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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 4/21/2019

Andrew brings us the Top 5 Matches of the week! Did you see all of these? Do you agree?

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Andrew brings us the Top 5 Matches of the week! Did you see all of these? Do you agree?

No big PPVs, so that means a quiter week? All Japan still has the Champion Carnival, so let’s see how much of that dominates the Top 5 matches of the week.

The match that won last week was the rematch that out performed the WrestleMania match, 205 Live: Tony Nese vs Buddy Murphy.

So now let’s see if Buddy Murphy can make it two weeks in a row?

 

5. WWE Raw: Andrade w/Zelina Vega vs Finn Balor

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:

Both men are slow to standing but Finn is up first. Vega coaches Almas up but Finn Slingblades him down! Finn grits his teeth to aim at Almas. Almas stands in one corner, and comes back with a handspring PELE! Cover, TWO!! Vega is furious while both men are down. Almas sits up first and drags Finn to a drop zone. Almas climbs up while fans rally. MOONSAULT! But Finn moves, and gets up knees for the second! Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! He aims at Almas but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs up from the other side and puts Finn in the Tree of Woe. Almas leaps but Finn gets clear. Finn gets up to kick Almas away! Finn climbs again and fans fire up, COUP DE GRACE misses! Boot feint to elbow! Hammerlock, cradle counter! TWO, but Finn clotheslines Almas out!

Finn gets that knee working but Vega is in his way again. He just FLIES over her! Direct hit on Almas! He puts Almas in but Vega gets away with a headscissor! Almas puts Finn in then drags him up, hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!

Winner: Andrade via Hammerlock DDT

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4. Kento Miyahara vs Yuma Aoyagi

From My Champion Carnival Analysis:

Aoyagi is the last remaining member of Nextream, but Miyahara being the champion…everyone’s going to want to step it up. Aoyagi took his sweet time stepping it up though. Kento manhandled him and Yuma looked outclassed for a while. Yuma caught Miyahara in End Game, and that was the closest he was to really winning the match. Yuma managed to pull off his triple German Suplexes, but nothing really looked to point in Yuma’s favor. He showed some fighting spirit, but Kento just outclassed him. Good match, but only one real hold your breath moment to suspend disbelief.

Winner: Miyahara via Shutdown Suplex Hold

Rating: ****

 

3. NXT: North American Title: Velveteen Dream (c) vs Buddy Murphy

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
 Dream and Murphy realize the other is also in, so they head for each other. Murphy swats at Dream then throws forearms. Dream hits back with body shots but Murphy throws another right. Murphy drags Dream up but Dream fires off! Murphy kicks low, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and fans are loving this! Murphy drags Dream to a drop zone and climbs up again. Dream gets up fast but Murphy shoves him away! Dream gets up again but gets a SUPER Gourd Buster! Murphy adjusts and leaps, sunset flip, but DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! High stack, TWO!! Murphy lives and fans hope they “Fight Forever!”

Dream goes for a corner but Murphy anchors his feet. Dream stomps Murphy out then makes it to the corner. Murphy intercepts but Dream shoves him down. Murphy comes back, tucks Dream in, SUPERKICK to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and Full Sail is thunderous! Dream crawls for a corner but Murphy pursues. Murphy kicks Dream down then joins him on the apron. Murphy boots Dream again, then a LEAPING knee trigger! Dream goes down and Murphy drags his dead weight back up. Champion’s Advantage means this has to end in the ring, but the count is at 8! Murphy refreshes the count at 9! He puts Dream back in, but gets a guillotine Famouser! And then another Dream Valley! Dream keeps going, climbs up top, and hits PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, Dream wins!!

