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Top 10 Wrestlers of the Golden Age (1980s)

If you can go out on the street and tell anyone about any wrestler that’s currently in any wrestling organization, chances are they won’t even know who you’re talking about. However, if you instead talk about wrestlers that came from the 1980s to the early-1990s, chances are, people would recognize who you’re talking about. Just what is it that makes these wrestlers more iconic and recognizable than the wrestlers of today? How about the fact that each of them had a diversity of characters that felt bigger than life itself. Many of these wrestlers are the image and embodiment of professional wrestling and still to this very day we talk about each of their legacy.  Even the WWE knows the impact that these wrestlers given us for making wrestling as big as it is today. We call this the Golden Age of Wrestling because WCW and WWF were in big rivalry with each other and they did almost everything to beat the competition. Dusty Rhodes created the Super Bowl of Pro Wrestling called StarCade in 1983 and Vince McMahon wanted to make a bigger event calling it Wrestlemania. Since then, wrestling started to deliver bigger events like The Big Four PPV’s and many more. This was the first time professional wrestling went on mainstream by getting celebrity involvement (Cindi Loper, Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, etc.) and also putting wrestlers in public appearances outside of the ring and backstage area. Each of these wrestlers really felt like real-life superheroes and it drew huge attendance records and television ratings. It’s all thanks to these wrestlers that made wrestling huge as it once was and it’s time for me to pay respects to ten of my favorite wrestlers of the Golden Age of Wrestling (from 1983 – 1991).

Image result for Bam Bam Bigelow 80sNumber 10.  –  Bam Bam Bigelow

Bam Bam Bigelow was one of professional wrestling’s most unique individuals. With his tattooed head and large frame, Bigelow was unlike anyone or anything else in the world of professional wrestling. His uniqueness went beyond his looks, however. In an era of lumbering big men, Bigelow broke the mold, demonstrating a work rate and level of agility never before seen, by a man of his size. During the late eighties and early nineties, it was rare to see wrestlers in the United States pulling off moonsaults, much less 350+ pound monsters doing so. Bigelow’s matches never cease to amaze me with the things he was able to do in the ring, and the matches he put on. He’s the only wrestler from the Golden Age that managed to keep himself relevant in the later years of wrestling such as The New Generation Era, Attitude, WCW’s Bishoff-era, and even ECW’s top star. He was everything you wanted in a monster heel and a great babyface. He was the stuff that your mother’s nightmares are made of. Every movement he made and syllable he uttered just gave off the impression of a bad ass mofo who was there to absolutely raise hell. There was no wrestler whose character fit his look better than Bam Bam Bigelow.

 

Number 9.  –  Jake “The Snake” Roberts

So what makes Jake the Snake Roberts such an iconic name in the wrestling world? He didn’t have a good wrestling ability, didn’t have the look, he lost a lot more matches than winning them, and he didn’t have the “it” factor which is why he never won a WWF Championship. What Jake Roberts offered as a truly dark character in wrestling. His dark persona inspired many future stars like The Undertaker & Stone Cold Steve Austin that being the happy, smiling wrestler can’t be the only wrestler to love. Jake’s interviews simply give us chills down our spines and he was intimidating none the less. If his interviews didn’t get you at ease, then his python, Damien will. Damien and Roberts were a huge attraction when tuning into the WWF product because it was terrifying to see it but we want to know who’s Damien was going to get. Better yet, Jake Roberts introduced in-ring psychology where what’s happening in the ring was just as well telling a story as much as an interview. Jake Roberts was a true innovator of the wrestling world and he became famous for it. Even despite the fact that he never won a WWF Championship, it’ was his character that made him such a big name today. At the end of the day, it isn’t about the wrestling’s appearance or skills, it’s his character and how he slivers to our hearts.

 

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Number 8.  –  The Ultimate Warrior

Most people would like to look at the Ultimate Warrior like a 1990’s comic book character or He-Man come to life, but Ultimate Warrior was simply the most intense wrestler of all time! No one had as much energy and intensity as Warrior did and we all believed that he was that powerful. It’s always so damn exciting to see Warrior do what he does best because as soon as you hear his entrance music, you know he’s rushing in the ring and shaking the ropes like no tomorrow! Every young WWF fan loved the Warrior’s character, even though he doesn’t make any sense most of the time, he captured our attention because of his undying passion to wrestle. His powerhouse style was completely freakish. He was the second best baby face the company had, right behind Hogan. I’ll never forget Ultimate Warrior finally defeated Honky Tonk Man’s Intercontinental Championship streak and went on to face Hulk Hogan. For the first time ever, babyface vs. babyface in Wrestlemania 6 and it was a defining moment for the wrestling world. A year later, Warrior took on Macho Man in Wrestlemania 7 in the best match of his career. He sure had a lot of backstage problems with Vince McMahon, but that didn’t’ stop him from being as awesome as he was. There was so many great moments of the Warrior that made him one of the biggest names ever! His character was so unearthly and his style was so fiery, it made you believe the power of the Warrior.

Number 7.  –  Sting

I really want to put Sting higher on the list, but he had a much better time after this era has ended. But if there was a star that WCW built up extremely well, it had to be Sting. Sting, in his early year, was a unique mixture of flying, technical, and powerhouse style of wrestling. It was like he was WCW’s version of the Ultimate Warrior, but much more understandable and relatable. I know a lot of wrestling fans prefer Sting in black and white instead of blonde and colorful, but I really enjoy Sting’s presence before the Bishoff-era. He really was a star that really gets us engaged.  He wrestling like no other individual as he flew and slammed his opponents with so much energy. Sting just simply had the it factor for WCW and there were a lot of people that tuned into the product just to see Sting do what he does best. He’s also the innovator of the Scorpion Death Drop (reverse DDT) and the Scorpion Death Lock before it was even called the Sharpshooter. No other young wrestler grew as much popularity fast as Sting did. He faced legends like Ric Flair, The Great Muta, and many more WCW wrestlers and pushed each of his opponents to the limits. I really think blonde Sting is unappreciated because he’s one of the few WCW stars that made World Championship Wrestling so big.

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Number 6.  –  Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Steamboat may be the least iconic or memorable wrestler in the list, however he delivered technical martial arts in the ring making him look like the Bruce Lee of wrestling. Ricky brought nothing less than intensity in each and every one of his matches that makes the all worth coming back and watching them. No one shall ever forget that he stole the Wrestlemania III show with his match against Randy Savage winning the Intercontinental Champion. It’s remembered as one of the best greatest matches of the 1980s. Despite his Wrestlemania 4’s poor tournament structure, he didn’t make it pass Round 1 and all of the sudden started to loose fame in the WWF. However, he did kept the momentum going when he joined WCW and delivered matches that were so much better than his time in the WWF! Ricky made tremendous legacy in wrestling in WCW with rivals with Ric Flair. Steamboat and Flair never had a bad match with each other, rather they were all a series of 5-star matches that all rivalries wishes they have. I argue that his time in WCW is so much better than his time in WWF, even despite the fact that WWE wants everyone to forget about it. Anyone can watch any of his matches and want to be a professional wrestler. The is one of the most recognizable Intercontinental Champions and NWA World Champion of all time.

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Number 5.  –  Andre The Giant

Before Hulk Hogan was the biggest star in professional wrestling, Andre the Giant was the most popular and iconic wrestler in the world. Without him, wrestling and Wrestlemania wouldn’t be as big as it is today! Even people who doesn’t watch wrestling know who this guy is! Before Wrestlemania III, Andre The Giant was undefeated for 15 years. Sure his style is slow, but there was so athlete that was as big or as strong as Andre was. He was a huge attraction to the masses because he was unlike any human being ever seen and even his opponents were scared of what he was capable of. It was certainly a wise move to turn Andre heel by betraying Hulk Hogan to side with Bobby “The Brain” Henan, it made him the most despised man in the whole wrestling industry. He made Wrestlemania III to have the attendance record of 93,173. Sporting events ever had an attendance record that big until the 2010 NBA All-Star series. The show also delivered by having him get body slammed by Hulk Hogan and for the first time became defeated. His feud with Hulk Hogan continued by creating the big four PPV’s in main eventing the first ever Summerslam, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series. He really made the big four PPV’s happen, but unfortunately, after his rivalry with Hulk Hogan was over with, Andre’s popularity faded because Hulk Hogan began to have bigger rivalries with heels like Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. Andre also showed that his back is hurting and it affected his wrestling ability. He deserved a retirement in the early 1990s. To even show how much of a legend Andre is, when he passed away in 1993, he was the first ever inductee in to the WWE Hall of Fame. We did have 7′ footer wrestlers, like Big Show, Great Kahli, Giant Gonzalez, etc., that reminded us of Andre, but nobody can match up to the Eight Wonder of the World. Nobody has done more for the wrestling business than Andre the Giant and it’s all thanks to him that me made wrestling all possible!

Image result for Rowdy Roddy Piper 80sNumber 4.  –  Rowdy Roddy Piper

I simply love Rowdy Roddy Piper. He’s a wrestler of many sides, many wrestling abilities, and dared to be the most hated wrestlers above all else. I admire Roddy for being such a wild character that is willing to be all over the place. From main event heel, become a lovable face, to Piper’s pit, to even helping the mid-cards like Bret Hart to become a big name. He was such a rebellious individual and this was around the time where the public won’t stand for it. He went wild with this direction and became the most hated guy. It’s highly entertaining to see Roddy Piper do what he does best because nobody else was doing it. Piper’s Pit is always one of the best wrestling interview segments ever as it continues to surprise fans who gets interviewed with Piper that continues to created history. Piper’s responsible for making the Rock and Wrestling Connection work and make Wrestling big as it is today because who else would take the job as being so hated the people would want to pay money to see him get beat? He knows very well that controversy creates cash and because he became such a different character, it certainly made him stand up against all else. And as for his wrestling skills, it also lives up to the name as he introduced technical brawling style before Stone Cold Steve Austin flipped the bird on camera. Today, Piper still is part of the wrestling world and does all he can to keep the business going. Hell, even when the Golden Age era was over, Piper did not slow down as he continued to be part of both WCW and WWF and make Wrestlemania moments like in Wrestlemania 12 against Goldust. I always have a lot of fun watching Piper and never was I ever bored watching what he does.

Image result for hulk hogan 80sNumber 3.  –  Hulk Hogan

Surprised to see Hogan not number 1? I really have nothing against Hulk Hogan, I just like a few other wrestlers more than Hogan from this era. When Hogan became the top star in the WWF, he was a big fish in a huge pond. To make him the top star, he had to be main event, give promos unlike any other, win his matches, and had to become a fan favorite no matter what the cost. That’s what Hogan did. Andre The Giant used to be the biggest name in the wrestling world, but after he allowed Hogan to put him over in Wrestlemania III, he passed the torch to Hogan and became a bigger star than Andre was. People who never watch wrestling knows very well who this guy is. Hogan really is the face of professional wrestling and he’s the measuring stick of what other wrestlers strived for. Everyone remembers him ripping off his shirt, putting his ear to the crowd, his poses, and his interviews about “Eating your vitamins, saying your prayers” & “Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania comes after you!” Everyone loves to impersonate the Hulkster like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Beatles, and more. He is what everyone wishes to be and to be with. He was such a babyface that definitely is a positive influence to the masses around the world. He really made routing for the good guy cool and to see him fight for what’s right was so damn engrossing. Hogan is such an amazing storyteller as he dealt with betrayals that is after his popularity and faced the most hated heels that deserved the Hogan treatment. No one has ever accomplished as much as Hogan did. He had the most WWF title reigns of the era, held it the longest, and main evented in almost every Wrestling event that he’s been in. You might think Hogan was too invincible, but you have to remember that in the Golden Era of Wrestling, fan everywhere took their babyfaces extremely seriously. If there was anyone that was to save the day, it had to be dear old Hulkster. We always relied on Hogan to do the job and he always effortlessly deliver the goods. Hulk Hogan is responsible for all the success that the wrestling world has succeeded and still to this day people tune into a wrestling show if Hulk Hogan is in it. Even though all of his matches isn’t exactly the best that we seen in wrestling, what mattered was to see Hogan defeat the odds and show that fighting for what’s right is meaningful to all the Hulkamaniacs. What Hulk Hogan does, that not many wrestler can do, is really connect with the crowd and because he was so good in presenting himself to be very likable, he earned that reputation as being the greatest and most successful wrestler in the industry. Only little number wrestlers can live up to Hulk Hogan’s stature and we all strive to be as big as him.

