The Voices of Wrestling 2020 Match of the Year list continues with the matches that just missed the Top 50!

2020 MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

VOICES OF WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

#75
Mayumi Ozaki vs. Saori Anou
8/28
OZ Academy

Overall Points: 17
Total Votes: 3
% of Ballots: 1.8%
Highest Vote: 3rd

I thought it was a perfect match for the kind of company OZ Academy is. If you weren’t a fan of EVIL last year, you probably won’t like this match. It was almost entirely heel interference. But I thought it was well done. Anou coming out to the ring in the all white gear only to be absolutely destroyed and bloodied by her boss and stablemates She put up as valiant a fight as she could but was no match, and honestly didn’t get much offense in at all. It was just one long beatdown with a great performance from Anou selling all the damage.” -TJ Folk

#74
Lee Moriarty vs. Jonathan Gresham
10/10
GCW

Overall Points: 17
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
Highest Vote: 5th

“These two guys put on a really great technical wrestling match. Lee Moriarty showed why he is one of the best wrestlers on the indie wrestling scene today during the Collective weekend. Him and Gresham stole the show with both men putting out such a great technical wrestling performance. Also want to shout out Lenny Leonard’s great commentary on this show.” -Filip Pejic

#72
Mayu Iwatani vs. Jungle Kyona
7/24
Stardom

Overall Points: 18
Total Votes: 2
% of Ballots: 1.2%
1 First-Place Vote

Much like Naito vs. Okada, this match surpassed all logical thought upon my first viewing. Jungle had been cutting some of the most heartfelt and passionate promos of the year in the leadup to this match and the only thing I wanted here was for Jungle to pull it out. But on repeated viewings, there is true genius in this match. Mayu used establish Stardom spots for the sake of subverting your expectations here. For example, in big Stardom matches, it’s not uncommon for opponents to hold each other by the hair for a forearm exchange. When Jungle reached out to do that, Mayu caught her in a triangle. In a year where places like New Japan has stuck to formula to the detriment of storytelling, a spot like that sticks out as something wonderful.” -Chris O’Brien

#72
Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
5/11
WWE

Overall Points: 18
Total Votes: 2
% of Ballots: 1.2%
1 First-Place Vote

This is the match that made me “feel” most things in all of 2020. When I re-watched it, I actually did so 4 times in a row, because of how compelling it was & by how blown away I was. And on each viewing I came out with more little things that I was completely geeking over. This match was pure love. Pro-Wrestling at its most beautiful.” -Heikki Oinonen

#71
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
7/2
NJPW

Overall Points: 18
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
Highest Vote: 4th

#70
Jun Akiyama vs. Konosuke Takeshita
11/3
DDT

Overall Points: 19
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
Highest Vote: 3rd

In my opinion this match flys under the radar. This was not merely just another match with limb work and great selling of that, but rather a demonstration that showed that Jun Akiyama is still capable of having a great and compelling big-time match while at the same time Konosuke Takeshita in my opinion once again proved that he is the best wrestler DDT has to offer. Akiyama grounding the young, agile and resilient ace of the company was the exact right story to tell at this moment in time and at the same time, it told the great story of Takeshita trying to fire back with everything he had and coming close to this act of despair actually succeeding. That Akiyama trampled out Takeshita’s fire in this match and the finish of it all made it even more special to me.” -STRIGGA

#69
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki
9/19
NJPW

Overall Points: 19
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
Highest Vote: 4th

I may have been on a high from spending a summers day drinking cider with some mates on a rare non-lockdown weekend in England, but I came into this opening day of the G1 show really down about New Japan and the start of a month long tournament of there’s, but the ever consistent Ishii and Suzuki put on a great showing that was the perfect remedy for a lack of enthusiasm for the G1. Alas, I was tricked. The G1 rarely touched this level of quality again all month.” -Ed Mills

#68
Emi Sakura vs. Yuna Mizumori
6/30
Gatoh Move

Overall Points: 20
Total Votes: 2
% of Ballots: 1.2%
1 First-Place Vote

It was a strange year in wrestling, as companies across the world were forced to re-examine how they presented their shows in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For most companies, the answer was to put forth a neutered version of their product, suddenly disconnected from valuable fan interaction and lacking overall. But not Gatoh Move. Gatoh Move, already radically different than mainstream wrestling prior to 2020, re-invented themselves as a bi-weekly streaming show that actually managed to bring fans closer to the action than ever before, even if the fans were all watching on a screen. Fans, given even great levels of access to the shows, connected with it instantly and booker Emi Sakura rewarded them with intricate and complex storylines that were about adversity, growth, hardship and triumph instead of just who has which title. Nowhere does the brilliant 2020 of Gatoh Move shine through more than in the Emi Sakura/Yuna Mizumori match that was the climax of Mizumori’s story in ChocoPro, one in which she grew from a self-doubting and unsure wrestler into one of the stars of the entire promotion and one of the biggest stories of 2020. It is a story we can all in some way identify with, and its presentation, coupled with incredible in-ring (in-mat?) work, propelled it to a clear #1 on my list.” -Taylor Maimbourg

#67
Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso
9/27
WWE

Overall Points: 20
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
Highest Vote: 5th