Winner: Dream via Purple Rainmaker Elbow

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

ROH: Bandido vs PJ Black
Winner: Bandido via 21plex
Rating: *** 1/2
SmackDown Live: Finn Balor vs Ali
Winner: Balor via Coup de Grace
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW Champion Carnival: Yuma Aoyagi vs Atsushi Aoki
Winner: Aoki via Rolling Cradle
Rating: *** 1/2
Shield’s Final Chapter: The Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin
Winner: Shield via Shield Bomb
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW Champion Carnival: Zeus vs Atsushi Aoki
Winner: Zeus via Jackhammer
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW Sengoku Lord IWGP US Title: Juice Robinson (c) vs Bad Luck Fale
Winner: Robinson via Pulp Friction
Rating: *** 1/4
CHAOS vs LIJ
Winner: Natio via Destino
Rating: *** 1/4
AJPW Champion Carnival: Atsushi Aoki vs Ryoji Sai
Winner: Aoki via Rolling Cradle
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW Sengoku Lord: Chase Owens vs Mikey Nicholls
Winner; Nicholls via Mikey Bomb
Rating: ***
Impact: IMPACT Tag Team Titles: Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake vs Lucha Bros (c)
Winner: Lucha Bros via Spike Fear Factor
Rating: ***
SmackDown Live: Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev & Cesaro vs Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston & Kevin Owens
Winner: Owens via Stunner
Rating: ***
NXT: NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Kairi Sane
Winner: Baszler via DQ
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Lashley, Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & AJ Styles
Winner: Styles via Phenomenal Forearm
Rating: ***
AJPW Champion Carnival: Yuji Okabayashi vs Gianni Valletta
Winner: Valletta via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle
Rating: ***

 

2. Defiant Wrestling Lights Out: PAC vs El Phantasmo

Given that El Phantasmo had some debut videos for New Japan, I was curious since I’m not overly familiar with him. This match was quite interesting. PAC took Phantasmo lightly for a lot of it, and since Phantasmo is known for his high flying, PAC had to keep him in his place.

I can best equate Phantasmo’s style to that of Fenix. Lots of bouncing between middle and top ropes and some rope walking. To get to the match, it told a nice story. Phantasmo was proving he could keep up, but once he called PAC a bitch, then we got a nastier PAC. PAC nearly got disqualified holding Phantasmo against the ropes and snapping him in half with the Rings of Saturn. Phantasmo’s best shot was a nice transition of moves with a Cobra Clutch TKO, into a Swanton Bomb, into a Best Moonsault Ever…but PAC kicked out.

This was just surprisingly more entertaining than I expected. PAC did pull off the win, but it definitely built to a great match.

Winner: PAC via R.E.D. Arrow

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NJPW Sengoku Lord: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Zack Sabre Jr vs Kota Ibushi (c)

The beauty in this match was that most people end up wrestling a Sabre style match, but Ibushi pushed him out of his comfort zone. Sabre may have been more technical this match, but Ibushi forced him to strike more than we usually see, and that turned out to be Sabre’s downfall.

Sabre had a few close moments, but the ropes ended up being Ibushi’s best friend. When Ibushi was forced to tap into the “darker” side of himself, Sabre was selling the palm strikes like gun shots. Ibushi even distracted Red Shoes to get in a few more kicks in the corner. All in all, we saw most of the sides of the Golden Star in this match. His resolve, his love for Nakamura and Tanahashi and the attitude he picked up from his admiration of Nakamura.

For the first time they’ve wrestled outside of tournaments, this was amazing. Previously 2-2, now Ibushi holds the tie breaker and the belt. Naito comes out after to offer himself as the next opponent, Ibushi accepts.

Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye

Rating: *****

 

Thoughts:

As much as I was impressed with PAC and Phantasmo, the Ibushi versus Sabre Jr match was beautiful. We all know that these two guys put together great matches, and this was no different.

Remember to vote along with everyone! Make your opinion heard and let us know which match was your favorite! Always Use Your Head!


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Greg DeMarco: Box Office Brock Lesnar And The New WWE

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Brock Lesnar WWE Money In The Bank

After a hard-hitting WWE Money In The Bank, Greg DeMarco offers perspective on Brock Lesnar winning the Money In The Bank briefcase and the obvious shift in the WWE product & presentation.

I know you read that headline and wondered what in the hell I was smoking. Brock Lesnar leaves Hartford with the Money In The Bank briefcase, and I’m calling it a new WWE? I have to be insane, right? Well, that perspective is 100% wrong. (I mean…I may be insane–but not for that reason!) WWE Money In The Bank was shock and awe from start to finish, and you have every reason to be excited. The reactions I am seeing prove that the online community doesn’t want to enjoy WWE. Hopefully, for me, some mainstream fans will read this article too!

Box Office Brock Lesnar

I know what you’re thinking…same ol’ sh*t, right? I can’t say I agree. On the technicality side, Brock Lesnar has never held the Money In The Bank briefcase, so it’s wrong there. But I get it, you’re tired of seeing Brock on top. The truth of it is, he’s Box Office. And WWE needs box office.

