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Here's my top-30:

1. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata (NJPW Sakura Genesis)
2. Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (NJPW G1 Climax 27 - Day 18)
3. AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Survivor Series)
4. Trevor Lee vs. Chip Day (CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide 04/26)
5. Timothy Thatcher vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (EVOLVE 79)
6. Hideki Suzuki vs. Yuji Okabayashi (BJW Endless Survivor)
7. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns (WWE Payback)
8. Daniel Makabe vs. Timothy Thatcher (3-2-1 BATTLE! Wet Hot Seattle Summer)
9. Trevor Lee vs. Michael Elgin (CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide 07/05)
10. Trevor Lee vs. Brad Attitude (CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide 01/18)
11. Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Lio Rush (EVOLVE 85)
12. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto (NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11)
13. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Matt Riddle (RevPro High Stakes)
14. Chuck Taylor vs. Ricochet (PWG All Star Weekend 13 - Day 2)
15. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (NJPW G1 Climax 27 - Day 17)
16. Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler (Stardom Stardom of Champions)
17. Mike Quackenbush vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (CHIKARA Bad Wolf)
18. Chuck Taylor & Trent vs. Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr. (PWG Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock N’ Roll))
19. Tetsuya Naito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW Dominion)
20. Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher vs. WALTER (PROGRESS Chapter 55: Chase The Sun)
21. David Starr & Jurn Simmons vs. Timothy Thatcher & WALTER (wXw World Tag Team League - Day 3)
22. Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami (WWE NXT Takeover: Chicago)
23. Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki (NJPW G1 Climax 27 - Day 16)
24. Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW G1 Climax 27 - Day 19)
25. Shuji Ishikawa vs. Kento Miyahara (AJPW 45th Anniversary)
26. Trevor Lee vs. Nick Richards (CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide 07/12)
27. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE WrestleMania 33)
28. Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima (NJPW G1 Climax 27 - Day 8)
29. LA Park vs. Rush (Baracal Entertainment 03/11)
30. Dante Fox vs. Killshot (Lucha Underground: Season 3, Episode 37)

Amazing year for wrestling.

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I'm going with Brock/AJ as my favorite match of the year. My runner-ups would be the NXT Tag mentioned with AOP/Revival/DIY and Dunne vs. Bate in Chicago. I was there live, so I'm sure that plays a factor... but, I think my favorite moment would be the DIY split at the end of Takeover in Chicago.

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I have some stuff to catch up on

1) 3/20 DDT “JUDGEMENT 2017 ~ DDT 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE” Danshoku Dino vs. Joey Ryan

2) 1/4 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega

3) 3/31 WrestleCon SuperShow AR Fox, Dezmond Xavier, Jason Cade, Ricochet, and Sami Callihan vs. Drew Galloway, Lio Rush, Marty Scurll, Ryan Smile, and Will Ospr

4) 3/18 PWG Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock N' Roll) Lucha Brothers vs. Matt Sydal and Ricochet vs. Young Bucks

5) 4/7 CMLL Super Viernes Torneo Reyes Del Aire (Angel de Oro vs. Caristico vs. Dragon Lee vs. El Barbaro Cavernario vs. Euforia vs. Gran Guerrero vs. Hechicero vs. La Mascara vs. Luciferno vs. Maximo Sexy vs. Mephisto vs. Mistico vs. Niebla Roja vs. Titan vs. Valiente vs. Volador Jr.)

6) 1/7 DDT Saitama Slam! Vol. 18 Kazusada Higuchi vs. Konosuke Takeshita

7) 4/26 CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide Episode #102 Chip Day vs. Trevor Lee

8) 8/5 Sabotage Wrestling Something's Got to Give Delilah Doom v Eli Everfly

 

Not sure about #9-10

2/20 WWE Raw Big Show vs. Braun Strowman

3/10 ROH 15th Anniversary Show Adam Cole vs. Christopher Daniels

3/19 NOAH The Reborn The Great Voyage In Yokohama Go Shiozaki vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

4/2 WWE WrestleMania Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg

7/2 Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XV Drago and El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Garza Jr. and Laredo Kid vs. Naomichi Marufuji and Taiji Ishimori vs. Latin American Exchange

10/31 WWA4 Halloween Special Cabalistico vs.The Invisible Man

11/3 AAW Hell Hath No Fury AR Fox vs. Austin Theory vs. Curt Stallion vs. Myron Reed vs. Stephen Wolf vs. Zema Ion

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Very glad to trawl this thread for more stuff to prioritize catching up on (also def have a whole lot of Stardom, plus I've seen some good stuff on Twitter recently about this year's NOAH, plus some Powerbomb indies, plus some British stuff, etc etc etc). But 35 I like the best as of now (relatively loosely ordered, though I'd say there's a tier drop after the top 10) in case this helps anyone:

