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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 10/7/2018

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Well now, most of us had WWE on a Saturday and we get New Japan tomorrow. So it’s just an odd weekend when there’s no PPV matches on Sunday, but that gave me more football time. All in all, not really complaining.

But since this is a wrestling article I guess I should get back on topic eh?

Last week was the last week that fed into the September Match Pool. So instead of writing it twice, I’ll just list out September’s pool, and it should be obvious.

  • All In NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c)
  • MLW Fusion MLW Tag Team Title Match: Pentagon & Fenix (c) vs Rey Horus & Drago
  • Hell in a Cell WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe
  • NXT: Ricochet (c) vs Pete Dunne (c)
  • ROH: Will Ospreay vs Jay Lethal (c)

Now I think this is a first, when we go an entire month without any New Japan matches in the pool. So see, there’s no bias or fudging of numbers. As for who I’m gonna vote for, my vote goes to, NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c). Historical aspect and overall emotion is just too good to ignore.

With that out of the way, let’s get to this week’s matches. No New Japan since King of Pro Wrestling is on Monday, but that should all change next article.

5. WWE Super Show-Down SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

The Lass Kicker finally sits back atop her Women’s Division, but her former friend in The Queen of Flair won’t just sit back and let her have her way. Will Becky’s two-year struggle be for naught? Or will she be too Relent-Lass for Charlotte to overcome?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Charlotte and Becky circle and Melbourne is more on Becky’s side than Charlotte’s. Becky likes that as she kicks and forearms Charlotte. She grinds Charlotte against ropes. Charlotte boots but Becky blocks that to send it sideways. Becky goes after that leg then sweeps the other. She drags Charlotte up but Charlotte fights back with big knees and forearms. Charlotte puts Becky in a corner but Becky boots back. Becky kicks Charlotte into buckles then goes out of the ring. She drags Charlotte all the way out and to the floor! The referee checks on Charlotte and reprimands Becky, but Becky keeps on Charlotte by shoving her into the post! Charlotte shouts in pain from her shoulder, but Becky puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Becky keeps her cool and stomps a mudhole into Charlotte. She backs off at 4 but goes after Charlotte at the ropes. She stops at 4 again, to bring Charlotte up. Becky elbows Charlotte’s neck then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles to the apron then slingshots in for a roll up. TWO, and Charlotte chops! Becky dodges the next one to tilt-o-whirl takedown into the Fujiwara armbar! Becky pulls back as hard as she can but Charlotte endures. Charlotte powers her way up but Becky brings her back down! Becky pulls on fingers on top of the arm, but Charlotte still endures. Fans rally as they stand up, and Charlotte sidewalk slams Becky! Becky staggers into a back suplex! Both women are down but stirring. Fans rally up for Becky as she stands.

Becky gives Charlotte EuroUppers, then a back kick. Charlotte turns that around to knee drop the back of the leg! Becky staggers into more Flair chops! Charlotte chops and chops then whips but Becky blocks. Charlotte kicks the bad leg, then puts Becky in a corner. Becky dodges to jump kick! Becky scoops Charlotte, but Charlotte fights out. Charlotte scoops and tosses Becky with the exploder! Becky flounders to a corner while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte walks over but Becky puts her into buckles. Becky hops up, leaps and hits the forearms. Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated already, but she knows Charlotte well enough to know this won’t be so easy. Becky glares at Charlotte and goes after the arm. Charlotte gets a takedown and wants her hold but Becky punches her away. Charlottes boots Becky down! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte keeps her cool, and takes a moment to catch her breath. Becky gets her in a roll up, TWO! Charlotte forearms Becky but Becky comes back with a forearm. Charlotte forearms again, but so does Becky. They go back and forth, staggering but still standing with every shot. Becky gets an edge, then headbutts! Charlotte SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and now Charlotte is growing frustrated. Charlotte sits up first and drags herself up with ropes. She gets herself to a corner and climbs up top. Charlotte aims, moonsault hits knees! Becky rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Enziguri! Becky staggers over but she wants to go up top. She takes aim, leg drop flops as Charlotte evades!

Charlotte boots Becky back down, then goes after the legs. She drags Becky around for the Boston Crab! Becky endures and crawls towards ropes, for the ropebreak! Charlotte lets go, and grits her teeth. Becky grabs her belt and wants out. But Charlotte pursues, tackling Becky into barriers! Charlotte puts Becky in the ring, but Becky kicks her. Charlotte SPEARS again! But she doesn’t cover, she wants the Figure Four! She gets it! Charlotte wants the bridge but Becky knows it. Becky moves around and drags towards the ropes, but Charlotte gets the Figure Eight! But Becky slaps her with the belt!

Winner: Charlotte via DQ

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4. NXT: Johnny Gargano vs Tony Nese

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Johnny Wrestling may have had his shortcomings and mistakes as of late, but he’s moving past his obsession with Tommaso Ciampa one match at a time. Will he make progress with that against the Premier Athlete? Or will the Abs of 205 Live start making moves in NXT?

