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#21 Posted on

    Originally posted by BenoitFan7
    No way can I narrow it down to just one match, either, sooo....

    Rey Misterio, Jr./Juventud Guerrera vs. La Parka/Psicosis, Nitro December 1997. If memory serves me right (don't bet the house on it though) each of the four were on their game that night, hitting every high spot (of which there were many) perfectly. Also, each of the four got to showcase their characters, with Psic being a Rudo jerk with his taunts (in English), Rey being the way-over babyface cruiserweight ace, Parka being his insane/goofy/evil self, and Juvi more or less debuting as a face here, breaking out in his role as 'the next cruiser superstar' and getting the rub from the other three. This was actually the first in a series of lucha tag matches on a nearly weekly basis building up to a PPV match a couple months later IIRC, with a man added to each team every match (i.e., the next match was Rey/Juvi/Hector Garza-Parka/Psic/Silver King), many of which were also spectacular, but this one sticks out the most in my mind because I remember it as being flawless despite all the craziness and Juvi going over big, getting the pin after the 450 Splash.




Was that the match where Parka went nuts and clobbered Psichosis with a chair at the end for no frickin' reason? I can't remember if it was... all I know is that moment cemented La Parka in my all-time favorites list. How can you NOT love his big crazy chair-swingin' self?

A couple of personal faves are Billy Kidman's first CW title win (I can't remember who he went against... probably Juvi) and Psichosis' CW title win in that groovy triple-threat match. I marked out super-huge for both of those, especially the latter. I always got a huge kick out of Psi, for some reason.



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.01
Another one that I can think of:

Chris Benoit vs. Bret Hart in the Owen Hart memorial match. It was an outstanding match-- at least, from what I saw. Leave it to WCW to interrupt such an incredible match with TWO commercial breaks.

Shit like that is a good reason why WCW doesn't exist anymore. And I called it years ago. Grrrrr!



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#23 Posted on
Flair/DiBiase for the NWA Title, it was either in 1985 or 1986. Also the bloodiest thing I've ever seen, Japanese death matches included. And it was on television. DiBiase went into the match as top heel, and left it as mega-face.

DiBiase is all set to wrestle Flair, but then here comes Dick Murdoch, who had been a face up to this point. They argue and Murdoch sucker punches him. I believe he also rams DiBiase's head into the ringpost. So it looks like no match, and we go to commercial. When we come back, it's announced that DiBiase refuses to foreit and will wrestle Flair after all. A bandaged DiBiase comes to the ring, gives Flair all he can handle, comes THIS close to winning the title but can't make the cover due to blood loss. It looks like someone slit their wrists in the ring. Finally, Flair tosses DiBiase out of the ring, and wins by countout.

Then Murdoch shows up again, gives DiBiase the brainbuster on the concrete and Jim Ross sells it like he has just been killed, sort of like the Mankind/UT Hell in the Cell Match.

The fans were chanting "Teddy" all through the rest of the program, even during other matches. Best face turn I've ever seen. Say what you want about Bill Watts, but wrestling lost something the day Mid-South/UWF went under.

In more recent years I think my fave was the first Hardys/Edge and Christian ladder match from No Mercy 1999. Even though I found those style of matches boring later on, back then it was still fresh and new.

I also liked that match between Jericho, Pitbull 2, and Shane Douglas--or was it a four-way with someone else in it? Anyway, great match.





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#24 Posted on
I have a limited match scope, because I rarely see RAW and I never see PPV's, but I think that Benoit/Austin on 5/31/01 for the title was the best match I've ever seen. People kind of looked past this match and didn't heap praise on it like they heaped praise on the Tag Titles match from the previous week. This match had it all...drama, psychology, storytelling, great moves, and a decent enough finish. I had read the spoiler and knew Benoit was going to lose, but amazingly while watching the match i still thought there was a chance that he would win.



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#25 Posted on

Jim Ross actually wrote about the whole Dick Murdoch/Ted DiBiase angle in last month's RAW magazine. He, rightly so, put over the whole thing, including his first meeting with Ric Flair.

