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  1. As great as it is that AEW have picked up one of the legit greatest wrestlers in the world right now, they’ve sucked a bit of the air out of the room partnering him up with Vickie Guerrero. Flat debut, but hyped for the matches down the line.
  2. Hell of a sprint between Woods and Riddle. Glad I cherry picked the show for that one. Virk was just out of his depth, but really that's on the company for putting him in such a big spot from the get go. If only they had that Samoa Joe guy on the payroll still to fill his spot.
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    Triple H

    He's tremendous in 2000, and has some really great highlights sporadically after that (2001 tag against Jericho and Benoit, HBK @ Summerslam 02, Bryan at mania 30), but more often than not he was pretty bad and a complete drag on the company. No chance whatsoever.
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    AEW Dynamite BLOOD AND GUTS - May 5, 2021

    Thought the match was great until Jericho entered, not so much for his performance (although he didn’t do much until he got on the roof) but how the match structure changed and there was a bunch of stalling. The match beyond really didn’t need to go 15 minutes long, and the finish did come off weak. Match of two halves for sure. next week’s episode looks STACKED. I’m here for killer Miro winning the title off of Darby.
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    2026 Nomination Thread

    KUSHIDA I think he has a claim of being the best Junior Heavyweight in Japan of the 2010s. I don't think anyone of his generation was equally reliable in both the singles and tag divisions as he was in multiple BOSJ and title reigns. Timesplitters were probably underappreciated at the time because they were often always a first hour act on shows, but I'd take their matches over what the Jr tag division has served up for the past 3-4 years. I think he has the best Jr title run of anyone in the 2010s in his 2016 reign and he helps establish Will Ospreay and Hiromu Takahashi as new stars of the division with the series of rivalries he had with them. His final night with New Japan facing Tanahashi in a great match is a glimpse at what could of been if KUSHIDA was able to escape from the confines of being a Junior Heavyweight. The NXT move hasn't worked out too well for him yet, but now he's Cruiserweight Champion there might be a chance to showcase the best of his abilities. Recommended Matches: Vs HIromu Takahashi (Dominion 2017 11/6/17) Vs Kyle O'Reilly (BOSJ 2016 21/5/16) Vs Will Ospreay (Invasion Attack 10/4/16)
  6. Thought the main was tremendous . Loved the targeted limb work by Bryan and Roman was great in selling he was having problems with his right arm. Also loved the dominate comeback from Roman, twice going for those ground and pounds into a big powerbomb to turn the tide back in his favour. Also a welcome relief that Roman has won one of his title matches clean; I don't mind having the Jey run ins every now and then, but when it's every match it has less impact. So glad these two got to have 3 matches with each other this year after they showed good chemistry with one another six years earlier at Fastlane 2015.
  7. When it comes to watching footage, I have a decent idea of what I want to do. I enjoy modern wrestling, so 2021-2026 footage takes care of itself and I won't really be taking my foot off the peddle on that front. However I'll be trying my best to avoiding rewatching matches I've already seen before and instead focus on the wrestlers, promotions and eras I've barely scratched the surface on. The watch parties are great for getting a taster on a wrestler and if I like what I see, I'll keep watching more footage like I have done with Mercedes Martinez this week. I know what I'm like with big projects, and if I say well I'll focus on joshi for the rest of 2021, then lucha in 2022 it won't work. I'm more comfortable with the idea of focusing on one wrestler and watching them for a week with different snapshots of their career than daunting projects that take months to get through. When it comes to judging wrestlers and list placing, I haven't given it much thought yet, but I guess that comes secondary to footage watching and I have years before I need to make a decision on that. I really like Matt's point about greatest being shown in how a wrestler does in multiple situations and that's something I'll be weighing into my rankings come 2026.
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    Cesaro

    Not that I think it's going to suddenly change his career after almost being a decade into his WWE run, but I'm really interested to see if Cesaro can put on something special with Roman when they inevitably meet for the title so that we get a glimpse of what we could of had if Cesaro was used as world title guy. Presumably that's being added to Backlash and would probably be the biggest match of his career. I had totally forgot the No Mercy performance. Incredible talent to tough that out.
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    Not Yet

    Riddle is someone who could make my list if he now goes on to be one of the best tv wrestlers for the next 5 years.
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    Jun Akiyama

