So seeing as how I have created lists on my favorite movies and video games of all times. I thought it would be fun to do some for wrestling as well. So, seeing as how this is going to be long, I am going to keep this short and say that I am going to do two lists. My favorite WWE wrestling matches of all time and my most hated WWE wrestling matches of all time. Sound cool? GREAT! So with that being said, let’s start off with those matches that I ABSOLUTELY cannot stand! Please keep in mind that these are matches that I personally hate with a burning passion. While this will coincide with matches that are terrible, because I have good fucking taste and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty liar, the matches will be ranked on how much they drive me nuts as opposed to their general badness. With that said, let’s start with some honorable mentions.
The Giant Gonzalez vs. The Undertaker
The Undertaker may have had the streak, but he had this slow plodding stinker of a match to go along with it. Complete with the Undertaker losing to a chloroform rag… This one is pretty much pure bullshit.
No DQ Match
Triple H vs. Sting
What could have been a great welcome to Sting turned into a burial of WCW and gave Sting one of the most pointless loses in his entire life. Nepotism reigns supreme in WWE.
Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler
Just imagine two flabby walruses flailing around on top of each other for 14 god damned minutes.
The Big Show vs. Akebono
Nobody should ever have to see The Big Show in a thong. Not to mention, Akebono was completely wasted during this.
The Great American Bash 2004
Handicap Concrete Crypt Match
The Undertaker vs. The Dudley Boyz
This was a confusing mess of a match with an insane story to write off Paul Bearer. Enough said.
20. Cyber Sunday 2006
World Tag Team Championship
The Spirit Squad vs. Ric Flair & Roddy Piper
If there is one thing that I hate when it comes to professional wrestling it is when a group of old men squash a handful of young upstart talents. I understand completely that you need to respect those who came before you. BUT, there is a rule in pro wrestling that once you are over the hill, you start using your star power to put over those who are coming up. It is your way of ensuring the future of pro wrestling.
I am not a fan of the Spirit Squad, as the rest of the world is, I am sure. But they were five young wrestlers stuck in a horrendous gimmick. After a painstaking World Tag Team Title run that lasted 200 days too many, the five wrestlers were fed to the aging Ric Flair and the slow moving Roddy Piper. The next night Triple H and Shawn Michaels shipped them off to OVW for more training and Piper & Flair lost the belt 8 days later to Rated RKO. It was a waste of a match, it was a waste of talent, it was a waste of veterans, it was a waste of the Tag Team belts, and it was certainly a waste of my time. Luckily Dolph Ziggler came out of the group, but besides that… The rest of them were either released or suffered the fate of Kenny Dykstra (AKA being buried by John Cena).
19. Wrestlemania 2000
WWF Championship Match with a McMahon in Every Corner
Triple H vs. The Rock vs. Mick Foley vs. The Big Show
Talk about convoluted. Anyone who is anyone knows that the big Wrestlemania feud going into this was Triple H vs. The Rock. It is, arguably, the best feud that occurred during the Attitude Era. The script practically writes itself. So how do you fuck that up? Well you add Mick Foley, who retired five weeks previously. You add in the Big Show… Because… Why the hell not? And then you continue the perpetual McMahon family saga by having Vince, Linda, Stephanie, and Shane all out at ringside. To add a lovely cherry on top of the shit cake, Triple H, the heel retained the championship.
The match was convoluted, there were too many people involved in what should have been a one on one affair, Mick Foley should have remained retired, and there wasn’t even a satisfying conclusion with Triple H walking away with the championship with the help of Vinnie Mac and Stephanie McMahon. It was terrible booking, a terrible match, and topped off a terrible Wrestlemania.
18. Royal Rumble 2015
The Royal Rumble Match
This is, without a doubt the worst Royal Rumble of all time. I do admit that I did struggle between this one, the inconsequential 1997 Royal Rumble, and the 1999 Royal Rumble when Mr. McMahon of all people won the damn championship. But when it comes to horrendous booking choices and a lack of caring what your consumer clientele, the 2015 Royal Rumble takes the taco.
