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101 Wrestling Shows To Watch Before You Die – The Complete List

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Wrestle fans rejoice! We’ve smashed through the complete 101 shows and because we love you all so much here’s a handy recap of every single part, all on one page, just keep scrolling and scrolling.

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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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50. ECW Heat Wave (1996)

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1996 was the year that ECW had really established their reputation as a true alternative wrestling product for fans worldwide and on this night fans were treated to one of the greatest matches in the companies history. Battling for the TV title Shane Douglas, Pitbull 2, Chris Jericho and Too Cold Scorpio waged war in a mat classic that is always in contention amongst fans for best ECW match ever. Worth checking out.

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49. ECW Living Dangerously (1999)

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Sticking with ECW again here, the group staged the 1999 edition of this event for the second time in front of a rabid crowd in Asbury Park, New Jersey. At a time when the folks in New York and Atlanta were taking as much talent as they could, stellar performances from Taz, Sabu, Rob Van Dam. Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible reminded fans that no matter who was on the card, ECW could always deliver on PPV.

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48. ROH One Year Anniversary (2003)

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Only a year into its existence and ROH had become the standard bearer for wrestling in North America. The Elks Lodge in NYC, former stomping ground of ECW, yes them again, was sold out and created an atmosphere unlike no other. A ‘Riot’ featuring Homicide, Steve Corino and countless others is a highlight here as all in attendance weren’t quite sure if it was a shoot or not. Add in incredible performances from Paul London, AJ Styles, Low Ki and Xavier and you have the makings of an epic night of action.

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47. WWE WrestleMania 18 (2002)

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Icon vs Icon. Legend vs Legend. Hogan vs Rock! Yes folks this was a one-match show plain and simple. The great thing about this was that technically it was a poor match but when you add in the back story and the incredibly vocal crowd in Toronto throughout the match, both stars attained everything from barely nothing. That children is pro wrestling psychology 101!

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46. WWE Survivor Series (1996)

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Was this show memorable for Bret Harts return after an 8 month sabbatical against Steve Austin? Maybe. Was this show memorable for the latest war between Mankind and The Undertaker? Perhaps. This writer believes that this show will be remembered for the sold-out MSG crowd brutally turning on then WWE champion Shawn Michaels on route to his title loss to the insanely over, at least that night, Sid! New York was definitely growing tired of HBK at this point.

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45. WCW Slamboree (1998)

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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.

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44. NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 (2016)

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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.

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43. WWE Survivor Series (1998)

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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.

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42. ECW Cyberslam (2000)

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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!

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41. WWE Vengeance (2005)

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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!

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40. WWE Royal Rumble (1995)

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During what was heralded as a ‘dark time’ for WWE, this gem of a PPV has slipped under the radar for years as a quality event. Diesel and Bret Hart compete for the WWE title in one of the finest PPV matches of 1995 with both men once again showing off the fantastic chemistry they both had. Of course its the Rumble match itself that has the major talking points as Shawn Michaels and Davey Boy Smith provide us with incredible performances, literally from start to finish. Watch this back now on the WWE Network. You really won’t be disappointed.

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39. WCW Spring Stampede (1994)

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April of every year from 1994, minus 1995, up until 2000 was always a PPV that WCW tended to load with quality matches and major storyline developments. The inaugural Stampede event was a tremendous night of action and one of the best wrestling shows of 1994. Featuring big marquee matches such as Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat and Sting vs Rick Rude, preceded by a superb undercard with the likes of Vader, Steve Austin and Cactus Jack, this show has something for everyone.

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38. 1PW All or Nothing Weekend (2006)

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Whispers of the relaunch of 1PW are making waves across the internet so we recommend what was another thrilling weekend of action back in March 2006 from the Doncaster Dome. Night one featured the one-night tournament to crown the first 1PW champion and was highlighted by amazing performances from AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and eventual champion Abyss. Night two featured ‘That Moment’ from Ulf Herman. Seek them out now!

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37. ECW Born To Be Wired (1997)

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Widely regarded as the most insane and brutal match in ECW history, this was the night that Sabu and Terry Funk but their bodies through torture of the most bloody kind in their epic Barbed Wire Ropes match for the ECW title. Whilst the undercard boasts some fine action, the main event is the big sell here. Head to the WWE Network and see for yourself.

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36. ROH At Our Best (2004)

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Coming off the heels of the well documented ‘Feinstein Scandal’ that made news all over the world, ROH knew they had to bring the attention back to the in-ring action and how sweet it was what they did give us. Matches such as Samoa Joe vs Jay Briscoe in a cage match, AJ Styles vs CM Punk and a red hot appearance from Dusty Rhodes, ROH gave fans yet another reason that night to love everything they were doing. Golden age of ROH here people!

