108. Kenny Omega (c) vs Chris Jericho (No DQ Match for the IWGP US Championship, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12)

As soon as a famous wrestler leaves one promotion for another, it opens up a plethora of dream matches. When Chris Jericho left WWE in 2017, his first port of call was NJPW. His first opponent? Kenny Omega. A dream match, to be sure. But how would Jericho fit in to NJPW’s style? Omega strained the NJPW style to its limits, so to wouldn’t be a total clash of styles. And the No DQ stipulation made constructing a match a little easier. But would this dream match reap rewards? Sort of…

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108. Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuo Naito (No DQ Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13)

Chris Jericho has wrestled in almost every wrestling promotion in his thirty-plus years of wrestling. After he left WWE in 2017, he had a short period wrestling for NJPW. His most famous bout there was against Kenny Omega (I will be watching and reviewing that soon!), but a year later at Wrestle Kingdom 13 he fought Tetsuo Naito in a No Disqualification match. No DQ matches are a rarity in NJPW, from what I can gather, so this one instantly caught my eye. Was it worth the watch?

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107. Sting vs Antonio Inoki (NJPW BVD Cup Final 1995)

To torture myself, I watched the Meltzer rated -5* match between Sting snd Tony Palmore at NJPW BVD Cup 1995. To appreciate the good, you have to experience the bad. That was the semi-final of the BVD tournament, a faux-shoot wrestling tournament devised by Antonio Inoki. Of course, Inoki booked himself in the tournament. He won the other semi-final, giving us a dream match between Sting and Inoki. But this is far from the quality of a dream match…

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106. Tyler Bates vs Trent Severn (NXT UK Championship Final, NXT UK Finale 2022)

So NXT UK has come to its end. So, of course, I had to watch the last ever match on NXT UK TV. For the last time, the NXT UK Championship would be decided in the BT Sports Arena between best buddies turned enemies, Tyler Bates and Trent Severn. They competed in the final to crown the championship vacated by the injured Ilka Dragunov. Was it a fitting finale to a title only held by four people in its five year history, to a title made memorable by a host of stunning bouts? Well, yes!!!

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105. Carmelo Hayes (c) vs Ricochet (NXT North American Championship Match, NXT When Worlds Collide 2022)

Sunday night saw NXT When Worlds Collide, and the last vestiges of NXT UK. The NXT UK titles were to be united with their NXT counterparts. Admittedly, I only watched the opening bout and the closing bout, but they were both entertaining. However, it has to be the opening bout that took Match of the Night honours. Carmelo Hayes and Ricochet gave us a highly-choregraphed, balletic display of outstanding athleticism.

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104. Gunther (c) vs Sheamus (WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, WWE Clash at the Castle 2022)

Finally, WWE PPVs (sorry, PLEs) have come back to Britain! It’s been a long time coming, and yesterday’s ‘Clash at the Castle’ was, on the whole, entertaining. I remember the early 2000s UK PPVs events being glorified house shows. The wrestlers would put minimal effort into their matches. This PLE was intended to be a statement, a hint of things to come for the UK. But, of course, I always have to ask of these PLEs….what was the best bout of the night? For me, it has to go to Gunther vs Sheamus.

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103. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage (c) vs The Ultimate Warrior (WWF Championship Match, WWE Summerslam 1992)

Finally, WWE PPVs (sorry, PLEs) are coming back to Britain! It’s been a long time coming, and tomorrow’s ‘Clash at the Castle’ is being treated as a big event by the WWE. Drew McIntyre was on ITV News, for the love of God! We all talk about Summerslam 1992, and The British Bulldog’s victory over Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event. However, the WWF Championship was also fought over earlier on the show. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage defended his World Title against The Ultimate Warrior. They had one of the best WrestleMania matches of all time the previous year. Could this match equal (or even better) that masterpiece?

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102. The British Bulldog (c) vs Shawn Michaels (European Championship Match, WWE One Night Only 1997)

Finally, WWE PPVs (sorry, PLEs) are coming back to Britain! It’s been a long time coming, and tomorrow’s ‘Clash at the Castle’ is being treated as a big event by the WWE. Drew McIntyre was just on ITV News, for the love of God! We all talk about Summerslam 1992, but the first real PPV was 1997‘s One Night Only in Birmingham, England. Like Summerslam 1992, it was headlined by the British Bulldog. He was defending the European Championship against Shawn Michaels. They’d had some bangers in the past. Was this one more banger? Ermmmm…

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101. Sting vs Tony Palmore (NJPW BVD Cup 1995)

After watching the abomination that was Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs The Warrior from WCW Halloween Havoc 1998, I was intrigued to see what other matches Dave Meltzer had rated as the worst matches ever. I was shocked when I came across NJPW in the -5* ratings! Yes, Meltzer is renowned for loving NJPW. Even more shocking, Sting was involved! The NJPW BVD Cup pitted Sting against…Tony Palmore (incorrectly billed as Tony Palumora on the NJPW World listing). Tony Palmore? You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of him before. He’s a kickboxer, not a wrestler! This was a worked shoot tournament pitting wrestler against real fighter, the brainchild of Antonio Inoki (who also booked himself in the tournament). Was it really a -5* match though?

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100. Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs The Warrior (WCW Halloween Havoc 1998)

For match #100 on this compendium of wrestling reviews, I had to watch something rather special, didn’t I? Now, I’ve watched Meltzer’s highest rated bout ever, in the form of Okada/Omega at NJPW Dominion 2018. Rather than seek out a great bout, I skewed to the other end. I wanted to find one of the worst (mainstream) bouts ever. Meltzer has rated five bouts -5*, if you can believe it. The one that piqued my interest was Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs The Warrior at WCW Halloween Havoc 1998. Let’s find out if it is as bad as he rated it…

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