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Mathew’s Top Matches of 2020: Honorable Mentions

End of every year brings lists and rankings! Check out the list of matches that missed Mathew’s Top 25 this year!

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As the year is slowly coming to a close, it’s time to get ready for my Top 25 Matches of 2020 but before I do that, we’re going to list the honorable mentions that happened this year. These matches are some I’ve enjoyed or considered great but were, unfortunately, unable to make the cut with the official list. Doesn’t mean they’re bad, just can’t cram them all.

Let’s take a look down below.

WWE:

  1. Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin (NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool 2 1/12/2020)
  2. Keith Lee vs. Roderick Strong (NXT 1/22/2020)
  3. DIY vs. Mustache Mountain (World’s Collide 1/25/2020)
  4. Daniel Bryan vs. The Fiend (Royal Rumble 1/26/2020)
  5. Men’s Royal Rumble (Royal Rumble 1/26/2020)
  6. Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (Raw 2/10/2020)
  7. Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Balor (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
  8. Undisputed Era vs. Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
  9. Adam Cole vs. Tomasso Ciampa (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
  10. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
  11. Ilja Dragunov vs. A-Kid (NXT UK 3/6/2020)
  12. Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (Elimination Chamber 3/8/2020)
  13. Jordan Devlin vs. Travis Banks (NXT UK 3/26/2020)
  14. Jimmy Uso vs. John Morrison vs. Kofi Kingston (WrestleMania 36 4/4/2020)
  15. Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 36 4/5/2020)
  16. Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 36 4/5/2020)
  17. Rey Mysterio vs. Murphy (Raw 4/20/2020)
  18. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins (Money in the Bank 5/10/2020
  19. Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (SmackDown 5/15/2020)
  20. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown 5/22/2020)
  21. Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher (NXT 5/27/2020)
  22. Keith Lee vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: In Your House 6/7/2020)
  23. Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest (NXT Takeover: In Your House 6/7/2020)
  24. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (Raw 6/8/2020)
  25. Isaiah Scott vs. Tony Nese (205 Live 6/26/2020)
  26. Io Shirai vs. Sasha Banks (NXT Great American Bash 7/1/2020)
  27. Adam Cole vs. Keith Lee (NXT Great American Bash 7/8/2020)
  28. Asuka and Kairi Sane vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley (Raw 7/13/2020)
  29. AJ Styles vs. Drew Gulak (SmackDown 7/3/2020)
  30. Bronson Reed vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong (NXT 7/15/2020)
  31. Io Shirai vs. Tegan Nox (NXT 7/15/2020)
  32. Asuka vs. Sasha Banks (Extreme Rules 7/19/2020)
  33. Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (Extreme Rules 7/19/2020)
  34. Kairi Sane vs. Bayley (Raw 7/20/2020)
  35. Timothy Thatcher vs. Finn Balor (NXT Takeover: XXX 8/22/2020)
  36. Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee (NXT Takeover: XXX 8/22/2020)
  37. Bronson Reed vs. Damian Priest vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Cameron Grimes (NXT Takeover: XXX 8/22/2020)
  38. Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Summerslam 8/23/2020)
  39. Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor (NXT 9/8/2020)
  40. Ilja Dragunov vs. Noam Darr (NXT UK 9/17/2020)
  41. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Kushida vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Timothy Thatcher (NXT 9/23/2020)
  42. Jey Uso vs. Roman Reigns (Clash of Champions 9/27/2020)
  43. Sami Zayn vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy (Clash of Champions 9/27/2020)
  44. Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Clash of Champions 9/27/2020)
  45. Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly (NXT Takeover: 31 10/4/2020)
  46. Big E vs. Sheamus (Smackdown 10/9/2020)
  47. Alexander Wolfe and WALTER vs. Pete Dunne and Ilja Dragunov (NXT UK 10/15/2020)
  48. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (Hell in a Cell 10/25/2020)
  49. Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso (Hell in a Cell 10/25/2020)
  50. Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell 10/25/2020)
  51. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (SmackDown 11/6/2020)
  52. Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet (Raw 11/9/2020)
  53. Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Raw 11/16/2020)
  54. Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley (NXT 11/18/2020)
  55. Seth Rollins vs. Murphy (SmackDown 11/20/2020)
  56. Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre (Survivor Series 11/22/2020)
  57. Street Profits vs. New Day (Survivor Series 11/22/2020)
  58. Matt Riddle vs. Sheamus (Raw 11/23/2020)
  59. Kushida vs. Timothy Thtcher (NXT 11/25/2020)
  60. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne (NXT 11/25/2020)
  61. Trent Seven vs. A-Kid (NXT UK 11/26/2020)
  62. Undisputed Era vs. Team McAfee (NXT Takeover: Wargames 12/6/2020)
  63. Tomasso Ciampa vs. Timothy Thatcher (NXT Takeover: Wargames 12/6/2020)
  64. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne (NXT 12/16/2020)
  65. Drew McIntyre vs. The Miz vs. AJ Styles (TLC 12/20/2020)
  66. Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (TLC 12/20/2020)
  67. Sasha Banks vs. Carmella (TLC 12/20/2020)
  68. Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (SmackDown 12/25/2020)

