The following is a list of The top 10 matches from September 6-12, 2020., and why I enjoyed each match. If your favorite match this week didn’t make the list let me know and we can discuss it
10. Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory (NXT, 9/8)
These two men have a bright future in NXT. While this was primary used as a showcase for Reed, Theory showed why he has a bright future too. Some fans fave said Theory reminds them of Randy Ortin in 2003. That’s hogh praise. Bronson should be a fiture challenger for the NXT North American Championship
9. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemura vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi (NJPW Road, 9/9)
In case you haven’t heard, New Japan Pro Wrestling is back up and running although with smaller shows and limited crowds. This week New Jaoan hosted a series of events called The New Japan Road, the last tour before the famous G1 Climax Tournament which starts Saturday the 19th. The tour was headlined by a Round Robin Tournament for the vacant IWGP Jr. Tag Team Titles. This was the main event of the third night of the tournament. Kanemura & Desperado picked up the win by cheating to ensure a rematch in the tournament finals two nights later.
8. The Jurassic Express vs. The Lucha Bros. (Dynamite, 9/9)
I know it’s unprofessional to be too biased but Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy might be my favorite team in AEW right now. They picked up the win in an incredible opener to Dynamite and now have a non title match with new champions FTR this week on Dynamite which I think they have a decent chance of wining.
7. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemura vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi for the vacant IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship (NJPW Road, 9/11)
No this is not a repeat of No. 9. This was a rematch for the vacant titles. As the top two point earners in the tournament these two teams earned the right to meet in the finals. Wow, what an incredible match! Kanemaru & Desperado are one of the best heel tag teams in the world, and Hiromu Takahashi is one of the best in tbe world period and perhaps the biggest G1 Climax tournament snub this year. The heels won again by cheating to capture the belts but might have to meet the only team that beat them in the tournament Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Woto in the future
6. Impact World Tag Team Champions The Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Rascalz (Impact, 9/8)
Yes Impact, the promotion formerly known as TNA, is still running and quietly putting on solid shows. The Machine Guns returned at the last Impact PPV, Slammaversary, and defeated the team of the Rascalz, Dez & Wentz, an X Division Tag Team straight out of That 70’s Show. After The Guns won the titles, they decided to give the Rascalz a rematch here and it was amazing. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelly still have it. I would love to see them defend the titles agaisnt The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, at Bound For Glory
5. Dominik Mysterio vs. Murphy in a Street Fight (RAW, 9/7)
The only match from the flagship show from WWE to make the list this week, and it features one of my least favorite WWE Superstars right now, Dominik Mysterio. I know Mysterio is talented but so are hundreds of other talent that don’t have a legendary bloodline. The match itself will probably be remembered for the entire Mysterio family caning the crap out of Murphy, but this was a really good match before the ending. Dominik has talent well beyond his experience, but let’s be honest the WWE let him cut the line to make his father happy
4. AEW TNT Champion Mr. Brodie Lee vs. Dustin Rhodes (Dynamite, 9/9)
This was the first TNT Title defense for the new champion the leader of The Dark Order, Mr. Brodie Lee. This was a really great match as Dustin played his role perfectly as an older brother going for revenge. Soms fans have complained about the length of this match compared to Lee’s squashing of Cody when he won the title. I don’t have a problem with the length as it was obvious the open challenge was wearing Cody out before that dark Saturday Night when he lost the title. Dustin was as close to 100 % as could be to challenge Lee. The big question is who wil be the next challenger for Brodie Lee.
3. Never Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, & Yoshi Hashi vs. Kazuchika Okada, Sho, & Toru Yano (NJPW Road, 9/11)
Honesty, the six man tag team titles have very little significance within New Japan Pro Wrestling, but don’t tell these six that. What an amazing match between stablemates. The tempers of Ishii and Sho shined through and they were beating each other like they owe each other money. Sho is the only one not in the upcoming G1 Climax Tournament, and I think he should be. If you’ve never seen Tomohiro Ishii wrestle do yourself a favor and watch this match.
2. Rhea Ripley vs. Mercedes Martinez in a Steel Cage Match (NXT, 9/8)
These two have had a quiet feud that peaked several weeks ago when Martinez cost a Ripley a Number One Contenders Match to Dakota Kai. This was a great weapons cage match with a really cool ending. Now that this feud is over, can we please have these women on the msin roster?
1. Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole for the vacant NXT. Championship (NXT, 9/8)
WOW! Talk about an instant classic. This was the sudden death finale of the 4 Way 60 Minute Iron Man Match the previous week. Where Balor & Cole each scored two falls to end the match in a tie. This match was better then anything on AEW All Out. I don’t know if we will see a rematch at the NXT TakeOver but I don’t know how these two can outdo themselvds.
Well those were my top 10 matches of the week. Do you agree or disagree?