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Top 20 Matches of 2018

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My 2018 has come to a close so now is the time to reflect on what I believe to have been the best matches I saw this year. In order to get a better understanding of my list it’s important to see where I spent my time watching wrestling. Nearly 1,800 matches across twenty-six promotions, here are the ten I watched most:

NJPW – 765
DDT – 392
NXT – 118
DG – 84
AJPW – 72
BJW – 55
NOAH – 51
WWE – 38
EVOLVE – 28
PWG – 26

I’ve provivded links to each match, some are free, but most you will need a subscirption. Feel free to connect with me on Twitter to let me know what you think were the best matches of the year.

20. Takashi Sugiura vs Katsuhiko Nakajima – NOAH 10/4 (Free)
19. Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – NJPW 5/4 (ENG/JPN)
18. Kenny Omega vs Kota Ibushi – NJPW 8/11 (ENG/JPN)
17. Golden Lovers vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay – NJPW 12/15 (ENG/JPN) (Free)
16. Konosuke Takeshita vs Masashi Takeda vs MAO vs Kazusada Higuchi – DDT 7/3
15. PAC, Ben-K & Big R Shimizu vs YAMATO, BxB Hulk & Flamita vs Genki Horiguchi, Kzy & Susumu Yokosuka vs Masato Yoshino, Naruki Doi & Jason Lee – DG 11/6
14. Masashi Takeda vs Isami Kodaka – BJW 6/20 (Free)
13. Kazuchika Okada vs Zack Sabre Jr. – NJPW 4/1 (ENG/JPN)
12. Masaaki Mochizuki vs Kzy – DG 2/7
11. The Aggression vs Hideyoshi Kamitani & Takuya Nomura – Riki Choshu Power Hall 7/10 (Free)
10. Andrade Almas vs Johnny Gargano – NXT 1/27
9. Will Ospreay vs Hiromu Takahashi – NJPW 2/10 (ENG/JPN)
8. Adam Cole vs Ricochet vs EC3 vs Velveteen Dream vs Lars Sullivan vs Killian Dain – NXT 4/7
7. Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll – NJPW 4/1 (ENG/JPN)
6. Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado – NJPW 5/22 (ENG/JPN)
5. Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – NJPW 8/10 (ENG/JPN)
4. Takashi Sugiura vs Go Shiozaki – NOAH 8/18 (Free)
3. Hiromu Takahashi vs Taiji Ishimori – NJPW 6/4 (ENG/JPN)
2. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega – NJPW 6/9 (ENG/JPN) (Free)
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi – NJPW 8/12 (ENG/JPN)

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

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