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The Best Professional Wrestling Matches of 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I've got 37 matches rated at 4 1/2 stars and up from Dec-2009 - Nov, 2010; I've ranked them - but really, after #1, which is the only 5 star match I've rated and my pick for Match of the Year, I wouldn't object to virtually any ordering at all (yeah, it would be good if I had 40.  I don't.  I have the number I have.)  None of those matches are from either WWE or TNA; however, I have the top ten matches for each of those promotions included below - for those, I used the full calendar 2010.  I have seen every significant match for both promotions this year; my TNA record keeping isn't as good as my WWE, so if I've forgotten one or juxtaposed two, that wouldn't shock.




Best Professional Wrestling Matches of 2010

1.Tyler Black v. Davey Richards (June ROH) 5

2. Marufuji v. Prince Devitt (NJ Dec 09) 4 ¾
3. Marufuji v. Prince Devitt (June NJ) 4 ¾
4. Davey Richards v. Kota Ibushi (Evolve Jan) 4 ¾
5. Bryan Danielson v. Shingo (DGUSA July) 4 3/4
6. Davey Richards v. Chris Daniels (ROH Oct) 4 3/4 
7. Briscoes v. American Wolves (ROH – March) 4 ¾
8. Goto v. Nakamura (NJ Apr) 4 ¾ 
9. Kenta/Suiguira v. Go/Morishima (Aug NOAH) 4 ¾
10. Yoshikawa/Usuda v. Hidaka/Sawa (Battlearts Feb) 4 ¾
11. Suwama v. Minoru Suzuki (AJ Aug) 4 ¾
12. Tyler Black v. Davey Richards (ROH Aug) 4 ¾
13. Davey Richards v. Koji Kanemoto (NJ Sept) 4 ¾

14. Marufuji v. Devitt (Jan NJ) 4 1/2
15. Devitt/Taguchi v. Ibushi/Omega (Oct NJ) 4 ½
16. Shingo v. Yamato (DGate May) 4 ½
17. Marufuji v. Kanemoto (NJ Mar) 4 ½
18. Go v. Suguira (NOAH Dec 09) 4 ½
19. Go v. Nakamura (Aug NOAH) 4 ½
20. Shingo v. Hulk (DGate July) 4 ½
21. Marufuji v. Kanemaru (July Noah) 4 ½
22. Suguira v. Taniguchi (July NOAH) 4 1/2
23. Briscoes v. Kings (June ROH) 4 1/2 
24. Suguira v. Akiyama (May NOAH) 4 ½
25. Kenta v. Kanemaru (Sept Noah) 4 ½
26. Yoshino v. CIMA (Nov DG) 4 1/2 
27. Dick Togo v. BKK (Osaka Feb) 4 ½
28. Black v. Strong v. Aries (ROH Apr) 4 ½
29. Richards v. Strong (PWG Apr) 4 ½
30. Yoshino/Hulk/Doi v. Quackenbush/Jigsaw/Hallowicked (July Chikara) 4 1/2
31. Yuji/Kanemoto v, Go/Aoki (Oct NJ) 4 ½
32. Strong v. Daniels (Nov ROH) 4 1/2 
33. Kensuke v. Go (July Noah) 4 ½
34. Suguira v. Takayama (July NOAH) 4 ½
35. Suguira v. Akiyama (Aug NOAH) 4 1/2 
36. Hero v. Ryan (PWG Sep) 4 ½
37. Kenta/Aoki v. Edwards/Strong (Oct Noah) 4 ½

Top 10 WWE Matches of 2010

1. John Morrison d. Sheamus  (Dec)
2.      2.  Undertaker d. Shawn Michaels  (WM 26)
3.       3. Edge d. Rey Mysterio/Del Rio/Kane (Dec)
4.       4. Raw Money In The Bank  (July)
5.       5. Smackdown Elimination Chamber  (Feb)
6.       6. Team WWE d. Nexus  (Summer Slam)
7.       7. MITB (WM 26)
8.       8.  Royal Rumble Match (Royal Rumble)
9.       9. RAW Elimination Chamber (Feb)
10.   10. Evan Bourne d. Chris Jericho (June)

Top 10 TNA Matches of 2010

1.       MCMG d. Generation Me (Oct)  
2.       AJ Styles d. Kurt Angle (Jan)
3.       MCMG d. Generation Me (Dec)
4.       MCMG d. Beer Money (Aug Impact)
5.       Kurt Angle draw. Jeff Hardy (Sept)
6.       MCMG d. Generation Me (Mar)
7. Kurt Angle d. Ken Anderson (Apr)
8.       Doug Williams d. AJ Styles (Dec)
9.       MCMG d. Beer Money (July)
10.   Frankie Kazarian d. Daniels/Red/Kendrick (Mar)




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