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WWE names the top 25 matches of 2013

What were the top 25 matches of 2013? has a complete list with a few surprises.

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We love when does countdown style lists, especially for categories that can either spark debate (we love that even more) or make one shake one's head and wonder just what in the blue hell was everyone thinking.

This one, listing the 25 best matches of 2013, does a bit of both.

To the latter point, one may shake one's head by virtue of the fact that of the 25 matches listed, only two of the four that were nominated for "Match of the Year" at the Slammy Awards made it. That includes John Cena vs. The Rock from WrestleMania 29, the match that actually won the award.

For shame. And that's on the part of the voters.

The other match that didn't make the top 25? Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules, a somewhat surprising omission if only because of who was involved.

Tsk tsk.

Without further ado, here's the full list. Head on over to for a detailed explanation on why each match was placed in this order:

25. Miz vs. Wade Barrett (Raw, April 8)
24. Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro (Main Event, May 1)
23. The Shield vs. The Usos (Money in the Bank)
22. John Cena vs. Damien Sandow (Raw, Oct. 28)
21. CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose (Raw, Dec. 9)
20. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk (Raw, Feb. 4)
19. Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho (Raw, July 15)
18. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (Raw, June 24)
17. John Cena vs. Randy Orton (TLC)
16. Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 29)
15. Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian (SummerSlam)
14. Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose (SmackDown, April 26)
13. Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee (Payback)
12. Goldust vs. Randy Orton (Raw, Sept. 9)
11. World heavyweight title Money in the Bank ladder match (Money in the Bank)
10. Rhodes Bros vs. The Usos vs. The Shield (Hell in a Cell)
9. Team Hell No & Randy Orton vs. The Shield (SmackDown, June 14)
8. Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio (Payback)
7. Undertaker & Team Hell No vs. The Shield (Raw, April 22)
6. John Cena vs. CM Punk (Raw, Feb. 25)
5. Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro (Raw, July 22)
4. Rhodes Bros vs. The Shield (Battleground)
3. Undertaker vs. CM Punk (WrestleMania 29)
2. John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan (SummerSlam)
1. CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (SummerSlam)


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