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    My Ongoing Top 100 Matches of All Time

    around a week ago i got in the mood to try and make a definitive list of my top 100 greatest matches of all time. i've been watching a bunch of wrestling since and am working on ranking it all. i figured i'd post it here and update the list every ten matches i add to my ongoing list.

    obviously it's a work in progress and, say, the current #30 match will absolutely not be the final #30 match. but the current #1 will be the final #1, and i'd be very surprised if anything in the top 5 fell out of the top 10.

    1. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, AJPW 06/09/1995
    2. Takeshi Morishima vs. Bryan Danielson, ROH 08/25/2007
    3. Negro Casas vs. Hijo del Santo, CMLL 09/19/97
    4. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 06/3/94
    5. MS1 vs. Sangre Chicana, EMLL 09/23/83
    6. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin, WWF 03/23/1997
    7. Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik, WWF 06/16/1984
    8. Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori, AJW 04/02/1993
    9. Harley Race vs. Terry Funk, NWA, 07/01/1977
    10. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu, AJPW 01/28/1986
    11. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. El Samurai, NJPW 01/21/96
    12. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, CWA 06/06/83
    13. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 12/16/1988
    14. Hijo del Santo vs. Espanto Jr, Plaza de Toros Monumental 8/31/1986
    15. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue, 04/15/1995
    16. Tully Blanchard vs. Ron Garvin, NWA 05/03/1976
    17. El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas vs. Bestia Selvaje & Scorpio Jr., CMLL, 03/19/1999
    18. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, AJPW 12/03/1993
    19. Midnight Express vs. Southern Boys, WCW 07/07/1990
    20. Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero, IWA Mid-South 09/29/2007
    21. Nigel McGuinness vs. Austin Aries, ROH 12/29/2007
    22. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jun Akiyama, AJPW 02/27/2000
    23. Atlantis vs. Villano III, CMLL 03/17/2000
    24. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind, WWF 09/22/1996
    25. John Cena vs. Umaga, WWE 01/28/2007
    26. Mark Briscoe vs. Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries vs. Homicide vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe, ROH 06/24/2004
    27. Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr, WCW 10/26/97
    28. Samoa Joe vs. Necro Butcher, IWA Mid-South 06/11/05
    29. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Khosaka, RINGS 06/27/1998
    30. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, NWA 02/20/89
    31. Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard, NWA 11/28/1985
    32. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomoaki Honma, NJPW 08/03/2014
    33. Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu, AJPW 06/05/1989
    34. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Volk Han, RINGS 09/26/1997
    35. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, NJPW 06/05/1998
    36. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW 04/09/2017
    37. Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio, WWE, 12/11/2003
    38. Buddy Rose & Doug Summers vs. Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty, AWA 09/02/1986
    39. Yoshiaki Fujiwara/Osamu Kido/Nobuhiko Takada/Kazuo Yamazaki/Akira Maeda vs. Antonio Inoki/Tatsumi Fujinami/Kengo Kimura/Umanosuke Ueda/Kantaro Hoshino, NJPW 3/26/86
    40. El Satanico vs. Sangre Chicana, EMLL 05/26/1989
    41. Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 07/29/1993
    42. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, NJPW 08/10/1989
    43. Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes, AEW 05/24/2019
    44. Riki Choshu & Shinya Hashimoto vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa, WAR 04/02/1993
    45. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Masao Orihara, WAR 01/16/94
    46. Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit, WWF 05/21/2001
    47. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, WWE 03/29/15
    48. Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle, WWE 08/19/01
    49. Shinobu Kandori vs. Yumiko Hotta, LLPW 03/31/1998
    50. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, 05/21/1994
    51. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, CWA 12/30/1985
    52. Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yuki Ishikawa, FUTEN 04/24/2005
    53. Stan Hansen vs. Andre the Giant, NJPW 09/23/1981
    54. Dan Kroffat/Doug Furnas vs. Kenta Kobashi/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, AJPW 05/25/92
    55. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 02/28/93
    56. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kensuke Sasaki, NJPW 10/09/2000
    57. Masakatsu Funaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano, UWF 07/24/1989
    58. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, WWF 03/20/1994
    59. Chris Benoit vs. William Regal, WWE 07/16/2005
    60. Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper, NWA 07/09/1983
    61. Shinya Hashimoto & Takashi Iizuka vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami, NJPW 01/04/2000
    62. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 07/24/1995
    63. Jushin Liger vs. The Great Sasuke, NJPW 07/08/1994
    64. Pirata Morgan, Hombre Bala & Verdugo vs Atlantis, Angel Azteca & Ringo Mendoza 03/??/1988
    65. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, NJPW 01/31/1990
    66. Jimmy Jacobs vs. BJ Whitmer, IWA:MS 03/01/2008
    67. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton, NWA, 07/05/1986
    68. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi, AJPW 10/19/1990
    69. Hijo del Santo, Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr vs. Negro Casas, El Dandy & Hector Garza, 11/29/1996
    70. Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics, NWA 03/27/1988
    71. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Volk Han, RINGS 01/22/1997
    72. Terry Funk vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 04/14/83
    73. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue, AJPW 01/15/1991
    74. Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper, NWA 11/24/1983
    75. Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. 123 Kid & Razor Ramon, WWF 10/30/1994
    76. Vader vs. Sting, WCW 02/21/1993
    77. Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai, NJPW 04/30/1992
    78. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi, AJPW 04/20/1991
    79. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Steven Williams, AJPW 07/28/1994
    80. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, WWF 10/04/1997
    81. Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk, CWA 03/23/1981
    82. Villano V vs. Blue Panther, CMLL 09/19/2008
    83. Atsushi Onita & Tarzan Goto vs. Kendo Nagasaki & Masanobu Kurisu, FMW 04/01/1990
    84. Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk, WCW 07/23/1989
    85. Hijo del Santo vs. Brazo del Oro, UWA 01/13/1991
    86. Atlantis vs. Blue Panther, CMLL 08/09/1991
    87. Stan Hansen vs. Kenta Kobashi, AJPW 09/04/1991
    88. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Masato Tanaka, Zero-One 03/02/2002
    89. Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk, WCW 11/15/1989
    90. Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko vs. Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat, WCW 11/19/1991
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    No Omega or Okada matches?

