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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 6/30/2019

Fyter Fest, Southern Showdown and two big title matches during the AJPW Dynamite series give us an interesting week. What made the Top 5?

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Fyter Fest, Southern Showdown and two big title matches during the AJPW Dynamite series give us an interesting week. What made the Top 5?

Well last week Stomping Grounds managed to take the top two spots in a week with a lot of basic television. So WWE was given a bit of a layup. Now let’s see if they came through.

The match that won last week was, WWE Stomping Ground: Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese (c) vs Drew Gulak vs Akira Tozawa.

Let’s see what made the Top 5 this week!

 

5. AEW Fyter Fest: Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
The Elite have each luchador in position, TRIPLE POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO from all three! Fans know “This is Awesome!” but far from over. The Elite set Laredo up but Fenix runs in. Fenix just ends up the same alongside Laredo, and Nick climbs up. Double draping 450! Cover, but Pentagon kicks Omega’s head! Nick throws Pentagon out, then spikes Fenix! But Pentagon avoids the moonsault to slingblade! Matt runs to wreck Pentagon with a dropkick! Laredo dropkicks Matt as he skins the cat! Laredo runs but into another V-Trigger! Omega runs but into FENIX INJECTION! But Fenix gets Nick’s neckbreaker! Fans hope these six “Fight Forever!” but it has to end somehow.

Matt scoops Pentagon and Nick takes aim, but turns into Laredo’s chop. Nick CHOPS back, then use Laredo to go up, but Fenix and Laredo trip him up! Fenix walks the rope SUPER SPANISH FLY onto their brothers!! Laredo has Omega with forearms, then runs, springboard, V-TRIGGER! Tiger Driver 98! Cover, TWO!? Omega keeps his focus as he reloads. Bang, and he runs, to V-Trigger again! Omega electric chairs, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, The Elite win!

Winner:  Omega via One Winged Angel

Rating: ****

 

4. 205 Live: #1 Contender Match: Tony Nese vs Akira Tozawa

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
But Tozawa keeps moving, back to a drop zone and top rope. Tozawa leaps, SUPER SENTON FLOPS! Both men are down but Portland says “This is Awesome!” Nese and Tozawa stir, and Nese is up first. Tozawa hears the “AH! AH!” echoing in the distance, but Nese lifts him in the Alabama position. Tozawa sunset filps and lets Nese go, to get a Crucifix Driver! Cover, TWO! Nese rolls Tozawa, TWO to a deadlift! Buckle bomb! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Tozawa survives and Nese is shocked! Nese grits his teeth as Tozawa sits up in the corner. Nese runs side to side, but into a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!

Tozawa refuses to stop, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! German Suplex into buckles! Nese brings the knee pad down, goes side to side, but still misses. Tozawa kicks, swings, slides under, and slips around the clothesline to sunset flip, but Nese counters with the Dude Buster!! Cover, Nese wins!!

Winner: Nese via Reverse Package Piledriver

Rating: ****

 

3. AJPW Dynamite Series Day 7: Triple Crown Championship: Yoshi-Tatsu vs Kento Miyahara (c)

Yoshi-Tatsu earned a shot after a successful Gaora TV title challenge and just progressing up the ladder well. Kento is the best of the best, and carrying All Japan through this darker period. Can Yoshi-Tatsu fulfill his personal challenge or returning to prominence?

Kento and Yoshi are familiar since they tagged together and this is Yoshi’s second challenge since being featured more often in All Japan. Kento takes him a little lightly early, throwing him around the outside, headbutting him into oblivion and just seemingly enjoying his time.

Yoshi manages some quick offense to slow down Kento and finally string some offense together. Surprisingly catching Kento in a couple Koji Clutch attempts and even landing the Codebreaker from Jericho, but Kento kicked out. All in all, this match became a great showing that Yoshi-Tatsu is a solid threat. He’s no longer the Bullet Club Hunter/Styles Clash Broken Neck/J-Pop Drop joke that he has been the last few years.

Definitely a fun match to watch where Yoshi is nowadays.

