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.
- Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin (NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool 2 1/12/2020)
- Keith Lee vs. Roderick Strong (NXT 1/22/2020)
- DIY vs. Mustache Mountain (World’s Collide 1/25/2020)
- Daniel Bryan vs. The Fiend (Royal Rumble 1/26/2020)
- Men’s Royal Rumble (Royal Rumble 1/26/2020)
- Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (Raw 2/10/2020)
- Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Balor (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
- Undisputed Era vs. Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
- Adam Cole vs. Tomasso Ciampa (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
- Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee (NXT Takeover: Portland 2/16/2020)
- Ilja Dragunov vs. A-Kid (NXT UK 3/6/2020)
- Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (Elimination Chamber 3/8/2020)
- Jordan Devlin vs. Travis Banks (NXT UK 3/26/2020)
- Jimmy Uso vs. John Morrison vs. Kofi Kingston (WrestleMania 36 4/4/2020)
- Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 36 4/5/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 36 4/5/2020)
- Rey Mysterio vs. Murphy (Raw 4/20/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins (Money in the Bank 5/10/2020
- Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (SmackDown 5/15/2020)
- AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown 5/22/2020)
- Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher (NXT 5/27/2020)
- Keith Lee vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: In Your House 6/7/2020)
- Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest (NXT Takeover: In Your House 6/7/2020)
- Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (Raw 6/8/2020)
- Isaiah Scott vs. Tony Nese (205 Live 6/26/2020)
- Io Shirai vs. Sasha Banks (NXT Great American Bash 7/1/2020)
- Adam Cole vs. Keith Lee (NXT Great American Bash 7/8/2020)
- Asuka and Kairi Sane vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley (Raw 7/13/2020)
- AJ Styles vs. Drew Gulak (SmackDown 7/3/2020)
- Bronson Reed vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong (NXT 7/15/2020)
- Io Shirai vs. Tegan Nox (NXT 7/15/2020)
- Asuka vs. Sasha Banks (Extreme Rules 7/19/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (Extreme Rules 7/19/2020)
- Kairi Sane vs. Bayley (Raw 7/20/2020)
- Timothy Thatcher vs. Finn Balor (NXT Takeover: XXX 8/22/2020)
- Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee (NXT Takeover: XXX 8/22/2020)
- Bronson Reed vs. Damian Priest vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Cameron Grimes (NXT Takeover: XXX 8/22/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Summerslam 8/23/2020)
- Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor (NXT 9/8/2020)
- Ilja Dragunov vs. Noam Darr (NXT UK 9/17/2020)
- Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Kushida vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Timothy Thatcher (NXT 9/23/2020)
- Jey Uso vs. Roman Reigns (Clash of Champions 9/27/2020)
- Sami Zayn vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy (Clash of Champions 9/27/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Clash of Champions 9/27/2020)
- Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly (NXT Takeover: 31 10/4/2020)
- Big E vs. Sheamus (Smackdown 10/9/2020)
- Alexander Wolfe and WALTER vs. Pete Dunne and Ilja Dragunov (NXT UK 10/15/2020)
- Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (Hell in a Cell 10/25/2020)
- Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso (Hell in a Cell 10/25/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell 10/25/2020)
- Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (SmackDown 11/6/2020)
- Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet (Raw 11/9/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Raw 11/16/2020)
- Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley (NXT 11/18/2020)
- Seth Rollins vs. Murphy (SmackDown 11/20/2020)
- Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre (Survivor Series 11/22/2020)
- Street Profits vs. New Day (Survivor Series 11/22/2020)
- Matt Riddle vs. Sheamus (Raw 11/23/2020)
- Kushida vs. Timothy Thtcher (NXT 11/25/2020)
- Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne (NXT 11/25/2020)
- Trent Seven vs. A-Kid (NXT UK 11/26/2020)
- Undisputed Era vs. Team McAfee (NXT Takeover: Wargames 12/6/2020)
- Tomasso Ciampa vs. Timothy Thatcher (NXT Takeover: Wargames 12/6/2020)
- Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne (NXT 12/16/2020)
- Drew McIntyre vs. The Miz vs. AJ Styles (TLC 12/20/2020)
- Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (TLC 12/20/2020)
- Sasha Banks vs. Carmella (TLC 12/20/2020)
- Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (SmackDown 12/25/2020)
- Cody vs. Darby Dallin (1/1/2020)
- Nyla Rose vs. Riho (Dynamite 2/12/2020)
- Cody vs. Wardlow (Dynamite 2/19/2020)
- Kenny Omega vs. PAC (Dynamite 2/26/2020)
- Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho (Revolution 2/29/2020)
- Cody vs. MJF (Revolution 2/29/2020)
- Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin (Revolution 2/29/2020)
- Lance Archer vs. Dustin Rhodes (Dynamite 4/29/2020)
- Jungle Boy vs. MJF (Double or Nothing 5/23/2020)
- Lance Archer vs. Cody (Double or Nothing 5/23/2020)
- FTR vs. SCU (Dynamite 6/24/2020)
- Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford (Fyter Fest 7/1/2020)
- MJF and Wardlow vs. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus (Fyter Fest 7/1/2020)
- Cody vs. Eddie Kingston (Dynamite 7/22/2020)
- Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin (Dynamite 8/5/2020)
- FTR vs. Kenny Omega and Adam Page (All Out 9/5/2020)
- Brodie Lee vs. Dustin Rhodes (Dynamite 9/9/2020)
- Adam Page vs. Frankie Kazarian (Dynamite 9/16/2020)
- Best Friends vs. Santana and Ortiz (Dynamite 9/16/2020)
- FTR vs. SCU (Dynamite 9/30/2020)
- Cody vs. Brodie Lee (Dynamite 10/7/2020)
- Cody vs. Darby Allin (Full Gear 11/7/2020)
- Kenny Omega vs. Adam Page (Full Gear 11/7/2020)
- FTR vs. Young Bucks (Full Gear 11/7/2020)
- Serena Deeb vs. Thunder Rosa (Dynamite 11/18/2020
- Lance Archer vs. Jon Moxley (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/4/2020)
- Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/4/2020)
- Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/4/2020)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/5/2020)
- Hirooki Goto vs. KENTA (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/5/2020)
- Hiromu Takahashi and Ryu Lee vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Naoki Sano (Wrestle Kingdom 14 1/5/2020)
- Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii vs. EVIL and Shingo Takagi (New Year’s Dash 1/6/2020)
- EVIL vs. Tomohiro Ishii (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/1/2020)
- Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/1/2020)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/2/2020)
- Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/2/2020)
- Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki (New Beginning in Osaka 2/9/2020)
- Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA (New Beginning in Osaka 2/9/2020)
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryu Lee (New Beginning in Osaka 2/9/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (New Japan Road 2/20/2020)
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata (New Japan Cup 6/17/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. SHO (New Japan Cup 6/22/2020)
- Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiromu Takahashi (New Japan Cup 7/2/2020)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiromu Takahashi (New Japan Cup 7/3/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. SHO (Dominion 7/12/2020)
- Golden Ace vs. Dangerous Tekkers (Dominion 7/12/2020)
- EVIL vs. Hiromu Takahashi (Sengoku Lord 7/25/2020)
- Monoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata (Summer Struggle 7/31/2020)
- Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kazuchika Okada, SHO and Toru Yano (Summer Struggle 8/9/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki (Summer Struggle in Jingu 8/29/2020)
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori (Summer Struggle in Jingu 8/29/2020)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 9/19/2020)
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/19/2020)
- Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 9/23/2020)
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Taichi (G1 Climax 9/23/2020)