The bell rings and fans duel between “Johnny Wrestling!” and “Johnny Failure!” Gargano ties up with Nese but Nese gets the wristlock. Gargano rolls and handsprings to reverse back. Nese get a headlock but Gargano powers out, only for Nese to run him over. Things speed up and Nese catches Gargano. Gargano slips out and shoves, to then follow and headscissor Nese! Nese bails out but Gargano runs, only to get run over by an elbow! Nese kicks Gargano in the corner and stomp a mudhole. Fans continue to duel as Nese chops Gargano sharply. Nese whips Gargano corner to corner but Gargano goes up and over. Gargano rolls, Nese goes up and over, but then Gargano goes up to school boy kick Nese!

Nese staggers and Gargano clotheslines him against the ropes! Nese bails out but Gargano builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit from one southpaw to another! Fans fire up and Gargano smiles. Gargano feels a bit more like himself now, and he puts Nese up against barriers for a chop. He puts Nese back in the ring and “Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling” climbs up top! Nese stops him with a swipe at the legs, and Gargano is stuck up top. Nese knees Gargano up to the fireman’s carry, then drops him for the gutbuster. Cover, TWO! Nese stomps away on Gargano, covers, TWO! Nese puts on a rear bearhug then slams Gargano down to the mat. Roll to a cover, TWO! Nese puts Gargano in a body scissors and squeezes. Fans rally up as Gargano endures, but Nese brings an arm over to chop Gargano on the chest!

Nese squeezes again and even toys with Gargano, but that only angers Gargano. Gargano pries at the feet, breaks the grip, and makes it a cover. TWO and Nese has the squeeze back on. Fans rally as Gargano works around to start throwing forearms. Nese pushes him away but then goes back to the bearhug. Gargano fights out but Nese shoves and sweeps! Nese then hops up, triangle moonsault! Gargano evades but Nese lands on his feet, so Gargano hits the slingshot DDT! Fans cheer and duel while Gargano gets himself up. Nese crawls away but walks into haymakers. Gargano rallies with forearms, then enziguris Nese to a corner. Gargano runs in but Nese puts him on the apron. Nese runs, but into the slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps his cool while Nese survives.

Gargano puts Nese in a corner to stomp a mudhole of his own. He backs off at 4, but then Nese puts Gargano in the corner. Gargano comes back with forearms, Nese shoves to give Gargano a forearm! Nese handsprings to dodge the forearm, tot he kick, knee, and kick. Gargano jumps the sweep to buzzsaw! Then mule kick, but Nese rolls up to deadlift! Sunset flip counter, TWO! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirls to a takedown! GargaNO Escape, but a roll over! TWO and another lift, buckle bomb!! The referee checks on Gargano while fans declare “This is Awesome!” Both men are down but stirring. Gargano makes sure his arms are still good while he rolls out of the ring. Nese stands and slingshots, but goes to the apron when Gargano dodges. Gargano swings and Nese cartwheels over him, but he turns around into a forearm!

Gargano puts Nese back in, then slingshots again, but Nese blocks the DDT! Nese tosses Gargano back out! And then FLIES! Direct hit, then Nese puts Gargano back in quick. Nese climbs up, 450 splash!! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and it shocks the Premier Athlete! Fans love it, though, as they chant “NXT! NXT!” Nese drags himself up, gritting his teeth. He drags Gargano to a corner and positions him. He scrapes his shoe on Gargano’s face, then runs side to side. Gargano dodges the knee to give an enziguri! Gargano runs but Nese reels him in, German Suplex to buckles! Kneepad down, but SUPERKICK!! Gargano runs for a BIG clothesline! Fans fire up for Gargano as he grits his teeth and puts on the GargaNo Escape! Nese taps, Gargano wins!

Winner: Gargano via Garga-NO Escape

Rating: ****

 

3. Stardom World of Stardom & Wonder of Stardom Double Championship Match: Kagetsu (c) vs Momo Watanabe (c)

Both women are coming off of near misses in the 5 Star Grand Prix, but as champions they still had respectable showings. Momo is still young, so Kagetsu doesn’t really respect her completely. Momo however really tries her best to be a little stoic like the former Queen’s Quest leader, Io Shirai. So let’s see if we get a double champion or something different.

The match starts off nicely mat based. Both just trade headlocks and counters until Kagetsu takes things to the outside. She throws Momo into the first 2 or 3 rows of a few sections. She then beats and chokes her with an umbrella. I guess there are no rules on the outside, but as we all know, Japanese referees really really apply their discretion to a lot.

Kagetsu keeps control for a while and even does her spot where she spits water in her opponents face and then the referees as well. The funny moment here is while Momo is laying on the mat and Kagetsu is gloating, you see the referee yell at Momo and point at Kagetsu as he tries to wake her up. It definitely came off like he was sick of Kagetsu’s crap and told her to get up and kick her ass.

It’s at this point, we get more of a back and forth match. First Oedo Coaster is dodged, as Momo then lights up Kagetsu with knees and kicks. Momo manages her Pendulum Driver, but Kagetsu kicks out. Momo even pulls out a Wristclutch Half Nelson Suplex, but Kagetsu still manages to kick out.

