This is it grapple fans. We have reached the end of our epic journey. I, Dave, would personally like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read each edition and for supporting this endeavour. Big thanks to the TBG team for allowing this feature to take place over 20 editions. With that, here all the final 6 recommendations.
6. ECW CyberSlam (1996)
1996 was the year many feel ECW hit its creative peak with the product and this show was a testament to the companies appeal at the time. Raven and The Sandman continue their personal war over the ECW title, Sabu and 2 Cold Scorpio raise the roof in a classic for the TV title and Brian Pillman shocked the world by showing up in the midst of his amazing run as the ‘Loose Cannon’. Quality stuff here that can be enjoyed on the WWE Network.
5. WCW SuperBrawl (1994)
One of the best feuds during the early 90s for WCW was Ric Flair vs Vader. The big man vs little man theory has always been a selling point in wrestling this feud proved that theory and then some. Waging war inside the Thundercage, both men once again delivered the goods. Underneath, amazing performances from the likes of Sting, Brian Pillman, Rick Rude and Steve Austin show that from an in-ring product point of view, WCW was leagues ahead of WWE at the time.
4. WWE In Your House: Ground Zero (1997)
Summer 1997 was the time where WWE started to slowly but surely catch up to WCW during, yes one last time, that fabled ‘Monday Night War’. This event in question was a brief yet exciting glimpse into the soon to be dominant future for WWE over the folks down south. A tremendous WWE title match between Bret Hart and The Patriot, a killer in-ring segment with Steve Austin and Jim Ross and a wild main event between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels capped off a more than underrated show.
3. ROH Glory By Honor (2002)
Promoted as the first ‘Big’ event by ROH, which would later go on to become an annual event for years, big-time matches and performances were on show here. Incredible contributions from the likes of Jay Briscoe, Christopher Daniels and UKs own Doug Williams were on show here. The marque match between Low Ki and Samoa Joe was as brutal and hard-hitting as you would think and is still talked about today. See for yourself via HonorClub now!
2. ECW November To Remember (1995)
Filled with surprises and amazing action, this one is a must-see. ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin makes his presence felt when The Sandman and Mikey Whipwreck do battle over the ECW title, Rey Mysterio Jr and Psicosis throw caution to the wind in a Mexican Deathmatch and Tommy Dreamer/Terry Funk vs Raven and Cactus Jack is everything you would expect and more from these four ECW legends. One of the finest ECW Supercards of all time and will not disappoint.
1. WWE WrestleMania 19 (2003)
Billed as ’20 years in the making’, Hulk Hogan vs Vince McMahon was pushed as the main event at the 2003 Mania. But the show had so much more to offer! Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho, The Rock vs Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, featuring that Shooting Star Press, vs Kurt Angle for the WWE title. As far as classic Manias go, this one was artistically one of the very best and deserves more adulation that it receives.
That is it ladies and gents. 101 Wrestling Shows To Watch Before You Die!
So we have mentioned that the next feature is forthcoming and here it is – 101 Wrestling Greats!. In the same vein as what you have been reading over the last 5 months, each week we will countdown 101 stars who have shaped the sport we all know and love. The first edition will be with you very, very soon. To quote Sting in 2009…“This is not goodbye forever, just goodbye for now!”.