75. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada (c) (IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match, NJPW Dominion 2012)

All sequels should be bigger and better, shouldn’t they? They should encapsulate everything good about the original, improve upon it, and also give us something a little bit different as well. And that’s exactly what the rematch between Okada and Tanahashi gifts to us: a longer, more adruous battle that hews closely to the layout of their first battle but somehow betters it as well.

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74. Seth Rollins (c) vs John Cena (US Championship Match, WWE Night of Champions 2015)

Ahhh, twenty years of John Cena! On Monday the Doctor of Thuganomics celebrated two decades since his WWE debut. Perhaps the quintessential WWE Superstar, he was equally loved and hated by the fans. But another future WWE Hall of Famer celebrated an anniversary on the same day. Srth Rollins made his NXT debut a decade earlier! Whenever these two clashed in the ring, they gave us something special. And there’s one match that ranks highly in the list of great Cena matches…

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73. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs Kazuchika Okada (IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match, NJPW New Beginning 2012)

Finally, I found an Okada match that justifies the hype around him! It took me a while…but here, I can see what (almost) everyone says about him. Both his rivalries with Hiroshi Tanahashi amd Kenny Omega are legendary, but I thiught I’d start woth his first ever shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the ‘Ace’ Tanahashi. Here, Okada was the heel, and apart from spots of poor selling, he looked like a million yen…

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72. Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Jay White (IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match, NJPW Dominion 2022)

Am I oblivious to the talents of Okada? For years I’ve heard he’s the best in the world, a once-in-a-generation wrestler. He was one of the reasons I opted to subscribe to NJPW World (why no Android app, by the way? So frustrating!). However, I’ve watched a handful of his matches, and have still yet to be impressed with him. More than anything, his opponents seem to outshine him. That was definitely the case with his match against Jay White at NJPW Dominion 2022.

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71. Cody Rhodes vs David Finlay (NJPW)

Yes, my obsession with Cody Rhodes’ Japanese journey continues! It turns out there are plenty of things I didn’t know about modern-day wrestling…like Fit Finlay has a son who wrestles? David Finlay followed in the footsteps of his father, and I happened to come across this short and sweet bout between him and Cody Rhodes. It’s nothing special, just a sub-15 minute bout that passes the time in an enjoyable way!

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70. Cody Rhodes vs Kota Ibushi (NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12)

After watching Kota Ibushi vs Cody Rhodes at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018, I was left disappointed. However, that was a rematch from their first singles bout together at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12. Thankfully, their first bout is much better. Leaner, better paced and just more entertaining all-round, it proved that their rematch was just an aberration.

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69. Cody Rhodes vs Kota Ibushi (NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018)

Did you know that Cody Rhodes has fought in NJPW? You probably did, but I didn’t! So, after seeing his already legendary performance at WWE Hell in a Cell 2022, I searched his name in NJPW World (search just ‘Cody’ by the way, not ‘Cody Rhodes.’ Nothing comes up for Cody Rhodes). I was greeted with a plethora of matches, and more than a few caught my eye. But there was one I could not resist: Cody Rhodes vs Kota Ibushi frim NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018. Unfortunately, I was left a little disappointed.

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68. The Undertaker vs Triple H (with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell Match, WWE WrestleMania XXVIII)

I’m still here thinking about Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins performances at Hell in a Cell 2022. I’ve covered a few other Hell in a Cell matches here. But I want to talk about one of the most overrated Hell in a Cell matches (and ‘Mania matches) ever: the third WrestleMania match between The Undertaker and Triple H! Lauded by many as a masterpiece, an epic of storytellinf, I just found it boring. They gave us a slow, intermittently dramatic match that was apparently ‘The End of an Era…’

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67. Cody Rhodes vs Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match, WWE Hell in a Cell 2022)

There were only two contenders for match of the night at WWE Hell in a Cell 2022. The opening bout, a triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship between Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and Asuka, or the main event, a Hell in a Cell match between Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. To be honest, these were the only two bouts I watched. But I doubt Madcap Moss vs Happy Corbin would be anything above a 3* match. Between the opening and closing bouts, there’s only one that will linger in my mind for a long time. And that’s the main event.

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66. Pretty Deadly (c) vs The Creed Brothers (NXT Tag Team Championship Match, NXT : In Your House)

It may be crass to say it, but NXT : Stand and Deliver did not deliver for me. There was nothing terrible on the show, but it was not a spot on any NXT 1.0 Takeover (well, there may have been a few terrible matches, but I didn’t watch them all!). I only remember enjoying the multi-man ladder match, and the main even between Dolph Ziggler and Bron Brekker. However, it’s safe to say that NXT: In Your House was a far, far better event, almost approaching those halcyon days of NXT 1.0 Takeovers. The match of the night, however, had to belong to the Tag Team Championship match (closely followed by the North American Championship match!).

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