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101 Wrestling Shows To Watch Before You Die – Parts 1 to 10 Recap

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Wrestle fans rejoice! We’ve smashed through the halfway point of this one of a kind epic series. And because we love you all so much here’s a handy recap so far of the top 101 Wrestling Shows to Watch Before You Die, all on one page, just keep scrolling, you know you want too.

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101. WWE SUMMERSLAM (1994)

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Back in the glory days of the then WWF, when the company only help a handful of PPV’s a year, Summerslam ’94 had a genuine big-time feel to it.

The year-long rivalry between battling brothers Bret and Owen Hart peaked here in one of the greatest steel cage matches of all time. There was also a solid undercard featuring Diesel and Razor Ramon battling for the Intercontinental Championship. The main event was the dreaded Undertaker versus The UnderFAKER match, with Paul Bearer and Ted DiBiase in each dead man’s respective corner. The match was a dud – but the build-up was worth it, and let’s be honest – who could follow Bret and Owen?

Overall, Summerslam 1994 is a highly overlooked show, and you should check it out of the WWE Network straight away.

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100. ECW ANARCHY RULZ (1999)

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Widely regarded as one of ECW’s finest PPV shows ever, Anarchy Rulz ’99 had a fantastic mix of action which was enhanced by a white-hot live crowd in Chicago.

The show will best be remembered for a thrilling Jerry Lynn and Lance Storm masterclass, as well as a full-on war between Sabu and Justin Credible. The main event of the show was a true passing of the torch moment as the late, great Mike Awesome defeated Taz and Masato Tanaka to become the ECW World Heavyweight Champion. This was supercard action at its very finest.

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99. WCW SPRING STAMPEDE (1999)

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Ok sure, 1999 was clearly the time when World Championship Wrestling began its untimely fall from grace, however that year’s Spring Stampede event showed glimpses of excellence that the company had once been known for.

Standout matches included a blistering opener between Juventud Guerrera and Blitzkrieg, and an insane Hardcore scrap between Bam Bam Bigelow and former ECW alumnus The Sandman, now going by the name Hak. The underrated due of Raven and Saturn would do battle with Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko in a near 15-minute tag team match, and we even enjoyed the short but sweet encounter between Goldberg and Kevin Nash. Diamond Dallas Page would also defeat Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Sting in the main event of what could easily be described as WCW’s last great supercard.

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98. TNA TURNING POINT (2004)

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We’re including Turning Point from 2004 because for its time this was a fantastic alternative wrestling show to what we were used to seeing and brought new eyes to the TNA product.

Unlike in later years, the Florida based crowd were red hot all night, not yet feeling the effects of overexposure to the flagging product we’ve come to know. It’s no wonder the fans were excited though with great matches up and down the card. Highlights included former WCW rivals Raven and DDP in a grudge match, and X Division Champion Petey Williams besting Chris Sabin in another high energy entry in the series of matches these two had around this time.

America’s Most Wanted facing Elix Skipper and Christopher Daniels in a Six Sides of Steel match was the high point of an excellent PPV. If you haven’t seen it then we implore you to check it out on the Global Wrestling Network right away – and prepare yourself for one of TNA’s greatest moments, and yes we’re talking about that moment with Elix Skipper.

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97. WWE WrestleMania X-SEVEN (2001)

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Top to bottom this may still be the greatest WrestleMania of all time.

Matches included Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho Vs William Regal, and the infamous TLC match between The Hardy Boyz, Dudley Boyz, and Edge and Christian. With such variety, it’s hard to truly highlight the very best moments – though we’re sure everyone reading this has their own highlights!

WrestleMania X-Seven is a PPV worth checking out for not only the stacked card but also for the rabid intensity of the sold-out Texas crowd.

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96. ROH THE ERA OF HONOR BEGINS (2002)

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By 2002, ECW was long gone but the fan base was crying out for more. Step-up Ring Of Honor, a promotion founded by former ECW staff. The Era of Honor Begins is included here as it gave independent wrestling a massive shot in the arm and gave a spotlight to many of the stars of today a platform to hone their craft. The double main event of Eddie Guerrero vs Super Crazy and the 3 way battle between Lowki, Christopher Daniels and American Dragon (Daniel Bryan) ushered in a new day for wrestling in America and beyond. 