- Will Ospreay vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/23/2020)
- Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 9/24/2020)
- Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/27/2020)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White (G1 Climax 9/27/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 9/27/2020)
- Jay White vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 9/30/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 9/30/2020)
- Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 10/1/2020)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI (G1 Climax 10/1/2020)
- Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/5/2020)
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 10/7/2020)
- Shingo Takagi vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 10/7/2020)
- Taichi vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 10/10/2020)
- Kota Ibushi vs. Minoru Suzuki (G1 Climax 10/10/2020)
- Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/10/2020)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/13/2020)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 10/14/2020)
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi (G1 Climax 10/16/2020)
- Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi (G1 Climax 10/16/2020)
- Jay White vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 10/16/2020)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 10/17/2020)
- Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 10/18/2020)
- DOUKI, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI (Road to Power Struggle 10/23/2020)
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi (Power Struggle 11/7/2020)
- Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi (Power Struggle 11/7/2020)
- Taiji Ishimori vs. Hiromu Takahashi (BOSJ 11/15/2020)
- Robbie Eagles vs. SHO (BOSJ 11/20/2020)
- Robbie Eagles vs. Hiromu Takahashi (BOSJ 11/29/2020)
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. SHO (12/2/2020)
- Arisa Hoshiki vs. Utami Hayashishita (19th Anniversary 1/19/2020)
- Kagetsu vs. Tam Nakano (19th Anniversary 1/19/2020)
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe (19th Anniversary 1/19/2020)
- Jungle Kyona and Momo Watanabe vs. Kagetsu and Mayu Iwatani (1/26/2020)
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Takumi Iroha (The Way to the Major League 2/8/2020)
- Arisa Hoshiki vs. Bea Priestley (The Way to the Major League 2/8/2020)
- Giulia, Himeka, Maika and Syuri vs. Mayu Iwatani, Saya Iida, Starlight Kid and Tam Nakano (Stardom is Again 6/21/2020)
- Konami vs. Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe (New Summer 7/12/2020)
- AZM, Momo Watanabe, Saya Kamitani and Utami Hayashishita vs. Giulia, Himeka, Maika and
- Syuri (Cinderella Summer 7/24/2020)
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Jungle Kyona (Cinderella Summer 7/24/2020)
- Utami Hayashishita vs. Jungle Kyona (5Star Grand Prix 8/8/2020)
- Giulia vs. Mayu Iwatani (5Star Grand Prix 8/8/2020)
- Jungle Kyona vs. Syuri (5Star Grand Prix 8/9/2020)
- Konami vs. Mayu Iwatani (5Star Grand Prix 9/5/2020)
- Momo Watanabe vs. Utami Hayashishita (5Star Gran Prix 9/12/2020)
- Tam Nakano vs. Giulia (5Star Grand Prix 9/13/2020)
- Utami Hayashishita vs. Syuri (5Star Grand Prix 9/19/2020)
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Tam Nakano (5Star Grand Prix 9/19/2020)
- AZM, Momo Watanabe and Utami Hayashishita vs. Mei Hoshizuki, Rin Kadokura and Takumi Iroha (5Star Grand Prix 9/28/2020)
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Syuri (Yokohama Cinderella 10/3/2020)
- Giulia vs. Tam Nakano (Yokohama Cinderella 10/3/2020)
- Giulia vs. Konami (Sendai Cinderella 11/15/2020)
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Utami Hayashishita (Sendai Cinderella 11/15/2020)
- AZM vs. Mei Hoshizuki (Osaka Dream 12/20/2020)
- Syuri vs. Giulia (Osaka Dream 12/20/2020)
- Utami Hayashishita vs. Momo Watanabe (Osaka Dream 12/20/2020)
- Susumu Yokosuka vs. Hikaru Sato (New Year’s Wars 1/3/2020)
- Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee (New Year’s Wars 1/3/2020)
- Ayato Yoshida vs. Naoya Nomura (New Year’s Wars 1/19/2020)
- Susumu Yokosuka vs. Akira Francesco (Excite Series 2/11/2020)
