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Andrew’s Top Matches: MOTY Second Chance December

With only a few weeks left in 2019, we need to get a representative for December! Second Chance matches are up!



With only a few weeks left in 2019, we need to get a representative for December! Second Chance matches are up!

Match of the Year conversations are always some combination of fun, divisive, inane and just generally entertaining. I really enjoy the way the voting process works here, since I feel it gives us a slightly unique list compared to other places. Let’s look at the MOTY pool so far:

Current Match of the Year Pool:

  • January – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • February – NXT Halftime Heat: Ricochet, Aleister Black & Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
  • March – Stardom: Wonder of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe (c)
  • April – WrestleMania 35: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan (c)
  • May – AEW Double or Nothing: Cody Rhodes vs Dustin Rhodes
  • June – NJPW BOSJ 26 Finals Day: BOSJ 26 Finals: Shingo Takagi vs Will Ospreay
  • July – NJPW G1 Climax Night 6: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii
  • August – NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff: WWE UK Championship: WALTER (c) vs Tyler Bate
  • September – AJPW Summer Explosion Day 13: Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Naoya Nomura
  • October – NXT: North American Championship Triple Threat: Dominik Dijakovic vs Keith Lee vs Roderick Strong (c)
  • November – NXT: The Revival vs The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)

So I guess it’s only fair we take a look at what matches get a second chance for December.

Second Chance Pick: Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg)

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

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!!


Second Chance Pick: Mathew Sarpraincone (@DamienPhoenix12)

AJPW Raising an Army: Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Jake Lee

Jake Lee boasts something that not many can say this year; he holds a pinfall victory over Kento Miyahara. Also, he’s the only person to deprive Kento of something this year. Jake beat Kento to win the Royal Road Tournament and earn this championship shot. So with that established, Kento wants some revenge. Kento beat Jake for the Champion Carnival earlier this year, but Jake taking the Royal Road accolade is the first time, in a long time, that Kento failed.

With that backstory, the match had an interesting pacing. Lately, Kento’s matches tend to feel like an older brother messing around until he feels like winning the match. But Jake takes the sarcasm and arrogance to Kento, and Kento doesn’t seem to like it. Jake smacks him around and takes an early advantage, and you can tell that any time Kento does try to pose, it’s merely to save face, cause he’s got the concern written all over his face.

This was such a great match where you saw the story unfold in old school King’s Road style. Jake has wanted to prove he was Kento’s equal since returning to All Japan, and the Royal Road Tournament was the first time anyone from NEXTREAM beat Kento for something. Kento however, had to prove it was a fluke, especially if he wants to beat Kawada’s defense record.

Jake battered Kento with kicks and knee strikes, where Kento fought from underneath and had to look for openings. In a shocking moment, Jake kicked out of the first Shutdown Suplex Hold, which I can’t remember the last person to do that. Returning the favor, Kento kicked out of Jake’s High Angle Backdrop Driver.

So both men building the tension, the aggression and kicking out of each other’s finishers just added to epicness of the match. Find this, watch it. It’s one of the best matches of the entire year.

Second Chance Pick: Andrew Balaz (@IWCWarchief)

SEAdLINNNG Dyanmic Show Case: Beyond the Sea Championship Hair vs Hair Match: Arisa Nakajima (c) vs Nanae Takahashi

This was brought to my attention thanks to Mathew Sarpraicone, and it was a damn good recommendation. The story between these two goes back a few years, kicked off by Arisa’s inability to beat Nanae in 2017. Being that Nanae is the founder of SEAdLINNNG, a match with such high stakes is even more important than the usual title match.

Now I’m not well versed in SEAdLINNNG, but you don’t really need to be. The first half of the match is pretty basic Joshi, and then when Arisa plants Nanae on the apron with a Pedigree, then a dropping from the top rope to DDT her into the apron, followed by a Diving Footstomp on the floor…yeah it’s safe to say that turned the aggression up a bit.

Each woman had numerous moments of eating big moves, finishers and even straight punches. We had a Double Knockout tease, but they both barely got up before 10. This was fantastic striking, resolve, determination and a feud that has built over the years. Words don’t do the match justice because you might be confused before the point where the switch flips. But this is easily one of the best women’s matches of the year. Kinda wish I followed SEAdLINNNG closer.

WildCard Pick: Inspired by The #Miranda Show

OTT 5th Anniversary: OTT World Championship:David Starr vs Jordan Devlin (c)

This match was building for a while and had many European scene fans excited for the expected blow off. At one point they were tag team partners, turned bitter rivals, so we get a lot of familiarity, callbacks and venom in the action.

Devlin played heel even though he’s the hometown boy, being that OTT is an Irish promotion. Early striking advantage went the way of Devlin, even baiting Starr into boxing with him. It wasn’t until Starr caught Devlin with a lucky swing, that we saw a distinct change in the momentum.

Even though there was a decent length portion with Starr grabbing the title belt, bringing it in and a lot of posturing on using the weapon, it added to just how much both wanted to win to prove something to one another, and themselves. So what could be perceived as overbooking, was more just showmanship.

There were a ton of moments where this match could’ve ended, but the re-fire spots were paced well, both men looked great and Starr going over the Irish Ace got a hell of a reaction from the crowd. It also can’t be understated that even though I usually don’t take the crowd into consideration, this crowd was rabid, rowdy, raucous and r-r…just really insane. So even though I haven’t followed the rivalry that closely, their energy helped elevate the feel of the match.


So a little bit of a refresher for everyone on what these four matches were about. NXT or AJPW could add another contender to our Pool, or SEAdLINNNG and OTT could pop up as a dark horse.

My vote will go to, OTT: David Starr vs Jordan Devlin, that match was a sight to behold and the audience made it an experience, even through a monitor. Very cool.

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!



WWE WrestleMania 34 Charlotte Flair Asuka

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.

For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.

Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.

The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.

I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.

Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.

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King: Dominik Mysterio Needs To Do This At WrestleMania

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 



Rey Mysterio Dominik Mysterio

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 

On this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Rey Mysterio finally snapped and beat some sense into his disrespectful punk-ass kid Dominik. The member of the Judgement Day came out to push his father again for a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All, this time with his mother and sister at ringside. The ungrateful punk told his mom to “Shut Up,” as a father even I wanted to jump through the screen and whoop his ass.

Back in October of last year, Mysterio made the emotional decision to possibly quit the company but, instead, Triple H persuaded the Lucha libre superstar to move over to SmackDown to avoid his son. This came after Dominik shockingly turned on his father at Clash at the Castle. Mysterio did everything he could to refuse his despicable son’s challenge for Mania but, a man can only be pushed so far. Mysterio will be inducted into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame and I expect Dominik to embarrass his father during his speech to further this personal feud.

Yes, the WWE Universe hates Dominik and wants to see him get the ever-loving crap kicked out of him but, this feud is missing a special ingredient to capitalize on the biggest heat possible. Throughout this feud, Dominik has made mention of the legendary Eddie Guerrero on several occasions going back to the “iconic” 2005 feud.

I know WWE might not want to go this route but, Dominik MUST come out to Eddie Guerrero’s theme at Mania. The disrespectful punk needs to come out in a lowrider to garner nuclear heat. It doesn’t matter if The Judgement Day comes out and causes interference for Dominik to get the win, all that matters is that both superstars get the biggest payoff of this nearly year-long feud. Just imagine the Roman Reigns heat after he defeated The Undertaker and multiply that by ten. Dominik portrays the perfect heel and he truly is the missing ingredient that The Judgement Day needed to grow and evolve into a top faction.

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