MOTYs by year
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1978-Mark Rocco vs. Marty Jones, 7/26
1979-Dory Funk Jr./Terry Funk vs. Giant Baba/Jumbo Tsuruta, 11/30
Also, I changed my 2008 pick to Panther/Villano. I'm not 100% in love with it, but it's good enough for what I think is a pretty weak year overall.
What could you not possibly love about Panther/Villano?
Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:31 AM
The microphone can be goofy, but in Magnum/ Tully it's an essential part of the match. The one that's the greatest of all time, not just 1985.
I wish people wouldn't call Hart/Austin an I Quit match. It may seem like nitpicking, but it's really an important difference. It's better than an I Quit match precisely because it doesn't have the nonsense with the microphone.
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Posted 17 November 2014 - 11:01 PM
I figured this was worth a bump since we're almost at the the end of the year. At this point, I have no idea what my MOTY for 2014 is. I'd say it's between Shield/Wyatts and Atlantis/UG, with Okada/Ibushi as a dark horse pick.
Posted 18 November 2014 - 04:07 PM
From an old post of mine:
My memory is kind of bad and I'm going off of matches I haven't seen in a while but here's my various MOTY's for different years:
1977 - Mil Mascaras vs Jumbo Tsuruta 8/25/77
1978 - Zoltan Boscik vs Steve Grey 3/18/1978
1981 - Funk vs Lawler Empty Arena. One of the most disturbing matches I've ever seen. You can never unhear Terry Funk screeching about being blind.
1982 - Dutch Mantel vs Jerry Lawler Memphis TV or Bockwinkel/Lawler MSC. Dutch/Lawler was a classic angle on TV with some awesome hate filled work and Lawler/Bock was just an awesome brawl with Nick showing another side.
1983 - Lawler vs Dundee Loser Leaves Town with props to The Von Erichs vs The Freebirds
1984 - Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Super Tiger
1985 - Dump Matsumoto vs Chigusa Nagayo Hair Match or Lawler/Dundee Loser Leaves Town. Dump vs Chiggy is unforgettable and probably broke the innocence of every teenager in attendance.
1986 - Dump Matsumoto vs Chigusa Nagayo Return Hair Match with Bockwinkle/Henning or Jumbo/Tenryu vs Yatsu/Choshu as other candidates. Midnight Rockers vs Rose and Sommers was good too.
1987 - Flair vs Windham 40+ minute TV match
1988 - Not sure but Maeda vs Takada, The Fantastics vs The MX and others are possibilities.
1989 - Steamboat vs Flair 2/3 Falls. My favorite of the series.
1990 - El Dandy vs Angel Azteca with Vader/Hansen maybe 2nd. Vader/Hansen was a war while Dandy/Azteca was a technical classic.
1991 - Wargames 1991. Awesome match. Great heat, great work and an unforgettable finish.
1992 - Yamada/Toyota vs Kansai/Ozaki from Dreamrush. Legit my favorite match of all time.
1993 - This year is incredibly hard to pick but I'll go with Toyota/Yamada vs Ozaki/Kansai from Dreamslam 2. Super hot year here with Hokuto vs Kandori from Dreamslam, Kobashi vs Hansen and others. The girls tag was amazing but not as good as the year before, Hokuto/Kandori is rated as 5 stars by everyone and Hansen/Kobashi was a stiff shootout.
1994 - Misawa/Kawada 6/3/94 with a nudge to Toyota/Kong from Big Egg and Kobashi/Misawa vs Kawada/Taue. I really also enjoyed Liger/Sasuke from the J-Cup and believe it or not, Kawada/Williams which happened to take place on the same day in the same city as Liger/Sasuke. Loved Tenryu/Onita Exploding Cage also but it's not quite on the same level. Hard not go to with 6/3/1994 as its universally regarded in the IWC as the greatest match ever.
