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I'll not do 70s, because my viewing is limited.

 

80s: MS-1 vs Sangre Chicano

90s: 6/9/95

00s: Atlantis vs Villano III

10s: Atlanis vs Ultimo Guerrera

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70's: Terry Funk vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (2/3 Falls, 6/11/76)

 

- I haven't really watched this since fleshing out my 70's viewing, but I dig it specifically because it is these two guys going at it for 30+ for the NWA title. We'd never get to see this side of Terry as the fighting champion and in certain US markets he had already invented the character which we know as the Funker and the rest is history.

 

80's: Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (7/23/89)

 

- Again, this probably isn't an actual MOTD candidate, however this is what I often tell people is my favorite match of my favorite decade.

 

90's: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (11/17/96)

 

- Just watched this again as part of the Yearbook project and Wow. It's not a church service but it's holy footage. It's Terry and Jumbo in '76 with HEAT. I'm throwing it out there since it's fresh in my mind, but I gotta say Can-Ams vs. Kobashi and Kikuchi and 6/9/95 are right there.

 

00's:

 

- Wow, haven't really watched much since this decade ended. In a year or so when I get to PWO2k I'm hoping the Austin/Angle matches hold up.

 

10's: John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan (8/18/13)

 

- Huge fan of this when it aired and can't remember anything topping it. I'd probably put a Cena match here as I haven't done much shopping around outside of the WWE.

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Nice topic!

 

50s - (champion) Lou Thesz vs. Verne Gagne 1/25/52 Chicago,World's Heavyweight Championship match - aired live on the DuMont Network

 

 

60s - (champion) Giant Baba vs The Destroyer 3/5/1969, Tokyo, International Heavyweight Championship match

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAoTEK7wNts

 

70s - Giant Baba vs. Billy Robinson 7/24/1976

 

80s - Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu 6/5/1989

 

90s - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue 6/9/1995

 

00s - Atlantis vs. Villano III 3/17/2000

 

10s - Dick Togo vs Billyken Kid 11/2/2010

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Based on my personal preference and sticking to stuff I've seen within the last few years, so that I know it holds up. Some eclectic choices in here, I'm sure.

 

Billy Robinson vs. Antonio Inoki, 2 out of 3 Falls, NWF Championship 12/11/75 NJPW Toukon Series II Day 42

Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine, Dog Dollar 11/24/83 NWA Starrcade

Royal Rumble Match, WWF Championship 1/19/92 WWF Royal Rumble

Royal Rumble Match 1/25/04 WWE Royal Rumble

EC3 vs. Rockstar Spud, Hair vs. Hair 3/13/15 TNA Impact

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Edited to give Top 2s.

 

60s -

1. GIlbert Cesca vs Billy Catanzaro 60's French Catch

2. The Destroyer vs Giant Baba 3/65/69

 

70s -

1. Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr vs Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik (2/3 Falls) 7/15/79

2. Terry Funk & Dory Fun Jr vs Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik 12/13/79

 

80s -

1. Sangre Chicana vs MS-1 (Hair vs Hair) 9/23/83

2. Jerry Lawler vs Bill Dundee (Loser Leaves Town) 12/30/85

 

90s -

1. Akira Hokuto & Shinobu Kandori vs Aja Kong & Bull Nakano 03/17/94

2. Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyoda (No Rope Explosive Barbed Wire Death Match) 5/5/95

 

00s -

1. Atlantis vs Villano III (Mask vs Mask) 3/17/00

2. Kiyoshi Tamura vs Hiroyuki Ito 08/18/04

 

10s -

1. Brock Lesnar vs John Cena (Extreme Rules Match) 4/29/12

2. Rey Misterio Jr vs Low Ki 11/14/15

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1960s - Giant Baba vs The Destroyer - 03/05/1969

1970s - Alan Sarjeant vs Clive Myers - Joint Promotions 02/21/1977

1980s - Sangre Chicana vs MS-1 - EMLL 09/23/1983

1990s - Tie between Hijo del Santo vs Negro Casas - CMLL 09/19/1997 and Kiyoshi Tamura vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto - RINGS 06/24/1999. Seriously can't pick.

