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This is, obviously, a blatant attempt to copy Loss's great list of favorite matches. I'll add whenever I can but I'd like to only add matches I watch/re-watch. Since I watched so many 80's matches I can start with those. ****+ star matches will make the list, as well as other that I didn't rate as high but still really liked and recommend.

 

Loss's original list: http://prowrestlingonly.com/index.php?showtopic=4803

Loss's V. 2.0 list: http://prowrestlingonly.com/index.php?showtopic=7317

 

As always feel free to discuss or flame any of my picks/ratings and matches I should check out.

 

 

** Updated: August 19th, 2010 **

 

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Pre 1970's

 

#1. Giant Baba Vs. The Destroyer (JWA - 2/3 Falls - 3/5/69) - [****3/4]

#2. Lou Thesz Vs. Rikidozan (JWA - 10/13/57) - [***1/2]

 

NOTE FOR ME: Keep looking for complete: Dory Funk Jr. Vs Giant Baba (JWA - 2/3 Falls - 12/3/69)

 

 

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1970

 

#1. Dory Funk Jr. Vs. Antonio Inoki (JWA - 2/3 Falls - 8/2/70) ****

 

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1980

 

#1. Bob Backlund Vs. Ken Patera (WWF - 5/19/80) ****1/2

#2. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Terry & Dory Funk Jr. (All-Japan RWTL finals - 12/11/80) ****1/2

#3. Dynamite Kid Vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan - 2/15/80) ****

#4. Jaguar Yokota Vs. Chino Sato (All-Japan Women - 1/4/80) ****

#5. Harley Race Vs. Mil Mascaras (All-Japan - 9/12/80) ***3/4

#6. Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Ricky Steamboat (All-Japan - 12/1/80) ***3/4

#7. Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Dick Slater (All Japan - CC finals - 5/1/80) ***3/4

#8. Jackie Sato Vs. Tommy Aoyama (All-Japan Women - 1/4/80) ***3/4

#9. Ricky Steamboat Vs. The Sheik (All-Japan - 12/9/80) ***1/2 - Sheik's shenanigans cause Steamboat to snap.

#10. Bob Backlund Vs. Dusty Rhodes (New Japan - 5/27/80) ***1/2

 

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1981

 

#1. Ricky Morton & Eddie Gilbert Vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Memphis Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl - 2/14/81) - [****1/4]

#2. Pat Patterson Vs. Sgt. Slaughter (WWF Streetfight - 5/4/81) - [****1/4]

#3. Ric Flair Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan - 2/3 Falls - 10/9/81) - [****1/4] - May need a rewatch

#4. Bob Backlund Vs. Sgt Slaughter (WWF Cage - 3/21/81) - [****]

#5. Andre the Giant Vs. Stan Hansen (New Japan - 9/23/81) - [****]

#6. Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk (Memphis No DQ - 3/23/81) - [****]

#7. Tiger Mask I Vs. Gran Hamada (New Japan - 11/5/81) - [***3/4]

#8. Jerry Lawler Vs. Terry Funk (Memphis Empty Arena Match - 4/6/81) - [***3/4] - Awesome work by Lance Russell and Funk. My eye!

#9. Bob Backlund Vs. Don Muraco (WWF - Texas Death Match - 9/21/81) - [***3/4]

#10. Ricky Steamboat Vs. Jimmy Snuka (All Japan - 6/3/81) - [***3/4]

 

Also notable:

Terry Funk Vs. Dory Funk Jr. (AJ - 4/30/81) - [***1/2] - Last of the 70's, Hour draw

Bruiser Brody Vs. Terry Funk (All Japan - 11/3/81) - [***1/2] - Bloody match

Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka Vs. Terry & Dory Funk Jr. (All Japan RWTL finals - 12/12/81) - [***1/2] - Hansen makes surprise apperance. - May need a rewatch

 

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1982

 

#1. Ric Flair Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (AJ - 6/8/82) - [****1/2] - NEEDS A REWATCH

#2. Ric Flair Vs. Kerry Von Erich (World Class 2/3 Falls - 8/15/82) - [****1/2]

#3. Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. Vs. Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody (All Japan RWTL finals - 12/13/82) - [****]

#4. Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Mil Mascaras (All Japan - 7/30/82) - [****]

#5. Tiger Mask I Vs The Dynamite Kid (New Japan - 8/5/82) - [****]

#6. The Dynamite Kid Vs. Tiger Mask I (New Japan - 7/23/82) - [****]

#7. Marc Rocco Vs. The Dynamite Kid (British World of Sport - 1/16/82) - [****]

#8. Jerry Lawler vs. Dutch Mantell (Barbed Wire Match) (3/29/82) - [****]

#9. Tiger Mask I Vs. Black Tiger (New Japan - 5/26/82) - [****]

#10. Bob Backlund Vs. Adrian Adonis (WWF - 1/18/82) - [***3/4]

 

Also notable:

 

Bob Backlund Vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan - 1/1/82) - [***3/4]

Dave "Fit" Finlay Vs. Davey Boy Smith (British World of Sport - 3/12/82) - [***3/4]

Harley Race Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan - 4/22/82) - [***3/4]

Ric Flair Vs. Ricky Steamboat (All Japan - 6/4/82) - [***3/4]

Bobby Eaton & Sweet Brown Sugar vs. Dutch Mantell & King Cobra (7/19/82) - [***3/4]

Junkyard Dog & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted Dibiase & Matt Borne (Loser Leaves Town) (10/27/82) - [***3/4]

Antonio Inoki Vs. Rusher Kimura, Animal Hamaguchi, & Isamu Teranishi (New Japan - 11/4/82) - [***3/4] - Inoki takes on three men at once. Is he superman enough?

Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Harley Race & Dick Slater (All Japan RWTL - 12/13/82) - [***3/4]

Ric Flair Vs. Kerry Von Erich (World Class Cage match - 12/25/82) - [***3/4] - NEEDS A REWATCH

Ric Flair Vs. Jerry Lawler (Memphis - NWA World Title - 8/14/82) - [***1/2] - OK match, very cool angle.

Bill Dundee vs. Sweet Brown Sugar (2/3 falls, Scaffold Match) (6/21/82) - [***] Scaffold match but 2 out of 3 Falls!?!?

 

Tiger Mask I Vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (New Japan - 11/4/82) - NOTE FOR ME: Got the full match now, so go watch if Floyd!

 

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1983

 

#1. Dynamite Kid Vs. Tiger Mask (New Japan - 4/21/83) - [****3/4]

#2. Ric Flair Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan 2/3 Falls - 6/8/83) - [****1/2]

#3. Kuniaki Kobayashi Vs. Tiger Mask I (New Japan - 1/6/83) - [****1/2]

#4. Jerry Lawler Vs. Bill Dundee (Memphis - Loser Leaves Town - 6/6/83) - [****1/4]

#5. Sangre Chicana Vs. MS-1 (EMLL - 2/3 Falls Hair Vs. Hair- 9/23/83) - [****1/4]

#6. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood Vs. Don Kernodle & Sgt. Slaughter (NWA Cage match - 3/12/83) - [****1/4] - NEEDS A REWATCH

#7. Roddy Piper Vs. Greg Valentine (NWA - Dog Collar match - 11/24/83) - [****]

#8. Jaguar Yokoto Vs. La Galacta (AJW Hair vs. Mask - 5/7/83) - [****]

#9. Ric Flair Vs Bruiser Brody (St. Louis - 2/3 Falls - 2/11/83) - [****]

#10. Marty Jones Vs. The Dynamite Kid (British World of Sport - 2/5/83) - [***3/4]

 

Also notable:

 

Antonio Inoki Vs. Hulk Hogan (New Japan - 6/2/83) - [***3/4]

Sekigun vs. Ishingun 4-bout battle (New Japan - 11/3/83) - [***3/4] - For the whole thing

Tiger Mask I Vs. Gran Hamada (New Japan - 2/3/83) - [***3/4]

Tatsumi Fujinami Vs. Riki Choshu (New Japan - 4/3/83) - [***3/4] - NEEDS A REWATCH

Adrian Adonis Vs. Bob Orton Jr. (Southwest - 5/26/83) - [***1/2]

Ric Flair Vs. Harley Race (NWA Cage match - 11/24/83) - [***3/4]

Riki Choshu, Animal Hamaguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu Vs. Akira Maeda, Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura (NJ - 12/8/83) - [***3/4]

Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (AJ RWTL finals - 12/12/83) - [***1/2]

Dory & Terry Funk Vs. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy (8/31/83) - [***1/2] - Funk retires forever!

Nick Bockwinkle Vs. Hulk Hogan (AWA - 4/24/83) - [***1/4]

Don Muraco Vs. Jimmy Snuka (WWF Cage match - 10/17/83) - [**1/4] - Dive off the cage!

