Top 5 Matches of the Week 2/9/2020

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Top 5 Matches this week takes an interesting turn for newer readers. It’s usually hard for a primarily TV week to compete with a large Japanese puroresu show; but we do have a shining light in the fog.

Firstly, we have some older votes to discuss. Voting for the match of January was close, but we did get a clear winner.

Screenshot for evidence – Wrestle Kingdom 14: Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito, is the first match to qualify for Match of the year.


Now we also have a weekly vote. The match to win last week’s Top 5 matches vote was; NXT: Dusty Tag Team Classic Finals: BROserweights vs Grizzled Young Veterans. 


If you don’t like the way the results panned out, remember to vote on the Top 5 matches in the comments below.

*Reminder: Don’t go past Honorable Mentions if you don’t want spoilers on how the matches ended*

On to this week!

Quick Top 5 Matches:

  1. NJPW New Beginning Osaka: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs Ryu Lee
    Rating: **** 3/4
  2. Stardom The Way to Major League 2020: Mayu Iwatani vs Takumi Iroha
    Rating: **** 1/4
  3. NJPW New Beginning Osaka: IWGP United States Championship: Minoru Suzuki vs Jon Moxley (c)
    Rating: ****
  4. IMPACT!: El Hijo del Vikingo vs TJP w/Fallah Bahh
    Rating: ****
  5. NJPW New Beginning Osaka: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) (c) vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
    Rating: *** 3/4

 


Honorable Mentions:

Stardom The Way to Major League 2020: Wonder of Stardom Championship: Arisa Hoshiki (c) vs Bea Priestley
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW New Beginning Osaka: SANADA vs Jay White
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT: Isaiah Scott vs Angel Garza
Rating: *** 1/2
AEW Dynamite: Lucha Bros & Butcher & Blade w/Bunny vs Hangman Page, Kenny Omega & Young Bucks
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW New Beginning Osaka: IWGP Intercontinental & Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs KENTA
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Raw: Kevin Owens & Viking Raiders vs Buddy Murphy & AOP
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT: Jordan Devlin vs Tyler Breeze
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW New Beginning Osaka: Taichi w/Miho Abe & Zack Sabre Jr vs Will Ospreay & Kazuchika Okada
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Natalya vs Asuka
Rating: *** 1/4
NWA Powerrr: Matt Cross vs Caleb Conley
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Rey Mysterio vs Angel Garza
Rating: ***
NJPW New Beginning Osaka: David Finlay, Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi w/Pieter
Rating: ***
IMPACT!: oVe (Jake & Dave Crist) w/Madman Fulton vs Daga & Dr Wagner Jr w/Galeno del Mal
Rating: ***
WWE SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs The Usos
Rating: ***
AEW Dynamite: SCU vs Best Friends
Rating: ***
NXT: BROserweights & Ciampa vs The Undisputed Era
Rating: ***


 

5. NJPW New Beginning Osaka: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) (c) vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Top 5 Matches

From My Analysis:
Kanemaru hunted for SHO’s leg early, and worked him over to the outside. Two chairshots to the leg, left SHO nearly for dead in the middle of the crowd. He barely beats the 20 count, but the heels work him for most of the match. Figure Four Leglocks, Modified Stretch Mufflers, just great ground work, all focusing on the injury.

The match swung a bit when Kanearu went for Deep Impact, but didn’t get all of it, so SHO kicked out. YOH came in, stifled the Suzuki-Gun gameplan and made some great saves. Kanemaru tried for the Satori Surprise, but SHO blocked it and German Suplexed the whiskey out of his body. Strong X looks to be something they’re trying to get over as a new finish, and it was all great. Really good match especially, for a second match.

Winner: Roppongi 3k via Strong X


 

4. IMPACT!: El Hijo del Vikingo vs TJP w/Fallah Bahh

Top 5 Matches

From My Analysis:
This match definitely lived up to what we expect from both men. This was a great mixture of Lucha Libre, Cruiserweight and even a little Japanese Junior style. There was a nice rolling lucha spot which ended in the double kip up, pause for applause moment. Vikingo pulled off tons of fun moves, a Twisting Corkscrew Frankensteiner, Standing Bow and Arrow, Tope con Hilo over the Turnbuckle and post, Triangle Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop…just a great match to watch.


Even though TJP was obviously a better mat wrestler, Vikingo wasn’t completely lost on how to get out of things. Armbar variations and Indian Deathlocks didn’t keep Vikingo down. TJP flew a few times as well, a smooth Superplex, a Tombstone that gave him the opening to hit a Frog Splash, but Vikingo kicked out. The finish was beautiful as Vikingo went to the ropes, TJP caught him for a Detonation Kick, Vikingo flipped out of that and tried a Hurricanrana, but TJP caught the leg and came down in a Regal Stretch. It was just a great sequence and Vikingo submitted.

Winner: TJP via Regal Stretch

 


3. NJPW New Beginning Osaka: IWGP United States Championship: Minoru Suzuki vs Jon Moxley (c)

Top 5 Matches

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
Moxley fires himself up and dares Suzuki to come back. Suzuki stands and slaps himself back into this. He fires off palm strikes fast and furious, but now Moxley is the one laughing! Suzuki keeps throwing hands, but Moxley is not satisfied! The hands keep flying, Moxley staggers, LUANTIC LARIAT! Suzuki is stunned and leaning, but stays up! So Moxley runs to LARIAT again! Moxley drags Suzuki back up, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Moxley via Death Rider

 

2. Stardom The Way to Major League 2020: Mayu Iwatani vs Takumi Iroha

Top 5 Matches

A last minute substitution was in order for the main event! Sareee (the originally schedule opponent) apparently came down with acute enteritis and a high fever. So this was pivoted from being a World of Stardom title match to a special singles match. Takumi Iroha from Marvelous, but a former member of the stardom roster (2013-2015) filled in. Mayu and Takumi have some history and it’s inter-promotional, so there’s a lot to find interesting here.

We got to see a great hard hitting match, adorned with personality we’re not accustomed to seeing. Takumi is more of a throwback in her style. She had some well placed kicks and suplexes that left Mayu frustrated, and a dumping her to the outside, Takumi just sat in the middle of the ring, waiting.

Mayu seemed to be on the receiving end most of this match where a lot of her strikes or top rope moves seemed to be a half step behind her opponent. At one point, Takumi gets out of the Two Stage Dragon Suplex, and Mayu attempts the Running Three…but Takumi gets out of it. The Running Three was a big tease move since it is Chigusa Nagayo’s finisher (former Stardom, current owner of Marvelous, former Crush Girl, GAEA, All Japan Women…she’s very damn popular in Japan, okay).

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