The Voices of Wrestling 2020 Match of the Year list rolls on with our first batch of matches from the Top 50.

2020 MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

VOICES OF WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

#50
Jake Lee vs. Kento Miyahara
1/3
AJPW

Overall Points: 29
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
Highest Vote: 5th

AJPW did not have a great 2020; struggling to elevate new talent as older names began to grow more stale in the main event spots. Despite that, Kento Miyahara remained a fantastic stalwart for the promotion. Miyahara does not do anything particularly spectacular, he doesn’t do a lot of cool moves, he doesn’t do a lot of dives or high spots. What he does well is he is an excellent seller, his facial expressions are top notch, and he has a knack for putting together strong matches with thrilling finishes. In his match from New Years Wars, which took place in front of an audience of fans from around the world who were in town for Wrestle Kingdom the following night, he had a tremendous back and forth Triple Crown title defense against Jake Lee that contained a ton of convincing near-falls. It was the quintessential Miyahara title defense, something the company has been leaning on for some time. In this match, Lee looked like he was ready to win the world title and take on that responsibility, but his crowning as an official top guy in the company still awaits.” -Jesse Collings

Up until this point, I haven’t seen much of modern All Japan. I’ve heard people talk about it but I just never sat down and watched it. This match changed everything for me as it kickstarted me following the promotion this year. The thing this match had for me was genuine tension. I had attended alot of shows in Kourakuen during my trip, but this one the crowd felt completely invested and glued into the action. I know Jake Lee gets the constant criticism of feeling a bit underwhelming but for me in that arena both men were next level. This was the first match during my trip to make me go WOW.” -Christopher Duarte

#49
Kagetsu & Mayu Iwatani vs. Jungle Kyona & Momo Watanabe
1/26
Stardom

Overall Points: 31
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
Highest Vote: 4th

An event full of emotion due to the pending retirement of Kagetsu led to one of the most enjoyable and entertaining matches of 2020 — which also happened to be one of the best. For the first and final time, Kagetsu would team with Mayu Iwatani vs. her hand-selected opponents Momo Watanabe and Jungle Kyona in a match advertised as her last in Stardom. While it didn’t have any gold or opportunity necessarily on the line, the stakes were high as it was a chance for the legendary Kagetsu to go out with a bang. These four women competed to the best of their abilities, giving these wonderful moments that made the match so special. Before it even started, the matching attire of Iwatani and Kagetsu made it that much more special. It was a special night with one of the best matches of the year going down. The near falls were unforgettable, the moments will last forever, and it was simply one of the best bouts of the year.” -Scott Edwards

Normally, when someone says “It’s a match of 2 halves” they’re referring to sections of the match itself and not the mindset of the competitors. Mayu and Kagetsu were clearly here for a good time, Mayu was relishing in doing Oedo Tai spots and Kagetsu was doing her normal shenanigans before her retirement. But Jungle and Momo were not in Osaka for fun and games. They had the chance to not only defeat the World of Stardom champion but also one of the greatest wrestlers Stardom had ever seen on her way out. So this match switched between comedic antics and intense fighting a lot, but somehow it never felt jarring. In terms of fun had whilst watching wrestling this was hard to top in 2020.” -Chris O’Brien

#48
Hangman Page & Kenny Omega vs. The Lucha Brothers
2/19
AEW

Overall Points: 31
Total Votes: 9
% of Ballots: 5.3%
Highest Vote: 4th

When you get it right, tag-team wrestling is the most beautiful artform in all of wrestling. And for Omega and Page vs. The Lucha Bros., they knocked it out of the park! The chemistry all four men exhibited, along with the storytelling of this match was incredible. It was one of the tag-matches where you just never want it to end. It was beautiful.” -Steven Jackson

I was there live at this show and to think this was the lsat wrestling show I’ll ever see live, I’d say it was worth it. Ok maybe not worth it cause 2020 was REALLY bad, but it was a solid show to go out on. This was Omega & Page’s first defense against a new team in their tag team championship run and to me, this was the match that proved that Omega & Page could be Tag Team of the Year. They would later confirm that at Revolution, but it was here in Atlanta that they should what they can do against one of the best tag teams in the world. Can we also talk about how Omega is a really good lucha wrestler?” -Ryan Neitzey

