Top Ten Greatest WWE/WWF Matches of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker (WrestleMania 25)

Yes truly the best match ever
Undertaker and hbk 2 of the greatest superstars.2 back to back wrestlemania matches and that to the best ever

Best match ever... Just hope HBK would have won...

THe match is the most memorable match of all time...
just can't forget it

The buildup and the determination really tells us a story, which makes the match even better.

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2 Stone Cold vs The Rock (Wrestlemania 17 2001)

I think that the rock would win that one but he lost due to interruption of mr mcmahon

Incredible match, they fought non-stop for 30 minutes and lived up to the hype.
We saw both men steal each others finishers and bust each open.
Vince McMahon helping stone cold Steve Austin was one of the biggest shocks in wwe history.

It ws a great mtch... People champ the rock dwane johnson played too well but lose due to mcmahn... Stone cold steve austin also played well...

If you vote this gimme a Hell Yeah!

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3 CM Punk vs John Cena (Money In the Bank 2011)

Yeah I agree with you man this match was AMAZING I never thought I would see a match like this in these days... But here it is... But why is it in number 17 are you kidding' me this match was way better than the triple h vs undertaker match it really should be in the top ten

COME ON!... This match is the first to be a 5 star match in almost 10 years it should be at least in the top ten... Both guys were great and they were bringing every thing out of their pocket

This match made me love professional wrestling again. The crowds incredible love for CM Punk and bitter hatred for John Cena, one of if the best storylines in WWE history, and 33:42 minutes of amazing wrestling. I remember watching this when I was 11 years old, back when Cena really was Superman. When he lost, I was sad. But I knew he'd bounce back. Little did I know it would take two years for Cena to actually beat Punk clean. If Cena is Superman, Punk was his kryptonite. Never have I ever been that into a feud. Not even Rock and Austin. This is a match and a experience that I will never forget as long as I live, and not if Nakamura can top this match on my list. Favorite of all time.

The only non NXT modern day WWE 5 star match

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4 Triple H vs Undertaker Hell In A Cell (Wrestlemania 28)

This is the best match ever. Hell in a cell match between two of the best ever (Undertaker and Triple H) and with Shawn Michaels as guest referee. All that in the Greatest Stage of Them All, Wrestlemania.

In that situation, it is difficult to be as good as expected, but that match was incredible, with both men giving all the had, resisting much more than anyone had ever resisted (even a Sweet Chin Music and a Pedigree), ending with a tombstone and the 20-0 streak by the Undertaker. I don't think this match can be surpassed.

Really... The fact that miz vs cena is on this list let alone before any match between h and undertaker is insane. This match was amazing, and better than their match at 27, but that was great too. Its even better than rock vs cena

Greatest Match I've ever seen! End of an Era, two legends of the greatest era of the WWE against each other. Rock/Cena was "Once in a Lifetime"? Triple H vs. Undertaker Hell in a Cell WM 28 was truly "Once in a Liftetime"! Shawn Michaels as referee made it even better! Probably the greatest Story ever told in the Ring. Great show of respect After the Match. Three of the Greatest of All Time!

The streak lives on! And also the most shocking kickout in history by the phwnom

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5 The Undertaker vs Mankind - Hell in a Cell (King of the Ring 1998)

HE KILLED HIM! BY GOD HE IS BROKEN IN HALF. -Jim Ross

Add that to Terry Funk and Mankind's tooth going through his nose, best match ever.

Simply put, this is far and away the greatest match of both wrestlers careers. They joined together and fed off of each others bumps the entire match and gave the fans a once in a lifetime, greatest match in the history of ALL professional wrestling. This was the GREATEST MATCH EVER SEEN, and no disrespect to all of the other greats of wrestling but these two men put on the greatest wrestling show the world has ever seen. We should give a special shout out to HOF Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka for inspiring a young Mick Foley at MSG or this match may have never taken place. Greatness seems to inspire greatness, in 20 years from now perhaps we will be blessed to witness another stunning match from a new young wrestler that was sitting in the crowd being inspired by The Greatest Wresting Match of All-Time by far, Mick Foley vs. The Undertaker - Hell in a Cell (King of the Ring 1998). Gentlemen, if I knew how to give you a standing ovation in place of this vote I would certainly do it. This ...more

This was not wrestling! This was pure awesomeness! Mankind was really injured in this match, but he came back twice to kick Taker's ass! He got thrown from the top of the cage twice! One of the greatest match ever with two of the best legends of wrestling! Mankind/Mick Foley, the hardcore god and the Undertaker, the greatest with his 20-0 Wrestlemania streak!