What is “Box Office,” exactly? It’s the ability to get fans to spend money, which is how WWE makes money. Brock Lesnar sells the WWE product–to fans, to viewers, to advertisers, and to networks. Wrestling Twitter is a vocal minority, and appeasing them got WWE nowhere with WrestleMania 35, or as I was calling it for the months leading up to it, “HappyMania.” Brock is back, and I think it’s fantastic.

Disagree with me? Great, but the sold out crowd in Hartford blew the roof off the joint when his music hit, so they obviously agree. Brock will likely cash-in in advance, proclaiming his championship opportunity for WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia on June 7. Then we get to give the briefcases a rest, as we continue to shuffle the rosters up and use fun words like Wild Card (bitches…yeehaw!).

One prevailing thought I have seen is that the other seven guys in the match busted their asses for no payoff. I can’t agree with that either–their payoff is a paycheck. They’re businessmen. Those who complain about how they are booked don’t get the business. And as All Elite Wrestling is proving, they don’t take too kindly to people complaining about booking, either.

A New WWE?

I know a lot of people don’t see it, because they’re too worried about booking. But the WWE product shifted tonight. And as dangerous as it is, I hope it sticks.

The product got way more physical at WWE Money In The Bank–way more physical. It started with the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match, which in reality doesn’t need a gender specific distinction. Money In The Bank describes both ladder matches tonight, as both delivered in both brutality and story. Everyone put their bodies through hell during those matches, and they deserve to be praised.

But it didn’t end there:

  • Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe…brutality.
  • Shane McMahon vs. The Miz…brutality.
  • Tony Nese vs. Ariya Daivari…brutality.
  • The entire segment with the Women’s Championships…brutality.
  • Roman Reigns vs. Elias…brutality.
  • Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles…brutality.
  • Lars Sullivan and The Lucha House Party…brutality.
  • Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens…say it with me…brutality.

Sense a theme, here? WWE provided a more physical product, and did things that make sense. Yes, there were botches that everyone wants to blame on the refs. In each instance, it appeared to me that the talent messed up, and the commentators covered by blaming the officiating. And that makes sense to me. You didn’t think they were going to blame the wrestlers, did you?

It’s really funny that this comes after AEW reveals that they’ll present a more realistic, athletic oriented product after the onset of their TV deal. It’s probably the single bad move they’ve made (okay, maybe second to the whole PAC/Page ordeal), announcing their plans to the world and giving WWE a heads up on what’s coming so they can beat AEW to it.

Seriously, it’s like they went “Here’s our formula!” without even realizing WWE had a high profile PPV to air 6-days before Double Or Nothing. C’mon guys… #UseYourHead.

At the end, it looks WWE is going back to what works for them: giving the fans what they need, and not what they want. Imagine going to the doctor and misdiagnosing yourself. Would you rather the doctor provides you with what you want and now what you need? You’d sue that doctor for malpractice! It’s getting to be that same way with WWE. Prescribe to us what we need, Vince. Even if we don’t like the taste when it goes down, it’s for the best in the end.


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 5/19/2019

Best of Super Juniors 26 and Money in the Bank are the big things this week. Let’s see what matches made the cut, and if there were any surprises!

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Best of Super Juniors 26 and Money in the Bank are the big things this week. Let’s see what matches made the cut, and if there were any surprises!

Last week was an interesting week since it wasn’t a normal Top 5 and we had two Sami Callihan matches. When it came down to it though, IMPACT: oVe Rules 8 Man: oVe vs Tommy Dreamer vs Fallah Bahh vs Rich Swann vs Willie Mack, won the vote for the week. I’m always a happy when less popular matches or companies get a fair shake in the rundown.

Either way, let’s see exactly how much New Japan shows up and if anything from Money in the Bank was worth a watch!

 

5. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: Ryusuke Taguchi vs YOH

Taguchi has been having a crisis of character so to speak. He’s become more of a comedy wrestler who’s history doesn’t really inject respect or fear into his opponents. YOH is up and coming, and was trained by Taguchi in the New Japan Dojo. So YOH is trying to establish himself beyond the tag realm and Taguchi is trying to refind himself.

We saw an interesting match. Taguchi showed a little of both worlds from comedy to more of his extensive moveset. YOH was a walking reference to older wrestlers; he even mastered the Paradise Lock apparently. Taguchi picks up the win with the variation of the Dodon that he used to remove Prince Devitt from New Japan. Very good match.

