Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #26 Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (WWF Championship, Streetfight, WWE Royal Rumble 2000)

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​This is one of my all-time favourite matches. It  developed from  a believable and brutal rivalry between HHH and Mick Foley that really extended far back to 1997. HHH became a star and Mick Foley proved he could still put on a hell of a match after a relatively quiet 1999. We’ve already seen HHH and Cactus Jack fight in the Best 100…List (#94, click here for my review). This match is an evolution of that one. It ramps up the ultraviolence to a degree rarely seen in WWE, even back in the Attitude Era. They had a PPV level match on Raw in 1997. This actual PPV match at Royal Rumble 2000 is one for the ages. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #27 Ric Flair vs. Sting (NWA World Title, NWA Clash of the Champions I)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v32286157?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=clash_of_the_champions&contentId=73027582&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

Another Ric Flair match? Of course! He’s on the Best 100…List no less than thirteen times. That would be unlucky for some, but it’s lucky for one of the all-time wrestling greats. On this list, we’ve seen him wrestle other wrestling greats to wrestling green as grass big men (see #93 against Lex Luger, and click here for my review!). Here, he fights another fairly green man, in the guise of Sting. It’s obvious that Sting was catapulted to the top of the card due to his look, size and popularity. But not his wrestling. It’s a testament to Flair that this match is very good, but unfortunately Sting drags the contest down. He simply doesn’t have the ability to make his offence interesting for this drawn-out match.

What came first? The Sharpshooter,or the Scorpion Death Lock?

This match would benefit from a shorter duration. At 45 minutes, it’s too long for the newcomer Sting to hold his own against Flair. The constant reminder of the time (the announcer gives an update every five minutes) is a huge distraction as well. In Iron Man matches, for example, the time limit on screen is there for a reason: to count down the seconds and increase the tension as the hour/half hour passes. For this clash, the constant reminder of the time serves little purpose. There’s a time limit but do we need to be reminded of it? Why not tell us that there are five minutes left and leave it at that?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve accidentally hit rewind frequently during this match. I lost count how many times Sting went through a sequence of punching Flair in the corner and hip tossing him across the ring. In a match that went 20 minutes or so, the repeated sequence wouldn’t be so noticeable. But here, it is painfully noticeable. Sting’s limited move set harms the match. There’s only so many times that Sting can mount a comeback using the same sequence before it becomes boring.

However, the crowd go wild for everything he does. It’s a testament to not only his popularity, but Flair’s ability to manipulate the crowd as well. He sells Sting’s offence like a million dollars. We see the Flair flop and the usual Flair sequence of being whipped into the corner, going over the top, running to the next corner and being pressed off the top rope. But it’s all done to make Sting look awesome. In fairness, it often works. Flair plays the heel like no other, and this match is yet another great example of Flair at work. He cheats to get the advantage over Sting to build up the babyface’s comebacks. It’s a work of art and decreases the effect of seeing Sting repeat the same sequence over and over again.

The crowd and Ric Flair make this match special, and Sting, whilst he isn’t up to the task, is still treated like a megastar by the crowd. Sometimes it makes you believe that he’s a wrestling god. However, he still prevents the match from being a classic. Instead, it’s still a very good match that goes on for far too long. With a green big man, you make the match short. You make him batter the opponent. Let him show off his strength. At 20 minutes, this match would be great. As it is, it’s merely very good. I actually prefer another match on the Best 100…List from the same PPV over this one, the match between The Midnight Express and The Fantastics (click here for my review!). I’d also like to see a place for Ric Flair’s retirement match against Shawn Michaels on the Best 100…List as well…

VERDICT: 7/10. A potentially great match is curtailed by the inexperience of Sting and the duration of the match. However, the crowd and Ric Flair make it one to remember.

 

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Click here for my review of #28 CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (No Disqualfication, WWE Summerslam 2013)

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #28 CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (No Disqualfication, WWE Summerslam 2013)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31280129/?contentId=&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=summerslam )

Before Brock Lesnar got lazy and decided to sleepwalk his matches, his return to the WWE resulted in some memorable matches. His return match against John Cena ranks higher on the WWE Network’s Best 100…List, but for my money, this match against CM Punk is his best match since he returned. It’s just as brutal as his fight against John Cena, but the story of the match (and the story behind the match) gives every move an extra depth. It’s not just “The Best vs The Beast,” but David vs Goliath inside a square ring.

