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My Top 100 Matches of 1993

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#100 - Rock & Roll Express, Bob, Scott & Steve Armstrong vs Heavenly Bodies, Bruise Brothers & Jim Cornette (SMW Rage in the Cage 08/14/93)

Jim Cornette founded SMW on a simple premise -- the idea that wrestling could no longer be what it was, but it could still try. It sounds defeatist in theory, and perhaps it is, but it did give frustrated wrestling fans something both nostalgic and fresh for a few years. That this is a very good match with very good talent instead of a great match with superstars proves Cornette right when he claimed that wrestling wasn't what it used to be. But it also proves him right that it can still try. The heel manager getting what is coming to him is almost always a fun moment, and handcuffing Ricky Morton to a cage is a guarantee of heat and fan sympathy. While the days of selling out the Superdome and having a deep talent pool of national stars were long gone -- even for the larger promotions -- SMW still captured the spirit of a more fruitful era for American pro wrestling. And more than any SMW match in 1993, this match told us everything we needed to know about where wrestling was at the time, and what SMW's place in the landscape was as well.

 

#99 - Jerry Lawler vs Mr. Perfect (USWA Mid South Coliseum 08/09/93)

Unbeknownst to the vast majority of WWF fans, a whole alternate universe existed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1993. It was an interesting and magical land -- one where most wrestlers weren't big and muscular, where excited announcer Vince McMahon was smug and cunning, where Jerry Lawler really was the King, and where beloved stars like Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect were treated with disdain. Seeing the WWF stars flip roles so easily in the USWA proves that wrestling is not only a morality play, but it's a completely relative morality play. Lawler could explain his WWF antics with such logic and candor on USWA TV that his actions not only seemed excusable, they seemed exemplary. So this isn't the clash you'd see if cartoonish announcer Jerry Lawler faced respected superstar Mr. Perfect under the bright lights of the WWF banner. Instead, this is the gritty mixtape version of Lawler/Perfect. Hennig is more aggressive than he typically was in the WWF, even during heel runs, and this is the closest thing he has to a Ric Flair performance.

 

#98 - Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas vs Hollywood Blonds (WCW Clash of the Champions XXII 01/13/93)

Say what you will about the Bill Watts era in WCW, but this was case in point that sometimes, the old man still knew what he was talking about. The match had a shorter time limit than the typical one-hour time limit for championship matches, which meant Austin and Pillman needed to wrestle offensively and pick up the pace if they wanted to win the tag team titles. As a result, we get a really fast-paced TV match full of urgency with two teams Watts intended to marry in the coming months. On one level, WCW is presenting an energetic match on a highly-rated television special so that fans can get a glimpse of what seeing these guys live would be like. On another level, the elevated pacing fits the story of the match. If the goal was to draw fans to house shows to see this match, the DQ finish builds nicely to that. As a final nice touch, getting hit with a belt hurts! It's also more dangerous than a punch or a wrestling move. So when Douglas is smacked in the face with a championship belt, he bleeds and Jim Ross reacts appropriately to get it over. Wrestling matches with a consistent mythology inside the universe are always fun to watch.

 

#97 - Riki Choshu vs Genichiro Tenryu (NJPW Tokyo Dome 01/04/93)

Dome shows are a weird animal. Great matches can have the life sucked out of them by apathetic crowds. At the same time, the ordinary can become extraordinary. Choshu and Tenryu faced each other many times over the course of a decade, and along the way, they no doubt had better matches than this. But what makes this great is that it's hard to point to specifics. There's nothing in this match that's remarkable on its own, and it may even produce a disappointing match in a different environment. But Choshu and Tenryu have always been equal parts wrestler and showmen. Stiff lariats and hate-filled staredowns play well in front of a Tokyo Dome crowd, and the end result is a tremendous spectacle.