 

1. La Parka vs. Rush, 3/11, Baracal Entertainment
2. Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate, 5/20, NXT
3. Kairi Hojo & Yoko Bito vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Jungle Kyona, 3/5, Stardom
4. #DIY vs. The Authors of Pain vs. The Revival, 4/1, NXT
5. Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Meiko Satomura, 9/24, Sendai Girls
6. Asuka vs. Ember Moon, 8/19, NXT
7. Hideki Suzuki vs. Yuji Okabayashi, 5/5, BJW
8. Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega, 8/13, NJPW
9. Masashi Takeda vs. Masaya Takahashi, 12/17, BJW
10. Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate, 12/21, NXT
11. The Authors of Pain vs. #DIY, 1/28, NXT
12. Meiko Satomura & Io Shirai vs. Mayu Iwatani & Chihiro Hashimoto, 3/9, Stardom
13. Aja Kong vs. Chihiro Hashimoto, 4/6, Sendai Girls
14. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee, 2/11, NJPW
15. Cain Justice vs. Dominic Garrini, 3/15, CWF Mid-Atlantic
16. Skyman vs. Saturno, 3/4, Cara Lucha
17. Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Cien Almas, 8/19, NXT
18. The New Day vs. The USOs, 10/8, WWE
19. Pete Dunne vs. Mark Andrews, 1/15, WWE
20. Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby RIot (w/ post-match brawl), 6/14, NXT
21. Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito, 5/21, DDT
22. The Revival vs. #DIY, 1/11, NXT
23. Bailey vs. Charlotte Flair, 2/13, WWE
24. Ethan Page vs. Darby Allin, 2/25, Evolve
25. Imposible vs. Relampago, 1/22, IWRG
26. Jungle Kyona vs. Kairi Hojo, 2/23, Stardom
27. Princesa Sugehit vs. Zeuxis, 9/16, CMLL
28. Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Timothy Thatcher, 2/25, Evolve
29, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. WALTER, 10/21, PWG
30. Keith Lee vs. Donavan Dijak, 9/3, PWG
31. KUDO vs. Konosuke Takeshita, 1/29, DDT
32. Tetsuya Naito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, 8/11, NJPW
33. David Starr & Jurn Simmons vs. Timothy Thatcher & WALTER, 10/8, wXw
34. Trevor Lee vs. Nick Richards, 7/12, CWF Mid-Atlantic
35. Killshot vs. Dante Fox, 9/27, Lucha Underground

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Throughout all 2017 I've heard about some great matches in NOAH, EVOLVE, PROGRESS and PWG that I didn't watch (any suggestions?), but right now I have 20 MOTYC. After several days thinking about it, I ranked them.

 

But first, some HHMM in chronological order:

 

 

-Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - NJPW WrestleKingdom 11

-Hirooki Goto vs Juice Robinson - NJPW The New Beggining

-Katsuyori Shibata vs Will Ospreay - NJPW The New Beggining

-Charlotte vs Bayley - WWE RAW 13/2

-Asuka vs Ember Moon - NXT Takeover Orlando

-Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar - WWE WrestleMania 33

-Will Ospreay vs KUSHIDA - NJPW Best of the Super Jr

-Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - NJPW Dominion

-Michael Elgin vs Kazuchika Okada - NJPW G1 Climax 27

-Minoru Suzuki vs Rocky Kawamura - KAKIRIDE14/8

-Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada - NJPW G1 Climax 27

-Shuji Ishikawa vs Kento Miyahara - AJPW 27/8

-Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Zack Sabre Jr - NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima

-Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles - WWE Survivor Series

 

 

 

Ok then, here I go, my top 20 matches of 2017:

 

****1/2

 

20. Daisuke Sekimoto vs Hideki Suzuki - BJW 30/3

19. Kyle O' Reilly vs Mike Bailey - WCPW World Cup

18. Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe - WWE Great Balls of Fire

17. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito - NJPW G1 Climax 27

16. Kento Miyahara vs Shuji Ishikawa - AJPW 21/5

15. Timothy Thatcher vs Daniel Makabe - 3-2-1 BATTLE! 28/7

14. Hiromu Takahashi vs KUSHIDA - NJPW Sakura Genesis

13. Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr - NJPW G1 Climax 27

12. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode - NXT Takeover San Antonio

11. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi - NJPW Power Struggle

10. Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman vs Samoa Joe vs Roman Reigns - WWE SummerSlam!