The booking was so horrendous that the shockwave of it is still felt to this day. Roman Reigns is not a popular champion, though the WWE want to push him as the next John Cena poster boy. The reason for this can all stem from the 2015 Royal Rumble and the return of Daniel Bryan. All WWE had to do was not bring back Daniel Bryan until after the Royal Rumble, if they would have done that, Roman Reigns would be accepted with muffled annoyed acceptance and everything would be good. But instead, they brought him back, eliminated him early, and then spent the rest of the night booing Roman Reigns and have been booing him since his win in 2015. It was a stupid decision, stupid booking, and a will go down in infamy as one of the worst decisions in WWE’s career.
17. Armageddon 1999
Evening Gown Pool Match for the WWF Women’s Championship
Ivory vs. Jacqueline vs. BB vs. Miss Kitty
It was a different time during the Attitude Era. I am thrilled that women are now being treated with the respect that they deserve in WWE. Back in 1999, they were basically nothing more than walking pieces of fan service meant to titillate. This is a shame for people who were insanely talented like Ivory. She was completely wasted in gimmick matches like this.
This match is known for being nothing more than fan service that also includes Miss Kitty showing off her nips for the world to see. It remains one of the most controversial matches in WWE and it is one that I think is best left forgotten.
16 Unforgiven 2001
WCW Tag Team Championship
The Brothers of Destruction vs. KroniK
As you all know, I love train wrecks to an extent. When it comes to terrible matches and terrible movies, I love to watch shit go from wrong to worse. If it is going to be bad, at least be bad in all the right ways. It is reasons like this while the Kennel from Hell match between Big Boss Man and Al Snow is not on this list. That match is atrocious, but I laugh my ass off at its badness, so I cannot bring myself to hate it. But when you have a match that is so bad that it isn’t even funny, it is just sad and tragic… Well that is another story.
Watching The Undertaker and Kane take on Bryan Adams and Bryan Clark is depressing. You watch four big men flail around in the ring and look generally confused and awkward. This match is like looking at a dying animal. You just want to put it out of its misery instead of watching it suffer anymore. Like Ole Yeller, I would take this match out back behind the woodshed any day.
15. December to Dismember
Extreme Elimination Chamber Match for the ECW Championship
The Big Show vs. CM Punk vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Test vs. Bobby Lashley
This was just the cherry on top of the shit cake when it came to the failed ECW experiment that WWE put us through throughout the mid 2000’s. The writing was on the wall from the start and it all came about in this PPV main event where we saw fan favorites CM Punk and Rob Van Dam squashed, Test, Big Show, and Hardcore Holly phoning in a weak performances, and one of the greenest/most boring wrestlers on the roster named Bobby Lashley walking away with the belt.
The sad thing is that this wasn’t even the worst match on the card. It was probably third compared to Matt Striker vs. Balls Mahoney and the inter-gender tag team match that was pure garbage as well. For anyone who enjoyed ECW in the 90’s, just try to pretend WWECW doesn’t exist.
14. Wrestlemania IX
Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna/Yokozuna vs. Hulk Hogan
I cannot stand it when a veteran throws their weight around and ruins a good feud or a push because they are petty and want to be on top. This is exactly what happened at Wrestlemania IX when Hulk Hogan did what he has been known to do best. Bret Hart and Yokozuna had a decent match, then Hogan shows up, a “match happens” for no reason, and Hulk Hogan leaves with the belt to nobodies enjoyment.
13. Survivor Series 1994
Traditional 4 on 4 Survivor Series Match
Lawler’s Royal Court vs. Clowns ‘R Us
What more is there to say about this one? Jerry Lawler, Doink the Clown, and six little people making fools of themselves in front of a live audience. It is despicable, offensive, stupid, and a waste of everyone’s time including those involved.
12. Wrestlemania XV
Hell in a Cell Match
The Undertaker vs. The Big Boss Man
What more can you say about this one? It is easily one of the worst, if not THE worst Hell in a Cell matches of all time. The Undertaker and Big Boss Man did not have good chemistry together. They were slow and plodding in the ring. To top it all off, the segment ended with Big Boss Man being hung. HUNG for goodness sake. This was during the Attitude Era when even crucifixion was on the table. But this was pushing the envelope a little bit. A man just tried to kill another man. Shouldn’t someone call the cops? This is pushing the realms of possibility now.