Storytelling. The form of professional wrestling that made it so popular to begin with. Many times in present-day wrestling matches, it isn’t about the story as much as it is the moves and getting a big reaction from the crowd. Well, Roman Reigns and Jey Uso would beg to differ. In Reigns’ first defense of the Universal Championship, he faced off with his cousin Jey Uso following a story that saw Uso get his first title shot of his career and want to remain buddy-buddy with his cousin. There were signs that Reigns wasn’t thinking this way and when we finally got to the match, he showed that this buddy-buddy routine was not going to cut it. “The Head of the Table” made it clear that he loved his cousin but did not hold back. In what was a one-sided affair was also old school WWE writing that made the company what it is today. And the moment Jey’s brother Jimmy threw in the towel, you know it was one of the best of the year. It wasn’t a spot fest. It wasn’t a 50 minute back and forth Tokyo Dome classic. It was a story being told through the beauty of professional wrestling.” -Scott Edwards

#66
Yuya Aoki vs. Fumenori Abe
2/11
BJW

Overall Points: 22
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
Highest Vote: 4th

#65
Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko
7/13
SEAdLINNNG

Overall Points: 22
Total Votes: 6
% of Ballots: 3.6%
Highest Vote: 6th

I can’t say I’ve seen too many SEAdLINNNG matches, but after watching this one, I was confident it would make my top ten. There’s nothing fancy about it, just two badasses going to war to win a title, and they don’t stop trading bombs until their opponent can’t get up anymore. That’s my kind of pro wrestling.” -Andrew Rich

#64
Brodie Lee vs. Cody
8/22
AEW

Overall Points: 23
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
Highest Vote: 5th

Devastating. Everything Brodie Lee could always have been but rarely had the chance to be. He demolished Cody and it felt 100% earned.” -Joe Towner

#63
Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata
6/17
NJPW

Overall Points: 24
Total Votes: 8
% of Ballots: 4.7%
Highest Vote: 4th

Oh, boy, do I love old-man-wrestling! Nagata brought his A-game to this match, went strong-style, and showed everyone that he can still go when he wants. Suzuki was Suzuki, so you know exactly what to expect. Wrestlers trying to kill each other in the safest possible way will always get me.” -Evandro Furtado

#62
Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel & WALTER
1/25
WWE (NXT)

Overall Points: 25
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
Highest Vote: 2nd

I think they had a lot going against them in the match, character-wise it’s heel vs. heel and even though there’s been some interference angles going on, it’s felt hollow like they’re only fighting because there’s this weird NXT/NXT UK show going on, Imperium haven’t really gotten that over even in the UK aside from Walter so the crowd was always going to be more in the favour of UE and then Wolf gets injured very early into the match so a lot of it has to be wrestled on the fly. Survivor Series was an utter disappointment for Walter fans to see him used so cheaply, but this was more on the money. He looked fantastic here and was booked to be the star of the match. Aichner and Axel also had their best outings in WWE so I think the match will do a lot for them too. Roddy and Kyle killed it as they always do too. Wild, gang warfare type match, I loved it.” -Ed Mills

#61
Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
9/30
NJPW

Overall Points: 25
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
1 First-Place Vote

Ishii gets into the ring and goes nose to nose with Takagi who came to the ring before him, the bell rings and they lock up Ishii runs off the rope and comes at Shingo and neither man moves an inch. They begin trading forearms and then they start running into each other trying to take one another off of their feet. About two minutes into this match and it already ruled! Ishii takes Takagi to the ground while Ishii is still on his feet and Takagi challenges Ishii to kick him. Ishii delivers a kick to Takagi’s back and it brings Takagi to his feet. They make their way out to the floor and trade forearms on the outside. Shingo sends Tomohiro into the rail and back at Shingo and Shingo nails him with a lariat. There was no feeling out process these two just beat the shit out of each other. Shingo would get on top of Ishii on the ground and work on his neck (or the stump that his head is on) to get the advantage. Ishii would nail Takagi with a few forearms while being trapped in the corner before being sent down to one knee with a head butt from Shingo. Back in the center the two men began chopping each other each chop would fire them up and give them the energy to deliver more. Ishii would take Takagi over with a suplex, This match was a strong style showcase, with each guy not letting up on offense and both guys fighting through the pain that they were both in. At approximately 14 minutes into the match, Ishii would find himself on the mat almost gagging as he just got hit in the throat with a chop. Shingo overpowers Tomohiro and sends him over head with a wheelbarrow before hitting a sliding lariat to get a near fall. Shingo would catch Ishii coming off of the rope with a lariat and Ishii would get back up to nail Shingo with a lariat of his own. This match ruled! At the end of the match, Ishii would hit Takagi with the first and only vertical drop brainbuster of the match and the tournament to score the pinfall victory. This match was a war and it’s a match that all puro fans alike should seek out and watch!” -Nathan Neumann

#60
AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan
6/8
WWE

Overall Points: 25
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
Highest Vote: 2nd

I thought this was the best “main roster” WWE match in a really long time. Also, this is one of, if not the best “no fans” match of the year as well. Two all time greats put on something special for a non ppv classic. I think it’s possibly their best match against each other as well.” -Noveliss

