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Top 10 Wrestlers of the New Generation Era (Early-Mid 90s)

From 1992 to 1996, this was a whole new era of professional wrestling that tries it’s best to differ away from relying on Hulk Hogan and many of their old stars for the purpose of creating a new image for the company and try to keep up with the times. This was the era of wrestling that started Monday Night Raw and went in a televised ratings competition against WCW Monday Night Nitro. This was also an era where they delivered more pay per views than ever before with the awesome and underrated “In Your House” PPV’s. At first this was going to look like World Wrestling Federation’s path to the right direction, but unfortunately, this short lived era of wrestling has dealt with the worst characters, story lines, and even booking decisions that really damaged the company’s popularity and finance. The audience were not interested in super clean and G-rated materials that almost had the company go out of business. WCW really kicked WWF’s ass by using WWF’s former stars against their own stars, story lines were more tasteful, and the product was more appealing to the wrestling fans. But for some odd reason, I just have a great appreciation for what is known to be the WWF’s worst era. I started to become a wrestling fan in this era with Wrestlemania X being my first ever wrestling viewing, but it’s not just nostalgia that this era has over all the other eras in wrestling. When you focus on the good from this era, this was actually a time where wrestlers delivered a more physical, technical, and high flying style of wrestling as opposed to slow paced wrestling seen in the Golden Era of Wrestling. All of the sudden, the new generation era offered a much more diverse roster instead of a line of wrestlers that were jacked with steroids.  We had matches that was all about more than one signature moves, strategies of how to win matches to make the experience varied, and even the spectacle felt down to Earth. I can easily say that this is the most underrated and under appreciated era of wrestling and you should watch some of the best matches that came from this era to realize what wrestling today lost that this era had. With that being said, here are the ten wrestlers that help made this era special to many wrestling fans around the world!

Number 10.  –  123 Kid

Starting this list, we finally have our first member of the Kliq. The 123 Kid character was inspirational for the fact that he was an underdog that tries his very best to be good. He was a little guy with big dream and what’s so inspiring is that even though all the odds are against him, he still chases after them. He was the original common man that we know that he can’t win, but we route for him because his heart was in it. He took bumps that made you sympathetic and he captures your emotions by trying to hard. It’s one of the reasons why when he defeated Razor Ramon in an episode of Monday Night Raw, it was a big deal. You feel like you’re like the 123 Kid and whenever he makes success in his career, it makes our day. Not only that, but he has a unique style of martial arts and high-flying moves that shows how much of a talent he really is. He even had great matches against legends like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, and so many big stars in the business. Sure, Shawn Waltman had a better wrestling character names with Syxx, X-Pac, and so many more, but I still have a deep soft spot for the Kid.

Number 9.  –  Macho Man Randy Savage

Macho Man was my number 1 pick for as the best wrestler in the Golden Age and it’s a shame that he didn’t have that many great moments in the New Generation Era, even though he stuck around. One of the biggest mistakes Vince McMahon has ever done has been putting Macho Man in commentary. Admittedly, I love to hear Macho Man’s voice all day, but he was born to perform. However, Macho Man did indeed contributed to the New Generation by putting new talents over like Yokozuna winning the Royal Rumble 1993, Shawn Michaels, Crush, and many more. To show some important to the New Generation era, he was WWF Champion when the era started. Even though we didn’t get much to see him and Miss Elizabeth like we did in the Golden Age, Macho Man Randy Savage was still the same hero that we all know and love. Hell, he even made those famous slimjim commercials that made him an icon in the wrestling world. But for the fact that Vince McMahon put him in commentary (and issues with the Kliq), is one of the big reasons why he never came back to the WWF and made better matches in WCW. But for the fact that Randy actually did help some of the talents to make this era stand out, he deserves to be on the list.

Number 8.  –  “The British Bulldog”
Davey Boy Smith

Where do I even begin with the late, great Davey Boy Smith? He was built like a freight train and was as strong as an ox. He was EVERYTHING Vince McMahon looks for in a World Champion. He had the look, power, charisma and he was over in a big way. People loved The British Bulldog. Once he branched out of his tag team with the Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith was thrown into the upper mid card almost immediately. He had some great feuds with Vader, Bam Bam Bigelow and most notably Bret Hart and their incredible match in England at Summerslam in 1992, where Bret would drop the Intercontinental Championship to The Bulldog. If you get a chance, you must watch the crowd’s reaction, it was AMAZING. Needless to say, that match was the highlight of The Bulldogs career which is really just sad to say. Even though he never goth a better spot in the wrestling world, he did contribute to the New Generation Era by giving some of the best mid card machos in the mid 90s. If you seen how he wrestled, it made watching all of his matches worth your time. Such a talented, athlete and a guy with a phenomenal physical presence. In the end, his internal demons got the better of him and Davey Boy has since past. However that won’t tarnish his legacy as one of the top WWE SUPERSTARS of the 90′s.

Number 7.  –  Mr. Perfect

Mr. Perfect was the best intercontinental champion and one of the best technical wrestler the WWF has ever had. Even his name lives up to his reputation even despite the fact that he never won a WWF Championship. Mr. Perfect is the wrestler that introduced technical wrestling to the golden age and that opened door to the New Generation Era with the similar style and attitude.  As one of the most famous in ring technicians, everyone loved working with Curt. He could have a great match with anybody. His charisma shined through every time you saw him. Not only that, Mr. Perfect had one of the best personality that suits incredibly well for a heel. He always constantly love to brag about how perfect he is just to anger everyone.  Whether that’s true or not (and most likely isn’t), it makes for a good story. What makes it so interesting is trying to picture anyone else as Mr. Perfect. It didn’t matter if it was baseball, basketball or bowling, he was simply the best. Perfect could have been an all-star in any sport, but he came to the WWF to show off his skills. While he had a great run in the AWA, it was Hennig’s cocky Mr. Perfect persona in the WWF that truly made him worthy of the Hall of Fame.  It’s almost sad to write about such an amazing man, athlete and competitor who is no longer with us. Especially knowing he deserved to be treated so much better while in the WWE.  Mr. Perfect is easily one of the most under appreciated talents in wrestling history. Hopefully by you reading this, you can get a glimpse of just how good he was. One thing’s for sure, the 2007 WWE Hall of Famer will never be forgotten.