#47
Chessman vs. Pagano
12/12
AAA

Overall Points: 34
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
1 First-Place Vote

Violent, emotional, funny in spots–the exact thing I want from a wrestling match. Genuinely nice capper to an astoundingly crappy year. If there was a wrestling award for “best supporting actor” it would go to the god Hugo Savinovich.” -Chris

Absolutely insane.” -Ricardo Gallegos

#46
Go Shiozaki vs. Kenoh
8/10
NOAH

Overall Points: 36
Total Votes: 5
% of Ballots: 3.0%
Highest Vote: 2nd

I am not a big NOAH guy but I gotta give credit to them. They were great in 2020. This match was one of the climaxes of the company. Both guys wrestling in that ring for an hour. Shiozaki’s reign was perfect and I enjoyed every match he had. But this one was on another level. Long , stiff and back to back. One thing I need to say is , If you don’t like long matches you might get bored. Don’t expect to see a fast paced match. But surely it puts a smile on a puroresu fan like me. One of the must watch matches from 2020 for sure. It really had that fighting spirit I wanted to see. High quality wrestling is great but without emotion it means nothing. That match really had that emotion.” -Kaan Ünverdi

Not since the final Okada vs. Omega match have I seen a set of athletic performances as remarkable as the two we got from Go Shiozaki and Kenoh in their 60-minute draw GHC Heavyweight / National Championship unification match. The setting sounds impossible – “A full hour of wrestling, with no finish, in a cavernous handclap-only arena” – but by some miracle, Shiozaki and Kenoh managed to not only make it work, but also create something magical. Stuffed full of deafening chops and shoot kicks to the head, the match climaxed with *that* Kenoh double foot stomp (from the top rope to the floor). And when the sixty minutes had elapsed, and both men retained their championships, a broken-down, taped-up Shiozaki modified his post-match “I am NOAH” refrain to something beautiful: “WE ARE NOAH!”” -Parker Klyn

#45
Hideki Suzuki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
2/16
NOAH

Overall Points: 36
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
Highest Vote: 4th

It was a pretty quiet year from the normally super-controversial Hideki Suzuki, but he still managed to get in an incredible match with NOAH’s Katsuhiko Nakajima. This match really let both guys show they can excel at something different than usual- Nakajima showed he could more than hang with Suzuki on the mat as they did some real great grappling together, while Suzuki showed he could do the kind of normal “puro closing stretch” as well as anyone else out there. A 30 minute time limit draw left you wanting more, so hopefully this is a matchup we’re able to see revisited someday.” -John Carroll

A long and multilayered match that built all the way through to its conclusion, all while featuring multiple styles of wrestling performed at a high level. There have been versatile performers in the past, but these two show something while something special by being versatile in the same match. Things earlier on start with the style of wrestling Hideki is renowned for with matwork and technical wrestling which Nakajima surprisingly excelled in. It’s rare he gets to show it, but he is a very adept shoot stylist in his own right. The second portion of the match plays more into the Nakajima playbook based on striking and turns into a fight with Hideki refusing to cooperate. Everything in this match felt earned regardless of what they were doing stylistically which was the important part. In so many matches things are a performance, but this felt exciting and different while also maintaining credibility. Fantastic match overall and I can’t wait for another round between these two.” -Dylan Fox

#44
Eita vs. Naruki Doi
8/2
Dragongate

Overall Points: 36
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
Highest Vote: 2nd

Eita has many different points in his career that will make us ask “what could’ve been?” Had he stayed in Mexico, that would’ve opened up a world of possibilities. Had he left with CIMA, he would’ve been just another chess piece in the OWE conglomerate. Had his Dream Gate run happened at another point in time, perhaps he could’ve come across like a bigger star. In the end, though, Eita’s career remains a portrait of imperfections. The beauty of this match against Doi, on the other hand, is near-perfection. It is the best thing Eita has ever done. This was the match of Eita’s life.” -Case Lowe

