3. AWESOME KONG vs BRITT BAKER vs KYLIE RAE vs NYLA ROSE – AEW DOUBLE OR NOTHING (MAY, 25)
Yes, there were many matches this month better than this one, even on that show. However, I felt something special about this match. It was the same feeling I had with the All In girls match last year: it was perfectly put together. I know a lot of people are complaining about how Kong’s appearance hurt Rose, but I, personally, believe it was still a good move. Kong is a star. When she entered that arena, it felt like a really special moment. When the camera turned, and we saw her face, I was even more sure of that. And, although she was clearly not 100%, the structure of the match allowed her to still shine. I understand that it wasn’t supposed to be her moment, but let’s be honest here: it didn’t hurt the other girls and gave a real legend what was probably her last great moment. It was worth it.
2. MATT TAVEN vs PCO – NJPW/ROH WAR OF THE WORLDS (MAY, 9)
The tale of PCO is unique. This career renaissance he’s still going true is epic. This time he faced Taven in a storytelling match that hid both men weakness at the same time it showcased their strengths. You had a classic heel/babyface dynamic that you seldom see in today’s professional wrestling, and, although nobody wanted to see PCO really winning the championship, everybody cheered for him. It happened simply because nobody was really thinking about the implications of the match. Everybody just dove deep into the story and let it take us into the journey. Also, it was one of the few times a dirty finish worked because it protected PCO and made Taven an even more compelling character.
1. CODY vs DUSTIN RHODES – AEW DOUBLE OR NOTHING (MAY, 25)
This was not only the best match of this month, but it was also one of the best matches I have ever seen. It was simple, it was old school, and it was great. I remember when these two were still a team on WWE. I still regularly watched the show back then. The tag team division had a very interesting story, but it led nowhere. Now, years later, they come back to finish that story, and it was the perfect end. I won’t deny that the blood really made me sometimes worry, but it only added to the drama this match had to offer. Years from now we are going to look at this match as a classic. It will be a true 5-star special that will stand the test of time, I am sure of that.