Winner: Taguchi via Dodon’s Throne

Rating: ****

 

4. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 4: Will Ospreay vs Rocky Romero

This was a little similar to the earlier Taguchi match. Rocky had something to prove. CHAOS members, and Rocky is perceived as being past his prime, but he wanted to prove he can still hang. It’s been 3 years since his last BOSJ, how does the most decorated Junior Tag wrestler fair against the Aerial Assassin?

We got a great match. Rocky had numerous hope spots, hit the Forever Lariats, his half of Strong Zero and reversed the Stormbreaker first attempt into a legit Huricanrana. Ospreay turned out too be just a little too big, a little too athletic and a Shooting Star Press followed by a Stormbreaker ends this great match. Very good.

Winner: Ospreay via Stormbringer

Rating: **** 1/4

 

3. IMPACT: Michael Elgin vs Rich Swann

From My Analysis:
So damn this main event went 2 commercial breaks, but it was really solid. Swann wouldn’t stay down and even had great hope spots. A Super Frankensteiner countering the Avalanche Powerbomb, Lethal Injection, 450, but Elgin kicked out. Swann tried a top rope Phoenix Splash, and missed. Elgin hits Splash Mountain, and Rich kicks out. Elgin rolls to the outside, catches Rich and repeatedly Powerbombs him into the post. Kid Ref tries to get the match back in the ring, Elgin pushes Kid Ref and Powerbombs Swann again for posterity. Kid Ref calls for the DQ and then runs for his life. This was a great match, the “non-finish” is rather annoying coming out of a roughly 25 minute match. But love him or hate him, Elgin can wrestle.

Winner: Swann via DQ

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 3: Dragon Lee vs SHO
Winner: Dragon Lee via Desnucadora
Rating: ****
WWE MiTB: Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs Baron Corbin vs Finn Balor vs Ricochet vs Andrade vs Randy Orton vs Ali vs Brock Lesnar
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 1: Dragon Lee vs Taiji Ishimori
Winner: Ishimori via Bloody Cross
Rating: *** 3/4
WWE MitB: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Kevin Owens
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT UK: Ligero vs Jordan Devlin
Winner: Devlin via Snap Saito Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: Robbie Eagles vs Rocky Romero
Winner: Eagles via Ron Miller Special
Rating: ***
SmackDown Live: Randy Orton vs Finn Balor vs Andrade vs Ali
Winner: Andrade via Hammerlock DDT
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: El Phantasmo vs Bandido
Winner: Phantsmo via Greetings from Chasewood Park
Rating: ***
205 Live: Tony Nese vs Ligero
Winner: Nese via Running Kneese
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Fall Count Anywhere: Braun Strowman vs Sami Zayn
Winner: Zayn via Claymore
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 4: Ren Narita vs Robbie Eagles
Winner: Eagles via Turbo Backpack
Rating: ***
WWE MitB: The Usos vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan
Winner: Usos via Double Uce
Rating: ***

 

2. WWE MitB: Universal Championship: AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.

Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!

Winner: Rollins via The Stomp

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 1: SHO vs Shingo Takagi

This match has had a great build all year. SHO is the power of Roppongi 3k, and throughout the LIJ and Roppongi feud for the Junior Tag Titles, we always saw SHO try to go at Shingo. Shingo called him out a little and this is a great rivalry. SHO has something to prove, but Shingo doesn’t want to be upstaged by someone who was a Young Boy only a few years ago.

We saw the story unfold beautifully. Shingo dominated early, until SHO fired up and showed he wasn’t just going to roll over. As the match progressed SHO started to anticipate Shingo’s moves and stay a step ahead. Both men hit all of their signature moves, and neither wanted to really budge. This was just so well done, and more of a heavyweight style because they are both bigger Juniors. Shingo edged out SHO by hitting Last of the Dragons after numerous Pumping Bombers. But damn this was great.

Winner: Shingo via Last of the Dragons

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

Shingo and SHO, there is no other answer. This has been a feud that started at the end of last year and persisted through the entire year so far. Long term booking is always fun, and when both men put on a great story telling match, it’s even better. Plus there’s no guarantee it’s over since SHO still has to surpass Shingo to feel completed.

Don’t sleep on Ospreay and Romero though, that was a great match, just didn’t quite match up to SHO and Shingo.


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