Top 5 Matches of the Week 2/23/2020

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The Top 5 Matches this week is interesting. With New Japan Road and Sacrifice, you had to assume a few of those might make it. But we did get a few television matches as well.

Last week’s match vote was a bit of a run away. With over 60% of the votes, NXT Takeover Portland: North American Championship: Keith Lee (c) vs Dominik Dijakovic, took first place.

This will be the last Top 5 Matches for February vote, and like I said earlier; it’s interesting. AEW did manage to get a match on there; but it’s heavily dominated by New Japan and Impact. Plus there was a tie, so it’s technically a Top 6.

Quick Top 5:

  1. NJPW New Japan Road Day 1: NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii
    Rating: **** 1/2
  2. AEW Dynamite: AEW World Tag Team Championship: Lucha Bros vs Kenny Omega & Hangman Page (c)
    Rating: ****
  3. Impact Wrestling Sacrifice: Tag Team Championship: The North (c) vs The Rascalz (Trey and Wentz)
    Rating: ****
  4. NJPW New Japan Road Day 1: IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship: Roppongi 3k (c) vs Mega Coaches (Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi)
    Rating: ****
  5. IMPACT!: Best of 5: Match 3: Michael Elgin vs Eddie Edwards
    Rating: *** 3/4
  6. IMPACT!: Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page vs TJP w/Fallah Bahh
    Rating: *** 3/4

 


Honorable Mentions:

NXT: Cruiserweight Title: Lio Rush vs Jordan Devlin (c)
Rating: *** 1/2
New Japan Road Day 2: IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team ChampionshipsGuerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs The Golden Aces (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi)
Rating: *** 1/2
AEW Dynamite: Jeff Cobb vs Jon Moxley
Rating: *** 1/2
Impact Wrestling Sacrifice: Jake Crist vs Daga
Rating: *** 1/2
New Japan Road Day 1: Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado, Taichi & Minoru Suzuki) vs Will Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI, Yuya Uemura & Hirooki Goto
Rating: *** 1/4
AEW Dynamite: Steel Cage: Cody vs Wardlow
Rating: *** 1/4
New Japan Road Day 2: Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero & Kazuchika Okada vs Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: Roderick Strong vs Velveteen Dream
Rating: *** 1/4
New Japan Road Day 2: NEVER 6 Man Tag Championship: Toru Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi & Colt Cabana vs Shingo Takagi, EVIL & BUSHI
Rating: *** 1/4
Impact Wrestling Sacrifice: Tessa Blanchard vs Ace Austin
Rating: ***
New Japan Road Day 1: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs BUSHI, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL & Tetsuya Naito
Rating: ***
IMPACT!: Tessa Blanchard, Tommy Dreamer & Trey vs Ace Austin & Reno Scum
Rating: ***
AEW Dynamite: Kris Statlander vs Shanna
Rating: ***
WWE SmackDown: New Day & The Usos vs Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison
Rating: ***
Impact Wrestling Sacrifice: Kiera Hogan vs Ray Lyn
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Authors of Pain & Buddy Murphy vs Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders
Rating: ***
New Japan Road Day 1: Kota Ibushi, David Finlay, Juice Robinson & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Guerrillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale & Jay White
Rating: ***

 


5t. IMPACT!: Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page vs TJP w/Fallah Bahh

From My Review:
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that alone The North tend to lose; but damn are the matches good. TJP may not be the most charismatic, but he is a damn good technical wrestler. Alexander is also a well known technical wrestler, but more amateur wrestling style.

Alexander dominated about two thirds of this match, where TJP only got a few strikes in; but kept fighting through the offense. Alexander hit a Release Torture Rack Bomb, that looked cool and probably sent TJP to an early chiropractic appointment. TJP had a few moments with Knee Bars and Crossarm Breaker variations; but it wasn’t until the Avalanche Brainbuster that it was close. Alexander counters the Detonation Kick, rolls through with TJP on his back; but TJP grabs for the turnbuckle to stop Alexander’s momentum. Alexander falls back to the Rear Naked Choke, and TJP floats over for the pinfall victory. Damn good match.


Winner: TJP via Submission Reversal


 

5t. IMPACT!: Best of 5: Match 3: Michael Elgin vs Eddie Edwards

From My Review:
Well it’s another non-gimmicked match; but at least Edwards tries a slightly different tactic. He takes the offense to Elgin fast and heavy with some big moves like a Suicide Dive and a Tiger Driver.

Elgin wasn’t going down that quick of course, so we got a really good back and forth. This felt like it had a little more time than the first two; and Eddie’s offense looked generally better. Elgin hit all his best moves, except the Elgin Bomb. Edwards countering it into a Small Package worked nicely for a shock win. Finally Edwards gets on the board, but Elgin still looks like the one in charge.

Winner: Eddie via Small Package


 

4. NJPW New Japan Road Day 1: IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship: Roppongi 3k (c) vs Mega Coaches (Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi)

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
Sho flounders and Romero jumps, but no code breaker! 3K!! Cover, but Taguchi breaks it within seconds! Yoh and Taguchi brawl, and Yoh gets the edge. Yoh runs, into the Funky Weapon! But he rewinds with the ropes, only for Taguchi to use Sho as a shield from the SUPERKICK! Romero rolls Sho and Taguchi goes after Yoh, but Yoh just pushes the cover over! Taguchi drags Yoh up, whips, Funky Weapon again! Taguchi leaps at Sho, but Sho catches him! GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Taguchi out! Sho builds power once more as Romero rises. Sho runs, to LARIAT Romero inside out! He drags Romero up, pump handles, SHOCK ARROW DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?!? Rocky Romero will not die! Sho drags Romero up again, Yoh is up top, Shock Arrow + Double Stomps = STRONG X!! Cover, Yoh intercepts Taguchi, RPG3K wins!!


Winner: RPG 3k via Strong X

 

3. Impact Wrestling Sacrifice: Tag Team Championship: The North (c) vs The Rascalz (Trey and Wentz)

Top 5 Matches


From My Review:
Great spinning back kicks, dives, and Cruiserweight offense. Trey hit the Cheeky Nandos and the corner stuck Tiger Feint Kick. Wentz pulled off a Running Canadian Destroyer and tried to get something going when he countered the Tandem Mat Slam with a Double Frankensteiner. Trey came off the top to try and Meteora both members down, but instead they caught him.

Rohit Raju showed up to push The Rascalz off the ropes, allowing The North to pull off their Backbreaker/Spinebuster combo. Though most of the match was really The North dominating with size and power; Raju’s interference helps the Rascalz and the heel nature of The North. Really good match.

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