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101 Wrestling Shows To Watch Before You Die – Part 12

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We are back grapple fans. Right now is an amazing time to be a fan with so much variety out there so let’s keep our countdown going from shows of days past.


45. WCW Slamboree (1998)


It was the year that WCW started to lose their grip on top of the wrestling mountain but the 1998 edition of their annual May PPV was another choice entry into a great run of events from the Atlanta based group. Action a plenty was featured here as DDP and Raven waged war in a hard-hitting cage match, Scott Hall shocked all WCW and NWO fans alike by turning on longtime friend Kevin Nash and the main event of Bret Hart vs Randy Savage may have been the last great performances by both men on PPV. Check it out on the WWE Network and see for yourself.


44. NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 (2016)


Tokyo, Japan was once again the setting for NJPW in 2016 to showcase to fans all over the world some the finest in-ring action of all time. Whether you watch this on NJPW World or purchase from Wreslingstore.co.uk, you will be in awe of some jaw-dropping collisions. Stand out battles include AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental title in a match that will leave you speechless and the insanely epic IWGP title encounter between then champion Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi. With that as a main event, you know you are in for something special.


43. WWE Survivor Series (1998)


Vince Russo will always be a polarising figure but this night will always be viewed as his finest hour and proof at under guidance, he could pull something out of the bag. The one night ‘Deadly Game’ tournament to crown a new WWE champion was viewed as a vehicle to get the strap back on Steve Austin but due to some fantastic booking and a hot crowd all night. The Rock went from almost main event to full-on main event and took the title in dramatic fashion. Another example here of tremendous storytelling and incredible psychology. Ah, the good ole days indeed.


42. ECW Cyberslam (2000)


It’s pretty safe to say that ECW were holding on by a thread at this point with the much-documented controversy surrounding then ECW champion Mike Awesome. The title itself was taking its toll on the company from a creative standpoint. The title and company needed stability and it was on this night at the ECW Arena that Paul Heyman finally settled things down, temporarily at least. Taz dropped the title to Tommy Dreamer who then dropped it to Justin Credible in a frantic turn of events. Credible excelled in his role as champion and furthered his name here as an underrated workhorse. Tremendous stuff!


41. WWE Vengeance (2005)


Easily one of the more overlooked PPVs of the 2000s, Las Vegas hosted a cracking night of action, fresh off the then annual WWE Draft lottery. Never reaching the high standards of their Mania 21 classic, Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels still bring their working boots here in a hell of a rematch. We see glimpses of a main event level performance here from Christian as he hangs well in a great triple threat match with Chris Jericho and then WWE champion John Cena. The main event sees one of the best Hell in a Cell matches of all time as then World champion Batista and Triple H complete their 2005 trilogy of matches in brutal fashion as the superstar status of Batista is secured here in a selfless performance by Triple H. Awesome, awesome and awesome!


40-36 comes your way next week guys and girls. What an undertaking this has been and we have loved bringing this to you every week so far. The next 101 feature is ready to begin once this one is complete. Would you like to know what it is? Stick around, you will find out soon enough!!!


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