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#1 Microstatistics

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

I was looking through my top rated matches from this decade and noticed some recurring names. A really, really rough draft:

 

1. Black Terry

2. Brock Lesnar

3. Minoru Suzuki

4. Daniel Bryan

5. Kazuchika Okada

6. Jun Akiyama

7. AJ Styles

8. Negro Casas

9. Io Shirai

10. Dick Togo

 

Honorable Mentions: Tetsuya Naito, Sasha Banks, Asuka, Rey Hechicero 



#2 shodate

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:14 PM

10  Ken oh 

9  Kimura Hana  

8 KAORU 

7 Suzuki Hedeki 

6 Fujiwara 

5 Black Terry 

4  Golden Magic 

3    Bryan 

2  Suzuki Minoru 

1 Nakajima Arisa 

 

Honorable  Mentions 

Brock  

Io 

Togo 

Nakamura 

Joe Doring 

Miyahara

Suigura 

Tanahashi 

Shibata 

Naito 

Takashita[ i hate DDT ] 

Ishikawa

Ishii  

Carvanario  



#3 concrete1992

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:25 AM

In no order:

  • Daniel Bryan
  • Virus
  • Negro Casas
  • Sami Callihan
  • Cesaro
  • AJ Styles
  • Timothy Thatcher
  • Chris Hero

Will try to expand on some of these folks. Admittedly, while I probably wouldn't have AJ as my #1 for any single year, he's active and very good-great throughout the entire decade. A lot of the other top contenders disappear for awhile. 



#4 Matt D

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:29 AM

Re: Casas:

Based on footage, who else can be one of the best in the world in four decades?

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:32 AM

In no particular order:

Kento Miyahara

AJ Styles

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Masaaki Mochizuki

Daniel Bryan/Danielson

Shuji Ishikawa

Katsuori Shibata

Brock Lesnar, even though he has had some very poor recent performances

Those are the guys who came to mind first, some I was unsure about or have only seen a small amount fron would be:

John Cena

Io shrai

KANA/Asuka

#6 concrete1992

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:37 AM

Re: Casas:

Based on footage, who else can be one of the best in the world in four decades?

 

Does Casas really have that much of a case in the 1980s?



#7 Matt D

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:48 AM

 

Re: Casas:

Based on footage, who else can be one of the best in the world in four decades?

 

Does Casas really have that much of a case in the 1980s?

 

 

Based on footage? Probably not until 87, no. I suppose "touching four decades" would be more accurate.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:01 AM

Wasn't meant to dismiss Casas as he's a legit contender for 90s and 2010s (could be 2000s but haven't seen the footage) and has one of the great matches of the 80s. 

 

The more I think about it, the more I think Liger is at least an honorable mention for this decade.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:23 AM

Okada, Tanahashi, Shuji Ishikawa, Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles and Io Shirai are the names that immediately come to mind.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:15 AM

In no order and the first ones that come to mind:

 

A.J. Styles

Daniel Bryan

Tomohiro Ishii

Tetsuya Naito

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Kazuchika Okada

Chris Hero

Kota Ibushi



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:35 AM

Cesaro and Hero are the two that come to mind to me, right off the bat. Both have been great the entire time and have had years as the best in the world.



#12 Boss Rock

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:37 AM

I think Roman Reigns comes into consideration as well. Doesn't really have anything until end of 2013, but lots of great Shield tags from then till 2014, two great singles matches in 2015, and tons of bangers in 2016 and 2017.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:39 AM

Virus

Dr. Cerebro

Bryan Danielson

CM Punk (yes...I think his 2011-2014 run is good enough for this list)

Aerostar

Ultimo Guerrero

Tanahashi (he's been in far more good than bad...and his good has been good enough to break into a list that really isn't top heavy at all)

AJ Styles

Black Terry

Negro Navarro



#14 Mrzfn

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 01:41 PM

Io Shirai is an awesome call.

 

This could be recency bias, but is there a case for WALTER? I know his most pimped stuff has come in the last few years but he's been quietly working top matches in Europe since the beginning of the decade. I have a feeling a deep dive could reveal a lot more great stuff for him. I also think, if he continues on his current path, the next two years will make an even stronger case.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:54 PM

Would anyone count Rey Mysterio? with him being outside the WWE bubble and hitting a ton of places and a variety of opponents along with his experience I'd say I'd throw him in.



#16 Mrzfn

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:57 PM

Having basically nothing of value in 2012-14 hurts his case (correct me if I'm wrong, anyone) but if he continues having high quality bouts for the next two years then I could see him in the conversation.



#17 Jmare007

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:06 PM

The lack of Daisuke Sekimoto in everyone's lists hurts my soul.



#18 Mad Dog

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:06 PM

In no order and the first ones that come to mind:

 

A.J. Styles

Daniel Bryan

Tomohiro Ishii

Tetsuya Naito

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Kazuchika Okada

Chris Hero

Kota Ibushi

 

I don't know if it was this decade but Ibushi got an almost *** match out of a blowup doll in DDT. I could see an easy argument for him being worker of the decade when all is said and done.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

No love for John Cena? Great decade for matches and promos from the guy.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:57 PM

Kenny Omega deserves some love. Forget the whole 6 stars deal, he's a very ballsy and creative worker who's been involved in a number of great matches in a wide variety of settings throughout the decade.

 

Meiko Satomura has also quietly assembled an impressive resume of low-key MOTYC's throughout the decade.






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