Top 50 FREE Women’s Matches of 2018 (Part 2)

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Photo: Defiant Wrestling

Click here for part 1 of this list, where we listed the top 50 through 26 free women’s matches of last year. Before going through the top 25, we want to share a few honorable mentions. These matches all come from promotions that deserve to be on the list for the free content they’ve put out in 2018, but just barely missed out.

HM: KC Spinelli vs. Tessa Blanchard, SMASH Wrestling Canusa Classic (10/27/2018)

This match is a standout from Smash Wrestling’s excellent CANUSA Classic event, which brought together top talent from both Canada and the US for competition. It’s one of the most star-studded cards of last year for an all women’s event in North America.

HM: DASH Chisako vs. Jordynne Grace, Over the Top Wrestling Defiant (1/4/2018)

This bout is another headline-grabber from Over the Top Wrestling’s first all-women card of 2018. OTT decided to stream its second all-women show, Defiant 2, for free while WWE’s controversial Crown Jewel show was on. This generous move allowed many viewers who were uncomfortable with Crown Jewel to watch great wrestling elsewhere.

HM: Kay Lee Ray vs. Viper, Insane Championship Wrestling Fear & Loathing XI (12/2/2018)

Wrestling matches that involve barbed wire and thumbtacks certainly aren’t for everyone. However, Insane Championship Wrestling should be praised for making it available to as many eyes as possible. Viper has had a rich feud with Kay Lee Ray for many years, so she saw this as “the only match” that could be a climax to their story. Thankfully ICW agrees that when one’s art takes them in this direction, it would be a pity if only a few people got to see it.

Top 50 FREE Women’s Matches of 2018 (Part 2)

25. Kylie Rae vs. Santana Garrett, Battle Club Pro Malice at the Palace (6/7/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Two very evenly matched, athletic competitors

Best Moment: Kylie and Santana mirroring each other’s kicks, leading to a double knockdown

My Rating: **** 1/4

24. Shoko Nakajima vs. Yuu, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling How Do You Like Narimasu? (11/24/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Catch wrestling

Best Moment: Yuu reversing Shoko’s diving crossbody into a powerslam

My Rating: **** 1/4

23. Kylie Rae vs. Lacey Lane vs. Thunder Rosa (Elimination Match), Capital Wrestling Alliance Raven Black Memorial Tournament (1/27/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Quick moves and gymnastic ability

Best Moment: Lacey hitting her signature springboard top rope armdrag

My Rating: **** 1/4

22. Ivelisse vs. Kiera Hogan (Steel Cage Match), Reality of Wrestling Ladies Night Out 3 (8/18/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A tense, passionate brawl

Best Moment: Ivelisse cutting Kiera’s escape off with a belly-to-back superplex

My Rating: **** 1/4

21. MiraClians vs. Mizuki and Riho, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling (1/4/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A healthy balance between great wrestling and light-hearted entertainment that doesn’t take itself very seriously

Best Moment: Mizuki and Riho’s excellent sequence of double footstomps

My Rating: **** 1/4

20. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Karen Q (No Disqualification Match), Ring of Honor (1/10/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A cocky heel working a crowd, innovative weapons spots, and great brawling

Best Moment: Deonna catching Karen’s running corner kick and turning it into a powerbomb

My Rating: **** 1/4

19. Bea Priestley vs. Kanji vs. Kay Lee Ray vs. Lana Austin vs. Little Miss Roxxy vs. Millie McKenzie (Gauntlet), Defiant Wrestling Loaded 2 (12/3/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Multi-woman action with a rich story and a variety of styles and tactics

Best Moment: Watching the twists and turns of Lana’s plotting

My Rating: **** 1/4

18. Women’s Royal Rumble, WWE Royal Rumble (1/28/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Nostalgia, big moments, and multiple converging narratives

Best Moment: Trish Stratus returning and having a moment alone with Mickie James, to the audience’s delight

My Rating: **** 1/4

17. AQA vs. Hyan, Reality of Wrestling Episode 221 On the Line (7/14/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: The story of a resilient, athletic babyface against a crafty, experienced heel

Best Moment: The high-stakes, emotional finishing sequence

My Rating: **** 1/4

16. Ivelisse vs. Thunder Rosa, Reality of Wrestling Ladies Night Out 4 (11/17/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A back and forth between two wrestlers who always have an answer for each other