#59
Rickey Shane Page vs. Nick Gage
2/15
GCW

Overall Points: 25
Total Votes: 8
% of Ballots: 4.7%
Highest Vote: 3rd

GCW is my home promotion. This match had a million twists and turns, with a nuclear hot crowd and excellent death match work. It was clearly building to something bigger, a rematch with Gage finally vanquishing RSP and 44.OH in front of an even more nuclear crowd. Instead, with Gage on the shelf and GCW unable to run hot packed shows, it stands out as the last great match of an era of east coast independent wrestling that I desperately hope can return some day soon.” -Jarrett Seidler

#58
Kzy vs. Naruki Doi
2/7
Dragongate

Overall Points: 26
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
Highest Vote: 2nd

My Open The Voice Gate co-host Case Lowe likes to say “In a hundred different universes, sadly, So-and-So exists in their worst one.” I don’t think that’s the situation for Dragongate’s Mr. February, Kzy. Since his first ever Open The Dream Gate match against Masaaki Mochizuki in February 2018, the former ultimate jobber Kzy has become one of the fifteen best wrestlers in the world, and also has had a Match of the Year quality championship match. I get that all out of the way to talk about the true star of this match, and Dragongate’s 2020 MVP, Naruki Doi.

As a singles wrestler, Naruki Doi’s legacy was defined by his underwhelming Open The Dream Gate reign from 2008 until 2010. At the peak of Dragongate’s western fandom, Doi was a champion with an incredibly long reign (the longest in company history to that point) that had incredibly underwhelming defenses against the likes of Akebono. His second Dream Gate run completely changed his narrative and was the foundation that Dragongate laid their 2020.

Naruki Doi was on constant attack for this Korakuen Hall defense, and that played into the best aspects of Kzy, the crowd’s connection to his resilience. Doi considered himself the touring world champion and Kzy the annoying regional challenger he wanted to put down with impunity. Doi unleashed an offensive never seen before in his matches, rocking Kzy with a curb stomp as he targeted the challenger’s neck. The Dream Gate champion capitalized on his work by putting Kzy down with an avalanche Doi 555s and the recently unsealed Muscular Bomb in front of a molten pre-COVID Korakuen crowd. Perhaps some of my memory is heightened by having that freedom in crowd response, but when considering everything else that put out this year, it was a clear choice in my top ten.” -Michael Spears

#57
Will Ospreay vs. Dowie James
1/11
MCW

Overall Points: 26
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
1 First-Place Vote

Only fitting that the best match of 2020 featured two controversial/divisive wrestlers. Especially in a year of disillusionment and frustration with wrestling. However, I cannot deny the world-class talent of these men.

It was MCW’s top heel ‘Inimitable’ Dowie James vs. the international megastar Will Ospreay. ‘Fuck you Dowie’ cried the fans. They had an exhilarating back and forth with out of nowhere counters, quick as a hiccup flurries and big offensive bombs. The Hidden Blade counter into a submission was a popular gif on social media, but that was just one great move in a match that had plenty. The cherry on top was Dowie’s heel mannerisms throughout the contest as he oozed arrogance and his bursts of smooth technical transitions. It was a pro wrestling clinic and honestly, my match of the year.” -ScorpioCorp

#56
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay
2/2
NJPW

Overall Points: 26
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
Highest Vote: 4th

Goes hand-in-hand as a companion piece/precursor to their RevPro match later that month. Great story with Ospreay going for the first win over ZSJ, dominating in most aspects (power, striking, speed) and comfortably hanging with Zack’s grappling… but Zack ultimately countering to sneak the win with a submission he’d used to beat Will the year before. And being a great arrogant dickhead heel gloating in Will’s face afterwards.” -Gareth Hodgson



#55
Wotan & Mascara Sagrada Jr. vs. El Hijo de Fishman & Mr. Condor
2/15
Lucha Strong

Overall Points: 27
Total Votes: 3
% of Ballots: 1.8%
1 First-Place Vote

#54
Cody vs. Eddie Kingston
7/22
AEW

Overall Points: 27
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
Highest Vote: 3rd

The last living legend of the indy scene, debuts and cuts a great promo then proceeds to have a great match with Cody. Forces Cody to his level. Beating Cody with stiff shots. Cody reciprocating. Eddie came to the big stage and did not feel out of place. He showed he belonged there.” -Franky DeJesus

#53
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kaito Kiyomiya
10/11
NOAH

Overall Points: 27
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
1 First-Place Vote

The first match post Covid I got excited to see. In a year where no other company could do it, NOAH got me looking forward to professional wrestling. 2020 was the year of Nakajima.” -Ed Kody

#52
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jay White
10/16
NJPW

Overall Points: 27
Total Votes: 8
% of Ballots: 4.7%
Highest Vote: 4th

I’m a simple person, if Jay White fails to achieve their goals I’m probably going to really enjoy the match. Add the fact it was mother fucking Ishii doing it and denying Jay White a spot in the G-1 Finals, oh so good. Rooting for Ishii to cut through all of White’s bullshit and get a victory is one of my personal highlights of the year. I love it so much. Ishii is someone I just want to root for, Jay White in this G-1 because of his antics was someone I just wanted to fall on his face. He got dropped on his head instead, I’ll take it!” -Jeri Evans

