4. Stadium Stampede
While it wasn’t the first cinematic match in 2020, it was the one that set the standard. Stadium Stampede was just fun, especially in a time when wrestling fans desperately needed to suspend reality for a while.
The Elite– featuring Broken Matt filling in for Cody– took on their nemeses in The Inner Circle in the first match of its kind. The match took place in and around TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
One of the early moments that still stands out is Hangman Page galloping in on a horse to chase Sammy Guevara throughout the stadium. Page also tried to “park” his horse.
Poor Guevara. He also took a 100-yard Northern Lights suplex and sprinkler system to the face. Broken Matt also chased him down with a golf cart once again. Guevara also took a One-Winged Angel from Omega that ended the match.
Besides the many memorable moments featuring Guevara, there were plenty of other memorable moments. Broken Matt kept trying to drown Santana and Ortiz and went through character changes. Page and Hager had a drink in the bar which led to a fight. Jericho demanded replays of pin attempts.
Stadium Stampede set the bar for what cinematic matches should be.
3. Kenny Omega becomes AEW World Champion and goes to Impact
“Winter is Coming” was headlined by the main event we’d all been waiting more than a year for: Jon Moxley versus Kenny Omega. In an outstanding match, Omega became champion and went full heel to do it. With an assist from his longtime friend, Don Callis, Omega hit Mox over the head with a microphone. He followed up with four V-Triggers before finally beating him with his patented One-Winged Angel.
Once he got his title, he and Callis hightailed it out of Daily’s Place as quickly as possible. Callis told a surprised Alex Marvez to tune into Impact Wrestling the following Tuesday. On that show, we learned that Omega has his eyes on all the gold.
This month, he and his former Bullet Club brethren, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, will take on Rich Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns at Impact’s Hard to Kill pay-per-view.
Just after winning the AEW World Championship, “The Best Bout Machine” successfully defend the AAA Mega Championship at TripleMania XXVIII.