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Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair’s Evolution Match Tops WWE’s Top 25 Matches Of 2018

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Photo Credit: Bill Pritchard has released their Top 25 Matches of 2018 list. Atop the list is the classic Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch‘s Last Woman Standing Match at the historic Evolution pay-per-view. notes:

The time has come to call it a year on 2018. This year saw the WWE universe — not the Universe, though hopefully, that too — expand to its widest umbrella yet: In the last six months alone, we saw the return of the Mae Young Classic, the second season of WWE Mixed Match Challenge, the debut of NXT UK and the first-ever all woman’s pay-per-view, WWE Evolution. So, there was a lot to sift through when it came to determining our 25 favorite matches of the year.

But determine we did: What follows is a collection of the staff’s favorite matches, from the first Raw of the year to the one night a year when Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head. (For a similar but different recap, here’s WWE Network’s collection of the year’s best bouts). More than anything, 2018 was a reminder that a great match can happen anywhere at any time, as long as there’s a ref to hit the mat, a timekeeper to ring the bell and two Superstars ready to tango. Let’s dance.

The Top 25:

  • 25. ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy vs Bray Wyatt – The Ultimate Deletion – RAW (3/19)
  • 24. Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura – Champion vs Champion (Survivor Series)
  • 23. Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream (NXT TakeOver: Chicago)
  • 22. Kalisto vs. Buddy Murphy – 205 Live – (4/3)
  • 21. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe — IC Championship Match – RAW (1/1)
  • 20. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura — WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match (Money in the Bank)
  • 19. Ricochet vs. Adam Cole vs. The Velveteen Dream vs. EC3 vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Killian Dain — NXT North American Championship Ladder Match (NXT TakeOver: New Orleans)
  • 18. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (SummerSlam)
  • 17. Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy — WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match – 205 Live (5/29)
  • 16. Meiko Satomura vs. Mercedes Martinez – Mae Young Classic
  • 15. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor — Universal Championship Match – RAW (8/20)
  • 14. Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy — No DQ Match – 205 Live (7/3)
  • 13. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka — SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat TLC Match (WWE TLC)
  • 12. Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane — NXT Women’s Championship Match (NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn)
  • 11. Ricochet vs. Pete Dunne vs. Adam Cole —NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match – NXT (10/10)
  • 10. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day —SmackDown Tag Team Championship No DQ Match – SmackDown – (8/22)
  • 9. Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H (WrestleMania 34)
  • 8. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman vs. Elias — Gauntlet Match – RAW (2/19)
  • 7. Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Johnny Gargano — NXT Championship Match (NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia)
  • 6. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins — RAW Tag Team Championship Match (Hell in a Cell)
  • 5. Seth Rollins vs. The Miz — IC Championship Match (Backlash)
  • 4. Moustache Mountain vs. The Undisputed ERA — NXT Tag Team Championship Match – NXT (7/11)
  • 3. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan — Champion vs. Champion Match (Survivor Series)
  • 2. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa — Chicago Street Fight (NXT TakeOver: Chicago)
  • 1. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair — SmackDown Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match (WWE Evolution)

Readers can view WWE’s official list (along with full color photographs and match by match breakdowns) HERE.

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