Top 10 Matches of the Week 10/9 – 10/15

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

RankMatchShowDateStip
1FTR vs Aussie Open (4.75)NJPW Royal Quest II Night 110/1IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
2Kazuchika Okada vs JONAH (4.5)NJPW Declaration of Power10/10
3Jay White vs Tama Tonga (4.25)NJPW Declaration of Power10/10IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
4Tomohiro Ishii vs Yota Tsuji (4.25)NJPW Royal Quest II Night 210/2
5FTR, Shota Umino, Gabriel Kidd & Ricky Knight Jr vs Aussie Open, Will Ospreay, Great O-Khan & Gideon Gray (4.25)NJPW Royal Quest II Night 210/210-Man Tag
6Nathan Frazer vs Axiom (4.25)WWE NXT10/11Best-of-3 Series Match 3
7Kazusada Higuchi & Naomi Yoshimura vs Daisuke Sasaki & KANON (4.25)DDT Get Alive10/12DDT KO-D Tag Team Championship
8Yuka Sakazaki vs Shoko Nakajima (4.25)TJPW Sun Princess III10/9Princess of Princess Championship
9Shingo Takagi vs El Phantasmo (4)NJPW Declaration of Power10/10Who’s Your Daddy? KOPW Provisional Championship
10Orange Cassidy vs PAC (4)AEW Dynamite10/12AEW All-Atlantic Championship
HMKazusada Higuchi vs Shinya Aoki (4)DDT Get Alive10/12DDT KO-D Championship

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