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#1 tim

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 08:19 PM

Will update at the end of each month, listing matches I feel are particular worthy of MOTYC recognition.

 

November finished:

 

  1. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 12/06/96)
  2. Shinjiro Otani vs El Samurai (NJPW New Year Special 01/21/96)
  3. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 11/29/96)
  4. El Hijo del Santo & Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr vs El Dandy & Negro Casas & Hector Garza (CMLL 11/29/96)
  5. El Hijo del Santo vs Negro Casas vs El Dandy (CMLL 12/06/96)
  6. Steve Williams vs Akira Taue (AJPW 04/20/96)
  7. Bret Hart vs Steve Austin (WWF Survivor Series 11/17/96) 
  8. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (AJPW 06/07/96)
  9. Shawn Michaels vs Mankind (WWF Mind Games 09/22/96)
  10. Great Sasuke & Gran Hamada & Super Delphin & Gran Naniwa & Masato Yakushiji vs Dick Togo & Mens Teoh & Taka Michinoku & Shiryu & Shoichi Funaki (Michinoku Pro 12/16/96)
  11. Wild Pegasus vs Black Tiger (NJPW 06/11/96)
  12. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 05/23/96)
  13. Stan Hansen vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 09/05/96)
  14. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (AJPW 11/22/96)
  15. Genichiro Tenryu vs Great Muta (WAR 10/11/96)
  16. Nobuhiko Takada vs Genichiro Tenryu (WAR 12/13/96)
  17. Kenta Kobashi vs Akira Taue (AJPW 07/24/96) 
  18. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (AJPW 09/05/96)
  19. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW 07/09/96)
  20. Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyota (FMW 05/05/96)
  21. Shane Douglas vs 2 Cold Scorpio (ECW Matter of Respect 05/11/96)
  22. Gran Hamada & Super Delfin & Tiger Mask IV & Gran Naniwa & Masato Yakushiji vs Dick Togo & Mens Teoh & Shiryu & Taka Michinoku & Shoichi Funaki (Michinoku Pro 10/10/96)
  23. El Hijo del Santo & Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr vs Negro Casas & El Dandy & Hector Garza (CMLL 11/22/96)
  24. Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura (RINGS 09/25/96)
  25. Ultimo Dragon vs Shinjiro Otani (NJPW J*Crown 08/05/96)
  26. El Dandy vs Black Warrior (CMLL 11/02/96)
  27. Shawn Michaels vs Diesel (WWF Good Friends Better Enemies 04/28/96)
  28. Jushin Liger vs Dick Togo (NJPW Skydiving J 06/17/96)
  29. Aja Kong vs Kyoko Inoue (AJW 08/30/96)
  30. Nobuhiko Takada & Masahito Kakihara vs Tatsumi Fujinami & Yoshiaki Fujiwara (UWFI 06/26/96)
  31. Jushin Liger v Great Muta (New Japan, 10/20/96)
  32. Rob Van Dam vs Doug Furnas (ECW Natural Born Killaz 08/24/96)
  33. Cactus Jack vs Mikey Whipwreck (ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash 03/09/96)
  34. Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask IV & Shiryu vs Taka Michinoku & Super Delphin & Gran Naniwa (Michinoku Pro 03/16/96)
  35. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs Steve Williams & Johnny Ace (AJPW 11/16/96)
  36. El Hijo del Santo & Atlantis & El Dandy & Lizmark vs Blue Panther & Felino & Dr Wagner Jr & Negro Casas (CMLL 03/15/96)
  37. Jushin Liger vs Shinjiro Otani (NJPW 03/17/96)
  38. Keiji Muto vs Shiro Koshinaka (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/05/96)
  39. Ultimo Dragon vs Great Sasuke (WAR 10/11/96)
  40. Dynamite Kansai & Kanako Motoya vs Mayumi Ozaki & Reiko Amano (JWP 06/16/96)
  41. Yuki Ishikawa & Alexander Otsuka vs Daisuke Ikeda & Takeshi Ono (BattlARTS 10/30/96)
  42. Jushin Liger & El Samurai & Gran Hamada vs Shinjiro Otani & Koji Kanemoto & Taka Michinoku (NJPW 04/05/96)
  43. Genchiro Tenryu vs Yoji Anjo (WAR 07/21/96)
  44. Chris Jericho v Shane Douglas v 2 Cold Scorpio v Pitbull #2 (ECW, 7/13/96)
  45. Shinya Hashimoto & Junji Hirata vs Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka (NJPW 06/12/96)
  46. Volk Han vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (RINGS 08/24/96)
  47. Jushin Liger vs Black Tiger (NJPW 06/12/96)
  48. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Toshiaki Kawada & Johnny Ace & Gary Albright (AJPW 04/20/96)
  49. El Dandy & Atlantis & Hector Garza vs Apolo Dantes & Dr Wagner Jr & El Felino (CMLL June 1996)
  50. Rey Misterio Jr & Ultimo Dragon vs Heavy Metal & Psicosis (World Wrestling Peace Festival 06/01/96)
  51. Nobuhiko Takada vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW Battle Formation 04/29/96)
  52. Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 05/24/96)
  53. Steven Regal vs Fit Finlay (WCW Saturday Night 04/27/96)

  54. Steve Austin vs Marc Mero (WWF King of the Ring 06/23/96)

  55. Steven Regal vs Fit Finlay (WCW Uncensored 03/24/96)
  56. Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 03/31/96)
  57. Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue (AJPW 03/31/96)
  58. Shinya Hashimoto & Junji Hirata vs Yoji Anjo & Yoshihiro Takayama (NJPW Fighting Spirit 02/25/96)
  59. El Dandy, El Hijo del Santo & Silver King vs Negro Casas, Apolo Dantes & El Satanico (CMLL 02/10/96)
  60. Shawn Michaels vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley (WWF Monday Night RAW 05/13/96)


#2 Timbo Slice

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:38 PM

This is going to be fun because I feel like 1996 might have the toughest decision for MOTY of the 1990s.



#3 PeteF3

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

Looking over my Yearbook-based list...the 10/10 These Days Michinoku Pro match is widely considered one of the greatest and most definitive lucha-puroresu spot-fu matches ever. That's my 3rd-most-favorite MPro match of 1996. Finished at #10 overall. So yeah, a loaded year.



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:33 PM

Update for February.

I'm enjoying the year so far but man does 1999 smoke 1996 for the first two months, which definitely isn't the consensus perception of 90s years.



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:34 PM

Well, 1996 exploded in March. Tons of great matches, WWF TV got better and WCW TV had some good stuff too. Nice variety. Clearly, I like Cactus/Mikey more than just about everyone.



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:20 PM

Updated for April. 1996 has really heated up these last two months. Lots of good matches and angles.



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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:48 PM

Updated for May. Lots of good wrestling again this month and the biggest angle of the year starts at the tail end.



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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:49 PM

Updated for June. What a month! Great wrestling and the NWO angle is starting up. Has to be the best month yet.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:46 PM

Updated for July.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:23 PM

Updated for August.



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Posted 01 February 2018 - 04:55 PM

Updated for September.



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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:43 PM

Updated for October. This list is beginning to look truly outrageous, and November and December are when the real big bombs start dropping.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 05:32 PM

Well, November was absolutely fucking insane.



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Posted 30 May 2018 - 04:15 PM

FINISHED. Well .... 1996 is a hard year to beat.






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