When I posted my list earlier, I racked my brain trying to come up with Mid-South/UWF matches. Lots of things I really like, but nothing I could remember that was "Flair/Steamboat" level. Those include:

DiBiase/Duggan Tuxedo Death Match
the night of the UWF tournament
Dennis and Bobby vs. Bill Watts and Stagger Lee
Sheepherders vs. Fantastics -- Barbed Wire Cage match




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#26 Posted on

    Originally posted by Nate The Snake

      Originally posted by BenoitFan7
      No way can I narrow it down to just one match, either, sooo....

      Rey Misterio, Jr./Juventud Guerrera vs. La Parka/Psicosis, Nitro December 1997. If memory serves me right (don't bet the house on it though) each of the four were on their game that night, hitting every high spot (of which there were many) perfectly. Also, each of the four got to showcase their characters, with Psic being a Rudo jerk with his taunts (in English), Rey being the way-over babyface cruiserweight ace, Parka being his insane/goofy/evil self, and Juvi more or less debuting as a face here, breaking out in his role as 'the next cruiser superstar' and getting the rub from the other three. This was actually the first in a series of lucha tag matches on a nearly weekly basis building up to a PPV match a couple months later IIRC, with a man added to each team every match (i.e., the next match was Rey/Juvi/Hector Garza-Parka/Psic/Silver King), many of which were also spectacular, but this one sticks out the most in my mind because I remember it as being flawless despite all the craziness and Juvi going over big, getting the pin after the 450 Splash.




    Was that the match where Parka went nuts and clobbered Psichosis with a chair at the end for no frickin' reason? I can't remember if it was... all I know is that moment cemented La Parka in my all-time favorites list. How can you NOT love his big crazy chair-swingin' self?

    A couple of personal faves are Billy Kidman's first CW title win (I can't remember who he went against... probably Juvi) and Psichosis' CW title win in that groovy triple-threat match. I marked out super-huge for both of those, especially the latter. I always got a huge kick out of Psi, for some reason.



Parka whacked Psic after one of the sequels to this match, if I recall right... That was definitely cool, but as with all things WCW, it... ah, nevermind, I think we all know what a royal screw-up WCW was.

Anyway, yeah, the Kidman title victory over Juvi was pretty good too. The night before, Saturn had beat Raven in a match with the stips being that Raven would lose control of the Flock if he lost (dumb really, but oh well), so when Kidman came out for his title shot he was debuting as 'his own man', with a new look that he has still to this day. The crowd was way behind him. The only bad thing about the match that I recall was that the crowd was so behind Kidman that they were really hating Juvi for no real reason, heh.



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#27 Posted on
Juvi was always able to play the crowd both as a heel and as a face.
I always thought that amazing (and we are not talking abuot his rocky ripoff act here)

Best match?
I haven't seen much japanese stuff but I would go for..
-Cactus Jack vs HHH @ the 2000 Rumble (I was there)
-Owen vs Bret @ WM 10 (which includes the end of WM when Owen stares at Bret after he wins the title) because the psychology was so great.
- Austin vs Rock @ WMx7
- Benoit vs Angle in the cage.
- Benoit vs Bret ..just so sweet.
- Hogan vs Goldberg.. Just a great markout moment to see Goldberg win.
I am sure I am missing lots of things. These are just the ones I remember right now.
Raven/Saturn vs the Benoit/Malenko was sweet too..Saturn coming to help him from out of nowhere..




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#28 Posted on
Japan:
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, June 95 or thereabouts... for some reason that stands out above the rest of their matches...

North America:
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, WMX... Pure wrestling, no gimmicks, no runins, clean finish... awesome. I always thought this was a lot better than the ladder match that night...




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#29 Posted on
I can't narrow it to just one... but last night I was watching an old Coliseum Video, and it had the Bret Hart/Ric Flair match where Hart won his first WWF Title... it was just SO perfect.

It's on the "Smack 'Em Wack 'Em" tape, if you're interested in looking it up.





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#30 Posted on
Raven/Stevie Richards vs The Pitbulls - Dog collar match. That match is just all sortsa fun to watch.
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#31 Posted on
Way back in the day, and please don't ask for a year - on public tv, Rock Johnson and Tony Atlas beat the Samoans for the belts. I was jumping up and down, it was the coolest...

