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#21 flyonthewall2983

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:39 PM

The Sting & Luger/Steiners match is quite good, but I can't get over how it was voted PWI's MOTY over Bret/Perfect from that year's SummerSlam (which is my addition to this thread, for obvious reasons). It's awfully short, and the finish was just to set up Sting/Nikita.

#22 Johnny Sorrow

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 12:50 AM

Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard "I Quit" Cage match from Starrcade 85. The best cage match of all time. In my opinion, the best match of all time period. The utter hatred that comes off the screen as these two guys try to maim each other is just awesome. And the end is my favorite ending to a match. Tully tries to stab TA in the face with the wood shard but Magnum kicks him away, gets the shard and shoves it in Tully's bloody eye. Tully says "YES!" when asked if he quit, and TA stands over him holding a quivering Tully by the hair in one hand and the shard in the other. He looks at the shard, looks at Tully and throws him down with a look of disgust on his face. As Tully lies there shaking, TA casually tosses HIS US belt over his shoulder and leaves the cage looking like the world's biggest bad ass who got the job done (in his last chance at Tully) and fucked up this piece of shit who'd cheated him out of the belt, and fucked him over for months.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:33 AM

I'm trying to think of some WWF matches worth including, I haven't seen it in some years but I remember being blown away by Brainbusters vs. Hart Foundation from Summerslam 89.

#24 Johnny Sorrow

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:48 AM

Oh, WWF Matches? Off the top of my head:

1. Hogan vs Sheik at MSG when Hogan wins the belt. Just for the crowd going APESHIT.
2. Slaughter/ Sheik Boot Camp Match
3. Slaughter/ Patterson Boot Camp match
4. Hogan/ Savage at Mania 5
5. Savage/ Steamboat at Mania 3
6. The Dusty/ Superstar matches from the Garden
7. Tito and Bruno vs Adonis and Savage in the cage at MSG
8. Hogan vs Valentine from the Spectrum

And everyone needs to see "Dr. D At Home", the greatest wrestling vignette of all time.



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Posted 06 May 2011 - 05:36 AM

Any list of WWF matches has to include Warrior/Savage from WM VII.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:08 AM

Any list of WWF matches has to include Warrior/Savage from WM VII.

Definitely. This is one of my fav matches of all time from anywhere. The emotion for me is unbelievably high in this one.

For the WWF's matches you should see before you die here is just a partial list from me

I'd have to give a nod to Angle/Benoit vs Edge/Rey from No Mercy 2002 which is seen by the masses as the best WWF/WWE tag in history. Scary thing is they could've even topped it especially if the WWE was a little less restrictive.

Hogan vs Andre Wrestlemania III

Steamboat vs Macho Man Maple Leaf Gardens

Bret vs DK

Bret vs Mr. Perfect King of the Ring

Bret vs Yokozuna MSG Cage Match

Bret vs Owen Wrestlemania X

Bret vs Austin Wrestlemania 13

Bret vs 123 Kid Longer Version Monday Night Raw

Eddie vs Bradshaw The too much blood match and Smackdown Cage

Eddie vs Benoit Smackdown their last match

Tito vs Mr. Perfect WWF SNME

Hart Foundation vs Demoliton 2/3 Falls Summerslam 90

Ultimate Warrior vs Ravishing Rick Rude Sumerslam 89

Bret vs Diesil almost the complete series

Angle vs Austin Unforgiven? 2001

A ton of Benoit matches though people may have trouble watching them due to the brain damage

Hogan vs Rock Wrestlemania

And a ton more.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:48 PM

I don't think it's the brain damage that makes people wince while watching Benoit matches.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

