Yeah I can definitely see a case for Show/Sheamus as a complete match being better, though something about Punk/Henry made me think of it as truly special when I first saw it. I'll maintain that the finish is a plus for the match and a great payoff to the story and Punk comeback, rather than a detriment. But I'll concede the way Show/Sheamus payed off their story with the finishing stretch was truly incredible.
Aye I recall their matches in 2011 being very good, but unless my memory is bad they didn't really get a lot of time. I enjoyed the matches for the length they were, especially as they were more brawl orientated which is exactly what I'd want from Sheamus and Henry. But I'd love to see them get a proper amount of time to really work a match as opposed to shorter matches which feel more angle driven than actual matches (even if they were really really good).
Forgot Regal/Ambrose when bringing up essential 2012 viewing. Not as good as Show/Sheamus, but its a majestic way to cap off a truly amazing feud which lasted close to a year. Regals' selling is beautiful and he's as evil and sadistic in the chain wrestling as I've seen. Ambrose to his credit really steps up on his end and delivers a truly fantastic heel performance and the workover of Regals' ear is truly disgusting and surreal to see in a WWE setting.
Originally Posted by The Reindeer Killer
I know you've spoken about it before, but clearly I have forgotten. What are your thoughts on HHH/Taker HIAC? Didn't see it among your MOTY candidates so I figured I'd ask.
Not a fan personally speaking. I appreciate the symbolism and way it played off of 4 years of Wrestlemania matches and moments, but personally speaking I thought it went past the balance of emotive WWE storytelling and into a more melodramatic and for lack of a better word 'cheesy' atmosphere. I have no doubt it was a truly incredible spectacle live in person, but I just don't think they possess that dynamic character contrast and chemistry that makes Taker/HBK brilliant and a better example of WWE Main Event Storytelling done right.
I didn't think it was awful, but I'm definitely in the camp who isn't a fan. Not going to pretend I don't see why its incredibly popular though. Matches like that however are always going to be polarising. You either get caught up in the emotion and symbolism or you find it unbearable and over the top. I just happen to fall into the latter side.