Top 10 Matches of the Week 10/2-10/8

What’s up my DOGGGGGGGGGGGGs, Bretty back here with a unique week, in that I have zero matches from Japan in my Top 10. Stardom’s wonderful tournament has concluded, and I realized as I was making this week’s list that the Tokyo Joshi Pro (TJPW) show was on Sunday 10/9, which would be next week. Anyway, enough with the dumb housekeeping – let’s get to it.

All three maj American promotions featured ppv’s or “special” shows with Impact Bound For Glory, WWE Extreme Rules, and AEW Battle of the Belts IV – and yes, I do consider Impact maj because they’ve been CRUSHING it all year. And with that, Bound For Glory was my favorite show of the weekend, even with that geezer Bully Ray winning the Call Your Shot Gauntlet. But damn, it was a great night of wrestling, highlighted by the outstanding, hard-hitting and emotional main event which saw Josh Alexander defeat Eddie Edwards in my Match of the Week.

It’s a damn shame news has come out that a good chunk of Honor No More, Mia Yim, Chelsea Green, and Deonna Purrazzo all appear to be done with the company and likely headed to WWE. Honor No More was such a key fixture for Impact all year, but I have faith that they’ll be fine because their wrestling and storytelling has been top-notch this year. Speaking of, Jordynne Grace and Masha Slamovich had an absolute RIPPER that is one of the best women’s matches you’ll see all year, including my beloved Stardom. Speedball Mike Bailey’s awesome X-Division Championship reign was halted by the former Elite Hunter Frankie Kazarian in yet another excellent Mike Bailey match. And the likely WWE-bound OGK retained their tag titles against the Motor City Machine Guns in another spreadsheet worthy match.

I was excited for Extreme Rules as I had been for any WWE event in recent memory, as I’ve fully dived back in after four years away. The build was excellent, and it was only a 6-match card, as opposed to AEW’s recent 66-match card. The show was still quite good, but I think I gave it unrealistic expectations in my mind so it slightly underwhelmed. But damn, feed me as much Brawling Brutes/Imperium action until I’m about to explode because everything from that feud has gotten me incredibly horny. Bayley/Bianca adequately met expectations and was a very fun match, despite me wanting it to main event and Bayley win. Speaking of the main event, I definitely enjoyed the Fight Pit match between Riddle and Rollins, but given the personal nature of the rival, and the presence of UFC legend Daniel Cormier, I was hoping for a little more. DC seemed to do more harm than good, and was a far cry from Ken Shamrock’s inaugural UFC-guy-turned-WWE-ref performance at Wrestlemania 13 during the best WWE match of all time. 

More backstage drama at AEW – FUCK Sammy Guevara. It’s beyond go-away heat from me – I’d be so happy if I never had to see his dumb face on my television screen again. But unfortunately, that’s merely a pipe dream. The MJF/Yuta match was wonderful as expected, and I was thrilled to see Wardlow in a real match with Brian Cage, who definitely needs to be on our screens more, but the fact that JAS hoisted that loser Sammy on their shoulders to end the show is tone deaf and embarrassing. PAC pulling back-to-back double duty on Rampage/BOTB was great, as his heel behavior continues.

Welp, here is an incredibly rare Top 10 of all matches in America!

Top 10 Matches of the Week

RankMatchShowDateStipulation
1Josh Alexander vs Eddie Edwards (4.75)Impact Bound For Glory10/7Impact World Championship
2Brawling Brutes vs Imperium (4.5)WWE Extreme Rules10/8Good Old Fashioned Donnybrook 6-Man
3Jordynne Grace vs Masha Slamovich (4.5)Impact Bound For Glory10/7Impact Knockouts Championship
4Gunther vs Sheamus (4.5)WWE Smackdown10/7WWE Intercontinental Championship
5MJF vs Wheeler Yuta (4.25)AEW Dynamite Anniversary10/5
6Frankie Kazarian vs Mike Bailey (4.25)Impact Bound For Glory10/7Impact X-Division Championship
7Bianca Belair vs Bayley (4)WWE Extreme Rules10/8WWE Raw Women’s Championship Ladder
8OGK vs Motor City Machine Guns (4)Impact Bound For Glory10/7Impact Tag Team Championship
9PAC vs Trent Beretta (4)AEW Battle of the Belts IV10/7AEW All-Atlantic Championship
10Matt Riddle vs Seth Rollins (4)WWE Extreme Rules10/8Fight Pit

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