The ten best pro wrestling matches of 2019.

2019 MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

VOICES OF WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR ARCHIVES

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#10
Blue Demon Jr. vs. Dr. Wagner Jr.
8/3
AAA

Overall Points: 170
Total Votes: 19
7 First Place Votes

“The most memorable match of the year. Demon spent his career being a mediocrity and somehow in 2019 reinvented himself as a dead-eyed psychopath. He was incredible here, bringing violence in ways that I had never seen before. I think 2019 is a year in which there were a punch of matches that blended together, as almost every good wrestling has a recorded match every week. But those matches fade. I couldn’t tell you the difference between the three or four different Ospreay matches that will inevitably finish highly. I will remember this match spot for spot for years. It had a fucking hammer.” JR Goldberg

“This was one of the most viscerally violent matches I can remember seeing. Demon was a wandering dead-eyed psychopath in this match, with Wagner doing a great job as a charismatic babyface fight back against a horror movie villain. I have seen plenty of matches with big weapons shots over the years, and this match was a great example of making each weapon shot a memorable moment. Demon opens up the match with by breaking a bottle over the head of Wagner, who had come into the match wearing his mask, which maybe stretched the rules a bit, but did allow for a bloody white mask which is always a great visual. The second huge moment came when a sickeningly bloody Demon goes out of the ring and grabs a claw hammer, and attacks Wagner like he was Richard Speck. He slams Wagner in the back of the head and spine, and hammers his hands like his knuckles were penny nails. It was a great bit of close magic by Demon, it really looks like an attempted murder, and I have no idea how you gimmick a hammer to the back of the head. The final huge moment comes at end of the match, after Wagner gets a bunch of close near falls with nasty Wagner Drivers, Demon’s kid runs into with a cinder block, he awkwardly stands around a bit before getting bums rushed by Wagner’s seconds. Demon Jr. gets his hands on the cinder block and smashes in over Wagner’s head, in a pretty gross tribute to Angel o Demonio, KOing him and winning his hair. Hell of performance by two guys in their 50s as they just milked every bit of drama out of everything they did with Demon leaving puddles around the ring like an un-house broken puppy.” Phil Schneider

“Brutal bloody lucha exactly how it should be. Triplemania is becoming one of the best shows of the year every year.” leon noel

“The most unexpected late-career effort of the last 20+ years, Demon’s bizarre turn from grandfathered in legend to Lucha Zandig has been incredible, with this match standing up against every other MOTY this decade.” Eric Ritz

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#9
Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
8/8
NJPW

Overall Points: 177
Total Votes: 34
1 First-Place Vote

“The kind of match that appeals to primal brains of anyone, no matter what kind of wrestling they’re a fan of, or a fan at all. Two little brutes battering each other until one can’t get up. Pure, brutal artistry.” Matt McEwen

“One of the best possible versions of a Soul Food match. Everything you expect and want from the two names involved and a great alternative to the “epic” Ospreay or Okada styles that dominated NJPW throughout the year. It was brutal but beautiful. Brutaful.” Dylan Fox

“Wrestling is about cool moves and acting like a badass and this is the perfect example of acting like a badass.” Mongo Underscore Ebooks

“Ishii is the best at his certain style. Shingo has impressed me more than any other wrestler in 2019. If I wasn’t trying to be fair I would put 10 Ishii matches on this list.” DJ Rothenbecker

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#8
Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston
4/7
WWE

Overall Points: 195
Total Votes: 37
3 First-Place Votes

“What can I even say? This was a masterful display of professional wrestling by the greatest who has ever done it. I don’t want to say it was a carryjob, as Kofi definitely brought the goods & his whole story + connection with the fans added a TON, but this really was Daniel Bryan’s masterpiece through & through. Everything from his facial expressions, selling, perfect timing of the cutoffs, to his vicious attack on the mid-section — EVERYTHING he did was just about perfect. One of the greatest single match performances ever anywhere by anyone & one of the greatest matches I’ve had the pleasure of watching.” Heikki Oinonen

“The emotional that came in the build-up transitioned into the match itself as the conclusion to Kofi’s WWE title journey was done perfectly.” Steven Wilson

“A match that was never supposed to happen. My first live Wrestlemania. And watching the fulfillment of career-long journey that most assumed had already peaked. I am not the biggest Kofi Kingston fan, but his run leading up to Wrestlemania was nothing short of amazing. I had skipped the match prior to go meet up with camp friends I hadn’t seen in 25 years who were seated in the top tier of Metlife Stadium. As the pre-match videos began to play, I ran as fast as I could back to me seat halfway across the stadium and made it back in time for the opening bell.

It was almost perfect to have Daniel Bryan, who himself had had his Wrestlemania moment of glory following months of adversity, be the one who gave Kofi his moment. And in his more than capable hands, the match delivered as well as it possibly could.

There are few things in wrestling that can top a WWE storyline that peaks perfectly. This was exactly that and after two straight days of new matches of the year, this topped my list for several months.” Michael Levy

“Daniel Bryan may well be the greatest professional wrestler to have ever walked the earth. To have the emotional return he had, and within one year have me begging for him to be beaten at Wrestlemania is a testament to that. This match with Kofi is easily the best of Kingston’s whole career and was a perfectly crafted World Title match. It told an emotional story, made Bryan look every inch the once in a lifetime talent he is, and elevated Kofi to the extent that the final moment of triumph for him was one of the most genuinely satisfying things that the WWE main roster has pulled off in many years.” Dave Ryan

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#7
Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White
8/12
NJPW

Overall Points: 215
Total Votes: 33
3 First-Place Votes

“This felt like the night the rest of wrestling twitter, incredulously, came around to respecting what the Switchblade character is trying to do and be. Classic Heel v Babyface stuff that had a building, and a worldwide fan base, hoping to see a true babyface in Ibushi overcome and conquer a true heel in Jay.” Josh Creighton

“Not only was this match phenomenal from start to finish, but it was also, the climax of the month long G1 Climax. Ibushi and White both started the tournament slow. While Ibushi’s slow build and final win over Okada set him up to be the tournament’s hero, White made good on his proclamation to win out and looked poised to ruin everyone’s night by winning the tournament with Bullet Club by his side. The crowd’s desperation to see their hero victorious could be felt through the broadcast. After some early shenanigans to make the hero’s hopes look bleak, these two played to and used the emotions of the crowd to create a match the left them in tears as Ibushi lifted the G1 trophy. Jay White is an amazing heel, and Ibushi played the part of hero perfectly!” Melanndy

“I am an unapologetic fanboy of Switchblade Jay White. The ironic thing about that is I couldn’t stand the guy until 2018. Something happened in 2018, he found his swagger. I believe that man is the greatest employee on this planet. The New Japan office(Gedo specifically) tell him to go out there and garner heat, and nobody does it better than Jay White. Never was this more on display than the G1 Final against Kota Ibushi. New Japan took a chance and went full sports entertainment with that final match and it paid off immensely. A nuclear crowd took this to unbelievable heights with the classic heel vs face dynamic. Ibushi played his role beautifully while Jay put on a masterclass of heel work. This is the company in Japan full of the “unsafe head drops” showing everyone how sports entertainment should be. This was far and away my match of the year and one of my favorite matches of the last decade.” Markeem Graham

“The G1 Climax Final is always special. This felt like the perfect set up of good vs evil; and the pay off to all of Jay White and Bullet Club’s shenanigans throughout the year. Kota’s victory felt important, like the crowning of his spot as a Top 4 level talent in NJPW.” Kevin Chiat

“Jay White gets a lot of shit and I didn’t hold back with criticism about his character, but the main of this is that I’m frustrated with some of the stereotypical and bad heel work he or rather Gedo does. I think Gedo is a huge detriment to Jay White, but sometimes it all works out perfectly when the shenanigans play into the match in a good way much like they did here with Gedo and Rocky Romero. White was a fantastic heel in dominating Kota Ibushi in this match and whenever White goes to work on a babyface, holds them to the ground, puts them in grueling submissions or – even better – when he cuts of their offense with joy he’s just great. On this day White had a perfect foil in Ibushi who the crowd was behind like in few japanese main event matches. Usually you have fans chanting for either guy or even changing their support fittingly to the match situation. This was much different. Jay White with his black gear and Kota Ibushi with his usual white gave the Budokan crowd a simple division in colors that reflected the story of the match. It was all about the odds Ibushi had to overcome to win his first G1 Climax and he overcame those odds in an almost perfect way with a fiery babyface comeback. This was, without a doubt, my favorite match from Japan.” STRIGGA