Number 6.  –  The Undertaker

The Undertaker was all spectacle that everyone wanted to see. He was that character that haunted our nightmares, but we couldn’t stop watching because the believability was all in there. However the reason why I can’t put him any higher in the list is because he didn’t have that many good matches in the New Generation Era. But we forgive Undertaker’s slow pace wrestling that didn’t get physical till the Attitude era because his character was so precise and demeaning that we put our fullest attention upon him. What he brought in the wrestling world is the bizarreness and unusual storytelling in his matches. Such as Paul Bearer losing his urn to control the will of the Undertaker, dealing with creeps like Mankind, and even doing untraditional gimmick matches like bury alive matches & casket match.  This was the first time ever where a wrestler could ever stay so much into character and made all of use believe that he was from beyond the grave. It scared all of us fans of WWF and little did fans know the terror he would unleash for over two decades. He has a long lasting streak in Wrestlemania and brought satanic references in pro-wrestling, which is all innovative. In his early days, he almost looked as he was impervious to pain. When he was ambushed by Yokozuna and half the roster in Royal Rumble 1994, he was put in a casket, but the whole arena blacked out to show a titan-tron of Taker still in the casket saying that he’ll return and then he popped out of the screen ascending over the crowd was actually the scariest moment in pro-wrestling.

Number 5.  –  Yokozuna

Yokozuna has got to be that wrestler that’s under everybody’s radar. This is the heel that DESTROYED Hulkamania after Hulk Hogan departed to WCW and reigned as WWF Champion. Whenever somebody defeats Hogan for the WWF Championship, it really means that this guy is a big deal. It was incredibly amazing what the guy could do in the ring early on in his career with his enormous size. The only huge wrestler that can move as much as Yoko can is Bam Bam Bigelow and Big Van Vader, but Yokozuna has more significance than any large man since Andre The Giant. He won the Royal Rumble in 1993, won the WWF Championship twice, main event Wrestlemania twice, and even squashed countless opponents using the best finisher of all time; The Banzai Drop! Yokozuna is an important figure to the New Generation Era where he displayed culture to the main stream wrestling. Even though he was Samoan in real life, Yokozuna embellished the Japanese culture with his manager, Mr. Fuji by showing what Sumo Wrestling training is all about, the behavior a honorable Japanese athlete acts, and even shows a unique style of intensity only seen outside of North America. But what I really admire about Yokozuna is for a guy that large, he has moves like side kicks, running leg drops, belly to belly suplexes, and of course, the feared banzai drop that nobody has ever broke out of it. The fact that he was so massive and could still keep up with Bret and The Undertaker and make the matches interesting proves he was good in the ring. Whenever he collapses from a big move, it really has a huge impact. And unlike any other heels, he didn’t Mr. Fuji interfering in his matches to save the day all the time; Yoko carried all of his matches and he was not a chicken-shit heel that we constantly see in wrestling. He deserved to be the main heel spot for that period of time and one of my favorite times with Yokozuna was when he partnered up with Owen Hart, making it one of the most underrated tag teams of all time. He deserves to be on this list because he was inspirational that not all wrestlers need to be jacked or close to 7’feet tall. Because he showed that even obese wrestlers can even make it to the same spotlight is why he’s this high on the list! 

Number 4.  –  Owen Hart

In my opinion is the most underrated wrestler of all time. Maybe it’s because he was stuck behind his big brother Bret (at least, storyline wise, it was to Owen) or maybe not, but critics often look past Owen when mentioning the major stars of the 90s and right to the older Hart. He was an amazing heel, was involved in some of the greatest matches of the mid-90’s with Bret, HBK and Bulldog, and could cut a great promo to boot. His style in the ring was also detrimental to the evolution of the quality of matches in professional wrestling. His natural sense of humor also took his on screen character to new heights (stealing slammy’s was priceless). Let’s not forget his achievements in the ring; 2 Time Intercontinental Champion, 4 Time Tag Team with Yokozuna (my favorite underrated tag team) and British Bulldog, 1 Time European Champion, King of the Ring Winner, Match of the Year with brother Bret in 1994 in Summerslam 1994 Cage Match, and 2 Time Slammy Award winner. He was also involved in huge storylines with The Hart Foundation and Nation of Domination. He went toe to toe with HBK, Bret Hart, Stone Cold, The Rock and pretty much any other big name in WWF during his time with the company. I honestly cannot recall ever seeing a bad Owen Hart match. He was a high quality wrestler, a high quality worker and an overall great superstar of the 1990’s that got overlooked by far too many critics while he was alive. I miss Owen with a great passion. Seeing him wrestle against Bret in Wrestlemania X was my first wrestling match that I’ve ever seen and it got me emotional to see two brothers fighting each other, while I was watching the whole storyline with my younger brother with me. I always blame Vince’s decision to make it an on and off decision in deciding to put him as Owen or the Blue Blazer. Either way, Vince had the perfect opportunity to make Owen a star, but he had too many bigger fishes in the pond with him. I will alway honor and remember what Owen delivered in the wrestling world and without him, the New Generation Era wouldn’t be a special as it once was.

Number 3.  –  Shawn Michaels

I’m really conflicted about Shawn Michaels during the New Generation Era. On the one hand, he was the most talented and best in-ring worker of whole company. On the other hand, he was a spoiled brat that gave Kliq a bad name. Back when he took the name Heartbreak Kid and departed his ways with Sensational Sherri, he was one of the coolest bad guys since Razor Ramon. His streetwalker gimmick attracted a lot of female audiences to tune into Monday Night Raw and see him dance and move around. His team up with Kliq member Diesel was some of the best wrestler-body guard partnerships that I’ve ever seen in wrestling. Though I refuse to put Diesel in the list because having him as WWF Champion for an entire year in 1995 was both selfish and stupid, his team up with HBK was highly entertaining. Not only that, but he was an innovator by being the first to win the Royal Rumble more than once, being in the WWF’s first Ladder Match, and so many more! As a fan, I really enjoyed watching Shawn Michaels with my family because he did high flying technical wrestling like nobody else. It’s amazing that he’s able to wrestle this style throughout the rest of his career in the 2000’s which is proof why he’s one of the best of all time. But his personal rivalry with Bret Hart is what I find most uncomfortable. Shawn Michaels was getting really spoiled with demanding a lot of attention, getting all credit, and putting a lot of guys down in the roster. It’s no wonder why Kliq’s backstage politics is infamous among all the wrestlers who suffered during their reign. If you don’t believe me, look at Shawn when he defeated Bret Hart in Wrestlemania 12 and told him to get out of my ring ,or when he faced Vader in Summerslam 1996, he kept shouting him “Move” like an immature man-child. Nevertheless, whenever he’s well behaved during the New Generation era, watching him wrestle is gold. Shawn Michaels just had everything that you can consider talent and it’s the reason why people watches wrestling today! Shawn Michaels just continue to live on the legacy giving us terrific matches many years to come.

