^Pretty nice list. Not sure on all matches, but here's what I know for sure I have at ****3/4+ since 2002:
Taker/Lesnar NM02 HIAC
Angle/Benoit RR03 (*****)
Taker/Angle SD03 (*****)
Lesnar/Angle SD03 Ironman
Taker/Angle NWO06 (*****)
Taker/Edge SS08 HIAC
Taker/Michaels WM25 (*****)
Punk/Bryan OTL12 (*****)
(Obviously if match rating is not in parenthesis, it's ****3/4 for me)
9 matches. I do lol that I have more ***** matches than ****3/4, though that might change as I'm highly considering taking Taker/Angle SD03 back to ****3/4. The match itself is a worthy *****, but the ending just irks me more and more the more I think about it. I'm gonna give it a rewatch one of these days and decide then... even though I just watched it a short time ago.
I'll also do ****1/2, since I consider that to be classic level matches as well (off the top of my head):
Undertaker/Rock/Angle Vengeance 02
HBK/Benoit Raw Showdown in the Desert (I think that was the tagline... and I don't necessarily have it at ****1/2, but it's one of those matches I remember being awesome and feel it's worth and mention and that it could be ****1/2 after I rewatch it. Haven't seen it in years)
HBK/Benjamin Raw 05 Gold Rush
Batista/HHH Vengeance 05 HIAC
Edge/Matt Hardy Unforgiven 05 Cage (recently re-watched it and clocked it in at ****1/2. Best cage match I've ever seen imo)
HBK/Cena Raw in London 07
Jericho/Mysterio Bash 09
Punk/Cena MITB 11
That's just off the top of my head as well. I'm sure I've forgotten some matches, but that's a pretty nice list of ****1/2+ matches since 02 if I do say so myself. There's a ton of ****1/4 matches as well I could think of that are just borderline classic... but that would be too long to make right now.
So we might as well start the argument; What's the TRUE match of 2012 ?
What's the argument? It's Punk/Bryan OTL by a country mile.
Oh right... people put Taker/HHH HIAC on that classic level as well...
I really don't feel like arguing this though, again, since I'd just be stating the reasons why I loved Punk/Bryan and why I did like, but not love Taker/HHH that I've stated about a bajillion times in the past two months.
If I see anything I want to refute/argue/etc., THEN I SHALL!