All Things Combat- Top 10 Matches Of 2019
2019 featured some great wrestling matches. Matches that would be remembered for a long time and even though there was a ton of great bouts this year, I've managed to come up with 10 best matches of the entire year! Trust me, this list wasn't easy at all. Took a lot of time to think about and now I finally get to share it with you guys. Here's the countdown of the Top 10 Pro Wrestling Matches of 2019!
10) Will Ospreay Vs. Kota Ibushi (NJPW Wrestlekingdom 13)
This match had a mixture of styles. High flying, brawling, technical, but most of all strong style! Ospreay, in my opinion, is one of the top 5 wrestlers of 2019 and this match proves just that. Ibushi and Ospreay would link up for the NEVER Openweight Title and tore it up from bell to bell. The main spot of the match was honestly the conclusion where Ospreay absolutely destroyed Ibushi with a big elbow shot to the back of his head, giving him a concussion as a result. The match itself was great, possibly one of the beat matches on that WrestleKingdom show.
9) Adam Cole Vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover XXV)
Quite possibly one of the best Takeover matches in the history of NXT. Johnny Gargano has been Johnny Takeover for a long time now as he continuously delivered great matches at almost every Takeover he's been in and this match was no different whatsoever. Adam Cole's been on a roll himself and it was always a matter of when he was going to get his shot at the NXT Championship. The two did battle at Takeover: New York over Wrestlemania weekend for the title when it was vacant at the time, but this match I would say topped their first encounter. Gargano and Cole pulled out all of the stops to have what was a fantastic main event that ended with Cole coming out on top, winning the NXT Championship for the first time and ending Gargano's reign just after one title defense
8) Kenny Omega Vs. Jon Moxley (AEW Full Gear)
Not exactly a great wrestling match, but this match definitely was definitely a very memorable one this year. This match was built up for months then finally came around at Full Gear and man, from bell to bell these guys absolutely destroyed each other. I mean literally, DESTROYED each other with objects such as barbed wire, chairs, tables, glass, etc! This definitely was a fight and yes it left a lot of bad taste in people's mouths, but this was a heated rivalry that had to have a big conclusion to it. Jon Moxley got the victory but unfortunately for him it was not a recorded victory, and I'm sure he doesn't give a damn one bit.
7) Sasha Banks Vs. Becky Lynch (Hell In A Cell)
Sasha Banks had been gone from WWE for months following Wrestlemania, and Becky Lynch has been on top ever since. Becky had some underwhelming feuds with Lacey Evans and Natayla until Sasha Banks made her return late summer and the two would go on to have back to back great matches. Their match at Hell in a Cell really ended this feud on a fantastic note as they went on to have a great match! These women knew what they had in store for themselves going into this match and Sasha Banks had the advantage as she competed in the first women's Cell Match. Becky was gonna bring the fight no matter what and she sure did as she brutalized Sasha while Sasha returns the favor. Becky would come out on top and retain her title, but this match was just crazy and it ended up being the match of the night at the PPV.
6) Adam Cole Vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Smackdown: 1st Of November)
A match that was put together last minute, and turned out to be a hell of a fight! NXT invaded Smackdown that night which turned out to be a great show overall that included a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole for the NXT Championship. With HBK and HHH at ringside, Cole was gonna do whatever it takes to gain a victory and show why NXT's the hottest brand in WWE. These two went on to have a great match that concluded with Cole defeating Bryan cleanly with the Last Shot, retaining the NXT Championship! This was a short notice match that turned into a memory one and will remain as one of WWE's best bouts in recent time.
5) Sami Callihan Vs. Tessa Blanchard (IMPACT Slammiversary)
This match made Tessa Blanchard a force to be reckoned with, while making Sami Callihan look like a evil SOB even more. Intergender Matches are usually hit or miss in the world of pro wrestling but this match right here, this match was Intergender Wrestling done right! Sami had already been dominating Impact along with his fellow oVe mates and defeated almost anyone who came across his path. Sami wanted a new challenge, and that challenge turned out to be the diamond herself Tessa Blanchard! These two would collide at Slammiversary 2019 in a 15 minute match that ended with Sami defeating Tessa. Both stars played their parts very well in this match, turning out to be one of the best Impact matches in 2019!
4) WALTER Vs. Tyler Bate (NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff)
This was the David vs Goliath match of 2019! Tyler Bate was the ultimate underdog coming into this match as he was taking on a mountain of a man, the Ring General, WALTER. With the WWE UK Championship on the line, Tyler knew the high stakes going into this match and that this could possibly be his only chance at the championship for a while. The match itself was just fantastic and after a 42 minute bout, WALTER came out on top and retained the WWE UK Championship. Tyler Bate I would say won in defeat for putting on a hell on an effort to capture the gold, but even though he came up short he could chase after the title again in the near future and the outcome could possibly be different this time.
3) LAX Vs. The Lucha Bros (IMPACT Rebellion)
The feud between LAX (Santana and Ortiz) and The Lucha Bros was one of the best tag team feuds in recent memory. These teams have had matches back to back as they wanted to prove who's the best tag team in pro wrestling today. After exchanging wins back and forth, the teams finally had the deciding match at Impact Rebellion in April and to make things more interesting, the match was a Full Metal Mayhem Match! Both teams beat the crap out of each other to prove who's the better team and at the end of it all, the better team turned out to be Santana and Ortiz as they defeated The Lucha Bros! Not only did they capture the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships but they've gained the recognition of being the best tag team in the world today!
2) Kazuchika Okada Vs. SANADA (NJPW G1 Climax 29)
The G1 Climax Tournament in NJPW always delivers great matches as each wrestler wants to win the tournament at all costs. This match was no different whatsoever, but in a way it was kind of different. This match brought out the absolute BEST in Sanada and Okada was the perfect man for him to showcase what he's really all about. Sanada's always been good, but this match skyrocketed him from good to great! These two fought very hard with Okada almost defeating Sanada multiple times throughout the match. Exchanging blows and moves had fans on the edge of their seats, literally making it hard for fans to choose to see who should win this bout. After a long grueling match, Sanada executes a Moonsault and surprisingly defeats Okada! Sanada may have not went on to win the entire tournament, but this win proved that he's on the rise to the top in New Japan. He's got a far way to go and could possibly be IWGP Champion in the future.
1) The Undisputed Era Vs. Kevin Owens, Dominick Dijaovic, Tomasso Ciampa & Keith Lee
Once this match concluded, I found my Match of the Year instantly. So many great matches happened this year, but this one definitely took the cake. After we witnessed a great Women's WarGames Match at the beginning of the show, the men had to follow up on it and they've sure indeed accomplished that goal. Tomasso's team had a mystery partner going into this event but that didn't stop them from putting up a great fight against The Undisputed Era. After a long wait, we find out that the mystery partner for Ciampa's team was none other than Kevin Owens! Owens came out to a great pop and brawl with UE with such epic energy! The ending of this match sealed the deal as Tomasso performed the Air Raid Crash on Adam Cole from the top of the cage through two tables for the win! Epic match, epic ending, epic moment of 2019!