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Top 5 Matches Of 2017
Submitted by Justin Watry on 01/23/2018 at 08:21 PM


Cheap Plugs

Apparently, research shows that if you plug a bunch of stuff at the start of a column people will read it more than if it is placed at the end. Is that true? Not sure. We will find out in 2018 I guess. Here are links to click on or junk to check out...

The Resonant Complex - Fairplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK9QZE9pqIs

NRW Match from June (featuring yours truly): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2FkvheQzxg

ApexCast (WWE discussion and much more): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgdG5ZTu2vk

Moses & The Hermit - Vibin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeJdddErZzg

There you go. Even if it is just a click and five seconds of your time, every little bit is appreciated. Never know? Might be the greatest five seconds of your life...only one way to find out!

My 2017

With the close of another year, I can honestly say that this was a great year. As many know, I crossed off a bucket list item of attending my first (and last?) ever WrestleMania in Orlando. First plane ride too for that trip. I made my anticipated return to NRW in June, which required a lot of work and dedication that only a few of you understand (video posted above). I lived up to my word of working out more and eating healthier. I moved to a new place. I was a groomsman for my buddy who married my younger sister in an epic week's worth of festivities leading up to their wedding. I got a new (and higher paying) job. I completed my first full length novel. Also, I met a whole bunch of new cool people. Big thumbs up there! In terms of columns, I admit I swayed at times from writing a lot. However, I still delivered AT LEAST one article per week and most weeks, much more than that - including one of my favorites columns ever entitled My Journey To Orlando! Feel free to Google that. Very good 2017 from yours truly.

My 2018

Truth be told, I don't really do the 'new year's resolutions' thing. I have things I want to do and set out to do, which is kinda the same idea but is still different. In my mind at least, it's different. I knew I was going to Mania in April 2017. I knew I was going to wrestle once again come summer time. I knew I was moving. I knew I was going to write my debut novel. I knew about my sister's wedding. I knew I had to eat better. I don't consider these new year's resolutions really. They are just goals or ideas to accomplish. Regardless of what you call them, I did them all and can proudly say that at the end of the year. Not to beat a dead horse from a column a few weeks ago, but I strongly urge everybody to follow the Nike slogan: Just Do It!

Whatever that may be. Eat better, Go to Mania. Get into shape. Text that longtime friend you lost contact with. Call the girl you have a crush on. Ask for a pay raise at work. Seriously, take a deep breath and go get it.

Best/Worst Of Columns

Hopefully, all of you enjoyed my best/worst of 2017 lists. This will be the final edition. Back to my normal ramblings after this. Head on over to 411mania.com for exclusive content and right here! Coming soon...

Top 5 Matches Of 2017

5. Royal Rumble Match (Royal Rumble 2017)
4. Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream (NXT Takeover War Games)
3. Team RAW vs. Team Smackdown (Survivor Series 2017)
2. AJ Styles vs. John Cena (Royal Rumble 2017)

1. Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne (NXT Takeover Chicago) - Alright, first of all, this is only a top five list. Remember, that means A LOT of great matches will be left out. That is no knock on them at all. For instance, there were some close calls that absolutely deserve a shout out. The fatal four way Universal Title bout at Summerslam is one right off the top of my head. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns at No Mercy was extremely fun and ranks high just based on historical value alone. Then came the Bill Goldberg matches. Short or not, it was such a fun ride for those six months he was around. Of course, AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor is a match of the year candidate for anybody on the internet. The tag team scene in both NXT and WWE lit it up too. I could keep going here. Make no mistake about it, the in-ring quality was top notch in 2017. In my opinion though, these are the top five and shockingly enough, I am giving the slight edge to Bate and Dunne from May. These two took a fairly meaningless UK Championship and made it worth a million bucks in Chicago eight months ago. While the aftermath and buzz eventually wore off with the disappearing title belt, the two had an equally excellent bout in NXT just two weeks ago to end 2017 that also needs to be mentioned. Awesome stuff that I'd love to see again!

Announcement

Not exactly major news, but I am happy to announce that I will be attending WWE RAW on March 5th in Milwaukee. Exactly one year removed from FastLane 2017 in the exact same building. Kinda cool timing. Tickets have been purchased (great seats), and the wheels are in motion for a fun evening!

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Thanks.




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