Want to give a special shoutout to Steven Graham who helped tremendously with the spreadsheet I'm using for the rankings. Without him, this project would be a whole lot more difficult.
For this we used a weighted scoring system for this. An alteration on the Pat LaPrade method: 1-125 pts 2- 115 pts 3- 110 pts 4- 105 pts 5- 102 pts 6- 99 pts 7- 96 pts 8- 94 pts 9- 92 pts 10- 91 pts Then this continues all the way down. We introduced a 50 person ballot this year which is weighted the same BUT starts off 50 pts less.
Ties are broken by 1)Number of ballots then 2)Highest vote. If both are equal then the placement will result in a tie.
I want to thank all of the voters (with links to their Twitters so you can follow them (sorry, having difficulty doing website plugs but will get those into the OFFICIAL WDKW100 intro post)).
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 8, 2018 20:46:16 GMT -5
679 (TIE). Curt Hawkins (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Matt (100) 679 (TIE). Black Tauro (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Jon (100)
679 (TIE). Textbook Philly Madison (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Chris Wilcox (100)
679 (TIE). Allie Kat (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Erin Quinn (50) 679 (TIE). TK ORyan (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Joe (50)
679 (TIE). Danshoku Dino (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Chad Campbell (100) 679 (TIE). Yuki Ishikawa (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: ceftaxias (100) 679 (TIE). Britt Baker (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Brittany Fernandez (50) 679 (TIE). Kool Jay (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Gagne West (100) 679 (TIE). Se7en (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Steven Louis Lerner (100)
679 (TIE). Daisuke Kanehira (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (100) 679 (TIE). Gil Rogers (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Tommy (100) 679 (TIE). Atsushi Onita (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Tanner (100) 679 (TIE). Dr. Daniel C Rockingham (1 ballots, 1 points) High Voter: Lane (100)
667 (TIE). Jake Manning (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Joe (49) 667 (TIE). Scotty Davis (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: James Flahavan (99) 667 (TIE). Aaron Solo (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Erin Quinn (49) 667 (TIE). Danny Adams (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Jon (99)
667 (TIE). GO Asakawa (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (99)
667 (TIE). Chris Adonis (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Pete Schirmacher (99) 667 (TIE). Silas Young (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Sean (99)
667 (TIE). Tucker Knight (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Ben (99) 667 (TIE). Alexander Otsuka (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: ceftaxias (99) 667 (TIE). Francis Kaspin (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Francis Adu (99)
667 (TIE). Nate Mustang (1 ballots, 2 points) High Voter: Chris Wilcox (99)
666. Microman (2 ballots, 2 points) [LOWEST RANKED 2 BALLOT WRESTLER] High Voter: Skylar, Kevin Brown (100) 657 (TIE). Kaho Kobayashi (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: JML (98)
657 (TIE). Dan Moloney (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Aqeel (98) 657 (TIE). Natayla (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: New York Mike (98)
657 (TIE). Martina (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Charles Dulaney (98)
657 (TIE). Ivan Keel (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Ed Mills (98) 657 (TIE). Iron Kid (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (98) 657 (TIE). Tim Hughes (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Chris Wilcox (98) 657 (TIE). Kris Wolf (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Steven Graham (98) 657 (TIE). Shane Taylor (1 ballots, 3 points) High Voter: Tyler McBee (48)
649 (TIE). Dan Barry (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Chris Wilcox (97)
649 (TIE). Yasushi Kanda (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: John Carroll (97) 649 (TIE). Freelance (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Jon (97)
649 (TIE). Alex Kingston (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Kevin (97) 649 (TIE). Atsushi Maruyama (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (97)
649 (TIE). Gabriel Kidd (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Aqeel (97) 649 (TIE). Matt Taven (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Joe (47)
649 (TIE). Aiden English (1 ballots, 4 points) High Voter: Shawn Sommerville (97)
641 (TIE). Nixon Newell (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: Aqeel (96) 641 (TIE). Emma (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: ceftaxias (96)
641 (TIE). Logan Grey (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: Kevin (96)
641 (TIE). Hijo de LA Park (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: Jon (96)
641 (TIE). Matty Starr (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: Steven Louis Lerner (96)
641 (TIE). Skayde, Jr. (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (96) 641 (TIE). Wheeler YUTA (1 ballots, 5 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (96)
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 9, 2018 23:12:52 GMT -5
500. Kurt Angle (1 ballots, 36 points)
High Voter: Matt (65)
"Why the hell not for a #100 pick?
I think he worked three matches the entire year.
The TLC match was absolutely fucking ridiculous but in a good way.
I really loved the Survivor Series main event, but I was also there live and we know who won and I haven't stopped shaking yet.
But a #100 pick?
498 (TIE). Shogun Okamoto (1 ballots, 37 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (64)
498 (TIE). Cole Radrick (1 ballots, 37 points) High Voter: Lane (64)
497. Karl Anderson (2 ballots, 38 points)
High Voter: Classic Catch (73)
"Pretty much the same bangers as Luke Gallows in 2017:
Wrestlemania ladder match Halloween street fight Revival on Main Event Triple three tag before No Mercy[/li]
Only thing that has Karl slightly ahead is a really good singles match on Raw with Jason Jordan back in October.
Karl's good. Funny thing is he doesn't have to be good. The charisma/comedy is what carries him in WWE and it actually works."
496. Flash Morgan Webster (3 ballots, 38 points)
High Voter: bucky (85)
"Never been a huge proponent of Flash, think he’s the embodiment of “cool moves, no emotion” which is a shame because I️ really want to like the guy but he does have a match against Damian Dunne from ATTACK’s Thank God It’s Not WinterSlam show that I️ inexplicably love and regard it as one of the best matches to happen in Europe this year"
"The match with Soner from Future Shock in May is pretty good. Really tight matwork in the first third, and at least one holy shit spot. The spot in question might be a standard Soner spot, not sure because I have only seen him twice, but I had to rewind it twice it popped me so hard."
"I agree with what most have said about him. He's a decent worker who every once in a while can rise above and give you something very good. Carried Cruz to something decent and had a good match with Haskins in SSS16. I think he's very close to breaking out though. If he can get one more good match under his belt he'll make my list, likely somewhere in the 80s"
"Webster's a guy who has matches that I usually like, but rarely love. He's often pretty fun to watch but rarely WOWs me in any respect. He's on the outside looking in but if I do a deep dive on some of his work for non-PROGRESS UK indies I might see enough to put him in the 80s-90s of my list."
493 (TIE). Dinamic Black (1 ballots, 39 points) High Voter: Jon (62)
493 (TIE). Kazuki Hirata (1 ballots, 39 points) High Voter: John Carroll (62)
493 (TIE). Otto Schwanz (1 ballots, 39 points)
High Voter: Lane (62)
"Someone told Lane to nominate him and he refused. Otto is a fun throwback on CWF, kind of a combo of Mongo McMichael, Bob Roop, and Rick Steiner, though not as slick as any of them (okay, he's slicker than Mongo). I am not enamored with his comedic stuff, but he's a good gatekeeping type heel in a promotion like CWF, and when you put him in with the bigger stars he has credibility. Lots of people are really high on his Trevor Lee match"
492. Fabian Aichner (3 ballots, 39 points)
High Voter: ceftaxias (83)
"Maybe it's stupid to nominate a guy off of just two tv matches, but the Ohno and Gargano matches are both super fun and two of my favorite tv matches in all of the WWE this year. He's a cool move guy both in that he can do flippy/balance stuff and insane power moves. I thought he looked credible in terms of size and heft v. Ohno, while not looking like a physical superior to Gargano and that is a hard balance to strike. Badly want to see him v. Oney."
489 (TIE). Stephen Wolf (1 ballots, 40 points)
High Voter: Case Lowe (61)
"Had a decent showing in his match against Austin Theory in Evolve and has done well in his sporadic Freelance appearances. I'm going to do a dive into AAW later and that will determine if he makes my list or not"
489 (TIE). Gino Gambino (1 ballots, 40 points) High Voter: Kevin (61)
489 (TIE). BT Gunn (1 ballots, 40 points) High Voter: Charles Dulaney (61)
488. Laredo Kid (2 ballots, 40 points)
High Voter: Jon (72)
"Guy seems to be very over as a sort of special attraction wrestler with a lot of people. Good and impressive highspot dude who I have seen have some fun stuff, but I don't personally "get him" as much as I do some other guys. Still he's someone I would take recommendations on if someone wanted to go to bat for him."
486 (TIE). Bonesaw (1 ballots, 41 points) High Voter: James Flahavan (60)
486 (TIE). El Terrible (1 ballots, 41 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (60)
485. Joey Ryan (2 ballots, 41 points) High Voter: Tyler McBee (22)
483 (TIE). Damien Corvin (1 ballots, 42 points) High Voter: James Flahavan (59)
483 (TIE). Matt Sydal (1 ballots, 42 points) High Voter: Bryan Rose (59)
"Ha, it's funny - Makabe is easily one of my least favorite wrestlers in the world, but somehow he'll make my top-100. The bottom of it, but still. He mostly makes his case w/ some really fun tags he was a part of + I really liked him vs. Fale from the first day of G1."