 

#96 - Villano III vs Rambo (AAA 09/24/93)

For all the talk of the excitement generated by the younger AAA stars of the time -- Rey Misterio Jr., Heavy Metal and Psicosis, to name a few -- the matches that look the best nearly two decades later are those from the veterans. Younger wrestlers can train hard and watch tapes from all over the world, but it's difficult to teach experience. In 1993, Villano III knows how to engage and manipulate a mass audience, and has had plenty of practice doing it. Here, he puts his mask on the line against Rambo's hair. There's no overreaching ambition to change the world; instead, just the simple desire to use tried-and-true tricks to involve an audience and make it clear who to cheer and who to boo. Sometimes, if that's executed well enough, it's all we need.

 

To be continued ...

 

Numbering was off in this post, which is why it's different from what's listed below. The list below is correct.

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Ok, as much as I'd like to write something like this for all of these matches, I simply do not have time to do that and watch the '92 yearbook. So I'm just going to post the rest of my list and will elaborate should anyone have questions.

 

#100 - Jerry Lawler vs Mr. Perfect (USWA Mid South Coliseum 08/09/93)

#99 - Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas vs Hollywood Blonds (WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII 01/23/93)

#98 - Riki Choshu vs Genichiro Tenryu (NJPW Tokyo Dome 01/04/93)

#97 - Villano III vs Rambo (AAA 09/26/93)

#96 - Mr. Perfect vs Doink the Clown (WWF Monday Night RAW 05/24/93)

#95 - Genichiro Tenryu vs Hiroshi Hase (NJPW 09/23/93)

#94 - Great Sasuke & Sato vs Super Delphin & Gran Naniwa (Michinoku Pro 07/26/93)

#93 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Steve Williams (AJPW 09/03/93)

#92 - Rick & Scott Steiner vs The Quebecers (WWF Monday Night RAW 09/13/93)

#91 - Bret Hart vs Bam Bam Bigelow (WWF King of the Ring 06/13/93)

#90 - Akira Hokuto vs Harley Saito (AJW 08/13/93)

#89 - Marty Jannetty vs Doink the Clown (WWF Monday Night RAW 06/21/93)

#88 - Bret Hart vs Mr. Perfect (WWF King of the Ring 06/13/93)

#87 - Ciclon Ramirez, Corazon de Leon & Oro vs Felino, Javier Cruz & Negro Casas (CMLL 04/30/93)

#86 - Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Paul Roma vs Hollywood Blonds & Barry Windham (WCW Saturday Night 07/03/93)

#85 - Hollywood Blonds vs Arn Anderson & Paul Roma (WCW Beach Blast 07/18/93)

#84 - Barry Windham vs 2 Cold Scorpio (WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII 06/16/93)

#83 - Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 04/14/93)

#82 - El Hijo del Santo vs Heavy Metal (AAA 10/29/93)

#81 - Genichiro Tenryu vs Riki Choshu (NJPW 04/06/93)

#80 - Andrei Kopylov vs Nikolai Zouev (RINGS 10/23/93)

#79 - Ultimo Dragoncito & Orito vs Felinito & Ultratumbita (CMLL 04/30/93)

#78 - Hiroshi Hase vs Samson Fuyuki (WAR 06/17/93)

#77 - Riki Choshu, Shinya Hashimoto, Tatsumi Fujinami, Masa Chono & Hiroshi Hase vs Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara, Takashi Ishikawa, Tatsu Goto & Super Strong Machine (NJPW 06/15/93)

#76 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Shinya Hashimoto vs Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa (WAR 05/24/93)

#75 - Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta vs Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue (AJW 04/24/93)

#74 - MS-1 vs Cien Caras (AAA 08/22/93)

#73 - Terry Funk vs Atsushi Onita (FMW 05/05/93)

#72 - Bret Hart vs Yokozuna (WWF MSG 08/13/93)

#71 - Ricky Steamboat vs Brian Pillman (WCW Saturday Night 02/20/93)

#70 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (AJPW 02/28/93)

#69 - Chris Benoit vs 2 Cold Scorpio (WCW SuperBrawl III 02/21/93)

#68 - Kenta Kobashi vs Terry Gordy (AJPW 05/29/93)

#67 - Vader vs Nobuhiko Takada (UWFI 12/06/93)

#66 - Hiroshi Hase vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/03/93)

#65 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Steve Williams & Big Boss Man (AJPW 11/24/93)

#64 - Rock & Roll Express vs Heavenly Bodies (WWF Survivor Series 11/24/93)