You absolutely need to vote for this if you are a true wrestling fan!

Thought Foley was dead.

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6 Bret Hart vs Steve Austin - Submission Match (Wrestlemania 13 1997)

Best match in the history of Wrestlemania and one of the best stories in the history of wrestling. Wrestlemania 13 is easily one of the worst Wrestlemanias ever, but is saved from being the worst by this match alone.

Austin managed to turned face by losing the match! That is an unheard of accomplishment earned IN the ring.

The best matches are where there is clearly some sort of rift between the two individuals. Steve Austin represented everything the WWE was about to become with the Attitude era and Bret Hart was the heart of the early 90's WWF, and really didn't like where the company was headed. The ending is amazing.

This is my all time favorite match. The story being told, the kayfabe hatred between the two. Gotta be number 1, can't believe this is 7. To me this match is the real start of the attitude era in WWF.

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7 Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania 26)

The best match ever it was emotional and made a huge impact on the WWE it was the end of Shawn's Career.

This mach is the best mach in WWE history

Yes it was the greatest match of all time Shawn Michaels is the best WWE legendary superstar of all time

Best rematch in history

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8 Edge vs John Cena - TLC (Unforgiven 2006)

The champ is here

John cena undefeted retain era starts from here 2006-2007 a undefeted rain of name john cena prevailed

Truly the best match in wwe of all time. Truly awesome

It is the best match hands down

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9 Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels - Ironman Match Wrestlemania 12

How the hell is this rated so low. The best 2 all around wrestlers probably ever (arguably we'll say) in their primes going at it for an hour with very little breaks in the action or resting periods at all. Then they are made to continue after the hour? Absolutely insane amount of wrestling skill in this bout plus it was Michael's "boyhood dream come true." This to me is far and away the greatest thing the WWE has ever had period and the fact that its rated 14th to me is a joke.

Bret "HitMan" Hart and Shawn Michaels. The very best wrestler of all time. Put them together equals the greatest match of all time. Someting is wrong with the ranking. In terms of technical wrestling, you got em all there. In terms of entertainment and quality, it's there too. Fans today don't really get the science of quality matches, most of them focuses on the drama. Sure, the plot of this match was fulfilling the "childhood dream" but digging through the details of the match makes the whole theme a bonus. One hour (even more) match nothing more to ask for especially from the excellence of execution and the greatest in-ring performer of all time.

Over an hour of nothing but pure technical wrestling and not a single spot repeated. It was adrenaline-pumping and my god was it emotional. Especially the ending, with Shawn absolutely ecstatic and on the verge of tears due to not only winning such a highly contested match but achieving his boyhood dream of becoming WWF world champion. The best match of all time period.

I need to watch some time - EliHbk

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10 The Rock vs Steve Austin (Wrestlemania XIX 2003)

The only time the rock beat steve Austin at wrestlemania
One of the best rivalries
It took 3 rock bottoms, 2 spinbusters, and 2 people's elbows to put stone cold away! - 322264474

The Rock so dominance to his long life rivalry Stone Cold Steve Austin... EPIC!

Without interference. A match between two important person but not take much time.

Best ever can't even say it in words speechless just speechless

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The Contenders

11 Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker - Hell In a Cell

The youngest WWE champion wins this Match means Brock Lesnar not The Undertaker - subhashsahu

So much blood!
My favourite hell in a cell match ever!
The only time The Undertaker got beat in a cell in a cell match - 322264474

He lost in the very first hell in a cell match ever when Kane debuted

It is the best so far in the wwe because they are the most hardcore wrestler in wwe. Undertaker is the best wrestler in wwe and second is the john cena and the rock they are the true champions in wwe. Thanks

Undertaker somehow lost to the beast incarcerate

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12 Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania 21)

The whole match was a highlight, No Boring moments. This is my second favorite match of all time! I don't think it's underrated though, Because people actually gave this match the credit it deserves!

