WWE and AEW are underway – Annenberg Media

“Sports Entertainment Solidified” is a pro wrestling column by Maddy Myer that runs on Mondays.

After the appearances of The Rock and John Cena, the momentum for WWE has never been better. The company seems to know exactly what direction it’s going in, and while legends occasionally appear, they’re starting to look for younger talent to deliver more and more.

Likewise, AEW recently debuted Adam Copeland, formerly known as “Edge” in WWE, and is gaining some momentum. They gave fans multiple one-on-one matches for the first time that became instant classics.

Both companies have incredibly talented wrestlers who put on incredible performances every week and this past week was no different. Here are the best pro wrestling matches from the past week:

Bryan Danielson vs. Bryan Danielson Andrade The Idol (AEW Collision, October 21)

Billed as a dream match, Bryan Danielson took on Andrade El Idolo in a nasty one-on-one match. Danielson’s technique in the ring is always impressive and seeing El Idolo keep up with Danielson’s pace with his own speed and power was pure magic. El Idolo’s punches visibly reddened Danielson’s chest, but that didn’t stop the “American Dragon” from landing some of his back. The highlight of the match was a springboard dropkick that sent Danielson out of the ring and saw El Idolo follow up with two moonsaults. They continued to go back and forth and ended the match trading roll-up covers with Danielson rolling up El Idolo for the three count in the end.

Charlotte Flair vs. Iyo Sky (WWE Friday Night Smackdown, October 20)

This may be a rematch, but every time these two get in the ring together it’s something special. This time, Skye hit Flair with a suicide dive, a missile dropkick and a powerbomb off the top rope and a much more innovative offense. On the other hand, Flair reversed several of Skye’s moves, including incorporating a Boston Crab submission into her moveset. She also reversed a hurricanrana, from which Flair used the momentum to catch Skye and fall face first onto the ring apron, as well as a crossbody by Skye, which led to Flair hitting a slam dunk off the top rope. Flair appeared to win the match after a spear, but Sky’s Damage CTRL group moved Sky’s leg to the rope to avoid the three count. When Flair tried a spear again, Skye illegally had her championship belt catch Flair’s kick so she could steal the win. Although Flair lost, she avoided being completely defeated by Sky and company thanks to Bianca Belair returning to help Flair.

Kyle Fletcher vs. Kenny Omega (AEW Dynamite, October 18)

Kyle Fletcher’s nickname should be “The Flash” because of the extreme speed with which he imparted some of his moves to Kenny Omega. With the two having similar arsenals of suplexes, kicks and knees, there were so many moments that I thought would end the match, but both competitors showed resilience. I should also mention how both Omega and Fletcher are amazing sellers, meaning they know exactly how to land moves to make their opponent look stronger. After an ominous high knee that sent Fletcher to the mat, Omega picked him up again for his One Winged Angel finisher and the win.

Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Monday Night Raw, October 16)

Due to the fall counting stipulation throughout, this match took Ricochet and Shinsuke Nakamura from ringside to backstage and even into the crowd. There was no limit to the innovation of these superstars. At one point, Ricochet climbed into the crowd and jumped off the ledge of the stairs to hit Nakamura with a shooting star press, something not many superstars can do. Unfortunately for Ricochet, it wasn’t enough to get the win, and after the two returned to the ring, Nakamura kicked Ricochet off the top rope right into the table. Nakamura followed up with the table seat with his finisher to pick up the win over Ricochet.

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