CM Punk had turned babyface in 2013 after his record breaking WWE Title reign was ended by The Rock. Before he turned face, Punk was a “Paul Heyman” guy. Who else was a Paul Heyman guy? The returning Brock Lesnar. Would Paul Heyman have to choose between the two at some point? Not really, but choose he did. At Money in the Bank 2013, Paul Heyman turned on CM Punk. After that, Heyman hid behind the monstrous Brock Lesnar on the path to Summerslam, where “The Beast” would take on “The Best” in a No Disqualifications match. Lesnar’s matches had rarely disappointed since his return. He brought a realism to the ring (thanks to his MMA experience, but mainly thanks to his larger than life look and his devastating moveset) that added extra tension to a match. When an opponent sold Lesnar’s moves, you could never be sure if they were faking it or in real pain. Against someone like Punk, almost half the size of Lesnar, that tension was multiplied.

This match is as stiff as any match you’ll see in modern WWE

Summerslam 2014 also showcased John Cena vs Daniel Bryan as the main event, which is #54 on the Best 100…List (click here for my review!). However, while that was more a wrestling contest than a brawl, Lesnar and Punk churned out a glorified brawl. It’s simply more excited and gruelling to watch. Punk shows no fear at the beginning of the bout, attempting to fight Lesnar head on, but is roughly tackled into the corner and pounded. Punk launches a high-speed counter attack, leading with a suicide dive. He leaps off every surface to get an advantage over Lesnar. Of course, Lesnar soon comes back. That’s the story of the match, Punk getting a minimal advantage only for Lesnar to quickly cut him down. It makes for a gripping match, all the more so since it’s so easy to root for Punk over Lesnar. Punk’s comebacks are paced wondrously, as are the moments where Lesnar cuts Punk down. The use of chairs is also commendable: they aren’t used to excess, but only to seal Punk’s comebacks towards the end of the match. Punk sells the beating he receives from Lesnar brilliantly, but Lesnar sells just as well.

It’s one of the few matches where I thought a bear hug was appropriate and increases the tension, rather than sapped the tension away. Lesnar impresses as much as Punk, not relying on German suplexes to carry a match but holding his own half of the match up. In my reckoning, it’s Lesnar’s last great match since he returned. He’s phoned in his matches since then, and apart from a decent Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, Lesnar sits on his pile on cash and laurels rather than trying to create memorable matches. But here, against CM Punk, he delivered a truly great match.

VERDICT: 9/10. One of the great matches of Summerslam’s history. It outdid the main event in terms of excitement, tension and brutality. Lesnar and Punk battered the hell out of each other in a match that’s exhausting to watch (but in a good way!). Lesnar’s last great match? Probably…

Does this match belong in the WWE Network’s ‘ 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die’ List? Leave your thoughts/comments below!

Click here for my review of #29 Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (Ladder Match, WWE No Mercy 1999)

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #29 Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (Ladder Match, WWE No Mercy 1999)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31366785/?contentId=31366785&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=no_mercy )

The Hardy Boyz and the team of Edge and Christian (along with the Dudley Boyz) reinvigorated the tag team division in WWF/E’s Attitude Era. Their willingness to be thrown off ladders and slammed through tables revolutionized the ladder match as well. Unbelievably, the first ever tag team ladder match was only a taster of the high risk insanity that the two teams would bring to the tag team division. But that taster blew my mind back in 1999. It still makes me gasp and wince almost twenty years on. This match heightened expectations for insane stunts in ladder matches that are still held today. But few ladder matches can match the insanity of the first ever tag team ladder match (and, as an aside, it led to the creation of my favourite wrestling video game, the N64’s WWF No Mercy!). Continue reading

WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches To See Before You Die: Update!!!!

I’ve been working through the ‘WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches To See Before You Die’ for nigh on two years now! Yes, I’ve been lazy, and I’m currently on #28…so the end is in sight! However, a cursory glance at the WWE’s webpage about the ‘Best 100 Matches’ shocked me. It was a different picture at the top of the page! Bayley was in the top left hand corner. She wasn’t there before.