 

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1984

 

#1. Kerry Von Erich Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (NWA 2/3 Falls - 5/22/84) - [****3/4]

#2. Sgt. Slaughter Vs. The Iron Sheik (WWF Bootcamp - 6/16/84) - [****3/4]

#3. Ric Flair Vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA - 5/29/84) - [****3/4]

#4. Tully Blanchard Vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA Starcade - 11/22/84) - [****1/4]

#5. Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch Vs. Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan - 12/5/84) - [****1/4]

#6. Dynamite Kid Vs. The Cobra Vs. Davey Boy Smith (New Japan - 2/7/84) - [****1/4]

#7. The Crush Gals Vs. Jaguar Yokota & Devil Masami (AJW - 6/28/84) - [****]

#8. Ricky Steamboat Vs. Genichiro Tenryu (All Japan - 2/23/84) - [****]

#9. Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Nick Bockwinkle (AWA - 2/26/84) - [****]

#10. Kerry Von Erich Vs. Ric Flair (NWA 2/3 Falls - 5/24/84) - [****]

 

Also notable:

 

Ric Flair Vs. Harley Race (All Japan - 5/22/84) - [***3/4]

Nick Bockwinkle Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (AWA - 2/22/84) - [***3/4]

Super Tiger & Nobuhiko Takada Vs. Akira Maeda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara (UWF - 7/23/84) - [***3/4]

El Satanico vs Shiro Koshinaka (EMLL - Hair Vs. Hair - 7/30/84) - [***3/4]

Antonio Inoki Vs. Riki Choshu (NJ - 8/2/84) - [***3/4]

Tiger Mask II Vs. La Fiera (All Japan - 8/26/84) - [***3/4]

Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch Vs. Jack & Jerry Brisco (WWF - 12/28/84) - [***3/4]

 

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1985

 

#1. Tully Blanchard Vs. Magnum T.A. (NWA - I-Quit cage match - 11/28/85) - [****3/4]

#2. Ric Flair Vs. Kerry Von Erich (Hawaii - 10/12/85) - [****3/4]

#3. Devil Masami Vs. Chigusa Nagayo (AJW - 8/22/85) - [****1/2]

#4. Ted DiBiase Vs. Jim Duggan (Mid-South Coal miners glove on a pole, Tuxedo, Loser-leaves town, Cage match - 3/22/85) - [****1/2]

#5. Jerry Lawler Vs. Bill Dundee (Memphis - No-DQ - Title/Loser-Leaves-Town Vs. Hair(s) - 12/30/85) - [****1/2]

#6. Ric Flair Vs. Ted Dibiase (Mid-South - 11/6/85) - [****1/4]

#7. Ric Flair Vs. Kerry Von Erich (St. Louis - 1/25/85) - [****1/4]

#8. Jaguar Yokota Vs. Lioness Asuka (AJW - 8/22/85) - [****1/4]

#9. Dump Matsumoto Vs. Chigusa Nagayo (AJW - Hair Vs. Hair - 8/28/85) - [****1/4]

#10. Ric Flair Vs. Butch Reed (Mid-South - 8/10/85) - [****1/4]

 

Also notable:

 

Dick Murdoch Vs. Butch Reed (Mid-South - 9/22/85) - [****1/4]

 

Jaguar Yokota Vs. La Galactica (All Japan Women - 1/5/85) - [****]

Antonio Inoki Vs. Bruiser Brody (New Japan - 4/18/85) - [****]

Tiger Mask II Vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (All Japan - 6/12/85) - [****]

Antonio Inoki Vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan - 9/19/85) - [****]

Ric Flair Vs. Rick Martel (All Japan - 10/21/85) - [****]

Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Riki Choshu (All Japan - 11/4/85) - [****]

Jim Duggan Vs. Buzz Sawyer (Mid-South - 11/11/85) - [****]

Ted DiBiase & Stan Hansen Vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu (All Japan - RWTL finals - 12/12/85) - [****]

 

Ivan & Nikita Koloff Vs. The Rock n Roll Express (NWA - Cage match - 11/28/85) - [***3/4]

Jumbo Tsurura & Genichiro Tenryu Vs. Riki Choshu & Masa Saito (All Japan - 2/5/85) - [***3/4]

Jaguar Yokota Vs. La Galactica (All Japan Women - 2/27/85) - [***3/4]

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T Vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff (WWF - 3/31/85) - [***3/4]

Ric Flair Vs. Terry Taylor (Mid-South - 6/1/85) - [***3/4]

Yoshiaki Fujiwara Vs. Super Tiger (UWF - 7/17/85) - [***3/4]

Antonio Inoki Vs. Bruiser Brody (New Japan - 8/1/85) - [***3/4]

Jerry Lawler Vs. Bill Dundee (Memphis - 10/19/85) - [***3/4]

 

 

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1990

 

#1. Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (All Japan - 6/8/90) ****3/4

#2. Naoki Sano Vs. Jushin Liger (New Japan - 1/31/90) ****1/2

#3. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki Vs. Masa Chono & Keiji Mutoh (New Japan - 11/1/90) ****1/2

#4. The Midnight Express Vs. Southern Boys (NWA - 7/7/90) ****1/2

#5. Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (All-Japan - 9/1/90) ****1/2

#6. Hulk Hogan Vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WWF - 4/1/90) ****1/4

#7. Ric Flair Vs. Lex Luger (WCW Wrestlewar - 2/25/90) ****1/4

#8. The Midnight Express Vs. The Rock N' Roll Express (WCW Wrestlewar- 2/25/90) ****1/4

#9. Joe Malenko & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Vs. The Fantastics (All-Japan - 9/1/90) ****1/4

#10. Jushin Liger vs. Chris Benoit (NJ - 11/1/90) ****1/4

 

#11. Jushin Liger vs. Chris Benoit (NJ - 8/19/90) ****

#12. Jushin Liger Vs. Chris Benoit (NJ - 3/19/90) ****

#13. El Dandy Vs. Angel Azteca (CMLL - 6/1/90) ****

#14. Ric Flair Vs. Brian Pillman (WCW TN - 2/17/90) ****

#15. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham Vs. Doom (WCW Starcade - Streetfight - 12/16/90) ****

#16. Bull Nakano Vs. Aja Kong (AJW Cage - 11/14/90) ***3/4

#17. Arn Anderson Vs. The Great Muta (WCW TV - 1/20/90) ***3/4

#18. Big Van Vader Vs. Stan Hansen (NJ/AJ - 2/10/90) ***3/4 - Dream match-up, Hot crowd, Vader loses an eye.

#19. Demolition Vs. The Hart Foundation (WWF - 2/3 Falls - 8/27/90) ***3/4

#20. Keiji Muto Vs. Hiroshi Hase (New Japan - 9/14/90) ***3/4 - Blood match #1.

 

Ronnie Garvin Vs. Greg Valetine (WWF - I-Quit match - 1/21/90) ***1/2

El Hijo Del Santo vs. Fuerza Guerrera (UWF - 6/7/90) ***1/2

 

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1991

 

#1. Hiro Hase & Kensuke Sasaki Vs. The Steiners (New Japan - 3/21/91) ****3/4

#2. Randy Savage Vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WWF Retirement match - 3/24/91) ****1/2

#3. Wargames 1991 (WCW - 2/24/91) ****1/2

#4. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (All Japan - 4/20/91) ****1/2

#5. Jushin Liger Vs. Owen Hart (NJ - 4/27/91) ****1/4

#6. Masahiro Chono Vs. Keiji Muto (New Japan G1 Finals - 8/11/91) ****1/4

#7. Eddie Gilbert Vs. Cactus Jack (Tri-State - 2/3 Falls - 8/3/91) ****1/4 - May need a re-watch

#8. Sting & Lex Luger Vs. The Steiners (WCW Superbrawl - 5/19/91) ****1/4

#9. Curt Hennig Vs. Bret Hart (WWF Summerslam - 8/26/91) ****

#10. Lightning Kid Vs. Jerry Lynn (Global - 2/3 Falls - 12/27/91) ****

 

Also notable:

 

Bull Nakano Vs. Akira Hokuto (AJW - 1/4/91) ***3/4

Atlantis Vs. Blue Panther (EMLL 2/3 Falls - 8/9/91) - Need to rewatch (Note for me)

 

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1992

 

#1. Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki (AJW - 2/3 Falls - 11/26/92) *****

#2. Royal Rumble (WWF - 1/19/92) ****3/4

#3. Jushin Liger Vs. El Samurai (NJ - 4/30/92) ****3/4

#4. Wargames 1992 (WCW - 5/17/92) ****3/4

#5. Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue (AJW - 4/25/92) ****1/2

#6. Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat Vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (AJ - 5/25/92) ****1/2

#7. Ric Rude Vs. Masa Chono (NJ G1 finals - 8/12/92) ****1/2

#8. Sting Vs. Cactus Jack (WCW - 6/20/92) ****1/2

#9. Manami Toyota Vs. Toshiyo Yamada (AJW - Hair Vs. Hair - 8/15/92) ****1/4

#10. El Dandy Vs. Negro Casas (EMLL - 2/3 Falls - 7/5/92) ****1/4

 

Ric Flair Vs. Randy Savage (WWF - 4/5/92) ****1/4

Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ - 10/21/92) ****1/4

 

Bret Hart Vs. Roddy Piper (WWF WM - 4/5/92) ****

Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada (AJW - 6/21/92) ****

Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman (WCW Superbrawl - 2/29/92) ****

Ric Rude Vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW - 30min Iron Man - 6/20/92) ****

Bret Hart Vs. British Bulldog (WWF - 8/29/92) ****

Bret Hart Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF - 11/27/92) ****

Hiroshi Hase Vs. The Great Muta (NJ - 12/14/92) ****

 

Also notable:

 

Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto Vs. Ultimo Dragon & Masahiro Orihara (NJ/WAR - 12/11/92) ***3/4

 

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1993

 

Chris Benoit Vs. Brad Armstrong (WCW Clash - 1/13/93) ***3/4

Ric Flair Vs. Sting (WCW Worldwide - 8/21/93) ***1/2 - Sting and Flair go 40 min

 

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2000

 

 

#1. HHH Vs. Cactus Jack (WWF Streetfight - 1/23/00) ****3/4

#2. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Jun Akiyama (All Japan - 2/27/00) ****1/2

