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Mathew’s Top Matches of 2019: Honorable Mentions

Mathew brings us over 250 honorable mentions. Another action packed year, if these just missed the cut, what made his Top 25?

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It’s around that time of year again where all of us write down our top matches of the year.

Just like last year, I would do my honorable mentions first before I do my actual countdown. It’s been a great year for professional wrestling and too many great matches but I can, unfortunately, pick 25 as my favorites.

Down below will be a list of matches from various promotions and which ones I enjoyed but didn’t make the cut. If you don’t see a certain match on here, that means that it either made it to my list, I didn’t get a chance to watch it, or just I didn’t like it.

These are my honorable mentions, in no particular order.

WWE:

  1. Pete Dunne vs. Joe Coffey (NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool 1/12/2019)
  2. Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet (NXT Takeover: Phoenix 1/26/2019)
  3. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Aleister Black (NXT Takeover: Phoenix 1/26/2019)
  4. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (Royal Rumble 1/27/2019)
  5. AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (Royal Rumble 1/27/2019)
  6. Velveteen Dream vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT 1/30/2019)
  7. AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe (Smackdown 2/12/2019)
  8. Akira Tozawa vs. Buddy Murphy (Elimination Chamber 2/17/2019)
  9. AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe (Elimination Chamber 2/17/2019)
  10. Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali (Fastlane 3/10/2019)
  11. Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black vs. Matt Riddle vs. Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream (NXT 3/13/2019)
  12. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (Smackdown 3/26/2019)
  13. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Harper (Worlds Collide 4/4/2019)
  14. Matt Riddle vs. Velveteen Dream (NXT Takeover: New York 4/5/2019)
  15. WALTER vs. Pete Dunne (NXT Takeover: New York 4/5/2019)
  16. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: New York 4/5/2019)
  17. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton (Wrestlemania 35 4/7/2019)
  18. Tony Neese vs. Buddy Murphy (205 Live 4/9/2019)
  19. Buddy Murphy vs. Velveteen Dream (NXT 4/17/2019)
  20. AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins (Money in the Bank 5/19/2019)
  21. Roderick Strong vs. Matt Riddle (NXT Takeover: XXV 6/1/2019)
  22. Chad Gable vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher (205 Live 6/11/2019)
  23. Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT 6/12/2019)
  24. Chad Gable vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher (205 Live 7/16/2019)
  25. Candice LaRae vs. Io Shirai (NXT Takeover: Toronto 8/10/2019)
  26. Pete Dunne vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong (NXT Takeover: Toronto 8/10/2019)
  27. Ricochet vs. AJ Styles (Summerslam 8/11/2019)
  28. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (Summerslam 8/11/2019)
  29. Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy (Smackdown 8/13/2019)
  30. Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy (Smackdown 8/20/2019)
  31. Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews vs. James Drake & Zack Gibson vs. Mark Coffey & Wolfgang (NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff
  32. 8/31/2019)
  33. Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable (Raw 9/16/2019)
  34. Adam Cole vs. Matt Riddle (NXT 10/2/2019)
  35. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell 10/6/2019)
  36. KUSHIDA vs. WALTER (NXT 10/9/2019)
  37. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee vs. Roderick Strong (10/23/2019)
  38. Adam Cole vs. Daniel Bryan (Smackdown 11/1/2019)
  39. Angel Garza vs. Lio Rush (NXT 11/13/2019)
  40. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson (NXT 11/20/2019)
  41. Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Dominik Dijakovic, Keith Lee, Kevin Owens & Tommaso Ciampa (NXT Takeover: Wargames 11/23/2019)
  42. Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray & Shayna Baszler vs. Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox (NXT Takeover: Wargames 11/23/2019)
  43. Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Mustafa Ali, Roman Reigns & Shorty G vs. Damian Priest, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Tommaso Ciampa & WALTER vs. Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, Ricochet & Seth Rollins (Survivor Series 11/24/2019)
  44. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong (Survivor Series 11/24/2019)
  45. Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne ( Survivor Series11/24/2019)
  46. Angel Garza vs. Lio Rush (NXT 12/11/2019)
  47. Humberto Carrillo vs. Andrade (TLC 12/15/2019)
  48. Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy (TLC 12/15/2019)
  49. Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole (NXT 12/18/2019)
  50. Rhea Ripley vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT 12/18/2019)

NJPW:

  1. Will Ospreay vs. Kota Ibushi (Wrestle Kingdom 13 1/4/2019)
  2. Tetsuya Naito vs. Chris Jericho (Wrestle Kingdom 13 1/4/2019)
  3. Jay White vs. Kazuchika Okada (Wrestle Kingdom 13 1/4/2019)
  4. Taiji Ishimori vs. KUSHIDA Wrestling Kingdom 13 1/4/2019)
  5. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KUSHIDA (Road to New Beginning 1/29/2019)
  6. Tetsuya Naito vs. Taichi (New Beginning in Sapporo 2/3/2019)
  7. Jay White vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (New Beginning in Osaka (2/11/2019)
  8. Will Ospreay vs. Jay White (47th Anniversary 3/6/2019)
  9. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Taiji Ishomori (47th Anniversary 3/6/2019)
  10. Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito (New Japan Cup 3/10/2019)
  11. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Taichi (New Japan Cup 3/13/2019)
  12. Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii (New Japan Cup 3/23/2019)
  13. SANADA vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (New Japan Cup 3/23/2019)
  14. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Supercard 4/6/2019)
  15. Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito (G1 Supercard 4/6/2019)
  16. Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White (G1 Supercard 4/6/2019)
  17. Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA (Wrestling Dontaku 5/4/2019)
  18. Shingo Takagi vs. SHO (BOSJ 5/13/2019)
  19. Rocky Romero vs. Will Ospreay (BOSJ 5/16/2019)
  20. Will OSpreay vs. El Phantasmo (BOSJ 5/22/2019)
  21. Dragon Lee vs. Shingo Takagi (BOSJ 5/23/2019)
  22. Will Ospreay vs. Bandido (BOSJ5/23/2019)
  23. Rocky Romero vs. El Phantasmo (BOSJ 5/24/2019)
  24. Will Ospreay vs. Robbie Eagles (BOSJ 5/26/2019)
  25. Taiji Ishimori vs. Shingo Takagi (BOSJ 5/31/2019)
  26. Will Ospreay vs. Ryusuke Taguchi (BOSJ 6/3/2019)
  27. Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson (BOSJ 6/5/2019)
  28. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White (BOSJ 6/5/2019)
  29. Shingo Takagi vs. Satoshi Kojima (Dominion 6/9/2019)
  30. Will Ospreay vs. Dragon Lee (Dominion 6/9/2019)
  31. Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito (Dominion 6/9/2019)
  32. Will Ospreay vs. Robbie Eagles (Southern Showdown 6/29/2019)
  33. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada (G1 Climax 7/6/2019)
  34. Zack Sabre Jr vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 7/6/2019)
  35. Will Ospreay vs. Lance Archer (G1 Climax 7/6/2019)
  36. Jay White vs. Hirooki Goto (G1 Climax 7/13/2019)
  37. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jeff Cobb (G1 Climax 7/13/2019)
  38. Shingo Takagi vs. Juice Robinson (G1 Climax 7/13/2019)
  39. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA (G1 Climax 7/14/2019)
  40. Kota Ibushi vs. EVIL (G1 Climax 7/14/2019)
  41. Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 7/14/2019)
  42. Will Ospreay vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 7/14/2019)
  43. Jay White vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 7/15/2019)
  44. Will Ospreay vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 7/18/2019)
  45. EVIL vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 7/18/2019)
  46. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jon Moxley (G1 Climax 7/19/2019)
  47. Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi (G1 Climax 7/19/2019)
  48. Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay (G1 Climax 7/20/2019)
  49. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 7/24/2019)
  50. Jon Moxley vs. Shingo Takagi (G1 Climax 7/24/2019)
  51. Lance Archer vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 7/27/2019)
  52. Kazuchika Okada vs. KENTA (G1 Climax 7/27/2019)
  53. Tetsuya Naito vs. Jon Moxley (G1 Climax 7/28/2019)
  54. Jay White vs. Shingo Takagi (G1 Glimax 7/28/2019)
  55. Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 7/30/2019)
  56. EVIL vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (G1 Climax 7/30/2019)
  57. Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA (G1 Climax 8/3/2019)
  58. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax 8/3/2019)
  59. Jay White vs. Jon Moxley (G1 Climax 8/4/2019)
  60. Tetsuya Naito vs. Shingo Takagi (G1 Climax 8/4/2019)
  61. Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL (G1 Climax 8/7/2019)
  62. Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr (G1 Climax 8/7/2019)
  63. Will Ospreay vs. KENTA (G1 Climax 8/7/2019)
  64. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay (8/10/2019)
  65. Lance Archer vs. EVIL (G1 Climax 8/10/2019)
  66. Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi (G1 Climax (8/11/2019)
  67. Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax 8/11/2019)
  68. Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White (G1 Climax 8/11/2019)
  69. Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White (G1 Climax 8/12/2019)
  70. Will Ospreay vs. Amazing Red (Super J Cup 8/22/2019)
  71. SHO vs. Will Ospreay (Super J Cup 8/24/2019)
  72. El Phantasmo vs. Dragon Lee (Super J Cup 8/25/2019)
  73. KENTA vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Royal Quest 8/31/2019)
  74. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr (Royal Quest 8/31/2019)
  75. Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki (Royal Quest 8/31/2019)
  76. KENTA vs. Kota Ibushi (Destruction in Kagoshima 9/16/2019)
  77. Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi (Destruction in Kobe 9/22/2019)
  78. Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White (Destruction in Kobe 9/22/2019)
  79. Kazuchika Okada & Kota Ibushi vs. EVIL & SANADA (New Japan Road 10/7/2019)
  80. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Minoru Suzuki (Kings of Pro Wrestling 10/14/2019)
  81. Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA (Kings of Pro Wrestling 10/14/2019)
  82. Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo (Super Junior Tag League 10/16/2019)
  83. KENTA vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Power Struggle 11/3/2019)
  84. Will Ospreay vs. BUSHI (Power Struggle 11/3/2019)
  85. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer vs. Zack Sabre Jr & Taichi (World Tag League 11/17/2019)
  86. EVIL & SANADA vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay (World Tag League 12/8/2019)