Further investigation proved that the WWE have updated the Best 100 List! Their Best 100 List now dates to February 24, 2017. Fortunately, there seems to be less than ten additions. So I will continue to watch until #1. Then I’ll go back and watch the new additions! Some matches have been dropeed from the previous list, and some of the match order has changed. As far as I can see, the new additions are:

100 Neville vs. Sami Zayn – NXT Championship Match: NXT TakeOver: R Evolution

85 Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – NXT Women’s Championship Match: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

68 AJ Styles vs. John Cena – WWE Championship Match: Royal Rumble 2017

59 Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista – Triple Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: WrestleMania 30

51 The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: WrestleMania 30.

It means that the following matches have been dropped:

#100 – Chris Jericho vs. Triple H (Last Man Standing) – WWE Fully Loaded 2000

#97 Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (WWE Intercontinental Title) – WWE RAW, May 17, 1993

#87 – Billy Kidman vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Juventud Guerrera (WCW Cruiserweight Title) – WCW Starrcade 1998

#66 – The Undertaker vs. CM Punk – WWE Wrestlemania 29

And one more that I can’t seem to find…

Here’s the updated Best 100 Matches To Watch Before You Die (24.2.2017):

100 Neville vs. Sami Zayn – NXT Championship Match: NXT TakeOver: R Evolution

99 Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page – WCW Championship Match: Halloween Havoc 1998

98 The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada & Masato Yakushiji vs. bWo Japan (Taka Michinoku, Terry Boy & Dick Togo): ECW Barely Legal 1997

97 Natalya vs. Charlotte – NXT Women’s Championship Match: NXT TakeOver, May 29, 2014

96 Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant – WWE Championship Match: WrestleMania III

95 Cactus Jack vs. Triple H – Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight: Raw, Sept. 22, 1997

94 Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger – NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: WrestleWar 1990

93 Team Hell No & Randy Orton vs. The Shield: SmackDown, June 14, 2013

92 Dean Malenko vs. Scotty 2 Hotty – Light Heavyweight Championship Match: Backlash 2000

91 Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich – NWA World Heavyweight Championship No Disqualification Steel Cage Match: WCCW Christmas Star Wars 1982 (aired on WCCW, December 28, 1982)

90 Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze – NXT Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, Sept. 11, 2014

89 The Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne – WCW Tag Team Championship Falls Count Anywhere Chicago Street Fight: Spring Stampede 1994

88 Christian vs. Randy Orton – World Heavyweight Championship No Holds Barred Match: SummerSlam 2011

87 Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude – 30-Minute Iron Man Challenge: Beach Blast 1992

86 Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy: ECW Guilty as Charged 1999

85 Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – NXT Women’s Championship Match: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

84 Sting, Brian Pillman & The Steiner Brothers vs. The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Barry Windham & Sid Vicious) & Larry Zbyszko – WarGames: WrestleWar 1991

83 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Dude Love – WWE Championship No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere Match: Over the Edge 1998

82 The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics – NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: Clash of the Champions I, March 27, 1988

81 Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan – World Heavyweight Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: Extreme Rules 2012

80 Harley Race vs. Ric Flair – NWA World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: Starrcade 1983

79 Diamond Dallas Page vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage – No Disqualification Match: Spring Stampede 1997

78 Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho: WrestleMania XIX

77 Money in the Bank Ladder Match: WrestleMania 21

76 Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat – United States Championship Match: Bash at the Beach 1994

75 The Undertaker vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle – WWE Championship Triple Threat Match: Vengeance 2002

74 The Midnight Express vs. The Southern Boys – NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: Great American Bash 1990

73 Bret Hart vs. The 1-2-3 Kid – WWE Championship Match: Raw, July 11, 1994

72 Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes – NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Starrcade 1985

71 Ultimo Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio – J-Crown Match: World War 3 1996

70 Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine – Dog Collar Match: Starrcade 1983

69 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Triple H – Three Stages of Hell Match: No Way Out 2001

68 AJ Styles vs. John Cena – WWE Championship Match: Royal Rumble 2017

67 The Hart Foundation vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust and The Legion of Doom: In Your House: Canadian Stampede

66 Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler: Bragging Rights 2010

