WWE Network has published their “WWE Match of the Year” collection for 2016 (subscribers, find it here). Now, the obvious caveat - other than that this is just one possible list - is that this only covers the period of January through October, so it doesn’t include TakeOver: Toronto, Survivor Series, Sasha & Charlotte’s Last Man Standing match, etc.
But it’s as good as basis to start the discussion as any... and a reminder of what an amazing year of pro graps we’ve just experienced. And this is only WWE!
Here’s the list:
- Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens, Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship at Royal Rumble
- The Revival vs. American Alpha for NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: Dallas
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn at NXT TakeOver: Dallas
- Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch for the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 32
- AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Title on the April 4 Raw
- The Miz vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens vs. and Cesaro for the Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules
- Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles, Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules
- Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens at Battleground
- Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in the Cruiserweight Classic (episode 4)
- Kota Ibushi vs. Cedric Alexander in the Cruiserweight Classic (episode 5)
– The Revival vs. DIY for the NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn II
– Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn II
- John Cena vs. AJ Styles at SummerSlam
– Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam
– Kevin Owens vs. Big Cass vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship on the Aug. 29 Raw
– AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship at Backlash
- Kota Ibushi vs. TJ Perkins in the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight Classic (episode 10)
- Sheamus vs. Cesaro in Match #7 of their Best-of-seven series at Clash of Champions
– Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the Women’s Championship on the Oct. 3 Raw
- Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship at No Mercy
What’s missing? What doesn’t belong?
Sound off, Cagesiders.