Top 10 Matches of the Week – 9/18-9-24

HEY YO! It’s actually Brett here this time in my 2nd installment of Top 10 Matches of the Week. This week was a bit crazy for me as I was out of town for a good portion, and have been fervently catching up on all the wonderful wrestling I missed. 

This week shredded from a match quality standpoint. I had 21 matches at 4+ stars, compared to last week’s nine. Just a note, my weeks will run Sunday through Saturday, so this doesn’t even include three shows on 9/25 from each of the big three Japanese men’s promotions (NJPW, NOAH, DDT – sorry All Japan). Also, I’m giving myself a little buffer if I miss matches from the prior week, so you’ll see a couple from last week. Both are from Stardom, and usually, it takes a few days for them to upload shows to Stardom World anyhow.

Speaking of Stardom, was another outstanding week for arguably the best promotion in the world as their 5Star Grand Prix is nearing its climax. In addition to their promotion-high four matches on my list this week, they had another 4.25 honorable mention, plus four other 4’s. Unfortunately, 10 of my 4’s didn’t make the list this week, including the likes of Rollins/Lashley, Jericho/Claudio, MCMG/Aussie Open, and the Maclin/Moose/Callihan Barbed Wire Massacre match. 

Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson certainly lived up to the hype in a surprisingly bloodless Blackpool Combat Club battle on Dynamite Grand Slam, while Jungle Boy and Fenix had an excellent strike-filled inaugural singles match on Rampage. DDT held a 30th anniversary show for the LEGEND Jun Akiyama, and it was cool seeing him team with Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Konosuke Takeshita teaming with Yuji Nagata on opposite sides of a 6-man tag. Additionally, Cara Noir made his DDT debut, and boy was I impressed. I had never seen but heard great things about the ballet dancer gimmicked man trained by Zack Sabre Jr, and I really enjoyed his work. Looking forward to his match against Yuki Ueno for the DDT Universal Championship, as well as Takeshita against Kazusada Higuchi for the KO-D Championship from their 9/25 show that I’ve yet to see.

Without further ado, here’s who MADE THE LIST!

Top 10 Matches of the Week

RankMatchShowDateStipulation
1Jon Moxley vs Bryan Danielson (4.5)AEW Dynamite Grand Slam9/21AEW World Championship
2Suzu Suzuki vs Momo Watanabe (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 169/18
3JD McDonagh vs Tyler Bate (4.25)NXT9/20NXT Championship No. 1 Contender
4Cara Noir, Chris Brookes & Masahiro Takanishi vs Yuki Ueno, MAO & Toj Kojima (4.25)DDT Jun Akiyama 30th Anniversary9/186-Man Tag
5Saya Kamitani vs MIRAI (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 169/18
6Syuri vs Tam Nakano (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 189/23
7Jungle Boy vs Rey Fenix (4.25)AEW Rampage Grand Slam9/23
8Mayu Iwatani vs Hazuki (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 189/23
9Jun Akiyama, Tetsuya Endo & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Yuji Nagata, Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata (4.25)DDT Jun Akiyama 30th Anniversary9/186-Man Tag
10The Usos vs Brawling Brutes (4.25)WWE Smackdown9/23WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship
HMStarlight Kid vs Natsupoi (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 159/17

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