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Top 10 Historical Matches in WWE History

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Hey guys hope all is well, Knox here. I think this whole Cena vs Rock fiasco has everyone talking and the wrestling world and even the entertainment world buzzing. People are saying this could be the biggest match in not only WWE history but wrestling history.

So I thought I'd give my take on what I think were the 10 most historical matches in WWE history.

**Not judging on match quality, just historical impact.

1. I get alot of heat on my countdown blogs because I don't go far enough into the 80s. I was born in 91' and started watching wrestling in about 97'. I don't know much about the 80s so don't fault me on that.

Top 5 Historical Matches in WWE History:

10. Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H(C) - World Heavyweight Championship @Wrestlemania 20
Well lets see, this was the first time every that a triple threat took place at Wrestlemania for the World Heavyweight Championship, is that historic enough for ya? Not only that but this is arguably one of the greatest matches ever. But the biggest historic factor is the fact that this was Benoit's big night. After Benoit's actions, this match can't be relived on WWE programming any longer.

9. Mankind vs The Undertaker - Hell in a Cell @King of the Ring 98'
Maybe the biggest spot ever. Mankind being thrown off the cage is a replay that the average wrestling fan has atleast seen a hundred times. A match that is still talked about to this day.

8. Mankind vs The Rock - WWF Championship @Raw Dec. 29, 1998
Definitely a historic match in my opinion. The fact that WCW spoiled the fact that Mick Foley was going to win the WWF Championship ended up being one of the most boneheaded moves ever made by WCW.

This backfired as everyone changed their channels to see Mankind defeat Rocky for the WWF Championship and Nitro ended up losing big time in ratings that week in which WCW had Kevin Nash vs Hulk Hogan in which the reformation of the nWo took place which was a big deal for WCW. Served them right.

7. The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz vs Edge & Christian(C) - TLC Match for the WWF Tag Team Championships @Summerslam 00'
This is a match that will always be talked about to this day. That's historical impact. Every TLC or Ladder match involving these guys are still talked about to this day.

6. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels(C) -Hell in a Cell Match for the WWF Championship @Bad Blood 97'
2 things. The first ever Hell in a Cell match and the debut of Kane. Great back & forth math.

5. British Bulldog vs Bret Hart(C) - Intercontinental Championship @Summerslam 92'
I still think this was the biggest pop ever when Bulldog got the voctory over Bret in his hometown. I will always consider this my all time favorite match. Never in my life have I seen something like this. This match topped all of Bret's matches with HBK by a long shot if you take away the build up of all of their matches.

4. Andre The Giant vs Hulk Hogan(C) - WWF Championship @Wrestlemania 3
An absolute horrible match but this literally is one of the most historical matches ever. "The Slam" is about as historical as it gets. Its something that even the kids today know about.

3. Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart - Iron Man Match for the WWF Championship @Wrestlemania 12
An hour match on the grandest stage of them all. Doesn't get much bigger than that does it? Great back & forth bout and I think this is why many including myself consider these two the greatest of all time, bar none.

2. WCW's Alliance (Shane McMahon, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle & Steve Austin) vs WWF (The Undertaker, Kane, The Big Show, Chris Jericho & The Rock) - 5 on 5 Elimination Tag Team Match Loser goes out of Business @Survivor Series 01'
This isn't brain science. This could be the most historical match ever. Alot was on the line and this led of to the end of WCW as we knew it after the awesome wars starting in 96' and the invasions. Safe to say wrestling went down hill from this point on.

1. "The Montreal Screwjob" - Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart(C) - WWF Championship @Survivor Series 97'
I think its obvious why this is #1 and if anyone disagree's we shall debate lol. I for one am all for the Screwjob. McMahon didn't trust Bret to defend the title and show up on Raw to lose it the next night.

C'mon. Bret's contract wasn't renewed and he made it clear he was going to WCW. Vince couldn't let Bret retain that belt and show up on Nitro with it the next night. That buzz and attention and all out betrayal would've put the WWF out of business and I mean that.

Vince made a risky yet safe business move and I think that's the reason WWE is still in business today. Bret Hart was known as a bitter guy backstage for a while so I don't blame Vince at all for making that brash move.

Honorable mentions:
The Rock vs Hulk Hogan - Wrestlemania 18
Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage - Wrestlemania 5
Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels - Ladder Match - Summerslam 95'
Bret Hart vs Steve Austin - Wrestlemania 13
Ultimate Warrior vs Hulk Hogan - Wrestlemania 6
The Undertake vs Hulk Hogan - Survivor Series 91'

Hope you all enjoyed this one, I put alot of work in it. Many probably won't agree but that's the beauty in having an opinion. I just don't think the Cena & Rocky match will come close to any of the matches above let alone have the big historical impact. Please leave feedback guys and be safe.