#51
Tetsuya Endo vs. Daisuke Sasaki
11/3
DDT

Overall Points: 29
Total Votes: 4
% of Ballots: 2.4%
1 First-Place Vote

The set up for this match goes all the way back to DDT is Coming to America where Tetsuya Endo cashed in his Right To Challenge gauntlet on Daisuke Sasaki after his match for the KO-D championship against Konosuke Takeshita. Endo easily beat the worn down Sasaki that night and stood triumphant in front of his new adopted home of New York. Through the early part of 2020, Endo was being set up big to regain his championship he had since lost. Gaining and losing the Saitama Super Arena sword, all seemed to be a big year for DDT and Endo. The pandemic quickly put a halt to this as Saitama was cancelled and DDT were forced to run weekly empty venue TV shows.

Endo made the best of this situation though as his in ring work was nothing but outstanding. He regained the belt from Masato Tanaka at Peter Pan in an empty arena, which should have been his big coronation as ace of Damnation. To get the boost he needed, he set out to challenging Kenny Omega to come back to DDT and face him, which Omega accepted. The pandemic put a stop to this as well since Omega could not make it over. So when Endo won the King of DDT tournament, questions were surrounding him about who he would select as his opponent for Ultimate Party.

He would choose the one person he needed to prove himself over to cement his status as ace of Damnation: Daisuke Sasaki. What started out as friendly rivalry between the two members quickly spiraled out of control with Sasaki deciding to kick Endo out of Damnation. Things didn’t go as planned for Charisma, as he himself was kicked out. Endo took the one thing that mattered to Sasaki and that was Damnation. Weeks went by with Sasaki violently attacking Endo with only Hiroshi Yamato standing by his side. This was now a blood feud.

The match itself had so much more weight behind it due to the build. It was high drama as Sasaki hurled his body at Endo without any caution to get back the one thing that mattered to him. Endo continually had to call off the rest of Damnation from interfering to prove himself better than Sasaki. Mad Paulie got involved and re-aligned himself with Sasaki. It was masterful storytelling combined with peak athleticism from two of the best wrestlers on DDT’s roster.

Ultimately, Endo prevailed over Sasaki. Sasaki had alluded to retiring if he lost and was set to do so during the post-match before Endo cut him off and reaccepted him into Damnation. Endo had done what he had done to push Sasaki to his limits and cause him to take the match seriously. Endo’s ego would only allow him to beat the best version of Sasaki as the one he beat at Coming to America was not. All of this aligned perfectly with both of their character traits. And to make sure we got the feel-good moment of the year, big Shuji Ishikawa made his DDT return to serenade everyone with a song and heal all wounds. Damnation stood tall at the end, ready to take over the wrestling world as the best faction going.” -BlastoSTG

Voices of Wrestling 2020 Match of the Year
(261-51)

