Here we go once again grapple fans, as the countdown on our epic journey continues as we now spotlight numbers 70-66. Off we go!
70. TWC International Showdown (2005)
Alex Shane, at the time, knew what UK fans wanted to see and was determined to bring over the best stars from over the waters to compete on a supercard of massive proportions. In March 2005 the Skydome in Coventry hosted a show that many consider to be the very first UK Supershow. With matches such as Samoa Joe vs CM Punk, AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels and appearances from names such as Mick Foley, Raven, stars from Japan and even legendary journalist Bill Apter. The 3000 plus fans bared witness to a thrilling card of action and one that can be found on DVD and online.
69. ECW Barely Legal (1997)
All or nothing! That was the feeling in the air at the ECW arena April 13th 1997 as the loyal crew of wrestlers for ECW staged their first PPV in an attempt to take the company to the next level. Artistically there have been many better ECW PPVs but this one is included for its place in history and for the raw emotion that was on hand throughout the night. Featuring great performances from Taz, Sabu and Terry Funk, this one is worth watching for nostalgia and it’s place in history.
68. TNA Genesis (2006)
Worldwide fans were beginning to rally behind TNA and on this night in 2006, the belief was that TNA was only steps away from establishing themselves as the definitive alternative for wrestling fans. It was on this night that those beliefs were becoming true as the crowd were white hot all night in preparation for one match, Samoa Joe vs Kurt Angle. The dream match became a reality and instantly became one of the greatest matches of the noughties. Look for great performances too here from AJ Styles, Christian Cage, Sting and Abyss.
67. WWE Royal Rumble (2007)
Wildly regarded at the time for hosting the best Rumble match since 1992, this overlooked corker still flies under the radar when the discussion for best Rumble PPVs comes up. The closing sequence of the Rumble match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels was memorising and clearly set the stage for the epic 2 match series they had at future WrestleManias. Look out also for a choice encounter between John Cena and Umaga and an underrated tussle between Batista and Mr Kennedy.
66. WCW Bash At The Beach (1997)
Entered here by this writer for sentimental reasons, as it is one of the very mail order WCW VHS tapes he ever owned. This overlooked gem of a show offers so much variety for wrestling fans old and new. Whether it was the epic war between Chris Benoit and Kevin Sullivan, the Steiners vs Masa Chono and the Great Muta in a tremendous hard-hitting tag match, Ric Flair vs Roddy Piper in an engaging legends tussle. Or even the sight of Dennis Rodman giving Lex Luger in the main event tag match of Luger and the Giant against Rodman and Hollywood Hogan. This PPV showed why at this point of that little war between WCW and WWE on Monday nights Ted Turner’s wallet was still churning out a lot of money and bringing scary amounts back in!
There we have it guys and girls. We will be back next time with entries 65-61. Almost halfway there and there are still some crackers to be spotlighted.