Winner: Kento wins via Shutdown Suplex Hold

Rating: ****

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

AEW Fyter Fest: Unsanctioned Match: Jon Moxley vs Joey Janela
Winner: Moxley via Paradigm Shift
Rating: *** 3/4
WWE Raw: Ricochet vs AJ Styles
Winner: AJ Styles via Phenomenal Forearm
Rating: *** 3/4
NXT: NXT Women’s Championship Cage Match: Io Shirai vs Shayna Baszler
Winner: Baszler via Escape
Rating: *** 1/2
AEW Fyter Fest: Cody Rhodes vs Darby Allin
Winner: Time Limit Draw
Rating: *** 1/2
ROH Best in the World: TV Championship: Shane Taylor vs Bandido
Winner: Shane via Greetings from 216
Rating: *** 1/2
SmackDown Live: 2 out of 3 Falls: Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise (2-1)
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT: The Rascalz vs LAX & Laredo Kid
Winner: Rascalz via Diving Meteora
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: Jaoquin Wilde vs Angel Garza
Winner: Garza via Butterfly Facebuster
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT: The North vs The Deaners:
Winner: The North via Tandem Inverted Slam
Rating: *** 1/4
AEW Fyter Fest: CIMA vs Christopher Daniels:
Winner: CIMA via Diving Meteora
Rating: ***
ROH Best in the World: PURE Rules: Jordan Gresham vs Silas Young
Winner: Gresham via Octopus Hold
Rating: ***
AEW Fyter Fest: Best Friends vs Private Party vs SCU
Winner: Best Friends via Strong Zero
Rating: ***

 

2. NJPW Southern Showdown: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs Robbie Eagles

Since they went down to Australia, Ospreay hand picked the Australian Sniper Robbie Eagles to be his first challenger.Robbie has been on the rocks with El Phantasmo, so it seems like he’s questioning his Bullet Club alliance.

This was a great high flying junior match, with a few wrinkles. Eagles goes after body parts since he’s the Sniper of the Sky, so that made for some innovative attempts from Ospreay. Then we also had Eagles trying to keep ELP out of the match, but ELP kept inserting himself in situations.

There was one great spot where Ospreay was distracted on the ropes by ELP, but Eagles dove and wiped out ELP, but it also caused Ospreay to fall and get tangled in the ropes. A great 450 Splash on the prone Ospreay gave Eagles a moment of hope. Ospreay hits two Oscutters quickly, and it causes ELP to pull Red Shoes out of the ring.

Eagles stops ELP from hitting Ospreay with the belt and has a moment to make a decision. Red Shoes and Ospreay look at him like “don’t use the belt”, and Eagles hands the belt to Red Shoes.

So we get a great match, great transitions with Eagles babyfacing himself and setting up for an assumed separation from the Bullet Club.

Winner: Ospreay via Strombreaker

Rating: **** 1/2

 

1. AJPW Dynamite Series Day 7: World Tag Team Championships: Violence Giant (Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa) (c) vs The End (Odinson & Parrow)

Making their debut in the previous tag league, The End left a huge impact on the AJPW crowd. Violence Giant has been a consistent force for the All Japan tag division. Back to back Tokyo Sports Tag Team of the year with four tag team title runs in the last two years, make for the a hell of a challenge for Odinson and Parrow.

I can surmise this match with: If you like big strong guys beating the ever living hell out of each other, watch this. But that’s selling it a little short.

Everyone in this match had great moments to shine, Suwama did his desperation Double Chops, The End hit a Super Collider and nearly executed the Doomsday Device. It trimmed down to Odinson and Suwama in the ring trading big moves. Shuji kept Parrow occupied on the outside while Suwama pulled out the Giant Slam to retain the titles.

The crowd was very much into this match. Numerous chants for The End and Violence Giant filled the arena and it looked like The End said it wasn’t over just yet and wanted one more shot. This should be interesting to see if the rematch happens quickly since Violence Giant have a tendency to work the same team for a few months this year.

Winner: Shuji via Giant Slam

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

All of the matches this week, were definitely highlight reel material. My vote will go to, Will Ospreay vs Robbie Eagles, purely because not only was it a great match but the moving story pieces are interesting. I guess this also puts another feather in Ospreay’s cap since he’s in another quality match and there’s no Seth Rollins to be seen.

Hmmm…


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