PlaceMatchDatePromotionOverall PointsTotal Votes% of ballotsHighest Vote
1Hangman Page & Kenny Omega vs. The Young Bucks2/29AEW106912272.2%1st
2Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada1/5NJPW93610662.7%1st
3Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi1/4NJPW8319958.6%1st
4WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov10/29WWE (NXT UK)5658349.1%1st
5Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi1/4NJPW5087846.2%1st
6Go Shiozaki vs. Takashi Sugiura12/6NOAH4345633.1%1st
7Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado12/11NJPW3405532.5%1st
8Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Go Shiozaki11/22NOAH3074224.9%1st
9RED vs. Toryumon Gen12/20Dragongate2763721.9%1st
10Kenny Omega vs. PAC2/26AEW1713420.1%1st
11Stadium Stampede5/23AEW1662816.6%1st
12Kazuchika Okada vs. Shingo Takagi10/10NJPW1463520.7%2nd
13Villano III Jr. vs. Aéreo3/1AAA1452414.2%1st
14Santana/Ortiz vs. Best Friends9/16AEW1422917.2%1st
15Kota Ibushi vs. Minoru Suzuki10/10NJPW1232213.0%1st
16Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki2/9NJPW1152816.6%1st
17Mayu Iwatani vs. Takumi Iroha2/8Stardom1142112.4%2nd
18Mizuki vs. Yuka Sakazaki11/7TJPW1111911.2%1st
19FTR vs. The Young Bucks11/7AEW1092514.8%2nd
20Tetsuya Naito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi9/20NJPW1032213.0%2nd
21Go Shiozaki vs. Kazuyuki Fujita3/29NOAH91137.7%1st
22Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus10/5AJPW811810.7%2nd
23Yuki Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda3/7wXw80116.5%1st
24Adam Page, Alex Reynolds & John Silver vs. MJF, Ortiz & Santana 12/30AEW771810.7%1st
25Mayu Iwatani vs. Takumi Iroha10/18Stardom75116.5%1st
26Sasha Banks vs. Bayley10/25WWE66105.9%1st
27Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay2/14RevPro61158.9%2nd
28Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Go Shiozaki1/4NOAH59116.5%3rd
29Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryu Lee2/9NJPW58116.5%2nd
30Kenny Omega vs. Laredo Kid12/12AAA51105.9%2nd
31Mike Bailey vs. Bandido3/7wXw5074.1%1st
32Brodie Lee vs. Cody10/7AEW49158.9%6th
33Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay9/27NJPW49116.5%5th
34Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak3/8WWE4974.1%1st
35Finn Balor vs. Kyle O'Reilly10/4WWE (NXT)47116.5%3rd
36PAC vs. Orange Cassidy2/29AEW4695.3%1st
37Fred Yehi vs. Jeremy Wyatt6/27St. Louis Anarchy44105.9%2nd
38Matt Tremont vs. Rickey Shane Page10/30H204274.1%1st
39Kento Miyahara vs. Suwama3/23AJPW3895.3%1st
40Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii9/27NJPW3884.7%4th
41Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi10/16NJPW3884.7%5th
42Butcher & Blade vs. Natural Nightmares11/11AEW3774.1%1st
43Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda11/3Dragongate3763.6%1st
44Eita vs. Naruki Doi8/2Dragongate3674.1%2nd
45Hideki Suzuki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima2/16NOAH3674.1%4th
46Go Shiozaki vs. Kenoh8/10NOAH3653.0%2nd
47Chessman vs. Pagano12/12AAA3453.0%1st
48Hangman Page & Kenny Omega vs. The Lucha Brothers2/19AEW3195.3%4th
49Kagetsu & Mayu Iwatani vs. Jungle Kyona & Momo Watanabe1/26Stardom3153.0%4th
50Jake Lee vs. Kento Miyahara1/3AJPW2974.1%5th
51Tetsuya Endo vs. Daisuke Sasaki11/3DDT2942.4%1st
52Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jay White10/16NJPW2784.7%4th
53Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kaito Kiyomiya10/11NOAH2742.4%1st
54Cody vs. Eddie Kingston7/22AEW2742.4%3rd
55Wotan & Mascara Sagrada Jr. vs. El Hijo de Fishman & Mr. Condor2/15Lucha Strong2731.8%1st
56Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay2/2NJPW2674.1%4th
57Will Ospreay vs. Dowie James1/11MCW2642.4%1st
58Kzy vs. Naruki Doi2/7Dragongate2642.4%2nd
59Rickey Shane Page vs. Nick Gage2/15GCW2584.7%3rd
60AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan6/8WWE2574.1%2nd
61Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii9/30NJPW2553.0%1st
62Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel & WALTER1/25WWE (NXT)2542.4%2nd
63Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata6/17NJPW2484.7%4th
64Brodie Lee vs. Cody8/22AEW2374.1%5th
65Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko7/13SEAdLINNNG2263.6%6th
66Yuya Aoki vs. Fumenori Abe2/11BJW2253.0%4th
67Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso9/27WWE2053.0%5th
68Emi Sakura vs. Yuna Mizumori6/30Gatoh Move2021.2%1st
69Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki9/19NJPW1953.0%4th
70Jun Akiyama vs. Konosuke Takeshita11/3DDT1942.4%3rd
