Originally Posted by KingOfKings
2001 doesn't have a five star match from me, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to say that it's perhaps the greatest in-ring year in WWE history.
- GOAT RAW Match
- GOAT SD Match
- GOAT WWF/WWE Tag Match
- GOAT Summerslam Match
- Steve Austin GOD MODE
- GOAT Ladder Match
The only problem was that GAME wasn't there for a majority of the year
If you're referring to HHH/Austin vs Jericho/Benoit as the Best Raw match, eh. I can see that and probably wouldn't disagree.
Austin/Benoit isn't better than Eddie/Mysterio 6/23/05 as far as Smackdown goes. I'd probably rank Benoit/Finlay 5/5/06 and Mysterio/Orton 4/7/06 ahead of it as well when it comes to personal preference. Would not be surprised if Finlay/Hardy 6/22/07 also goes ahead of it eventually given I seem to fall in love with it more and more with every viewing.
Rockers vs Orient Express Royal Rumble 1991, Rockers vs Brainbusters 3/18/89 and Eddie/Tajiri vs Team Angle 5/22/03 are better company tags than Austin/HHH vs Benoit/Jericho 5/21/01 imo as well.
Austin/Angle I could see as the best Summerslam match. Not a lot else really jumps out to me as being in contention. Austin is sensational and Angle puts in arguably his best ever performance. Finish is also wonderful.
Austin in '01 was certainly his peak as a worker. He was very good in years prior but everything just came together in that one year.
Benoit/Jericho is a top 3 ladder match in company history for me alongside Sheamus/Morrison TLC '10 and then one of the Razor/HBK matches which I haven't seen in years. I wouldn't begrudge anyone ranking it the best ladder match and in all honesty at present I'd probably be inclined to agree.