AEW:

  1. Cody vs. Darby Dallin (1/1/2020)
  2. Nyla Rose vs. Riho (Dynamite 2/12/2020)
  3. Cody vs. Wardlow (Dynamite 2/19/2020)
  4. Kenny Omega vs. PAC (Dynamite 2/26/2020)
  5. Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho (Revolution 2/29/2020)
  6. Cody vs. MJF (Revolution 2/29/2020)
  7. Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin (Revolution 2/29/2020)
  8. Lance Archer vs. Dustin Rhodes (Dynamite 4/29/2020)
  9. Jungle Boy vs. MJF (Double or Nothing 5/23/2020)
  10. Lance Archer vs. Cody (Double or Nothing 5/23/2020)
  11. FTR vs. SCU (Dynamite 6/24/2020)
  12. Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford (Fyter Fest 7/1/2020)
  13. MJF and Wardlow vs. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus (Fyter Fest 7/1/2020)
  14. Cody vs. Eddie Kingston (Dynamite 7/22/2020)
  15. Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin (Dynamite 8/5/2020)
  16. FTR vs. Kenny Omega and Adam Page (All Out 9/5/2020)
  17. Brodie Lee vs. Dustin Rhodes (Dynamite 9/9/2020)
  18. Adam Page vs. Frankie Kazarian (Dynamite 9/16/2020)
  19. Best Friends vs. Santana and Ortiz (Dynamite 9/16/2020)
  20. FTR vs. SCU (Dynamite 9/30/2020)
  21. Cody vs. Brodie Lee (Dynamite 10/7/2020)
  22. Cody vs. Darby Allin (Full Gear 11/7/2020)
  23. Kenny Omega vs. Adam Page (Full Gear 11/7/2020)
  24. FTR vs. Young Bucks (Full Gear 11/7/2020)
  25. Serena Deeb vs. Thunder Rosa (Dynamite 11/18/2020

 

NJPW:

  1. Lance Archer vs. Jon Moxley (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/4/2020)
  2. Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/4/2020)
  3. Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/4/2020)
  4. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/5/2020)
  5. Hirooki Goto vs. KENTA (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/5/2020)
  6. Hiromu Takahashi and Ryu Lee vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Naoki Sano (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/5/2020)
  7. Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii vs. EVIL and Shingo Takagi (New Year’s Dash 1/6/2020)
  8. EVIL vs. Tomohiro Ishii (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/1/2020)
  9. Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/1/2020)
  10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/2/2020)
  11. Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/2/2020)
  12. Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki (New Beginning in Osaka 2/9/2020)
  13. Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA (New Beginning in Osaka 2/9/2020)
  14. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryu Lee (New Beginning in Osaka 2/9/2020)
  15. Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (New Japan Road 2/20/2020)
  16. Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata (New Japan Cup 6/17/2020)
  17. Shingo Takagi vs. SHO (New Japan Cup 6/22/2020)
  18. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiromu Takahashi (New Japan Cup 7/2/2020)
  19. Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiromu Takahashi (New Japan Cup 7/3/2020)
  20. Shingo Takagi vs. SHO (Dominion 7/12/2020)
  21. Golden Ace vs. Dangerous Tekkers (Dominion 7/12/2020)
  22. EVIL vs. Hiromu Takahashi (Sengoku Lord 7/25/2020)
  23. Monoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata (Summer Struggle 7/31/2020)
  24. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kazuchika Okada, SHO and Toru Yano (Summer Struggle 8/9/2020)
  25. Shingo Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki (Summer Struggle in Jingu 8/29/2020)
  26. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori (Summer Struggle in Jingu 8/29/2020)
  27. Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 9/19/2020)
  28. Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/19/2020)
  29. Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 9/23/2020)
  30. Minoru Suzuki vs. Taichi (G1 Climax 9/23/2020)
  31. Will Ospreay vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/23/2020)
  32. Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 9/24/2020)
  33. Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/27/2020)
  34. Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White (G1 Climax 9/27/2020)
  35. Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 9/27/2020)
  36. Jay White vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 9/30/2020)
  37. Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/30/2020)
  38. Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 10/1/2020)
  39. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI (G1 Climax 10/1/2020)
  40. Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/5/2020)
  41. Minoru Suzuki vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 10/7/2020)
  42. Shingo Takagi vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 10/7/2020)
  43. Taichi vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 10/10/2020)
  44. Kota Ibushi vs. Minoru Suzuki (G1 Climax 10/10/2020)
  45. Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/10/2020)
  46. Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/13/2020)
  47. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 10/14/2020)
  48. Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi (G1 Climax 10/16/2020)
  49. Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi (G1 Climax 10/16/2020)
  50. Jay White vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/16/2020)
  51. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 10/17/2020)
  52. Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 10/18/2020)
  53. DOUKI, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI (Road to Power Struggle 10/23/2020)
  54. Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi (Power Struggle 11/7/2020)
  55. Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi (Power Struggle 11/7/2020)
  56. Taiji Ishimori vs. Hiromu Takahashi (BOSJ 11/15/2020)
  57. Robbie Eagles vs. SHO (BOSJ 11/20/2020)
  58. Robbie Eagles vs. Hiromu Takahashi (BOSJ 11/29/2020)
  59. Hiromu Takahashi vs. SHO (12/2/2020)