Since taking over Dragongate’s resident heel faction, Eita has never shied from using foul play or outside interference to win a match. Who could forget the image at Memorial Gate of R.E.D. slinking up onto the apron like a pack of hyenas, ready to pounce on Dream Gate champion Naruki Doi. Something was different that night. Eita called them off. The chemistry between Eita and Doi has been documented and they showcase it again here, taking wild bumps at high speeds, with the constant added tension of Eita’s goon squad waiting for the signal to act. It never comes, Eita wins his Open The Dream Gate title on pure ability. And don’t worry – he happily returned to his cheating ways when it came time to defend the belt; he just had to show Doi.” -Jonathan Hernandez

#43
Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda
11/3
Dragongate

Overall Points: 37
Total Votes: 6
% of Ballots: 3.6%
1 First-Place Vote

There is nothing better than two rivals going down to the ring and beating the ever living shit out of each other over a championship. Unlike most matches between rivals where the overlapping story of the match is “I am better than you and I’ll show it in my technique” with matches that go 25+, Ishida and Okuda went in there and delivered an absolute banger in 10 minutes. Two dudes just kicking and stiffing the fuck out of each other to prove who is the better man.” -Griffin Peltier

I spent a lot of time this year, including a column you can find on this very website, discussing why Kaito Ishida and Keisuke Okuda had, by acclamation, the best feud of 2020. This match was their first of the feud in front of a live crowd, and it tapped into the best parts of it: A blink-and-you-will-miss-it pace, the willingness to kick each other in the head, twists and turns, and a treatise on masculinity as Okuda and Ben-K celebrated Okuda’s victory. Post the OWE/DG split, Dragongate has sought out a new identity. Being untethered from your icon of the last twenty years will do that to a promotion. It took about two years to develop, but I believe this Ishida and Okuda match is indicative of what the future will be in the promotion. This feud has become something that Dragongate is willing to go back to with their interactions in later matches and I eagerly anticipate every time Just A Kick Boy and Mr. Danger Zone face off in the future.” -Mike Spears

#42
Butcher & Blade vs. Natural Nightmares
11/11
AEW

Overall Points: 37
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
1 First-Place Vote

This match had one of the most controversial finishes of the year and is a testament to how clueless many “smart” fans are. The babyfaces winning a bunkhouse match became controversial because for some reason fans became convinced the heels should have won as they were going into another storyline after. WWE booking has apparently made people forget that a wronged babyface should almost always defeat the heel in a match like this. It’s a shame because this tremendous match was otherwise overshadowed by this ridiculous non controversy. QT Marshall put on the performance of his career and Dustin Rhodes, the Butcher and the Blade were not far behind. This match had all of the intensity it needed while still incorporating a light, fun moment or two here and there.” -Mongo Underscore Ebooks

Just a killer bloodbath brawl. Who knew QT Marshall could be such an effective national level mid-card babyface?” -Jarrett Seidler

#41
Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi
10/16
NJPW

Overall Points: 38
Total Votes: 8
% of Ballots: 4.7%
Highest Vote: 5th

This is the best dick-measuring contest of the year. It’s Ibushi & Dangerous T trading kicks literally for the entire duration of it with amazing facial expressions & body language. It’s an amazing overall package — it’s so unique, yet so simple. The kind of a spectacle that would fit the Tokyo Dome, even. The best match of the 2020 G1 Climax & 2020 New Japan as a whole.” -Heikki Oinonen

The second half of the year was a low point for me as a wrestling fan. Starting in July, I changed jobs. My schedule changed and my free time went way down. Add into that all the COVID stuff, lots of other changes at home, and the weird/off-putting EVIL stuff in New Japan and the wrestling malaise was quite strong. This was most evident during the fall G1. I watched Ibushi vs. Ishii, which in 2018 was one of my favorite matches of the year. But it just didn’t hit me as hard as it did then. The heavily hyped matches like Tanahashi vs. Naito and Okada vs. Shingo just didn’t click with me on that level. Then it was the A block final and Kota Ibushi and Taichi kicked the hell out of each other. They kicked each other in the legs until they could barely stand. So then they leaned on each other and the ropes, just so they could kick each other some more. They kept kicking and kicking, until eventually Ibushi prevailed in this war of attrition. It was exhilarating. It kicked me right out of my funk. It was so good, I immediately watched the match a second time and yeah – it was still awesome. When voting for the Super J Cast Awards for Favorite Wrestler this year, I realized that thanks to this match and his Dangerous Tekkers run I have officially jumped on the Taichi bandwagon. I’m sure after these two have an incredible IWGP Heavyweight Title match in Sapporo plenty more will be jumping on.” -S. Dakota Jones

