Top Ten Matches Over Wrestlemania Weekend 2018

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10) Charlotte vs. Asuka for the SD Live Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania

This match was WWE’s culmination of all the historic moments for the Women’s division but it kinda did live up to the expectations. Asuka tapping out was unexpected and early in the match but before that, they put on one of the best Women’s matches at Wrestlemania, unfortunately, that isn’t saying much. With some really cool spots fit in here, it is obvious that Charlotte is the future of the Women’s Division. 

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9) The Miz vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania

This match was the perfect opener. Seth Rollins’ entrance was fantastic with the Game of Thrones attire and the Burn It Down chants from the crowd. All 3 men’s styles clashed very well and set up some exciting work turning on the crowd for what ended up being a lackluster Wrestlemania. This didn’t really end up being better than their triple threat on Raw in 2017 but it was still great. 

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8) AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania

Yes, this match wasn’t the amazing encounter it was supposed to be but it felt like a spectacle. It was a technical match at Wrestlemania. Shinsuke’s entrance was fantastic with a live guitar and full band. The match ended way too early with only one Styles Clash but up until then, these two put on more of a spectacle than a great match. Shinsuke turning heel suggests they can fix this later on. 

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7) Marty Scurrl vs. Dalton Castle for the ROH World Championship at Supercard of Honor XII

After a near 5 hour show, this match has the hard job of ending the show. If you don’t pay attention to the burnout and watch this match separately it’s a very good character match. My favorite spot in this match was the deadlift German suplex that was taken through the ropes to the outside by Castle. Marty Scurrl played his villain role incredibly well and I believed he should’ve won. I wonder what’s next for him. 

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6) Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie Mcmahon and Triple H at Wrestlemania

I never would’ve thought this match would be in the top ten Wrestlemania matches. I went into this match expecting a dead spot. It absolutely was not. Ronda Rousey was incredible here, taking down Triple H and playing the angry character so well. Kurt Angle held up well in the ring and it was great to see him in the ring again. H and Steph did a great job of being the hated bosses. This was perfect for what it was supposed to be and makes me excited to see how Rousey’s career unfolds. 

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5) Young Bucks and Flip Gordon vs. So Cal Uncensored in a ladder match for the ROH Six Man titles at Supercard of Honor XII

This wasn’t the best ladder match of the weekend but man it was incredible. Flip Gordon worked really well with the Bucks and hit his flippy spots. Scorpio Sky battled Flip in his Flippy stuff. I loved this match because it was a spotfest and didn’t make you worry like many of the Wrestlemania matches did. This is another chapter of this rivalry that has put on some incredible matches with this being the highlight. 

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4) Kenny Omega vs. Cody at Supercard of Honor XII

This has been built up for ages and I felt they lived up to some of the hype. This was a really good character match which seems to be what ROH does best these days. This had some good stories too like Brandi being put through a table, The Young Bucks final decision to superkick Cody but have Cody duck and hit Kenny. Cody had some really great crowd interactions. There were also some really good submission sequences with Cody’s American Deathlock. The crowd was hot and it really added to the match. I wonder where the Bullet Club storyline goes from here. 

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3) Andrade Almas vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship at Takeover NOLA

When I was watching this match, I thought man this is some smart wrestling. The incredible near falls and the interferences from Zelina Vega made some serious magic. Both men are well-known strikers which led to this being pretty hard-hitting. Aleister Black winning was the absolute right decision. This was also great as Almas’ last match with the title as Vega played a big role in making him lose. Spoiler Alert: The rest of the matches are from NXT Takeover.

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2) Lars Sullivan vs. Velveteen Dream vs. EC3 vs. Ricochet vs. Adam Cole vs. Killian Dain in a ladder match for the NXT North American Championship

This is my personal favorite ladder match of all time, I know that might be an unpopular decision but hear me out. It took 4 prominent talents from NXT and the new debuting Ricochet and EC3 and had an incredible spotfest and told a great story. So many ladders were broken and Dream dived from so many different places. Ricochet brought the incredible high-flying, EC3 and Adam Cole brought the Chicken Shit Heel story here and Lars and Dain were absolute wrecking balls. This was still not the match of the weekend though. 

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1) Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa Unsanctioned Match for Johnny Gargano’s NXT career at NXT Takeover

The story, the build-up, the match quality and the heat are some of the best this year and maybe last year too. 322 days since this feud started and god did this live up to it. This match felt different as it was a hardcore match and an in ring classic all at the same time. The incredible betrayal story and crutches lived up to something absolutely special. Not only is this match of the weekend, this may be Match of the Year. The only gripe I have about this match is it started slow but by the end of 37 minutes I didn’t want the match to end. As Ciampa’s return match too this is so impressive. Johnny Gargano continues to make a case for Wrestler of The Year. 

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