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#6
Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
7/20
NJPW

Overall Points: 232
Total Votes: 45
Highest Vote: 2nd

“What happens when the Wrestler of 2019 faces off against the greatest wrestler alive in a tournament that features the very best pro wrestling of the year? Exactly what one would expect to happen.” Kentucky210

“Obvious dream match of sorts of the two divisional flag bearers of NJPW. To get this as a block match in the G1 was nothing short of awesome. The finishing sequence of reversed finishers ending in Osprey taking the rainmaker like death was the perfect punctuation on this clash.” Nick Davidson

“Top class stuff. Already an atmosphere in the building before the match even starts due to the Chaos links. Ospreay’s athleticism is unmatched and I loved him reversing the rainmaker twice and using it to set up moves of his own. I bit on the near falls in this match but at the same time they weren’t over the top spammed. The fact that Ospreay did not get to hit Stormbreaker was great too as the match didn’t need that move unless it was to provide Ospreay with the win. Great things again from a G1 tournament match involving Will Ospreay.” Brian1zvx

“What do you except from two of the best wrestlers in the world. These two had a great match in G1 Climax. Ospreay proving to Okada that he is on his level and along with Okada’s selling and Ospreay’s offence this is why this match is so great. There is still the story in the future of Ospreay trying to get a win over his Okada.” Filip Pejic

“Another example of an incredible match built around a simple story, the student and the master. Will still chasing the elusive victory against his mentor in Japan Okada. Two of the best in the world in a match that is a potential Wrestle Kingdom main event down the line.” Gary O’Donoghue

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#5
Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole
4/5
WWE (NXT)

Overall Points: 233
Total Votes: 33
4 First-Place Votes

“Best match I’ve ever seen live on an amazing card” Arya Witner

“I was in attendance for this match and in the building Cole was way more over with the crowd than Gargano was. In the finishing stretch, people in my section were getting very upset every time Gargano kicked out, and to be honest he kicked out of so many killer Cole moves that it felt like overkill. On rewatch, it didn’t feel like overkill at all. Here you have Cole, and arrogant prick leader of a group that isn’t afraid to get involved in one another’s matches, who has told his opponent that his Takeover milestones and his teammates will help carry him to victory. Then you have Gargano, whose months-long plan to get another title shot against his arch-nemesis went up in flames when said nemesis went down with a possible career-ending injury. Those two stories crashed together here spectacular fashion, as Gargano absorbed everything that Cole threw at him, caught on to Cole’s patterns, and tapped him out twice to win the title. What makes his title win here all the more satisfying is that he didn’t have to sacrifice his ethics to do it. After months of cheating and losing or cheating only to win the secondary title, he won like a man and got the biggest prize of all (while Cole lost even though he cheated as much as he could). The spectre of Tommaso Ciampa hung heavy over this match, with both Gargano and Cole using moves from the former champ’s arsenal to play mind games and get an advantage. While this wasn’t the ending to the Gargano/Ciampa story we were expecting, it was very satisfying given the circumstances.” Brad Garoon

“Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole are incapable of having anything less than stellar matches at TakeOvers. This match was the cap on a night that had at least three match of the year contenders between NXT and NJPW.” Slyguy46

“One of the best WWE moments of the last decade, as Gargano completes his fairytale-like rise to the top of NXT. A rare long term WWE story that paid off that is also a sad reminder of how good this company could be if they really cared.” Paco Silva

“I was lucky enough to be in the building for this one. The energy in the building during this match is something I’ve never felt at a wrestling show before. A+ stuff from these two.” Brett Miles

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#4
Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
1/4
NJPW

Overall Points: 364
Total Votes: 48
7 First-Place Votes

“I love this match. There’s the emotional build; with Kenny being forced into a villain role he doesn’t want to be in, the feeling of genuine dislike between the two men and then the exquisitely crafted story of Tanahashi compromising his ideals in pursuit of victory. As a Tanahashi fan, his (perhaps final) victory in the Tokyo Dome main event was emotional. As a Kenny Omega fan, I hope it isn’t his final match in NJPW (I still crave the narrative closure of him and Ibushi having their big match) but if it is then this was a hell of a match to end things on” Kevin Chiat

“Kenny’s boo-boo face during his entrance to his heavily-edited ‘Kenny’s Tale’ video was worth the price of admission alone. The crowd had no idea what it was supposed to be and the video ended before Kenny made his comeback so it looked like Tanahashi had beaten him. And so he did! The cherry on top of the Elite Purge that was WK13.” Joel Abraham

“When I first jumped into New Japan, Hiroshi Tanahashi was already a legend. Although I had never watched one of his matches, he was so big that his name was always around my then WWE-fandom. On the other hand, Kenny was a junior heavyweight with overwhelming charisma that completely changed my view of the business. I am not going to lie: Omega was one of the responsible for making New Japan my favorite company on the planet. His matches against Okada, Ishii and Naito showed me what professional wrestling should be. But Tana was always there, performing strong, offering great matches to watch, with a completely different style. So, when these two clashed at the main event of Wrestle Kingdom, I sat down and watched in silence, and I saw a masterpiece being painted in front of my eyes. To me, in a perfect wrestling match, every move matters. And this was a perfect wrestling match. The body movements, the face expressions, the way they hit each other; everything mattered to the story. This was a clash of styles and generations, and it was the perfect closure for that chapter of Omega’s career.” Evandro Furtado

“I think this match will go under-appreciated, but it represents the best of professional wrestling. The story heading into the match was that Tanahashi didn’t respect Omega as a wrestler, and said that he was just an athletic guy that does high-spots and didn’t know how to put on a real show. Sound familiar? So they meet in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom and tell that story.

This isn’t a match full of crazy moves; there is a lengthy exchange early in the match where both men just trade forearms to the lower back, but it works because of the story they are telling. The match is wrestled at Tanahashi’s pace and Omega is trying to prove something to Tanahashi. On the contrary, Tanahashi attempts one major high spot, a frog splash to the outside through a table and he fails spectacularly. In the end, Tanahashi wills himself to probably his last IWGP Heavyweight Championship win of his career and Omega is vanquished from NJPW, perhaps forever.” Jesse Collings

“The match had the best storytelling of the year and it had the creative story of clashing philosophies between Omega and Tanahashi. Overall a bittersweet end for the run of Omega in NJPW and one last amazing WK main event for Tana.” Juan Carlos Reneo

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#3
Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes
5/25
AEW

Overall Points: 387
Total Votes: 55
6 First-Place Votes

“The best story all year, hands down. Attitude vs now, brother vs brother, and it proved Dustin could still go. Dramatic in all of the right ways, and it left us with several great visuals, including Dustin getting color, the two hugging at the end and Cody’s ‘I need my brother’ speech.” Bill Pritchard

“In prior years I often bounced back and forth between my top matches and I didn’t always have that clear number one, but this year is different. When I sat down to put together my top 10 this match went to the top right away. To me Cody vs. Dustin still is the best AEW has done to this day and nothing comes even close. It’s funny, between all the stuff we get to see on Dynamite and on Dark it seems like the Rhodes (at least the male side) is on a completely different page. There’s a lot of good, but also a lot of goofy, some ironic and some plain bad stuff, but whenever Cody comes out to do a promo or wrestle you know the segment will be on point and you know the segment will touch your emotions. You can talk about all the blood in this match and Dustin looking like he was brought to slaughter, but what really mattered here were the emotions. Key to this was that these weren’t only two guys studying Dusty Rhodes, it were to guys studying the American Dream while being his kids. There’s wrestlers that learned a lot from Dusty, but Cody’s interpretation of the elements that made Dusty great comes across so much better than with anyone else and why wouldn’t it? Another reason why I loved this match so much comes along with the point I made before: Because Cody and Dustin had control about the story and the match they wanted to have – much in contrast to what they were used to in WWE.” STRIGGA

