I'm that way with the Angle/Michaels match from WrestleMania 21. Don't see what was appealing in that one.
The Finlay/Benoit matches were still good. Slamboree '98 being the main one. 14 minutes and they gave us something worth while(***3/4). First time Benoit took the suicide dive into the chair spot...unless he did it upon a random ECW/Japan match.
Which Meng match are you referring to? They had two on PPV that year and they both run through my mind. Youtube is calling my name to settle this.
Yeah can't say I care for any Angle/Michaels match, watch the Jannetty match as Yeah1993
says however, infinitely better.
Both PPV matches (GAB and Slamboree) are well worth anyone's time, but aye Slamboree is the better of the two. Still its Benoit bumping and selling against a stiff monster whilst laying in some of his stiffest strikes himself. Its a can't fail formula.
Also IDK about Benoit and Fit not getting enough time on PPV - they got 15 minutes at Slamboree 98, which was the second longest match on that show.
I would be baffled if the mat work in the Benoit/Angle is any good. They do some nice counters and all, but is it really "mat wrestling" at all? I don't need "mat wrestling" for the match to be good, though. I should watch the match later today.
Thanks for reminding me of some of Benoit's overlooked WCW matches, may give that Sting '99 match a watch to see if its as good as you say.
Yeah I totally forgot the Slamboree match when I was ratting off that statement. Still Benoit/Finlay is a match style not dependent on length to succeed.
As for the matwork/hold trading, I guess I just rememebered there being some 'terrific' chain wrestling which dominated the bout, and then seeing a bunch of people talking the match up on here and pointing to the 'sublime wrestling' just made me think I was walking in and about to watch a far more wrestling based match than what you're normally treated to in a WWE ring. When I actually watched it though, whatever chain wrestling they did do (very little) really didn't seem a cut above anything else anyone else on the roster could do. I mean Noble/Mysterio in their Velocity match probably pull off more visually appealing yet still excellent chain wrestling exchanges than Benoit/Angle in the Rumble match.
Fall Brawl 1997:
Eddie vs Jericho (c) for the Cruiserweight title: LOL at putting up Harlem Heats name during Eddie's entrance at the start. Very nice heat for Eddie here, he was brilliant throughout the entire match. Also liked how when the crowd chanted "boring" they picked up the pace, great fucking match. **** 1/2
One of Eddie's finest individual performances. Whether he's being a ruthless machine on offence, or accusing Jericho of hair pulling when he's bested in a collar and elbow tie up, he just nails every aspect of a heel performance in this match and renders Jericho as merely a passenger along for the ride. You could take any half decent WCW babyface midcarder from that roster and put them into this match and I really wouldn't have expected the quality to drop at all, Eddie was that good on this particular night.