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Mathew’s Top 25 Matches of 2018 #10-6

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Kenny Omega Top 25 Best Matches

Mathew brings you the next set in his 25 Best Matches of 2018! What matches made the first half of the Top 10?

Welcome back guys and we’re now down to our final ten matches of 2018 and of course, I’ll only be talking about the next five and our final five will be available for New Year’s Eve to end the year. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the countdown so far as all 25 of these matches are incredible and worthy to be on most lists regardless of the order. If you’re new to the countdown, I’ll provide the links for the previous countdowns for you to catch up. So who’s in our top ten? Let’s find out!

10. Meiko Satomura vs. Io Shirai (Sendai Girls at Korakuen Hall 4/19/2018)

Meiko Satomura vs. Io Shirai

While Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair was the best women’s match in WWE, I feel like this match was the better women’s match in general. We now travel to Sendai Girls, who made my list last year with a tag match and now they’re on here with this one on one match between Io Shirai and Meiko Satomura. Both of these women would take part in WWE’s Mae Young Classic later on in the year to prove themselves for a larger audience and while both of them didn’t win the tournament, they left the audience in awe.

Meiko Satomura vs. Io Shirai shake

These two women would show the audience why they’re two of the best in not only Japan but in the world. The match was quick, brutal, and just an overall treat. If Io wasn’t leaving to go to WWE, I probably would’ve said have her do more Sendai Girls appearances since she did do about everything she could in Stardom but this is still an exciting new chapter for her career regardless. The match ended in a draw with the time limit and I thought it was the best way to go since a win from either of these women wouldn’t have done anything due to Io not being apart of the roster and Meiko being at that point in her career that she doesn’t gain anything either, even if they lost either. Twenty minutes of great women’s wrestling that should be viewed by everyone that loves women’s wrestling or is even a fan of these two.

9. Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (NJPW Dominion 6/9/2018)

Kazuchika Okada Kenny Omega Dominion

I know this was another match that people were waiting to be on the list and I’m sure people are curious as to why it’s not in my top 5 or number one and I’ll get to that later on and focus on the match first. This match had a big build-up after be considered some of the greatest matches of 2017 where each match told a unique story and gave us something different each bout. The two would be tied when they had one win each along with a draw which leads the fans feeling dissatisfied without having that fourth match to end 2017. but they would eventually get that conclusion in 2018 where they had their first time limit draw, Dominion. This time it would be different as this one will be a Two out of Three Falls Match with no time limit this time so we can be sure that we’ll have an actual conclusion this time around to prove who’s the best.

Kazuchika Okada Kenny Omega Dominion mat

This match probably had the best story with a big change in Kenny’s character with that internal struggle with himself with Bullet Club last year and now reunited with his Golden Lover, Kota Ibushi. The match would last 75 minutes and we would have a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion, ending Okada’s legendary reign of nearly two years, so close to breaking the all-time record for longest title reign in Japan. So why did this match rank lower than expected? It’s really not a bad match at al land for a lot of people, it’s considered the greatest match of all time or the greatest match they’ve seen live and while it is a great match, I honestly thought their second match at Dominion 2017 was the much better match out of the four they had together but this one is a close second. I think the main thing that threw me off a little in the match was the second fall feeling oddly paced but that’s my opinion and if you loved this match, then that’s perfectly fine too since it’s still a great match despite some odd pacing issues. Kenny proved he was the better one out of the two and gave us a match people will talk about for years to come.

8. Takashi Sugiura vs. Go Shiozaki (NOAH Kawasaki Festival 8/18/2018)

Takashi Sugiura vs. Go Shiozaki

Of course, the champion of 2018 would have another match here on the list instead of just one as we now talk about his best match and title defense of the year when he fought Go Shiozaki at the Kawasaki Festival. Go Shiozaki would prove to be another difficult challenge for Takashi during this match-up as Go still proves he’s one of NOAH’s best guys on the roster with his stiff arsenal. Takashi in this match would prove he’s still showing his A-game for his age and coming back from his heart surgery last year while also showing he can still carry a title and a company with this new comeback.