Stardom:

  1. Arisa Hoshiki vs. Utami Hayashishita (19th Anniversary 1/19/2020)
  2. Kagetsu vs. Tam Nakano (19th Anniversary 1/19/2020)
  3. Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe (19th Anniversary 1/19/2020)
  4. Jungle Kyona and Momo Watanabe vs. Kagetsu and Mayu Iwatani (1/26/2020)
  5. Mayu Iwatani vs. Takumi Iroha (The Way to the Major League 2/8/2020)
  6. Arisa Hoshiki vs. Bea Priestley (The Way to the Major League 2/8/2020)
  7. Giulia, Himeka, Maika and Syuri vs. Mayu Iwatani, Saya Iida, Starlight Kid and Tam Nakano (Stardom is Again 6/21/2020)
  8. Konami vs. Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe (New Summer 7/12/2020)
  9. AZM, Momo Watanabe, Saya Kamitani and Utami Hayashishita vs. Giulia, Himeka, Maika and
  10. Syuri (Cinderella Summer 7/24/2020)
  11. Mayu Iwatani vs. Jungle Kyona (Cinderella Summer 7/24/2020)
  12. Utami Hayashishita vs. Jungle Kyona (5Star Grand Prix 8/8/2020)
  13. Giulia vs. Mayu Iwatani (5Star Grand Prix 8/8/2020)
  14. Jungle Kyona vs. Syuri (5Star Grand Prix 8/9/2020)
  15. Konami vs. Mayu Iwatani (5Star Grand Prix 9/5/2020)
  16. Momo Watanabe vs. Utami Hayashishita (5Star Gran Prix 9/12/2020)
  17. Tam Nakano vs. Giulia (5Star Grand Prix 9/13/2020)
  18. Utami Hayashishita vs. Syuri (5Star Grand Prix 9/19/2020)
  19. Mayu Iwatani vs. Tam Nakano (5Star Grand Prix 9/19/2020)
  20. AZM, Momo Watanabe and Utami Hayashishita vs. Mei Hoshizuki, Rin Kadokura and Takumi Iroha (5Star Grand Prix 9/28/2020)
  21. Mayu Iwatani vs. Syuri (Yokohama Cinderella 10/3/2020)
  22. Giulia vs. Tam Nakano (Yokohama Cinderella 10/3/2020)
  23. Giulia vs. Konami (Sendai Cinderella 11/15/2020)
  24. Mayu Iwatani vs. Utami Hayashishita (Sendai Cinderella 11/15/2020)
  25. AZM vs. Mei Hoshizuki (Osaka Dream 12/20/2020)
  26. Syuri vs. Giulia (Osaka Dream 12/20/2020)
  27. Utami Hayashishita vs. Momo Watanabe (Osaka Dream 12/20/2020)

AJPW:

  1. Susumu Yokosuka vs. Hikaru Sato (New Year’s Wars 1/3/2020)
  2. Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee (New Year’s Wars 1/3/2020)
  3. Ayato Yoshida vs. Naoya Nomura (New Year’s Wars 1/19/2020)
  4. Susumu Yokosuka vs. Akira Francesco (Excite Series 2/11/2020)
  5. Kento Miuahara vs. Yuma Aoyagi (Excite Series 2/11/2020)
  6. Suwama vs. Shotaro Ashino (Triple Crown of Wilderness 6/30/2020)
  7. Yusuke Kodama vs. Koji Iwamoto (Triple Crown of Wilderness 6/30/2020)
  8. Suwama vs. Shuji Ishiawa (Summer Action Series 7/25/2020)
  9. Susumu Yokosuka vs. Koji Iwamoto (Summer Action Series 7/25/2020)
  10. Suwama vs. Jiro Kuroshio (Champion Carnival 9/13/2020)
  11. Shotaro Ashino vs. Yuma Aoyagi (Champion Carnival 9/13/2020)
  12. Kento Miyahara vs. Shotaro Ashino (Champion Carnival 9/15/2020)
  13. Kento Miyahara vs. Yuma Aoyagi (Champion Carnival 9/21/2020)
  14. Koji Iwamoto vs. Ikuto Hidaka (Champion Carnival 9/21/2020)
  15. Kento Miyahara vs. Shuji Ishikawa (Champion Carnival 9/26/2020)
  16. Yuma Aoyagi vs. Koji Doi (Champion Carnival 10/5/2020)
  17. Suwama vs. Zeus (Raising an Army Memorial Series 10/17/2020)
  18. Shotaro Ashino and Kuma Arashi vs. Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa (RWTL 11/18/2020)
  19. Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi vs. Shotaro Ashino and Kuma Arashi (RWTL 11/22/2020)
  20. Jake Lee and Koji Iwatmoto vs. Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa (RWTL 11/23/2020)
  21. Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi vs. Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa (RWTL 12/4/2020)
  22. Alejandro vs. Akira Francesco (RWTL 12/5/2020)


NOAH:

  1. Go Shiozaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya (NEW SUNRISE 1/4/2020)
  2. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Michael Elgin (NEW SUNRISE 1/4/2020)
  3. Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Naomichi Marufuji and Masaaki Mochizuki (REBOOT 1/5/2020)
  4. Daisuke Harada vs. Dick Togo (Global Junior League 1/30/2020)
  5. Daisuke Harada vs. Hajime Ohara (Global Junior League 1/30/2020)
  6. Takashi Sugiura vs. Minoru Tanaka (The Chronicle 3/29/2020)
  7. Go Shiozaki vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (The Chronicle 3/29/2020)
  8. Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Daisuke Harada (The Chronicle 3/29/2020)
  9. Takashi Sugiura vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (GHC National Championship 5/9/2020)
  10. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Rene Dupree (New Hope 5/24/2020)
  11. Go Shiozaki vs. Akitoshi Saito (Go Forward 6/14/2020)
  12. Kotaro Suzuki vs. Atsushi Kotoge (Go Forward 6/14/2020)
  13. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Manabu Soya (Go Forward 6/21/2020)
  14. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenou (Departure 8/4/2020)
  15. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Keiji Muto (The Chronicle 8/10/2020)
  16. Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba (Kawasaki Go! 8/30/2020)
  17. Kotaro Suzui vs. Seiki Yoshioka (Kawasaki Go! 8/30/2020)
  18. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (N1 Victory 9/18/2020)
  19. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenou (N1 Victory 9/18/2020)
  20. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takashi Sugiura (N1 Victory 9/22/2020)
  21. Go Shiozaki vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (N1 Victory 9/23/2020)
  22. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Go Shiozaki (N1 Victory 10/4/2020)
  23. Kenou vs. Takashi Sugiura (N1 Victory 10/4/2020)
  24. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (N1 Victory 10/11/2020)
  25. Kenou vs. Kaito Kiyomiya (The Chronicle 11/22/2020)
  26. Kenou and Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya and Daiki Inaba (Kongo Produce 12/26/2020)

DDT:

  1. Daisuke Sasaki and Soma Takao vs. Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno (New Year’s Special 1/3/2020)
  2. Masato Tanaka vs. HARASHIMA (Sweet Dreams 1/26/2020)
  3. Masato Tanaka vs. MAO (Into the Fight 2/23/2020)
  4. Chris Brookes vs. Konosuke Takeshita (Into the Fight 2/23/2020)
  5. Naomichi Marufuji and HARASHIMA vs. ASUKA and MAO (Wrestle Peter Pan 6/7/2020)
  6. Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno vs. T-Hawk and El Lindaman (Wrestle Peter Pan 6/7/2020)
  7. Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuya Endo (Wrestle Peter Pan 6/7/2020)
  8. Tetsuya Endo vs. Yuki Ueno (Summer Vacation 7/23/2020)
  9. ASUKA vs. Hagane Shinnou (Ganbare Wrestling Heavens Door 8/22/2020)
  10. Tetsuya Endo vs. T-Hawk (King of DDT 8/23/2020)
  11. Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno (Road to Ultimate Party 10/25/2020)
  12. Tetsuya Endo vs. Daisuke Sasaki (Ultimate Party 11/3/2020)
  13. Konosuke Takeshita vs. Jun Akiyama (Ultimate Party 11/3/2020)

