My 10 Favorite WWE Matches – #7

Previous Entries:
#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)

#8 – Shane McMahon vs. Mr. McMahon, Street Fight (WrestleMania X-Seven)

2014 was a very notable year for WWE, in quite a few ways. If you could measure a year based on hills and valleys, this year would have a LOT of outliers on display. The debacle of that year’s Royal Rumble lead to one of the greatest WrestleMania main events ever, the end of The Streak lead to the sporadic, yet dominant, championship reign of Brock Lesnar and the rise of Suplex City, and this match here was the peak of one of WWE’s greatest acts in recent years, The Shield. It’s all the more unfortunate that this, indeed, was the peak.

#7 – The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Six-Man Tag Team Match (Elimination Chamber 2014)

 

When you have a crowd chanting “THIS IS AWESOME” and a dueling chant of “LET’S GO WYATTS” and “LET’S GO SHIELD” before any blows are being dealt, you know you have something very special in the making, as was the case with this match. It’s as perfect a textbook example of tag team dynamics as there’s ever been, a team of mercenaries versus a team of insane bumpkins, the two hottest acts at that time, and it all came to a head with this magnificent match. 22 minutes of war, that’s what this match was, filled with brawling, mauling, table spots, and it quickly became a top contender for one of WWE’s best matches of 2014. It’s a great tag bout, and a fine reminder of when we all ued to like Roman Reigns. Those were good times. Honestly, the only way it could’ve been better is if they had it at WrestleMania 30 instead; it would’ve saved us from Cena getting a pointless win. And while they did have three more matches in their feud (two on Raw and one on Main Event, of all shows), nothing could really top the first.

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