Number 2.  –  Razor Ramon

One of the biggest things that the New Generation Era that wrestling today doesn’t have is great characters. I can’t name a better character in wrestling that had the coolness factor to the max. Razor Ramon’s personality was similar to Scarface and his fake Cuban accent was none other than priceless whenever he spoke on the mic. Even the look of this guy was like an idealized version of a real man come to life. He made being a heel or “The Bad Guy” the coolest position in wrestling and it’s no wonder why he grew so much popularity. It was like Star Wars fans loving to route for the villains because they were so much cooler than our heroes. Throwing tooth picks at his opponents, feel relaxed whenever he speaks, and had a hard-hittle style, that even influenced The Rock to copy his style, shows how significant Razor really is. To me, Razor Ramon is the embodiment of The New Generation era. I still will always remember how mind-blowing his match against Shawn Michaels in Wrestlemania X is still one of my favorite matches of all time. They even had another ladder match together in Summerslam 1995 which was the best match in that horrible year in wrestling. Hell, his rivalry with his Kliq colleagues with Diesel, 123 Kid, and Shawn Michaels was some of the most entertaining things in wrestling! As a kid, I always routed for Razor Ramon to defeat the “Dudes With Attitude” because it was so much fun seeing the way they wrestled and handled the intense rivalry. To even show even more importance to Razor Ramon, he even made wrestling history in the Madison Square Garden Curtan Call Incident when he came in and hugged the Kliq members to establish the backstage faction. Sometimes I really wished that Razor Ramon can continue his journey to winning the WWF Championship instead of making history of the NWO in WCW, but what ever the case, Razor Ramon remains one of the best gimmick of all of wrestling!


bret_hartNumber 1.  –  Bret “Hitman” Hart

“The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be” truly lives up to the name. Bret Hart is the milestone for the new direction for the WWF after the Golden Age has ended. It started when Bret Hart departed his ways with Jim Neidhart from the Hart Foundation and became one of the best solo wrestlers of all time. He began to win the Intercontinental Championship, win the first ever King of the Ring, won the WWF Championship multiple times, and even told the best story lines the WWF has had during this era. Bret Hart style really separated 80’s to the 90’s and he earned that spot to become the face of the company. Bret Hart was a really fantastic storyteller where he showed a lot of emotion whenever he get hurt that caused the entire audience to sympathize with him. It’s wondrous to see that when his character evolves, the company evolves along with him. He told really personal story lines such as Davey Boy Smith’s relationships with his sister, Owen Hart brotherly jealousy, and so many more. Not only that, but Bret Hart’s matches were the best parts of the New Generation Era. I don’t ever recall seeing a bad Bret Hart match from 1993 to 1997, even despite the fact that some of the story lines he’s been involved in were badly written. Heck one of the reasons why there was an attitude era to begin with was because of his involvement with Stone Cold Steve Austin knocking him out cold. Part of his in-ring storytelling being so good is that Bret has the best versatility of this era. Bar none while I think Bret’s best years were occurring when the WWF was not at its very best commercial success-wise. Bret was a competitor that made the WWF a watchable program even in the WWF’s dark ages where you had garbagemen, plumbers and hog farmers as the staples of the Federation. Bret Hart while in today’s WWE gets a lot of praise for his contributions it wasn’t until 2010 when he’s truly been given the acclaim he’s deserved. To me Bret Hart made every match just look like an all out actual fight, no matter who he was wrestling be it Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Jeff Jarrett, Diesel, Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon, Hart had a flare to show just how his style was a breath of fresh air after Hulk Hogan left the WWF and the title scene needed new faces. Bret brought the title scene back to something it had not seen since Bob Backlund’s days as the champion. People who might knock The Hitman’s lack of personality I implore to just watch his body language in the ring and the way he would perform his move set that are always different in everyone of his matches. Everything Bret did had a reason and a method and the way he’d react to a loss in the ring just spoke better than any words he could ever say. That combined with the fact that he wrestled three different matches at King Of The Ring with three very different opponents and they all ended in their own unique way. This led to him winning the tournament and in my mind this legitimized him just as much as his World Title win over Ric Flair if not more so to be honest. WrestleMania X was another showcasing of Bret’s resourcefulness in the story lines, he goes from losing one match to Owen (and showing the best reaction I’ve ever seen a wrestler display after a loss) and afterwards in the same evening avenging his loss from the year before by beating Yokozuna in a rematch to win back the strap. His subsequent World Title feud with Owen in a cage match was a great showing too and I remember those days just like they were yesterday. For this alone I don’t think there’s anyone better at working within different dynamics than Bret Hart, yes I do indeed hold in high regard individuals like Shawn Michaels and all the other from the New Generation Era, but when it comes to this category I don’t think anyone touches Bret Hart. I can only wonder what things would have been like had he stayed with the WWF further into the Attitude Era instead of leaving during its transition point. Bret Hart has always been my biggest hero and there hasn’t been another individual that did more for me as a wrestling fan than Bret Hart!

Now you know who are the best wrestlers of the New Generation Era, be sure to check out the Top 10 Matches of the New Generation Era!!

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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
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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!

