WWE Championship: Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (Mind Games 1996)
If there is one theme that this blog has it is that opposites can attract in the most beautiful of ways inside the ring. There may be no greater display of that than Mankind and Shawn Michaels at Mind Games in 1996. Shawn Michaels has one of my favorite reigns as champion in any wrestling organization because the differences in his opponents and the styles he adapted were so varied and he mastered them so well, that you truly believed he deserved to be the champion. He and Mankind do such a good job in showing off their own, and the opponent’s styles that there is no doubt you were looking at two future legends.
LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31317649
Intro begins at: 1:14:05

WWE Championship: Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (Mind Games 1996)

If there is one theme that this blog has it is that opposites can attract in the most beautiful of ways inside the ring. There may be no greater display of that than Mankind and Shawn Michaels at Mind Games in 1996. Shawn Michaels has one of my favorite reigns as champion in any wrestling organization because the differences in his opponents and the styles he adapted were so varied and he mastered them so well, that you truly believed he deserved to be the champion. He and Mankind do such a good job in showing off their own, and the opponent’s styles that there is no doubt you were looking at two future legends.

LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31317649

Intro begins at: 1:14:05

WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimo Dragon (World War 3 1996)
A true worldwide spectacle. Japan’s Ultimo Dragon and Mexico/U.S.’s Rey Mysterio locked horns in this beautiful display of the combines styles of Lucha Libre/Technical wrestling. This one was for the Cruiserweight Championship and like usual in WCW. This match was a lot better than the one slated for the main event.
LINK TO MATCH:http://network.wwe.com/video/v31348351
Introductions begin at 2:42

WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimo Dragon (World War 3 1996)

A true worldwide spectacle. Japan’s Ultimo Dragon and Mexico/U.S.’s Rey Mysterio locked horns in this beautiful display of the combines styles of Lucha Libre/Technical wrestling. This one was for the Cruiserweight Championship and like usual in WCW. This match was a lot better than the one slated for the main event.

LINK TO MATCH:http://network.wwe.com/video/v31348351

Introductions begin at 2:42

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit (Ladder Match) (Royal Rumble 2001)
I know that HBK and Razor get credit for the best ladder match of all time, and for its time, it was. However, the match between Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit at the Royal Rumble in 2001 is my pick for best ladder match WWE has ever put on. The timing and pace and spots are some of the greatest performed in history and the Walls of Jericho on the ladder is still an image etched into the memory of wrestling fans the world over.
LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31345263
Introductions begin at 21:20

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit (Ladder Match) (Royal Rumble 2001)

I know that HBK and Razor get credit for the best ladder match of all time, and for its time, it was. However, the match between Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit at the Royal Rumble in 2001 is my pick for best ladder match WWE has ever put on. The timing and pace and spots are some of the greatest performed in history and the Walls of Jericho on the ladder is still an image etched into the memory of wrestling fans the world over.

LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31345263

Introductions begin at 21:20

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting vs. Ric Flair (Clash of the Champions I)
That’s right. Clash of the Champions are starting to roll their way onto the network, and with that, you can now watch the beginning of the legendary Sting’s ascent to superstardom. 
This match with Ric Flair for the championship shows how much the NWA was willing to dedicate to pure wrestling talent. They give them a huge amount of time to work and the result that Flair and Sting gave them was nothing short of extraordinary.
LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v32286157
Introductions begin at: 1:00:33

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting vs. Ric Flair (Clash of the Champions I)

That’s right. Clash of the Champions are starting to roll their way onto the network, and with that, you can now watch the beginning of the legendary Sting’s ascent to superstardom.

This match with Ric Flair for the championship shows how much the NWA was willing to dedicate to pure wrestling talent. They give them a huge amount of time to work and the result that Flair and Sting gave them was nothing short of extraordinary.

LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v32286157

Introductions begin at: 1:00:33

Intercontinental Championship: Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog (Summerslam 1992)
Wembley Stadium, in front of 80,000 plus, Bret Hart and The British Bulldog got into a great battle that caused WWE to fully take notice at both men as a main event threat. The show they put on was one of spectacle, but also one that was grounded in reality, thanks to the aggressive in ring work of both competitors. What it became was one of the most well remembered matches in WWE history.
(LINK TO MATCH:http://network.wwe.com/video/v31303263)
Introductions begin at 2:04:32

Intercontinental Championship: Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog (Summerslam 1992)

Wembley Stadium, in front of 80,000 plus, Bret Hart and The British Bulldog got into a great battle that caused WWE to fully take notice at both men as a main event threat. The show they put on was one of spectacle, but also one that was grounded in reality, thanks to the aggressive in ring work of both competitors. What it became was one of the most well remembered matches in WWE history.