- Kento Miuahara vs. Yuma Aoyagi (Excite Series 2/11/2020)
- Suwama vs. Shotaro Ashino (Triple Crown of Wilderness 6/30/2020)
- Yusuke Kodama vs. Koji Iwamoto (Triple Crown of Wilderness 6/30/2020)
- Suwama vs. Shuji Ishiawa (Summer Action Series 7/25/2020)
- Susumu Yokosuka vs. Koji Iwamoto (Summer Action Series 7/25/2020)
- Suwama vs. Jiro Kuroshio (Champion Carnival 9/13/2020)
- Shotaro Ashino vs. Yuma Aoyagi (Champion Carnival 9/13/2020)
- Kento Miyahara vs. Shotaro Ashino (Champion Carnival 9/15/2020)
- Kento Miyahara vs. Yuma Aoyagi (Champion Carnival 9/21/2020)
- Koji Iwamoto vs. Ikuto Hidaka (Champion Carnival 9/21/2020)
- Kento Miyahara vs. Shuji Ishikawa (Champion Carnival 9/26/2020)
- Yuma Aoyagi vs. Koji Doi (Champion Carnival 10/5/2020)
- Suwama vs. Zeus (Raising an Army Memorial Series 10/17/2020)
- Shotaro Ashino and Kuma Arashi vs. Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa (RWTL 11/18/2020)
- Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi vs. Shotaro Ashino and Kuma Arashi (RWTL 11/22/2020)
- Jake Lee and Koji Iwatmoto vs. Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa (RWTL 11/23/2020)
- Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi vs. Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa (RWTL 12/4/2020)
- Alejandro vs. Akira Francesco (RWTL 12/5/2020)
- Go Shiozaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya (NEW SUNRISE 1/4/2020)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Michael Elgin (NEW SUNRISE 1/4/2020)
- Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Naomichi Marufuji and Masaaki Mochizuki (REBOOT 1/5/2020)
- Daisuke Harada vs. Dick Togo (Global Junior League 1/30/2020)
- Daisuke Harada vs. Hajime Ohara (Global Junior League 1/30/2020)
- Takashi Sugiura vs. Minoru Tanaka (The Chronicle 3/29/2020)
- Go Shiozaki vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (The Chronicle 3/29/2020)
- Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Daisuke Harada (The Chronicle 3/29/2020)
- Takashi Sugiura vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (GHC National Championship 5/9/2020)
- Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Rene Dupree (New Hope 5/24/2020)
- Go Shiozaki vs. Akitoshi Saito (Go Forward 6/14/2020)
- Kotaro Suzuki vs. Atsushi Kotoge (Go Forward 6/14/2020)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Manabu Soya (Go Forward 6/21/2020)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenou (Departure 8/4/2020)
- Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Keiji Muto (The Chronicle 8/10/2020)
- Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba (Kawasaki Go! 8/30/2020)
- Kotaro Suzui vs. Seiki Yoshioka (Kawasaki Go! 8/30/2020)
- Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (N1 Victory 9/18/2020)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenou (N1 Victory 9/18/2020)
- Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takashi Sugiura (N1 Victory 9/22/2020)
- Go Shiozaki vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (N1 Victory 9/23/2020)
- Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Go Shiozaki (N1 Victory 10/4/2020)
- Kenou vs. Takashi Sugiura (N1 Victory 10/4/2020)
- Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (N1 Victory 10/11/2020)
- Kenou vs. Kaito Kiyomiya (The Chronicle 11/22/2020)
- Kenou and Jinsei Shinzaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya and Daiki Inaba (Kongo Produce 12/26/2020)
- Daisuke Sasaki and Soma Takao vs. Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno (New Year’s Special 1/3/2020)
- Masato Tanaka vs. HARASHIMA (Sweet Dreams 1/26/2020)
- Masato Tanaka vs. MAO (Into the Fight 2/23/2020)
- Chris Brookes vs. Konosuke Takeshita (Into the Fight 2/23/2020)
- Naomichi Marufuji and HARASHIMA vs. ASUKA and MAO (Wrestle Peter Pan 6/7/2020)
- Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno vs. T-Hawk and El Lindaman (Wrestle Peter Pan 6/7/2020)
- Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuya Endo (Wrestle Peter Pan 6/7/2020)
- Tetsuya Endo vs. Yuki Ueno (Summer Vacation 7/23/2020)
- ASUKA vs. Hagane Shinnou (Ganbare Wrestling Heavens Door 8/22/2020)
- Tetsuya Endo vs. T-Hawk (King of DDT 8/23/2020)
- Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno (Road to Ultimate Party 10/25/2020)
