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The Top Ten Most Unbelievable Match Endings!

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Disclaimer: This list is not all-inclusive and does not include matches prior to the 1990s. So if you're a real 'old-head' or a 'PGer' this list may or may not be for you.

10. Bret hart vs. Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania 10)

After years of the ultimate debate of who was actually better, I still don't think the question was answered even after this match. These two made an hour seem like twenty minutes with how good this match was. In the end, however, after over an hour of contest, HBK hits SCM to the best there ever was winning his first WWF Championship. The reason so unbelievable? Because Bret actually was the better WRESTLER while Shawn was the better SHOWMAN. To this day I still think Bret was cheated out of the title that night.

9. Mr. Perfect vs. Ric Flair (Career Match 1993 on RAW)

Back then we didn't know much about behind-the-scenes contract deals and so on and so forth. So we took everything we saw on TV at face value. I was totally behind Mr. Perfect here but it was bittersweet to see the Nature Boy leave WWF as he was so full of character and really added alot to the overall product. But i was also glad to see him go kick the Hollywood Blondes' asses in WCW a year later.

8. Goldberg vs. Hulk Hogan (WCW Nitro 1998)

You're not a wrestling fan if you're not familiar with this match. Why it was so unbelievable? Because Hogan actually AGREED to let it happen. You can't tell me you weren't on your feet that night rooting ole' Bill on.

7. CM Punk vs. John Cena

Even I have to admit that I didn't see that one coming. I honestly thought CM Punk was gone for good and that Vince was just cashing in on his departure. But it was quite the shock to that all unfold and to this day remains as perhaps the most elecric title change in the past ten years.

6. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (Wrestlemania 10)

Who would've guessed that little Owen would've opened Wrestlemania with perhaps one of the best technical matches in Wrestlemania history against his brother...and actually WIN? Even I have to admit, Owen impressed the hell outta me with this match and served as the catapult for the remainder of his career. Although Bret went on to win the WWF title later that evening, it was prime storytelling that just isn't done anywhere near this degree anymore.

5. Bret Hart vs. Jerry 'The King' Lawler

Okay, so this is for some of you 90s wrestling fans. You can't tell me that you didn't hate Jerry Lawler with every fiber of your being! You couldn't tell me that you didn't want to see Bret Hart beat the shit out of the King! Jerry Lawler reminded me of a loudmouth who I went to school with during that time period and maybe that's why this match holds such a dear place in my heart, but overall this feud was EXTREMELY well done and the months of making us wait until their confrontation only made it better. While Bret lost the match by DQ by not relinquishing the Sharpshooter, the fact that the King won still made the referee's decision infamous even to this day. Screw Michael Cole's win over the King. It isn't anywhere near as much of a travesty as King's victory over Bret Hart was.

4. Shelton Benjamin vs. Shawn Michaels (2007 RAW)

This match sits atop most other matches in my mind as a display of sheer, unmititgated talent between two of the WWE's finest at the time. I look at this match and often wonder how WWE could have justified letting a man of Shelton Benjamin's ability to go unused and even released?? It just doesn't make sense. But I digress...the ending to this match was as picture-perfect as you will ever see and if you don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest you youtube it because Shelton Benjamin proved that was the finest talent in the WWE at that time and probably ever since.

3. Sting vs. Hulk Hogan (Starrcade 1997)

I never said this list included the "best" match finishes. I have to consider this feud as the best built up match in wrestling history. I'm sure several would agree that the 18 month buildup of this match was unprecedented and WCW did a superior job in establishing "good" vs. "evil" when it came to this match. Sadly, that's all the positive I can say about this match because once the bell rang it became one of the shittiest displays of in-ring competition and storytelling I've ever seen. it hurts me to my heart to write this, but this was probably the most disappointing match I've ever seen. If you've never seen it, you owe it to yourself not to watch and just keep the possiblity of what could've been alive in your mind.

2. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (Survivor Series 1997)

Quite possibly the most infamous match-ending in wrestling history, I'm not going to belabor what happened as we all know. I don't think too many people would disagree with this being number two. Some would argue it deserves to be number one and I wouldn't debate that either. But something else sticks out in my mind as number one...

1. Sting, Macho Man, and Lex Luger vs. The Outsiders and a Mystery Partner (Bash at the Beach 1995)

So I'm watching this at home as this was the first ppv event I was allowed to order. I was only 14 at the time, had no job, and no way to pay the $39.95 price tag. I was not allowed to call the WCW hotline at 1-900-909-9900 and listen to the post-match interviews. So I did the only thing I could've done. I ordered the ppv anyway against my parents instructions and decided to suffer the consequences later on because I WANTED to see who the third guy was going to be in the Outsiders' corner.

So I've sat through the rest of the ppv which wasn't all that great and they finally get to the main event. It's largely a handicap match all the way to the end as Hall and Nash get tossed around by WCW. And then i see all-time favorite wrestler ever. The Immortal one himself comes down the aisle in what I'm sure would be the evening factor that would swing the tide back in favor of WCW! Hogan is in the ring and pretends to help Macho Man up and then the big bang happens all over again as Hogan drops his leg across Savage's throat. The rest is as they say...history. For the first time I was completely lost for words at a wrestling match. From that time, nothing ever left me speechless again, but that, to me was the most unbelievable ending to a wrestling match. Honestly, I'm still in shock.

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  1. vikingsman18's Avatar
    Did you honestly say Bret was cheated out of the title at WM12 against HBK? Are your serious man? HBK deserved that belt more than anyone else in the buisness at that point and people didn't want the belt on Bret at the time. They wanted to see someone new for once, and they had the amazing boyhood dream story. HBK deserved that title. Bret didn't get cheated out of anything.
  2. The Big Shot's Avatar
    Thanks for #3. I remember being in awe of the athleticism in this match. HBK brought out the best in Benjamin. The match was great and I loved the finish.

    Great blog.
  3. evilash's Avatar
    Awesome list, man! But I can't believe you left out the WWF Championship match between The Rock defending against Stone Coldat Wrestlemania, in which Austin aligned himself with Mr. McMahon and won the WWF Title as heel for the first time!
  4. owenhart4life's Avatar
    Don't know if someone else said this but Bret vs HBK was mania XII
  5. justinjackson1983's Avatar
    other than the Ironman match thats already been mentioned got a few corrctions on dates so people can youtube them if they have not seen them;

    Bash at the beach with the 6 man tag team match was in 1996 not 1995 and shelton benjamin vs HBK was in 2005 not 2007 (I assume you meant the gold rush tournament match)

    felt some Great nostalgia reading your memories
  6. Renevious's Avatar
    Good list man, and I'm not going to beat the dead horse about the little corrections. It seems like that has been covered already. Also, I think I would've definitely included the ending to the Macho Man/Ultimate Warrior match from Wrestlemania 7 where Savage got back with Elizabeth. It's not often that wrestling gets that sappy, but I don't think there was a dry eye in the place.
  7. ComedianRich's Avatar
    Great picks! One that stands out in my mind that you didn't list and still gives me goosebumps when I watch it is when Eddie Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar at No Way Out for the WWE Championship. It was a great moment for him, considering he hit rock bottom, was released from the company and then came back to win the big one.
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