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oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



As we bid farewell to 20123456 and look ahead to 2017, we need a place to keep track of the absolute best--and worst--that professional wrestling has had to offer us. Please use this thread to highlight wrestling you think people need to go out of their way to see. I'd like to try something differently this year, something less formal and more of a discussion. This isn't about trying to find the Match of the Year but for everyone to share matches they enjoyed and talk about why and maybe expand your horizons


RULES:

1) Provide links if you can! Don't link to torrents we still have rules against but links to youtube, dailymotion, and russian video hosting are more than ok. I trust your judgement

2) Don't deliberately stifle discussion. If you thought something sucked explain why. If someone puts effort into voicing why they didn't like something dont call them a fun-hating contrarian

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oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



Matches of the Year

01/04 | KUSHIDA vs Hiromu Takahashi - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11
01/04 | Katsuyori Shibata vs Hirooki Goto - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11
01/04 | Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11
01/04 | Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11
01/15 | Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews - WWE UK Championship Tournament Night 2
01/15 | Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate - WWE UK Championship Tournament Night 2
01/29 | Kevin Owens (C) vs Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship - WWE Royal Rumble
01/29 | AJ Styles vs John Cena - WWE Royal Rumble
02/05 | Kazuchika Okada (C) vs Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship - NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo
02/11 | Tetsuya Naito (C) vs Michael Elgin for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship - NJPW New Beginning in Osaka
02/12 | WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match - John Cena (C) vs AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Baron Corbin vs. The Miz
03/10 | The Hardy's vs The Young Bucks vs. Roppongi Vice - ROH 15th Anniversary
03/12 | Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii - New Japan Cup 1st Round
04/01 | Authors of Pain (C) vs The Revival vs. DIY for the NXT Tag Team Championship - NXT Takeover: Orlando
04/02 | Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles - Wrestlemania 33.
04/02 | The Club (C) vs Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Hardys for the WWE Tag Team Championship - Wrestlemania 33
04/02 | Bill Goldberg (C) vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship - Wrestlemania 33
04/09 | Kazuchika Okada (C) vs Katsuyori Shibata for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship - Sakura Genesis
04/30 | Microman y el Gallito vs Mije y el Perico Zakarias - CMLL
05/03 | Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW Wrestling Dontaku
05/05 | Jimmy Kagetora vs Takehiro Yamamura for the Open the Brave Gate Championship - Dragon Gate Dead or Alive
05/12 | Will Ospreay vs. Jay White - ROH War of the Worlds
05/14 | Kairi Hojo vs Mayu Iwatani - Stardom
05/17 | Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll - NJPW Best of the Super Juniors
05/17 | Taka Michinoku vs Taichi - NJPW Best of the Super Juniors
05/18 | Will Ospreay vs Ricochet - NJPW Best of the Super Juniors
05/20 | Tyler Bate (C) vs Pete Dunne - NXT Takeover Chicago
05/22 | The Usos (C) vs The Fashion Police for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship - WWE Backlash
06/03 | KUSHIDA vs Will Ospreay - NJPW Best of the Super Juniors
06/11 | Hiromu Takahashi (C) vs KUSHIDA for the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship - NJPW Dominion
06/11 | Tetsuya Naito (C) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship - NJPW Dominion
06/11 | Kazuchika Okada (C) vs Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship - NJPW Dominion
07/01 | Kenny Omega vs Michael Elgin in NJPW US Champion Tournament - NJPW Long Beach Night 1
07/02 | Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii for the Inaugural US Heavyweight Championship - NJPW Long Beach Night 2
07/14 | Volador Jr vs Ultimo Guerrero - Campeon Universal Del CMLL 2017 Tournament Final
07/17 | Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito - G1 Climax Night 1
07/21 | Zach Sabre Jr vs Kota Ibushi - G1 Climax Night 3
07/22 | Kazuchika Okada vs Michael Elgin - G1 Climax Night 4
07/27 | Kenny Omega vs Michael Elgin - G1 Climax Night 8
08/05 | Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL - G1 Climax Night 14
08/08 | Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki - G1 Climax Night 16
08/11 | Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - G1 Climax Block A Finals
08/12 | Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega - G1 Climax Block B Finals
08/13 | Tetsuya Naito vs Kenny Omega - G1 Climax Final
08/19 | Asuka (C) vs Ember Moon for the NXT Women's Title - NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III
08/20 | Brock Lesnar (C) vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship - WWE Summerslam
08/26 | Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. in a Mask vs Mask match - AAA Triplemania 25
08/27 | Shuji Ishikawa (C) vs. Kento Miyahara for the Triple Crown Title - AJPW 45th Anniversary Show
09/01 | Grand Prix Internacional 2017 Torneo Cibernetico - CMLL Super Viernes
09/16 | Princess Sugehit vs Zeuxis in a Mask Vs. Mask Best Two Out Of Three Falls - CMLL 84
10/08 | The New Day (C) vs The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles in a Hell in a Cell match - WWE Hell in a Cell
10/09 | KUSHIDA (C) vs Will Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title - NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling
10/22 | AJ Styles vs Finn Balor - WWE TLC
10/22 | The Shield (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) with Kurt Angle vs The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman & Kane in a 3-on-5 Handicap Tables, Ladders & Chairs match - WWE TLC
11/18 | Drew McIntyre (C) vs Andrade "Cien" Almas for the NXT Championship - NXT Takeover WarGames
11/18 | WAR GAMES and the Match Beyond: Sanity vs The Undistputed Era vs the Authors of Pain w/ Roderick Strong - NXT TakeOver WarGames
11/27 | Asuka vs Dana Brooke - WWE Raw