Number 2.  –  Ric Flair

I’m one of those wrestling fans that argues that Ric Flair is a better wrestler than Hulk Hogan. While WWF’s biggest star was Hulk Hogan, WCW’s star was Ric Flair. Flair, is just like Rowdy Roddy Piper, in which he’s all all the map in his wrestling career. He’s very good in being the main event, help the mid-cards to become a bigger star, he was a really good heel, a very good babyface, his interviews were incredibly intense, and his wrestling stills were gold. Flair just did a lot better things than Hogan did. He was a pioneer of main eventing StarCade before Hogan even started a Wrestlemania, he created and lead the Four Horsemen, and he never stopped fighting his spot in the World Heavyweight Championship. Flair also is iconic for his wrestling abilities for the Figure Four Leg Lock, turning upside down when running into a turn buckle, and slapping his opponents in the chest to shout “Woo!” This is a man with class and style and throughout his career, people want to see it again and again. He continue this trend for over 2 decades and he became successful for it. Even more important, Ric Flair just had very good rivalries with many of the best talents in the WCW like Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, and so many more. There’s no doubt in my mind that because Ric Flair has accomplished so much in the wrestling world, he has to be the second greatest wrestler of the 1980s.

Number 1.  –  Macho Man Randy Savage

There’s simply no other wrestler that is at all similar to the Macho Man. Macho Man is such an amazing storyteller where he knew how to cut promos and had the charisma to engage us in it. Macho Man just has everything that I want to see from a wrestler; charisma, storytelling, in-ring ability, emotion, and the ability to connect with the audience. Savage is such a unique character that he can really endure the toughest challenge, but at the same time grab sympathy to the audience because he tries harder than anyone in the business. I always loved seeing his partnership with Miss Elizabeth because they were the best romantic couple of the wrestling world. Still to this day they both capture all our hearts by showing how much they love each other on screen. More importantly, Randy Savage has been involved in some of the best matches of the ’80s/early ’90’s like Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Ric Flair, Honkey Tonk Man, Hart Foundation, Tito Santana, and so many more that each of them had a relatable story into them. Even though Savage had a match against Steamboat that stole the Wrestlemania III show, he had his big break by winning the Wrestlemania IV tournament and holding the WWF Championship for an entire a year. I’m also a big fan of his Macho King persona when he betrays Hulk Hogan and Miss Elizabeth. He was such a ferocious heel and his King gimmick was so lovable. I still will never forget his match against Ultimate Warrior in Wrestlemania VII where he lost but we route for him when he reunited with Miss Elizabeth that always gets me that emotional feeling. Not to mention that in Summerslam in that year, both of them had the best on-screen marriage in Wrestling period! If people didn’t know who Hulk Hogan is, they surely would know who Macho Man Randy Savage is because of his entertaining slimjim commercials, many movie/television appearances, and his merchandises that sold millions. Savage such a tremendous storytelling and a very entertaining wrestler that inspired every single man in professional wrestling today. His spirit will live on in the squared circle forever as the best professional wrestler of all time!

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Top 10 Greatest Wrestlemania Matches

Image result for greatest wrestlemania matchesSo what makes a Wrestlemania match to have different approach than any other wrestling match? How about being that it’s on the grandest stage of all of Wrestling and the whole world is actually watching this very wrestling show? That means that the storytelling, in-ring action, crowd reaction, and the quality is very much higher than any standard wrestling match. It’s the whole reason why they need to make the name “Wrestlemania” a special event! Though I’ve seen plenty of so-so to bad matches in the 30 Wrestlemanias, there has been a handful of matches that changed many lives. Trying to pick the best matches in Wrestlemania is like trying to pick your favorite track from your favorite band/artist. You have to experience all of their albums to discover/revisit what you love. Even though Wrestlemania has been both infamous for bad card structures and also famous for plenty of pleasant streamline matches, you can probably find a a worthwhile match the card. It is actually possible to have a bad Wrestlemania to be saved by one match and if a match has the power to do that, then that should tell you about the magic of wrestling, which often happens at Wrestlemania. These matches that I’ve picked here left me in complete amazement and (especially in the Top 5) has changed my life. These are the best matches in the grandest stage of them all and some of the most impressive matches in professional wrestling in general!

 

 

Number 10.  –  Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit – Wrestlemania XX

Chris Benoit had to face the best of the best throughout 2003 and had to win the Royal Rumble 2004 Match to have this shot. He had to get involved in the rivalry between Triple H and Shawn Michaels feud (that started back in Summer 2002) because all three men wanted the World Heavyweight Championship. And they showed. It was the first triple threat main event in a Wrestlemania and it’s remains the best triple threat match that I’ve ever seen in my life, let alone the best Wrestlemania main event. It was in-ring work that was passionate and eruptive where all three men were so desperate to win this very match. Each of them gave all they got by delivering so many grappling technical moves and less brawls than we normally expected when it comes to anything with Triple H involved. Chris Benoit fought so hard against the two best Raw stars that both of them ended up bleeding like a stuffed pig. One of the most memorable moments of the match was when HHH and Michaels’ suplex Benoit from one announce table through another. It really looked like it was going to put Benoit for good, but the finish had him recovered to take HBK out of the ring and put HHH in the cross face. This was the perfect finish to one of the best Wrestlemania main events of all time and I didn’t not want it any other way than to have Benoit to make “The Game” tap out.  Nothing to me felt so relieving than to finally see HHH (with all the burying he did to his opponents and shoving himself down on our throats from 2002-2003) tapped out and put Benoit over to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you’re a wrestling fan, seeing Benoit win the championship after a lifetime in the business, after the critics called him too small, too one dimensional, this is a moment that still brings chills. And to put icing on the cake, Eddie came back to the ring just to have these two celebrate their victories together. It that very moment that I’ve cried because of the triumph that they both accomplished together from ECW, WCW, and now the WWE.

Number 9.  –  Edge and Christian vs. Dudley Boyz (c) vs. Hardy Boyz – Triangle Ladder Match – Wrestlemania 2000

For a debut match for all three of these tag teams, and see them gave us their all shows how awesome this match was. At first we were looking into this match like a ladder match with a lot of wrestlers involved, but suddenly because of the Dudley Boyz (may favorite tag team) being so obsessed with tables and hardcore wrestling, this all of the sudden turned out to be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.  I kid you not that way they used the ladders and then suddenly turned out to be more hardcore when the tables and chairs got involved. It was a brilliant change of tone for this match and each of wrestlers flew, fell, and bumped each other in the most dangerous way fashioned. For a bunch of young guys giving it their all, they were able to show epic storytelling in a wrestling match. I remember Edge took a diving spear on Jeff Hardy from the ladder, Buh-buh Ray gave Christian a cutter from the ladder, Matt Hardy power bombed to the table and the Swanton Bomb from that Jeff Hard did just to take the Buh-Buh Ray away. The finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever as Jeff sacrificed his body to land on Buh-Buh out of the ring through the table. Edge & Christian were the last ones left facing D-Von and Matt Hardy as they raced to grab the tag team championships. The survivors were emotional just to win this carnage. As Matt and Christian were fighting each other on top of the table held by two ladders, Edge came to the rescue and pushed Matt off to the table below and won the tag team championships. What a beautiful finish to a match to a bunch of small stars that all became big names after the match.  All three of these tag teams has gone through a lot just to have a Wrestlemania match like this one and because of their fantastic display of wrestling, this has made the tag team division so important!

Number 8.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Wrestlemania 14

This was the match that set the standard of what the Attitude was all about. Shawn Michaels was infamous for being responsible for the Montreal Screwjob and he had no sympathy for what he has done to Bret Hart. The only man left that was worthy of facing The Heartbreak Kid at a Wrestlemania main event was the man who did not tap out when he face Bret Hart in last year’s wrestlemania; Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because Austin showed how much of a badass he was when he passed in the sharpshooter and started to piss Vince McMahon since, got his popularity rising up and this was the match that he needed to forever establish himself as the all time great! Austin set himself for trouble when he got the whole D-Generation-X, Vince McMahon, and even Mike Tyson to go against him, how’s able to win this match? The answer, do what Stone Cold does best. Shawn Michaels was also in some serious shit when he injured himself in that Casket Match against the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1998 and it didn’t look like he was going to last very long in this match. Surprisingly enough, he managed to keep up with the match and did his best to keep Austin down. For a man with an injured back, Shawn was able to move just like he normally did. Still, Austin gave Michaels a beating of a life time and the crowd was cheering with all their might for Austin to win. It was insane that Triple H and Chyna interfered in the match to save Shawn but was sent out of the ringside area to continue their one on one fight. The moment Stone Cold hit the stunner on Michaels, Mike Tyson came in the ring and fast counted for Austin’s victory having Jim Ross shouted “Austin! Austin! Austin! The Austin Era has begun!” and right he was. Shawn represent the New Generation Era and the times had to continue with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. 1998 was the year of Austin and McMahon as their rivalry really brought back the audience to tune back into the WWF’s product. The best part of the whole match was the aftermath when Shawn got back to call betrayal to Mike Tyson only to get punched square in the face and lie flat on the floor. This was the right booking for the right winner and it was certainly one hell of a memorable Wrestlemania moment!

 

Number 7.  –  Dudley Boyz vs. Edge/Christian vs. Hardy Boyz – TLC2 – Wrestlemania X7

This match between Edge and Christian, Dudleys, and Hardies is not only better than their previous Wrestlemania match, but perhaps one of the best ladder matches that the WWE has ever delivered. It’s crazy to see all six men risking everything [again] in the same style of match-up, but do it much more radically! Everything seen from last year’s Wrestlemania triangle ladder match is doubled here in this match. You want to see Jeff Hardy take a top ladder leap, you have twice of those! You want Buh-buh Ray power bomb through tables, you got twice of the amount! You even want a better spear by Edge done in this match, you certainly got yourself the best spear in wrestling. You get the picture. This match saw many different risks that were taken and when Edge hit Jeff Hardy, who was hanging mid-air from the belts, with a spear, it became one of the most jaw-dropping moments ever in the history of Wrestlemania. Just when you thought it wasn’t enough Spike, Rhyno, and Lita came done for interference to save the team they’re routing for, only to as well get involved with the collision everyone’s taking in this match. Because this match was filled with so many risk-taking things, it is obviously seen as one of the most hardcore/extreme matches the WWE has ever put on. If Wrestlemania 17 really was the end of the Attitude Era (which certainly isn’t) they certainly left us one hell of an impression of everything appealing and exciting about this era of wrestling into one singular wrestling match. Now there are people who argues that this match wasn’t as good as the Triangle Ladder match in Wrestlemania 2000, and it’s really hard to argue with that because I don’t believe Edge and Christian had to win this match again and the finish felt a bit soulless and emotionless compared to the finish in the last year’s Triangle Ladder match. This match embodies why it takes everything you got to win a singular ladder match and it’s still worth watching time and time again!