    I'm into early 1993 now and it's just damn impressive how good Akiyama is from the jump.
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    Tyler Bate

    I’m biased as we’re from the same hometown and it’s incredible to see someone so talented from Dudley, but I can’t justify putting him on my list if we get 5 more years of 2020 Tyler Bate, or endlessly in NXT Tyler Bate. The 2017 Dunne matches were great, as was the feud with Undisputed Era and the WALTER takeover match. A return to that kind of form could sneak him on.
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    Mercedes Martinez

    Very fun watch party. Mercedes is definitely in contention for my top 100. I’ve enjoyed her in NXT, but after watching 2 hours of her indie stuff I get the sense we’re only getting 20% of what she’s capable of in NXT (other than the Meiko match). The two matches that stood out the most tonight: 1) Vs Sara Del Ray, keeping in context that this was 2005 this felt ahead of its time and I really enjoyed the technical aspects of this one. They didn’t really telegraph they were going to a time limit until the announcer said 5 minutes remaining and even then I could of bought a finish happening for either woman. What this gives me is first hand proof that Mercedes has been a good wrestler for over 15 years. 2) Vs Kylie Rae no ropes submission, I have no idea beyond it not being a major promotion why this didn’t get more praise in 2019. I thought it was fantastic with both woman playing their roles perfectly and working to the stipulation well. Overall across the six matches I thought she had a great veteran presence, and mixed nasty strikes (those chops) and great looking submissions into her matches. Looking forward to watching more of her stuff.
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    Katzuhori Shibata

    The Okada match is the jewel in the crown, but Shibata's series of matches with Tanahashi were tremendous as well I thought, probably a little underrated. Really enjoyed his stuff with the dads too over the NEVER title. He'll definitely make my list, but I probably have to cap him somewhere around 80-100. His retirement leaves me wanting more with him going out in his peak, whereas I think a number of NJPW guys cases become weaker after 2017.
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    Becky Lynch

    I think Sasha and Bayley would definitely be ahead of Becky for me and even if I think Becky's the better wrestler, I prefer Charlotte's output. I love Becky and her rise to the top of the WWE was one of the feel good moments of the 2010s, but the in-ring is just not there for a top 100 candidate. It's a shame for her that not only did the mania match bomb, but most of her reign. Outside of the Sasha HIAC match, her 2019 is nothing to write home about.
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    Kazuchika Okada

    It's going to be fascinating to see where Okada can finish and he might turn into the most divisive wrestler from the 2010s to discuss. A year or two ago he might have felt on course to be a top 10 guy, but with the winds of change blowing and NJPW support in the West waning, Okada might add less to his case as love for his style of match dries up and retrospectively fans might be more critical of his previous work. Opportunity always springs to mind with Okada because for the opportunities he's been given, he should be making a top 10 case for GWE. He's been booked as the undisputed ace of his company, the most successful and popular company in Japan in the 2010s, and therefore he's been in more main events and title matches than anyone else in the last 10 years for NJPW. And given the house style, his booking leads him to being involved in the more 'heralded' matches than anyone else where he's almost always going to have a couple of matches up for MOTY recognition that can cover up his output for the rest of the year. He's had every opportunity since 2012 to prove he's one of the greatest wrestlers ever, and yet, I don't even feel like he was a top 5 performer for his own company for those golden years; I find him wildly inconsistent and frustrating so when I compare him to every other wrestler in history, he's going to drop further and further down a GWE list. Random match theory is another thing that hurts Okada if you're a proponent of the theory. Okada's case of being a great wrestler comes from the showcase singles matches he has, call it around 15 matches per year (9-10 G1 matches + 4-6 marque matches on the big shows per year) and nothing else. In a non-pandemic year, Okada wrestles about 120-140 times a year and the vast majority make tape thanks to NJ World, so if I used random match theory, only ~12% of the time would I see a performance from Okada that would show me how great he can be. And I'm someone who believes Okada is inconsistent in those singles matches, so it's an even smaller %. I can't see an argument for Okada being one of the best wrestlers of 2010s (let alone all time) when so many other wrestlers of the 2010s have a higher batting average. In truth this could be applied to many NJPW wrestlers where they work in a company that's booked to not have interesting or important tag matches, but I believe I'm far more likely to see a good Ishii or Goto performance on a road to show than an Okada one.
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