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Post by Prometheus on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 10:39 pm

Only just into April and I think we've had some excellent wrestling so far this year. I want to hear what everyone else's high points are so far, but here are some comments to get the ball rolling.

WWE has given us some great matches (Brock / Cena / Rollins). With Rollins as champ and the IC in the hands of Daniel Bryan we should be in for more treats.

NXT has given so much already, such as the women's 4-way and we've more Owens / Zayn to come.

Lucha Underground delivers almost on a weekly basis with their Aztec Warfare a particular highlight.

And (from the wrestling I watch), NJPW arguably has as many as the rest together, with AJ Styles / Kota Ibushi from the recent Invasion Attack as my new favourite.

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Post by Dr Gregory House MD on Tue 07 Apr 2015, 12:56 am

Just finished Invasion Attack, tbh I felt the main event was a step below some of the very best of NJPW this year, that's not to say it wasn't great though and what a finish, I popped so hard I nutted my headboard (insert sex joke here)

I'm hoping to do a run down of the best matches at the end of the year like I did for 2013, but as a special sneak peak my current top 10 off the top of my head are,

10) Arkira Tozawa vs Kzy- Champion Gate Osaka
9) Lesnar vs Reigns (vs Rollins technically I guess) WM Play button
8) Finn Balor vs Adrian Neville- Rival
7) Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins- WM Play Button
6) AJ Styles vs Kota Ibushi- Invasion Attack
5) Chris Hero vs Biff Busick- Evolve 40
4) Brock Lesnar vs John Cena vs Seth Rollins- Royal Rumble
3) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada- WK9
2) Tomohiro Ishii vs Tomoaki Honma- New Beginning Sendai
1) Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kota Ibushi WK9

Like I said those are some rough matches off the top of my head, top 4 are solid but I could go any which way on the rest, there's been some fantastic wrestling this year

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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Samo on Tue 07 Apr 2015, 8:39 am

My Top 3 so far are:

Bayley vs Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks vs Charlotte - NXT Rival

Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn - NXT Rival

Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins vs John Cena - Royal Rumble

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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Prometheus on Tue 07 Apr 2015, 9:27 am

Dr Gregory House MD wrote:Just finished Invasion Attack, tbh I felt the main event was a step below some of the very best of NJPW this year, that's not to say it wasn't great though and what a finish, I popped so hard I nutted my headboard (insert sex joke here)

I'm hoping to do a run down of the best matches at the end of the year like I did for 2013, but as a special sneak peak my current top 10 off the top of my head are,

10) Arkira Tozawa vs Kzy- Champion Gate Osaka
9) Lesnar vs Reigns (vs Rollins technically I guess) WM Play button
8) Finn Balor vs Adrian Neville- Rival
7) Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins- WM Play Button
6) AJ Styles vs Kota Ibushi- Invasion Attack
5) Chris Hero vs Biff Busick- Evolve 40
4) Brock Lesnar vs John Cena vs Seth Rollins- Royal Rumble
3) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada- WK9
2) Tomohiro Ishii vs Tomoaki Honma- New Beginning Sendai
1) Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kota Ibushi WK9

Like I said those are some rough matches off the top of my head, top 4 are solid but I could go any which way on the rest, there's been some fantastic wrestling this year

This is a great selection. Its just the Hero / Busick match I've not seen on that list. I truly look forward to your end of year review. Personally, I kind of think that once you are in matches that are widely rated as over 4* then it just becomes a personal preference what order you end up in. I will come back to watch the New Japan events again, I'd just finished watching Invasion Attack and I truly loved the match. I think Styles is a really great heel, I loved the touches like dropping Ibushi on the rail so his head hit the belt.

I think we are truly having one of the best years in wrestling since WCW was in its prime, there is such a selection now with easy access to many different federations now.


As I'm not a reviewer I can happily include everything that happens around the match in my enjoyment of it. Just as, for me, Rusev coming to the ring in a tank adds so much extra to his WM match, but is any reviewer going to say it was a 3* match with an extra * for the tank entrance?
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Re: Match of the Year

Post by NickisBHAFC on Wed 08 Apr 2015, 4:48 pm

My 3 favourites

Brock vs Cena vs Seth Rollins

Reigns vs Bryan

Orton vs Rollins

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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Prometheus on Fri 08 May 2015, 6:50 pm

I have to try to remember these as I go through the year doc.  So just a marker for me to remember Mundo v AEP at the end of 2015

LU put the full match up here
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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Prometheus on Sun 31 May 2015, 12:11 pm

If Ring of Honor really wants to make waves on Destination America, show the Roderick Strong vs Tanahashi match from War of the Worlds Night 2. Shame they probably can't show it.

