130. Bret Hart (c) vs The British Bulldog (WWF Championship, WWF In Your House : Season’s Beatings)

Tis the Season to be jolly…well, I know Christmas 2022 has been and gone, but I’ve been busy, so only managed to watch one Christmas themed wrestling match! In 1995, WWE presented In Your House: Season’s Beatings. The only bout that prevented it from being instantly forgettable was Bret Jart vs The British Bulldog for the WWE Championship. We all know about their Summerslam 1992 classic, but this underrated bout is just as good.

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128. 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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123. 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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119. 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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117. John Cena vs Bray Wyatt (WWE WrestleMania XXX)

Bray Wyatt has returned to the WWE! On last week’s Friday Night Smackdown, he made his first TV appearance with a heartfelt and emotional promo. In my last review, I looked back to Bray Wyatt”s incarnation as ‘The Fiend’ and his surreal, innovative and mesmerising ‘Firefly Funhouse’ match at WrestleMania 36 (click here for my review). That was born out of their WrestleMania 30 clash, a regular singles bout. I didn’t think much of it upon first watching it, and haven’t returned to it since. A re-watch proved that it wasn’t worth a re-watch…

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116. John Cena vs The Fiend (Firefly Funhouse Match, WWE WrestleMania 36)

Now that Bray Wyatt is back in the WWE, there’s one thing I hope he doesn’t bring back with him: The Fiend. A great character, but awful in-ring competitor. Perhaps WWE didn’t know what to do with him, but the whole indestructible monster’ gimmick wore thin pretty quickly. But The Fiend did have one truly great bout to his name…and it wasn’t even much of a wrestling match. I give you the ‘Firefly Funhouse Match’ at WrestleMania 36.

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115. Imperium vs The Brawling Brutes (Good Old-Fashioned Donnybrook, WWE Extreme Rules 2022)

Extreme Rules 2022 has been and gone…and all abyone can talk to about is the return of Bray Wyatt! Weeks of QR codes and references to White Rabbit culminated in one of the most memorable wrestling returns ever. Almost immediately, all of the wrestling bouts had been forgotten. There were no awful bouts on the show, but neither were there any great bouts. The only bout that approached greatness was the opening bout, pitting The Brawling Brutes against Imperium.

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104. Gunther (c) vs Sheamus (WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, WWE Clash at the Castle 2022)

Finally, WWE PPVs (sorry, PLEs) have come back to Britain! It’s been a long time coming, and yesterday’s ‘Clash at the Castle’ was, on the whole, entertaining. I remember the early 2000s UK PPVs events being glorified house shows. The wrestlers would put minimal effort into their matches. This PLE was intended to be a statement, a hint of things to come for the UK. But, of course, I always have to ask of these PLEs….what was the best bout of the night? For me, it has to go to Gunther vs Sheamus.

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103. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage (c) vs The Ultimate Warrior (WWF Championship Match, WWE Summerslam 1992)

Finally, WWE PPVs (sorry, PLEs) are coming back to Britain! It’s been a long time coming, and tomorrow’s ‘Clash at the Castle’ is being treated as a big event by the WWE. Drew McIntyre was on ITV News, for the love of God! We all talk about Summerslam 1992, and The British Bulldog’s victory over Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event. However, the WWF Championship was also fought over earlier on the show. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage defended his World Title against The Ultimate Warrior. They had one of the best WrestleMania matches of all time the previous year. Could this match equal (or even better) that masterpiece?

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102. The British Bulldog (c) vs Shawn Michaels (European Championship Match, WWE One Night Only 1997)

Finally, WWE PPVs (sorry, PLEs) are coming back to Britain! It’s been a long time coming, and tomorrow’s ‘Clash at the Castle’ is being treated as a big event by the WWE. Drew McIntyre was just on ITV News, for the love of God! We all talk about Summerslam 1992, but the first real PPV was 1997‘s One Night Only in Birmingham, England. Like Summerslam 1992, it was headlined by the British Bulldog. He was defending the European Championship against Shawn Michaels. They’d had some bangers in the past. Was this one more banger? Ermmmm…

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