If I were to show someone three-hundred and ten matches/angles from wrestling, this would be the list: 1. 1994 Sandman gets a lit cigarette in the eye! ECW 2. 1994 Sandman’s “retirement” ceremony ECW 3. 1986 Akira Maeda vs. Andre the Giant Infamous Shoot 4. Cactus Jack Promo: “Cane Dewey” 5. 3-5-69 the Destroyer vs. Giant Baba AJPW 6. 7-25-74 the Destroyer vs. Mil Mascaras AJPW 7. 11-22-75 Clive Myers vs. Steve Grey WOS 8. 12-9-75 Harley Race vs. Giant Baba AJPW 9. 12-11-75 Antonio Inoki vs. Billy Robinson NJPW 10. 7-24-76 Billy Robinson vs. Giant Baba AJPW 11. 2-5-80 Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dynamite Kid NJPW 12. 2-14-81 Ricky Morton & Eddie Gilbert vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl) Memphis 13. 4-6-81 Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk (Empty Arena) Memphis 14. 4-23-81 Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid NJPW 15. 9-23-81 Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen NJPW 16. 4-10-82 Ric Flair vs. Brett Sawyer (2 out of 3 falls) Portland 17. 8-15-82 Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich 18. 12-25-82 Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich 19. 4-21-83 Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid NJPW 20. 9-23-83 MS1 vs. Sangre Chicana EMLL 21. 11-24-83 Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine (Dog Collar) NWA 22. 11-24-83 Ric Flair vs. Harley Race (NWA World Heavyweight + Cage) NWA 23. 12-12-83 Tsuruta & Tenryu vs. Hansen & Brody AJPW 24. 1-23-84 Hulk Hogan vs. The Sheik (WWF World Heavyweight) 25. 5-29-84 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Champion versus Champion) NWA 26. 7-23-84 Sayama & Takada vs. Maeda & Fujiwara UWF 27. 11-22-84 Ricky Steamboat vs. Tully Blanchard NWA 28. 11-22-84 Terry Gordy vs. Killer Khan 29. 12-7-84 Tatsumi Fujinami & Antonio Inoki vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis NJPW 30. 3-22-85 DiBiase vs. Duggan (No DQ + Cage + Tuxedos + Loser Leaves Town + Coal Miners Glove on a Poll) Mid-South 31. 6-24-85 Super Tiger vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara UWF 32. 8-22-85 Devil Masami vs. Chigusa Nagayo AJW 33. 8-22-85 Jaguar Yokota vs. Lioness Asuka AJW 34. 8-28-85 Dump Matsumoto vs. Chigusa Nagayo AJW 35. 9-6-85 Super Tiger vs. Nobuhiko Takada UWF 36. 9-11-85 Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada UWF 37. 9-22-85 Butch Reed vs. Dick Murdoch Mid-South 38. 6-12-86 Akira Maeda vs. Tatsumi Fujinami NJPW 39. 7-5-86 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton (NWA World Heavyweight + Cage) NWA 40. 7-26-86 Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes (NWA World Heavyweight + Cage) NWA 41. 8-29-86 El Hijo del Santo vs. El Espanto Jr UWA 42. 11-7-86 Dump Matsumoto vs. Chigusa Nagayo AJW 43. 1-24-87 Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 44. 3-29-87 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WWF Intercontinental) WWF 45. 4-11-87 Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 46. 7-4-87 Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger & JJ Dillon) vs. Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Road Warriors & Paul Ellering (War Games) NWA 47. 7-11-87 Dick Murdoch vs. Barry Windham Mid-South 48. 7-18-87 El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas Mask vs. Hair 49. 3-27-88 Ric Flair vs. Sting (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 50. 8-13-88 Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada UWF 51. 12-16-88 Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy AJPW 52. 12-26-88 Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 53. 2-20-89 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 54. 4-2-89 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 55. 5-7-89 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA World Heavyweight) NWA 56. 6-5-89 Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu AJPW 57. 11-15-89 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (NWA World Heavyweight + I Quit) NWA 58. 1-31-90 Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (IWGP Junior Title) NJPW 59. 4-1-90 Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior WWF 60. 4-13-90 Hulk Hogan vs. Stan Hansen AJPW 61. 6-8-90 Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 62. 7-7-90 Midnight Express vs. Southern Boys (NWA United States Tag Team) 63. 