“What better way to announce an alternative to WWE by producing a match with emotion (and blood) that hasn’t been seen in WWE in years! The Rhodes sibling rivalry is no secret and with the fantastic road-to specials as a supplement, it was hard to see this match living up to the hype. But not only did it deliver, it was my match of the year.” Corey

“Not a technical classic but the passion, emotion and storytelling took this one to another level.” Jamie Apps

“If you have a brother, you know his weird kind of relationship that involves love and hate at excruciating levels. You cannot be in the same room for more than 20 minutes without getting into a fistfight, but you miss the hell out of him when he is away. Thus, for those who say professional wrestling is fake, you don’t understand anything about it, and you know even less about life. I challenge anyone to present any form of athletic activity that will present this level of emotional involvement. There is none like wrestling. Cody and Dustin told the perfect family tale within the squared circle drawing tears even from the toughest wrestling fan. It was beautiful, it was emotional, it was real!” Evandro Furtado

“This is a prime example of what pro wrestling is. It’s hard to believe that after a bloodbath like this, I could get choked up at the reunion of Dustin and Cody as brothers rather than opponents. For me, this is the defining match for AEW.” Kelly Harrass

“It’s too easy to use terms like “operatic” or “Shakespearean” to describe this battle of brothers rooted in ancient patrilineal grievance and generational conflict. But that’s because it really was operatic and Shakespearean, because it happened on the level of blood feuds and crossed stars and ill omen. A masterpiece in a classic key.” Dean Buckley

“This match just felt important to the future of professional wrestling in the United States. Double or Nothing was a defining show for AEW and Cody vs. Dustin defined AEW as something different from the professional wrestling we had seen in the US over the previous 20 years. Even if this is the top of what we could expect going forward from AEW, it was grounds for excitement for where they were headed.” Chris Samsa

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#2
David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin
10/26
OTT

Overall Points: 529
Total Votes: 58
19 First-Place Votes

“Quite simply, the perfect culmination of a nearly 18 month sprawling storyline that was one of the best in this era of independent wrestling. The final chapter in the Starr/Devlin/WALTER OTT feud had absolutely everything you wanted from a match worthy to sign the whole story off: a molten hot Dublin crowd, a pitch-perfect hype package to set the context, and a fantastic and physical pro wrestling match. It captured the big match feel from minute one, and rewarded keen viewers with callbacks to the matches that preceded it. A truly special experience I will remember for years to come.” Dave Ryan

“When I first began compiling my top 10 for this year’s awards a few weeks back, this match hadn’t even made it off my “watch later” list on YouTube. The buzz surrounding it was tremendous but I wasn’t familiar with the story leading to the match, which was kind of a factor in letting it sit on that “watch later” list. To be honest, I’d only watched a handful of matches from OTT…well, ever.I stumbled upon an article from this very site (‘Following the Feud’ by Robin Reid) and after checking it out, went down the proverbial rabbit hole and quickly found myself engrossed in one of my favorite stories in a very, very long time. Thanks to the blueprint in the above referenced article, my Highspots Network sub & YouTube, I was able to watch the entire story unfold and it was absolutely fantastic. David Starr, Jordan Devlin & WALTER–along with others–crafted this amazing story with the crescendo being this magnificent piece of professional wrestling. From the breathtaking video package (which were amazing through the entirety of the storyline), the insane crowd reactions and the match itself, there was nothing that was going to top this for me in 2019. My kind of pro wrestling.” Billy Carpenter

“I can’t even begin to explain what it felt like to watch this match live. It was more than a just technically brilliant match by two masters of the art working at the height of their powers. It wasn’t just the rich political subtext built into the match by Starr’s incredible promo work and Shaun Ryan’s masterpiece hype video, which foresaw the eventual loyalties of the crowd, changing the match’s title in its final frame to “Devil vs. Starr”. It was the first time in my life I’ve experienced a match as a living, breathing thing. The crowd and the performers in perfect sync, working toward a conclusion that shocked and electrified everyone in the room. I’m not sure I’ll ever see anything like it again.” Dean Buckley

“There is no single promotion on earth that can tell a professional wrestling story quite like OTT. It opens with a long video package explaining the backstory of the conflict. Friends divided. One allied to Indie Wresting and fighting for the rights of all competitors; the other allied to the WWE, and fighting for himself and his corporate masters. The foreign crusader vs. the native son. Good vs. Evil. Black vs. White. Who is the hero? Who is the villain? The stakes are set and you’re ready for a showdown. The video ends and out comes Jordan Devlin, sheathed in the clock of the Grim Reaper, The Import Killer. Only it isn’t. It’s David Starr. Now he is the Import Killer and he’s dressed in glorious holy white. Strings of Marilyn Manson’s Four Rusted Horses begin to play and the crowd erupts. As he steps towards the ring the course proclaims, “”Everyone will come, everyone will come, to my funeral to make sure that I stay dead””. He is the savior of Indie wrestling and the forces of evil are here to make damn sure he stays dead. Devlin enters and the atmosphere changes. He was the hero of the Irish people, but in his black trunks he is cast in the role of viliain. Selfish, egotistical and hated. There is no ambiguity in the crowd’s allegiance. If Devlin wins, we riot.

What follows is a 30 minute war. No mercy, no breaks, just brutal mortal combat with everything on the line. When the final blow lands and the ref’s hand slaps the mat for the third and final time, only one man is left standing. David Starr. After a brief moment of elation, he lifts up Devlin. Is he going to offer a ceremonial handshake or to extend an olive branch? No. With his final act lets loose a lariat and drills Devlin right back down. These men went to war and their brotherhood has been shattered. Like the Irish people themselves, there is a deep division that will not be easily healed. This is not wrestling. This is not sport. This is art. This is culture. A glorious battle of good and evil performed by the finest of players and no match in all of 2019 can come close.” Jason Westhaver

“Huge fight feel going into this match where David Starr is challenging the “Import Killer” Jordan Devlin for the top prize in OTT Wrestling. The build and hype videos going into this match were incredible and the match lives up to the build. Unlike their match back in February, it was now independent wrestler vs. the signed talent and Starr went into this match as the crowd favorite against the hometown wrestler. Plenty of callbacks to their previous OTT match. Incredible match that you can watch for FREE on YouTube.” Luis Perez

“I don’t think I’ll ever experience a match quite like this in my life. The hottest crowd in European Wrestling and the hottest angle to grace the European Scene since the heyday of Progress and the Jimmy Havoc V Will Ospreay feud. While technically not a perfect match, this match was as close to perfection from an emotional point of view. The easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given a match.” Gary O’Donoghue

“If art is meant to reflect the times then this match was the perfect mirror. This embodied many of the narratives inside and around pro wrestling in 2019. The mouth of the independent worker usurping the throne of the hometown kid made King. In his own domain, no less. The same fans who carried Devlin on their shoulders when he conquered the invading monster WALTER now carried David Starr for felling their would be heroic Irish Ace. This kind of story we see captured rarely so well, and the aggression and hatred that Starr and Devlin worked with the whole match took it to the next level. In my opinion, this match is in contention for match of the decade.” Lawson Leong

“”The atmosphere was palpable for this match. The story told by both Devlin and Starr in this match was next level and had the crowd hanging on every move. A fitting ending to a highly engaging feud and a new beginning for OTT. The live experience for this match is something that I will never forget.” Sarah Flannery

“From the start of this video package the energy changed in the building from a standard good OTT crowd to a pack of wild dogs baying for their dinner. I will admit that I didn’t know which of these two I would support in the match until about 5 minutes beforehand. All week the discussion amongst regulars had been about not knowing what way the crowd would go. I was a little nervous this split might harm the atmosphere a bit as I had seen how great a crowd could be when fully behind one guy. Then Jordan Devlin’s music hit and there was booing. I was shocked, it had been 2 years plus since he was last booed in OTT and this was deafening. So many moments in this match out stand out, from Starr leading the crowd section by section to rise, to the now-infamous strike exchange that I felt was perfect.

