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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Not gonna post all because generally a few years will have the same match, so will just add individual thoughts.
2002 might honestly be one of the Booker/Goldust vs Christian/Jericho matches, the final one I believe in December.
2003 - Lesnar/Benoit is a good shout. Lesnar/Mysterio is excellent as well but the Benoit story and booking over the course of the night edges Lesnar/Benoit ahead. However I'd go Eddie/Tajiri vs Team Angle 5/22. Amazing tag match featuring a brilliant Eddie performance on the apron and in the ring. Tajiri plays a great role and Team Angle are fine dissecting the faces with some great tag team wrestling.
2004 would be Benoit/Edge/Jericho vs Orton/Batista/Flair 6/14. Love the booking and build to Orton/Benoit, Benoit being booked excellently as the defiant champion and both Batista but to a greater extent Orton having tremendous showcases. Eddie/Show from April 2004 on Smackdown also shouldn't be overlooked. Arguably one of the most smartest and intricate matches I've seen and a great Eddie performance that typifies what makes him the heralded performer he is.
2006 has to Finlay/Benoit 5/5 or Orton/Rey 4/7. I'd probably lean for Orton/Mysterio just because of how great the chemistry is as well as it being worked like a classic title match with Orton putting in a remarkable performance for someone of his age complimented by Mysterio being in peak form. Finlay/Benoit is violent, beautiful and everything you want from both of them, but I have to just give Orton/Rey the edge.
2007 honest to god has to be Finlay/Matt from Smackdown 6/22. I get Cena/Michaels will likely be the default answer, but fuck Matt's performance is to me the best babyface performance in a match all year on TV (Cena at the Rumble would be #1) and his selling is exquisite and complimented by Finlay's maticulous approach. Just everything I want in a match these days.
2008 is a bit of a blindspot in all honesty. Did Regal/Punk have a couple of matches before the end of the feud in January '09? Will go for one of them if nothing else jumps out at me and they indeed did have TV matches in 08.
2009 is Swagger/Christian 2/24. Nothing comes close imo despite my love of the Punk/Hardy Steel Cage encounter.
2010? Masters/Mcintyre and Goldust/Regal from 8/26 Superstars are majestic. Cena/Bourne vs Sheamus/Edge is the best Raw produced and a wonderful bit of booking and presentation to push Bourne in the eyes of the fans. Cena is excellent on the apron and Bourne plays FIP as well as you would associate him in that role. Rey/Punk 2/12 is neck and neck with Christian/Mcintyre 7/30 for best Smackdown match of the year. Big fan of Swagger/Mysterio as well from June I believe. Swagger was champion and dropped it at the PPV in June so its May or early June. Would go for Christian/Mcintyre overall. Brilliant selling, wonderful control segment, majestic transition spot, great pacing, timing and execution of the babyface comeback. Nothing to pick at.
2011 would be a toss up of Regal/Ambrose I, Henry/Bryan Steel Cage or Cena/Mysterio. I'll go for Henry/Bryan. Great performance from both with Henry being the better guy imo. Bryan being elevated in stature, great execution of the stipulation, callback spots to their early matches with Bryan using the injured ankle as a means to find a counter to everything Henry throws at him, some genuine nearfalls for Bryan as well as Henry selling the injury to convey vulnerability whilst retaining his monster aura as well as anyone sold all year.
2012 would be Regal/Ambrose II for me. Beautiful booking and culmination of the angle. Great Regal performance as the violent technician before one upping himself by playing a fallen and battered babyface even better. Ambrose sells the beatdown beautifully and is wonderfully maniacal on offence late in the match. Violent, nasty, structured perfectly, builds off of the first match and entire feud and has a genuinly smart and perfect ending. Henry/Punk 4/2 from Raw is comfortably #2.