478 (TIE). Mr.Niebla (1 ballots, 43 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (58)
478 (TIE). Vordell Walker (1 ballots, 43 points) High Voter: Pete Schirmacher (58)
478 (TIE). ASUKA (WAVE) (1 ballots, 43 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (58) 477. Satanico (2 ballots, 43 points) High Voter: Gagne West (67) 476. Gangrel (2 ballots, 43 points)
High Voter: Problematic (65)
"For your still active, former WWE/WCW/ECW stars, Gangrel has got to be way up near the top of the list in terms of guys who can still work in every since of the term. I don't think I've seen a Gangrel match that didn't have him working the hell out of a crowd successfully in years, and this year is no exception as he always gets the locals hype. His offense is good in a Yatsuish way as he has a few things that he does really well (powerslam, bulldog, russian legsweep, superplex, impaler) and he's not only great at executing them, but really smart about when he puts them into a match. Occasionally he will shock you with something nuts like the spinning powerslam off the top he does to John Skyler in their match this year which is legitimately excellent and everyone should watch. His matches always build well, he sells incredibly well, there are always compelling heat sections, he can throw a punch better than all but a handful of guys on the indies, and man can he still bump for a guy his age. He literally does a flatback bump on the floor as a fucking stock bump. At his age. It's crazy in a good way. I'll rate him." 473 (TIE). Zeuxis (1 ballots, 44 points) High Voter: Dylan Harris (57) 473 (TIE). The Undertaker (1 ballots, 44 points)
High Voter: onorub (9)
"I might be jumping the shark here, but i think he deserves to be on the discussion for the low 80's for having a pretty emotional retirement(?)."
"All-time great retirement, not so good match. Sorry Taker."
"He's not making it but I will say the Reigns match was much, much better on tape than it was in the building. I was fucking tired and sunburnt to hell by that point.
Loved his little run in the Rumble too.
Volume honestly doesn't matter as much to me anymore for a top 100 list (unless we're talking the top guys and then it matters a ton), but I've got to have SOMETHING. And a single ***1/2 WM main event just isn't enough." 473 (TIE). Black Dragon (1 ballots, 44 points) High Voter: Jon (57)
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 10, 2018 6:44:48 GMT -5
472. Koji Doi (2 ballots, 44 points) High Voter: Robin Reid (75)
471. Shinjiro Ohtani (2 ballots, 44 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (63) 468 (TIE). Shazza Mackenzie (1 ballots, 45 points) High Voter: Mike E King (56) 468 (TIE). Damien Slater (1 ballots, 45 points) High Voter: Kevin (56) 468 (TIE). Daisuke Masaoko (1 ballots, 45 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (56) 467. White Mike (3 ballots, 45 points)
High Voter: Problematic (77)
"I have time for banter guys and Mike is certainly one. Gymnasty Boys are a good team, he has a great finish, his comedy matches are actually funny, et. There are a lot of criticisms you can make of him, but he gets a ton out of his skillset and I enjoy watching him"
"One of the most fun hours of pro wrestling I had towards the beginning of 2017 was watching White Mike matches after hearing about him for a bit. Really glad I took the plunge, his matches are fun and he has one of the better finishers in pro wrestling right now."
"I actually think he's a guy who is way better than he's given credit for. The more you watch him the more you realize that his gimmick is often a gateway to a weird workrate indie beast that lies just beneath the service of that ridiculous look. It's a weird comparison, but in some ways he's like a modern Billy Black, an explicitly white trash gimmick who does crazy shit like the can opener or split legged moonsaults off of the guardrail and it somehow all works. I'd honestly rather watch him than almost anyone else on the indies both in a comedy match AND in a workrate and/or traditional tag and that is saying something." 466. YOSHI-HASHI (3 ballots, 45 points)
High Voter: Michael Levy (70)
"YOSHI-HASHI is far from my favorites, I really don't care for him, but he had a good year. Some really good, fun matches throughout it."
"If not for Hiromu killing it through June and Okada/Shibata being a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing, YOSHI-HASHI would have the best NJPW title match of the year against Suzuki.
I'm not kidding."
"Is there a more underappreciated wrestler in the world today than YOSHI-HASHI? I don't think so. Really solid stuff in the G-1 and some other pretty good matches against SANADA in the NJ Cup and Dunne in RevPro. While he probably won't make my list, he's very much someone who just misses the cut as opposed to having no chance."
"I had something of an affinity for YOSHI-HASHI through 2016 but I feel like either someone was slipping me DMT for a few years or he regressed massively because I almost exclusively hated him in 2017. I feel like he didn't show up in his big matches aside from the aforementioned Suzuki bout, with his interactions with the champion at Dominion also being a high point in the year for him. He was the worst part of the G1 for me, notably stinking it up in his Korakuen main event and only really turning things around in his match with Fale, bafflingly. Was not into the Omega match and while I didn't see the Cole match, I can't imagine it was much different. Where I used to see a goofy, spunky career midcarder who could occasionally go toe to toe with his betters, I now just see a guy with a total lack of fire. He didn't make my list last year but he at least had the New Year's Dash match where he held his own against AJ and Omega and sure didn't feel like a fifth wheel there, and he doesn't have anything close to that for me in 2017. I guess I wouldn't disparage anyone for slipping him in on the higher end of their list, but man, I just don't see it." 463 (TIE). Niebla Roja (1 ballots, 46 points) High Voter: Dylan Harris (55) 463 (TIE). Atsushi Aoki (1 ballots, 46 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (55) 463 (TIE). Wild Boar (1 ballots, 46 points) High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (55) 462. Dowie James (2 ballots, 46 points) High Voter: ScorpioCorp (43) 461. Heath Slater (3 ballots, 46 points) High Voter: Classic Catch (75) 460. Darius Lockhart (3 ballots, 46 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (62)
"UP and coming guy, who's done some fun stuff in PWX and CWF this year. Kind of fast paced dude, but he can grapple a little bit, and I think he has old school sensibilities. He seems above average at selling an angle while wrestling too, which is kind of rare these days"
459. Carmella (3 ballots, 46 points)
High Voter: Shaquill Stewart (43)
"Has also benefitted from being able to hide in multi-women matches that ended up being very good.
Her cashing in and winning the SD Live Women's title will end up being quite the moment. Love the deal with Ellsworth.
4 spots better than Cody Rhodes in my Top 100."
"She is one of my favorite parts of Smackdown and has been for a bit now. Wrestling wise, shes fine. Everything else she has is great and has improved so much since last year. Putting MITB on her was absolutely the right decision...will pop big for the cash-in." 457 (TIE). Leo Howlett (1 ballots, 48 points)
High Voter: Tommy (53)
"He's emerged as a very late wild card for me. Another NWL guy, he is sort of a throwback in look and even arguably wrestling style. In some respects he reminds of a less explosive PCO, in that he has some very impressive highspots for a guy with his build, but can also slow a match down more than some might like. I honestly don't mind it. He's really a great garbage match wrestler. His singles matches with Jimmy Jacobs and Gary Jay were very good to great, and The Howletts tag team is very good even if it's arguable he's not even the best guy in it match to match. There series with Royal Blood is actually pretty great by any measure. He's another one where it almost feels like a wasted vote to include him, and I'm not sure I'd have him very high, but I am also unsure if I really think there are 100 guys who were better than him in 2017" 457 (TIE). Soner Dursun (1 ballots, 48 points)
High Voter: Brock Jahnke (53)
"One of the new hot young stars bubbling in the UK scene. Had an incredible run in FutureShock as the Adrenaline champ having MOTN on a ton of shows against guys like Travis Banks, Pete Dunne, Bubblegum, Spud and others. He doesn’t have the immediate crowd grabbing charisma a Kip Sabian has but he delivers in the ring in a way Kip Sabian hasn’t yet. Could make my list in the bottom half."
"Quentin mentioned this kid to me before I began my recent little dive into 2017 FutureShock and then I excitedly messaged him this morning going "YOU GOTTA SEE THIS MATCH" when he, in fact, was the one who brought it up to me in the first place.
This sort of thing happens a lot with us.
Anywho, yeah, Dursun's a lot of fun. Looks like and wrestles like a young kid, which seems to be backed up by the fact that he's got less than 100 documented matches on Cagematch as of this writing. The earliest is from 2012, which belies a level of experience I think, because he definitely feels like a kid who's only now gotten his feet under him this year. Still, he's stretching those motherfuckers out and it's made for the highlight of what has proven to be a mostly unappealing look at a smaller UK fed. He's got a smidgen of size on his side (at least compared to the usual UK lilliputians) as well as enough baby fat left to make him come across younger than he probably is, and he uses both to great effect. Classic sort of junior heavyweight style with a few more modern spotfest ideas thrown in from time to time, but not too many as he's not quite experienced enough to pull many off yet and he knows it. Uses a frog splash as a finish and you can actually see him get better and better at it as time goes on, which I think is real neat.
He was FutureShock's midcard/junior heavyweight champion for most of the year and it was clear that FutureShock wanted to make him a big deal as they brought in a number of bigger names from around the UK to come in and lose to him, resulting in two good matches from Travis Banks, an alright match with "Flash" Morgan Webster, a match with Bubblegum I've yet to see, a pair of recent matches with Pete Dunne I've also yet to see, and this lovely little standout from Rockstar Spud in June that I highly recommend and will easily make its way into the high middle portion of my MOTY list.
As for Dursun himself, he'll probably make my list. Between the Bubblegum and Dunne matches (as well as a James Drake match I might end up liking, who knows), there's a lot left in his FutureShock pool for me to sink my teeth into. I'll give a look at his PCW work as well to see if there's anything worth checking out there. If there is, he'll easily make my list."
