365 Wrestling, February Recap

365 Wrestling, February Recap

You only have to look at the calendar to see how behind I am on watching and writing about these 365 matches before the year is over. I’m still grinding away, though, and don’t plan on throwing in the towel. (With that said, note to self, find a good match with that gimmick for the list…)

Anyway, here are some numbers and rankings with two months of matches down!

FACTS AND FIGURES

22 — The number of different companies and promotions included in the 28 matches in February.

4 — The number of WWF/WWE matches on the February list, the most of any promotion.

25 — The total number of years represented on the February list. This was totally by design, as I was aiming to watch at least one match from every year between 1980 and now as early as possible in the project.

29,640 — The total number of words I wrote in the 28 entries for February.

60,259  The total number of words written so far in the project.

16.16 — The percentage completed. A long way to go!

THE RANKINGS

Reminder… I’m not a star-rating guy. I prefer the 10-point scale instead. I consider anything rated at 5.5 or higher to be worth watching, and worth you taking the time to seek it out. It’s also worth noting that I think any ratings or rankings of entertainment are fluid in nature. I might go back later and see one of these matches and like it significantly more. This was my initial take on each match, after finishing it. Anything bolded is what I would consider to be a great match.

FEBRUARY RANKINGS

  1. 8.2, White Castle of Fear Strap Match, Non Title: Sting vs. Big Van Vader (w/ Harley Race), WCW Superbrawl III, 2/21/93
  2. 8.0, NWA International Tag Titles-Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (Ch) vs. Ishin Gundan (Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu), All Japan, 2/5/86
  3. 7.8, Kana vs. Meiko Satomura, Triple Tails, 2/13/11
  4. 7.8, 2/3 Falls: Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero, CMLL Arena Mexico, 2/25/05
  5. 7.6, Ben Carter vs. B-Boy, ACTION: $2500 vs. Hair, 2/7/20 
  6. 7.5, Jim Breaks vs. Adrian Street, Joint Promotions, 2/12/72
  7. 7.2, SMASH Title-Dave Finlay (Ch) vs. Tajiri, SMASH 25, 2/19/12
  8. 6.8, Vacant WWE Women’s Tag Titles-Elimination Chamber: Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection vs. Carmella & Naomi vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Fire and Desire vs. Iiconics vs. Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan), WWE Elimination Chamber 2019, 2/17/19
  9. 6.7, WWE Tag Titles-Los Guerreros (Ch) vs. Team Angle (w/ Paul Heyman), WWE SmackDown, 2/6/03
  10. 6.7, Steel Cage: Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon, WWF St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, 2/14/99
  11. 6.5, I Quit: Jake Manning vs. John Skyler, PWX Rise of a Champion IX, Night One, 2/15/14
  12. 6.4, Japanese Death Match: Super Crazy vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri, ECW in Jacksonville, 2/4/00
  13. 6.3, Junkyard Dog & Dusty Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne, Houston, 2/11/83
  14. 6.3, WOH World Title-Kelly Klein (Ch) vs. Mayu Iwatani, ROH Bound By Honor 2019, 2/10/19
  15. 6.2, Slim J vs. Andrew Alexander, NWA Chattanooga, 2/18/11
  16. 6.2, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. British Bulldogs, When Worlds Collide, 2/2/89
  17. 6.1, WWF IC Title-Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Ch) vs. Undertaker, WWF Shotgun Saturday Night, 2/8/97
  18. 6.1, ECWA Mid-Atlantic Title-Prince Nana (Ch) vs. Ace Darling, 2/28/04
  19. 6.1, Jordynne Grace vs. Skylar, Beyond I Want It All, 2/24/18
  20. 5.9, TNA World Tag Titles-Monster’s Ball: The Wolves (Ch) vs. Decay (Abyss & Crazzy Steve) (w/ Rosemary), Impact Wrestling, 2/16/16
  21. 5.9, No DQ: AJ Styles vs. Sandman, NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #34, 2/26/03
  22. 5.8, Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Semifinals: Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, WWE NXT, 2/3/21
  23. 5.5, TWGP 2005, Quarterfinals: Chris Hero & Mike Quackenbush vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico, CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005, 2/20/05
  24. 5.5, Satoshi Kojima vs. Drew McDonald, Reslo, 2/27/95
  25. 5.2, WCW U.S. Title #1 Contendership: Booker T vs. Bret Hart, WCW Nitro, 2/22/99
  26. 5.2, El Texano, Silver King & El Fantasma vs. Samu, Fatu & Fishman, UWA, 2/9/92
  27. 5.0, Mesias vs. Takeshi Morishima, AAA, 2/1/10
  28. 5.0, Randy Savage & Lanny Poffo vs. Lou Winston & Jerry Bryant (w/ Eddie Gilbert), Memphis TV, 2/23/85

