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You want to see a sympathetic babyface get the SHIT beaten out of him? Witness the Midnight Express turning babyface in defeat, losing the tag titles to the Road Warriors in one of the most epic beatings you will ever witness outside of Brock Lesnar. The Road Warriors were so awesome in this role that they turned themselves face again shortly afterwards. Mad props to Stan Lane here for selling his ass off.
And here’s the SECOND title reign for Tully & Arn, as the match itself wasn’t a classic, but this might have been one of the greatest heel turns in wrestling. My viewing partner at the time, the world’s biggest Barry Windham fan, was in TEARS because he was so crushed that his hero would betray him like that. Even at 13 years old, I just thought it was super-badass.
One day Tony Schiavone on commentary was like “Oh, the Horsemen have a new team, it’s Tully and Arn” after Tully had lost the TV title to Nikita Koloff. This didn’t seem like a big deal at the time because the Horsemen cycled through random teams constantly in their quest to destroy Dusty Rhodes and they always failed, which made it all the more surprising to me when this combination won the tag titles a few weeks later, and then went on to become one of my all-time favorite teams. This is more of a great ANGLE than a great match, but I still love it.
Awesome interview with Bret Hart and his current thoughts on HHH as a wrestler. Let the discussion begin…
Article about interview here: http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2013/0131/560023/bret-hart-shoots-on-triple-h-calls-him-overrated/
Go Bret! Although HHH certainly has had several great matches. But Bret is also the guy who thinks that Flair is overrated, so maybe he's just a really harsh critic. I can only imagine what he thinks of Randy Orton.
Who’s the jackass that artificially stretched it into widescreen? Anyway, one of the best Wrestlemania matches ever, although I’ll probably try to do a more WM-specific great match countdown as we get closer. This was the first PPV I saw in a movie theater, and the crowd was JACKED for Kurt Angle and just screaming for Shawn to tap out in that anklelock. If it didn’t last for fucking TWO MINUTES it would have been a ***** match.
Doctorfunkopolis from the blog here. What do you mean you don’t know me? Anyway, KENTA vs Marufuji from 1-22-2006 is a hell of a match all around. Some of the best in ring storytelling you’ll find this side of Hart/Austin at WM13 or the very first Jumbo/Misawa match. Plus, this one happened on my birthday. I make it a point to watch it every year. Because why not? Worth seeing, although it may leave the viewer with a sudden desire to see Punk/KENTA.
Now we all know WHY this wasnt one of the WCW Top 20 matches of all-time, but this one is a forgotten classic…..the finish of the match, with Raven passing out is epic!
It is indeed an awesome match, but I’d like to also point out the immense irony of Wrestling Society X putting their copyright notice on the YouTube page when they’re stealing WWE’s content. With a business model like that, it’s no wonder they went out of business.
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> Samoa Joe vs Christopher Daniels vs AJ Styles at Unbreakable 2005. Watching super-motivated Joe is always awesome, and it's easy to forget how over he was.
> Only TNA match to earn ***** from yours truly.
Given the “anything can happen” environment at the time, interference from Funaki, The APA, Bossman, Buchanan, Shane, and Vince, my friends and i knew this was a squash, but there was that excitement as the match was on live of “Holy shit, Taka might actually win it”. It doesn’t hold up all that well now 12 years later, but very few matches had that crazy “what if” factor. This was one of them.
Oh yeah, watching it live was definitely an exercise in cardiac arrest. That missile dropkick spot nearly killed me.
For a Match of the Day, how about the 1992 match between Great Muta and Hiroshi Hase that became the standard for bladejobs?
Well, if you insist on twisting my arm, OK. If anyone wants to look up the Muta v. Jushin Liger street fight for me and send it along we’ll probably go with that one pretty soon, too.
Let’s just say that if you’re a casual fighting fan who’s never seen this one before and thinks that big dudes punching each other in the face repeatedly is awesome, you’re in for a treat. This is why Don Frye EARNS his mustache. This would be my favorite MMA fight of all time, and I thought I’d throw it in for a change of pace, in honor of UFC tonight.
I think this has been on WWE Classics a few times, but it’s still worth watching and also notable for being the match that basically spurred the creation of the ***** match rating system. Terry Funk is the MAN at this point and it’s actually kind of uncomfortable watching Lawler kick the shit out of him.