1995 - Kobashi/Misawa vs Kawada/Taue or Aja Kong vs Manami Toyota from Queendom. Really hard pick. Misawa/Kobashi was also very good as was Hokuto/Toyota. Loved Kong vs Toyota for the stiffness and the nasty Victory Star Drop. This one was the Toyota show. Hokuto/Toyota was an incredible spotfest.
1996 - Nobuhiko Takada vs Shinya Hashimoto NJPW Tokyo Dome with major props to Kudo/Toyoda Explosion Match. Takada/Hash is simple pro wrestling at its best. Nuclear heat to cap off the hottest and biggest money making feud ever.
1997 - Misawa/Kobashi or LLPW 8-Woman Tag match. The Kobashi/Misawa match was great but did have armwork that went nowhere and the LLPW Women's match had some of the best facework I've seen with great heeling.
1998 - Kawada/Kobashi aka The Last Great AJPW match.
1999 - Kyoko Inoue vs Manami Toyota 12/8 - Much like Kawada/Kobashi, this was the last great AJW match.
2000 - Atlantis vs Villano 3. El Super Classico. Lucha at its finest.
2001 - Rock vs Austin. Best WWF match ever. They went above and beyond to close out The Attitude Era.
2002 - Angle and Benoit vs Rey and Edge from No Mercy. The Smackdown 6 tore it up and this was my favorite match of their series.
2003 - Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa. Loved Benoit vs Lesnar too. Misawa/Kobashi was their last true AJPW style match and it had some huge bumps with stiff shots. Benoit/Lesnar was stiff and the finish was memorable.
2004 - Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama. Eddie Guerrero vs Brock Lesnar is close. Akiyama/Kobashi did everything they could and I thought Kenta got too much in. Brock vs Eddie was a classic and it was great to see Eddie finally get the big one.
2005 - Angle vs Michaels with Kensuke Sasaki and Nakajima vs Go Shiozaki and Kenta Kobashi in 2nd. I was live for Angle/Michaels and loved it. The tag was very good and the first sign that Shiozaki would be a star.
2006 - Benoit vs Finlay 5/5. Stiffness and headbutts baby.
(2005 and 2006 were really bad years for wrestling all around aside from Finlay being amazing on Smackdown)
2007 - New Hazard vs Typhoon vs Muscle Outlaw'z or Takashi Sasaki vs Yuko Miyamoto scaffold match. The 3 way tag was nuts with a fast pace and tons of big moves. The scaffold match had some huge bumps in it and made Miyamoto.
2008 - Floyd Mayweather vs The Big Show (being serious too). Props also have to be given for Jimmy Jacobs vs BJ Whitmer I-Quit from IWA-MS. Whitmer vs Jacobs was disgusting and was so violent. Those two got the best out of each other.
2009 - Yuko Miyamoto vs Masashi Takeda Scaffold Match or HBK/Taker and a small nudge to Azumi Hyuga vs Kayoko Haruyama. Hyuga/Haruyama was a classic but HBK/Taker was a huge match on the biggest stage and Miyamoto/Takeda pretty much did everything you could in a scaffold match without killing each other.
2010 - The Miz vs Jerry Lawler TLC match. For a big Memphis fan like me, this was gold. I really thought King was going to do it and the heat was off the charts.
2011 -CM Punk vs John Cena. Great heat with great work.
2012 - Tanahashi/Okada Dominion. Everything was just perfect here and it was obvious to me that it was the MOTY. Didn't like Suzuki/Tana as much, but it was very very good.
2013 - Ishii/Shibata 1 with Polvora vs Titan 1/1 coming in 2nd. I stopped regularly watching in September so if there's been something good since then, I didn't see it. Ishii/Shibata was just unreal with nasty strikes and intensity upped to 11. Titan/Polvora was well paced with traditional lucha, flashy moves and a dangerous head drop.
I haven't seen any wrestling this year really, so nothing from me for 2014. I saw maybe two Wyatt's/Shield matches but I work nights, so I miss everything.
