My 10 Favorite WWE Matches – #4

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)
#7 – The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Six-Man Tag Team Match (Elimination Chamber 2014)
#6 – TLC II: The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian, WWF Tag Team Championship (WrestleMania X-Seven)
#5 – Mankind vs. The Rock, No Disqualification WWF Championship Match (Raw, 1/4/99)

In wrestling, a great story and a great match rarely go together with perfect execution. But when they do go together, there’s nothing more you can really do than sit back and watch in awe as two of the all-time greatest give it their all, but you can’t help but feel a large wave of emotions flow through you after it’s over.

#4 – Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair, Career Threatening Match (WrestleMania 24)

The story is simple: per the orders of Mr. McMahon, if Ric Flair were to ever lose a match again, he will be forced to retire. For four months, every opponent tried to end the career of the Nature Boy, but in came Shawn Michaels for the challenge at WrestleMania. I remember, after I first saw this match after renting the DVD of the show from Blockbuster, I had to turn it off for a bit and get a cry out of me. Those final words from Michaels, “I’m sorry, I love you,” I still can’t hear it without my eyes welling up a bit. The drama heightened in all the right places, from the Figure Four Leglock to the moonsault onto the announce table, but with that final superkick, the Sweet Chin Music that ended a 35-year career, everything rose to an intense crescendo and an even more emotional denouement. There wasn’t a dry eye to be found in the Citrus Bowl on that night, or in the homes of anyone and everyone watching on TV.

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