15. Brock Lesnar vs Triple H (No Holds Barred, WrestleMania XXIX)

Triple H has announced his retirement from wrestling, meaning that his last WrestleMania match was against Batista at WrestleMania 36. I liked that match, probably more than most, but it would be a stretch to say it is underrated. However, this match against Brock Lesnar is underrated. Of the forgotten HHH ‘Mania matches, I think this might be the most sorely overlooked. For some reason, it was placed straight after the high of the Punk/’Taker match (‘Taker’s last great ‘Mania bout that didn’t take place in a Boneyard!).

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3. Kevin Owens vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (No Holds Barred, WrestleMania 38 Saturday)

WrestleMania 38 Saturday (yes, that’s what it is called on the WWE Network!) saw the in-ring return of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Yes, after being retired for 19 years, Austin returned to ostensibly be a guest of the KO Show. On the show itself (which main evented WrestleMania 38 Saturday), Owens challenged Austin to a No Holds Barred match. And, without any hesitation, Austin accepted! Could his post-retirement ‘final fight’ live up to his classic brawls of the past? Or would he tarnish his legacy after two decades outside of the ring?

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #23 The Undertaker vs. Triple H (No Holds Barred, WWE Wrestlemania XXVII)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31294205?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania&contentId=66743782&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

At #57, we saw the sequel to this match (click here for my review!). The Undertaker and HHH fought in a Hell in a Cell, to consecrate the ‘End of an Era’ (whatever that meant!). That match was spoiled by excessive selling and a strange story being told in the ring. Here, however, the selling is just right (if a little overboard at times) and the story is solid. Out of their three WrestleMania bouts, this bout at WrestleMania 27 is surely their best… Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches: #88 Christian vs Randy Orton (World Heavyweight Title, No Holds Barred, Summerslam 2011)

Christian and Randy Orton gave us one of the best in-ring WWE feuds of 2011. The quality of their matches was almost unsurpassed; they bettered themselves in every match. Any of their three PPV matches (and the 3/5/2011 Smackdown match which kicked off the feud) could be in the Best 100 list. Each match had it all: perfect counter-wrestling, move sequences, and thrilling high-risk moves. We all know Orton is a great and polished all-rounder; but Christian’s brilliance in the ring is often forgotten. He proved that he belonged in the main event picture in his feud with Orton. However, that wasn’t proof enough for the higher-ups. Christian quickly fell back into the mid-card after the Summerslam match. Continue reading