The forgotten good/great matches
We all know by now that when people talk about the greatest wrestling matches of all time we're gonna see certain matches get mentioned a lot. Like Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold at WM13, for example. And there's not much else to say about such matches that we didn't already see/hear many other people say already.
But then there's good and even great matches that a lot of people forget. In your opinion, what matches fit the bill?
Batista vs. Triple H Hell in a Cell at Vengeance 2005: The 3rd and final match in the great Batista vs. Triple H feud. Their WM match was OK and all, but not exactly impressive. We just wanted Batista to win and we got that. The Backlash rematch was rather forgettable and the weakest one in the trilogy. So WWE must have realised that such a hot feud needed a REALLY BIG match to end it, and we got it. This HIAC match was bloodbath and made Batista look like a badass that never gives up. Maybe it's not the greatest HIAC match ever, but I really like this match.
Ric Flair vs. Mick Foley I Quit match at SummerSlam 2006: Holy shit, what a blood bath! This match and the feud leading to it were both pretty tense and personal, with Flair calling Foley a glorified stuntman and bleeding a lot in the match. Foley was on fire as a heel at the time and had already had a classic with Edge at WM 22 earlier that year. But everyone seems to forget this match.
JBL vs. Cena I Quit match at Judgement Day 2005: I hate Cena, but this match was pretty fun and pretty violent. JBL vs. Cena at WM21 two months previously was rather underwhelming, but both more than made up for it with this match. This was probably the very last time that I remember not hating Cena. He looked like a badass coming out of this match. And a few weeks later I was now finding myself hating his guts as he began feuding with Jericho. And people's hatred for him kept increasing each week from then on. WWE really messed up with the way they tweaked Cena's character... but that's left for another conversation.
JBL vs. Eddie Guerrero Texas Bullrope match at Great American Bash 2004: Great feud and great match in which JBL shockingly won the WWE championship. The saving grace of an AWFUL PPV.
Batista vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 23: Fuck Michaels vs. Cena. This was THE best match of the night. Batista was starting to get some visible smark hate online at the time, but he proved the haters wrong and delivered an OUTSTANDING performance at WM 23. WWE were pretty dumb in putting this match 3rd «in the 3rd. During his entrance Batista even says "let's see them follow that up" and proved WWE that they were morons in making it the 3rd match of the night so that Cena vs. Michaels would get all the spotlight. Well, tough luck, because Batista vs. taker KICKED ASS. This was the only time I didn't cheer for Batista, but I can't hate the way he acted in the feud and the match. When Taker kicked out of the Batista Bomb I jumped off my seat. This was a couple of years before HBK vs. Taker where false finishes started to become a thing in Taker's Streak matches. So him kicking out of the Batista Bomb was a surprise. Who had kicked out of that move before?! Oh, and Taker winning his first world title since 2002 was pretty sweat. Sadly his reign got cut short due to an injury, but oh well.
The Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution 2005: Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge and Chris Benoit with HBK as the special guest referee? What's there not to love? This match topped the 2002 EC match, imo. Maybe this isn't really a forgotten match, since I kept seeing praise for it even a few years afterwards, but it's been 14 long years by now, and I cannot remember the last time I saw someone talking about it.
Not gonna mention Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker at No Way Out 2006 because that match gets enough love on the internet and isn't really what I'd call forgotten.