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Halfway Checkpoint: The Top Matches of 2019

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We’ve officially turned the page and started the second half of 2019. Before the G1 Climax begins and throws all lists out the window, let’s take time to look at what I believe to have been the best matches to take place throughout the first half of the year. As always, feel free to give me grief on Twitter for my selections.

1. IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – NJPW 1/4
2. IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito – NJPW 6/9
3. Champion Carnival: Dylan James vs Yuji Okabayashi – AJPW 4/20
4. New Japan Cup: Kazuchika Okada vs Tomohiro Ishii – NJPW 3/23
5. GHC Heavyweight Championship: Kaito Kiyomiya (c) vs Takashi Sugiura – NOAH 6/9
6. Best of the Super Juniors: Will Ospreay vs Shingo Takagi – NJPW 6/5
7. IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs Kazuchika Okada – NJPW 4/6
8. Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Yoshitatsu – AJPW 6/30
9. Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Naoya Nomura – AJPW 3/19
10. Best of the Super Juniors: Shingo Takagi vs Dragon Lee – NJPW 5/23
11. Global Tag League: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO – NOAH 5/4
12. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee (c) vs Taiji Ishimori – NJPW 5/3
13. New Japan Cup: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi – NJPW 3/10
14. Best Two Out of Three Falls: Bárbaro Cavernario vs Místico – CMLL 5/24
15. GHC Heavyweight Championship: Kaito Kiyomiya (c) vs Kenoh – NOAH 1/6
16. AJPW World Tag Team Championship: Strong BJ (c) vs Jake Lee & Ryoji Sai – AJPW 2/24
17. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee (c) vs Will Ospreay – NJPW 6/9
18. AJPW World Tag Team Championship: Violent Giants (c) vs Strong BJ – BJW 1/13
19. Champion Carnival: Kento Miyahara vs Yuji Okabayashi – AJPW 4/25
20. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Roppongi 3K (c) vs Shingo Takagi & BUSHI – NJPW 4/26

Along with providing show reviews from across Japan, Robert McCauley is also an editor for FightboothPW.

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