Posted 22 November 2014 - 10:20 PM
1988: Jumbo vs Tenryu
1989: Tenryu/Hansen vs Baba/Kimura
1990: Jumbo vs Misawa I
1991: Jumbo/Fuchi/Taue vs Misawa/Kobashi/Kawada
1992: Misawa vs Kawada
1993: Misawa/Kobashi vs Kawada/Taue RWTL Final
1994: Misawa vs Kawada TC
1995: Misawa/Kobashi vs Kawada/Taue 6/9
1996: Misawa/Akiyama vs Kawada/Taue 12/6
1997: Misawa vs Kobashi 1/20
1998: Misawa/Kobashi 10/31
1999: Kobashi/Vader CC Final
2000: Kawada/Fuchi vs Nagata/Iizuka
2001: Misawa vs Takayama GHC Final
2002: Kawada/Mutoh TC
2003: Misawa vs Kobashi
2004: Kobashi vs Akiyama
2005: Kobashi/Shiozaki vs Sasaki/Nakajima
2006 KENTA vs Marufuji GHC Title
2007: KENTA/Ishimori vs Marufuji/Ibushi
2008: BattlArts 8-man
2009: Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
2010: Sugiura vs Takayama GHC
2011: Sugiura vs Shiozaki GHC
2012: Kota Ibushi vs Kenny Omega
2013: Kobashi retirement tag
Haven't seen enough from 2014 to feel comfortable listing a MOTY, though I really loved the Okada/Nakamura G1 final.
Posted 23 November 2014 - 11:12 AM
I'm keeping this to what I've watched since my return to wrestling earlier in 2014 (I'll probably update this along the way),
1951: Fred Kohler Enterprises: Chicago International Amphitheatre (01-01-1951) Buddy Rogers vs. Lou Thesz
1975: All Japan Pro Wrestling: Open Championship League ’75 – Day 10 (12-15-1975) Dory Funk Jr. vs. Horst Hoffman
1976: All Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Action Series ’76 (07-24-1976) Billy Robinson vs. Giant Baba
1980: Universal Wrestling Association: El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos (04-13-1980) Gran Hamada & Satoru Sayama vs. Perro Aguayo & Babe Face
1981: New Japan Pro Wrestling: Bloody Fight Series ’81 – Day 29 (09-23-1981) Stan Hansen vs. Andre the Giant
1982: New Japan Pro Wrestling: 5th Madison Square Garden Series (04-01-1982) Steve Wright vs. Tiger Mask
1983: Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre: Arena Mexico (11-25-1983) Atlantis & El Hijo del Santo vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Lobo Rubio
1984: Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre: Arena Mexico (03-02-1984) Herodes vs. Tony Salazar
1985: National Wrestling Alliance: Starrcade ’85 (11-28-1985) Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard
1986: World Wrestling Council: Anniversario ’86 – Day 1 (09-19-1986) Ron Starr vs. Invader #1
1987: World Wrestling Federation: WrestleMania III (03-29-1987) Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat
1988: All Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Action Series ’88 – Day 20 (07-27-1988) Stan Hansen vs. Genichiro Tenryu
1989: National Wrestling Alliance: Chi-Town Rumble (02-20-1989) Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair
1990: Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre: Super Viernes (06-01-1990) El Dandy vs. Ángel Azteca
1991: World Wrestling Federation: WrestleMania VII (03-24-1991) Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior
1992: World Championship Wrestling: WrestleWar ’92 (05-17-1992) Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Beautiful Bobby, Larry Zbyszko, Rick Rude, & Steve Austin) vs. Sting’s Squadron (Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Ricky Steamboat, & Sting)
1993: World Championship Wrestling: SuperBrawl III (02-21-1993) Big Van Vader vs. Sting
1994: World Wrestling Federation: WrestleMania X (03-20-1994) Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart
1995: New Japan Pro Wrestling: Battle Rush ’95 – Day 3 (04-16-1995) Lord Steven Regal vs. Shinya Hashimoto
1996: World Wrestling Federation: In Your House 10 (09-22-1996) Mankind vs. Shawn Michaels
1997: World Wrestling Federation: WrestleMania 13 (03-23-1997) Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart
1998: Extreme Championship Wrestling: Heat Wave ’98 (08-02-1998) Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka
1999: Extreme Championship Wrestling: November to Remember ’99 (11-07-1999) Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome
2000: World Wrestling Federation: Royal Rumble ’00 (01-23-2000) Cactus Jack vs. Triple H
2001: World Wrestling Federation: Unforgiven ’01 (09-23-2001) Kurt Angle vs. Steve Austin
2002: World Wrestling Entertainment: Unforgiven ’02 (09-22-2002) Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit
2003: World Wrestling Entertainment: Royal Rumble ’03 (01-19-2003) Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle
2004: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre: Guadalajara Domingos (04-18-2004) L.A. Park vs. Último Guerrero
2005: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre: On Televisa (02-25-2005) Último Guerrero vs. Místico
2006: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling: Genesis ’06 (11-19-2006) Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle
2007: World Wrestling Entertainment: Royal Rumble ’07 (01-28-2007) Umaga vs. John Cena
2008: Ring of Honor: Northern Navigation (07-25-2008) Claudio Castagnoli vs. Bryan Danielson
2011: Pro Wrestling Bushido: La Jaimica (10-16-2011) Timothy Thatcher vs. Fit Finlay
2012: All Pro Wrestling/Vendetta Pro Wrestling: Terror Dome ’12 (10-20-2012) Chris Masters vs. Timothy Thatcher
2013: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre: Domingos Arena Mexico (10-06-2013) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Virus
2014: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre: 81. Aniversario (09-19-2014) Atlantis vs. Último Guerrero
Posted 29 January 2015 - 09:32 PM
1986: Flair vs. Morton cage, 7/5.
2004: Guerrero vs. JBL, Judgment Day.
2005: Edge vs. Hardy cage, Unforgiven.
Posted 23 February 2015 - 07:59 PM
EDIT: deleted because I got tired of keeping track of them
Posted 23 February 2015 - 08:52 PM
For 2003, I highly recommend Kobashi vs Yoshinari Ogawa. It was my personal favorite match of the decade from Japan and just a super, super fun performance from both wrestlers. Kobashi is just at his best against a pure heel. Kawada vs Naoya Ogawa from Z-1 was MOTYC for me that year and was a terrific chaotic brawl.
2004 - I agree.
2005 - I recommend watching Kobashi/Taue vs Tenryu/Akiyama if you have not seen as that was just an awesome performance from all four people. Tenryu and Kobashi want to kill each other and Taue just owns it. Also, Ishikawa vs Ikeda from FUTEN if like ultra-stiff, ass-kicking shoot-style.
For 2006, I recommend Taue vs Akiyama for the GHC title as last great All Japan Pillars of Heaven singles match and Danielson vs KENTA was my runner up in what was a very weak year.
2007 - I agree with you.
2008 is all about the BattlArts resurgence my two favorites were Ishikawa, Sawa & Otsuka vs Ikeda, Usuda & Super Tiger II, Battlarts July 26th & Ishikawa & Sawa vs Hara & Super Tiger II, Battlarts November 16th
2009 - Fujita Hayato Jr had a crazy awesome year. His best match was against Kanemoto, but check out his match with Sasuke too. The only other contender for me is KENTA vs Kotaro Suzuki, which is awesome chickenshit heel performance from Suzuki and then a great asskicker performances from KENTA.
2014 - Tanahashi vs Nakamura 4/6 Invasion attack and Styles vs Suzuki G-1 Climax. Other would recommend Nakamura vs Okada, which I thought was excellent, but a step below those two.
Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:08 AM
This list was long overdue for an update, so I finally added selections for 2014 and 2015. I also changed a few of the selections from previous years. As always, all selections are subject to change.
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