May 2019 Match of the Month
Hi, I’m aware this is a little later than we normally do this because I’m shit and have been working a lot. Anyway, votes for this come from myself (@arnoldfurious), @theIanHamilton, @AqeelKhalid, @iloikewrestling and @trinidadchainz. Here are a list of recommended matches before the famous Top Five.
May 2 Amazon & Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto (SEAdLNNNG)
May 3 T-Hawk vs. Shuji Kondo (Wrestle-1)
May 4 EVIL vs. Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW)
May 4 Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Takashi Sugiura (NOAH)
May 6 Ryota Nakatsu vs. Ryuichi Sekine (BASARA)
May 6 Susumu Yokosuka vs. U-T (Dragon Gate)
May 13 Shingo Takagi vs. SHO (NJPW)
May 16 Rocky Romero vs. Will Ospreay (NJPW)
May 19 Tetsuya Endo vs. Keisuke Ishii (DDT)
May 19 Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles (WWE)
May 20 Kento Miyahara vs. Shuji Ishikawa (AJPW)
May 21 Hideyoshi Kamitani & Jake Lee vs. Naoya Nomura & Taishi Takizawa (AJPW)
May 22 Marty Scurll vs. Shingo Takagi (NJPW)
May 23 Marty Scurll vs. SHO (NJPW)
May 23 Will Ospreay vs. Bandido (NJPW)
May 23 Dragon Lee vs. Shingo Takagi (NJPW)
May 24 Ren Narita vs. Will Ospreay (NJPW)
May 24 El Phantasmo vs. Rocky Romero (NJPW)
May 25 Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes (AEW)
May 25 Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros (AEW)
May 26 Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie vs. HARASHIMA & Konosuke Takeshita (DDT)
5. Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros (AEW Double or Nothing)
I was not at all hyped for Double or Nothing but there’s no escaping the success of the show. While the main event was overshadowed somewhat by this match. The Bucks putting on their brand of exciting tag team wrestling against one of the other best teams at that style. It was very spot heavy but it worked.
4. T-Hawk vs. Shuji Kondo (Wrestle-1 Triumph)
I loved this fucking match. Two guys just beating the hell out of each other. T-Hawk has been sensational since he followed CIMA out of Dragon Gate. He seemed to lose his mojo in DG but it’s back now in a big way. The Strong Hearts invasion of Wrestle-1 continues to be one of the most intriguing angles in wrestling. The undercard bouts are banging right now too.
3. El Phantasmo vs. Rocky Romero (NJPW Best of the Super Juniors)
ELP had a charisma laden BOSJ tour that totally made him in front of a new crowd. His in-ring was very solid but it was compounded by excellent character work. He finally got his comeuppance against Romero, who’d played an underdog role in the tournament and also had a great match with Will Ospreay in a similar, yet more sporting, vein.
2. Shingo Takagi vs. Dragon Lee (NJPW Best of the Super Juniors)
I honestly thought this would be the best match in BOSJ this year. It absolutely killed. Incredible work from both guys and yet the final was even better! Shingo used this tournament to demonstrate how consistently good he can be and I’m sure New Japan officials were paying attention.
1. Dustin Rhodes vs. Cody (AEW Double or Nothing)
This match guys! On paper there was nothing to it but they pulled together all manner of historical angles, familiarity and effort to make it work in a big way. Cody is aware of his strengths in wrestling and it’s all about storytelling for him. They kept the workrate remarkably high considering Dustin’s ages and the buckets of blood he bled in this contest. AEW’s show was a huge success and this match was one of the main reasons why.