- Tetsuya Endo vs. Daisuke Sasaki (Ultimate Party 11/3/2020)
- Konosuke Takeshita vs. Jun Akiyama (Ultimate Party 11/3/2020)
- Naruki Doi vs. Kzy (Truth Gate 2/7/2020)
- Naruki Doi vs. Susumu Yokosuka (Champion Gate 3/1/2020)
- YAMATO vs. Ryo Saito (King of Gate 5/15/2020)
- Kaito Ishida vs. Naruki Doi (King of Gate 5/30/2020)
- Eita vs. Naruki Doi (King of Gate 6/7/2020)
- Jason Lee and Kota Minoura vs. Dragon Kid vs. Susumu Yokosuka (Dangerous Gate 9/21/2020)
- Big R Shimizu vs. KAI vs. Masato Yoshino vs. Eita vs. YAMATO vs. BxB Hulk (Dangerous Gate 9/21/2020)
- Eita vs. Kzy (Gate of Destiny 11/3/2020)
- Keisuke Okuda vs. Kaito Ishida (Gate of Destiny 11/3/2020)
- Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda (Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 11/15/2020)
- BxB Hulk and KAI vs. YAMATO and Kota Minoura (Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 11/15/2020)
- Eita vs. Shun Skywalker (Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 11/15/2020)
- BxB Hulk and KAI vs. YAMATO and Kzy (Gate of Origin 11/28/2020)
- Keisuke Okuda vs. Kagetora (Final Gate 12/20/2020)
- Shun Skywalker vs. Ben-K (Final Gate 12/20/2020)
- Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr (RevPro High Stakes 2/14/2020)
- Allysin Kay vs. Thunder Rosa (NWA Hard Times 1/24/2020)
- Miyu Yamashita vs. Yuka Sakazaki (TJPW 1/4/2020)
- Natsumi Saki vs. Sareee (TJPW 1/4/2020)
- Yuka Sakazaki vs. Mizuki (TJPW Wrestle Princess 11/7/2020)
- Aja Kong and Miyu Yamashita vs. Sareee and Maki Ito (TJPW Wrestle Princess 11/7/2020)
- Shigehiro Irie vs. Daisuke Kanehira (HEAT UP Burning Delivery 6/24/2020)
- Daiki Inaba vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (W-1 Sunrise 1/12/2020)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shotaro Ashino (W-1 W-Impact 2/12/2020)
- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kaz Hayashi (W-1 Wrestle Wars 3/15/2020)
- Shotaro Ashino vs. Seigo Tachibana (W-1 Trans Magic 3/25/2020)
- El Soberano Jr vs. Titan (CMLL 87 Aniversario 9/25/2020)
- Kenny Omega vs. Laredo Kid (AAA Triple Mania XXVIII 12/12/2020)
- Aereo vs. Villano III Jr (AAA 3/1/2020)
- Maya Yukihi vs. Suzu Suzuki (Ice Ribbon #1057 8/9/2020)
- Hiragi Kurumi and Mochi Miyagi vs. Tsukushi and Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon #1057 8/9/2020)
- Risa Sera vs. Syuri (Ice Ribbon #1071 9/20/2020)
- Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin vs. Wentz and Dez (Impact Slammiversary 7/18/2020)
- Eric Young vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Rich Swann vs. Ace Austin vs. Trey (Impact Slammiversary 7/18/2020)
- Deonna Purrazzo vs. Jordynne Grace (Impact Emergence 8/25/2020)
- Eric Young vs. Eddie Edwards (Impact Victory Road 10/3/2020)
- Yuji Okabayashi vs. Tank Nagai (2AW Grand Slam 5/23/2020)
- Ayato Yoshida vs. Yuji Okabayashi (2AW Grand Slam in TKP 7/5/2020)
- Daisuke Sekimoto and Kohei Sato vs. Yuji Okabayashi and Shigehiro Irie (BJW Strong Climb 3/3/2020)
- Daichi Hashimoto vs. T-Hawk (BJW Strong Climb 3/21/2020)
- Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Yuya Aoki (BJW Strong Climb 3/21/2020)
- Daichi Hashimoto vs. Shigehiro Irie (BJW Last Buntai 8/29/2020)
- Daichi Hashimoto vs. Yuji Okabayashi (BJW Death Match, Strong, Junior 3 Major Title Matches 10/21/2020)
- Yuji Okabayashi vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW 25th Anniversary 11/23/2020)
- T-Hawk and El Lindaman vs. Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura (BJW 25th Anniversary 11/23/2020)
- Isami Kodaka vs. Yuki Ishikawa (BJW 11/26/2020)
- Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko (SEAdLINNNG 5th Anniversary 1/24/2020)
- Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko (SEAdLINNNG Close to You 7/13/2020)
- Arisa Nakajima and Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Yoshiko and Hiroyo Matsumoto (SEAdLINNNG 5th Anniversary 8/26/2020)
- Yoshiko vs. Sareee (SEAdLINNNG Fall in Love with D! 9/24/2020)
- Sareee vs. Yoshiko (Diana 2/22/2020)
- Ayako Sato vs. ASUKA (Diana 7/24/2020)
- ASUKA vs. Ayako Sato (Diana 8/30/2020)
- ASUKA vs. Ayako Sato (Diana 10/11/2020)
- Yuji Hino vs. Yuji Okabayashi (ZERO1 Happy New Year 1/1/2020)
- Yuji Hino vs. Kohei Sato (ZERO1 19th Anniversary 3/1/2020)
- 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!