71Hiromu Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii7/2NJPW1842.4%4th
72Mayu Iwatani vs. Jungle Kyona7/24Stardom1821.2%1st
72Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak5/11WWE1821.2%1st
74Lee Moriarty vs. Jonathan Gresham10/10GCW1742.4%5th
75Mayumi Ozaki vs. Saori Anou8/28OZ Academy1731.8%3rd
76Jake Lee, Shuji Ishikawa & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Kento Miyahara, Suwama & Zeus4/6AJPW1631.8%1st
77Abdullah Kobayashi vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Yuki Ishikawa6/21BJW1631.8%3rd
78Marcius Pitt vs. Davis Storm3/7EPW1631.8%3rd
79Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno10/25DDT1631.8%5th
80Lee Moriarty vs. ACH10/9GCW1542.4%3rd
81Men's Royal Rumble Match1/26WWE1542.4%4th
82Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin1/12WWE (NXT UK)1442.4%7th
83Utami Hyashishita vs. Momo Watanabe12/20Stardom1431.8%3rd
84Giulia vs. Tam Nakano10/3Stardom1431.8%5th
85Jordynne Grace vs. Deonna Purrazzo7/18Impact Wrestling1421.2%4th
86Shotaro Ashino & Kuma Arashi vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama11/18AJPW1410.6%1st
86Baliyan Akki & Mei Suruga vs. Riho & Yuna Mizumori7/5Gatoh Move1410.6%1st
86Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, Starlight Kid & Saya Iida vs. Giulia, Syuri, Maika & Himeka6/21Stardom1410.6%1st
86Daniel Makabe vs. Kevin Ku1/5SUP1410.6%1st
86Jordan Oliver vs. Myron Reed7/25Synergy Pro Wrestling1410.6%1st
86Jack Tucker vs. Thirteen11/13United Pro Wrestling1410.6%1st
92John Cena vs. The Fiend4/5WWE1342.4%3rd
93Titan vs. Soberano Jr.9/25CMLL1331.8%3rd
94Suwama vs. Shotaro Ashino6/30AJPW1321.2%3rd
95Lee Moriarty vs. Daniel Makabe10/9SUP1321.2%4th
96Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page11/7AEW1242.4%6th
97Riho vs. Nyla Rose2/12AEW1231.8%4th
98Shingo Takagi vs. SHO6/22NJPW1231.8%5th
99DIY vs. Moustache Mountain1/25WWE (NXT)1221.2%3rd
100Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Yoshiko & Sareee11/27SEAdLINNNG1131.8%3rd
101Daisuke Harada vs. Dick Togo1/30NOAH1131.8%5th
102MAO vs. Masato Tanaka2/23DDT1131.8%6th
103Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA10/18NJPW1131.8%6th
104Giulia vs. Syuri12/20Stardom1121.2%2nd
105Rich Swann vs. Eric Young10/24Impact Wrestling1121.2%3rd
106Kagetsu vs. Meiko Satomura2/24Kagetsu Retirement Show1121.2%4th
107Wotan & Super Dragons vs. El Hijo de Fishman & Amatheus12/5LLPM1121.2%5th
108Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii vs. EVIL & Shingo Takagi1/6NJPW1053.0%8th
109Thunder Rosa vs. Priscilla Kelly9/22UWN1042.4%7th
110Wardlow vs. Cody Rhodes2/19AEW1031.8%4th
110Will Ospreay vs. Tomohiro Ishii9/23NJPW1031.8%4th
112Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe1/19Stardom1031.8%7th
113Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura vs. T-Hawk & El Lindaman6/7DDT1021.2%2nd
114MJF vs. Jungle Boy5/23AEW1021.2%6th
114Butcher & The Blade & The Lucha Brothers vs. The Young Bucks & FTR7/8AEW1021.2%6th
116Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher5/27WWE (NXT)942.4%6th
117Undisputed Era vs. Broserweights2/16WWE (NXT)931.8%4th
118Chris Dickinson vs. Matt Makowski 9/20Beyond Wrestling921.2%4th
118Will Ospreay vs. Bea Priestley3/16WrestleTalk921.2%4th
120Cody vs. Darby Allin11/7AEW921.2%5th
120Mayu Iwatani vs. Syuri10/3Stardom921.2%5th
122Mitch McCarthy vs. Rip Rielly2/29AWL910.6%2nd
122Natsumi Maki vs. Sareee1/4TJPW910.6%2nd
124Yuji Okabayashi vs.  Daisuke Sekimoto11/23BJW831.8%7th
125Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI10/23NJPW821.2%5th
126LA Park vs. Eddie Kingston2/14RevPro821.2%6th
127Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi11/7NJPW821.2%7th
128Jon Moxley vs. Brodie Lee5/23AEW810.6%3rd
128Ace Perry vs. Lee Moriarty3/15Bizarro Lucha810.6%3rd
128Tim Hayden vs. LFB8/15IPW Australia810.6%3rd
128Mei Hoshizuki vs. Maria1/19Marvelous810.6%3rd
128Dangerous Tekkers vs. Golden Aces7/12NJPW810.6%3rd
128Giulia vs. Himeka10/29Stardom810.6%3rd
128Mayu Iwatani vs. Utami Hayashishita11/15Stardom810.6%3rd
128Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley4/5WWE810.6%3rd
136Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuya Endo6/7DDT731.8%7th
136Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi8/29NJPW731.8%7th
138Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii10/10NJPW731.8%7th
139AZM vs. Starlight Kid10/3Stardom721.2%5th
139Men's War Games12/6WWE (NXT)721.2%5th
141Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenoh9/18NOAH721.2%5th
141Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan7/1WWE (NXT)721.2%5th