(LINK TO MATCH:http://network.wwe.com/video/v31303263)

Introductions begin at 2:04:32

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Terry Funk vs. Ric Flair (The Great American Bash 1989)
Ric Flair was the man of the 80’s. Terry Funk was perhaps the hardest worker of that same time frame. It was a match that pitted two wrestlers of opposing lifestyles and wrestling styles, but once again, as the past has proved several times, sometimes opposing styles can mesh together and create a great match.
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31589169)
Introductions begin at 2:10:36

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Terry Funk vs. Ric Flair (The Great American Bash 1989)

Ric Flair was the man of the 80’s. Terry Funk was perhaps the hardest worker of that same time frame. It was a match that pitted two wrestlers of opposing lifestyles and wrestling styles, but once again, as the past has proved several times, sometimes opposing styles can mesh together and create a great match.

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31589169)

Introductions begin at 2:10:36

CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (Summerslam 2013)
The Brash vs. The Brawn. This match may be the best that WWE offered in 2013. You add together the mic skills of Paul Heyman and CM Punk, the wrestling skills of Punk and Lesnar, and the storytelling skills of all three and you get a masterpiece, that blew all other moments out of the water. This night will go down as the first time Daniel Bryan was screwed over by The Authority, but we can’t forget this perfect piece of work.
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31280129)
Intro begins at 1:12:50

CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (Summerslam 2013)

The Brash vs. The Brawn. This match may be the best that WWE offered in 2013. You add together the mic skills of Paul Heyman and CM Punk, the wrestling skills of Punk and Lesnar, and the storytelling skills of all three and you get a masterpiece, that blew all other moments out of the water. This night will go down as the first time Daniel Bryan was screwed over by The Authority, but we can’t forget this perfect piece of work.

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31280129)

Intro begins at 1:12:50

WWE Championship: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (Steel Cage Match) (Summerslam 1994)
The Hart family feud is one of the longest running storylines in wrestling. Filled with one talented performer after another. In this match we see, perhaps the two best to come out of that family go for it all inside a cage match.
Bret and Owen use the cage perfectly in this one. The tension that is built throughout is sublime. The story behind it, in regards to the Hart family is perfect, and the way it ends is a masterpiece of wrestling. Overall a surefire classic.
(LINK TO MATCH:http://network.wwe.com/video/v31288939)
Introductions begin at 1:22:55

WWE Championship: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (Steel Cage Match) (Summerslam 1994)

The Hart family feud is one of the longest running storylines in wrestling. Filled with one talented performer after another. In this match we see, perhaps the two best to come out of that family go for it all inside a cage match.

Bret and Owen use the cage perfectly in this one. The tension that is built throughout is sublime. The story behind it, in regards to the Hart family is perfect, and the way it ends is a masterpiece of wrestling. Overall a surefire classic.

(LINK TO MATCH:http://network.wwe.com/video/v31288939)

Introductions begin at 1:22:55

Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio (WWE Tag Team Championship) (No Mercy 2002)
This match was the culmination of a tournament to decide who would be Smackdown’s Tag Team Champions. At this time, Paul Heyman was the lead booker for Smackdown and was turning the show into the A list show over Raw due to his innate sense of finding positives in everyone and working with those.
He definitely did not have to look hard with these four wrestlers. These guys went in and put on, in my opinion, the best Tag Team Match of the 2000’s thus far. It is a great great wrestling match.
(LINK TO MATCH http://network.wwe.com/video/v31345297)
Intro begins at 1:28:30

Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio (WWE Tag Team Championship) (No Mercy 2002)

This match was the culmination of a tournament to decide who would be Smackdown’s Tag Team Champions. At this time, Paul Heyman was the lead booker for Smackdown and was turning the show into the A list show over Raw due to his innate sense of finding positives in everyone and working with those.

He definitely did not have to look hard with these four wrestlers. These guys went in and put on, in my opinion, the best Tag Team Match of the 2000’s thus far. It is a great great wrestling match.

(LINK TO MATCH http://network.wwe.com/video/v31345297)

Intro begins at 1:28:30

Sting vs. Cactus Jack (Falls Count Anywhere) (WCW Beach Blast ‘92)
This is the match that legitimized Mick Foley in America. He was finally given a grand stage to face off against a top tier talent in Sting, and the match that those two had that night, proved that both deserved to be at the top. Each man knew their role in the ring and played it perfectly. Cactus Jack, the psychopath vs. The hero, Sting. It was classic, formulaic wrestling at its finest. 
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31312961)
Introductions begin at 52:36

Sting vs. Cactus Jack (Falls Count Anywhere) (WCW Beach Blast ‘92)

This is the match that legitimized Mick Foley in America. He was finally given a grand stage to face off against a top tier talent in Sting, and the match that those two had that night, proved that both deserved to be at the top. Each man knew their role in the ring and played it perfectly. Cactus Jack, the psychopath vs. The hero, Sting. It was classic, formulaic wrestling at its finest. 