PROJECT TOP 10

  1. 9.0, WWE World Title-Last Man Standing: John Cena (Ch) vs. Umaga (w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada), WWE 2007 Royal Rumble, 1/28/07
  2. 8.9, Rockers vs. New Orient Express (Tanaka & Kato [aka Paul Diamond]) (w/ Mr. Fuji), WWF 1991 Royal Rumble, 1/19/91
  3. 8.7, OMEGA Tag Titles-Hardy Boyz (Ch) vs. Serial Thrillas (Mike Maverick & Shane Helms), Wendell, NC, 1/29/99
  4. 8.2, White Castle of Fear Strap Match, Non Title: Sting vs. Big Van Vader (w/ Harley Race), WCW Superbrawl III, 2/21/93
  5. 8.0, NWA International Tag Titles-Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (Ch) vs. Ishin Gundan (Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu), All Japan, 2/5/86
  6. 7.8, Kana vs. Meiko Satomura, Triple Tails, 2/13/11
  7. 7.8, 2/3 Falls: Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero, CMLL Arena Mexico, 2/25/05
  8. 7.8, WWE Cruiserweight Title-Tajiri (Ch) (w/ Akio & Sakoda) vs. Rey Mysterio, Jr., WWE SmackDown, 1/1/04
  9. 7.6, Ben Carter vs. B-Boy, ACTION: $2500 vs. Hair, 2/7/20 
  10. 7.5, Jim Breaks (Ch) vs. Adrian Street, Joint Promotions, 2/12/72

365 Wrestling, January Recap

365 Wrestling, January Recap

It seemed simple enough on paper: watch 365 matches in 365 days, one from each day of the year.

Simple? Ha! I’m pretty sure that the difficulties of staying caught up on watching wrestling and writing about it is the epitome of a First World Problem, but when life gets in the way, it can be easy to fall behind.

Still, I’m pretty pleased about how January turned out, in terms of match quality, match variety, and also the writing itself.

FACTS AND FIGURES

21 — The number of different companies and promotions included in the 31 matches in January.

4 — The number of promotions that made the January list multiple times. WWE and WCW led the way with five matches each. The Memphis territory and All Japan each had two matches

2 — The maximum number of appearances by any one wrestler on the January match list. Of those appearing twice, most did because they were part of the house show Royal Rumble from 1994 at Madison Square Garden. Five wrestlers appeared twice on the list and were not in a Rumble: Steve Austin (in his Stunning Steve gimmick), Bobby Eaton, Ricky Steamboat, Juventud Guerrera, and Minoru Suzuki.

30,822 — The total number of words I wrote in the 31 entries for January.

THE RANKINGS

Here are my rankings for every match I watched during the month of January. I’m not a star-rating guy. I prefer the 10-point scale instead. I consider anything rated at 5.5 or higher to be worth watching, and worth you taking the time to seek it out. It’s also worth noting that I think any ratings or rankings of entertainment are fluid in nature. I might go back later and see one of these matches and like it significantly more. This was my initial take on each match, after finishing it. Anything bolded is what I would consider to be a great match.

