Originally Posted by antoniomare007
I've spent literally 1 week trying to think "bad" things about Funk's and Lawler's work. It hasn't been easy.
Good stuff on Benoit, specially his "formulaic work" in his later years. I still love his Junior matches as I still like that style and appreciate it by what it is. This last 2 weeks I've been rewatching a lot of early 90's work (even his fun brawl against Funk) and it still holds up. I'm still waiting for someone to find his 2nd match vs Owen with audio, it's such a fun 10 minutes even without it.
Yeah its not like I thought he was actively bad or anything, but I think years of working the same style essentially took its toll, not forgetting he was a midcard guardkeeper again following 2005 so it made sense to work more formulaic matches that hid the weaknesses of Kennedy or MVP and got them over. But still, you could see a different Benoit when he locked up with Finlay and Regal in the later years compared to when he faced guys the WWE wanted to look guard, almost like all the pressure was off and he could just experiment with both guys and work holds/sequences he normally couldn't.
His juniors stuff largely holds up for me, his Superbrawl III match v Scorpio made my Top 100 WCW Ballot as well as some of his sprints with Eddie and Jericho, the BOSJ match with Eddie will never drop for me, such an incredibly well structured match that establish both men's strengths and build to the high spots in such an organic and brilliant way.
EDIT: just seen Yeah's post, agreed with a lot of that.
Likewise I can't really give a top 10 of Wrestlemania main events, but I'll do a top 5:
Taker v HBK, Wrestlemania 26
Cena v HBK, Wrestlemania 23
Rock v Austin, Wrestlemania 17
Benoit v HHH v HBK, Wrestlemania 20
Angle/Lesnar would probably round off the top 5- though I think its an infinitely lesser match than the above, haven't seen Cena/HHH from 22 in forever but I'd probably rank that ahead of Lesnar/Angle unless it really drops.
Steamboat/Rude is the best Ironman ever, by far. Everything you need in pro wrestling, great build and sequences, a character dynamic that gets integrated into the sequences and holds, stupendous selling and a molten crowd. It did extremely well on my Top 100 WCW Ballot, well Cal and Cal alone knows just how well it did.