Dragon Gate:

  1. Naruki Doi vs. Kzy (Truth Gate 2/7/2020)
  2. Naruki Doi vs. Susumu Yokosuka (Champion Gate 3/1/2020)
  3. YAMATO vs. Ryo Saito (King of Gate 5/15/2020)
  4. Kaito Ishida vs. Naruki Doi (King of Gate 5/30/2020)
  5. Eita vs. Naruki Doi (King of Gate 6/7/2020)
  6. Jason Lee and Kota Minoura vs. Dragon Kid vs. Susumu Yokosuka (Dangerous Gate 9/21/2020)
  7. Big R Shimizu vs. KAI vs. Masato Yoshino vs. Eita vs. YAMATO vs. BxB Hulk (Dangerous Gate 9/21/2020)
  8. Eita vs. Kzy (Gate of Destiny 11/3/2020)
  9. Keisuke Okuda vs. Kaito Ishida (Gate of Destiny 11/3/2020)
  10. Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda (Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 11/15/2020)
  11. BxB Hulk and KAI vs. YAMATO and Kota Minoura (Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 11/15/2020)
  12. Eita vs. Shun Skywalker (Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 11/15/2020)
  13. BxB Hulk and KAI vs. YAMATO and Kzy (Gate of Origin 11/28/2020)
  14. Keisuke Okuda vs. Kagetora (Final Gate 12/20/2020)
  15. Shun Skywalker vs. Ben-K (Final Gate 12/20/2020)


Misc:

  1. Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr (RevPro High Stakes 2/14/2020)
  2. Allysin Kay vs. Thunder Rosa (NWA Hard Times 1/24/2020)
  3. Miyu Yamashita vs. Yuka Sakazaki (TJPW 1/4/2020)
  4. Natsumi Saki vs. Sareee (TJPW 1/4/2020)
  5. Yuka Sakazaki vs. Mizuki (TJPW Wrestle Princess 11/7/2020)
  6. Aja Kong and Miyu Yamashita vs. Sareee and Maki Ito (TJPW Wrestle Princess 11/7/2020)
  7. Shigehiro Irie vs. Daisuke Kanehira (HEAT UP Burning Delivery 6/24/2020)
  8. Daiki Inaba vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (W-1 Sunrise 1/12/2020)
  9. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shotaro Ashino (W-1 W-Impact 2/12/2020)
  10. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kaz Hayashi (W-1 Wrestle Wars 3/15/2020)
  11. Shotaro Ashino vs. Seigo Tachibana (W-1 Trans Magic 3/25/2020)
  12. El Soberano Jr vs. Titan (CMLL 87 Aniversario 9/25/2020)
  13. Kenny Omega vs. Laredo Kid (AAA Triple Mania XXVIII 12/12/2020)
  14. Aereo vs. Villano III Jr (AAA 3/1/2020)
  15. Maya Yukihi vs. Suzu Suzuki (Ice Ribbon #1057 8/9/2020)
  16. Hiragi Kurumi and Mochi Miyagi vs. Tsukushi and Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon #1057 8/9/2020)
  17. Risa Sera vs. Syuri (Ice Ribbon #1071 9/20/2020)
  18. Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin vs. Wentz and Dez (Impact Slammiversary 7/18/2020)
  19. Eric Young vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Rich Swann vs. Ace Austin vs. Trey (Impact Slammiversary 7/18/2020)
  20. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Jordynne Grace (Impact Emergence 8/25/2020)
  21. Eric Young vs. Eddie Edwards (Impact Victory Road 10/3/2020)
  22. Yuji Okabayashi vs. Tank Nagai (2AW Grand Slam 5/23/2020)
  23. Ayato Yoshida vs. Yuji Okabayashi (2AW Grand Slam in TKP 7/5/2020)
  24. Daisuke Sekimoto and Kohei Sato vs. Yuji Okabayashi and Shigehiro Irie (BJW Strong Climb 3/3/2020)
  25. Daichi Hashimoto vs. T-Hawk (BJW Strong Climb 3/21/2020)
  26. Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Yuya Aoki (BJW Strong Climb 3/21/2020)
  27. Daichi Hashimoto vs. Shigehiro Irie (BJW Last Buntai 8/29/2020)
  28. Daichi Hashimoto vs. Yuji Okabayashi (BJW Death Match, Strong, Junior 3 Major Title Matches 10/21/2020)
  29. Yuji Okabayashi vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW 25th Anniversary 11/23/2020)
  30. T-Hawk and El Lindaman vs. Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura (BJW 25th Anniversary 11/23/2020)
  31. Isami Kodaka vs. Yuki Ishikawa (BJW 11/26/2020)
  32. Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko (SEAdLINNNG 5th Anniversary 1/24/2020)
  33. Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko (SEAdLINNNG Close to You 7/13/2020)
  34. Arisa Nakajima and Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Yoshiko and Hiroyo Matsumoto (SEAdLINNNG 5th Anniversary 8/26/2020)
  35. Yoshiko vs. Sareee (SEAdLINNNG Fall in Love with D! 9/24/2020)
  36. Sareee vs. Yoshiko (Diana 2/22/2020)
  37. Ayako Sato vs. ASUKA (Diana 7/24/2020)
  38. ASUKA vs. Ayako Sato (Diana 8/30/2020)
  39. ASUKA vs. Ayako Sato (Diana 10/11/2020)
  40. Yuji Hino vs. Yuji Okabayashi (ZERO1 Happy New Year 1/1/2020)
  41. Yuji Hino vs. Kohei Sato (ZERO1 19th Anniversary 3/1/2020)
  42. Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi vs. Takashi Sugiura and Masato Tanaka (ZERO1 19th Anniversary 3/1/2020)