These two guys knew what this 18-month storyline needed as a ‘conclusion’ and there was no wasted moment in the match. This match is why I spend money to attend and watch wrestling. Engrossing action from start to finish, 2000 people eating up every little detail all cheering for who they ‘need’ to win. It’s 3 months on and I’m still not recovered.” Brian1zvx

“For the past several years, Over The Top Wrestling has been the Casablanca to a war-torn European wrestling scene. As WWE lays waste to the continent with predatory business practices, Dublin, Ireland has been the “safe-zone” for refugees, as well as a place for Ireland’s best to showcase themselves in a way that few other European promotions have been able to do so. The hero of our story is the outspoken Marxist labor organizer and savior of the oppressed, David Starr. American himself but living abroad to hone his craft, one might see him has the Rick Blaine of our story. However, as David is the political activist willing to standing up against the anti-labor policies of WWE that ravaged the wrestling landscape around the world at great personal cost and risk to himself as he is blackballed from working for WWE and ROH due to his beliefs, David is really the Victor Laszlo of this story. The Villian of this story isn’t a Nazi General trying to keep him from leaving the country. His antagonist is one of the sons of Ireland…the Import Killer… The Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin. However, Jordan has reason for shame. Jordan turned his back on his countrymen for money and empty promises of fame and fortune…much like Captain Louis Renault. In this proxy war taking place in Dublin, The “Irish Ace” is conquered and sent to go cash his piggie paychecks while the Irish crowd cheer on their American hero as he demonstrates his passion and willingness to fight against fascism. Also, Eddie Kingston is Ingrid Bergman.” Doug Fowler

“Go watch this match for yourself. It is indescribable how this match will make you feel.
THE CROWD, THE MATCH, THE ENERGY!!!!!!!” Danny Kuchler

“The conclusion to arguably the greatest feud in Indie wrestling. An unbelievable atmosphere that can never be replicated and it just happened to have two of the best wrestlers in the world. A night and a match I will treasure for the rest of my life” Lee Malone

“Absolutely no fear with my top pick – you perhaps need to have been fully on board with the entire story to put it at #1, but this was the goddamn peak of this storyline, highlighted with the mixture of rapturous Starr fans and the dejected Devlin supporters at the end. They mastered doing a double-turn and going back again throughout the storyline (and afterwards), this was a fantastic way to wrap up the storyline.” Ian Hamilton

Voices of Wrestling 2019 Match of the Year

#1
Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay
6/5
NJPW

Overall Points: 1023
Total Votes: 93
47 First-Place Votes

“This was Ospreay’s year, and his match against the then undefeated Takagi was a war. This match had an unpredictable outcome which helped me believe the near falls. Ospreay had to throw it all in to be able to take down Shingo, a Jr. that can take it as well as give it. Both men showed why they are two of the best in the world at the moment in an unforgettable match.” Abraham Delgado

“A perfectly paced, heavy-hitting, drama filling match between two “juniors” that, for me anyway, will go down as one of the best matches I’ve ever seen. Will’s 2019 will go down as one of the greatest in-ring years ever, but not far behind him was Shingo. I had been aware of him and seen a few matches of his, but through this tournament and this match, he became one of my favorite wrestlers going today. Watch this match and tell me there’s two better wrestlers in the world. I dare you.” Steve Case

“In a Twitter Q&A, Kassius Ohno recently described Japanese pro wrestling as “struggle through sport.” I can’t think of a match this year that embodied that phrase quite like the finals of this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament. This was Shingo’s first singles tournament in New Japan since coming over from Dragon Gate, and to no one’s surprise, he knocked it out of the park. Will Ospreay’s incredible 2019 peaks here despite the valleys not being much lower than this. An incredible showcase from two of the ten best wrestlers on the planet.” Suit Williams

“Wrestling doesn’t get better than this, not really. Shingo Takagi’s first Best of the Super Juniors was a delight and this was the perfect final. My expectations were inevitably high but the match shot right through and went into the stratosphere.” Andrew Sinclair

“Will Ospreay, in my opinion, has become the best wrestler in the world 2019 was his year and this match was absolutely phenomenal from the time the opening bell rang until red shoes made that final three count which ended the match. It was an hour long, I used to love long matches as a kid but as an adult with more responsibilities I usually have no time for this kind of stuff in modern-day wrestling. However, I watched this match live and as slow starting as it was any smart wrestler will tell you that if you’re going to an hour you have to do it the right way. The first part of the match was Ospreay and Takagi pacing themselves long enough to be able to feel each other out. Once they got going this match turned into pure insanity. Whenever I watch these shows live at the stupidest times possible I have to contain my reactions but sometimes things happen and you just can’t contain your excitement and this was one of those matches. I don’t often react loudly to spots in wrestling it’s rare that I’ll yell holy shit once let alone multiple times as I’m watching a match unfold before my very eyes. This match was the exception to my own personal rule, we as NJPW fans always have high expectations for tournament final matches like these and they almost always deliver on their promise but this match went along way to exceed my expectations for it. Ospreay kicked out of everything that Takagi gave him and Takagi kicked out of everything that Ospreay did to him in response, I didn’t want it to end but by the end of the match I was left speechless because I had just witnessed a masterpiece of a match unfold before my very eyes. The people who watch wrestling will understand this it’s why I became a fan and why I still watch this stuff at 34 years old, wrestling is drama it’s an art form and on this night both Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi painted a masterpiece on a ring canvas.” Nathan Neumann

“We will look back at this match years from now as one that inspired and influenced a generation much the way Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid did in the early ’80s. Takagi and Ospreay pushed the limits of the art form to new heights. The rivals put on a masterclass in reversals with a smooth and awe-inspiring winner-take-all tournament bout.” Ryan Dilbert

“This match was not only the best match that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing live, it was the easiest five star rating that I’ve ever given. Two of the absolute best wrestlers alive went to war in this Best of the Super Juniors Final and left everything in the ring. I try not to make claims like this due to recency bias, but I have no doubt that Ospreay vs. Shingo will go down as one of my all-time favorites.” Kelly Harrass

“Take away the hyperbolic (and ultimately inconsequential) match rating from Dave Meltzer, and you still have the best match of the year, a showdown between Shingo Takagi, undefeated in NJPW at the time, and Will Ospreay, the wrestler of 2019. Takagi is charitably a power junior, while Ospreay dabbled with competition out of the junior heavyweight scene with his NEVER Openweight reign. Because they’re barely juniors, this match was able to live in both the junior and the heavyweight main event NJPW style, and it made for a captivating combination. It was hard-hitting, action-packed, and it’s hard to believe that this is their first match against each other.” Kim Wong

“This was the BOSJ 26 Finals, a Tuesday match at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Takagi’s story as a junior heavyweight ended here, while Ospreay’s move to the heavyweight heavyweight division began a month later. Both character narratives were elevated. The in-ring craftsmanship here was superb. Takagi’s ability to adapt to what the crowd needs him to be was impressive in this, and here was they needed him to play heel to Ospreay, who in June was receiving superhero-esque babyface receptions from crowds. It was innovative but hard-hitting, well-practiced but always organic, so fast to where even the hardcores like us stop analyzing and watch in awe, the way it should be.” Justin M. Knipper

“It’s very rare that dream matches actually have stakes involved. This was the perfect combination of the two best wrestlers in the world wrestling on one of the biggest stages possible for one of the most prestigious trophies in all of wrestling. I was floored at how great this was.” Case Lowe

“What else can be said about this match that hasn’t already been said? These two had a 35-minute sprint that was a collection of great spots that made sense and told a good story. This match built up Ospreay and Shingo simultaneously with Ospreay ending Shingo’s undefeated streak and Shingo having to take essentially 3 consecutive finishers to be beaten.” Tyler Forness

“As soon as this match was finalized on the last BOSJ B Block day, I was expecting a MOTY contender; it ended up being my MOTY winner. Ospreay was in the midst of his greatest in-ring year to date and one of the best in-ring years of any wrestler ever. Shingo was undeniably stellar, which he’s been for well over a decade. Put them together and you’ve got a certified dream match, but add that it’s a tournament final in Sumo Hall and Shingo’s undefeated streak was on the line? OOOOH BABY you got a stew going. This was the perfect mix of talent, emotion, drama, high stakes, and a big stage to craft an all-time classic that I’ll be remembering for many years to come.” Andrew Rich