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95. AAA WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1994)

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Mexican Wrestling truly exploded onto the worldwide scene one fateful night in LA during the winter of 1994. Executives from WCW were in the house to scout for its continued rebranding during that time so there was a buzz in the air. As for the action, one could still argue that from an overall quality and impression standpoint, this was perhaps the best PPV of the 90s. Future stars like Rey Mysterio Jr, Eddie Guerrero, Psicocis and the late great Art Barr took centre stage and gave America and the world a preview of what the game-changing style of the cruiserweights was to be. 

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94. WWE NXT TAKEOVER: BROOKLYN (2015)

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NXT has arguably become the most popular brand in all of wrestling and this night in question just may have been the catalyst for what was to come. Critics said a so-called ‘developmental’ brand couldn’t fill a large venue and produce a supercard of amazing quality to match it. Well look back and see. Venue? Sold out! Event quality? Incredible! Notable for Finn Balor and Kevin Owens battling for the NXT title in a ladder match and the incredibly emotional Women’s title match between Sasha Banks and Bayley, whose popularity at the time was a sight to behold. This event was a true turning point for NXT and all involved. 

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93. WCW THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH (1996)

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Widely regarded as one of their greatest ever PPVs, WCW truly came into their own on this night. Featuring action such as a true powerhouse battle between the Steiners and Fire and Ice, sheer brutality with Chris Benoit against Kevin Sullivan in a crazy falls count anywhere match and the moment where Kevin Nash and Scott Hall left Eric Bischoff in a broken mess on the entrance way, this PPV was the start of WCWs run of unmissable PPVs. 

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92. WWE SUMMERLSAM (1998)

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Highway to Hell! Everything a WWE fan could want was on display here. Included on our list because if you compare the product to that WCW at the time, and WCW was still rolling at this point, everything feels fresh and the emphasis is clearly based on building for the future. When your top to matches feature Steve Austin and The Undertaker in their prime and Triple H and The Rock knocking on the doors of the main event, it’s clear to see that WWE was always going to win that little War that occurred every Monday!

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91. ECW HEAT WAVE (1998)

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ECW crowds were always loud and rabid but this night in Ohio, you could truly feel the energy coming through the screen. Mike Awesome vs Masato Tanaka. Justin Credible vs Jerry Lynn. Taz vs Bam Bam Bigelow. What more can we say really? Still a viable alternative at the time for fans and wrestlers, this event is a truly underrated classic.

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90. All In (2018)

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This was unquestionably the most anticipated event of 2018. Could Cody and The Young Bucks pull off such a show in front of over 10,000 white hot fans? The answer was Yes, Yes and Hell Yeah! Featuring the biggest NWA title match in decades with Cody and Nick Aldis, the incredible and rare US appearance of Okada and Chris Jericho popping up to continue his groundbreaking series with Kenny Omega, this event gave early life to what we now know as AEW and began a movement that could take Wrestling into its next Boom period that has seemingly been teased for the past Two Years!

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89. WWE SummerSlam (2002)

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From top to bottom this may have been the greatest SummerSlam of all time and featured an incredibly stacked line up. At a time when the first Brand Extension was in motion, both Raw and Smackdown had stellar rosters and this PPV was tremendous evidence of that. When a card has main event calibre matches such as Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio, Triple H vs Shawn Michaels and The Rock vs Brock Lesnar, its hard not to sit back and relax with such magnificence on display. This PPV still stands up against anything you will see today. Brilliant stuff.

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88. WCW Bash At The Beach (1996)

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So this event doesn’t really need much of a description. Granted from a pure wrestling standpoint it may not be viewed as a classic but for the whole atmosphere that was building all night, right up to the moment when Hulk Hogans appearances changed wrestling forever. Yes, I did say that. Such a moment needs to be seen and appreciated. Absolutely incredible!

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87. SWAT Revival (2002)

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Wrestling in the UK is flourishing right now and it’s incredible to see. NXT UK, Progress, ICW, Fight Club Pro, RPW. We could go on and on. In 2002 TalkSport and the gone but never forgotten FWA staged a show that helped set British wrestling back on the right track and build towards what we have today. Young stars like Doug Williams, Jonny Storm and Jodie Fleisch took centre stage amongst the likes of the late, great duo of Eddie Guerrero and Brian Christopher. Take time to seek out this event. It’s amazing to look back on and realise that the spotlight was always destined to once again shine on wrestling in the UK.

