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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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