456. Solar (3 ballots, 48 points) High Voter: ceftaxias (75)
455. Goldust (4 ballots, 48 points) High Voter: Matt (83)
451 (TIE). Ryan Smile (1 ballots, 49 points) High Voter: Aqeel (52)
451 (TIE). Hirai Kawato (1 ballots, 49 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (52)
"Probably the best case for any of the NJPW young lions to make lists. He's the emotional core of every single tag match, and is already one of the best underdog babyfaces in the company. He still has a lot of room to grow, but if he gets sent somewhere smart for excursion (UK might be perfect for him) he will improve very very quickly."
"It's crazy how good Kawato has gotten in such a short amount of time. He's a star in basically every tag match he's in and shows tremendous fire. Even as a Young Lion, he ranks among the best of NJPW's Junior Heavyweights."
451 (TIE). Ken Ohka (1 ballots, 49 points) High Voter: John Carroll (52)
451 (TIE). Bea Priestley (1 ballots, 49 points) High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (52)
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 10, 2018 7:23:26 GMT -5
*UPDATE: Found another duplicate. Everyone from before moves up one spot.
448 (TIE). Yoshitatsu (2 ballots, 49 points)
High Voter: Robin Reid (76)
"He doesn't really have much going for him on the whole, but he was also the MVP of what might be the Match of the Year. Life's funny sometimes."
"Only saw the Tag League match with Kento against Ishikawa and Suwama, but what a match that was. An easy MOTYC and even if he wasn't the star, he held his own. Really not something I would have ever expected."
448 (TIE). Penelope Ford (2 ballots, 49 points) High Voter: Simon (76)
447. Josh Bodom (2 ballots, 49 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (72)
446. Markus Crane (2 ballots, 49 points)
High Voter: Lane (54)
"Absolute maniac who routinely gets scoop slammed into hand saws. Walks with a limp and is definitely younger than me. I just watched him and Alex Colon from Game Changer's Wisconsin show and it was honestly one of the best deathmatches I've ever seen. Worked at a hell of a pace with lots of creative light tube spots, and pretty much everything is hit really clean. Markus could sneak in my bottom 10 with one or two more of these fucked up spectacles."
"One of those deathmatch guys who I don't like because he does a bunch of wacky stuff but doesn't have the match structure or sheer charisma to back it up. However, literally every time I saw him in 2017 I went "aww shit, I don't want to review this" and ended up watching and reviewing his match anyway because it impressed me so maybe I'll have to turn around and become a fan of his sooner or later. Then again, he has a Guy Fawkes mask tattoo."
445. Mojo Rawley (3 ballots, 49 points)
High Voter: Shaquill Stewart (48)
"New York Mike is too scared to pull the trigger, but ask yourself these questions?
Was the Andre Battle Royal fun?
Is the running punch a legit awesome move(z)?
Are the Hype Bros not a sneaky fun tag team?
Was the 6 way that gave us Jinder Mahal, future world champ, not really good?
Above Brock on the depth chart."
"A friend of Gronk is a friend of mine.
Love the Mojo, I will make a spot for him."
443 (TIE). Drew Parker (1 ballots, 50 points) High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (51)
443 (TIE). Wrecking Ball Legursky (1 ballots, 50 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (51)
442. Mari Apache (2 ballots, 50 points)
High Voter: Pat McCarley (47)
"Basically the old grumpy vet of Stardom. She comes in, lariats the hell out of the lower card wrestlers and puts them in lucha holds for good measure. Always fun watching her."
441. Robbie Eagles (2 ballots, 50 points) High Voter: Jack (9)
437 (TIE). Kathy Harvey (1 ballots, 51 points) High Voter: Charles Dulaney (50)
437 (TIE). Will Ferrara (1 ballots, 51 points) High Voter: Chris Wilcox (50)
437 (TIE). Tyler Bateman (1 ballots, 51 points) High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (50)
436. Konami (2 ballots, 51 points)
High Voter: Pat McCarley (49)
"One of the few female shoot style workers in joshi and she's gotten a lot of exposure now since she's at Stardom.
Was already one of the top workers the moment she stepped in the ring back in December for her debut but she's settled into the Stardom house style while still keeping her own submission style. Wished the grappling style match she had with Command Bolshoi on Pure-J's debut show made NicoPro.
Had a great matches with Kairi Hojo and Io Shirai along with a decent match with Toni Storm. Completely carried Hetzza (who is not good at all) to a decent match on a house show. Have to finish watching the rest of the 5 Star GP but will definitely make my list."
A hoss. Obviously a good brother. And one of the standouts of the UK Classic. He had the first good match on Night 1. Then he killed it against Trent Seven and Tyler Bate on night 2.
I want to hang out with Wolfgang.
Tag match from Brooklyn and also the UK Title match with Pete Dunne are also very good.
I have no idea what he's done outside WWE but if there are any bangers, please pass them my way."
"Plain and simple, Wolfgang sort of floored me in the UK Tournament match against Bate. The tale of this burly Scotsman who's been slumming it for years in pubs and the pre-boom UK indies, watching people pass him by, getting this huge chance at the big time only to come face-to-face with this 19 year old phenom who is simply better than he'll ever be is such a great story that unfolds so well over the course of that match, largely due to the efforts of the veteran. His case is padded out with other fun matches against T-Bone and WALTER but the real crux that he'll live and die on for me is that Bate match."
434. Kumagoro (2 ballots, 52 points) High Voter: Robin Reid (66)
433. Stevie Fierce (2 ballots, 52 points)
High Voter: Matt Rogers (53)
"Good heel, very capable of delivering a great match though I confess I haven't seen a great match of his this year. If i randomly decide to deep dive Freelance I expect he will emerge with a good shot of making my ballot"
"So I know I am probably one of the only people in the forum who can make a good case for Stevie on their ballots and will likely be the highest voter for him if anyone else puts him on their ballot as I have likely have seen the most Stevie here. I have been to all of Freelance shows this year other than 2 and with Freelance stopping the streams and the shows being the price they are without a streaming service it is hard for people to watch them. All of this will be live bias other than one match I will mention.
Stevie in Freelance has become the most over wrestlers in the company sans Isais and Suge D. He is a great character and a heel that gets cheers and boos in all of his matches. The bulk of his great matches comes from Robert Anthony, Matt Cage, his performance in the rumble to get his number one contendership of cheating Suge D out of that chance which they still need to pay off and will at the end of the year, a match of the year contender against GPA, an amazing dream match between him and B-Boy, and the Space Monkey match at the last show. He is the MVP of the second half of the company this year (first going to Matt Cage towards his retirement). With 2 shows left in the year
Outside of Freelance Stevie has risen his profile riding with Matt Knicks to different promotions. I have seen him live at SCI Rumble, IWA Midsouth, SUP Graps, Glory Pro, and Black Label Pro. I quite enjoyed the triple threat match he had at the Rumble. The match he had with Aaron Williams at the IWA Midsouth show was pretty good on a very solid Thursday show before SCI weekend. His Freelance title defense against Gary Jay at SUP Graps was my favorite match on that card which was a very good show. He was in scrambles at Glory Pro and BLP which he was pretty good in both of those from what I remember. The only match I have seen of his outside of Freelance on tape was his match with Alex Daniels at CWF which was a match I really enjoyed a lot. He has also had matches in Alpha-1 in a four way for the Freelance title, a slew of them in Championship Wrestling From Hollywood, against Willie Mack at Championship Wrestling from Arizona for Freelance title, and against Effy at FEST that I still want to see to see if I can raise him up when I make a ballot."
432. Arez (1 ballots, 53 points)
High Voter: Jon (48)
"Look, I did not go in to 2017 expecting some skinny indie luchador I had barely heard of to make it on to my ballot, but he keeps popping up in incredibly fun matches. The 2/26 three-way match is an incredibly violent and bloody apuestas match with the 3 indie guys dropping everything they have. He holds his own in the big multi-man matches with lots of dives and spots, but when he gets a chance to show it he is also really good at wrestling on the mat, as shown in the 10/11 IWRG match and the 11/2 title match vs. Pantera. He's been in enough really good matches this year to wind up somewhere towards the end of my list."
431. Sanshiro Takagi (2 ballots, 53 points) High Voter: John Carroll (53)
430. Alex Daniels (1 ballots, 54 points)
High Voter: Brock Jahnke (47)
"Has announced his intention to retire with his last match being a three way against Curt Stallion and Keith Lee at Alpha 1 in November. He's a talented guy so it's a shame, but talent without passion means fuck all in pro wrestling so it's probably best he's getting out. In any case he's leaving on a year where he's got a strong resume of matches, having looked sharp at the Southern Underground Pro debut show, had some great showings in CWF v. Logan LaRoux, Chip Day, and Trevor Lee, and did some fun stuff in Glory Pro, AIW and elsewhere."
"Real shame he's retiring, but I get it. He was definitely held back a bit by the Affleck thing, so it makes sense that he said his heart wasn't really in it. Still, him working Garrini at EVOLVE felt like an assurance that they would both be stars within a few years. Guess instead we will go 1 for 2."
"He slipped through my fingers in my 2016 viewing when I had a mind to start watching him and that's an utter shame considering how much I love him in 2017. Was a bright spot in the wasteland of AAW midcards when I was catching up with that promotion. Started strong in CWF Mid-Atlantic with the Chip match and then blew me away with the Trevor match that might just be my favorite Trevor defense yet. As of right now I've only seen maybe 12, 15 of his matches and it's far and away enough for him to make it onto my list. I actually quite like the Affleck gimmick and appreciate that it doesn't permeate his work more than it does currently."
