted superplex into a variation of the falcon arrow by Seth, a flip off the turnbuckle into a reverse DDT that almost won it for AJ, Rollins went for a curb stomp, but AJ was able to reverse it into the styles clash, but in the end it was Rollins hitting the curb stomp that sealed the deal. AJ tried for the phenomnal forearm, but Rollins intercepted him, hitting him with the ripcord knee which was followed by a superkick, and a curb stomp to seal the deal. I definitely want to see these two in the ring one more time.

Chris Dickinson vs Erick Stevens (Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory 5/22/2019)

The last match that I am going to talk about is the match between the hard hitting “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson who took on Erick Stevens. This was Erick’s return to Worcester, MA after being absent from the business for nine years.It was a grueling match that saw both men throw everything but the kitchen sink at each other as both had something to prove and not to the crowd, but themselves. For Dickinson, it’s all about proving that he is the bad ass king of the indies while Stevens is trying to prove that he belongs on the wrestling scene with the very best. The only thing I can say is that if you have not watched this match then you are truly missing out because it was fantastic. Dickinson ended the match by hitting the saito suplex and then finishing it with a huge lariat. After the match was over, Dickinson showed his respect and the crowd certainly showed their respect for Erick Stevens as well.

ICW New York: What’s Beef?- My Thoughts and Results

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icwI love the fact that I receive emails from Independent Wrestling TV because last night in Queens, NY there was a card from a promotion called ICW New York which stands for Independent Championship Wrestling (not Insane Championship…) and the card was stacked for their event What’s Beef? The card featured matches like Independent Wrestling Champion Orange Cassidy defend his title against the Bad Boy Joey Janela while Nick Gage took on Sami Callihan in a Last Man Standing match. The night opened up with veteran Grim Reefer taking on the up and coming Jimmy Lloyd which featured some awesome hardcore action that saw Grim Reefer win the match with a brain buster on to a chair. The next match featured some pre-match excitement as Rich Swann danced to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long with the crowd before Marko Stunt tried to match the excitement, but took advantage by attacking a distracted Swann. The match was one of the more exciting matches of the night as it featured some amazing back and forth action as both men left everything they had in the ring. Unfortunately for Stunt, Swann was just a step ahead as he won with a 450 splash.

icw 8Things began to heat up as Scarlet Bourdeaux made her way to ringside to face a last minute replacement in “Thick Mama Pump” Jordynne Grace. There was a little bit of shadiness in the beginning of the match between Bourdeaux and the referee, but that would come back to help her later on as she used the distraction to pull off the upset over Grace. The next match might be a little controversial to some, but I have to give Maria Manic a lot of credit for stepping in the ring with the “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson as she stood toe to toe with him throughout the whole match. The match saw Dickinson deliver a death valley driver to Manic on top of a chair, Manic would put Dickinson through a door, but it was Dickinson delivering a Pazuzu bomb to Manic through a door that secured him the win. One thing was for certain and that is even though she lost, she definitely won the crowd over that night. There was a brief intermission that featured an old school match of Eddie Kingston taking on a pre-WWE Jon Moxley which was awesome to see.

icw 11When we came back to action, we were treated to what makes independent wrestling so awesome and great and that was the Independent Wrestling Championship match between champion Orange Cassidy and challenger the “Bad Boy” Joey Janela who came dressed to the ring exactly the same as Cassidy. The best was the fact that Janela was playing along with Cassidy, but the talent that Cassidy possess is absolutely amazing especially when he pulls off moves with his hands in his pocket. The best part of the match was the way it ended as both men resorted to thinking and executing the same tactic which was to spit orange juice into each others eyes. The difference was that Cassidy was able to recover while Janela was still blinded as he rolled up the referee thinking it was Cassidy as Cassidy acted as the referee. Just as Janela thought he won, he was rolled up with a mouse trap roll up that led to Cassidy taking the win. The match was followed by a great gesture as both men showed each other respect with a pair of sunglasses. This for the pure sense of storytelling and how much fun it was made it a contender for match of the night.