#40
Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
9/27
NJPW

Overall Points: 38
Total Votes: 8
% of Ballots: 4.7%
Highest Vote: 4th

“Two caged beasts being let out in the wild both approach one another on the battlefield. Only one animal will survive this battle to the death and neither beast will be willing to accept defeat until they are literally dragged kicking and punching to the back. This was an absolute war between two of wrestling’s most breathtaking, insane and dangerous wrestlers. The confines of a wrestling ring, a bell, the construct of the ring side area, even a ramp was not enough to contain this absolute war.” -Rich Kraetsch  

#39
Kento Miyahara vs. Suwama
3/23
AJPW

Overall Points: 38
Total Votes: 9
% of Ballots: 5.3%
1 First-Place Vote

I think it’s appropriate that my match of year goes to the last match that fully packed Korakuen just before Coronavirus bought everything to a screeching halt. Kento comes into this match as this “Cocky and Unbeatable” ace of All Japan who has just tied Kawada’s defense record of 10 defenses by beating Yuma Aoyogi the month prior in Korakuen but was challenged by his eternal rival and former ace Suwama after the Yuma bout. Suwama showed he can still hang in there with the best of the best’s when called upon.” -Jahmale Hepburn

Coming into this match Miyahara was in the midst of nearly a year and a half reign with the Triple Crown. Miyahara defeated basically everyone on the roster who had a realistic chance at winning, every believable challenger and Yoshitatsu. He even defeated Suwama a year before in the same tour. His reign was filled with a lot of great matches and many wondered who would finally dethrone the King. Suwama was an odd choice at first but as this match proved, he often is overlooked. He still has the ability to go in-ring and hang with the likes of Miyahara. They went out to tell that story. I originally had this match outside of my top 10. I rewatch the top 20 matches of the year whenever I make this list. It definitely improved on second viewing.” -Rene Martinez

#38
Matt Tremont vs. Rickey Shane Page
10/30
H20

Overall Points: 42
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
1 First-Place Vote

For Your Consideration

The best way possible to end a legendary career. Matt Tremont retired with what was not only the best Deathmatch of 2020, but one of the best pro wrestling matches ever. This match had everything. The storytelling, the structure and the drama, everything clicked. RSP’s heel work was perfect, but Matt also played super good his hometown hero role, that was clear after his emotional entrance. The last minutes were fantastic, with all the callbacks to their previous match at TOD XV finals and the tribute to Danny Havoc, with RSP having to end Tremont’s career with the finishing move of his best friend. Pure magic. Storytelling at his finnest and a true masterclass of pro wrestling. Thank you for everything Matt Tremont.” -Álex Giménez

The wildcard of my list. I enjoy deathmatch wrestling when it is used to tell a story and not just to use insane over the top violence for the sake of it. This was an instance of it being used to tell a story. You had Tremont, one of the pillars of deathmatch wrestling of the 21st century, retiring against RSP, the modern top guy genre and the most hated heel in deathmatch wrestling today. Tremont left absolutely nothing in the chamber and it genuinely felt like this was his final match. Both guys went all out to get that point across, and it was a fitting ending to the career of a guy who has given his all to deathmatch wrestling.” -Nick Davidson

#37
Fred Yehi vs. Jeremy Wyatt
6/27
St. Louis Anarchy

Overall Points: 44
Total Votes: 10
% of Ballots: 5.9%
Highest Vote: 2nd

For Your Consideration

The COVID crowd situation and how different promotions try to work with social distancing guidelines. One thing I’ve noticed is that some promotions have actually found ways to use it to it’s advantage. More technical styles focusing on limb work and grappling (Like the ROH Pure tournament) seem to work better in the no-fans environment for some reason. This 60 minute Iron Man match was no exception. The presentation of these two just working this match in an empty warehouse in the middle of a pandemic was a really interesting presentation and it just worked for some reason.” -Doug Fowler (Skeach101)

