So… Considering the fact that I did the most hated list, I have to do my favorite list of all time! That is how this shit works! A couple of things before we get started, just like last time this is my favorite matches of all time, not the best. While the two will coincide, it is not a list that means that it is the best, it is simply the ones that I love to read. With that being said, let’s get to the matches that I love to watch.
Hell in a Cell 2014
Hell in a Cell
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
The end of the match was screwy. But this was the best bout between the two and certainly pushed Seth Rollins to superstar chickenshit heel status. So I like it.
WWF Championship, WWF Tag Team Championship, & WWF Intercontinental Championship
The Power Trip vs. The Brothers of Destruction
Some may call this match boring, but I loved it. All the major championships were on the line and four legends were in the ring. I’ll watch it and enjoy any day of the week.
No DQ for the WWF Championship
The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
These two gave it the match of their lives. While the double turn has been the subject of some controversy in years to come, the match was stellar and that cannot be denied.
Royal Rumble 2015
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
I never thought in a million years that I would love this match. But the combination of the three made for wrestling gold.
WWF Hardcore Championship
Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman
Shane McMahon is one insane mother fucker and Steve Blackman is a man that I would fear could murder armies if he wasn’t such a nice guy. If you put them together, you get awesome wrestling.
20. King of the Ring 2001
Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon
I struggled between this match and the aforementioned McMahon v. Blackman match on which one should make the cut at 20 and which one would fall the honorable mention. At the end of the day, the cult following that the match received pushed Angle vs. McMahon to just inch out the former on the list.
This is said to be Shane McMahon’s favorite match and it certainly shows. He put his heart and soul into this match and damn near got himself killed when the prop breakable glass didn’t break and he was dropped square on his head. It is a rough match and it goes down as one of the greatest matches in WWE history.
19. Armageddon 2006
Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
London & Kendrick vs. Regal & Taylor vs. MNM vs. The Hardys
This is, without a doubt, one of the most underrated ladder matches OF ALL TIME and in any promotion on this planet. It truly is a shame too. Paul London and Brian Kendrick were two undervalued performers in WWE and would be potential main event talents today. The only reason this ladder match is not more well known is the lack of “WWE recognized” star power. In any other promotion all of these men (with the potential exception of Mercury and Taylor) would be main event competitors.
It was a general surprise when Teddy Long announced that it would be a four man ladder match and that the other two competitors would be MNM and the Hardys. The 8 teams put on one hell of a contest, one definitely for the history books, and was also the match that saw poor Joey Mercury’s face annihilated by a miss cued ladder spot. Anytime I just want to veg out and not think, I turn this match on to give me some excellent entertainment.
18. Armageddon 2000
Hell in a Cell for the WWF Championship
Kurt Angle vs. Rikishi vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock vs. The Undertaker vs. Triple H
This is another match that might surprise some. Considering the fact that this match tends to fall right on the middle of best/worst Hell in a Cell matches, with the response typically being… eh? I find it to be an enjoyment to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to make the case that this is one of the most underrated matches of all time. It is an okay HiaC match. Maybe the six man aspect does it for me, I don’t know. But I love turning to watch it whenever I’m bored.
17. Survivor Series 2002
Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Booker T vs. Shawn Michaels
The Elimination Chamber has kind of lost its luster over the year. But back when it first came out, the thing looked absolutely terrifying. It is by far the most involved stipulation match that I have seen and it certainly adds to the brutality of a match.
The match was well booked as well with a number of hard hitting wrestlers like Triple H, Kane, and Booker T as well as smaller and more agile wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Booker T, and Rob Van Dam. It is easily one of the best elimination chamber matches of all time and one of my favorites.
16. Royal Rumble 1998
The Royal Rumble Match
This is an argument that I have with other wrestling fans all time. What is the best Royal Rumble match of all time? The popular opinion is the 2001 Royal Rumble. While I do not argue that it was certainly good, I still cannot conjure up a strong enough opinion on it. It was good, but there are a plethora of others that I enjoyed more and still do not hold it in as high regard as others. Sorry, them’s the breaks.
However, the one that is my favorite, and in my opinion the best is the 1998 Royal Rumble. It, along with the bout between Bret Hart and Steve Austin (more on that later) as well as the Montreal Screwjob were the catalysts that lead to the Attitude Era. It was an excellent build, making Stone Cold Steve Austin a marked man, it pushed him to all new heights, and ultimately it is just an amazing match that saw the birth of Austin and The Rock.
