Welcome back as we continue with day 2 of my little countdown here. We already talked about the first five-set of matches and it’s time we continue with the next set of five.
Which ones make it as we get closer to number one?
Previous list(s) if you’re new to the article.
20. Risa Sera vs. Rina Yamashita (Ice Ribbon #1057 8/9/2020)
– I will be the first one on here to say this was honestly my favorite Joshi event that didn’t involve Stardom in any shape or form. The card was fun from top to bottom with a great main event but there was another match on the card that I enjoyed better. The match that took place was for a new title that they introduced called the FantastICE Championship and for this particular belt. the title would always be defended in some sort of stipulation. What was it for this one? Well, this is something that turned into a Death Match real quick.
It didn’t start this way either since they were starting with a basic wrestling match to kick things off and we had some solid wrestling. This momentum would slowly shift as the match progresses as it would turn into a brutal match involving light tubes, and just a lot of carnage. A deathmatch or two usually makes it to my list and this would be my favorite one of the year. I said before that it’s an acquired taste and I enjoy it if done right except for when the United States tries to do it horribly. Risa would come out the winner as the inaugural and current FantastICE Champion of Ice Ribbon.
19. Naruki Doi vs. Eita (Dragon Gate Memorial Gate 8/2/2020)
– Dragon Gate had a slow start but once the King of Gate Tournament start, that was when they kicked it up a notch with their small little return. The victor of that match was Eita when he defeated the Open the Dream Gate Champion, Naruki Doi two months prior, to get this opportunity. The two had a great match in their first encounter and now the biggest test for Eita would come into play, can he beat the champion twice in a row? This time, it would be for the championship and the pressure was on Eita during this generational warfare.
Not only did the two deliver us another great match but were able to exceed their previous encounter in the process. They told a story there and the growth of Eita is what made the match all the more memorable. He would call off his unit to make sure they wouldn’t interfere in the match, even refusing to use a chair on Doi in the match since he wants to win it fairly. The final minutes of the match would give us an emotional climax with a fulfilling conclusion when Eita would finally win the big championship by making him tap out with the Numero Uno not once, but twice. One of the biggest wins in his career and it officially solidified him as the top heel in Dragon Gate.
18. Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi vs. Jake Lee and Koji Iwamoto (AJPW Real World Tag League 12/7/2020)
– Our first All Japan match of the list and the first one to make it on here is the final round of the Real World Tag League as Kento Miyahara teamed up with Yuma Aoyagi to take on JIN members, Jake Lee and Koji Iwamoto. There was a story built up between Kento and Yuma before the tournament started since Yuma was the one who turned on Kento last January and months later, they would decide to team up together for the tournament. Nobody knew how it was going to go and were wondering when would Yuma start to betray him again since he couldn’t be trusted. During the whole tournament. however, the two would cooperate and even made it to the finals of the tournament where they took on Jake Lee and Koji Iwamoto since the two had the most points in the tournament.
Last year, the two teams did fight but the only difference this time around is that Naoya Nomura is still injured and Koji would be his partner this time around. Either way, the two teams delivered a great match and turned out to be my favorite regular tag team match of the year. A lot of great action involving all four of them, giving out spectacular performances during the whole thing. Despite people’s speculations, Kento and Yuma would be the ones to win the tournament without any betrayal’s happening during or after the match. Kento did have a cooldown year after losing the Triple Crown Championship months ago but a different change of pace is good for him and let’s see if he and Yuma can stay on the same page to win some tag team gold.
17. Susumu Yokusuka vs. Hikaru Sato (AJPW Broadcast 5/16/2020)
– Another All Japan match back to back, seems as they’ve had a good year in terms of match quality. It’s been over a year since Atsushi Aoki has tragically passed away and All Japan honored him by still recognizing him as the World Junior Heavyweight Champion for the whole six months and once that ended, it was time to crown a new champion. This wasn’t the first time they encountered as the two had a match on January 3rd to crown a new champion, which I was there for live and it was a great match. The surprising thing about it was that Susumu would win the belt despite being from Dragon Gate, thinking they would have Sato win it to honor his fallen friend.
