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Re: Official TNA DVD Help/Discussion/Review Thread
I'm bored again, so here's another top ten list!
Top Ten Best Christian Cage Matches in TNA:
10) Vs. Kaz: Fight for the Right Finals on Impact - This match is somewhat forgotten, but I thought it was an excellent encounter between an established star and somebody on the rise. Christian's cheating tactics caused his victory to be nullified and the more memorable rematch was set up for the upcoming PPV, but this was an excellent TV match, and a great set up for that rematch.
9) Vs. Kurt Angle: Final Resolution 2008 - These two kicked off the new year with a bang, and a main event that still ranks up as one of the better PPV main events that TNA has delivered this year. AJ's interference led to an Angle victory, but it was a strong effort by Cage nonetheless.
8) Vs. AJ Styles: Genesis 2006 - Its a shame these two never got to have a match with a ton of build up behind it because as this match showed, they definately have the ability to steal the show. This was a bit of a TNA dream match for me, and I was happy to see it take place. I just wish we had seen more of this pairing. Christian was victorious this time, but hopefully we get to see this match again.
7) Vs. Kurt Angle: Against All Odds 2008 - Christian got a second chance at Kurt's title after getting screwed at FR. This match had some entertainment value to it with Samoa Joe as guest enforcer and interference from Karen Angle, while Kurt & Christian delivered yet another excellent wrestling match. Christian was screwed yet again, this time by former associate Tomko.
6) Vs. Samoa Joe: Bound for Glory 2007 - Probably my favorite series of matches that TNA gave us in 2007 was Joe/Christian. They just have a very natural chesmtiry that worked and they gave us some of the best one on one matches that TNA has ever seen. Matt Morgan as enforcer ensured a stright up fair fight, and in the end, Christian would suffer his first submission defeat in TNA at the hands of Samoa Joe in what was arguably the best match on TNA's biggest show of the year.
5) Vs. Jeff Jarrett: Against All Odds 2006 - This was a great old school kind of match with a great atmosphere. The fans wanted Christian to win. Not only because they hated Jarrett, but because everybody wanted him to be a main eventer in the WWE and it didn't happen. Would it happen in TNA? Well after this grueling match, Christian Cage came out on top with a celebration that has to rank up there as one of the greatest moments in TNA history.
4) Vs. Kaz: Fight for the Right Finals Ladder Match from Genesis 2007 - Best Ladder Match in TNA history. Some of the spots they did with the ladder were just insane, and Kaz came off looking like a superstar here. The match was absolutely excellent and it was capped off by a move that shocked me: Kaz got the win and the title shot against Kurt Angle. A nice twist to end a fantastic match.
3) Vs. Rhino: Barbedwire Steel Cage Match from Impact 2006 - This has to be considered one of the most violent matches TNA has ever put on. The feud between these two had reached high levels of intensity, so this seemed like the perfect way to end it. After some amazing spots, brutality, and bloodloss, Christian scored the win, but at a price, as he escaped the cage when Rhino Gored him through the door. Christian won the match, but Rhino got the last laugh in this violent feud.
2) Vs. Abyss: Six Sides of Steel from Lockdown 2006 - Christian had been enjoying his run as World Champion until The Monster came into the picture. After a personal feud, the match delivered a violent spectacle and IMO the greatest match in Lockdown history. After thumbtacks, a top of the cage frog splash, and several death defying moves, Christian was finally able to secure the win with an Unprettier that drove the Monster face first into the tacks.
1) Vs. Samoa Joe: Destination X 2007 - By all rights, this should have been just a run of the mill World Title Match. No real build up. To me it was just Christian defending the title, and Joe getting his first World Title shot, so I knew I'd enjoy it, but I didn't expect anything epic. Boy was I wrong. This was one of the best matches in TNA history and probably the best World Title match in TNA history. Just an excellent match that showed off just how good both men are. Joe proved he could hang in a main event World title match, but Christian picked up the win in this amazing match up.
Once again, I tried to avoid Lethal Lockdown & King of the Mountain matches, and I also opted to leave off the amazing Angle vs. Rhino vs. Cage 3 Way. As great as it was, I felt like Angle & Rhino carried that match while Christian spent large parts of it outside the ring. It made sense given the storyline, but I don't see it as an amazing in ring performance for Christian as much as ANgle and especially Rhino (who knew he could go longer than 20min?!?!)