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2019 WWE Matches of the Year.

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Due an update. I'm doing this now as I'm hopeful for NXT TakeOver: WarGames III and Survivor Series this weekend:

2019 WWE MOTY

1. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate. NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, 31st August. *****

2. Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton. WWE Elimination Chamber, 17th February.

3. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton. WWE Smackdown Live, 12th February.

4. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston. WWE WrestleMania XXXV, 7th April.

5. Bobby Fish/Kyle O’Reilly vs. Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder. WWE NXT TV, 13th November.

6. Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong. WWE NXT TakeOver: XXV, 1st June.

7. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks. WWE Hell in a Cell, 6th October.

8. Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks. WWE Royal Rumble, 27th January.

9. Aleister Black vs. Cesaro. WWE Extreme Rules, 14th July.

10. Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor. WWE Royal Rumble, 27th January. 

2019 WWE TV MOTY

1. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate. NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, 31st August. *****

2. Bobby Fish/Kyle O’Reilly vs. Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder. WWE NXT TV, 13th November.

3. Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy. WWE Smackdown Live, 13th August.

4. Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong. WWE NXT TakeOver: XXV, 1st June.

5. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade. WWE Smackdown Live, 22nd January.

6. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio. WWE Smackdown Live, 15th January.

7. Io Shirai vs. Mia Yim. WWE NXT TV, 13th November.

8. The Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle. WWE NXT TakeOver: New York, 5th April.

9. Roderick Strong/Kyle O'Reilly vs. Hanson/Rowe. WWE NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, 26th January.

10. Ricochet/Velveteen Dream/Aleister Black vs. Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano/Adam Cole. WWE Halftime Heat, 3rd February.

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Update before the Survivor Series:

2019 WWE MOTY

1. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate. NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, 31st August. *****

2. Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton. WWE Elimination Chamber, 17th February.

3. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton. WWE Smackdown Live, 12th February.

4. Rhea Ripley/Candace LeRae/Dakota Kai/Tegan Knox vs. Shayna Baszler/Bianca Belair/Kay Lee Ray/Io Shirai. NXT TakeOver: WarGames III, 23rd November.

5. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston. WWE WrestleMania XXXV, 7th April.

6. Bobby Fish/Kyle O’Reilly vs. Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder. WWE NXT TV, 13th November.

7. Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong. WWE NXT TakeOver: XXV, 1st June.

8. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks. WWE Hell in a Cell, 6th October.

9. Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks. WWE Royal Rumble, 27th January.

10. Aleister Black vs. Cesaro. WWE Extreme Rules, 14th July.

2019 WWE TV MOTY

1. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate. NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, 31st August. *****

2. Rhea Ripley/Candace LeRae/Dakota Kai/Tegan Knox vs. Shayna Baszler/Bianca Belair/Kay Lee Ray/Io Shirai. NXT TakeOver: WarGames III, 23rd November.

3. Bobby Fish/Kyle O’Reilly vs. Scott Dawson/Dash Wilder. WWE NXT TV, 13th November.

4. Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong. WWE NXT TakeOver: XXV, 1st June.

5. Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy. WWE Smackdown Live, 13th August.

6. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade. WWE Smackdown Live, 22nd January.

7. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio. WWE Smackdown Live, 15th January.

8. Io Shirai vs. Mia Yim. WWE NXT TV, 13th November.

9. The Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle. WWE NXT TakeOver: New York, 5th April.

10. Roderick Strong/Kyle O'Reilly vs. Hanson/Rowe. WWE NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, 26th January.

