205 Live, AJ Styles, Andrade, Baron Corbin, Beyond Wrestling, Brock Lesnar, Brody King, Chris Dickinson, Daga, Drew McIntyre, Erick Stevens, Finn Bálor, FITE, ICW New York, Impact Wrestling, Independent Wrestling TV, Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb, Joey Janela, Major League Wrestling, Marty Scurll, MLW, MLW Fushion, Money In The Bank, Money In The Bank Ladder Match, NXT, NXT UK, Orange Cassidy, PCO, Randy Orton, Raw, Ricochet, Ring Of Honor, ROH 400, Rush, Seth Rollins, Smackdown Live, TNA Impact Wrestling, Twitch, Uncharted Territory, What's Beef?, WWE, WWE Money In The Bank 2019, WWE Network
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. 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)
I 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)
I 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)
What 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)
This 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.