429. Takanori Ito (2 ballots, 54 points) High Voter: John Carroll, Robin Reid (74)
427 (TIE). Joshua Bishop (1 ballots, 55 points)
High Voter: Lane (46)
"I admit this is a real borderline one, but I see talent in this kid. He's another AIW rookie, shows great fire, is more of a striker than a flyer which I also appreciate. Extra points because I can see him clearly turn something on when he gets in the ring that steps up his real self to his performer self which is something I think is cool and relatively rare these days."
"He'll for sure be in my ballot somewhere between 90-100. Has had a really good first year. He's got a good look and his striking is scary good for someone whose not been around long at all."
427 (TIE). Rina Yamashita (1 ballots, 55 points)
High Voter: JML (46)
"Rina Yamashita has had a breakout 2017 with her home promotion going on a little hiatus earlier this year. She's had some battles with Yoshiko this year and eventually beat Ryo Mizunami to become the Regina de WAVE. She even has a minor storyline going in Oz Academy trying to gain permission from Dynamite Kansai to use Splash Mountain. Her profile in the west isn't as high probably because she's based in Zabun wrestling promotions that don't make tape or have a weird upload schedule on their streaming service."
426. Dirty Daddy (4 ballots, 55 points)
High Voter: Lane (76)
"I like the Daddy and Snooty Fox team a good bit. They aren't super polished, but they have a fun true babyface feel in an era where so many good guy teams don't play it straight. I also love the Daddy and Cain Justice dynamic that sort of is always present in the RGL ranks in CWF. Can be a deceptively nasty striker at times, has really become a great sympathy seller, and I'm a fan of his wider range of offense even if he isn't the crispest guy on earth."
"The only problem with all the Cain Justice hype is that I think it's overshadowed how good Dirty Daddy has gotten. Just from the end of last year at Battlecade to now he seems like he's improved leaps and bounds. He has really great babyface fire and an ability to get the crowd behind him that's really refreshing to see in 2017. Would also agree with the statement about him being a deceptively nasty striker because he will throw some really stiff forearms at times.
The most recent singles match with Cain Justice is the best match I've seen from him this year but he and Snooty also have had some good matches against The Dawsons which is a team I find myself generally being disappointed with."
425. Naomi Yoshimura (1 ballots, 56 points) High Voter: John Carroll (45)
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 10, 2018 10:17:34 GMT -5
UPDATE: Another duplicate was found. Move all wrestlers up 1 spot. (I made the executive decision that no one actually means to vote for La Parka)
423. Aramis (1 ballots, 57 points) High Voter: Jon (44)
422. Nikki Bella (2 ballots, 57 points) High Voter: Matt (66)
421. Masakatsu Funaki (1 ballots, 58 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (43)
419 (TIE). Aja Kong (2 ballots, 59 points) High Voter: ceftaxias (61)
419 (TIE). Dr. Cerebro (2 ballots, 59 points) High Voter: Jon (50)
418. Kagetsu (3 ballots, 59 points) High Voter: Francis Adu (68)
417. HAYATA (2 ballots, 60 points)
High Voter: John Carroll (59)
"One of NOAH's best juniors this year, both working alongside YO-HEY and other members of the RATEL'S faction, and in good singles stuff against guys like Ishimori and Ohara."
416. Steve O' Reno (2 ballots, 60 points) High Voter: Erin Quinn (36)
415. Andrew Everett (1 ballots, 61 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (40)
414. Villano III Jr. (2 ballots, 61 points) High Voter: Gagne West (62)
413. Blue Panther (3 ballots, 62 points)
High Voter: Gagne West (73)
"Had a similar year to Casas except I liked his a bit better: fun tags and 6-mans with his cubs, and a headline feud with Sam Adonis, in which he gave some of his firiest babyface performances in years. Still impeccable on the mat and knows how to make a dive matter. Lacks a really high-end match (partly thanks to Tirantes) but has surely done enough to make my list."
412. Masa Kitamiya (3 ballots, 62 points) High Voter: Skylar (64)
411. Ayako Hamada (1 ballots, 63 points)
High Voter: JML (38)
"Mostly off of her coming into AAA to purposely get good matches out Taya Valkyrie and the rest of the luchadoras. The first Reina de Reinas title match with Taya was ok but Hamada was the better of the two in ring despite coming in as surprise for the first time in years, not getting a superstar reaction and dealing with fans that wanted Lady Shani to win the battle royal to face Taya.
The street fight isn't even close to the best match in her career but she did damnedest for it to be the best match for Taya's and put over Taya strong. She couldn't save that clusterfuck TripleMania match where Sexy Star shot on two people in the match but who could. I want to see the Lady Shani match she had last week if she came through again. Her mixed tag work in AAA is ok as she sold really well for Kevin Kross to make him look like a killer early in the year. Will make my list."
410. Dragon Kid (2 ballots, 63 points) High Voter: Case Lowe (65)
409. Marcius Pitt (1 ballots, 64 points) High Voter: Kevin (37)
408. Koji Iwamoto (2 ballots, 64 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (48)
407. Brian Kendrick (1 ballots, 65 points)
High Voter: ceftaxias (36)
"Actually been way better on TV this year than you'd think given that no one talks about him.
Had that lengthy feud with Tozawa which had the excellent blowoff that I didn't actually watch but heard nothing but good things about.
Had a good match on Main Event with Cedric Alexander at one point. Was also in the five way match where Enzo became #1 contender."
406. Masato Tanaka (2 ballots, 65 points)
High Voter: Greg Rossbach (58)
"Has probably flown under most folks' radar due to primarily wrestling in Zero-1, but Tanaka has had a really good year. He's settled nicely into the grizzled, hard-hitting vet role and can more than keep up with quick, work-rate heavy guys like Kenoh and Atsushi Kotoge in NOAH. Pretty solid top 50 pick."
405. Kzy (2 ballots, 65 points) High Voter: John Carroll (56)
"He's an NWL guy I've largely missed watching, but the NWL hardcore swear he's really good, as does have the roster and that matters to me. Dude has height and athleticism and seems to have some presence so I'm excited to deep dive him. If ole Black Superior submits a ballot, I suspect he might vote for him."
402. Rickey Shane Page (2 ballots, 67 points) High Voter: Lane (67)
401. Cyrus the Destroyer (2 ballots, 67 points)
High Voter: Sam DiMascio (65)
"Wait, there's no thread for this guy? I should've known from my time running the WKO 100 not to take this stuff for granted. Total beast of a man. Will straight up maul you, also possesses some surprising athleticism that he incorporates wisely into his matches. Once took a bump that straight up broke the cage he was in. One of the best regulars in Anarchy, which was one of the best promotions of 2017. Had an epic showdown with Mecha Mercenary in the CWF Rumble. Would be higher if there were more of his GPW stuff available, but still feels like a guy that needs to make my list.
Recommended matches: vs. Gunner Miller (GPW, 2/4) Scenic City Rumble (SCI, 3/4) w/ Gladiator Jeremiah, Se7en, & Azrael vs. Billy Buck, Gunner Miller, Chris Spectra, & Kevin Blue (Anarchy, 6/24)"
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 11, 2018 8:52:24 GMT -5
UPDATE: Another duplicate. Bump everyone up from the prior entries up another ranking. WILL be posting a final edited list before hitting 250.
399. The Panther (2 ballots, 67 points) High Voter: Jon (61) 398. Rey Cometa (3 ballots, 67 points)
High Voter: Kevin Brown (61)
"The Cavernario and Soberano matches alone get him on my list. A good candidate for one of the most underappreciated great workers in Mexico."
"Good sprint worker, precise high-flier, and a solid bumper. Indeed one of the most underrated luchadores in the world and his series with Cavernario was great." 397. Mickie James (4 ballots, 67 points) High Voter: Matt (62)
396. Mecha Mercenary (2 ballots, 68 points)
High Voter: Steven Louis Lerner (48)
"Another super fun big guy. Where his partner Aaron Biggs is more of a spot guy to me, Mecha is more the guy who can convincingly take heat despite his massive size, and then decapitate someone with a clothesline and/or feed to a hot tag without looking like a giant chump. He seems to get more singles opportunities than Biggs, though that could be a figment of my imagination. The Trevor Lee match was super fun and one of the more different Trevor matches of the year which is something I really appreciate at this stage of his title run. He's not as charismatic as Biggs, but there is a sort of fun loving authenticity to Mecha that makes him more endearing than Aaron. When the team inevitable splits I hope they exploit that to the fullest." 395. JT Dunn (2 ballots, 69 points)
High Voter: Patrick Alvarez (43)
"The Riddle match from Beyond the other day was really good, as was his previous Beyond match. I'm not sure I could tell you what he's done the rest of the year, but I have liked two of his matches a whole lot and that's not a bad starting place. Never thought of myself as a big fan of his, but I might snoop around" 394. Daichi Hashimoto (3 ballots, 69 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (51)
393. Jason Cade (4 ballots, 69 points)
High Voter: Aqeel (78)
"The Darby match from the first MLW show was a really fun match, and probably Cade's best match of the year. He's broken out more this year, and is probably more known than he was a year ago, but I think without having a solid base of operation he's been harder to track. I did dig his heel work and match v. Stallion at the SCI, and he seems to hold pace with the other flippy guys when he's in their with them so he does have some range. At this point he'd need a deeper resume of top matches to make my ballot, but it's not out of question." 392. Tyler Breeze (4 ballots, 69 points)
High Voter: Ben (71)
"Fashion Files. Breezango.
