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As 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)
It’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)
When 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)
Out 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)
There 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)
Some 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)
A 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)
If 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)
The 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.
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.