#63 - Barry Windham vs Steven Regal (WCW Worldwide 04/18/93)

#62 - Takako Inoue & Kyoko Inoue vs Mayumi Ozaki & Cutie Suzuki (AJW Dreamslam I 04/02/93)

#61 - Yoshihiro Takayama vs Gene Lydick (UWFI 08/13/93)

#60 - Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas vs Hollywood Blonds (WCW Worldwide 03/27/93)

#59 - Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat vs Kenta Kobashi & Satoru Asako (AJPW 08/20/93)

#58 - Nobuhiko Takada vs Kiyoshi Tamura (UWFI 02/13/93)

#57 - Rey Misterio Jr, Winners & Super Calo vs Heavy Metal, Picudo & Psicosis (AAA 02/14/93)

#56 - Shinya Hashimoto & Michiyoshi Ohara vs Ashura Hara & Kodo Fuyuki (WAR 03/07/93)

#55 - Hollywood Blonds vs Marcus Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio (WCW Worldwide 05/08/93)

#54 - Stan Hansen vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 04/16/93)

#53 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen (AJPW 05/21/93)

#52 - Megumi Kudo & Combat Toyota vs Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (FMW 05/05/93)

#51 - Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa vs Riki Choshu & Osamu Kido (WAR 03/03/93)

#50 - El Hijo del Santo & Octagon vs Eddy Guerrero & Love Machine (AAA 11/06/93)

#49 - Wild Pegasus vs El Samurai (NJPW Top of the Super Juniors 06/14/93)

#48 - Sakie Hasegawa & Aja Kong vs Manami Toyota & Akira Hokuto (AJW 11/12/93)

#47 - Sabu vs Lightning Kid (NWA Grand Slam 04/17/93)

#46 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Stan Hansen & Giant Baba (AJPW 11/30/93)

#45 - Manami Toyota vs Akira Hokuto (AJW 08/21/93)

#44 - Shinobu Kandori & Utazo Hozumi vs Bull Nakano & Takako Inoue (LLPW 11/09/93)

#43 - Ric Flair vs Bret Hart (WWF Boston, MA 01/09/93)

#42 - Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Jun Akiyama & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJPW 01/24/93)

#41 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (AJPW 10/02/93)

#40 - Volk Han vs Masayuki Naruse (RINGS 10/23/93)

#39 - Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Steve Williams & Big Boss Man (AJPW 12/01/93)

#38 - Genichiro Tenryu vs Shinya Hashimoto (WAR 06/17/93)

#37 - Bull Nakano vs Devil Masami (JWP 04/18/93)

#36 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJPW 07/02/93)

#35 - El Hijo del Santo vs Heavy Metal (AAA 05/14/93)

#34 - Toshiaki Kawada vs Jun Akiyama (AJPW 07/09/93)

#33 - Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJPW 06/03/93)

#32 - Genichiro Tenryu vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/08/93)

#31 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (AJPW 01/30/93)

#30 - Aja Kong vs Megumi Kudo (AJW 12/06/93)

#29 - Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori (AJW 12/06/93)

#28 - Ric Flair vs Vader (WCW Starrcade 12/27/93)

#27 - Dynamite Kansai vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 10/09/93)

#26 - Ultimo Dragon vs El Samurai (WAR 03/07/93)

#25 - Akira Hokuto vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 05/03/93)

#24 - Vader vs Sting (WCW SuperBrawl III 02/21/93)

#23 - Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara & Takashi Ishikawa vs Keiji Muto, Akira Nogami & Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW 02/05/93)

#22 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi (AJPW 07/19/93)

#21 - Steve Williams vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 08/31/93)

#20 - Devil Masami & Plum Mariko vs Chigusa Nagayo & Cutie Suzuki (JWP 11/20/93)

#19 - Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 10/23/93)

#18 - Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase vs Shinya Hashimoto & Masa Chono (NJPW 11/04/93)

#17 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 06/01/93)

#16 - Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 02/28/93)

#15 - Riki Choshu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Kido, Hiroshi Hase & Tayayuki Iizuka vs Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara, Takashi Ishikawa, Ricky Fuyuki & Tatsumi Kitahara (NJPW 02/16/93)