Number 6.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania 21

This match’s story was really well-told and the build up was insane! Angle is facing his least favorite wrestler. He was angered at the fact that Shawn eliminated him at the Royal Rumble 2005 match and made it personal by revealing his secret hatred. The build up got really personal when he claims that on the day that Kurt Angle won his Olympic Gold Metal in 1996, everybody was talking about Shawn beating Bret in Wrestlemania 12 instead of his victory. Shawn Michaels versus Kurt Angle was nothing more than a fantasy match-up for a number of years. It started out with a pure mat-wrestling, which was a surprise because HBK never done this before, but he kept up Angle’s pace perfectly! Then the two start to show their grudges against each other by making this match more physical and violent. A slow build to fiery end as the two technicians give fans everything, and that’s what storytelling really means in the wrestling world. I still remember Kurt tried so desperately to German Suplex Shawn to the announcer’s table, but after HBK knock back Kurt to lie on the table, Shawn applied a moonsault from the apron to the table. That was one of the most insane moments of the entire match. From submission holds to high-flying action to an breathtaking ending that saw both men receive standing ovations. Angle hits the Angle Slam off the top rope, HBK hits Sweet Chin Music, then after kicking out at two, nothing could put either man down. That is until, Angle applied his final the ankle lock, that really damaged HBK’s leg. After a fierce fight, Michaels taps. This is Shawn Michael’s fourth best Wrestlemania match and it is hands down Kurt Angle’s best Wrestelmania match ever!  This was a Dream Match that had been discussed for years amongst hardcore wrestling fans. Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels were at their best and the fans began demanding to see this great match. The build, the anticipation, and the payoff couldn’t have been better.


Number 5.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon – Ladder Match – WrestleMania X

Bing that this was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV, is probably one of the best one ever as well. Shawn Michaels had been the Intercontinental Champion until he got suspended and had to forfeit the belt. Razor Ramon was the new Intercontinental Champion with Michaels out and when the Heartbreak Kid returned, their was dispute over who was the real champion. There was so many creative ways that they used the ladder against each other that left an imprint on both of their careers. HBK went out there and had a match with the ladder. For that time in wrestling, it was one of a kind and nothing we have ever seen before! The bumps these two were taking were amazing and had our eyes glued to the TV. No wrestling fan will ever forget the splash HBK took from off the ladder to Razor. That image will remain as one of the most important images in WWE history. No matter how many times they used the ladder against each other, each of them kept coming back after each other and punish each other some more. I’ll never forget that ingenious finish at the end where Shawn Michaels got caught up on the ropes as he struggles to free himself as Razor climbed on the ladder to reach the Intercontinental Championships. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion, a fine finish to some of the most talented and appealing wrestlers in the WWF. This was the very match that embodies the New Generation Era. Razor and Michaels had a second Ladder Match again in SummerSlam ’95 but it wasn’t as beautifully worked as their match at WrestleMania X.


Number 4.  –  Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – Wrestlemania X
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It has been debated which match was the best part of Wrestlemania X? Well since I’ve already mentioned the ladder match in the Number 5 pick, obviously I had have to go with Bret vs. Own as the best match of WMX. This is without a doubt the best opening match that I’ve ever seen! We’re talking about two brothers going at it one-on-one by delivering the best technical match you can possibly ask for!  On any other night, the classic between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and his brother Owen Hart would have been considered the match of the night. The Hart brothers put on a memorable clinic in their opening match of WrestleMania X. Owen had an early advantage and worked on Bret’s injured leg for much of the match, but Bret looked to have things going his way as the match progressed. Both brothers connected with a bulldog, piledriver, superplex, sharpshooters, and almost every wrestling move that I can imagine all put in here but nothing could keep each other down. You have to see this match to believe how much of a masterpiece of a match that they’ve created. Bret tried to send Owen into the corner with an Irish whip, but Owen countered and followed him in. Bret went for a victory roll, but Owen reversed into his own pinning combination and scored the major upset, but it still is today the best opening match in any PPV. We’ll never see Owen be a main eventer, but Bret unselfishly gave his brother a moment to remember, even despite the fact that he had a main event match on the same night. I mean it when this match is very good and it deserved to last as long as it needed to be because it was a fantastic feud between the two. It was all athleticism in wrestling at it’s purest and it should be watched if you want to get into the wrestling business. love this match and this holds up as the best match of Wrestlemania X! For the fact that we have Wrestlemania X matches in this Top 10 should show you why Wrestlemania X is one of the best wrestling shows of all time!

 

Number 3.  –  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
-Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13
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Since the age of anti-heroes are celebrated, the only wrestler that couldn’t stand many of the changes happening to the WWF was Bret Hart. It is crazy to see Stone Cold playing as a heel somehow catching everyone’s attention and cheer for him, while the traditional babyface like Bret Hart are getting despised for not being as awesome.  Though Bret was sorrow for losing to Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man match at Wrestlemania 12, he has redeemed himself by putting on a much better Wrestlemania match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight. Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects used to ram each other and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head like a stuffed pig. This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. Everyone respected Austin passing out in the puddle of his own blood rather than giving up. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. I still regard this as one of the best wrestling matches I’ve ever seen. If there’s one wish that I would love to see come true is if Bret Hart stayed with the company longer to make many more memorably moments in the Attitude Era.  But whatever the case, this is the one match that certainly opened door to this beloved era of wrestling and since then we honor this match for allowing the WWF giving its fans many more like this one many years to come!

Number 2.  –  The Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho King Randy Savage
– Retirement Match – Wrestlemania VII

The rivalry between these two wasn’t as big as Hogan vs. Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 or Hogan vs. Savage  or Wrestlemania 5, but I can easily say that this was no doubt the best Wrestlemania match of both of their careers. Yes, I said it! This match was better than Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat vs. Savage at Wrestlemania 3 and Warrior vs. Hogan at ‘Mania 6! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out.

Just a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory.

Image result for ultimate warrior vs macho manBut the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in Wrestling at Summerslam 1991. This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of all time because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!


Number 1.  –  Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – Wrestlemania 25

This is without question, the best Wrestlemania match ever! We’re talking about Undertaker who started to get really good when he started taking on Championship matches with Edge and Batista and trying to beat the streak became more important than any wrestling championship. And we’re also talking about Shawn Michaels who had a fantastic comeback making some of the most memorable Wrestlemania moments and matches since his return like facing guys like Jericho, HHH & Benoit, Kurt Angle, Vince McMahon, and retiring Ric Flair. These two couldn’t face off at a better time. These two came from the Hogan-era, the new generation, attitude era, the brand extension, and the PG-era and were still standing strong to show why these legends are as good as it is told. And what we got here is of the greatest and most magical experiences a wrestling fan ever had in their lives. And from their contrasting Heaven and Hell entrances to the climactic ending, everything about HBK/Taker was just magic. As I watched the match progress, my excitement, suspense and disbelief grew as I witnessed two legends wage war in that very ring. It was wonderful to see both of them do their signature moves that was never done better. There were aspects of the match that almost look like a botch but moved incredibly fast to the next move before it becomes a mistake, like Taker dodging down from a Sweat Chin Music and Shawn make it a figure four.

Then the Undertaker took his signature WrestleMania dive at Michaels, only to have one of the nastiest crash-and-burns I had ever seen landing on the cameraman. I was in disbelief at what just happened. And soon Michaels and the referee were back in the ring, and the referee began to count. I could not believe what I was seeing, and neither could everyone else. I urged Taker to get up, not wanting this great match to end a count-out, and as the count neared 10, it seemed more and more likely. And just before the 10 count, he slid back in! I roared with a great cheer, overjoyed that it did not end that way. With one simple count, these two managed to evoke an emotion that we rarely feel. These two men made you believe that this match was really going to end the way it nearly did, and told a phenomenal story through it. The match continued, and I watched as these two men delivered their signature moves to one another, every single one failing to get a three. Every time a two count was made, I felt more and more suspense fill my being. I was literally holding my breath, goosebumps were all over my arms, and shivers were coming down my spine.

Image result for wrestlemania 25  undertakerThen Shawn Michaels tries to skin the cat, but Taker catches him and hits him with the Tombstone! At that moment, I thought the match was over, but as soon as Shawn Michaels kicked out before the three-count, I had that feeling like I never felt before. As Jim Ross puts it “I just had an out of body experience” and immediately I had the exact same feeling and Jim Ross delivered his best commentating in his entire career! That’s the power of storytelling in professional wrestling; this match captures that every essence. The Reliant Astrodome blew the roof off as surprise, shock and disbelief overcame me. I could not believe what I just saw. Michaels kicked out of the Tombstone Piledriver! Undertaker’s face was on of disbelief, and I couldn’t blame him. That was impossible. It was at that time that I began to wonder if Michaels could really do it. Could he really do what 17 others before could not? Could he defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania? Is he going to really break the streak?

Image result for wrestlemania 25 gif undertakerMoments later, Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music! I can’t believe it! HBK did it! He actually did it! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!! I could not believe what I just saw! Taker kicked out of Shawn Michaels best Sweet Chin Music! This is unreal! What the hell was it going to take for either of these men to win? I knew at that moment I was witnessing history. I was witnessing a classic that people would talk about for years to come! Not too long after, Taker beautifully caught Michaels as he went for a moonsault and delivered a second Tombstone Piledriver. One! Two! Three! And with that, the greatest match of all time finally came to a close, and Undertaker went 17-0. On one spring night on April 5th, 2009 in the Reliant Astrodome, Michaels and Undertaker created something special: a match that perhaps no one could ever come close to. It was a match that truly defined what modern wrestlers should strive for and it’s a real privilege to see the best that professional wrestling had to offer! These are the two that were the masters of in-ring storytelling, in-ring work, and controlling the audience and because of this match delivered on a very special wrestling match. The feud continued in 3 more Wrestlemanias with the rematch of having Shawn Michaels retired after his second defeat in Wrestlemania 26, Triple H brawling Undertaker in a street fight in Wrestlemania 27, to “An End of An Era” facing off in Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania 28 against Triple H with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Each of those matches were the best match of those shows, but where it all started remains the best! The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels match at Wrestlemania 25 still remains the not only the best wrestling match of all time, but it’s one of life’s true delights!

The Top Listed Greatest Wrestlemania Matches

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Wrestlemania 12 Review

There was a certain point in time where Wrestlemania was becoming like the Star Trek movies, where one year is great, then the next one is bad, then the next one is great, then the next one is bad. So last year’s Wrestlemania was bad, obviously this one had to be good. This is the smallest amount of matches in a single Wrestlemania card, only 6 ‘Mania matches (not including the dark match) all because the main event was an Iron Man match that’s going for an hour in length. The last thing they need is a wrestlemania that goes over 3 hours like Wrestlemania 4 did and just focus on once again Wrestlemania moments and great and memorable matches. But there’s on thing that everybody forgot about this Wrestlemania is the absence of Razor Ramon. I really wished he was booked in this Wrestlemania but since he got suspended, somehow his face still got on the cover power (power to the Kliq). Though this show was indeed small, it still felt huge and felt like a Wrestlemania. While this Wrestlemania couldn’t get bigger here in the 1990s, let’s see if bigger means better.

Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with Jim Cornette) vs. Yokozuna, Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson (with Mr. Fuji) – As stated we couldn’t’ have too many matches because the 60 minute Iron Man match needed enough time for airing so instead of giving all of these men single, WWF given these six men in a single six man match. It was a fantastic opening match where the technicality and power housing that the wrestlers where offering in this match filled with sheer talent. The fans were really into this match and it was great to finally see Jake “The Snake” Roberts return to Wrestlemania since his defeat at Wrestlemania VIII with Undertaker. Though Jake has really aged terribly at this point, he was used as a punching bag just dragging till he tags the babyface team. Because Jake Roberts no longer was a big intimidating threat in the wrestling world, he’s the reason why he cost Yokozuna’s team’s defeat when Big Van Vader squashed him. Overall, it was a decent opening match in a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 4/5

Image result for Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Savio VegaStone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) vs. Savio Vega – This was a great booking to put a highly promising Superstar like Austin who was in the company for a couple of months and delivered a great match with his favorite feud. We had a decent technical-brawl type of match that was making that Stone Cold character grow in a certain way. Although this match was a bit of a drag, I can honestly say that this was the slowest and most underwhelming match on Wrestlemania 12. I think it has to be because how much stamina they both were loosing towards the match and it was an underwhelming finish when Austin knocked Vega out with a Million Dollar Dream. Though I would have made this match end a lot better, this is where the WWF gotten better in building better stars in their roster and years later Stone Cold Steve Austin will be a household name.
Match Score: 3/5

The Ultimate Warrior vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) – Anybody, who’s anybody can say that this match was too short and Warrior was too egomaniacal enough to bury a rising star, but I love this match for what it represents. For years, Hunter Hearst Helmsley was pushed down our damn throats for being such a great star and he was undefeated, but here comes Warrior beating Triple H in under 2 minutes. This is where Triple H  fully understands that there are Kliq politics (he was a member of the Kliq) and those who are above the Kliq and Warrior certainly was those guys. It was fantastic to see Warrior get back up after that Pedigree was applied and Warrior gave Triple H three closelines, impressive guerrilla press slam, and an ultimate splash for a pinning victory. Triple H can say that Warrior was the most “unprofessional” guy he’s ever been in the ring… how would you know? You were in there for like a minute and a half. If anything that sounds completely professional. Warrior may have took Triple H’s Wrestlemania moment, but the only significance this match made was to teach Hunter a lesson and give Sable her debut in the WWF. I’m a type of wrestling fan that’s sick of Triple H’s political power backstage, but I always love coming to this match to see his biggest failure to calm me down whenever Helmsley pisses me off.
Match Score: 5/5

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs Diesel – Diesel really is the most overrated wrestler of all time and his ‘Mania match with Shawn Michaels last year was certainly overrated. This however was actually a much better match than last year’s Wrestlemania for both of them. This is actually where Undertaker met his equal and didn’t have to face guys who were twice as big as Undertaker making it tough to pull his iconic moves like Chokeslam and Tombstone. This match as a fast paced technical brawl that was a great watch. In terms of ‘Taker’s first five Wrestlemania matches, this one is his best out of the first five because Diesel was able to keep Taker down and it was convincing to see whether or not the streak (that was already building) was about to end. At the same time, we’ve never seen Kevin Nash to be dominated by the Undertaker. Both men were equally giving and receiving damage from one another and it looked like a fantastic chemistry to these two against each other. Undertaker was given two Jackknife Powerbombs and did everything to keep ‘Taker down. Kevin tries his best to outsmart ‘Taker, but he keeps coming back up on his feet to give him a wondrous tombstone. This was the first time any of us ever seen Taker deliver a Tombstone on a guy literally bigger than him. Diesel certainly was a hell of a competitor for Undertaker and ‘Taker showed the damage that Diesel delivered on him. This was the ‘Taker match that started getting good in the streak if you follow its history. It’s one of the best matches on the card, but it’s just getting better
Match Score: 5/5

Roddy Piper vs Goldust (with Marlena) – Hollywood Backlot Brawl – Back in 1994, the infamous the OJ Simpson chase was huge! It got media press everywhere when it happened and the OJ Simpson trial was the biggest trail of the century. The OJ Simpson incident and trial went on for over a damn year. This was everywhere where it dominated American pop culture and it’s a huge inspiration for this match. The Hollywood Backlot Brawl was a parody of the OJ Simpson White Bronco chase where the fight began after the Cornette Camp vs. Yokozuna’s team where it lead to a car chase, that’s similar to OJ’s chase. The rivalry between Piper and Goldust was intense because Goldust had a huge “thing” for someone as manly as Piper and Piper was so sick of it that he wants to make a man out of him by beating the life out of him. Throughout Steven Austin vs. Savio Vaga’s match, Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawer at commentary got phone calls of Piper while he was chasing down Goldust by car, only to have them perfectly comeback to the Wrestlemania event that start the whole match. This match was chaotic, it was brutal, physical, and the kind of stuff that you get a chance to see in the attitude era. This was a certainly different direction for the WWF to do that certainly amazed everyone watching. Of course if you had this match in Wrestlemania 15, 16, 17, or 18 when Attitude era and hardcore wrestling was still around, this would of been another one of those matches that blends well with the them of the show, but when we’re talking about having a hardcore match during the New Generation Era, it was not only innovative for the WWF, but it was a precursor of what will be the standard of the Attitude Era’s hardcore wrestling. They both brought the fight all the way to the ring where the fight finished. I loved this match because it was dynamic and the built-up towards this match more than just delivered, it came beyond expectations. This was our very first hardcore wrestling match in the WWF. Although it was bizzard to see Piper rip-off Goldust’s attire and revile that he’s wearing a lingerie underneath (for humiliation purposes), it didn’t have a proper finish, but it didn’t need to. After that brutal beatdown, it’s obvious who won the fight. It was an impact for Wrestlemania that was the steppingstones to the Attitude Era the following year and for it to be a first time ever done in the WWF, it was historic!
Match Score: 5/5

Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels – 60 Minute Iron Man Match – This match is important, not to just show the talent between HBK and “The Hitman” but instead it was to shift away from the steroid wrestling to show smaller guys wrestling a very physical match that lasted in the entirety of third half the show. WWF has got an infamous reputation as a sporting event that was using Steroid scandals for each of their wrestlers and finally it was time to show that there are talent in the wrestling world that doesn’t need super physique star to run the show. This all of the sudden became the way of the future in wrestling today all because of this very match. Even though the New Generation Era has done a lot of damage to the company, 60 Minute Iron Man Match showed that there are some good in this era. Though the whole purpose of this match was to have the most pitfalls or submissions within within 60minutes till it reaches 0, none of the two had any falls for either men. It was babyface vs. babyface (first time since Hogan vs. Warrior at Wrestlemania VI) and they’ve wrestled a very technical and physical match. But because the match is an hour long and we all know that none of the pitfalls or submissions were made within 60 minutes makes it tough to sit though, I still recommend in watching it just to see how much does it take to be the best wrestler because it takes stamina, impact, strength, speed, and endurance to last that long. The great thing about Bret and Shawn is that they’re two phenomenal performers that did everything to make themselves and each other look good. I’ll have to admit that the match was very slow paced, there wasn’t much to expect knowing that there aren’t any falls, the audience was falling asleep leaving in silence, and Bret forgotten to sell the damage on his arm, but this was a unique match. The highlight of this very show is of course the last couple of minutes as Shawn made a mistake in doing a flying move and Bret reversed it into a sharpshooter, but Shawn didn’t give up the submission all the way to the end of the count. I would have appreciated it if this match just ended with Bret leaving the match with his WWF Championship and make a rematch in the next Wrestlemania, but Gorilla Monsoon came in and said that the made should restart in overtime because there must be a fall. It made all of us hoping that his match could just end because going over an hour is already almost half the show, but that last Sweet Chin Music made Shawn Michaels victory and became the new WWF Champion. This is why Shawn Michaels acquired the nickname ‘Mr. WrestleMania.’ He has been involved in so many iconic matches at WrestleMania and the 60 minute ‘Ironman Match that went on longer than 60 minutes was one of those matches. Both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were in their prime and they started a new era of wrestling where smaller guys became a standard in pro wrestling. But due to the fact that this match went way longer than it should, there was not that many surprises during this match, it was incredibly slow paced, and I still would have had Bret Hart to win the match instead of the Heartbreak Kid. But on the other hand, it’s a double edge sword where Shawn Michaels deserved to be the big star of the company by winning the match, that the WWF has talented stars that doesn’t use steroids, and show the definition of in-ring work in this very match was needed. The only thing that could have been better with the finish was to have Shawn and Bret shake hands, but their lack of sportsmanship and level a hatred they both had with each other shows in their body language and facial expression. You can see Shawn acting like a bitch telling the ref to get Bret out of the ring while Bret left in sheer disappointment. It’s always tough to see the tension between the two that carried throughout the years, but at least none of them killed each other, that’s for sure. Though I can’t see myself watching this match many times over, but it still was an impressive match on the card and a great finish nonetheless.
Match Score: 5/5 

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 12

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Wrestlemania 7 Review

Wrestlemania returns to the United States of America and this time the whole design of the show is more patriotic than any ‘Mania show, feeling almost like a WCW Great American Bash. It seems as if the WWF was happy to bring the grandest stage of them all back home and they have the American spirit like never before. It’s all because of the main event between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter where Slaughter’s character betrays his country to be a sympathizing Iraqi red-coat where the Gulf War was taken place at the time of this even. Because of the level of patriotism that America had with the Gulf War and had Hogan to represent their country, it became the running theme of the whole show. But this is one of the first Wrestlemanias where nearly all the matches of the card wasn’t just booked, but had a many storyline in it just to build up this very event. So does this Wrestlemania deliver? Let’s find out!