2000s - Yuki Ishikawa vs Daisuke Ikeda - FUTEN 04/24/2005

2010s - Virus vs Guerrero Maya Jr. - CMLL 06/07/2011

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I'd go:

 

70s: Billy Robinson vs. Giant Baba (7/24/76)

 

80s: Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (4/2/89)

 

90s: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (06/09/95)

 

00s: Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama (6/8/00)

 

10s: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (3/29/15)

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70s: Marty Jones vs Terry Rudge 12/4/76

80s: MS-1 vs Sangre Chicana 9/23/83

90s: Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori 4/2/93 or Kiyoshi Tamura vs Nobuhiko Takada 2/14/93

00s: Low Ki vs American Dragon 3/30/02

10s: Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada 1/4/17

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60s – Gilbert Cesca vs Billy Catanzarro (Sometime in the 60s)

 

70s – Billy Robinson vs Giant Baba (7/24/1976)*

- Runner Up: Terry Funk vs Jumbo Tsuruta (6/11/1976)

 

80s – Sangre Chicana vs MS-1 (9/23/1983)

- Runner Up: Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat (4/2/1989)

 

90s – Shinobu Kandori vs Akira Hokuto (4/2/1993)

- Runner Up: Steve Austin vs Bret Hart (3/23/1997)

 

00s – Bryan Danielson vs Niel McGuinness (8/12/2006)

- Runner Up: John Cena vs Umaga (1/28/2007)

 

10s – Daniel Bryan vs Jon Cena (8/18/2013)

- Runner Up: Black Terry vs Wotan (8/21/2016)**

 

 

 

 

 

*I haven't really ever dove into the WOS stuff, so that is a big blind spot for me, which seems particularly noteworthy in the 70s.

 

**I really need to rewatch Black Terry vs Wotan. I have only seen it once and it could be anywhere from my number one match for the decade (so far) or a good bit down the list. So, for now it just gets the runner up spot.

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70s - WWWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine - MSG 2/19/79

 

80s - NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs Ricky Morton - Great American Bash 1986 Steel Cage

 

90s - I need to rewatch all the AJPW stuff one more time, but I think it is 6/9/95, 4/15/95 or 1/20/97, for the US I think I would say Bret vs Owen WrestleMania X

 

00s - Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jun Akiyama - AJPW 2/27/00

 

10s - WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles - WWE Payback 2016

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1980s: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenyru vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu - 1/28/86

 

1990s: Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada - 6/12/98

 

2000s: Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa - 3/1/03, Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA - 9/17/06

 

2010s: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Shingo Takagi - 11/1/15

 

I haven't watched WoS in almost a year, so I don't want to comment on the 70s

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'60s - The French match

 

'70s - Wanted to pick a Grey vs. Myers match but there isn't a singular standout from their series so Robinson vs. Baba it is.

 

'80s - New Japan gauntlet 4/19/84

 

'90s - 6/9/95

 

'00s - pick 'em between Danielson-Morishima 8/25/07 or Kobashi-Ogawa 11/1/03

 

'10s - FUTEN tag 10/24/10

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70s -- Brisco vs. Baba (12/5/1974)

 

80s -- NJ Gauntlet (4/19/1984); with reservations to swap in Flair/Steamboat Clash 6 as I haven't watched it recently enough to put it over the top.

 

90s -- Misawa & Kobashi vs. Kawada & Taue (6/9/1995)

 

00s -- Misawa vs. Kobashi (3/1/2003)

 

10s -- Tanahashi vs. Okada (1/4/2016)

 

I need to watch a lot more 1970s.

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70's - Terry Funk vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (06/11/76)

80's - Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik (06/16/84)

90's - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (06/03/94)

00's - Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson (02/23/08)

10's - Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (04/06/14)

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For now...