#3. Edge & Christian Vs. The Dudleys Vs. The Hardyz (WWF TLC - 8/27/00) ****1/2

#4. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka Vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi (NJ - 12/14/00) ****1/2

#5. El Hijo Del Santo Vs. Blue Panther (Monterrey - 2/3 Falls - 4/9/00) ****1/4

#6. HHH Vs. Cactus Jack (WWE Hell in the Cell - 2/27/00) ****1/4

#7. Atlantis Vs. Villano III (EMLL Mask Vs. Mask - 3/17/00) ****1/4

#8. Tajiri Vs. Super Crazy (ECW Mexican Deathmatch - 1/15/00) ****1/4

#9. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Kenta Kobashi (AJ - 4/11/00) ****1/4

#10. Kenta Kobashi Vs. Takao Omori (NOAH - 4/15/00) ****1/4

 

#11. The Rock Vs. Triple H (WWF Ironman - 5/21/00) ****1/4

#12. Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Genricho Tenryu (AJ - 10/28/00) ****1/4

#13. El Hijo Del Santo Vs. Dr. Cerebro (IWRG - 2/3 Falls - 12/21/00) ****1/4

#14. The Dudleyz Vs. Edge & Christian Vs. The Hardy Boyz (WWF Ladder Match - 4/2/00) ****1/4

#15. Shinjiro Ohtani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa Vs. Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka (NJ - 6/25/00) ****1/4

#16. DX & The Radicalz Vs. The Rock, Cactus Jack & 2 Cool (WWF - 2/7/00) ****1/4

#17. Kaoru Ito, Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi Vs. Etsuko Mita, Mima Shimoda & Kumiko Maekawa (AJW Cage Match - 11/23/00) ****

#18. El Apache Vs. Oscar Sevilla (AAA - 4/11/00) ****

#19. Naoki Sano Vs. Minoru Tanaka (Battle Arts - 2/13/00) ****

#20. Psicosis Vs. Yoshiro Tajiri (ECW - 8/19/00) ****

 

 

Also notable:

 

Chigusa Nagayo Vs. KAORU (GAEA - 12/17/00) ****

Chris Benoit Vs. Steven Regal (WWF - 5/25/00) ****

Tomokai Honma Vs. Ryuji Yamakawa (Big Japan Barbed Wire Boards Spike Nail Boards Deathmatch - 1/2/00) ****

Yuki Ishikawa Vs. Kazunari Murakami (BattleArts - 11/26/00) ****

CIMA Vs. Minoru Fujita (Mpro - 1/9/00) ****

Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Kensuke Sasaki (NJ - 10/9/00) ****

HHH Vs. Chris Jericho (WWF Last Man Standing - 7/23/00) ****

Kenta Kobashi Vs. Jun Akiyama (NOAH - 12/23/00) ****

Aja Kong Vs. Meiko Satamura (GAEA - 5/14/00) ****

 

 

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2001

 

 

#1. Aja Kong Vs. Meiko Satamura (GAEA - 12/15/01) ****1/2

#2. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama Vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Yuji Nagata (NOAH - 3/2/01) ****1/2

#3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima Vs. Mike Barton & Jim Steele (AJ - 12/11/01) ****1/2

#4. El Hijo Del Santo Vs. Nicho El Millonario (CMLL - 2/3 Falls Mask Vs. Hair- 4/6/01) ****1/2

#5. Kurt Angle Vs. Shane McMahon (WWF Streetfight - 6/24/01) ****1/4

#6. Momoe Nakanishi, Nanae Takahashi, Kaoru Ito, & Tomoko Watanbe Vs. Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita, Kumiko Maekawa, & Manami Toyota (AJW - Elimination match - 2/28/01) ****1/4

#7. The Rock Vs. Steve Austin (WWF - 4/1/01) ****1/4

#8. Akira Hokuto Vs. Meiko Satamura (GAEA - 4/29/01) ****1/4

#9. Bryan Danielson Vs. Low-Ki (ECWA - 2/24/01) ****1/4

#10. Edge & Christian Vs. The Dudleys Vs. The Hardyz (WWF TLC II - 4/1/01) ****1/4

 

#11. Keiji Muto Vs. Genichiro Tenryu (AJ - 6/8/01) ****1/4

#12. HHH Vs. Steve Austin (WWF No Way Out 3 Stages of Hell - 2/25/01) ****1/4

#13. Momoe Nakanishi Vs. Kumiko Maekawa (AJW - 5/4/01) ****1/4

#14. Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Kensuke Sasaki (NJ - 1/4/01) ****1/4

#15. The Rock Vs. Chris Jericho (WWF No Mercy - 10/21/01) ****1/4

#16. Chris Benoit Vs. Chris Jericho (WWF Ladder match - 1/21/01) ****1/4

#17. Toshiaki Kawada & Nobutaka Araya Vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (AJ - 6/30/01) ****1/4

#18. El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas Vs. Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL - 2/3 Falls - 11/2/01) ****1/4

#19. Keiji Muto Vs. Yuji Nagata (AJ G-1 finals - 8/12/01) ****1/4

#20. TLC 3 (WWF Smackdown - 5/22/01) ****1/4

 

 

Also notable:

Takehiro Murahama Vs. Minoru Tanaka (NJ - 4/21/01) ****

Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho Vs. Steve Austin & Triple H (WWF - 5/21/01) ****

El Hijo Del Santo Vs. Blue Panther (CMLL - 1/28/01) ****

Shinya Hashimoto Vs. Steve Corino Vs. Dylan Night Vs. Gary Steele (PWF - Iron-Man match - 12/16/01) ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit (WWF - 4/1/01) ****

Satoshi Kojima vs. Toshiaki Kawada (NJ - 6/6/01) ****

El Hijo Del Santo vs. Shocker (Monterrey - 2/3 Falls - 10/21/01) ****

Minoru Inoue Vs. AKIRA (NJ - 5/18/01) ****

WWF Vs. Alliance Elimination match (WWF - 11/18/01) ****

Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (AJ - 6/8/01) ****

Shinya Hashimoto & Alexander Otsuka Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa (Zero-1 - 1/13/01) ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit (WWF Cage - 6/11/01) ****

El Hijo Del Santo Vs. La Parka (Monterrey - 2/3 Falls - 12/23/01) ****

 

 

NOTE FOR FLOYD TO LOOK FOR:

Jushin Liger & El Samurai Vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. & Silver King (5/5/01)

Low Ki Vs. Xavier (UCW - Ladder Match - 6/30/01)

Kaoru Ito Vs. Manami Toyota (AJW - 8/17/01)

 

 

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2002

 

 

#1. Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle Vs. Edge & Rey Mysterio Jr. (WWE - 10/20/02) ****1/2

#2. Spanky Vs. Low Ki Vs. Christopher Daniels Vs. Doug Williams (ROH 60 Min Iron man match - 7/27/02) ****1/2

#3. Genichiro Tenryu Vs. Satoshi Kojima (AJ - 7/17/02) ****1/2

#4. Eddie Guerrero Vs. RVD (WWF Ladder - 5/27/02) ****1/2

#5. Eddie Guerrero Vs. Edge (WWF No-DQ - 9/24/02) ****1/4

#6. HHH Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF Stretfight - 8/25/02) ****1/4

#7. Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker (WWF Hell in the Cell - 10/20/02) ****1/4

#8. Yoshihiro Takayama Vs. Osamu Nishimura (NJ - 8/10/02) ****1/4

#9. Low Ki Vs. AJ Styles Vs. Jerry Lynn (TNA - 8/7/02) ****1/4

#10. Bryan Danielson Vs. Low Ki (ROH - 3/30/02) ****1/4

 

#11. Chris Benoit Vs. Kurt Angle (WWF Unforgiven - 9/22/02) ****1/4

#12. AJ Styles Vs. Psicosis Vs. Jerry Lynn Vs. Low Ki (TNA Double Elimination - 6/26/02) ****1/4

#13. Momoe Nakanishi Vs. Kumiko Maekawa (AJW - 2/24/02)

#14. Kentaro Shiga & Kenta Kobashi Vs. Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akayama (NOAH - 10/19/02) ****1/4

#15. AJ Styles Vs. Low Ki (ROH - 4/27/02) ****1/4

#16. Kurt Angle vs. Edge (WWF Hair Vs. Hair - 5/19/02) ****

#17. Yoshihiro Takayama Vs. Kensuke Sasaki (NJ - 8/3/02) ****

#18. Hulk Hogan Vs. Rock (WWF - 3/17/02) ****

#19. Edge & Rey Mysterio Vs. Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit (WWF 2/3 falls - 11/7/02) ****

#20. Edge Vs. Chris Jericho (WWF Cage - 7/25/02) ****

 

 

Also notable:

 

Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle Vs. Los Guerreros (WWF - 10/17/02) ****

Yoshihiro Takayama Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (NOAH - 9/23/02) ****

Eddie Guerrero Vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. (WWF - 11/14/02) ****

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru Vs. Jushin Liger & Minoru Tanaka (NOAH - 4/7/02) ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Edge Vs. Chris Benoit Vs. Eddy Guerrero (WWF Elimination Match - 12/5/02) ****

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi Vs. Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata (NOAH - 2/17/02) ****

Yuji Nagata Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (NJ - 5/2/02) ****

Paul London Vs. Michael Shane (ROH Streetfight - 9/21/09) ****

Rey Mysterio Jr. Vs. Kurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit (WWF - 9/24/02) ****