I hate Iron Man matches. I rarely if ever enjoy them. I shouldn’t of like this let alone have it as a top ten of mine, but here we are. This felt like a competition, two men just trying to prove to the other that they were the better man. The work was great, the struggle just felt real and intense, and this was a blast to watch for a pure hour of just great wrestling. This match came out of nowhere and entered my thoughts and hits my heart and I just love it.” -Jeri Evans

#36
PAC vs. Orange Cassidy
2/29
AEW

Overall Points: 46
Total Votes: 9
% of Ballots: 5.3%
1 First-Place Vote

There are few matches in 2020 that I had more FUN watching than this one. This match was OC’s coming out party as a true top talent. He showed his ability not just to do cool moves, not just to sell, but to tell a great story and he had the perfect opponent in PAC to help tell that story.” -Liam Renner

Professional wrestling is simple. It gets complicated by moves and spots in the name of innovation. It gets complicated by fantastical storylines and swerves in the name of “getting over”. The best wrestling is a “good guy” facing the odds and taking on a “bad guy”. doesn’t need to beat the bad guy, he just needs to make the crowd believe and come together in a symphony of excitement. Cassidy’s sense of timing in comedy, ring-awareness, and positioning combined with PAC’s ability to be a prick-heel make this match just feel like magic. This is as simple a pro-wrestling match as you’ll find because these two are just so good at what they do that it comes off looking effortless and seamless. PAC getting cocky, Cassidy playing mind games and getting Jud bsbyface shine at the right time to bring the crowd to a frenzy. It’s not intended to be a perfect match but it pulls THAT off so well that it isn’t anything less than perfect. In an era where wrestling fans are increasingly fickle and cynical this was hand-delivered with a wink and a nod. If you don’t enjoy this match, I’m not sure why you’re even watching professional wrestling to begin with. Don’t be so blinded by the comedic aspects as to not appreciate this as a perfect example of what professional wrestling should be. Bonus points for Orange Cassidy winning JR over in front of our eyes. Nothing that happened in a wrestling ring in 2020 even comes close to touching this for me.” -Darren

#35
Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly
10/4
WWE (NXT)

Overall Points: 47
Total Votes: 11
% of Ballots: 6.5%
Highest Vote: 3rd

If this match had happened seven years ago in a New Japan Pro Wrestling ring, it would have been a technical masterpiece that the wrestling community would have raved about for six months before leaving it forgotten in the shadows of a hundred ZSJ matches. In an NXT ring in 2020, Balor vs. O’Reilly was every bit the advertised technical masterpiece that we expected, but also was a violent, pummeling brawl that left both competitors as mere husks when the final bell rang. Both men worked with a ferocity that was completely unexpected for this meeting, and while the kidney shot and the broken jaw are the highlights that everyone remembers, each and every strike in this match had an edge of viciousness to it that I could not look away from. This match was both exactly what I expected and something I never could have imagined, which is why we both held it in such high regard. Almost nothing else on the WWE roster even comes close to this match in terms of execution, intrigue factor, and uniqueness.” -George Atsaves

Adam Cole gets all the singles love out of the Undisputed Era, but O’Reilly showed he’s no slouch in this match with Balor. He took a beating and kept on ticking, earning him a singles push beyond just this one Takeover.” -Greg Parks

#34
Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
3/8
WWE

Overall Points: 49
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
1 First-Place Vote

The most care and attention put into a match in 2020, made all the more impressive by where it came from. A tale as old as time, told with as much care, respect, and reckless abandon as I could ever ask for. Ten months later, it still feels like a fever dream that this got to happen at all, let alone like it did.” -Simon F

How special, to get a trailblazer vs. acolyte match on PPV, and they go out and have a match that looks like no other WWF PPV match ever. This was Gulak’s first actual (i.e. non-battle royal) match on PPV, and they work some of the most extensive matwork in WWF PPV history, showing how easy it would actually be to train fans to enjoy this style. Engaging matwork that always felt like a fight, building to some hard bumps, both men selling that they’ve really been put through the shredder.” -Eric Ritz