Worst Matches of the Year

02/13 | Cesaro vs. Enzo Amore on Monday Night Raw
03/05 | Kevin Owens (C) vs. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship - WWE Fastlane
03/27 | Centella Roja e Hijo De Centella Roja vs. El Perverso Y Sombra Diabolika - CMLL Arena Puebla
04/02 | Bray Wyatt (C) vs Randy Orton for the WWE Championship - Wrestlemania 33
04/02 | Undertaker vs Roman Reigns - Wrestlemania 33
04/30 | Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton in a House of Horrors Match - WWE Payback
06/04 | Alexa Bliss (C) vs Bayley for the WWE Women's Championship in a Kendo Stick on a Pole match - WWE Extreme Rules
06/18 | Charlotte vs Becky Lynch vs Nattie vs Tamina vs Carmella (with James Ellsworth) in a Women's MITB Ladder Match - WWE Money in the Bank
06/18 | Naomi (C) vs Lana for the Smackdown Women's Championship - WWE Money in the Bank
07/23 | John Cena vs Rusev in a Flag Match - WWE Battleground
07/23 | Jinder Mahal (C) vs Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match for the WWE Championship - WWE Battleground
08/20 | Big Cass vs The Big Show with Enzo in a Shark Cage Suspended Above The Ring - WWE Summerslam
08/20 | Randy Orton vs Rusev - WWE Summerslam
08/26 | Pagano vs El Mesias in a Street Fight - AAA Triplemania 25
08/26 | Sexy Star vs Lady Shani vs Ayako Hamada vs Rosemary - AAA Triplemania 25
08/28 | Marti Belle vs Rachel Evers - Mae Young Classic Round 1
09/24 | Neville (C) vs Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Title - WWE No Mercy
09/24 | Brock Lesnar (C) vs Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Title - WWE No Mercy
11/05 | Abyss vs. Grado - Impact Bound for Glory
11/05 | Stephan Bonnar & Moose vs Lashley & King Mo - Impact Bound for Glory
11/19 | Team Raw (Alicia, Sasha, Bayley, Nia & Asuka) vs Team Smackdown (Becky, Naomi, Tamina, Carmella and Nattie) - WWE Survivor Series
11/19 | Team Raw (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and Triple H) vs Team Smackdown (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and John Cena) - WWE Survivor Series

