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Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


With an utterly superb year of wrestling behind us, 2018 has a lot to live up to. This thread is the place to put in your recommendations for all those matches you think people need to see - whether they're the best, the worst, or just something you think should be seen or appreciated.

To make the list:
  • MOTYC: 4 Votes
  • WMOTYC: 3 Votes
  • HM: 3 Votes
Pre-2018:

This thread also serves as a catch-all recommendation thread though - if there is something from pre-2018 you want people to be aware of and see, please post about it! Obviously it won't go into the list for nominations for this year, but take the chance to expand people's horizons and let them know a bit more about wrestling from different times and places.

RULES:
  • 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
  • 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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Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


Matches of the Year

01/04 | Minoru Suzuki (C) vs Hirooki Goto in a Hair vs Hair match for the Never Openweight Championship - Wrestle Kingdom 12
01/04 | Marty Scurll (C) vs Hiromu Takahashi vs Will Ospreay vs KUSHIDA for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champshionship - Wrestle Kingdom 12
01/04 | Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega in a No-Disqualification Match - Wrestle Kingdom 12
01/04 | Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship - Wrestle Kingdom 12
01/27 | Hiroshi Tanahashi (C) vs Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at The New Beginning in Sapporo Day 1
01/27 | Alistair Black vs Adam Cole at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia
01/27 | Andrade "Cien" Almas (C) vs Johnny Gargano for the NXT World Championship at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia
01/28 | Men's Royal Rumble Match at WWE Royal Rumble
02/10 | Kazuchika Okada (C) vs SANADA for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship - New Beginning in Osaka

Worst Matches of the Year

01/01 | El Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro Ladder Match Inside a Steel Cage, IWRG
01/14 | Tim Storm vs Jocephus, NWA Empty Impact Zone Match

Honorable Mentions

01/01 | Sam Adonis vs. Negro Casas (Hair vs Hair) - CMLL Sin Piedad
01/04 | Roppongi 3k vs. The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships - Wrestle Kingdom 12
01/04 | Cody vs Kota Ibushi - Wrestle Kingdom 12
01/23 | Mustafa Ali vs Cedric Alexander - WWE 205 Live
01/23 | Mephisto © vs Titán [CMLL WELTER] – CMLL Martes de Nuevos Valores
01/28 | The Young Bucks (C) vs Roppongi 3K for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships - New Beginning in Sapporo Day 2
01/28 | Women's Royal Rymble Match at WWE Royal Rumble
01/29 | Asuka vs. Sasha Banks - WWE Monday Night Raw
02/06 | EVIL & SANADA (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto for the IWGP Tag Team Championship - Road to New Beginning
02/10 | Will Ospreay (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship - New Beginning in Osaka
02/10 | Kagetsu, Sumire Natsu, and Hana Kimura (Oedo Tai) vs. Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, and Mari Apache - Stardom Shinkiba Show
02/19 | Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena vs. Elias vs. Finn Balor vs. Miz vs. Braun Strowman, Gauntlet Match - WWE Raw

Jerusalem fucked around with this message at Feb 20, 2018 around 04:14

Dimebags Brain
Feb 18, 2013


I look forward to spending another year shouting Dragon Gate matches into the void.

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



HM: Young Bucks vs Roppongi 3k : Wrestler Kingdom 12

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


SatoshiMiwa posted:

HM: Young Bucks vs Roppongi 3k : Wrestler Kingdom 12

Second this. Also:

HM: Cody vs Ibushi in The Handsome Battle: Wrestle Kingdom 12.
HM: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki in a Hair vs Hair match: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Jerusalem fucked around with this message at Jan 4, 2018 around 10:14

St Evan Echoes
Oct 17, 2004



Fun Shoe

MOTYC: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki, Wrestle Kingdom 12

A god damned war of a match

EugeneJ
Feb 5, 2012

It's OK to beat your wife if she's drunk


St Evan Echoes posted:

MOTYC: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki, Wrestle Kingdom 12

A god damned war of a match

2nd

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



Jerusalem posted:

Second this. Also:

HM: Cody vs Ibushi in The Handsome Battle: Wrestle Kingdom 12.
HM: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki in a Hair vs Hair match: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Second these as well

flashy_mcflash
Feb 7, 2011

I joined the #RXT REVOLUTION.

he knows...


