Hellllllooooooooo marks, Bretty boy is back again with a fresh spread of wonderful professional wrestling matches. While last week was highlighted with majority American-based wrestling, this week we’re back to the Land of the Rising Sun…or England – as New Japan’s Royal Quest II show was FINALLY made available after two weeks. Unfortunately, a bit of the luster had worn off, but the buzz couldn’t have been higher for the FTR/Aussie Open match for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. And it sure delivered, sitting firmly in this week’s #1 spot. What a hell of a year for both teams, especially FTR.
Additionally, both squads opposed each other again on Royal Quest II Night 2 — with FTR teaming with Shota Umino, Gabriel Kidd and Ricky Knight Jr; and Aussie Open teaming with Will Ospreay, Great O-Khan and Gideon Grey — in an outstanding high-octane 10-man tag. Also on Night 2, New Japan fans were treated to the new Yota Tsuji — complete with new gear, new offense and a new attitude — in a war with Tomohiro Ishii.
New Japan also held its Declaration of Power show on 10/10, which featured Match of the Night and my #2 of the week in the rematch between JONAH and Kazuchicka Okada. The Japanese crowd LOVES JONAH and I sincerely hope he doesn’t go back to WWE because he’s carved out a heck of a niche for himself in New Japan. Jay White got his revenge in defending the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Tama Tonga, but Tama has now cemented himself as a legit babyface main eventer. What a run he’s had in the past year-plus. Lastly, the WHO’S YOUR DADDY match between Shingo Takagi and El Phantasmo was hilarious and great fun. I really wanna get one of those SHINGO IS MY DADDY shirts — because he is indeed my father.
Staying in Japan, Kazusada Higuchi continued his incredible run this year in DDT. After a grueling tag title match which saw he and Naomi Yoshimura retain their championships against the menacing Daisuke Sasaki and KANON, MMA legend Shinya Aoki cashed in his Anytime/Anywhere contract (essentially MITB) to challenge for Higuchi’s KO-D Championship. It was incredibly tense, but the Gooch was able to survive and pick up the win after a nasty headbutt. Tokyo Joshi Pro had yet another outstanding show, and I had four matches rated 4 or 4.25, with the Princess of Princess Championship match between Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki cracking the list. TJPW has been a great surprise for me this year.
It was a quieter week here in America. While WWE had some great television, it wasn’t their best week for matches. I don’t watch NXT weekly, but I had to watch the Best-of-3 series between Nathan Frazer and Axiom. All three matches were great, but they saved the best for last. Those two guys have amazing fast-paced chemistry and I could watch them in 12-minute matches all day. AEW had a strong Dynamite show, which saw Orange Cassidy finally getting his first piece of gold after besting his rival PAC to win the All-Atlantic Championship in a very exciting match. I also had the inaugural match between Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus also at 4 stars, but it just missed this week’s top 10.
Without further ado, here’s THE LIST!
Top 10 Matches of the Week
|1||FTR vs Aussie Open (4.75)||NJPW Royal Quest II Night 1||10/1||IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship|
|2||Kazuchika Okada vs JONAH (4.5)||NJPW Declaration of Power||10/10|
|3||Jay White vs Tama Tonga (4.25)||NJPW Declaration of Power||10/10||IWGP World Heavyweight Championship|
|4||Tomohiro Ishii vs Yota Tsuji (4.25)||NJPW Royal Quest II Night 2||10/2|
|5||FTR, Shota Umino, Gabriel Kidd & Ricky Knight Jr vs Aussie Open, Will Ospreay, Great O-Khan & Gideon Gray (4.25)||NJPW Royal Quest II Night 2||10/2||10-Man Tag|
|6||Nathan Frazer vs Axiom (4.25)||WWE NXT||10/11||Best-of-3 Series Match 3|
|7||Kazusada Higuchi & Naomi Yoshimura vs Daisuke Sasaki & KANON (4.25)||DDT Get Alive||10/12||DDT KO-D Tag Team Championship|
|8||Yuka Sakazaki vs Shoko Nakajima (4.25)||TJPW Sun Princess III||10/9||Princess of Princess Championship|
|9||Shingo Takagi vs El Phantasmo (4)||NJPW Declaration of Power||10/10||Who’s Your Daddy? KOPW Provisional Championship|
|10||Orange Cassidy vs PAC (4)||AEW Dynamite||10/12||AEW All-Atlantic Championship|
|HM||Kazusada Higuchi vs Shinya Aoki (4)||DDT Get Alive||10/12||DDT KO-D Championship|