Low Ki Vs. AJ Styles Vs. Jerry Lynn (TNA Ladder match - 8/21/02) ****

Paul London Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 12/7/02) ****

Low Ki Vs. American Dragon Vs. Christopher Daniels (ROH - 2/23/02) ****

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru Vs. Jushin Liger & Minoru Tanaka (NJ - 8/29/02) ****

Genichiro Tenryu Vs. Satoshi Kojima (AJ - 2/24/02) ****

Edge vs. Kurt Angle (WWF - 10/3/02) ****

The Rock Vs. Brock Lesnar (WWF - 8/25/02) ****

 

 

NOTE FOR FLOYD TO LOOK FOR:

Eddie Guerrero, Koji Kanemoto, Jado, Gedo & Black Tiger Vs. Jushin Liger, El Samurai, Minoru Tanaka, Masayuki Naruse & Masahito Kakihara (NJ 2/3 Falls - 3/14/02)

Momoe Nakanishi Vs. Akino (AJW - 5/11/02)

Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan Vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Osamu Nishimura (NJ - 6/5/02)

Takashi Iizuka Vs. Osamu Nishimura (NJ - 10/6/02)

Manami Toyota Vs Chikayo Nagashima (GAEA - 10/20/02)

Yuji Nagata Vs. Masahiro Chono (NJ - 10/26/02)

 

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2003

 

 

#1. Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Kenta Kobashi (NOAH - 3/1/03) *****

#2. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Jushin Liger & Takehiro Murahama (NOAH - 7/16/03) ****3/4

#3. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Yoshinobu Kanemuru & Makoto Hashi (NOAH - 9/12/03) ****3/4

#4. Kurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit (WWF Royal Rumble - 1/19/03) ****1/2

#5. AJ Styles Vs. Paul London (ROH - 6/14/03) ****1/2

#6. Homicide Vs. Steve Corino (ROH Better Friends, Stiffer Enemies - Fight Without Honor - 8/16/03) ****1/2

#7. Chris Jerchio Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF Wrestlemania - 3/30/03) ****1/4

#8. Italian Connection Vs. Crazy MAX Vs. M2K Vs. Do Fixer (Toryumon - 8/30/03) ****1/4

#9. Bryan Danielson Vs. Paul London (ROH Epic Encounter - 2/3 Falls - 4/12/03) ****1/4

#10. Chris Harris & James Storm Vs. Christopher Daniels & Elix Skipper (TNA Cage match - 6/25/03) ****1/4

 

#11. CM Punk Vs. Chris Hero (IWA-MS - 2/3 Falls - 2/7/03) ****1/4

#12. Hiroyoshi Tenzan Vs. Jun Akiyama (NJ G-1 Finals - 8/17/03) ****1/4

#13. Low Ki Vs. AJ Styles (Zero-One - 1/5/03) ****1/4

#14. RVD Vs. Christian (WWF Ladder match - 9/29/03) ****1/4

#15. Kurt Angle Vs. Brock Lesnar (WWF Smackdown 60:00 Iron Man - 9/16/03) ****1/4

#16. Black Buffalo & Tsubasa Vs. Jushin Liger & Takehiro Murahama (Osaka Pro - 2/1/03) ****

#17. AJ Styles Vs. Paul London Vs. Low Ki (ROH - 2/8/03) ****

#18. Steve Corino Vs. Homicide (ROH Barbed wire - 11/29/03) ****

#19. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Juventud Guerrera & Ricky Marvin (NOAH - 11/1/03) ****

#20. Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Katsuyori Shibata (AJ - 4/11/03) ****

 

 

Also notable:

Juventud Guerrera Vs. Chris Sabin (TNA - 8/27/03) ****

Homicide Vs. Trent Acid (ROH No-DQ - 6/28/03) ****

AJ Styles Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 11/1/03) ****

Team Austin Vs. Team Bishoff (WWF Survivor Series - 11/16/03) ****

 

NOTE FOR FLOYD TO LOOK FOR:

AJ Styles Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 11/1/03) ****

Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi vs. Keiji Muto & Satoshi Kojima (AJ - 4/12/03)

Yuji Nagata Vs. Tadao Yasuda (NJ - 4/23/03)

 

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2004

 

 

#1. HHH Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Chris Benoit (WWE Wrestlemania - 3/14/04) ****3/4

#2. Randy Orton Vs. Mick Foley (WWE Backlash - 4/18/04) ****1/2

#3. Kenta Kobashi Vs. Jun Akiyama (NOAH - 7/10/04) ****1/2

#4. Chris Harris & James Storm Vs. Christopher Daniels & Elix Skipper (TNA Cage match - 12/5/04) ****1/2

#5. Kenta Kobashi Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (NOAH - 4/25/04) ****1/2

#6. Eddie Guerrero Vs. JBL (WWE - 5/16/04) ****1/4

#7. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa (NOAH - 4/25/04) ****1/4

#8. HHH Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE RAW - 12/30/03) ****1/4

#9. Samoa Joe Vs. C.M. Punk (ROH - 10/16/04) ****1/4

#10. Chris Benoit Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE - 5/3/04) ****1/4

 

#11. Yoshinobu Kanemuru Vs. Low Ki (NOAH - 9/10/04) ****1/4

#12. KENTA & Marufuji Vs. SUWA & Ricky Marvin (NOAH - 10/24/04) ****1/4

#13. Eddie Guerrero Vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE No Way Out - 2/15/04) ****1/4

#14. Kensuke Sasaki Vs. Yoshihiro Takyama (NJ - 8/8/04) ****

#15. Samoa Joe Vs. C.M. Punk (ROH World Title Classic - 6/12/04) ****

#16. Necro Butcher Vs. Toby Klein (IWA-MS - 6/25/04) ****

#17. Samoa Joe Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 10/2/04) ****

#18. Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Shinya Hashimoto (AJ - 2/22/04) ****

#19. Eddie Guerrero Vs. Kurt Angle (WWF - 3/14/04) ****

#20. The Rock & Mick Foley Vs. Evolution (WWF - 3/14/04) ****

 

 

Also notable:

 

Survival Of The Fittest Final (ROH - 6/24/04) ****

Jushin Liger Vs. Makoto Hashi (NOAH - 3/6/04) ****

Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (AJ - 12/5/04) ****

Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF RAW - 2/16/04) ****

C.M. Punk Vs. Samoa Joe (ROH - 12/4/04) ****

HHH Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Chris Benoit (WWE Backlash - 4/18/04) ****

KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. El Samurai & Wataru Inoue (NOAH - 1/10/04) ****

 

NOTE FOR FLOYD TO LOOK FOR:

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (11/3/04)

 

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2005

 

 

#1. Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki (NOAH - 7/18/05) ****3/4

#2. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles (TNA - 9/11/05) ****3/4

#3. Mistico Vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. (CMLL - 2/3 Falls - 5/13/05) ****1/2

#4. KENTA Vs. Low Ki (ROH - 12/17/05) ****1/2

#5. Kenta Kobashi Vs. Samoa Joe (ROH - 10/1/05) ****1/2

#6. Team Canada Vs. Chris Harris & James Storm (TNA - 1/16/05) ****1/2

#7. Batista Vs. HHH (WWE Hell in the Cell - 6/26/05) ****1/2

#8. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita (NOAH Differ Cup Finals - 5/8/05) ****1/4

#9. Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi (NOAH - 7/18/05) ****1/4

#10. Satoshi Kojima Vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ - 2/16/05) ****1/4

 

#11. Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiosaki Vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH - 11/5/05) ****1/4

#12. Samoa Joe Vs. AJ Styles (TNA - 12/11/05) ****1/4

#13. Satoshi Kojima Vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (NJ - 2/20/05) ****1/4

#14. James Gibson Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 9/7/05) ****1/4

#15. Blood Generation Vs. Do Fixer (Dragon Gate - 7/3/05) ****1/4

#16. Ric Flair Vs. HHH (WWF Last Man Standing - 11/27/05) ****1/4

#17. El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas Vs. Mephisto & Averno (CMLL - 2/3 Falls - 12/16/05) ****1/4

#18. James Gibson Vs. Roderick Strong (10/2/05) ****1/4

#19. AJ Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA 30 Min Iron Man - 2/13/05) ****1/4

#20. Samoa Joe vs. Necro Butcher (IWA-MS - 6/11/05) ****1/4

 

 

Also notable:

 

Kevin Steen Vs. Super Dragon (PWG - 7/10/05) ****1/4

Bryan Danielson Vs. Roderick Strong (ROH Vendetta - 11/5/05) ****1/4

Samoa Joe Vs. AJ Styles (TNA X Cup finals - 8/14/05) ****1/4

Kevin Steen Vs. Super Dragon (PWG No DQ - 12/16/05) ****1/4

CM Punk Vs. Christopher Daniels (ROH - 6/18/05) ****1/4

AJ Styles Vs. Petey Williams Vs. Chris Sabin (TNA Ultimate X - 1/16/05) ****1/4

Matt Hardy Vs. Edge (WWE Cage match - 9/18/05) ****1/4

Samoa Joe & Low Ki Vs. Kenta Kobashi & Homicide (ROH - 10/2/05) ****1/4

Kurt Angle Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF - 4/3/05) ****1/4

Austin Aries Vs. James Gibson (ROH - 5/13/05) ****1/4

Mistico Vs. Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL - 2/3 Falls - 2/15/05) ****1/4

Kurt Angle Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE Vengeance - 6/26/05) ****1/4