143Masashi Takeda vs. Toru Sugiura12/25FREEDOMS710.6%4th
143Mei Suruga vs. ASUKA5/23Gatoh Move710.6%4th
143Mei Suruga vs. Ryo Mizunami10/4Gatoh Move710.6%4th
143AZM & Kagetsu vs. Mayu Iwatani & Starlight Kid1/2Stardom710.6%4th
143Ivan Black vs. Ricky Rembrandt9/26United Pro Wrestling710.6%4th
143AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker4/4WWE710.6%4th
143The New Day vs. The Street Profits11/22WWE710.6%4th
143Mayumi Ozaki & Saori Anou vs. Aja Kong & Hiroyo Matsumoto2/24ZERO1710.6%4th
151Daniel Bryan vs. The Fiend1/26WWE631.8%7th
152Eddie Kingston vs. Jon Moxley -11/7AEW631.8%8th
153Suzu Suzuki vs. Tsukushi9/20Ice Ribbon621.2%7th
154Masaaki Mochizuki  vs. Kaito Kiyomiya  9/18NOAH621.2%8th
154Takumi Iroha, Rin Kadokura & Mei Hoshizuki vs. Momo Watanabe, AZM & Utami Hayashishita9/28Stardom621.2%8th
156CHANGO & Kaji Tomato vs. Kengo Mashimo & Kunio Toshima5/102AW610.6%5th
156Mei Suruga vs. Mitsuru Konno7/9Gatoh Move610.6%5th
156Emi Sakura & Riho vs. Mei Suruga & Yuna Mizumori9/26Gatoh Move610.6%5th
156Mei Suruga vs. Yuna Mizumori5/27Gatoh Move610.6%5th
156Trish Adora vs. Suge D10/9GCW610.6%5th
156Alex Colon vs. AKIRA10/17ICW610.6%5th
156Kota Ibushi vs. Shingo Takagi10/7NJPW610.6%5th
156Kenoh vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima8/4NOAH610.6%5th
156Lana Austin vs. Yuka Sakazaki1/11Pro Wrestling Eve610.6%5th
156Leon vs. Hanako Nakamori7/26PURE-J610.6%5th
156Jules Canan vs. Craven vs. Ritchie Taylor3/15Wide Bay Pro Wrestling610.6%5th
156Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shotaro Ashino2/12Wrestle-1610.6%5th
156Eddie Kingston vs. Daniel Makabe3/6wXw610.6%5th
169Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe vs. Kohei Sato & Daisuke Sekimoto8/10BJW531.8%9th
170Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda11/15Dragongate521.2%7th
171Mitsuru Konno vs. Mei Suruga7/19Gatoh Move521.2%8th
172Kenny Omega & Hangman Page vs. The Young Bucks vs. Best Friends vs. Santana & Ortiz1/15AEW510.6%6th
172Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin8/5AEW510.6%6th
172Lee Moriarty vs. Alex Shelley2/7AIW510.6%6th
172RED vs. Toryumon Generation12/6Dragongate510.6%6th
172AJ Gray vs. ACH10/10Glory Pro510.6%6th
172Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito1/4NJPW510.6%6th
172Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi9/23NJPW510.6%6th
172Shingo Takagi vs. Hirooki Goto2/1NJPW510.6%6th
172Arisa Nakajima vs. Yoshiko1/24SEAdLINNNG510.6%6th
172Arisa Nakajima vs. ASUKA6/13SEAdLINNNG510.6%6th
172Arisa Hoshiki vs. Utami Hayashishita1/19Stardom510.6%6th
172Jake Nova vs. Tim Kade vs. Jackson Cross2/22Venom Pro Wrestling510.6%6th
172Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso10/25WWE510.6%6th
185TJP vs. Hijo del Vikingo2/4Impact Wrestling421.2%8th
185Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii2/20NJPW421.2%8th
187Ayato Yoshida & Tank Nagai vs. Kaji Tomato & CHANGO3/252AW410.6%7th
187Zac Reynolds & Renegade vs. Wacol's Most Wanted5/93 Count Wrestling Academy410.6%7th
187Daniel Makabe vs. Judas Icarus1/103-2-1 BATTLE!410.6%7th
187The Young Bucks vs. The Butcher and The Blade7/22AEW410.6%7th
187Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley12/2AEW410.6%7th
187Tony Deppen vs. John Silver3/1Beyond Wrestling410.6%7th
187Kimber Lee vs. Joey Janela8/23Beyond Wrestling410.6%7th
187KAI vs. BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO vs. Yoshino vs. EITA vs. Big R Shimizu9/21Dragongate410.6%7th
187Hagane Shinnou vs. Keisuke Ishii7/26Ganbare Pro410.6%7th
187Maya Yukihi vs. Suzu Suzuki8/9Ice Ribbon410.6%7th
187Low Ki vs. Masashi Takeda1/4ICW410.6%7th
187The Great Space War12/11Michinoku Pro Wrestling410.6%7th
187KENTA vs. Hirooki Goto1/5NJPW410.6%7th
187El Desperado vs. Taiji Ishimori12/2NJPW410.6%7th
187Edge vs. Randy Orton6/14WWE410.6%7th
187Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Balor2/16WWE (NXT)410.6%7th
187Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan7/22WWE (NXT)410.6%7th
187Io Shirai vs. Candice LaRae10/28WWE (NXT)410.6%7th
187Strong BJ vs. Dangan Yankees3/1ZERO1410.6%7th
187Yuji Hino vs. Kohei Sato3/1ZERO1410.6%7th
207Hiromu Takahashi vs. Toru Yano6/24NJPW331.8%10th
207Thunder Rosa vs. Allysin Kay1/24NWA331.8%10th
209Arez vs. Tromba11/6Lucha Madre321.2%9th
210Daichi Hashimoto vs. Yuji Okabayashi1/2BJW310.6%8th
210Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Yuya Aoki3/21BJW310.6%8th
210Masato Tanaka vs. MAO2/25DDT310.6%8th
210Naruki Doi vs. Susumu Yokosuka3/1Dragongate310.6%8th
210Davis Storm vs. Gavin McGavin12/5EPW310.6%8th
