Connect with us

Opinion

Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 4/7/2019

Holy wrestling overload Batman! With all of the wrestling this week, what stuck out and what did Andrew have enough time to see? Let’s see what made the Top 5 Matches!

Published

on

Becky Lynch Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair WWE WrestleMania 35

Holy wrestling overload Batman! With all of the wrestling this week, what stuck out and what did Andrew have enough time to see? Let’s see what made the Top 5 Matches!

Talk about a long week, right? First world problems I’m aware. But I didn’t even see everything I wanted to since I went to see G1 Supercard live. I pray for those who had a show everyday. I guess I’m just getting old, but I’m still tired from Saturday.

Either way, we’re got two votes this week! The weekly and the March month vote! Let’s look at the March pool:

  • Stardom Wonder of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe (c)
  • Fastlane: US Title 4 Way: Samoa Joe (c) vs R-Truth vs Rey Mysterio vs Andrade
  • New Japan Cup: Zack Sabre Jr vs Kota Ibushi
  • New Japan Cup Finals: Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA
  • SmackDown Live: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs Charlotte Flair

Well March is a little unique since I can’t remember if last year we had a pool with two women’s matches. When it comes to my vote, it goes to Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe. Great match, hard hitting and those style of matches don’t happen enough in Stardom, but damn it was special.

Either way, this week’s vote will probably be hard for most. A bunch of great stuff, it’s always a good week when matches that got 4 1/4 don’t make the Top 5 cut, plus, we have three 5 snowflake matches on the list.

 

5 (t). WrestleMania 35: SmackDown & Raw Women’s Championships Winner Take All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair (c)

From My Analysis:
This triple threat had everyone holding their breath before the bell rang. We’ve become so conditioned to expect WWE throwing us a fast one, that they worked us, by not working us. The match was fantastic, a few nit picks. Like Charlotte not selling the Piper’s Pit on the outside, sloppy crucifix and a few of the double moves looked odd, but that’s nit picking. Great match by all three women, and it’s cliche to say, but the right person won.

Winner: Becky via Crucifix Pin

Rating: **** 1/2

 

5 (t). NXT TakeOver New York: 2 out of 3 Falls NXT Championship: Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano

From My Analysis:
It’s a 2 out of 3 falls match. So there’s a lot that went on. Cole got the first fall with the Last Shot. Gargano got the second fall with the Garga-NO Escape. The third one was crazy, spotty, tons of near falls. Undisputed Era eventually came out to try and put Cole over, but Gargano kept kicking out. Fairytale Ending, Panama Sunrise, reDragon did Total Elimination, another Last Shot…Gargano wouldn’t die. He wiped out the rest of the stable and focused on Cole. Eventually Gargano caught Cole in another Garga-NO Escape, kicked off the rope to put it in the middle, and won the Championship! Crazy match, a little too “indy spotfest” to knock my socks completely off, but still a damn good match.

Winner: Gargano via Garga-NO Escape (2-1)

Rating: **** 1/2

 

4. NXT TakeOver New York: NXT Tag Team Titles: War Raiders (c) vs Aleister Black & Ricochet

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
The count reaches 5 as Aleister and Hanson stand. Hanson keeps Aleister get in but Aleister does the same. But now they’re all down, so Rowe and Ricochet get in at 9.5! Rowe and Ricochet are now legal as they slowly stand up. They start brawling, and Ricochet manages to bob ‘n’ weave. Rowe lands a right but Ricochet hits an uppercut. Ricochet swings but into Ace Ten- No, a boot from Ricochet! Tag to Aleister who boots Rowe and knees Hanson. Rowe grabs Aleister but Aleister shakes him off. Rowe roars, BLACK MASS! Tag to Ricochet, who climbs up, SHOOTING STAR! Hanson returns as Ricochet covers, Hanson barrels into everyone to break the pin! Aleister and Hanson tumble out but Ricochet keeps on Rowe. Rowe’s in a drop zone and Ricochet’s up again. Ricochet aims, 630 senton FLOPS as Hanson saves Rowe!

Aleister moonsaults but misses Hanson! Hanson clobbers Aleister then gets Rowe in. Rowe crawls and tags Hanson back in. Ricochet stands and boots Hanson first! Ricochet runs, dodges, but gets THOR’S HAMMER! Hanson DIVES onto Aleister! Rowe drags Ricochet up, Hanson climbs, FALLOUT!! Cover, War Raiders win!!

Winner: War Raiders via Fallout

Rating: **** 1/2

 

 

3. GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport: Josh Barnett vs Minoru Suzuki

Well it was his show, so of course he gets the best opponent. No ropes, shoot style wrestling with no pinfalls and MMA style rules. This was something to watch.

If you like hard hitting, catch is catch can style mixed with submission/MMA style then find this show. Suzuki and Barnett went hold for hold for most of the match. Suzuki went to the outside, grabbed a chair, bumped the ref, but when he hit Barnett with the chair, it just pissed Josh off.

Initially it went to the 20 minute time limit, and the crowd chanted for 5 more minutes. Suzuki silenced them, and then screams “Five more minutes”. So we get 5 more minutes of great submissions, no selling fire spots and just a general spectacle. It was also funny to hear Suzuki talk shit in English and Barnett responded in Japanese. They both had one another in Knee Bar submissions when the time ran out on Overtime.

