Battle Of Los Angeles
This is the ultimate independent wrestling tournament. Starting in 2005, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla started holding the Battle of Los Angeles. It brought wrestlers from all around the world and you’re almost always guaranteed to see dream matches that blow your mind.
Past winners include Adam Cole, Ricochet, and Kenny Omega. However, the list of competitors goes even deeper. AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Alex Shelley, Shingo Takagi, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Drew McIntyre, and more have all taken part. Pick any year and discover some insane pairings.
Mae Young Classic
There have been only 2 iterations so far but the Mae Young Classic has been a blast. This WWE competition brings together some of the top female athletes from around the planet for an epic series of games. Taped behind a raucous crowd at Full Sail University and aired on the WWE Network, it was a highlight of the past few years.
This tournament has helped launch the careers of Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Mia Yim, Xia Brookside, and Io Shirai. It also brought in returns such as Serena Deeb and Kaitlyn, as well as top stars such as Mercedes Martinez and Meiko Satomura. And you can’t help but praise the two winners, including Kairi Sane and Toni Storm, who have found a lot of success since their victories.
Remember how we said New Japan tournaments do so well? Their best is the annual G1 Climax. This is a round-robin tournament that features around 20 of the company’s top wrestlers, split across two blocks. It takes place throughout the summer and the winner gets an IWGP Heavyweight Title shot at Wrestle Kingdom.
Every year, fans look forward to the G1 season. There is an abundance of stellar games, and stories develop through this month-long affair. Winners such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Kazuchika Okada. Any list counting the best matches of any given year is bound to include several from this prestigious event.