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Best Matches Watched of 2023...so far


G. Badger

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Here we are in June and it is time for the Best Matches Watched of 2023 so far. I've been trying to stick to different themes/projects each month so I thought it right to organize my list accordingly. If you want to go back and read the reviews then this should help you out. Plus there's a lot of very good and great matches you'll be able to explore as well. A plus sign (+) means its an all time classic match and a contender for Best Match Watched for '23. HM stands for Honorable Mention and is usually a near classic match (like ****1/4) and everything else is what I thought was a classic. So Honorable Mention to Classic to All Time Classic if its on a continuum.


January
Crush Gals vs. Jumping Bomb Angels (AJW 09/14/1987)
Miss A & Harley Saito vs. Shinobu Kandori & Rumi Kazama (JWP 10/10/90) HM
Mariko Yoshida vs. Manami Toyota (AJW 08/30/92)
Chigusa Nagayo vs. Mayumi Ozaki (JWP 05/22/94)
Aja Kong vs. Dynamite Kansai (JWP 05/22/94)
+Ayako Hamada & AKINO vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (ARSION 12/11/1999) +
+Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi & Kaoru Ito vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita & Kumiko Maekawa (AJW 12/9/00 - Cage Match) +
Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi & Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe vs. Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita & Kumiko Maekawa - (AJW 2/28/01 - Elimination Match)
Yumiko Hotta & Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda vs. Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe & Momoe Nakanishi (AJW 04/01/01)
Momoe Nakanishi vs Kaoru Ito (AJW 07/08/01)

February
Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuhiro Kuroda (FMW 02/27/99)
Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki vs Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda (FMW 03/19/99)

March
Eagle Sawai & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Shinobu Kandori & Harley Saito (JWP 04/26/91) HM
Keiji Mutoh vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 02/24/2002)
Genichiro Tenryu vs. Satoshi Kojima (AJPW 07/17/2002)
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Takao Omori (AJPW 07/18/04) HM
Kaz Hayashi vs Shuji Kondo  (AJPW 08/30/09)

April/May
Jumbo Tsuruta vs Kerry Von Erich (AJPW 05/22/84)
Brody & Hansen vs Baba & Dory Jr. (AJPW 08/26/84)
Tiger Mask II vs Pirata Morgan (AJPW 12/08/84)
+Brody & Hansen vs Terry & Dory Funk Jr. (AJPW 12/08/84) +
+Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW 12/12/84) +

May
Great Sasuke vs. Jinsei Shinzaki (M-Pro 03/31/1994)
Great Sasuke & Ultimo Dragon vs Jinsei Shinzaki & Gedo (M-Pro 07/30/1994) HM
Great Sasuke vs TAKA Michinoku (12/15/94) HM
Curry Man, CIMA & Super Boy vs Minoru Fujita, Shiryu II & Jody Fleisch (M-Pro 12/21/99)
Jado & Gedo vs The Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask IV (M-Pro 08/19/01) HM

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I'll sort by decade as well. Why not?

1980's
Jumbo Tsuruta vs Kerry Von Erich (AJPW 05/22/84)
Brody & Hansen vs Baba & Dory Jr. (AJPW 08/26/84)
Tiger Mask II vs Pirata Morgan (AJPW 12/08/84)
+Brody & Hansen vs Terry & Dory Funk Jr. (AJPW 12/08/84) +
+Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW 12/12/84) +
Crush Gals vs. Jumping Bomb Angels (AJW 09/14/1987)

1990's
Miss A & Harley Saito vs. Shinobu Kandori & Rumi Kazama (JWP 10/10/90) HM
Eagle Sawai & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Shinobu Kandori & Harley Saito (JWP 04/26/91) HM
Mariko Yoshida vs. Manami Toyota (AJW 08/30/92)
Great Sasuke vs. Jinsei Shinzaki (M-Pro 03/31/1994)
Chigusa Nagayo vs. Mayumi Ozaki (JWP 05/22/94)
Aja Kong vs. Dynamite Kansai (JWP 05/22/94)
Great Sasuke & Ultimo Dragon vs Jinsei Shinzaki & Gedo (M-Pro 07/30/1994) HM
Great Sasuke vs TAKA Michinoku (12/15/94) HM
Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuhiro Kuroda (FMW 02/27/99)
Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki vs Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda (FMW 03/19/99)
+Ayako Hamada & AKINO vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (ARSION 12/11/1999) +
Curry Man, CIMA & Super Boy vs Minoru Fujita, Shiryu II & Jody Fleisch (M-Pro 12/21/99)

2000's
+Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi & Kaoru Ito vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita & Kumiko Maekawa (AJW 12/9/00 - Cage Match) +
Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi & Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe vs. Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita & Kumiko Maekawa - (AJW 2/28/01 - Elim. Match)
Yumiko Hotta, Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda vs. Kaoru Ito, Tomoko Watanabe & Momoe Nakanishi (AJW 04/01/01)
Momoe Nakanishi vs Kaoru Ito (AJW 07/08/01)
Jado & Gedo vs The Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask IV (M-Pro 08/19/01) HM
Keiji Mutoh vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 02/24/2002)
Genichiro Tenryu vs. Satoshi Kojima (AJPW 07/17/2002)
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Takao Omori (AJPW 07/18/04) HM
Kaz Hayashi vs Shuji Kondo  (AJPW 08/30/09)


Hopefully this helps you out if you're looking for something different to watch. Or maybe there's something here you've passed over in your wrestling journey because of a luke warm review in the past. Either way it has been a fantastic year for watching old wrestling and I recommend checking some of these out. I'm looking forward to the next few months of wrestling. 

Thanks for reading! Stay cool!


 

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