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Welcome to our latest Patreon-exclusive 5 Matches episode of Wrestling Omakase as we talk the last truly great WWE match in history up to this point, the start of the AJ-Naito trilogy, two absolute classics from TNA, and uh…..a fish fight. Okay, three classics from TNA. If you haven’t listened to a 5 Matches episode yet, every week John and the guest each choose 2 matches to watch and talk about on the episode. Then we each choose a third match, which is put up to a vote on the @wrestleomakase Twitter account (or on the Patreon!), letting the listeners choose our fifth and final match of the week. It’s a fun retro format featuring all sorts of different wrestling!

John is joined by returning guest Garrett Kidney (@garrettkidney), VOW’s resident Total Nonstop Historian and co-host of the Wednesday War Games podcast (@wargamespod). They start by discussing whether Dynamite or NXT are any good, wrestling shows they’ve attended in the past and why some stand out more than others, and more. Then they get into the actual matches, which this week are:

1. AJ Styles vs. John Cena, WWE 1/29/17 (WWE Network)
2. AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito, NJPW 7/26/14 (NJPW World)
3. Chris Harris & James Storm vs. Christohper Daniels & Elix Skipper, TNA 12/5/04 (Youtube)
4. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe, TNA 11/19/06 (Youtube)
5. Brother Ray & Brother Devon vs. Curry Man & Shark Boy, TNA 3/9/08 (Youtube)

Topics that come up along the way include: remember when WWE used to have good matches, Super Indie Ace Cena (RIP), why is AJ Styles so bad now anyway, Garrett’s somewhat surprising takes on NJPW AJ, also Garrett’s takes on Stardust Genius vs. LIJ Naito, BLOOD, possibly the best TNA match of all time, MORE BLOOD, we love Mike Tenay and Don West, one of the last great American dream matches, EVEN MORE BLOOD, Joe should have won, Brother Ray vs. the scale, why would a human being ever fall for a ding dong on a fishing pole, and yes, Brother Ray makes out with a fish.


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Missed any of the 5 Matches episodes or just want to revisit one of the matches discussed previously but aren’t sure what episode it took place on? Here’s a handy Google Doc with links to every single match we’ve discussed on this series so far, which will continue to be updated every episode.