126. Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe, and Lioness Asuka versus Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa, and Chaparita Asari (4 on 4 Elimination Match, WWE Survivor Series 1995)

Before Stephanie McMahon revolutionised women’s wrestling (or at least that’s what WWE has programmed me to think), you’d rarely see substantial women’s traditional elimination matches at Survivor Series. Now, the women are given ample time to show they are just as good as, if not better, than the men. At Survivor Series 1995, the women were barely given ten minutes in their four on four elimination match. However, bolstered with talent from the (legitimately) revolutionary All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling, the women made the most out of their limited time.

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125. The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff and Paul Ellering vs The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard) and J.J. Dillon (Inaugural War Games Match, NWA The Great American Bash 1987)

After two awful War Games matches, it was time for a War Games match that did the gimmick justice! The WWE Network has a ‘Best of War Games’ feature, and the first match on that compilation is the first ever War Games match: NWA’s The Great American Bash 1987! If you can forgive the odd presentation, the WWE Network’s odd editing of the match (the first few minutes are missing), and a damp squib if an ending, this inaugural gimmick match encapsulates everything that was great about War Games…

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124. Team WCW (Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page, The Warrior) vs. Team NWO Wolfpack (Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, Sting) vs. Team NWO Hollywood (Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Stevie Ray). (War Games Match for a Shot at the WCW Championship, WCW Fall Brawl 1998)

WarGames 2000 was an atrocity, a besmirchment on the very gimmick of War Games. Just when I thought I couldn’t scrape the barrel anymore, I watched the War Games match from 2000 (click here for my review). This one was the traditional, two cage set-up that War Games 2000 ignored in favour of three tiers of cages. But Fall Brawl 1998 version of War Games featured just as much nonsensical booking, lacklustre action, and unnecessary complications as War Games 2000.

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123. Team Russo (Kevin Nash (c), Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Vince Russo & The Harris Brothers (Ron & Don Harris)) defeat Sting, Goldberg, Booker T & KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke) (War Games Match for the WCW Championship, WCW Nitro 4/9/2000)

This Saturday night, it’s WWE Survivor Series: War Games! Yes, with Papa H in charge, War Games have been taken from NXT and been promoted to the big leagues! The WWE Network has a few War Games specials on, even a ‘Best Of War Games.’ But I ignored that and went for the last War Games on WCW programming: in the dying days of WCW in 2000 on an episode of WCW Nitro! Subtitled ‘Russo’s Revenge’ (yes, really), this was emblematic of the people problems WCW was facing towards its ends. Overbooked, over-stuffed, over-complicated, and plain ridiculous at times, this War Games match sullies the very gimmick!

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122. Will Ospreay (c) vs Tetsuo Naito (IWGP US Championship Match, NJPW Battle Autumn 2022)

Stop the press! Pencil in the date: on January 4th, 2023, at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17, Will Ospreay will go one on one with…Kenny Omega!!! A dream match, and one will no doubt be awarded a million stars by Dave Meltzer. This year alone, Ospreay has been a part of six 5* (and 5*+) matches as rated by Meltzer. His latest one came at NJPW Battle Autumn 2022 against Tetsuo Naito. Of course, I had to watch it. And while a high 4* match, it never reached the heights to call it a truly great match…

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121. John Cena vs Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing Match, WWE Payback 2014)

I wanted to leave it unfinished…but the final match of the John Cena/Bray Wyatt 2014 feud kept calling me, in my dreams, in my waking life. A Last Man Standing match, this was the rubber match after Wyatt defeated Cena in a mediocre cage match (thanks to a Wyatt-possessed child (click here for my review!)). I remember watching this at the time, and while thinking it was a better match than their previous two efforts, it still wasn’t anything special. I thought the same this second time around.

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120. FTR (c) vs Aussie Open (IWGP Tag Team Championship, NJPW Royal Quest II 2021)

The Revival was my favourite tag team in the original NXT (well, alongside DIY). Of course, as soon as they reached the main roster, they were soon misused and forgotten about. After being released by WWE, they soon regained all the potential that Vince McMahon squandered. This year, they’ve had three 5* matches, as rated by Dave Meltzer. Their latest 5* match took place at NJPW Royal Quest, in good old England! I caught it on NJPW World, although I would have loved to have been there.

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119. Damien Priest (c) vs Johnny Gargano (Devil’s Playground Match for the NXT North American Championship, NXT Halloween Havoc 2020)

NXT first brought back WCW’s Halloween Havoc moniker in 2020, in the days of the pandemic. I must have missed it in 2020, as I don’t remember anything about it. But thanks to WWE Network’s ‘Most Hellacious Halloween Havoc Matches’, I caught up with one match from the 2020 show: Damien Priest vs Johnny Gargano in a Devil’s Playground bout for the NXT North American Championship. Well, it certainly was an hellacious match!

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118. Vader (c) vs Cactus Jack (Texas Death Match for the WCW Championship, WCW Halloween Havoc 1993)

Just in time for Halloween, WWE has put The Best of WWE : Halloween Havoc’s Most Hellacious Matches on the WWE Network! One match immediately caught my eye: Vader vs Cactus Jack for the WCW Championship…in a Texas Death Match! I had a vague idea of the definition of a Texas Death match, but I was more interested in Vader vs Cactus Jack! These two put each other through hell in the mid-90s. I assumed it would be an hellacious match…but does that mean it was worth watching?

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117. John Cena vs Bray Wyatt (Cage Match, WWE Extreme Rules 2014)

After John Cena’s decisive victory over Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania XXX (click here for my review), you’d presume that their rivalry would have been over. Well…it wasn’t. Wyatt proclaimed that Cena’s victory meant nothing (even though Cena overcame the odds and didn’t turn to the dark side, as Wyatt had hoped). Extreme Rules would be the PPV of their next meeting…and they would battle inside of a steel cage. Would it be any better than their mediocre ‘Mania outing? Absolutely not.

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