A few submissions get exchanged and both women are exhausted. Kagetsu throws the ref into the corner to knock Momo from her perch, and then hits her with the mist. Finally lands the Oedo Coaster, but Momo shows her resiliency and kicks out. In a final flurry from them both, you see a bunch of strikes exchanged, followed by dual head kicks. Last time they were both down, both women did stereo kip ups to beat the count. However, this time, is a different time.

Neither woman makes the count, so it’s a double knock out. No titles change hands. Still an odd situation where an umbrella and spitting water are fine, but Kagetsu felt the need for a ref bump to use the mist. Just one of those odd moments is all.

Winner: Double Knockout

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dragon Gate: PAC & Eita vs Shingo Takagi & BxB Hulk
Winner: PAC via Red Arrow
Rating: *** 3/4
AJPW: Hikaru Sato & Atsushi Murayama vs Kotaro Suzuki & Shuji Kondo
Winner: Kondo via King Kong Lariat
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Super Show-Down: The Shield vs Dogs of War
Winner: Shield via Dirty Deeds
Rating: *** 1/4
AJPW: Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs Sushi & Atsushi Aoki
Winner: Jake via Saito Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
Raw: Roman Reigns vs Dolph Ziggler
Winner: Reigns via Spear
Rating: ***
Stardom Artists of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona, Natsuko Tora & Kaori Yoneyama vs Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano
Winner: Tam via Tiger Suplex Hold
Rating: ***

 

2. WWE Super Show-Down No Holds Barred WWE Championship Match: Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles (c)

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

The Phenomenal One and the Destroyer were once good friends, but perhaps being such good friends is how Joe learned Styles’ weakness. Joe would burn the bridge between him and Styles by using Styles’ own family as a pressure point to hurt the champion. It backfired at first, as Styles went after Joe so hard, he got disqualified. Then in their rematch, Styles survived, but not without controversy. Joe demanded this match, and SmackDown GM Paige agreed. There MUST be a winner this time, so the rules go out the window! Does Styles have a chance of surviving? Or will he leave Joe for dead in the land down under?

Before the bell, Joe waits for Styles on the ramp. Styles marches his way down, eyes locked with Joe, and the fight is on! They brawl on the ramp and Joe headbutts Styles. Styles hits back and throws Joe into barriers! He puts puts Joe in the ring and this match officially begins! Styles throws Joe into a corner then throws hands. Joe can only defend himself, then he throws jabs back. Joe backs Styles down until Styles falls down. Styles stands up and hits Joe back with a heavy haymaker. Joe stands but Styles is on him again. Joe throws Styles out then follows, but Styles trips him up. Even so, Joe shoves Styles over the announce desk! Styles quickly gets up and chases Joe back into the ring.

Styles kicks Joe down, then stalks him to a corner. He kicks Joe again, then chops him. Styles bumps Joe off buckles then rams in a shoulder. Fans duel as Styles snapmares Joe and kicks him in the back. Styles kicks Joe in the chest, but Joe grits his teeth. Joe chops Styles off his feet! Joe stalks Styles now, then chops him off his feet again. He headbutts Styles then jabs him against the ropes. Joe runs and boots Styles out of the ring! Joe waits for Styles as long as it takes, because there are no count-outs. Styles stands and Joe builds speed to DIVE! Joe barrels Styles into barriers! Joe paces while Styles crawls. Styles makes it around the corner but Joe is there to bounce him off steel steps. Joe stalks Styles and whips him to barriers. Then he forearms Styles back into them!

Joe drags Styles up for a snap suplex to the floor, then looms over Styles as he writhes. He puts Styles in the ring, then soaks up the heat. Joe snapmares Styles into a vice grip on the shoulder. Styles endures but Joe has an iron grip. Fans rally up and Styles stands to fight out with elbows. Styles throws haymakers, then runs, but into Joe’s big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he puts that grip back on Styles’ shoulder. Styles again endures while fans rally up. Styles pries his way out and fights back with chops. He chops and forearms then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe hits the back elbow to Pele! Styles flops out to the apron while fans duel again. Joe drags Styles for a cover, TWO! Styles drags himself back to the apron, but Joe keeps his eyes on him.

Joe grabs the legs and catapults Styles into the ropes for the guillotine. Styles coughs and gasps for air as he flops to the floor. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” while Styles staggers to his feet. Joe stalks Styles to stomp him at the apron. Joe drags Styles up and suplexes, but Styles holds onto ropes. Now Styles to suplex Joe out, but Joe resists. Joe gets Styles up and in but Styles slips out to then throw the Phenomenal Blitz! Joe is on his knees, Styles runs and hits the forearm! Styles catches his breath while Joe crawls to a corner. Styles runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Joe gets out of the fireman’s carry but Styles elbows Joe away. Styles hops up and hits the moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, and drags Joe up.

Styles wants the Clash, but Joe sweeps the legs to catapult Styles into buckles. Joe then runs him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Styles up for a fireman’s carry. Styles fights out to enziguri! Joe wobbles but stays standing. Styles runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Styles barely survives but Joe is still just as frustrated. Joe drags Styles back up and whips him to a corner. Styles hits back then hops up, but Joe catches the moonsault for a driver! Cover, TWO!! Joe is so close but still so far. Fans duel as Joe comes up with ideas. Joe rolls out, and he snags a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Joe aims at Styles but Styles dropkicks the chair into his face! Styles stands while Joe is down.

