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Mathew’s Top 25 Matches of 2018 #25-21

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Mathew begins his Top 25 of 2018 matches! Scroll down and see if your favorite matches are on the list.

Hello and welcome to my list of Top 25 Matches of 2018! From now until December 31st, I’ll be posting five matches a day that was my personal favorites of this year. If you saw my honorable mentions from yesterday, that might give you a clear idea of what might be on here. And if you haven’t, there’s a link in here somewhere for you to click on.

Also remember, this is all opinion based and my words shouldn’t be taken as gospel for my countdown since we all have different tastes in what we look for in matches. I also had to balance this out a little, otherwise, we would have like Kento, Okada, Tanahashi, and Ibushi matches taking over 75% of the list and it wouldn’t be fair to just about everyone that has busted their asses all year, so I’m picking about 2-3 of people’s best matches to make it more balanced but still amazing matches regardless.

So let’s get down to it and list our first five matches.

 

25. Buddy Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali (205 Live 7/3/2018)

“A 205 Live match made the list?!” Is probably what you’re thinking right now but 2018 was definitely the year that the Cruiserweight division pulled a 180 and got much better than 2017. 205 Live focused more on the stories of the matches while giving us basic storylines. Also making clear who the top people in this division were, Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali. they would have a series matches over the course of the first half of the year where the rivalry would conclude in a No Disqualification Match being their best outing together.

The two opponents were creative with their ability along with how they used the steel steps in the matches which is something I hardly do see in wrestling, especially the Superplex from the steel steps in the angle that they did it with. Mustafa Ali won with a Tornado DDT when he jumped off the steps and I know some people were thrown off with that ending but I actually thought it was fitting because it gave you that feeling of the match can happen at any given moment if you were caught off guard and the damage they’ve done each other, it makes sense that any big move would make you lost if not careful. This match was a ton of fun and both of these guys had a great year in the WWE. If you were skeptical about 205 Live last year, I definitely would try to give them a second chance as they’re slowly getting better with a new focus.

 

24. Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll (NJPW Sakura Genesis 4/1/2018)

– Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll have a history together wherever they wrestled. Whether it’s in the United States, United Kingdom, or Japan, they would fight everywhere and most of the time Marty would be the victor in these types of matches. Will was the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion at the time after defeating Marty, KUSHIDA, and Hiromu Takahashi in a Fatal Four Way at Wrestle Kingdom, with Marty stating that Will couldn’t defeat him one on one and wanted to fight him for the championship.

This one is probably my favorite outing between these two since the story with them got more personal between them along with the progression that these two wrestlers experienced in their careers that you can see how much they grew over the years. They knew each other so well that they would counter most of their big moves back and forth as we also saw a more aggressive side of Marty when he made Will bleed and stomped on his face, making it look like it was a dead body or something. Will would eventually overcome his rival and get that big win for Marty to retain the championship. My favorite match from both of these men this year and definitely one to remember in their rivalry.

 

23. Natural Vibes (Kzy, Genki Horiguchi, & Susumu Yokosuka) vs. MaxiMuM (Jason Lee, Naruki Doi, & Masato Yoshino) (Dragon Gate Dead or Alive 2018 5/6/2018)

– Natural Vibes made their debut this year after Kzy wanted to branch out of Tribe Vanguard to explore on his own and made this group where they would have their first match for the Open the Triangle Gate Championships against MaxiMuM at the Dead or Alive 2018 show.

These were the types of six-man tag team action that make me enjoy the company since it was face-paced, well executed, and just great tag team action from all six of these men as it was just seventeen minutes of non-stop action. This was probably my favorite title reign of 2018 as each match with Natural Vibes defending their titles always gave us something creative and fun with each title defense, and they would even break the record with most defenses with that title by retaining it six times before they dropped it at Final Gate recently. Out of all the matches they had for this belt, the time they won it was the more memorable one and how it all started for Natural Vibes. If you’re a fan of tag team wrestling, I highly recommend this one as it was my favorite six-man tag match this year.

 

22. Tessa Blanchard vs. Brian Cage (WrestleCircus The Show Must Go On 2/17/2018)

– I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of intergender matches since most of the time they’re a bit over the top or unbelievable at times, but this match right here made me very impressed. The main event of this WrestleCircus show had a title for title match with Brian Cage defending his Ringmaster Championship against Tessa Blanchard, who was the Sideshow Champion and this was probably my favorite intergender match.