Hope you all enjoy.
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Free Guy (2021)
The Nerds tackle the new Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy! It did surprisingly well at box offices and has been quite a topic for the last few months. Does it live up to the hype?
This week the Nerds decide to tackle another new movie! Free Guy opened with one of the stronger pandemic numbers and maintained number 1 status for two straight weeks. Smaller scale, not a large budget, but it plays in that space that seems to be fairly popular unless it’s Pixels with Adam Sandler.
Does it live up to the hype?
- Metacritic: 62
- IMDB: 7.3/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: Critic – 80% / Audience – 94%
Nerd’s Take on: Free Guy (2021)
If you are one of BWN’s loyal listeners (you 22 know who you are), then you know that we just wrapped up our review of Marvel’s What If…? The topic of the Nerd Review this week is kind of like asking, “What If Ready Player One was merged with Wreck It Ralph, The Truman Show, and The Matrix? I am not entirely sure…. but I think it would look and feel a lot like Free Guy. And that, my friends, is a very good thing indeed.
Free Guy focuses on Guy. Guy is what is known in gaming circles as an NPC, which stands for Non-Player Character. Anyone who has played just about any video game since the dawn of time knows what a NPC is, even if they did not know the technical term for it. Well, Guy is an NPC in a MMORPG known as Free City. Every day, Guy wakes up, says hello to his goldfish, grabs a coffee, and heads to the bank where he and his best friend, Buddy, a Security Guard, work. Everyday the bank is robbed, multiple times. It is all good though as it gives Guy & Buddy a chance to talk as they lie on the ground waiting for the heist to be over. Guy, Buddy, and all the other NPCs in Free City have no idea they are not real…. that is until Guy sees the girl of his dreams walking around on the streets of Free City. This leads to Guy getting a hold of sunglasses, which are what the human controlled characters wear. If you ever saw They Live, when Guy puts on the glasses, he sees things the other NPC’s cant, such as med-packs, high scores, and objects that are only visible to human controlled characters as in-game items. Guy has no clue what is going on but he follows his dream girl, known as Molotov Girl, and he is desperate to impress her. She tells him he needs to level up first. This leads to Guy breaking out of the routine of his programming and rapidly evolving into the first true case of AI in existence. Everyone who works at Soonami, the developer of Free City, thinks that Guy is a human controlled character using an NPC skin. Whatever the case, Guy comes to be known as Blue Shirt Guy and he develops a huge following.
Then we have what is going on in the real world. We get to meet Keys & Mouse, who are coders at Soonami and who have been working on the code for Free City 2. But prior to coming to Soonami, Keys developed the code for a somewhat similar game with Millie. Millie is the human controlling Molotov Girl and she is trying to come up with evidence that Soonami’s head honcho, Antwan, stole the source code from the game that Keys & Millie developed and inserted it into Free City to help make the game infinitely better. At first, Antwan loves all the attention Blue Shirt Guy is drawing to the game. But Guy’s antics soon become more problematic. Guy rescues Molotov Girl as she faces insurmountable odds in trying to retrieve a key piece of video evidence from the game. It is during this rescue that Keys comes the realize that Guy is not a human controlled character, but an NPC that has evolved and become sentient. Guy falls in love with Molotov Girl and she reciprocates, at least on some level. Antwan learns that Guy is an actual AI based being but all he can see is the threat to his empire that Guy might pose. He does everything he can to stop him, including rebooting the system and destroying servers. But Molotov Girl is able to restore Guy’s memory and Guy knows exactly where they need to go to obtain the proof that Antwan is a thief. This leads to the climactic scenes of the movie which, like a hidden level of a great video game, slowly reveals a heart-warming love story hiding in plain sight the whole time.
