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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
No idea what the 2002 MOTY would be for me, certainly not the No Mercy Tag or HBK/HHH. Would probably be one of Brock/Rock or Lesnar/Taker HIAC. Vengeance triple threat is good, but not THAT GOOD. Rest of the year has some good matches but lacks in truly 'epic' matches, Elimination Chamber isn't terrible but the 2005 Chamber and the 2009 NWO Chamber featuring Mysterio being leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else are better chamber matches.
2004 MOTY? Benoit/HBK/HHH is a tremendous shout, though Benoit/Orton Summerslam, Foley/Orton Backlash, Benoit/Edge/Jericho v Batista/Orton/Flair Raw & Mysterio/Chavo from Great American Bash are also excellent. MOTY however is Eddie/JBL from Judgement Day, so hate filled, so passionate and featuring one of Eddie's finest performances with JBL also excelling in his role. However I'm adamant that Eddie/Big Show from Smackdown is my favourite match of the year. So smartly worked and encapsulating everything that is wonderful about pro-wrestling, but it doesn't get the time to be a MOTYC even if it is a personal favourite in company history.
2005 MOTY is without doubt Eddie/Mysterio 06/23 on Smackdown. Neither HBK/Angle match is anywhere near the level of that, Judgement Day or Great American Bash in their series. Batista/HHH is an excellent HIAC though and worthy of the top 3. MITB 1 is super thanks to Benoit's selling and making a multi-man ladder match something other than a catalogue of insane spots to pop a crowd. Cena/JBL Judgement Day is a very good I Quit match.
2007 MOTY would be one of the Cena/HBK matches, or Cena/Umaga LMS. Cena/Orton is a very good Summerslam main event, and Orton/HHH LMS and Orton/HBK are also very good in their own right, but aren't as good as the first three matches I mentioned IMO. Finlay/Mysterio have a couple of excellent TV matches on Smackdown and Taker/Batista remains a very good heavyweight bomb throwing match despite my tastes always making me expect to dislike it, I just cannot.
2008 MOTY? Its not HBK/Jericho imo, but the year isn't exactly layered with matches that scream being MOTY. Edge/Taker HIAC is just too gimmicky for my liking, and I absolutely loathe Edge as a worker from like 2008 onwards. Flair/HBK is emotive but the actual ring work leaves a lot to be desired, though I can't argue if people focus on the emotion as drawing them in. HHH/Cena from NOC and Orton/Cena NWO are both top tier title matches, with the latter being superbly worked in the context of the feud and both men putting in top performances. HHH/Hardy No Mercy however would likely be my MOTY, a rare HHH performance from this period where I can't find any fault with him and it was a super match in Hardy's quest to becoming champion, very smartly worked face/face match which left both men looking great by the end and with a super veteran finish.
Punk/Cena MITB is far and away the 2011 MOTY, Cena/Mysterio, Bryan/Henry Steel Cage, Orton/Christian OTL & Miz/Lawler are also better than HHH/Taker IMO, but the latter match especially is just personal opinion in what I look for in a match these days.
Mind Games v Mankind is also a far more deserving 1996 MOTY for Michaels than the Iron-Man.
2000- HHH/Jericho LMS. Royal Rumble 2000 and HHH/Rock Backlash are mighty close, but the LMS has HHH putting in one of his best ever performances with Jericho supporting him tremendously, Street Fight is an incredible Foley showcase but as a whole I find the LMS more captivating.
2001- Austin/Angle Summerslam. Benoit/Austin Edmonton and Benoit/Jericho v HHH/Austin would also be above Rock/Austin Wrestlemania.
2002- Brock/Rock or Brock/Taker, can't decide.
2003- Angle/Lesnar Ironman.
2004- Eddie/JBL Judgement Day.
2005- Eddie/Mysterio 06/23 Smackdown
2006- Benoit/Finlay Judgement Day (Taker/Angle NWO is probably 'better' but there are so many little touches in Benoit/Finlay that I always end up thinking of it as being my favourite match and something I'd rank ahead of the NWO match in terms of 'best in company history'. Weird logic I admit.
2007- Cena/Michaels Wrestlemania.
2008- HHH/Hardy No Mercy.
2009- Punk/Hardy Steel Cage, Loser Leaves Town Smackdown. Legit adore the match and find it more engrossing than anything else in the year, Jericho/Mysterio from The Bash is the best PPV match though despite my reservations about Jericho as a worker in this time-frame.
2010- HBK/Taker Wrestlemania
2011- Punk/Cena Money In The Bank
2012- Cena/Lesnar Extreme Rules
Last edited by WOOLCOCK; 08-13-2012 at 11:28 AM.