65 Sting vs. Cactus Jack – Falls Count Anywhere Match: Beach Blast 1992

64 John Cena vs. CM Punk – No. 1 Contender Match: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

63 Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro – 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: NXT, Aug. 21, 2013 (aired on This is NXT, Feb. 24, 2013)

62 Tazz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – ECW Television Championship Match: Living Dangerously 1998

61 Team WWE vs. Team Alliance – Winner-Take-All Elimination Match: Survivor Series 2001

60 Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio – Cruiserweight Championship Match: Great American Bash 1996

59 Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista – Triple Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: WrestleMania 30

58 The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger – WCW Tag Team Championship Match: SuperBrawl I

57 The Undertaker vs. Triple H – Hell in a Cell Match: WrestleMania XXVIII

56 Sting vs. Big Van Vader – King of Cable Tournament Finals: Starrcade 1992

55 John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan – WWE Championship Match: SummerSlam 2013

54 Mick Foley vs. Edge – Hardcore Match: WrestleMania 22

53 Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Championship 60-Minute WWE Iron Man Match: SmackDown, Sept. 18, 2003

52 Vader vs. Ric Flair – WCW Championship Match: Starrcade 1993

51 The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: WrestleMania 30

50 The Undertaker vs. Mankind – Hell in a Cell Match: King of the Ring 1998

49 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock: WrestleMania XIX

48 Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior – WWE Championship and Intercontinental Championship Match: WrestleMania VI

47 Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H – Unsanctioned Street Fight: SummerSlam 2002

46 Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield – TLC Match: WWE TLC 2012

45 Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio – Intercontinental Championship Mask vs. Title Match: The Bash 2009

44 Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind – WWE Championship Match: In Your House: Mind Games

43 World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match: Survivor Series 2002

42 Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Championship Match: WrestleMania XIX

41 Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome: Heat Wave 1998

40 The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan: WrestleMania X8

39 Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko – ECW Television Championship Match: Hostile City Showdown 1995 (aired on Hardcore TV, May 2, 1995)

38 The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family: Elimination Chamber 2014

37 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – No. 1 Contender Hell in a Cell Match: Badd Blood: In Your House

36 Mr. Perfect vs. Ric Flair – Loser Leaves Town Match: Raw, Jan. 25, 1993

35 Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader – Texas Death Match: Halloween Havoc 1993

34 Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Brian Pillman – WCW Light Heavyweight Championship Match: SuperBrawl II

33 Edge vs. John Cena – WWE Championship TLC Match: Unforgiven 2006

32 Sting’s Squadron vs. The Dangerous Alliance – WarGames: WrestleWar 1992

31 Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn – ECW Television Championship Match: Hardcore Heaven 1999

30 Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. – United States Championship “I Quit” Steel Cage Match: Starrcade 1985

29 Edge & Christian vs. The New Brood (The Hardy Boyz) – Ladder Match: No Mercy 1999

28 CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar – No Disqualification Match: SummerSlam 2013

27 Ric Flair vs. Sting – NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Clash of the Champions I, March 27, 1988

26 Triple H vs. Cactus Jack – WWE Championship Street Fight: Royal Rumble 2000

25 Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels – World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match: No Mercy 2008

24 Ric Flair vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage – WWE Championship Match: WrestleMania VIII

23 The Undertaker vs. Triple H – No Holds Barred Match: WrestleMania XXVII

22 Royal Rumble Match: Royal Rumble 1992

21 Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley – Intercontinental Championship Hardcore Match: Backlash 2004

20 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk – “I Quit” Match: Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout, Nov. 15, 1989

19 Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels – Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: WrestleMania X

18 Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart – Intercontinental Championship Match: SummerSlam 1991

17 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair – NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown

16 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart: WrestleMania X

15 John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar – Extreme Rules Match: Extreme Rules 2012

14 Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle: WrestleMania 21

13 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – No Disqualification Streak vs. Career Match: WrestleMania XXVI

12 The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin – WWE Championship No Disqualification Match: WrestleMania X-Seven

11 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat – NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Chi-Town Rumble

10 Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels – WWE Championship 60-Minute WWE Iron Man Match: WrestleMania XII

9 John Cena vs. CM Punk – WWE Championship Match: Money in the Bank 2011

8 The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian – World Tag Team Championship TLC Match: WrestleMania X-Seven

