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Best Matches of 2017 (so far)

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Two-thirds of 2017 is done. Wrestling fans have been spoiled this year with great matches. I've compiled all matches rated 4.75 or higher by WON's Dave Meltzer. 26 matches in all. To put it into perspective, 2016 had 16, 2015 had 10, 2014 had 13, 2013 had 9, 2012 had 5 and 2011 had 2. We still have 3 months to go.

Quoting Big Dave, "I feel bad for wrestling fans who don't realize just how great they have it (this year)."

rating date card name winner(s) loser(s) match type
+6.25 Sun, Jun 11th 2017 NJPW Dominion 6.11 Kazuchika Okada Kenny Omega  
+6 Sat, Aug 12th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 18 Kenny Omega Kazuchika Okada  
+6 Wed, Jan 4th 2017 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom XI Kazuchika Okada Kenny Omega  
+5.75 Sun, Aug 13th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 19 Tetsuya Naito Kenny Omega G1 CLIMAX FINAL
+5 Fri, Aug 11th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 17 Tetsuya Naito Hiroshi Tanahashi  
+5 Sat, Jun 3rd 2017 NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors 2017 - Day 14 KUSHIDA Will Ospreay  
+5 Sun, Apr 9th 2017 NJPW Sakura Genesis 2017 Kazuchika Okada Katsuyori Shibata  
+5 Sat, Feb 11th 2017 NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka 2017 Tetsuya Naito Michael Elgin  
+4.75 Sun, Aug 20th 2017 WWE SummerSlam '17 Brock Lesnar Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe Fatal 4-Way
+4.75 Tue, Aug 8th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 16 Kazuchika Okada Minoru Suzuki  
+4.75 Tue, Aug 1st 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 11 Kota Ibushi Hiroshi Tanahashi  
+4.75 Thu, Jul 27th 2017 NOAH Summer Navigation 2017 ~ 11th Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League - Day 8 Katsuhiko Nakajima Brian Cage  
+4.75 Thu, Jul 27th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 8 Michael Elgin Kenny Omega  
+4.75 Sat, Jul 22nd 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 4 Kazuchika Okada Michael Elgin  
+4.75 Thu, Jul 20th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 2 Kenny Omega Minoru Suzuki  
+4.75 Mon, Jul 17th 2017 NJPW G1 Climax 2017 - Day 1 Tetsuya Naito Kota Ibushi  
+4.75 Sun, Jul 2nd 2017 NJPW G1 Special In USA - Day 2 Kenny Omega Tomohiro Ishii  
+4.75 Sat, Jul 1st 2017 NJPW G1 Special In USA - Day 1 Kenny Omega Michael Elgin  
+4.75 Sun, Jun 11th 2017 NJPW Dominion 6.11 KUSHIDA Hiromu Takahashi  
+4.75 Sat, May 20th 2017 NXT TakeOver: Chicago Pete Dunne Tyler Bate  
+4.75 Thu, May 18th 2017 NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors 2017 - Day 2 Will Ospreay Ricochet  
+4.75 Wed, May 3rd 2017 NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2017 Kenny Omega Tomohiro Ishii  
+4.75 Sat, Mar 18th 2017 PWG Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock N' Roll) Penta El Zero M, Rey Fenix Ricochet, Matt Sydal, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson Three-Way Tag
+4.75 Sun, Mar 12th 2017 NJPW New Japan Cup 2017 - Day 2 Tomohiro Ishii Kenny Omega  
+4.75 Sun, Feb 5th 2017 NJPW The New Beginning In Sapporo 2017 Kazuchika Okada Minoru Suzuki  
+4.75 Sun, Jan 29th 2017 WWE Royal Rumble '17 John Cena A.J. Styles  

It's absurd that most 4.75 matches won't even make it to 2017's top ten matches as we've already witnessed four 5 star matches and another four that broke the ratings system, all delivered by NJPW. They are having their best year ever in terms of match quality as they also own 13 out of 18 matches rated 4.75 stars. Call Meltzer biased, but the NJPW roster and booking never/rarely disappoints unlike WWE, GFW and AAA that constantly displeases and disrespects their audience.

NXT cracks it's second 4.75 match, first one was Zayn vs Neville 3 years ago. If you count NXT under WWE, they would tie their 1994 record with three 4.75/5 star matches delivered. WWE arguably has the best roster ever in terms of ring work, all they need is to book smart and develop characters that fans, both hardcore and casual, can invest in.

PWG is currently having it's premiere event (2/3 days done, September 1-3), Battle of Los Angeles, so expect to hear new MoTY contenders later this week.


Kayo naman. Haha! What's your favorite match of the year so far? 


Bonus Toni Storm:

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