#10 – Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, 60-Minute Iron Man WWE Championship Match (SmackDown!, 9/18/03)
#9 – Mankind vs. The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell Match (King of the Ring 1998)
Like any type of narrative, it’s all a matter of how well you can construct and execute a story. And in wrestling, a bad story can ruin a good match, and likewise, a good story can save a bad match. Much was the case at WrestleMania X-Seven (the first of two entries from this particular show), with what may just be the greatest “storyline match” ever put on television.
#8 – Shane McMahon vs. Mr. McMahon, Street Fight (WrestleMania X-Seven)
The crux of WWE is, at its core, the goddamn McMahon family feud soap opera that will NEVER. FREAKING. DIE. But if you ask me, the peak of this whole thing was this “match” pitting father against son, serving as the brilliant humiliation conga of a climax to Mr. McMahon’s midlife crisis – you know, things like wanting to divorce your wife so you can mack with Trish Stratus, making Trish Stratus strip and bark like a dog, and buying out WCW to bury them once and for all. And in comes Shane as the good son, here to defend his mother’s honor and teach his father a lesson. Add in a little bit of Trish fighting daughter Stephanie, “impartial” referee Mick Foley getting a few blows in, and SWEET ZOMBIE LINDA rising from her coma to kick her estranged husband right square in the nuts, and cap it off with Shane kicking his father’s head in via a trash can, from one turnbuckle to the other, and you have a 5-star “storyline match.”