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  1. Tyler Bate vs. WALTER - Takeover Cardiff 8/31
  2. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks - Hell in the Cell 10/6
  3. Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks - Royal Rumble 1/27
  4. Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar - Royal Rumble 1/27
  5. Rhea Ripley, Candice Lerae, Tegan Nox, & Dakota Kai vs. Shayna Bazsler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, & Kay Lee Ray - NXT War Games 11/23
  6. Asuka vs. Charlotte - SDL 3/25
  7. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch - Royal Rumble 1/27
  8. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade Cien Almas -  SDL 1/15
  9. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade Cien Almas - SDL 1/22 
  10. Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan - Wrestlemania 35 4/7
  11. Chad Gable vs. Jack Gallagher - 205Live 7/16
  12. AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins - MITB 5/19
  13. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey - Wrestlemania 35 4/7
  14. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles - Elimination Chamber 2/26
  15. Rollins/Orton/Drew/Ricochet/Owens vs. Ciampa/WALTER/Lee/Riddle/Dijakovic vs. Roman/Corbin/Ali/Gable/Braun  - Survivor Series 11/24
  16. Pete Dunne vs. WALTER - Takeover: New York 4/5
  17. Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus - Summerslam 8/11
  18. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya Neidhart - Summerslam 8/11
  19. Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae - Takeover Toronto 8/10
  20. Trent Seven vs. WALTER - NXT UK 7/24
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WWE's annual top ten MOTY so *SPOILER ALERT* as tags are playing up on my tablet:

WWE Network News reported that this is the match list for WWE's Top 10 Matches of 2019 special that will air on the Network starting at 3:25 p.m. Eastern time on Monday:

  1. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (WrestleMania 35)
  2. Hell in a Cell match: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell)
  3. Two-out-of-three falls match: Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole (NXT TakeOver: New York)
  4. Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles (Money in the Bank)
  5. Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (Royal Rumble)
  6. Money in the Bank ladder match: Randy Orton vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Andrade vs. Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor vs. Ricochet (Money in the Bank)
  7. Pete Dunne vs. WALTER (NXT TakeOver: New York)
  8. Elimination Chamber match: Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Elimination Chamber)
  9. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (WrestleMania 35)
  10. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (SummerSlam)

WWE's #1 is my #5. Criminal WALTER/Tyler Bate from NXT TakeOver: Cardiff isn't there. Interesting that only two NXT matches make the cut. 2019 won't go down as a truly great year like 2015 and 2018.

Happy Sasha Banks' matches with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey are included. The Elimination Chamber match should be a lot higher, after 10 years it knocked off the RAW Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out 2009 as the best Elimination Chamber match. The gauntlet match involving those six on the pre Smackdown Live Elimination Chamber 2019 show should be here. Same goes for the Women's WarGames. No tag team matches made the cut. Makes me and Teddy Long sad.

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The list is ok I guess. Dunne had my least favorite matches with WALTER out of British Strong Style. I'd have taken Bate's or Seven's matches over it. I'm not shocked it was named though since Dunne is the one from that group they want to sell. 

Honestly the NXTs kind of got screwed. The lack of Bate/WALTER is a noticeable snub to NXT UK. The lack of Rhea/Shayna or the women's War games is a noticeable snub to NXT's women's division. Those three matches were better than both of the Takeover New York matches included. Kind of shocked they didn't try to sneak in any of the Lee/Dijakovic matches.

Rollins/AJ is an odd case of a forgettable great match. Like its easily an arguable top ten, but man was there a lot more from this year I would rather go out of my way to see. Like I probably enjoyed both of Brock matches more despite the AJ match probably being better. I wish they had chosen the Balor match as far as Brock matches go.

Banks' matches with Rousey and Becky placing is good. The lack of Asuka/Becky is disappointing. Out of the great women's matches WWE had this year I think the WM triple threat was easily the weakest. War Games, Rhea/Shayna, Becky/Asuka, Becky/Sasha, & Sasha/Rousey were all better.

MITB placing is probably the most egregious choice on the list. It really doesn't belong at all. Even Gargano/Cole had the epic deal behind though i'm mostly mixed on it. I at least appreciate that the chose the best of their three big matches.

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I don't make lists for wrestling matches, cos I rarely if ever rewatch wrestling  matches, but Lio Rush vs Angel Garza would be high on mine if I did, it was phenomenal. 15 minutes of pure joy.

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I think they could come up with a worse list.

It has something from Kofimania up top, and probably my personal WWE MOTY, so that's fine. And they have the Elimination Chamber match on there, which would be high on my list for similar reasons. There was little in WWE this year that was more emotionally resonant than that run up to Mania for Kofi. Three of my top five would probably be Kofimania stuff if I felt compelled to put together my own list this year.