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86. NJPW Dominion (2018)

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NJPW has spent the last 5-10 years slowly rebuilding the incredible legacy that it built up during the 80s and 90s and this event here blew away even the most sceptical of critics. All night you could sense something special was in the air. Stars like Tanahashi, Neito, The Young Bucks and more gave this event plenty of memorable moments. Then Okada and Kenny Omega took to the ring and the rest, as they say, was history. Widely regarded from an in-ring quality standpoint as the greatest feud of all time, the main event here once again delivered, exceeded and set a new standard for pro wrestling. Truly remarkable stuff.

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85. WWE WrestleMania 4 (1988)

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Fresh from the historic edition of Main Event 2 months prior featuring the evil Hebner brothers, the WWE title was up for grabs for the first time in a one night tournament to crown a new champion. The word historic is used again. This was a landmark event for WWE as with the field being wide open and even though former champion Hulk Hogan was involved, there was a genuine sense of unpredictability throughout the event. Far from a pure wrestling masterpiece, this event is must-see for what WWE became and subsequently led to the following year.

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84. ECW One Night Stand (2005)

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Nostalgia was the theme of the night as for one night only, at least as initially planned, time was turned back as the Extreme alumni reminded the world of the impact they had on the business in the 90s and the influence it still has today in the current climate. Featuring a car crash special between the late Mike Awesome and Masato Tanaka, the wild and roster-wide war between The Dudley Boyz and the ECW Iconic team of Sandman and Tommy Dreamer and the memorable ‘shoot’ promo from Paul Heyman, this PPV became an instant classic and one fans still go back and enjoy 14 years later.

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83. FWA British Uprising (2002)

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Could the Frontier Wrestling Alliance fill the famed York Hall in London with a card of unknown British stars and cult heroes at a time when the business in the UK was still on its ‘backside’? Damn straight they could. Still today one of the best top to bottom British cards ever produced, the 1000 plus crowd were on fire from start to finish. Whether it was Jerry Lynn vs Doug Williams, AJ Styles vs Jonny Storm, Ulf Herman vs Balls Mahoney or Flash Barker vs Jodie Fleisch for the FWA title in a ladder match, this was the night the world took notice of what wrestling in the UK could truly be. NXT UK you are very welcome!

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82. WCW Nitro Episode 1 (1995)

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The Monday night wars have been documented multiple times and it was on this night when wrestling as we know it changed forever. Could WCW compete with WWE head to head with the roster they had? Sting vs Ric Flair, Brian Pillman vs Jushin Liger and a shocking appearance from Lex Luger. All on free TV. Unheard of at the time and it set the tone for the next 5 and a half years for Monday night wrestling. Inside the Mall of America in Minnesota, everything about this night screamed unpredictable and for historical purposes is a definite must see!

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81. WWE Royal Rumble (2001)

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By this point the much-loved wars on a Monday night were as good as finished and WWE here proved why they were miles and miles ahead of WCW in every sense of the word. A strong undercard highlighted by a thrilling IC title ladder match between perennial foes Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit, everything led to one of the best Rumble matches of all team featuring an all-star roster of talent. Almost at his peak as a performer, Steve Austin once again proved why he truly may go down in the history books as the greatest WWE Superstar of all time. Credit also to the performance of Kane in the Rumble match. Must see action here as the ‘Attitude era’ was on its way towards its final curtain call.

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80. ECW Anarchy Rulz (2000)

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It’s pretty safe to say that by this point, ECW was hanging on by a thread financially but in the ring they could still churn out a thrilling night of PPV wrestling. This event had it all from the hard-hitting weapon filled brawls that were RVD vs Rhino for the ECW TV title and Da Baldies vs Balls Mahoney and Chilly Willy to the technical action-packed battles that were CW Anderson vs Steve Corino and Justin Credible vs Jerry Lynn for the ECW World title. The last great PPV from ECWs original form, this is one that can be enjoyed fondly for fans of old and new eyes that are experiencing the Extreme Legacy of the group on the WWE Network.