Honorable Mentions

01/28 | Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode - NXT Takeover San Antonio
01/29 | The Royal Rumble Match - WWE Royal Rumble
02/05 | Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto, NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo
02/11 | Hiromu Takahashi(c) vs Dragon Lee for the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship
02/14 | Bray Wyatt (C) vs AJ Styles vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship - Smackdown
02/22 | Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews - NXT
02/25 | Timothy Thatcher vs Zack Sabre Jr - Evolve 79
03/05 | Neville vs Jack Gallagher for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship - WWE Fastlane
03/06 | Katsuyori Shibata (C) vs Zack Sabre Jr. for the RevPro British Heavyweight Championship - NJPW 45th Anniversary Show
03/06 | Kazuchika Okada vs Tiger Mask W - NJPW 45th Anniversary Show
03/05 | Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns - WWE Fastlane
03/10 | Bobby Fish vs Jay Lethal - ROH 15th Anniversary
03/10 | Marty Scurll vs Lio Rush - ROH 15th Anniversary Show
03/21 | American Alpha (C) vs The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship - Smackdown Live
03/21 | Neville vs Mustafa Ali - 205 Live
03/30 | Ricochet vs Keith Lee - EVOLVE
04/01 | SAnitY vs Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno & Ruby Riot - NXT Takeover Orlando
04/01 | Aleister Black vs Andrade Almas - NXT Takeover Orlando
04/01 | Asuka (C) vs Ember Moon for the NXT Women's Championship - NXT Takeover Orlando
04/01 | Bobby Roode (C) vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship - NXT Takeover Orlando
04/28 | Zack Sabre Jr. vs Negro Navarro - Chairo 10, MDA 2, Arena Naucalpan
04/29 | Hiromu Takahashi (C) vs Ricochet for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship - NJPW Wrestling Toyonokuni
04/29 | Tetsuya Naito (C) vs Juice Robinson for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship - NJPW Wrestling Toyonokuni
05/03 | KUSHIDA & Juice Robinson vs Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi - NJPW Wrestling Dontaku
05/03 | Kazuchika Okada (C) vs Bad Luck Fale for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship - NJPW Wrestling Dontaku
05/05 | CK-1 (Dragon Kid and CIMA) vs. Verserk (El Lindaman and T-Hawk) for the Open the Twin Gate Championship - Dragon Gate Dead or Alive
05/17 | Hiromu Takahashi vs Dragon Lee - Best of the Super Juniors
05/20 | Bobby Roode (C) vs Hideo Itami for the NXT Championship - NXT Takeover Chicago
05/20 | Authors of Pain (C) vs DIY for the NXT Tag Team Championship - NXT Takeover Chicago
05/22 | Kevin Owens (C) vs AJ Styles for the US Championship - WWE Backlash
05/29 | Rush vs Mr. Niebla - CMLL Arena Puebla
06/11 | Roppongi Vice (C) vs The Young Bucks for the IWGP Jr Tag Team Championship - NJPW Dominion
06/11 | Minoru Suzuki (C) vs Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship - NJPW Dominion
06/18 | AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kevin Owens vs Baron Corbin in the MITB Ladder Match - WWE Money in the Bank
06/20 | Barbaro Cavernario vs Volador Jr - CMLL Arena Mexico
06/28 | Asuka (C) vs Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match for the NXT Women's Championship - NXT
07/01 | Zack Sabre Jr vs Juice Robinson in NJPW US Champion Tournament - NJPW Long Beach Night 1
07/01 | Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii in NJPW US Champion Tournament - NJPW Long Beach Night 1
07/02 | Kenny Omega vs Jay Lethal in NJPW US Champion Tournament Semi-Final - NJPW Long Beach Night 2
07/02 | Zack Sabre Jr vs Tomohiro Ishii in NJPW US Champion Tournament Semi-Final - NJPW Long Beach Night 2
07/02 | The Young Bucks (C) vs Roppongi Vice for the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship - NJPW Long Beach Night 2
07/09 | Sheamus & Cesaro (C) vs The Hardyz Iron Man match for the Tag Team Titles - WWE Great Balls of Fire
07/09 | Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman in an Ambulance Match - WWE Great Balls of Fire
07/09 | Brock Lesnar (C) vs Samoa Joe for the Universal Championship - WWE Great Balls of Fire
07/17 | Yugi Nagata vs Yoshi-Hashi - G1 Climax Night 1
07/17 | Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii - G1 Climax Night 1
07/17 | Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Zack Sabre Jr - G1 Climax Night 1
07/20 | SANADA vs EVIL - G1 Climax Night 2
07/20 | Kenny Omega vs Minoru Suzuki - G1 Climax Night 2
07/21 | Tetsuya Naito vs YOSHI-HASHI - G1 Climax Night 3
07/21 | Yugi Nagata vs Hirooki Goto - G1 Climax Night 3
07/21 | Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii - G1 Climax Night 3
07/23 | Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Yuji Nagata - G1 Climax Night 5