Less NXT stuff is fine as I normally find it over-represented on these lists. Cole-Gargano is not something I enjoyed, but they're billed as top stars and a lot of other people seemed to enjoy those matches so it is what it is. The UK brand deserved some recognition, and I don't mind that the Bate match missed the cut. The Dunne match was pretty good from what I recall. I guess I'd have chosen the Women's Wargames over any of these.

They tend to like getting some top stars on these lists, and I think the top-ranked matches for both Becky and Seth are about right. Neither are all-time classics, but both are fine main event level matches. That curb stump/Styles clash counter was pretty slick.

Surprised there's nothing with Roman on the list, but there's very little you could credibly slip into a top ten. For a top 25, I can name at least a couple matches.

Beyond that, I have a handful of personal favourite matches from 205 Live or the weekly UK show, but I understand why they'd want more star power on their Network marathon show. It's fine for what it is. 

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just realized I hadn't been on this thread all year, but here's a list! I loved that second Garza/Rush match so much:

1. Matt Riddle vs. Velveteen Dream, 4/5, Takeover: Brooklyn
2. Tyler Bate vs. Walter, 8/31, Takeover: Cardiff
3. Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan, 4/7, Wrestlemania
4. Sasha Banks vs. Ronda Rousey, 1/27, Royal Rumble
5. Lio Rush vs. Angel Garza 12/10, NXT TV
6. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Andrade Cien Almas, 1/15, Smackdown
7. Kassius Ohno vs. Jack Gallagher, 5/29, NXTUK TV
8. Pete Dunne vs. Walter, 4/5, Takeover: Brooklyn
9. Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet, 1/26, Takeover: Phoenix
10. Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black, & Ricochet vs. Adam Cole, Tomasso Ciampa, & Johnny Gargano, 2/3, Halftime Heat
11. Asuka vs. Charlotte, 3/26, Smackdown
12. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks, 10/6, Hell in the Cell
13. The Revival vs. The Undisputed Era, 11/20, NXT TV
14. Matt Riddle vs. Drew Gulak, 2/6, NXT TV
15. Rhea Ripley, Candace LeRae, Tegan Nox, and Dakota Kai vs. Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca BelAir, and Kay Lee Ray, 11/23, Takeover: War Games
16. Lio Rush vs. Hector Garza, 11/13, NXT TV
17. Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar, 1/27, Royal Rumble
18. Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler, 6/26, NXT TV
19. Chad Gable vs. Jack Gallagher, 7/16, 205 Live
20. Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest, 11/6, NXT TV
21. Street Profits vs. the Undisputed Era, 10/2 NXT TV
22. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch, 9/15, Clash of Champions
23. Velveteen Dream vs. Johnny Gargano, 2/20, NXT TV
24. Finn Balor vs. Andrade Cien Almas, 4/15, Raw
25. Io Shirai vs. Candace LeRae, 8/10, Takeover: Toronto

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Charlotte/Asuka 3/26 was probably my personal favorite WWE match of the year. That and the early Rey/Andrade series was good stuff. Glad to see Charlotte/Asuka get some love in the list above, but sad it's not recognized by WWE, or really any of their matches. I'd also throw some love to Charlotte/Trish as that feels like an already forgotten gem of a match.  I had forgot about Styles/Rollins MITB but mention of the finish reminded me that was memorable. I think #2 is way high for Sasha/Becky, but it was far and away Beckys best match so it deserves mention.

WWE.com went ahead and did the full Top 25 as well, top 10 is the same as listed above.

25. Roman Reigns & The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre - No Holds Barred Match (Extreme Rules, 7/14/19)
24. Rey Mysterio vs. Cesaro (RAW, 5/13/19)
23. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley - Last Man Standing Match (Extreme Rules, 7/14/19)
22. Drew McIntyre vs. Cedric Alexander (RAW, 8/12/19)
21. Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic (NXT, 9/25/19)
20. Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy (Smackdown, 8/13/19)
19. Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle (NXT Takeover: New York, 4/5/19)
18. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. The IIconics vs. the Riott Squad vs. Carmella & Naomi - Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber, 2/17/19)
17. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate (NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff, 8/31/19)
16. Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery vs. New Day (Extreme Rules, 7/14/19)
15. Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: Phoenix, 1/26/19)
14. RAW vs. Smackdown vs. NXT - Men's Survivor Series Match (Survivor Series, 11/24/19)
13. Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali (Fastlane, 3/10/19)
12. Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne (Survivor Series, 11/24/19)
11. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade - 2/3 Falls Match (Smackdown, 1/22/19)
10. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (SummerSlam, 8/11/19)
9. Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 35, 4/7/19)
8. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe - Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber, 2/17/19)
7. Pete Dunne vs. WALTER (NXT Takeover: New York, 4/5/19)
6. Men's Money in the Bank Match (Money in the Bank, 5/19/19)
5. Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (Royal Rumble, 1/25/19)
4. Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles (Money in the Bank, 5/19/19)
3. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano - 2/3 Falls Match (NXT Takeover: New York, 4/5/19)
2. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch - Hell in a Cell Match (Hell in a Cell, 10/6/19)
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (WrestleMania 35, 4/7/19)