“The definitive pro wrestling match of 2019 that managed to merge in-ring drama and high stakes puroresu atmosphere with extraordinary storytelling, as the best wrestler in the world faced the undefeated dragon in the perfect ending to a historic Best of the Super Juniors.” Paco Silva

“It my be the bounce that came from being in the building for this match was head and shoulders above everything else this year. The two best wrestlers of the year were each at the very best in front of a passionate crowd. Takagi’s undefeated streak and Ospreay’s run of great performances combined to create something akin to a modern, superior version of Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels while also taking from recent classics such as Omega and Okada’s first encounter. Going into the match, the audience were heavily behind Takagi, with Dragon t-shirts everywhere, but Ospreay’s determination as he withstood his opponent’s fast-paced and powerful onslaught of strikes and throws, coupled with his own exhilarating offence drew ever-increasing numbers of people onside as the match wore on. His victory was met with cheers and tears of jubilation and served to not only set-up his challenge for Dragon Lee’s Jr Heavyweight title, but also future encounters with Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiromu Takahashi and the much anticipated Takagi rematch. Marvellous!” Jack Groom

“Sensational match in which Ospreay and Takagi played their roles masterfully. Ospreay as the embodied junior heavyweight overcoming the tank-like presence of Takagi kept me engaged throughout. I genuinely believed no junior heavyweight could stop Shingo in this tournament. To see Ospreay, the unquestionable ace of the division do just that, was awesome.” Nick Davidson

“The final of the Best of the Super Juniors is almost a lock to be a contender for match of the year, and with the esoteric talent in this match, it seemed even more certain. A common, outdated criticism of Ospreay is that he doesn’t understand the little details, that he’s the proverbial spot monkey. This match demonstrates that just isn’t true. The little moments where he stares at the ground, cogs whirring as he comprehends how to outsmart the barrel Shingo, make this match special. Every move he does is a clear step on the path to victory. Shingo was just as good, playing the veteran heel by pushing the rules wherever possible. Shingo has the best lariat in the world, and Ospreay sells them brilliantly. This match is never still. It’s a great example of a match wrestled at a thrilling pace that maintains the feel of two top class wrestlers desperately trying to outsmart the other. The dives in this match, spots that often feel cliched and tired, are delivered with such conviction it’s impossible not to be in awe of the bravery and dedication of these performers. There’s a lot of interesting talk about these men moving up to heavyweight and the possible booking implications of that, but as long as they put on matches like this I couldn’t care less. A perfect match, and an easy choice for my match of 2019.” Neil David

“The Best of the Super Juniors final between Shingo and Ospreay was absolutely incredible. Two of the best wrestlers in the world going head to head and having a match for the ages. The story of the match was great. Shingo came into the final as the undefeated juggernaut who decimated everybody in his block. Ospreay was the ultimate underdog which is a position he’s not often in. I knew that the match was going to be awesome, but I was expecting Ospreay to become just another victim for the Dragon. I lost my mind when Ospreay unleashed all of his top moves and defeated Shingo. This match checked all the boxes for me: hard-hitting moves, innovative spots, a great story, and a hot crowd. For me this is easily the best match of 2019.” Jeremy Donovan

“These guys are already stars so this wasn’t a star-making performance but a legend-making performance. And while I think Ospreay is the best in the world, he’s not perfect but Shingo manages to reign in Will’s excesses here to create an incredible build where the big moves actually mean something. The greatest match I saw in 2019.” Gerard Di Trolio

“It was another banner year for Ospreay in the ring. His inclusion in the G1 felt like a test-run of sorts, getting his feet wet in the heavyweight division. He could be a big star there in 2020 and beyond, provided his body can keep up. Takagi has been a great addition to New Japan for the last year-plus, really making up for some losses in the junior heavyweight division.” Greg Parks

“Two of the best wrestlers in the world in 2019 having an instant classic in Sumo Hall to decide the winner of the 26th Best of the Super Juniors Tournament. An unstoppable force who had demolished and destroyed everyone in his path vs. the once in a generation athlete who was looking to win the Best Of The Super Juniors for a second time. These two went to war for over thirty minutes, and the action from start to finish was simply superb. The final few minutes were simply outstanding, and Ospreay finally managed to slay to dragon to win this tournament for the second time in four years. It honestly doesn’t get much better than this.” Sean A. Sedor

“Fast paced, hard hitting action. These two left everything they had on the ring. Before this match, Takagi was undefeated, while Ospreay was trying to establish as the face of the division. It was the perfect storm, the clashing of two styles: the strength and intensity of Shingo versus the athleticism and speed of Ospreay. This was insane, they never had a filler moment and they told their story in a phenomenal way. Great spots and lots of creativity. What else could I say? Absolutely amazing, a must-see match.” Gin Malkâvar

“This is it. This is it! Modern, cutting edge, heart-pounding professional wrestling that should propel this ridiculous pseudo-sport safely into the next decade, and beyond. In the Wrestle Wipe 2019, where I rounded up all the years notable news, this match got given it’s own little section. It simply reads; “JUNE– WILL OSPREAY VS SHINGO HAPPENS AT BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS AND WE ALL REJOICE! PRO WRESTLING, BABY! PRO FUCKING WRESTLING!!!”. It sits at the very top of the 2019 pro wrestling mountain, and it earned every single fucking plaudit.” Shane Doyle

“Perfect combination of speed and aggression – doesn’t feel like a “dance” in the slightest. Really laying things in. Absolutely incredible counters – as good as I’ve ever seen, so fast and crisp. The sequences from about the 25 min mark where Ospreay pulls out his greatest hits, before Shingo doing his is as good as it gets. Both looked like they’d genuinely been to war at the end. Amazing stuff. And the GRAPPL match of the year as well!” Gareth Hodgson

“What else needs to be said about this match? It’s the easiest MOTY choice I’ve ever had, and will surely win by a massive margin. Ospreay and Shingo are the two most exciting wrestlers in NJPW today and their journeys into the heavyweight main event scene began right here. Just an effortlessly brilliant match that made you question just how two human beings could do some of the stuff that they did here.” Oli Court

“This was a battle of two of the very best in the world delivering in the main event spot and maybe even surpassing the lofty expectations many had for this. This was an amazing match, and if Shingo had to lose, this was the way to do it as Ospreay had to empty his entire arsenal and then some just to keep up with him and survive long enough to have a chance to win. They obviously have huge plans with Ospreay and Shingo loses nothing after that amazing effort. The pacing was tremendous, the drama was great and the crowd added a ton to this match. It was a match that had such high expectations that it could have disappointed in some way, but these two said not today and just destroyed each other in a beautiful war that constantly got better the longer it went along. This was absolutely off the charts and a more than fitting end to what is the best BOSJ tournament I’ve ever covered.” Larry Csonka

“This match had everything that I could want from a wrestling match. The pace. The storytelling. The monster that was Shingo at the time. The highlight of the year and for me, the highlight of both men’s careers.” Hunter McGaughey



VOW 2019 MOTY (Final Results)