Ric Flair Vs. HHH (WWF Cage Match - 11/1/05) ****

Bryan Danielson vs. Spanky (ROH - 4/2/05) ****

Kenta Kobashi & Go Shioski Vs. Jun Akiyama & Genichiro Tenryu (NOAH - 4/25/05) ****

Samoa Joe Vs. Jay Lethal (ROH - 5/7/05) ****

John Cena Vs. JBL (WWE - I-Quit - 5/22/05) ****

Low Ki & Homicide Vs. Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal (ROH - 8/13/05) ****

Masato Tanaka Vs. Mike Awesome (WWE - 6/12/05) ****

William Regal Vs. Chris Benoit (WWE - 7/16/05) ****

Yuki Ishikawa Vs. Daisuke Ikeda (Ikeda Produce - 4/24/05) ****

Austin Aries Vs. James Gibson (ROH - 4/16/05) ****

Shelton Benjamin Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE - 5/2/05) ****

Super Astro, Solar & Ultraman Vs. Negro Navarro, El Signo & El Texano (IWRG - 2/3 Falls - 2/10/05) ****

Mistico Vs. Averno (CMLL - 2/3 Falls - 1/30/05) ****

Eddie Guerrero Vs. Rey Misterio Jr. (WWE Smackdown - 6/23/05) ****

CM Punk Vs. Jimmy Rave (ROH - 5/14/05) ****

Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiozaki Vs. Jun Akiyama & Doug Williams (NOAH - 11/12/05) ****

KENTA Vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (NOAH - 7/18/05) ****

KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura (NOAH - 6/5/05) ****

KENTA Vs. SUWA (NOAH - 9/18/05) ****

Steel Cage Warfare (ROH - 12/3/05) ****

 

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2006

 

#1. CZW Vs. ROH (ROH/CZW Cage of Death - 7/15/06) ****3/4

#2. KENTA Vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - 10/29/06) ****3/4

#3. Do Fixer Vs. Blood Generation (ROH - 3/31/06) ****1/2

#4. Mistico & Negro Casas Vs. Mephisto & Averno (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 4/15/06) ****1/2

#5. Bryan Danielson Vs. Nigel McGuiness (ROH - 8/12/06) ****1/2

#6. Bryan Danielson Vs. KENTA (ROH - 9/16/06) ****1/2

#7. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio Vs. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - 7/6/06) ****1/2

#8. Bryan Danielson Vs. Roderick Strong (ROH - 3/31/06) ****1/2

#9. Kurt Angle Vs. The Undertaker (WWE - 2/19/06) ****1/4

#10. Briscoes Vs. Roderick Strong & Austin Aries (ROH - 8/12/06) ****1/4

 

#11. El Hijo del Santo, Mistico & Negro Casas Vs. Atlantis, Black Warrior & Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL - 8/4/06) ****1/4

#12. Chris Hero, Super Dragon & Necro Butcher Vs. Samoa Joe, Adam Pearce & B.J. Whitmer (ROH/CZW - 4/22/06) ****1/4

#13. Bryan Danielson Vs. Samoa Joe (ROH - 8/6/06) ****1/4

#14. Osamu Nishimura Vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (MUGA - 2/3 falls - 9/25/06) ****1/4

#15. Kaz Hayashi Vs. Shuji Kondo (AJ - 8/27/06) ****1/4

#16. Mistico Vs. Black Warrior (CMLL - 2/3 Falls Mask Vs. Mask - 9/29/06)

#17. Bryan Danielson Vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH - 4/29/06) ****1/4

#18. William Regal Vs. Chris Benoit (WWF - 10/8/06) ****1/4

#19. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Bryan Danielson & Samoa Joe (ROH - 3/25/06) ****1/4

#20. Samoa Joe Vs. A.J. Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA - 2/12/06) ****1/4

 

 

Also notable:

 

Brian Kendrick & Paul London Vs. William Regal & Doug Taylor Vs. The Hardyz Vs. MNM (WWE Ladder Match - 12/17/06) ****1/4

The Briscoes Vs. Davey Richards and Matt Sydal (ROH - 8/13/06) ****1/4

Mic Foley Vs. Ric Flair (WWE I-Quit - 8/20/06) ****

Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (NJ - 12/10/06) ****

Roderick Strong & Austin Aries Vs. Blood Generation (ROH - 4/1/06) ****

Edge Vs. Mick Foley (WWE Streetfight - 4/2/06) ****

Edge Vs. John Cena (WWE TLC Match - 9/17/06) ****

Edge Vs. Ric Flair (WWE Ladder Match - 1/16/06) ****

Chris Benoit vs. William Regal (Velocity 5/8/06) ****

Bryan Danielson Vs. Jimmy Rave (ROH - 2/26/06) ****

Chris Hero Vs. Milano Collection AT (IWA-MS - 4/1/06) ****

Chris Benoit Vs. Finlay (WWE - 5/21/06) ****

LAX Vs. Christopher Daniels & AJ Styles (TNA Cage - 10/22/06) ****

Jun Akiyama Vs. Masao Inoue (NOAH - 4/23/06) ****

Homicide Vs. Colt Cabana (ROH Chicago Streetfight - 4/1/06) ****

Meiko Satomura Vs. Aja Kong (Sendai - 7/9/06) ****

LAX Vs. Christopher Daniels & AJ Styles (TNA Ultimate X - 9/24/06) ****

Yuji Nagata Vs. Giant Bernard (NJ - 4/30/06) ****

Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takeshi Morishima (NOAH - 3/5/06) ****

Bryan Danielson Vs. Alex Shelly (ROH - 3/18/06) ****

Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Akira Taue (NOAH 3/5/06) ****

KENTA Vs. Kenta Kobashi (NOAH - 3/5/06) ****

La Mascara & El Hijo Del Santo vs. Blue Panther & Tarzan Boy (CMLL - 1/1/06) ****

Bryan Danielson Vs. Homicide (ROH - 12/23/06) ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Samoa Joe (TNA - 11/19/06) ****

Captain’s Fall Match (Dragon Gate - 1/27/06) ****

Bryan Danielson Vs. Samoa Joe Vs. KENTA (ROH - 6/17/06) ****

Blood Generation Vs. Generation Next (ROH - 3/30/06) ****

 

 

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2007

 

 

#1. Nigel McGuinness Vs. Austin Aries (ROH - 12/29/07) ****1/2

#2. Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Hirooki Goto (NJ - 11/11/07) ****1/2

#3. John Cena Vs. Umaga (WWE Last man Standing - 1/28/07) ****1/2

#4. Briscoes Vs. Claudio Castragnoli & Matt Sydal (ROH - 5/12/07) ****1/2

#5. Briscoes Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (ROH Ladder match - 9/15/07) ****1/2

#6. Bryan Danielson Vs. Nigel McGuiness (ROH - 6/9/07) ****1/4

#7. Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (8/25/07) ****1/4

#8. BJ Whitmer Vs. Jimmy Jacobs (WWE - 3/31/07) ****1/4

#9. Yuji Nagata Vs. Togi Makabe (NJ - 7/6/07) ****1/4

#10. Mistico Vs. El Averno (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 1/5/07) ****1/4

 

#11. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori Vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - 7/15/07) ****1/4

#12. Briscoes Vs. Ricky Marvin & Kotaro Suzuki (NOAH - 1/21/07) ****1/4

#13. Yuki Ishikawa, Alexander Otsuka & Munenori Sawa Vs. Daisuke Ikeda, Katsumi Usuda & Super Tiger II (BattlArts - 7/26/08) ****1/4

#14. Mistico Vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 7/27/07)

#15. No Remorse Corps & Matt Sydal Vs. The Resilience & Delirious (ROH Streetfight - 8/11/07) ****1/4

#16. John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE - 4/23/07) ****1/4

#17. Bryan Danielson Vs. KENTA (ROH Driven - 6/23/07) ****1/4

#18. Kurt Angle Vs. Samoa Joe (TNA - 12/10/06) ****1/4

#19. Chris Harris Vs. James Storm (TNA Last Man Standing - 5/13/07) ****

#20. Nigel McGuinness Vs. Samoa Joe (ROH - 3/3/07) ****

 

Also notable:

 

The Briscoes Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (ROH Street Fight - 8/10/07) ****

Samoa Joe Vs. Takeshi Morishima (ROH - 2/16/07) ****

Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (ROH - 9/15/07) ****

Kenta Kobashi & Yoshihiro Takayama Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (NOAH - 12/2/07) ****

Mistico vs. Black Warrior (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 2/11/07) ****

John Cena Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Edge Vs. Randy Orton (WWE - 4/29/07) ****

The Briscoes Vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (ROH - 4/28/07) ****

Cima, Shingo Takagi & Susuma Yokosuka Vs. Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito & Masaaki Mochizuki (ROH - 3/31/07) ****

Takeshi Rikio & Jun Akiyama Vs. Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama (NOAH - 4/28/07) ****

Takeshi Morishima Vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - 12/2/07) ****

Hiroshi Tanahasi Vs. Yuji Nagata (NJ - 4/13/07) ****

 

 

NOTE TO LOOK FOR:

Dos Caras Jr. & La Sombra Vs El Averno & El Mephisto (CMLL - 1/28/08)

 

 

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2008

 

#1. Nigel McGuinness Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH 6th Ann. - 2/23/08) ****1/2

#2. The Undertaker Vs. Edge (WWE Hell in the Cell - 8/17/08) ****1/4

#3. Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (ROH No-DQ - 12/27/08) ****1/4

#4. Kevin Steen & El Generico Vs. Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi (ROH - 3/28/08 ) ****1/4

