October 2018 Match of the Month

October 2018 Match of the Month

October Match of the Month





October 4: Takashi Sugiura vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH)

October 5: David Starr vs. Jurn Simmons (wXw)

October 6: Ringkampf vs. Lucha Brothers (wXw)

October 6: Ilja Dragunov vs. Bobby Gunns (wXw)

October 7: CCK vs. Lucha Brothers (wXw)

October 7: Ringkampf vs. Okami (wXw)

October 7: David Starr vs. MK McKinnan (Rev Pro)

October 7: Dragon/Lee/Ishida/Yoshino/Doi vs Ben-K/Big R/PAC/Yoshida/Kanda (Dragon Gate)

October 10: Ricochet vs. Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne (NXT)

October 10: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White (NJPW)

October 13: Minoru Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher (OTT)

October 13: WALTER vs. Will Ospreay (OTT)

October 14: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki (Rev Pro)

October 16: Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Roppongi 3K (NJPW)
October 17: Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Lio Rush vs. TJP vs. Gran Metalik (205 Live)

October 21: Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus (AJPW)

October 24: Toni Storm vs. Meiko Satomura (Mae Young Classic)

October 28: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (WWE Evolution)


This is the first time there wasn’t a clear cut New Japan candidate with only one of their matches receiving an actual vote and only two matches getting nominated. The voters here are @theianhamilton, @trinidadchainz, @aqeelkhalid and myself @arnoldfurious. Each of us vote for a top three to produce ourselves a top five matches for the month. My personal MOTM didn’t win for the first time this month (Kento vs. Zeus).


  1. David Starr vs. Jurn Simmons (wXw World Tag Team League N1)


Kicking off wXw’s tag league with a bang was this banger of a match; a hair vs hair bout designed to culminate a near year long program between Starr and Simmons. The latter having turned on the former after their tag team failed to win tag league last year, losing in the final to Ringkampf. Jurn lost his hair here, allowing the valiant babyface Starr to come away the victor with (most of) his hair intact. ****1/2


  1. Takashi Sugiura vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH Global Jr League N10)


One of the best matches NOAH has put on all year. Sugiura has been a fill-in champion with the debate raging over who is the ultimate saviour of NOAH. Nakajima looked to be the guy after a sensational heel turn this year, which has re-invigorated his character and made him the most interesting guy in the company. Combined with a wonderful new hairstyle he seemed destined for success. Sugiura the gatekeeper met him here in a blinding encounter. ****3/4


  1. Ringkampf vs. Lucha Bros (wXw World Tag Team League N2)


The best tag team contest of the wXw tag league weekender Ringkampf vs. Lucha Bros is the kind of dream tag match that usually only happens in the most super of super indies (PWG is where you’d expect to see this match, BOLA weekend). Credit to wXw for putting it on, making it feel important and yet not having it overwhelm a great tournament. The startling thing about this match is you could argue it wasn’t even the best match of the night in wXw with it taking place on the same card as Dragunov/Gunns with the unreal crowd. ****1/2


  1. Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus (AJPW Raising an Army Memorial Series N11)


Zeus’ title run was a short one but filled with pleasure and large smiles. He came a cropper against former champ Miyahara. Normally I have issues with Miyahara’s wildly inconsistent selling. There were no issues here. No limb work, no subtle psychology. No, Zeus just beat the shit out of him for half an hour. Kento took his beating like a man and fired up to reclaim the title he believes is rightly his as the companies top star. This was nothing short of magical and my favourite match of the month. I was outvoted though. ****3/4


  1. WALTER vs. Will Ospreay (OTT Fourth Anniversary Show)


When WALTER destroyed Jordan Devlin and became OTT’s champion because he felt like it the idea of a white knight reclaiming the OTT title for the people was immediately there. Ospreay has been an OTT semi-regular for 3 years and one of the most beloved faces in the territory. So with WALTER established as the bastard that killed Devlinmania, the Import that could not be Killed, it served nicely to insert Ospreay into the role of challenger. Defiant put this match on over the Summer and it was good but not this good. In OTT the crowd was fired up and both men raised their games. Wonderful pro-wrestling and RVR’s Match of the Month. Get on the OTT hype train ladies and gentlemen. It is gathering steam. ****3/4


That’s MOTM for October 2018. I hope you find something to love here, or something you’ve already loved if not.












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