Place Match Date Promotion Overall Points Total Votes % of ballots Highest Vote
1 Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay 6/5 NJPW 1023 93 68.9% 1st
2 David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin 10/26 OTT 529 58 43.0% 1st
3 Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes 5/25 AEW 387 55 40.7% 1st
4 Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 1/4 NJPW 364 48 35.6% 1st
5 Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole 4/5 WWE (NXT) 233 33 24.4% 1st
6 Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay 7/20 NJPW 232 45 33.3% 2nd
7 Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White 8/12 NJPW 215 33 24.4% 1st
8 Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston 4/7 WWE 195 37 27.4% 1st
9 Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii 8/8 NJPW 177 34 25.2% 1st
10 Blue Demon Jr. vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. 8/3 AAA 170 19 14.1% 1st
11 WALTER vs Tyler Bate 8/31 WWE (NXT UK) 160 27 20.0% 1st
12 Tetsuya Naito vs Shingo Takagi 8/4 NJPW 137 21 15.6% 1st
13 Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura 9/3 AJPW 126 19 14.1% 2nd
14 Tomohiro Ishii vs Jon Moxley 7/19 NJPW 105 25 18.5% 2nd
15 Konosuke Takeshita vs Tetsuya Endo 7/15 DDT 103 14 10.4% 1st
16 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Will Ospreay 8/10 NJPW 101 16 11.9% 1st
17 PAC vs. Kzy 2/10 Dragon Gate 98 21 15.6% 1st
18 Lucha Bros vs. The Young Bucks 8/31 AEW 92 20 14.8% 2nd
19 Arisa Nakajima vs. Nanae Takahashi 11/2 SEAdLINNNG 90 9 6.7% 1st
20 Joey Janela vs David Starr 7/28 Beyond Wrestling 89 13 9.6% 1st
21 Dragon Lee vs. Will Ospreay 6/9 NJPW 85 18 13.3% 3rd
22 Takuya Nomura vs. Yuji Okabayashi 7/21 BJW 81 12 8.9% 1st
23 Josh Barnett vs. Minoru Suzuki 4/4 GCW 79 16 11.9% 1st
24 Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega 11/9 AEW 78 15 11.1% 3rd
25 Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano 6/1 WWE (NXT) 76 10 7.4% 1st
26 Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA 8/3 NJPW 62 14 10.4% 2nd
27 Jordan Devlin vs. WALTER 3/16 OTT 62 14 10.4% 2nd
28 Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi 6/9 NJPW 62 9 6.7% 1st
29 Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki 8/31 NJPW 60 13 9.6% 3rd
30 Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada 8/10 NJPW 59 10 7.4% 1st
31 Laredo Kid vs. El Hijo del Vikingo 6/9 AAA 55 9 6.7% 1st
32 Black Taurus, Laredo Kid, & Puma King vs.Bandido, Flamita, & Rey Horus 7/26 PWG 53 9 6.7% 1st
33 Yuki Ishikawa vs. Timothy Thatcher 3/9 wXw 53 7 5.2% 2nd
34 Metalico vs Virus 5/31 CMLL 51 8 5.9% 2nd
35 Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi 4/6 NJPW 48 10 7.4% 1st
36 WALTER vs. David Starr 6/23 OTT 46 11 8.1% 3rd
37 Sareee vs. Meiko Satomura 4/16 Sendai Girls 45 8 5.9% 1st
38 Shingo Takagi vs. Dragon Lee 5/23 NJPW 44 9 6.7% 1st
39 Rocky Romero vs El Phantasmo 5/24 NJPW 44 8 5.9% 1st
40 Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay 7/18 NJPW 43 10 7.4% 3rd
41 HARASHIMA vs Konosuke Takeshita 11/3 DDT 42 5 3.7% 1st
42 Arisa Hoshiki vs. Tam Nakano 6/16 Stardom 40 8 5.9% 2nd
43 David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin 2/17 OTT 39 10 7.4% 3rd
44 Will Ospreay vs. Robbie Eagles 6/29 NJPW 39 5 3.7% 1st
45 Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito 1/4 NJPW 37 8 5.9% 2nd
46 Hanson & Rowe vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black 4/5 WWE (NXT) 37 7 5.2% 2nd
47 Ben-K vs Masaaki Mochizuki 10/8 Dragon Gate 32 5 3.7% 2nd
48 Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura 3/19 AJPW 32 4 3.0% 1st
49 David Starr vs. Mercedes Martinez 10/17 Beyond Wrestling 31 7 5.2% 2nd
50 Daisuke Sekimoto & WALTER vs. Yuji Hino & Yuji Okabayashi 11/4 BJW 31 6 4.4% 3rd
51 Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii 3/23 NJPW 30 6 4.4% 2nd
52 Shingo Takagi vs. SHO 5/13 NJPW 30 6 4.4% 5th
53 Momo Watanabe vs Jungle Kyona 3/3 Stardom 29 8 5.9% 2nd
54 Chihiro Hashimoto vs Sareee 6/8 Sendai Girls 29 7 5.2% 3rd
55 PAC Vs. Cara Noir 7/5 RIPTIDE 27 6 4.4% 2nd
56 Will Ospreay vs A-Kid 3/30 WWW 27 6 4.4% 3rd
57 Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi 3/10 NJPW 27 6 4.4% 4th
58 El Barbaro Cavernario vs. Titan 2/22 CMLL 27 4 3.0% 1st
59 Arisa Hoshiki vs. Jungle Kyona 8/10 Stardom 26 5 3.7% 1st
60 NXT Women's WarGames Match 11/23 WWE (NXT) 25 6 4.4% 4th
61 Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson 6/5 NJPW 24 4 3.0% 1st
62 Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet 1/26 WWE (NXT) 23 6 4.4% 4th
63 Shuji Ishikawa/Suwama vs. Daisuke Sekimoto/Yuji Okabayashi 1/13 BJW 23 5 3.7% 2nd
64 Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard 7/7 Impact Wrestling 23 3 2.2% 2nd
65 T-Hawk vs. Shuji Kondo 5/3 Wrestle-1 23 2 1.5% 1st
66 Daniel Makabe vs. Timothy Thatcher 7/12 3-2-1 Battle 22 3 2.2% 3rd
67 Shoko Nakajima vs Yuka Sakazaki 11/3 DDT 21 2 1.5% 1st
68 WALTER vs Pete Dunne 4/5 WWE (NXT) 20 5 3.7% 4th
69 Dylan James vs. Yuji Okabayashi 4/20 AJPW 20 4 3.0% 4th
70 Dominic Garrini vs. Joshua Bishop 4/4 AIW 20 3 2.2% 2nd
71 Boomer Hatfield vs. Dasher Hatfield 5/26 CHIKARA 20 2 1.5% 1st
72 Masashi Takeda vs. Jimmy Lloyd 4/5 GCW 19 6 4.4% 6th
73 Momo Watanabe vs. Utami Hayashishita 4/5 Stardom 19 5 3.7% 4th
74 Will Ospreay vs Kota Ibushi 1/4 NJPW 19 4 3.0% 4th
75 Joey Janela vs. Kris Statlander 6/12 Beyond Wrestling 18 5 3.7% 5th
76 Big Mami vs. Lady Maravilla 12/14 AAA 17 6 4.4% 6th
77 Akito vs. ASUKA 7/15 DDT 17 4 3.0% 4th
78 WALTER vs. David Starr 3/8 wXw 17 3 2.2% 4th
79 Jay White vs Kazuchika Okada 4/6 NJPW 16 3 2.2% 3rd
80 Ophidian, Laredo Kid, Arez vs. Black Taurus, KTB, Gringo Loco 8/30 BLP/GCW 16 3 2.2% 4th
81 Kenny Omega & Riho vs. Antonio Honda & Miyu Yamashita 11/3 DDT 16 2 1.5% 1st
82 Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee 4/29 AJPW 15 4 3.0% 7th
83 Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii 8/1 NJPW 15 2 1.5% 2nd
84 Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor 1/27 WWE 14 3 2.2% 5th
85 Darby Allin vs Jon Moxley 11/20 AEW 14 1 0.7% 1st
85 Star Jr. & Valiente vs. Fugaz & Mistico 10/18 CMLL 14 1 0.7% 1st
85 Mio Momono vs Takumi Iroha 11/3 Marvelous 14 1 0.7% 1st
85 Momo Watanabe vs. Tam Nakano 1/13 Stardom 14 1 0.7% 1st
85 Brett Ison vs Allie Kat 6/2 SUP 14 1 0.7% 1st
90 Will Ospreay vs. Bandido 5/23 NJPW 13 4 3.0% 3rd
91 Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 7/6 NJPW 13 3 2.2% 2nd
92 Masashi Takeda vs. Jon Gresham 4/4 GCW 13 3 2.2% 3rd
93 Jake Lee & Naoya Nomura vs. Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi 12/9 AJPW 13 3 2.2% 5th
93 WALTER vs. Rey Fenix 3/9 wXw 13 3 2.2% 5th
95 Giulia vs. Hana Kimura 12/24 Stardom 13 2 1.5% 2nd
96 Invisible Man vs. Invisible Stan 4/5 GCW 12 4 3.0% 2nd
97 Daniel Makabe Vs. Jonathan Gresham 4/19 3-2-1 Battle 12 3 2.2% 2nd
98 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KUSHIDA 1/29 NJPW 12 3 2.2% 5th
99 Caveman Ugg vs. Jack Bonza 10/19 PWA Australia 12 3 2.2% 5th
100 Shuji Ishikawa & SUWAMA Vs. Yuji Okabayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto 3/19 AJPW 12 3 2.2% 5th
100 Arisa Hosiki vs. Hazuki 7/24 Stardom 12 3 2.2% 5th
102 KAI/YAMATO vs Naurki Doi/Kaito Ishida vs Eita/Big R Shimizu 7/21 Dragon Gate 11 3 2.2% 5th
103 Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae 8/10 WWE (NXT) 11 4 3.0% 8th
104 Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch 10/6 WWE 11 3 2.2% 4th
105 Masashi Takeda vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda 2/28 BJW 11 3 2.2% 3rd
106 Ben-K vs. Naruki Doi 12/15 Dragon Gate 11 2 1.5% 3rd
107 Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White 1/4 NJPW 11 2 1.5% 5th
108 Sareee vs Tsukasa Fujimoto 9/14 Ice Ribbon 11 2 1.5% 5th
109 Kaito Kiyomiya vs Takashi Sugiura 6/9 NOAH 10 4 3.0% 7th
110 Mick Moretti vs Jack Bonza 2/22 PWA Australia 10 2 1.5% 3rd
111 Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis vs. Paul Robinson & Will Ospreay 3/31 PROGRESS 10 2 1.5% 7th
112 Fénix vs Kenny Omega 10/19 AAA 9 3 2.2% 7th
112 Chris Jericho vs. Cody 11/9 AEW 9 3 2.2% 7th
114 Slex vs Gino Gambino 3/16 MCW 9 2 1.5% 3rd