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79. ROH Crowning A Champion (2002)

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Ring Of Honor had been building towards this night since February of 2002 and promised to crown its first ROH champion in epic fashion, they did that and then some on this hot summers night back in July 2002. The undercard featured show-stopping performances from the likes of AJ Styles, Homicide and Jay Briscoe but the 425 sold out fans inside the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia came to see Lowki, Spanky, Christopher Daniels and our own Doug Williams battle in one of the greatest Iron Man matches you will ever see. Setting the standard for what ROH title matches would become, this event is truly a must see!

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78. WWE One Night Only (1997)

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At a time where WCW where the leaders of wrestling in the states and WWE were slowly settling into a new era of ‘Attitude’, Birmingham Arena was the site for one of the best PPVs of the 90s. With a sold-out crowd as loud as any you will ever hear, this PPV had a very special feel about it. Headlined by Shawn Michaels vs Davey Boy Smith for the defunct European title and a semi-main event of Bret Hart vs The Undertaker in an underrated WWE title classic, the whole night proved that WWE was on WCWs tails for the rights of Wrestling Supremacy.

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77. WCW Starrcade (1983)

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Long before WrestleMania was the ‘Granddaddy of them all’, the Crockett family staged an event that would be the precursor to what we now recognise as the SuperShow. Change was in the air and the rabid crowd were in awe all night of what was on display. Revisit this now on the WWE network and see why matches such as Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine in a dog collar match and Harley Race defending the NWA title in a cage match against Ric Flair still enthral fans today. This writer especially derives great pleasure from this event and cannot put this show over any more highly if he tried!

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76. TNA PPV Week 42 (2003)

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Back in the days of the TNA Asylum, the company spent 3 months expertly building to, at the time, the biggest match in TNA history as Jeff Jarrett and Raven were to finally collide for the NWA title. The match itself was an emotional roller coaster and still holds up well today. The rest of the show was filled with great action from the likes of, what a variety this is, AJ Styles, D-LO Brown, Amazing Red, AMW, Jerry Lynn and more. If you have never seen this, check it out on the Global Wrestling Network now. If only things for TNA could have been different eh?

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75. WrestleMania 30 (2014)

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Anticipation for the 2014 edition of Mania was as high as any from years before as the ‘Yes Movement’ was in full effect for the climax of Daniel Bryan’s quest for the, then known as, WWE World title. It was the night Bryan scored two big wins and had the sold-out crowd all throwing their hands in the air for came to be known as the ‘Miracle on Bourbon Street’. Along with those two matches, with the show opener against Triple H being severely overlooked, it was the night the ‘Steak’ was broken by the Mayor of Suplex City and the hair standing visual of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock opening the show. For these moments alone, its a Mania that needs to be seen and appreciated.

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74. WWE King Of The Ring (1996)

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Quite possibly the most underrated KOTR event in its history, this PPV should be viewed for more than just the moment Steve Austin unleashed is own brand of Hell in the WWE with his memorable post-tournament winning acceptance speech. Some stellar matches were on display here as the soon to be king Steve Austin battled Marc Mero in one of the best WWE PPV matches from 1996, The Undertaker and Mankind waged war in the first of their legendary series of tussles and the main event for the WWE title so champion Shawn Michaels and the late, great Davey Boy Smith tear the house down in a thrilling encounter.

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73. ROH Main Event Spectacles (2003)

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Ring of Honor was around 18 months into their existence at the time of this event from Elizabeth, New Jersey and this night truly solidified their claim to be the best wrestling company in all of North America. Featuring an all-star lineup of talent, it truly was had to disagree with any claims they were making. Let’s see…AJ Styles vs Bryan Danielson, Homicide vs BJ Whitmer in an incredibly stiff bout and a four corner survival match between Samoa Joe, Steve Corino, CM Punk and Christopher Daniels. Need we really say any more?

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72. WCW Halloween Havoc (1998)

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The Monday Night Wars were at this point slowly becoming one-sided in the favour of the folks up north but on PPV, the line up for this event cannot be ignored and did feature some quality action along the way. With a full roster on hand and a solid undercard, the big boys then came out to play. Decent offerings were to be had in the form of Kevin Nash vs Scott Hall and Bret Hart vs Sting. The main event was the true match of the night as DDP challenged then WCW champion Goldberg in one the finest world title bouts in all of wrestling in 1998. Hulk Hogan vs The Warrior is worth sitting through for the comedy value!

