Hey everyone! It's The Wrestling Classic here with another list for ONE37pm. To kick off the new year I thought we would do a little retrospective of the last year by sharing the 20 best wrestling matches of 2022. This was really hard to put together. I specifically had to go out of my way to watch matches I had never seen from NJPW and AAA for this list.
This was a year full of ups and downs, including Vince McMahon retiring, Steve Austin returning to the ring, CM Punk brawling with the Elite, Cody Rhodes returning to the WWE, and so much more. Yet through it all, there was a ton of good wrestling. I have said it before but I'll say it once again - we’re spoiled by so much good wrestling on a weekly basis nowadays. Also with Tony Khan booking his program based off of “stacked cards,” it made this list even more difficult to put together. Shoutout to fellow ONE37PM fam member Elton Jones for keeping track of all the best matches on a Google Doc all year...it really helped.
This is a totally subjective list based on my opinion. The 20 matches I wrote about here are the matches that come to mind first if you were to ask me what the best wrestling matches of 2022 were. I added 25 honorable mentions for those of you who might use this article as a catalog of matches you should watch from 2022. Therefore, if you’re reading this in 2025 for some reason, it's a pretty sick list of matches to revisit.