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Last Call: Top Matches of January 2019



With January in the books, it’s time to look at what I believe to have been the best matches I saw this month. There still remains a couple of shows that, while they took place in January, weren’t released during that time. With that being said, here’s where I pulled from:

– Everything released by both DDT Universe and NJPW World.
– NXT TakeOver and WWE Royal Rumble.
– Korakuen Hall events from AJPW, BJW, NOAH, Wrestle-1 and ZERO1.

1. IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – NJPW 1/4
2. GHC Heavyweight Championship: Kaito Kiyomiya (c) vs Kenoh – NOAH 1/6
3. AJPW World Tag Team Championship: Violent Giants (c) vs Strong BJ – BJW 1/13
4. RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship: Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs Zack Sabre Jr. – NJPW 1/4
5. NEVER Openweight Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Will Ospreay – NJPW 1/4
6. IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito – NJPW 1/4
7. KO-D Tag Team Championship vs Strongest-K Tag Team Championship: Moonlight Express (c) vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi (c) – DDT 1/5
8. Independent Junior Heavyweight Championship: Shuichiro Katsumura (c) vs Shota – Ganbare 1/26
9. Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & Will Ospreay vs Yuji Nagata, Jeff Cobb & KUSHIDA – NJPW 1/5
10. Jiro Kuroshio, Kaz Hayashi, Andy Wu & Jun Tondokoro vs CIMA, Seiki Yoshioka, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan – W-1 1/5
11. NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Bianca Belair – NXT 1/26
12. Konosuke Takeshita vs Yuni – DDT 1/13
13. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship: CIMA, T-Hawk & Duan Yingnan (c) vs Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino – DDT 1/3
14. NXT Tag Team Championship: Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong (c) vs War Raiders – NXT 1/26
15. HARASHIMA, Kazuki Hirata, Toru Owashi, Yuki Ueno & Keisuke Ishii vs Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Puma King – DDT 1/3

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.