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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 5/26/2019

AEW’s inaugural event, more Best of the Super Juniors and even a big Triple Crown match from AJPW jam pack more matches into the week!

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AEW’s inaugural event, more Best of the Super Juniors and even a big Triple Crown match from AJPW jam pack more matches into the week!

In what turned out to be a two a horse race last week, we did have a very definitive winner. WWE MiTB: Universal Championship: AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (c), won by quite a bit.

Well this week WWE doesn’t make the list, so we’re bound to get a little more variety in May. I’m assuming most people have seen a couple of these. Especially since the landscape outside of WWE got a little wider this weekend.

 

5. AEW Double or Nothing: Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Jericho wobbles again and Omega spins him around. Omega wants a third but Jericho wheelbarrow victory rolls, to the Walls of Jericho! But Omega throws him off! Jericho walks into a kick, underhooks, Tiger Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Jericho still lives as that bomb wasn’t hard enough. Omega takes aim again as fans rally and duel. BANG, but the V-Trigger is caught to Walls of Jericho! Jericho sits deep and fans reach a fever pitch as Omega endures! Omega crawls but Jericho sits deeper. Omega powers up but Jericho drags him away! Jericho shifts to get a knee on Omega’s back! Omega powers out and kicks Jericho away! Omega blocks the boot to hit a roaring elbow. But Jericho hits back, only to run into a V-Trigger!

Fans drum for the Terminator again as Omega drags Jericho up. Electric Chair, but Jericho spins out to a DDT! And it wasn’t pretty. But Omega covers Jericho first, TWO! Both men are down, and fans rally up again. Jericho and Omega both stand, and Omega punches only to get an enziguri! Jericho gives Omega a short knee to the head, then springboards, but Omega catches him! Electric Chair, but Jericho spins through to get a cleaner DDT! Jericho runs to get a Code Breaker! And then Jericho runs to hit the Judas Effect elbow!! Cover, Jericho wins?!

Winner: Jericho via Judas Effect

Rating: **** 1/4

 

4. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 7: El Phantasmo vs Will Ospreay

Phantasmo made a name for himself in England, and has a little history with Ospreay. Being a former winner and generally seen as a favorite, Ospreay looks to clip the wings of the brash upstart.

Ospreay’s aggression was high during this match. He started fast with strikes, attacking ELP into the crowd and just being borderline cruel. Ospreay even teased the Spanish Fly off the apron, since he really seemed to want to hurt ELP. However, the brash ELP managed to counter Ospreay’s bigger moves and actually caught him on multiple occasions.

Ospreay got blinded from trying to make an example of ELP, so he was really his own undoing. Great match with tournament and future implications.

Winner: ELP via CR2

Rating: **** 1/2

 

3. AJPW Super Power Series Night 2: Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Shuji Ishikawa

Kento tends to always put on great title matches. Ishikawa earned this by beating Kento during the Round Robin portion of the Champion Carnival.

Ishikawa was much more energetic than usual. He took it to Kento quickly, hit a Wrecking Ball Dropkick from nowhere and then toyed with Kento and the referee. Kento was on the back foot for what seemed like half of the match, until he feigned an injury and took a short cut to get back some momentum.

What we got was both men throwing everything at one another. Kento kicked out of everything except the Giant Slam, which he just wriggled out of, and Kento had to win with his usual finish of the Shutdown Suplex. Yes, the arms came uncaptured during the hold, so it did look a little awkward for the three count, but the match itself was damn damn good.

Winner: Kento via Shutdown Suplex Hold

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Honorable Mentions:

NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 9: Rocky Romero vs El Phantasmo
Winner: Romero via Diablo Armbar
Rating: ****
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 8: Shingo Takagi vs Dragon Lee
Winner: Takagi via Last of the Dragon
Rating: ****
AJPW Super Power Series Night 2: World Junior Heavyweight Championship: Atsushi Aoki vs Koji Iwamoto (c)
Winner: Aoki via Trap Over
Rating: ****
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 7: Shingo Takagi vs Marty Scurll
Winner: Shingo via Last of the Dragon
Rating: *** 3/4
NXT UK: WWE UK Championship: WALTER (c) vs Pete Dunne
Winner: WALTER via Powerbomb
Rating: *** 3/4
IMPACT!: Tag Team Championships: The North vs LAX (c)
Winner: LAX win Tandem Inverted Slam
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 7: Rocky Romero vs YOH
Winner: YOH via Calf Crusher
Rating: *** 1/2
AEW Double or Nothing: So Cal Uncensored vs Strong Hearts
Winner: SCU via Best Meltzer Ever
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW Super Power Series Night 2: All Asia Tag Titles: Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs Zeus & Atsushi Murayama
Winner: Kawakami via Michinoku Driver
Rating: *** 1/2
Wrestlegate Pro: Hangman Page vs PAC
Winner: Page via DQ
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE SmackDown Live: Andrade vs Ali
Winner: Ali via Inside Cradle
Rating: *** 1/4
AEW Double or Nothing: Riho, Hikaru Shida &  Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura
Winner: Shida via Three Count
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT!: Sami Callihan vs Fallah Bahh
Winner: Callihan via Draping Spike Piledriver
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 7: Jonathan Gresham vs Titan
Winner: Gresham via Ground Octopus Stretch
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE RAW: The Usos vs The Revival
Winner: The Revival via Dirty Roll-Up
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 7: Bandido vs Ren Narita
Winner: Bandido via 21plex
Rating: ***
WWE SmackDown Live: Elias vs Roman Reigns
Winner: Reigns via Spear
Rating: ***
AEW Double or Nothing: Britt Baker vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae vs Awesome Kong
Winner: Britt Baker via Kneecap Brainbuster
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 7: SHO vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Winner: Kanemaru via Countout
Rating: ***
AEW Double or Nothing: Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian
Winner: Sabian via Argentine Facebuster
Rating: ***
IMPACT!: Tommy Dreamer vs RVD
Winner: RVD via 5 Star Frog Splash
Rating: ***

 

2. AEW Double or Nothing: AAA Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs Lucha Brothers

From My Analysis:
I’m very happy there was the unveiling ceremony between the Rhodes match and this one. Cause this was a great match and moving it out too quick could’ve hurt the crowd immersion. Great tandem moves, a decent thread of the ring rust playing a part against the Young Bucks early on and just generally great spots. There definitely was a lot of stuff, big spots and it was “spot monkey” style, but it all worked. The Lucha Brothers pulled out crazy moves to try and get the AAA belts back and the Bucks were trying to prove they still had it with most of the year off. Just really really good.

Winner: Bucks via Meltzer Driver

Rating: *****

 

1. AEW Double or Nothing: Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes

From My Analysis:
Wow. Dustin and Cody brought it, Dustin bladed pretty deep, I think even Dusty would’ve blushed. New moves from Dustin like the Misawa style Apron Senton, a Code Red and a few classics. The blood, the desire to keep fighting, this was everything wrestling should be. It made sense for Cody to win the match of course, but wow after the match was a beautiful moment. Also call of the night might have to go to Excalibur when Cody hit a Pump Kick aka Bicycle Kick and you hear him say something like ” He hit him with a BICYCLE”.  In a huge homage to Dustin and Dusty’s Heart to Heart promo, Cody tells Dustin he can’t retire, because he needs a partner. He doesn’t just need a partner, he needs his big brother. This was a great way cap off such a hard hitting personal match. Wow.

Winner: Cody via Crossroads

Rating: *****

 

Thoughts:

What? Did you not read my Double or Nothing article? Cody vs Dustin win my vote. Words can’t describe how tremendous that match was from a story telling and emotional aspect. Kudos.


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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