These are three big matches to look forward to this Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day is an important holiday for some, as the United States recognizes men and women that have died while serving in the armed forces. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 29. The two days before that holiday come with a wealth of professional wrestling from both All Elite Wrestling and WWE. Looking at the two cards in front of fans, these are three matches that fans should anticipate the most.
- GUNTHER versus Mustafa Ali
- Cody Rhodes versus Brock Lesnar
- Blackjack Battle Royal for the AEW International Championship
MJF versus Darby Allin versus Jungle Boy versus Sammy Guevara
AEW boasts a talented young roster, that some will argue is the best in wrestling today. The Four Pillars are central to that group. They will set the tone for said future, and this match at Double or Nothing is a precursor to it all. MJF walks in as the champion, standing on the cusp of an important run for the company and his own career. Allin, Jungle Boy, and Guevara are surging all in their own right. MJF is expected to come out the victor, but this match will determine where all four men fall in the pecking order – at least at this time. And do not be surprised if this is not the last time this match happens, because there are plenty of reasons to go back to this in the years to come.
Seth Rollins versus AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins versus AJ Styles at Night of Champions will be the best one-on-one match to happen this weekend. It will also be on the shortlist of top matches in 2023 when that time comes. This match is akin to what basketball fans would see if Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant could play a game of one on one.
Fans have seen Rollins versus Styles in the past. But this match comes with the opportunity to become the main event champion that Monday Night Raw needs. Plus, there seems to be a chip on the shoulder of many on the roster as Roman Reigns dominates the singles title scene for the men’s division. This is the match to help take steps to correct that path and Rollins versus Styles is the perfect pairing to do so.
The Elite versus The Blackpool Combat Club in an Anarchy in the Arena match
This match may not involve any champions or major stipulations, but it features a group of men that are perhaps the most important in AEW’s young history. The Elite set the foundation of AEW. Jon Moxley is the company’s MVP to date. Bryan Danielson seems to be the teacher the young roster needs. Claudio Castagnoli is the breakthrough waiting to happen. And then there’s Yuta who is a prospect looking to get his chance in the spotlight. This match has the eight most important men in this company and that’s not an afterthought.
It will be interesting to see how this match plays out and where the story goes next. There is a lot left to tell with these individuals and perhaps this match is coming on too soon, but it also has the potential to be something that escalates into madness that leaves fans cheering for years to come.