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Updated 11-30-2011 at 10:25 PM by knox



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  1. Sony's Avatar
    IMO, hogan vs Andre during WM 3 SHOULD HAVE BEEN #1. Also Hogan vs Warrior was pretty historic. It featured 2 fan favorites, both faces, both champions headlining a wrestlemania for the first time. The build up was epic.
    Also Shawn vs Scott Hall in the ladder match should have been in the top 10. It wasn't the first ladder match to occur in wrestling, but it did put ladder matches on the map.
    Also, IMO, since we are talking about impact, and not match quality, than Hogan/NWO vs sting would be on my 10 ten. The year long build up was the best I have ever seen in the wrestling industry. I know it was WCW...but WCW's history is now a part of the WWE's history....sadly.
  2. The Hit Man's Avatar
    Great list Knox but I wold have included Austin vs HBK at WM 14. When Austin won the title, the Attitude Era really started to kick in IMO. I think that match is worthy of being in the top 5 plus I agree with Sony, I'd have put Hogan/Andre as No.1.

    Good job though!
  3. Tall's Avatar
    I agree with Hit Man that Austin/HBK should have been in the top 10. And Hogan/Rock definitely should have been in the top 5. It was the ultimate dream match that nobody thought possible. It was two of the greatest going one on one. The best of the golden era Vs the best of the Attitude Era (apart from Austin, but I doubt he could have dragged Hogan to a good match unlike Rock). The crowd was perhaps the loudest I've ever heard. Hogan was back in the WWE, back at WrestleMania and when he threw Rock to the ground at the start of the match the crowd went absolutely mental.
  4. Renevious's Avatar
    Hey Knox, I'm not going to comment on what you said about your views on the Montreal screw job, because you already know I'm on the other side of the fence on that one, lol. But I really liked this list. I agree that match definitely needed to be number 1, because the controversy alone, not to mention the huge asterisk that it put on both guys' legacies will never be topped. I also agree with you not putting Hogan/Andre higher than you did. It may be the most memorable moment in mania history, but in reality it was just another title defense by Hogan. I know it was a passing of the torch and Andre stepping out of the spotlight, but to me Hogan was already the biggest name in the business, and Andre had been out of the spotlight for quite some time. Now as far as your honorable mentions go, if you were to put a ladder match on there, I think it should be the one from wrestlemania 10, not summerslam. It's the one people still talk about. It stole the show at that wrestlemania. The summerslam one was too much overshadowed by being part of a really bad ppv. I think a few of matches I might add to the list would be Austin/Rock at wrestlemania 17 because of Austin's heel turn, Austin/Hart at wrestlemania 13 because it's the match that made Austin officially a face, or perhaps the debut of the Undertaker at survivor series 90. You said these aren't based on match quality, and that wasn't a great match, but it was the debut of the most dominant and impressive presence in the history of professional wrestling. Anyway, I could go on for hours talking about this, but I need to get some work done. Great blog man, take care.
  5. dragonsrevenge's Avatar
    OK, you would put the TLC II match on there, have the HBK/RR Ladder Match II in the honorable mentions, but not the first in the list at ALL? Dude, if it wasn't for that match, the TLC II match would've never happened. That changed how ladders were used. Undertaker's WWE Debut belongs for obvious reasons, and Shawn's Kick to MJ signaled the start of Shawn's Singles Career (Ok, not a match) The Bash at the Beach 1996 match needs to be there (Hogan's Heel Turn) And I dunno, some shit from the 80s.

    TL;DR = crap list.
  6. Renevious's Avatar
    @dragonsrevenge, I definitely agree with the Bash at the Beach match where Hogan went heel. I can't believe I didn't think of that one myself. Also, the moment everyone remembers of Shawn kicking MJ happened during an episode of the barber shop, not during a match.
  7. knox's Avatar
    @Sony & The Hit Man - The Hogan & Giant match was horrible and it will be known for that one slam. In no way does it mean more to history than the actual Screwjob. I mean cmon CNN, CBS & every major network showed the documentary of the screwjob. It changed the foundation of the whole business

    @Rene - Always like hearing your views bro. Yeah I enjoyed the SS ladder match more than the WM one. Mainly because the show of respect the two showed after the matcth.

    @Tall - Austin & HBK was indeed the start of an era and possible the real start of Austin taking over the company. I love Austin so I understand why you guys wanted that match on the list. And yeah Hogan & Rocky was cool but for me it was a borefest. Yeah it meant alot to this business but I was bored to death watching it.

    @dragonsrevenge - i guess the biggest issue you have is actually reading the article. Hell why not start with READING THE TITLE which clearly say's , "Top 10 Historical Matches in WWE History". Last time I checked Bash at the Beach was a WCW event.

    And I clearly said in the beginning that I was born in 91 and didnt start watching wrestling till about 97' in which I said my knowledge on the 80s is pretty low so I won't include much. Reading is fundamental bro.
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