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Wrestlemania 18 Review

I still believe that following the WWF’s chronology from Wrestlemania 17 all the way to Wrestlemania 18 was a very disappointing time for wrestling. The WWF bought WCW & ECW and started an invasion angle, but they screwed the whole long awaited angle up by making the Alliance (WCW & ECW) faction to be a bunch of pushovers, WWF superstars started joining sides with the Alliance, many of the top WCW stars like Ric Flair, nWo, Sting, and the rest was not in the roster till the Invasion angle was over at Survivor Series, and the whole storyline was nothing more than another McMahon-family feud, like we haven’t had enough of those already! Wrestlemania 18 is like Wrestlemania 8, it’s a big show that had a big missed opportunity. You should have made the Invasion angle last till this Wrestlemania so we could have had nWo, Ric Flair, and all the other WCW included in this finale. Instead we just had nWo come in as another Invaders now challenging the WWF’s two top stars. The highlight for this show is having some of WCW’s top stars vs WWF’s top stars; Undertaker vs. Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. nWo member Razor Ramon (I’ll never call him Scott Hall) and The Rock is challenging nWo leader Hollywood Hogan. But just like the Wrestlemania ten years ago, this show REALLY is poorly booked. Without the invasion angle or the Alliance faction still going on, many of the mid-card matches in this show was meaningless. I thought that the WWF learned their lesson from the consequences of making only a one-match-show. Instead, this whole show was really built up for Hollywood Hogan’s return to challenge The Rock. Never had there been Hulk Hogan match been as epic as Hogan and Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6. Speaking of which, this is the second Wrestlemania where they’re taken place outside of the United States of America; they’re back in the Toranto’s Skydome just like Wrestlemania 6. So let’s take a look at what this card is in stored for us.

Rob Van Dam vs. William Regal (c) – Intercontinental Championship – dHere’s what I mean when the Invasion angle supported the mid-cards here. We could of had an Alliance babyface vs. WWF heel trying to hold the title from being on the hands of an Alliance member. Just like last year’s Wrestlemania, William Regal is part of the opening match and if he couldn’t defeat Chris Jericho last year, how in the blue blazes was he going to defeat Rob Van Dam? For a debut for RVD, it was a smooth ride for him. Because this match was so predictable and it had little to no storytelling involved in this match, all we’re getting the same RVD moves (rolling thunder, martial arts kicks, diving cross bodies, suplexes, etc.), have Regal take control by holding him down, then RVD ends the match with a Five-Star Frog Splash to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Deservedly so, but should have delivered it more
Match Score: 2/5

Diamond Dallas Page (c) vs. Christian – European Championship – dYou know why I despise what the Invasion angle did? They’ve made many of the Alliance members look like fools and it’s a sin to me to have DDP, one of WCW’s most important wrestlers mind you, into a chicken-shit baffoon who stalks the Undertaker and made himself look like an idiot whenever he does promos. WWF’s version on Diamond Dallas Page was meaningless to me. Even though Christian tried to get some heat from his home country, Canada by saying that he’s now from Florida, this still was a very meaningless card. I still think that separating Edge & Christian into solo wrestlers could have done way better because they both struggled trying to get anywhere higher in this point in time. And this match shows the lack of credibility Christian has as a star going into this direction as a heel. All we just wanted was a Diamond Cutter and get this match over with. Sorry to sound rash because I am a fan of both of these wrestlers, but if WWF is not going to give a shit about this booking decision, why should I?
Match Score: 1/5

Maven (c) vs Goldust – Hardcore Championship – Now this is something unique. Maven is some of the most forgotten mid-carders since Virgil and I’m certainly surprised to see that this match went on throughout the entire night. The match opened with Maven and Goldust whacking each other with so many weapons and objects that they could find, only to have Spike Dudley come in and pin Maven to take his Championship away. This was around the time when the Hardcore Championship had a 24/7 rules where as long as there’s a camera and a referee to count the pin, there’s a opportunity for a title to change hands. With that set in mind, this went throughout the night between segments after this match backstage. So whenever there’s a match over in this card, we’re sent backstage to see a sudden title change. Since I’m reviewing this show match-by-match, I’m just going to tell you what went down with the Hardcore Championship till it’s finally over. Spike Dudley tries to find his way out but got jumped by Hurricane Helms to make him next Hardcore Champion. I would have said that this is pointless, but the best thing ever was when Mighty Molly (Molly Holly, the most underrated female wrestler) betrayed Hurricane and this was the time she finally went solo in her career, which is something that she needed. Suddenly Molly Holly tries to find her way out, but then had a doorslammed into her face, knocking her out cold. Guess who! It’s Christian! He pins her and became the new Hardcore Champion. Before Christian escaped the Skydome, Maven catches up with Christian and pinned him and drove away out of the stadium. I have to say that this was the most interesting and unique change for this Wrestlemania but ultimately this is pointless. The only thing I can say that made any significance was that it made Mighty Molly into Molly Holly again, because after this show she went in her solo career and deservedly so!
Match Score: 2/5

Kurt Angle vs. Kane – This is where the WWF just doesn’t care anymore about their talent at the time. Because you have two of the biggest and most important wrestlers in the WWF and what you did with both of them is not to have a story and not to deliver anything memorable. Sure it was entertaining to see Kurt Angle getting his ass handed to the Big Red Machine, but this is seriously the middle of the road for both of these men’s careers. We’re talking about Kane, the man who won the best Hardcore Championship match in last year’s Wrestlemania and had the most elimination in Royal Rumble 2001, and Kurt Angle who won the WWF Championship many times and is an Olympic Gold Medalist, and this is what you give us? We’ve seen these two face off many times before on Raw and Smackdown, and this match is just felt like nothing. All Kurt did was call for a challenge and Kane pops in and started this match. Kane tried to go for a Chokeslam but Angle reversed it into a roll-up and with the ropes as leverage, Angle won the match. For two Wrestlemanias in a row, Kurt Angle won by a cheap victory. This match is not that much different from their previous encounters, but it’s biggest crime is that it’s in Wrestlemania we’re talking about!
Match Score: 2/5