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    i'm not going by memory but rewatching everything to rank it, this is just in its early stages. i'm not sure which okada/omega matches might make it. the tokyo dome match and the title change match wouldn't have a shot. the g1 match would have a shot going by memory. i definitely do want to rewatch the hour draw.

    oh or if you just mean any matches by those two. okada/shibata will very likely be in my final 100. maybe omega/ishii from the g1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    No Omega or Okada matches?
    54 matches to go

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    Austin v Bret Mania 13
    Taker v Shawn Mania 25
    Savage v Steamboat Mania 3
    Canadian Stampede 5 v 5
    E&C v Dudley's v Hardy's TLC 1

    Surely all make it.

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    Shocked by there being only 1 Lawler match.

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    There are two so far!

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    Oh shit, didn’t see that you had TWO Dundee matches. I’ve been on such a Lawler deep dive the last year, he’s prob in my top 10 workers now. I know you’re a big Lawler guy too, so when I saw only 1, I was like “what the fuck, Tainted?”

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    I’m also glad that you recognize Morishima vs Danielson as being one of the best matches ever. I know people feel some type of way about Morishima, but that match is fucking amazing. Better than any of the Dragon/Nigel matches for me.

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    I love 2007 ROH champ morishima. Super underrated run

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    Why do you rate Brock Lesnar vs Rey Mysterio in 2003 so high?

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    Have you seen that match? It's super good

    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    I love 2007 ROH champ morishima. Super underrated run
    Morishima was the last great champion until Jay Lethal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinner View Post
    Why do you rate Brock Lesnar vs Rey Mysterio in 2003 so high?
    Every moment of it is perfect. Maybe the real big man vs little man match of all time

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    Are these ROH matches online? Id be very curious to watch them, as well as to try to watch some of this Japan work I see.

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    morishima/danielson is on youtube

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    This is great Tainted. I've been doing similar. I made a list of every nominated match from GME greatest match ever project (https://gweproject.freeforums.net/) and I plan on going through all the ones I don't know well and making a ranked list.