11. Wrestlemania XXVI
No Holds Barred Match
Bret Hart vs. Mr. McMahon
Why make this a match? It still confounds me to this day. I get the fact that WWE wants to continue milking the raw utter of the Montreal Screwjob and with Bret Hart back in the WWE in time for Wrestlemania XXVI, of course you would want to have a segment. But Hart is not medically cleared to wrestler and his insurance won’t let him take a hit or a bump… So how in the hell are you going to have a match?
Well the answer is that you do not. The entire match is Bret Hart beating the unholy hell out of Vince McMahon for an eternity before moving on with our lives. It is a terrible idea to make this a match and put Hart in that kind of situation. In the words of Randy Orton, Stupid! STUPID!
10. SummerSlam 2000 + The Entire Feud
The Kat vs. Terri Runnels
The WWE is finally modernizing and treating women with respect instead of boobs and ass with a body attached to them. Wrestlers like Lita, Trish Stratus, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Bayley, and so forth are finally getting the proper respect that they deserve and the WWE is phasing out the none wrestling women who did not know how to apply the craft.
Back during the Attitude Era, women’s matches were less like the 30 minute Iron Woman match between Bayley and Sasha Banks and more like “HEY BOYS! Check out these women who will now do things in their underwear for five minutes!” This sums up the entire feud between Terri Runnels and the Kat that went on for months. While the entire feud was horrendous, the most egregious moment within it was the Stinkface match. Basically during this, Terri and The Kat “wrestled” in lingerie with the goal of putting another woman in the corner of the ring and rubbing their ass in the other’s face. It was stupid, condescending, offensive, and to this day is one of the things that WWE would like everyone to forget.
09. SummerSlam 2010 (& Subsequent Burial)
Team WWE vs. Team Nexus
So remember how I said earlier that I do not like it when young talent is buried by people who should be putting over the young bucks? Well when it was the Spirit Squad, at least it could be said that they were as green as grass and ultimately the only TRULY stellar member was who would eventually become Dolph Ziggler and we were left with “what could have been” with Kenny Dykstra. Just imagine when most of the people on the roster are young and extremely talented individuals… But are being held back by one guy who believes HE needs to go over.
That is exactly what happened at SummerSlam in 2010. I am not going to say that all members of the Nexus were destined for greatness. I’m not about to make a strong case for David Otunga or Michael Tarver. But Wade Barrett was destined to be a main event star. Heath Slater and PJ Black (formerly named Justin Gabriel) were solid mid card wrestlers and Skip Sheffield (soon to be Ryback) should have been a strong big man. Now, all thanks to John Cena deciding he needed to win at SummerSlam buried all the talents. Now, out of all of the original Nexus members David Otunga and Heath Slater are the only two who are employed by WWE and beyond that Otunga isn’t wrestling and Slater is enhancement talent. It was a waste of future stars for the sake of one aging superstar.
08. Backlash 2007
Bobby Lashley vs. The McMahons
Remember how I mentioned earlier the Extreme Elimination Chamber? Want to know how to make it worse? Well how about taking the boring Bobby Lashley and having him wrestle Vince and Shane McMahon for the ECW Championship. BETTER YET, let’s have Vince McMahon win the ECW Championship and further shit on his former competition. That is great for business. Yeah, this match sucks and continues to find new ways to piss me off. I’m surprised Vince didn’t bring back the WCW Championship for a night and give it to himself just to say that he was a WWE, WCW, and ECW Champion.
07. Wrestlemania XV (& Brawl for All Tournament)
Brawl for All Match
Bart Gunn vs. Butterbean
I hate it when someone says “wrestling is fake” just like any other wrestling fan. Wrestling is scripted. I know it and all fans above the age of 12 know it as well. We enjoy wrestling for the stories they tell and the talent it takes to tell a story through movement. It is the same basic concept as ballet… Just with a bunch of men in tight panties.
While a lot of wrestlers cross over to legitimate mixed martial arts fighting, the majority of them are not trained in physical combat. So when someone at WWE said, hey MMA is popular, let’s have a our wrestlers fight in real fights. Thus the Brawl for All Tournament or Bar Fight WWE Edition was born. The winner of the tournament was Bart Gunn. For his win, he got to fight legitimate boxer Butterbean at Wrestlemania XV and as expected, Bart Gunn got his lights knocked out when up against a legitimate boxer. This tournament ended the careers of many wrestlers like Gunn, Dr. Death Steve Williams, and Savio Vega, and did nothing for all parties involved.
