It’s a new year – and a fresh list of our Match of the Year Contenders. All of these matches either got ****¼ and above in our reviews, our would have (if we reviewed it, for shows we don’t fully cover).

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Shingo Takagi (New Japan, WrestleKingdom 16 – Night One, January 04, 2022)
  • Will Ospreay vs. Kazuchika Okada (New Japan, WrestleKingdom 16 – Night Two, January 05, 2022)
  • Francesco Akira vs. Gabriel Kidd (Rev Pro, High Stakes 2022, January 29, 2022)
  • Michael Oku vs. Will Ospreay (Rev Pro, High Stakes 2022, January 29, 2022)
  • Luke Jacobs vs. Michael Oku (Rev Pro, Live in Southampton 16, February 13, 2022)
  • Nick Wayne vs. Sw3rve The Realest (Defy, 50, February 26, 2022)
  • Cara Noir vs. Ilja Dragunov (PROGRESS, Chapter 131: 10th Anniversary Show, March 25, 2022)
  • Jon Moxley vs. Biff Busick (GCW, Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 8, March 31, 2022)
  • Mike Bailey vs. Bandido (WrestleCon, Mark Hitchcock Memorial Super Show 2022, March 31, 2022)
  • FTR vs. The Briscoes (ROH, Supercard of Honor 2022, April 01, 2022)