It's that time of year again! Yes it's time to vote Voice of struggle match of the year poll. 2017 has certainly been an interesting year with no games that really stand out from the crowd, but with a lot of really good ones.
Let's start with a few honorable mentions.
Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunn (WWE UK Title Tournament, January 15)
Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente vs Barbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. (CMLL, February 24)
LA Park & Rey Escorpion vs Penta Zero M & Daga (AULL, March 1)
Asuka vs Ember Moon (NXT, August 19)
The New Day vs The Usos (Hell in a Cell, WWE Hell in a Cell, October 8)
"Speedball" Mike Bailey vs. Matt Riddle
SMASH No Change My Heart Shall Fear
Being there live didn't hurt, but I saw these two fight in OTT and WXW and it was better than those. Started like it was an Ambition match and moved to huge places later. An unmissable match.
Zach Saber Jr. vs. Chris Hero
Chris Hero's last game in India before going to WWE and it was very emotional. Maybe he didn't live up to the hype but the emotion carried him to a very memorable game for me.
Gunner Miller vs. Matt Riddle
Scenic City Invitational, night 2
It was the year of the sprint and it was the best sprint so we had to make the list. Very similar to Goldberg vs. Lesnar from WrestleMania, but with better psychology.
Authors of Pain vs The Revival vs #DIY
NXT TakeOver: Orlando
I was excited about the rematch of my favorite game from last year, but with Authors of Pain added. It turned out to be the AoP's breakout match and #DIY showed why they are a great all-time tag team. The highlight of the WrestleMania weekend for me.
WALTER vs. David Starr
WXW Fight Forever Tour: London
A revenge of 16 karat gold and another big match in their feud.
WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov
16k WXW gold, night 3
12th of March
This match is what I wish the NJPW wrestling was. Two wrestlers are fighting against each other. I will never be able to get rid of the disgusting image of Dragunov's chest. He was a perfectly made fighting spirit.
LA Park vs. Rush
Another year, another awesome game between LA Park and Rush. These two are going wild out of control.
Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne
NXT TakeOver: Chicago
They had a great game to wrap up the UK title tournament, but this game surpassed it for me. The pace was crazy, the action was intense, and the drama built very quickly.
WALTER vs. David Starr
16k WXW Gold, Night 1
David Starr played, perhaps, the greatest babyface performance in wrestling history in this match. WALTER was just a monster that beat him, but Starr never gave up. These two have perfect chemistry together.
Mayu Iwatani vs. Io Shirai
STARDOM galaxy stars
I started watching STARDOM this year and Mayu Iwatani quickly became my favorite. A unique and very adorable babyface, perhaps the best in the business. This match ended years when she pursued Io Shirai and ultimately knocked her down to become the ace. A touching competition that I cared about more than any other game this year.
“Scream” star David Arquette has an extreme volonté that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hardcore style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding chair. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a deuxième it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.