    Here's where I'm at so far, many more to come:

    1. Jumbo Tsuruta vs Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW - 6/5/1989) – *****
    2. Ric Flair vs Terry Funk (WCW - 7/23/1989) – *****

    3. Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyoda (No Rope Explosive – FMW – 5/5/1996) – ****
    4. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF – 10/5/1997) – ****
    5. Hansen/Gordy vs Tenryu/Kawada (AJPW - 12/16/1988) – ****
    6. Dustin Rhodes vs Cody (AEW - 5/25/2019) – ****
    7. KAORU vs. Aja Kong (GAEA – 2/13/2000) – ****
    8. Greg Valentine vs Tito Santana (WWF - 11/20/1984) – ****
    9. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton (JCP – 7/5/1986) – ****
    10. Hart Foundation vs. Austin, Shamrock, Goldust & LOD (WWF – 7/6/1997) – ****
    11. LA Park vs Rush (Baracal Entertainment - 3/11/2017) – ****

    12. TLC I (WWF – 8/27/20000 – ****
    13. Ricky Steamboat vs. Jake Roberts (WWF – 8/9/1986) – ****
    14. Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack/Kevin Sullivan (WCW – 5/22/1994) - ****
    15. Giant Baba vs. Billy Robinson (AJPW – 7/24/1976) – ****
    16. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE – 5/3/2004) – ****
    17. Bret Hart vs The Undertaker (WWF - 9/20/1997) – ****
    18. Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles (WWE – 6/12/2020) – ****
    19. Low-Ki vs. Brian Danielson (ECWA – 7/21/2001) – ****
    20. Terry Funk vs Atsushi Onita (Exploding Barbed Wire - FMW - 5/5/1993) – ****
    21. Hansen/Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta/Yatsu (AJPW - 7/11/1989) – ****
    22. Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack/Maxx Payne (WCW – 4/17/1994) – ****
    23. Savage & Adonis vs Tito Santana & Bruno Sammartino (WWF - 7/12/1986) – ****
    24. Onita/Goto vs Kendo Nagasaki/Masanobu Kurisu (FMW - 4/1/1990) – ****
    25. WALTER vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (PROGRESS – 10/28/2018) – ****

    26. Larry Chene vs. Moose Cholak (Chicago – 3/15/1963) – ****
    27. Ric Flair vs. Rick Martel (AJPW – 10/21/1985) – ****
    28. Jackie Sato vs. Tomi Aoyama (AJW – 1/4/1980) – ****
    29. Vader vs. Dustin Rhodes (WCW – 11/16/1994) – ****
    30. CM Punk vs. Mark Henry (WWE – 4/2/2012) – ****
    31. Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior (WWF – 8/28/1989) – ****
    32. Greg Valentine vs. Bob Backlund (WWF – 11/23/1981) – ****
    33. Jaguar Yokota vs. Monster Ripper (AJW – 1982) – ****
    34. Raven/Stevie Richards vs. The Pittbulls (ECW – 9/16/1995) – ****

    35. Hector Guerrero v Jose Lothario (Mexican Death Match - UWF - 6/8/1984) – ***
    36. Lou Thesz vs. Cyclone Anaya (Chicago – 3/31/1950) – ***
    37. El Satanico vs. Super Astro (EMLL – 10/26/1984) – ***
    38. Dream Team vs Tito Santana & Ricky Steamboat (WWF - 4/21/1985) – ***
    39. Atsushi Onita vs Tarzan Goto (FMW - 2/26/1991) – ***
    40. Atsushi Onita vs. Genichiro Tenryu (FMW – 5/5/1994) – ***
    41. Jim Londos vs. Bronko Nagurski (Philadelphia – 11/18/1938) – ***
    42. Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Jericho (WCW - 9/14/1997) – ***
    43. Mark Henry vs. Big Show (WWE – 10/23/2011) – ***
    44. Shawn Michaels vs Mankind - (WWF - 8/11/1997) – ***
    45. Jim Oliver vs. Iska Khan (France – 2/1/1957) – ***
    46. Tarzan Goto/Ryo Miyake vs. S Nakano/Masayoshi Motegi (WDF - 7/16/1997) – ***
    47. Lioness Asuka vs. Yumiko Hotta (AJW – 3/26/1995) – ***
    48. Carlos Colon vs. Hercules Ayala (WWC – 1987) – ***
    49. Owen Hart vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (WWF - 6/19/1994) – ***
    50. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Spike Dudley (ECW – 8/17/1997) – ***
    51. Santito/Onita/Goto vs Casas/Patterson/Boulder (FMW/WWA – 5/16/1992) – ***

    52. Terry Funk vs Barry Windham (WWC - 9/19/1986) – ***
    53. Lou Thesz vs. Ruffy Silverstein (Chicago – 4/17/1950) – ***
    54. The Spoiler vs. Wahoo McDaniel (Houston – 4/21/1979) – ***
    55. Fritz von Erich vs. Giant Baba (AJPW – 7/25/1975) – ***
    56. Lord James Blears vs. Leo Garibaldi (LA - 1950s) – ***

    Don't worry about the star ratings much. I just use them to put different matches alongside each other on similar tiers. Anyway I watched quite a bit but then lockdown ended and I haven't had time to watch anything since so it'll probably take a few years but lots of them I've seen so might not bother watching again and just rank them anyway. It was fun to watch such a variety of matches from different eras and a combination of stuff I've never seen and others I've not seen for a while.

