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Re: Your All Time Top 3 Matches & PPV's
heh, might as well give one of these list threads a shot.
When it comes to WWE, that's a tough one. Keep in mind, these are not what I consider the best matches or PPV's, but they're my favorites from reasons that i'll list.
1: Bret Hart vs Shawn Micheals @ Wrestlemania 12. This might be a cliche choice, I don't even consider it the best Ironman in WWE history, but I was probably more emotionally invested in this match than anything else before and after it. After 1995's horrible year, I pretty much lost my faith in the WWE. It was only when Bret won the title back that I had an ounce of hope. When they started the buildup between Bret and Shawn, it truly felt like two guys at the top of their game ready to collide. I remember begging my parents to order the PPV, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The boyhood dream story, the prideful champion going in. These guys went in there and tore the house down. I wasn't rooting for Shawn, but seing him win the belt had me tear eyed. It was at that point where I gained my love back for WWE, that match was a sign that the guard was changing.
2: Randy Savage vs the Ultimate Warrior @ Wrestlemania 7. This match meant so much to me as a kid, the Ultimate Warrior was my favorite character. Looking back at the match today, i'd have to say that it was one of Savage's finest performances being being to command and carry Warrior to a GREAT performance. It wasn't a technical masterpiece by any stretch, but it told a great story. Easily better than Warrior's match with Hogan.
3: Bret Hart vs the British Bulldog @ Summerslam 1992. The pure emotions going into that match, the implications is something that the WWE never quite replicated after this. This is probably one of the most important matches since it was the first time that the I.C championship main evented a major PPV, and it was Vince testing the waters with the workhorses's ability to perform at a main event level. You were in Davey's hometown, the entire Stadium was going NUTS, Diana Smith at ringside being torn between her husband and her brother made it that much more interesting. On top of all this, the gave an AMAZING performance. Top quality stuff.
1: Survivor Series 1990. The first PPV i've ever watched live, and the one that got me hooked on wrestling. Looking at the PPV now, it was a pretty crappy card, but as a kid it was mindblowing. The amount of classic characters on that card is staggering, and the final showdown that paired Warrior and Hogan together got me all giddy giddy. This also marked the Undertaker's debut which scared the hell out of me. It's my favorite PPV of all time because I can watch this at any time and it'll always make me smile. To me that's what it's all about.
2: Wrestlemania 12. Yeah, this didn't age that well, there's only 2 good matches and one GREAT match, but like I pointed out in my favorite matches list, I was hyped big time. You had the Ironman, and the return of the Ultimate Warrior. I was also intrigued by the Goldust/Piper angle. Hell, I remember thinking that this was the greatest show of all time when I was finished with that show, and never really got that feeling ever again. Can't describe it, it's just a show I talked about with my friends months after it aired. That's how much it meant to me.
3: Wrestlemania 8. Controversial choice since alot of the matches on here weren't that good, and the main event was shit, but I remember being so pumped for this. WWE did an amazing job building up the story arcs going into that card. The roster was stacked, and you had the promise of a great PPV. People consider this to be an average Wrestlemania, I differ on that completely. Savage/Flair had emotion going into it, and it delivered big time. Jake Roberts vs the Undertaker was a fascinating bout for me as a kid since both guys had arguably the most interesting characters on television at that point. Piper vs Bret was awesome. The main event was crap, but it was billed as Hogan's last match which made it seem important. The Ultimate Warrior return at the end made for a satisfying ending. It's too bad that Flair never faced off with Hogan since the thought of that is what got me excited for the months of build up towards the PPV, but it is what it is.