The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) vs. The Barbarian and Haku (with Bobby Heenan) – Out of the first 7 Wrestlemanias, this match had the best opening match. This is the one tag team match had offered the best out of the Rockers as they’ve gotten better over the years. They’ve gotten so good that they’ve been able to use their flying abilities and athleticism against the bites of The Barbarians. Marty Jannetty offered some of the coolest reversals that we’ve never seen in a Wrestlemania before! Obviously, like every tag match, the whole match drags just waiting for a baby face to make a tag and once Shawn Michaels makes that tag he boomed out with amazing flying moves. The crowd was right behind the Rockers and clearly deserved that victory! Fantastic opening match that does not happen often in Wrestlemania. The match was an example of the tag team formula done to perfection and really set the standard for what would become a tradition of delivering hot opening matches to set the stage for the remainder of the night’s festivities.
Match Score: 5/5

The Texas Tornado vs. Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) – Like every Dino Bravo match, I just can’t stand watching any of his matches and it’s a darn shame that the underrated Texas Tornado had to waste his efforts on this pile of garbage. But what certainly justified what could have been the worst match on the card (because anything from Dino Bravo means shit) Texas Tornado defeated Dino in less than five minutes clean! That’s perfect to bury that piece of shit in his last ever Wrestlemania appearance and that’s a perfect 5 out of 5 score right there!
Match Score: 5/5

The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord (with Slick) – It’s really interesting to see that Davy Boy Smith finally breaking apart with Dynamite Kid and continued his career, solo. This match was electrifying when we see the Bulldog in action, but Warlord was more or less like a punching back for Smith. Bulldog obviously carried the match like with amazing athleticism and had the crowd roaring behind him. But whenever the Warlord takes control of the match, it somehow becomes silent – That’s the star power of Davy Boy Smith, here. The right guy won a solid match and it was a decent watch for a mid-card. That finish of the match with Bulldog’s powerslam took the audience’s breath away and that’s why this was a good mid-card match.
Match Score: 4/5

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) (with Jimmy Hart)  – The rivalry between the Hart Foundation and Jimmy Hart continues as the Nasty Boys debut in their first Wrestlemania. No doubt was this the best Tag Team match of the show as we got a chance to see the best of Bret Hart and Niedhard as we see them tag teaming for the last time in a Wrestlemania. This was no doubt the best tag team match of the night as it was Tag Team wrestling at its purest. I love the crowd really engaged with what’s going on in this match. Like all Tag Matches, it’s all about a babyface trying to make a tag when the heels are in control. It sure took a while for Bret to make that tag because the Nasty Boys strategized in dirty tactics from their opponents making that tag. Once that tag was made, Neidhart ferociously went full force against Knobs and Sags. This match was too good to have the Hart Foundation when the Foundation made the Hart Attack and then Bret was sent back to his corner because he wasn’t the legal man only to have enough time for the Nasty Boys to knock out Neidhard with Jimmy Hart’s helmet that he was wearing. For the last time we get to see the Hart Foundation in Wrestlemania, it was left to be desired to have them win, but it was so much better than their 10 second match at Wrestlemania IV.
Match Score: 4/5

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Rick Martel – This match was stupid, but it’s that good stupid! If this was a normal match with normal stipulation it would have been another forgettable Wrestlemania mid card match. Instead they put blindfolds on both of them, made this match fun to watch where Wrestlers had a hard time seeing each other and the whole crowd were shouting when they Jake is pointing in the right direction and booing if Rick is pointing in the right direction. It’s so much fun to see how comedic this whole thing was and it’s amazing to see the whole crowd into it, while it’s considered by many as the “worst of all time.” I kinda feel sorry for those who wouldn’t pay attention to fan reaction that is one of the most important aspect of wrestling!  The whole time Jake was using the crowd to guide him as he points in his direction hearing them say “No” when he’s pointing where his opponent is not at, and “Yes” if he’s pointing in the right direction to Rick Martel. Though this match took forever to get through, at least Jake Roberts won the match fair and square without any outside interference which we all were expecting from other Wrestlemanias. And unlike the past Wrestlemania events, Jake finally used Damien (his Python) against Rick Martel which he didn’t use in a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 3, so that saved the whole match from being a disaster. I think everyone is way too hard on this match and should just enjoy how frustrating it is for wrestlers to lose sight of opponents and continue to wrestle. In a matter of fact, this is the best blindfolds match ever because like what Jake Roberts is most known for, he uses phycology in his matches to make it interesting and this one certainly puts it in the test and allow the fans to be very part of it.
Match Score: 4/5

The Undertaker vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – This is actually the start of the Undertaker’s wrestlemania streak and to start that undefeated stream with a legend like Snuka shows how special Undertaker’s career is as a whole. This was the beginning of Taker’s career to really kick off and out of all the guys to begin the streak, it had to be the legendary Jimmy Snuka. Though Snuka has never won a Wrestlemania, Undertaker showed his dominance right from the beginning. His character as a walking corpse that’s impervious to pain made it hard to defeat. This was a one man match where Snuka was used as a crash-test dummy and it was all ‘Taker. Snuka didn’t have the chance, but it was great to watch this match just to see what came to be a legendary undefeated streak!
Match Score: 3/5

Macho King Randy Savage (w/ Queen Sherri) vs. The Ultimate Warrior – The rivalry between these two wasn’t as big as Hogan vs. Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 or Hogan vs. Savage  or Wrestlemania 5, but I can easily say that this was no doubt the best Wrestlemania match of both of their careers. Yes, I said it! This match was better than Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat vs. Savage at Wrestlemania 3 and Warrior vs. Hogan at ‘Mania 6! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out.

Just a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory.

Image result for macho king vs ultimate warriorBut the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in Wrestling at Summerslam 1991. This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of all time because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!
Match Score: 6/5 

Genichiro Tenryu and Kōji Kitao vs. Demolition (Crush and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) – This was a very mediocre wrestling match where everyone is trying to settle down from the last match, but nobody remembers Tenryu and Kitao because Demolition deserved a better tag team to face than these two forgettable teams. It also ended in a weak finish of a basic roll up and it didn’t leave any impact, but we needed a boring match to recharge from that excitement from the last match.
Match Score: 2/5

Mr. Perfect (c) (with Bobby Heenan) vs. The Big Boss Man – Two of my favorite classic wrestlers from the golden age of wrestling makes it here for the Intercontinental Championship. It was a solid match where a technician goes up against a big brawler and I was impressed to see great energy from Boss Man that we don’t get everyday. For a man who took it personally that had his opponent making fun of his mother, you can see how personal this match really was. Boss Man was so mad that he even used his own belt to whip Kurt Henning in the back. This shows how talented Big Boss Man really is as he was able to keep up with Mr. Perfect with his tactics and athleticism. It sure was the best brawl of the night and it ended pretty well with a surprising return of Andre the Giant making his last ever appearance in Wrestlemania by interfering against Mr. Perfect. He came back for unfinished business against Heenan from the last Wrestlemania. It was legendary to see Andre hit Mr. Perfect with the Intercontinental Belt just so he can get Heenan back. Of course, the match was too good to be true as the Barbarians interfere the match, making Boss Man win by disqualification but since he didn’t pin or submit Perfect, he didn’t win the belt. I’m fine with the result because we never seen Big Boss Man to have a match this good and Andre came back for action. I loved it!
Match Score: 5/5

Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine –  Of course we had to continue the show after another fantastic match and to let the audience charge up from a great match, they had to just give a squash match between the two. It was nice to finally see Valentine to finally be a babyface and do what he does best in his wrestling ability. However, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, you cannot take down someone as awesome and as powerful as Earthquake. Once ‘Quake jumps and sits on you, it’s the end!
Match Score: 3/5

The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) (with Slick) – The one thing that I agree with Animal is that they deserved a Tag Team title shot with the Hart Foundation because that’s something that could have been better for the best tag team of all time! Power and Glory was a complete waste of time for the Road Warrior as Hawk and Animal completely squashed those two men in just a minute. But we had a great squash with Animal catching one of the opponents to a powerslam that leaves to a death device that declared Legion of Doom the victory
Match Score: 3/5

Virgil (with Roddy Piper) vs. Ted DiBiase – I’m very sad to say it, but even though Virgil had Piper as a manager and broke free from being Ted DiBiase’s manager to start a solo career, he just doesn’t have the potential to show that he can be a big star. If only Piper didn’t have a knee injury, he would have had a great match with DiBiase. It shows because DiBiase put so much attention on Piper and Virgil’s wrestling ability was so lackluster that Ted forgot that he was wrestling his former manager, which is why he lost in a countout. It was definitely the weakest match of the card and nobody really was looking forward for anything from Virgil except to see DiBiase getting his ass kicked. And to prove that Virgil has no star power, Piper had to rescue Virgil from DiBiase’s dirty attack with his Million Dollar Dream submission hold. The only thing that was memorable was Sensational Sherri came back to the ring to help Ted DiBiase from Piper that even overshadows Virgil more than it needed to be. One more thing, someone take away the microphone from him because it’s not helping that he’s asking Piper to get on his feet from a broken leg… The only thing that was significant was to know that Sherri is DiBiase’s new manager… nothing else, sadly.
Match Score: 2/5

The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Tito Santana – I’m sad to see Tito continue to deal with these mid-carders and have nothing to gain in his career and to have him loose against a forgettable name like The Mountie, shows how downhill Tito went.
Match Score: 2/5 

Wrestlemania VIIHulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) – Sgt. Slaughter was a big name in the wrestling world because he was a true patriot and a character in the G.I. Joe cartoon and to have him to become a Sadam Musane sympathizing Iraqi turn-coat was given as much heal heat as Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkov. It was great booking to have Sgt. Slaughter to be such a big heel that had more heat than any wrestler. It was great to have a traitor vs. an American patriot for the WWF Championship, which is the reason why this whole Wrestlemania event used the red, white, and blue patriotic theme in the show. However, this match was poorly worked… and I mean REALLY poorly worked! Slaughter just was a very slow paced wrestler who doesn’t have a wrestling ability or the physique as anyone like Hulk Hogan which makes it problematic when Hogan oversells a move that looses its believability. However when Slaughter sells, it perfectly matches the effect Hogan makes. Plus there were a lot of dumb moments where it didn’t be needed in the mach like Slaughter hit Hogan with a chair on front of the ref (should have been a disqualification), a stomp on Hogans hand that missed like four inches, General Adnan holds on Hogan’s leg and then let’s him go when Hogan was on the second ropes on the corner, the same spot on the corner was repeated just so Slaughter can flip Hogan over, and it was just a poorly done match. Out of the 7 Wrestlemanias up to this point, this one had the worst main event. The only saving grace was the fan’s desperation to have Hulk Hogan win out of patriotism and their hatred of Sgt. Slaughter’s patriotism for Sadam Musane. Obviously, this match had to end with the country’s hero by giving him the traditional Hogan finish of Hogan’s wake up, couple of punches, big boot, and leg drop. There was so surprise or any intensity. I wouldn’t be this underwhelmed if only this match would have been half as good as Hogan’s previous wrestlemania matches before this one. But I’m still able to say that this was better than the poorly done Andre vs. Hogan at Wrestlemania IV, but to have a mess of a match like this is something to be desired. The only positive I can give this match is that the right person won this match and it left the USA fans happy that their American hero won the championship for their country.
Match Score: 3/5

Image result for wrestlemania 7 hulk hogan vs sgt slaughterSo what we have here is a show that had a great start and middle but a predictable and pretty underwhelming finish at the end. But I’ll give this Wrestlemania a ton of credit, there were a lot more going on in this show than just the main event like the past Wrestlemanias that relied on the main event to become the main attraction. So many mid-card matches like Big Boss Man vs. Mr. Perfect, Hart Foundation vs. Nasty Boys, British Bulldog vs. Warlord, The Rockers vs. The Barbarians, Undertaker starting is undefeated streak by beating Snuka, and especially Warrior vs. Savage kept the show entertaining. If there weren’t any of those great matches in the mid-card and relied heavily on a main event that turned out to become a disappointment could really made this the worst Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2. I think we expected the main event to be so good because Wrestlemania 6’s main event was so spectacular. But easily, the match that COMPLETELY stole the show was Ultimate Warrior-Randy Savage match. It was a prime example of a babyface vs. heel match-up that was classic, leaving fans everywhere to keep guessing who’s going to retire after that match. Even though Savage lost the match and his manager, he reunited with Miss Elizabeth that all WWF fans long awaited for! The finish of that match was some of the best of professional wrestling at it left the loser of the match to feel like a winner to have a face turn and leave with his lover like a classic Rocky movie. I will never forget how special that moment in Wrestlemania 7 was that should just be the highlight of the whole show! Sure the patriotic theme can get quite annoying because there are international fans that wants to watch wrestling instead of being hammered down how USA is the best country in the world, but this is the Wrestlemania that started making mid-card matches to be as good as the main event and it’s something that future Wrestlemanias start to take note that it shouldn’t be the main event that must be the only thing to look forward to because every wrestler in the WWF that’s booked for Wrestlemania should give their damnedest to give out a great show! I can say the this is the Wrestlemania that learned its lesson in remembering that just incase if the main event goes terribly, makes sure the mid-card is strong. No doubt that this is the best mid-card ever in the Golden Age of Wrestling before the New Generation kicked off the following year. That’s why Wrestlemania 7 is a great show! This is the only Wrestlemania that I reviewed that absolutely had no 1 out of 5 match while everything was 2 and higher and the Warrior vs. Savage match was the first one to get a 6 out of 5 match (my highest score). This was a fine event and probably some of the most underrated Wrestlemania ever.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania VII:

                    5/5

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Wrestlemania 6 Review

Some say that nothing got bigger than Wrestlemania 3. Though it is true that the attendance record still holds for Wrestlemania 3, but in my eyes, nothing was more intense and bigger than life than Wrestlemania 6 and it was all because of the once in a life time physical match-up between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. This is another Wrestlemania where the whole show is build up on just the main event and when I say that this was more intense and exciting than even Hogan vs. Andre or Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage after the Mega Powers broken up, this should tell you something. This was the first Wrestlemania where it was taken place in Toronto, Ontario Canada’s Skydome, not set in the United States in America like how other Wrestlemanias were begin held at. So is Wrestlemania 6 that great of a show? Let’s find out!

Rick Martel vs. Koko B. Ware – The Strike Force did nothing much for Rick Martel’s career and since his breakup with Tito Santana, it left him with the dumb “The Model” gimmick. Despite my disliking of Rick Martel, I enjoyed the fast paced high flying moves that Koko B. Ware displayed in this match. But he flew so many times that it went against him and got himself to submit to Martel’s boston crab. Nice match, but I could have asked a better opponent for Koko.
Match Score: 3/5

Demolition (Ax and Smash) vs The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) (c) (with Bobby Heenan) – Andre didn’t do much in his career after feuding with Hulk Hogan in Wrestlemania 4 & 5 and having him in the Colossal Connection was the last great thing he has done in his career. This also happens to be Andre’s last Wrestlemania appearance as he left a big bang in finally betraying Bobby Heenan at the end of this match. When Andre is waiting for his tag, Demolition was able to show more athleticism than the previous Wrestlemanias they appeared in because they’re most known for squash matches. Towards the end of this match, this Andre was tied on the ropes and Demolition was able to apply the Demolisher only leaving Heenan so pissed that Andre that it lead him to attack Heenan and Haku making the best faceturn ever in Wrestlemania:
Match Score: 4/5 

Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) vs Hercules – Though Hercules had a decent Wrestlemania record, he could never withstand the awesomeness of Earthquake and it turned out to be a great squash match. Despite how fun it was to watch Quake, this is actually our first bad match of the night because the match as too slow when Quake too control and it didn’t feel anyhere near the 5 minute mark. By the end of the match it just didn’t feel like anything made a significance whether who won or lost.
Match Score: 2/5

Brutus Beefcake vs Mr. Perfect (with The Genius) – Now this is the match that I’ve been looking forward to seeing! And it delivered because it was a excellently worked match where the moves applied look affective and the wrestling moved like butter! Especially Mr. Perfects sells where he starts to flip each time there’s an effective move applied. I love the heel strategy of getting the Genius involved by getting a foreign object involved and used against Beefcake to show the durability of “The Barber.” The match started out so well but ended so slow when Mr. Perfect carried the match, but I love the way this match finished when Beefcake slingshot Perfect to hit his head on the corner and then pinned to win the match. It would of ended “Perfectly” but Beefcake had to give The Genious a sleeper and given him a hair cut which is not needed for this match.
Match Score: 4/5

Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown – Just what the hell was Piper doing with the half black face face paint? Seriously, it was too racist to watch that it distracted us from what’s going on in the ring as they wrestle. He was showing too much black skin on that paint to continue mocking Brown that got me uncomfortable. Hell, Piper wore a glove and Jesse Ventura commented “Michael Jackson’s glove” which couldn’t be anymore racist. It was a showed fight that ended in a countout for both men. Even if they didn’t’ have the body paint on Piper, this was a poorly worked match and it’s honestly the worst match on the card!
Match Score: 1/5 

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff andBoris Zhukov) – If you’re going to have a Wrestlemania in Canada you can’t miss out on Hart Foundation in the card, but the match was way too short! The Bolsheviks just sanged their country’s national anthem and the Foundation sneak attacked the Bolsheviks and got a quick pin. The Harts deserve to wrestle for their country so much more than this… disappointing!
Match Score: 1/5

Tito Santana vs. The Barbarian – It’s interesting to see that Tito has made 6 straight Wrestlemanias along with Hulk Hogan. Unfortunately, his last match turned out to be a disappointing result. It was a pretty solid match where Tito was able to use what he had against the great strength of Barbarian but the problem about this match was there was a bunch of back and forth and it was a forgettable match. The most disappointing part of this match was when Barbarian was supposed to use the ropes to hit Tito as he hanged onto the mid ropes while Tito was supposed to hit his face with the top rope… it missed. It was an awkward pause where he sold something that didn’t hit him and then got stunned for Barbarians flying closeline. Tito never had that many victories or memorable Wrestlemania moments and it’s unfortunate that this is his last
Match Score: 2/5

Macho King Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri vs Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (with Miss Elizabeth) – This was the first wrestlemania appearance where Randy Savage doesn’t take the persona of Macho Man anymore, but instead took the name Macho King with Sensational Sherri as Miss Elizabeth’s replacement. Macho King could have had a memorable moment as his new heel persona, but he had to face the WWF’s Dusty Rhodes version. I know Dusty is so much better in WCW, but his gimmick as a dancer was embarrassing to watch. But this was the first time we seen Miss Elizabeth since Macho’s break up and it because the highlight of the match… and that’s a bad thing because this match was pretty bad. I didn’t like the fact that Savage was treated as a joke and there wasn’t much of a wrestling match. Multiple times Sherri interfered and Dusty kept his ego dancing on front of Savage and Sherri. At least they were trying to show drama between the two teams but with the legacy Savage has done in the previous Wrestlemanias, this was a middle of the road for his career. Did I mention Sapphire couldn’t wrestle? And guess what? She’s pinned for victory… this is where I started to really hate the WWF’s booking for Savage because he doesn’t deserve a match like this.
Matche Score: 1/5

The Rockers vs The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji) – After four straight bad matches, here’s one that was a fantastic tag team match (much better than the last one). We’re talking about two of the most flexible and agile Tag Teams in the WWF at the time showing great deal of athleticism and showmanship. Even though it’s one of those tag team matches where it drags along till the babyface makes a tag, Shawn Michaels obviously was the best part of the whole match where the young one himself was able to work incredibly well with Sato and Tanaka and thankfully he was wrestling in the ring the most. I’m fine that the match ended in a countout having the Orient Express win this thing. But towards the end of this match, the Rockers were able to show their double team specialty moves and it was fine entertainment.
Match Score: 4/5

Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart and Earthquake) – I refuse once again to watch Dino Bravo but I will say he deserved a big loss to one of the biggest goofs of Wrestling.
Match Score: 1/5

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs Ted DiBiase (c) – The promo before this match was some of the best that Jake has ever done where he’s fed up with Ted’s greed and he intimated the whole audience to show how serious he is coming into this match. This is no doubt the best Jake “The Snake” Roberts Wrestlemania match where he’s able to move so fast and engage in in-ring psychology and anger. I never seen Jake moved so fast and agile while DiBiase tries so hard to keep up the pace.  It’s crazy to see on desperate how much he wanted that Million Dollar Championship which is meaningless in todays wrestling world. The audience was enjoying the fight as much as Jake was. But unfortunately, this is one of those matches where the babyface took so much energy in the beginning of the match and gets tired out only to have the heel to carryout the rest of the match. So many submissions and Jake down on the ground got us desperate to see him continue that adrenaline like the beginning of the match. But this match was too good to be true as he got counted out. It was a fine start, but the match fell so low.
Match Score: 3/5

The Big Boss Man defeated Akeem (with Slick) – Looks like Ted BiBiase wasn’t done as he attacked Big Boss Man before the match started, but it was what it was by having a match that went under a minute with Big Boss Man declaring a victory. A squash match that somehow always happens in almost every early Wrestlemania
Match Score: 2/5

Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) vs Jimmy Snuka – The match started out with Rude doing a dirty back stab and had Snuka dominate the majority of the match. Both of these men applied great flying moves and their trademark stances. I was impressed to see so many fast pace action in this match and it probably went too fast as the match lasted only less than 5 minutes. After a Superfly splashed was missed, it seemed as if that Rude Awakening needed to get it over with and just ended. Nothing memorable, nothing special.
Match Score: 3/5

Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior – Out of the first 6 Wrestlemanias Hogan has been in, this one is his best! We’re talking about an opponent where it’s almost his equal and both of these men wanted to face each other with title for title where the winner of the match wins both the Intercontinental and WWF Championship. It all started at Royal Rumble where the two face each other squared off as the whole audience where in awe. This was the first time where a Wrestlemania main event had babyface vs. babyface and the whole audience had a mix reaction for both men. No doubt was this some of the most exciting and most physical Wrestlemania main event of all time. I’m not really a huge fan of powerhouse matches as they’re are normally slow paced brute strength, but this match was so damn intense it became the best physical match I’ve probably ever seen. Both of these men were at the prime of their careers and it was a perfect opportunity to keep seeing strength challenges, power moves that are mesmerizing to behold, and each time I watch this match, I get chills down my spine. No doubt this is an instant classic as it begun with a strength challenge and picked up the pace with amazing wrestling that was lacking in the previous Wrestlemanias. This was the first time I’ve seen Hogan this vulnerable (more-so than his match against Andre) as it was convincing that Warrior was that almighty. The only little flaw I have was that poor leg injury that Hulk had when he fell of the ring because if you’re not going to make a sell out of it after that match, then it’s unnecessary. I still wonder why we can’t have another great match with two wrestlers with great physique as these two as they offered the best display of magnificent power play like I’ve never seen before, and probably never see again. The Ultimate Warrior was as a great of a wrestler if not more than Hulk Hogan. I love this pure wrestling match and the finale towards the end of this match was pure gold. Ultimate Warrior carried Hogan in a guerrilla press and then an ultimate splash to know Hogan was more than to let Warrior over. As soon as Hogan broke the pin, it was going pandemonia. It looked as if Warrior was going to loose after the big boot, until the Hogan missed the Leg Drop and Warrior reversed it to give him the big splash for the victory. The fact that Hogan tried to break the pin right after the three showed that Warrior was the man. Hogan had enough energy to leave ringside and give Warrior the belt. At first it looked like they were about to fight in that hush silence as they meet face to face, till Hogan passed the torch to Warrior and Warrior was the undisputed Intercontinental and WWF Champion. I couldn’t asked for a better match than Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior, but you know what? We actually did in the following Wrestlemania!
Match Score: 5/5 

So what we have here is another wrestlemania where the whole build up was for the main event alone. The beginning of Wrestlemania 6 was strong, but the middle unfortunately had really poor matches, towards the end it delivered! It was symbolic to see Hulk Hogan loose to the Ultimate Warrior and then pass his Championship to him after he lost. Almost everything was forgettable in Wrestlemania 6 except for Rowdy Roddy Piper’s racist paint and that 6 out of 5 main event! It was a Wrestlemania with a double edge sword but if the main event was horrible then it would have already been a really bad Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2. The match between Warrior and Hogan is a great example of a match that saved the show and it worth coming back and watch it again and again. It was a Wrestlemania that has the same structure as Wrestlemania 5, but it was different because it was the first Wrestlemania set out of the United States of America and had the WWF’s top wrestler (Hulk Hogan) to lose fair and square to a rising star that did not have to turn heel in order to face Hulk Hogan. At the end, we can only wish to have another main event as good as this one!

