It’s that time of the year again! Yes, it’s time to vote in the Voices of Wrestling match of the year poll. 2017 was certainly an interesting year with no match that really stands out above the rest, but with a lot of really great ones.
Let’s hit up some honourable mentions first.
Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunn (WWE UK Title Tournament, January 15)
Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente vs Barbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. (CMLL, February 24)
LA Park & Rey Escorpion vs Penta Zero M & Daga (AULL, March 1)
Asuka vs Ember Moon (NXT, August 19)
The New Day vs The Usos (Hell in a Cell, WWE Hell in a Cell, October 8)
“Speedball” Mike Bailey vs Matt Riddle
SMASH No Change My Heart Shall Fear
Being there live didn’t hurt, but I watched these two have battles in OTT and WXW and this was better than those. Started off like it was an Ambition match and moved into some huge spots later on. A must watch match.
Zach Sabre Jr. vs Chris Hero
Chris Hero’s last match on the indies before going to the WWE and it was highly emotional. Maybe didn’t live up to the hype, but the emotion carried it to a very memorable match for me.
Gunner Miller vs Matt Riddle
Scenic City Invitational, Night 2
This was the year of the sprint and this was the best sprint, so it had to make the list. Very similar to Goldberg versus Lesnar from WrestleMania, but with better psychology.
Authors of Pain vs The Revival vs #DIY
NXT TakeOver: Orlando
Going into this I was excited for a rematch of my favourite match of last year, but with Authors of Pain added in. It turned out to be the AoP’s break out match and #DIY showed why they are an all-time great short run tag team. The highlight of WrestleMania weekend for me.
WALTER vs David Starr
WXW Fight Forever Tour: London
A rematch from 16 Carat Gold and another great match in their feud.
WALTER vs Ilja Dragunov
WXW 16 Carat Gold, Night 3
This match is what I wish NJPW wrestling was. Two wrestlers just beating the shit out of each other. I may never get the disgusting image of Dragunov’s chest out of my mind. This was fighting spirit done perfectly.
LA Park vs Rush
Another year another awesome LA Park vs Rush match. These two just get wild out of control brawls.
Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne
NXT TakeOver: Chicago
They had a great match to conclude the UK Title Tournament, but this match surpassed it for me. The pace was insane, the action was intense, and the drama built very quickly.
WALTER vs David Starr
WXW 16 Carat Gold, Night 1
David Starr put in, perhaps, the greatest babyface performance in wrestling history in this match. WALTER was just a monster beating him down, but Starr never gave up. This two have perfect chemistry together.
Mayu Iwatani vs Io Shirai
STARDOM Galaxy Stars
I began watching STARDOM this year and Mayu Iwatani quickly becoming my favourite. A unique and very loveable babyface, perhaps the best in the business. This match ended years of her chasing Io Shirai and finally toppling her to become the ace. An emotional contest that I cared more about than any other match this year.