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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)

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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