AJPW:

  1. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Dylan James & Joe Doering (New Years Wars 1/2/2019)
  2. Kento Miyahara vs. KAI (New Years Wars 1/3/2019)
  3. Kento Miyahara vs. Suwama (Excite Series 2/24/2019)
  4. Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura (Dream Power Series 3/19/2019)
  5. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Yuji Okabayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto (Dream Power Series 3/19/2019)
  6. Shuji Ishikawa vs. Yuji Okabayashi (Champion Carnival 4/4/2019)
  7. Yoshitatsu vs. Suwama (Champion Carnival 4/10/2019)
  8. Dylan James vs. Yuji Okabayashi (Champion Carnival 4/20/2019)
  9. Zeus vs. Yuji Okabayashi (Champion Carnival 4/21/2019)
  10. Jake Lee vs. Suwama (Champion Carnival 4/21/2019)
  11. Kento Miyahara vs. Yuji Okabayashi (Champion Carnival 4/25/2019)
  12. Zeus vs. Shuji Ishikawa (Champion Carnival 4/25/2019)
  13. Naoya Nomura vs. Suwama (Champion Carnival 4/28/2019)
  14. Naoya Nomura vs. Jake Lee (Champion Carnival 4/28/2019)
  15. Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee (Champion Carnival 4/29/2019)
  16. Kento Miyahara vs. Shuji Ishikawa (Super Power Series 5/20/2019)
  17. Kento Miyahara vs. Yoshitatsu (Dynamite Series 6/30/2019)
  18. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Odinson & Parrow (Dynamite Series 6/30/2019)
  19. Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus (Summer Action Series 7/28/2019)
  20. Kento Miyahara, Naomichi Marufuji & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Shuhei Taniguchi, Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama (Atsushi Aoki Memorial 8/11/2019)
  21. Hitoshi Kumano & Naoya Nomura vs. Jun Akiyama & Takashi Sugiura (Atsushi Aoki Memorial 8/11/2019)
  22. Kento Miyahara vs. Jiro Kuroshio (Royal Road Tournament 9/18/2019)
  23. Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee (Royal Road Tournament 9/23/2019)
  24. Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama (Real World Tag Team League 11/11/2019)
  25. Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Naoya Nomura & Jake Lee (Real World Tag Team League (12/9/2019)

 

Dragon Gate:

  1. Naruki Doi vs. YAMATO vs. Kzy (Truth Gate 2/5/2019)
  2. Susumu Yokosuka vs. U-T (Dead or Alive 5/6/2019)
  3. Big R Shimizu vs. Kzy vs. Naruki Doi vs. Shun Skywalker vs. YAMATO (Dead or Alive 5/6/2019)
  4. PAC vs. Dragon Kid (Dead or Alive 5/6/2019)
  5. Ben-K vs. YAMATO (King of Gate 5/9/2019)
  6. Shun Skywalker vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (King of Gate 5/9/2019)
  7. Dragon Kid, Masato Yoshino & Ultimo Dragon vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Shuji Kondo & Takuya Sugawara (Kobe Festival 7/21/2019)
  8. Kzy vs. Shun Skywalker (Kobe Festival 7/21/2019)
  9. Susumu Yokosuka vs. Flamita (Kobe Festival 7/21/2019)
  10. PAC vs. Ben-K (Kobe Festival 7/21/2019)
  11. Big R Shimizu & Eita vs. KAI & YAMATO vs. Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi (Kobe Festival 7/21/2019)
  12. Susumu Yokosuka vs. Kaito Ishida (Gate of Destiny 11/4/2019)
  13. Ben-K vs. Masato Yoshino (Gate of Destiny 11/4/2019)
  14. Ben-K vs. Naruki Doi (Final Gate 12/15/2019)

NOAH:

  1. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Kenou (Navigation for the Future 1/6/2019)
  2. Minoru Tanaka vs. Daisuke Harada (Great Voyage in Yokohama 3/10/2019)
  3. Takashi Sugiura vs. Go Shiozaki (Spring Navigation 3/17/2019)
  4. Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO (Global Tag League 5/4/2019)
  5. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Go Shiozaki (Misawa Memorial 6/9/2019)
  6. Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO (Global Junior Tag League 6/13/2019)
  7. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (Global Junior Tag League 7/27/2019)
  8. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kotaro Suzuki (Departure 8/4/2019)
  9. Go Shiozaki vs. Alexander Hammerstone (N-1 Victory8/18/2019)
  10. Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Kenou (N-1 Victory 8/29/2019)
  11. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takashi Sugiura (N-1 Victory 9/7/2019)
  12. Takashi Sugiura vs. Go Shiozaki (N-1 Victory 9/15/2019)
  13. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenou (N-1 Victory 9/15/2019)
  14. Takashi Sugiura vs. Kenou (N-1 Victory 9/16/2019)
  15. Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Kenou (The BEST 11/2/2019)
  16. Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Kazyuki Fujita (The BEST 11/2/2019)
  17. Michael Elgin vs. Takashi Sugiura (The BEST 11/2/2019)
  18. Atsushi Kotoge vs. Daisuke Harada (Starting Over 11/16/2019)
  19. Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Go Shiozaki (Starting Over 12/3/2019)

Stardom:

  1. Kagetsu vs. Jungle Kyona (8th Anniversary 1/14/2019)
  2. Kagetsu vs. Hazuki (8th Anniversary in Osaka 1/27/2019)
  3. Mayu Iwatani vs. Konami (New Years Stars 2/24/2019)
  4. Momo Watanabe vs. Andras Miyagi (Dream Slam 3/28/2019)
  5. Bea Priestley vs. Kagetsu (QQ Produce 5/4/2019)
  6. Arisa Hoshiki vs. Momo Watanabe (Gold May 5/16/2019)
  7. Hazuki vs. Bea Priestley (Gold May 5/16/2019)
  8. Arisa Hoshiki vs. Tam Nakano (Shining Destiny 6/16/2019)
  9. Jungle Kyona & Konami vs. Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita (Big Summer in Nagoya 7/15/2019)
  10. Hazuki vs. Arisa Hoshiki (Big Summer in Tokyo 7/24/2019)
  11. Arisa Hoshiki vs, Jungle Kyona (Stardom x Stardom 8/10/2018)
  12. Momo Watanabe vs. AZM (5Star Grand Prix 9/7/2019)
  13. Mayu Iwatani vs. Tam Nakano (5Star Grand Prix 9/7/2019)
  14. Kagetsu vs. Arisa Hoshiki (Champion Wars 10/14/2019)
  15. Mayu Iwatani vs. Bea Priestley (Best of Goddesses 11/4/2019)
  16. Arisa Hoshiki & Tam Nakano vs. Jungle Kyona & Konami (Goddesses of Stars 11/24/2019)
  17. Jungle Kyona & Konami vs. Riho & Starlight Kid (Goddesses of Stars 12/14/2019)
  18. Kagetsu vs. Hazuki (Goddesses of Stars 12/14/2019)

AEW:

  1. Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega (Double or Nothing 5/25/2019)
  2. Cody vs. Darby Allin (Fyter Fest 6/29/2019)
  3. Kenny Omega vs. CIMA (Fight for the Fallen 7/13/2019)
  4. Adam Page vs. Chris Jericho (All Out 8/31/2019)
  5. Kenny Omega vs. PAC (All Out 8/31/2019)
  6. Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley (Full Gear 11/9/2019)
  7. Cody vs. Chris Jericho (Full Gear 11/9/2019)

Misc:

  1. Shotaro Ashino vs. T-Hawk (W-1 Sunrise Tour 1/5/2019)
  2. Jiro Kuroshio vs. T-Hawk (W-1 WRESTLE WARS 3/21/2019)
  3. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Shotaro Ashino (W-1 WRESTLE WARS 3/21/2019)
  4. Shuji Kondo vs. T-Hawk (W-1 Triumph Tour 5/3/2019)
  5. Shotaro Ashino vs. Seigo Tachibana (W-1 Outbreak Tour 6/2/2019)
  6. Daiki Inaba vs. T-Hawk (Love in Yokohama 9/1/2019)
  7. Mizuki & Yuka Sakazaki vs. Riho & Shoko Nakajima (TJP Tokyo Joshi Pro ’19 1/4/2019)
  8. Miyu Yamashita vs. Shoko Nakajima (TJP Yes! Wonderland 5/3/2019)
  9. WALTER vs. Jordan Devlin (OTT Scrappermania 5 3/16/2019)
  10. Ilja Dragunov vs. Jordan Devlin (PROGESS Chapter 91 7/6/2019)
  11. Ilja Dragunov vs. Brian Cage (wXw Road to Superstars of Rising 5/31/2019)
  12. Timothy Thatcher vs. Hideki Suzuki (Josh Barnett Bloodsport 2 4/4/2019)
  13. Bobby Gunns vs. Timothy Thatcher (wXw World Tag Team Festival 10/5/2019)
  14. Giulia vs. Saori Anou (AgZ Act in Osaka 7/21/2019)
  15. Giulia vs. Maya Yukihi (Ice Ribbon: New Ice Ribbon #962 5/25/2019)
  16. Sareee vs. Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls Big Show in Niigata 6/8/2019)
  17. Sareee vs. Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls Joshi Puroresu Big Show in Sendai 10/13/2019)
  18. Maria, Mei Hoshizuki, & Mikoto Shindo vs. Nanae Takahashi, Sareee, & Takumi Iroha (Marvelous 7/22/2019)
  19. Maya Yukihi vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon: New Ice Ribbon #974) 8/3/2019)
  20. Nick Aldis vs. Marty Scurll (NWA Crockett Cup 4/27/2019)
  21. Nanae Takahashi vs. ASUKA (SEAdLINNNG Luckiest 3/20/2019)
  22. Nanae Takahashi vs. Takumi Iroha (SEAdLINNNG Stay Tune 5/29/2019)
  23. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. TAKA Michinoku (JTO Go 11/14/2019)
  24. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kohei Sato (Zero1 Happy New Year 1/1/2019)
  25. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Yuji Hino(Zero1 9/14/2019)
  26. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (BJW To Was Gat Early 1/13/2019)
  27. Masashi Takeda vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda (BJW Death Match Survivor 2/28/2019)
  28. Isami Kodaka vs. Masashi Takeda (BJW Death Match Survivor 4/14/2019)
  29. Michael Elgin vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW 8/24/2019)
  30. Yuji Okabayashi vs. Kohei Sato (BJW Death Mania VII 8/25/2019)
  31. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Yuji Hino (Zero1 Dream Series 2/2/2019)
  32. Blue Demon Jr vs. Dr. Wagner Jr (AAA Triplemania XXVII 8/3/2019)
  33. Kenny Omega vs. Dragon Lee (AAA Triplemania Regia 12/1/2019)
  34. Kento Miyahara &Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yoshitatsu (Giant Baba Memorial 2/19/2019)
  35. Hideki Suzuki & Minoru Suzuki vs. Masato Tanaka & Naomichi Marufuji (TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2 8/26/2019)
  36. Shuji Kondo & Suwama vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taiyo Kea (The Destroyer Memorial 11/15/2019)
  37. Kento Miyahara, Jushin Thunder Liger, & Keiji Mutoh vs. SANADA, BUSHI, & KAI (The Destroyer Memorial 11/15/2019)
  38. Mistico vs. El Barbaro Cavernario (CMLL Super Viernes 5/24/2019)
  39. Michael Elgin vs. Brian Cage (Impact Slammiversary XVII 7/7/2019)
  40. Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard (Impact Slammiversary 7/7/2019)
  41. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Michael Elgin (Impact Bound for Glory 10/20/2019)
  42. Sami Callihan vs. Brian Cage (Impact Bound for Glory 10/20/2019)
  43. Tessa Blanchard vs. Gail Kim (Impact Rebellion 4/28/2019)
  44. Bandido vs. Dragon Lee (PWG Battle of Los Angeles 9/22/2019)
  45. HARASHIMA vs. Konosuke Takeshita (DDT Ultimate Party 11/3/2019)
  46. Masato Tanaka vs. HARASHIMA (DDT D-Ou Grand Prix 12/15/2019)

That goes the list for the honorable mentions! I know it’s a lot of matches but, so much happened this year that I had to give these matches credit.

Happy Holidays and I hope you look forward to my Top 25 Matches of 2019!


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It’s the Royal Rumble! A favorite of many fans, the Rumble kicks off the Road To WrestleMania. Greg DeMarco is here with his live reactions to the event!

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It’s the Royal Rumble! A favorite of many fans, the Rumble kicks off the Road To WrestleMania. Greg DeMarco is here with his live reactions to the event!

The WWE Royal Rumble is upon us, and while the Men’s Royal Rumble Match isn’t for the World Heavyweight Championship like I suggested, it’s still the most anticipated event of the year.

Why? The Unknown.

That’s right–in this age of the internet (usually incorrectly) telling us everything it possibly can about what is going to happen in the world of wrestling, the Royal Rumble stands out because despite what we’re told (or, more importantly, what we choose to listen to), the event is always full of fun and surprises.


Check out Steven Mitchell’s 2024 WWE Royal Rumble Results & Review!


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  • They really are driving home the “main event WrestleMania” point this year–strengthens my thought that women will main event Night 1. Triple H would catch a ton of heat if he keeps women out for the third straight year.
  • NAOMI! Good to see her back, and the emotional response she had.
  • Love Michael Cole calling out Naomi’s time in TNA, and recognizing her as a former Knockouts Champion.
  • Entering #3 doesn’t bode well for Bayley. I honestly don’t think she is gonna win.
  • JORDYNNE GRACE! I saw the reports earlier today. This is a much bigger deal than Mickie James, because Mickie was a returning legend.
  • “TNA HAS A WEAPON!” So glad to have Pat McAfee on the call.
  • Honestly, Jordynne Grace belongs in WWE.