Styles decides to take that chair for his own, to jab it into his ribs and SMACK it across his back! Joe hides under the bottom rope but that won’t spare him. Styles jabs and SMACKS Joe again, then sits the chair up. Styles takes a seat to wait for Joe, so that he can kick him. Then he positions the chair and puts Joe in a corner. Styles backs off, runs back in, and uses the chair for a step stool, only for Joe to catch him, and urenage him onto the chair! Joe covers, TWO!! Styles still survives and Joe grows further frustrated. Joe rolls out because he wants something else. He goes to the ring, and pulls out a table! Melbourne is happy to see that!

Joe brings the table up and in, but first SMACKS Styles with the chair! Styles writhes in pain while Joe sets up that table. Joe drags Styles to the corner and up to the top rope. Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does Styles. Styles slips out and electric chairs Joe and himself through that table!! Joe clutches his leg, but “This is Awesome!” Styles drags himself up but so does Joe. Joe can barely walk, and the referee checks on Joe. Joe says he heard something pop, but he won’t let this end the match. Styles comes over and moves the ref aside, to stalk the wounded Joe. He goes after the bad leg with vicious stomps! Styles shows no mercy for the man who threatened his family! He grabs and snaps the leg in the toehold, and says “He’s mine now!”

Styles grabs that leg for a DDT into the mat. He drags Joe up to a corner, and just as Joe said before, Styles reminds Joe there are consequences for our actions. But Joe turns things around to put Styles in the corner, only for Styles to get the leg for the Calf Crusher! Joe grabs Styles first, for the Coquina Clutch! Styles squirms around, but a ropebreak doesn’t do anything. Even so, Styles uses the ropes to get out of the hold then he roundhouses Joe away! Styles hurries back up, forearms Joe away, then hotshots him. Joe falls and Styles aims, for a springboard 450 on that bad leg! Styles doesn’t cover, he wants Joe to suffer as he suffered.

Joe rolls out but Styles pursues. Styles kicks that bad leg even as Joe hobbles. He forearms Joe against the barriers but then Joe dumps Styles over. Joe chops Styles now, right in front of the fans. Styles forearms Joe away, then uses the barriers as a springboard for the Phenomenal Forearm! Joe is now dead weight but Styles drags Joe up and in, because the fall has to happen in the ring. Styles prepares his forearm again, and aims at Joe. Joe manages to stand, and Styles springboards, but into the Coquina Clutch! Joe doesn’t have it all, and Styles backs him into buckles. But Joe holds on, and then uses the clutch to suplex Styles! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down from exhaustion and pain, but this match must continue. They slowly stir, and Joe stands first. Joe puts Styles in a corner, then hoists him back up top. He chops Styles then tucks him in, for a Muscle Buster lift. Styles slips out as the knee gives out, roll up, TWO, COQUINA!! Joe can’t get the body scissors and Styles rolls up like Hell in a Cell! TWO, and Styles shifts right to the Calf Crusher! He even uses Joe’s own boot straps against him! Joe endures as Styles pulls way back. JOE TAPS! STYLES WINS!

Winner: Styles via Calf Crusher

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. WWE Super Show-Down Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy vs Cedric Alexander (c)

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

The Soul of 205 Live has been undefeated in the year 2018, especially once becoming THE Cruiserweight Champion at Wrestlemania. However, the Cruiserweight Juggernaut is the other hometown hero tonight. Can Murphy use his superior size and strength to end the #AgeofAlexander? Or is the building legacy only going to continue in the land down under?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy has Melbourne on his side and he makes sure Alexander knows it. Murphy offers a handshake, only to take it back. Then he hits Alexander with a knee trigger! Cover, TWO! Murphy almost got the better of Alexander, but he keeps going. He sets Alexander in the drop zone then climbs up, but Alexander bails out. So Murphy hops down, builds up speed and FLIES! Direct hit on the champion! Melbourne is thunderous for Murphy as he puts Alexander in. Murphy climbs again and leaps at Alexander for meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives but Murphy is not deterred. Murphy kicks Alexander swiftly on the back, then again. Murphy kicks Alexander a third time, then covers, TWO! Alexander isn’t that easy to defeat, but Murphy doesn’t mind.

Murphy aims but Alexander evades. Alexander gives Murphy a big uppercut, then a boot. Alexander blocks Murphy’s kick to give the elbow. Murphy staggers and Alexander runs, but into a sleeper hold! Murphy squeezes tight and brings Alexander down to a knee. Alexander endures and powers Murphy to a corner. He bounces Murphy off buckles but it takes three times to break free. Murphy then shoves Alexander into buckles! Fans cheer as Murphy drags Alexander up. Murphy sets Alexander on buckles, then runs corner to corner, only to get a SUPERKICK! Murphy is down and Alexander drags himself up. Fans rally again as Alexander walks over. Murphy rocks him with a heavy right! Alexander staggers to a corner and Murphy puts him up top.

