Originally Posted by Christian Louboutin
WWF Smackdown 05/31/2001 - WWF World Championship: Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Vince McMahon) vs. Chris Benoit
This was a match for Stone Cold's WWE Championship and it was fought in Benoit's hometown of Edmonton so the crowd extra pumped and the HEAT Austin got was serious. I can without a doubt call this a "fucking classic". The psychology in this was off the charts and Benoit's intensity and determination are amazing, but this is largely this was Austin's best showing as a heel as he played some kind of psychotic sociopath who will do what ever it takes to keep that WWE Championship, plus some of his facial expressions here just put over how bionic and insane he was during this heel turn. I should also mention the rib work but Austin is some of the best work done by Austin ever and the announce table spots, WOW! And this also has the epic 10 German Suplexes spot. ****3/4
This match is one of my favorite free TV matches of all time right along with the British Bulldog vs Owen Hart for the European title on Raw in Germany and Bret Hart vs Chris Benoit for the WCW title in an Owen Hart tribute match on Nitro. This is such an underrated match that had great brawling and technical wrestling in it. Both Austin and Benoit could have worked more great matches with each other but it's such a shame they didn't have that many ring encounters with one another. I'd consider that match a classic.