Tanahashi becomes more impressive every time I see him in a ring.
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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Dr Gregory House MD on Tue 02 Jun 2015, 12:37 am

Prometheus wrote:If Ring of Honor really wants to make waves on Destination America, show the Roderick Strong vs Tanahashi match from War of the Worlds Night 2.  Shame they probably can't show it.  

Tanahashi becomes more impressive every time I see him in a ring.

I doubt it'll show up on their TV but I believe everything from Global Wars night 2 was taped for TV which included Strong vs Nakamua, obviously I haven't seen it yet but I bet it's awesome

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Post by Dr Gregory House MD on Tue 02 Jun 2015, 12:38 am

PS as lazy as he is the rest of the time there is no better big match performer in wrestling that Tana

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Post by Prometheus on Sun 07 Jun 2015, 10:03 pm

Doubt I'll be watching a better submissions match this year than O'Reilly vs Kushida. The moonsault to arm bar had me on my feet, and that was only half way through!
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Re: Match of the Year

Post by NickisBHAFC on Sun 07 Jun 2015, 10:55 pm

Following on from my last post

Roman Reigns vs Big Show

Rollins vs Orton vs Ambrose vs Reigns

John Cena vs Kevin Owens

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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Prometheus on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 12:09 pm

As we move into November, I'm getting way behind on wrestling.  Still so many matches that I want to see.  So, to try to inspire me, here is a list of matches that I've either seen and would like to see again, or ones I've heard such good things about, I want to see.

EVOLVE
Hero vs Busic (27 March)
Hero vs Thatcher (28 March)
Lee vs Hero (10 July)
Strong vs Zack Sabre Jr (10 July)
Zack Sabre Jr vs Timothy Thatcher (15 Aug)
Hero vs Zack Sabre Jr (16 Aug)


LU
Roster Battle Royale (7 Jan)
Mundo vs Cuerno (11 March)
Fenix vs Muertes (19 March)
Angelico, Ivellise & Son of Havoc vs Drago, Aerostar & Fenix (6 April)
Cuerno, Cage and Texano Jr vs Mack, Killshot & Big Ryck vs Angelico, Ivellise & Son of Havoc (22 April)
Mundo vs El Patron (6 May)
Sexy Star vs Pentagon Jr vs Mack vs Killshot vs Cuerno vs Fenix vs Cage (13 May)
Jack Evans vs Aero Star (13 May)
Fenix vs Muertes (27 May)
Pentagon Jr vs Vampiro (5 Aug)
Prince Puma vs Mil Muertes (5 Aug)

NJPW
Nakamura vs Ibushi (4 Jan)
Tanahashi vs Okada (4 Jan)
Ishii vs Honma (14 Feb)
Styles vs Ibushi (5 April)
KUSHIDA vs Kyle O'Reilly (7 June)
Omega vs KUSHIDA (5 July)
Styles vs Okada (5 July)
Tanahashi vs Ibushi (20 July)
Okada vs Honma (25 July)
Ibushi vs Styles (26 July)
Shibata vs Ibushi (29 July)
Tanahashi vs Shibata (8 Aug)
Goto vs Ishii (9 Aug)
Goto vs Elgin (12 Aug)
Tanahashi vs AJ Styles (14 Aug)
Ishii vs Elgin (15 Aug)
Nakamura vs Okada (15 Aug)
Tanahashi vs Nakamura (16 Aug)
Nakamura vs Goto (27 Sept)

NXT
Zayn vs Owens (11 Feb)
Cesaro vs Neville (5 March)
Itami vs Kidd (6 March)
Banks vs Charlotte vs Bayley vs Bliss (6 March)
Balor vs Neville (27 March)
Banks vs Charlotte (13/16 May)
Own vs Balor vs Breeze (15 May)
Banks vs Lynch (20 May)
Owens vs Balor (4 July)
Bayley vs Banks (22 Aug)
Jordan & Gable vs Gargano & Ciampa (28 Oct)