#14 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW Championship Carnival 03/27/93)

#13 - Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJPW Championship Carnival 04/12/93)

#12 - Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai vs Takako Inoue & Yumiko Hotta (JWP 01/15/93)

#11 - Naoki Sano vs Yoji Anjo (UWFI 08/13/93)

#10 - Manami Toyota & Akira Hokuto vs Kyoko Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 12/10/93 - Match 2 of 2)

#9 - Manami Toyota & Akira Hokuto vs Kyoko Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 12/10/93 - Match 1 of 2)

#8 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (AJW Dreamslam II 04/11/93)

#7 - Ultimo Dragon vs Negro Casas (CMLL 03/19/93)

#6 - Sakie Hasegawa, Kyoko Inoue, Takako Inoue & Aja Kong vs Mayumi Ozaki, Dynamite Kansai, Hikari Fukuoka & Cutie Suzuki (JWP Thunderqueen 07/31/93)

#5 - Aja Kong vs Dynamite Kansai (AJW 08/25/93)

#4 - Satanico vs Pirata Morgan (AAA 11/26/93)

#3 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 12/03/93)

#2 - Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori (AJW Dreamslam I 04/02/93)

#1 - Stan Hansen vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 07/29/93)

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Nice list, Loss. Based on your earlier comments, surprised that you went with Hansen/Kobashi as MOTY over the 12/3 tag. Anyway, I noticed you left out the 7/2 AJPW trios match. Was that unintentional?

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Nice list, Loss. Based on your earlier comments, surprised that you went with Hansen/Kobashi as MOTY over the 12/3 tag. Anyway, I noticed you left out the 7/2 AJPW trios match. Was that unintentional?

Wow, no, that was definitely not intentional. It should be #36. I will edit the list to reflect that.

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Where would your top-ranked U.S. matches from 1996 (Michaels/Mankind, Austin/Hart, Mysterio/Dragon) slot in on this list?

Not sure yet. When all the 90s yearbooks are done, I plan on doing something of the top 500 matches of the decade.

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You're honestly the best candidate to do it too. And yes, that sounds like an excellent plan. I hope to read that list before I'm 30 though. Similarly, I anticipate full match write-ups as well.

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and will elaborate should anyone have questions.

More just wondering what your overall thoughts on 93 would be. Anything surprise you with how good it turned out to be? Anything end up disapointing you went in looking forward to? Pick for wrestler, tag team, promotion of the year, etc..

 

#20 - Devil Masami & Plum Mariko vs Chigusa Nagayo & Cutie Suzuki (JWP 11/20/93)

Happy to see this make it so high, def deserves it.

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Zenjo's Top 100 Matches of 1993



100) Suzuka Minami vs Etsuko Mita (AJW 4/24/93)
99) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Jerrito Estrada & Espectrito (AAA 8/28/93)
98) Volk Han vs Mitsuya Nagai (RINGS 4/24/93)
97) Steve Williams vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 3/25/93)
96) Takako Inoue & Kyoko Inoue vs Cuty Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki (AJW 4/2/93)
95) Masayuki Naruse vs Todil Todorov (RINGS 12/8/93)
94) Masanobu Fuchi vs Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJ 2/28/93)
93) Mr Perfect vs Doink the Clown (WWF 5/17/93)
92) Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa (AJ 7/2/93)
91) Lola Gonzalez, Pantera Surena & Wendy vs La Briosa, La Monster & Neftaly (AAA 10/30/93)

90) Genichiro Tenryu vs Riki Choshu (NJ 1/4/93)
89) Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue vs Bull Nakano & Suzuka Minami (AJW 10/10/93)
88) El Hijo Del Santo vs Heavy Metal (AAA 8/13/93)
87) Suzuka Minami & Kaoru Ito vs Devil Masami & Candy Okutsu (JWP 7/31/93)
86) Hiroshi Hase vs Genichiro Tenryu (NJ 9/23/93)
85) Volk Han vs Masayuki Naruse (RINGS 10/23/93)
84) El Hijo Del Santo vs Heavy Metal (AAA 5/14/93)
83) Aja Kong & Sakie Hasegawa vs Eagle Sawai & Yasha Kurenai (AJW 12/10/93)
82) Genichiro Tenryu vs Riki Choshu (NJ 4/6/93)
81) Sakie Hasegawa & Aja Kong vs Manami Toyota & Akira Hokuto (AJW 11/12/93)

