After January’s brilliance February had a lot to live up to. There may not have been any matches that got the world talking in the way Okada and Omega or Cena Styles did, but there was certainly some incredible matches during the month.
Here I’m going to run down my top 5 and 8ve also included a list of matches I loved at the end. This isn’t a comprehensive list, I’ve not seen all the events, so if you like any I’ve not mentioned please let me know so I can check them out. There are a couple of events I plan to watch, so I may add to this. I have limited myself to 1 match per show to help narrow it down!
5. Elimination Chamber Match
This match was superb. It was booked really well, set up and furthered feuds well and included dome great spots and great wrestling segment. Plus it had the brutality of an elimination chamber.
4. Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page – Honor Rising Day 1
4 supremely talented wrestlers going at it hammer and tongs. I think Shibata is incapable of having a bad match! I enjoyed this from the start and am excited to see where Shibata and Cody’s feud heads next.
3. Adam Cole vs Yoshi-Hashi – Honor Rising Day 2
This match was amazing. They worked the crowd into frenzy after frenzy, had some awesome comedy sections, some great heel work, some beautiful moves and some technical brilliance. Well worth a watch.
2. Matt Riddle vs David Starr – CZW 18
These are two of my favourite wrestlers in the world at this moment in time and this match was incredible. It had brutal strikes, brilliant technical wrestling, awesome spots and hilarious comedy – including a ref piledriver! On top of that it told a great story and had me marking out throughout.
1. Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 44
Oh. My. Word. After January’s ZSJ vs Villain match I thought it would be a long time before I saw a British match that good, but this one was certainly up there with it! I’ve herd Cruz call Ligero his mentor and I know they have a big history together. I believe they once spent a whole summer wrestling each other 10 times a week in All Star so that shows how well they know each other.
Their story in PROGRESS has been running since the very start. They feuds for the title than formed a tag team and stable that has rin ever since. This is the first match in a feud that has come about from the gradual break up of that stable.
The match was incredible. It drew on their previous story really well, bit itvalso told a story well enough for people to be hooked even if they had never seen either guy before.Cruz was at his magnificent heel best and Ligero was his usual awesome self. It was funny, emotional and genuinely jaw dropping. I can’t wait to see them go at it again.
- Elimination Chamber Match – EC
- Mickie James vs Becky Lynch – EC
- Gideon Gray vs Timothy Thatcher – LAC 13
- ZSJ vs Speedball Mike Bailey – LAC13
- Marty Scurll vs Luke Phoenix – LAC13
- Travis Banks vs Ryan Smile – LAC13
- Okada vs Minoru Suzuki – New Beginnings in Sapporo
- Juice Robinson vs Goto – New Beginnings in Sapporo
- Michael Elgin vs Naito – New Beginnings in Osaka
- Dragon Lee vs Takahashi – New Beginnings in Osaka
- Rampage vs Eddie Dennis – Tidal Wipe out
- Riots vs New Nation – Tidal Wipe out
- Big Show vs Braun Strowman – Raw 20.02.17
- Matt Riddle vs David Starr – CZW 18
- Scarlett and Graves vs EYFBO – CZW 18
- Joey Janela vs Stockade – CZW 18
- Pete Dunne vs MAndrews – NXT 22.02.17
- Travis Banks vs Jordan Devlin – PROGRESS 44
- Pastor Bill Eaver vs Sebastian – PROGRESS 44
- MAndrews vs Strickland – PROGRESS 44
- Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 44
- Haskins, Havoc and Webster vs BSS – PROGRESS 44
- The Young Bucks vs War Machine – Honor Rising Day 1
- Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page – Honor Rising Day 1
- The Briscoes vs Omega and Cole – Honor Rising Day 1
- Adam Cole vs Yoshi-Hashi – Honor Rising Day 2
- Okada, Ospreay and the Briscoes vs Omega, Rhodes and the Young Bucks – Honor Rising Day 2