Melbourne is behind Murphy as he climbs up. Alexander fights back and he shoves Murphy away. Murphy returns but is pushed back again. Murphy tries a third time but Alexander gets him with a SUPER Michinoku Driver!! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne is relieved that their hometown hero still lives. Alexander and Murphy both stir as the fans rally up. Alexander runs and shoulders Murphy, to then swing kick and knee strike. Murphy staggers, Alexander says “Get Over Here!” with the step-in springboard shot! Murphy rolls out of the ring but Alexander builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on the challenger! Alexander puts Murphy back in, but he has to catch his breath a moment. He gets to the apron and takes aim at Murphy.

Springboard but into a waistlock. Standing switch and shove, handspring to Neuralizer! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives but Alexander still has moves to use. Alexander drags himself up while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Alexander drags Murphy up in a waistlock, hauls him up but Murphy resists. The champ’s back also bothers him, but he tries again. Murphy slips out and boots Alexander! Murphy hops up but gets an uppercut! Alexander climbs up but hears the fans still on Murphy’s side. Alexander brings Murphy up, but Murphy fights back. They brawl up top with body shots, but Murphy gets the edge. Murphy sunset flips but Alexander holds on. He gets tucked in, SUPERKICK to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne can’t believe it but Alexander survives.

The fans keep rallying and Murphy sits up first. Alexander follows and the two glare at each other. Murphy grabs Alexander but Alexander enziguris! Alexander fires himself up but Murphy reels him in. Murphy dodges the kicks to give the knee trigger! Murphy pumphandles but Alexander pops out to victory roll! TWO!! SPANISH FLY OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover again, TWO?!? Murphy survives impact after impact and Alexander’s face says it all! Melbourne is giving their hero a standing ovation as he crawls to ropes. Alexander takes off the elbow pads because he’s getting serious. He drags Murphy in but Murphy sends him out. Alexander is still on the apron, and springboards, into a knee trigger! MURPHY’S LAW!! Cover, MURPHY WINS!!

Winner: Buddy via Murphy’s Law

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Thoughts:

Now as much as I’d like to pick weird matches, I have to say, I feel the best told story is with, NXT: Johnny Gargano vs Tony Nese. We saw Nese trying to take advantage of a weakened Gargano, but as the match progressed we saw more of him come back. He had intensity, confidence and that energy that so many fans connected to. So with all that, it’s hard for me to vote against it.

Well enjoy the excessive WWE this week. Because with New Japan and Bound for Glory, it’ll be a little difficult for WWE to break into the top 5 matches next week.


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Andrew’s Top Matches: Week Ending 6/16/2019

A jam packed week of matches displays a few of the more infrequent companies. Who made the Top 5?

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A jam packed week of matches displays a few of the more infrequent companies. Who made the Top 5?

Two big New Japan shows had them dominate last week. Funnily enough, one match dominated by amassing nearly 5 times as many votes as second place. The winner of last week’s Japanese filled Top 5, NJPW BOSJ 26 Finals: Shingo Takagi vs Will Ospreay.

For anyone who was upset about the domination last week, well this is the week for you. We’ve got some WWE products, a little flavor from Mexico, and of course some matches from Japan.

Let’s get down to business!

 

5. NXT UK: Imperium (WALTER, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) vs British Strong Style ( Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Barthel throws Dunne out while Walter throws Seven. Walter stomps Dunne down while Barthel has Bate. Aichner tags in but Bate fights back. Bate boots but Barthel deflects that to ropes. Aichner gives Bate a draping backstabber! Barthel climbs to add double stomps! Aichner covers, TWO!! Bate survives and Glasgow loves it! Aichner is furious but he keeps focus on Bate. Tag to Barthel and they trash talk Bate in their respective languages. But Bate fires off with fast hands! Aichner kicks low and whips Bate, but Bate rebounds for DOUBLE LARIATS! Bate crawls but Walter intercepts, only to get the rolling kick! Hot tag to Seven!

Dunne tags in off Seven, Seven gives Barthel the Seven Stars Lariat! Seven DIVES onto Aichner while Dunne tags Bate. Dunne pump handles, Bitter End on Barthel! Bate climbs, for the corkscrew senton! Walter returns and barrels through Dunne to BOOT Bate! Dunne dropkicks Walter then slingshots out, only to miss. Walter runs at Dunne but Dunne sends him into steel steps! But then Walter back suplexes Dunne onto barriers! Wait, who is that coming down the ramp? He wears a hood and familiar mask… In the ring, Seven CHOPS Aichner. Aichner shoves Seven into the ref! Seven clotheslines Aichner and himself out of the ring! The mystery man enters the ring and targets Bate! It’s ALEXANDER WOLFE!! The German Ax Man POWERBOMBS Bate! Glasgow boos but Wolfe grins. Barthel covers while Walter gets the ref in. Imperium wins!!

Winner: Imperium via Sit-Out Powerbomb

Rating: ****

 

4. AAA Verano de Escalando 2019: AAA Tag Team Championship: Lucha Brothers vs The Young Bucks (c)

From Joe’s AAA Coverage:
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.