07/23 | Kota Ibushi vs Tomohiro Ishii - G1 Climax Night 5
07/23 | Shingo Takagi/Takashi Yoshida/El Lindaman vs Jimmy Susumu/Ryo "Jimmy" Saito/Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee!!Mee!! in the Open the Triangle Gate #1 Contender Tournament Finals- Dragon Gate Kobe World
07/23 | Usos (C) vs The New Day for the Tag Team Titles - WWE Battleground
07/25 | Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano - G1 Climax Night 6
07/25 | Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA - G1 Climax Night 6
07/25 | Kevin Owens (C) vs AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho for the WWE United States Championship - Smackdown
07/27 | Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Brian Cage - NOAH
07/27 | Kazuchika Okada vs Satoshi Kojima - G1 Climax Night 8
07/30 | Kazuchika Okada vs Juice Robinson - G1 Climax Night 10
07/30 | Michael Elgin vs SANADA - G1 Climax Night 10
08/01 | Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi - G1 Climax Night 11
08/01 | Yuji Nagata vs Tomohiro Ishii - G1 Climax Night 11
08/01 | Chad Gable vs Rusev - Smackdown
08/01 | John Cena vs Shinsuke Nakamura - Smackdown
08/02 | Kenny Omega vs EVIL - G1 Climax Night 12
08/04 | Tomohiri Ishii vs Bad Luck Fale - G1 Climax Night 13
08/05 | Kenny Omega vs Juice Robinson - G1 Climax Night 14
08/08 | Michael Elgin vs EVIL - G1 Climax Night 16
08/08 | Kenny Omega vs SANADA - G1 Climax Night 16
08/11 | Yuji Nagata vs Bad Luck Fale - G1 Climax Block A Finals
08/11 | Tomohiro Ishii vs ZSJ - G1 Climax Block A Finals
08/11 | Hirooki Goto vs Kota Ibushi - G1 Climax Block A Finals
08/12 | Michael Elgin vs Juice Robinson - G1 Climax Block B Finals
08/13 | The Young Bucks (C) vs Taguchi and Ricochet for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles - G1 Climax Final
08/19 | Johnny Gargano vs Andrade "Cien" Almas - NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III
08/19 | Authors of Pain (C) vs SAnitY for the NXT Tag Team Championship - NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III
08/19 | Hideo Itami vs Aleister Black - NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III
08/20 | The New Day (C) vs The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship - WWE Summerslam
08/20 | Sheamus/Cesaro (C) vs Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins for the WWE Tag Team Championship - WWE Summerslam
08/20 | AJ Styles (C) vs Kevin Owens for the US Title, with Special Guest Referee Shane McMahon - WWE Summerslam
08/28 | TAKA Michinoku & Taichi vs. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi in a Best of 3 Falls match - TAKA & TAICHI Season 2
08/29 | Espectacular Torneo Cibernetico: Diamante Azul, Euforia, Rush, Ultimo Guerrero, Valiente & Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin & Sam Adonis - CMLL Arena Puebla
09/04 | Braun Strowman vs Big Show - Monday Night Raw
09/16 | Funky Future vs. Taichi & Kanemaru for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title - NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima
09/16 | KUSHIDA vs. El Desperado for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title - NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima
09/16 | Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title Match - NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima
09/24 | Kenny Omega (C) vs Juice Robinson for the IWGP US Title - NJPW DESTRUCTION in Kobe
09/24 | Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (C) vs Cesaro & Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Titles - WWE No Mercy
09/27 | Killshot vs Dante Fox in a Hell of War match - Ultima Lucha Tres Night 1
10/08 | AJ Styles (C) vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin for the WWE US Title - WWE Hell in a Cell
10/09 | Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling
10/09 | Kazuchika Okada (C) vs EVIL for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship - NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling
10/20 | Caristico vs Volador Jr - CMLL
10/22 | The Shield (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) with Kurt Angle vs The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman & Kane in a 3-on-5 Handicap Tables, Ladders & Chairs match - WWE TLC
11/05 | Hiroshi Tanahashi (C) vs Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship - NJPW Power Struggle
11/07 | Jinder Mahal (C) vs AJ Styles for the WWE Championship - WWE Smackdown
11/18 | LIJ (SANADA & Evil) vs. Death Juice (Juice Robinson & Sami Callahan) - NJPW World Tag League
11/18 | Aleister Black vs Velveteen Dream - NXT TakeOVer: War Games
11/19 | The Usos vs The Bar - WWE Survivor Series
11/19 | Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles - WWE Survivor Series