The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair – No Holds Bared Match – After having to deal with four bad matches, we finally got ourselves a Wrestlemania quality match in this card. Taker wants revenge on Ric Flair for loosing from his WWF Title shot, and Taker made it personal by beating up Flair’s son and a member of the four horsemen Arn Anderson. This was a very personal match between the two wanted a brutal fight and that’s what we got here! Ric Flair didn’t have a Wrestlemania appearance since Wrestlemania 8 with Randy Savage, this match with Undertaker was just a good (still can’t decide which is better).  Flair and Undertaker captivated throughout their hard-hitting battle. Both performers seemed to give everything of themselves. They tapped into their barbaric sides, tearing at each other’s faces, cutting each other open. A supremely aggressive Flair bashed Undertaker with a steel pipe from The Deadman’s motorcycle. His head bloodied, Flair remained defiant and fearless.  At certain moments, it seemed like the veteran would use his wile and cheap tactics to get the upset victory. Even with the help of an Arn Anderson spinebuster, though, Flair couldn’t finish the job. This match almost ended in a disastrous finish when Flair refused to position himself for the Powerbomb (I’m still not calling it the Last Ride) then Undertaker decides to use his old Tombstone Piledriver for the win (much better finish). This was a fantastic comeback for Flair and Undertaker brought him to his limits only to show that he’s so much superior. It sure shows that age doesn’t matter doing a very well hardcore-style match.
Match Score: 5/5

Edge vs. Booker T – It must have been a long life dream for Edge, who came to see Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 as a kid, to finally be in the same Wrestlemania show in the same arena. I appreciate how inspiring it is, however I just can’t help but to see this match to be a insignificant as the first four matches on this card. So why is Edge and Booker T feuding? Well, “Because.” If Edge was really going to be a big name star which he did later on in his career, he needed to fight for a title shot to establish himself just like when he won the Tag Team Championships with Christian in Wrestlemania 2000. I found this match more like a gimmick than anything else because not only Booker T was doing the Spinner-Roonie, but so did Edge. I always felt that without a well-written story or a title match, win or loose, neither one of these competitors was going to amount to anything till later on in their WWF career.
Match Score: 2/5

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall (with Kevin Nash) – Now this is a tough decision to make because everyone knows that Stone Cold and the Rock are two the biggest stars in the WWF, and let’s be honest here. Either one of those men could either challenge Hulk Hogan, but the other had to face Razor Ramon and Diesel (I’m a New Generation fan so I’m calling them that). I know every Stone Cold fan always wished for Hogan vs. Austin at a Wrestlemania event and I do agree that it’s something to be desired. But for all of you marks that think that this match was unnecessary, you guys have to get your heads out of your asses and remember Razor Ramon! He’s was the biggest star of the WWF in one point in time and before he move to WCW, he could have been WWF Champion. Ramon, Hogan, and Nash were hot shit in WCW forming the fucking nWo; a faction that kicked the WWF’s ratings for over 2 years! How is Razor Ramon not credible to take on Stone Cold? He beat Shawn Michaels in the Ladder match in Wrestlemania X and he was more than able to take on anyone at that age. I always wanted to see what it was like to have Stone Cold brawl with nWo and we had that many times on Raw (before and after this show) and here in Wrestlemania, it was actually fucking epic! This is something that Stone Cold needed in his Wrestlemania moment where he brawl Razor and Diesel for a match that was supposed to be one-on-one, it was a hell of a brawl! You know what? I can argue that this is some of the best brawls that I’ve ever seen in a Wrestlemania that didn’t involve blood, weapons, or ultra violence to show how serious this match is. Kevin Nash was so into this fight that he not only interfered multiple times in this match, but he also took out many referees and beat down Austin like a dog, while Austin fights back the both of them. Did all of you guys forgot how huge all three of these men in this match were before and during this Wrestlemania? In case if you forgot, this is the match where Stone Cold Steve Austin has given the best Stunner of all time!!
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If you weren’t impress with that, then you’re actually difficult to impress anyway. Look, I’m like the next guy who hungers for Hogan vs. Austin, but you have to remember that Stone Cold lost A LOT of popularity from turning heel at the end of Wrestlemania 17 and joining forces with the Alliance faction in the Invasion angle. It doesn’t even help that Austin had ditched the company when he was fighting with backstage politics and creative control later in 2002, so he shot his career in the foot. You have to know why Austin is not as big as he was back in 1998 when he used to be a top star, but since he couldn’t keep up with the guys who where in the same league as he was, it was him that ruined the opportunity for a Wrestlmeania event with him vs. Hogan! You need to accept the fact that Austin put himself from the inevitable and kept all of us wishing for more. Yes, I still would say that Hogan vs. Austin at Wrestlemania 19 should had happened, but face it, this is what it is. And you have to look at this brawl for what it was, I still think that it fits Austin’s résumé and this is the closest that we’re going to have for a real WCW vs. WWF stipulation!
Match Score: 5/5

Billy and Chuck (c) vs. The APA vs. The Dudley Boyz (with Stacy Keibler) vs. The Hardy Boyz – Four Corners Elimination Match for Tag Team Championship- Now here’s something that is actually disappointing! Two Wrestlemanias in a row, we had a Triangle Ladder Match and a TLC 2, and then coming to see what the tag team division had to deliver in the third Wrestlemania, it’s a four corners elimination match? You know, this is another one of these matches where it’s just as insignificant as the first four matches of the show and there was no build up or anticipation for this match. I was really, really bored in this match except the fact that Stacy Keibler showed her ass to Jeff Hardy and slapped those cheeks. That was hot. However this should have been a great opportunity to have either Dudley Boyz or Hardy Boyz to be tag team champions for all the sacrifices they’ve made in the previous Wrestlemania matches (since Edge and Christian are no longer a tag team) but no instead they got eliminated and have Billy & Chuck to win this match. They seriously do not deserve to retain those Championships. They were a really pointless tag team and it’s no wonder why nobody remembers this homophobic team up at all!
Match Score: 1/5