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71. NXT Takeover Dallas (2016)

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Takeover has become the standard for which all WWE events should be measured against and the Dallas special that came on the weekend of WrestleMania 32 was one of the very best WWE produced events from 2016. Opening matches are always key to setting the tone and here saw American Alpha challenge then NXT tag champs The Revival in a cracking collision that had the sold-out fans in full voice. This was also the night that saw the NXT debut of Shinsuke Nakamura as he battled the then main roster bound Sami Zayn. One word comes to mind here………… Masterpiece! As close to perfection as you can get and with a white-hot crowd loving every second of it, this one truly needs to appreciated. The NXT title main event of then champion Finn Balor against Samoa Joe was excellent but fell short in the shadow of the previously mentioned encounter.

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70. TWC International Showdown (2005)

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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.

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69. ECW Barely Legal (1997)

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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.

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68. TNA Genesis (2006)

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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.

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67. WWE Royal Rumble (2007)

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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.

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66. WCW Bash At The Beach (1997)

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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!

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65. 1PW A Cruel Twist Of Fate (2005)

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Doncaster for several years became a wrestling haven for fans of a product aimed at ‘smart’ fans and hosted many a memorable night of action. The inaugural show by One Pro Wrestling most definitely set the standard for future events as the people behind 1PW pulled out all the stops with a 5 hour supercard featuring a who’s who of talent with names like AJ Styles, Abyss, Steve Corino, Al Snow, Jerry Lynn, Raven, The Sandman and many, many more. Included for the impact and change that the show and promotion brought to the UK scene, this is worth checking out for those reasons and more.

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64. WWE SummerSlam (1997)

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During a period where the WCW was winning that familiar War on Monday nights, this night was further proof that when it came to PPV, WWE was always way ahead of their counterparts from an in-ring aspect. Featuring several, continually overlooked gems such as Triple H vs Mankind in a cage, that match between Owen Hart and Steve Austin and a tremendous title match between then champion Undertaker and Bret Hart with Shawn Michaels as the special referee. It is easy to see why WWE would eventually reclaim its title as king of sports entertainment.

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63. WWE Fully Loaded (2000)

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2000 was the year WWE ran away with the victory in the battle for sports entertainment supremacy. The July 2000 PPV cemented WWE’s spot as lords of wrestling PPVs, The Rock vs Chris Benoit, Triple H vs Chris Jericho in a last man standing match. Kurt Angle vs Undertaker, when that is the triple main event of the show, need we really say anymore?

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62. ROH Death Before DisHonor (2003)

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Summer 2003 for ROH was all about one monumental feud, Raven vs CM Punk. Battling in various singles and tag matches, the dog collar match from this show is regarded as the best match from their epic series. Add in appearances from Tommy Dreamer during the match and a gripping ROH title main event classic between then champion Samoa Joe and Paul London (remember him?), during this period ROH truly were untouchable.

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61. IWA Mid South Ted Petty Invitational (2003)

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Annually hosted over two nights in Indiana the sold-out show treated the fans in attendance to one of the greatest and most star-studded tournaments in the history of pro wrestling. Every single entrant came to impress as the line up was a remarkable piece of booking. AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Brian Danielson, CM Punk, Nigel McGuiness, Austin Aries, Petey Williams. That is just a taste of the impressive lineup. It can still be found on DVD if you look hard enough and it’s one we urge you seek out!

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60. WCW Fall Brawl (1996)

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This was the year that WCW finally arrived in terms of global appeal, overall consistency and all of this is very evident here as the 1996 edition of this popular PPV really delivered the goods! Featuring an underrated cracker between Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio Jr vs Super Calo in an entertaining Cruiserweight title bout, Harlem Heat vs The Nasty Boys in a slow-burning corker for the tag titles and the massive War Games match between Team NWO and Team WCW/Horsemen. A quality event that is often overlooked.