Winner: Lucha Bros via Spike Fear Factor

Rating: ****

 

3. 205 Live: #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Drew Gulak vs Humberto Carrillo vs Akira Tozawa vs Oney Lorcan

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Sacramento fires up behind Lorcan, but Ariya Daivari runs out to SMACK Lorcan with a chair!! The Persian Lion is a sore loser from his loss last week. The referee can’t disqualify anyone but he does get Daivari to leave. That doesn’t matter to Daivari, the damage has been done, and he laughs all the way to the back. This leaves Carrillo and Gulak in the ring. Gulak goes to throw Carrillo but Carrillo throws him out first. Carrillo turns around to get Tozawa’s mule kick. Tozawa swings, misses, slides under and hits the rolling roundhouse! Nese is still watching as Tozawa climbs up top! Fans fire up but Carrillo kicks Tozawa down! Carrillo climbs but Gulak returns to shove him off! Carrillo hits barriers!

Gulak has Tozawa, but Tozawa fights back! They brawl up top and Tozawa clubs away. Fans “AH! AH!” along with him, but Gulak just headbutts Tozawa to stop him. Gulak adjusts, for the SUPERPLEX! But both men cradle the other!! Three count, but who wins!?

Winner: Tozawa & Gulak via Simultaneous Pin

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

NOAH Misawa Memorial 6.9.2019: Naomichi Marufuji vs Go Shiozaki
Winner: Shiozaki via Gowan Lariat
Rating: *** 3/4
NXT: Submission Match: Drew Gulak vs Kushida
Winner: Kushida via Hoverboard Lock
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW Kizuna Road: IWGP Jr Tag Team Titles: Roppongi 3k (c) vs El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
Winner: ELP via CR2
Rating: *** 1/2
205 Live: Chad Gable vs Jack Gallagher
Winner: Gable via Countout
Rating: *** 1/2
AAA Verano de Escalando 2019: Tessa Blanchard & Daga vs Taya Valkyrie & Laredo Kid
Winner: Laredo Kid via Laredo Fly
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW Kizuna Road: LIJ vs Kota Ibushi, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask IV, Jyushi Thunder Liger & Shota Umino
Winner: Shingo via Pumping Bomber
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT: Michael Elgin vs Willie Mack
Winner: Elgin via Elgin Bomb
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW Kizuna Road: DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi vs Tomohiro Ishii, Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita
Winner: Taichi via Superkick
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe & Cesaro vs Ricochet, The Miz & Braun Strowman
Winner: Ricochet via 630 Senton
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly) vs Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
Winner: Burch via Distracted Roll-Up
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW Kizuna Road: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Zack Sabre Jr vs Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Toa Henare
Winner: Archer via Claw
Rating: ***
IMPACT: Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne
Winner: Rayne via CrossRayne
Rating: ***

 

 

2. Stardom Shining Destiny: Wonder of Stardom Championship: Tam Nakano vs Arisa Hoshiki (c)

The backstory is interesting for the match. Arisa returned to Stardom about 6 months ago and has been part of the STARS faction, the same faction as Tam. Tam is an awkward girl who just wants to prove herself. Io pushed her before she left (see the Exploding Baseball Bat Match), Mayu saved her from humiliation when she was kicked out of Oedo Tai. So Arisa joining STARS and becoming quite friendly with Mayu, never sat well with Tam. Then during this years draft, Arisa was taken before Tam. This is their chance to express their feelings through a fight, since words don’t seem to be doing the job.

Tam came out with a stoic and distant look in her eyes, while Arisa was her typical upbeat self. It almost looked like Tam was distracted by her own determination to prove herself. Arisa smiles as she hits you, she’s having fun, she enjoys the sport. This was notable since Tam was straight faced through the first half of the match. Once it spilled to the outside and Tam his a German Suplex on the apron, the tone shifted.

Tam was smiling through the ropes down on Arisa, but not chiding, like she started having fun. The two had a big exchange of strikes and smiles, before Arisa started to harden a little. Tam knew to dodge the Brazilian Kick, but everything else was a great back and forth. Arisa and Tam trade running Knee Strikes, top rope attempts and Arisa tries to submit Tam, but she gets out of it.

We see the fight come to an end after the second time Arisa caught Tam with the Brazilian Kick. They have a moment after the match where Tam tells her that she’s not allowed to lose that belt to anyone besides her, or she’ll boil her. They even posed with their STARS faction, embracing with the Wonder of Stardom belt between them…and Starlight Kid keeping Tam standing.

This was a hard fought match, with a unique story that you’d see in anime but not often in professional wrestling. The concept of, words weren’t enough, so maybe they could communicate better in the ring. It’s quite poetic if you think about it.

Winner: Hoshiki via Brazilian Kick

Rating: **** 1/4

 

 

1. NOAH Misawa Memorial 6.9.2019: GHC Heavyweight Championship: Kaito Kiyomiya (c) vs Takashi Suigiura

Now as we all know from Hisame’s Newsletters, the June 9th show wasn’t televised until June 13th, hence why it qualifies for this week’s matches. Sugiura has been a great mentor to the young champion Kiyomiya. But since their tag team dissolved, Sugiura has taken to tough love. Earning his opportunity by pinning the champion a few weeks ago, Sugiura looks to become a 5 time GHC Heavyweight Champion.

