Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pro Wrestling Love vol. 50: The Greatest 100 WWF/WWE Matches of All Time

Hey Yo Stud Muffins & Foxy Ladies,

Pro Wrestling Love vol. 50:
The Greatest 100 WWF/WWE Matches From 1978-2014

A Couple GOATs

I wanted to do something special celebrate 50 volumes of Pro Wrestling Love. It has been almost a year since I published a Pro Wrestling Love. I have been watching pro wrestling, not as much as I would like, to build up more content, to come back more well-informed for the next round of voting at the Greatest Match Ever voting (http://gweproject.freeforums.net/) and most importantly help spread the love, the Pro Wrestling Love that is. 

With so many of us at home now because of COVID-19, I felt this was especially pertinent to publish such a list so that people can take the time to check out a match they have never seen before. That's also why I wanted to do a bare bones list. Sometimes, I just like looking at a list and a combination of wrestlers just catches my eye and the fact it made a list will drive me to watch it. You go into the match with no expectations other than someone thought it was good and so I hope that is what this list will be for you. A gateway to watch more great wrestling. 

This list would NOT exist without the motivation from the Place To Be Nation team (http://placetobenation.com) that held a poll on December 31, 2019 after a year long nomination process where voters were asked to assemble their Top 100 WWF/WWE matches of all time. This is my ballot. I watched AND reviewed about 565 matches when I last tallied. All 560 some odd reviews can be found at the Pro Wrestling Only Forums (http://forums.prowrestlingonly.com). I did not watch any matches before 1978. I decided that certain matches would be too recent to make my list. I do believe that a match needs to stand the test of time to be great. So I put a cut off at 5 years. So the last matches I watched were from December of 2014, in fact, one of those made my list. :)

I have been recording a podcast with Stacey/Jimmy Redman, but my constant travelling to work/COVID-19/her real life (CONGRATULATIONS! ;) ;) ). We each finished out bottom 50, but we will find time eventually to finish. If there is one thing, we have it is loads of time. So Stacey if you read this, NO RUSH, I just wanted to publish this as a celebratory piece for Volume 50. We will get that podcast series done and I have a blast each time I talk to Stacey. I do it for the love of pro wrestling! 

So without any further aideu, as you can see I am prone to a whole lot of adieu:

The Absolute, Undisputed One Hundred Greatest WWF/E Matches of 1978-2014

1. Bret Hart vs Stone Cold Steve Austin - WrestleMania XIII Submission Match
2. Daniel Bryan vs Triple H w/Stephanie McMahon - Wrestlemania XXX
3. Randy Savage vs Ultimate Warrior (WWF Wrestlemania VII 03/24/91)
4. John Cena vs Brock Lesnar - Extreme Rules 2012
5. Sgt Slaughter vs Iron Sheik - WWF, MSG 6/16/84
6. WWE Champion John Cena vs Umaga - Royal Rumble 2007 Last Man Standing
7. Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk - Summerslam 2013 No DQ
8. Bret Hart vs Owen Hart - WrestleMania X
9. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine - WWF MSG 2/19/79
10. WWF World Champion Triple H vs Cactus Jack - Royal Rumble 2000 Street Fight
11. The Shield vs. Ryback & Team Hell No - WWE TLC 2012 TLC Match
12. John Cena vs CM Punk - RAW 2/25/13
13. WWF World Champion The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin - Wrestlemania XVII
14. Edge vs Matt Hardy - Unforgiven 2005 Steel Cage 
15. Shawn Michaels vs Mankind (WWF Mind Games 09/22/96)
16. Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker (WWF Bad Blood 10/05/97)
17. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs Eddie Guerrero - No Way Out 2004
18. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Ken Patera - WWF, MSG 5/19/80
19. WWF I-C Champion Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat - Wrestlemania III
20. WWE Champion John Cena vs CM Punk - Money In The Bank 2011
21. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels -WrestleMania XXV
22. WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero vs JBL - Judgement Day 2004
23. WWF World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Chris Benoit - SD! 5/31/01
24. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels - WrestleMania XXVI
25. Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho - Great American Bash 2008
26. The Shield vs Wyatt Family - WWE Elimination Chamber 2014
27. WWF I-C Champion Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat - WWF, Toronto 2/15/87
28. Sgt. Slaughter vs Pat Patterson - WWF, MSG 5/4/81, Alley Fight
29. WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon - WWF
 Summerslam 1995 Ladder Match Part Deux

30. World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels - RAW 5/3/04
31. Bob Backlund vs Greg "The Hammer" Valentine - MSG 4/23/84
32. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs Big Show - Hell In A Cell 2012
33. WWE Champion CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan - WWE Over The Limit 2012
34. WWF World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Kurt Angle - Summerslam 2001
35. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker - No Mercy 2002 Hell In A Cell
36. Steve Austin vs Dude Love (WWF Over The Edge 05/31/98)
37. WWF World Champion Bob Backlund vs Sgt. Slaughter -Philly 3/21/81, Steel Cage 
38. WWF World Champion Diesel vs Bret Hart - WWF Survivor Series 1995 No DQ
39. WWF I-C Champion Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels - WrestleMania X Ladder 
40. The Rockers vs Rougeaus - 10/89 London, England

41. Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho - WWF Unforgiven 2008
42. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Pat Patterson - WWF MSG 7/30/79
43. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Hulk Hogan - WWF Philly 4/12/80
44. Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio - Smackdown 6/23/05
45. World Champion Randy Orton vs Mark Henry - Night of Champions 2011
46. WWF I-C Champion Greg Valentine  vs. Tito Santana-Baltimore 7/6/85 Steel Cage 
47. World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs Shawn Michaels - RAW 12/29/03
48. Randy Savage & Adrian Adonis vs Tito Santana & Bruno Sammartino - MSG 7/12/86 Steel Cage Match

49. WWF European Champion British Bulldog vs Shawn Michaels - One Night Only 97
50. WWF Womens Tag Team Champions Glamour Girls vs Jumping Bomb Angels - MSG 11/24/87

51. Brock Lesnar vs Triple H - WWE Summerslam 2012
52. NXT Champion Adrian Neville vs Sami Zayn - NXT Takeover REvolution 12/11/14
53.  The Shield vs The Brothers Rhodes w/Dusty Rhodes - Battleground 
54. WWE Champion Randy Orton vs John Cena - Breaking Point I Quit Match
55. The Dream Team w/Jimmy Hart vs Tito Santana & Ricky Steamboat - MLG 4/21/85
56. Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine -  MSG 11/23/81 WWF Heavyweight Championship, No Holds Barred

57. WWF World Tag Team Champions Diesel & Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid - WWF Action Zone 10/30/94

58.Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs Bret "Hitman" Hart - SNME 11/87
59. WWE I-C Champion Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio - The Bash 2009 Title Vs Mask
60. WWF World Tag Champs Stone Cold & HHH vs Benoit & Jericho - RAW 5/21/01

61. WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan vs Harley Race - MSG 6/22/87 Texas Death 
62. Cesaro vs Sami Zayn - NXT Arrival 2/14
63. Ricky Steamboat vs Jake Roberts - WWF Boston 8/9/86
64. World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show vs Alberto Del Rio - Smackdown 1/11/13 Last Man Standing Match

65. Strike Force vs The Islanders - 9/87 MSG
66. Rick Rude vs Ultimate Warrior - Summerslam 1989
67. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine - MSG 10/19/81
68. Bret Hart vs Davey Boy Smith (WWF Summerslam 08/29/92)
69. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs Big Show - Judgment Day 2003 Stretcher Match
70. The Undertaker vs Triple H - WrestleMania XVII

71. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Adrian Adonis - MSG 1/18/82
72. Rick Martel vs Tama - 7/87 MSG
73. WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs Undertaker - WWF One Night Only 1997
74. WWF Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine vs Tito Santana - MSG 11/26/84
75. WWF I-C Champion Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat - Toronto 7/27/86
76. Shawn Michaels vs Batista - Backlash 2008 SGR: Chris Jericho
77. WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana vs Greg Valentine - MSG 6/16/84
78. The Rockers vs Hart Foundation MSG 11/25/89
79. John Cena vs Batista - Summerslam 2008
80. WWE Champion John Cena vs Edge - WWE Unforgiven TLC Match

81. WWE I-C Champion Luke Harper vs Dolph Ziggler - TLC 2014 Ladder Match
82. WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs Sheamus - Main Event 5/29/13
83. King Sheamus vs John Morrison - TLC 2010 Ladder Match
84. World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker vs Rey Mysterio - Royal Rumble 2010
85. WWE IC Champion Randy Orton vs Cactus Jack - WWE Backlash 2004 Street Fight
86. WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan vs Sgt. Slaughter - MSG 6/3/91 Desert Storm 
87. Rockers vs Powers of Pain - WWF MSG 1/15/90
88. Dudley Boyz vs Hardy Boyz - WWF Royal Rumble 2000 Tables Match
89. WWF Tag Champs British Bulldogs vs Dream Team - 2/3 Falls SNME 10/86
90. WWE Champion CM Punk vs Mark Henry - RAW 4/2/12

91. WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan vs Kamala - MSG  1/19/87 No DQ
92. WWF Tag Champs Demolition vs The Rockers MSG 10/88
93. World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry vs Big Show - Vengeance 2011
94. Shawn Michaels vs Mankind - WWF RAW 8/11/97
95. WWE Champion Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar - WWE Summerslam 2003
96. Greg Valentine vs Ronnie Garvin - WWF MSG 9/30/89
97. WWF I-C Champion Randy Savage vs Tito Santana - WWF, MSG 4/22/86 No DQ
98. Beth Phoenix vs Melina - WWE One Night Stand 2008 I Quit Match
99. Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio - Summerslam 2002
100. WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs The Genius - SNME 11/89


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