St Evan Echoes posted:

MOTYC: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki, Wrestle Kingdom 12

A god damned war of a match

Thirded, that ruled hard even if it wasn't the finish I wanted

MOTYC: Hiromu/KUSHIDA/Ospreay/Scurill WK12

EugeneJ
Feb 5, 2012

It's OK to beat your wife if she's drunk


flashy_mcflash posted:

MOTYC: Hiromu/KUSHIDA/Ospreay/Scurill WK12

2nd

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


HM: Hiromu vs KUSHIDA vs Ospreay vs Scurll: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

ALMOST made it to MOTYC status for me, but I wanted a different ending and I'm holding that unfairly against it.

St Evan Echoes
Oct 17, 2004



Fun Shoe

flashy_mcflash posted:

Thirded, that ruled hard even if it wasn't the finish I wanted

MOTYC: Hiromu/KUSHIDA/Ospreay/Scurill WK12

Agreed

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



flashy_mcflash posted:

Thirded, that ruled hard even if it wasn't the finish I wanted

MOTYC: Hiromu/KUSHIDA/Ospreay/Scurill WK12

Agreed

extradite THIS!
Mar 8, 2010





SatoshiMiwa posted:

HM: Young Bucks vs Roppongi 3k : Wrestler Kingdom 12

This

Jerusalem posted:

Second this. Also:

HM: Cody vs Ibushi in The Handsome Battle: Wrestle Kingdom 12.
HM: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki in a Hair vs Hair match: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Those

flashy_mcflash posted:

MOTYC: Hiromu/KUSHIDA/Ospreay/Scurill WK12

And that

algebra testes
Mar 5, 2011



Lipstick Apathy

Match of the year: Kenny Omega v Chris Jericho

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


^^Seconded.

MOTYC: Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Better than I could have ever imagined, and I was imagining something amazing. Incredible match.

flashy_mcflash
Feb 7, 2011

I joined the #RXT REVOLUTION.

he knows...


Jerusalem posted:

^^Seconded.

MOTYC: Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Better than I could have ever imagined, and I was imagining something amazing. Incredible match.

Motherfuckin second

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



Jerusalem posted:

^^Seconded.

MOTYC: Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Better than I could have ever imagined, and I was imagining something amazing. Incredible match.

Seconded what a match. Best Dream match we've had in a long time

rare Magic card l00k
Jan 3, 2011

Me uni a la Revolucion #RXT


el sabe ...


While we still have CONTENDERS:

All from Wrestle Kingdom:

HM: Bucks/3k
MOTYC: Suzuki/Goto
MOTYC: Ospreay/Hiromu/Scurll/Kushida
MOTYC: Omega/Jericho

I'm getting this out of the way before Okada/Naito changes the scale.

EugeneJ
Feb 5, 2012

It's OK to beat your wife if she's drunk


algebra testes posted:

Match of the year: Kenny Omega v Chris Jericho

nth

tremendous

extradite THIS!
Mar 8, 2010





algebra testes posted:

Match of the year: Kenny Omega v Chris Jericho

Yeaaaaah

St Evan Echoes
Oct 17, 2004



Fun Shoe

Jerusalem posted:

^^Seconded.

MOTYC: Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega: Wrestle Kingdom 12.

Better than I could have ever imagined, and I was imagining something amazing. Incredible match.

Yep

Foul Fowl
Sep 12, 2008

Gonzaga Karate is back!


MOTYC: Kazuchika Okada vs. Naito

i'm sweating. some people will be pissed about the outcome but i want to see where this goes.

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



MOTYC: Okada vs Naito

Not the result I wanted but it was awesome match

rare Magic card l00k
Jan 3, 2011

Me uni a la Revolucion #RXT


el sabe ...


MOTY: Okada/Naito

algebra testes
Mar 5, 2011



Lipstick Apathy

Foul Fowl posted:

MOTYC: Kazuchika Okada vs. Naito

i'm sweating. some people will be pissed about the outcome but i want to see where this goes.


rare Magic card l00k posted:

MOTY: Okada/Naito


SatoshiMiwa posted:

MOTYC: Okada vs Naito

Not the result I wanted but it was awesome match


Nth'd

extradite THIS!
Mar 8, 2010





Foul Fowl posted:

MOTYC: Kazuchika Okada vs. Naito

Yes

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


Foul Fowl posted:

MOTYC: Kazuchika Okada vs. Naito

i'm sweating. some people will be pissed about the outcome but i want to see where this goes.