Stupid fun tag team matches against the Usos in the Spring. Didn't do too much more on TV in the ring although I did see them have some bangers at the live events versus The Colons.
God bless this whacky gimmick. " 391. Taichi (2 ballots, 70 points)
High Voter: John Carroll (58)
"Yeah I know he's bad but he's officially become BIG MATCH TAICHI now. The Aoyagi match is actually fucking good, the Liger match was perfectly set up, and his team up with TAKA was a **** match! He has a better high end resume then a lot of people who will make this list. Way better than Jinder."
"Played his part well in the Liger match and his tag match with Kannemaru against Funky Future was solid. But there's no getting around the fact that Taichi sucks. Granted his matches are easily the most overbooked of any Suzuki-Gun member, but outside of two nice-looking kicks and decent facial expressions the guy's got nothing."
"I really liked his BOSJ run - the match vs. Liger is the best one of the whole tournament. Also some fun Suzuki-gun tags + a really good singles vs. Yuma Aoyagi in AJPW." 390. Toru Yano (4 ballots, 70 points)
High Voter: Heikki Oinonen (58)
"Bound to be a controversial pick, but the Sublime Master Thief is a very good candidate to round out the bottom of my list. Yes he's a comedy wrestler, but there are few things I find more entertaing than a Toru Yano match. Unlike Enzo who's gimmick is that he sucks to cover for his awful ring work, Yano is a guy who has a great sense of psychology. His in-ring shenanigans are not only humorous but actually make sense and if you look closely at his pin attempts, they're actually very tight and creative (Yano is an experienced shoot grappler). While he had a dud against Elgin, most of Yano's G1 run consisted of really fun sprints and perhaps the greatest comedy match of all time against Kenny Omega. And when you include his entertaining work in Chaos tag matches, you have a guy who's a pretty solid top 80-90 contender." 389. Keisuke Okuda (1 ballots, 71 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (30) 388. YO-HEY (2 ballots, 71 points) High Voter: John Carroll (49)
"Having to team with LEONA has hamstrung him from a real feud for next month, but I've generally loved him as part of RATEL'S. The feud between them and XX has produced the most fun tag matches in NOAH all year. " 387. Ric Converse (2 ballots, 71 points)
High Voter: Gagne West (32)
"Elder statesman of CWF Mid-Atlantic, I like him in his role as the biological father who shows up from time to time to put a corrective hurting on his kids and/or the step dad who is out of line in how he is handling family problems. I think he's been at minimum fun in every match he's had make tape this year, felt like a significant part of the Rumble match that was a banger, and the CW Anderson feud that laps over with Modern Vintage has been consistently good. He's got a huge career v. title match coming up at BattleCade that should be a banger." 386. Hana Kimura (3 ballots, 71 points)
High Voter: Pat McCarley (37)
"Part of the best stable in wrestling, Kimura generally is a fun wrestler but has stepped it up when she has had a chance. Will probably make the bottom part of my list." 385. Punishment Martinez (5 ballots, 71 points) High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (58)
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 11, 2018 15:27:27 GMT -5
384. Tony Nese (2 ballots, 72 points)
High Voter: Shawn Sommerville (51)
"Looking at my spreadsheet, Nese has been in a surprising amount of matches I've dug. He doesn't have a lot of matches I'd consider great, but he has a hell of a lot of good matches and I think that says something. He's a consistent *** match guy on 205 Live, in my opinion. He's a rock solid enhancement talent type, and that might be enough to put him in the 90-100 range."
"Tony Nese might be the very definition of a "spot guy". Can be counted on for a cool-looking flip and has crisp execution, but absolutely no connective tissue. Almost all of his matches are 50% rest holds. Other than the May 9 205Live match with Ali and a few multi-mans, one of the most boring wrestlers in WWE."
383. Jimmy Lloyd (3 ballots, 74 points)
High Voter: Lane (56)
"Try hard lunatic of a child wrestler, who travels everywhere, has a video game moonset, and looks like Danny Devito and the Mona Lisa had a child. For senseless workrate sprints there is maybe no one else I would rather watch as he will pretty much do anything and he's managed to turn that into his gimmick. Really want to see the Nick Gage match. Won the Janela clusterfuck deal which popped me beyond belief."
"He's a bit in the Yano/Speedball range of "guy I want to see wrestle literally anyone". I don't know how GOOD he is, but I'm really compelled by him and he might sneak on my list."
"The definition of the "weird-looking guy who is somehow super endearing" archetype. Match with Nicky on TOS was basically a squash and ended up being the second best match on the show. Looked good in the clusterfuck match, bringing much-needed heart to a hot mess of a match that legitimately does not work without him tying it all up in the end. Recently had an opener with Callihan in CZW that might be one of the best matches Callihan's had this year. Always fun to see, always works hard. Has a genuine shot at beating out a bunch of main eventers for a spot on my list."
"Jimmy Lloyd is such a pure boy. You can't help but root for him and all the wacky shit he does. Underrated moment this year was him taking a Canadian destroyer on a gym floor from Aeroboy just because he's Jimmy lloyd and he does those things."
382. John Kermon (1 ballots, 75 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (26)
"Interesting career for this guy, who not pretty much only wrestles for Nova Pro. Don't think he has the volume to make my list but his matches are almost always interesting, and he can be elevated a lot by a great opponent. Beat Adam Cole in a dark match before the first episode of ROH on HDNet."
381. Aaron Biggs (3 ballots, 77 points)
High Voter: Lane (49)
"Really awesome mauler of a wrestler, who will beat dudes senseless in a completely convincing way with a level of energy that is almost unparalleled on the indies. I really wish he worked more places, because I'd love to see him work hoss matches against other big time dudes, but he's also a tremendous squash wrestler and the Sandwich Squad team is so good at what they do. In terms of executed what they are supposed to execute they are as good as any team really. I do wish Biggs got more singles matches in general, but his presence is really big time and that stands out a ton in the places he works."
380. Absolute Andy (3 ballots, 78 points)
High Voter: Ed Mills (46)
"This last remaining wXw big lad without a thread. I dug A4 in the tag league and like the idea of the feud that was set up. I doubt he'd make my cut now, and maybe won't by years end either, but I could see big fans of that company rating him"
379. Violento Jack (1 ballots, 79 points) High Voter: Kevin Brown (22)
378. Su Yung (2 ballots, 79 points) High Voter: Patrick Alvarez (48)
377. Angel Ortiz (2 ballots, 79 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (45)
"Half of EYFBO. One of the best tag teams on earth today. Incredible dynamic with his partner. Great at actually playing a tag wrestler instead of playing a dude in a tag match. Very engaging with the crowd. Highly suggest seeking out him and his partners wXw world tag league work. "
376. Rey Horus (2 ballots, 80 points)
High Voter: Patrick Alvarez (31)
"I actually think he kind of did stand out at BOLA, or at least felt like a fun addition. Good flyer, has a flare for the dramatic too. Don't know why he isn't more places but I do like to watch him wrestle. Probably not enough big time opportunities to make my list, but I'm open to suggestion"
"I had him in my top 20 last year, but I just have not seen enough from him this year to justify such a high position. I also wish he got more chances to show up outside of lucha indie fan cams (besides Lucha Underground, that is), but he is a good enough talent that his limited appearances will get him somewhere in the middle of my list. Here are the matches of his I have rated this year. The Super Astros match was really really great. The match with War Machine was fun but mainly a show of War Machine throwing guys around. If you like US indie multi-man spotfest type matches the 4-way w/Matt Sydal, Lio Rush & Sami Callihan is as good as that type of match gets."
"Had a hell of a match with AR Fox at Mucha Lucha Atlanta 13 where both asked the ref to not send it home yet. Super guy as well."
375. Mark Briscoe (3 ballots, 80 points)
High Voter: Hunter Patterson (70)
"Froggy elbow deal is still a pretty great spot, his charisma is still top tier for the indies, and Da Boy can still wrestle his ass off. Like Jay he killed it at the wXw tag league. No clue what he's done in ROH this year but I"m open to suggestions."
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 11, 2018 21:27:25 GMT -5
374. Mike Draztik (2 ballots, 81 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (44)
"Half of EYFBO. One of the best tag teams on earth today. Incredible dynamic with his partner. Great at playing he sympathetic babyface that has firey comebacks. Highly suggest seeking out him and his partners wXw world tag league work."
373. Ben-K (3 ballots, 81 points) High Voter: Case Lowe (67)
372. Shelton Benjamin (3 ballots, 81 points)
High Voter: Shawn Sommerville (66)
"Shelton had a nice little month of November and it continued on to December. He's just outside my Top 100 BUT I thought I'd put him up for discussion.
He and Gable have some real good chemistry with the Usos (but honestly, who doesn't?).
Shelton had that really good singles match with Jey Uso on Smackdown before having a few banger tag team matches.
Absolutely a low end guy BUT if you're just looking for a name to put at #100, I could think of some worse guys to put there."
371. Takuya Nomura (4 ballots, 81 points)
High Voter: JML (60)
"Best young babyface in the world. He wrestled for AJPW, NOAH, BJW, Wrestle-1, Zero-1, AND NJPW this year. LOVE. THAT. BOY."