Kaito came out with a lot of energy. He was trading with The Killing Machine, and holding his own, even trying to focus the left arm to take away some of his power, but the champion took a beating for a while. Kaito managed to fight out of everything Sugiura threw at him. Front Neck Lock, Olympic Slam and even a Guillotine with Body Scissors.

Kiyomiya eventually found an opening when Sugiura went for the Avalanche Olympic Slam, but Kaito turned it into an Avalanche Reverse DDT. Being Misawa’s Memorial show, Kaito hit a few Emerald Flowsions and it was only appropriate that Sugiura pulled out the ole Misawa Rolling Elbow, to rock the young champion and give hope that the old vet would pick up the win. But in a feat of beautiful camera work and great resolve from Kiyomiya, he pulls off the Tiger Suplex Hold, right in front of the portrait banner of Misawa. Almost as if Misawa gave the match his blessing.

Brutal match that proved the young champion has guts and could easily be a Match of the Year candidate.

Winner: Kiyomiya via Tiger Suplex Hold

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

A lot of good stuff this week! AAA managed to make an appearance outside of TripleMania, NOAH saved some great matches for the memorial shows and 205 Live looks to be almost back on track.

However, my vote will go to, Wonder of Stardom: Arisa Hoshiki (c) vs Tam Nakano. Though it wasn’t the highest rated match, I really enjoyed the story and how it told the story throughout the match and even the promo afterwards. Arisa has cemented her return and her position as a prominent player. Tam felt like she got better overnight last year during the 5 Star Grand Prix and she continues to prove she’s figured it out. If she can manage to stay healthy (she has a history of missing a few shows here or there with little nagging injuries), she might finally get a singles title.


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.39 ~ 16TH JUNE 2019

The second Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show is now in the books! Titles changed hands, and Global Jr League participants were announced! Read up with all of the Pro Wrestling NOAH happenings!

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The second Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show is now in the books! Titles changed hands, and Global Jr League participants were announced! Read up with all of the Pro Wrestling NOAH happenings!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP

NOAH held the ten year anniversary event of Mitsuharu Misawa’s death in Osaka. The venue was more than just a popular choice in a metropolitan area, it was the last arena that Mitsuharu Misawa had visited on 11th June 2009 before the accident in Hiroshima on the 13th.

The usual ceremony was carried out beforehand; his spirit was welcomed to the ring as the GHC Heavyweight champion, Spartan X played and the fans threw green and white streamers which had his name on it. The roster stood around the ring, ironically, Takashi Sugiura was standing next to Kaito Kiyomiya in a fusion of the old and new NOAH.

The event was sold out, standing room only quickly filled, and one fan said that when coming back from the bathroom, they couldn’t get back to their seat.

Kinya Okada (who has been missing due to an injury that NOAH have never specified) returned to his hometown to face Yoshiki Inamura. Inamura had warned Okada that while he may have the power of the local fans on his side, he should not expect to win.

Okada didn’t win, but Inamura was left saying that he felt his power. Now the feud between the two of them can begin.

Akitoshi Saito was understandably the most emotional during the event. I don’t think he slept well the night before, especially since he was up to see the dawn (and awake before it), but he had also caught a rainbow which he took as a good omen. After his match, he broke down hysterically as he faced Misawa’s portrait.

Chris Ridgeway and Hitoshi Kumano finished their partnership, with Ridgeway thanking Kumano for teaming with him and teaching him along the way, but he was a singles wrestler and that is where he is heading now, especially since Global Junior League is coming up. During the match, he and Kenoh had a kick war, but Kenoh’s focus was on Kaito Kiyomiya who he squared up with at the beginning.

As far as Kiyomiya goes, no challenger for the championship has come forward yet. As for Ridgeway, he was going to have another role to play in the evening.

Stinger defeated HAYATA & YO-HEY and bought their dream of a third consecutive victory to a halt. After the match (in which the audience were whipped up into a fever by the close falls and the drama, plus YO-HEY using the rarely seen Bamboo Dragonfly), Yoshinari Ogawa made a short speech to the fans. He asked everyone to “never forget that there was a wrestler called Mitsuharu Misawa”.

After the match (which was one by Kotaro Suzuki using Misawa’s Tiger Driver 91, which Ogawa said sarcastically he had stolen, much to Kotaro’s indignation), Stinger introduced their new member.

Their new member in all ways is a far better fit than YO-HEY (who no one really knew why he would want to betray RATELS, and it was never really said) both in terms of style, temperament and skill set. Their new member, is Chris Ridgeway. Fans were a little shocked at first, but they knew it is a good thing, especially as there is a lot to learn from Stinger, especially Yoshinari Ogawa.

YO-HEY later posted that he was disappointed to lose, and he found the league tiring. After having a lung injury, and coming back so soon, this is not surprising.

According to an article from Tokyo Sports, Kotaro Suzuki is still seeking a single match with Naomichi Marufuji.

Naomichi Marufuji was defeated by Shuhei Taniguchi, who made him tap to his modified camel clutch in seventeen minutes and 52 seconds. Marufuji had expected to defeat Taniguchi, but after losing via submission (which is rare, and not even Ogawa could do this), he reflected that he needed to find himself after losing to both Go Shiozaki (on the 9th June) and now Taniguchi.

AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima and Go Shiozaki) clashed with The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO) in the main event. It was a brutal match, but ultimately The Sugiura Army prevailed when Sugiura won via TKO by using the front neck lock choke on Nakajima.

After the match, AXIZ limped into the interview area (Shiozaki supporting Nakajima), with Nakajima asking for a rematch.

Sugiura granted it, but he warned that he wasn’t going to choke Nakajima this time, he was going to make him submit, or he was going to pin him.

AXIZ will get their rematch for the tag belts on the 27th June

EVENT RECAPS
Post match promos ~ Global Junior Tag League 2019, Korakuen Hall
Final night of Global Junior Tag League\Mitsuharu Misawa memorial
Post match interviews ~ Global Junior Tag League 2019, Osaka

NEWS

GLOBAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RETURNS
Hot off Global Junior Tag League, the juniors get about three dates of being friends (or not) with each other, before Global Junior League starts on the 27th June at Korakuen Hall. The league will run for ten dates, and finish on July 27th at Culttz Kawasaki. There will be a small “NOAH The Spirit” interim date in between.

The participants for this year have been announced as such:

BLOCK A: Minoru Tanaka, Daisuke Harada, YO-HEY, Yoshinari Ogawa, Tadasuke, Junta Miyawaki
BLOCK B:  Kotaro Suzuki, Hajime Ohara, Hitoshi Kumano, HI69, Chris Ridgeway, HAYATA

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THE TESTAMENT OF MISAWA
On the 10th anniversary of Mitsuharu Misawa’s passing, Line News carried out in depth interviews with Akitoshi Saito, Naomichi Marufuji, Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru about what happened on the night of the 13th June in Hiroshima, and as a result what happened was probably the most revealing and comprehensive account.

In an interview with Tokyo Sports shortly before his death, Misawa spoke candidly to them. He knew that he was not going to reach his next birthday, he knew that his body was falling apart (he had bone spurs in the neck, and visual problems in one of his eyes), but he couldn’t retire. Not just yet. He had one final task to complete (namely putting Go Shiozaki over). and then it would be done.

It seemed that Misawa had known this even before the interview with Tokyo Sports, around about 2007 or so, he had written a letter to the opponent who would face him in the ring for the last time, and handed it to a trusted source to deliver the letter when his premonition came true. The letter was given to Akitoshi Saito, who has kept it with him on tour for the past ten years, and had read it each day. The letter is not one of recriminations, but one of apology. Misawa wrote in it that he forgave his opponent, and he wanted him to carry on wrestling.

The article weaves the stories of Marufuji, Saito, Kotaro and Kanemaru together. It starts from the accident, with Kanemaru noticing that Misawa wasn’t moving, Kotaro taking charge, Marufuji’s mad dash to Hiroshima when he heard the news (despite a knee injury), and understandably Saito’s shock. The article explores individual memories of Misawa, the fallout of his death, and then where they are ten years later.

The article is a long one, and often an emotional one, but I urge you to read it. It is not just a story of wrestling and wrestlers, it is a story of loss, strength in adversity, and the triumph of human spirit.

TOUR TIDBITS
~ 50 Funky Powers have neon blue and purple streamers
~ Naomichi Marufuji said that he wants to get “public broadcast” back (he means either a streaming service or a weekly show like NOAH once had)
~ Kenoh told “the assholes of Osaka” to go home and get a dictionary if they didn’t know what “Kongoh” meant (FYI, it means “diamond”)
~ Junta Miyawaki turned 22 on the 14th June.

On the way back from Osaka, Masao Inoue fell victim to Takashi Sugiura’s camera, and was photographed at the urinal (there is disturbingly a whole gallery of these, and this one had Kotaro Suzuki in the background). However, Sugiura didn’t stop there, and Inoue was filmed getting onto the bus (which seemed pretty empty as I guess most people had either gone home via the Shinkansen or stayed in Osaka) with an ice cream cone.
Marufuji joined in the fun by photographing Inoue, to which Sugiura told him to quit stealing his subject. Marufuji replied (and please bear in mind they were on the same bus and in close proximity to each other) that since Inoue was so interesting, maybe Sugiura would like to switch seats?
Sugiura said that he assumed Marufuji was being funny, as Inoue had never been interesting.

BROADCASTS
The 13th June Mitsuharu Misawa memorial show from Osaka, will be shown on the 22nd at 10pm on Samurai TV. This will be the final night of Global Junior Tag League 2019.

Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm

The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.

LINKS
Ogawa & Kotaro gain their first victory in Junior Tag League
Sugiura chokes Nakajima to take the GHC Tag Championship
Shiozaki’s answer to that ten years, to have a match that Misawa would approve of
“Iron-Man” Kobashi sends encouragement to favorite pupil, “KENTA! Use your instincts, and go wild!”
Naomichi Marufuji about KENTA’S New Japan entry, “Don’t you ever be buried”
10 Years after Misawa’s death, Noah’s full house, and a limited resurrection of the green mat

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, LINE News, PKDK
GIFS taken from Battlemen on Samurai TV
Newsletter by Hisame


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