#5. Tyler Black & Jimmy Jacobs Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (ROH - 9/19/08 ) ****1/4

#6. Shawn Michaels Vs. Chris Jericho (WWE Ladder match - 10/5/08) ****1/4

#7. Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima & Takashi Suguira Vs. Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda & Shuhei Taniguchi (NOAH - 2/21/08) ****1/4

#8. World X Cup Elimination Match (TNA - 7/13/08) ****1/4

#9. Erick Stevens Vs. Roderick Strong (FIP - 2/16/08) ****1/4

#10. Teddy Hart Vs. Eddie Kingston Vs. Homicide (JAPW - 1/19/08) ****1/4

 

#11. Nigel McGuinness Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 11/22/08) ****1/4

#12. Takashi Sasaki & Yuko Miyamoto Vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yoshihito Sasaki (Big Japan - 1/2/08) ****1/4

#13. Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino & Genki Horiguchi Vs. Cima & Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid (ROH - 3/29/08) ****1/4

#14. Kenta Kobashi & KENTA Vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH - 6/14/08) ****1/4

#15. KENTA Vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH - 10/25/08) ****1/4

#16. Naomichi Marufuji Vs. Shuji Kondo (AJ - 11/3/08) ****1/4

#17. Jimmy Jacobs Vs. BJ Whitmer (IWA-MA Barbed Wire - 4/18/08) ****1/4

#18. The Age of the Fall Vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (ROH - 4/18/08) ****1/4

#19. The Briscoes Vs. Austin Aries & Kota Ibushi (ROH - 4/18/08) ****1/4

#20. Volador Jr., Sagrado & La Sombra Vs. El Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara & Valiente 4/30/08) ****

 

 

Also notable:

 

Blue Panther Vs. Villano V (CMLL 2/3 Falls Mask Vs. Mask - 9/19/08) ****1/4

Jimmy Jacobs Vs. B.J. Whitmer (IWA-MS I-Quit - 3/1/08) ****

Shingo Takagi & Hulk BXB Vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori (Dragon Gate - 3/20/08) ****

Ric Flair Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF - 3/30/08) ****

Austin Aries Vs. Jimmy Jacobs (ROH Dog Collar - 11/8/08) ****

KENTA & Taiji Ishimori Vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki (NOAH - 9/6/08) ****

SEM/KO Survival Tag Match (Kensuke Office - 8/17/08) ****

HHH Vs. Jeff Hardy (WWE - 10/5/08) ****

Bryan Danielson Vs. Tyler Black (ROH - 7/26/08) ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Abyss (TNA Falls count anywhere - 11/9/08) ****

RAW Elimination Chamber (WWE - 2/17/08) ****

Chris Jericho Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE No-DQ - 9/7/08) ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Samoa Joe (TNA Cage match - 4/13/08) ****

Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima Vs. KENTA & Kota Ibushi (ROH - 9/14/08) ****

Nigel McGuiness Vs. Austin Aries (ROH - 3/29/08) ****

Age of the Fall Vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries (ROH Respect is Earned II - 6/7/08) ****

Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Takeshi Morishima (NOAH - 3/2/08) ****

 

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2009

 

#1. Katsuhiko Nakajima Vs. KENTA (NOAH - 3/1/09) ****1/2

#2. AJ Styles Vs. Samoa Joe Vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA - 11/5/09) ****1/2

#3. KENTA Vs. Davey Richards (ROH - 4/4/09) ****1/2

#4. Chris Jericho Vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. (WWF Bash - Title Vs. Mask - 6/28/09) ****1/4

#5. CM Punk Vs. Jeff Hardy (WWE TLC match - 8/25/09) ****1/4

#6. Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada Vs. Takashi Sugiura & Atsushi Aoki (NJ - 5/5/09) ****1/4

#7. El Generico Vs. Shingo Takagi (PWG - 9/4/09) ****1/4

#8. Kensuke Sasaki & Morishima Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Go Shiozaki (NOAH - 5/6/09) ****1/4

#9. Davey Richards Vs. Shingo Takagi (DG USA - Taped 9/6/09, Aired: 11/6/09) ****1/4

#10. Tomohiro Ishii Vs. Wataru Inoue (LOCK-UP - 4/12/09) ****1/4

 

#11. Davey Richards Vs. YAMATO (DGUSA - 11/28/09)

#12. Rey Mysterio Vs. John Morrison (WWE - 9/1/09) ****1/4

#13. Hallowicked, Amasis, Gran Akuma & Icarus Vs. Fire Ant, Solider Ant, Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw (DG USA - 7/25/09, Aired: 9/4/09) ****1/4

#14. The Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF WM - 4/5/09) ****1/4

#15. Jerry Lynn Vs. Bryan Danielson Vs. Tyler Black Vs. Austin Aries (ROH - Taped: 4/12/09 - Aired: 6/6/09) ****

#16. Edge Vs. John Cena (WWE - Last Man Standing - 4/26/09) ****

#17. Takashi Sugiura & Go Shiozaki Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Milano Collection AT (NOAH - 3/1/09) ****

#18. The Young Bucks Vs. Susumu Yokosuka & CIMA (DG USA - 7/25/09, Aired: 9/4/09) ****

#19. AJ Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA Final Resolution - 12/20/09) ****

#20. Milano Collection A.T. Vs. Prince Devitt (NJ - 5/30/09) ****

 

 

Also notable:

Kurt Angle Vs. Jeff Jarrett (TNA Genesis - No DQ - 1/11/09) ****

KENTA Vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (Kensuke Office - 2/11/09) ****

Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (NJ - 2/15/09) ****

Nigel McGuinness Vs. KENTA (ROH - 3/21/09) ****

John Morrison Vs. Evan Bourne (ECW - 4/14/09) ****

Negro Casas Vs. Mistico (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 4/18/09) ****

F.I.S.T. Vs. The Colony (Chikara Hair vs. Masks - 5/24/09) ****

Survival of the Fittest 2009 (ROH - 10/10/09) ****

Koji Kanemoto Vs. Prince Devitt (NJ Jr. finals - 6/14/09) ****

Mistico Vs. Negro Casas (CMLL 2/3 Falls Mask Vs. Hair - 9/18/09) ****

X-Division King of the Mountain (TNA - 6/21/09) ****

KENTA & Go Shiozaki Vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH - 6/22/09) ****

Davey Richards Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 9/25/09) ****

Naruki Doi Vs. Bryan Danielson (DG USA - Taped 9/6/09, Aired: 11/6/09) ****

Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe (TNA - 11/15/09) ****

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Thanks Loss. I ran a Best Matches poll last year and watched (and kept track of) a metric ton of matches, so I have alot already and am pretty confident in my ratings, but it'll also add any new matches or re-watches. Like my El Dandy/Azteca match seems low, gonna rewatch it again.

 

- Just rewatched Dory Funk Jr. Vs. Antonio Inoki. Both guys can be acquired tastes with their boring slow old school offense. Funks defedning the NWA World title while his blond little brother Terry looks on. First 45 minutes are slow but solid with both trading wear down moves and submissions, each getting a fall. The last 15 min or so really pick up. Both guys are exhausted but Inoki keeps getting near falls for the title. Definitely overrating this but I always really liked the Funk/Inoki series. ****1/4

 

 

- Plan to watch next: Flair/Jumbo (83) and other PWO DVD #3 matches, Dory/Inoki (69), Sting/Flair (93), Misawa/Akiyama (00)..

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- Added some 1981 matches. Feel free to discuss my crazy picks. Never got into the RWTL 81 finals like others, will rewatch it again. And am planning on watching the Flair/Jumbo 81-83 trilogy again.

 

- Watched Sting Vs. Flair (WCW 8/21/93). Heard it was great but didn't live up to my expectations. Both were babyfaces but Flair played the heelish part. Most likely won't make my WCW Top 100 in the Smarkchoice poll, I'd put the Clash 88 (Lock) and the Bash 90 (Maybe) ahead of it. Still for a TV match it went 40+ minutes and the finish was good so can't complain. ***1/2

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- Added some 1992 matches.

- Watched a bunch of WCW matches. Nothing really stood out except for Pillman/Flair (90) and Armstrong/Benoit (93).

- Watched Bryan Danielson Vs. Tyler Black (ROH TV - 7/25/09). Some guy wrote a review at 411mania and gave it 5 stars and the comments left by people were comparing it to Steamboat/Savage and the HBK/Undertaker match this year, so I was HYPED to see it. I saw it and I dunno, I don't get the greatness. I'm a big fan or ROH matches and usually overrate the big matches but not this one. OK match, some cool spots and exciting finish, this was the 3rd meeting and there's never been a conclusive winner. ***1/2

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1981

 

 

#2. Pat Patterson Vs. Sgt. Slaughter (WWF - 4/21/81) - [****1/4]

05/04/81 if it's the one I'm thinking of.

 

John

 

If it's the Alley Fight it's 5/4/1981. Or it could be 4/6/1981 which is the forgotten but still very good regular singles match between the two that set up the Alley Fight.
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- Added some 1982 matches.

- Yes I did mean the Alley fight, thank you for the date correction!

 

- Watched Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (ROH Final Battle - No-DQ - 12/27/08) and it as pretty great. It's a No-DQ finish to their 2 year feud. Danielson bleeds alot and early but won't be denied but Morishima is a big dude to put away. ****1/4

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I haven't been updating this but I have been busy watching matches. In fact I watched 14 billion WCW matches last couple of months for a Best Matches of WCW poll I'm was participating in. For those interested I'll post a link to the results when they come out, but in the meantime here's my ballot:

 

Floyd's Top 100 WCW Matches of All time!