This will conclude the honorable mentions part of my list and stay tuned as tomorrow, we start the countdown with the first five matches!

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NXT Minus 6: About that Cole-O’Reilly match…

It was the Takeover match that held the most promise. Where did it go wrong? 

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6. I was jacked to 11 for Adam Cole versus Kyle O’Reilly. I was ready to give it a Tokyo Dome 6 stars. MOTY before the bell rang. A masterwork of storytelling. I correctly predicted it would be an unsanctioned match. Then the action started, and it quickly became “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.”

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5. After the first few acts of violence, it was apparent that the problem with the match would be the stipulation. The last NXT unsanctioned match was Johnny Gargano versus Tommaso Ciampa in 2018. That was 3 short years ago, but things move quickly in today’s world. There is very little chance an unsanctioned match can deliver the level of violence it promises as long as NXT is on the PG-13 Peacock.

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4. Fans are losing their minds over all the content Peacock is leaving on the cutting floor. A lot of it was offensive and would never work today, but that’s not the point. The fact is there’s only so much violence Peacock’s parent company NBC will tolerate from wrestling. Take the chain, for example. Other than the clothesline, it was practically useless. O’Reilly tried to make it work, but it fell flat. In an unsanctioned match, 20 feet of heavy duty chain should be all you need to decimate another human being.

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3. Maybe I’m a victim of my own wrestling memory. An unsanctioned match in Memphis in the 80’s would have been a bloodbath. Someone would have been hung over the top rope with the chain around his neck. Whipped across the back. Hog tied. Someone would have wrapped it around their fist for a few stiff shots to their opponent’s forehead. But that goes back to my original point. None of that would fly today even if NXT was only on the WWE network.

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2. I’ll go so far as to say the only violent-promising stipulation that interests me is Falls Count Anywhere. There is zero drama in wrestlers pulling chairs from under the ring. The chance to use the naturally occurring environment as a weapon still holds a world of suspense. Someone is going through windows, walls, off the stage, over the guardrail, stuffed in a locker. Honestly, I’m tired of people getting hit in the stomach with folding chairs. Of all the ways to hit someone with a folding chair, that’s the least practical. 

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1. I’m sorry to say Kyle O’Reilly versus Adam Cole didn’t deliver what I expected. Maybe I’m in the minority. Maybe I don’t need over-the-top violence to entertain me. Maybe I don’t need wrestling to keep pushing the envelope. Five of my top 6 matches of 2021 are straight up wrestling matches. Maybe all I need is two (or three or four) strong characters and a good story. Damn, I sound old. 


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 4/11/2021

WrestleMania week is back in the usual form with a whole lot of wrestling, and not a lot of sleep. The article was delayed a little to allow for me to try and watch as much as I could given other coverages and plans I had. See what you think about the Top 5!