15. Survivor Series 2002
WWE Tag Team Championship
Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. Los Guerreros vs. Angle & Benoit
I think it goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the 2002 Survivor Series… All things considered. The elimination chamber and then there is this match. At the start of the brand split in the early 2000’s, SmackDown had a group of wrestlers known as the SmackDown six. Namely, it was the six individuals in this match. Between the six of them, they put on consistently the best matches week after week and consistently brought WWE’s flagship, lead by a tyrannical Triple H, through the dirt.
This is one of the few moments when all six of the wrestlers were in the ring together applying their trade and it is magical.
14. Wrestlemania XXX
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
While the match between Daniel Bryan and Triple H was the better of the two matches on a technical level, the triple threat match between Randy Orton, Batista, and Daniel Bryan is one of the most satisfying moments I have had when it comes to watching the WWE. After damn near two years of putting up with a lot of crap. It was nice to finally be given what we have all demanded. While the story was short lived with Bryan receiving an injury that would later see him retire after Wrestlemania 31, it was still a satisfying moment to say the least.
13. Wrestlemania XIV
WWF Championship w/ Mike Tyson as Special Enforcer
Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
This was the match that saw the Stone Cold Steve Austin revolution fully realized. Winning his first championship, Steve Austin took the Monday Night Wars to a whole other level and would eventually see WWE win. It certainly wasn’t Shawn Michaels best match. He had a terrible back injury that would leave him on the shelf for years due to a Casket match with the Undertaker. But it certainly is an enjoyable match and one that a man like me, who still loves the Steve Austin character, can always watch and love.
12. Wrestlemania X
Ladder Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
In case you do not figure it out reading this article, I like ladder matches and I have this match to thank for making them legendary. It may not be the first ladder match or the best ladder match, but it certainly is the most iconic ladder match. Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels put on a stellar match and establish why they were known for being some of the best wrestlers of the 90’s.
11. Money in the Bank 2011
John Cena vs. CM Punk
What more can you say about this one? CM Punk certainly has garnered a lot of controversy since he left WWE a few years back. The man blew the whistle on a lot of the problems in the WWE but has also earned a reputation for having some sour grapes after leaving the company.
Personally speaking, I loved the guy while he was with WWE and felt him airing his frustrations to the world on Colt Cabana’s podcast as well as subsequent sites was more than justified. I’d be pissed too. But one of the things that I do love about Punk is the fact that the man says what a lot of fans of the WWE have been thinking for years. Facts about Big Match John Cena, the politicking backstage becoming a rampant problem, and a broken system that has surprisingly been able to sustain itself. This match was a victory for a lot of people and to see CM Punk win over Big Match John Cena is worth its weight in gold.
10. Wrestlemania 22
Edge vs. Mick Foley
Easily one of the more underrated matches of Mick Foley’s career, this match at Wrestlemania 22 is one of the best “You Still Got It” matches of all time. The aging Mick Foley had been two years retired from active competition and Edge was seriously on the rise. He would soon become the Rated R Superstar and take his career to being one of the top talents in the WWE. Mick and Edge had a stellar match that even culminated in a flaming table spot that is still syndicated by WWE to this day.
09. Royal Rumble 2000
Street Fight for the WWF Championship
Triple H vs. Cactus Jack
Speaking of Mick Foley, here is one of his last, and best matches of his career. Mick Foley feuding with Triple H is the stuff of legend and did an excellent job at propelling both wrestlers to new heights. The 2000 Street Fight that saw them implement just about every object in the arena was bloody, brutal, and saw some of the greatest spots of all time in street fight matches.
Triple H became a megastar from this match, Mick Foley was already a megastar that came across as a man who was still willing to do whatever it took for the fans. It was an excellent match, great psychology, and I loved every second of it.
08. Wrestlemania XX
World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit
While this match has been tarnished by the fact that Chris Benoit murdering his family then committing suicide, the match itself was still phenomenal and marked a moment in wrestling history when smaller more agile wrestlers were more accepted by the fans than traditional big men.
Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit started a new fashion that saw superstars who were technically gifted pushed to the top. While people like The Great Khali still one the occasion world championship, it certainly did mark a different time.
07. NXT TakeOver: Respect
30 Minute Iron Woman Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
I think every wrestling fan has a favorite four horsewomen match. This one is mine, plain and simple. Sorry for those who liked the fatal four-way match, the Banks v. Lynch match, or the first Banks v. Bayley match. This match is easily my favorite and, in my opinion, the best match that the four horsewomen have ever put on. Bayley and Sasha Banks main event NXT: TakeOver: Respect and they tear down the fucking house in a 30 minute iron woman match!