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan – Let’s be honest here, it was either Austin or Rock that was actually going to face Hogan at Wrestlemania, but because of the infamous heel turn at the end of Wrestlemania 17 and joining the Alliance during the Invasion angle, it cost Austin a whole lot of popularity. The Rock somehow took Austin’s place as the biggest star of the company and it’s a good reason why he’s facing Hulk Hogan in this Wrestlemania. Face it, Hogan and the Rock were really made for each other, and this is some of the best showmanship wrestling that I’ve ever seen. We all know both of these guy’s moves and all we ever want is to see them finally put in the grandest stage of them all. And that’s exactly what we got! As much as I like to bash Hogan for all the mistakes that he has made, there is no arguing the star power that he has that all the other wrestlers wishes. We never imagined that Hulk Hogan would ever make another Wrestlemania headline but after bringing in the nWo and have him and The Rock in an epic confrontation, it was just the best build up ever for a Wrestlemania!  Hogan came in this ring as the biggest heel while The Rock came in as a babyface, but because this video package was by every definition very true and dramatically epic, it made all of us to have a mixed reaction. Hogan knew how to control the audience and because throughout the match, when he does what he does best, the people suddenly started to chant for Hogan and boo The Rock. And you know what? I started to chant for Hulk Hogan! That’s something that no other wrestler could possibly do! This match is almost everything that you expect, both of these men use the same iconic moves to get the fans cheering, but you can’t have it any other way! How long has it been since we seen Hogan actually do those Fury punches, big boot, and leg drops in a Wrestlemania? This was as basic as ever, but because the whole entire audience was SERIOUSLY into this match, it was the star power and the crowd that made this match as huge as it is to day! It’s a clash between 80’s Wrestling and Attitude and ultimately, nostalgia conquered all. Even though the Rock won with the People’s Elbow, the people still cheered for Hogan and before Rock got booed off of stage, he had to shake Hogan’s hand (deservedly so). And to even make even more significance, nWo came down to try to betray Hogan but Rock save him. This was actually the last big moment for nWo before the whole faction went downhill after this show. If nWo interfered in this match, it would have lost credibility, it needed to be purely one-on-one like any Wrestlemania classic. Afterwords, we were all rewarded with those Hogan poses that we all missed so much all here in the Skydome. Speaking of which, This match is every bit familiar to the Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior match in Wrestlemania 6 where they had a mixed crowd, they were in the exact same arena (Skydome) the match up was epic throughout, and even though Hogan lost, he shook the winner’s hand like a real sport. Even though I still say Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior is a better match than tis one, this is The Rock’s best Wrestlemania match and he needed a great victory after three consecutive loses at a Wrestlemania. I still say Austin vs. Hogan should have happened in Wrestlemania 19, but for what we got in Wrestlemania 18, I doubt anything could gotten bigger than this classic and throughout 2002, wrestling got better (can’t you believe it?)! For every ounce of enjoyment that this match has given us, it was a defining moment of what a “Wrestlemania moment” should be. But there’s only one problem… why the hell was this match not the main event? Seriously what other matches deserved to be in the higher spot than this match?
Match Score: 5/5

Jazz (c) vs. Trish Stratus vs. Lita – Women’s Championship – Okay, I’m not being sexist here because I really do care about women’s wrestling, but this match does not deserve to go right after Hogan vs. The Rock! There’s no star power, no storytelling, and not stipulation than just having three of these women fight for the Women’s title. You could have though Trish Stratus would have won the Women’s Championship because she came back to her home country and wore an outfit that had canadian flag design, but booking once again seriously screwed up this show and had Jazz (forgettably) retained her championship. If only Trish won the championship, this match would have meant something.
Match Score: 2/5

Triple H vs. Chris Jericho (c) (with Stephanie McMahon) – Undisputed WWF Chamionship –  This is where I argue with the WWF’s booking decision where they seriously fucked up the main even. I don’t care if this match is for both the WCW and WWF Championship (which is why it’s called the Undisputed WWF Championship) but with those Championships on the line, it’s not as important to me as Hogan vs. The Rock. Sure Jericho has beaten both the Rock and Austin for the both of those Championships and Triple H won the Royal Rumble 2002, but both of those men had nothing that Rock and Hogan had. You can see how mundane this match really was because the story was poorly told (who cares about Hunter and Steph’s divorce angle), there have already been 3 Canadian wrestlers that didn’t have the Canadian care for them as much (Christian, Edge, & Trish) and there were now surprises throughout the match that made it a REALLY forgettable main event. Never have I seen a main event as insignificant as the first four matches and nobody really cared about what was going on compared to the crowd’s reaction to Hogan & the Rock. I did like Triple H in the past, but this was the time where the WWF really wanted to hammer him down to our throats and begin this propaganda that he’s at all “the best” which he clearly isn’t. I can go up to anybody and ask what is the one thing that they remember from Wrestlemania 18 and they’ll all say Hogan and Rock and not even remember this match. Throughout the match we just kept seeing Jericho work on Hunter’s leg and it was tedious to see him to keep doing that tactic/strategy. The finish had Triple H to fight back by to Pedigree Stephanie and Chris Jericho. Afterwords, he won the match and who gave a shit? This match went way too long and nothing memorable or significant has happened. This really isn’t the worst main event (believe me there are way worse) but at least those bad main events were more memorable than this match, and that’s really sad. WWF tried to hammer us Triple H down our throats, but because Hogan was so much of a star, it’s no wonder why he beat Hunter for the Championship later that year. What else do you expect from a Wrestlemania that only focused on telling a good story and delivering great performance from the WCW wrestlers booked in this Wrestlemania?
Match Score: 2/5

Let’s face it, if a match in this card didn’t involve a star that came from WCW, it’s not worth mentioning. It’s only the nWo and Ric Flair matches that actually did tell us a great story and delivered great performances while the writers and bookers forgot to give a shit about the rest of the mid-card. And speaking of which, how the fuck was Hogan vs. The Rock not the main event? The Triple H vs. Jericho main event was one of, if not, the most forgettable Wrestlemania main event of all time! They’ve tried to hammer down Triple H down our throats in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the same mistake since Wrestlemania 8’s poor booking decision and because of it, it wasn’t the best WWF show of 2002, in my humble opinion. We haven’t seen a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 6 where it was clearly built up for just one match and because they didn’t give a shit about anything that didn’t involve Ric Flair, Razor Ramon, or Hogan. Without them, this entire card was a mess. Honestly, the Invasion angle should have ended here in Wrestlemania 18 instead of Survivor Series so that most of (if not all) the mid-card’s stipulation would had more meaning coming into this match than the shit that we got here. We’ve waited so long for a good match and once that’s over with, why did it need to hammer us down with more tediousness? Speaking of which, I did not like the theme for this show where their lead band Saliva had to be the lead singer of the show. Not since Wrestlemania 14’s Chris Warren was there a horrible band singing for a Wrestlemania. I despited the nu metal/emo rock music going on in this show and because it was so generic, it made this wrestlemania unappealing. The only matches worth mentioning is Hogan vs. Rock, Undertaker vs. Ric Flair, and Austin vs. Razor Ramon (I’m still not calling him by his real name) that deserved a 5 out of 5 match score while the rest suffered from a 1 or 2 score. That’s not good for “the grandest stage of them all.” Before of those three matches that save the show, this could have been in the worst Wrestlemania category, but instead it’s just a mixed bag.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 18:

             3/5

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Wrestlemania 1 Review

Image result for wrestlemania 1Though Wrestlemania today is looked as Professional Wrestling’s Super Bowl, let’s not forget that it was not the first one to ever do it – Dusty Rhode’s WCW Starcade was the first. Basically Vince McMahon ripped that whole idea off just to make it bigger than life by having so much publicity from MTV (wrestlers making a cameo in Cyndi Lauper’s music videos) and celebrity involvement such as Cyndi Lauper, Muhammad Ali, Liberachi, Mr. T, and many more! It’s not just the celebrity involvement that made this event big as it was, but it was the wrestlers involvement with these celebrities like making Rowdy Roddy Piper create intense heat with Mr. T, Hulk Hogan became buddies with Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper’s involvement with Wendi Richter, and many more just to get all types of mainstream media attention! This is the ‘mania that started it all into a yearly phenomenon! It was a big gamble for Vince McMahon because he spent so much money that caused the biggest risk that any promoter has ever had to face. Not only that, but the WWF at the time had faced negative publicity such as the Jimmy Snuka incident with his then girlfriend, and several lawsuits that got resolved in the nick of time.  With so much involvement of mixing wrestling with popular culture, it changed the face of the business and started the Rock n’ Wrestling Connection phenomenon that lasted throughout the 1980’s and it really began to shine here on the original Wrestlemania held in Madison Square Garden, on March 31, 1985! 

If you’re expecting great in-ring-work, you’re not going to get a whole lot of it in this event, but instead just rivalry, spectacle, celebrity involvement, and shock value that we forgive some of the botches (mistakes) that the first Wrestlemania made. We only give a damn about Wrestlemania 1 because it’s all how things became to be.

Tito Santana vs. The Executioner – What a way to start this event with one of the 80’s greatest wrestlers, Tito Santana to face off the mystery Executioner. The match was basic as any wrestling match but what we wanted to know was who was the Executioner and by Tito’s victory we find out live that it was Playboy Buddy Rose of all people. But what this match did was to have Tito warm up the crowd and he played his role effortlessly.
Match Score: 3/5 

King Kong Bundie vs.  Special Delivery Jones – The whole purpose of this match was to establish how of a big monster King Kong Bundie is and the WWE would like to say that Bundie won it in 9 seconds by squashing Jones, but it really was 24 seconds so that’s a lie! But by establishing Bundie as that big of a monster, he was eligible enough to main event the following Wrestlemania next year. If this match went any longer who knows how painful it would have been.
Match Score: 3/5

Ricky Steamboat vs. Matt Borne – It’s not every day that we have pure wrestling in Wrestlemania because they’re all babyfaces vs. heels, but in terms of technicality and athleticism, this is the best in-ring-work match of the card. It was great to showcase Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s potential to one day a fantastic wrestle mania moment and WCW moments in the later years.
Match Score: 4/5

David Sammartino (with Bruno Sammartino) vs Brutus Beefcake (with Johnny Valiant) – It’s hard to imagine Brutus Beefcake without the “Barber” gimmick so it was interesting to see him as basic as any wrestler against David Sammartino, Bruno’s son. Though I would love to have Bruno to be in the match instead of his son David, I always though that it was the WWF’s attempt to give his son recognition. Though this match was just having David brawling Beefcake, the highlight of the match was when Johnny Valiant body slammed David and Bruno started to take action against Valiant. Though it ended in a double disqualification, it’s moments like that is what Wrestlemania is all about. To have a legend like Bruno to do something like that saves the mid-card matches of the show
Match Score: 3/5

Junkyard Dog vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine” – Lot’s of people forgotten how popular Junkyard Dog once was because he was the most over black wrestler in the WWF and to have him face off someone as important as Greg “The Hammer” Valentine shows how big this match was. Of course this was not Valentine’s greatest match (that honor goes to his match against Roddy Piper Dog-collar match at StarCade). It was a very intense, personal business in this match because of all the racist remarks Valentine has made towards building this match for the Intercontinental Championship. Greg worked on the JYD’s legs just to keep him down but after the reversal of the figure-four leg lock, JYD bounced back. Tough Jimmy Hart tried to interfere the match, the plan backfired when Greg accidentally hit him. The thing that sucked was that Greg won by a roll up using the ropes for leverage that brought Tito Santana in the ring to protest in fury. Though the match restarted, Greg fled with the championship loosing the match by count out but since JYD didn’t pin or made him submit, he did not get the title.
Match Score: 3/5

Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik (with Freddie Blassie) vs. The U.S. Express (Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham) (c) (with Lou Albano) – If you want a match that’s all about heel vs. babyface at it’s fullest, look no further than the tag team of Volkoff and Irion Sheik because they were some of the most hated wrestlers of all time and to have them face off (at the time) a tag team that represented the United States was intense. We’re talking about the time when we’re still in the Cold War and we despised the USSR and iranian hostage crisis that happened in the 1980s and to have them on national television singing their national anthem built heat between the two. The crowd was roaring for the U.S. Express to win only to be disappointed that the WWF decided to put the belts on both of those wrestlers at the end. What a way to create more heat for those two heels that would later justify in the later years of their careers. Nowadays I love watching this match just to see how disappointed us Americans become when we loose to another country.
Match score:  4/5 

