So… I’ma do my best to bang through this. Right?
Shut up, crime. 2022 is the year of Top 10 lists.
10. Lex Luger vs. Hollywood Hogan (WCW Monday Nitro 8/4/1997)
Is this “FIVE STARS IN THE TOKYO DOME?!” No. Obviously not.
Was this amazing? Yes.
Did this match help me solidify my loce for professional wrestling? Yes.
9. Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania XXII)
Fpr YEARS… DECADES, even, i considered this match to be the best ever. It was the #1 when I wrote this up in 2011.
Up until like… two-three years ago… I realized, I’ve watched this match… MAYBE twice. I’ve never even gone back to it for background noise or anything.
It’s a perfectly crafted masterpiece by two athletes in their physical prime. But it’s practically unwatchable. So.
8. Sting vs. Samoa Joe (Bound for Glory 2008)
So… uh… there’s no Youtube highlights for this one. Just the full match. Put out for all to see by IMPACT Wrestling themselves. So. Yeah. Sorrt about that.
Dude… this was the first time I experienced something like modern “twritter wrestling,” you know? It was just me and Brock Estell (who once requested extra ice for his drink, unfortunately… one of those icebergs sank the Titanic). Talking on AIM or some shit. I dunno. I was watching a pirated live stream thing of this match, he probably was too.
And I was giving him the business, like “Fuck Joe! Sting forever!” Something. Like. That. Throughout the match.
Then boom. Sting wins.
So yeah. Awesome times. Awesome experience. All that. kybe.
7. Undertaker vs. Mankind (King of the Ring 1998)
It was around this number here )off the top of my head) during the first go-round.
And I mean. It created some of the most highlighted moments in wrestling history.
Taker himself had an injured ankle or foot or whatever going into it. Foley was.. uyou know… obviously fucked throughout the proceedings. And yet… they both created this masterpiece. So. Yeah.
6. Triple H. vs. Undertaker (WrestleMania 27/28)
Yes… tjhat’s just highlights from WrestleMania 28, sure. Because it’s the overall better match and most amazing or whatever .But.
27 has a special place in my heart, or whatever, for two reasons. I loved that the “Ciole Mine” got bestroyed (no typo) and there were those few seconds where I thought Trips was actually going to beat Taker after he did the Tombstone. Sometime later, if not immediately after, I sent a text to Dave saying so ething like:
“Dude, if anyone beats Taker at ‘Mania, it’s gotta be by the Tombstone.
So long gay Lesnar.
But yeah. 28 was a perfect match between the two of them. So.Plus, That;s such a beautiful moment with the three of them at the end there. This is an undeniable fact. Shut uop, crime.
5. Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena (ECW One Night Stand II)
I mean… this match is almost ENTIRELY based on atmosphere.
But I mean. Even more than that… this match was…
Hope. Hope for change. Hope for something awesome. Hope for… anything really.
ECW quickly became bullshit in WWE, if not mostly thanks to RVD liking marijuana too much 10 years before he’d be allowed to.
But I mean. Really….
RANDOMISH SIDENOTE: I swear to God, if I ever have to use a “Youtuve short” again, I’ma kill myself.
And speaking of matcheds based on atmosphere…
4. The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan (WrestleMania X8)
3. TLC II (WrestleMania X-Seven)
O m,ean… much like Taker/Mankind… this match created some of the most rewatchable highlights ever. You know?
And yeah dude.
It’s fucking amazing.
2. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania 25/26)
Yeah…. kuist like #6… this is kinda a double whammy.
25? That’s the better match. 26? That’s the better build.
Meld them both together? They’re the perfect wrestling match.
But… they weren’t together.
1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania 13)
Perfect storytelling in the match.
Perfect doyble turn of all time… (come to think about it, are there other examples of double turns? )
Terrible youtube highlight video. Sorry about that.
I’ll do honorable mentions in another quick rambling. Eventually…