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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
OK, I am probably not going to see TLC this weekend, so here is my list of my top ten favorite WWE PPV matches of 2012.
Note, the only PPV I missed besides the upcoming TLC is Night of Champions.
10) Sheamus -c- Vs. Daniel Bryan: World Heavyweight Championship 2 Out of 3 Falls Match from Extreme Rules 2012 = Not a classic or anything, but the theme of this show seemed to be doing better versions of Wrestlemania matches. This one was at least, you know, a match. It was well worked and Bryan showed off what he can do.
9) Dolph Ziggler Vs. Damien Sandow Vs. Tyson Kidd Vs. Christian Vs. Santino Marella Vs. Tensai Vs. Cody Rhodes Vs. Sin Cara: Money in the Bank Ladder Match from Money in the Bank 2012 = Fun spot fest. It was especially cool to see Ziggler bump all over the place. It was also nice to see him get the victory here.
8) CM Punk -c- Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. The Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler Vs. Kofi Kingston Vs. R-Truth: WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match from Elimination Chamber 2012 = I disagreed with Punk & Jericho wrestling each other in any capacity prior to Wrestlemania, and the way they got around Punk not beating Jericho yet but keeping the title was kind of weak, but overall, this was a fun and action packed match. With guys like Ziggler & Kofi involved, you can expect great action and with guys like Punk & Jericho in there, you know it is going to be exciting regardless.
7) Chris Jericho Vs. Dolph Ziggler: Summerslam 2012 = The next night on Raw they did the Contract Vs. Money in the Bank Briefcase Match in a rushed bout. Personally, I felt like they should have done this match with that stip at Summerslam, especially since they kept building it up as "Can Jericho still win the big one?". So "The Big One" is a regular singles match that opens a PPV? It would have been bigger with the stips. As it was though, it was a very strong match up that showcased the best of both talents. Jericho & Ziggler can have good matches with just about anybody, so putting them together was a great idea.
6) The Rock Vs. John Cena: Wrestlemania XXVIII = Certainly the biggest match of the year. It has its flaws. It was about 10 minutes too long, both guys were clearly blown up by the end, and it was clear they wanted to recapture the Hogan Vs. Rock atmosphere and they never quite got that. However, it was a big match and had a lot of intrigue attached to it, and I just marked out seeing The Rock in the ring again. It was a good match with a big main event feel, and I'll be honest. I did kind of jump for joy when Rock won, lol.
5) CM Punk -c- Vs. Daniel Bryan: WWE Championship Match from Over the Limit 2012 = Beyond the talents involved, this match had nothing going for it. No build up. DB's credibility got flushed down the tubes with huge loses preceding this and for some ungodly reason, this took a backseat to the oh so important Cena Vs. Laurinitas feud. However, for just pure wrestling, it was great and Punk & DB worked their asses off to make the most out of nothing. It was a very good match that set the stage for better stuff down the road.
4) CM Punk -c- Vs. Daniel Bryan w/AJ as Guest Referee: WWE Championship No Holds Barred Match from Money in the Bank 2012 = OK, Cena is still getting the main event spotlight, but at least they put ALOT more build and emphasis on these two this time around. Quite honestly, it was an excellent match. The added element of AJ added a spark and the action in the ring was top notch as expected. I thought the finish was very good too. It had a little bit of everything and I always love that.
3) CM Punk -c- Vs. Chris Jericho: WWE Championship Street Fight from Extreme Rules 2012 = I was heavily disappointed with their outing at Wrestlemania, but they bounced back big time with this one. It wasn't just that it was a hardcore match, but it had an intensity to it that I felt the previous match was lacking. This felt like a match between two guys that hated each other. So many great things happened in this one that I am not even sure how to explain them all. It was just damn great and Jericho's best outing in his return by far.
2) Brock Lesnar Vs. John Cena: Extreme Rules Match from Extreme Rules 2012 = This match was so unique and so exciting, I had to rank it high. This wasn't the typical modern day formula. This felt like Cena was in the ring with a completely different animal that he was not prepared for and he just got steamrolled the whole time. I know most Cena matches are "He gets his ass kicked and then comes back and wins" but this one truly did feel like he was in a hopeless situation because it felt like he wasn't in a WWE match. It felt like he was facing Brock in a shoot fight and getting dominated all the way. There were no five moves of doom here and Cena had to pull off some huge moves to get the win (I disagreed with him going over, but whatever). It was also Lesnar's first match back following his return, so that gave it a big match atmosphere and it was certainly one of the can't miss attractions of the year.
1) The Undertaker Vs. Triple H w/Shawn Michaels as Guest Referee: Hell in a Cell Match at Wrestlemania XXVIII = Well yeah, this is the obvious one. Just a great all around match that featured strong performances from guys that we don't get to see that often anymore. Heck, I am tempted to give MVP award in this match to the referee as Shawn added ALOT to this match from his expressions to his actions and everything in between. It was dramatic too and for the first time in a while, they actually sort of made me think that the streak might end on the Superkick/Pedigree combo.