370. Demonio Infernal (1 ballots, 82 points)
High Voter: Jon (19)
"I have long accepted that I will be the high vote for Demonio Infernal but I will not accept being the only vote for Demonio Infernal. He is a very well-rounded young indie luchador that is comfortable in bloody brawls, bloody highspots-focused matches, bloody sprints, and bloody matches in general. His 2017 has been incredibly odd, though. He started the year with a great 5-way match and some higher profile singles matches through March. Since then he hs mainly been in random trios matches and even spending a good amount of time in opening or 2nd match matches. He had a cool segment in the 2nd IWRG vs. Indie Warriors match (or was that the 3rd? The one from August).
If you like bloody brawls, check out the singles match vs. Eterno and the singles match vs. Black Dragon. I'm including a lot of matches below that overall are nothing amazing (3-3 3/4* range), but Demonio Infernal often puts in a good performance, and you can see how green some of the guys he is in these matches are yet he still can make something of it. I think he has had a few more higher profile matches I have yet to get to, and if those deliver he will likely make my top 30."
"Just bumping this to add a few more really good Demonio Infernal matches. The rematch vs. Lunatik Extreme is great with Demonio bleeding and bumping everywhere, leading to a big babyface type comeback. The finish is truly horrible, even by indie lucha standards, but everything up to that is a lot of fun. He has really good looking segments in the two trios matches listed below, and while he does not particularly stand out in the two, big multi-man matches he is not bad and they are fun matches. He had a super libre match vs. Lunatik Xtreme in early November that I am still hoping will miraculously turn up online, but even without it he is going to make the top half of my list."
369. Kohei Sato (3 ballots, 82 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (46)
368. Rey Escorpion (3 ballots, 82 points) High Voter: ceftaxias (42)
367. Avalanche (4 ballots, 82 points)
High Voter: Ed Mills (57)
"Honestly he's my favorite guy in WXW. He's not as good as WALTER, and probably not as good as Ilja, but I actually think his aura is in WXW (at least this year) has been more consistently imposing and strict to character than WALTER's if that makes sense (maybe it doesn't, it's a weird point). I have really liked the Dragunov feud even if I think it's been hampered by non-finishes and booing decisions I don't understand. The work has been undeniable and honestly Avalanche is probably a top 5 big lad for me. I'd personally rather see him splash or lariat someone than watch Sekimoto or Okabayashi do their deal. Maybe it's the simplicity and novelty of a guy who looks like a throwback to the Power Plant trainee guys coming in and wrecking motherfuckers like he's a new age Scott Norton, but he's actually my favorite dude to watch match-to-match in WXW. Maybe in all of Europe."
"Finally starting to get caught up on Freelance Wrestling, and one of the guys who stood out to me the most is GPA. I was nervous about if his work could hold up to that of Mustafa Ali's and Isaias Velazquez's when he beat both of them to win the FW title in Decemeber, but since then he had a very solid match against Space Monkey and Isaias Velazquez and very good matches against Stevie Fierce, Anthony Henry, and Matt Cage. Every time he makes his entrance commentary mentions that he seems to improve by years with month to month and sometimes it feels hard to argue that."
"Eterno has had a really good year with several 1 vs. 1 matches that stand out. He is not afraid to get bloody and violent in the brawls and also is a great base for guys who want to flip around and dive. Hell, he even played spunky, flippy tecnico in one or two of those IWRG vs. Indie matches. The singles match vs. Bandido was also a lot of fun as he played the "vet," surviving Bandido's offense and waiting for openings. I even re-watched the match vs. Emperador Azteca as I thought there was no way a singles match with Azteca should be 3 3/4* but damn does Eterno make him work and get a really good match out of it."
Post by concrete1992 on Mar 12, 2018 6:59:45 GMT -5
364. Takashi Sugiura (3 ballots, 83 points)
High Voter: onorub (34)
"Sort of a mini-Shibata, in which he won't have the volume of a lot of guys, but his small amount of stuff is good enough to get him on the list. The Nakajima match is super underrated, and the Cage match was super good and huge for getting Cage over in NOAH. Also he's one of my favorite wrestlers ever so fuck you he's making the list."
363. Maximo (2 ballots, 84 points) High Voter: Jon, Siobhan de Havilland (59)
"One of the few vets who works the indies and has a true aura of intensity and violence that surrounds him where you can put him in their with name indie dudes and instead of it feelings slightly comedic or absurd, it comes across as a war between equals. Enjoyed his matches in AAW with Keith Lee and Muertes, not that either were classics, but both were what I want a Bob Holly match to be. Someone should book him against PCO."
"Will be surprised if I'm not the high vote on him. Saw him wrestle twice in 2017, both times live in front of a hot LaSalle crowd. He's yoked like a male pornstar, and cuts a promo that sounds like the promos my gym teacher used to cut on us in middle school. He throws chops like WALTER, which is a matchup I just realized needs to happen. He parks in the handicap spot directly in front of the LaSalle Knights of Columbus Hall. He shook my hand while packing his bag into his Subaru and told me he "appreciates that [we] remember [him]." Bob fucking Holly."
359. Jake Parnell (2 ballots, 85 points)
High Voter: Jon (54)
"The former and I guess soon to be again Littlest Viking. I actually think he's very underrated, and he may be on the verge of breaking out with upcoming shots in Beyond, Scenic City Trios, and a high profile rematch with Gary Jay at the next Glory Pro event, but I'm not sure there is enough meat for him yet. Having said that the match v. Gary Jay from Zero One Us (on youtube for free) was excellent and one of my favorite indie matches of the year. Felt like a different sort of Jay match and Parnell is a great opponent for Gary. Excited to see if he closes the year strong."
358. Jonah Rock (2 ballots, 85 points)
High Voter: Kevin (32)
"Found a decent match he had against Damian Slater while doing a Youtube dive. If his PWG stuff is any good he might get a spot in the deep parts of my list."
"Kind of surprised he wasn't already nominated, as I'm told he's supposed to be one of the new guys too watch. PWG has booked him, and he's hossy, and some people are pretty hype for him. I didn't love him in BOLA, but I didn't think he was bad either. Would be more interested in seeing him in a setting less about getting shit in, and more about him beating up a smaller guy"
357. Omari (2 ballots, 86 points)
High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (46)
"The favorite son of the British wrestling scene.
Great matches against Keith Lee and Shane Strickland at FCP, always kills it in big multi man matches and in Lucha Forever had a real fun program with Drew Parker. I️ used to think he got by a little too much on crowd support but his output is starting to match the reactions and that reaction has traveled to PROGRESS where he was easily the most over guy on Chapter 56 in his debut. Won’t be high but definitely has a shot at cracking my ballot."
"He was one of the people that impressed me the most from King of Trios this year, but I haven't seen any of his other output. I'll have to check it out."
356. Daga (2 ballots, 86 points) High Voter: Jon (42)
355. Scorpio Sky (2 ballots, 87 points)
High Voter: Pete Schirmacher (28)
"Had a real fun four way against Anthony Henry, Michael Elgin, and Zachary Wentz at CZW's Best of the Best during WM weekend. Appears he's about the be a ROH regular moving forward after working some for Wrestlecircus (RIP) earlier this year and became Cody, The American Nightmare's best friend."
354. Chelsea Green (5 ballots, 87 points) High Voter: Jack (19)
353. Rob Lynch (2 ballots, 90 points)
High Voter: Ben (51)
"Going to make another one for his soon to be retired tag team partner Rob Lynch. Both of their cases are based on their tag team matches with very good showings against South Pacific Power Trip and Ringkampf, and also put one of the best matches of the year in Progress vs. War Machine. I might toss in his Atlas title match against Matt Riddle here as well, although that depends on how big you are on selling(there was not a lot of it). RIP London Riots"
352. Yuko Miyamoto (2 ballots, 91 points) High Voter: John Carroll (30)
351. James Davis (2 ballots, 92 points) High Voter: Ben (50)
350. Maybach Taniguchi (2 ballots, 92 points) High Voter: Robin Reid (41)
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349. Ethan Alexander Sharpe (3 ballots, 92 points)
High Voter: Brock Jahnke (49)
"Super, super schtick heavy at times, which will rub people the wrong way but he's thought of as the MVP of CWF by a lot of people and I think he deserves to be thought about. Has upped his game this year and is a more credible player at this stage. Dig the big punch finish, and I like the arm trap headbutts too. I wish he was banter on 5, instead of banter on 10 sometimes, but he is a good performer and an important part of the operation in Gibsonville."
"I thought he was pretty great in the Trevor Lee match, took a horrific beating and had an Ogawaesque cheap shot offense which really worked in the context of this match. This would be the match that folks could count on if they wanted to put Sharpe on the list"
"Really made a case for himself late in the year with his appearance in the CWF Rumble and the 20 minute time limit match with Trevor. Not sure I can rank him based on two matches alone but it's really tempting. He's got solid stuff throughout the rest of the year, sure, but it's mostly in undercard tags that don't get the room the breathe like these two October matches got. He's on the border for me right now but I won't be shocked if he squeezes his mustachioed ratface onto my list because he really has been one of the most enjoyable heels in wrestling of late."
"He was really good in the Cibernetico match, probably the star of a match that had a bunch of great wrestlers in it."
348. Shinya Aoki (2 ballots, 93 points) High Voter: Sam DiMascio (41)
346. Gran Metalik (5 ballots, 95 points) High Voter: Jason (19)
345. Yuma Aoyagi (2 ballots, 96 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (46)
"Hasn't had a ton of singles opportunities this year, but he's really growing into a good wrestler. He wrestled both Ishii and Okada (the good ones, not that NJPW garbage), and the Taichi match is actually great. Also really fun as Naoya Nomura's partner, even if he might be a slight downgrade from KAI."