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WrestleMania week is back in the usual form with a whole lot of wrestling, and not a lot of sleep. The article was delayed a little to allow for me to try and watch as much as I could given other coverages and plans I had. See what you think about the Top 5!

Firstly, we have to assess which match won March, and what our current Match of the Year Pool looks like!

MOTY Pool:

  • January: NJPW New Beginning Nagoya: NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • February: NXT Vengeance Day: North American Championship: Johnny Gargano (c) vs Kushida
  • March: NJC 3.21.21: NJC Finals: Will Ospreay vs Shingo Takagi

Shingo managed to stack the deck a little bit, and he pulled off having one of his matches win March! So we’re starting off with 2021 Year of the Dragon, and with another Ospreay match on the horizon, well – let’s hope that this week’s Top 5 blows some doors off!

The winning match from last week was AEW’s retirement tussle, AEW Dynamite: Christian Cage vs Frankie Kazarian, which might get lost in the wash this month, but we’ll see!

Now we get to the Top 5!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NXT Stand & Deliver Night 1: NXT UK Championship: Walter (c) vs Tommaso Ciampa
    Rating: **** 3/4
  2. NXT Stand & Deliver Night 2: Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly
    Rating: **** 1/2
  3. WrestleMania 37: Cesaro vs Seth Rollins
    Rating: **** 1/4
  4. WrestleMania 37: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks (c)
    Rating: **** 1/4
  5. AJPW Champion Carnival 4.9: Zeus vs Kento Miyahara
    Rating: **** 1/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.10: Jake Lee vs Suwama
    Rating: ****
  • NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 2: NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs Karrion Kross
    Rating: ****
  • WrestleMania 37: WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs Daniel Bryan vs Edge
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice: Mystery Partner Triple Threat Tag Match: Ace Austin & Madman Fulton vs TJP & Fallah Bahh vs Josh Alexander & Petey Williams
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 1: NXT Tag Team Championships: MSK vs Grizzled Young Vets vs Legado del Fantasma
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.11: Zeus vs Suwama
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • WrestleMania 37: WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Drew McIntyre
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • IMPACT!: Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack & Rich Swann vs Good Brothers & Kenny Omega w/Don Callis
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.10: Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara
    Rating: *** 3/4
  • Bloodsport 6: Josh Barnett vs Jon Moxley
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.10: Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice: Hardcore Wars: Team Dreamer (Tommy Dreamer, Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann & Willie Mack) vs Team VBD (Eric Young, Rhino, Joe Doering & Deaner)
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.11: Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • WrestleMania 37: WWE United States Championship: Sheamus vs Riddle (c)
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice: Title vs Career: Knockouts Championship: Jazz vs Deonna Purrazzo (c)
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.9: Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • WrestleMania 37: Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • WrestleMania 37: Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
    Rating: ***
  • NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 1: NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs Raquel Gonzalez
    Rating: ***
  • NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 1: Pete Dunne vs KUSHIDA
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: Matt Cardona vs Jake Something
    Rating: ***
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.11: Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi
    Rating: ***
  • Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice: Doc Gallows w/Karl Anderson vs Black Taurus w/Rosemary & Crazzy Steve
    Rating: ***
  • WrestleMania 37: WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs Rhea Ripley
    Rating: ***
  • AJPW Champion Carnival 4.9: Suwama vs Kohei Sato
    Rating: ***
  • Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice: Number 1 Contender: Knockouts Hardcore Gauntlet: Rosemary vs Tenille Dashwood vs Jordynne Grace vs Alisha Edwards vs Havok vs Su-Yung
    Rating: ***
  • NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 2: NXT Crusierweight Championship Unification: Santos Escobar vs Jordan Devlin
    Rating: ***
  • Impact Wrestling Hardcore Justice: Crate American Bash: Johnny Swinger vs Matt Cardona
    Rating: ***
  • WrestleMania 37: WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos vs New Day (c)
    Rating: ***

3t. AJPW Champion Carnival 4.9: Zeus vs Kento Miyahara

From My Coverage:

Zeus and Kento have had great wars. There was a point a few years ago where Kento was Zeus’ hurdle, but after beating him for the Tag titles, he then gathered momentum. Zeus has beaten Kento for the Triple Crown before, has beaten him in the Carnival, and this has been one of the best rivalries of the last few years in current AJPW. Kento is of course the current generation Ace, and everyone knows that; but given Zeus’ track record and Kento’s stagnation the last year since losing the Triple Crown to Suwama, we could get something interesting.

