WWE Video: Top 10 Best WWE Matches of All Time
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Yesterday, I did a top 10 list on technical wrestlers, which I enjoyed doing. But, the list seemed a bit thin and there was a lot of controversial picks which I knew ahead of time would be interesting to readers.
This time around, I am picking the top 10 matches of all time in WWE. Now, this is a far more controversial list. It's all matches done in WWE, but still, that is thousands of matches. How could I possibly pick 10, right?
Everyone and I mean EVERYONE will have their opinion on this list of top 10 matches. But please know my criteria.
They are all WWE matches. So, none from Japan, Mexico, Canada, the UK, WCW, ECW, TNA, etc.
Also, I am not making it all about just high-flying, submissions, holds, etc. I feel a match can be good when you have a little of everything in it. So, while some on this list may seem like a bad pick, understand that I am adding it due to the story, match itself, etc.
#10 John Cena vs. RVD: ECW One Night Stand
Back in the mid-2000s, there was a certain period of time when WWE was liked by the hardcore fans a lot. They got rid of the hardcore championship and fans wanted to kill Vinny Mac. But then, he brought back ECW and fans were happy again.
He brought it back for it's One Night Stand, but it was so big, they did it again and made ECW a brand on SyFy. It was a good idea and fans were happy to see it come back. But would it have a World Title like RAW and SmackDown?
Well RVD wasn't taking any chances. Just months before ECW One Night stand, he won the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania. Fans of the Whole F'n Show were happy to see him as the winner because it meant he would cash in to win a World Title.
Per the rules, the MITB winner chooses who he will face and when he will do it. So RVD demanded he face WWE face and Champion John Cena at ECW One Night Stand. He would also face him with no rules. It was all Extreme rules.
This match was so fun to watch.
The WWE rated this PPV TV-MA because they had no idea how the crowd would react. It was the first PPV they would ever do that with. And it's a good thing. The crowd was hot all night, especially in this match. The F-word was used quite often and the bird was flipped at Cena all night long.
It was the most hostile WWE crowd I've ever seen. But hey, it was in New York, and all ECW fans really. So it wasn't a shock.
Cena did so well in this match. He proved he could wrestle and be good in the ring, but also, RVD proved why he was one of the best of all time. This match was awesome from beginning to end.
The crowd hated Cena so much they would get in his way, try and hit him on his way to the ring. And he got his hat and shirt thrown back at him numerous times. He worked the crowd so well.
No match had a hotter crowd than this one in WWE history. RVD won, and he did so however, in a hard-fought, terrific match.
It's one of those matches I still love watching until this day. So, that said, I think it belongs in WWE's top 10 best.
#9 Hardys vs. Edge and Christian vs. Dudley Boyz TLC: WrestleMania 17
Wasn't the most technical match you could ever see, but it was one of the most memorable for sure. Edge and Christian were memorable for how they used chairs. However the Dudleys were great artists with tables. Meanwhile, we have the Hardys who loved using ladders.
So, the TLC match was born.
WrestleMania 17 saw this match and it was considered by many to be one of the best hardcore matches of all time. Sure, it wasn't called a hardcore match on the outside but it was technically a hardcore match up.
This match helped catapult all of its participants to the next level in their careers. Edge and Christian went on to be multiple-time World Champions. Matt went on to win numerous secondary titles as did Jeff, who also had multiple World Titles.
Meanwhile, The Dudleys stuck to tag wrestling and became to many, the best tag team ever.
This match had it all, as far as spots were concerned. You had Jeff Hardy doing a Swanton from up top and Edge spearing Hardy from at least 20 to 30 feet in the air.
Edge said later on that he had no idea how Jeff felt because he was basically DDTed and had a concussion on impact. He had no idea where he was.
But Edge, we all knew where we were when we watched this match. It lasted for a long period of time, and that was shocking, seeing as matches like these would usually be over quicker than main event matches.
If we talk memorable, this match makes top 5. But as far as best matches, then given the criteria, this match deserved to be in the top 10 at least.
#8 Shawn Michaels vs Triple H- Summerslam
When you talk Shawn Michaels and WrestleMania, you know there are plenty of classics. But Michaels always wrestled well, and this was especially true during this match at Summerslam in 2002.