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35. AEW Double or Nothing (2019)

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Yes, we know this PPV only happened under a week ago but it was indeed a game-changing night of professional wrestling action. From top to bottom the card had a tremendous mix of action to satisfy any and all needs grapple fans have. If you have already seen it then you know what we mean. If you still haven’t, make it a priority to check it out. Check out our recap if you need further inspiration.

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34. CZW Cage of Death (2003)

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For a promotion that has built its legacy on UltraViolent wrestling, it was during 2002-2004 that they were also churning out some quality wrestling with stellar lineups to try and compete with Ring Of Honor. Yes, they were in competition for a short time. A quality card of action was seen here as along with the insane multi-man COD main event, stars such as Jimmy Rave, Dan Maff, Ruckus and Sonjay Dutt provided much to be happy about on the undercard. Worth a view here folks.

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33. WWE In Your House 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker (1997)

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Following what was viewed as a poor WrestleMania the month before, WWE staged a fantastic night of action here in front of a vocal crowd throughout the night. The double main event of Undertaker vs Mankind for the WWE title and Bret Hart vs Steve Austin delivers in a big way with all 4 men showing why it would only be a matter of time before the ratings on Monday nights would not be as one-sided as months prior.

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32. WCW Bash at the Beach (1994)

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This was the night where Eric Bischoff would see if his huge gamble on bringing in Hulk Hogan would change the fortunes for WCW. Whilst it may have taken two years for the gamble to pay off, it was on this night where WCW took it’s first step to becoming a genuine force in the world of wrestling. Along with a very underrated Hogan vs Ric Flair WCW title match, great performances by Vader, Steve Austin and, in what would be his final match in WCW, Ricky Steamboat carry what was an eventful undercard. Underrated show here from the good folks down in Atlanta.

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31. TNA PPV Week 2 (2002)

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Included here for the main event as it was not only a hell of a match but would set the stage for a division that for the next 3-4 years would be the big selling point for the company. Of course, we are talking about the X division. On this night veterans Jerry Lynn and Psychosis shared the ring with, at the time, unknowns Lowki and AJ Styles. The match to crown the first X champion was a breathtaking display of innovation and intensity and was the night AJ Styles began his ‘Phenomenal Journey’ into wrestling infamy.

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30. WCW The Great American Bash (1997)

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When we look back at 1997 and the rivalries that were standouts, one that demands attention was the almost year-long feud between Randy Savage and DDP. Their second PPV clash main evented the 1997 edition of the Bash and they absolutely tore the house down. DDP became a serious player during this time and the Macho Man once again silenced critics with his dynamic performance here. Other notable performances are on display from names such as Chris Benoit, Ultimo Dragon and Ric Flair.

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29. NXT Takeover: New Orleans (2018)

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Mania weekend has become the time where NXT fans salivate knowing they are likely to be witnessing incredible action from top to bottom. One of the very best and most critically acclaimed shows in all of WWE over the last 20 years, it was a flawless night of action. Whether it was the opening six man ladder match for the newly created NXT North American Title or the show closing war of attrition between Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, this event is worth watching or rewatching on the WWE Network.

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28. ECW Hardcore Heaven (1999)

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1999 was the year the cracks began to show for ECW but when it came to Supercards and PPVS, they truly were untouchable in North America. Far from the best ECW PPV of all time but when compared to what WWE and WCW were churning out at the time, this event definitely deserves your attention. Rob Van Dam vs Jerry Lynn for the TV title was another memorising entry into their series of wars and choice performances from Super Crazy, Lance Storm and Tommy Dreamer provide much entertainment in front of a rabid New York crowd.

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27. OVW Christmas Chaos (2001)

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During a time when the future stars of WWE were plying their craft in Louisville, Kentucky deep in the south of the USA, this event gave the world a glimpse into the future. Revered as one of the best OVW shows during their stint as a developmental system to the folks above, names such as Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Batista, Shelton Benjamin and Eugene are on display here. Combined with appearances from Steve Austin, Big Show and Jim Ross, this was a hell of a night of wrestling. It can be found out there on the internet so should you find it, it’s worth a viewing.