The match starts with their usual sarcastic respect to one another during breaks and outside the ring moments. Given that they’ve had 2 5 Snowflake classics in the last 3 years, this had a lot to live up to. But at no point did it feel like retreading, since they are both in different positions comparatively, this felt like a whole new book, not an additional chapter. Zeus landed a lot of power spots while Kento combated everything with his Knees.

Kento’s usual attack of Blackouts from different angles rocked Zeus pretty hard. Zeus ate a few, grabbed a Chokeslam and they both landed for a rest spot. Zeus drives Kento into a corner, goes for an Outside-In Brainbuster and starts trying to end things. Kento goes for the Shutdown Suplex, Zeus fires out, a few big Lariats and a Jackhammer from Zeus…AND ZEUS WINS!

Winner: Zeus via Jackhammer

 

3t. WrestleMania 37: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks (c)

From AJ’s Review:

Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.

Winner: Belair via KOD

 

3t. WrestleMania 37: Cesaro vs Seth Rollins

From Greg’s Consciousness:

  • This truly is the biggest match in Cesaro’s career–but it’s also one that would further cement Rollins as a Hall Of Famer.
  • I’ve been picking Cesaro here as I can imagine Rollins wants to make him in this one match.
  • Also, surprised that we haven’t seen everyone wearing white tonight, as we typically see a lot of at WrestleMania. It’s a welcomed change, I did all the black gear.
  • Nice to see that the Big Swing is a part of the match’s storytelling.
  • Corkscrew Splash! Seemed less effective that way–but more impressive.
  • Fans REALLY want to see Cesaro get the win, and I am with them.
  • Stomp into European Uppercut + 23 Rotation Big Swing + Neutralizer = CESARO WINS

Winner: Cesaro via Gotch Neutralizer

 

2. NXT Stand & Deliver Night 2: Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Kyle grits his teeth, gets a chair, turns it upside-down, and gathers up the chain. What is Kyle creating in his mind? Kyle brings the chain to the corner, piles it on, and then gets the chair. Kyle puts that chair around Cole’s leg, and then heads for the corner. Kyle flounders his way up the corner, but Cole gets up and uses that chair to SMACK Kyle off the top! Kyle falls to the mat, Cole gets sits the chair upside-down, and drags Kyle up. Cole puts Kyle in the ropes in the corner, gets around the corner and climbs up. Cole says he is always going to be better than Kyle! But Kyle LOW BLOWS Cole!! Payback for a moment ago, and Kyle gathers the chains again!

Kyle wraps his leg up in the steel, locks it in, and aims at Cole! Cole is on the chair, STEEL GUILLOTINE KNEE!!! Cover, KYLE WINS!!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly via Steel Guillotine Knee

 

1. NXT Stand & Deliver Night 1: NXT UK Championship: Walter (c) vs Tommaso Ciampa

From AJ’s Review:

Ciampa not letting this momentum going to waste as he attempts a Fairy Tale Ending but gets coutner into a pin from Walter. Ciampa kicks out and actually lands the Fairy Tale Ending for another two count. Ciampa keeps going with the rapid offense but gets caught into a Sleeper Hold. Tommaso breaks it by manipulating Walter’s weakened hand and breaks out of the hold only to get a German Suplex and a heavy Lariat that Stan Hanson would love for a two. Walter tries to get strength back into his hand and goes for a powerbomb but Ciampa now counters it, biting Walter’s hand and putting him into a Fujiwara Armbar, pulling the fingers back of the champion until Walter goes to the ropes to break it. Walter LOOKS WEAK as Tommaso tries to go for Widow’s Bell but Walter backs up to break the attempt from the apron. More fighting continues on the apron as they get to the top rope. Ciampa finally gets an advantage as he uses and Air Raid Crash from the top rope for another near fall.

Both men begin to get up and start a chopping contest until Walter decides to use his weight advantage to get an upperhand, pinning Ciampa down in a knuckle lock but his hand gives out, breaking it. Walter going to any length to win and stomps on Ciampa head, going for back to back powerbombs to take Ciampa down only for another two count and frustration rising. Walter grabs Tommaso for another Sleeper but make sit a Sleeper Suplex and to make sure the match is sealed, he hits one last Chop to retain his United Kingdom Championship.

Winner: Walter via Chop

 

Thoughts:

Well damn, we had a lot of damn good to great matches this week. Some stuff I missed since I had some fill in coverage I needed to do, but it was nice to see Mania week back in old form. Do I agree with my rankings on the fact that Walter vs Ciampa should win the weeek? Yes I do. But arguments can be made for nearly any of the Top matches.

So this should be an interesting fight to see what ends up winning the week.


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