Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Top Pro Wrestling Matches (WWE/TNA) From 2013...So Far

It has been well over a month since I've posted here. I've been watching a lot of wrestling in that time period.  Don't worry I'm still watching movies too and have 2013 movie reviews planned for later this month. But, it's been a good year for wrestling. This is my first wrestling post here, it'll be rare, but you'll see one like this every once in awhile I'm sure. I wish I could say that I keep up with the independent scene and the stuff going on in Japan, but that's very hard to do. But, what I do keep up with is, obviously, the WWE. Also a tiny bit of TNA, now Impact, if I hear there's a rare outrageous match. I wanted to make a list of matches from this year, that someone who may not be "into", could get into pro wrestling by watching.

Right now, and over this past year (so far), more than in recent years, there's been a stellar number of TV and PPV matches that will get your inner fan going. The rise of Daniel Bryan (WWE's version), The Shield and Antonio Cesaro. The continued dominance of stars like CM Punk, Christian and Chris Jericho. These help make watching one of WWE's four weekly shows (sorry Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam) a joy to watch. This isn't gonna be a post where I break down and do play by play of every match. I just figure, that if you're a new fan, or even an old one, and are having a boring Saturday (like me right now), you could scour the internet and find some pro wrestling entertainment. 

These matches are broken down into shows for the most part. PPVs, Raw, Smackdown, Main Event and NXT. There's even a few TNA matches that I enjoyed thrown in there. None of these are rated, but I've watched and re-watched all of these recently. Hell, two of them are from this week's Smackdown. All are very fun, technical, crowd pleasing, etc. A newer fan could watch some of the Main Event or NXT matches to get the hang of what they're watching. Or they could hop into a Daniel Bryan match from Raw and be sucked in by the overwhelming presence that is D-Bry right now. There is no right or wrong way to get into wrestling. But if you wanna try, 2013 has been a stellar year so far in my opinion. Here is a good 30 matches that may make you a fan, or just give you a great afternoon of watching pro wrestling.

CM Punk vs The Undertaker (Wrestlemania XXIX)
Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio (Payback, World Heavyweight Championship)
CM Punk vs Chris Jericho (Payback)
AJ Lee vs Kaitlyn (Payback, Divas Championship)
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match 
[Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes] (Money in the Bank)
WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match [Randy Orton, Sheamus, Christian, CM Punk, Rob Van Dam and Daniel Bryan] (Money in the Bank)

Daniel Bryan vs Antonio Cesaro (7/22/13)
Chris Jericho vs Rob Van Dam (7/15/13)
Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan (6/24/13)
Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins (6/10/13)
Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston vs The Shield (5/20/13)
Team Hell No and The Undertaker vs The Shield (4/22/13)
Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio (4/8/13, World Heavyweight Championship)
John Cena vs CM Punk (2/23/13, No.1 Contender for WWE Championship)

WWE Smackdown
Christian vs Alberto Del Rio (8/9/13)
Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam (8/9/13)
Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam vs Christian (8/2/13, No.1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship)
Fandango vs CM Punk (8/2/13)
Daniel Bryan vs Christian (7/12/13)
Team Hell No and Randy Orton vs The Shield (6/14/13)
The Undertaker vs Dean Ambrose (4/26/13)

WWE Main Event
Fandango vs Christian (7/17/13)
Dolph Ziggler vs Antonio Cesaro (7/10/13)
Christian vs Damien Sandow (7/3/13)
Cody Rhodes vs Chris Jericho (6/26/13)
Sheamus vs Wade Barrett (5/29/13)

Paige vs Emma (7/25/13, Women's Championship)
Antonio Cesaro vs Sami Zayn (6/12/13)
Kassius Ohno vs William Regal (4/10/13)

Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell (7/11/13, Ladder Match)
Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles (Slammiversary XI)
Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell (Slammiversary XI, Last Knockout Standing)

As a bit of a bonus here, I've taken all the competitors and broken them down, and listed the number of matches they were involved in. Just a little extra tidbit, and a nod, to people like Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, and all the others who have a ton of quality matches this year.

Daniel Bryan- 7
Christian- 5
CM Punk- 5
Dean Ambrose- 5
Antonio Cesaro- 4
Randy Orton- 4
Rob Van Dam- 4
Seth Rollins- 4
Alberto Del Rio- 3
Chris Jericho- 3
Dolph Ziggler- 3
Fandango- 3
Kane- 3
Roman Reigns- 3
The Undertaker- 3
Cody Rhodes -2
Damien Sandow- 2
Gail Kim- 2
Sheamus- 2
Taryn Terrell- 2
Wade Barrett- 2
AJ Lee- 1
AJ Styles- 1
Emma- 1
Jack Swagger- 1
John Cena- 1
Kaitlyn- 1
Kassius Ohno- 1
Kofi Kingston- 1
Kurt Angle- 1
Paige- 1
Sami Zayn- 1
William Regal- 1


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