 

NOTE: For this poll, only matches from November 2, 1988 to March 26, 2001 are eligible.

 

Keeping track also here:

http://floydscabana.blogspot.com/2009/08/f...f-all-time.html

 

 

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#100. Diamond Dallas Page Vs. Randy Savage

Halloween Havoc (Las Vegas Death Match - 10/26/97)

 

And the DDP/Savage trilogy comes to it's conclusion. And much like in the original Star Wars trilogy, although the finale wasn't the best one, it had lots of plunder.

 

 

 

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#99. Jushin Liger & Brian Pillman Vs. Chris Benoit & Beef Wellington

Clash of the Champions XIX (6/16/92)

 

Bill Watts removal of the mats outside didn't deter these guys. Team Canada takes on the USA/Japan alliance in the WCW World tag tournament.

 

 

 

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#98. The Great Muta Vs. Arn Anderson

Power Hour (1/2/90)

 

Six month champ and practically undefeated Muta puts his T.V. title on the line against the returning Double A. He also has to contend with the evil Dragon Master and Buzz Sawyer.

 

 

 

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#97. Chris Benoit Vs. Diamond Dallas Page

Superbrawl VIII (2/22/98)

 

 

Chris Benoit defends his U.S. title against the overachiever DDP. Is DDP in Benoit's league? If DDP can pull off the victory it'll be time for a Self High Five!

 

 

 

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#96. Ric Flair Vs. Bret Hart

Souled Out (1/24/98)

 

Bret's first major opponent in WCW was his old nemesis Ric Flair. I think this is an underrated, but good, back and forth match. Sadly this would be the end of Bret's dream matches as he became just another guy in the N.W.O. regime.

 

 

 

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#95. Chris Benoit Vs. Eddy Guerrero

WCW Nitro (11/6/95)

 

These two have been having great matches on TV the past couple of weeks. On this Nitro the visiting Japanese team (Liger, Saito, Chono, etc..) are watching on. So they kick it up a notch even further, killing each other in a short but intense match.

 

 

 

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#94. Billy Kidman Vs. Rey Misterio Jr. Vs. Juventud Guerrera

Starrcade (12/27/98)

 

Great 3-way match for Billy Kidman's Cruserwieght title. Mysterio is Kidman's buddy, but is also on assignment to get the belt for the L.W.O. so I dunno what will happen.

 

 

 

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#93. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko Vs. Chris Jericho & Eddy Guerrero

Thunder (1/29/98)

 

Jericho and Guerrero were at their peak of heel-ishness here, it's sad their tag team wasn't continued. Great TV tag match from the Nitro 4.

 

 

 

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#92. The Midnight Express Vs. Tommy Rich & Ricky Morton

Halloween Havoc (10/27/90)

 

Robert Gibson's knee got jacked by the Freebirds, so Tommy Rich takes his place. The Express were always awesome but really stood out in 1990. This was The Midnight Express's swan song.

 

 

 

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#91. Billy Kidman Vs. Rey Misterio Jr. Vs. Juventud Guerrera Vs. Psicosis

Souled Out (1/17/99)

 

Think I may have had this too low. But my ballots already in! A great 4-way match for the Crusierweight title. The Latino World Order has three members in, will they work together to get Kidman's belt?

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Any thoughts? Is Brian Alverez right when he said WCW TV Sucked in the early 90's?

 

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#90. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko Vs. Raven & Perry Saturn

Spring Stampede (4/11/99)

 

The Vanilla Midgits take on the Flock in a great tag team match. Benoit/Malenko brought Double A, The Flock brought a table.

 

 

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#89. Steve Williams & Terry Gordy Vs. Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes

Saturday Night (10/3/92)

 

Gordy & Williams defend the titles. Dustin & Windham are underdogs but might pull off an upset with Windham's experience and Dustin's enthusiasm. Great 30 min. match on a Saturday night!

 

 

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#88. Doom Vs. The Rock & Roll Express

Great American Bash (7/7/90)

 

One of my favorites as a kid, The Rock N Roll Express get one last run at the titles. But they're getting to old to rock and Doom has been unstoppable!

 

 

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#87. Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko Vs. Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes

Clash of the Champions XVII (11/19/91)

 

The beginning of the Dangerous Alliance. It was scheduled to be Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham going for the WCW tag titles, but a pre-match ambush and Windham got his hand crunched in a car door. Dustin found a suitable replacement in the returning Ricky Steamboat! The Enforcers are caught off guard but still are the dirtiest players in WCW. This match is beloved by alot of people and will do good in this poll, so despite my low placing I recommend it!

 

 

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#86. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang Vs. Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias

Sin (1/14/01)

 

With WCW going down the tubes, some new talent got exposure. The remains of 3 count go after the Jung Dragons.

 

 

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#85. Steven Regal Vs. Fit Finlay

Uncensored (3/24/96)

 

Unorthodox and brutal! Irish Finlay is after that snob Brit Regal and beats the crap out of him. A stiff match with Regal using his scientific skills to avoid broken bones.

 

 

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#84. Juventud Guerrera Vs. Billy Kidman

World War III (11/22/98)

 

Juvy defends the WCW Crusierweight title, my favorite of their long term feud. Crazy spots as usual including both guys using the triple rings in unique situations.

 

 

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#83. Chris Benoit Vs. Jushin Liger

Starrcade (12/27/95)

 

A big disappointment to their New Japan fans but I thought it was a solid match, especially for WCW at the time. The New Japan Vs. WCW Starcade was great showcasing different styles and new talent to the Hogan-dominated WCW.

 

 

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#82. Big Van Vader Vs. Ron Simmons

Main Event (8/2/92)

 

After defeating Sting for the title, the behemoth Vader is unstoppable. Simmons is big but an underdog. At the end of the match the crowd is going insane.

 

 

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#81. Juventud Guerrera Vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

Thunder (1/15/98)

 

The L.W.O. is exploding from within! Juvy defends the Crusierweight title against Mysterio. See something good actually came out of Thunder.

 

 

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Any thoughts? Is Brian Alverez right when he said WCW TV Sucked in the early 90's?

Oh geez. When did he say this and in what context?

 

 

I seem to remember him saying something about how great WWE was the first 6 months of 2007 and how nothing compared to it for in ring top-to-bottom TV shows. Then someone mentioned All Japan TV and the Dangerous Allience era and he said they weren't anywhere as good as 2007. I think he just remembers the Wrestlecrap moments instead of the good matches/angles. Could be wrong so please don't hate on Alverez going by my hazy memory! Can't remember if it was on the F4W board or the Bryan and Vinny Show, I'll look around.

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That Rich/Morton vs. Midnights match is in my top twenty - and I know for a fact at least one person rated it even higher than I did.

 

You have a much more cruiser heavy match than I had by the looks of things, though I must say that the Starrcade Triple Threat and Juvy/Kidman from WWIII were some of my favorite spotathon matches WCW ever ran even if I didn't vote for either of them.

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That Rich/Morton vs. Midnights match is in my top twenty - and I know for a fact at least one person rated it even higher than I did.

 

You have a much more cruiser heavy match than I had by the looks of things, though I must say that the Starrcade Triple Threat and Juvy/Kidman from WWIII were some of my favorite spotathon matches WCW ever ran even if I didn't vote for either of them.

I don't recall it getting pimped so it's cool the hear the MX match will get some high votes! Kind of forgotten with the other Express matches in 1990 but it was really fun. Yeah alot of the late 90's spotfests would blur together but I wanted to pick my favorite ones. There was about 125,000 Kidman Vs. Juvy matches to comb through alone.

 

 

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#80. Chris Benoit Vs. 2 Cold Scorpio

Superbrawl (2/21/93)

 

These new kids on the block wow the crowd with some of them high tech moves all the kids are talking about these days. Uh-oh the match is going to the 20 minute draw, will there be a winner?

 

 

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#79. Diamond Dallas Page Vs. Sting

Nitro (4/26/99)

 

DDP stunned the world but not only winning the WCW World title but turning into a douchebag. The day after his big win it's Sting who gets a title shot. Better than anyone expected and was a surprise match to open up Nitro.

 

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#78. Chris Jericho Vs. Raven

Halloween Havoc (10/25/98)

 

Raven gets an impromptu match against TV Champ Chris Jericho. He doesn't want to fight but would rather just sit in a corner sulking, so Jericho calls him out! Don't forget Raven always has his Flock around...

 

 

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#77. Barry Windham Vs. Steven Regal

Saturday Night (4/17/93)

 

NWA World champ Windham defends against Steven Regal. Regal is new to WCW but proves he's deserves the Championship match. 6 foot 6 Windham shows he can hang with Regal's scientific style.

 

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#76. Vader Vs. Sting

Starcade (12/28/92)

 

It's the King of Cable Finals! This is Stings chance for avenging his World title loss to Vader. Sting discovers he can't match power with the big guy so comes up with a new strategy. Probably have this too low but never got into it as their other matches. More Sting/Vader to come.

 

 

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#75. Dean Malenko Vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

Great American Bash (6/16/96)

 

This was Mysterio's debut. But that stupid Malenko ruins the party by completely grounding the luchadore! Still whenever Mysterio finds some daylight he shows the awesome aerial moves that'll soon make him a WCW superstah.

