Greatest Matches Ever: 2016 (Q1)

Welcome to our Greatest Matches Ever series for Q1 of 2016, covering January, February, and March.  Only matches with a rating of **** (four stars) and above will be included, as rated by the highly respected Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Dave Meltzer publishes.

The first three months of 2016 saw several early candidates for match of the year, with New Japan dominating the list, but still a good showing by PWG and a couple from WWE.  This quarter saw the departure of AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura from New Japan, but the two had a phenomenal match against each other here, and both will be featured prominently in Q2 and Q3.  We also saw perhaps the final major match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada, and it was the best match of the quarter.

Every effort is made to make this list as complete as possible, and promotions from all over the world are included. We’ll also do our best to watch each match ourselves, add our brief commentary, and include links (when possible) to where you can watch the matches yourselves.