9-1-90 Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 64. 9-30-90 Tsuruta & Taue vs. Misawa & Kawada AJPW 65. 10-19-90 Tsuruta/Taue/Fuchi vs. Misawa/Kawada/Kobashi AJPW 66. 11-1-90 Keiji Mutoh & Masahiro Chono vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki (IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles) NJPW 67. 11-1-90 Jushin Liger vs. Pegasus Kid (IWGP Junior Title) NJPW 68. 12-7-90 Tsuruta & Taue vs. Misawa & Kawada AJPW 69. 1-13-91 El Hijo del Santo vs. Brazo de Oro Mask vs. Hair UWA 70. 2-24-91 Ric Flair & Larry Zbyszko & Sid Vicious & Barry Windham vs. Steiner Brothers & Sting & Brian Pillman War Games 71. 4-18-91 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta AJPW 72. 4-20-91 Tsuruta/Taue/Fuchi vs. Misawa/Kawada/Kobashi AJPW 73. 4-28-91 Jushin Liger vs. Owen Hart (TOSJ Tournament) NJPW 74. 5-19-91 Wayne Shamrock v. Naoki Sano PWFG 75. 5-19-91 Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team) 76. 5-24-91 Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Kenta Kobashi AJPW 77. 8-3-91 Cactus Jack vs. Eddie Gilbert TWA (2 out of 3 falls) 78. 8-9-91 Blue Panther vs. Atlantis EMLL 79. 8-26-91 Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (WWF Intercontinental) WWF 80. 10-24-91 Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 81. 12-27-91 Jerry Lynn vs. Lightning Kid Global (2 out of 3 falls + Sleeper versus Piledriver) 82. 1-19-92 Royal Rumble Match (WWF World Heavyweight) WWF 83. 2-29-92 Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman 84. 4-3-92 Blue Panther vs. Love Machine AAA (Mask vs. Mask) 85. 4-5-92 Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper WWF 86. 4-25-92 Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue AJW 87. 4-30-92 Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (TOSJ Finals) NJPW 88. 5-17-92 Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai NJPW 89. 5-17-92 Sting & Nikita Koloff & Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat & Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton & Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko & Rick Rude War Games 90. 5-22-92 Tsuruta/Taue/Fuchi vs. Misawa/Kawada/Kobashi AJPW 91. 5-25-92 Can-Am Express vs. Kobashi & Kikuchi AJPW 92. 7-5-92 Kobashi & Kikuchi vs. Fuchi & Ogawa AJPW 93. 8-15-92 Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada AJW (Hair versus Hair) 94. 8-22-92 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Stan Hansen AJPW 95. 8-29-92 Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (WWF Intercontinental) WWF 96. 10-21-92 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 97. 11-26-92 Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada (2 out of 3 falls) 98. 12-28-92 Barry Windham & Brian Pillman vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (WCW Unified World Tag Team) 99. 1-30-93 Misawa & Kawada vs. Gordy & Williams AJPW 100. 2-21-93 Vader vs. Sting WCW 101. 2-21-93 Vader vs. Sting (Strap Match) 102. 2-28-93 Stan Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 103. 4-2-93 Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori AJW 104. 4-11-93 Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki AJW 105. 4-13-93 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue AJPW 106. 4-14-93 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Terry Gordy AJPW 107. 5-21-93 Stan Hansen vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 108. 5-29-93 Kenta Kobashi vs. Terry Gordy AJPW 109. 6-1-93 Misawa & Kobashi vs. Kawada & Taue AJPW 110. 7-2-93 Misawa/Kobashi/Akiyama vs. Kawada/Taue/Ogawa AJPW 111. 7-29-93 Stan Hansen vs. Kenta Kobashi AJPW 112. 7-31-93 Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue & Sakie Hasegawa vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki & Cuty Suzuki & Hikari Fukuoka JWP 113. 8-31-93 Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams AJPW 114. 1-29-94 Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Giant Baba vs. Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi AJPW 115. 2-5-94 Sabu vs. Shane Douglas vs. Terry Funk ECW (ECW Heavyweight Title) 116. 3-20-94 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart WWF 117. 3-20-94 Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (WWF Intercontinental + Ladder) WWF 118. 4-1-94 Heavenly Bodies vs. Rock & Roll Express SMW 119. 