icw 16The next match was an insane fatal four way match that saw New York legend Homicide take on KTB (Kyle The Beast), Pinkie Sanchez (brought to the ring by Riley Madison), and Joe Gacy who was very impressive in the match. The match was absolute insanity as it looked like a massive car wreck when it was all said and done. At one point, it liked KTB was going to take the win as he walked the rope and sent Pinkie Sanchez straight through a door, but Homicide took KTB out and hit Sanchez with a cop killer to take the win. Chris Dickinson would come out to the ring to challenge Homicide for the right to be called King Of New York at ICW’s next event. The main event of the night saw Sami Callihan change the rules of the match to a falls count anywhere match against the legend Nick Gage. Both men literally tried to kill each other with every single chair in the building and just about every door there was including the fact that Gage was put through a plastic table. Callihan couldn’t match the intensity as Gage piledrived him through a door to set up the pinfall. If you have not subscribed to Independent Wrestling TV, then you need to do it now because this was one hell of a night of wrestling. Check out some photos below:

 

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8Aeu4Rm9_400x400 (1)It has been a very long time since the last time I posted an article on this blog and there is a perfectly good explanation for that. Back in January, I started a podcast with a couple of friends of mine in The Afterman Devin and Juicy Josh called Five Star Wrestling Podcast. It’s a weekly episodic podcast where we discuss the events of the WWE’s shows like Raw and Smackdown as well as NXT and on occasion NXT UK. We also discuss every WWE pay per view when it is time to and we try to branch out as best as we can when it comes to All Elite Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Ring Of Honor. We just released our eight episode of the podcast and I really like the direction that it is heading in. You can find the Podcast at Podbean, on Youtube, and you can find it on Spotify as well. The podcast (starting from episode 6) is also on this blog as we set up a tab on top of the page that says Five Star Wrestling Podcast. You can also stay social with us as well by liking us on Facebook and Twitter. The Podcast is young and we are working out all the kinks, but we hope for many episodes to come in the future. So, check us out and give it a listen.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2019- My Thoughts And Predictions

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rroyal_rumble_2019_posterAs I stated in my article yesterday, “This weekend is one of the coolest weekends in professional wrestling besides WrestleMania weekend because not only is it Royal Rumble weekend, it also marks the start of the Road to WrestleMania.” NXT TakeOver: Phoenix was last night and it did not disappoint, but tonight is where it all begins. The Royal Rumble is the platform that a wrestler can elevate his/herself to have the greatest opportunity afforded to them if they can out last 29 other men/women in the Royal Rumble match.  This is one of two PPV’s that the WWE does that you hope that they don’t screw up and that they deliver on a product that is worthy of being presented to us as the main product. When the Royal Rumble invades Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, it will be the 32ND edition of the Rumble and I am excited because this is the start of the playoffs that will lead to the SuperBowl of the WWE in WrestleMania 35. Who will walk out WWE Champion? Who walks out Universal Champion and who wins the rumble match? Who will have the right to step on the stage that us wrestling fans like to call the “Showcase of the Immortals.” Hopefully, all of those answers will be answered and you as the wrestling fan get what you have hoped for.

19283-15485760108150-800I am going to talk about the Rumble matches first because it’ll paint a picture of who will win the championship matches tonight. Out of all the participants in the men’s Royal Rumble match, there are only two men that come to mind as a legitimate threat to win it all if Kenny Omega does not show up. Those two men are the architect Seth Rollins and the Scottish psychopath Drew McIntyre. Those two men have the best chances of winning the match, but only one can survive and I think that man is Seth Rollins. Seth has been quite the push as has Finn Balor and it just seems like destiny that he wins and claims his place at the top of the food chain. My iron man for the match which means the person who lasts a long time in the rumble is going to be Baron Corbin. I just feel like that snake will somehow find a way to stay in the match for a long time as he has done it before. The women’s Royal Rumble match is pretty cut and dry for me as I believe Becky Lynch will lose her match to Auska, but she’ll enter the rumble and she’ll win as she decides to challenge Ronda Rousey for her title as she’ll defeat Sasha Banks tonight. My Iron Woman for the rumble is going to be Sonya Deville who I believe in my heart deserves the push more than Mandy Rose and you can believe that.