This match is amazing! I've seen this match about 5 times and I still get excited when they kick out. It's just a contest between two of the greatest in ring performers

By far one of the Best matches in wrestling

Top 5

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13 Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boys (c) vs. The Hardy Boys - TLC 3 Way Tag Team Match (Wrestlemania 17)

Bunch of great spots here and the crowd was way better here when the heels won the match. This is by far the best TLC match of all time. - htoutlaws2012

Ohh my! Are you crazy
This is the best sport entertainer ever
This was one heck of a match... I saw it 9 times and still wanna see it again
Hardy boyz, dudley boys, edge and Christian
It was really really really really really really awesome
Vote it if you r a true wrestling fan

This is the most fast paced, insane match in WWE history. Jam packed action into only about 20 minutes. This match had 2 of the most moments ever and it's my favorite match of all time!

COME ON! THIS MATCH WAS MATCH OF THE NIGHT! STEVE AUSTIN VS THE ROCK WAS GREAT BUT NOWHERE NEAR THIS! THAT WAS SEC MATCH OF THE NIGHT!

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14 The Rock vs John Cena (Wrestlemania 28)

Rock is the greatest of all time he is the peoples champion truly this is the greatest match of all time

I mean come on it was the match of the century

It was only an above average match but the fact that this was such a dream match is what made it great

good

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15 Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat (Intercontinental Championship Wrestlemania 3)

I go back occasionally and watch this match because it set the bar for what all matches should be. No gimmicks. Perfect pacing. Great sequences. Huge venue. Flawless execution. Plus, it was called by Jesse Ventura, whose play-by-play matched the work of the guys in the ring.

Brock Lesnar will never be part of a match like this.

This should be number one by miles, I can tell its mostly kids that vote on this. Matches before the attitude era and beyond don't count.

I'm a big Attitude Era fan but this match (despite the cheap ending) is what I consider the best and most clean match ever. Anybody that doesn't respect pro wrestling has to watch this match!

This should be MUCH higher on the list. I suspect too many people born around the turn of the century are voting here, and they haven't been exposed to the glory days of pro wrestling... They should really watch this match!

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16 Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels Hell in a Cell (Bad Blood 1997)

I just can not see how this match, one that many fans and critics alike rate at 5 or near 5 stars is not on this list. This match has arguably the best storytelling in a wrestling match, yet not only is it not in the top 55 purely wwe matches, but one of the worst wrestlemania main events of all time in the Miz vs John Cena makes it. That match was terrible, it had no importance to the wwe, and it was just a lazy effort by both men with a dead crowd

The greatest Hell in a Cell match of all time. There's 4 other cell matches ahead of this one, and I don't understand how. It's brilliant. The ring psychology, the workrate, the innovation, the brutality, Kane's unbelievable debut. It's a masterpiece.

I loved this match and the demon kane debuted to awesome finish

Best ever

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17 HHH vs Kurt Angle vs Rikishi vs The Rock vs The Undertaker vs Steve Austin - Hell in a Cell (Armageddon 2000)

Outstanding match, 6 superstars all fighting for the title, we could also see how the match took a toll on these wrestlers, as they went from the ring to outside to the top and back in, this match was one to watch

Best hell in a cell match ever! Itfeatures the greatest superstars, including the Hell in a cell match legends Undertaker and Triple H. A it also was one of a kind match, which was never seen before.

There are the real fighters

Best ever... evarrr

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18 Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit - World Heavyweight Champion (Wrestlemania 20)

Best Wrestlemania match ever with the greatest in-ring performer in history winning his first and only world championship after an 18 year odyssey

Still quite vivid in my memory although it was a long time ago and I was a kid, couldn't agree more this match portrayed the best of the three men

Who's Chris Benoit? I've never heard of him

Greatest wrestlemania main event match ever!

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19 John Cena vs CM Punk - Raw 2013

In my opinion this is the best match of all time...

Arguably the best raw match ever.

I was shocked cena won that and he became the no1 contender for the wwe champion

Cena is the best.

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20 Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels - Streak vs Career (WrestleMania XXVI)
21 Triple H vs The Undertaker (Wrestlemania 27)

This is The best Match because the undertaker had 3 pedigree from H and nearly 20 chair shots to the undertaker and then tombstone by H but the dead man refuse to lose at wrestlemaina. The undertaker could not move but he won unbleavly then after the match H walked away but the undertaker who won could not stand on his on feet but he won. The undertaker won the battle and H won the war. It is better than any undertaker match because the undertaker reached his limit and the first time ever the undertaker on the stretcher but he won. That's why this is the BEST match than any other match in history. Please move is to number 1 in the list

I think this should be number nine. It was way better
Than Wrestlemania 28. It would of been epic if
They went on top of the cell.