 

60's - Need to see more

70's - I want to see more instead of just listing something. I'll probably watch anything posted here that I haven't seen before. I do love that Funk/Tsuruta match and I'm itching to check out the Valentine/Backlund match listed above. I'll get to all of them. My biggest need is the Dundee/Lawler match elliott mentioned - big fan of all their matches, but I have not seen that one yet.

80's - Steamboat/Flair - Clash 6 - (4/2/89)

90's - Misawa vs. Kawada (06/03/94) - but it's close with Kobashi/Misawa (01/20/1997)

00's - Misawa/Kobashi (03/01/2003) - close to Atlantis vs. Villano III (03/17/2000)

10's - John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (04/29/2012)

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'60s - The French match

 

'70s - Wanted to pick a Grey vs. Myers match but there isn't a singular standout from their series so Robinson vs. Baba it is.

 

'80s - New Japan gauntlet 4/19/84

 

'90s - 6/9/95

 

'00s - pick 'em between Danielson-Morishima 8/25/07 or Kobashi-Ogawa 11/1/03

 

'10s - FUTEN tag 10/24/10

Yup. Probably the best match I've ever seen live (I was at Joe vs. Kobashi which is probably my favorite). Just an incredible match even more amazing when you learn that Danielson suffered a detached retina during the match!

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I'm only going to do 2 decades:

 

80s: Flair vs Steamboat, 4/2/89

Runner-up: Slaughter vs Sheik, 6/16/84

 

90s: Williams vs Kobashi, 8/31/93

Runner-up: 6/9/95 tag

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60s: Gilbert Cesca & Ben Chemoil v Anton Tejero & Inca Peruano (French Catch, 3/12/65)

70s: Bob Backlund v Greg Valentine (WWF, 2/19/79)

80s: Jerry Lawler v Bill Dundee (Memphis, 12/30/85)

90s: Damiancito el Guerrero v Cicloncito Ramirez (CMLL, 1/7/97)

00s: Daisuke Ikeda v Yuki Ishikawa (FUTEN, 4/24/05)

10s: LA Park v El Mesias (AAA, 6/18/11)

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60s- Baba vs Destroyer 3/5/69

70s- Funks vs Abby and Sheik RWTL 77 Final (I might be thinking of a different Funks vs Abby and Sheik match, but I loved the whole series)

80s- Flair vs Steamboat 3/18/89 (the Landover, MD house show)

90s- Kobashi and Kikuchi vs Can Am Express 5/25/92

00s- Kobashi vs Akiyama NOAH Departure '04

10s- Cena vs Punk Money in the Bank '11

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As of right now, I would go:

 

30s -- Jim Londos vs. Bronko Nagurski (11/18/38)

40s -- not decided yet

50s -- Lou Thesz vs. Verne Gagne (1/25/52)

60s -- Billy Howes vs. Jacques Lageat (5/5/62)

70s -- Steve Veidor vs. Gwyn Davies (5/26/76)

80s -- Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu (6/5/89)

90s -- Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (6/3/94)

00s -- not decided yet

10s -- not decided yet

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1970s: Giant Baba vs. Billy Robinson

1980s: Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk, Great American Bash

1990s: 6/9/95

2000s: Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar, No Way Out

2010s: Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk, Summerslam

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'70s - Wanted to pick a Grey vs. Myers match but there isn't a singular standout from their series so Robinson vs. Baba

I thought the 10/75 match that Bix posted all those years ago was their standout 70s match? It was certainly my gateway drug into WoS.

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'70s - Wanted to pick a Grey vs. Myers match but there isn't a singular standout from their series so Robinson vs. Baba

I thought the 10/75 match that Bix posted all those years ago was their standout 70s match? It was certainly my gateway drug into WoS.

 

 

You may well be right as I haven't watched them in awhile. I just remember them as a series that kept on giving rather than hitting an obvious crescendo. Actually, I wish Saint-Grey from Jan. 1980 had happened a month earlier, because then that would have been my '70s pick.

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