So much has happened over the last week. And now for the forseeable future it’s going to be quiet-ish, I may even get caught up on NXT.
New Japan was absolutely killer over the weekend, culminating in the G1 final, with Kota Ibushi vs Jay White. The matches leading up to it were excellent, particularly the Ibushi vs Okada match, and White vs Naito. There were a lot of other good matches, and one was set up that I am more excited for than nearly any other match that has happened or is going to happen this year. You see, at the G1 Climax, Kenta betrayed his tag-team partners, and joined Bullet Club, which was a bad move, and set up the match I was excited about. The fact that Katsuyori Shibata came down to the ring and put the hurt on Kenta was no surprise, but the match set up thats come out of it is Kenta vs Ishii, who might be the most reliable wrestler around at the moment. In fact, the other person I’d like to see Kenta against is Shingo Takagi, who Ishii also had an absolute banger with in the tournament.
Will Ospreay vs Tanahashi was excellent, and Moxley vs Juice was very enjoyable, I’m looking forward to the final part of their story, which I hope will be a victory for Juice over Moxley for the US Title. It was a fascinating weekend, and outcome for the tournament, and it’s been excellent watching it.
NXT Takeover Toronto was wild! 5 Matches, most of them were good. The Tag Team match was good, it was entertaining, and it kept the Undisputed Era hot but kept them at arms distance from the titles. I thought that was the best showing for Angelo Dawkins that I’ve seen, he was really solid. I like what they’re doing right now. It’s good stuff!
Candice LeRae vs Io Shirai was class, probably the best womens match of the weekend, but because the crowd were invested. I thought the best wrestled match of the weekend was one that the crowd didn’t get into and the build up to was rubbish. It was a very angry Io that made this match worth watching, it really was interesting. I’m hoping that it’ll either build to something phenomenal, which I’m suspecting, but I think there’s a few things that need to happen. I think that Shayna needs to lose the title, and they were right, Mia Yim didn’t seem to be the person to do it at this time, but that match was weird, and I don’t want to comment further on it, but I would like to see the Captain of Team Kick come back and take it from Shayna. Then Io beat her, and Candice then be like “ooh we have unfinished business”.
The triple threat match for the US title was good. With Undisputed Era members in every match, there was a suspicion that they would sweep the titles across the show, but that didn’t happen. Pete Dunne to the loss, but I think he’ll be around for a while, and it also keeps Undisputed Era in the title picture as Roddy Strong didn’t get pinned.
The NXT title match was good, it was nowhere near as good as their previous matches, but I think it’s the end of the Johnny Gargano in NXT, and I’m hoping that he gets to the main roster and gets a decent feud and storyline.
Then there was Summerslam! My favourite women’s match happened here! No prizes for guessing. It was Bayley vs Ember Moon. It was a great match, short yes, the crowd weren’t into it, and there was no build up to it, but it was innovative, well paced for the time they had, and it was really enjoyable to watch.
Other points of note other than the one thing I really wanted to comment on, Brock vs Seth Rollins was good, better than I was expecting, maybe that’s because it was not the expected outcome. The other women’s matches were alright, I didn’t really enjoy them that much. Kofi vs Orton was okay, KO vs Shane O’Mac was alright, and that’s about all I remember.
Other than The Fiend vs Finn Balor. I enjoyed this. Like, who wouldn’t? A guy with a lantern comes out, and the lantern is how he used to look before he went away, like a decapitated head. It was a relatively simple match, but it was good, the crowd was excited, they were invested, and down the line, I hope that we get more of The Fiend, but also that it can culminate at Wrestlemania 2021 (at the earliest) as The Fiend vs The Demon Finn Balor. There needs to be a slow build, and there must be a reason it’s Finn Balor first.
It’s been a wild time in the world of wrestling, but here we are! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!