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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 6/2/2019

Takeover XXV, the A Block finals of BOSJ and whatever else there was time for! What made the Top 5 Matches this week?

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Takeover XXV, the A Block finals of BOSJ and whatever else there was time for! What made the Top 5 Matches this week?

There really isn’t enough time in the week for all of the events that go on in the wrestling world. But some of the bigger points got hit this week!

As for last week, come on now, Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes from Double or Nothing, was the match of the week. This does make for an interesting vote for our MoTY May Pool!

  • AJPW Champion Carnival Finals: Kento Miyahara vs Jake Lee
  • MPACT: oVe Rules 8 Man: oVe vs Tommy Dreamer vs Fallah Bahh vs Rich Swann vs Willie Mack
  • WWE MiTB: Universal Championship: AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (c)
  • AEW DoN: Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes

See it’s month’s like this that make wrestling fun. Four different companies, and really, four different styles of match. My vote has to go to Brother vs Brother, because Megadeth’s Holy Wars is a great song.

No? Fine, if you read my previous matches article, you’d know Cody versus Dustin is my personal Match of the Year.

Now let’s see what this week gives us!

 

5. Impact: Johnny Impact & Michael Elgin vs Rich Swann & Willie Mack

From My Analysis:
Not a bad tag team main event at all! Constant action, great big moves from everyone…and then we see the heels do heel stuff. A few miscommunications annoyed Elgin to the point of just walking away from the match. Swann takes advantage of the fissure, hits a Lethal Injection, into a 450 for a win to keep his momentum.

Winner: Swann via 450 Splash

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4.  NXT Takeover XXV: Roderick Strong vs Matt Riddle

From My Analysis:
The match built slowly, which allowed Roddy a few opportunities to land a myriad of back breakers. Working over the back came into play at numerous points during the match, making Riddle unable to pull off certain moves. Hell, Riddle couldn’t hold the Bromission, which gave Roddy a glimmer of hope towards the end, but Riddle pulls out the Cradle Tombstone Piledriver, which I haven’t seen him use lately. Good match when all was said and done, plus it got the crowd going within the last few minutes.

Winner: Riddle via Bro Derek

Rating: ****

 

3. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 12: DOUKI vs Will Ospreay

Given the fact I haven’t been able to really sit down and watch all of the BOSJ matches and have only been picking and choosing, Douki put on a hell of match. He’s got great flexibility and mixed Lucha Libre style with Japanese Junior Heavyweight style very well. His flexibility is also very hard to argue.

A nice wrinkle through this match was Taichi’s interference since he was at commentary. It didn’t play a big part, so instead of detracting from the storytelling, it actually seemed to help. DOUKI had a few close calls, a big near fall with a Gory Backbreaker, that he brings them down as he does a split and then does a backslide to go into he pin. Very cool moves, but Ospreay is just too much.

Winner: Ospreay via Stormbreaker

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 12: Bandido vs Robbie Eagles
Winner:  Bandido via Moonsault Press
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT Takeover XXV: NXT North American Title: Tyler Breeze vs Velveteen Dream (c)
Winner: Dream via Purple Rainmaker
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 13: Dragon Lee vs Marty Scurll
Winner: Dragon via Desnucadora
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT: Mia Yim vs Bianca Belair
Winner: Yim via Protect Yo Neck
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Raw: Seth Rollins vs Sami Zayn
Winner: Rollins via Stomp
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT Takeover XXV: NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Io Shirai
Winner: Baszler via Kirifuda Clutch
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 12: Ren Narita vs YOH
Winner: YOH via Calf Crusher
Rating: *** 1/4
SmackDown Live: Kofi Kingston vs Kevin Owens
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 1/4
Impact: Street Fight: Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards
Winner: Edwards via Boston Knee Party
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: Drew Gulak vs Kushida
Winner: Kushida via Gedo Clutch
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Cesaro vs Ricochet
Winner: Ricochet via Hurricanrana
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 13: SHO vs Jonathan Gresham
Winner: SHO via Shock Arrow
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Number 1 Contender for Universal Title Elimination Match: Baron Corbin vs The Miz vs Bobby Lashley vs Braun Strowman
Winner:  Corbin via End of Days
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 12: Rocky Romero vs BUSHI
Winner: BUSHI via MX
Rating: ***
SmackDown Live: Roman Reigns & R-Truth vs Elias & Drew McIntyre
Winner: Reigns via Spear
Rating: ***
NXT Takeover XXV: NXT Tag Team Championship 4 Way Ladder Match
Winner: Street Profits
Rating: ***
Impact: Moose & The North vs RVD, Sabu & Tommy Dreamer
Winner: RVD via 5 Star Frog Splash
Rating: ***

 

2. NXT Takeover XXV: NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano (c) vs Adam Cole

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Cole argues with the ref, and goes to the outside. He gets a chair! The ref tells Cole to drop the chair but Cole doesn’t care. So the ref grabs the chair, only for Gargano to DIVE! But Gargano gets the ref instead of Cole! And now, Cole swings! But Gargano dodges and SUPERKICKS the chair into Cole’s face! Gargano puts Cole in the ring and covers, but the ref is out! The fans count past 10 but it doesn’t matter because the ref has to do it. Gargano hobbles to help the ref, but of course Cole has help of his own. Cole waves, and Gargano prepares for the Undisputed Era. But when the Era doesn’t appear, Gargano goes to the ring. Cole gets Gargano with a draping piledriver!! Cover, TWO?!? Cole is at his wit’s end. But fans know “This is Awesome!”

Cole sits Gargano up and runs, but Gargano just flops over. Gargano denies Last Shot just by not being able to do anything. Cole makes Gargano sit up again, but gets caught in GargaNO Escape! And Gargano uses his own leg to prop up the other! Cole crawls for ropes but Gargano rolls him away! Cole elbows the bad leg over and over and over until he’s free! He mule kicks the leg over and over, then hosp up again, PANAMA- Gargano sits down! TWO, roll, and Gargano can’t get up. PANAMA SUNRISE!! LAST, SHOT!! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Cole via Last Shot

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 13: Shingo Takagi vs Taiji Ishimori

This match was for the A block. Shingo’s perfect record, and Taiji had only one loss. A match between two journeymen, Taiji from Pro Wrestling NOAH and Shingo making his name in Dragon Gate. What comes from this dream match up?

Just, wow. Both took it to one another with hard quick strikes. Ishimori’s speed was his greatest asset and Shingo’s power has kept him ahead of the pack. Ishimori pulled off great moments, a snap Hurricanrana, his Sliding Middle Rope German Suplex, and most of his signature stuff, just everything felt like it mattered a little more.

The finish was different since Ishimori had all the moment, went for Bloody Cross, Shingo blocked and just powered Ishimori into Last of the Dragon position, and landed his finish for the pinfall. So Shingo becomes the first person to have a perfect record in block. LIJ’s dragon is damn impressive.

Winner: Takagi via Last of the Dragon

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

Shingo was always a favorite of mine. He was one of the main reasons I even pretended to care about Dragon Gate in the last few years, his participation in last year’s Champion Carnival was a treat, and now that he’s in New Japan…I’m just giddy. Yes, this is all leading to me picking Shingo vs Taiji as the match of the week, and it’s not even really close.

So there we go. Let’s here your opinion on the month of May and this week’s matches!


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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