July 2015 was a month filled with incredible pro wrestling with match of the year candidates from promotions all over the world. There was so much great wrestling that there are dozens of great matches that have to be left out of this. Anyway, here’s what we picked.
Roderick Strong vs Jay Lethal – ROH Death Before Dishonor
This. Match. Was. Everything. I. Love. About. Pro. Wrestling.
Zack Sabre Jr vs Roderick Strong – Evolve 45
Timothy Thatcher vs Drew Galloway – Evolve 45
AJ Styles vs Katsuyori Shibata – G1 Day 1
Zack Sabre Jr vs TJ Perkins – Evolve 46
Jimmy Havoc vs Will Ospreay – Progress Wrestling Chapter 20
The feud between Jimmy Havoc and Will Ospreay has been a great one, possibly one of the best in Wrestling today, and now it’s finally come to an end (at least we think so) after months of trying and not being able to succeed, Will Ospreay is the Progress Wrestling Champion. This was a pretty excellent no disqualification match, if you’re not into a bunch of false finishes you probably won’t like this but I found it fitting here due to this match being the climax of one of the hottest feuds of the year. Ospreay and Havoc work wonders together their chemistry gets better and better every time they wrestle which makes for a great match that tops the last each time. The thing that really made this perfect was Ospreay winning with this 630 senton, a move he’s been afraid to use for months ever since he sustained a slight back Injury, every time he would try to do it before this he’d stall or take too long to get it off and when he finally hit it on Havoc here it was an awesome moment with a gigantic pop. While it might not be better than some G1 matches wrestling-wise, the storytelling, animosity and the big moments are what makes this match of the month for me.
Zack Sabre, Jr vs. Roderick Strong – Evolve 45
Joe Coffey vs Lewis Girvan – ICW Wayne Stock Night 1
Donovan Dijak vs Brian Fury – Beyond Wrestling Americanrana ’15
Katsuyori Shibata vs Kota Ibushi – NJPW G1 Climax Day 7
Kazuchika Okada vs AJ Styles – NJPW Dominion
This match gets my pick for the finishing sequence alone. It was a sequence of counters and innovation that truly has to be seen to be believed. This was a true New Japan classic between two of the very best on the planet right now and the culmination of Okada’s chase to get the title back. July was an incredible month of pro wrestling and for this to get picked over some of the other stuff that took place says a lot.
AJ Styles vs Kota Ibushi – NJPW G1 Climax Day 5
Zack Sabre, Jr vs Roderick Strong – Evolve 45
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi – NJPW G1 Climax Day 1
Kazushi Sakuraba vs Katsuyori Shibata – NJPW Dominion