#10 – Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, 60-Minute Iron Man WWE Championship Match (SmackDown!, 9/18/03)
When people think of the Attitude Era, I’d wager more people remember it more for the “crash-TV” style of content produced during that time, and not so much the matches or match quality. Some also think that the matches produced during this era were absolute rubbish, and to those people, you’re not gonna like me – I’ve got FOUR matches from the Attitude Era in this list. And the first of them is my favorite Undertaker match… and also my favorite Mick Foley match.
#9 – Mankind vs. The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell Match (King of the Ring 1998)
“Good God almighty! That killed him! As God is my witness, he is broken in half!” The best part about those lines? They weren’t scripted out for Jim Ross to say. The beauty of this match is that a lot of the match itself were only known by three people – Undertaker, Foley, and Terry Funk. There weren’t 27 writers and three producers meticulously planning and writing out the entire sequence of events, moment by moment; it was all in the minds of three individuals who stole the show and crafted a legacy, in a time where survival of the fittest, on a much larger scale, was the name of the game. No crash pads to break any falls, no gimmicked blood, no scripted-out buzzwords and catchphrases for the announcers to spew out. It was brutal, it was awe-inspiring, and it earned its spot in the annals of professional wrestling history as one of the most famous matches of all time. And rightfully so.