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You sold me on this match w/ your Paul London comparison. I have been on a real ROH kick as of late, just got done doing a complete 2002 re-watch for them, and I am now in 2003. Always loved London's run around that time period, and this re-watch project is confirming that even more. Actually got Danielson vs. him 2/3 falls next :mark: :banderas

Enjoyed the match. Started off as a nice exhibition, but once Phantasma started targeting Tozawa's ribs, it kicked into another gear. Tozawa's selling was indeed pretty nice, even though he def could've sold more as well. I still appreciated his selling though, as he did show himself to be in big pain at almost every step of the way. The 03 London comparison was a good one (Y)
Paul London is pretty much the reason I discovered ROH and indie wrestling in general - once he was signed and started having those awesome Velocity matches with Akio, I just HAD to see what else he'd done. The 2/3 Falls match was prob my first exposure to Danielson too. Man, good times! Looking back, London was signed waaaay too early in terms of 'company ethos' - imagine if he was going at it with this current crop of talent?! Sure they'd never have given him a major push, but I always thought he would have had a decent run as IC/US champ given the chance.
 

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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Private Party vs Best Friends at Double or Nothing.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:

I give a YES to Frankie Kazarian vs Scorpio Sky vs Kip Sabian vs Darby Allin vs Orange Cassidy vs Colt Cabana vs Joey Janela vs Luchasaurus vs Brian Cage Casino Ladder match at Double or Nothing.

I gave that pretty good match an 8/10 :D

I give a YES to MJF vs Jungle Boy at Double or Nothing.

I gave that pretty good match an 8/10 :D

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Lance Archer vs Cody Rhodes for the AEW TNT title at Double or Nothing.

I gave that very good match a 7.5/10 :)

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Nyla Rose vs Hikaru Shida No DQ and No Countout match for the AEW Women's World title at Double or Nothing.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:

I give a YES to Inner Circle vs The Elite/Matt Hardy Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing.

I gave that incredible match a 10/10 :clap :clap

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Honestly, that main-event was fucking awesome and it was so entertaining to watch :LOL:
 

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Inner Circle vs The Elite [Stadium Stampede] - AEW Double or Nothing 2020 - ****1/4

In terms of pure enjoyment, this is unmatched. I can't believe how much FUN I had watching this, which was sorely needed after the week we've had in the wrestling world. The Matt Hardy gimmick reincarnation popped me big time. We saw some good cowboy shit, and once again Hangman Adam Page looks like the real deal, he has such an 'it' factor these days which I honestly never saw when he was in ROH. So many good comedy spots that deserve to be seen without being spoiled, but also some really sick spots as well, particularly the finish. This was a spectacle, and they delivered big time.
 

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I realized that I don't think I've nominated any actual matches since the pandemic started from Mania to MITB to Double or Nothing.

And I think now that I've realized that this "empty arena" era is not going end as quickly as everyone thought it might when it started, I've found little things that I've grown to appreciate about empty arena wrestling in terms of extra steps wrestlers can take to make the most of bad situations and still make wrestling entertaining. If I had to list some wrestlers who have made the most of the new era, I would say people like Drew, Charlotte, Bayley, Asuka, Bryan, Omega, Sammy, etc. have really excelled in these circumstances.

So I think it's time I play catch up and nominate these matches who deserve it for doing really well in these circumstances.

So YES to the following matches:

WWE WrestleMania Night 1: Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens
WWE WrestleMania Night 2: AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker
WWE WrestleMania Night 2: Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley
WWE WrestleMania Night 2: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (sue me)
WWE Money in the Bank: Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre
WWE Money in the Bank: Money on the Roof Ladder Match

AEW Dynamite 5/6: Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy vs. Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara
AEW Double or Nothing: Jungle Boy vs. MJF
AEW Double or Nothing: Brodie Lee vs. Jon Moxley
AEW Doulbe or Nothing: Stadium Stampede
 

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Moxley vs. Brodie - **** - YES!

This was badass as hell. Felt & looked like a true pro-wrestling fight between two guys who don't like each other very much. Brodie was just so great brutalizing Moxley with his superb looking offense, and Mox himself also brought the goods with his vicious offensive arsenal. The finishing stretch has to be one of my favorite scenes of 2020 with Brodie kicking out of those Paradigm Shifts, and Mox going into a killer mode because of it, totally destroying MISTER Brodie by relentlessly targeting that cut on his head & slapping in that tight choke for the W.

The Stadium Stampede - YES!

