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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
Marty Scurll Vs Bandido (Ring Of Honor Saturday Night At Center Stage 8/24/2019)
It was a dream match to have the CEO of Villain Enterprises Marty Scurll take on Lifeblood’s Bandido in a one on one match. This was the first time these two competitors were facing off and they did not disappoint whatsoever. The match really started out and it was both men trying to get into each other’s heads, but in the end Marty got the best of that and he took the first advantage of the match. Bandido would come back with his fast paced, high flying style that definitely connected and left it’s mark, but Scurll took advantage again and attacked the shoulder ready as he tried to prep Bandido for the crossface chicken wing. At one point in the match, it looked like Bandido was in full control as he set Marty up on the top turnbuckle and the both of them climbed to the very top and Bandido launched them as they flipped around into a cross body that was absolutely awesome. You were left wondering how Marty could come back, but out of nowhere he did as he first nailed him with a under-hook suplex, but after failing to get the pinfall he followed it up with the black plague which sealed the deal.
Vinny Marseglia Vs Rush (ROH Honor For All 8/25/2019)
It was a strange match only because we haven’t seen a lot from the Horror King Vinny Marseglia as Ring Of Honor has been holding him back. Not to mention, he was taking on Rush, a Mexican bulldozer who has a solid and legitimate stake in a Ring Of Honor world title match. Vinny for the most part laid the ground work for how to fight Rush’s game as he matched Rush slap for slap and then manhandled him on the outside which is what Rush does best, but it didn’t last very long as Rush gained some momentum. He took Vinny to the outside and ran him into each barricade and then Rush put Vinny through a table. After getting a little cocky, Rush almost paid for it as he tried for a backflip off the top rope and missed as Vinny moved away. Vincent then climbed to the top and he nailed redrum, but Rush kicked out of the ensuing pin attempt. As Vinny tried to climb the ropes again, he was met by Rush who hit him with a devasting right that landed him in the corner where Vinny was then met with the bulls-eye (missile dropkick) and that was all it took to get the 1-2-3 as Rush won.
Cesaro Vs Cedric Alexander (WWE RAW 8/26/2019)
One of the best wrestlers in the WWE is without a shadow of a doubt Cesaro and i say that because the man has stellar matches no matter where he goes. After a long lackluster Raw, it was refreshing to see him take on Cedric Alexander who is also been having stellar matches as well. For the most part, Alexander was holding his won against Cesaro despite the high powered offensive attack, but during the commercial break Cesaro was able to take advantage of the match when he injured the knee of Alexander against the LED Screen on the side of the ring. The injured knee would haunt Alexander throughout the match and Cesaro ever the opportunist would take advantage. At one point, it looked like Cesaro had an answer for everything as he placed Alexander into an ankle lock submission, but Alexander was able to counter by sending Cesaro to the outside, but when Cesaro came back in, he was met with the Lumbar check and that was all it took for him to get a huge win over the Swiss Cyborg.
Ali Vs Buddy Murphy (WWE Smackdown Live 8/27/2019)
Buddy Murphy is quickly climbing the ranks as the former cruiserweight champion has been having phenomenal matches against the main roster talent. This week, he faced Ali in a first round King Of The Ring tournament match that was promising to be great. It was a hard fought match for Ali as Buddy Murphy put him through absolute hell throughout the match and it’s no surprise as these two know each other very well from their 205 Live days. At one point after dueling, it looked like Murphy was going to take the win as he hit Ali with a short range kick followed by a powerbomb, a knee to the face, and a brainbuster to top it all off, but Ali somehow kicked out of it. Then somehow with Buddy Murphy in between the top and middle rope, Ali pulled off a tilt a whirl ddt that spiked Murphy and then he went to the top and delivered a 450 splash that was all she wrote as Ali moves on to the next round.
Dominik Dijakovic vs Keith Lee (NXT 8/28/2019)
The last time these two gargantuan men last met in a NXT ring, it ended in a draw and the question was still burning in our minds as to who was the better of the two, Dominik Dijakovic or Keith Lee? Unfortunately, we had to wait to find out after Dominik Dijakovic was out with an injury, but this past Wednesdays episode of NXT saw the return of Dijakovic who was now ready to settle the score and what you honestly got out of the night was an NXT TakeOver caliber match for free. These two threw everything at each other and they were doing things that no big man should be able to do as these are two freaks of nature. I mean how is Keith Lee able to pull off a Spanish Fly from the very top rope? Well, he did it and he almost got the win, but Dijakovic wasn’t willing to go down without a fight. The pivotal moment in the match came though as Keith Lee was climbing to the top for a moonsault, Dijakovic caught him knocking him into a sitting position on the top rope and he delivered his patent feast your eyes maneuver for the win.
Chase Owens took on LSG and PJ Black for a shot at the Ring Of Honor TV Title during Ring Of Honor Saturday Night At Center Stage. Ricochet vs Drew McIntyre wasn’t the best match of the week, but it definitely destroyed peoples brackets. Natalya vs Sasha Banks from Raw was also a decent match as the two showcased what they could do inside the ring.