Best Moment: An excellent series of reversals leading to a sunset flip powerbomb

My Rating: **** 1/4

15. Kylie Rae vs. Thunder Rosa, Inspire Pro War O’Clock High (3/25/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Two beloved wrestlers working a very hot crowd and having a blast

Best Moment: When the action spills directly into the audience’s lap

My Rating: **** 1/4

14. Kikyo vs. Leva Bates, Prestige Wrestling 6: Reality Unfolds (6/8/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A David and Goliath story with fun character work

Best Moment: When Leva hits her animated power-up section

My Rating: **** 1/4

13. Indi Hartwell vs. Kylie Rae, Zelo Pro (10/28/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Excellent heel work and great wrestling with an attention on ring psychology

Best Moment: Kylie going out of her way to high-five the same fans that Indi flipped off

My Rating: **** 1/4

12. Ivelisse vs. Kiera Hogan, Reality of Wrestling Ladies Night Out 2 (5/19/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: An absolute grudge match

Best Moment: Ivelisse countering Kiera’s baseball slide dropkick by trapping her in the apron skirt

My Rating: **** 1/4

11. Bea Priestley vs. Toni Storm, Frontline Wrestling Build Me an Empire (6/28/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A stiff match that keeps you second guessing who’s going to win

Best Moment: Toni reversing Bea’s attempted hanging double foot stomp into a spider suplex

My Rating: **** 1/4

10. Mia Yim vs. Tessa Blanchard, Battle Club Pro May the Queen Reign (5/25/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A very hard hitting brawl that spills into the crowd

Best Moment: Tessa’s reaction to being brought something from the concession stand, mid-match

My Rating: **** 1/4

9. Nyla Rose vs. Takumi Iroha, Marvelous/Warriors of Wrestling (8/5/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Watching a strikes and submissions expert take on a raw powerhouse

Best Moment: Nyla powering through Takumi’s sleeper hold by hitting a sidewalk slam, only for Takumi to immediately reapply the hold

My Rating: **** 1/4

8. Kay Lee Ray vs. Millie McKenzie, Defiant Wrestling Road to No Regrets (3/26/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Two wrestlers with absolutely no quit in their bones throwing all their big moves at each other

Best Moment: A very impressive and painful looking move to close the match

My Rating: **** 1/4

7. Lacey Lane vs. Tessa Blanchard, Pro Wrestling 2.0 Valentine’s Crush (2/13/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A lovable underdog, a suspenseful match, and great technical ability

Best Moment: The moment after Lacey finally gets her draping neckbreaker finisher set up

My Rating: **** 1/4

6. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Madison Eagles (Submission Match), SHIMMER 101 (4/14/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Mat wrestling, ring psychology, and technical mastery

Best Moment: Madison’s reaction to Deonna’s repeated forearm strike blitz

My Rating: **** 1/2

5. Kay Lee Ray vs. Meiko Satomura, EVE WrestleQueendom (5/5/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A hot crowd, stiff strikes, craftiness, and resilience

Best Moment: Kay Lee Ray hitting Meiko with a gory bomb on the apron

My Rating: **** 1/2

4. Kylie Rae vs. Tessa Blanchard, Zelo Pro Arrival (4/20/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Big and loud character work, a strong match narrative, and great athleticism

Best Moment: Tessa hitting the wrong nerve and turning Kylie all the way up to 10

My Rating: **** 1/2

3. Jessicka Havok vs. Su Yung, Battle Club Pro Welcome to War (3/3/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A hardcore match with nasty bumps

Best Moment: Jessicka reversing Su’s dive into an apron powerbomb

My Rating: **** 1/2

2. Holidead vs. Roni Nicole (Falls Count Anywhere Match), The Resistance Chapter 2: Revelations (5/4/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: A no holds barred BRAWL that goes all over the place

Best Moment: Roni slamming Holidead through a door

My Rating: **** 1/2

1. Hyan vs. Su Yung (No DQ Match), Reality of Wrestling Ladies Night Out 4 (11/17/2018)

Watch This Match If You Like: Brutality, weapons, big bumps, crowd work, and some overt campiness.

Best Moment: Su’s miraculous aim as she hits Hyan with all the chairs she tosses into the ring

My Rating: **** 3/4

I hope this list of the best free women’s matches of 2018 will help you find even more wrestling that you will enjoy! Let me know what you think. What did you like? What didn’t you like? What’s missing? And don’t forget, these are only the free women’s matches of 2018; please consider extending financial support to the wrestlers and promotions responsible for making these matches happen.

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