210ASUKA vs. Shota12/26Ganbare Pro310.6%8th
210Grizzly Kal Jak vs. Erik Hammer10/12GCW310.6%8th
210Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Suzu Suzuki3/15Ice Ribbon310.6%8th
210Tetsuya Naito vs. EVIL7/12NJPW310.6%8th
210Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.9/24NJPW310.6%8th
210Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii10/13NJPW310.6%8th
210Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi11/7NJPW310.6%8th
210Shane Taylor vs. Jay Briscoe12/18Ring of Honor310.6%8th
210Briscoes vs. Bandido & Flamita2/9Ring of Honor310.6%8th
210Jeremy Wyatt vs. Nick Gage1/10St. Louis Anarchy310.6%8th
210Tam Nakano vs. Giulia7/26Stardom310.6%8th
210Mayu Iwatani vs. Tam Nakano9/19Stardom310.6%8th
210Malibu vs. Jack Tucker9/12United Pro Wrestling310.6%8th
210Asuka vs. Sasha Banks8/23WWE310.6%8th
210AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Sami Zayn9/27WWE310.6%8th
230Mei Suruga & Baliyan Akki vs. Emi Sakura & Kaori Yoneyama12/5Gatoh Move221.2%10th
230Hiromu Takahashi vs. Robbie Eagles11/29NJPW221.2%10th
230Yuji Hino vs. Yuji Okabayashi1/1ZERO1221.2%10th
233Yuji Okabayashi vs. Tank Nagai5/232AW210.6%9th
233Penta El Zero M vs. Rey Fenix10/21AEW210.6%9th
233Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara2/29AEW210.6%9th
233Chris Jericho vs. Jon Moxley2/29AEW210.6%9th
233Yuki Ishikawa vs. Raito Shimizu2/11BAP210.6%9th
233Daichi Hashimoto vs. Yuji Okabayashi10/21BJW210.6%9th
233Toru Sugiura vs. Yuko Miyamoto2/10FREEDOMS210.6%9th
233Lulu Pencil vs. Kaori Yoneyama6/20Gatoh Move210.6%9th
233Dark Sheik vs. Still Life w/ Apricots & Pears10/10GCW210.6%9th
233Tom Lawlor vs. Homicide10/11GCW210.6%9th
233John Wayne Murdoch vs. Orin Veidt8/30ICW210.6%9th
233Chase Cooper vs. Reaper8/15Impact Pro Wrestling Australia210.6%9th
233Deonna Purrazzo vs. Su Yung11/14Impact Wrestling210.6%9th
233Eric Young vs. Eddie Edwards10/3Impact Wrestling210.6%9th
233Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard1/12Impact Wrestling210.6%9th
233Shingo Takagi vs. SHO7/12NJPW210.6%9th
233Jay White vs. Shingo Takagi9/19NJPW210.6%9th
233Minoru Suzuki vs. Jay White10/13NJPW210.6%9th
233Go Shiozaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita & Hideki Suzuki1/30NOAH210.6%9th
233Kenou vs. Kaito Kiyomia11/22NOAH210.6%9th
233Ricky Starks vs. Nick Aldis1/7NWA210.6%9th
233Jinny vs. Nina Samuels1/11Pro Wrestling Eve210.6%9th
233Masashi Takeda vs. Brandon Kirk1/8SAW210.6%9th
233Yoshiko & Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto8/26SEAdLINNNG210.6%9th
233Maki Itoh vs. Hikari Noa1/4TJPW210.6%9th
233Yuji Okabayashi vs. Kuma Arashi 3/15Wrestle-1210.6%9th
233Keith Lee vs. Roderick Strong1/2WWE (NXT)210.6%9th
233Women's War Games12/6WWE (NXT)210.6%9th
261Hikaru Shida vs. Thunder Rosa9/5AEW110.6%10th
261Chris Jericho & Jake Hager vs. Luther & Serpentico10/7AEW110.6%10th
261Naoya Nomura vs. Ayato Yoshida1/19AJPW110.6%10th
261Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto12/7AJPW110.6%10th
261Fuminori Abe vs. Isami Kodaka7/14BASARA110.6%10th
261Nick Jackson vs. Matt Jackson4/20BTE110.6%10th
261Volador Jr. vs. Templario9/25CMLL110.6%10th
261Shinya Aoki vs. Sanshiro Takagi11/3DDT110.6%10th
261Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe vs. Miyuke Takase & Haruka Umesaki8/30DIANA110.6%10th
261Miyako Matsumoto vs. Cypress Ueno6/5Gake No Fuchi110.6%10th
261Anthony Greene vs. Ava Everett8/26Limitless Wrestling110.6%10th
261Chigusa Nagayo & Takumi Iroha vs. Mei Hoshizuki & Masha Slamovich3/20Marvelous110.6%10th
261Yota Tsuji vs. Gabriel Kidd6/15NJPW110.6%10th
261EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr.9/20NJPW110.6%10th
261Will Ospreay vs. Minoru Suzuki10/7NJPW110.6%10th
261Kenou vs. Kazushi Sakuraba12/6NOAH110.6%10th
261Thunder Rosa vs. Allysin Kay2/4NWA110.6%10th
261Hoodfoot vs. Erick Stevens10/11Paradigm Pro110.6%10th
261Spike Trivet vs. Jordon Breaks3/14Riptide110.6%10th
261DASH Chisako, Meiko Satomura & Syuri vs. Chihiro Hashimoto, Sakura Hirota & Yuu3/28Sendai Girls110.6%10th
261Giulia, Syuri, Maika & Himeka vs. Momo Watanabe, Utami Hayashishita, AZM & Saya Kamitani7/24Stardom110.6%10th
261Hikari Noa vs. Mirai Maiumi11/7TJPW110.6%10th
261Craven vs. Renegade2/22Venom Pro Wrestling110.6%10th
261Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijacovik2/16WWE (NXT)110.6%10th
261Sasha Banks vs. Io Shirai7/1WWE (NXT)110.6%10th
261Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley11/18WWE (NXT)110.6%10th
261Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa12/6WWE (NXT)110.6%10th

 

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