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 6: 

                     3/5


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Top 10 Wrestling Matches of the 1990s

It’s a no brainer to say that wrestling in the 1990s was the best decade of wrestling. Really, today we only have a bunch of indie promotions that only wishes they can compete against WWE that’s still the only wrestling company that dominates the wrestling industry. Back in the 90’s we had WCW, WWF, and ECW that were all competing with each other and competitions is great for business. They grow, evolve and deliver the unexpected and that’s something that I truly miss in wrestling today. I always love going to back at these old matches where the the 80’s rock and wrestling reaches it’s end, the short-lived new generation era, to the very famous Attitude era of wrestling for the WWF! Wrestling took a big evolution in the 90s to become more realistic, edgier, rambunctious, and daring just to give us our entertainment. Without out doubt, wrestling never got more entertaining that this decade as a whole and it left a historical impact on television history! These are the best wrestling matches that forever left us an impression and still continues to be entertaining many years later!

Honorable Mentions

 Sumerslam ’94:  Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, Steel Cage

If Shawn Michaels is “Mr. Wrestlemania,” then just call Bret Hart “Mr. Summerslam,” because as showcased by this list, Hart produced some of the most memorable matches at WWE’s premier Summer pay-per-view. The two Hart brothers would have perhaps their greatest match against one another on this night, battling for the then-WWF Championship inside a steel cage. As Bret has said, this was perhaps his favorite match against his brother in the WWE, and he felt that they were able to give the audience something different than the stereotypical cage match. The two sold the sibling rivalry to the audience and showed that there doesn’t need to be weapons and bloodshed involved to have a historic cage match.

Heatwave ’98: Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka

These two are the best rivalry that ECW has ever had just simply because both of these men never had a bad match together and Heatwave ’98 was their best! Awesome’s athleticism gets the crowd to pop at every big flying move. He was dominant to open, but soon found himself colliding with a chair thanks to Tanaka. Tanaka charged at him on the ramp, waving the chair above his head like a knight readying a sword. Dives into the crowd, awesome-bombs through tables and DDTs onto chairs highlighted the rest of the match. The energy of this match, how Tanaka and Awesome masterfully worked the crowd makes this a bout worthy of watching, several times over.

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Great American Bash ’90:  Ric Flair vs. Sting

The Ric Flair and Sting feud spans several years because it was WCW’s most iconic rivalries in that promotion. Their best outing however would be at WCW’s The Great American Bash pay per view in 1990. At this point, both wrestlers knew each other very well and complimented each others wrestling styles. Additionally, the crowd was heavily invested in the storyline, which went beyond Sting and Flair. Standing ringside for the bout was The Steiner Brothers, Junkyard Dog and more. This was to insure there would be no interference from Ole Anderson and The Four Horsemen. Throughout the match, Flair tried numerous times to cheat, each time being thwarted by the good guys at ringside. Flair seized the opportunity and went for his patented figure four leg lock. But Sting quickly counted the move with a small package and got the three count. The crowd erupted, as Sting celebrated with The Steiner Brothers and Junkyard Dog. Despite losing the title for the 6th time, Flair would go on to win the championship several more times.

Royal Rumble ’94: Yokozuna vs. Undertaker

I guess I have a huge guilty pleasure for this match because Yokozuna is my favorite over-size wrestler and his best match (that didn’t involve his Tag Team match with Owen Hart) was his Casket Match with Undertaker at Royal Rumble ’94. Undertaker was so over-powered that it took half of the heel roster to finish him off and put him in the casket. It was a very chaotic match that made it amazing to see all the heels doing their most evilest to beat the powerful force of ‘Taker. But after Yokozuna finally put Taker in the Casket, then came the scariest moment in all of wrestling, Undertaker’s resurrection inside that casket! It didn’t have a great in-ring work but it had the some of the best drama and finishes that I’ve ever seen in a single match.

Dr. Death Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi

This is some of the toughest looking matches I’ve ever seen. Dr. Death Steve Williams is some of the best technical powerhouses the world of wrestling has ever had. His moves were some of the most painful looking I’ve ever seen and to my surprise, Kenta Kobashi was able to withstand and endure every trick that Steve Williams had to pull. You probably have seen wrestling like this before, but this is one that had some of the devastating effect that I’ve seen throughout the 1990s. Throughout the entire match, we always had near-falls and multiple instances where it looks like it can end, but they kept going. This match is really damn good, but what it’s missing the most is a good story to tell which is why it’s off the list.

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Number 10.  –  King of the Ring ’98RAW 6/29/1998: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane

My favorite time of being a WWF fan was 1998 when we had only four major stars tearing each other up; Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind, and Kane (and possibly Vince McMahon if you believe that). Though this was Austin at his prime, this was also Kane’s prime as well were we had an actual horror-like monster as a wrestling persona that happened to be one of the best mystique characters of all time. He’s had a an awesome debut interfering the Undertaker’s match with HBK in the first Hell in a Cell, nearly this close to finish Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Tombstone Pete Rose (twice), and even even took his rivalry with Taker in the most dangerous match, the Inferno Match! It really built his character all the way to a WWF Championship against Stone Cold. And quite frankly, I’m putting two matches in two consecutive nights in this very list!

Sure, everyone thinks it’s blasphemy that I put this match over the King of the Ring Hell in the Cell match between Mankind and Undertaker, but the match between Kane and Austin is what truly defined the Attitude Era more-so than that match! It’s really cool to see a first blood-match but pretty obvious of who’s going to loose because Kane had his mask on, but it didn’t matter because this very match this match threw everything on the table to make it recognize it as Attitude. We’re talking about taking the fight to the crowd, interferences with Taker and Foley, close-call finishers, many attempted murders (pouring gasoline on Ref), and even bringing the Hell in the Cell down making it a gimmick match that was damaged earlier (Mankind vs. Undertaker). But that nasty chair shot that Taker did on Austin was some of the most effective and it gave Kane his title. That was some of my favorite heel victories of all professional wrestling because it left us asking for more!

And more is what we got because the following night on free TV, we were given a rematch between the two as main event of Raw is War. Thought it probably could have been better, this was a fantastic climax between the two that captures fan satisfactory! It we’re judging on fan reactions for this match, there was no bigger fan reaction than seeing Austin win the championship on free TV. The way he stunnered Kane for that victory was some of the most brutal that I’ve ever seen from any stunners that Austin gave to his victims. Many say that it wasn’t fair that Kane only had his championship in less than 24 hours and they should have made that title-reign longer, but I doubt we’re ever going to see the same Kane from the 1990s because his mystique is completely gone. Nevertheless, this was some of my favorite moments in the WWF and each time I look back at it, it reminds me why I’m still a wrestling fan!

 

Number 9.  –  Hardcore Heaven ’99: Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn

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For those wondering why this is the only ECW match that made it on the list it’s because some of the sloppy hardcore matches had great stories and the athletic matches get no story in them. That’s why Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn is a perfect balance between both and delivered some of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen. If someone told fans that Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn were each created with the other mind, it’d be hard to argue. Their fantastic chemistry led to a number of great matches for ECW including their bouts at Guilty as Charged 2001 and Living Dangerously 1999. It’s their match at Hardcore Heaven 1999 that is their masterwork. An incredible pace saw Lynn and Van Dam hit move after move, leg drops and avalanche bulldogs and just about everything in each man’s arsenal. The match featured more mat wrestling than one might expect, but plenty of the most furious flying moves as well. Their fight spilled to the outside; their fight hypnotized. There were most instances where it looks like they’ve botched, but they somehow kept going in delivering some of the best performances that the promotion has ever had! I was in complete awe when watching this match for the first time and wonder why WCW and WWF hasn’t had performers in their roster that could make matches and storytelling like this. This was all about being “The Whole F’ing Show” and they had to prove it, televised. What separates this from their other matches is how much drama they created near the end, how real their desperation felt and how drained it all left fans afterward. Tell me, what other match in the history of wrestling where the match was so good that it was on the cover of a video game (i.e. ECW Hardcore Revolution on the N64)?

Number 8.  –  Nitro 4/26/99:  Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page

This may shock a lot of people that this match sits on at the top of my list. This match for the WCW World Title and in my eyes the best television match ever aired on WCW programming and possibly one of the best matches in the whole Monday Night Wars. Sting and DDP put on an instant classic on this edition of Monday Nitro on April 26, 1999. The battle between two of the most popular WCW competitors of all time was a truly memorable moment among the chaos that was unraveling in the WCW front offices. But don’t think this was some technical classic. The match quickly degraded into an all-out brawl as DDP and The Stinger taunted each other and exchanged blows in the center of the ring to start the match. As the action spilled in and out of the ring, neither legendary grappler maintained an advantage in the contest. It was a thrilling back-and-forth war, but the true highlight of the contest was that there was no outside interference. Instead, two of WCW’s finest waged war in an effort to determine the champion. DDP was the heel champ and at this point in his career was in his prime. Sting on the other hand was past his prime yet still had what it took to put on a great World Title Match. The uninterrupted contest finally came to an end when Sting countered the Diamond Cutter into a Scorpion Death Drop to win his fifth WCW Title. We haven’t seen a crowd pop for the three count since Goldberg defeated Hollywood Hogan or Austin and his zamboni and it was magical to see such a roar happen at the end of the match. Sadly, Sting’s fifth World Title reign would not last long. He would lose it in a Four Corners Match 90 minutes later. Make it a point to watch this match. It was indeed one of Sting’s great, if not his greatest of matches.

 

Number 7.  –  Wrestle War 92: Sting Squadron  vs.
The Dangerous Alliance  – War Games

We have the greatest faction vs. faction of all time and this was all thanks to the genius Paul Hayman (Paul E. Dangerously) who made this into a reality. We have Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham to go up against  Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko, Rick Rude. All of these men have a huge history with each other. The War Games has always been WCW’s best gimmick matches where they take a large team against another team in a two-ring cage that makes a chaotic experience. Violence, brawls, and athleticism were all displayed perfectly in this very match.  One by one as the wrestlers got into the ring, kept the adrenaline with between these teams to be more fierce and violent at the point where it has became the best that WCW has ever had to offer. Not even the New World Order would dare to make a masterful match like this one. I never got bored watching this War Game. Hell it was crazy to see Madusa (valet for Dangerous Alliance) to go up the cage to give her teammate a weapon and Sting came chasing after her. When Sting finally came into the ring, it became the most electrifying moment of the match. All of these men have done almost every wrestling trick in the book, plus more like taking off the top rope ring because the hatred between these two teams were that intense. It is hands down the best WarGames match in existence, thanks in major part to the caliber of athlete who participated in the match. Over half the participants bled buckets in the match, featured great storyline and paid off the months long rivalry between The Alliance and their biggest rivals.