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59. ECW Guilty As Charged (1999)

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During this time ECW were reaching out to new markets in the States. You could feel a change in the air during this show as it was headlined by the long-awaited ECW title match between then champion Shane Douglas and Taz, who was so over during this time it was hard to not place his popularity up against the big names of the time. The undercard featured some choice scraps too as Super Crazy and Yoshihiro Tajiri began their legendary rivalry, Sid, yes that Sid, showed up and massacred poor John Kronus and Rob Van Dam battled Lance Storm in a tremendous ECW TV title bout. Fantastic all around card!

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58. TNA Turning Point (2005)

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For the second year in a row TNA staged a fantastic edition of Turning Point and is still considered to be one of the promotions best PPVs in its history. The stand out matches here were the first ever TNA Barbed Wire Massacre match between Sabu and Abyss, Team 3D against AMW in a frantic elimination Tables match, Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles for the X Division title in what still may be their greatest match to date in their long-running series and a superb NWA title match between Jeff Jarrett and Rhino. Ah, those were the days weren’t they TNA fans?

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57. ECWA Super 8 (2002)

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Independent wrestling was on the cusp of a period of extended greatness at this time and this annual event was a platform in 2002 for future world champions and Indy darlings of that era. The 8 men competing in 2002 were AJ Styles, Donovan Morgan, Amazing Red, Bobby Roode, Xavier, Matt Stryker, Chad Collyer and Pepper Parks. The event is out there on DVD and the good ole world wide web. Seek this out, You will not be disappointed!

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56. WWE Canadian Stampede (1997)

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Deep in the heart of Canada, WWE staged a PPV so amazing that it’s still hard to believe it only had four matches on the card. Widely regarded as one of WWE’s greatest ever nights of PPV action, I am sure all long term fans are aware of this show. If not, check it out on the WWE network. Trust us when we say no card rundown is needed here!!!

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55. 1PW Know Your Enemy Weekend (2006)

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Hitting its peak in popularity in May 2006, 1PW presented a memorable weekend of wrestling action. Night one was highlighted by a tremendous, in the ring and on the mic, altercation between Steve Corino and Christian Cage that had the near sold out Doncaster Dome in awe. Night two was the emotional 3-way dance for the 1PW title as Abyss, Cage and Corino waged war in a bout still fondly remembered by 1PW fans. This writer can also be seen going crazy at ringside for the finish and was even seen to be reduced to tears. That is how much this writer was drawn into what he was witnessing!

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54. NJPW Super J Cup (1994)

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During a time when Junior heavyweights had to turn to promotions like NJPW to ply their craft, this night went down in history as one the greatest nights of wrestling ever and was seen as a major turning point in allowing names like Jushin Liger, Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero to make the leap into the American mainstream wrestling scene. ‘That Meltzer Guy’ at the time named this as the best wrestling card ever. Even now it is hard to disagree with that notion! Highly recommended!!

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53. WCW Wrestle War (1992)

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Dusty Rhodes’s greatest creation hit it’s peak here as perhaps maybe the greatest War Games Match ever occurred on this night as The Dangerous Alliance and Sting’s Squadron pounded the tar out of each other in one of the most violent and compelling cage matches you will ever have the privilege to enjoy. With excellent performances elsewhere from the likes of The Steiner Brothers, Tatsumi Fujinami and Brian Pillman, WCW was way ahead of WWE on PPV during this time. Make a point of enjoying this on the WWE Network.

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52. ECW The Night The Line Was Crossed (1994)

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Paul Heyman knew that it was all or nothing for this event. Would a relatively new concept work in front of those rabid ECW Arena fans and help establish them as a true alternative or crash and burn quicker than a Big Show Face turn? One hour later and the masses were standing for the effort that Sabu, Shane Douglas and Terry Funk had made in a 3-way dance, which in 1994 truly was a novelty. Epic from start to finish, this was the night ECW did indeed cross the line and arrive in Extreme fashion!

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51. NOAH Navigate For Evolution Tag 9 (2003)

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Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa may be the greatest ever rivalry in Japanese wrestling history, some say in wrestling history period. Their battles were show-stopping and on this night there was no doubt that these two legends were in a class of their own. Considered a one-match show for the story leading into the match and the in-ring action itself, this show is included for the history of both men’s storied rivalry.

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Well that’s it for our recap of parts 1 thru 10, keep those eyes peeled for the next thrilling instalment next week, sleep tight wrestle fans!

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