Month on the Mat: June

In this monthly recurring series, the residents of Wrestle Inn will offer you their recommendation for a single match you should seek out from the last month. We might not always highlight the “best” match; perhaps we’ll pick a hidden gem instead, or a match that you may not have heard of from a promotion different to what you usually watch. But, we can guarantee that all of these picks will be more than worth your time!

JJohnson recommends:
Kazusada Higuchi, Yuma Aoyagi & Daichi Hashimoto vs Yuji Hino, Daisuke Sekimoto & Shuji Ishikawa Fortune Dream 7 (June 15)
The absolute definition of a hidden gem. Headlining Fortune Dream 7 (produced by the legendary Kenta Kobashi) inside Korakuen Hall, six of the best in the whole of puro went to war in a 30 minute thrill ride of a match. It was brutal, intense, physical, relentless, hard-hitting, awe-inspiring and every other adjective you can muster. If you want chops, strikes, lariats, punches and gnarly headbutts, this is the match for you. It was wall to wall great wrestling in a famous setting starring a real fusion of special talents.

Adam recommends:
Jon Moxley vs Speedball Mike Bailey, Stranger Thangs (Wrestling Revolver, June 11)
I was fortunate enough to see this match in person and it was every bit as good as I expected it to be. Speedball came out to the Beastie Boys funky “Brass Monkey”, Moxley stormed to the ring via the original version of “Wild Thing” by The Troggs. From there, it was magic. The crowd was tired from a long, long night of wrestling but this woke them up, the sold out building was electric as Moxley and Speedball exchanged blows. Speedball went hold for hold and move for move with the former AEW Champion and shocked the building when he moonsaulted off a speaker during the latter part of the match. In the end though, Moxley got the win, but after the match put Speedball over to the live crowd as they erupted in appreciation of a match well done. Before I went to this show, I hadn’t been to an independent show since 2015. This match (and the whole show) made me fall in love with independent wrestling again, and for that, I’m super appreciative.

Credit: Wrestling Revolver

Steve Howard recommends:
Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace vs Chelsea Green vs Mia Yim vs Deonna Purrazzo, Slammiversary (IMPACT, June 19)
I opted for a classic from Nashville which saw the first ever Queen of the Mountain match. All five competitors put their bodies on the line and the timing of each fall added to the drama and excitement, including one of the most spectacular ladder spots seeing Chelsea and Deonna take the plunge from the top of a ladder set up in the ring, through a table on the outside. Jordynne ended up getting the biggest victory of her career to end an incredible match.  

Trent Breward recommends:
Bandido vs Fénix vs Hijo Del Vikingo vs Laredo Kid vs Taurus, Triplemania XXX: Tijuana (AAA, June 18)
Good lucha things in a nutshell. Five of the very best luchadores on the planet were given the stage to just go nuts as they fought for both the AAA World Cruiserweight and Latin American Championships. It goes a mile a minute, featuring some truly ridiculous spots. Everyone got a moment to shine, but to the surprise of no one, Vikingo stole the show with his otherworldly athleticism. It wasn’t without the odd sloppy moment, but given the circumstances that’s expected. However, what you do get is a masterclass of a spotfest. Don’t think too hard, just enjoy the madness.

Ryan Dilbert recommends:
AZM, Lady C, Saya Kamitani, & Utami Hayashishita vs Hanan, Hazuki, Koguma, & Mayu Iwatani, Korakuen Hall (STARDOM, June 5)
Consider replacing your morning coffee with this hearty dose of high energy. AZM and Hazuki started things off with a pedal-to-the-floor pace and the bout never really leaned off it. This clash between The Queen’s Quest and STARS factions had just the right amount of chaos, intensity, and jaw-cracking dropkicks. If you’re a fan considering dipping your toes into STARDOM, this would be quite the introduction to get you started, complete with some of the most talented wrestlers on the roster and moments that will make you go “Wow!” out loud in your living room.

Credit: Stardom

Corey Michaels recommends:
Zack Sabre Jr. vs Claudio Castagnoli Forbidden Door (AEW x NJPW, June 26)
Speculation of who would replace Bryan Danielson at Forbidden Door ran rampant, until the right man was chosen for the job. Claudio not only matched the hype, he performed to the standards we all hoped for, and Sabre welcomed him into AEW with the top-class performance expected of him. WWE’s former Swiss Superman left the womb via a Cesaro Section and was reborn into his old self, Claudio Castagnoli.

CiaranRH recommends:
Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White, Dominion (NJPW, June 12)
Excuse me for making an obvious and big pick, but this match hit all the right spots for me! Jay White simply dominated, to the point that if he hadn’t won I would have been furious. He overwhelmed Okada and outplayed him at every move. Whilst many have struggled with Japanese crowds being unable to make noise, White seemingly thrives, his snide remarks echoing throughout Osaka-Jo Hall and more importantly echoing in Okada’s head – for as much as Okada may hate White, he speaks a vicious truth. It’s good to have Jay White back in Japan, and it must be great to be King Switch.