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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 09/19/1997
    4. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 06/03/1994
    5. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, AJPW 12/06/1996
    6. MS1 vs. Sangre Chicana, EMLL 09/23/1983
    7. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin, WWF 03/23/1997
    8. Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik, WWF 06/16/1984
    9. Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori, AJW 04/02/1993
    10. Harley Race vs. Terry Funk, NWA, 07/01/1977
    11. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu, AJPW 01/28/1986
    12. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. El Samurai, NJPW 01/21/1996
    13. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, CWA 06/06/1983
    14. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 12/16/1988
    15. Hijo del Santo vs. Espanto Jr, Plaza de Toros Monumental 8/31/1986
    16. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue, AJPW 04/15/1995
    17. Tully Blanchard vs. Ron Garvin, NWA 05/03/1986
    18. Toshiaki Kawada & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka, NJPW 12/14/2000
    19. El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas vs. Bestia Selvaje & Scorpio Jr., CMLL, 03/19/1999
    20. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, AJPW 12/03/1993
    21. Midnight Express vs. Southern Boys, WCW 07/07/1990
    22. Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk, ROH 12/04/2004
    23. Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair, NWA 05/07/1998
    24. Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, AJPW 01/20/1997
    25. Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero, IWA Mid-South 09/29/2007
    26. Team ROH vs. Team CZW, ROH 07/15/2006
    27. LA Park vs. El Mesias, AAA 12/05/2010
    28. Nigel McGuinness vs. Austin Aries, ROH 12/29/2007
    29. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, NJPW 10/08/2012
    30. The Revival vs. DIY, NXT 11/18/2016
    31. Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson, ROH 06/09/2007
    32. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jun Akiyama, AJPW 02/27/2000
    33. Atlantis vs. Villano III, CMLL 03/17/2000
    34. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind, WWF 09/22/1996
    35. Kenta Kobashi vs. Tamon Honda, NOAH 04/13/2003
    36. John Cena vs. Umaga, WWE 01/28/2007
    37. Mark Briscoe vs. Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries vs. Homicide vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe, ROH 06/24/2004
    38. Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr, WCW 10/26/97
    39. Samoa Joe vs. Necro Butcher, IWA Mid-South 06/11/2005
    40. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Khosaka, RINGS 06/27/1998
    41. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, NWA 02/20/1989
    42. Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard, NWA 11/28/1985
    43. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomoaki Honma, NJPW 08/03/2014
    44. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, NOAH 04/25/2004
    45. El Satanico vs. Gran Cochisse, EMLL 09/14/1984
    46. Minoru Suzuki vs. Naoki Sano, PWFG 07/26/1991
    47. Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu, AJPW 06/05/1989
    48. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Volk Han, RINGS 09/26/1997
    49. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, NJPW 06/05/1998
    50. El Dandy vs. El Satanico, CMLL 12/14/1990
    51. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW 04/09/2017
    52. Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio, WWE, 12/11/2003
    53. Buddy Rose & Doug Summers vs. Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty, AWA 09/02/1986
    54. Genichiro Tenryu vs. Shinya Hashimoto, NJPW 08/08/1993
    55. 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
    56. Yuki Ishikawa, Alexander Otsuka & Munenori Sawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda, Katsumi Usuda & Super Tiger II, BattlArts 07/26/2008
    57. El Satanico vs. Sangre Chicana, EMLL 05/26/1989
    58. Negro Casas vs. Blue Panther, CMLL 03/02/2012
    59. Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu, AJPW 12/6/1989
    60. Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 07/29/1993
    61. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, NJPW 08/10/1989
    62. Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes, AEW 05/24/2019
    63. Riki Choshu & Shinya Hashimoto vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa, WAR 04/02/1993
    64. Aja Kong & Bull Nakano vs. Shinobu Kandori & Akira Hokuto, AJW 03/27/1994
    65. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Masao Orihara, WAR 01/16/94
    66. Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit, WWF 05/21/2001
    67. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoshahisa Yamamoto, RINGS 06/24/1999
    68. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, WWE 03/29/15
    69. Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle, WWE 08/19/2001
    70. Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii, NJPW 08/04/2018
    71. Shinobu Kandori vs. Yumiko Hotta, LLPW 03/31/1998
    72. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, 05/21/1994
    73. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, CWA 12/30/1985
    74. Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yuki Ishikawa, FUTEN 04/24/2005
    75. Stan Hansen vs. Andre the Giant, NJPW 09/23/1981
    76. Dan Kroffat/Doug Furnas vs. Kenta Kobashi/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, AJPW 05/25/92
    77. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 02/28/93
    78. Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Osamu Nishimura, MUGA 9/25/2006
    79. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kensuke Sasaki, NJPW 10/09/2000
    80. Masakatsu Funaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano, UWF 07/24/1989
    81. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, WWF 03/20/1994
    82. El Dandy vs. Angel Azteca, EMLL 06/01/1990
    83. Chris Benoit vs. William Regal, WWE 07/16/2005
    84. Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper, NWA 07/09/1983
    85. Shinya Hashimoto & Takashi Iizuka vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami, NJPW 01/04/2000
    86. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 07/24/1995
    87. Jushin Liger vs. The Great Sasuke, NJPW 07/08/1994
    88. Pirata Morgan, Hombre Bala & Verdugo vs Atlantis, Angel Azteca & Ringo Mendoza 03/??/1988
    89. Negro Casas vs. El Dandy, CMLL 07/03/1992
    90. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, NJPW 01/31/1990
    91. Jimmy Jacobs vs. BJ Whitmer, IWA:MS 03/01/2008
    92. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton, NWA, 07/05/1986
    93. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi, AJPW 10/19/1990
    94. Hijo del Santo, Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr vs. Negro Casas, El Dandy & Hector Garza, 11/29/1996
    95. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinya Hashimoto, AJPW 02/22/2004
    96. Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama, AJPW 07/24/1998
    97. Pirata Morgan vs. El Faraon, CMLL 11/16/1990
    98. Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair, NWA 04/02/1989
    99. Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics, NWA 03/27/1988
    100. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Volk Han, RINGS 01/22/1997
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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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    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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    updated. added about 20 matches, new ones in bold. i think the top 20 is getting pretty close to final at least. there's only a couple matches i haven't watched that i think have a decent chance of cracking it. el satanico vs. gran cochisse from the 80s. the 2008 battlarts elimination tag. angel azteca vs. el dandy from 1990. those are maybe the only ones left that i suspect could finish top 20 that aren't on the list yet.