Somebody fucked around with this message at Nov 28, 2017 around 22:29

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



Also to get this out of the way now

NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11:

Top four matches were all good as hell, looking back i liked the jr championship match the most. It was wild and crazy like all big Hiromu matches and I love that vibe. KUSHIDA made for a a great base for all of this and if New Japan wanted to they could really make something special with these two as rivals. If you would like to scope these out subscribe to New Japan World or idk they're probably all over Dailymotion by now

CMLL 1/6:

If you have even a passing interest in lucha or getting into it this could very well wind up the best card CMLL puts on in 2017. CMLL is always a surprise like that any given show could be best or worst of the year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamA9SmaqsM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKH4wZIQf4E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sumb0vs7bxE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNZVxNbafVE

Volador Jr vs Mephisto is probably the easiest one to get into. Lots of flips, big bumps, hot crowd. I think I liked it the least of the three though, Volador's style feels like too much at times and Mephisto is very formuliac. Rey Cometa and Cavernario always deliver together and went for the same vibe as Vol/Meph but stay in that sweet spot and didn't go overboard.

Big Japan 1/2:

STRONG BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi) and TWIN TOWERS (Shuji Ishikawa and Kohei Sato) had one of my favorite feuds a couple years ago and they are back again with another great tag team match. Kohei and Shuji just embody big mean dudes and Sekimoto selling that holds this match together and pays off huge with an amazing finish. This is on the Real Hero Archive but I don't know how kosher direct links to that is. Google it. Bookmark it. I'm going to bring it up a lot this year.

oatgan fucked around with this message at Jan 14, 2017 around 17:28

Feels Villeneuve
Oct 7, 2007

Kanye West - Touch the Sky


Does this specifically have to be about matches that took place in 2017 or can I post like, 80s Portland arena footage from Vimeo or some poo poo

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



Alain Post posted:

Does this specifically have to be about matches that took place in 2017 or can I post like, 80s Portland arena footage from Vimeo or some poo poo

hell yeah post whatever lets all watch wrestling

Feels Villeneuve
Oct 7, 2007

Kanye West - Touch the Sky


It's a pretty famous show, but I recently rewatched Clash of the Champions XVII on the network and it owned. If you want to get into the early 90s bit in WCW where business was totally in the shitter but the TV product was mostly great, this is a really good place to start. Even stuff on the undercard that looks awful like Stunning Steve vs. PN News is entertaining (Steve makes News look about as good as you could possibly get PN News to look).

Main events were Dustin Rhodes/Mystery partner v. Arn Anderson/Larry Zybysko, in a match which had one of the least disappointing mystery partners of all time, and could act as a textbook for how to sell as a babyface in a tag match (I loved JR on commentary pretty much admitting that 1991 WCW had sucked up to this point, saying something like "It's been a long time since we've had a crowd as hot as this one"). Rude/Sting was the main, which was a good match combined with a fantastic angle. WCW had nothing going into this show and it had a Sting v. Rude/Paul E. program that looked red hot, and a big babyface return. I'm probably going to end up watching the WCWSNs after this, because I ended up really wanting to see where the Sting/Rude program went.

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



I recently watched that tag match when I was watching lots of Arn tags and it is very good so I'll second the nomination.