Bayley and Sasha Banks have the best chemistry, they are arguably the best two wrestlers out of the four horsewomen on a technical level, and they were given thirty minutes to put on a clinic in the ring. I cannot wait for Bayley to come to the main roster so that she can take the belt from Charlotte and give us the true white bread babyface that the company has need for years.
06. Royal Rumble 1999
I Quit Match for the WWF Championship
Mankind vs. The Rock
In case you haven’t noticed, I kind of like Mick Foley. Namely, I like watching Mick Foley get hurt… Well okay, I have a strong respect for Mick. The man put his body through hell for our entertainment and I thank him for that. Him doing the insane gave the world so much joy. This isn’t even the last time he is going to pop up on this fucking list! That goes to tell you something.
The I Quit match between Mankind and Rock is hard to watch and there is a level of brutality to it that is akin to watching a train wreck. The macabre is strong with this match. But I cannot help but enjoy it and watching Mick Foley push the levels of human endurance.
05. No Way Out 2004
Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero
In a similar fashion to the triple threat match at Wrestlemania XX, the Brock Lesnar and Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out was a sign of things changing. Unlike Chris Benoit that saw him win the Royal Rumble at number 1 and had an entire build up leading into it, Eddie Guerrero was something of a surprise. Lesnar was in a feud with Goldberg and it seemed that all signs pointed to Lesnar v. Goldberg for the championship. However, with Goldberg and Lesnar both leaving the company after Wrestlemania XX meant that the belt needed to come off.
Eddie Guerrero, before this match, came across as a solid mid card act that should have been a main event wrestler. But after No Way Out, Eddie Guerrero shot to main event status with a stellar match against Brock Lesnar that sold him as one of the next big things. This was his only WWE Championship reign, but it was certainly memorable.
04. NXT TakeOver: Dallas
Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This is the youngest match on this list and one that I cannot help but put on the list and put exceptionally high. I lost count how many times I watched this match since it aired a few months ago and it has shot up the list like a fucking bullet until it finds itself at number 4.
For those of you who haven’t figured it out, I mark out for international talent as well as indie darlings. So when I heard that Sami Zayn would take on Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, I knew I was in for a treat… And I was right. Simply put, this didn’t need a massive feud, all it needed was to book two of the best wrestlers in the world against one another and then let them wrestle the match. It is a stellar contest and easily one of my favorites.
03. Wrestlemania XIII
Submission Match w/Ken Shamrock as referee
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart
I do not think you can be a wrestling fan unless you like this match. It is one of those iconic moments in wrestling that just sings to fans of all ages. Bret Hard and Steve Austin were in an amazing feud with Stone Cold building himself up to be the epic anti hero and Bret Hart being a frustrated face. The two went in to Wrestlemania XIII one way and left completely different with Austin the resilient face and Bret Hart as the frustrated and complaining heel.
This is one of the instances where a loss actually did more for Stone Cold Steve Austin than a win. The fact that he passed out from the pain was absolutely perfect and displayed the dawn of a new edgier era.
02. King of the Ring 1998
Hell in a Cell Match
The Undertaker vs. Mankind
Ah good ole Mick Foley again and wouldn’t you know it? It was the match that made him a superstar… Well one of them. As you can see, I do enjoy watching Mick go through hell for the entertainment of others and this certainly takes the taco. Watching Mick fly off the cell and then to see him crash through it was a vicious showing that left the wrestler with some intense scars and Undertaker thinking he may have killed someone after it was all over.
It is a rough match. But it is an amazing match and I thank Mick Foley for giving me years of intense and wonderful action. Out of all the matches aired by WWE, there is only one that trumps this one.
01. Wrestlemania X-Seven
Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship
The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian
I love ladder matches, I love tag teams, and I loved both the Hardy Boyz and E&C during the early 2000’s. The first TLC Match as well as the precursors to the TLC matches were nothing short of awe inspiring. Then Wrestlemania X-Seven came along and it truly was poetry in motion. You had technically gifted stars, hard hitting wrestlers, dare devil wrestlers, allies, and weapons galore.
It is one of those great moments in wrestling where you do not need a heavily build story line. Sometimes, all you really need in this world is a group of people to want to go out and put everything on the line for the adoration of the fans and the strap(s) hanging from the rafters. It is, in my opinion, the greatest spot fest of all time, and a match that I will watch any day of the week.
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