Also have to admit, when Hogan beat the Iron Sheik for his first WWF title, that was kinda cool.

Goldberg beating Raven for the US Championship was was a cool match, as was Goldberg beating Hogan for the WCW belt.

Anyone remember the first Boot Camp Match between Sheik and Slaughter?

Chris Benoit/Bret Hart tibute to Owen match was quite choice, not just for the sentiment.

Last, but not least, I am almost embarassed to admit it, but I marked out (live at the Garden, no less) for the David Sammartino vs Brutus Beefcake match. I don't know why. Call it a guilty pleasure, like 21 Jump Street or my Rick Astley CDs...



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#32 Posted on
I just dug up Zim's review of the Hart-Booker match to make sure I wasn't loving it due completely to nostalgia or delusion or something (he wasn't recapping Nitro at the time of the lucha match unfortunately), so here goes:

BRET HART v. BOOKER T. in a nontitle match - Hart bravely walks to the ring despite his devastating groin injury. That must be ferral in the crowd because who else would make signs for HIM? Hart is slow to get in the ring after sliding out when Booker T. enters. Hart offers the Hand of Friendship and T. slaps it away. We lockup with almost a full minute gone by. TO the corner, Booker T. with with four knees, a kick, a knee, a punch, out of the corner and here's a whip and a lariat and Hart smartly slides out of the ring again. Hart, when he wrestles, is my FAVOURITE wrestler in the Big 2, I'm sorry. I love watching these matches. Hart ducks under the top rope as T. approaches. Now the test of strength is on and Booker T. drives him down, down, all the way to the mat, where he stomps on both hands. Hart backas into the corner, T. goes after him, whips him into the other corner, but Hart puts up the boots on the following charge. Gutshot, atomic drop. Hart with a right. D-D-T. Crowd boos lustily. There's the shot to the lower abs. Hart rakes the face on the top rope. Shot to the back, to the back of the head. Head to the turnbuckle. Hart is PICKING HIM APART. Choke for 4. Referee "Blind" Randy Anderson warns him. Another shot. Hart throws him out of the ring and follows - Booker T. tries a gut shot but can't stop being taken to the barricade. Hart with a mic cable choke for 4. Anderson is out of the ring to separate them. Booker T. very slow to get up as Hart waits for him to get up. Right hand, now he's rolled back in the ring - Hart follows and drops a forearm. Picking him up - suplex setup, no! Booker T. rolls into an inside cradle for 2. To the corner, Hart with the punches, T. fires back with punches of his own and fires up the crowd. Right hand. Whip, Hart ducks the clothesline but not the Harlem sidekick. 1, 2, kickout! T. calls to the crowd. Forearm - Hart's trick knee acts up and crotches Booker T. Side Russian legsweep. Foot placed on the bottom rope, leg draped across and Hart sits on it, Potsie. Hart wrenches the knee, pulls him to the centre of the ring, and yanks it backwards. Booker T. is a one-legged man now. Hart wraps the leg around the second rope and pulls - all Booker T. can do is pull the hair - Anderson tries to separate them physically but it ain't working. Hart gogues most of Booker T.'s facial parts. Hart with the FIGURE FOUR! This message to Flair is not lost on the crowd. 1, 2, no. 1, 2, no. Booker T. is in excruciating pain and puts the shoulders down again. 1, 2, no. Booker T. looks for some roof raising and the crowd rises - T tries to turn and just as he turns it, we TAKE A FUCKING AD BREAK? FUCK YOU, WCW!

When we come back, Hart has once again put the figure four on Booker T. T. looks for the crowd and rolls the hold one more time. Hart gets up and Booker does not. Kick to the knees, stomp again. Hart picks him up - he can barely stand - and hits the backbreaker. 1, 2, kickout. Right hand by Hart. Whip off the ropes, duck, flying jalapeno by Booker T. He manages to get up - kick - axe kick off the ropes! Call to the crowd andhe gets an answer. Snap suplex, breakdance, BIG Harlem sidekick! Sidewalk slam (not called), he's up to the top rope - HARLEM HANGOVER MISSES! Hart rolls out of the ring and takes the US title belt. Anderson tells him he'd better not, but nothing doing. Hart to the scond rope - but the foot is up as he comes off! Both men up. Gutshot kick by Booker T. Superkick! Hart rolls out of the ring, Booker follows and takes his head to the barricade. Throat first on the rail! Mic cable choke! Booker T. with an axehandle to the back. I am now worried WCW will somehow fuck this up by not giving me an ending. Thrown back in, Booker T. comes back in with the cable and chokes him AGAIN. As Anderson takes the cable out of the ring, Hart gives Booker a faceful of United States title. That's it. 1, 2, 3. MATCH OF THE WEEK. Sorry Rock. Sorry Mankind. (15:34)