4-16-94 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Steve Williams AJPW 120. 4-16-94 Great Sasuke vs. Jushin Liger (Super J Cup Semi-Final) NJPW 121. 4-16-94 Wild Pegasus vs. Great Sasuke (Super J Cup Finals) NJPW 122. 4-17-94 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat WCW 123. 6-3-94 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 124. 7-17-94 Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan (WCW World Heavyweight) 125. 7-23-94 Sabu vs. Al Snow NWA (Ladder match) 126. 7-28-94 Steve Williams vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 127. 8-5-94 Thrillseekers vs. Heavenly Bodies SMW 128. 8-18-94 Vader vs. Nobuhiko Takada UWFI 129. 8-24-94 Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW United States Championship) 130. 8-27-94 Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipwreck vs. Public Enemy ECW (ECW Tag Team Titles) 131. 8-29-94 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WWF World Heavyweight + Cage) WWF 132. 9-3-94 Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams AJPW 133. 9-11-94 Sabu vs. Al Snow California 134. 10-16-94 Pegasus & Ohtani vs. Sasuke & Black Tiger II NJPW 135. 10-22-94 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Steve Williams AJPW 136. 10-29-94 Sabu vs. Cactus Jack NWC (Desert Death Match) 137. 10-30-94 Sabu vs. Cactus Jack RHP (Falls Count Anywhere) 138. 1-13-95 Sabu vs. Cactus Jack NWC (Cage) 139. 3-4-95 Stan Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 140. 3-24-95 Misawa/Kobashi/Hansen vs. Kawada/Taue/Baba AJPW 141. 4-6-95 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 142. 4-12-95 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue AJPW 143. 4-15-95 Eddy Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko ECW (ECW Television Championship) 144. 4-21-95 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera 145. 5-3-95 El Hijo del Santo vs. Psicosis 146. 6-9-95 Misawa & Kobashi vs. Kawada & Taue AJPW 147. 8-5-95 Eddy Guerrero & The Steiner Brothers vs. Dean Malenko, Too Cold Scorpio & Cactus Jack ECW 148. 8-20-95 Cactus Jack vs. Terry Funk IWA Japan 149. 8-26-95 Eddy Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko (2 out of 3 Falls) 150. 9-10-95 Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 151. 9-16-95 Rey Misterio Jr vs. Psicosis ECW 152. 9-16-95 Raven & Stevie Richards vs. The Pit Bulls ECW (2 out of 3 Falls + Double Dog-Collar + ECW Tag Team Titles) 153. 9-22-95 Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Psicosis 154. 10-7-95 Rey Misterio Jr vs. Psicosis ECW (2 out of 3 Falls) 155. 10-25-95 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi AJPW 156. 10-28-95 Sabu vs. Devon Storm NWA 157. 11-18-95 Rey Misterio Jr vs. Psicosis ECW (Mexican Death Match) 158. 12-9-95 Steve Austin vs. Sandman vs. Mikey Whipwreck (ECW World Heavyweight) 159. 12-13-95 Shinjiro Ohtani vs. Ultimo Dragon WAR 160. 12-13-95 Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit WAR 161. 12-13-95 Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Psicosis WAR 162. 12-17-95 Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (WWF World Heavyweight) WWF 163. 1-29-96 Shinjiro Ohtani vs. El Samurai NJPW 164. 3-17-96 Jushin Liger vs. Shinjiro Ohtani (IWGP Junior Title) NJPW 165. 5-5-96 Combat Toyoda vs. Megumi Kudo FMW 166. 5-11-96 Shane Douglas vs. Too Cold Scorpio ECW (ECW Television Title) 167. 6-7-96 Williams & Ace vs. Misawa & Akiyama AJPW 168. 6-7-96 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Akira Taue AJPW 169. 6-11-96 Wild Pegasus vs. Black Tiger II NJPW 170. 6-11-96 Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (BOSJ Tournament) NJPW 171. 6-23-96 Steve Austin vs. Jake Roberts WWF 172. 6-23-96 Austin Promo after Roberts match WWF 173. 7-7-96 Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Psicosis WCW 174. 7-13-96 Chris Jericho vs. Shane Douglas vs. Too Cold Scorpio vs. Pitbull #2 ECW (ECW Television Title) 175. 8-10-96 Eddy Guerrero vs. Ric Flair (WCW United States Championship) 176. 8-24-96 Rob Van Dam vs. Doug Furnas ECW 177. 9-15-96 Team WCW (Sting, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Lex Luger) vs. Team nWo (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Sting) War Games 178. 9-22-96 Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (WWF World Heavyweight + No Disqualifications) WWF 179. 