 

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WWE's MOTY lists are more about putting over their biggest shows than the best matches. That's how you get Walter/Dunne from Mania weekend over Walter/Bate, or Bryan/Kofi as #1 when just off the top of my head, Bryan/KO/Ali from the month before was noticeably better, and neither match would be top 10 for me. The goal is to pretend the best matches happen on the biggest shows so more people will watch them. Any attempt to discern meaning beyond that or to discuss them seriously is a fool's errand.

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Posted (edited)
On 12/30/2019 at 9:05 PM, DreamBroken said:

Charlotte/Asuka 3/26 was probably my personal favorite WWE match of the year. That and the early Rey/Andrade series was good stuff. Glad to see Charlotte/Asuka get some love in the list above, but sad it's not recognized by WWE, or really any of their matches. I'd also throw some love to Charlotte/Trish as that feels like an already forgotten gem of a match.  I had forgot about Styles/Rollins MITB but mention of the finish reminded me that was memorable. I think #2 is way high for Sasha/Becky, but it was far and away Beckys best match so it deserves mention.

WWE.com went ahead and did the full Top 25 as well, top 10 is the same as listed above.

 

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25. Roman Reigns & The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre - No Holds Barred Match (Extreme Rules, 7/14/19)
24. Rey Mysterio vs. Cesaro (RAW, 5/13/19)
23. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley - Last Man Standing Match (Extreme Rules, 7/14/19)
22. Drew McIntyre vs. Cedric Alexander (RAW, 8/12/19)
21. Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic (NXT, 9/25/19)
20. Roman Reigns vs. Buddy Murphy (Smackdown, 8/13/19)
19. Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle (NXT Takeover: New York, 4/5/19)
18. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. The IIconics vs. the Riott Squad vs. Carmella & Naomi - Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber, 2/17/19)
17. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate (NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff, 8/31/19)
16. Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery vs. New Day (Extreme Rules, 7/14/19)
15. Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: Phoenix, 1/26/19)
14. RAW vs. Smackdown vs. NXT - Men's Survivor Series Match (Survivor Series, 11/24/19)
13. Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali (Fastlane, 3/10/19)
12. Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne (Survivor Series, 11/24/19)
11. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade - 2/3 Falls Match (Smackdown, 1/22/19)
10. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (SummerSlam, 8/11/19)
9. Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 35, 4/7/19)
8. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe - Elimination Chamber Match (Elimination Chamber, 2/17/19)
7. Pete Dunne vs. WALTER (NXT Takeover: New York, 4/5/19)
6. Men's Money in the Bank Match (Money in the Bank, 5/19/19)
5. Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (Royal Rumble, 1/25/19)
4. Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles (Money in the Bank, 5/19/19)
3. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano - 2/3 Falls Match (NXT Takeover: New York, 4/5/19)
2. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch - Hell in a Cell Match (Hell in a Cell, 10/6/19)
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (WrestleMania 35, 4/7/19)

 


 

Thanks for posting the expanded list. WALTER vs. Tyler Bate should be higher but we've gone through that. No Undisputed Era vs. The Revival on NXT TV, 13th November is a shameful snub. Same goes for the Women's WarGames match and the Gauntlet match involving the Elimination Chamber participants. Wasn't a fan of the Gargano/Cole series.

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WWE Backstage did their own top 5 which was slightly different from the previous. Same top 2 and #4, but had the men's chamber match at #3 and the first Andrade/Rey from 1/15 SD at #5.

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