Let me get this out of the way: I loved this movie. From a nerd’s standpoint, it is loaded with all sorts of nerdy stuff to make you smile. Anyone who has ever played a video game, especially a MMORPG, is going to be able to relate to so many aspects of this movie. There are multiplayer lounges, repetitive missions, just over the top violence for the sake of violence and, yes, there is tea-bagging and flossing going on (and, no, if you don’t know what that means, I am not going to explain it here). It is very clever what director Shawn Levy did here. We have all done things to the NPCs in our favorite video games that we would probably rather not mention publicly. It just goes with the territory. Free Guy, much like Wreck It Ralph did, brings you into the actual lives of the NPCs and gives them personality and purpose, even if it is all a loop and programming. Once Guy learns of the reality of his situation, and of Antwan’s ultimate plan to wipe out any possible existence of the source code from Millie and Key’s original game, he becomes a hero as he defies the odds to help his friends out. There is plenty of action and adventure here for fans of those genres, along with a lot of really funny moments.
Probably the highlight of the movie is when Dude shows up. Dude is a heavily muscled version of Guy whose code has not been completed. Guy’s battle against him is complete with a Captain America shield, a Star Wars lightsaber, and a Portal gun from the Portal video game. The way this is all integrated into the fight is more than a nod to these great movies and games; they actually shift the tide of the fight. There are lots of little things like that in the movie, just subtle nods to Nerdom and pop culture. It is nowhere near the level of nerd-nostalgia that we saw in Ready Player One, but it is tremendously fun all the same. If there is one problem, it is that the movie is not likely going to appeal to non-gamers. Yes, there is a great love-story that finally reveals itself at the end that anyone can enjoy. But the movie is steeped heavily in video game jargon, images, lexicon, and terminology that non-gamers will likely find pretty absurd. Therefore, if you are a non-gamer, this might not be your movie.
The cast is excellent, but that should come as no surprise as Ryan Reynolds, who plays Guy and Dude (except for Dude’s body) is in another zone entirely right now. His performance here is honestly one of his best. It is like he was channeling an insanely good-natured version of Deadpool. Shockingly, there was no mention of Deadpool at all in this movie and that was a good thing. Jodie Comer absolutely kills it as Molotov Girl/ Millie and is the perfect foil for Guy as their relationship evolves. Joe Keery and his immaculate hair is excellent as Keys and there is a lot of his portrayal of Steve Harrington from Stranger Things present here, which really works to his advantage. The possible MVP of them all though is Taika Waititi whose portrayal of Antwan is the perfect blend of evil villain and just total douchebag. There are cameos from Chris Evans and the late Alex Trebek and voice cameos from Hugh Jackman (of course), Tina Fey, Duane Johnson, and John Krasinski. With a cast like that, how could the movie fail?
The short answer is it didn’t. Free Guy is quite possibly the most surprisingly good movie I have seen in 2021. I knew it would be good; I did not know it would be special. It is funny, it is clever, it has just the right amount of nerd-based goodness mixed in with a surprisingly heart-warming conclusion, and it is just very entertaining from start to finish. It is as much a movie about friendship and what it means to be alive as it is about the inner workings of video games. I paid $20 to watch the movie and it was worth every penny. This is one I cannot recommend enough.
Movies like Free Guy make me massively jealous. I consider myself a creative person, one who has a ton of interesting ideas. I could NEVER have come up with the premise for such a cleverly written and acted movie. And that was the appeal of this movie, and then I had the pleasure of watching it. My goodness, what a movie it was.
Normally, I like to give a bit more suspense in these articles before I give my opinion on a film. Not this time. This movie is a 5 out of 5 in every way. This movie deserves to be in the time capsule. This movie will be remembered as one of the finest achievements of cinema in this generation. Kind of crazy for a Ryan Reynolds flick, right?
What makes this movie so genius is simply the way it flips something we know so well – video games – and flips it in a way that only someone highly inebriated and under the influence could come up with – what happens in a video game outside of the first-person viewpoint. Ryan Reynolds brilliantly plays Guy, a Non-Player Character, who turns out to be a sentient AI created by Millie and Keys (Jodie Corner and Joe Keery), who created a game stolen by Soonami Games and their CEO, Antwan (Taika Waititi). Both Keys and Millie decided to sell the game to Antwan and Soonami, while Millie feels that Antwan stole their code for the game. This code turns out to be Reynold’s Guy, a banker in Free City.