That year, Michaels really had just made his comeback to WWE. He had been gone for years due to back issues and really, just needed that break to recover.
Triple H, meanwhile, had become a major star in the time HBK had been away. Due to that, he wanted to be the one praised. He felt like HBK always held him back, that he was treated as his lackey. Nothing better.
He wanted to prove he was better, so, he told Shawn that he wanted him to come out of retirement and wrestle him. Not in a regular match, but an unsanctioned street fight.
Michaels and Triple H went at it for a long time and it was a brilliant match to watch. It was the first match of HBK's comeback and no one expected him to be this good. He proved everyone wrong who said he couldn't do it again.
They both told a story, and it was such an amazing one to watch. It was like a perfect painting of everything the fans loved. It was hardcore, technical, high flying, big move, long, drag out match. Which at the end of the night, people knew they paid their money's worth to watch it.
This is why it was one of the top 10 best to me.
#7 Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle: WrestleMania 17
Kurt Angle knew how to get under your skin as a character; very few could play a better heel than him and his overall ability to play a character made him such a fun guy to watch.
Add in that he was literally the best wrestler in WWE at the time, and you have a guy who deserves every accolade you wanna throw at him.
Pretty much since he arrived, Angle had been given chance after chance and while he lived up to it, others who were just as deserving to be where he was, were slighted.
One of those men was Chris Benoit. Benoit was a skilled wrestler that could light it up with anyone. He was one of the best wrestlers ever but the thing was, WWE never pushed him.
Mainly it was due to his mic work and overall character ability. He was a wrestler, that was it. So, he didn't really translate well into being a World Champion. Angle could do everything, so a guy like Benoit was pushed aside for Angle. It wasn't right, and wasn't fair.
So, Benoit had something to prove. He wanted to show Angle that he was nowhere near his level. But, Angle got away with a win in this one.
It was one of his best matches ever and to me, you can really not find much better when it comes to matches like this, which is why it's top 10.
#6 Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage: WrestleMania 8
We all know Randy Savage and Ric Flair were awesome wrestlers who could go on with anyone and that match would be good. But when these two got together, you knew there was magic that was hard to duplicate.
Savage had been known in the past to put on great matches at WrestleMania, so when the WWE had him work with Flair, it was obvious that the two were going to put on a good show. The story was great, really.
Flair had been on Savage since the summer of the previous year and was telling people how much Elizabeth really wanted to be with him and not Savage. Really, it was getting personal and the Macho Man knew it. He wanted to prove that he was not only the better wrestler, but the better man.
Flair had a picture of Liz that was thought to be one of her that was scandal-filled. Therefore, Macho didn't want it on the screen at all. So, that said, he not only wanted to but HAD TO beat Ric Flair. To defend the honor of his wife, Elizabeth.
This match had it all. From high-flying to mat wrestling, to holds and kick outs. Plus, come on, the story was amazing. You were on the edge of your seat the whole time.
#5 Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle: WrestleMania 21
I have always enjoyed watching both Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. Both men were terrific wrestlers in WWE and deserve to go down as two of the best of all time. But when it came to WrestleMania, one man stood above all the others match wise. That was HBK.
This was why in the build up to WrestleMania 21, Kurt Angle felt he had to take out Michaels. He felt slighted really. He won the Olympic Gold medal in '96 for wrestling, but all people were talking about was HBK riding down from the rafters and putting on a wrestling clinic that year.
It killed him inside. Knowing that he accomplished something close to impossible, and no one cared.
He claimed that Michaels was not the best this generation has seen. It was he who was the best. He wanted to prove it, too.
HBK claimed that no one has ever put on a show like him, and that despite everything he had accomplished up to that point, Angle had never faced off with HBK on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania.
He said that in this match, he would put on a show like never before. Why? Because he could. Angle said that truth be told, Micheals was one of the best. But not THE best. That was Angle's title to hold.
Oh, and did these two ever live up to that hype. Any time you tell me those two are in a match with anyone, I say when and where? But together? That's must-see TV.
Due to that, WWE fans were salivating, just counting down the minutes for this match to happen. There were very few words to describe it. But it was obviously the best match of that year and top 10 in WWE History for darn sure!
