The highest-ranking Pro Wrestling NOAH match in the nine-year history of our MOTY is 2020’s most brutal encounter.

2020 MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

VOICES OF WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

#6
Go Shiozaki vs. Takashi Sugiura
12/6
NOAH

Overall Points: 434
Total Votes: 56
% of Ballots: 33.1%
11 First-Place Votes 

“Shiozaki vs. Sugiura left me feeling awestruck, spellbound, complicit. It’s a storm of brutality that never eases up. The visceral epic is the story of two men willing to delve into the depths of sadism to achieve victory. Sugiura wrecks Shiozaki’s arm with not a drop of mercy in his heart. The champion, wearing the scars of his title reign, responds by chopping Sugiura’s chest until it bleeds, until it stops resembling human flesh. This was the best and most compelling NOAH main event in a year full of them, the apex of a banner year for Shiozaki.” -Ryan Dilbert

“Just an incredible match. I just couldn’t think of a match I enjoyed more this year, even though I was more invested in the Nakajima title defense the month before. It felt pretty obvious this was just a filler defense for Shiozaki but credit to both guys I was enthralled the entire time and bit on the near falls anyway. One of the few Covid era matches to feel like an epic title match. It was really a war of attrition to see who would give up first, hard hitting strike exchanges followed by both guys collapsing from exhaustion but still finding a way back to their feet.” -TJ Folk

“If you had told me at the beginning of 2020 that Go Shiozaki would be at the top of my MOTY ballot, I would have asked you if you’re out of your mind. Shiozaki had maybe the best championship reign in all of Japan throughout 2020 with special matches like the Fujita one or classics like the Nakajima match and this one. And don’t forget his awesome N-1 victory, too. Sugiura told Go before the match that he isn’t allowed to say that he’s NOAH, he can only make that claim when he’s beaten him. Great stuff! It was all about who’s going to stand last while both men hit each other with multiple chops, lariats and much more. Go’s right arm is his key to victory, and Sugiura did not make enough damage to weaken Go’s weapon and felt down to the Gowan Lariat at the very end. It was an exciting bout with two men giving their lives for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Simply amazing fight.” -Christian Gascoigne

“Some professional wrestling matches reach a higher state of art. They’re meaningful beyond the simple sphere of the moment, and can’t be contained in themselves. They require a higher understanding of the people involved and of the place in which it is taking place. I am no specialist in NOAH, neither am I in the carrers of Shiozaki or Sugiura. However, in the span of less than an hour this match told me everything I needed to know. I saw a man in the form of Shiozaki trying to be the best he could be after feeling like a flop for many years. I also saw Sugiura, the man with the highest combined amount of days as GHC champion, giving his all in what might as well be the final years of his carreer. I saw both men fight for the right of using a very simple sentence that means everything in the world of professional wrestling: I am NOAH. They fought over the right of using the moniker built over the shoulder of, arguably, the greatest wrestler of all time: Mitsuharu Misawa. It was a transcedent experience that told a tale of hope and honor based on the foundations of what wrestling should be.” -Evandro Furtado

“An unbelievably hard hitting match that despite it’s marathon length was justified by weaving in and out the grande scheme story of Sugiura having ended Go’s very first world title reign 11 years prior on the same date. The spiritual symbolism arguably reached a crescendo with Sugiura working Go into a Boston Crab, the man who professed that “I am NOAH” throughout the year on the verge of being relegated back to young boy status by the same man who took away his spot as Ace of the company originally. It goes without saying that they brought a level of physicality nearly unequaled in the year of wrestling, but it’s the in between that goes unnoticed by many that put this over WALTER/Ilja, a match with similar levels of physicality in a more concise package for MOTY.” -Dylan Fox

“Shiozaki’s story as wrestler of the year is one that would strike a cord with what many people have experienced in 2020. Through repeated waves of adversity he is damaged, yet endures and pushes through to finally become the ace that his company has long wanted him to be. This match represented his year in a microcosm. Held together by string and staples throughout his championship reign, he finishes his year having to go through unprecedented, hard hitting, abuse to prove he really is NOAH. Challenging him is a man who has been a symbol of the company throughout its twenty year existence and wants to prove the exact same thing. This is a violent and epic journey of chops, clotheslines and big moves. Many criticise the length of matches in this era, but when it’s as good as this, a high stakes war of attrition can’t be beaten. I was invested in every moment and each key spot felt important and well earned. Now in his fifties and after years of memorable matches, Sugiura manages to defy the passing of time and achieve the magnum opus his career. Shiozaki has fought through wrestling’s most difficult and painful year to give us a performance that would stand against the best of any other. It is remarkable.” -Jack Groom

“Man oh man this match. By the end of the year Go Shiozaki was held together by duct tape, baling wire, chewing gum and heart. His arm and body were frayed all year, but Go is a fighting champ, and there will be a day when his body eventually gives out, but it wasn’t this night vs. Noah stalwart Takashi Sugiura. Takashi did the playbook vs. Go – target the right arm and shoulder, take away the lariat, and go from there. And for fifty or so minutes, it worked. These two men just beat the hell out of each other – the spot where Takashi was standing over Go punching him into oblivion in the corner will stay seared in my brain for years. But Go, ever the fighter, dug down deep and pulled out one last lariat for the well deserved win. This match is not only my match of the year, it is easily one of the best matches I’ve ever seen.” -George Atsaves

