10 Best Wrestling Matches Of 2018

The best of the best IN the best.

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Honourable mentions are vast across what was the most critically acclaimed year in wrestling history.

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, at Evolution, made something tangible and real from the manufactured and inaccurate hype surrounding the "first ever" all-women's pay-per-view: they fought a seminal war incredible in both anguish and animosity. Charlotte wrestled a similarly realistic but totally different match, against Ronda Rousey, at Survivor Series. Grappling in November as well as she brawled in October, maybe the post-match reaction wasn't a rejection of Ronda. Maybe the LA crowd realised that, at this rate, Charlotte is almost as close to her father's legacy as WWE insists.

Will Ospreay sold his neck, as if it was hanging off, in awesome matches across three continents. Minoru Suzuki, WALTER, Seth Rollins, KUSHIDA, AJ Styles, Pete Dunne, Ricochet, the Young Bucks: we're sorry.

For variety's sake, we've selected only two matches from New Japan's awesome G1 Climax tournament, and we have omitted also the final of the company's other awesome tournament. Scratch that; we just forgot about the New Japan Cup. Jesus Christ, what a year this was - a year so good we don't have room to include Hiromu Takahashi's BOSJ Final win over Taiji Ishimori, in which the Time Bomb bumped down a flight of stairs to generate the support of the Korakuen Hall faithful and their reverence towards the never-say-die attitude. In its place, we selected a match that better crafted the illusion of danger.

This thing, after all, is a work...

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