Well, I thought the Rock still sucked around this time anyway, so no surprise there. And the ending is different than I recalled earlier, but I knew Bret got a belt shot in somehow, someway at the end. (Place sighing sound here...) 1996-1998 (and as a result, much longer after that) should have been a golden age for WCW (and as a result, North American wrestling) with all the great talent they had. Instead they kept Bret off PPVs for the first half of the year and paired Booker T off against... Disco Inferno??!



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#33 Posted on
I'd have to go with the Hart Foundation against Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, LOD and Goldust at Canadian Stampede. I know it's not the greatest match, but we were so drawn into it by the crowd! Really amazing!

Honorable mentions:
Owen vs Bulldog (RAW, for the European Championship)
Bret vs Austin (WM13)
Bret vs Owen (WMX)
Bret vs Bulldog (ITH 5)

and I could list so many others!

I guess I'm a little Bret Hart-biased !



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#34 Posted on
After all these years, nothing gets me like Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior from WMVII. Sure, WresteMania VII kinda sucked and had the disgusting Gulf War angle on top. Sure, Warrior was a bad wrestler and generally bad for the business. Sure, Savage was already past his prime and came out of the retirement a year later. But for that one night, that one magic match, they were perfect. I've never seen such a combination of Hollywood-level drama, great wrestling, and character come through. The years-long story with Elizabeth was blown off, and everyone came out a mega-face.
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#35 Posted on
I still love Bret-Bulldog for the IC Title from Summerslam '92. I know Bret carried DBS for the majority of the match, but I remember watching it on PPV and marking out for the 29 near falls they had...



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#36 Posted on
Re: Summerslam 92

That is a great match. I love the ending because it's the only time I recall ever seeing anyone POWER out of a sunset flip so quickly like that and get the pin.



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#37 Posted on
Rick Astley CDs...

CDs, plural? He had more than one?

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#38 Posted on
What about Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda beating The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff for the WWF tag titles?

Other great old WWF moments- Ricky Steamboat getting DDTed on the concrete by Jake the Snake Roberts. One of the scariest moments in wrestling, had us talking for while as kids. The Junkyard Dog - Greg The Hammer Valentine feud was also a classic. Piper beating Adrian Adonis was also great.

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#39 Posted on
One of my favorite matches was on 2/7/00, Raw is War from Dallas, TX, the 10 man tag match between Triple H, X-Pac, Saturn, Malenko, and Benoit vs. The Rock, Foley, Too Cool, and Rikishi. It was the most raucous Raw crowd I've ever heard that popped for every tag, every spot, and the wrestling was damn good. I could watch that match (and the previous week's Radicalz debut) over and over and over.

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#40 Posted on
It seems like this topic is started every month, and every month I have different favorites! After you've watched wrestling for years and years, most of it looks good in retrospect because the Old Skool stuff is so memorable.
So here we go:

1. The Ultimate Challenge: say what you will, but my mom and I freakin' wept at the end when Hogan lost. No other match EVER has brought that kind of response from me. It was powerful.
2. Undertaker's debut at Survivor Series. I just couldn't believe my eyes when he came out and cleaned house. He was a damn monster.
3. Jericho's first win over the Rock last year for the WCW Championship. I was screaming at the TV for Jericho to win.
4. Mr. Perfect turns face and joins Randy Savage to beat Flair and Razor. What a moment when Perfect came through the curtain...the crowd popped huge and he had this look on his face like, "Wow, I didn't know the fans could CHEER YOU!"
5. Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit beat Triple H and Stone Cold for the tag titles on Raw last year. I'm serious, folks...I DIED during this match it was so good.



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