The 20 Best Wrestling Matches of 2021

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What a year it's been for the headline-grabbing world of professional wrestling.

At the start of the year, the three biggest wrestling feds in the business maintained their safety measures via crowd-less shows. But even still, WWE, AEW, and Impact Wrestling still put on worthwhile shows full of incredible matches and jaw-dropping outcomes. And as the year rolled on, crowds were welcomed back into the buildings that played host to those aforementioned companies' energetic TV tapings and PPVs.

And that's where the most excitement was derived from thanks to shocking returns, major debuts, amazing promo battles, and so much more. Wrestlers made their way to other organizations thanks to the "Forbidden Door," up & coming Superstars got their hands on major championships, and the overall match quality for the year stayed at an all-time high.

Speaking of match quality, it's about time for yours truly and The Wrestling Classic to look back on the very best bouts of the year. There was so much in-ring greatness to reflect on, which is why both of us decided to break up our list into honorable mentions and 20 matches that deserve to make our official list.

So without further ado, let's look back on the very best wrestling bouts of 2021!

Honorable Mentions

05/30 - AEW Double or Nothing

Adam Page vs. Brian Cage

07/18 - WWE Money in the Bank

Big E vs. Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison vs. Kevin Owens vs. King Nakamura vs. Ricochet vs. Riddle vs. Seth Rollins (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

06/03 - Impact Wrestling: Before The Impact

Josh Alexander vs. TJP (Ironman Match)

04/14 - AEW Dynamite 

Young Bucks vs. Pac & Pentagon El Zero M

08/22 - NXT TakeOver 36

Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’ Reilly

04/10 - WWE WrestleMania: Night 1

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

10/18 - WWE Raw

Charlotte Flair vs. Bianca Belair

02/14 - NXT Vengeance Day

Finn Bálor vs. Pete Dunne

05/16 - WWE WrestleMania Backlash

Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre

10/27 - AEW Dynamite

Serena Deeb vs. Hikaru Shida

04/30 - WWE Smackdown

Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan

01/05 - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15: Night 2

Shingo Takagi vs. Jeff Cobb

05/05 - AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts

The Inner Circle vs. The Pinnacle

09/22 - AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam

1. Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Daneislon

04/10 - WWE Wrestlemania: Night 1

2. Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair

04/07 - NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver: Night 1

3. Walter vs. Tommaso Ciampa

09/05 - AEW All Out

4. CM Punk vs. Darby Allin

10/21 - WWE Crown Jewel

5. Edge vs. Seth Rollins - Hell in a Cell

04/11 - WWE Wrestlemania: Night 2

6. Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan

10/21 - WWE Crown Jewel

7. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair

01/06 - AEW New Year's Smash: Night 1

8. Kenny Omega vs. Rey Fenix

05/30 - AEW Double or Nothing

9. Kenny Omega vs. Pac vs. Orange Cassidy

11/13 - AEW Full Gear

10. MJF vs. Darby Allin

11/13 - AEW Full Gear

11. CM Punk vs. Eddie Kingston

11/13 - AEW Full Gear

12. Kenny Omega vs. Adam Page

09/05 - AEW All Out

13. Young Bucks vs. Lucha Brothers - Steel Cage Match

03/17 - AEW Dynamite

14. Thunder Rosa vs. Britt Baker - Lights Out Match

08/22 - NXT TakeOver 36

15. Walter vs. Ilja Dragunov

12/15 - AEW Dynamite

16. Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson

05/04 - NJPW Wrestling Dontaku: Day 2

17. Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi

10/15 - AEW Rampage

18. Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki

06/30 - AEW Dynamite

19. MJF vs. Sammy Guevara

01/04 - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15: Night 1

20. Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay

And as always, make sure you hit up The Wrestling Classic on all his socials so you can let him know how you feel about his match picks. Ya dig? Oooh Yeah!

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