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The 10 Best WWE Matches of April 2018

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Ronda Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon
Ronda Rousey surprised a lot of people this month.

April was obviously a notable month in the wrestling world. It featured a number of terrible matches, most infamously the encounters between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns which had been building for a year. It was also a month that featured sheer brilliance, however. With NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, WrestleMania, and the heavily-promoted Greatest Royal Rumble all occurring within the span of about three weeks, there would obviously be a lot of notable candidates for the best match of April.

Which ones broke their way into the top 10?

#10: Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT TakeOver: New Orleans)

Ember Moon's final NXT match was also one of her best, exceeding my own expectations. Only her two encounters with Asuka proved superior to this one. Ember Moon proved aggressive, even using Shayna Baszler's own infamous arm dislocation move against her. That's when the most notable spot of the match occurred, where the challenger rammed her arm against the ring post to put the shoulder back in its socket. It was a brilliant piece of character work.

Ultimately, Shayna put Ember to sleep in a way that was eerily similar to when Asuka first won the championship against Bayley two years earlier. Ember Moon never tapped, so she was sent to the main roster looking as strong as she could in defeat. Meanwhile, Shayna Baszler perfectly established herself as the big bully in the NXT women's division.

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