06. Backlash 2006
The McMahons vs. Shawn Michaels & “God”
You read that right. For anyone who isn’t a wrestling fan, Vince McMahon decided that Shawn Michaels tag team opponent during their post Wrestlemania feud would be God. Represented by a spotlight, the match served as little more than a way to boost Vinnie Mac’s resume for his trip to hell.
I do not consider myself a very religious person. You believe what you want to believe and I believe what I want to believe and we will call it a day there. But even a stalwart atheist felt a little uncomfortable with this contest. It is easily one of the most controversial segments in WWE history and for me personally, I consider it one of the most condescending shit shows in WWE history.
05. King of the Ring 2000
Evening Gown Match for the WWF Hardcore Championship
Pat Patterson vs. Gerald Brisco
What more can be said, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco are former wrestling legends. In the later years, they became Vince McMahon’s stooges. It was a little belittling to wrestling legends, but they worked the angle well. Then, in 2000, the two men dawned evening gowns and lingerie and proceeded to wrestle for a few minutes to the hatred of all parties involved. Luckily Crash came in to win the Hardcore Championship that was online and ended the shit show on display.
04. The Great American Bash 2004
No 1 Contender for World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker vs. Muhammad Hassan
Muhammad Hassan, for those who do not remember him, was a wrestler who appeared on the scene for a few months as an Arabic man who was angered at the hate that was given to him due to the fact that he was Arabic and that people were seeing him as a terrorist for simply existing. WWE, in their infinite wisdom, made Hassan a heel and had him do generally asshole things to people. Also, the fact that he was actually played by an Italian man named Mark Copani didn’t help matters either.
He was a disliked character, but nothing seemed overly problematic with him… That is until an episode of SmackDown saw him basically become a terrorist after five masked men attacked the Undertaker and carried Hassan’s friend Daivari out of the arena like a martyr. This tragically coincided with the London Bombings that happened the day the episode was set to air. Due to pressure from the networks, WWE was forced to eliminate the Hassan character and he was never spoken of again. This was a waste of a talent on a horrible gimmick and a gimmick that would spell the end for Copani’s career.
03. Wrestlemania XX
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Wrestling is a rough business and it helps to elevate you to the top if you have always had a passion for the craft. This is the reason that I have never been a big fan of men like Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. I know people love to see them destroy other people, but all I see are two men who are happy to collect a paycheck doing something instead of actually wanting to be pro wrestlers.
So when the two were set to square off in Wrestlemania, I wasn’t too thrilled. But luckily for me… or unlucky… The two men were scheduled to leave the company and basically phoned in their last match. It is widely considered one of the worst matches of all time and it is definitely for good reason.
02. The Great American Bash 2007
Cruiserweight Open for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero vs. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Shannon Moore vs. Hornswoggle vs. Funaki vs. Jamie Noble
I can sum this one up in one word, Hornswoggle. The Cruiserweight belt, that shared the same lineage with the WCW Cruiserweight belt was my childhood growing up. When it comes to wrestlers, I like them small and I like them fast. I find cruiserweight competitors more exciting 100 times over lumbering big men. All the more reason why I have more respect for Rey Mysterio’s pinkie finger than I do for all of Hulk Hogan.
So to see a belt that I adored as a child to have its last champion be a horrific and offensive Vince McMahon original side show gimmick like Hornswoggle hurts me to this day.
01. The Burial of Daniel Bryan in 2013
SummerSlam 2013, Night of Champions 2013, Battleground 2013, Hell in a Cell 2013, Royal Rumble 2014, & Elimination Chamber 2014
I thought that my hatred would subsist over the past three years… But for some reason it just keeps going strong. How could WWE be so blind? Daniel Bryan is a wrestler who became insanely over with the crowd. The pops were so loud that they were on par with Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and early day John Cena. What does WWE do? They attempt to bury him for six months. They constantly screwed him out of championships, teased the fans by giving him the belt twice before having Randy Orton take it back from him. They didn’t have him included in the Royal Rumble and the fans basically had to hijack the entirety of WWE in order for them to get what everyone except for Vince McMahon and the writers of WWE wanted.
To this day I will never understand how someone can hate success so much. You had a gold mine sitting in your lap and you tried to bury the gold mine with dynamite. This is by far the dumbest fucking thing that the WWE has ever done.
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