The two would eventually have a rematch four months later and it was time for Sato to try and bring the belt back home to AJPW. It was one of their first shows during their comeback and this was a great way to have us kick it off when it main evented the show. With the amount of build-up that happened during their both encounters, the two would give us hope that their junior division can recover from the loss of Aoki. Unfortunately, Sato would fail to beat Susumu once again as he was able to retain the championship. Susumu has had a memorable reign as the Junior Heavyweight Champion and this would be his best title defense of that reign.
16. Edge vs. Randy Orton (WWE Backlash 6/7/2020)
– This is the last main roster match on my list and rightfully so. The two had an encounter at WrestleMania and received a lot of praise and criticism at the same time, due to how much it dragged or just being a cluster of a mess. The two would have a rematch with Randy telling Edge that he just wants a regular wrestling match. With that being said, it was being built as ‘The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever’. With a title like that, there was a lot of pressure to try and deliver this type of match, even fans would laugh at that claim since there were already a lot of matches considered some of the best ever. So with that, how would it do?
Well, since it was able to make it to my list, I say the match went pretty damn well. While it wasn’t the best match ever as billed but this would be the best match in terms of their main roster. They did everything they needed to do to sell it, Edge showed he can still go in a regular match after all the time he spent away, and Randy Orton was still on top of his game. People give Orton a lot of crap but he really is still one of the best out there, especially when it comes to wrestling psychology and when he hit certain moves to make it fit into the match or story of it. The only big takeaway would be the fake crowd noise and heavy editing from the crowd in general but with all that aside, this was still a great match. This would also be the return of Orton’s punt to the head as he used that to put Edge away, getting the victory over his old friend. It was everything it needed to be and wish WWE would try to produce more actual wrestling matches but we know that won’t happen.
That concludes the next five matches on the list and we’ll be past the halfway point with the next five before we go to our top ten. Who will make it to the next five?
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?
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!
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?
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!
Cook’s 2022 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 13
It's lucky week 13 as Steve Cook's path to a winning record continues! Can Cook keep the streak going with...
Down The Wire: NFL No Cap Recap Week 12
Tom and Dave are back, with no cap, to break down all the action from week 12 in the NFL.
Down The Wire: World Cup, Turkey Day Lineup
The brothers Wortz are back to talk World Cup, their Turkey Day lineup and Zach Wilson.
Cook’s 2022 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 12
NFL Week 12 kicks off with a trio of Thanksgiving Day games! Steve Cook has all of your picks for...
Down The Wire: NFL No Cap Recap Week 11
Tom and Dave are back, with no cap, to break down all the action from week 11 in the NFL.
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (12/1/22)
Get ready for New Year's Eve!
New Force Order – A Star Wars Podcast: Rip Don Winkle
Is Yoda legitimately dyslexic? That and many more hard hitting questions answered on this edition of New Force Order!
Chairshot Radio The 5×5: Disney Park Attractions
The 5×5 is back this week on Chairshot Radio. Fresh from his vacation at Disneyworld, Patrick O’Dowd welcomes David Ungar...
Bandwagon Nerds #159: Disney’s Bold Move
This week Dave, Patrick and PC Tunney give their thoughts regarding the huge news out of Disney that Bob Chapek...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reivews: Nickelback – Get Rollin’ (2022)
Many of us have judged them as bottom tier garbage for years! Does the JAR keep this new album in...
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/30/22)
The truth shall be revealed!
The #Miranda Show: UCEY GAMES
Miranda and Greg breakdown War Games from WWE Survivor Series and the ongoing saga of Sami Zayn and The Bloodline!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/29/22)
Who makes the cut?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (11/29/22)
Newark gets Dark!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/28/22)
The Super Juniors keep going!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/28/22)
Fallout from Survivor Series!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (11/28/22)
Chicago gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/27/22)
BOTH tournaments on one card!
Talk The Keki: My Hero Academia Season 6 Thoughts, The Little Lies We All Tell
Join Mat and Ethan as they start their Fall reviews! Mat adds three shows to his long list like a...
Coverage5 days ago
Mitchell’s WWE Survivor Series Results & Report! (11/26/22)
Coverage6 days ago
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/25/22)
Podcasts6 days ago
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: The Shield 10 Year WWE Anniversary, RIP Jason David Frank, and more!
AEW Coverage6 days ago
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)