I’ve not written a lot in here in recent months. This has been due to a lack of time, rather than a lack of wrestling. I’ve seen some amazing stuff recently, all year in fact. I thought I’d take the opportunity to note down some stuff about 2017:
I attended 25 live shows this year, which was great. Here in Leeds we have 2 excellent promotions running regularly called Tidal and RISE, if your local and haven’t yet been check them out. As well as shows from these two I’ve been to a few PROGRESS shows, some RevPro and others. Full breakdown by promotion:
I enjoyed all the shows. I’m aiming for 30 next year. I already have tickets for 10 shows over the space of the year including 2 new promotions and I have my eye on a lot more.
Here are some of my favourite things in 2017 in wrestling.
Match of the year: I’ve tried to include only 1 match from each wrestler in each category. I haven’t split WWE into attended and attended live as I only got to 2 WWE house shows.
1, Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate – NXT TAKEOVER
2, AJ Styles vs John Cena – Royal Rumble
3, Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg – Mania
Non – WWE watched on tv:
1, Okada vs Omega – Wrestle Kingdom
2, El Ligero vs Nathan Cruz – Old man yells at cloud
3, WALTER vs David Starr – wXw 16 carat
Non-WWE attended live:
1, Marty Scurll vs Zack Sabre Jr – REVPRO High Stakes
2, David Graves vs Liam Slater – RISE Summersesh
3, Zack Gibson vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 46
SHOW OF THE YEAR
1, NXT TAKEOVER CHICAGO
1, Wrestle Kingdom
2, Super Strong Style 16
3, wXw 16 Carat
That I attended:
1, PROGRESS Chase the sun
2, RevPro High Stakes
3, RISE Summer Sesh
Male Wrestler of the year:
WWE: AJ Styles
NON-WWE; British – El Ligero
Non Brit- Okada
Female Wrestler of the year:
WWE: Alexa Bliss
NON-WWE: British – Jinny
Non-Brit: Toni Storm
Tag team of the year:
NON-WWE: Grizzled Young Vets
BREAKOUT STAR: David Graves
Top 3 moments:
1) TK and Dhalia return to PROGRESS
2) Matt Hardy gets woken
3) Don Callis and Scott D’amore take over impact.
Promotion of the year: PROGRESS
Predictions for 2018:
David Graves and Spike Trivet will have big years.
Aleister Black will make an impact on main roster.
Miz will break Jericho’s record.
5* will cancel more shows.