Hello There! Let me take a moment of your time to talk about something that has been near and dear to my heart for 2o years, Pro Wrestling.
This year has been all over the map for Pro Wrestling as we’ve seen incredible highs(with amazing five star matches) and horrid lows(with matches that should have never happened). But let’s start at the beginning of the year with Wrestle Kingdom 10
Wrestle Kingdom 10 featured a handful of incredible matches! Three of which are considered match of the year candidates and high recommendations from myself.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Katsuyori Shibata for the Never openweight title, a brutally hard hitting contest between two of the hardest hitting guys in the business right now. Stiff kicks, brutal chops and devastating forearms is the best way to describe this match. A must see for those who want to witness why it’s called Strong Style.
AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, both guys gave everything they had in this contest. Putting on one final big contest in front of thousands of fans at the Tokyo Dome is what these guys do best. One of the most talked about matches of the year because shortly after WK10 both men left to make names for themselves in WWE. Like any normal Nakamura match, it’s hard hitting but also technical contest featuring two of the most brutal Bomaye knees Nakamura has ever delivered. A must see for those who want to know more about both Styles and Nakamura.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, a storied rivalry between these two men came to ahead in this contest. Okada had never beaten the veteran Tanahashi at the Tokyo Dome and Tanahashi had Okada’s number for a majority of the year. What came down to a contest of wills, Tanahashi vs Okada was one to remember and a high recommend from me!
New Japan Pro has had a calendar year for wrestling and speaking of calendar years, let’s not forget about Bullet Club. Finn Balor(Fergal Devitt/Prince Devitt) winning the Universal title, AJ Style winning the WWE World Title, Kenny Omega winning the G1 Climax tournament, The Young Bucks super kicking their way through the Indy scene and having both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag titles and the ROH tag titles at the same time, Adam Cole joining Bullet Club and subsequent unseating of Jay Lethal as ROH World Champion and the recent announcement of the Grand-Son of a Plumber Cody Rhodes joining it seems like they’ll continue to rise through the next year!
Let’s talk about the middle shall we?
Lucha Underground is the hot commodity this year, with a successful season 2(ending with Ultima Lucha 2) and building towards an even better season 3 ending, Lucha Underground has taken off and become a popular choice for people to watch on Wednesday nights. Also having a couple of matches that could easily be in talks for match of the year helps too(in my opinion).
Sexy Starr vs. Mariposa in a No Mas Match, if it was an example of Woman’s wrestling done right this year, it was this match. Mariposa had been stalking and terrifying Sexy Starr for weeks along with her brother Marty “The Moth. In order to overcome her fear of Mariposa, Sexy Starr challenged her to a No Mas Match(I Quit Match). A match that features a brutal brawl of two woman beating each other senseless and Sexy Starr defying Mariposa every step of the way, this match really helped Sexy Starr stand out this year as an incredible talent on the Lucha Underground roster.
Prince Puma vs Rey Mysterio at Ultima Lucha 2, the proverbial Student vs Master passing of the torch match. Puma felt the need to prove himself to not only the fans but to himself, and what better way to do that than to beat the legend Rey Mysterio? A fantastic contest between both men that featured plenty of high flying. Proof that Mysterio still has “it” and that the new lucha generation has what it takes.
With an incredible season 3 going on right now, Lucha Underground is setting up for an incredible Ultima Lucha 3!
Now let’s talk about *sigh* the others…
Let’s start with TNA/Impact Wrestling…
In a year marred by backstage politics and poor decisions, only a hand full of things/people have stood out from this company. One of the people that have stood out has been Drew Galloway, winning his first major title with the company this year and now him going after the new title that was introduced this year, he’s been making a name for himself this year in the company.
Another has been Eli Drake, a guy that has continually stood out with his incredible promos and feuds with Aaron Rex and Ethan Carter the 3rd. He’s been having a hell of a year thus far and I hope to see him succeed next year as well.
Another has been Moose, after a hell of a run in ROH he debuted this year as a bodyguard to Mike Bennett and he proceeded to have a fantastic run through the rest of this year. Recently having one his first title with the company this year as well, hopefully we’ll see him succeed to greater heights next year.
The Final and most successful name in Impact Wrestling this year, Matt Hardy aka Broken Matt Hardy. Starting the year as Big Money Matt Hardy, he was Broken by his brother Jeff during a match and thus proceeded the biggest undertaking in Impact history. Matt eventually challenged his brother to a match where it all started in Cameron, North Carolina called…The Final Deletion and it all went uphill from there.
What can I say, well in a year full of ups and downs(mostly downs) and marred with bad decisions WWE has had it’s moments.
Starting off with what most consider not the best Wrestlemania in recent history, WWE has had a roller coaster year. The Matches to mention at Wrestlemania are include The Woman’s Title match, which saw the beginning of a new title and the slow fall of a division. The Intercontinental title Ladder match, which while it was a fun result immediately saw the devaluing of a title the next night after with it switching hands. The WWE World Heavyweight title match, which to most was the beginning of the downfall.
Now in the middle of the year WWE tried to change things by having another draft, some will say that it did but others say it made it worse. With such a small roster WWE was forced to raid it’s developing brand NXT. While not exactly a bad thing(with bringing up both Finn Balor and Alexa Bliss)it also left a fairly big hole in NXT.
And speaking of NXT…it definitely had the better year, with bringing in Shinsuke Nakamura from New Japan, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and Eric Young. An incredible amount of talent and matches have happened for the NXT brand.
The debut of Shinsuke Nakamura was one to remember as he faced Sami Zayn at NXT Takeover Dallas and both men left it all out there as they wage a battle that is considered by many to be one of the matches of the year. Also with the great series of matches between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe that also happened this year, Bobby Roode’s unforgettable debut(and subsequent theme song) against No Way Jose and Eric Young finally debuting in the group known as Sanity, NXT has had a very big calendar year. Much better than that of the main roster.
Along with a great Tag Division and the rising Woman’s division, it’s safe to say NXT will have better years to come on top of this one.
Now back to the main roster. With Roadblock:end of the line happening a few days ago, the landscape has changed for possibly the worst. With Raw not only devaluing the US Title but also it’s woman’s title(with a proverbial game of hot potato), the stand out of the RAW brands have been Finn Balor winning the Universal title(and subsequent forfeit because of injury) and New Day becoming the longest reigning tag team champions of all time(only to lose them to a thrown together tag team, though the new RAW tag team titles look excellent).
Can’t forget about Smackdown can we? Smackdown has definitely had a better product. Unfortunately they have the same problem with the mid card title in devaluing the Intercontinental title and the devaluing of the main event scene by including some jobber named James Ellsworth into the Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles feud. Though those have been the only problems with Smackdown since the draft.
It’s been quite the up and down 2016 for the crazy world of wrestling, with indie promotions becoming a huge factor for the big names in wrestling and finally gaining their own spot light(WCPW, Progress, ICW etc etc). Hopefully 2017 will bring us more excitement for Wrestling and less disappointment.
This has been my blog about the 2016 year of Wrestling, thank you for reading! hopefully you guys liked it!
Until next time,
This is Pervy Fatman
I’ll See You on the Other Side!