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As 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)
The 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)
It 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)
This 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.