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26. Brian Pillman Memorial Show (2000)

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From 1998 to 2001 a special tribute show was held in Ohio in memory of the late, great Pillman to raise money for this family and charity. The 2000 edition of the show is regarded as the best of the four and was best remembered for the classic encounter between Chris Benoit and William Regal. Also featuring stirring encounters such as Justin Credible vs Raven for the ECW title and the team of D-Lo Brown and Eddy Guerrero vs Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko. Look hard enough and you will find this show, you’ll be glad you did.

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25. WCW Nitro Final Episode! (2001)

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Documented so many times, the Monday Night Wars captured the imagination of fans worldwide and even introduced new fans to the sport. This night was an incredibly emotional broadcast as we all wondered what would happen next for wrestling. Sadly it was, at least up until May 24th this year, the end of the wrestling boom period in North America. We are including this event for the implications it had for pro wrestling and for the surreal sight of the simulcast as the show went off the air for the final time. This writer has never truly gotten over the demise of WCW.

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24. WWE Raw is Owen (1999)

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Including this was something this writer went back and forth on but its inclusion is here based on two reasons. 1. Owen Hart was one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time by fans and his fellow wrestlers. Seeing the respect and love he was shown during this broadcast, especially the salute by Steve Austin during the show close, was as emotional as anything you will ever see. 2. Jerry Lawler said it best during the show when he said we should never leave home without telling the people we love how much we love them as we never know when it could be the last time we have that chance.

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23. WWE Raw – Bret Hart Returns (2010)

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Hell froze over January 4th 2010 in Dayton, Ohio when the Hitman made his long-awaited and much overdue return to WWE TV. The sight of Bret in there was one thing but seeing him share a ring with Shawn Michaels, awkward hug and all, and Vince McMahon really was a sight to behold. If you have never seen this broadcast before, go out of your way to see it and enjoy!

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22. WWE Raw – Night After WM 24 (2008)

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Let’s be honest here. No one really thought that Ric Flair had truly retired at Mania 24 but damn it we all wanted to believe it so much! WWE gave ‘Naitch’ the send-off of a lifetime for his Farewell Address and pulled out all the stops. Featuring friends, former partners and foes of old and new, including the Boss himself Vince, this was a special moment on Raw and one could argue one of the very best moments in the history of TV Wrestling.

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21. TNA Impact Spike TV Debut (2005)

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This was the year and night that fans had been waiting for. During a time when TNA was a genuine alternative to WWE, the hype for their debut on a national TV channel was so high that it was almost combustible. Included here for the short term, pardon the pun here, ‘Impact’ it would have on wrestling, TNA held nothing back here. AJ Styles was spotlighted, Kevin Nash made his return and Team 3D made their TNA debut to a massive ovation. It really was a one-hour adrenaline rush. If only things could have been different and yes I know we have said that before!

 

20. WWE WrestleMania 15 (1999)

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Though this will never be considered the best Mania from a ‘workrate’ standpoint, Mania 15 personified the whole ‘Attitude Era’ from top to bottom in front of a rabid crowd in the city of Extreme, Philadelphia. Under the eye of everyone’s favourite Vince Russo, the action here came thick and fast. Whether it was the madness that was Undertaker vs Big Boss Man in a Hell in a Cell match or the blistering brawl for the world title between Rock and Steve Austin, Mania 15 deserves your attention for what it symbolised during the Era that fans loved the most.

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19. WCW Halloween Havoc (1999)

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Having rewatched this event many times, this writer has included this for 3 reasons. 1. It was the first PPV under the Russo regime and throughout you could actually feel things could possibly change for the better for WCW. 2. Goldberg vs Sid was a match of the year candidate. Yes that does not look right does it but trust us when we say, this match was incredible. 3. It was the final time fans old and new of WCW had smiles across their faces all the way through the show. See for yourself on the WWE Network.

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18. ROH Final Battle (2004)

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Still today regarded as the greatest ROH title reign in the companies history, this was the night that Samoa Joe finally passed the torch to a new hero in ROH, Austin Aries. The crowd were White Hot for this and the fact that the match itself was a classic should tell you all you need to know. A tremendous card from top to bottom, as was the norm for ROH back then, Final Battle 2004 was a night of epic proportions.

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17. WWE Badd Blood (1997)

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Overlooked by many, this was a hidden gem of a show that featured action that was evident that the WWE was slowly but surely catching up on their heated rivals in Atlanta. Despite the tragedy of the death of Brian Pillman during this weekend, WWE did it’s best to churn out a quality show, obviously highlighted by the inaugural, and best, Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. “THAT’S GOTTA BE KANE!!!!!”.

