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Any contenders for WWF Greatest Match Ever between WrestleMania 3 and WrestleMania 10?


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#1 BigBadMick

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 12:43 PM

Well? I was thinking about this WWF narrative lately. 

 

Also, were there any WWF matches prior that topped Savage-Steamboat?

 

And how long did Michaels-Razor stand atop the pole?



#2 Mad Dog

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 12:50 PM

Hart/Hennig - Summerslam 91

Hart/Bulldog - Summerslam 92

Hogan/Savage - Wrestlemania V

Hogan/Warrior - Wrestemania VI

Warrior/Savage - Wrestlemania VII

Warrior/Rude - Summerslam 89

Piper/Hart - Wrestlemania VIII

Flair/Savage - Wrestlemania VIII

Hennig/Flair - Raw 1/25/1993



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:17 PM

Michaels/Razor until likely Austin/Hart at WrestleMania.

 

Lots of standouts like Michaels/Razor II, Michaels/Diesel, and Michaels/Mankind in between, but Austin/Hart was the first that clearly seemed to stand out as a GOAT above others.



#4 PhilTLL

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:48 PM

Well? I was thinking about this WWF narrative lately. 
 
Also, were there any WWF matches prior that topped Savage-Steamboat?
 


In critical circles or in WWF lore? The company didn't canonize the Boot Camp match like that and I don't know if people talked about it that way in the years '84-87, but it definitely merits it in retrospect.

Hart/Bulldog - Summerslam 92


This was heavily canonized by the company for a long time, and also by fans, although that's been reassessed over the years...

Warrior/Savage - Wrestlemania VII


But this is a better candidate, I think.

#5 BigBadMick

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:50 PM

I was thinking of critical circles.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:02 PM

I would say Warrior/Savage is probably the best match between those 2 events. It has an argument for being a 5 star match with an amazing narrative from start to finish.

 

Pre Savage/Steamboat is a tough call. The Boot Camp Match immediately jumps to mind. I like the Back Alley Brawl with Slaughter and Patterson a lot but it wasn't as good as the Boot Camp Match. I remember really loving one of the Backlund/Slaughter matches but I don't remember which one it was anymore.



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:16 PM

Well? I was thinking about this WWF narrative lately. 

 

Also, were there any WWF matches prior that topped Savage-Steamboat?

 

And how long did Michaels-Razor stand atop the pole?

 

Hogan vs Savage Wrestlemania V



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:23 PM

Bret/Perfect from KOTR 93 placed #12 in the SC poll. And I might be the world's biggest fan of that match, so I have no problem with that. Rude/Warrior at Summerslam 89 and the Hogan/Slaughter Desert Storm Match at MSG are also high on my list of favorites.

 

Pre-Savage/Steamboat, I'm a big fan of the Backlund/Patera Texas Death Match (not an actual Texas Death Match, that was the WWF term for a no-DQ match).



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:33 PM

Savage-Warrior from Wrestlemania VII is not the greatest match in WWF history, but it just might be the greatest WWF match in history.



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:31 PM

I'd take the best Tito-Valentine matches and probably a couple of the best Backlund defenses (Patera, Patterson, etc.) over Savage-Steamboat. Also, Bret vs. Owen was better than Razor vs. Shawn.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:58 PM

Well? I was thinking about this WWF narrative lately. 

 

Also, were there any WWF matches prior that topped Savage-Steamboat?

 

And how long did Michaels-Razor stand atop the pole?

Michaels-Razor wasn't even the best match that night.



#12 El-P

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 04:41 AM

I'd take the best Tito-Valentine matches and probably a couple of the best Backlund defenses (Patera, Patterson, etc.) over Savage-Steamboat. Also, Bret vs. Owen was better than Razor vs. Shawn.

 

Agreed. Throw in some Backlund vs Valentine matches too.



#13 peachchaos

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:03 AM

Hart/Hennig - Summerslam 91

Hart/Bulldog - Summerslam 92

Hogan/Savage - Wrestlemania V

Hogan/Warrior - Wrestemania VI

Warrior/Savage - Wrestlemania VII

Warrior/Rude - Summerslam 89

Piper/Hart - Wrestlemania VIII

Flair/Savage - Wrestlemania VIII

Hennig/Flair - Raw 1/25/199

 

This seems pretty comprehensive, I'd add the Piper-Rude Cage Match and Hart-Lawler SummerSlam for completists sake.

 

For my money, Piper-Hart is the best of the bunch with Hart-Lawler very close behind.

 

Warrior/Savage doesn't floor me as a match anymore, it really is a smoke-and-mirrors backdrop for an angle. Good match and Loss is on point as usual with his comment. Just not my cup of tea in 2017.



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:15 AM

The Boot Camp match is the perfect blowoff to an incredibly heated feud. The fact that Slaughter was somehow able to top the Alley Fight (in terms of violence and heat if nothing else) is truly masterclass stuff. The heat for this feud really fell into their lap, but it took a superworker to take it to the next level. It's hard to understate how talented Slaughter really is when his best match (and maybe the best match period) is in there against the Sheik. It's insane really.

 

Another Slaughter match I'd like to call to mind is the 1/81 Philadelphia Cage Match against Backlund. Watching this recently I thought it to be a contender for best WWE cage and put it just under five stars. Another amazing Slaughter cut and of course Backlund holds his own.

 

The Valentine-Santana Cage is right there too.

 

Savage-Santana No DQ Summer 86 (****1/4) and Savage-Steamboat 2/87 (*****) both from Toronto deserve a mention as well.



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:06 AM

I haven't seen it in years but for something which is not really a WWF match at all, how does Adonis/Murdoch vs the Briscos hold up?

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:12 AM

I thought we were just talking matches between WM3 and WM10. Are we talking ever? Because that opens things up. I just wondered because I do see some people talking about matches before WM3.



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:21 AM

Pre-Mania 3 was added in the original post.

Another classic from the Backlund-era I just rewatched a few days ago is Backlund vs Hansen from 2/16/81 MSG. Amazing brawl ****1/2

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:28 AM

 

Well? I was thinking about this WWF narrative lately. 

 

Also, were there any WWF matches prior that topped Savage-Steamboat?

 

And how long did Michaels-Razor stand atop the pole?

Michaels-Razor wasn't even the best match that night.

 

On the night it was, but it hasn't stood the test of time and has aged since the Hardy's, Edge and Christian and the Dudley's raised the bar. 



#19 peachchaos

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 12:07 PM

Pre-Mania 3 was added in the original post.

Another classic from the Backlund-era I just rewatched a few days ago is Backlund vs Hansen from 2/16/81 MSG. Amazing brawl ****1/2

 

Yes! Diminishing returns in that feud, but that's one intense punch out.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:03 AM

I haven't seen it in years but for something which is not really a WWF match at all, how does Adonis/Murdoch vs the Briscos hold up?

 

It's been a few years but I remember quite enjoying it.

 

Adonis and Backlund have a really, really great Lumberjack Match at the March 1982 Capital Centre show that I remember catching me completely by surprise.






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