344. Shigehiro Irie (2 ballots, 96 points)
High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (41)
"I'm a pretty big fan of Midwest indie trailblazer Irie, less in love with Irie in Japan though I do generally like it. Dude does a pounce so I rate him for that alone and everything else is just icing. More seriously though he is a really great sprint worker or at least can be. Loved him at the debut Glory Pro show, especially the match with Stallion which is one of the best sprints of the year and a match that made Curt in that universe in defeat which is not always easy to execute. Will be interesting to see how he does these last couple of months at your IWA, Glory Pro, Freelance, et events."
343. Eddie Dennis (3 ballots, 100 points) High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (45)
342. Rocky Romero (4 ballots, 102 points)
High Voter: Kevin (53)
"2017 was the year him & Trent really started to shine as a tag team. Rocky's case is very much only based on that tag work w/ Trent. They killed it right until they ended the team. Their match vs. The Bucks from Dominion is quite possibly the greatest Jr. Heavyweight Tag Match of all-time in New Japan."
341. Hikaru Sato (2 ballots, 103 points)
High Voter: Dylan Harris (45)
"Has a lot of really good stuff this year and a legit great match. Also of note his team with Aoki is one of the few things that has been consistently quality despite AJPW's downturn and he is the better of the two. (especially since Aoki's El Samurai tribute gimmick) He got really good matches out of Tajiri and NOSAWA for Christ's sakes so definitely worthy on being on some list. Again probably the 45-75 range for me.
-Koji Iwamoto - 2/26 -Jun Akiyama - 3/27 -Keisuke Ishii - 4/28 -Minoru Tanaka - 7/17* -Tajiri - 7/30 -w/Aoki vs. Black Tiger VII & TAKA Michinoku - 8/27 -Joe Doering - 9/16 (best sub-5 minute match of the year? -w/Okada & Aoki vs. KAI, Nomura, & Aoyagi - 10/9 -w/Aoki vs. Nomura & Aoyagi - 10/21 -w/Aoki vs. Maruyama & Takeda - 11/9
I really like his year to be honest and the match with Tanaka is must watch."
340. Jiro Kushiro (2 ballots, 104 points) High Voter: John Carroll (13)
339. Aaron Williams (3 ballots, 105 points)
High Voter: Lane (63)
"Supposedly had a hell of a year in IWA-MS this year. I know Lane has watched a ton of that, if he submits a ballot I'd want Aaron to have a thread. I am open to suggestions here. I liked one of his TPI matches a good bit, and some of his other stuff has been solid that I've seen, but I feel like I may have missed some of his best stuff."
"Aaron Williams made my list, had a great year with IWA, solid hand, possibly could get back into the title picture in 2018."
338. Bandido (2 ballots, 106 points)
High Voter: damian (47)
"I thought I started a thread for Bandido but I can't find it! I already submitted my ballot and had him at 49 as he had a really strong year and was in some of my favorite matches. He is great at playing a sort of cocky indie superstar standing up against the cockier visiting stars, like in the Soberano match and the tag with Volador. Even the matches against Flamita and Eterno had a similar dynamic where he is today's indie star and the opponent is either just passing through or his time has passed. If you like fast-paced spotty matches Bandido has been one of the best this year."
337. Trey Miguel (3 ballots, 106 points)
High Voter: Case Lowe (62)
"I've seen him twice this year on a vanity promotion that runs near me with top guys. He was the best guy on both shows. Really high effort, super athlete, crazy speed and dive control. He's also very charismatic. He does come across as a bit of a Ricochet clone, but honestly if you are a young flyer that's the guy you need to be ripping from. I prefer him to the other guys in his click, which isn't a knock on them, so much as it is that I"m a fan of his. "
336. Hikaru Shida (3 ballots, 106 points) High Voter: John Carroll (41)
335. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (4 ballots, 106 points)
High Voter: ceftaxias (27)
"Need to dig in to his random tags and such, but the IGF match with Aoki is a Fujiwara classic, and the fact he can still knock out something that good in his 60s is a marvel."
334. Apollo Crews (5 ballots, 106 points) High Voter: Shawn Sommerville (42)
333. Dave Crist (3 ballots, 107 points) High Voter: Lane (50)
332. HZK (5 ballots, 107 points)
High Voter: John Carroll (44)
"One of the youngsters who really stands out in Stardom. Had a four star match with Kairi Hojo in the Cinderella tournament. Someone to watch."
331. Zachary Wentz (4 ballots, 108 points)
High Voter: Sam DiMascio (34)
"Wentz makes my list but wish he was booked in more singles matches in more places. Reminds me of Mike Bailey in some ways in that he has these sick aerial moves while also having nasty strikes.
Ace Perry match in AAW won't blow anyone away but I enjoyed it as two obviously gifted young talent having a "house show style" match. Not saying there was a lack of effort just that seeing young talent that have a whole bunch of cool stuff in their repertoire show constraint was refreshing.
Scarlett & Graves tag work in AAW and CZW has been real good. Not sure I would call it their standout match but his pairing with Cobb in their match against Fox & Cobb was very good. They played off each other well and made me want to see a more competitive match with them down the line.
Has a lot of IWA MS and Rockstar Pro stuff I want to figure out how to watch."
330. Syuri (4 ballots, 113 points) High Voter: Pat McCarley (38)
329. Tim Donst (3 ballots, 114 points)
High Voter: Hunter Patterson (40)
"I have never thought of myself of a huge Donst fan in the past, but he's had some real bangers this year in NOVA Pro where he is as over as it gets. Pretty much every match he's had there has been at minimum decent, and some very good (thought he had the best first round Commonwealth Cup match, loved the John Kerman match from NoVA Project 3). He's kind of sneaky good at stuff you wouldn't think he'd be good at which only helps his case (balance spots, mat wrestling, doing comedy in wrestling without being a comedy wrestler)."
"I've also sort of been iffy on him in the past, but I totally get why he was a huge part of a place like Chikara. He gets over pretty effortlessly, his work is pretty solid, and he has a lot of charisma for a guy with a pretty unremarkable look. He's really been helped by Nova Pro this year, given that he's had opportunities with David Starr, Chip Day, Dijak, Yehi, and Anthony Henry. Still a borderline guy, but I appreciate atleast some discussion about him."
328. YAMATO (4 ballots, 115 points) High Voter: JML (29)
327. Isaias Velazquez (2 ballots, 116 points)
High Voter: Matt Rogers (30)
"Needed to give a shout out to the guy I think is the most underrated wrestler on the indies. I haven't seen him work anywhere but Freelance and Evolve but every time he's there his matches are usually the best on the card. Highlights include teaming with Matt Knicks against Doom Patrol in Evolve and against GPA and Ethan Page in Freelance. I still need to watch his Freelance matches against Austin Theory and Lio Rush as well, but I'm almost positive that those will help his case too."
326. Mercedes Martinez (3 ballots, 116 points) High Voter: Steven Graham (45)
325. Kotoka (3 ballots, 117 points) High Voter: Case Lowe (51)
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324. Joey Lynch (5 ballots, 119 points)
High Voter: Problematic (52)
"Best moonsault in wrestling? His match with Kincaid from SCI was a real sleeper and man he was over as hell down the stretch in the final. The Lynch Mob tag is good and Joey has done some good stuff in Mucha Lucha. Needs some more big time matches and moments, but he's more than capable of having them."
"Had a very good singles match with John Silver that no one saw (night of the Mayweather-McGregor fight). Has nice matches upcoming with Cobb/Henry in a 3 way at MLA, and the Futures/Powerbomb show that should help. Most of his Anarchy stuff has been in a tag team with his brother Matt."
323. Mike Bird (3 ballots, 120 points)
High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (54)
"Mostly I'm making this thread to remind myself down the line to give his contendership more of a look, but also I just want to talk about this guy who I sort of love and hear next to nothing about.
Bird's a Welshman who is based mainly out of ATTACK! and ICW these days, usually in a tag team with "Wild Boar" Mike Hitchman, who I'm also a fan of. They're sort of smaller guys, the stocky Boar being five and a half feet tall and about as wide with Bird apparently clocking in at around 5'9" and 185. Not impressive on paper, but they're relatively large guys compared to much of the UK scene and use their size well, being bruisers who punch well above their weight. What's more, Bird's able to indicate that, while very capable, he's not an indestructible monster and does so without resorting to pointless 50/50 spot trading or comedic overselling. But hey, he's also solid at comedy from what I've seen.
Bird gets brought in for PROGRESS' Atlas Championship scene from time to time and does quite well there, more effectively using his size than guys who outweigh him by 100 pounds, I think. My PROGRESS dive yielded a number of good singles matches for him against a variety of opponents from "Flash" Morgan Webster to Mark Haskins to WALTER, with that last match being quietly the best Atlas-oriented match I've seen this year, something I like quite a bit more than any of the WALTER/Riddle matches.
Right now I'm easing into ATTACK! and a few other UK indies that he'll make an appearance in and I'm also considering (ugh) watching ICW just to get more of this guy. If he's able to scrape together a few more performances I quite like, with or without his tag partner, he's got a real shot at finding the low end of my list."
322. Gladiator Jeremiah (3 ballots, 120 points)
High Voter: Problematic (48)
"Had a better year last year, but that's mainly due to an injury that cut his time this year. The guy can go. Really good flyer, but also a great mat wrestler. Liked his matches with Gunner Miller, Kyle Matthews, and the WarGames performance a lot. A staple of Anarchy, he doesn't have the PCW stuff or Southern Fried stuff making tape this year to kind of bolster his resume, but he still has a shot."