Absolutely. Not the result I expected but an incredible match.

Foul Fowl
Sep 12, 2008

Gonzaga Karate is back!


rare Magic card l00k posted:

While we still have CONTENDERS:

All from Wrestle Kingdom:

HM: Bucks/3k
MOTYC: Suzuki/Goto
MOTYC: Ospreay/Hiromu/Scurll/Kushida
MOTYC: Omega/Jericho

I'm getting this out of the way before Okada/Naito changes the scale.

oh yeah and these ones also

Cardboard Box
Jul 14, 2009



Wrestle Kingdom 12

HM: Cody vs Kota Ibushi
MOTYC: Hirooki Goto vs Minoru Suzuki
MOTYC: Hiromu Takahashi vs KUSHIDA vs Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll
MOTYC: Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho
MOTYC: Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito

absolutely stellar show, it completely flew by

Cardboard Box fucked around with this message at Jan 4, 2018 around 13:20

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



goto/suzuki MOTYC nothing else on its level

oatgan fucked around with this message at Jan 4, 2018 around 13:23

Perry Normal
Jul 23, 2010

Humans disgust me. Vile creatures.


WK12

HM: Cody vs Ibushi
HM: Takahashi v Ospreay v Scrull v Kushida

MOTYC: Goto v Suzuki
MOTYC: Omega v Jericho
MOTYC: Naito v Okada

Holy hell, what a great show.

Takuan
May 6, 2007


WK12
HM: Ropppongi 3k vs Young Bucks
MOTYC: Suzuki vs Goto
MOTYC: Scurll vs Hiromu vs Ospreay vs Kushida
MOTYC: Omega vs Jericho
MOTYC: Okada vs Naito

Foul Fowl
Sep 12, 2008

Gonzaga Karate is back!


Perry Normal posted:

HM: Cody vs Ibushi

this gets an HM if it's Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes)

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


Cody and Evil Brandi laughing at the success of their devilish plot to exploit Ibushi's chivalry is worth an extra star by itself.

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



MOTYC Omega v Jericho
MOTYC Suzuki vs goto

Bard Maddox
Feb 15, 2012

I'm just a sick guy, I'm really just a dirty guy.


oatgan posted:

goto/suzuki MOTYC nothing else on its level

yeah!

Baron Corbyn
Jul 1, 2012

#AllHail




Foul Fowl posted:

this gets an HM if it's Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes)

please refer to it by it's correct title of "JapanXUSA HANDSOME BATTLE Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes)" please

And nth all the matches mentioned.

Price Check
Oct 9, 2012


After taking a couple hours to digest the show, here are my picks from WK12:

HM - R3K vs Young Bucks - Bucks seem to love doing serious matches on big shows these days and it's definitely to their benefit. This is the best R3K have looked. Looking forward to many rematches.

HM - Goto vs Suzuki - Liked the story of the match but it kind of made the first half drag a bit. Suzuki is somehow still a monster even at his advanced age.

HM - Ospreay vs Scurll vs Hiromu vs Kushida - Fun spot fest with Ospreay as the MVP. Had Hiromu not sat out 3/4 of the match I'd probably go even higher.

MOTYC - Jericho vs Omega - What a fun match. The best Jericho match in almost a decade and one of the best top-to-bottom performances of his career. Omega was his usual great self as well.

MOTYC - Okada vs Naito - Okada is my favorite wrestler ever so I for one am thrilled that he won. Really was not expecting it. The finishing stretch is one of the most breathless, intense, adrenaline-pumping ends to a bout that I've ever seen.

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MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


MOTYC: Junior Title 4 Way
HM: Tanahashi vs White
MOTYC: Jericho vs Omega
MOTYC: Okada vs Naito

Edit: Watched the undercard

HM: RP3K vs Bucks
HM: Goto vs Suzuki
HM: Cody vs Ibushi

I've seen maybe one or two shows with so many matches around four stars.

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