37. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Undertaker (No.1 Contender’s Match for the WWE Undisputed Championship, WWE Backlash 2002)

Tonight, it’s WrestleMania Backlash! Yes, I’m still not sure why they needed the ‘WrestleMania’ part before ‘Backlash,’ but hey, treat the audience as stupid and we will eventually become stupid! I looked at watching past Backlash matches, and there are some great ones, aren’t there? Austin vs Rock, HHH vs Rock, Orton vs Foley, Benoit vs HHH vs HBK…but I decided on Stone Cold vs The Undertaker from Backlash 2002. Yes, from twenty years ago! Both are legends, both have had lots of 5* matches…but have they had a 5* match together? Well, this one definitely isn’t a 5* match…

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #68 AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena (WWE Championship Match, Royal Rumble 2017)

AJ Styles vs John Cena from the Royal Rumble 2017 is the most recent match on the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. It’s strange that there’s nothing from 2016…the year that had the mind-blowing match between Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura! However, out of the three matches between Styles and Cena, I’m not sure whether I’d put their second bout on this list instead of this bout. Their first “dream” match as a letdown, their second match was brilliant. But the third match relied on Cena’s attempt to match Ric Flair’s record of holding sixteen World heavyweight championship titles. There’s no denying it was a great match. But I do prefer their second bout… Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #22 The Royal Rumble Match (WWE Title, WWE Royal Rumble 1992)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31345295?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=royal_rumble&contentId=67733236&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

I’ve never enjoyed the Royal Rumble as a match. It’s all about the excitement of who comes next, the surprise entrants, and who will win. Yes, there may be a few memorable moments (the past few years, for example, have seen Kofi Kingston avoid elimination by innovative means). The final five minutes are always tense (unless Roman Reigns is involved…). But much of the match involves wrestlers attempting to lift other wrestlers over the top rope in unconvincing ways. I can only name a few Royal Rumble matches that I’d watch more than once. The Royal Rumble 2001 is one of them. #22, Royal Rumble 1992, is now another one. But does that mean it should be in the WWE Network#s 100 Best Matches…List?
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