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It has been a while since the last time I did The Top Matches Of The Week, but we are back in business again. There is so much wrestling at our fingertips that it’s absolutely mind blowing. There is Smackdown On Fox on Friday night, MLW Fusion every Saturday night, Raw on Mondays, Impact on Tuesdays, NXT on USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights, and Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory on Thursday nights. As you can see, you can occupy youyr week well if you try to watch all the wrestling promotions in the world right now, but my job is to give you what I thought was the best of every show that I watched during the week. So, get some refreshments, take a seat, and let me be your guide to the wonderful world of professional wrestling. Now the style is going to be a little different in the way that if there is more than one great match then they’ll just be short descriptions, but if not then we’ll go over the match.
AEW Full Gear (11/9/2019)
This might not have been the first pay per view for AEW, but it was definitely there first that was built up with a weekly show. The card was stacked with matches that had the potential to steal the show, but only two matches did that in my opinion with one being honorable mention. The night started out with an amazing slug fest between The Bastard PAC and Hangman Adam Page. At times, it looked like PAC was going to remain undefeated, but right in the end, Page was able to block PAC’s cheating ways en route to a win. The other match that was absolutely amazing, but in the end was absolutely insane was the Lights Out match between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega. These two put each through literal hell with a barbwired covered baseball bat, broken glass, a board with mouse traps, and even a barbwired bed, but when it was all said and done, Jon Moxley survived the insanity and was victorious.
NXT On USA (11/13/2019)
This was an interesting week for NXT because for the first time I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the product. I thought the opening match between WWE Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush and Angel Garza absolutely set the tone for the rest of the night that wasn’t really matched. These two went above and beyond showcasing why they are the top talent in NXT and why we should get a rematch. The next match on the list was a match between rising star Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Bronson Reed which was a nice mixture of speed and agility vs pure power. They didn’t have the match of the night, but Isaiah continues to impress me especially with the fact that it shows he can work with anyone no matter the size or weight difference. The last match on the list was the last match of the night as Io Shirai took on Mia Yim in a ladder match to determine who got the advantage at WarGames. The match started a little rough, but these two carried it for the remainder of the show and Mia Yim may have suffered the most damage as she not only suffered damage to her nose, but she was attacked by Kay Lee Ray and Shayna Baszler as Io climbed the ladder to victory.
AEW Dynamite (11/13/2019)
On a night that featured short matches and great moments that build future rivalries, there were only two matches on the whole card that impressed me the most from AEW Dynamite. The rubber match between “The Bastard” PAC and Hangman Adam Page was almost just as good as their AEW Full Gear match and proved that these two can be exciting. PAC was his usual brutal self at the end of the match as he stomped away at Page’s head before putting on that Rings of Saturn like submission called the brutalizer for the win. The second match on the card that impressed me was the main event that saw AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevera take on AEW World Tag Team Champions SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky). Sammy Guevara put in a lot more work then Jericho did in the match, but it was competitive and Scorpio Sky continues to shine as he was able to get the pinfall victory over Jericho (the first time Jericho has been pinned).
Cody Rhodes promised that if he didn’t beat Chris Jericho at AEW Full Gear, he would never challenge for the belt again. Unfortunately for him, MJF threw in towel and Jericho retained his championship. Riho had the tough task of taking on her teacher Emi Sakura and believe me this was close to ending up there because there was so much heart from Riho, but not quite there. Darby Allin was supposed to take on “The Chairman” Shawn Spears and The Librarian Peter Avalon in a triple threat match on AEW Dynamite, but thanks to Joey Janela’s interference it became a singles squash match for Allin who after the match accepted Moxley’s challenge for next week.