9-29-96 Volk Han vs. Kiyoshi Tamura RINGS 180. 10-10-96 Kaientai DX vs. Delfin/Hamada/TM IV/Naniwa/Yakushiji M-Pro 181. 11-17-96 Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin WWF 182. 11-24-96 Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Ultimo Dragon WCW 183. 12-1-96 Great Sasuke, Masato Yakashiji, Norino Hoshikawa, Gran Hamada & Super Delfin vs. TAKA Michinoku, Dick Togo, Men's Teioh, Shiryu & Shoichi Funaki M-Pro 184. 12-6-96 Misawa & Akiyama vs. Kawada & Taue AJPW 185. 12-6-96 El Hijo del Santo vs. El Dandy vs. Negro Casas CMLL (Mask versus Hair versus Hair) 186. 12-29-96 Roddy Piper vs. Hulk Hogan 187. 1-20-97 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi AJPW 188. 1-22-97 Volk Han vs. Kiyoshi Tamura RINGS 189. 2-9-97 Jushin Liger vs. Shinjiro Ohtani NJPW 190. 3-16-97 Dean Malenko vs. Eddy Guerrero WCW 191. 5-26-97 Austin & HBK vs. Davey Boy & Owen Hart (WWF World Tag Team) WWF 192. 6-6-97 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW 193. 6-8-97 Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels WWF 194. 6-15-97 Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page (Falls Count Anywhere) 195. 6-28-97 Dean Malenko vs. Eddy Guerrero 196. 8-9-97 Terry Funk vs. Sabu ECW (ECW World Heavyweight Title + Barbed Wire) 197. 8-10-97 El Samurai vs. Shinjiro Ohtani NJPW 198. 9-20-97 Beulah McGillicutty vs. Bill Alfonso ECW (Intergender Match) 199. 9-26-97 Volk Han vs. Kiyoshi Tamura RINGS 200. 10-5-97 Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker WWF 201. 10-26-97 Rey Misterio Jr vs. Eddy Guerrero (WCW Cruiserweight Title versus Mask) 202. 12-28-97 Hulk Hogan vs. Sting (WCW World Heavyweight) 203. 1-10-98 Sabu vs. Sandman ECW (Stairway to Hell) 204. 3-29-98 Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels WWF 205. 4-28-98 Mick Foley vs. Terry Funk WWF (No Hold Barred + Falls Count Anywhere) 206. 5-17-98 Dean Malenko vs. Chris Jericho (WCW Cruiserweight Title) 207. 5-27-98 Maasaki Mochizuki vs. Minoru Tanaka BattlArts 208. 5-29-98 Volk Han vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka RINGS 209. 6-12-98 Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 210. 6-27-98 Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka RINGS 211. 7-6-98 Goldberg vs. Hulk Hogan (WCW World Heavyweight) 212. 10-25-98 Diamond Dallas Page vs. Goldberg (WCW World Heavyweight) 213. 10-31-98 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi AJPW 214. 12-27-98 Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash (WCW World Heavyweight) 215. 1-17-99 Shane Douglas vs. Taz ECW (ECW World Heavyweight Title) 216. 2-21-99 Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko vs. Barry Windham & Curt Hennig WCW 217. 4-11-99 Benoit & Malenko vs. Raven & Saturn WCW 218. 4-26-99 Daisuke Ikeda vs. Alexander Otsuka BattlArts 219. 4-26-99 Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page WCW 220. 6-4-99 Misawa & Taue vs. Kawada & Kobashi AJPW 221. 6-11-99 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi AJPW 222. 10-17-99 Edge & Christian vs. the Hardy Boys WWF 223. 12-23-99 Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka ECW (ECW World Heavyweight Title) 224. 1-23-00 Triple H vs. Cactus Jack WWF 225. 2-7-00 Ten-man tag WWF 226. 5-14-00 Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Steve Corino ECW 227. 10-28-00 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Genichiro Tenryu AJPW 228. 12-14-00 Nagata & Iizuka vs. Kawada & Fuchi NJPW 229. 1-8-01 Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle WWF 230. 1-21-01 Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho WWF 231. 2-25-01 Steve Austin vs. Triple H (Three Stages of Hell) WWF 232. 5-21-01 Benoit & Jericho vs. Austin & HHH WWF 233. 6-8-01 Keiji Muto vs. Genichiro Tenryu AJPW 234. 10-27-01 Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki APW (King of the Indies Finals) 235. 2-23-02 Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Bryan Danielson ROH 236. 2-24-02 Keiji Muto vs. Toshiaki Kawada AJPW 237. 6-23-02 Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Don Frye PRIDE 238. 7-17-02 Genichiro Tenryu vs. Satoshi Kojima AJPW 239. 7-20-02 Kaos vs. Chris Hamrick vs. Psicosis XPW (Ladder) 240. 8-25-02 Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H WWF (Streetfight) 241. 