Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

205 Live #79 (May 29 2018)

 

When it comes to good matches from the year 2018, 205 Live has been a gold mine. While the entire cruiserweight division has stepped it up as of late, Buddy Murphy, who wasn’t even a part of the brand at the beginning of the year, has been the MVP.

This match features Murphy absolutely bringing it to Cedric Alexander, in front of Alexander’s hometown crowd, no less. Alexander has been a solid Cruiserweight Champion so far, but this bout with Murphy is easily his best yet work yet.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet

NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

 

The build for this match, which featured a moment that literally went viral, was incredible. Somehow, the match itself was even better. The moment Velveteen Dream stepped through the curtain with Hulk Hogan/Prince Puma inspired gear, we knew this was going to be an instant classic.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole

Extreme Rules Match

NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

 

Aleister Black and Adam Cole took things to the extreme in the city of Philadelphia back in January. Thankfully both men (Cole, in particular) managed to walk away after the match, despite multiple spots where serious injury was waiting in the wings.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy

No Disqualification Match

205 Live #84 (July 03 2018)

 

Another 205 Live match that features Buddy Murphy cracks the top ten. This time, Murphy squares off with Mustafa Ali, who may be the best pure babyface on the WWE roster. Ali is the most likable human being on Earth, and his in-ring abilities are some of the best in the company. He’s the perfect foe for the dastardly Murphy, who is the reigning big bad bully on 205 Live.

Watch via WWE Network (Match at 21:25)


 

30-man Royal Rumble Match

Royal Rumble 2018

 

WWE successfully pulled off not one, but two fantastic Royal Rumble matches this year. Both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches were executed well, filled with exciting surprises, and the winners weren’t booed out of the arena. In fact, the men’s Rumble may be our favorite version of the match of all time.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Undisputed Era (c) vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

 

You could tell that the Chicago crowd didn’t know much about Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan prior to this match, as the two came out to absolute silence during their entrance. Contrarily, Undisputed Era got one of the biggest reactions of the night. After the final bell had rung, however, Burch and Lorcan had won over the hearts of the Chicago crowd by being batshit crazy, leaving everything they had inside the ring.

The pace of this match is incredible, which at times makes it a bit hard to follow, but it’s a rollercoaster ride and one of our favorite tag team matches from recent memory. Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong are excellent performers, and Burch and Lorcan proved that they belong on the TakeOver stage with their strong performances.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano 

Chicago Street Fight

NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

 

The Tommaso Ciampa / Johnny Gargano feud is easily the best bit of business WWE has done this year. The story of two best friends turned bitter enemies isn’t that original, but the intricate details and subtleties throughout have made this some of the best television we can ever remember WWE producing.

From a storytelling standpoint, this may be the best on this list. Ciampa is the best heel in WWE at the moment, and Gargano’s ability to take an ass-kicking is unmatched, but the chemistry between the two is what really makes their matches special.

Watch via WWE Network


 

EC3 vs. Adam Cole vs. Killian Dain vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet vs. Lars Sullivan

NXT North American Championship 6-Man Ladder Match

NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

 

These six performers, a bunch of ladders, the NXT North American Championship, and a hot New Orleans crowd was all it took to have quite possibly the best multi-man ladder match of all time. There were so many holy shit moments sprinkled throughout, and just enough psychology to make it all make sense, that it literally couldn’t have gone any better.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano 

Unsanctioned Match

NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

 

Returning from a serious knee injury that left him out of action for almost a year, Tommaso Ciampa showed up looking like a million bucks, which somehow made us hate him even more. Along with Gargano, the two had one of our favorite matches of all time, and the best match of WrestleMania weekend.

Watch via WWE Network


 

Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano 

NXT Championship Match

NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

 

Not only is this our favorite WWE match of 2018 (so far), it may be our favorite WWE match of all time. Johnny Gargano and Andrade “Cien” Almas have yet to have a bad interaction, but this is a masterpiece that sits high above the rest. Almas’ ruthlessness, Gargano’s selling and never-say-die attitude, along with the perfect pace, are just some of the attributes that helped make this bout the unforgettable moment that it was.

Watch via WWE Network


 

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