"The match v Corey Hollis from 11.25 Anarchy, which will hopefully be on Powerbomb ASAP, was quite good"
"Hollis match dropped and is great. I'm going to go see him work AR Fox in Cornelia tomorrow and I can't imagine that being anything less than great. With a very good Rex Andrews match at PCW, a very good Jimmy Rave match from SFCW, really strong Anarchy run including a WarGames, multiple Gunner Miller matches, standouts v. Kyle Matthews, Billy Buck, et. It's hard not to see him rating really high on my list."
"Have no idea how it took me until 2017 to finally watch him (outside of some Special K stuff) but Jeremiah impressed me time and again in 2017. Tons of energy and tons of charisma with a gimmick I wouldn't imagine to work nearly so well in north Georgia. Smooth as hell doing moves that shouldn't impress me as much as they do in the age of your Will Ospreays and Ricochets. Highlight of his year for me was the Heritage title match against Kyle Matthews that I'd describe as my favorite Oney Lorcan match of the year outside of WWE. Real good shot at nabbing a low spot on my list."
321. The Bodyguard (3 ballots, 121 points)
High Voter: John Carroll (23)
Folks, he's good. Probably had the best singles match of his career with Miyahara, and The Big Guns are one of the most entertaining teams in Japan."
"Big Guns tag matches are always entertaining and he had a legitimately great showing against Kento for the Triple Crown. Doesn't have Zeus' agility considering his age but very good power game. Could be an 80's-90's pick."
"It's October and my favorite singles match of the year still has the Guard in it. He's on my list without a doubt."
320. Billy Buck (5 ballots, 121 points)
High Voter: Problematic (47)
"Tremendous veteran from the Cornelia wrestling scene, who throws a badass spinebuster. Honestly he's one of my favorite offensive wrestlers on Earth, he's kind of like Yatsu in that he doesn't have a huge arsenal, but all of his shit looks good and he's really smart about where to place it in matches. Have loved him in Anarchy this year as a veteran heel presence who comes out to Miley Cyrus. Probably bottom 15 or so but I couldn't leave him off."
"Throws a tremendous superkick. Sells like a guy 40 pounds lighter. Has an awesome hat."
"Gladiator Jeremiah match at Fright Night was awesome. Give this guy any chance to deliver on a big match or a big angle and he delivers. Great wrestler."
319. Christopher Daniels (5 ballots, 121 points) High Voter: Hunter Patterson (26)
318. John Morrison (5 ballots, 122 points) High Voter: Ted (35)
"A guy who's remained very consistent year after year and moonsault after moonsault as he's put on age and weight, and who makes the most of the random occasions the Wheel of CMLL Opportunity lands on him. His best work was when teamed with Ultimo Guerrero in the Parejas Increibles (would love a full-on heel turn from him) and in the 10/6 lightning match with Hechicero. Add to that consistently eye-catching cameos in CMLL's multi-man clusterfucks and he'll be mid-list for me."
315. Lance Lude (3 ballots, 123 points)
High Voter: Problematic (40)
"Human cannonball, who has made being a hairy, cross eyed, crazy person into a tremendously marketable pro wrestling trait despite being maybe the most undersized high end talent in the business. Watching the way he takes offense and/or hurls himself across the ring on double teams can be equal parts breathtaking and terrifying. He and Rob Killjoy are one of the best tag teams in all of wrestling, and one of the few acts where I will watch any match of their's no matter location, or opponent."
314. Relampago (3 ballots, 123 points) High Voter: Jon (39)
313. Rob Killjoy (3 ballots, 124 points)
High Voter: Problematic (39)
"Sneaky good wrestler, who has singles and tags this year that really pop off. The Ducklings are a great team and I think Rob is the harder nosed worker which is important given that they are both undersized guys who flying around both offensively and defensively. It adds something to the unit that Killjoy is a heavy handed dude, who looks like he lives in bar fights every weekend, and yet can still hang with the pace of Lude. Being one half of one of the better true tag teams in wrestling is likely to get you on my list, but he's a guy who would have a shot even absent that as I tend to be high on him when he's given the chance to work solo"
312. Austin Theory (5 ballots, 124 points)
High Voter: Patrick Alvarez (69)
"I'm not sold on him, but he's been in some good matches this year against a reasonably wide variety of guys, and he's admittedly good for his age. I suspect he's going to be a WWE guy within the next two years and I think he will improve a ton there."
"How does everyone feel about Peyton? I think she has a main roster ready gimmick but needs that big Nxt match. She's had some good tag matches but needs that breakthrough singles match. Still might sneak in the late 90s on my top 100"
"She could easily make my list, love the gimmick and the tag work. I think she'll be put into the NXT Title match in Houston, so maybe that will be the match for her."
"She hasn't really had many chances to shine, but in terms of long term potential she's a star. I think she's gonna win the title at the next TakeOver, and she should have a great run with the belt."
"Definitely the better wrestler of the two in the Iconic Duo. While I think she needs more opportunities to shine, what's made tape has been pretty solid. Not sure if that will be enough to make my list but I'm sure we'll see good things."
310. Austin Aries (6 ballots, 130 points) High Voter: Jason (42)
309. Davey Vega (3 ballots, 131 points)
High Voter: Tommy (25)
"I actually thing he's more fundamentally sound than his partner Mat Fitchett, but he doesn't have the look Fichett has or the explosiveness. Besties have had some very good tags this year, though a of their best stuff has been in NWL which few people watch. Unlikely to make my list, but if you are St. Louis hardcore I could see it."
308. Mia Yim (4 ballots, 131 points)
High Voter: Skylar (36)
"Yim is probably one of the most polished women on the indies. Great matches everywhere from the MYC to Impact to SHIMMER to SWE. Hopefully the WWE connection gets her bookings in Japan or PROGRESS or somewhere where she can really tear it up."
307. Rich Swann (4 ballots, 133 points) High Voter: Ed Mills (41)
306. Yohei Komatsu (5 ballots, 135 points) High Voter: Siobhan de Havilland (43)
305. John Silver (4 ballots, 136 points)
High Voter: Chris Gibbons (35)
"The little strongman gimmick doesn't work for everyone, but I do think he's one of the more consistent performers in his region. I tend to like his offense better than most guys with comparable gimmicks. I'm not sure he has a real marquee match this year, but he's fun to watch. Will be interesting to see him v. Puma at Futures"
"The 8.26 match at Anarchy with Joey Lynch was fun. It was available on FB, and is on powerbomb.tv
Love Silver, his promos are a riot and I think the gimmick works and is unique."
"For a pretty good indie wrestler who works bigger promotions he strangely doesn't work a ton on a yearly basis. Based off Cagematch, the one true wrestling resource, he hasn't cracked 43 matches in a year. Decent year for him but nothing too flashy like last year with Keith Lee and Lio Rush.
The four way from Robbing Peter was good but not sure he was the standout. His match against ZSJ was good but felt like that was the floor for the match. Hope in the later parts of this year we can get back to him working short, explosive matches. That's where he excels. He can work a shoot inspired pro wrestling match pretty well but he hasn't struck that magic chord this year."
"The wrestling pride of my high school. I wish he showed up more, especially in a tag team. The Indies seem like they're begging for more good tag teams to come out but it seems like him and Reynolds barely leave the NYC/LI/Northern Jersey area anymore."
"Love Silver. Great offense and he's always fun to watch. Agree with Sam's points. Lack of volume and standout matches will probably keep him on the lower end of my list."
"Listen, I'm honestly far from the expert on what he's done this year but he had that awesome match with Ace Romero on a Beyond pre-show so that only put's him one or two matches away from inexplicably finding his way into my top 100.
He's been real good for a couple of years now. Sort of a short dude, but who cares."
"He quickly became one of my favorites in the indies this year. Really good matches with the likes of Romero, ZSJ, Puma King, Gresham, Jay Freddie, Starr, Hot Sauce,Joey Lynch and like a million other guys. The match with JT Dunn from Americanrana is one of my favorite Beyond matches of the year. Just really fucking consistent whenever I see him on Beyond, CZW or Powerbomb cards.
Right now one of the matches I want on the indies the most is him vs. Yehi"
304. TAKA Michinoku (4 ballots, 136 points)
High Voter: ceftaxias (20)
"Wish he was freed a bit from the constraints of SZG, but he's delivered in a bunch of unique situations this year. He had a really fun run of first time matches in BOSJ, his main event match with Taichi against LIJ was great, and he is still really good in prelims when he's with someone else good like El Desperado."
"Also has been great in K-DOJO as well, has a great match with Ibushi from March and he teamed with Ibushi to take on Okada/Gedo for his 25th Anniversary match and I can't imagine that not being at least fun. Definitely makes my list somewhere"
"Was very happy to see this man back in New Japan in 2017. LOVED his BOSJ run - he was certainly one of the MVP's of the thing, if not THE MVP. Really good stuff."
303. Adam Brooks (4 ballots, 137 points) High Voter: Kevin (25)
302. Caifan (4 ballots, 138 points) High Voter: Jon (58)
301. Jungle Kyona (4 ballots, 138 points)
High Voter: Francis Adu (56)
"Someone who is right below the ace level in Stardom. Had great matches with Hojo and Shirai earlier in the year and always works hard."
"The tag matches with Hiroyo Matsumoto have been good too. Consistently good in most of her matches."