#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)
#4 – Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair, Career Threatening Match (WrestleMania 24)
We all know about Dave Meltzer’s tics and quirks and idiosyncrasies, as well as his meticulous (and SUBJECTIVE, you plebs) star ranking systems. We all know what Meltzer likes, and it’s the following: New Japan, the Young Bucks, and PWG. Instant 5-star criteria right there. But what about WWE? I can tell you that there’s only been FIVE 5-star matches in WWE’s history, between 1994 and 2011. And you can guess which one of the five I liked the most.
#3 – CM Punk vs. John Cena, WWE Championship (Money in the Bank 2011)
CM Punk’s contract with WWE was coming to an end, the night of the 2011 Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Coincidentally, this event took place in Chicago, Punk’s hometown. This lead to a very unique fan experience, with the crowd unanimously in the corner of Punk, and booing the hell out of the golden boy of the company, John Cena. Combine a white-hot crowd, an amazing match, and Punk “leaving” the company after the show – with the title – and you have the best thing WWE has done in YEARS. The follow-up may have been lacking, but for a few weeks, from the “Pipe Bomb” to this match, CM Punk was untouchable and on top of the world.