7. Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Day Two
Wrestle Kingdom has been one of the premier events in wrestling for the past decade and this year was no exception. While splitting the show into two days meant neither show was quite as stacked as in years passed, the event as a whole was still fantastic. One of the highlights was its main event.
Tetsuya Naito had failed a lot by the time he had reached Wrestle Kingdom 14. His career was built on failure in big matches and this was built has his last chance to fulfill his destiny. Naito’s body had broken down over the previous year but here he pulled out one of the best and most important matches of his career. Culminating with the end of a seven-year storyline, Naito finally defeated Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom.
6. Stadium Stampede – AEW Double or Nothing 2020
Stadium Stampede is hard to place on this list as it is not really a match and more of a cinematic. However, it was exactly what wrestling fans needed after two months in isolation. We never got to see how the Inner Circle and The Elite would have clashed in Blood and Guts but instead we got this. Not a bad trade-off.
The Stadium Stampede match was loads of fun. From the Inner Circle entering with football jerseys to Hangman Page entering on a Horse, everything in this match was a joy. It wasn’t a technical masterpiece like other matches on this list, but the good thing about wrestling is not everything has to be.
5. Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. – RevPro High Stakes 2020
Will Ospreay could very easily have been the wrestler of the year for 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t reared its ugly head. He had a great showing at Wrestle Kingdom and accomplished a massive feat at RevPro High Stakes. In his career, he had never once been British Heavyweight Champion. He got one more shot at High Stakes against Zack Sabre Jr.
Ospreay and Sabre have great chemistry but it seems like Ospreay has great matches with everyone these days. This was one of his all-time best matches and you can tell it meant so much to him to finally carry the torch for RevPro. As one of only a few matches to be given a five star rating this year, this is definitely one to check out.
4. Edge vs. Randy Orton – WWE Backlash 2020
Randy Orton and Edge were put in a difficult position ahead of their match at Backlash. Their match was billed as The Greatest Match Ever and honestly, they did their very best. Had this tagline not been attached to it, I believe people would have been completely blown away by the quality of this match.
These men redeemed themselves after their slogfest of a WrestleMania match by putting on a 45-minute match with a good story and a great finish. Edge was out-wrestling Orton who had hyped himself up as the better wrestler. In turn, Orton then kicked Edge low and hit the punt to win. He had to resort to cheating because he couldn’t pull off the win like he thought he could. Excellent stuff.
This match does lose points for being edited with multiple takes in some parts but it will still be considered one of the year’s best matches by the time December rolls around.