All Things Combat - Top 10 Best Moments Of 2019
We go from the worst moments of 2019 to the BEST moments of 2019! Every year, wrestling will always have its ups and downs so since we've already covered the downs, let's start covering the ups of the year. Here are the Top 10 Best Wrestling Moments of 2019!
10) WWE Introduces Women Tag Team Titles
This was a big deal for the women of WWE. We've seen the women tear it up over the past few years during what was known as the Women's Revolution and they still are to this day. Women have been making history as of late, and these titles add to their history making establishments. Sasha Banks and Bayley have been apparently approaching the WWE executes for a while about the creation of these titles and once they made the green light for them, history was to be made yet again. We've seen quite a few teams held the titles and even though they've been some underwhelming runs, it's still pretty cool to see Women's Tag Championships in the WWE.
9) Kota Ibushi Wins The G1 Climax
This was a moment I've been waiting to see for a long time! Ibushi's been competing in the G1 for ages and each year I've always wondered when his time would come. That would occur this year when he defeated Jay White in the finals and rightfully gained the opportunity to compete for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at WrestleKingdom 14. Only thing about this that was a bummer was I wish Kenny Omega was still in New Japan and was the IWGP Champion right now. THAT'S a match I would've loved to see on the big stage. Ibushi vs Omega for the IWGP Championship at WrestleKingdom?? That would've been awesome! Nevertheless, Ibushi totally deserved to win the tournament and can't wait to see him battle Okada at the big event next month.
8) Jushin Thunder Liger announces his retirement
Now a wrestler retiring isn't exactly the "best" moment, but for a man whose had a lengthy, legendary career like Jushin Liger I would say he rightfully deserves it. Liger's been in the game since the 80s and has absolutely NOT shown any signs of slowing down. It's amazing how he can still go at his age and if he wanted to, he could continue to wrestle for many years. Just like every other wrestler, there comes a time where they must hang up the boots and that's exactly what Liger plans to do after WrestleKingdom. Liger is a legend and will go down as one of the greats in this business.
7) Hiromu Takahashi Returns
It was last year at NJPW's G1 Special where Hiromu Takahashi broke his neck in a match against Dragon Lee. His injury was so bad that we didn't even know if he would ever wrestle again. He was gone for a full year and at NJPW Power Struggle, he made his triumphant return by confronting the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay! Takahashi praised Ospreay for being the strongest Jr. Heavyweight wrestler today, then wasted no time by challenging him for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship at WrestleKingdom 14!
6) Kurt Angle Retires
After 20 long years in the game, Kurt Angle officially decided to hang up the boots with a Farewell Match against Baron Corbin at Wrestlemania 35. Even though the buildup was underwhelming, the match itself wasn't so bad and Kurt even decided to do a Moonsault for the final time. He put Corbin over though and then celebrated with the thousands of fans in attendance and the millions watching at home after a long successful career in pro wrestling. Kurt will indeed go down as one of the greatest wrestlers of this generation.
5) The Fiend Debuts
It's been a long time since we've seen a character who's completely dark, completely evil in WWE and Bray Wyatt would do just that this year. Around Spring time, we began seeing this little segment called the Firefly Funhouse and fans didn't know what to think of it at first. Then as the weeks went on, each episode started getting more interesting and we began seeing a completely different side of Bray Wyatt. Bray was bringing someone special to WWE, and that someone turned out to be The Fiend! Debuting at Summerslam, The Fiend would destroy Finn Bàlor and ever since then, he's been dominating the WWE. This character is so refreshing, so damn terrifying as well. Bray has a interesting creative mind and he's showing it very well with this new character. Currently, The Fiend is one of the hottest acts in the whole company. That's high praise for Bray, showing his creativity in full affect.
4) Women Main Eventing Wrestlemania
This is still a big deal for the women of WWE. Over the past 3 decades, Wrestlemania has always produced the highest level main events for them to be remembered for eternity. Never did any of them ever featured the women, and almost everybody thought that would never happen. History was made at Wrestlemania 35 as Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey main evented the show! Even though it should've been just Lynch vs Rousey, this match was still a top match and concluded with a feel good moment as Becky Lynch became the Undisputed Women's Champion! I'm sure we'll see more women main events in the future, but this night will always be remembered for ages.
3) Kofi Kingston Wins The WWE Championship
Kofi Kingston had a hell of a beginning in 2019 that started with his inclusion in the Elimination Chamber Match, replacing a injured Mustafa Ali. He didn't come out on top, but his performance sure had fans wanting to see him in the title picture. Since Wrestlemania was approaching, fans started a movement to get Kofi a Championship Match at the PPV and make history by becoming the first 100% African American WWE Champion. Kofi would go through several obstacles on order to get his title match and then went on to defeat Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania!! Kofi celebrates with his New Day brothers and with his family in the ring and this moment will be remembered for a long time as a special Wrestlemania Moment.
2) The Arrival Of AEW
On October 2nd, 2019, pro wrestling would become ALL ELITE! For the past year, we were witnessing a new breed of wrestling as Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks were ready to bring us wrestling fans something new to the table. After the big success of All In last year in September, those three guys had a vision. Of course they wanted to duplicate All In, but this time they want to go bigger. They wanted to change the world and they did just that on January 1st by announcing the launch of All Elite Wrestling! Throughout the year, it's been a big preparation for these guys as they would sign amazing talents and put on big shows as as Double or Nothing in May and even All Out in August. October 2nd was when we finally got to see the arrival of AEW and man, it really is a breath of fresh air! Every episode so far as been between good and great with some quality matches and well told stories inside the ring. The company's going to get bigger from here and hopefully could bring in more audiences as long as they continue to put on some great shows.
1) Roman Reigns announces Leukaemia Remission
Once I started writing this list, I already knew this would me #1. How could it not be? It was in October of 2018 that Roman Reigns made the shocking announcement of his returning Leukemia diagnosis. Fans and colleagues were stunned, as one of the company's top stars even went through such a serious condition like this. Roman was the Universal Champion at the time and had to relinquish the title due to his upcoming treatment. Roman would be gone for about 4 months til his return to the company in February of this year. We hadn't heard much from Roman leading to his return so we were awaiting to hear how the process of his treatment was going. After taking some time to thank each and every one of his family, friends, and fans, Roman would then announce that he's in remission! This was a big deal for the Big Dog and it still is. Roman was ready to come back to the ring and he would do just that at WWE Fastlane by teaming with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Roman has not missed a beat since he's return and this moment will remain as one of the triumphant returns in modern WWE history.