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    Ooo Fuck Yeah, never seen any of those lucha matches or the RINGS match. Gonna fire them up and crank one out.

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    Pwfg match? What the fuck? I have never heard of this promotion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    Ooo Fuck Yeah, never seen any of those lucha matches or the RINGS match. Gonna fire them up and crank one out.
    i would recommend the tamura/volk han RINGS matches first. there are a ton of awesome RINGS matches out there that didn't quite make the list and are quite accessible.

    here is another awesome, fast paced one that is friendly for someone new to the style, volk han vs. kohsaka from 96: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Uv411B7vG/

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    Oh dude I love RINGS. I used to watch soooo much shoot fighting shit between UWF and RINGS. I’d never heard of the PWFG though. I just finished that Suzuki match and it ruled.

    it’s on YouTube for anyone who wants to watch it

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    off the top of my head the other really highly regarded PWFG matches are

    naoki sano vs. wayne shamrock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOW1HiGylO0

    yoshiaki fujiawa vs. joe malenko: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy-OhQh8G48

    yoshiaki fujiawa vs. bart vale, which happend at a PWFG show in, of all places, miami: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGdgsFglJTY

    havent watched them in a while though

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    Fuck yeah, Wayne shamrock is Ken’s original name right? Gotta check those all out.

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    after watching a couple matches i thought might still be top 20 contenders and them not ranking that highly for me i thought the current top 20 might be final, but i watched the kawada/fuchi vs. nagata/iizuka njpw tag from 2000 and it cracked the top 20. all time classic, must watch: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x19bikw

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    I love that match so much.

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    added 11 new matches. feels like it's getting pretty close to representative of what my actual final top 100 would be.

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    I think this is the first draft of a list that I'm fine with as a "final" Top 100 of all time. I'll probably add more matches before it's all said and done, but I'm at the point where I can watch, like, ten matches I think are worthy of consideration and they don't bump off any others in the top 100. So this is a like a first draft of a final Top 100