9. Matt Riddle vs WALTER - PROGRESS Chapter 51

8. Tetsuya Naito vs Michael Elgin - NJPW The New Beggining

7. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega - NJPW WrestleKingdom 11

6. Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne - NXT Takeover Chicago

 

****3/4

 

5. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega - NJPW Dominion

4. Kento Miyahara vs Suwama - AJPW 9/10

3. Trevor Lee vs Chip Day - CWF 26/4

 

*****

 

2. Tetsuya Naito vs Kenny Omega - NJPW G1 Climax 27

1. Kazuchika Okada vs Katsuyori Shibata - NJPW Sakura Genesis

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I think the general consensus is that this has been a tremendous year for top end matches and for the most part I agree.

 

I have gone back and forth all year on my 2017 MOTY and could see myself changing, but in the end I'm going with three matches that epitomize what I like about modern wrestling and what were the best output of those styles.

 

1. LA Park vs Rush, 3/11 Barracal

2. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega, 1/4 NJPW

3. Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles, 11/19 WWE

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FWIW, here are my current top 20 Joshi matches of the year. I'm still trying to catch up as I'm just starting November shows and some of the stuff from earlier in the year could use a rewatch. I'm hoping to be caught up by the time the big year end shows are up.

 

  1. Rina Yamashita vs. Misaki Ohata (WAVE 10/9)
  2. Ryo Mizunami vs. Hikaru Shida (WAVE 6/22)
  3. Io Shirai & Meiko Satomura vs. Mayu Iwatani & Chihiro Hashimoto (Stardom 3/9)
  4. Ryo Mizunami vs. Misaki Ohata (WAVE 2/11)
  5. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Arisa Nakajima vs. Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi (Ice Ribbon 7/17)
  6. Nanae Takahashi vs. Arisa Nakajima (SEAdLINNNG 1/26)
  7. Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler (Stardom 2/23)
  8. Kairi Hojo & Yoko Bito vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Jungle Kyona (Stardom 3/5)
  9. Rina Yamashita vs. Chihiro Hashimoto (WAVE 6/22)
  10. Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Kagetsu (OZ Academy 4/12)
  11. Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Misaki Ohata & Ryo Mizunami (SEAdLINNNG 8/24)
  12. Ryo Mizunami vs. Rina Yamashita (WAVE 7/2)
  13. Yoko Bito vs. Takumi Iroha (Stardom 10/17)
  14. Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Aja Kong (Sendai Girls 1/9)
  15. Yoko Bito vs. Io Shirai (Stardom 11/19)
  16. Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Hikaru Shida (OZ Academy 8/20)
  17. Hikaru Shida & Syuri vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kagetsu (OZ Academy 1/25)
  18. Ryo Mizunami vs. Moeka Haruhi (WAVE 3/5)
  19. Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. AKINO (OZ Academy 7/16)
  20. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Arisa Nakajima vs. Misaki Ohata & Ryo Mizunami (Ice Ribbon 8/27)

Edit: Added Bito vs. Io from the 11/19 Stardom show.

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Going to go through this thread and see what are obviously misses on my end. My current top 20 though is in order. Top 10 probably isn't changing but 11-20 probably could (formatting is weird, sorry):

 

 

1. Hideki Suzuki vs. Yuji Okabayashi 5/5/2017 BJPW

2. Low Ki vs. Sami Callihan 3/17/2017 AAW

3. Iron Kid vs. Demus 6/18/2017 Lucha Memes

4. Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi 1/2/2017 BJPW

5. Hideki Suzuki vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani 5/25/2017 BJPW

6. Corey Hollis vs. David Starr 5/21/2017 PWX

7. Axel Dieter Jr. & WALTER vs. Jurn Simmons & David Starr 2/24/2017 wXw

8. David Starr vs. WALTER 3/10/2017 wXw

9. Ben-K, Big R Shimizu, Naruki Doi & Takehiro Yamamura vs. Cyber Kong, El Lindaman, Shingo Takagi & T-Hawk 2/2/2017 Dragon Gate

10. Keith Lee vs. Sami Callihan 7/15/2017 AAW

11. Oney Lorcan vs. Drew McIntyre 4/5/2017 NXT

12. Tracy Williams vs. Ace Romero 4/29/2017 Beyond Wrestling

13. David Starr & Jurn Simmons vs. WALTER & Timothy Thatcher 10/8/2017 wXw

14. WALTER vs. David Starr 11/17/2017 wXw

15. Nick Gage vs. Matt Tremont [NO ROPES BARBED WIRE LIGHT TUBE DEATHMATCH] 6/3/2017 GCW

16. Xtreme Tiger vs. Virus 7/15/2017 Lucha Memes

17. Black Terry vs. Demus 6/24/2017 WWCI

18. Nick Gage vs. David Starr 11/26/2017 Beyond Wrestling

19. Joe Graves vs. Timothy Thatcher 1/20/2017 PCW

20. Keith Lee vs. Sammy Guevara 5/28/2017 Inspire Pro

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