Guy’s life is simple. He wakes up, drinks coffee, looks out of his window, plays with his fish, hangs out with his best friend Buddy (a bank security guard played by Lil Rel Howery), and gets robbed repeatedly. He carries on with his created purpose until he sees Millie’s Free City avatar Molotov Girl, in which he falls instantly in love. The rest of the movie is Guy learning more and more about himself, eventually finding out that he’s in a game and that Antwan is trying to destroy it because Millie and Keys figured out that he stole their code. The journey is hilarious, heartfelt, and ingenious.
There’s no need to go super in depth. There’s no need to write a long love letter to this movie. You just need to watch it. It is legitimately one of my favorite movies I’ve ever watched, and I’m inspired by the ingenuity that led to the idea that became Free Guy. So I appreciate you guys reading this article, but stop. Go buy or rent Free Guy. Then come back and tell me how right I was.
Overall Nerds Rating for Free Guy (2021): 4.75/5
A Rational Case for Joe Gacy
Tommy Starr looks at the current gimmick for Joe Gacy and rationally working through his future.
WWE has toyed with the boundaries of controversial wrestling characters throughout its history, some of which succeeded due to cultural relevancy and others that tanked for failing to resonate with the audience. Or in some cases, characters that failed due to executive pressures to remove potential threats to that network’s overall bottomline. A major breaking point in this field occurred for WWE in 2005 in what I could coin the MHS (Muhammad Hassan Syndrome). Hassan was a character that was well ahead of its time and circumstantially relevant, but when the untimely 2005 London Bombings occurred right at the peak of his push, UPN (at the time) wanted zero affiliation with a radical muslim terrorist character on its programming. Understanding the changing culture and lack of patience the corporate environment has for anything resembling controversy in today’s society, it is no wonder that WWE has steered away from every truly pushing boundaries to the extent they were able to pull off in the 1980, 90s, or even as short a period as sixteen years ago.
We still occasionally see controversial characters enter the frame, but their overall presentation is always given a corporatized spin to try and “play it safe.” There is a problem, however, when WWE introduces potentially “controversial characters,” but merely presents them in such dull, politically correct spins that make the characters come off as inauthentic, artificial, and fake. Enter the frame: Joe Gacy.
Gacy debuted a woke social justice warrior character on NXT television on September 21 with the sole mission of WWE using him to poke fun at radical leftist activists; it was immediately met with fan backlash and outrage, as to be expected when involving a character that targets the ideologies of a mob-infested agenda. The concept of WWE booking and writing for an SJW character is, on the surface, not a bad idea; the problem is their methodology as to how the character has been booked. Much of this problem reverts back to the MHS dilemma as previously discussed. WWE is walking a tightrope as a publicly traded company with striking any potential backfire and controversy over the Gacy character, thus they likely will not experiment with pushing the envelope too far. Hence, most of Gacy’s segments revert to extraordinarily empty, dry social justice verbiage that does not resonate with the audience, and the character comes off as contrived and fake.
That said, there are ways WWE can make this character work on television. And yes, it does involve them pushing boundaries and pissing some people off. This is why standup comedy is a dying form of entertainment today, because societally weak people just can not accept that the art of comedy is all about pushing boundaries and offending people. In order for Gacy to succeed as a woke “heel” on television, WWE needs to do more than have him preach about collectivism and safe spaces; he needs to go out and do the work to engage with these communities. WWE should be booking segments with Gacy engaging in radical activist “protests.” He should be walking around backstage trying to recruit people that share his ideologies into his cult. He should be “protesting” and reeking havoc on particular segments on NXT each week, be it story-driven or just to generally be destructive of the flow of the programming. WWE can also adopt a lot of the elements from the Summer of 2020 by analyzing the situations that occurred in places like Portland, Minneapolis, and most of the big cities across the country. Yes, it would be extraordinarily controversial, but you know what else it would do? It would garner attention. And it was also make the Joe Gacy character far more compelling from week-to-week, because Gacy’s character can evolve to something beyond a preacher of peace. He can escalate into something resembling a real-life radical extremist.
The point here is that Gacy’s current incarnation is nothing short of a watered down, low shelf life version of what could be so much more if they just went all the way with it instead of holding back. Judging how things usually turn out with big corporations and their willingness to cave-in to mob pressure, Joe Gacy’s woke character will probably never evolve beyond the level it is at, and that is a true shame.
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