    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 09/19/1997
    4. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 06/03/1994
    5. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, AJPW 12/06/1996
    6. MS1 vs. Sangre Chicana, EMLL 09/23/1983
    7. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin, WWF 03/23/1997
    8. Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik, WWF 06/16/1984
    9. Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori, AJW 04/02/1993
    10. Harley Race vs. Terry Funk, NWA, 07/01/1977
    11. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu, AJPW 01/28/1986
    12. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. El Samurai, NJPW 01/21/1996
    13. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, CWA 06/06/1983
    14. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 12/16/1988
    15. Hijo del Santo vs. Espanto Jr, Plaza de Toros Monumental 8/31/1986
    16. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue, AJPW 04/15/1995
    17. Tully Blanchard vs. Ron Garvin, NWA 05/03/1986
    18. Toshiaki Kawada & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka, NJPW 12/14/2000
    19. El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas vs. Bestia Selvaje & Scorpio Jr., CMLL, 03/19/1999
    20. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, AJPW 12/03/1993
    21. Midnight Express vs. Southern Boys, WCW 07/07/1990
    22. Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk, ROH 12/04/2004
    23. Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair, NWA 05/07/1998
    24. Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, AJPW 01/20/1997
    25. Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero, IWA Mid-South 09/29/2007
    26. Nick Bockwinkel vs. Curt Hennig, AWA 11/21/1986
    27. Team ROH vs. Team CZW, ROH 07/15/2006
    28. LA Park vs. El Mesias, AAA 12/05/2010
    29. Nigel McGuinness vs. Austin Aries, ROH 12/29/2007
    30. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, NJPW 10/08/2012
    31. The Revival vs. DIY, NXT 11/18/2016
    32. Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson, ROH 06/09/2007
    33. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jun Akiyama, AJPW 02/27/2000
    34. Atlantis vs. Villano III, CMLL 03/17/2000
    35. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind, WWF 09/22/1996
    36. Kenta Kobashi vs. Tamon Honda, NOAH 04/13/2003
    37. John Cena vs. Umaga, WWE 01/28/2007
    38. Mark Briscoe vs. Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries vs. Homicide vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe, ROH 06/24/2004
    39. Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr, WCW 10/26/97
    40. Samoa Joe vs. Necro Butcher, IWA Mid-South 06/11/2005
    41. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Khosaka, RINGS 06/27/1998
    42. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, NWA 02/20/1989
    43. Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard, NWA 11/28/1985
    44. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomoaki Honma, NJPW 08/03/2014
    45. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, NOAH 04/25/2004
    46. El Satanico vs. Gran Cochisse, EMLL 09/14/1984
    47. Minoru Suzuki vs. Naoki Sano, PWFG 07/26/1991
    48. Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu, AJPW 06/05/1989
    49. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Volk Han, RINGS 09/26/1997
    50. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, NJPW 06/05/1998
    51. El Dandy vs. El Satanico, CMLL 12/14/1990
    52. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW 04/09/2017
    53. Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio, WWE, 12/11/2003
    54. Buddy Rose & Doug Summers vs. Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty, AWA 09/02/1986
    55. Adrian Street vs. Jim Breaks, World of Sport 02/12/1972
    56. Genichiro Tenryu vs. Shinya Hashimoto, NJPW 08/08/1993
    57. 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
    58. Yuki Ishikawa, Alexander Otsuka & Munenori Sawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda, Katsumi Usuda & Super Tiger II, BattlArts 07/26/2008
    59. El Satanico vs. Sangre Chicana, EMLL 05/26/1989
    60. Negro Casas vs. Blue Panther, CMLL 03/02/2012
    61. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi, NJPW 01/04/2015
    62. Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu, AJPW 12/6/1989
    63. Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 07/29/1993
    64. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, NJPW 08/10/1989
    65. Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes, AEW 05/24/2019
    66. Riki Choshu & Shinya Hashimoto vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa, WAR 04/02/1993
    67. Aja Kong & Bull Nakano vs. Shinobu Kandori & Akira Hokuto, AJW 03/27/1994
    68. Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Masao Orihara, WAR 01/16/94
    69. Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit, WWF 05/21/2001
    70. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoshahisa Yamamoto, RINGS 06/24/1999
    71. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, WWE 03/29/2015
    72. Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle, WWE 08/19/2001
    73. Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii, NJPW 08/04/2018
    74. Shinobu Kandori vs. Yumiko Hotta, LLPW 03/31/1998
    75. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue, 05/21/1994
    76. Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, CWA 12/30/1985
    77. Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yuki Ishikawa, FUTEN 04/24/2005
    78. Stan Hansen vs. Andre the Giant, NJPW 09/23/1981
    79. Dan Kroffat/Doug Furnas vs. Kenta Kobashi/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, AJPW 05/25/92
    80. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW 02/28/93
    81. Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Osamu Nishimura, MUGA 9/25/2006
    82. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kensuke Sasaki, NJPW 10/09/2000
    83. Masakatsu Funaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano, UWF 07/24/1989
    84. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, WWF 03/20/1994
    85. El Dandy vs. Angel Azteca, EMLL 06/01/1990
    86. Chris Benoit vs. William Regal, WWE 07/16/2005
    87. Hijo del Santo vs. El Dandy vs. Negro Casas, CMLL 12/06/1996
    88. Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper, NWA 07/09/1983
    89. Shinya Hashimoto & Takashi Iizuka vs. Naoya Ogawa & Kazunari Murakami, NJPW 01/04/2000
    90. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, WWE 02/23/2014
    91. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada, AJPW 07/24/1995
    92. Jushin Liger vs. The Great Sasuke, NJPW 07/08/1994
    93. Pirata Morgan, Hombre Bala & Verdugo vs Atlantis, Angel Azteca & Ringo Mendoza 03/??/1988
    94. Negro Casas vs. El Dandy, CMLL 07/03/1992
    95. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, NJPW 01/31/1990
    96. Jimmy Jacobs vs. BJ Whitmer, IWA:MS 03/01/2008
    97. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton, NWA, 07/05/1986
    98. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi, AJPW 10/19/1990
    99. Hijo del Santo, Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr vs. Negro Casas, El Dandy & Hector Garza, 11/29/1996
    100. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinya Hashimoto, AJPW 02/22/2004

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    Hahaha I was just watching that Santo/Dandy/Casas match the other night. I feel like someone on Twitter recommended it.

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