I have been watching pro wrestling for a very, very long time. The first memory I have is of the Rick Steiner/Robin Green/Varsity Club angle in WCW, so I go way back. I have seen that a lot of the good folks here at Cageside are a bit younger and I wanted to see if I could start something here with some great matches that many people haven't seen. Hidden, unseen classics that are both fun and completely out of the blue. I have several on my list that I wish to share.
Ron Garvin vs. Greg Valentine - Submission Match at Royal Rumble 1990. This match blew me away when I got the Royal Rumble anthology, most of all because I had never heard of it. But it was awesome, a smash-mouth near-shoot between two tough veterans who didn't have much going on in their careers because they had already peaked. Best of all, we get to see the first Sharpshooter in the WWF.
2. Bret Hart vs. British Bullog - WWF Title match at In Your House Dec 1995. People, of course, remember their high profile Summerslam classic but few remember the rematch three and a half years later at a forgotten In Your House. In Bret's book he specifically sights this match as one of the reasons he was so pissed off and wanted to leave. Everyone knew Shawn was getting the strap and he felt that his great matches were being ignored. Imagine Summerslam but with blood.
Ken Shamrock vs. Vader - In Your House Cold Day In Hell, May 1997. This is known for being the first pay per view that Steve Austin wrestled for the WWF Title (against The Undertaker). Shamrock was just getting established here and Vader was still over as a tough guy. This is another good, stiff match. I can't help but feel they dropped the ball with Shamrock. The guy should have been a superstar given has background and acumen in wrestling.
Chris Benoit vs. William Regal - Velocity, 10-2-05. Who the hell remembers Velocity? I actually watched this live late one night at the small gym I had in my old apartment complex. Benoit is the one guy I actually get that the WWE wants to erase from history, but damn id he have some awesome matches. I always wondered why they didn't elevate Benoit and Regal together into higher profile matches because they were awesome.
Smoking Gunns & Tatanka vs. Headshrinkers & Bam Bam Bigelow - Summerslam 1993. Bam Bam was always a personal favorite of mine. Summerslam 1993 is remembered for failing to live up to the hype, specifically the Shawn/Perfect disappointment and Luger choking in the main event. But this little match was nonstop action with BBB and the 'Shrinkers just bringing it (I was thinking about the Steiners vs. Headshrinkers from WM9).
Hart Brothers vs. Steiner Brothers - 1/11/1994. This is a legendary match that hasn't seen the light of DVD and it was part of the build for the Harts to take on the Quebecers that led to Owen Hart's heel turn. Awesome, awesome stuff.
Hope you all enjoyed!