10-20-02 Angle & Benoit vs. Edge & Mysterio Jr WWF 242. 1-19-03 Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle WWF 243. 3-1-03 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi NOAH 244. 4-9-03 Nick Dinsmore vs. Doug Basham OVW (2 out of 3 falls) 245. 4-12-03 Bryan Danielson vs. Paul London ROH 246. 7-19-03 Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Jacobs IWA–MS 247. 8-16-03 Homicide vs. Steve Corino ROH 248. 11-29-03 Steve Corino vs. Homicide ROH (Barbed wire) 249. 12-29-03 Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H WWF 250. 1-10-04 Terry Funk vs. Steve Corino MLW (Barbed wire + I Quit) 251. 2-15-04 Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar (WWF World Heavyweight) WWF 252. 2-22-04 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinya Hashimoto AJPW 253. 3-14-04 Benoit vs. HHH vs. Michaels (World Heavyweight) WWF 254. 4-18-04 Cactus Jack vs. Randy Orton WWF 255. 5-16-04 Eddy Guerrero vs. John Bradshaw Layfield (WWF World Heavyweight) WWF 256. 6-12-04 CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe ROH (ROH World Title) 257. 7-10-04 Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama NOAH (GHC World Title) 258. 9-10-04 Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue NOAH 259. 12-5-04 America’s Most Wanted vs. XXX TNA (Cage) 260. 12-6-04 Lita vs. Trish Stratus WWF 261. 1-30-05 Mistico vs. Averno CMLL 262. 2-13-05 AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels TNA (Iron Man) 263. 5-8-05 KENTA & Marufuji vs. Hidaka & Fujita NOAH 264. 7-16-05 Chris Benoit vs. William Regal WWF 265. 7-18-05 Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki NOAH 266. 7-18-05 KENTA vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru NOAH 267. 9-11-05 Joe vs. Styles vs. Daniels 268. 9-17-05 Bryan Danielson vs. James Gibson ROH 269. 9-18-05 KENTA vs. SUWA NOAH 270. 10-1-05 Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa Joe ROH 271. 11-5-05 Nakajima & Sasaki vs. Shiosaki & Kobashi NOAH 272. 1-22-06 KENTA vs. Naomichi Marufuji NOAH 273. 3-5-06 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Takeshi Morishima NOAH 274. 3-5-06 KENTA vs. Kenta Kobashi NOAH 275. 3-5-06 Naomichi Marufuji vs. Akira Taue NOAH 276. 4-23-06 Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kenta Kobashi NOAH 277. 4-29-06 Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness ROH 278. 4-30-06 Giant Bernard vs. Yuji Nagata NJPW 279. 5-8-06 Chris Benoit vs. William Regal 280. 5-21-06 Chris Benoit vs. Fit Finlay 281. 7-15-06 Cage of Death ROH 282. 7-16-06 Morishima & Rikio vs. KENTA & Marufuji NOAH 283. 8-6-06 Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe ROH 284. 8-12-06 Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness ROH 285. 9-2-06 Super Dragon vs. Necro Butcher PWG 286. 9-16-06 Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA ROH 287. 10-8-06 Chris Benoit vs. William Regal 288. 10-28-06 Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe ROH (No Disqualifications + No Time Limit) 289. 10-29-06 Naomichi Marufuji vs. KENTA NOAH 290. 11-4-06 KENTA vs. Matt Sydal ROH 291. 11-24-06 Chris Benoit vs. Fit Finlay 292. 12-2-06 KENTA vs. Bryan Danielson NOAH 293. 1-28-07 John Cena vs. Umaga WWF 294. 6-9-07 Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness ROH 295. 7-15-07 KENTA & Ishimori vs. Marufuji & Ibushi NOAH 296. 8-25-07 Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima ROH 297. 9-15-07 Briscoe Brothers vs. Steen & Generico ROH 298. 12-2-07 Misawa & Akiyama vs. Kobashi & Takayama NOAH 299. 5-24-08 KENTA & Marufuji vs. Kobashi & Kikuchi NOAH 300. 6-14-08 Sasaki & Nakajima vs. Kobashi & KENTA NOAH 301. 9-6-08 Briscoe Brothers vs. Nakajima & Ibushi NOAH 302. 9-7-08 Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels WWF 303. 10-13-08 Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA NOAH 304. 12-27-08 Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima ROH 305. 3-1-09 KENTA vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima NOAH 306. 6-7-10 NXT Angle WWF 307. 6-19-10 Prince Devitt vs. Naomichi Marufuji NJPW 308. 8-12-10 Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money Inc. TNA (2 out of 3 falls) 309. 12-18-10 El Generico vs. Kevin Steen ROH (Lights Out + Mask + Loser Leaves Town match) 310. 4-3-11 Triple H vs. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred)