“This match exemplified everything that I personally enjoy about professional wrestling and is a direct reflection of why NOAH was my favorite promotion of the year. Shiozaki and Sugiura provided hard hitting and no-nonsense professional wrestling for almost an hour. The two presented the match like a legitimate competition, but not at the expense of not telling a great professional wrestling story. Some of the spots in this match were brutal to the extent of thinking there was no way that either of them was going to get up, but low and behold they did. Entertaining from bell to bell and felt like an early 2000s NOAH main event that had time traveled to 2020.” -Nick Davidson

“Just two great wrestlers having a big match. Time flew by while Sugiura and Shiozaki did their best trying to demolish each other. Sugiura worked the arm of the champion, leaving him against the ropes. However, Go pushed back, looking for different ways to attack. The final minutes were perfect, with Go selling the pain of his arm and fighting against it. I don’t think you could ask for more, this was everything pro-wrestling is suposed to be. In my opinion, Go was the best wrestler of 2020. Every match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship felt bigger with his performances, his run with the belt has been awesome.” -Gin Malkavar

“I didn’t think anything could beat the brilliance of storytelling and physicality that NJJPW provided in 2020 but this did it. I had heard of the brutality of the match but that was only part of it. The English commentary I watched it with helped make the past ten years of NOAH seem important rather than a footnote to the first few years. And this match delivered on the hype the commentary provided. Shiozaki selling the arm was great. The chop and strike exchanges would have been gratuitous from a log of other wrestlers but these guys wove it into great bookends of the match. I don’t want to miss another GHC title match, even though I know it will be hard to get to this level, but watching this match makes me want to see NOAH try to do so.” -Dave Musgrave

“The two most brutal matches this year were this match and WALTER/Ilja Dragunov. I think this is only slightly below that particular match, but holy moly this was great. And brutal. And painful! But also incredible to watch. I’ve heard such great things about Go Shiozaki’s current run as GHC Champion, and this match makes me feel bad I haven’t paid close attention.” -Bryan Rose

“In the age of hushed clap-crowds this match stands out, because it isn’t farfetched to imagine the audience is simply aghast at the violence they’re seeing. A sequence where Sugiura traps Go in the corner and unloads with elbows to the head had me watching from between my fingers, quietly whispering to myself, “wrestling is fake, wrestling is fake.”

But it’s not just that. The story of Go Shiozaki’s tremendous GHC title reign has rested on two pillars – his “I AM NOAH” mantra and his tattered right arm, seemingly held together by chewing gum and twine. Takashi Sugiura possesses a history with the promotion relevant to the prior, and an acute ability to fuck up the latter.” -Jonathan Hernandez

“Two absolute warriors battling it out in a style that hearkened back to the good old days of NOAH, when Misawa and Kobashi reigned atop the card. Sugiura put on an age defying performance and Shiozaki delivered on everything he did despite being taped up so much he looked like he’d fall apart if you took it off. Not the first NOAH match of late 2020 that got me excited for their future again, but definitely the stronger of the two best matches from the promotion in the year.” -James Snelgrove

“An incredible match. The atmosphere was just fantastic. Shiozaki’s chops were insane. Story is simple but great. A Great hard Hitting match with a long story.” -Salih Arandı

“What a war! What a battle! 50 minutes plus of just two people going all at each other in a match that was a physical and brutal affair between two foes, two rivals. This is one of those matches that while it goes long, it doesn’t feel forever, it grasps you and doesn’t waste a single minute it gets to use. This was an incredible fight, an incredible affair, and I’m so glad I got unto the Noah watching train just in time to tune in and let it wash over me. What a match.” -Jeri L. Evans

“This match continued the story of Go Shiozaki’s career reaching its apex at the same moment his body started to fail. Just two weeks after the Nakajima match, Shiozaki battered his career rival in a 53-minute epic.” -Harley Duncan

“I don’t really care how long a match goes, just as long as I enjoy it. This match is the perfect example of that, because it went a shade over 50 minutes, but not once did I feel the length. You have Go Shiozaki, the valiant, banged-up champion, his arms taped like a mummy, defending his title against an unstoppable “Killing Machine” in Takashi Sugiura. Violence was to be expected, and boy howdy was this violent and stiff and nasty from beginning to end. This was a war of attrition, where guts had more sway than brains, where Sugiura pummeled Shiozaki with elbows that looked as real as can be, where I yelled “COME ON, GO!” as Shiozaki deadlifted Sugiura out of a guillotine choke into a Go Flasher. This match put a stamp on Shiozaki’s extraordinary 2020 and should be first on the list for anyone seeking to try out NOAH.” -Andrew Rich

“A war. Just two guys fighting hard and aggressively to be the better man, stripped back. Raw. Real. No bullshit. Perfect selling.” -Gareth Hodgson

“Fun hard-hitting bout. Fantastic match that continues to cement Shiozaki’s legacy in NOAH and continues his great title reign.” -Jason Oun