Number 6.  –  Wrestlemania X:  Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon

This match was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV and probably the best one ever as well. Shawn Michaels had been the Intercontinental Champion until he got suspended and had to forfeit the belt. Razor Ramon was the new Intercontinental Champion with Michaels out and when the Heartbreak Kid returned, their was dispute over who was the real champion. There was so many creative ways that they used the ladder against each other that left an imprint on both of their careers. HBK went out there and had a match with the ladder. For that time in wrestling, it was one of a kind and nothing we have ever seen before! The bumps these two were taking were amazing and had our eyes glued to the TV. No wrestling fan will ever forget the splash HBK took from off the ladder to Razor. That image will remain as one of the most important images in WWE history. The reason why is because this match made Shawn Michaels, Mr. WrestleMania and this really showed that he was ready for the main event! This was the first night he stole show and he never looked back after it! The Showstopper had arrived! They settled their differences in this ladder match at WrestleMania 10. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion. Razor and Michaels had a second Ladder Match again in SummerSlam ’95 but it wasn’t as beautifully worked as their match at WrestleMania X.

Number 5.  –  Wrestlemania X: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart 

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It has been debated which match was the best part of Wrestlemania X? Well since I’ve already mentioned the ladder match in the Number 5 pick, obviously I had have to go with Bret vs. Own as the best match of WMX. This is without a doubt the best opening match that I’ve ever seen! We’re talking about two brothers going at it one-on-one by delivering the best technical match you can possibly ask for!  On any other night, the classic between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and his brother Owen Hart would have been considered the match of the night. The Hart brothers put on a memorable clinic in their opening match of WrestleMania X. Owen had an early advantage and worked on Bret’s injured leg for much of the match, but Bret looked to have things going his way as the match progressed. Both brothers connected with a bulldog, piledriver, superplex, sharpshooters, and almost every wrestling move that I can imagine all put in here but nothing could keep each other down. You have to see this match to believe how much of a masterpiece of a match that they’ve created. Bret tried to send Owen into the corner with an Irish whip, but Owen countered and followed him in. Bret went for a victory roll, but Owen reversed into his own pinning combination and scored the major upset, but it still is today the best opening match in any PPV. We’ll never see Owen be a main eventer, but Bret unselfishly gave his brother a moment to remember, even despite the fact that he had a main event match on the same night. I mean it when this match is very good and it deserved to last as long as it needed to be because it was a fantastic feud between the two. It was all athleticism in wrestling at it’s purest and it should be watched if you want to get into the wrestling business. love this match and this holds up as the best match of Wrestlemania X! For the fact that we have Wrestlemania X matches in this Top 10 should show you why Wrestlemania X is one of the best wrestling shows of all time!

Number 4.  –  Wrestlemania 13:  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

Image result for bret vs stone coldI will always say that the Wrestlemania 12 match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels is the most overrated match in wrestling history. It is the Titanic of wrestling, where no matter how hard you try to convince me that it’s the greatest, the reasons will always be irrelevant. Bret Hart has redeemed himself by putting on a much better wrestling match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Now if you want to talk bloody matches, here’s one for you. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight. Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head by the end of the match. This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company.

Number 3.  –  Wrestlemania VIIMacho King Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior

Many can say Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI was the best match of the early 90’s and many say that Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is the best match of the 1980s, but I can easily say that this Wrestlemania match is better than both of those matches combined! Yes, I said it and I regret nothing! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out. Image result for macho king vs ultimate warriorJust a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this very match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory. But the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in wrestling at Summerslam 1991. No doubt, this is THE Best post-match moments of all time! This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of ever because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!

Number 2.  –  Bad Blood ’97:  The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell

This was the very first Hell in a Cell match in the WWF and it still is my personal favorite match that the promotion has has delivered, not just Hell in a Cell. At Bad Blood in 1997, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker faced off for the chance to battle Bret Hart at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship. Before we had that infamous screwjob in that Pay Per View, we were given a taste of what would the WWF be heading to in the Attitude Era. Undertaker was quick to bring the fight to Michaels during the beginning of the match with Michaels mostly unable to mount an offense of his own. Taker was so brutal and unforgiving that he even woke up from a Sweet Chin Music-Super Kick from Michaels and brought the match outside of the cage. At one point in the match, both men were fighting on top of the cell and Michaels was knocked off. With Michaels dangling helplessly, Taker stomped on his fingers forcing him to let go and fall through the spanish announce table. To my surprise, he fell off from the cage to the table a year earlier than the Mankind incident in King of the Ring ’98 in the same match-type from the same opponent. Some of you are wondering why I didn’t put the Mankind vs. Undertaker match in the list of the greatest matches of the 1990s. Well, I have full respect to that historic event, but the Image result for hell in a cell falls 1997match was too real and when there’s no wrestling going on, it simply tested my patients. And let’s not mention that, just like that match, every Hell in a Cell match up is trying to one-up against Hell in a Cell ’97; fight on top of the cell, the big bump to the announcer’s table, and tremendous shock value throughout. The match between Michaels and Taker was so much better and more real than that other Hell in a Cell match. In fact, this match was so damn real that when Shawn Michaels was dripping blood from the top of the cage to the camera man who was below them had Michaels’s drops of blood landing on him and he shouted “Ah shit!” And let’s not forget the every first bump from the top of the cell that every Hell in the Cell match after it tries to one-up, but at the end, end up just imitating.  This match is one that’s still fun to watch over and over again, and it’s never boring. Once the two made it back into the ring, Taker was ready to put Michaels away… until the debuting Kane hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver, ultimately handing the win to Michaels. That debut of Kane was some of the most exciting, surprising, and epic debuts that any professional wrestler has ever had! And who can ever forget Vince McMahon on commentary making the revolutionary qoute, Unknown“That’s gotta be… That’s gotta be… That’s gotta be Kane! That’s gotta be Kane!” It was the biggest turning point that I’ve ever see in in a wresting match but it was one hell of an impression! I’m not one who likes interference in any sport, but this here is a BIG exception because Kane was nowhere to be seen, but Paul Bearer (Undertaker’s former manager) kept building up and hinting that Undertaker burned his brother for dead only to announce that he’s still alive. And even the outfit and props certainly made his presence look so menacing that he’s worth keeping in the WWE roster to this very day. No longer was Undertaker the most intimidating figure of all of wrestling, but also made Kane a run for his money in terms of being a big highlight. So what makes this Hell in a Cell match better than any cage stipulation in the whole industry? How about doing all of these innovative things that ended up being the standard or even the ultimate measuring stick for every blood-sport caging up their contenders? This still is the best Hell in a Cell match that I’ve ever seen and that’s all thanks to the non-stop action that kept going throughout! If I could pick one match that I like to present to the world that wrestling is a hobby worth anyone’s time, I can’t think of a more exciting event in the sport’s history than the first ever Hell in a Cell match.

 

Number 1.  –  Royal Rumble Match 1992

Every year when the Royal Rumble comes around, a sense of nostalgia kicks in as wrestling fans remember Rumble moments from the past and relive them because they are what made the Rumble such an important match in the first place. In terms of the actual Royal Rumble match and which one was the best, the clear choice is 1992. While there were many others that can be considered great, Four words: Ric Flair, one hour, along with the greatest collection of wrestlers and spots ever in a singular match. Flair just came from WCW and WWF treated their best wrestler like a star. Though he only came out at number 3, at that point in time never was there a wrestler that stay in that ring as long as Ric has to the very end of the match. Part of what made the Royal Rumble 1992 so damn special is that it’s the ONLY Royal Rumble where the winner wins the vacated WWF Championship. For the fact that it still stands as the only Royal Rumble match for the WWF Championship makes the storytelling and the in-ring action even more exciting to watch. If you look at the star power in the 1992 Royal Rumble, it can be argued that it was the most star studded Rumble ever. Here’s a listing at some of the names in the match that are already in the WWE Hall of Fame or likely will be one day: British Bulldog (#1), Ted Dibiase (#2), Ric Flair (#3), Shawn Michaels (#6), Tito Santana (#7), Texas Tornado (#9), Greg Valentine (#11), Nikolai Volkoff (#12), Big Boss Man (#13), Roddy Piper (#15), Jake Roberts (#16), Jim Duggan (#17), Jimmy Snuka (#19), The Undertaker (#20), Randy Savage (#21), Hulk Hogan (#26), Sgt. Slaughter (#28) and Sid Justice (#29) Those are 18 names. Of those names, if you picked out the top five all-time stars in the match you could go with Hogan, Flair, Michaels, Undertaker and Savage as one of the strongest groups of top five names in Royal Rumble history. That’s without mentioning a guy like Piper too. A key part of every Rumble is building up contenders to win. The fans watching at home have to believe most of the performers have a chance to win. If the big names of the contestants in this Royal Rumble didn’t even excite you (hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t be half amused), you had the best commentary, best surprises, best spots, and some of the most surprising moments that occurred in this match. I mean for fuck sake, Hulk Hogan didn’t even win the match and that was certainly a highlight of the show. For an hour of a match, the excitement never stopped thanks to commentary job by Heenan, who was firmly in the corner of Ric Flair. He was known as an advisor to Flair and whenever he did commentary of Flair’s matches he made it no secret that he was going to support his friend no matter what anybody else thought. At one point he looked like he was going to have a heart attack and that’s part of him being a lovable heel. This is the match that truly showcased why Flair (thought his stay there was short-lived) was the Man for WWF fans who might not have realized it. They really featured Flair as the guy to be the main guy in the match. That’s exactly what he was. Flair lasted the longest in the match by going 59:26 as the 3rd man in. He was responsible for the elimination of five men: British  Bulldog, Texas Tornado, Big Boss Man, Randy Savage and Sid Justice. Savage would be his opponent at WrestleMania 8 a couple of months later, so it was smart to have Flair eliminate him here. A lot of the guys attacked him when they got in the ring whether they were heel or face. It was as if he was the guy that had the target in his back because he came from the NWA/WCW and they didn’t want him to win the match. He did so many Flair flops and had so many moments where it looked like he was going to get eliminated. This was before the days where Shawn Michaels would skin the cat all the time and people would copy him. It was more basic moves to save himself, but Flair did everything he could to hang on. The final four in this match was the best choice of four wrestlers ever with Hogan, Savage, Sid, and Flair. Savage got eliminated, but what’s surprising of all is that Hogan didn’t win the match. The crowd popped the moment Sid threw Hogan over when Hulk tried to eliminate Ric Flair. And the moment Flair won, it was fan-pleasing moment when we all heard Bobby Heenan shout “YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! I told you Monsoon! I told you Monsoon!” Sure there have been better in-ring action and more well-told story lines in wrestling over the years, but no other match really had so much excitement. Hell, even the post-match interview with Flair was biblical! A lot of these feuds after the match carried on at Wrestlemania 8, but for this very match where everything was on the line, Flair showed everybody with his performance at the 1992 Royal Rumble that he truly is one of the greatest wrestlers ever. It was Flair at his absolute best. Woo!!!

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