Takashi Sugiura vs. Go Shiozaki match

This match was stiff for the most part as the two would destroy each other with strikes and technical wrestling as they would go at it for a little over a half hour and these are the types of matches that make you wanna love professional wrestling, especially the Japanese scene. Takashi retained the title against Go in a great match to keep this reign intact and is considered his best defense for 2018 by many and rightfully so. NOAH has been under peoples radar for the past couple of years and Suzuki Gun didn’t do them any favors when they were there, but last year and this year have proved that they’re taking a step in the right direction and this is the perfect time to get back into as the ring work improved immensely along with better booking this time around. Let’s hope 2019 leads them to new heights with their new GHC Heavyweight Champion, Kaito Kiyomiya.

7. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: Philadelphia 1/27/2018)

Andrade Almas Johnny Gargano Takeover

Of course, this one was going to be on here, why wouldn’t this match be on here? While this show was considered the worst Takeover in quite some time, this match was the only saving grace to carry the entire show. This would be the only time Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas would main event an NXT Takeover while he would fight NXT’s underdog, Johnny Gargano. These two were to strangers to each other as they fought in 2017 at Takeover: Brooklyn 3 where they would fight in the opening contest as Almas defeated him while Zelina Vega played mind games with him when she threw in the Tommaso Ciampa shirt to distract him. This would go on a couple of times with Almas defeating Gargano because of it and Gargano would eventually win a number one contendership to fight for the NXT Championship and who was the champion this time while he won the match? It was none other than Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and this would be another chapter into their rivalry.

Andrade Almas Johnny Gargano Takeover match

The two would take each other to their limit in this match with the two of them pulling off all the stops to try and get the win and they would do it in such a way that it wasn’t over the top or much of an overkill since it has a perfect gap to give the fans a breath of fresh air and knew when pulling more of the big spots. The selling for Gargano is what sold it more as he had this look of defeat on him but the fans chanting for him to keep on going is what was keeping him afloat for so long. Andrade eventually got the win to retain the championship after a valiant effort from Johnny but he’s not done yet since he got attacked by Tommaso Ciampa after the match, so those mind games last summer by Almas eventually lead to something better for Johnny. Great match and the best match for both of these guys this year, I shouldn’t have to tell you to watch it since you guys have probably seen it already and if you haven’t, what the hell are you waiting for?

6. Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi (NJPW G1 Climax 8/11/2018)

Kenny Omega Kota Ibushi NJPW G1 Climax

The second and last Kenny Omega match on the list where he fought his Golden Lovers partner at the final B Block day of the G1 Climax, Kota Ibushi. The story for the match writes itself as Kenny stated before that if these two would ever fight each other again, they would practically kill each other and it’s been avoided for so long. The last time they fought each other in singles competition was in 2012 during DDT at the Nippon Budokan arena and Kota Ibushi would be the victor of that match. Six years later, the two would fight each other once again and of course at the Nippon Budokan arena where they had that famous match before. The two didn’t want this to happen because they knew what these two would do to each other, especially since the winner of this match would win the block and go to the finals to fight Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Ibushi Omega

Once the bell would ring, the two would stare each other down while the audience would cheer for the both of these guys and Ibushi would start to get emotional with almost tears rolling down his eyes since he didn’t wanna do this match. Omega, however, would try his best to keep his emotions intact by keeping a straight face since he still needs to win to prove a point, no matter how much it hurts and I also did wish he showed that same emotion that Ibushi was since I feel like it would’ve been a lot more impactful if he did to the story. When they said they would kill each other the next time they fought, they meant it as the two nearly killed each other in this match and if you look back at their previous match from six years ago, you can see how much these two have grown as competitors and how it started for the Golden Lovers to the top guys they became right here. Ibushi had to do what needed to be done as he defeated Omega in a great bout, also being undefeated against Omega in one on one competition and I wonder if this would lead to something in the future. The Golden Lovers would embrace each other after the match to make it another great moment for both of these guys and Omega’s best match in 2018.

Thank you all for tuning in on this set of matches for our top ten and tune in tomorrow where we will reveal the final five matches. Who do you think makes the cut? Well, you’re gonna have to find out for yourself. See you all tomorrow for the final five!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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