The best thing about top ten lists, is they are completely objective, and everyone always agrees on them. Wait, what? I thought I'd do a top ten of my personal favorite matches, since we are at the final four point of our greatest matches tournament. I tried, and tried to post this yesterday, but my interwebs just weren't working properly, so I apologize for having two posts in one day. These really are just my favorites, so need to tell me I'm wrong, because I already know that. This post will cover matches 10 and 9 in my list. I wanted to do 2 a day throughout the work week, but like I said the ultranet wasn't working for me yesterday. But alas, here we go:
10. Ken Shamrock vs Undertaker - Backlash '99
This is the oddball on the list. It doesn't really stand out in anyone's mind except me and maybe a few others, but it is a great match. The crowd is completely dead, I suppose staving off their adrenaline for the Rock/Austin match later in the night. Despite the crowd they each exchange some wonderful spots, and work a very stiff match. I always thought Ken Shamrock was somewhat overlooked as an Attitude Era superstar. He sucked on the mic (why they rarely had him speak) but he more than made up for in the ring. One of the reasons I chose this match is because I used to watch the Backlash PPV on my home taped copy, many a night in 7th grade. My friends and I would each chip in 5 bucks to order the PPVs and the person whose home it was got to keep the tape of the PPV. This was one of the tapes that I got since we watched at my house. The whole PPV is actually really good, and some say the best Rock/Austin match was at Backlash '99, but this is the match that always stood out to me.
9. 6 Man Hell in a Cell - Armageddon 2000
This match when promoted seemed like "let's get everyone in the title picture in a match just for the hell of it" type deal, but when it was executed it was actually damn good. Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, Undertaker all seemed in place at the time, Kurt Angle and Rikishi were thrown in just for fun. Oddly enough those two ended up putting some of the best performances of the match. The match was a clusterfuck, but that was also part of it's charm, so many big names, all over the arena almost having one on one matches, just in different locations. This was about the last big show I remember before I went on wrestling hiatus for a decade or so.
I'll have parts 8 and 7 later on in the day.