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16. ECW Heatwave (2000)

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Always regarded as one of the best annual PPVs for ECW, Heatwave 2000 kept that trend going. So let’s see. Jerry Lynn vs Steve Corino in a bloodbath that truly needs to be seen to be believed. Rob Van Dam vs Scotty Anton, Riggs from WCW, in a choice battle. Despite the fools of XPW trying to ruin the main event, Justin Credible and Tommy Dreamer have a superb main event in a ladder match but not for the dangling ECW title. Barbed wire was more enticing. Why not eh?

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15. ECW Guilty As Charged (2001)

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January 2001 would mark the final time the original ECW would stage a PPV event so we are including this for historical purposes. Although not the best show the company ever produced, Paul Heyman and his loyal band of misfits were giving the spotlight one final time to remind fans who influential the group was and the impact it would leave on pro wrestling. Good times!

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14. AEW Fyter Fest (2019)

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Before some people start exploding about how we are ‘AEW Fanboys’, this writer is including this for two reasons. Firstly, it was a fantastic show that kept the momentum for AEW building as we approach their debut on primetime TV. ITV 4 PEEPS!. Secondly, should anyone in 10 years time go back and re-read this feature, they can say that they and everyone else were at the start of what is quickly becoming the next boom period for this beautiful sport!

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13. WWE Royal Rumble (1998)

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Featuring a solid undercard, this will forever be the night that two men solidified their spots as the future of the WWE for several years to come. The sight of The Rock and rumble winner Steve Austin battling out for supremacy before the next chapter of their legendary rivalry would begin the following year was something that still gives fans goosebumps to this day.

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12. ROH World Title Classic (2004)

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2004 for ROH fans will forever be remembered for one feud. Samoa Joe Vs CM Punk for the ROH World title. During the first of many rebuilding phases for ROH, they were eager to keep fans and bring new ones in and this was the magic that did it. Three Epic battles for the title that are still talked about today. If you have never seen the matches they had, seek them out now. This is also coming from a writer that was never a fan of Punk!

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11. WCW Souled Out (1998)

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Vince McMahon and his merry men were starting to close the gap on WCW around this time in 1998 but when it came to PPVs, WCW were still churning out underrated gems. Bret Hart vs Ric Flair, Chris Benoit vs Raven, Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio Jr. What more do we need to say? See for yourself on the WWE Network.

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10. WWE SummerSlam (1991)

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During this period WWE was still riding high with momentum throughout the wrestling world and this hot night in New York in front of a wild crowd was another fantastic edition of the annual summertime classic. Bret Hart and Mr Perfect battled in an all-time classic for the IC title that still holds up well 28 years later. Big Boss Man and Mountie engage in an underrated corker and who could ever forget the moment Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth created the Match Made In Heaven. Great stuff!!!

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9. WCW Great American Bash (1989)

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Heralded still to this day as one of the finest wrestling PPVs of the 80s, this night provided much entertainment for all tastes of wrestling fans. Whether it was Brian Pillman wowing the crowd with his ahead of his time offence, Sting continuing to blossom into the Icon her later became or Ric Flair vs Terry Funk in an all-out war of attrition, fans here will definitely have their thirsts quenched.

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8. NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 7 (2013)

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NJPW’s version of WrestleMania would once again deliver the goods here in front of a wild crowd, as always, at the Tokyo Dome in 2013. Each man on the roster came with their working boots on with the main event of Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP title ranking up there as one of the finest matches in NJPW history. If you have never watched an NJPW show, this would be a tremendous place to start.

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7. CZW Best of the Best (2002)

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Independent wrestling was really thriving during this period in North America and in many ways this was the show where fans of a more ‘pure’ style of wrestling started to take notice of CZW. Indy alumni such as the late Trent Acid, B-Boy, Ruckus and our very own Jodie Fleisch staged a memorable night of action. Seek this out and see for yourself.

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6. WWE Survivor Series (1992)

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WWE was going through a transitional period as the event drew close with more emphasis being placed on the ‘smaller’ look in stars due to the steroid trial what was looming around this time. The show itself is a hidden gem in many ways with two matches in particular standing out. The team of Ric Flair and Razor Ramon battle the team of Mr Perfect and Randy Savage in a very competitive tussle. The main event of Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels for the WWE title is an instant classic that deserves more credit than it receives.

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6. ECW CyberSlam (1996)

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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.

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5. WCW SuperBrawl (1994)

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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.

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4. WWE In Your House: Ground Zero (1997)

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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.

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3. ROH Glory By Honor (2002)

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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!

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2. ECW November To Remember (1995)

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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.

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1. WWE WrestleMania 19 (2003)

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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.

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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!”.

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