With all that said, here’s January:

  1. 9.0, WWE World Title-Last Man Standing: John Cena (Ch) vs. Umaga (w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada), WWE 2007 Royal Rumble, 1/28/07
  2. 8.9, Rockers vs. New Orient Express (Tanaka & Kato [aka Paul Diamond]) (w/ Mr. Fuji), WWF 1991 Royal Rumble, 1/19/91
  3. 8.7, OMEGA Tag Titles-Hardy Boyz (Ch) vs. Serial Thrillas (Mike Maverick & Shane Helms), Wendell, NC, 1/29/99
  4. 7.8, WWE Cruiserweight Title-Tajiri (Ch) (w/ Akio & Sakoda) vs. Rey Mysterio, Jr., WWE SmackDown, 1/1/04
  5. 7.4, Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 7, 1/4/13
  6. 7.2, NWA Worlds Hvwt Title-Ric Flair (Ch) vs. Bobby Eaton (w/ Jim Cornette), WCW Main Event, 1/7/90
  7. 7.1, Chavo Guerrero, Jr., Juventud Guerrera, Lizmark, Jr. & Super Calo vs. La Parka, El Dandy, Psicosis & Silver King, WCW Souled Out 1998, 1/24/98
  8. 7.0, Dog Collar: Joe Black vs. Will Huckaby, Southern Honor Wrestling, 1/10/20
  9. 6.9, ROH World Title-Bryan Danielson (Ch) vs. Chris Hero (w/ Adam Flash, Bryce Remsburg, Nate Webb & Necro Butcher), ROH Hell Freezes Over, 1/14/06
  10. 6.8, GHC Hvwt Title-Kenta Kobashi (Ch) vs. Minoru Suzuki, NOAH Great Voyage 2005, 1/8/05
  11. 6.5, Michiko Omukai 10th Anniversary: Michiko Omukai vs. Lioness Asuka, ARSION, 1/13/02
  12. 6.3, Steve Grey vs. Zoltan Boscik, Joint Promotions, 1/31/79
  13. 6.2, El Generico vs. Jushin Liger, PWG Kurt Russellmania, 1/30/10
  14. 6.1, Anything Goes: The Fabulous Ones vs. The Moondogs (w/ Jimmy Hart), CWA at Mid-South Coliseum, 1/9/84
  15. 6.1, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Ron Simmons vs. Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Steve Austin) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously), WCW WorldWide, 1/11/92
  16. 6.0, Ricky Steamboat & Sting vs. Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude & Steve Austin) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously), WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII, 1/21/92
  17. 6.0, 2/3 Falls: Roddy Piper, Rick Martel, Dutch Savage & Stan Stasiak vs. Buddy Rose’s Army (Buddy Rose, Butch Miller, Luke Williams & Sam Oliver Bass), PNW, 1/5/80
  18. 6.0, Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Billy Robinson, Houston, 1/16/81
  19. 5.9, Allie Kat vs. Savanna Stone, SUP Graps I am King, 1/20/19
  20. 5.9, Knockouts Title-No DQ: Gail Kim (Ch) vs. Awesome Kong, TNA Final Resolution 2008, 1/6/08
  21. 5.8, Brad Armstrong vs. Ricky Morton, International Pro in Asheville NC, 1/23/96
  22. 5.8, New York Rumble, WWF at MSG, 1/17/94
  23. 5.8, Rosemary vs. Samara, RISE 2 – Ascent, 1/27/17
  24. 5.8, BJW Death Match Hvwt Title-Abdullah Kobayashi (Ch) vs. Shuji Ishikawa, Big Japan, Korakuen Hall, 1/2/13
  25. 5.5, Stan Hansen vs. Ashura Hara, AJPW New Year Giant Series, Stage 11, 1/15/82
  26. 5.5, Jumbo Tsuruta & Great Kabuki vs. Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy), AJPW New Year Giant Series, Stage 19, 1/22/84
  27. 5.5, Mr. Wrestling II & Kevin Sullivan vs. Austin Idol & Masked Superstar, Georgia TV, 1/26//80
  28. 5.3, Jerry Lawler vs. Jos LeDuc (w/ Jimmy Hart), CWA Memphis, Mid-South Coliseum, 1/18/81
  29. 5.0, Juventud Guerrera vs. Mortis (w/ James Vandenberg), WCW Saturday Night, 1/3/98
  30. 5.0, WWE Tag Titles-Paul London & Brian Kendrick (Ch) (w/ Ashley Massaro) vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor, SmackDown, 1/12/07
  31. 4.5, Regina di WAVE Title-Hikaru Shida (Ch) vs. Sakura Hirota, Pro Wrestling WAVE Nagoya Volume 8, 1/25/15