Brian Danielson Ave. Nigel McGuinness – ROH
Every WWE fan knows one of the main characters in this confrontation. Daniel Bryan has already achieved everything possible in the biggest wrestling company in the world, but he began to be considered one of the best performers much earlier. As, however, and his rival, who, unfortunately, did not manage to make a bright career in the big Federation because of the hepatitis b virus. This confrontation, I must say, is far from small, and surprisingly, the first match of its participants was held in the status of two major Champions of the promotion. Danielson was a world champion, and McGuinness was a “pure” ROH champion. I think we should tell you about some unusual rules that were added in matches with the last title at stake. First, participants could use ropes to interrupt pain or hold only three times during the match, second, the wrestler could not hit the opponent with a fist on the head (there was a certain system of punishments) and be on the floor for more than 20 counts of the judge, and third, the “clean” champion lost his title after disqualification or count. This was the first time that Nigel and Brian met in a match like this, on April 29, 2006, on the second day of the Weekend Of Champions. Both had already accumulated an impressive Rhine of several hundred days, each of which was at stake.
Tetsuya Naito Ave. Kazuchika Okada – NJPW
The most distinctive feature is the influence of the audience on the confrontation between Okada and Naito. Although Kazuchika is 6 years younger, the two were well acquainted with the NJPW dojo. By 2012, each of these two had already overcome the classic “young lion” path, during which they were sent to develop their skills on another continent, and it was time for them to break into a row with the main faces of NJPW. However, if Okada did it super successfully in the image of the “Rainmaker”, seriously targeting the main ACE of the company Hiroshi Tanahashi, then Naito was a “genius of Stardust” and, to put it mildly, his first attempt to join the top was unsuccessful. After a nasty loss in 2012, in 2013 Naito finally took the biggest tournament and thus got a ticket to a match for the IWGP heavyweight championship against Kazuchiki Okada at the biggest show of WrestleKingdom. It would seem that a ticket to the main match at TokyoDome will help Tetsuya gain a foothold as one of the main faces of the company, but in fact it brought him an incredible psychological wound, which will take a long time to heal. The fact is that in the final of the climax, Naito met with his mentor Hiroshi Tanahashi, who, in turn, was in the middle of his huge and probably most important confrontation with Kazuchika Okada.
Mayu Iwatani Ave. IO Shirai – STARDOM
There were several interesting women’s stories on my mind, but when it came to the final selection, I didn’t have to think too long, because this confrontation contains the strongest matches. In addition, it is an occasion to recall another great Japanese promotion, which some may know as the forge of the best women’s wrestling in the world. The only person who doesn’t know about IO’s talent and current position is the lazy one, while Iwatani is now the main face of STARDOM, and it’s not hard to guess what the story of passing the torch is waiting for us. To begin with, a little bit about the matchup. First of all, we will be interested in the World Of Stardom Championship (red, the main title) and Wonder Of Stardom Championship (white, the second most important title of the promotion), as well as a little touched on the Goddesses Of Stardom Championship (team titles) and Artist Of Stardom Championship (titles among trios). Stardom also has two key singles tournaments, the Cinderella Tournament and the 5 Star Grand Prix. The first is a regular single-elimination tournament with a match for any title at stake, while the second tournament uses a system with blocks, and winning it guarantees the opportunity to fight for the red title.