    Here's everything else nominated:

    Last edited by Ringo; May 15th, 2021 at 2:44 AM.

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    updated, bolded new entries

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    Good stuff, TE.

    Would love to see some Chris Hero and Vader on the list, but I understand if they get rated mainly for individual performances rather than alltime classic matches.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo
    Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (WWF - 12/17/1995)
    THIS.

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    I'm honestly waiting for TE to rate Ohno/Regal again

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    updated, bolded new additions. maybe i'm overrating slaughter/sheik and it's a re-watch priority but i was just so smitten by it after watching it yesterday.

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    It's still amazing

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    I need to see Magnum/Blanchard again. Last time I watched, it seemed too muddled in its own gore, but I can remember it being all time great for its drama alone.

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    I love that Misawa/Taue match.

    I'm also glad to see some Jumbo love on your list. When I was going through the infamous AJPW 5-star list in chronological order, he became one of my favorites immediately.

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    I have not watched enough of Jumbo. I should change that.

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    Hey, I don’t wanna just watch

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    I just noticed you included McGuinness/Aries. That was an awesome match and one that could get lost in the shuffle with McGuinness's other title defenses (not to mention the title chase). He's got a uinque spot in wrestling history for the way he burned so bright for such a short time. Austin Aries is another favorite of mine and I'm surprised to see he's got 2 matches in the top 25 so far. I never really thought of him like that

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    the best of ROH was really, really, really good. the current indie scene (including AEW though i know it's not indie) can't produce anything on the level of the best ROH stuff.

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    people can forget how insanely over nigel was in 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    the best of ROH was really, really, really good. the current indie scene (including AEW though i know it's not indie) can't produce anything on the level of the best ROH stuff.
    I kinda blame ROH for not getting these guys on the same card these days. They never brought in Thatcher. They just recently brought in Chris Dickinson who was ROH level like 10 years ago.

    AEW have given Azrieal and Adam Priest a chance to work, so I have hope for them.

    A few years ago, Chris Hero had an awesome tour with his newfound fatness and Oney Lorcan and Drew Gulak could work any random indy and have a MOTYC, but now the indies seem to be spread kinda thin. Imean, Eddie Kingston is still the guy who showed up in AIW and worked a high level match with a much deserving Dominic Garrini this year. And Eddie shouldn't have to be the one doing that in 2021.
    I wish Will Ospreay would work USA, but he must he happy with his luck in Japan.

    We'll see where this goes, of course, with Hero, Joe, and Danielson being out for now (Bryan is free, right?). There was a time when Hero vs Danielson was THE dream match and then Joe snuck up as one of the best in the world, so we all know they they could change everything.

    What the hell happened to Nigel? Will he ever return to the squared circle?

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    Are you stopping when you get to 100 or are you just going to start bumping stuff off?

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    There’s still at least like 50 matches I want to watch or more for this. I’ll just keep the list running past 100

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    Does shibata have the greatest “final match” of all time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    Does shibata have the greatest “final match” of all time?
    i cant think of one better. even if you ignore meaningless comebacks, like flair and michaels, their big FINAL MATCH doesnt come close. the sheer passion for pro wrestling and desire to win the title that oozes out of shibata in that match is something I've never seen before.

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    I can’t think of any competition for the title. Speaking to Morrison’s point, one thing that struck me as actually a flaw rewatching it was how much okada was outclassed all match long and it never really felt like he did anything to deserve the win, didn’t feel like he earned it. The match was all shibata

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    Had shibata won, it would have made absolute sense. He went in there and had Okada’s number every step of the way. By the story of the match, Okada won because he took Shibata the distance, which Shibata never really went. Okada is the 60-minute man, but Shibata had never had a match go longer than 25, I believe.

    fuck that match is so, so good.

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    okada needed to show more fire. it felt like all match shibata was like "come on man, lay your shit in" but okada just couldn't summon it. some of the shotgun dropkicks at the end were good though.

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