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NJPW: Top 50 Matches of 2018

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As 2018 comes to a close, it’s that time of year where we reflect upon what were the best matches we saw from New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Whether you’re a long-time fan or if this was your first year watching NJPW, I’m interested to know what you thought were the year’s best matches. Thank you to those who followed alongside me this year. I hope to have helped you gain insight or at least entertained you in some way. These reviews gave me a place to express my thoughts on my obsession to whoever decided to come along for the ride. I plan to continue reviewing New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2019 and hopefully you plan to continue to follow me on this journey.

The fifty matches below are what I consider to be the best matches NJPW had to offer in 2018. Links have been provided for easy access, along with an option for commentary depending on your preference. As always, feel free to contact me on Twitter with your thoughts and let me know what made it onto your list.

50. EVIL & SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi – 11/25 (ENG/JPN)
49. Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii – 7/19 (ENG/JPN)
48. SHO vs Dragon Lee – 5/19 (ENG/JPN)
47. Will Ospreay vs Taiji Ishimori – 5/18 (ENG/JPN)
46. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi – 11/29 (ENG/JPN)
45. Tomohiro Ishii vs Michael Elgin – 3/9 (ENG/JPN)
44. Tetsuya Naito vs Chris Jericho – 6/9 (ENG/JPN)
43. KUSHIDA vs SHO – 5/27 (No Commentary)
42. Chris Jericho vs EVIL – 11/3 (ENG/JPN)
41. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Jay White – 10/8 (ENG/JPN)
40. Marty Scurll vs Will Ospreay vs KUSHIDA vs Hiromu Takahashi – 1/4 (ENG/JPN)
39. Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr. – 11/3 (ENG/JPN)
38. Hiromu Takahashi vs Will Ospreay – 6/9 (ENG/JPN)
37. Will Ospreay vs Taichi – 12/9 (ENG/JPN)
36. Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado – 6/18 (ENG/JPN)
35. Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryusuke Taguchi – 5/27 (No Commentary)
34. Hiromu Takahashi vs Dragon Lee – 7/7 (ENG/JPN)
33. Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr. – 8/11 (ENG/JPN)
32. Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA – 2/10 (ENG/JPN)
31. Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho – 1/4 (ENG/JPN)
30. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki – 1/27 (ENG/JPN)
29. Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi – 8/4 (ENG/JPN)
28. Hirooki Goto vs Michael Elgin – 6/17 (ENG/JPN)
27. Tomohiro Ishii vs Hirooki Goto – 7/21 (ENG/JPN)
26. Tomohiro Ishii vs Minoru Suzuki – 11/3 (ENG/JPN)
25. Golden☆Lovers vs Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay – 9/7 (ENG/JPN)
24. Kota Ibushi vs Tomohiro Ishii – 7/28 (ENG/JPN)
23. Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii – 9/15 (ENG/JPN)
22. Tomohiro Ishii vs SANADA – 8/11 (ENG/JPN)
21. Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL – 8/5 (ENG/JPN)
20. Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito – 7/15 (ENG/JPN)
19. Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – 9/23 (ENG/JPN)
18. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Zack Sabre Jr. – 3/21 (ENG/JPN)
17. Golden☆Lovers vs The Young Bucks – 3/25 (ENG/JPN)
16. Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito – 1/4 (ENG/JPN)
15. Juice Robinson vs Jay White – 7/7 (ENG/JPN)
14. Golden☆Lovers vs Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii – 9/30 (ENG/JPN)
13. Will Ospreay vs KUSHIDA – 5/4 (ENG/JPN)
12. Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii – 8/4 (ENG/JPN)
11. Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – 5/4 (ENG/JPN)
10. Kenny Omega vs Kota Ibushi – 8/11 (ENG/JPN)
9. Golden☆Lovers vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay – 12/15 (ENG/JPN)
8. Kazuchika Okada vs Zack Sabre Jr. – 4/1 (ENG/JPN)
7. Will Ospreay vs Hiromu Takahashi – 2/10 (ENG/JPN)
6. Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll – 4/1 (ENG/JPN)
5. Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado – 5/22 (ENG/JPN)
4. Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – 8/10 (ENG/JPN)
3. Hiromu Takahashi vs Taiji Ishimori – 6/4 (ENG/JPN)
2. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega – 6/9 (ENG/JPN)
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi – 8/12 (ENG/JPN)

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.

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