André the Giant defeated Big John Studd (with Bobby Heenan) – Can you remember André being a big babyface facing off Bobby Heenan before he was part of the Heenan family? Bizzar isn’t it? What this match was all about was to have two of the biggest wrestlers in the world to go toe-to-toe… in a bodyslam match? So basically just doing that one move on your opponent automatically becomes the victor and wins $15,000. This match was a big card of Wrestlemania 1, but it was boring. Just watching these two giants just to apply one move is just dull. The only great thing that happened was when André toss some money into the crowd and the people in the front row seats tried to grab them when they were flying out of the ring. I’m tired of Vince McMahon being such a mark for big wrestlers and still is today.
Match score: 1/5

Wendi Richter (with Cyndi Lauper) vs. Leilani Kai (c) (with The Fabulous Moolah) – As small as women’s wrestling has always been, I give the WWF credit to get as much female audience as they can when getting women involved in wrestling, both wrestlers and celebrities. As stated, Wendi Richter and Cyndi Lauper is one of my favorite celebrity-wrestler team ups ever and you can see the strength of both of them here. Even despite the fact that Leilani Kai was a bit sloppy on her sells, especially that flying splash on Wendi, the right woman won the Women’s Championship and once again we were able to see Cyndi and Wendy dancing together with “Girls Wanna Have Fun” music that’s playing in Wendi’s victory. Each time I see that I’m always having a warm feeling in my heart. Those two are the reason why Rock n’ Wrestling started.
Match Score: 3/5

Hulk Hogan and Mr. T (with Jimmy Snuka) defeated Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff (with Bob Orton) – Now the main event of the show is what everyone who tuned into Wrestlemania wanted to see. I wonder if Snuka was kept out of the match because of what happened to his girlfriend before this event that will continue investigating many years down the road. Snuka was a top guy in the WWF willing to show a great match, it seems like punishment for him to just be manage instead of making this a 6-man tag. Regardless if the Wrestlemania 1 main event would have been the better as a standard tag team or a 6-man tag team, it very intense tag team match. Everyone wanted to see Piper and all of his friends to loose in this match because of all the controversial things he has done to lead to this event. It was even more intense when you got Muhammad Ali as your special guest referee and this has got to be like many of the most iconic things of the 1980s wrapped up into one mayhem. Nothing was more important to the audience than to have Mr. T to have his revenge against Piper and Piper delivered by making himself look like a coward, a dirty player, and a wild man just to keep to fans the heat up.

There were many instances where Piper and Orndorff were cheating and playing dirty just to create even more intensity which is what a heel should do, and Piper did it best. Even Muhammad Ali got involved and nearly punched Bob Orton from interfering and it was chaotic. Piper and his rowdies were about the leave the ring unfinished and then came back to return the favor. There was so much going on that not even the referees could see what’s going on, like Hulk Hogan and Piper taking the fight to the front row seat and give Hogan a chair shot at the back. There were so many cheap shots at Hogan with the Rowdies as Mr. T awaits for his tag. When Bob Orton used his cast to hit Hogan only miss Hogan to hit Mr. Wonderful himself. Afterword Hogan picked up a 3 count and won the match. Though people would prefer Piper getting from Mr. T instead of Hogan pinning Orndorff for the victory, it was left to have Mr. T finish the job in the next Wrestlemania which wasn’t as half as good as this match. Plus, Hulk Hogan needed that win to become the big star that he’s now known today. It was a very chaotic main event but that’s what Wrestlemania needed
Match Score: 4/5 

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Watching the first Wrestlemania was a great even, not as good as the original Starcade events before this one, but a spectacle that professional wrestling never done before. WWF grabbed a whole new audience that they needed, having millions of people watching it and more of them even seeing them in movie theaters shows how successful Wrestlemania really was. Though there were a lot of things in this card that I would have done better myself, it was a rousing accomplishment. The main event seriously makes up many of the mistakes that the first Wrestlemania has made, but it was the boom that begun the Rock n’ Wrestling movement. Without this event being successful, the WWF would sees to be. It was so successful that the WWF never looked a back and delivered more Wrestlemanias many years to come!

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania 1

                 4/5

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Top 10 Best Things of the 1990s

The 1990s has been some of the most remembered and most talked about decade of the modern-era. If you met someone that experienced most of the decade (or is at least interested) they’ll often talk about it (whether they love it or hate it). So why do we still keep talking about the 1990s? Well, it’s simple! We’re the people who care about history and we can always look a back at any other decade such as the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 00’s, but in comparison to the others, I find the 1990s the most interesting. We’re talking about a time where the Cold War is finally over and the rest of the free world has opened doors to new excitement.  Many of the best things in life came out in the 1990s like Pulp Fiction, Grunge, Electronic Music, CGI special effects like the Matrix, Anime was coming to popularity, computers became the norm (and we’re still using these electronics today), the there was something to watch for everyone on tv & movies, the video games are evolving faster than any decade before and after it, music was feeling more down to Earth and less cheesy like glam rock/pop and hair metal, and so many more! Sure every year and decade has their bad days, but for me personally, I never had as much fun as I did in the 90s decade as there has been a lot of things to be excited about. There is no argument that growing up in the 90’s remains the best days to have a childhood and so many people on the internet agrees with me because they still talk about it and relive those beautiful moments that gives us all a warm feeling. But I won’t act like this decade was perfect, that’s why I made the Top 10 Worst Things in the 1990s, but it’s now time to finally end all of those 1990’s lists with the best things that came out the 1990s! These are the things that given us the biggest impression and made us cherish them for the rest of our lives!

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Vampire: The Masquerade 

The first edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was published in 1991, introducing the concept of “Storytelling” to the rpg world. Storytelling is roleplaying using streamlined rules that strip out most of the loot and adventuring of games like D&D and then using those simpler rules to resolve pretentious arguments about who is in charge of vampires in Milwaukee. Vampire should also be credited with mainstreaming gays in roleplaying games. Even elves in games like D&D were macho men, but in Vampire even the macho men wear leather daddy gear and carry around braces of twinks on leashes. To call Vampire’s art overwrought is to miss the entire point of the game. This is the role-playing game that introduced the World of Darkness franchise such as Warewolf: The Apocalypse, Mummy: The Resurrection, and so many more! Obviously, Vampire: The Masquerade started it all and it earn some recognition of being some of the best things released in the 1990s.

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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!

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 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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