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Favorite WWE Matches of 2016!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 31st, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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Yes, there were a list of movies that tickled my fancy and made me laugh, cry, and be scared so badly that I had to sleep with the lights on. That list is HERE for your enjoyment. Moving on from that, if you have ever met me or have perused this site, you would know that I like a bit of the ole Pro-Wrestling just a smidgen. So it wouldn’t ben an end-of-year celebrations without trying to show you or convince you that Pro-Wrestling is the BEST thing in the universe. After all, ‘Wrestling is Everything is Everything’.

This is one of the most fun and highest forms of entertainment on the planet and a lot of the time when I’m at screenings, I wish I were watching some good ole fashioned wrestling matches. I don’t know why, but it must be in my blood. The below matches are for sure my favorite from the WWE company strictly. If I were to do an all encompassing pro-wrestling list, I would be writing this for the next two weeks and “ain’t nobody got time for that.” So I’ll leave the ‘Wrestle Circus‘, ‘VIP Wrestling‘, ‘NJPW‘, ‘ROH‘, ‘PWG‘, and ‘Evolve‘ for another post, although I think Jervis Cottonbelly and Joey Ryan (The King of Dong Style) deserve some recognition as perhaps some of the best talent in the wrestling business. Seriously, look them up.

Also, at the very bottom of this list, I will place a non-WWE match, which is one of the best matches I’ve ever seen in Pro-Wrestling, and it deserves it’s own place and category, because it’s that hardcore, fun, and insane. I highly suggest you give these matches that are listed below a real chance. You’ll see the storyline that is being told in the squared circle, the amount of high voltage entertainment and athleticism that goes on each and every night here. You will certainly enjoy it.

The Revival vs. American Alpha — NXT Tag Team Championship Match (NXT TakeOver: Dallas)

This match took place the night before Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas to a sold out house of 10,000 fans from around the world. One of the first events of that whole week was NXT Takeover: Dallas. If you’re unfamiliar, NXT is the developmental brand of WWE where up and coming wrestlers work on their characters and moves in front of live audiences. Tons of WWE Superstars have started in NXT, including Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn. NXT is on once a week on the WWE Network, but their PPV events are usually called ‘Takeover’ in some different city, which is where the NXT title belts usually change hands.

The first televised event of the night was for the NXT Tag Team belt in which American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) defeated The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) to win the belt for the first time. The crowd was so behind this match. There were constant cheers and chants, that there was almost no silence thru the entire 16 minute match. There were some high flying moves off the top rope and some synchronized suplexes that got the crowd on their feet. It was a fast-paced and fun match, which led to American Alpha’s victory. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable were pretty emotional after their victory and thanked everyone. It was one of the best tag team matches I’ve seen in a while.

Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles (Fastlane)

Here we have the AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho match, which had the newcomer (at the time) to WWE, AJ Styles battle for the third time (veteran) Chris Jericho. Everyone, including the Boomstick staff thought Jericho was going to turn full on heel here, but that didn’t happen. Instead, at the end of the match with Styles winning, Jericho shook his hand. There is nothing worse here than a good guy Chris Jericho.

He’s born to be bad and mess with people, not shake their hands and pat them on the back. The match itself was stellar and there was never a dull moment. The WWE let AJ Styles do what AJ Styles does and Jericho went along with it every step of the way. I only wish Jericho turned full heel and not the good guy he never seems to be. All this being said, this match showed how excellent two performers can work the crowd and each other to give one hell of a performance.

AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (T.L.C.)

The main event was the whole enchilada with tables, ladders, and chairs. Dean Ambrose or as he’s known in the universe as the lunatic fringe was trying to get his world heavyweight championship back from AJ Styles who has hair like a soccer mom, but fights like Ali. AJ Styles is probably the best wrestler and superstar in the business right now. The dude is a power hitter, high flyer, and expert grappler, and has excellent mic skills. He steals the show at every corner. Jim Ross even said he is the next Shawn Michaels. I agree with him.

Ambrose is known for all of his crazy stunts, putting on a good show, and being crazy in general. Putting these two in the main event was an excellent choice as the 31 minute match never slowed down whatsoever. Chairs, ladders, and tables were used as both men’s bodies broke all of these pieces of furniture throughout the match. Ambrose placed a ladder on top of an announcers table and jumped off the ladder onto AJ Styles, breaking Styles and the table in half. It was a solid spot that got the Holy Shit chant from the audience. Styles answer back by doing a 450 flip off the top rope on to a motionless Dean Ambrose on top of a table and was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

At the end of the match, AJ Styles was about to grab that belt, when James Ellsworth (a no name jobber with no chin) came out to help his friend Dean Ambrose win the match. Then in a sudden turn of events, Ellsworth turned HEEL and won the match for AJ Styles by pushing Dean off ladder smack dab thru a table. There was a reason for this, because Ellsworth thinks he can beat AJ Styles, but there is zero chance of this, because Ellsworth has never won a realistic match and is as breakable as thin glass. Still, the entire match sold the entire PPV as a win in total and AJ Styles got to keep the belt.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn (NXT TakeOver: Dallas)

