Match of the Month – August 2015

August was another hectic month for pro wrestling with the G1 Climax providing several incredible matches.  We had a huge Summerslam weekend with ROH involved, and more great Evolve shows. Here’s what were our favourite matches of the month.

Mark:

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – NXT Takeover: Brooklyn:

This match was a truly incredible display of wrestling and storytelling. Bayley vs Sasha had a big match feel that I’ve only felt for a handful of matches this year and that was deservedly so, the build up was great (as shown in the fantastic video package before the match. Seriously, whoever does those is a godsend), Bayley brought the fire like never before and Sasha’s descent from overconfident to completely desperate was just perfect. This was, in my opinion, the best match of the whole summerslam weekend, and I was at ROH Field of Honor live so that says a lot. If you haven’t watched this match yet I really don’t know what you’re doing with your wrestling life.

Honourable Mentions:

Roderick Strong vs. Kazuchika Okada – ROH Field of Honor

New Age Kliq (Stevie Boy, BT Gunn and Wolfgang) vs. Legion (Tommy End, Michael Dante and Mikey Whiplash) – ICW Ministry of Silly Headlocks

Zack Sabre Jr vs. Timothy Thatcher – Evolve 47

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – G1 Climax Final

Chris Hero vs. Tyler Bate, 30 minute Iron Man Match – SWE Retribution 6

 

Matthew:

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – NXT Takeover: Brooklyn

This was absolutely perfect. Everything from the pre match video, to the match, the drama, and the emotion of the post match celebration.   This was the sort of thing you show someone to explain exactly why you love pro wrestling.  They made us forget that this was a women’s match and it was appreciated as a classic pro wrestling match of any genre.  This match will be looked back on in years to come as one of the best of this era.

Honourable Mentions:

AJ Styles vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – G1 Day 17

Michael Elgin vs Tomohiro Ishii – G1 Day 18

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kazuchika Okada – G1 Day 18

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – G1 Climax Final

Tomoaki Honma vs Tomohiro Ishii – G1 Day 16

 

Heather:

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – NXT Takeover: Brooklyn

They had a chance and they took it. This wasn’t great ‘women’s wrestling’; it was great wrestling, point blank.

Honourable Mentions:

Zack Sabre, Jr vs Timothy Thatcher – Evolve 4

Timothy Thatcher vs Biff Busick – Evolve 48

Michael Elgin vs Hirooki Goto – ROH Field of Honor

Kazuchika Okada vs Roderick Strong – ROH Field of Honor

 

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