Hangman arriving & chasing Sammy with a horse, the whole LAX vs. Matt bit, the bar brawl between Hager & Hangman + Omega, Jericho killing that mascot w/ the Judas Effect, Jericho's epic fight vs. Aubrey, Matt's Northern Suplex rampage on Sammy, Rick Knox eating a Superkick like it's the good ol' days in Reseda, Matt & Kenny chasing Sammy w/ that golf cart AGAIN, that amazing finish w/ that big One Winged Angel. This was an absolute spectacle & a blast. When it comes to these "special presentation" (I struggle to call this a cinematic match tbh) matches that have happened recently, this was on a level above. This has been a truly tragic & sad week for pro-wrestling, but this was an amazing, smile-inducing way to end it. And for that I salute The Elite, Matt Hardy, The Inner Circle & AEW as a whole. I don't wanna give it a star rating, but it's one of my favorite things that I've seen this year.
 

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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Drake Maverick vs Kushida vs Jake Atlas on the NXT (5/27/20) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:

I give a YES to Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle Fight Pit on the NXT (5/27/20) episode.

I gave that pretty good match an 8/10 :D

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For the record, it was also great seeing Kurt Angle back on TV again :drose
 

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Thatcher vs. Riddle - ****1/4 - YES!

I fucking love these two, and this unique PIT FIGHT presentation fit them like a glove. Every stomp, every kneestrike, every kick, every SMACK is treated like a big deal & they truly look n' feel gnarly throughout. That Showtime like kick by Riddle off the cage was absolutely sick & I love how it was sold w/ Thatcher spitting out those teeth & bleeding from the mouth. My goodness his selling was amazing in the match overall -- I've said it many times before, but here we go again; he might just be the greatest seller in the business today. They of course go to the mat quite a bit as well with them being them & this being a KO or Submission to finish match, and it's great stuff; it's scrappy, everything looks painful & there's great struggle in everything. Just an absolute hit in every way, this one was. Really couldn't ask for a better match to put over Tim Thatcher & his brand of pro-wrestling in NXT. Top-5 of the year for me thus far with Bryan/Gulak, Okada/Ibushi, Bryan/Zayn & Ikeda/Ishikawa.
 

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Matt Riddle vs Timothy Thatcher [Fight Pit] - WWE NXT May 27th 2020 - ****

Maybe I'm slightly overrating it as it felt so 'un-WWE' but this was so refreshing and kicked ass. LOL at the teeth spot, was that purely so they can explain the gap that already exists in Thatcher's teeth?! Made me chuckle. But yeah, this felt big time, and I really hope we see this gimmick brought out occasionally when a feud calls for it. The fighting was scrappy, as it should be in this environment, and they used the cage well. Good stuff all round.
 

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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus on the Smackdown (5/29/20) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:
 

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I give a YES to Seth Rollins vs Aleister Black on the Raw (6/1/20) episode.

I gave that pretty good match an 8/10 :D

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Charlotte Flair vs Asuka on the Raw (6/1/20) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:
 

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Just watched last weeks NXT, the following two matches were excellent...

YES! to Drake Maverick vs Kushida vs Jake Atlas - ****
There’s been some decent matches throughout this tournament; however this was by far the best one so far. This match was a nice mixture of good fast paced wrestling and good storytelling. Drake Maverick’s performances and his storytelling ability throughout this tournament have been excellent.

YES! to Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle - ****1/4
Put these two in a ring together and they always deliver. Some may class Timothy Thatcher as “boring” but when he gets in the ring with someone who’s hard hitting like Riddle, that’s when he excels. This match was different and creative, and I always enjoy when two performers beat the shit out of each other, these two did exactly that!
 

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Yes. Wentz vs Ace Austin 6/2/2020 Impact 8/10. Impact match of the year to date and should be in the overall match of the year discussion
 

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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Adam Page/Kenny Omega vs Kip Sabian/Jimmy Havoc for the AEW World Tag titles on the Dynamite (6/3/20) episode.

I gave that very good match a 7.5/10 :)

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Undisputed Era vs Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch vs Breezango on the NXT (6/3/20) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:
 

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After rewatching parts of the NXT main-event this week:

I give a No, but strongly recommended to El Hijo de Fantasma vs Drake Maverick for the NXT Cruiserweight title on the NXT (6/3/20) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:
 

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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Alexa Bliss/Nikki Cross vs Sasha Banks/Bayley for the Women's Tag titles on the Smackdown (6/5/20) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:
 

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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Damian Priest vs Finn Balor at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:

I give a YES to Keith Lee vs Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American title at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

I gave that pretty good match an 8/10 :D

I give a YES to Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley vs Io Shirai for the NXT Women's title at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

I gave that pretty damn good match an 8.5/10 :mark:
 
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