10. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels (Ladder Match) No Mercy 2008
I think anybody who was an avid WWE fan in 2008 will remember this incredible feud between HBK & Y2J, and especially the stories they told. Michaels feigning an injury and Jericho calling him the biggest hyopcrite he'd ever met in his entire life
This program also gave us, what was essentially, the end of the PG era with Jericho beating Michaels half to death in a bloodbath at The Great American Bash. Later, which is funny to speculate on why HBK is now cross-eyed after having his head smashed through the Jeritron, which lead to Jericho punching Shawn's wife for real at SummerSlam.
The Unsanctioned Match they had at Unforgiven, and ultimately what was a fantastic way to end such an amazing program between two guys who basically took 2008 by the balls and owned it and gave us a Ladder Match for the ages like only these 2 guys can.
9. John Cena vs. Umaga (Last Man Standing Match) Royal Rumble 2007
I always thought Cena and Umaga was a weird pairing but what was weirder than that was that I actually enjoyed the select few encounters that they had. Because I started watching WWE in 1998, my version of the Bret/Austin shot from WrestleMania 13 was this shot of Cena/Umaga from the Rumble. I know a lot of you will probably look at that and just squirm in your seats, but hey, there's something for all of us and that shot will forever be with me.
8. Jeff Hardy vs. Undertaker (Ladder Match) RAW, 01/06/2002
"Go on kid, make yourself famous!
I've always been a fan of Jeff Hardy since I first started watching WWE, and my favourite version of Undertaker has always been American Badass and Big Evil. I just thought it suited him more to just be himself and kick some ass. My favourite title design was always the Undisputed too, so this match kind of had everything for me. I still rewatch it sometimes.
7. Cactus Jack vs. Randy Orton (Hardcore Match) Backlash 2004
Very much in agreement with the OP here, this is probably one of the most violent, brutal and shocking matches in WWE that I've ever seen, and I get goosebumps just thinking and talking about the reaction from the crowd, coupled with King and JR's commentary when Randy hits those tacks. Fucking legendary.
6. Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero (Ladder Match) RAW, 27/05/2002
Yet another classic Ladder Match from 2002 - this one is infamous for the fan running in and pushing Eddie off a ladder; to which he replies with an enormous punch. Eddie wasn't in a good place during this time period and it's even more surreal to think that he would have died 3 years and a bit after this match, but it still stands out to me as an evolution of sorts of the physical and mental wellbeing of Eddie Guerrero. An absolute legend that is sorely missed by millions. Viva la Raza.
5. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (Iron Man Match) SmackDown, 18/09/2003
Back in the day when Lesnar could speak like a normal person on the mic to a semi-decent degree and was literally in incredible condition. Angle included.
One of my best friend's growing up always watched the Shawn Michaels: From the Vault
DVD and he always told me about this mega long match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart that went on for over an hour and it was amazing - the twist being that Lesnar and Angle had done one the very same on SmackDown.
We were both relatively young at the time so WWE was still all the e-numbers we needed, and this match holds very fond and nostalgic memories for me.
4. Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL (WWE Championship) Judgment Day 2004
We all know this match and it is on my list simply for that
3. Undisputed ERA vs. Moustache Mountain (NXT Tag Titles) NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV
Big jump forward here but I'd taken a bit of a break from WWE for a while. It was around 2014 and I was just really bored. I was only really watching because of CM Punk but when he split I really didn't have a reason to watch anymore. That said, this was either this first or second match I watched when I re-subscribed to the Network and holy fuck I was shocked.
I knew of Adam Cole from ROH so I kept up slightly with the ERA, and I'd seen Tyler Bate in England plenty of times but the calibre of match they had was just that weird 'magic' thing people sometimes tlak about in wrestling. I loved it. It's a big part of why I always watch NXT now, because you never know when a gem is going to appear.
2. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (3 Stages of Hell) Armageddon 2002
Before the Backlash 2004 match between Foley and Orton, this was the most brutal match I'd ever seen and it was my favourite for a very
long time. Triple H was always my favourite. I just thought he was badass - and I was a big fan of Shawn too considering the first ever WWE DVD I got as a gift one year was Survivor Series 2002 where he won the title, so it was only right to continue watching their feud. I ended up watching their feud up until Bad Blood 2004. What a fucking ride.
1. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (Triple Threat) WrestleMania XX
I've talked about this match to death in the past, as well as The Final Encounter from Backlash the month after. I'll sum it up in brief cos as fun as this thread is (hats off to the OP), I'm fucking exhausted haha.
As I said in No. 2, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were favourites of mine, but, still to this day, my all-time favourite is the Rabid Wolverine, Chris Benoit. I don't think it's right that any of us talk about the events or tragedy of what happened in 2007 because, ultimately and realistically, none of us were there and will never truly know what happened - especially considering our main source of info on the matter, being WWE, won't acknowledge it.
I know - a very controversial number one from me but hey, we all have our favourites and the beauty of professional wrestling is that there's something for everyone.