Feels Villeneuve
Oct 7, 2007

Kanye West - Touch the Sky


I love Arn tags and I wish that Arn/Larry Z team had lasted longer. Larry's just one of the best heels ever, he's completely unconcerned about looking cool (one of the biggest problems with WWE heels) or badass. He's just a loving rear end in a top hat. He's the guy in a red BMW who cuts you off on the freeway.

NickRoweFillea
Sep 27, 2012

poor bear


Arn Anderson's spinebuster is like my third favorite wrestling move of all time

sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY

Is it possible to link to a specific timestamp in a show on the RealHero archive? They tend to post long shows as one big file so it'd be cool to point people to specific times for matches.

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



sticklefifer posted:

Is it possible to link to a specific timestamp in a show on the RealHero archive? They tend to post long shows as one big file so it'd be cool to point people to specific times for matches.

this i dont know but the Strong BJ vs Twin Towers match starts ~1:20:00 into the show

i will try to remember and include this in future recommendations and encourage others to do the same!

Dimebags Brain
Feb 18, 2013


So since there's no Dragon Gate to rec for the next week or so, howabout people check out Toryumon's El Numero Uno 2003 tournament?

Part I - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w80q-AUI0-k
Part II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7S7SAaVZEM

One of my favorite shows ever, it has some great show long storytelling with the dual stories of CIMA (wins lol) overcoming previous injuries and babyfacing his way to victory, parallel to Genki Horiguchi upsetting two of Toryumon's biggest stars with Backslide victories over Magnum Tokyo and Mochizuki. All the tournament matches are fun to watch and the final match is a legit awesome MOTYC (for 2003). The dumb clusterfuck matches at the beginning and the semi-final are fun enough to.

Jenny Angel
Oct 24, 2010

Out of Control
Hard to Regulate
Anything Goes!


Lipstick Apathy

Please post the earliest matches you got that are worth watching. The earliest I've seen were Lou Thesz vs. Buddy Rogers from 1950 and Dick Shikat vs. Jim Londos from 1930

sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY

Dimebags Brain posted:

So since there's no Dragon Gate to rec for the next week or so, howabout people check out Toryumon's El Numero Uno 2003 tournament?

Part I - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w80q-AUI0-k
Part II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7S7SAaVZEM

poo poo yeah. Inundate me with old school Toryumon if you have more. Here's a 2001 clusterfuck tag I like:

9-Man Trios Triple Threat:
CIMA/Fuji/SUWA vs Darkness Dragon/Mochizuki/Kanda vs Dragon Kid/Magnum TOKYO/Ryo Saito


poo poo quality (380p) but what do you want, it was the early days of streaming online video. Watch it on your phone or something. If nothing else, watch the spot that gets set up around 12:45 and pays off around 15 seconds later.

sticklefifer fucked around with this message at Jan 15, 2017 around 08:44

Durk Hendrunkqs
Dec 12, 2006

It's useless.


Just watched one of those WrestleJam Dragon Gate shows from 2008 and it had an awesome rumble with the last two people being Pac and El Generico. Generico won and went on to face Yoshino who I believe at the time was the Open the Brave Gate champ. Super underrated match.



Dimebags Brain
Feb 18, 2013


sticklefifer posted:

poo poo yeah. Inundate me with old school Toryumon if you have more. Here's a 2001 clusterfuck tag I like:

9-Man Trios Triple Threat:
CIMA/Fuji/SUWA vs Darkness Dragon/Mochizuki/Kanda vs Dragon Kid/Magnum TOKYO/Ryo Saito


poo poo quality (380p) but what do you want, it was the early days of streaming online video. Watch it on your phone or something. If nothing else, watch the spot that gets set up around 12:45 and pays off around 15 seconds later.

Super fun match. So weird seeing all these old guys looking young and fresh. One of the things I like about Toryumon over modern Dragon Gate is that it feels a lot looser and wilder.

I got the Toryumon vs. T2P show from August of 2002:
Part I - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2LvvTuj_sE&t
Part II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtmpLxT2ZKE

Whole card is excellent, but notable matches are Ultimo Dragon's first match in several years, returning from a botched surgery against Mochizuki, which starts around the 1 hour and 50 minute mark of the first video, and the 2/3 falls mask match between Dragon Kid and Darkness Dragon at around the 1 hour and 15 minute mark of the second video.

