Month on the Mat: March

In this monthly recurring series, the residents of Wrestle Inn will offer you their recommendation for a single match you should seek out from the last month. We might not always highlight the “best” match; perhaps we’ll pick a hidden gem instead, or a match that you may not have heard of from a promotion different to what you usually watch. But, we can guarantee that all of these picks will be more than worth your time!

Kay Quinn recommends:
Yuki Yoshioka & Madoka Kikuta vs Susumu Mochizuki & Yasushi Kanda, Rey de Parejas 2023 Day 13 (DRAGONGATE, March 2)
If you’re looking for some excellent tag team wrestling this month, the brilliant finale to DG’s Rey de Parejas tournament has you covered. The story is simple: the promotion’s original tag team encounters two of its biggest young talents and neither side is willing to give an inch in their struggle to the top. But on that basic foundation, these four wrestlers built one of the most tense, brutal and emotional matches seen in recent wrestling. Both veterans and youngsters pulled out every single trick in their arsenal for this and decisively proved once more that tag team wrestling can make for just as much of an incredible main event as any singles bout. This match is only 23 minutes long and you do not need to know anything about DG to watch it, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Steve Howard recommends:
El Hijo del Vikingo vs Komander, Supercard of Honor (ROH, March 31st)
I partially knew what to expect from these two athletes, but this match for the Mega Championship exceeded all my expectations. It’s rare to see a match where you experience multiple moves that you haven’t seen before, which was consistently the case in this fast paced and high flying spectacular. The ropes were used as a springboard to incredible innovation in this Lucha Libre masterclass.

Finlay B-H recommends: 
Miu Watanabe & Shoko Nakajima vs Wasteland War Party, TJPW Live in LA (TJPW, March 31)
Arriving late at the buzzer this month was a match that filled this writer’s heart with joy. There was always the worry that TJPW’s first full-fledged foray into the American market would prove too alien, that the vibrant characters and unabashed cartoonishness of the promotion wouldn’t translate to an American audience. Oh, how happy I was to be proven wrong. The crowd well and truly got it, and nowhere was it more evident than in this bout where Miu Watanabe got to flex her strength and her magnetic charisma to a whole new audience who were instantly enamoured with the idol. Wasteland War Party played the ever-magnificent foil and Shoko the dynamic underdog partner; but this was very much a Miu showcase, and once again the Up Up Girl hit a home run.

Credit: WWE

Connor Maze (Patreon subscriber) recommends:
The Gunns vs The Acclaimed vs Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett vs Danhausen & Orange Cassidy, Revolution (AEW, March 5)

Corey Michaels recommends:
Roxanne Perez vs Meiko Satomura, NXT Roadblock (WWE, March 7)
The young champion fought her heart out against the final boss of women’s wrestling, Meiko Satomura. The mutual respect and the callbacks made this special. No blood feud, no cowardice, No Way Out 2000. Just pure competition. They took each other to the limit, Roxanne especially, given the post-match angle. The story going in was founded on that mutual respect, and the training Satomura gave her opponent proved to be too intense. Intense, yet opened the door for more.

Ryan Dilbert recommends:
Chihiro Hashimoto vs Mio Momono, Marvelous (Marvelous, March 15)
A ferocious, hyper-charged fight between two of joshi’s best. Mio Momono pulls out a grab-you-by-the-heart performance, an emphatic reminder of how great she is when injuries don’t get in the way. The speed, the strikes, that final German suplex from the heavens all had me morphing into the Leonardo DiCaprio biting his fist GIF.

Thumbly Squeezed recommends:
House Of Black vs Jericho Appreciation Society vs The Elite, Dynamite (AEW, March 15)

Six-man belts are a throwback niche item in wrestling these days, so there was fear that AEW’s would essentially be just one more guy thrown into tag teams for no reason. We needn’t have worried. With the long-established chemistry of The Elite showing against the varied skills of JAS, you have a ton to work with. Then you toss in a long and lithe striker (Malakai Black), a powerhouse brawler (Brody King), and a man who perfectly melds the two (Buddy Matthews), and the ring was ablaze with aerial offense and ass-kickings. House of Black – deservingly – rise! Anyone up for 8-man belts??

Credit: NJPW

Fusa (Patreon subscriber) recommends:
Jon Moxley vs Hangman Page, Revolution (AEW, March 5)

JJohnson recommends:
Hiromu Takahashi vs Lio Rush, New Japan Cup Finals (NJPW, March 21)
It’s been one hell of a wrestling month. Top quality matches have come from all over the world, with AEW in the limelight. Perhaps more in the shadows, Hiromu Takahashi defended his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Lio Rush on the final day of the New Japan Cup. It was exhilarating. A gem of a junior heavyweight bout, pitting high-flying sparkle against an imposing grounding. The champion looked grand, but Lio Rush proved himself as an athletic star, stunning the crowd with incredible, almost gravity-defying, moves. Kenny Omega vs El Hijo del Vikingo will steal headlines for its flashy high-flying, but NJPW put on their own spectacle in this match.

CiaranRH recommends:
Wheeler Yuta vs Katsuyori Shibata, Supercard of Honor (ROH, March 31)
This was exactly what I hoped it would be, there is no world in which the Wheeler Yuta should be standing toe-to-toe with Katsuyori Shibata. There was a very clear gap in ability between the two shown, as there should have been, Shibata always one step ahead as the experienced veteran. Whilst the star and story here is Shibata and his resurgence, props have to be given to Yuta for making Shibata look so strong. Just shy of the six year anniversary of the infamous Sakura Genesis match that almost stole Shibata from us, he now reigns as the Pure Champion. Maybe there is a God after all.