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Last Call: Top Matches of January 2019

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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

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

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