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



I am not done the whole second show but the wwe uk tourney has been so fun and enjoyable to watch. And also dunne v mandrews was moty caliber.

Venomous
Nov 7, 2011



So I meant to post this after I saw it last year, but I thought 'ach, it's a wee Glaswegian wrestling school, it's not on YouTube', but then I found that it was on YouTube long after the match had passed, so, welp.

Okay. So. The Purge is a tag team consisting of Stevie James and Krobar. They used to have another dude named Joseph Vane in the team, but I guess he left the company or something, because I can't find anything about him anywhere. I'm not entirely sure of their gimmick, but Stevie James is basically Not Adam Cole and Krobar is this awesome hoss. Their opponents are the New Age Kliq, BT Gunn and Chris Renfrew, and they've been the Pro Wrestling Elite Tag Team Champions since July. Now, as I mentioned, the GPWA is a wee Glaswegian wrestling school, so they don't have any belts, but since the Purge was really shaping up I guess the NAK decided to give them a title shot. Here's the match.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9s9DVP7Ro

This match goes back and forth so loving much, it's incredible. The NAK were over by default because they're in Glasgow, but they worked heel and the Purge really came off strong here as babyface underdogs. I was behind them the whole way, and they had a rematch at the next GPWA show which was even better. (Not on YouTube though, unfortunately.)

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER


MOTYC - Pete Dunne vs. Mark Andrews, WWE UK Tournament Day 2, 1/15

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



Suplex Liberace posted:

I am not done the whole second show but the wwe uk tourney has been so fun and enjoyable to watch. And also dunne v mandrews was moty caliber.

Lots of really fun matches this show but dunne/bate was just on a whole different level in the ring and emotionally. Really great stuff I'm begging for more Saturday morning wrestling

HulkaMatt
Feb 14, 2006

CHEERS, LOVE.
THE CAVALYAAAY'S HERE!


UK Tourney Finals, watch it. Do it. I don't watch nearly as much as I used to, but you guys should be doing that.

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


The UK Tourney was great, loved the ending. Really recommend watching both nights or at the very least all of night 2. They set the stage really well for an ongoing show.

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



oatgan posted:

Lots of really fun matches this show but dunne/bate was just on a whole different level in the ring and emotionally. Really great stuff I'm begging for more Saturday morning wrestling

Yah I just finished it. Can the uk show start this week please?

Durk Hendrunkqs
Dec 12, 2006

It's useless.


Got myself a Progress subscription and I can give an easy recommendation to Chapter 39. Pretty much liked every match but check out Riddle vs Ospreay, Havoc vs Scurll, and the 7 man scramble main event.

super macho dude
Aug 9, 2014



You know whats a great match that nobody really talks about anymore? Toshiaki Kawada vs Kensuke Sasaki at the 9/10/00 NJPW VS AJPW DO JUDGE!! show. Its 20 minutes of two hosses kick loving the poo poo out of each other while the crowd and the announcers go completely banana.

Its 17 years old so its almost able to buy smokes. Go show it some love.

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



I wish I could more easily find early 2000 puro. Lots of it looks and also sounds really really good.

Senerio
Oct 19, 2009

I call the darkness unto me from deepest depths of Earth and sea. From ancient evils unawoken, break the one that can't be broken. To blackest night, I pledge my soul and crush my heart to burning coal. To summon forth a deathly power, to see my hated foe devoured.


Match recommendation list:
http://www.stardom-world.com/

Food Court Druid
Jul 17, 2007

Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.

Dragon Lee vs. Barnabero Cavernario from this morning's Fantasticamania was good.

Also, in terms of slightly older puro, I watched the 1976 match between Jumbo and Abdullah the Butcher and it was fun and suprisingly high-energy. (Or maybe I just felt that way because I watched a couple of Inoki headlock mathces before it.)

Food Court Druid fucked around with this message at Jan 20, 2017 around 20:16

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


Just a reminder that this thread is intended to serve both as a recommendation thread for pre-2017 stuff as well as a place to put up your nominations for what you believe to be the Match of the Year for 2017, the Worst Match of the Year for 2017, as well as honorable mention of 2017 matches you think people should go out of their way to watch. Nominations work the same as they always have before - MOTYC needs four votes to be added to the list, WMOTYC needs three votes, HM needs three votes.