80) Toshiyo Yamada vs Harley Saito (AJW 7/4/93)
79) Gene Lydick vs Yoshihiro Takayama (UWFI 8/13/93)
78) Bret Hart vs Jerry Lawler (WWF 8/30/93)
77) Shinobu Kandori & Yasha Kurenai vs Takako Inoue & Sakie Hasegawa (AJW 10/9/93)
76) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 7/29/93)
75) Aja Kong & Bull Nakano vs Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 1/24/93)
74) Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas vs Steve Austin & Brian Pillman (WCW 3/2/93)
73) Angel Blanco Jr, Jerry Estrada & La Parka vs El Hijo del Santo, Octagon & Eddy Guerrero (AAA 2/26/93)
72) MS-1 vs Cien Caras (Hair vs Hair) (AAA 8/13/93)
71) Yoji Anjoh vs Naoki Sano (UWFI 8/13/93)

70) Riki Choshu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Kido, Hiroshi Hase & Tayayuki Iizuka vs Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara, Takashi Ishikawa, Ricky Fuyuki & Tatsumi Kitahara (NJ 2/16/93)
69) Bret Hart vs Mr Perfect (WWF 6/13/93)
68) Yumiko Hotta & Manami Toyota vs Akira Hokuto & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 5/8/93)
67) Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJ 4/12/93)
66) Megumi Kudo & Combat Toyota vs Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (FMW 5/5/93)
65) Akira Hokuto vs Mayumi Ozaki (JWP 11/18/93)
64) El Hijo del Santo & Octogon vs La Parka & El Satanico (AAA 12/1/93)
63) Ric Flair vs Sting (WCW 8/2/93)
62) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 3/27/93)
61) Aja Kong & Sakie Hasegawa vs Kyoko Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 10/10/93)

60) Devil Masami & Debbie Malenko vs Dynamite Kansai & Plum Mariko (JWP 2/11/93)
59) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (AJ 4/12/93)
58) Akira Hokuto vs Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 5/3/93)
57) Manami Toyota & Akira Hokuto vs Kyoko Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada (BTL) (AJW 12/10/93)
56) Kyoko Inoue vs Hikari Fukuoka (AJW 6/11/93)
55) Ultimo Dragon vs El Samurai (WAR 3/7/93)
54) Akira Hokuto vs Harley Saito (AJW 8/5/93)
53) Satanico vs Pirata Morgan (Hair vs Hair) (AAA 11/26/93)
52) Bat Yoshinaga & Yumiko Hotta vs Toshiyo Yamada & Etsuko Mita (AJW 3/20/93)
51) Yumiko Hotta vs Manami Toyota (AJW 5/4/93)

50) Naoki Sano vs Kiyoshi Tamura (UWFI 5/6/93)
49) Angelito Azteca, Mascarita Sagrada & Octogoncito vs Espectrito, Jerrito Estrada & Picudito (AAA 2/12/93)
48) Hiroshi Hase vs Kengo Kimura (NJ 8/5/93)
47) Terry Gordy vs Kenta Kobashi (AJ 5/29/93)
46) Megumi Kudo vs Aja Kong (AJW 12/6/93)
45) Eagle Sawai & Yasha Kurenai vs Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (AJW 10/10/93)
44) Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi (AJ 10/23/93)
43) Takako Inoue vs Harley Saito (AJW 5/8/93)
42) Manami Toyota vs Mayumi Ozaki (AJW 10/9/93)
41) Shinobu Kandori vs Kyoko Inoue (AJW 8/25/93)

