By Carson Koschik
Once again, this week was pretty difficult to formulate a top ten. Not because there wasn't a lot of good wrestling, but because there was so much it was hard to put some matches over the other. People like to crap on WWE for not putting on a lot of good wrestling, but after forcing myself to watch every freaking show they put on, I've learned that they put on the best wrestling there is on a consistant basis. Anyways, let's get on with the top ten matches of the week.
#10. Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E Langston (WWE Raw)
Since Ziggler has been out, Big E Langston has been taking on Del Rio on a weekly basis to keep the feud going. Even though the pairing is getting a little tired (we've seen them face each other four times in the past two weeks), the two seem to have a pretty good chemistry. Big E's agile brute style meshes well with Del Rio's lucha/MMA style, and their matches have been pretty entertaining. On Monday Night Raw, they put on one of these entertaining matches (again), with Del Rio getting the win. I think the most interesting thing about these matches is that they have actually been trading victories, instead of having Del Rio winning all of the matches. I expect to see these two square off some more until Ziggler comes back (which is soon, I hope).
#9. Seth Rollins vs. Kane (WWE SmackDown)
While this match wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be, Kane and Seth Rollins still opened Smackdown with a pretty solid contest. The Shield have already proved themselves in a six-man tag matches, but it's time for them to show what they can do in solo situations. So far it's been pretty good, but it's clear that there is still some improvements to be made. That being said, Kane and Rollins still put on a good match, and it was only disappointing compared to their 5-star tag matches that they've been having on a weekly basis. That's a pretty high bar they've set for themselves.
#8. Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Gunner, & James Storm vs. Bad Infulence, Austin Aries, & Bobby Roode (TNA Impact)
This week's Impact finally gave us another tag team in the form of James Storm and Gunner, making the total team count four. While that is still a pretty cruddy amount of teams, the odd new pairing joined the title hunt by teaming with champions Chavo and Hernandez to take on former champions and current number one contenders Bad Influence and Aries and Roode. The match was a little cluttered (how can it not be with eight people?), but the match had some pretty fun moments. All the men in the match had chances to shine and all played their part. I was a little sad to see Aries tap out to Gunner, but that's just my personal bias. Expect to see a great match from these teams at Slammiversary.
#7. Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE SmackDown)
Daniel Bryan is quickly becoming the best thing in the WWE. Ever since he began to think of himself as the weak link, the former American Dragon has been putting on phenomenal matches on a consistant basis, and this week was no different. D-Bry faced off ag vainst Shield heavy Roman Reigns, and while the ending of the match was a bit iffy (Bryan got DQ'd), the match was still pretty damn good. Roman Reigns continues to impress me more and more each time I see him.
#6. Chris Jericho vs. Cody Rhodes (WWE SmackDown)
There's a reason people want Cody Rhodes to be World Champion, and he showed us that reason on Smackdown when he went toe to toe with Y2J Chris Jericho. While it was clear that Jericho was going to win from the get go, Rhodes still managed to convince us that he could win the match, and that is a really impressive skill to have. The match featured some great mat wrestling, some good high flying, and a good pace, and was a surprising highlight of Smackdown. I know we say it every single year, but can Cody just please win Money In The Bank?
#5. Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kofi Kingston - United States Championship Match (WWE Raw)
In an Extreme Rules rematch, newly minted United States Champion Dean Ambrose defended his title against former champion Kofi Kingston, and the two unsurprisingly tore the house down. While it would've been nice to have Ambrose actually pin Kofi instead of having the Shield interfere, the match was still exciting, with Kingston bouncing every where while Ambrose methodically tried to ground him. I think it's safe to say the United States Championship is finally on the right track again.
#4. ACH & Tadarius Thomas vs. C&C Wrestling Factory vs. QT Marshall & RD Evans (ROH)
Ring of Honor might not have the star power, production value, or widespread audience of WWE and TNA, but their tag team division is ten times better than both companies. In an amazing showcase of tag team wrestling, Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander defeated ACH, Tadarius Thomas, QT Marshall, and RD Evans in an exciting, intense, face-paced match. The crowd was hot the whole time, and there was basically a cool spot every minute. ROH's tag team matches are becoming the highlight of each week, and it's a shame that they don't have a bigger audience.
#3. BJ Whitmer vs. Jay Lethal vs. Mike Bennett (ROH)
First off, let me just say that Maria is the flat out hottest thing in the universe. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, Lethal, Whitmer, and Bennett put on a great triple threat match to determine the number one contender to Matt Taven's TV Championship, and the antics of Maria and Corino were a great touch. Lethal would pick up the win after a Lethal Injection, but BJ and Mike Bennett arguably impressed even more with their performances. I still don't know why Bennett and Lethal aren't hired by WWE.
#2. The Shield (c) vs. Team Hell No -Tag Team Championship Match (WWE Raw)
For the billionth time in a row, the Shield and Team Hell No put on a classic match. Does it even surprise us how good they are anymore? I would tell you why the match was good, but I'd just sound like a
broken record from the last three weeks.
#1. Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus (WWE Main Event)
Surprised? Well, if you watched Main Event, you shouldn't be. Wade Barrett and Sheamus put on another one of those random Main Event gems that we get once a month, and both men showed us how underrated they both are. Chalked full of near falls and great in-ring chemistry, the two men kept the crowd hot and the tension at a high, and put on one hell of a match. You know Money In The Bank is after Payback, maybe if Barrett drops his title...
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