Try to add a little explanation/discussion of what you're nominating too (this is not a rule, I'd just prefer it is all!). This is a discussion thread as well so feel free to talk about your picks and other people's picks - and remember you can freely recommend any pre-2017 match you like whether it's great or terrible.

Price Check
Oct 9, 2012


HM - Volador Jr. & Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Euforia - NJPW Fantasticamania 1/21/17

Nice high-flying showcase designed to wow the Japanese fans (and those of us around the world watching on NJPW World). This one is a whole lot of fun, especially if don't watch lucha regularly.

super macho dude
Aug 9, 2014



oatgan, if you can find time in your busy schedule between having sex with lizards and neglecting your brother, please post the results of the 2016 MOTY thread

Venomous
Nov 7, 2011



Going to repost this from the last thread.

MOTYC: KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11, 1/4
MOTYC: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11, 1/4
MOTYC: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11, 1/4
MOTYC: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11, 1/4


This is an incredible string of matches, and it topped off one of the greatest wrestling shows of all time. Granted, Okada/Omega outshines the first three, but those matches are all equally amazing and they'll probably be a fuckton better than a lot of matches over the next year.

Junpei Hyde
Mar 15, 2013

AndhisnameisMarcoDiaz


Oh, if we're putting our 2017 MOTYC noms in here then here we go:

MOTYC: Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews: WWE UK Championship Tournament Night 2

MOTYC: Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate: WWE UK CLassic Tournament Night 2

I had never seen any of these wrestlers before I watched the tournament, and the 3 men listed in these matches have made me fans for life. Pete Dunne especially is a fantastic in ring heel.

Senerio
Oct 19, 2009

I call the darkness unto me from deepest depths of Earth and sea. From ancient evils unawoken, break the one that can't be broken. To blackest night, I pledge my soul and crush my heart to burning coal. To summon forth a deathly power, to see my hated foe devoured.


MOTYC Dunne/Mandrews
MOTYC Dunne/Bate


Senerio fucked around with this message at Jul 3, 2017 around 14:58

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



Junpei Hyde posted:

Oh, if we're putting our 2017 MOTYC noms in here then here we go:

MOTYC: Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews: WWE UK Championship Tournament Night 2

MOTYC: Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate: WWE UK CLassic Tournament Night 2

I had never seen any of these wrestlers before I watched the tournament, and the 3 men listed in these matches have made me fans for life. Pete Dunne especially is a fantastic in ring heel.

ill also 3rd these. Dunne could have an incredible year if the wwe don't gently caress up their uk stuff.

abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010



watched Jushin Liger vs Brian Pillman from Superbrawl II (1992) after an offhand reference in Death of WCW, and man, that match rules! By far the oldest "modern-feeling" match I've ever seen. very much recommend it.

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER


MOTYC - Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Evolve 77, 1/28

Venomous
Nov 7, 2011



HM: Every match except the Womens Championship match, NXT Takeover: San Antonio, 01/28

Stanfield
Feb 2, 2008

...Can we have the radio?


HM: #DIY vs. Authors of Pain - NXT Takeover: San Antonio, 01/28

HM: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode - NXT Takeover: San Antonio, 01/28

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Baron Corbyn
Jul 1, 2012

#AllHail




Junpei Hyde posted:

Oh, if we're putting our 2017 MOTYC noms in here then here we go:

MOTYC: Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews: WWE UK Championship Tournament Night 2

MOTYC: Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate: WWE UK CLassic Tournament Night 2

I had never seen any of these wrestlers before I watched the tournament, and the 3 men listed in these matches have made me fans for life. Pete Dunne especially is a fantastic in ring heel.

I liked these two so I'll second and I'd also add an HM: Wolfgang vs. Trent Seven.

There was nothing on San Antonio that I'd recommend going out of your way to see but DIY/AoP was pretty cool and Nakamura/Roode was good if you like slow paced old school stuff and you don't mind NXT's habit of using lengthy medical check spots.

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