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Everybody knows the classics, Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker from Wrestlemania 25, TLC 2 from Wrestlemania X-Seven, and CM Punk vs John Cena from Money In The Bank 2011, but there are so many more hidden gems available to anyone willing to look, or to those who remember them, but the point still stands nonetheless.
Here are five of those hidden gems.
Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Benoit – ECW One Night Stand (2005)
You wont find this one mentioned on TV anymore, for obvious reasons, but this match was technical wrestling at its finest. Eddie and Benoit proved here that they had some of the best in-ring chemistry in not only the history of WWE, but in the history of professional wrestling as a whole, while there was no championship gold on the line, or even a feud between the two, this matched proved to be the best of the night, withboth men paying on hell of a tribute to ECW on this one-off reunion classic.
CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan – Over The Limit (2012)
In this 2012 bout, WWE Champion CM Punk defended his titled against Daniel Bryan in an incredible match. The match represents so much more than great pro wrestling, it represents the journey of both men coming full-circle. Both were independent stars and both were told that they’d never be main event players, and yet here they were in a pay-per-view main event, in a match for the top championship in the WWE. Punk was on his way to becoming the longest reigning WWE Champion of recent times, Bryan was about to embark on the best three years of his career, and both were in their prime. The best in the world, and the king of the indies, what a match.
Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs The Hardys vs MNM vs William Regal & Dave Taylor – Armageddon (2006)
A four way tag team ladder match with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line was often a guarantee for match of the night at any WWE event. This is one of the greatest tag title matches in WWE history, pitting the incredibly exciting champs London & Kendrick, against long time rivals MNM, the hard hitting technical combo of Regal & Taylor, and the legendary Hardys, with some truly incredible spots and a genuine sense of uncertainty, this is a real nail biter, if you don’t already know the result, you honestly have no clue who’s going to win. The one down side is the simply horrific injury suffered by Joey Mercury’s face during a botched ladder spot, regardless of that, the match is a classic and is a must see for ladder match fanatics.
Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania X-Seven (2001)
Wrestlemania X-Seven had a couple of truly great matches on the card, including this hidden gem. Again, you wont find this one getting a mention on WWE television anytime soon, due to one certain Canadian participant, but this was very much the technical marvel of the night, showing off both men’s mat grappling talent, and cementing them as the two best wrestlers in the world at the time, the one let down is the slightly screwy finish, but because of the phenomenal display put on these amazing athletes, it is very easy to overlook. The two men were not only matched by colour of attire that night, they were matched with pure in-ring chemistry, and that is something that fans will not soon forget.
Paul London vs Billy Kidman – No Mercy (2004)
I apologise for the poor picture quality, this match is incredibly difficult to find a photo of. That is probably due to the fact that this is about as obscure as it gets when it comes to WWE matches. The cruiser-weight divison, exclusive to SmackDown at the time, was dominated by these two men at this particular point in time, this match is a great, but subtle display of high flying done well, there’s a simply beautiful springboard moonsault spot from London to Kidman, from the ropes to the outside, and some really impressive and very stiff kicks thrown by Kidman. Even with a short run time of ten minutes, you could tell that both men were putting their all into the performance, and it is just one of many matches that made the old SmackDown cruiser-weight division so great.
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