It was a year where WrestleMania was held without a crowd, NXT relied on a decades-dormant pay-per-view concept, and one match was billed as the greatest ever weeks in advance. There was also Bray Wyatt guiding John Cena through a fever dream which, while visually alluring and hilarious, isn't likely to make this cut. Because it's one of the strangest years in world history, it only makes sense that this is one of the most unusual years in WWE history as well.
Despite the pandemic throwing lots of wrenches into the whirring machinery, WWE still managed (sometimes through creative means) to put out entertaining matches. Maybe none of them quite ascended to "Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" levels in any reasonable form, but nonetheless, WWE tried to make the best of a bad situation. And while their overall handling of said situation has raised many eyebrows, at least there was some goodness in there.
Here now are my totally subjective picks for WWE's five best matches of the first half of 2020, both main roster and NXT considered.
5. The Undertaker Vs. AJ Styles (WrestleMania 36)
WrestleMania had to make do without a crowd, so most of the matches were hindered by a lack of electricity. Two "cinematic" bouts benefited from changes of venue and aesthetic, with Undertaker and Styles' cemetery slugfest hailed by most as match of the weekend.
In what may well be Undertaker's final bout ever (we'll see), The Deadman overcame interference from Gallows and Anderson, as well as a druid army, to overpower Styles, leaving him for dead six feet under. But was 'Taker speeding off into the moonlight the true last ride?