The King of all Wrestling Debates: Top 25 Matches of All-Time

Andrew SouthworthCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2008

Without a doubt, there have been hundreds of great matches in the history of professional wrestling. Here is the criteria that I considered.

-Did this match change the landscape of wrestling?

-Was this match well received by the fans in attendance?

-Did this match keep people on the edge of their seat?

-Was this match relatively flawless and without many bad spots?

Without further ado, the list:

Top 25 Greatest Matches of All-Time


1. Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (Wrestlemania 3)

This match changed the pace of wrestling matches forever. It brought legitimacy to "smaller" wrestlers. Every person that watched this match was absolutely glued to it.


2. Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (SummerSlam ’92-Intercontinental Title Match)

Match that turned the corner for the WWF. Vince must have breathed a huge sigh of relief knowing that there was indeed life after Hulk Hogan. This match also reopened the doors to international wrestling opportunities.


3. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania 12-Ironman Match)

Absolute classic. One hour of pulse pounding wrestling. Two of the best ever.


4. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant (Wrestlemania 3-World Title Match)

Brought professional wrestling onto the map. Launched Hulk Hogan as the biggest star in wrestling.


5. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania 10-Ladder Match)

Helped to transcend wrestling beyond two men and a ring. Added a whole new level of excitement to wrestling matches.


6. Edge/Christian vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz (Wrestlemania 17-TLC Match)

Match that brought legitimacy back to tag team wrestling. Edge of your seat unbelievable match filled with tons of high spots.


7. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Music CityShowdown ’89-NWA Title)

Two ring generals working together to perfection. The build to this match was great.


8. Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn (Living Dangerously ’99-ECW TV Title)

Reinvented the fast paced wrestling match. This match was X Division before it existed.


9. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (Wrestlemania 10)

Combination of buildup, wrestling talent, and in ring work makes this match a top 10.


10. The Franchise vs. Pitbull 2 vs. Chris Jericho vs. 2 Cold Scorpio (Heatwave ’96)

 Took the three way dance one step further. Revolutionized the four way dance.


11. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (SummerSlam ’94-Steel Cage for WWE Title)


12. Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes (Starrcade ’84-NWA Title)


13. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Wrestlemania 13-Submission Match)


14. Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle (Wrestlemania 21)


15. Edge/Christian vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz (SummerSlam ’00 Ladder Match)


16. Ric Flair vs. Harley Race (Starrcade ’83-NWA Title)


17. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar (Wrestlemania 19-WWE Title)


18. The Undertaker vs. Mankind (Hell in a Cell ’98)


19. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (Wrestlemania 20-WWE Title)


20. Triple H vs. The Rock (SummerSlam ’98-Ladder Match)


21. The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania 18)


22. Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior (Wrestlemania 6-WWE Title)


23. Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka (ECW Heatwave ’98-ECW Title)


24. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Survivor Series ’96)


25. The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Wrestlemania 15-WWE Title)