Originally Posted by The Sandrone
I do have to re-watch the Flair/Steamboat matches to fairly judge. Thing is I don't even put them in my all-time list because while I have them all at *****, I just don't know where to put them and it's been so long since I've seen them.
Gotcha'. I would definitely watch them again. Nevermind where you rank them, but just for the pure enjoyment of watching great wrestling. They were an awesome trilogy of matches. As someone who grew up in North Jersey and pre-dominantly on the WWF while growing up, I didn't have access to watch NWA and was way too young anyway. Watching NWA stuff (especially Flair/Steamboat) on DVD years later, I wish I had been able to witness all of that while I was in my 20s.
Absolutely fantastic stuff in all 3 bouts. The first one was more of a quick-pace match (for NWA stuff, 25 minutes or so), second one was in-between (40 mintues) and a good balance of pace, and the 3rd one was a 60 minute match with some of the best mat-wrestling you will ever see. Ground-breaking stuff for the time. They did an excellent job expressing the differences in their characters through their wrestling styles in these matches. Works of art.