Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Must-see DVD.....

Since I have NEVER done this, I've decided to put together a top 5 list. The PPV's no pure wrestling fan should do without seeing. The truth of the matter is that there isn't much new happening in the business. John Cena has been medically cleared to wrestle, which means that even in a card where he's NOT featured as a competitor, he'll have a part to play in the main event. *sigh* WWE as usual.

SO, to pass a bit of time and, as it turns out, give me something positive to write about, I'd like to share MY favorite PPV's.....and without any particular order.....


1.) SummerSlam 2002......
This was an amazing card from top to bottom. Truth be told, I can't think of a better line-up for the time than Rock vs. Brock, Triple H vs. HBK, Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero, the list goes on. Fact is, the card was a wrestling clinic with stuff for all tastes. Rey Mysterio's high flying style met Kurt Angle's mat based defense.....The Rock's microphone prowess met the heelish tactics of Brock's mouthpiece, Paul Heyman.....two of the all-time greats, Chris Jericho and Ric Flair faced off....fact is, there are few PPV's out there that can top my list quite in the same way.

2.) Unbreakable 2005......
Maybe I spoke too quickly. Here's a wrestling fact: Very few PPV's are given a high grade on simply ONE match, but this one, in my book, is worth the watch over and over again. Why? Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles for the X DIVISION TITLE! On PPV! Seriously. TNA has never done it since, but this was something special because there was very little down time and no one ever got sloppy. The precision of each spot and each chain of holds and counters was crisp and clean.

3.) Wrestlemania XIX.....
Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon, Austin vs. The Rock III, HBK vs. Chris Jericho....with the only real exception being Triple H vs. Booker T, which had no business being on the card to begin with, this was a great WWE effort. In my humble opinion, the last truly great PPV of the last decade for WWE was this one and it's predecessor......

4.) Wrestlemania 20.......
The very first Money in the Bank Ladder Match, featuring the ONLY sportsman winner....Rob Van Dam. That's right, he has been the only winner to cash in his shot at the following month's PPV AS THE MAIN EVENT, whereas every other winner has either waited until after a World Title defense OR in the case of John Cena this year, cashed in on an episode of RAW.

Combine this with HBK vs. Chris Benoit vs. Triple H, Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero, and one of the few truly great Women's Title matches...Victoria (Tara) vs. Molly Holly and you have quite probably the best Wrestlemania of the last 20 years.

5.) What could possibly close out this list? I have been giving that a LOT of thought. I HAVE to say that, at the risk of being controversial my pick is Lockdown from 2008. Joe vs. Angle headlined the event and the list of performers reads like a Who's Who in the best pure wrestlers in the business for the past 10 years. Sting, Christian, Jay Lethal, Austin Aries, Awesome Kong, The Motor City Machine Guns, Team 3D, and every Knockout on the roster. This was a good event from top to bottom and it rounds out my list.

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