#33
Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay
9/27
NJPW

Overall Points: 49
Total Votes: 11
% of Ballots: 6.5%
Highest Vote: 5th

Just a brilliant match. A hard hitting, dramatic sprint by two greats.” -Mike Gilbert

How the hell did these guys do it? Coming in with expectations sky high, following the incredible Ibushi v Ishii match and having to live up to their match-of-the-year effort from last year. Yet they still managed to blow it out of the water. This was in-ring wrestling on a transcendent level, both men are so fast and powerful, complementing each other perfectly, Ospreay the high flyer, Shingo the bruiser. Truly there are only a few other pairs that have reached the kind of flawless athletic fluidity these two displayed in some of their exchanges in this match. Yet that wasn’t all, amongst the breathlessly paced combinations, Ospreay and Shingo told a fascinating follow-up story to their first meeting last year. Back then it was Ospreay who came in with everything to prove against the unbeaten Shingo and used that fire to beat the more fancied opponent. This time though it was The Last Dragon coming in, desperate to pick up his first win of the tournament, who got the best of a cocky Ospreay, whose body language and trash talk throughout betrayed overconfidence born of that previous victory.” -Sam Brown

#32
Brodie Lee vs. Cody
10/7
AEW

Overall Points: 49
Total Votes: 15
% of Ballots: 8.9%
Highest Vote: 6th

The best Dog Collar match I’ve ever seen saw Cody and Brodie absolutely brutalize each other on free TV. Good brutality, good throwbacks to earlier meetings between the two. A match that stuck with me. Neither man will likely get the credit they deserve for how much of AEW TV they carried throughout the pandemic era.” -James Snelgrove

This was one of those matches that sort of transported you back in time in the 70s and 80s, when doing blood matches like this were common. Cody and Brodie beat each other silly, and the visuals from this match will stay with me for a good while. It’s heartbreaking that this was the final match of Brodie Lee’s career, but it’s clear that he left on a high note.” -Bryan Rose

#31
Mike Bailey vs. Bandido
3/7
wXw

Overall Points: 50
Total Votes: 7
% of Ballots: 4.1%
2 First-Place Votes

The ultimate in an indie What Will It Take style match between two people who are among the best at inserting the drama in those types of encounters. Instant chemistry between two people who hadn’t interacted prior.” -thecubsfan

For me, this was more of a feel-good moment at the right time than anything else. Coming on what was the last big weekend of wrestling in Europe before “The Thing” (© and ™ Joe Lanza), this felt like the big peak of 16 Carat Gold weekend. Not strictly a flippy-do match, but a flashy style that belied the fact that this was their first meeting together. Ending with the Oberhausen crowd showering the ring with money (both paper and coin), it was a scene akin to the end of an uplifting movie, complete with one of Bandido’s biggest fans being invited to the ring to share the moment. It’ll not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was the last big reminder of “good times” before the world went to shit.” -Ian Hamilton

#30
Kenny Omega vs. Laredo Kid
12/12
AAA

Overall Points: 51
Total Votes: 10
% of Ballots: 5.9%
Highest Vote: 2nd

The Best Bout Machine rolled into Mexico with two belts fresh off defeating Jon Moxley for the AEW title to face a man who’s been described as a “hired gun for great matches.” In an empty arena, Omega and Laredo Kid had a dramatic back and forth display of one upsmanship, and took turns subverting expectations as Kenny pulled out his greatest performance on Mexican soil, and Laredo Kid made it clear that when the pandemic is over, American companies will be fighting for his services. As much as we knew the AAA championship wasn’t changing hands that night, Omega & Laredo Kid nearly made us bite on an incredible submission reversal out of the One Winged Angel. Which is all you can ask for.” -Rich Latta

I really am upset at myself just for how many times I continue to be surprised by the greatness that is Kenny Omega. In a match he could have easily phoned in, him and Laredo Kid put on an absolute barn burner of a match. The avalanche one winged angel was an amazing spot and Laredo Kid kicking out at 3.5 was a very nice way to protect him and create some serious intrigue into a rematch I hope comes soon rather than later.” -Kentucky210