  • Asuka comes in, and they sell the surprise of Bayley. STORYTELLING, people!
  • Something tells me when we get Kairi Sane in there, The Kabuki Warriors will eliminate Bayley.
  • Ivy Nile enters, and I immediately want to see her go toe-to-toe with Jordynne Grace.
  • What if they pulled some crazy sh*t and had Jordynne Grace win???
  • Just step through the ropes next time, Bianca.
  • When I first saw the C4 clock, I thought I would get tired of it But I am already used to it.
  • Here’s Kairi Sane, time to set the plan into motion!
  • This crowd does not appear to like Tegan Nox.
  • Welp, there goes my idea o Asuka and Kairi eliminating Bayley.
  • That was a hell of a way for Jordynne Grace to go out.

  • I think Michael Cole secretly loves to call a Meteora.
  • There’s a reason Maxxine Dupri doesn’t wrestle much.
  • That tandem Code Red was very Young Buckish. And that’s not a compliment.
  • Hair,…gear…this might be the messiest Royal Rumble yet.
  • Ah, here comes the winner, Becky Lynch (I am calling Becky eliminates Bayley to win her second Royal Rumble).
  • LOVE the scoreboard of time in the Rumble for selected wrestlers.

  • R-TRUTH?!?! (Funny story, it was Truth’s spot that Nia Jax took in 2019.)
  • If you push Mia Yim, she’ll take it further than you could imagine.
  • “How is everybody the most athletic person on Earth?” – Pat McAfee
  • Surprising that Roxanne Perez, at #27, is the first NXT entrant. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Tiffany Stratton of Blair Davenport since we only have 3 more to come.
  • Amazing reaction for Jade Cargill. Give her time, she’s definitely going to be a huge star.
  • JUST GIVE HER TIME.
  • Seriously, Nia Jax had to help Jade eliminate her–A LOT.

  • Greg Was Wrong: It is indeed Tiffy Time in the Royal Rumble.
  • Back to Jade–she is insanely over.
  • I know it won’t be, but this should be Tiffany Stratton’s official main roster call-up.
  • Liv Morgan returns at #30, and good for Liv. She nearly went wire-to-wire last year.
  • Liv Morgan: “Thank you!” Pat McAfee: “No problem.”
  • Tiffany Stratton eliminating Roxanne Perez is, to me, an invitation for a match with them on Raw this Monday.
  • Still love the scoreboard as Naomi passes an hour.
  • The camera is catching a lot of in-ring communications right now.
  • And Jade Cargill eliminates my pick to win. Bye Becky.
  • Jade Cargill in the final three of the Royal Rumble (with Liv Morgan and Bayley) is huge for her.
  • Hell of a debut for Jade Cargill.
  • And a huge win for Bayley.

Winner of the 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble Match: Bayley (eliminating Liv Morgan to win)

Fatal 4-Way Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Randy Orton vs AJ Styles vs. LA Knight vs. Roman Reigns (champion, with Paul Heyman)

  • Glad to see AJ Styles got his tights back. Pants AJ Styles (but still with the football gloves) was not working. Not just bring the beard back to your face Allen–the think beard also ain’t working.

  • Pat McAfee campaigning for Roman Reigns to be given at least a 26% chance is amazing.
  • Say what you want about LA Knight, he’s a damn star and totally belongs in this match.
  • Roman completely sandbagged Randy on the table drop. I don’t think it was on purpose, but he definitely didn’t jump.
  • Roman Reigns is very much like Gunther in that he does the simple things SO WELL, like a jumping clothesline. That’s how you do it.
  • Yes, I compared Roman Reigns to Gunther. Don’t @ me, I’m right.

  • RKO City, Bitch.
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here’s Solo! (At some point, Solo will get tired of saving Roman’s ass.)
  • Solo ’bout to go through that barricade.
  • Solo indeed went through that barricade.

  • Yes, we had the Solo interference mid-match, but honestly in the end Roman won that clean.

Winner, #ANDSTILL your Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns

WWE United States Championship: Kevin Owens vs. Logan Paul (champion)

  • Kevin Owens wearing Zubaz shorts in the Performance Center fight makes me very happy.
  • Logan Paul talking about a full time run, and now he’s putting on size.
  • Logan’s headband didn’t list very long.
  • I honestly hate it when modern-day wrestlers bust out a crotch chop.
  • If you were watching the Royal Rumble and didn’t know who Logan Paul was, you’d just assume he was a pro wrestler. That says everything you need to know about how good he is at this.
  • ANOTHER crotch chop. Now we’re at 2 too many.

  • Cue the “Better Buckshot Than Hangman” tweets. But they might be right.
  • I love the idea of a Logan Paul, Austin Theory, and Grayson Waller stable.
  • C’mon, there’s NO WAY Ryan Tran could see the knucks on Kevin Owens’ hand given his placement. It’s the little things.
  • Finish here tells me we’ll see KO vs. Logan Paul again. I’d guess on TV, if not in Australia.