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:54 PM

I have matches starting from 80 to this year. Practically every major match, although, I hadn't remembered the I Quit cage match. There are other omissions from faulty memory, but 310 matches with a few angles is a heck of a desert island and/or introduction to just about every style/promotion/significant worker there is. Singles, tag, six-man, eight-man, ten-man, ladder, hardcore, lucha, puro, territories, and much, much more.

EDIT: At any rate, agree or disagree, I think this might be an interesting list to keep in consideration. Not mine, no, but an overall "desert island" kind of list. Since the GOAT has failed to get off the ground (again), maybe we could concentrate on a project of this magnitude? Obviously, I have no problem compiling a list of 310 matches/angles in an hour. Copy and paste, man, copy and paste. I would just need help with dates, suggestions, omissions, stuff of that nature.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:44 PM

My ideal list would number about 100 or so. I think each match needs something compelling behind it beyond the match. Something like Muraco/Snuka, a mediocre match that exploded into myth, that might make the cut. I definitely agree with Hokuto/Kandori having watched that match now. Andre/Wepner, that would merit consideration if someone actually had a copy.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:00 PM

For FMW death matches, I'd either go with Funk/Onita from 5/5/93, which is a ridiculous spectacle that feels more Quentin Tarantino than pro wrestling, or Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyoda from 5/5/96, which for my money is one of the greatest matches of all time.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 07:41 AM

Andre/Wepner, that would merit consideration if someone actually had a copy.


This is out there, you should be able to find a copy of it.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 05:04 PM

or Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyoda from 5/5/96, which for my money is one of the greatest matches of all time.


I actually just rewatched this for the first time in like ten years, and it's without a doubt a top 10 match I've ever seen. Just amazing. And I had forgotten about *the* bump, both masterfully built and absolutely insane. And everything is perfect, the match and the production (well minus that explosion which doesn't happen, but is covered masterfully by Kudo), the intros, the post-match with Onita, just everything. A masterpiece if there's one.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 07:48 PM

Agreed on the above match. I watched it on one of the Phil Schneider compilations. The rewind spots are incredible. Hate though to see what a feminist would say about the match. But that might be interesting nonetheless.

And still no comment on my huge list or idea? What's up with that?

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:08 PM

It's hard to comment until we see the list. :)

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:05 PM

Look at post #28 :)

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:07 PM

You could definitely make it into a project. You'd need to clarify a couple of things as a group. Basically, how big you want the list to be, and what constitutes inclusion onto the list. (i.e. 75% agree, something like that). As far as your own list of 310. Definitely good stuff on the list. A lot of stuff I haven't seen. There are some matches that don't stand out for me. Adonis/Murdoch vs Inoki/Fujinami for example. Fine match from a wrestling standpoint. But what elevates it into a must-see match? Just being a great match doesn't cut it for me, unless it's the very cream of the crop. That is, a match that on its own merits qualifies as a contender for top 10, ever. Otherwise it has to have something interesting in the background about it. At least in my opinion.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:25 PM

You could definitely make it into a project. You'd need to clarify a couple of things as a group. Basically, how big you want the list to be, and what constitutes inclusion onto the list. (i.e. 75% agree, something like that).

As far as your own list of 310. Definitely good stuff on the list. A lot of stuff I haven't seen.

