23. Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy (I Quit Match, WWE Backlash 2009)

This (as far as I can tell) was the final match of the Hardy vs Hardy feud. Instead of ending it on a high note, this is a low note. You think of ‘I Quit’ matches, you think of the ultraviolent Rock/Mankind, Cena/JBL or Foley/Flair matches. Granted, by 2009 WWE had entered the PG Era, so there was no chance of blood or barbed wire. But you can still have other forms of ultraviolence in a PG setting! You just have to be creative…and this match is anything but creative.

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #20 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (I Quit Match, NWA Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v32289067?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=clash_of_the_champions&contentId=73071322&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

What do Ric Flair and Terry Funk have in common? They’ve both retired more than a few times! We’ve seen Ric Flair a lot in the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. But Terry Funk? Terry Funk? This is his first and only entry on the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. He’s known for his hardcore antics (often in conjunction with Mick Foley) rather than his in-ring expertise. But this match (and the feud leading up to it) is surely his finest moment in the squared circle. I’ve said it before, but Flair plays a great babyface as well as a great heel. Here, Funk plays the crazed heel, Flair plays the valiant hero, fighting for his career. What they produce is a very good, but not great, ‘I Quit Match.’
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