The good matches are strong with this one. As we get closer to the end of the year, it’s time to start looking back at what happened over the course of 2018. There have been some ups and downs, but there is no secret to the fact that there has been some great wrestling. WWE can put on some very entertaining stuff up and down the card, and they’re taking an early look back.

According to, WWE will be releasing a new collection on the WWE Network this coming Monday. While collections come up on a fairly frequent basis, this one includes this year’s Matches of the Year. This may not be considered the official list, but it is the first time that WWE has listed the matches it considers in the running for the Here are the matches included in the collection:

• Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole – Takeover: Philadelphia

Check out the match that was the clubhouse leader for a long time:

Masked mariachi band plays Andrade "Cien" Almas to the ring: NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

• Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Cien Almas – Takeover: Philadelphia

• Gauntlet Match – Monday Night Raw – February 19

• Women’s Elimination Chamber Match – Elimination Chamber

• Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev – Fastlane

• Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak – 205 Live – March 20

Just because you don’t watch it doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing it. Check out this awesome athletic display:

Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak: WWE 205 Live, March 20, 2018

• Ladder Match – Takeover: New Orleans

• Aleister Black vs. Andrade Cien Almas – Takeover: New Orleans

• Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano – Takeover: New Orleans

• Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor – WrestleMania 34

• Asuka vs. Charlotte – WrestleMania 34

Someone was ready for Asuka. See how an all time great streak came to an end:

Charlotte Flair and Asuka fight tooth-and-nail for the SmackDown Women's Title: WrestleMania 34

• Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon/Triple H – WrestleMania 34

• Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins – Monday Night Raw – April 30

• Pete Dunne vs. Roderick Strong – NXT – May 2

• The Miz vs. Seth Rollins – Backlash

• Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy – 205 Live – May 29

• Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch vs. Undisputed Era – Takeover: Chicago II

• Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano – Takeover: Chicago II

Was it as good of the original? This is another you owe it to yourself to see:

Johnny Gargano mercilessly whips Tommaso Ciampa with his belt: NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

• Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax – Money In The Bank

• Undisputed Era vs. British Strong Style – UK Championship Tournament Part I

• Gauntlet Match – Smackdown – June 19

• Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler – Monday Night Raw – June 25

• Moustache Mountain vs. Undisputed Era – Takeover: Brooklyn IV

• Adam Cole vs. Ricochet – Takeover: Brooklyn IV

• Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler – Takeover: Brooklyn IV

• The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan – Summerslam

It was a long time in the making. Did this one live up to the incredible hype:

Daniel Bryan unleashes years of rage on The Miz: SummerSlam 2018 (WWE Network Exclusive)

• Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins – Monday Night Raw – August 27

• Killer Kelly vs. Meiko Satomura – Mae Young Classic Episode I

• Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte – Hell In A Cell

• Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre – Hll In A Cell

• Pete Dunne vs. Ricochet – NXT – September 19

• Mercedes Martinez vs. Meiko Satomura – Mae Young Classic Episode V

• Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy – Super Show-Down

• Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami – 205 Live – October 24

• Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte – Evolution

This is one of the options and has to be a favorite for the award. Check out this incredible match:

Johnny Gargano stomps on Tommaso Ciampa in barbaric Unsanctioned Match: NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

Opinion: As much as WWE gets criticized for their offerings this year (and fair enough for the most part), there was some incredible wrestling to be seen. While a lot of it came from NXT, there was also a great amount on the main roster. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most and if you can have some great matches, a lot of the other problems on a show just kind of fade away.

Which of these is the best? What did WWE leave off the list? Let us know in the comments below.


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