Creature vs. Creature: Best Match Ever
"Let's make it a TAG TEAM match!" Teddy Long declares for the 5,000th time as he interrupts a great match between Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan.
I rolled my eyes and groaned as the tag team match was far worse than the singles match. I quickly lost interest in the impromptu tag match.
Believe it or not, tag team wrestling was as good as singles wrestling once upon a time. The tag team titles actually had prestige and were frequently defended.
The Midnight Rockers, the Road Warriors, Edge/Christian, the Hardys, the Dudleys, and Eric Young/Orlando Jordan were the gold standard of tag team wrestling back in the day.
Today, there is an utter absence of tag team wrestling in both WWE and TNA. Can you name one current tag team in WWE or TNA which has lasted longer than a year?
My point exactly.
Therefore, not all fans are aware of the historical significance of tag teams. My case for greatest match in professional wrestling history signifies the historical importance of tag team wrestling.
Now, I will enlighten you on the greatest match in professional wrestling history, which happens to be a tag team match.
Sorry, Teddy Long, you did not book the greatest tag match ever.
This tag team match was innovative and compelling. Innovation was what saved the WWF from extinction during the Monday Night Wars.
"America demands invention and innovation to succeed." - Kit Bond
The greatest professional wrestling match of all time is Edge and Christian vs. the Hardys vs. the Dudleys for the tag team titles at Wrestlemania X-7.
This match was often dubbed TLC II since the first TLC match between these three teams took place at Summerslam 2000.
Enjoy TLC II before you read this article to understand why this truly is the greatest match ever.
Therefore, it made perfect sense to make it a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match among those three teams with the tag team championships suspended 15 feet in the air.
Why TLC II is the greatest match ever
Words cannot describe how much sacrifice and pain it took for those men to fight for the tag team championships. Words cannot describe how spectacular those spots were.
Words cannot describe the emotion emanating from 65,000 screaming fans in Houston. Words also cannot describe how excited most of those 65,000 fans were when Lita came out.
Words cannot describe the intensity of the commentary of Jim Ross and Paul Heyman. Ross was at his usual brilliant level. Heyman was beaming in pride given ECW's influence on the Attitude Era.
Words do not need to describe the best moments from this match. Words do not need to describe the horror of concerned fans when they realized Jeff Hardy jumped 20 feet onto a table.
After watching the match, I was wondering how on earth any of these six men are still alive. Seriously, those painful spots must have caused severe injuries.
It gave me a whole new perspective on the lives of those men who competed in the match.
It is the greatest match ever not because of the technical wrestling aspect of it. It is the greatest match ever not because of the storytelling in the ring.
It is the greatest match ever because it is the most entertaining match ever. The ultimate objective of wrestling boils down to entertaining the fans.
There were no rest holds in which the fans could briefly lose interest. It was fast-paced, non-stop action that any wrestling fan could appreciate.
Remember, not all wrestling fans have the patience or desire to sit through a technically-sound wrestling clinic.
The overwhelming success of TLC led to more spectacular TLC matches being created. However, nothing tops the original.
This TLC match represented everything fans loved about the Attitude Era: timeless moments, gritty determination and an overwhelming willingness to take risks.
It represented why WWF won the Monday Night Wars from WCW. From 1998, WWF was innovative and bold, while WCW remained complacent and stale.
We will never see this kind of match again in the WWE. A TLC match like this is just too dangerous in this day and age. No wrestler on the WWE roster would be willing to take those kind of bumps.
The TLC pay-per-view is a disgrace to what these men went through. A true hardcore TLC match may never be seen again given the PG rating.
I will let the match highlights close my argument.
Thanks for reading!