#29
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryu Lee
2/9
NJPW

Overall Points: 58
Total Votes: 11
% of Ballots: 6.5%
Highest Vote: 2nd

Any match over 500 days in the making needs to be on a Match of the Year list. NJPW always produces great storytelling in the ring, but the backstory of this particular match-up ensured fans paid special attention to one very important neck. As opponents who have wrestled with each other for years, their familiarity with each other created a spectacle of a bout everyone wanted to see.” -Kristen Ashly

The next chapter of the historic rivalry between Ryu Lee and Hiromu Takahashi unfolded at the New Beginning in Osaka. This match featured both men’s usual breathtaking high-flying offense. In addition to the high-flying, both men increased the intensity with several hard strikes. Throughout the match, Lee teased using the Dragon Driver which is the move that broke Hirmou’s neck. Every time he attempted that move the crowd gasped and cringed. Hiromu and Lee created yet another classic. These guys just don’t miss.” -Jeremy Donovan

#28
Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Go Shiozaki
1/4
NOAH

Overall Points: 59
Total Votes: 11
% of Ballots: 6.5%
Highest Vote: 3rd

The best match that took place on January 4th 2020″ -Ben Fox

This is a match that felt more than a little lost by the end of the year, I think for a couple of reasons: 1) it was a NOAH match that took place during Wrestle Kingdom weekend, and it was always going to be a hard sell for some people to pay attention to another Japanese promotion at the same time as the two biggest NJPW shows of the year & 2) Go Shiozaki had a couple major title matches toward the end of the year that received more hype and attention, overshadowing this one. But guess what? I think Go vs. Kaito was better than any other NOAH match this year, including the two more hyped Go matches, and it was also better than every match at both nights of Wrestle Kingdom except Okada/Naito. This was Go being told that he’s finally getting handed the ball after years of false starts or near-misses (“I AM NOAH” indeed!) and coming out with one of the performances of his life, and at the same time it seems like a weight has been taken off the young champion Kaito’s shoulders; he knows that he’s losing the belt here and getting some time away from the very top of the card, and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that he also puts in the absolute performance of his life here. If you missed this one during the hype of a two-day Wrestle Kingdom, make sure you go back and watch it now. It’s criminally underrated.” -John Carroll

#27
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay
2/14
RevPro

Overall Points: 61
Total Votes: 15
% of Ballots: 8.9%
Highest Vote: 2nd

There’s a very good reason this is second on my list, aside from it being one of the best matches of the year. It was the main event of the only live show I got to attend. That was 11 months ago. What I wouldn’t give to soak up that atmosphere for a few more minutes. Ospreay and Sabre have always meshed well together, the old boxing adage that styles make fights holding true as Ospreay’s high-flying style is the perfect foil for Sabre’s technical, submission game. The match was replete with spots from all of their previous matches but seemingly with new kinks – the evolution of their respective games pushing them to a new level. The finish seemed a little sudden but it showed the evolution of Ospreay, as it was the Hidden Blade and Stormbreaker that finally put Zack away and brought him his first British Heavyweight title reign.” -Andrew Sinclair

The best examples of modern UK wrestling and the evolution that has happened there culminating in a classic match.” -Dave Musgrave

#26
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
10/25
WWE

Overall Points: 66
Total Votes: 10
% of Ballots: 5.9%
2 First-Place Votes

Sasha Banks and Bayley are perfect examples of what WWE Superstars can be when WWE takes advantage of a wrestler’s natural strengths. Banks and Bayley were the reason to watch WWE programming, and this match was the culmination of WWE’s storyline of the year. Fans remembered why they were half of the Four Horsewomen, after this match.” -Kristen Ashly

Trust Sasha to have another HIAC match that shows up the men by her intensity and hate and creativity and her willingness to make the match seem more dangerous than your usual match. She has to be considered one of the best HIAC workers of all time now because all 3 of them have been a hit and the MOTN on each show. Bayley played her role really well too and it was refreshing to see a title match with her not have a BS finish, to say she had the title for over a year, this was probably the only good match in that time. These two have great chemistry, and thankfully all the time invested in leading to this moment paid off. You have to sit through the usual WWE hardcore match tropes (can’t go one PPV without kendo sticks) and spot set ups, but these two made it work and enjoyable.” -Ed Mills

Voices of Wrestling 2020 Match of the Year
(261-26)

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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