Progress
Havoc vs Ospreay (25 Jan)
Ciampa vs Zack Sabre Jr (25 May)
Ospreay vs Zack Sabre Jr (25 May)

End & Dante vs Jim and Lee Hunter (26 July)
Havoc vs Ospreay (26 July)
Havoc vs Robinson (6 Sept)
Ospreay vs Haskins (6 Sept)

PWG
Ricochet vs Sydal (27 Feb)
End vs Hero (3 April)
Strong vs Zack Sabre Jr (3 April)
Strong vs Mike Bailey (26 June)
Hero vs Zack Sabre Jr (26 June)
Sydal vs Fenix (28 Aug)
Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson & Roderick Strong vs Tommy End, Zack Sabre Jr & Marty Scurll (28 Aug)
Bailey vs End (30 Aug)
Zack Sabre Jr vs Hero vs Bailey (30 Aug)

RevPro
Ospreay vs Sydal (14 June)
Strong vs Nakamura (14 June)
O'Reilly vs KUSHIDA (2 October)

ROH
KUSHIDA vs Strong (12 May)
Strong vs Tanahashi (13 May)
Big Damo vs Ishii (14 June)
Styles vs Scurll (14 June)
Okada, Romero & Baretta vs Styles, Matt & Nick Jackson (24 June)
Moose vs Cedric Alexander (18 Sept)


WWE
Lesnar vs Cena vs Rollins (25 Jan)
Reigns vs Bryan (22 Feb)
Lesnar vs Reigns (29 March)
Ziggler vs Bryan (30 March)
Cena vs Owens (14 June)
Cena vs Cesaro (29 June)
Cena vs Cesaro (6 July)
Cesaro vs Owens vs Orton (10 Aug)
Rollins vs Cena (23 Aug)
Undertaker vs Lesnar (23 Aug)
Undertaker vs Lesnar (25 Oct)
Reigns vs Ziggler vs Owens vs del Rio (26 Oct)



EDIT: Not much of a shortlist, is it Doh

Good idea from Dolph so those in italics I've yet to see.


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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 12:38 pm

Probably worth editing with bold or italic etc to show matches you havent seen as I'm sure there will be people who will give you opinions to help you narrow down what you watch or put it in an order of preference/importance.

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 12:56 pm

Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Probably worth editing with bold or italic etc to show matches you havent seen as I'm sure there will be people who will give you opinions to help you narrow down what you watch or put it in an order of preference/importance.

Good idea.  Its basically all the EVOLVE and ROH stuff, and some of the latest stuff from the others. I'm sure there are other matches that I've not seen. For example, some of the TNA stuff I just decided not to list anything from there as I've really not kept a close eye on it.

Tastes may vary on some of the matches I have listed, but there must be getting on for around 70 matches on the list I've seen and I'd contend that all are very good to great. So, on that basis, not a bad year for wrestling.


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Post by NickisBHAFC on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 12:58 pm

Following on from my last post

Both Cena vs Owens matches

Cena vs Rollins - Summer Slam

Cena vs Rollins - Night of Champions

Undertaker vs Lesnar - Hell in a cell

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Re: Match of the Year

Post by Dr Gregory House MD on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 4:53 pm

My short list atm is about 170 matches deep at last glance, though there's a few in my head I've already cut as serious contenders, it's just to make it easier to put my list together at the end of the year,

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 4:58 pm

Dr Gregory House MD wrote:My short list atm is about 170 matches deep at last glance, though there's a few in my head I've already cut as serious contenders, it's just to make it easier to put my list together at the end of the year,

And I thought my short list was long!
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Post by Dr Gregory House MD on Fri 30 Oct 2015, 11:55 am

Prometheus wrote:
Dr Gregory House MD wrote:My short list atm is about 170 matches deep at last glance, though there's a few in my head I've already cut as serious contenders, it's just to make it easier to put my list together at the end of the year,

And I thought my short list was long!

What can I say, I get around and have low standards

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Fri 30 Oct 2015, 11:56 am

Thats not what you said to me!

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Post by Dr Gregory House MD on Fri 30 Oct 2015, 1:03 pm

Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Thats not what you said to me!

I feel my point has been made

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