Top 10 Matches of the Week | 9/25 – 10/1

Hey, Brett here – how on earth is it October? Anywho, it was another WILD week in wrestling, although I feel like I could say that most weeks these days because wrestling is so tight right now. BUT, I had two five-star matches on the same day from two different shows for the second time this year (1/5/22 – Hangman/Danielson – AEW Dynamite; Okada/Ospreay – NJPW WK Night 2). AND, we had the culmination of Stardom’s outstanding 5Star Grand Prix, which saw the coronation of my first Stardom love, Giulia. 

But before we get to Giulia’s banner week, let’s hit on these 5ers. David Finlay showed a new gear in his rematch against Will Ospreay after shockingly defeating him in the G1. This time it was for the IWGP U.S. Championship, and Finlay really turned up the intensity after cracking Ospreay’s hand with the shillelagh. Ospreay had another improbable and amazing underdog performance, and it was easily the best performance of Finlay’s career.

Fresh off his exciting excursion to the U.S., Konosuke Takeshita returned to his home promotion of DDT to challenge Kazusada Higuchi for the KO-D Championship. Higuchi has stepped up to lead DDT in the absence of Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo, who recently vacated the title after getting shoot knocked out by NOAH’s Katsuhiko Nakajima (which was wild). I expected a long, epic, brutal title match, but it was merely 19 minutes of some of the most incredible feats of athleticism and badassery that I’ve ever seen in a wrestling ring. 

Before taking home her first 5Star Grand Prix in a bonkers final against old rival Tam Nakano, Giulia outlasted Wonder of Stardom Champ Saya Kamitani by referee’s decision with 11 seconds before the time limit in one of my most anticipated matches coming into the tournament. And the same night of the final, earlier in the night, Giulia went to battle with former friend-turned-enemy in 20-year-old stalwart Suzu Suzuki, in which both competitors were fighting back tears prior to the bell. What followed was a 15 minute emotional war ending in a draw and leaving us all clamoring for more.  

Also in DDT, Cara Noir had his first singles match, falling to Yuki Ueno in challenging for the DDT Universal Championship. But boy oh boy, I absolutely love Cara Noir after just two matches, and have to believe he’ll be on a bigger stage sometime in 2023. He has such a unique gimmick, a beautiful entrance, and he was trained by Zack Sabre Jr so he can absolutely go in the ring. 

Here in America, Damian Priest and Matt Riddle had a banger of a match to close out a very good Raw, and Chris Jericho continues his hot streak of matches with a thriller against Bandido to retain the ROH World Championship. 

Speaking of Jericho, here’s who MADE THE LIST!

Top 10 Matches of the Week

1Will Ospreay vs David Finlay (5)NJPW Burning Spirit Night 149/25IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
2Kazusada Higuchi vs Konosuke Takeshita (5)DDT Who’s Gonna Top?9/25DDT KO-D Championship
3Giulia vs Tam Nakano (4.75)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 20: Championship Battle10/1Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Final
4Giulia vs Suzu Suzuki (4.5)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 20: Championship Battle10/1
5Giulia vs Saya Kamitani (4.5)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 199/24
6Yuki Ueno vs Cara Noir (4.25)DDT Who’s Gonna Top?9/25DDT Universal Championship
7Mayu Iwatani vs Starlight Kid (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 20: Championship Battle10/1
8Damian Priest vs Matt Riddle (4.25)WWE Monday Night Raw9/26
9Chris Jericho vs Bandido (4.25)AEW Dynamite9/28ROH World Championship
10AZM vs Hazuki vs Fukigen Death (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 199/24Stardom High Speed Championship
HMKaito Kiyomiya vs Kenoh (4.25)NOAH Grand Ship9/25GHC Heavyweight Championship
HMHimeka vs Maika (4.25)Stardom 5Star Grand Prix Night 20: Championship Battle10/1

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