 

 

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#74. Sting Vs. Cactus Jack

Worldwide (Submit or Surrender Match - 11/9/91)

 

That Cactus Jack was one weird dude. Hired by Luger as a bounty hunter, he vows to get Sting out of WCW, even if it means destroying himself too. This is a no-DQ, anything goes match. Only way to win is to surrender. I like the future Beach Blast match alot more, but this was awesome too, especially for its time.

 

 

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#73. Randy Savage Vs. Diamond Dallas Page

The Great American Bash (Falls Count Anywhere - 6/15/97)

 

Hogan had the night off so these guys main-evented the Bash. This rematch was a Falls Count Anywhere affair and they brawled all over the arena. DDP had busted up ribs but wouldn't stay down.

 

 

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#72. Goldberg Vs. Sting

Nitro (9/14/98)

 

Hmmmmmmmm... To be honest I'm not sure why this match is here or so high. All well what's done is done! It was a good TV match to a super hot crowd with Golberg defending the WCW World title. His title reign was always in the shadow of the Hulkster but he managed to squeeze in some good defenses along the way.

 

 

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#71. Steven Regal Vs. Larry Zbyszko

Saturday Night (5/28/94)

 

Lord Regal was besmirched and embarrassed in his Slamboree legends match against Zbysko. So this is the return match, this time for Regal's TV title. For a couple of years Regal was WCW's MVP for TV matches. Here he tries to turn Zbysko into a pretzel.

 

 

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I would have rated Goldberg v. Sting without the horrible, horrible finish.

 

Page v. Savage is a great feud with no match that was complete. If you take the components of each and put them together you'd have a contender for best match in WCW history, but individually the flaws of each are pretty severe. Still I voted for the Havoc match myself, though it has an unforgiveably awful finish.

 

King of Cable final is in my top ten and I think it is the best of the Sting v. Vader matches.

 

I can't stand the Malenko v. Rey series and think that GAB match is pretty awful though I do expect it to do reasonably well.

 

Didn't watch Raven v. Jericho,but I probably should have.

 

I thought for sure I was the only person who would rate that Windham v. Regal match.

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Really like your list and the pics here FLoyd. It's obvious you watched a lot of matches for the poll. 10 of your matches are already on my list.

 

And if that Malenko vs Rey match is pretty awful than I want the worse, most ridculously stupid horrendous matches ever. Loved that match and it easily made my list.

What did you like about it?

 

Here are my reviews of the two highly touted Rey v. Dean matches:

 

Dean Malenko vs. Rey Misterio Jr. - Great American Bash 6/16/96

 

What a stupid way to work a match. Here you have a guy making his WCW debut, known as the a high flyer of all high flyers and not only do they have him grounded for all but three minutes of the match but they have him grounded with arm work of all things. I could buy attacking the knees and it probably would have made sense building to a sympathy comeback before Dean went over,but man alive working the arm and keeping Rey grounded in his debut is embarrassingly idiotic and a pretty good indication of how overrated Malenko is. Even worse they didn't give Rey much of anything as far as an opening flurry that established him as spectacular, so the crowd was dead for big parts of the Malenko control segment. Three minute explosion by Rey at the end came out of nowhere and was not enough to save this. I really can't imagine anyone watching this next to the other well known Cruiser matches and thinking it was anything special. It's not even as good as deeply flawed stuff like Kidman v. Juvy at WWIII 98. Hell it's not even good at all.

 

Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko - Halloween Havoc 10/27/96

 

This match is worked smarter and is more exciting than the GAB match, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. I think the tactical decision to let Rey rattle off some big offense early was really a saving grace of sorts as it kept the crowd involved in this when Malenko went to the inevitable "ground Rey" segment. This version was much less focused than the GAB match, but that's not really a complaint since the GAB match was mostly senseless, dead end, armwork. I also thought they were smart to give the Rey comeback and nearfall segment more time than they did in the GAB match. The reversals in some of this were a bit too cute for me, but Rey's twisting Asai moonsault is still a great spot and they only got really ridiculous once when they botched the spot off the safety rail. This isn't as mechanically sound as the GAB match and it might not even be better, but it's smarter for what that's worth. Finishing powerbomb spot is pretty fun too, but honestly this isn't even close to something I would consider for my ballot.

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#70. Rey Misterio Jr. & Billy Kidman Vs. Kid Romeo & Elix Skipper

Greed (3/18/01)

 

"Greed" was the aptly named last PPV of the WCW era. It's sad cause some new talent was making some noise at the end such as AJ Styles, Christoper Daniels and Mike Modest. In the last hurray WCW also had a Crusierweight Tag Division and this was the finals to crown the first champs.

 

 

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#69. Vader Vs. Sting

Fall Brawl (9/18/94)

 

Their feud is two years past it's prime and it's Hogan and Flair battling at the top now. But it's still Vader Vs. Sting and they give it all in this encounter which goes 30 min. Vader has the size but is at a disadvantage having just wrestling the Big Bossman in a tough brawl. There's a long stretch where both guys are blown up and can't wrestle but the rest is gold, especially the ending which is mega exciting.

 

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#68. Rey Misterio Jr. Vs. Juventud Guerrera Vs. Psicosis Vs. Blitzkreig

Nitro (4/19/99)

 

Rey's defending the Crusier title but has to defeat 4 other guys to retain! All four of these guys have amazing moves and when you get them all in one ring you got a great match.

 

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#67. Vader & Steve Austin Vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson

Saturday Night (11/13/93)

 

This was supposed to be Flair & Sid Vicious but Sid got ambushed on the way to the ring. Double A took his place in this dream match that went 30 minutes. Seems Flair and Vader aren't done yet...

 

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#66. Chris Benoit Vs. Eddy Guerrero

Nitro (10/16/95)

 

Think this was their first TV match and took the crowd by storm. Even the announcer were caught off guard at the super stiff suplexes and flying moves.

 

 

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#65. Barry Windham vs. 2 Cold Scorpio

Clash of the Champions XXIII (6/16/93)

 

Windham's defending his NWA World title against new guy Scorpio. Seems Windham is having an easy match but 2 Cold just won't stay down. Could it be an upset? Time to start steppin'!

 

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#64. The 1989 Wargames

The Great American Bash (7/23/89)

 

It's The Road Warriors, Midnight Express and Dr Death Steve Williams Vs. The Freebirds and Samoan Swat Team. At the "Massacre in Marrietta" the Freebirds and SST locked the Road Warriors in the cage and destroyed Hawk while Animal was handcuffed and unable to help. And don't forget the Freebirds cost the Midnight Express the title by cheating. Now it's time for revenge! Double Cage where the match can't be stopped until the end. Fun stuff.

 

 

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#63. Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes Vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas

Clash of the Champions XXI (11/18/92)

 

Windham & Dustin are defending the tag titles. Dustin's good but he's too nice a wrestler so Windham's trying to teach him to play dirty.

 

 

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#62. Ric Flair vs. Sting

The Great American Bash (7/7/90)

 

Sting returns from a near career-ending knee injury to get his revenge against Flair and the Horsemen. Flair's defending the title and a bunch of fan favorites are surrounding the ring to prevent shenanigans. It's 1 on 1 for the World title, is Sting the man of the 90's or Flair?

 

 

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#61. Randy Savage Vs. Diamond Dallas Page

Spring Stampede (NO-DQ - 4/6/97)

 

DDP turned down the NWO so Randy Savage was sent as a hit man. He also mocked DDP's wife Kimberly for her pictures in Playboy intensifying the feud even further. Great match to their feud that went all over the place.

 

 

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Rey Vs. Malenko could definitely be an acquired taste. Malenko shtick was always grounding the high flyers, slowing the match which could be boring.

 

I always liked the Bash match cause Rey was new and you didn't know what he'd do. They when he busted out those few highspots everyone (crowd, annoncers, Floyd) flipped their lid.

 

The only other Rey/Malenko match I liked was the outdoor Nitro where Ray won the title. Mostly cause it was shorter, the Malenko slowdown was during the commercial break and the ring was surrounded by senior citizens in wheelchairs (not behind a barrier but ringside!) and Rey still kept doing highspots to the outside. Plus one old guy kept marking out, a forebearer perhaps to me if I make it to that age.

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Wow you rated the entire DDP v. Savage feud. That makes me feel better in a way about only voting for Havoc as their were elements of each I liked.

 

My big beef with that Vader v. Sting match is that it just goes on too long. The finish to it is really great, but it comes across like a "Greatest Hits Collection" of their previous matches after a while.

 

I love that Greed tag and it made my ballot, albeit a bit lower than where you had it. It wasn't my highest rated tag match from that show though :)

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Rey Vs. Malenko could definitely be an acquired taste. Malenko shtick was always grounding the high flyers, slowing the match which could be boring.

 

I always liked the Bash match cause Rey was new and you didn't know what he'd do. They when he busted out those few highspots everyone (crowd, annoncers, Floyd) flipped their lid.

 

The only other Rey/Malenko match I liked was the outdoor Nitro where Ray won the title. Mostly cause it was shorter, the Malenko slowdown was during the commercial break and the ring was surrounded by senior citizens in wheelchairs (not behind a barrier but ringside!) and Rey still kept doing highspots to the outside. Plus one old guy kept marking out, a forebearer perhaps to me if I make it to that age.

I remember loving that Nitro match at the time, but I haven't seen it in years.

 

There are very few wrestlers I have a lower opinion of coming out of this poll than I had coming in. Malenko is one of those few. I just don't think he's a very smart wrestler and he seems to get less out of his talent and his opponents talents than any other "good" wrestler I can think of.

 

Having said that a lot of the stuff on my ballot will probably strike people as far more bizarre than this so....

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