Thanks for the compliment. I think if anything, having a cap size wouldn't necessarily be a thing to include. Why not have a list 1,000 matches strong? I mean, Will and other people are routinely unearthing new footage. Like that one French match from the latest PS compilation (Gilbert Cesca vs. Billy Catanzarro (France 1960s)). Unless that has been common place unbeknownst to me, it is some new and awesome match for our viewing pleasure. Nevertheless, I understand the drawback of not having some sort of cap size. We could easily fill it up with "normal" matches, which would defeat its purpose. So at any rate, if people are interested in such an endeavor, shall the discussions begin?

My tentative plan would be something like a list per promotion, where discussion/voting/ideas could be hashed out, and once something has received X amount of approval, the approved matches are consolidated onto the "master" list. Or something to that effort.

There are some matches that don't stand out for me. Adonis/Murdoch vs Inoki/Fujinami for example. Fine match from a wrestling standpoint. But what elevates it into a must-see match? Just being a great match doesn't cut it for me, unless it's the very cream of the crop. That is, a match that on its own merits qualifies as a contender for top 10, ever. Otherwise it has to have something interesting in the background about it. At least in my opinion.

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Adonis & Murdoch vs. Inoki & Fujinami 12/5/1984 - One of the greatest tag team matches I have ever seen. Murdoch and Adonis are text book heels in this match, and work so well together, and they isolate Fujinami for nearly ten minutes before Inoki gets the hot tag. That whole period, by far, was the best FIP I've ever seen. This match is definitely worth going out of your way to watch, buy, download, or however you get your wrestling fix. If I was to rate this out of snowflakes, it gets the full monty *****.

EDIT: I removed the links, I was unaware of them not being allowed.


I re-watched the 12/5/1984 WWF vs. NJPW match today.

It's even better watching it now since I've been watching so much AJPW and NJPW lately. By far, the greatest tag team match I've ever seen NJPW pump out in the 80's, and the greatest heavyweight tag in NJPW's history.

Simply phenominal.


Its been nearly two years since my initial viewing of this match. It's still my favorite NJ heavyweight tag of the 80's, and I still think it's the best of all of their heavyweight tags, even over the 11/90 match. Just great, great wrestling.


Agreed on the 84 tag final. I had not come across much hype for the match when I first watched it, so I was completely blown away. I actually went back and watched the match again immediately afterward, which is something I never have the patience to do.


If I had to use a personal pick for its inclusion, I would. Easily one of my favorite matches ever. This is where the voting process would work best. I find it worthy, whereas you don't. Some may agree with you, which would be disagreeing with me. I'm okay with that. I hope the same would be kosher with you. Subjectivity is subjectivity, man :)

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:09 PM

I honestly cannot think of a single match that is on tape.

I assume you are also asking of stuff that isn't taped? If yes, then probably one of the Holy Grail Ric Flair matches, like his July '82 match against Backlund. I have always felt there would be real moments of hate, stiffness, and overall dickheadness from both guys.


They worked before at least once in Toronto several years before. I suspect they got along fine. Bob and Harley got along fine in their MSG match.

Whether it was any good... who knows. Bob typically tended to work Bob matches, while Ric would work Ric matches. The might make it a little disjointed at times, but probably not. Ric was more than willing to bitch out, and if one looks at the Harley-Bob match, Bob dominates it even though Harley had a fair amount of stuff left in the holster that he could have done to fill space if he'd been on top more. Suspect Bob would have done a lot of controlling with something like the headlock and ground headlock. Ric would have cheated to be on top, and bitch out to go back on the defense.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 01:43 AM

Actually, John, that is exactly why I think it wouldn't work. Harley is Harley, man. A man's man. Ric was not a man's man, man. Bob was a dorky looking guy, but holy shit, he had mongoloid strength. Plus, as you pretty much defined, Bob was only truly willing to work his particular style of a match. But Backlund realizes with Race, that if he pulls anything on Race, things would get ugly, and Bob is probably smart enough to also realize that Race would likely hurt Bob very badly if it turned ugly. What does Bob do? He let's Harley FUCKING Race get in on the action, man. But Ric Flair? That bleached head, dick nose, weird teeth, and an arrogant motherfucker to boot, his ass is getting broken off by Bob MOTHERFUCKING Backlund. That is my Holy Grail match, man. Don't be hating on it.

By the way, what did I do to deserve that?




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