“So truth be told I don’t really expand my wrestling viewing outside of Japan other than New Japan Pro Wrestling but on December 7th and a few days after that I went on twitter and I read a handful of tweets saying that everyone needed to see this match and that it would be a late entry into any match of the year countdown poll. Then I saw how long the match was and I kind of cringed at the hour long run time. However that being said this match felt like a match that happened in 15 minutes it didn’t feel like it went an hour at all and if it did then that’s one hell of a way to spend of an hour of my time. This is the first match appearing on my top ten list with a “clap crowd” but the crowd even though they couldn’t audibly cheer and make noise to show their support they were into it for the entire hour. This match was as hard hitting as it gets as Go would give a little and then take a little and vice versa. Go would get the advantage early on but it was a very back and forth match. The match eventually went to the outside and Sugiura would take over working over the champion until Go would fight back some of the chops that Go threw at Takashi were some of the loudest that I’ve ever heard and at one point in the match Sugiura’s chest began to bleed from them. Sugiura would corner Shiozaki later in the match and hit him with some thunderous forearms to the face before Shiozaki would return to his feet and the two would stand in the middle of the ring trading blows. These two men absolutely beat the shit out of each other for almost an hour in a match that will go down as an instant classic and one that people will be talking about years from now. It was as strong style as they come and at the end of the match Go Shiozaki would blast Takashi Sugiura with one final lariat to score the pinfall to get the victory and retain the GHC Heavyweight Championship this match was absolutely outstanding and if you are reading this, go watch this match right now, you wont regret it!” -Nathan Neumann

The stiff striking in this was some of the best work of the year and it hooked you in the opening few minutes. Don’t let the length put you off because this will have you pacing and roaring with every move.” -Sarah Flannery

“Chop, punch, grunt, attempt of beheading. This was a relentless, physical and brutal war that made me wince numerous times. 51 minutes that flew by thanks to the absolute intensity of these badasses who also managed to include some astonishing levels of storytelling. Beautiful.” -Ricardo Gallegos

“Two big boys hitting the crap out of each other nonstop for 50 minutes that felt like 30 minutes in a continuation of matches where Go is tortured. This match is so hard hitting that I was cringing at moments and going “ouch” way too many times. A long version of the Walter/Dragunov torture session. Still amazed that Go and Sugiura went this hard for that long.” -Abraham Delgado

“This match was similar to the WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov match in that it prioritized heavy chops and strikes that echoed throughout the silent arena, but was somehow even better. The match went over 50 minutes, which sounds like a bad idea, but not when a match has this kind of raw, physical violence. Shiozaki, who has held the GHC Heavyweight Championship for the entire year, helped carry NOAH through a very difficult 2020 with consistently excellent performances in the main event. Sugiura has also been great, and at 50 years old he somehow managed to go 51 minutes, wrestling at a quick pace and taking an incredible beating, which was a truly remarkable achievement. This match isn’t for everyone due to its length, but it was a complete war between two great performers. This was very similar to a classic AJPW match from the 90s, the only difference being there was not a hot crowd to supplement the incredible action.” -Jesse Collings

“Shiozaki was arguably the hottest worker for the latter half of 2020, and this, for me, was the pick of his outstanding matches from that period. For so many years, Go lacked those little yet vital things to help move him from being a very good worker to a great one. He found them during 2020, and boy did he deliver.” -Mo Chatra

“Incredible, hard hitting match with an awesome story that capped off a great year for Shiozaki.” -Stephanie Chase

“If you’ve ever wondered what a man trying to chop down a tree with his bare hands sounds like, look no further that Shiozaki’s right arm and Sugiura’s chest. At 50 minutes this match should have been a slog, but the sheer brutality just makes the time fly by. With a crowd restricted to mere clapping, the sounds of meat-on-meat ring out like church bells in the temple of violence.” -Mike Gilbert

“Pro wrestling can be beautiful in its violence, and this match certainty embodied that sentiment. Shiozaki has had many great matches in 2020, but this one stands above the rest in my book. I do believe this is the longest match on my list, but its slower pace and steady build gave every moment enough time to breathe. The lengthy exchanges of strikes delivered a brutal edge, which tipped this match into the company of the very best of the year. Whilst Shiozaki’s incredible title reign continues into this year, so far this has been the greatest of a quite wonderful bunch of main event matches.” -Jamie Johnson

“50 Minutes of big beefy violence. It was Walter/Ilja on steriods. 2020 the Year of Shiozaki.” -Christopher Duarte

“Two NOAH stalwarts putting on a near perfect NOAH match.” -Ed Kody

“Go Shiozaki keeps showing again and again that this title reign has been the best in wrestling this year. These two went to war and after having his shoulder ripped apart for the millionth time, hit Sugiura with a lariat after 51 minutes. Incredible match.” -Tyler Forness

“If there ever was a match where I just wanted the live crowd in attendance to throw caution to the wind and scream their lungs out, this was it. It suffered from the usual NOAH trope of being a bit too long, but just when you start drifting off they pull you in again. A tremendous effort.” -Shane

Voices of Wrestling 2020 Match of the Year
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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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