Kingofkings, I appreciate the reply and I understand the point you're trying to make. It may just be my mentality that for something to truly be a classic, it'll take a while unless the match is so good it's an instant. The most recent example of that would be Punk/Cena MITB 2011, Orton/Christian OTL 2011 and Undertaker/HHH WM28 (not a title match!).
As a huge Benoit mark, the match with The Rock is easily in my top 10 of his greatest matches and that says a lot about the quality of it. Maybe I just enjoy it a lot more, but there's some magic in that match that I absolutely love!
Originally Posted by Segunda Caida
Benoit/Lesnar, Lensar/Mysterio, Mysterio/Tajiri, Mysterio/Hardy, Lesnar/Angle Ironman are all good shouts, but personally I consider either Angle/Taker or Eddie/Tajiri vs WGTT 5/22 to be the match of the year. I'd call the Angle/Taker bout 'better' but I'd probably still opt for the tag in the end, since it features a tremendous Eddie performance and is just an all round splendid STF match and is definitely the match I'd rather watch again (no slight on Angle/Taker here).
Christ I've currently got the 5/22 tag on my current list of top 100 matches worldwide from 2000-2009, that's how much I dig it. Ya dig?
Watch the entire Eddie/Tajiri vs WGTT series btw, its a really overlooked series from that time but they produce 3 top quality matches even if the Ladder match from Judgement Day is likely the more famous of their series.
These are pretty much all the top matches from 2003 on Smackdown but I got a few more. Undertaker/Cena a few weeks before SummerSlam and Cena/Benoit on the same night as Benoit/Lesnar.