These two have a lot of history from Pancrase days, both were King of Pancrase champions and this was just a fantastic display of hybrid wrestling. Plus you have to figure, Jersey, New York and Philly are still a hot ECW territory, so anything violent, will be received well. This was just special.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: *****

 

Honorable Mentions:

G1 Supercard: ROH World Championship Ladder Wars: Marty Scurll vs Jay Lethal (c) vs Matt Taven
Winner: Matt Taven
Rating: **** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
Winner: Styles via Phenomenal Forearm
Rating: ****
NXT TakeOver New York: NXT North American Title Match: Matt Riddle vs Velveteen Dream (c)
Winner: Dream via Submission Reversal Cradle
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: Rev Pro British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre Jr (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Winner: Sabre via Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness
Rating: ****
NXT TakeOver New York: WWE UK Championship Match: WALTER vs Pete Dunne (c)
Winner: Walter via Top Rope Splash
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: Honor Rumble
Winner: Kenny King
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Kota Ibushi
Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Triple Threat: Dragon Lee vs Bandido vs Taiji Ishimori (c)
Winner: Dragon Lee via Desnucadora
Rating: *** 3/4
WrestleMania 35: SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles: The Usos (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev vs The Bar vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Winner: Usos via Double Uce
Rating: *** 3/4
NXT TakeOver New York: NXT Women’s Championship Match: Kairi Sane vs Bianca Belair vs Shayna Baszler (c) vs Io Shirai
Winner: Baszler via Kirifuda Clutch
Rating: *** 3/4
WrestleMania 35: Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon vs The Miz
Winner: Shane via Superplex Shenanigans
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT: X Division Scramble: Aiden Prince vs Idris Abraham vs Ace Austin vs Trey vs Petey Williams vs Jake Crist
Winner: Petey Williams via Avalanche Canadian Destroyer
Rating: *** 1/2
G1 Supercard: NEVER Openweight & ROH TV Title Winner Take All: Will Ospreay (c) vs Jeff Cobb (c)
Winner: Cobb via Tour of the Islands
Rating: *** 1/2
Impact Wrestling United We Stand: X Division Title Match: Rich Swann (c) vs Flamita
Winner: Swann via Phoenix Splash
Rating: *** 1/2
WrestleMania 35: Women’s Tag Team Fatal 4 Way: The IIconics vs Tamina & Nia Jax vs Boss & Hug Connection vs Divas of Doom
Winner: IIconics via Avalanche Glam Slam
Rating: *** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: Intercontinental Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Finn Balor
Winner: Balor via Coup de Grace
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Winner: Revival via Count Out
Rating: *** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: No Holds Barred: Triple H vs Batista
Winner: Triple H via Pedigree
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT: #1 Contender’s Match: Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne
Winner: Grace via Grace Driver
Rating: *** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: Raw Tag Team Championship: The Revival (c) vs Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
Winner: Hawkins via Inside Cradle
Rating: ***
G1 Supercard:IWGP Heavyweight & ROH Tag Team Titles Winner Take All: Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs The Briscoes vs Villain Enterprises (c) vs EVIL & SANADA
Winner: G.o.D. via Super Powerbomb
Rating: ***
IMPACT: Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards vs LAX
Winner: Eddie via Boston Knee Party
Rating: ***

 

2. ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard: IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs Kazuchika Okada

From my Totally Biased Live Review:
So Okada and White was probably hurt a bit by the length of the show. I saw some people leaving after the ladder match, and this match didn’t get started until a bit after 11. This was insanely well wrestled by both men. White kicked out of the first Rainmaker he was hit with, and hit a desperation Blade Runner, but couldn’t pin Okada. Okada went into his sequence when he beat Tanahashi and Styles the first time, wrist control, short arm lariats over and over, just rocking Jay. The Rolling Rainmaker popped the crowd hard since we all felt it was coming. Then after a few counter attempts, Jay gets drilled by the Jumping Tombstone and then one more big Rainmaker for the win!

Winner: Okada via Rainmaker

Rating: *****

 

1. WrestleMania 35: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Kofi gives Rowan Trouble in Paradise! Big E scoops and Woods jumps in, Midnight Hour on the floor! The New Day takes Rowan out, but Bryan’s building speed! Kofi intercepts with a big right hand! Kofi hurries into the ring and the fans are thunderous again. Bryan slowly stands, Trouble in Paradise misses, but not the Knee Plus!! Cover, TWO!?! Even the watch party is shocked by that! Bryan is beside himself on what he has to do to end Kofimania. Bryan grabs Kofi’s hands and gives him Danielson stomps! He makes The New Day watch each vicious one. Bryan then reels Kofi back into the LeBell Lock! Kofi endures all over again, but comes back to life!

Bryan clubs away on Kofi’s head but Kofi still holds on. Kofi pries his way out and rolls Bryan so that he can throw hands. But Bryan makes it a double wristlock! Kofi still fights through and rains rights! Kofi gives some serious ground ‘n’ pound now! Bryan holds on but Kofi just uses that to give those Danielson stomps back! The old stomping stampede returns for Kofi as he fires up! Kofi aims from a corner as he dares Bryan to stand back up. Bryan does, Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise

Rating: *****

 

Thoughts:

You can’t go wrong with any of these matches, but I’m giving it to, Josh Barnett vs Minoru Suzuki. There was just something special about that match, the style and just refreshing seeing the catch wrestling/hybrid style Bloodsport. I’m fully aware it’s the dark horse and not for everyone, but it’s the only match on the list where I couldn’t take my eyes off the ring.

Well make your voice heard, especially in such an action packed week! Always Use Your Head, and vote God dammit!


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Advertisement
Comments

Opinion

Greg DeMarco: Box Office Brock Lesnar And The New WWE

Published

on

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.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Continue Reading

Opinion

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!

Published

on

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.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Continue Reading

Trending Today