Winner by disqualification, #ANDSTILL WWE United States Champion: Logan Paul

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

  • Jey Uso coming at #1 was expected thanks to the internet reports. But I still think Jimmy should be #1 and Jey #2, for the reaction shots on Jimmy.
  • Grayson Waller talking himself to the ring is perfect.
  • “No Yeet!” Grayson is a brilliant performer. I’d make a Roddy Piper comparison here, but y’all would get at mad at me.
  • Good to have Andrade back in WWE. Great reaction for him when the mask came off.

  • SmackDown superstar Carmelo Hayes! I really really really hope Trick is also in this match, just for the chants.
  • Melo pointed to the sign, C’mon, man.
  • Do you send Andrade to Smackdown, or do you send him to Raw and let him do his own thing?
  • Oh goody, Karrion Kross is here. Yay.
  • (Yes, that’s sarcasm you read.)
  • Dominik Mysterio is so good. Give him time, he’s going to be a huge star.

  • The Royal Rumble was a great place for the Apple Spot.
  • Here comes Bob Lashley–please just eliminate Karrion Kross.
  • Lashley wearing the WrestleMania white gear more than 2 months early.
  • Austin Theory still gets his concussion effect entrance, despite it being the Rumble.
  • What if–hear me out now–Finn Balor wins the Royal Rumble to get the shot at Seth Rollins, and Priest uses his briefcase to make that match a triple threat at ‘Mania?
  • I know he didn’t, but it sure looked like Jimmy was swerving while he drives in that interaction with Gunther.
  • Kofi did tell us the Rumble Magic wasn’t happening anymore.
  • Give me Ivar vs Gunther!
  • Bron Breakker is a star. It’s inevitable.
  • Of course Omos would be in the Rumble. Good to see MVP on my TV as well.
  • “I didn’t know humans came that big!” – Pat McAfee
  • I half think Pat McAfee didn’t know he was entering the Rumble.
  • Nice moment for Bron Breakker eliminating Omos. WrestleMania match?
  • R-Truth trying to get Dominik (Tom or Nick?) Mysterio to tag him in is brilliant.
  • DOM MADE THE TAG!!!
  • “And now R-Truth is the legal man.” – thank you Michael Cole.
  • Michael Cole delivers multiple TNA references tonight, along with a Dolph Ziggler reference. God Bless Michael Cole.
  • Imagine for a second that this was CM Punk’s actual WWE return.
  • The reaction to Drew McIntyre’s entrance is a reminder that they don’t actually need him.
  • Sami Zayn enters at #30, also known as “Not The Rock.”

  • In the ring, Drew McIntyre is amazing. Just keep the microphone away from him. (And stop the damn counting!)
  • And there goes my choice for the Men’s Rumble!
  • Love having both Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in the press boxes watching to see who wins.
  • Punk kinda looks like Chris Jericho in there. Seriously.
  • Between Punk and Cody, Cody is the right choice. I really don’t want to watch Punk right now–he needs to hit the cardio, and hard. Given Seth Rollins’ injury and Punk’s conditioning, WWE would be smart to make the World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 40 a multi-man match.

Winner of the 2024 Men’s Royal Rumble: Cody Rhodes


Overall thoughts on the 2024 WWE Royal Rumble

For at least the second straight year, the Men’s Royal Rumble Match was kinda disappointing. Not the result–that’s fine. But the match itself. It just wasn’t nearly as exciting as the Women’s. Of the four matches, I would place it 4th in terms of enjoyment.

Great moments for both Bayley and Cody Rhodes. Logan Paul continually shows that he deserves to be considered a pro wrestler, not a celebrity who is wrestling. Pat McAfee is a joy on commentary. Jordynne Grace is a WWE Superstar, regardless of what company she is signed to. Bron Breakker is a star.CM Punk is very out of shape. Cody Rhodes is about to become THE guy, and he deserves it.

Overall I give the event a thumbs up, but they have to do something about the Men’s Royal Rumble Match moving forward.


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WWE Raw Heads To Netflix: What Does It Mean?

Monumental news drops as WWE RAW is moving to Netflix. Is it truly a game changing move? Greg DeMarco analyzes this shift for the TV wrestling business.

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Monumental news drops as WWE RAW is moving to Netflix. Is it truly a game changing move? Greg DeMarco analyzes this shift for the TV wrestling business.

Being a wee little kid in the 80s, I am “lucky enough” to remember having 3 TV channels, and my dad explaining what an 8-track is, how shocked I was when I say a laser disc for the first time, when I bought a 6 CD changer, installed my own car stereo, and all the way up to the fact that I have now been watching WWE pay-per-view/premium live events on the WWE Network and Peacock for 10 years. Hell, in the same month (February 2014) I signed up for the WWE Network, cut the cord to drop cable and got Sling TV. I have since moved onto YouTube TV which is highly recommended.

Over the last two years the NFL has put Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime, simulcast to various streaming services, and less than 2 weeks ago put a playoff game exclusively on streaming when a Wildcard Weekend showdown between the Chiefs and Dolphins was only shown on Peacock.

And now it’s fully permeated into pro wrestling.