115 Alex Colon vs. Masashi Takeda 8/22 GCW 9 2 1.5% 5th
115 Lance Archer vs. Will Ospreay 7/6 NJPW 9 2 1.5% 5th
117 Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee 10/24 AJPW 9 2 1.5% 6th
117 Big R Shimizu/Ben-K vs U-T/KAI 3/3 Dragon Gate 9 2 1.5% 6th
119 Kento Miyahara vs. KAI 1/3 AJPW 9 1 0.7% 2nd
119 Matthew Justice vs. Johnny Blackcraft 4/5 Blackcraft 9 1 0.7% 2nd
119 Cain Justice vs. Trevor Lee 2/16 CWF Mid-Atlantic 9 1 0.7% 2nd
119 Dragon Lee vs. Taiji Ishimori 5/3 NJPW 9 1 0.7% 2nd
119 KENTA vs. Tomohiro Ishii 11/3 NJPW 9 1 0.7% 2nd
119 PAC vs Michael Oku 6/2 RevPro 9 1 0.7% 2nd
125 Bobby Gunns vs. Timothy Thatcher 10/5 wXw 8 3 2.2% 7th
126 Hideki Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher 4/4 GCW 8 2 1.5% 4th
126 Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito 9/22 NJPW 8 2 1.5% 4th
128 Aleister Black, Ricochet, Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa 2/3 WWE (NXT) 8 2 1.5% 5th
129 Tomohiro Ishii v Yuji Nagata 3/8 NJPW 8 2 1.5% 6th
129 Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku Vs. Marko Stunt & Cabana Man Dan 6/2 SUP 8 2 1.5% 6th
129 Bandido vs Will Ospreay 4/4 Wrestlecon 8 2 1.5% 6th
132 Eddie Kingston vs. Thomas Shire 3/1 Heavy Metal Wrestling 8 2 1.5% 7th
133 Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa 11/11 AJPW 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Artemis Spencer vs. Michael Richard Blais vs. Brandon Van Danielson 12/18 Clandestine Society 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Riho Vs Mei Suruga 6/4 Gatoh Move 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Marko Stunt vs Logan Stunt 7/4 GCW 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii 7/24 NJPW 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Mercedes Martinez vs. Kylie Rae 3/29 RISE 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 The Briscoes vs Brody King & PCO 3/15 ROH 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Mayu Iwatani vs Momo Watanabe 9/22 Stardom 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 T-Hawk vs Shotaro Ashino 1/5 Wrestle-1 8 1 0.7% 3rd
133 Mens Elimination Chamber 2019 2/17 WWE 8 1 0.7% 3rd
143 Jungle Boy vs Jake Atlas 9/20 PWG 7 3 2.2% 5th
144 Yuji Okabayashi vs. Zeus 4/21 AJPW 7 2 1.5% 5th
145 Team Ciampa Vs. Unisputed Era 11/23 WWE (NXT) 7 2 1.5% 7th
145 Ultimo Guerrero vs. Caifan 2/16 XMW 7 2 1.5% 7th
147 Soberano Jr. vs Titan 12/8 CMLL 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Chris Brookes & Mizuki Watase Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata Vs HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata Vs Michael Nakazawa & Gota Ihashi 6/19 DDT 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Michael Morleone vs. Davis Storm 8/31 EPW 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Lulu Pencil vs Yuna Mizumori 8/28 Gatoh Move 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Antonio Honda vs. Lulu Pencil 10/27 Gatoh Move 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Maya Yukihi vs. Giulia 5/25 Ice Ribbon 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Ares vs Ricky Marvin 3/31 Lucha Memes 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA 7/14 NJPW 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Command Bolshoi vs. Leon 3/9 Pro Wrestling:EVE 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Nanae Takahashi vs. Takumi Iroha 5/25 SEAdLINNNG 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 STARS vs. Oedo Tai - 4/5 Stardom 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Mizuki vs Yuna Manase 7/7 TJPW 7 1 0.7% 4th
147 Sadika vs Sadik Maiden 8/25 Zona 23 7 1 0.7% 4th
160 Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Shuhei Taniguchi 11/2 NOAH 6 2 1.5% 8th
161 Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) vs. Shigehiro Irie & Yuki Ishikawa 3/7 wXw 6 2 1.5% 8th
162 Nyla Rose vs. Riho vs. Yuka Sakazaki - 6/29 AEW 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Colton Kelly vs. Sheik Shabazz vs. Evan Adams 12/18 Clandestine Society 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Sanson vs. Star Jr. 11/1 CMLL 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ino vs. Chihiro Hashimoto, DASH Chisako & Meiko Satomura 6/24 DDT 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Maya Yukihi vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto 8/3 Ice Ribbon 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Blue Demon vs LA Park 12/15 IWRG 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Ashley Vox vs. Kris Statlander 1/11 Limitless 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Zack Sabre Jr. vs Will Ospreay 7/30 NJPW 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Go Shiozaki vs Hideki Suzuki 7/27 NOAH 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 More Than Hype vs Alex Cuevas, Omari and OJMO 9/7 OTT 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Matt Taven vs. Marty Scurll vs. Jay Lethal 4/6 ROH 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar 8/11 WWE 6 1 0.7% 5th
162 Advertencia, Lunatik Extreme and Ovett vs. Memo Romero, Shere Khan and Terremoto 1/20 Zona 23 6 1 0.7% 5th
175 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Andrade 1/15 WWE 5 2 1.5% 8th
176 David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin 5/6 PROGRESS 5 2 1.5% 8th
177 Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin 10/16 AEW 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Virus vs Electrico 8/5 CMLL 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 MAO vs. Sanshiro Takagi 4/4 DDT 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Konosuke Takeshita vs Yumehito Imanari 8/20 DDT 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Juice Robinson vs. Tomohiro Ishii 7/28 NJPW 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Lucha Bros vs Bandido & Flamita 9/19 PWG 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Chuck Mambo vs. TK Cooper 4/19 RIPTIDE 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa 8/9 ROH 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Kagetsu vs. Bea Priestley 5/4 Stardom 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Pete Dunne vs Joe Coffey 1/12 WWE (NXT UK) 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Roderick Strong vs. Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic 10/23 WWE (NXT) 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Leyla Hirsch vs. LuFisto 10/5 wXw 5 1 0.7% 6th
177 Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan 10/6 wXw 5 1 0.7% 6th
190 Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA 3/24 NJPW 4 2 1.5% 8th
191 Big Twan Tucker vs. Manders 6/15 AIW 4 2 1.5% 9th
191 Jay White vs. Will Ospreay 3/6 NJPW 4 2 1.5% 9th
191 EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada 8/7 NJPW 4 2 1.5% 9th
191 Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs Street Profits vs The Forgotten Sons vs The Undisputed Era 6/1 WWE (NXT) 4 2 1.5% 9th
195 PAC vs Hangman Page 11/9 AEW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega 5/25 AEW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Naoya Nomura vs. Suwama 4/28 AJPW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku vs Anthony Henry & JD Drake 2/2 BLP 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 PAC Vs Ben-K 7/21 Dragon Gate 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Riho, Sayaka Obihiro and Mitsura Konno vs. Yuna Mizumori, Mei Suraga and Emi Sakura 6/24 Gatoh Move 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Tony Deppen vs Alex Zayne 7/4 GCW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Orin Veidt vs. Eric Ryan 5/4 GCW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Mike Bird vs. Charli Evans 7/20 GOOD Wrestling 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Santana & Ortiz Vs. Rey Fenix & Pentagon Jr. 1/6 Impact Wrestling 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Mecha Mercenary vs. Abyss 1/25 MVW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Will Ospreay vs. El Phantasmo 5/22 NJPW 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Mercedes Martinez vs. Charlie Morgan 3/30 SHIMMER 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Mayu Iwatani vs. Natsuko Tora 3/28 Stardom 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles 5/19 WWE 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Asuka & Kari Sane vs. Tegan Nox & Dakota Kai 10/30 WWE (NXT) 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Angel Garza vs. Lio Rush 12/11 WWE (NXT) 4 1 0.7% 7th