This match between Nakamura and Zayn might be in my top 10 matches of all time. I’ve watched it and Nakamura’s entrance more times than I’ve seen ‘The Godfather‘. A little background on this – Sami Zayn has been in NXT for quite some time and is known for being the heart and soul of the company. He is known for having insanely good matches and is not scared of flying over the top rope to defeat his opponent. He recently moved up to the main card in WWE, meaning he is on RAW and Smackdown now. Former WWE Superstar William Regal (who’s in charge of NXT), decided to say “Thank You” to Zayn’s hard work in NXT by giving him a farewell match against the BEST wrestler who has ever lived.

That is none other than Shinsuke Nakamura, who is from Japan and is the best champion from New Japan Pro Wrestling. If you don’t watch that, then you should subscribe to it. This marked Nakamura’s first match in the USA and in NXT. He has signed on with WWE for at least two years, and I expect him to rise high in the company very fast. What makes Nakamura so AWESOME? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but perhaps most of all is his style of wrestling. He dresses in mostly red leather, walks with a bunch of swagger, smiles, winks, and is fairly flamboyant, as he taunts his opponents. Just watch his entrance video.

He is also the master and king of Strong Style Wrestling, meaning a ton of strong knees and elbows to the face, head, stomach and back. He is a high flyer as well, and can take anyone of any size it seems. Since there was really no story line to this match, as in good vs evil type of thing, the crowd was just in awe of the entire thing. There was even a “HOLY SHIT” chant for Nakamura’s entrance, before the wrestling even started. What transpired over the next 21 minutes was pure wrestling entertainment at its best. People flipped off the back rope, there were tons of brutal kicks and knees to the face, some finishing moves that were counted out, and a back and forth one-at-a-time punch fest between the two wrestlers, which the crowd got really into, and even received a standing ovation. This was by far my favorite match of the weekend and I can’t wait to see Nakamura shine in the company. Plus, one of the chants, which I’ve never heard until now by 10,000 people was “FIGHT FOREVER”! That says something.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (T.L.C.)

Mike The Miz and Dolph Ziggler had a ladder match for the intercontinental championship. AGAIN. This feud has not died yet and it needs to in the worst way. Supposedly, this was the last fight between the two, but who knows. The Miz is the best HEEL superstar right now. He knows how to get under people’s skin, including the audience and Smackdown Live’s GM Daniel Bryan. He taunts, talks smack, and cheats his way to the top and is such a great character that you love to boo and cheer for him all at the same time.

Then there is Dolph Ziggler, who people love, but his character and story have gone nowhere for so long now that he has become stale and stagnate. Sure, he won the title once for a couple of weeks, but it went straight back to The Miz. The story has to end now. Do a trade with RAW and send Ziggler over there and Smackdown Live can get Cesaro or Sami Zayn. This needs to happen for good tv. That all being said, this ladder match was top notch. Both superstars flung their bodies all over the place in order to climb that tall ladder and grab that championship belt.

There were tons of false count outs that had everyone on the edge of their seats, but The Miz took the easy way out and kicked Ziggler in the balls twice to win. This was a legal move in this match, but the pussy way out. This went into the ‘Talking Smack’  episode, where Daniel Bryan and The Miz got into yet another heated argument on camera, which has people talking about Daniel Bryan coming back for one more match at Wrestlemania 33 to face the Miz. I will do separate article on this rumor for sure so stay tuned.

Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (Wrestlemania 32)

This match was just awesome at ‘Wrestlemania 32‘ and might have been the best match of the night. This triple threat match had three former NXT ladies, wrestling on the biggest stage of them all – Wrestlemania 32, for the championship title, which was held by Charlotte for a record number of days. Charlotte is also Ric Flair’s daughter, so the “heel” in her comes out full force. Sasha Banks is Snoop Dogg’s family member, and Snoop came out to sing her entrance song, as she walked out, wearing pants that paid tribute to her favorite wrestler – Eddie Guerrero.

She even did a five-star frog splash during the match. The third member was Becky Lynch, an Irish Gal who is part steampunk and all badass. These women took it to the next level, backflipping off the top rope to the floor, giving each other black eyes, and making each other bleed. They truly showed the strength and power that is the Women’s Champion. Low and behold, Ric Flair interfered of course, and won the belt for his daughter Charlotte. It was an amazing match.

Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay (Best of Super Juniors) 


Ricochet vs Will Ospreay – BOSJ 27.05.2016 by mr-jester

This is the match that is not affiliated with WWE. Ospreay nor Ricochet are not even in the WWE at the time of this article. However, you can see just how talented these amazing athletes and pro-wrestlers are. This match is everything you would want in a match and I sure hope they make it to the WWE so the world can see them.

 

-Bryan Kluger

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