40) El Dandy vs Emilio Charles Jr (Hair vs Hair) (CMLL 11/21/93)
39) Akira Hokuto vs Rumi Kazama (Hair vs Hair) (LLPW 11/9/93)
38) Vader vs Sting (Strap Match) (WCW 2/21/93)
37) Harley Saito vs Etsuko Mita (AJW 5/3/93)
36) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Steve Williams (AJ 9/3/93)
35) Plum Mariko & Hikari Fukuoka vs Kaoru Ito & Sakie Hasegawa (AJW 4/2/93)
34) Eddy Guerrero & Love Machine vs El Hijo del Santo & Octagon (AAA 11/6/93)
33) Stan Hansen vs Kenta Kobashi (AJ 4/16/93)
32) Shinobu Kandori & Harley Saito vs Etsuko Mita & Suzuka Minami (LLPW 2/13/93)
31) Bull Nakano, Suzuka Minami, Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita & Bat Yoshinaga vs Eagle Sawai, Miki Handa, Harley Saito, Yukari Osawa & Leo Kitamura (Elimination) (AJW 8/25/93)

30) Keiji Mutoh vs Hiroshi Hase (NJ 9/24/93)
29) Aja Kong & Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori & Eagle Sawai (AJW 4/11/93)
28) La Fiera vs Negro Casas (CMLL 10/1/93)
27) Lizmark vs Jerry Estrada (AAA 6/18/93)
26) Nobuhiko Takada vs Kiyoshi Tamura (UWFI 2/14/93)
25) Aja Kong vs Dynamite Kansai (AJW 8/25/93)
24) Genichiro Tenryu vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJ 8/8/93)
23) Nobuhiko Takada vs Vader (UWFI 12/5/93)
22) Ultimo Dragon vs Negro Casas (CMLL 3/19/93)
21) Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (AJW 12/6/93)

20) Steve Williams vs Kenta Kobashi (AJ 8/31/93)
19) Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita & Akira Hokuto vs Eagle Sawai, Miki Handa & Harley Saito (AJW 1/24/93)
18) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJ 6/1/93)
17) Devil Masami & Plum Mariko vs Chigusa Nagayo & Cuty Suzuki (JWP 11/18/93)
16) Keiji Mutoh & Hiroshi Hase vs Masahiro Chono & Shinya Hashimoto (NJ 11/4/93)
15) Akira Hokuto vs Manami Toyota (AJW 8/21/93)
14) Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori (AJW 12/6/93)
13) Manami Toyota & Akira Hokuto vs Kyoko Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada (BTL Final) (AJW 12/10/93)
12) Bull Nakano vs Devil Masami (JWP 4/18/93)
11) Dynamite Kansai vs Yumiko Hotta (AJW 4/2/93)

10) Masahiro Chono vs Hiroshi Hase (NJ 8/6/93)
9) Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJ 12/3/93)
8) Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai vs Takako Inoue & Yumiko Hotta (JWP 1/15/93)
7) Mascara Ano 2000 vs Perro Aguayo (Mask vs Hair) (AAA 4/30/93)
6) Stan Hansen vs Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 2/28/93)
5) Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki vs Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 4/11/93)
4) Sakie Hasegawa, Takako Inoue, Kyoko Inoue & Aja Kong vs Hikari Fukuoka, Cuty Suzuki, Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai (Thunderqueen Battle) (JWP 7/31/93)
3) Stan Hansen vs Kenta Kobashi (AJ 7/29/93)
2) Ric Flair vs Vader (WCW 12/27/93)
1) Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori (AJW 4/2/93)

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1993 was the second Yearbook that I started watching and is now the sixth one that I've finished. I got a bit distracted along the way. It was one of the all time great years in wrestling history with top end classics and incredible depth. It pains me restricting it to only 100 matches, there's so much quality out there. 1992 is the only other year I've finished so far that is comparable. Loads of supplemental goodness from 8 different promotions, handily colour coded of course. AJ had its final year of hour long TV and sure made the most of it. AAA began its golden era. NJ, UWFI and numerous other promotions provided rich entertainment. WCW even made it to the #2 spot. And Joshi haters may wish to shield their eyes (and ears). '93 was the greatest year in the history of women's wrestling, without a shadow of a doubt in my mind. It wasn't solely due to the interpromotional aspect, although that was a major factor. Matches that in surrounding years would've fallen just outside the list had that little bit extra, this year only, that put them over the top. Why? Because '93 was peak time.

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