For decades WWE has been the leading force in the wrestling world, with thousands of matches held under the company’s banner, here we look at the best 10 bouts in WWE history!
There are many ways to decide what makes an incredible wrestling match, with the issue one of the most hotly debated subjects with wrestling fans around the world.
Here we have used the data collected from cagematch.net which allows wrestling fans to rate matches and according to those statistics, these are the 10 Best Matches In WWE History.
10. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WWE In Your House 18: Badd Blood
With the Attitude Era about to explode, possibly the most well-remembered In Your House event took place in October 1997. HBK and The Undertaker looked to settle their increasingly volatile war inside a new structure designed to keep Michaels’ meddling friends in DX from interfering in the action.
The first Hell In A Cell match in WWE history scrapes into the top ten with a rating of 9.56 from 392 votes.
It was, however, a debuting Kane that made his presence known as he ripped the cell door off its hinges and dropped his brother with a devastating Tombstone. With The Undertaker down, all that was left was for Michaels to cover his opponent for the win. The victory also ensured that Michaels became the number one contender for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 1997 in a match best remembered for other reasons.
9. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H, WrestleMania 20
The highest-rated WrestleMania main event on this list comes courtesy of WrestleMania 20’s Triple Threat classic from 2004. Achieving a rating of 9.57 from 497 votes sees the classic between Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chris Benoit take ninth place on this list.
Triple H entered the match as World heavyweight Champion with Chris Benoit attaining his WrestleMania main event by winning the 2004 Royal Rumble match. Shawn Michaels interjected himself into proceedings as he ached to draw blood and win gold from his former DX running buddy.
A bloody battle ended when Benoit made Triple H tap out to his Crossface as he captured his first World Heavyweight Championship.
8. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz, WrestleMania 17
Tag team wrestling and the letters TLC were never quite the same after The Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian, and The Dudley Boyz clashed at WrestleMania 17.
With a rating of 9.57 from 489 votes, the bout is one of only two tag team matches on the list, and for good reason. Although the TLC concept had its first airing at SummerSlam 2000, it became part of WWE folklore with this incredible battle on The Grandest Stage Of Them All.
Whether you remember Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb from a 20ft ladder, Lita receiving a 3D, Matt Hardy and Bubba Ray Dudley crashing all the way to the floor through tables, or Edge’s iconic Spear on Jeff Hardy, this quarter-hour of chaos is still one of the most fondly remembered matches of all time.
7. The Revival vs. #DIY, NXT TakeOver: Toronto
The other tag team bout on this list marks a completely different style of match from the TLC bout with two of NXT’s best teams ever going at it in a mat classic.
Fans have given the epic between The Revival and #DIY from NXT TakeOver: Toronto a rating of 9.59 from 517 votes as Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa finally became NXT Tag Team Champions in a Two Out Of Three Falls match.
The Revival took the first fall as they looked to retain their championship after hitting what was then known as the Shatter Machine but is now known as the Big Rig on Gargano. #DIY evened up the match after nailing their running knee/superkick tandem move on Scott Dawson – now better known as AEW’s Dax Harwood.
The third fall was settled when both members of The Revival tapped out at the same time when locked in the Gargano Escape and a vicious armbar from Ciampa. The bout was named Match Of The Year for 2016 by WWE and richly deserved the accolade.
6. WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov, NXT TakeOver: 36
The final TakeOver event marked the last days of the black and gold brand as people knew it and change was in the air when Dragunov challenged WALTER’s 870-day reign as NXT UK Champion.
With a rating of 9.63 from 593 votes, cagematch.net ranks this return bout between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov alongside their NXT UK classic. More on that to come.
Meeting in front of fans inside the Capitol Wrestling Center, another hard-hitting encounter ensued but with the champion on the ropes, Dragunov delivered vicious blows to the back of WALTER’s neck before locking in a sleeper causing the Austrian star to tap out ending his historic title reign.
5. CM Punk vs. John Cena, Money In The Bank 2011
The second loudest that Chicago has ever been for its hometown hero came when CM Punk defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship and walked out of the company.
A rating of 9.64 from 742 votes does enough to ensure fifth place but the story surrounding the main event of Money In The Bank 2011 ensures its place as one of the all-time greats in WWE. The issues between Punk and Cena were kickstarted after the ‘Pipebomb’ promo CM Punk laid bare his frustrations with the company.
Avoiding a potential screwjob from Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis and a Money In The Bank cash-in attempt from Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk left the Allstate Arena through his adoring fans as he kissed WWE goodbye, albeit for a week or two.
4. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, WrestleMania 25
WrestleMania 25 in Houston, Texas was the stage for two legendary WWE Superstars to steal the show one more time. With a 9.64 rating from 746 votes, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker stepped into the ring in 2009 with HBK looking to end the Streak and The Undertaker looking to end Michaels.
The two icons put on a spectacle worthy of the 25th anniversary of The Show Of Shows in a match that overshadowed everything else on the show. The Undertaker survived a scary landing after a dive to the outside involving a cameraman went awry. In the end, The Deadman soldiered on, laying Michaels to rest, one year before he put Michaels’ WWE career to rest (bar that Saudi Arabia match) for good.
3. Ilja Dragunov vs. WALTER, NXT UK, 29th October 2020
From two legendary stars to two men who could be the future of WWE. A rating of 9.65 from 454 votes takes WALTER and Ilja Dragunov’s bout from NXT UK into third place on this list.
The only match from the pandemic era to appear on this list, the two European star’s performance in the bout for the NXT United Kingdom Championship is all the more impressive given that they competed in front of no fans.
For 25 minutes, WALTER and Dragunov beat the holy hell out of each other before the referee was forced to end the contest with Dragunov unconscious after being trapped in a sleeper hold.
2. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas vs. Johnny Gargano, NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia
From an all-time classic to a modern masterpiece, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Johnny Gargano take second place on the list with a rating of 9.65 from 673 votes.
The highest-rated NXT match on this list saw Almas and Gargano give absolutely everything they had as they did battle for the NXT Championship. Dave Meltzer awarded the bout his hallowed five stars, making it the first match from the black and gold brand to reach that level of critical acclaim.
A typically back and forth match saw Almas’ manager Zelina Vega interject herself which caused Gargano’s wife Candice LeRae to get involved. In the end, Andrade picked up the victory with an elevated version of his Hammerlock DDT, retaining his title in his first defence.
1. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, WrestleMania 13
The best of the best features The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be as Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart battled Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13.
With a rating of 9.66 out of 548 votes, this classic Submission Match marked a high watermark in Hart’s legendary career and proved to be the making of Steve Austin who was on his way to superstardom.
The iconic bout is best remembered for Austin’s bloodied face screaming out in pain as Hart locked the Texas Rattlesnake in the dreaded Sharpshooter for what seemed like hours before Austin finally passed out from the pain. The perennially heroic Hart ended the bout a hated villain while the fans got behind the usually jeered Austin as both men injected an early dose of ‘attitude’ into the World Wrestling Federation.