Watch and behold the greatness.
#4 Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels: WrestleMania 25
Really, there was nothing special about WrestleMania 25 other than this match. It was supposed to be huge, we expected so much while being given so little. But, WWE did finally get that five-star match they were expecting with Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.
Going into this match, we thought that having these two go at it would be a good idea. You have the Streak vs. Mr. WrestleMania. Whether he wins or not, you know HBK will be putting on a show. What we didn't know was how The Undertaker was going to keep up after having numerous knee surgeries.
Most people thought that, if anyone was going to beat the streak, it would be Michaels. Most people at that point didn't think anyone could beat Taker. No younger guy out there was at a high enough level and due to the fact that Taker was so big, it would be impossible.
But when Michaels threw his hat in the ring, people took a step back and actually thought for the first time in years, that the end could be near.
Undertaker won, but not without Michaels fighting. He was taking everything Undertaker was throwing at him, whether he be the last ride, chokeslam, or tombstone. HBK simply would not give up. But finally, he did give in and stay down.
This match had so many near falls. But, one last tombstone broke the heart of Mr. WrestleMania and he became just another victim. But nevertheless, we saw one heck of a terrific match
#3 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart: WrestleMania 10
When you're younger and have a big brother, all you wanna do is beat him at everything because he seemed to always be that guy who could do no wrong. He would beat you at every game, sport, etc. So all you wanted to do, was prove you were the best at something.
That was how Owen Hart felt. Bret was a famed, former World Champion performer. He was a main eventer, although Owen had accomplished so much thus far in his career and was a terrific wrestler. Not to mention, he killed Bret when it came to mic work. He still was slighted when it came to Bret.
Bret always got the love, Owen was always going to be the younger brother. He didn't want that; he wanted to stand out. So, he wanted his brother in a match at WrestleMania. He couldn't stand his brother getting all the love anymore. So, he got his match.
This one could possibly be in the top matches of Bret's career, but I think most Hart fans and especially Bret, would put it No. 1. It simply was terrific, and revisiting it makes some tear up.
Owen was just as good as Bret to some, which is why we knew going into this match that Owen was going to possibly match up with Bret well.
Both Harts were good technically, but Owen was a wild card. He would do whatever it took to win. He ended up winning and never letting Bret forget it. All in all, this match was one of my faves but also, ask anyone, it's in the top five in WWE history without a doubt.
#2 Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart Iron Man Match: Wrestlemania 12
Two of the greatest of all time in Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, have one of the biggest rivalries in wrestling at the time. And what does WWE do? They give them an hour to wrestle on PPV at WrestleMania 12.
It was probably the best decision WWE made up to that point. You had two men who were in amazing shape and had terrific conditioning. Both could go on for hours and well, they at least did for an hour.
This match was so good and crisp that it became known as one of the best ever because it literally had it all in that hour. It had submissions, high-flying, holds, kick outs, etc.
In fact, the most memorable moment for me was when Michaels held on until time expired while Bret had him in the sharpshooter just locking it in harder than he ever had before.
But Gorilla Monsoon said the match would continue until there was a winner and Michaels ended up getting the win in the end, securing his first World Championship ever and accomplishing a boyhood dream.
It was amazing from start to finish, and tough to beat as best ever. But, we did have a better match at No. 1...
#1 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat: Wrestlemania 3
I was always a Macho Man fan growing up, but also a Steamboat fan. Issue was, I wasn't even alive when this match was done. So, I had to go back and watch it to appreciate how great it really was. Both men could steal any show on any night, but on this night, they did it at WrestleMania 3.
By the way, this wasn't even considered a main event. It was in the middle of the card and the PPV's big match was Andre vs. Hogan, which was obviously very memorable. But yet, it was far and away not the best one.
Steamboat and Savage stole this show because they were doing things that fans simply loved. They were flying all over the ring, doing holds, submissions, and telling such an awesome story. Both were selling like never before and you never know who was going to win.
It was almost impossible to call this match less than perfect. Due to that, to me it was the best match ever. Some may call that crazy, but there is no match that I could put over it and feel good.
Obviously, these are my picks, but what about you?
Tell me your top 10 matches ever in the comments below and let me know your take on mine, too.