ajNow, you probably guessed from the paragraph above that I believe that Brock Lesnar is walking out of the Rumble with the title. It’s not easy for me to say that because I would love to see Finn slay the beast or Goliath as Vince McMahon has referred to Brock as, but I just don’t see it happening. I just feel that the WWE is teasing you by giving you what you want, but I think Finn gets his real shot at the belt after Mania. The other championship match that is intriguing to me is the match for the WWE Championship between champion Daniel Bryan and challenger AJ Styles. I would love to see AJ walk out of the Rumble as champion, but I am starting to really get into Daniel’s heel run so I feel it’s too soon for him to lose it now. I don’t know what it is about the tag team match, but it’s one that I do not care about because I don’t believe in Shane and The Miz as a legitimate team to beat The Bar. I feel the same exact way about the United States Championship match between Rusev (Champion) and Shinsuke Nakamura. That has been a non-existent storyline on my radar so I have no vested interest. The only other match that seems interesting is on the pre-show and it’s the Fatal Four Way for the Cruiserweight title as Buddy Murphy defends his belt against Hideo Itami, Kalisto, and Akira Tozawa. I believe Buddy Murphy will retain, but it has the potential to be one heck of a match. Check out my predictions below and enjoy one of the coolest nights in Wrestling.

Buddy Murphy Retains

Rusev Retains

The Bar retains

Daniel Bryan over AJ

Brock Lesnar over Finn Balor

Auska over Becky Lynch

Ronda Rousey over Sasha Banks

Becky Lynch wins the Women’s Royal Rumble

Seth Rollins wins The Men’s Royal Rumble

 

NXT TakeOver: Phoenix- My Thoughts and Predictions

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nxttakesoverThis weekend is one of the coolest weekends in professional wrestling besides WrestleMania weekend because not only is it Royal Rumble weekend, it also marks the start of the Road to WrestleMania. This is the most important time of the year because all of the storylines throughout the year have been building up to this point (or so we hope it does). Tonight at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, the WWE presents NXT TakeOver: Phoenix which features some of the most power packed matches which are a true testament to what they have been building all year long. NXT is the superior brand right now and that is a testament to all the amazing indy talent they pick up all the time as well. Usually with a PPV, there are a couple of matches that I am looking forward to, but that is not the same with NXT which is all killer and no filler. Every match on the card has the potential to be a show stealer and as a wrestling fan that is all I can really ask for. One match that I am interested to see where they will go with it is the NXT Women’s Championship match that sees Shayna Baszler put her title on the line against the undefeated Bianca Belair. Is Shayna going to end her run or is Bianca going to be challenging Auska’s record run in NXT? The other question is what kind of a factor are the rest of the Horsewoman going to play and if Shayna loses, do we see her in the Royal Rumble?

nxtTommaso Ciampa is the best heel in the business as we speak and I am so thankful that he went in this direction because he has mastered the arts of the dark side. The only problem is his way is Aleister Black, a man that many feel Tommaso cannot beat because of the interference that occurred thanks to Gargano. However, one cannot contest that Tommaso is not a serious threat as he has been NXT champion for 190+ days. That is no easy feet as the man has run through competition like Gargano and the Velveteen Dream to name a few. Will Tommaso pay for his sins or will he succeed in defeating Aleister Black and ending that notion once and for all? Another match that I am looking forward to it the NXT Tag Team Championship match that pins NXT Tag Champions The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong) against the behemoths known as the War Raiders (Hanson And Rowe). The WWE really needs to build their tag team division and what they don’t realize is that it’s thriving in NXT. This is going to be one unbelievable match due to the contrast of styles and I can’t wait to watch.

maxresdefaultI definitely saved the best for last because NXT North American Champion Ricochet is going to be putting his belt on the line against the underachiever Johnny Gargano. Gargano is going to be under a lot of pressure in this match because he has to prove that he can win under pressure and when it counts in a championship match. I truly believe for his legacy in NXT, Gargano really needs this win more than you think he does because if he loses then what’s next? This match in my opinion is going to be the match of the night as we witness some magic that is going to be on display as Johnny Wrestling clashes with a man that defies the laws of gravity in Ricochet. The other match on the card features indy wrestling darling Kassius Ohno who is looking for some revenge over the embarrassing loss to the “King of Bros” Matt Riddle who defeated Ohno in six seconds at NXT TakeOver: War Games II. Something tells me that we are actually going to get more of a wrestling match out of this one, but I expect the same outcome when it is all said and done. I hope all of you wrestling fans are going to check this one out because it’s going to be phenomenal. Check out my predictions below:

Tomasso Ciampa over Aleister Black

Ricochet over Gargano

Shayna Baszler over Belair

War Raiders over Undisputed Era

Matt Riddle over Kassius Ohno

XWA Xtreme Rumble 19: My Thoughts

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xwaOne thing that has always been true about life is that there are absolutely no guarantees in life. The same can be said about professional wrestling whether it be the WWE or the indies like Rhode Islands own XWA (Xtreme Wrestle Alliance) who held their annual event Xtreme Rumble 19 from the XWA Event Center in West Warwick, RI last night which was also visible on the app FITE. It was promising to be a great night with matches like rising superstars Danny Limelight vs Ace Austin while rising star Trigga The OG was set to take on Indy wrestling legend Colt Cabana, but like I said nothing is guaranteed and unfortunately the weather conditions (which also moved the event from an 8PM to a 7PM start time) stranded Colt at the airport in Chicago. Nonetheless, the event took off without a hitch and the XWA started us out with what I believed to be the match of the night as Danny Limelight and Ace Austin tore the roof off the place. One thing is for sure and that is even though Danny lost the match, he has nothing to be ashamed about and I would love to see him return. The next match featured one of the most unlikely duo of Bones and Steel (Joey Bones & Jon Steele) as they defended their newly won XWA Tag Team Championships against Bear Country who were a more established team. Despite the adversity stacked against them, Bones and Steele were somehow still able to pull off a victory which upset their opponents who had now failed twice to capture the gold.

49674013_10156468427606919_2012291271661453312_nIt was then revealed at our next match that Colt Cabana couldn’t make it to the rumble to face Trigga The OG, but they had a replacement for him and it was the young upstart from Toronto, Canada Kobe Durst who had made quite the impression the last time he was at the XWA Event Center as fans begged for him to come back. They had a decent match, but having Rich Bass in your corner proved to be fruitful for Trigga The OG as he pulled off the win. The next match featured a man who could be considered the heart and soul of the XWA Universe as XWA Firebrand Champion Kellan “Riot” Thomas defended the belt against Impact Wrestling rising talent “All Ego” Ethan Page. The match was a decent one, but as Matt Striker had said throughout the match that Thomas was lucky he won due to the lazy pinfall covers that prevented Page from winning the belt. The last match featured XWA Champion JT Dunn defending his title against rising star Sammy Guevara in a rematch of their WrestleCircus encounter. The match was an exciting one as they gave it their all, but JT Dunn survived the match due to the fact that he gave the death by elbow to the ref and then hit Guevara with not one, but two low blows. A shameful ending to a great match, but it goes down in the books as a win for Dunn.

si1cba9lThe XWA rumble was next and the winner of the rumble would receive as shot at JT Dunn’s championship at a later date. My pick for the rumble was Richard Holiday, a kid with superstar written all over him as he entered the Rumble at number one. Holiday absorbed everything that was thrown at him in the match from a whole stable of CZW wrestlers, Matt Striker, Space Monkey, and even an appearance from ECW legend The Sandman, but in the end Sammy Guevara was just too much as he eliminated Holiday to claim his stake at the rubber match against JT Dunn. One of the promising things about last night’s Rumble was the mixture of talent from XWA’s very own Wrestle Kingdom School as Buff Dad, Todd Harris, Nick Delta, Joey Bones (who was almost killed by The Sandman), Jon Steele, Bob Whitney, etc. It’s amazing to see what the school is doing and it shows through their events. As I said, my match of the night was Ace Austin vs Danny Limelight and the promise of the night was that former WWE superstar Santino Marella was going to be at their next event XWA D.T.A. on March 23RD. The best wrestling around and you can take that to the bank.