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31312961)

Introductions begin at 52:36

Triple H vs. Chris Jericho (Last Man Standing Match) (Fully Loaded 2000)
A violent payoff to a bitter feud. This match is about as extreme as you can get without fire and barbed wire. Jericho and Triple H give it their absolute all in this match, and the effects of that are seen on their bodies throughout the match. This is an old school beat down blood bath, and the fact that the lead up to it is so well done, makes you feel each hit throughout.
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31367907)
Introduction begins at 1:37:20

Triple H vs. Chris Jericho (Last Man Standing Match) (Fully Loaded 2000)

A violent payoff to a bitter feud. This match is about as extreme as you can get without fire and barbed wire. Jericho and Triple H give it their absolute all in this match, and the effects of that are seen on their bodies throughout the match. This is an old school beat down blood bath, and the fact that the lead up to it is so well done, makes you feel each hit throughout.

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31367907)

Introduction begins at 1:37:20

Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis (Bash at the Beach ‘96)
Bash at the Beach ‘96 is remembered as the NWO’s genesis, but what is sadly overlooked is one of the greatest Lucha Libre contests in American history between life long rivals, Rey Misterio Jr. and Psicosis. This encompasses everything Lucha Libre stands for. High flying, acrobatic, fast paced wrestling. So if any of those interest you, then this match is definitely for you.
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31572863)
Introductions begin at 2:18

Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis (Bash at the Beach ‘96)

Bash at the Beach ‘96 is remembered as the NWO’s genesis, but what is sadly overlooked is one of the greatest Lucha Libre contests in American history between life long rivals, Rey Misterio Jr. and Psicosis. This encompasses everything Lucha Libre stands for. High flying, acrobatic, fast paced wrestling. So if any of those interest you, then this match is definitely for you.

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31572863)

Introductions begin at 2:18

The Rock vs. Chris Jericho (WCW Championship) (No Mercy 2001)
While the WWE and Alliance were fighting each other, some infighting began in the WWE camp. Chris Jericho and The Rock became embroiled in a bitter rivalry that had a tremendous build because it split an audience. While the majority loved The Rock, many people still respected Chris Jericho and wanted to see him finally earn a World Title. He finally got his opportunity at No Mercy and the ensuing championship match was one of the best of the young century.
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31336871)
Intro begins at: 1:42:10

The Rock vs. Chris Jericho (WCW Championship) (No Mercy 2001)

While the WWE and Alliance were fighting each other, some infighting began in the WWE camp. Chris Jericho and The Rock became embroiled in a bitter rivalry that had a tremendous build because it split an audience. While the majority loved The Rock, many people still respected Chris Jericho and wanted to see him finally earn a World Title. He finally got his opportunity at No Mercy and the ensuing championship match was one of the best of the young century.

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31336871)

Intro begins at: 1:42:10

Chris Benoit vs. Kane vs. Christian vs. Edge vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho (Money in the Bank Ladder Match) (Wrestlemania 21)
A Wrestlemania tradition is born. The first Money in the Bank ladder match was a tall order to follow, but it seems every year, the match finds a way to top itself. Still, if you had a time machine, I doubt you would believe that anything could top this match. The spots were great and constant. The pace was that mix of exciting and exhausting that makes for a great match.
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31305371)
Introductions begin at 26:40

Chris Benoit vs. Kane vs. Christian vs. Edge vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho (Money in the Bank Ladder Match) (Wrestlemania 21)

A Wrestlemania tradition is born. The first Money in the Bank ladder match was a tall order to follow, but it seems every year, the match finds a way to top itself. Still, if you had a time machine, I doubt you would believe that anything could top this match. The spots were great and constant. The pace was that mix of exciting and exhausting that makes for a great match.

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31305371)

Introductions begin at 26:40

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (Survivor Series 1996)
Perhaps the best technical match that Stone Cold was ever a part of.Bret Hart brought Austin to a whole new level in WWE, by giving him the great matches that could match the great promos that Austin would spew every night. The story of the match wrote itself. The old veteran gets challenged by the arrogant and talented younger bull, but this veteran had a few tricks up his sleeve yet. This match took both competitors to the limit, and they rose to the occasion brilliantly. 
(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31291109)
Intros begin at 1:23:38

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (Survivor Series 1996)

Perhaps the best technical match that Stone Cold was ever a part of.Bret Hart brought Austin to a whole new level in WWE, by giving him the great matches that could match the great promos that Austin would spew every night. The story of the match wrote itself. The old veteran gets challenged by the arrogant and talented younger bull, but this veteran had a few tricks up his sleeve yet. This match took both competitors to the limit, and they rose to the occasion brilliantly. 

(LINK TO MATCH: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31291109)

Intros begin at 1:23:38