Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit vs Edge & Rey Mysterio – No Mercy 2002
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What happens when you have a Smackdown brand filled with legendary talent with Paul Heyman booking the show? You get an epic show which remained superior over Raw for several years. Nowadays, Smackdown is relegated to the “B-show”, and is used primarily for throwaway matches and recaps of Raw. It’s sad to see how far Smackdown has fallen since the days of the “Smackdown Six” (Angle/Benoit, Edge/Mysterio, Los Guerreros).
Also, think about the tag team division over the years. Can anyone honestly say WWE has taken it as seriously as Paul Heyman did over a decade ago? The competition was fierce, and this match was a tournament final to decide the first WWE Tag Team Champions.
The buildup for the match saw Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit win their matches despite obvious friction between them. Angle was playing the heel, and Benoit was playing a face, but Angle wanted gold, and decided to work with Benoit despite his superiority complex. Benoit wanted to prove himself and gain Angle’s respect, but Angle wanted to prove he could become tag team champions while carrying a wrestler he was clearly threatened by. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Edge and Mysterio had no issues, and they had proven themselves to be a formidable team. So who became the first WWE Tag Team Champions? Watch the match voted the best match of 2002 by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. And it wasn’t graded 5 stars, but it came very close with a rating of 4.75.
AJ Styles vs Minoru Suzuki – NJPW G1 Climax 2014
Another match rated 4.75, narrowly missing out on the 5 stars given by the Wrestling Observer. Despite that, the match was voted the best match of 2014. AJ Styles, the former “face of TNA”, works a match against a man who is known for his freestyle and catch wrestling. Minoru Suzuki is a heavy hitter, can AJ Styles show his toughness by taking everything he has to offer? Honestly, I cannot say anything else about the match until I find the time to watch. I like giving myself something to look forward to.
Kenta Kobashi vs Samoa Joe – ROH Joe vs Kobashi 2005
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Ok .. how do I sell this. Samoa Joe was very much in his prime in 2005 (having been involved in three 5-star matches between 2004-2005), and Kenta Kobashi, like Misawa, has so many 5-star matches under his belt, it was obvious the encounter between the two would be a special occasion.
What I found so awesome about this, before the match even began, was the ultimate show of respect towards Kenta Kobashi. The ROH fans were very aware of who Kobashi was and how great he was in the ring.
It was more than a match, it was a clash of styles. It was two men trying to one-up each other. It was two men putting on a contest of toughness. You have to be one tough man to take Kobashi’s offense as long as Joe does. And Joe doesn’t hold back with his offense either.
I remember watching it for the first time a few years ago, and although the match is a little slow in the beginning, I can guarantee you will be glued to the action. I don’t want to say much more, so I will finish by thanking everyone for enjoying my write-ups. Have a nice day!
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