7. Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson – NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 18
On the final day of B Block action, Jon Moxley was in a position to go to the tournament final. He had a brilliant run through his first five matches but stumbled down the track as the finish line neared. All he had to do was take down his rival Juice Robinson and he would win the B Block.
Moxley illustrated great drama throughout this match as he thought he had won the match only for Juice to barely hang on and fight back to win. This was one of the best matches of Moxley’s career as this was the G1 match that had a built in rivalry. Moxley came so close only to falter and it is a perfect match to display the range he has a performer.
6. Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles – WWE TLC 2016
Wrestling as Dean Ambrose in WWE, his run on top in 2016 left a lot to be desired. He was not pushed as a particularly good WWE Champion and his challengers were not great until AJ Styles showed up. Their match at Backlash saw the end of Ambrose’s reign but it was their clash at TLC where this really felt like a main event program.
To date, this is the best one-on-one TLC match. Ambrose and Styles performed exceptionally well together and they pulled off the incredibly difficult task of a singles TLC match perfectly. Ambrose wasn’t able to regain the WWE title but this was likely his best showing in a pay per view main event with the company.
5. Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson – Dragon Gate USA Way of the Ronin
Aside from the extremely gruesome hardcore wrestling Jon Moxley did prior to signing with WWE, this was maybe the best example of his work pre-WWE. In Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan’s second last match on the indies in 2010, he and Moxley had a fantastic match for Dragon Gate USA.
Not nearly as violent as usual, this showed what we all know now, that Moxley could actually wrestle. He and Bryan had a great technical match with Moxley working over Bryan’s arm for most of the match. This match is hard to find but it is worth watching to see these two working together ten years younger.
4. Dean Ambrose vs. Triple H – WWE Roadblock 2016
In a recent interview, Moxley has said that this match was one of the last old-school matches you will see in WWE. Watching it, you can totally understand his logic. He was trained very old-school by Les Thatcher and Triple H is Triple H. Together, they had a very solid WWE Championship main event match.
As this was just prior to WrestleMania 32 where Triple H faced Roman Reigns in a dreadful match, it was clear as day to everyone watching that Ambrose was the one who should have been in that position. This was an excellent little match and arguably Ambrose’s peak as a WWE star.