7 Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog – Intercontinental Championship Match: SummerSlam 1992

6 The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage – Retirement Match: WrestleMania VII

5 Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio – Cruiserweight Championship Mask vs. Title Match: Halloween Havoc 1997

4 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair – NWA World Heavyweight Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun, April 2, 1989

3 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat – Intercontinental Championship Match: WrestleMania III

2 Bret Hart vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin – Submission Match: WrestleMania 13

1 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels: The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania

 

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #30 Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. (NWA United States Title, I Quit, Steel Cage, NWA Starrcade 1985)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31355197/?contentId=31355197&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=starrcade )

On the rare occasion, it’s hard to decipher what’s real and what’s fake in wrestling. Matt Hardy attacking Edge after being fired springs to mind as what fans call a ‘shoot’ event. In other words, a wrestling event that’s real. Of course, it wasn’t, but at the time it felt legitimate. There’s a hint of a ‘shoot’ match whenever Brock Lesnar enters the ring and hurls his opponents around the ring. The legendary cage match between Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. is one I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time. I’ve heard so many good things about it. At times, it resembles a ‘shoot’ match, as the two wrestlers roll around on the floor with each other. That’s more of a curse than a blessing, in my opinion. Maybe my hopes were too high, but Magnum TA and Tully Blanchard failed to entertain me in any meaningful way. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #31 Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn (ECW Television Title, ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31356689/?contentId=&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=hardcore_heaven )

Rob Van Dam vs Jerry Lynn worked magic in the ring back in ECW’s prime. Although they had to pander to the hardcore style of ECW, they worked around that necessity to bring in high-flying, rapid action that gave you something new every other minute. You’ve probably heard of RVD if you’re a fan of WWF/WWE, but Jerry Lynn was/is (not sure if he still wrestles!) one of the most underrated wrestlers in the world. The two had three Best 100…List worthy bouts in ECW. I accidentally watched their brilliant bout at ECW Living Dangerously 1999 instead of #31, at ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999. Both are worth watching, but I would posit their Living Dangerously bout as the superior match. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #32 Sting’s Squadron vs. The Dangerous Alliance (War Games, WCW Wrestlewar 1992)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v638884283/?contentId=&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=the_wargames_collection )

The first WarGames match on the Best 100…List (at #83, the WrestleWar ’91 War Games) was a spectacle of non-stop manic and bloody violence. A few botches actually added to the intensity of it. It also had a dud competitor in the guise of Sid Vicious. This War Games, at WrestleWar ’92, has a full retinue of good to great wrestlers. They pour their heart and soul into the match. It’s also non-stop, bloody action, but manages to better its predecessor thanks in no small part to Paul E. Dangerously and the stacked talent. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #33 Edge vs. John Cena (WWE Title, TLC Match. WWE Unforgiven 2006)

20141106_EP_LIGHT_100best_2_home_nologo(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31303851/?contentId=&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=unforgiven )

Is this really the best singles TLC match in WWE (before the Best 100…List was published, obviously!)? Of course, the heavy hitters are further up the Best 100…List, but they are tag team TLC matches. I’m not dismissing this TLC match pitting John Cena vs Edge at all. It’s a good bout, probably one of the best that the two had during their memorable feud. But it’s dragged down by being little more than a spotfest and Cena’s underselling. Edge is also guilty of underselling, which undermines the great effort put into this bout. I just don’t think the match deserves to be on the Best 100…List. Continue reading

Does Bray Wyatt Really Deserve A World Title?

bray-wyatt-titleChants of “You Deserve it!” are commonplace among the WWE crowds of modern times. AJ Styles, Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor are among the notable wrestlers to receive this chant after winning their first World title (or in Banks’ case, the Women’s title). On this week’s edition of Smackdown, Bray Wyatt was the most recent recipient of this chant. But just because a crowd chant it, does it make it valid? Did Bray Wyatt deserve to win the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber 2017? I can’t fault his character in anyway. While his mumbling, enigmatic but empty promos lost their attraction after his feud with John Cena, for the past few months they’ve regained their power. However, character is not everything in WWE. Wins and losses and feuds matter as well. In those areas, Wyatt is severely lacking. So does he really deserve it?  Continue reading