Here are our picks for the November 2015 Match of the Month:
Roderick Strong vs Jay Lethal – TV Championship – ROH TV
This was the third match in the series between these guys this year and each match got better. This match was absolutely spectacular. Strong & Lethal are two of the finest in the world right now and two of the wrestlers of the year. They delivered big time here. The wrestled at an unbelievable, crisp pace. They countered each other time and time again with some incredible near falls. They had the crowd going absolutely insane over everything they did. The finishing stretch was the explosiveness of Strong at his best as he took the TV title from Lethal. This was easily one of the best ROH matches of the year and something everyone must see.
Timothy Thatcher vs Johnny Gargano – Evolve 51
Tomohiro Ishii vs Tomoaki Honma – NJPW Power Struggle
Roman Reigns vs Cesaro – Raw, November 16th
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI – NJPW World Tag League Day 1
Donovan Dijak vs. Chris Hero – Beyond Wrestling, Tournament for Tomorrow 4, Night 2:
Fun fact, once I heard this match was announced I knew it was going to be my match of the month, it’s been sitting at the top of my list before i even saw it and hey, here we are. This match was FANTASTIC, Donovan Dijak has been stealing the show at Beyond for the a majority of 2015 and it looks like he won’t be stopped anytime soon. This match was right in the middle of the card and it was impossible to top, these are two guys that are having an absolutely phenomenal year finally getting to clash, and they didn’t disappoint. get yourself Beyondemand (youtube.com/beyondemand) and watch this match!
Shingo Takagi vs. Masaaki Mochizuki – Dragon Gate, Gate of Destiny
Will Ospreay vs. Mark Andrews – PROGRESS Wrestling, Chapter 23
Drew Galloway vs. Grado – ICW, Fear & Loathing VIII
Timothy Thatcher vs Drew Galloway – Evolve 52
Donovan Dijak vs JT Dunn – Beyond Wrestling, Tournament for Tomorrow 4, Night 2
Timothy Thatcher vs Drew Galloway – Evolve 52:
Back in July, I thought these two could never top their match. It has everything you want a pro wrestling match to have. This month, they stepped it up. Galloway brings out the best in everyone, and in Thatcher, he brought out the best we’ve seen yet. Whenever their third meeting happens, it’s going to be something else.
Roderick Strong vs Jay Lethal – ROH TV
Johnny Gargano vs Timothy Thatcher – Evolve 51
Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns – Survivor Series
Matt Riddle vs Tracy Williams – Evolve 52
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma — NJPW Power Struggle
So I was beyond certain this was going to be my Match of the Month. And then we found out Honma was being accused of some pretty horrific domestic violence. If NJPW decides to release him, you’d hear no argument from me. So, I’ll just say that in-ring this match was brilliant. Was one-half of the match conducted by a terrible person? Probably. I still find it very uncomfortable to watch Chris Benoit matches. I’ve never been able to look at Jay Briscoe the same after his homophobic comments years back. I do love Ishii though. He’s so good it’s scary. Please don’t turn out to be a horrible person, Ishii. Thanks.
Matt Sydal and Ricochet vs. Roppongi Vice — NJPW Power Struggle
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI — NJPW World Tag League (Day 1)
Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio — WWE Survivor Series
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose — WWE Survivor Series