Match Of The Year
Mike Rickard: This has been a great year for pure wrestling, whether you’re an indie fan, a WWE fan, a ROH fan, or a New Japan Pro Wrestling fan. For me, the WWE women’s division has been stealing the show all year in terms of match quality and storylines (although that’s not saying much as the WWE storylines have been stale in the men’s division). Asuka vs. Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs epitomized everything good about the WWE’s women’s division and professional wrestling in general.
Adam Zimmerman: Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Garango (Unsanctioned Match from NXT TakeOver: New Orleans). Classic story of a tag team breaking up and a classic match by the two. If one of your favorite teams has to split up; at least having grudge match as good as this one was is a decent send-off.
The Big Rybowski: You have to go with Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa here, right? I guess the only question is which one. My favourite of the three amazing TakeOver matches they had this year was the Chicago Street fight at NXT TakeOver: Chicago. There were some really great spots, some things that I have never seen before (tearing off the ring floor), and the ending caught me by surprise.
Canadian Bulldog: This year's pick was tougher than most for me, primarily because there wasn't one standout "this is clearly better than the rest by far" pick. I toyed with some of the matches chosen here, and even a couple of others. But at the end of the day, I went with Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, a match that had only a few days build and featured a rare heel vs. heel dynamic, in which no titles were on the line. Why? Because for nearly twenty minutes, I was standing up in front of my TV, jaw dropped at the realization that the match could have gone either way. Bryan could have plausibly beaten Lesnar! These two absolutely stole the show with an incredible display.