195 Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole 8/10 WWE (NXT) 4 1 0.7% 7th
216 Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks 5/25 AEW 3 2 1.5% 9th
216 GUNSO & Rina Yamashita vs. Kenji Fukimoto & Masashi Takeda 12/25 FREEDOMS 3 2 1.5% 9th
216 Zack Sabre Jr vs Tomohiro Ishii 1/4 NJPW 3 2 1.5% 9th
219 Hikaru Shida vs Shanna 10/30 AEW 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Riho vs. Nyla Rose 10/2 AEW 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Angel de Oro, El Soberano Jr. & Niebla Roja vs La Sangre Dinamita 4/2 CMLL 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Rush, Mistico, Bestia del Ring vs. LA Park, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park Jr. 7/19 CMLL 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Konosuke Takeshita vs Daisuke Sasaki 4/4 DDT 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Konosuke Takeshita vs. Shinya Aoki 9/1 DDT 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Shun Skywalker 5/9 Dragon Gate 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Ben-K vs. Kzy 6/6 Dragon Gate 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Emi Sakura vs. Mei Suruga 10/31 Gatoh Move 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Ortiz & Santana vs Rock N' Roll Express 4/6 GCW 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Nick Gage vs. Effy 8/30 GCW 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Amazing Red vs. Will Ospreay 8/22 NJPW 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 KENTA vs. Zack Sabre Jr 8/10 NJPW 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Mayumi Ozaki 8/25 OZ Academy 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Jake Atlas vs Dragon Lee 9/22 PWG 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Nanae Takahashi vs Takumi Iroha 5/29 SEAdLINNNG 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Jordynne Grace vs. Mercedes Martinez 8/10 The Summit 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Cara Noir vs. Spike Trivet 1/26 Wrestling Resurgence 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle 4/5 WWE (NXT) 3 1 0.7% 8th
219 Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kohei Sato 1/1 ZERO1 3 1 0.7% 8th
236 Eddie Kingston vs. JD Drake 1/18 EVOLVE 2 2 1.5% 10th
237 Arez vs Aramis vs El Hijo Del Vikingo vs Black Taurus 10/26 AAA 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Fenix & Pentagon Jr. vs. Ortiz & Santana 9/15 AAA 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Taya Valkyrie vs. Tessa Blanchard 9/15 AAA 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Kento Miyahara vs Atsushi Aoki 4/4 AJPW 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 David Starr vs. Erick Stevens 12/31 Beyond Wrestling 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Dragon Lee vs Cavernario 1/4 CMLL 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Emi Sakura vs. Mei Suruga 5/6 Gatoh Move 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Antonio Honda vs An Chamu 6/24 Gatoh Move 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Joe Coffey vs. Ilja Dragunov 2/24 ICW 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Strong Hearts vs Akiyori Takizawa, Naoki Tanizaki, & Ryota Nakatsu 6/3 J-Stage 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Maximo vs La Mascara 2/1 LEGEND 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Jacob Fatu vs LA Park 11/2 MLW 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Toru Yano vs Tetsuya Naito 7/13 NJPW 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi 7/19 NJPW 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Tetsuya Naito vs. Jon Moxley 7/28 NJPW 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Go Shiozaki vs Katsuhiko Nakajima 12/3 NOAH 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Rhia O'Reilly vs. Jetta 11/10 Pro Wrestling:EVE 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Sareee vs DASH Chisako 7/7 Sendai Girls 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Sareee 7/2 Sendai Girls 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Momo Watanabe vs Arisa Hoshiki 5/16 Stardom 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Rhea Ripley vs Shayna Baszler 12/18 WWE (NXT) 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong 6/1 WWE (NXT) 2 1 0.7% 9th
237 Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Shinjiro Otani 6/22 ZERO1 2 1 0.7% 9th
260 Kenny Omega vs. Dragon Lee 12/1 AAA 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Cody vs Darby Allin 6/29 AEW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus 7/28 AJPW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Chuck O'Neil, Dominic Garrini and Kevin Ku vs. Pinkie Sanchez, Chris Dickinson and Jaka 12/31 Beyond Wrestling 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Dasher Hatfield vs Mr. Touchdown 4/5 CHIKARA 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Microman vs. Chamuel 9/27 CMLL 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Ryota Nakatsu vs. Ryuichi Sekine 5/6 DDT 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 PAC vs. Shun Skywalker 3/3 Dragon Gate 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 U-T vs Super Shisa 4/16 Dragon Gate 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Dragon Kid, Masato Yoshino & Ultimo Dragon vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Shuji Kondo & Takuya Sugawara 7/21 Dragon Gate 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Eita/Big R v Yamato/KAI v Doi/Ishida 7/21 Dragon Gate 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Kastigador vs Vengador 11/5 G21 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Zachary Wentz vs. Anthony Henry 9/14 GCW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Alex Zayne vs. Blake Christian 8/9 GCW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Takatoshi Matsumoto vs. Tsuyoshi Okada 6/8 HARD HIT 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Brian Cage vs Michael Elgin 7/7 Impact Wrestling 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Latigo vs Atomic Star 11/17 Invasion RCH 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii 8/11 NJPW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Taiji Ishimori Vs Dragon Lee Vs Bandido 4/6 NJPW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Tim Storm vs. Nick Aldis 9/30 NWA 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 David Starr vs Terry Thatcher 1/20 OTT 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Kenny Omega/CIMA/Shaolin Monk vs Andruew Tang/Trexxus/Da Butcherman 9/15 SPW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita vs. Jungle Kyona & Konami 7/15 Stardom 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Momo Watanabe vs. AZM 9/7 Stardom 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Serpentico vs. Teddy Stigma 3/3 TPW 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Yusuke Kodama & Shotaro Ashino vs. Shigehiro Irie & T-Hawk 12/26 Wrestle-1 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Akira Tozawa, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Humberto Carrillo, Isaiah Scott & Oney Lorcan vs Angel Garza, Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, Mike Kanellis & Tony Nese 8/20 WWE 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Seth Rollins vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt 10/6 WWE 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 The Boss 'n' Hug Connection vs Carmella and Naomi vs Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs Nia Jax and Tamina vs The IIconics vs The Riott Squad 2/17 WWE 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 Becky Lynch vs. Asuka 1/27 WWE 1 1 0.7% 10th
260 David Starr vs. Timothy Thatcher 1/19 wXw 1 1 0.7% 10th