I didn't even think it was Match of the Night: That honor went to Hell in the Cell. But both of those are in my top five for the year.
I kinda agree with you, OFB; Hogan/Rock is about neck and neck with HHH/HBK right now, for me. HHH/HBK was a better match, but Hogan/Rock was more historic. The Tag match was good, but nowhere near as big a match as those two.
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Hogan/Rock was an awesome spectacle but the work doesn't hold up at all. It was smartly worked but not brilliantly worked. Rock/Jericho from the Rumble was really good but not on the level of the No Mercy 01 match and had some lame extracurricular activities (lamer than Steph). I think the tag match tonight was for sure the MOTY ahead of Michaels/Hunter and then Benoit/Angle from Unforgiven. The Hell in a Cell was awesome, like ****, and Scott Keith is a troll.
I'll agree the tag match tonight was likely MOTY. Is it also agreed that the Gayda match is likely worst MOTY? And do we have to take shots at Scott outside of site bashing? Of course, I may be one of the few here that actually enjoys his writing so that may affect how valuable my opinion is. Or not.
I loved all the matches that have been mentioned, but I just haven't found one as amazing in every aspect as the tag match tonight. If I had to vote right now for the top 5 matches this year in WWE, it'd be: 1. Edge/Rey vs. Angle/Benoit - No Mercy 2. HBK vs. HHH - Summerslam 3. Edge vs. Angle - Smackdown 10/3/02 4. Benoit vs. Angle - Unforgiven 5. Rock vs. Hogan - WM 18 (the match itself was abysmal, but the aura of the whole thing won me over)
Next Week, I plan on rushing for 200 yds. against the Bears: Detroit 23, Chicago 20 Bears go to 2-4 (next vs. Minnesota Oct. 27)
"Is it also agreed that the Gayda match is likely worst MOTY?"
"And do we have to take shots at Scott outside of site bashing?"
Hey I love Feedbags and defend him in site bashing and he is of course entitled to his opinion.
1.Angle/Benoit vs. Rey/Edge 2.HBK vs. HHH 3.Angle vs. Benoit
I haven't seen the famous Edgy/Guerrero Smackdown match but I did finally catch the threeway from Vengeance. It was very good but IMO just a notch below the MOTY level that DMeltz has it at. Maybe because I didn't see it live I couldn't get into falls that nearly end the match. I've got Edge vs. Angle from Judgment Day as #4 and maybe the ladder match between Guerrero and Vam Dam at #5.
Tag match was definitely super-awesome. All my friends and I were jumping out of our seats towards the end with the near falls, figuring the roll-ups would be cheap wins. Up there with HBK-HHH, and also the Rey-Angle-Benoit triple threat from smackdown that everyone seems to have forgotten already. Awesome how benoit and angle kept throwing rey out like he was good enough to fight with them, then the little shit came in and won!
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With so much talk about ***** ratings,MOTY and so forth, doesn't anyone else find it strange there isn't an actual show highlighting these achievements? Not necessarily an awards show, just something that ignores the bs, and gives credit to the best. Of course, I have always thought that there should be a post-PPV show that was kayfabe free. Heck, they could take us backstage after the PPV, listen to the wrestlers talk, out of character. Kind of an in depth highlight show, like Inside the NFL. It COULD also help further things, being the abilities of the wrestlers could be shown and appreciated, thus getting people interested in watching Raw, and Smackdown!. Damn, If only John Vacenda were still alive...that would be awesome...
It was an excellent match, but did you SEE SummerSlam?? =)
Maybe *I'm* wrong here -- I saw SummerSlam live and I guess that added to the great HBK/HHH match....
And also -- Rock vs. Hogan I still watch a lot on tape...No for the wrestling, but just for the feeling of that match. THAT is the match of the year, because in 10 years we will still be talking about that...in 10 years we probably won't still be talking about the tag team tournament match
Side note: It may have been the best tag match I've ever seen, so don't flame me for saying it's not MOTY!
Even when it was poorly managed in the mid-90's they still kept a fairly tight budget. It wasn't until late Bischoff and Russo where they started trying to compete production-wise with WWF without setting up all the revenue streams that WWF had.