What Is The Best WWE Match Of The 21st Century? (Round 1)

Scott BeebySenior Analyst IJune 12, 2009

First of all, a special thanks goes out to Matthew Hester and Svyato Rovenchuk for letting me use the format from their "BR's Battle Of The Champions" articles.

A question that's plagued wrestling fans worldwide is:

What is the best WWE/F match of the 21st Century?

I plan on finding out the answer to this question right here on Bleacher Report.

We all like to think that we have a decent knowledge of the business, so who better to ask than you, guys and girls?

If you haven't seen one of the matches on the list below, do yourself a favor and check it out!

There is a list of 48 matches that are widely perceived as the best matches since the year 2000. They will be matched up randomly and you can decide which match should go on to the next round.

There are Hell In A Cell matches, Ladder matches and a variety of others. You can vote on each match however you want. It's not only about which match is best, but which match you like the most.

This is where you become involved. Please vote and leave any comments you wish to on the matches themselves. Also if you could vote in the order that the brackets are in, that would be great. Let's have some fun!

I now present to you the 24 brackets that will help decide which match is truly the best of the 21st century.

 

First Bracket:

HHH vs. Cactus Jack (Street Fight, Royal Rumble 2000)

VS.

HBK vs. Y2J (Wrestlemania 19)

 

Second Bracket:

Elimination Chamber 2003 (HHH, Goldberg, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash, HBK, Y2J)

VS.

Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (Royal Rumble 2003)

 

Third Bracket:

John Cena vs. HBK (RAW 2007, almost-60 minute match)

VS.

Steve Austin vs. The Rock (Wrestlemania X-7)

 

Fourth Bracket:

Jeff Hardy vs. Edge (Ladder match, Extreme Rules 2009)

VS.

DX vs. McMahons & Big Show (Handicap Hell In A Cell match, Unforgiven 2006)

 

Fifth Bracket:

Armageddon 2000 Hell In A Cell (HHH, Undertaker, Rock, Steve Austin, Rikishi, Kurt Angle)

VS.

Hardyz vs. Dudleyz vs. Edge & Christian (Triangle Ladder match, Wrestlemania 2000)

 

Sixth Bracket:

HBK vs. Shelton Benjamin (RAW 2005)

VS.

Edge vs. Mick Foley (Hardcore match, Wrestlemania 22)

 

Seventh Bracket:

Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero (Smackdown 2002)

VS.

HHH vs. HBK (3 Stages Of Hell match, Armageddon 2002)

 

Ethi Bracket:

MITB, WM 21 (Edge, Y2J, Christian, Benjamin, Benoit, Kane)

VS.

MITB, WM 23 (Edge, Orton, Punk, Hardy, Hardy, Booker, Kennedy, Finlay)

-This is the match where Jeff Hardy put Edge through a ladder.

 

Ninth Bracket:

Ric Flair vs. HBK (Retirement match, Wrestlemania 24)

VS.

HBK vs. HHH (Last Man Standing match, Royal Rumble 2004)

 

10th Bracket:

The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania X8)

VS.

Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (Hell In A Cell, No Mercy 2002)

 

11th Bracket:

Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho (Ladder match, Royal Rumble 2001)

VS.

Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar (No Way Out 2004)

-This was Eddie's first and only WWE championship.

 

12th Bracket:

Kurt Angle vs. The Rock vs. Undertaker (Vengeance 2002)

VS.

HBK vs. HHH (Street Fight, Summerslam 2002)

-This was HBK's return to wrestling since injuring his back four years before.

 

13th Bracket:

HHH vs. Undertaker (Wrestlemania X-7)

VS.

Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (60 minute Iron Man match, Smackdown 2003)

 

14th Bracket:

Royal Rumble 2008 (John Cena's surprise return)

VS.

Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy (Ladder match, RAW 2002)

 

15th Bracket:

Edge vs. John Cena (TLC, Unforgiven 2006)

VS.

HHH vs. Steve Austin (Best Of Three Falls match, No Way Out 2001)

 

16th Bracket:

HHH vs. HBK vs. Chris Benoit (Wrestlemania XX)

VS.

Edge & Mick Foley & Lita vs. Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer & Beulah McGillicuddy(Hardcore match, One Night Stand 2006)

 

17th Bracket:

Batista vs. HHH (Hell In A Cell, Vengeance 2005)

VS.

Undertaker vs. Edge (Hell In A Cell, Summerslam 2008) 

 

18th Bracket:

Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit vs. Rey Mysterio & Edge (No Mercy 2002)

VS.

HHH vs. Mick Foley (Hell In A Cell, No Way Out 2000)

 

19th Bracket:

Undertaker vs. Edge (TLC match, One Night Stand 2008)

VS.

HBK vs. Kurt Angle (Wrestlemania 21)

 

20th Bracket:

Elimination Chamber 2002 (HHH, HBK, Y2J, RVD, Booker T, Kane)

VS.

HBK vs. Vince McMahon (No Holds Barred, Wrestlemania 22)

 

21st Bracket:

Hardyz vs. Dudleyz vs. Edge & Christian (TLC 1, Summerslam 2000)

VS.

Undertaker vs. Batista (Wrestlemania 23)

 

22nd Bracket:

Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena (One Night Stand 2006)

-RVD cashed in his MITB briefcase and won the WWE championship for the first time.

VS.

HBK vs. Y2J (Ladder Match, No Mercy 2008)

 

23rd Bracket:

Royal Rumble 2006 (Rey Mysterio wins after 62 minutes)

VS.

Hardyz vs. Dudleyz vs. Edge & Christian (TLC 2, Wrestlemania X-7)

 

24th Bracket:

Elimination Chamber 2005 (HHH, Edge, Benoit, Y2J, Orton, Batista)

VS.

HBK vs. Undertaker (Wrestlemania 25)