WWE and AEW are both in the midst of a very important time on the business side, with all of their TV rights up for grabs. The first domino fell when SmackDown On FOX became SmackDown on USA Network, and soon after we learned that WWE NXT was moving to broadcast television and joining The CW (which is also rebranding, but just to CW).

The AEW suite of programming that includes Collision, Rampage, and their most successful show Dynamite is up for renewal with Warner Bros/Discovery, and Tony Khan has been optimistic about the relationship and potentially an increase in rights fees.

That brings us to Tuesday morning, and the likely groundbreaking WWE announcement that Raw is moving to Netflix, starting in January 2025. Triple H tweeted that they’re changing the game, and TKO President and COO Mark Shapiro (who knows a thing or two about shifts in media consumption) used the word “transformative” in his statement, and I really think he couldn’t be more right.

But what does it all mean?

Wrestling Remains A Strong Media Product

I have been claiming this for over a year now. As many online will cite a decline in TV viewership for both WWE and AEW, the TV product has been a strong value to networks. Even in dropping SmackDown, FOX themselves said they didn’t pump enough resources into the show, and that the advertising return wasn’t what they wanted. That doesn’t mean the product (TV value, we’re not talking about creative here) isn’t strong. It’s so strong that USA Network picked up SmackDown for $280 million per year, giving WWE an increase over the FOX deal. CW is paying $20-$25 million annually for NXT, and now Netflix is paying $500 million for RAW.

Why? Because wrestling isn’t just a strong media product, it’s consistent. And that is key.

Look at this quote from Netflix Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria:

“Raw is the best of sports entertainment, blending great characters and storytelling with live action 52 weeks a year and we’re thrilled to be in this long-term partnership with WWE.”

Now cross reference that with a comment from CW President Dennis Miller from back when the CW/NXT deal was announced:

“We are thrilled to welcome the WWE brand into the CW Sports portfolio as they play an integral role in our mission to bring live sporting events to the network year-round.”

What do those statements have in common? The year-round, 52-week nature of wrestling programming. It’s an unbeatable value for networks. It’s cheaper than a deal with a major sports league, and it’s not finite. Wrestling joins news, talk, and sports talk as the only year-round programming available to networks. And WWE and AEW have shows that essentially always land in the Top 5 after you factor out live sports. You can’t beat it.

What Does This Mean for Netflix?

Don’t get it twisted, this is also a huge leap for Netflix. Prior to the WWE Raw deal, Netflix has only experimented with live events, streaming the live Chris Rock “Selective Outrage” special, and showing The Netflix Cup live (a golf event featuring athletes from their F1 series “Drive To Survive” and their golf series “Full Swing).

WWE is the perfect partner for Netflix as it gets into live programming. It’s sports entertainment: sports like programming (which Netflix has done) that focuses on storytelling (which Netflix has obviously done). And no one does it better than WWE. It’s essentially plug-and-play for Netflix, the perfect solution for their live programming aspirations.

The perfect solution that they were willing to pay $5 billion for.

What Does This Mean for AEW?

The biggest risk to an AEW renewal with Warner Bros Discovery was WBD picking up WWE Raw–and that risk has been eliminated by Netflix. Don’t discount that fact–Netflix did Tony Khan a huge favor by throwing $500 million per at WWE. The path is clear for AEW to remain on the Turner networks.

But at what price?

I know I usually write as if I have all the answers, but I have zero idea either way on this one. WBD no longer has any other options if it wants to keep wrestling (except for TNA, who recently expressed a desire to be on a bigger network), and AEW (at least, Dynamite) is a weekly Top 5 program for them on Wednesdays, on cable.

On the other hand, AEW doesn’t exactly have another network begging for their services. The reason WWE could get a yearly increase for Raw, SmackDown, and NXT is because it was truly a bidding war. Unless Tony Khan gets another network involved, any threat of walking away from a deal doesn’t really hold water.

So if I were a betting man (and who would ever bet on this) I would expect an announcement of a renewal for AEW and WBD relatively soon. We may not know the terms of the deal, I will take a shot in the dark and say that AEW gets a small increase (not the “nearly double” that had been reported last year).

Regardless of the increase (or not), given AEW’s recent attendance challenges, this likely renewal would have to be viewed as a win for the company.


Personally, this is simply an amazing time to be a fan. We’ve seen WWE go from one live TV show per week with Monday Night Raw, through the Monday Night Wars, the addition of SmackDown and later NXT, to being this global juggernaut that is commanding half-a-billion dollars per year for Raw. I also think this makes Raw the flagship once again. All of this comes after Vince McMahon is largely out of power, Triple H has taken over creative (and holds a pretty good success rate so far), and the company was sold to Endeavor, and merged with the UFC as a business entity under the TKO banner.

If you know me, you know I am a huge follower of the business side of the wrestling business. I often care less about WHAT wrestling companies do, but HOW they do it. I have always gravitated towards that, since middle school. And for the past near 24 months, I have been like a kid in a candy store.

The Peacock deal for the WWE Network runs out in 2026, right? The fun never stops!


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