The match told a story and was believable with Brian Cage dominating most of the match with Tessa being the underdog type of wrestler to get the crowd behind her and when Tessa was able to get a comeback, the crowd would just explode with excitement. Tessa is normally known for doing intergender matches and is considered one of the better females to do this type of stuff and this match showed me why that was the case. Brian Cage is also a beast in the ring as he can go very well for his size and showed he can work with anyone regardless of size and gender. Tessa had a tough fight and while she came close a few times, Brian Cage would pick up the win to become a double champion. They would have a rematch later on in the year at Bar Wrestling and while that was good, this match was far better and more memorable. If you’re a fan of intergender wrestling, I highly recommend this one or if you’re not and need convincing, I would start out with this one.

 

21. Ilja Dragunov vs. John Klinger vs. WALTER (wXw 16 Carat Gold 2018 Night 2 3/10/2018)

– Originally, this was set to be a one on one match between WALTER and John Klinger for the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship at the main event of the wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament, but there was a change in the match as it was now going to be a Triple Threat Match with the returning Ilja Dragunov being added into the match. The crowd for Ilja was electric when he made his way to the ring and this was the first time I’ve seen Ilja Dragunov as I immediately became a fan of him once this match was over along with the company for that matter since it was the first time watching wXw as well.

All three of these men played their roles well in the match and it was more of the crowd that made it all the more better with their cheering for a much better atmosphere that it seemed like a fantastic time live. Ilja would eventually win the match after 20 minutes of great action to become the new champion during his return and the ovation he received was unreal. If you haven’t checked out Ilja Dragunov yet, he’s a great wrestler with fantastic charisma to be one of my favorites in 2018, also wXw is a fun promotion to follow with their own streaming service that’s recommended.

Thank you guys for reading the first five matches on my list, I’m sure you were shocked by the picks, agree, or disagree with some of them which are fine and would love to hear your response. Be sure to check in tomorrow for the next five, who do you think makes the cut? See you all next time!


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)

Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

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Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!

Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.

I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!

The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament  had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.

Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.

Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.

I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.

I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked  about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.

So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!

That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!

 

 


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Carol: Are Wrestling Crowds Disrespectful?

Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

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Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

Every week wrestlers put their bodies on the line as they step into the ring to put on a show for the fans. These wrestlers do their best to make sure they put on an entertaining match; however there are some fans who make it impossible to enjoy the show.

This past Monday on RAW was a perfect example of how fans can ruin a show. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella competed in an elimination match to determine the number one contender for Becky Lynch’s championship at SummerSlam. At times, the match moved slowly, but the ladies put on a decent bout that ended with Natalya being declared the winner.

But the women were overshadowed by the crowd, who broke out into a “this is awful” chant. Alexa Bliss took to Twitter after RAW to admonish the crowd for their disrespectful behavior. Many believe that stars like Alexa should stop acting like a crybaby and tough it up.

However, I’m siding with Alexa on this issue and I believe the crowd was very disrespectful.

These days wrestling fans are very vocal in their opinions, and I’m not just talking about the ones on social media. I’m talking about the ones who buy tickets to shows, then try to hijack them by doing stupid stuff to draw the attention away from the wrestlers.

Who can forget during the 2017 SummerSlam PPV when fans began playing with a beach ball?

Cesaro, who was part of the tag match, went into the crowd and ripped the beach ball. The incident sparked outrage with everyone. WWE banned beach balls from their events, while Cesaro and Seth Rollins criticized the fans in attendance.

Aside from the beach ball incident, there’s also the fans who continue to chant CM Punk’s name during events. CM Punk was a favorite with the WWE Universe because of his famous pipebomb. When he left WWE on bad terms, fans sided with Punk and whenever the company is in Chicago, you can bet there will be plenty of Punk chants in the crowd.

Why fans continue to partake in this type of behavior is anybody’s guess. Maybe they want to be cool, but in reality they’re looking at idiots.

When you go to a wrestling show, you’re supposed to have fun and watch your favorite wrestlers. It’s one thing to cheer the babyfaces and boo the heels, or even chant “this is awesome” during a match. But don’t chant “this is awful” or play with a beach ball.

Not every match is going to be a five-star spectacular, and you may not like it. But don’t act rude during by chanting someone else’s name or calling the match awful. The wrestlers are just doing their job and the last thing they need is the crowds breaking their concentration. Imagine how you’d feel if you were performing in front of a big crowd and all they did was tell you how untalented you were.

These types of fans not only ruin the show for the wrestlers, but also the other fans who paid money to enjoy the event.

So my advice to all those fans out there. If you want to talk about how bad a match is or how untalented a wrestler is, stay home and complain about it on social media. Don’t spend a lot of money to go to a wrestling show just to act like a jerk and ruin it for everyone else.


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