Best match of all time. It shows a message beyond our comprehension of wrestling. The spirit of the undertaker is a spirit that forever lives and this was a match that proved it

Best match in History.
Taker needed help, he could not walked out of there by his own... Nobody, NOBODY had achieved that!
H is a legend!

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22 Triple H vs Steve Austin - Three Stages of Hell (No Way Out 2001)

The first and best 3 stages of hell matches - 322264474

Best match ever. And that's the bottom line..

Phenomenal storytelling and finish made both men look strong after a war also made you hate triple h that much more for being so lucky

The best match of the decade I.e 2001-2010, this featured a super- intense build-up, non-stop action, drama and top notch storytelling. Absolutely brilliant stuff

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23 Triple H vs Cactus Jack (Royal Rumble 2000)

The promo on the night of the match showed the brutality of the match

This match simply made made me a wwe fan. Foley is god.

Crazy!

24 John Cena vs Shawn Michaels (Raw 2007)

A fantastic fight between two of the best in the business. Just a shame it was a non-title match because shawn michaels would have become the champion

The match was way better than their wrestle mania match

The new comer John Cena and the experienced shawn Michaels. U betcha.

Just a perfect

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25 Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk - No DQ Summerslam 2013

This was the best match ever. I really loved this match. I loved the part when Punk did an elbow drop using a steel chair. The match ended with a crazy F5 on the steel chair. Best match of 2013 and one of the best matches of all time.

The Best vs The Beast

If there was no Heyman... You know who was the Champion

The guy who made brock wrestle.Best match.

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26 The Rock vs Mankind - I Quit Match (Royal Rumble 1999)

This match not only had an incredible buildup, it put Rock over as a heel BIG time. From the get go, Rock played dirty verbally insulting Mankind and striking him with chairshot after chairshot. The battle outside the ring was epic as well. This match had so much passion from Mankind cause he never had any quit in him. In fact, this match was so violent, Foleys wife had to leave due to the disturbance it caused her. Holy crap

I QUIT!, I QUIT!, I QUIT! - Mick Foley - htoutlaws2012

27 John Cena vs Aj Styles - WWE Championship (Royal Rumble 2017)

The best dream match...

28 Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant - Single Match (Wrestlemania 3 1987)

Hulk hogan is best for ever

"The Passing of the Torch"; Andre's serious medical issues prevented him from continuing his career.
He was in severe pain throughout the match, and was only slammed because he wanted to be.
Andre picked Hogan as his successor, and knew that only something definitive like this would be accepted by the fans.
RIP big guy.

The most entertaining match I've ever seen. When andre was knocked off his feet for the first time ever, my heart pounded like never before.

The Hulkster has never been the best in the ring but he sure knew how to play the crowd. When he slammed Andre the Giant who didn't flip? I grew up as a Hulkamaniac, ate my vitamins, said my prayers and worked out! Perhaps not the most entertaining but certainly the most memorable.

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29 Undertaker vs CM Punk (Wrestlemania 29)

This match can match up with any other match on this list. CM Punk is one of the best all time in a short span compared to Undertaker and others that wrestled 20 years in WWE. This match had it all you can't argue that. If anything most of this matches are great and are all tied for #1 in my book.

An amazing match that lived up to everybody's expectations! Undertaker and Punk gave their all in that match and still gave us that 'moment' when we thought that the streak could really end. A piece of art done by these amazing performers.

I word awesome I thought punk was gonna win but at the end undertaker beat punk and kept the streak going

The only good match on that show - htoutlaws2012

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30 John Cena vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H (Survivor Series 2009)

My favoute wrestler John Cena or triple h

Ruthless aggeression blood!

Great match

31 The Rock vs Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania 18)

This is the best match where there were rivalry, fight and lastly respect for both competitor.. Probably Hogan got his highest respect from the Great one, Icon passed his torch to another Icon who deserved it.. Most of the people got emotional when The Rock came back back to save Hogan and again force him to entertain people with his poses, lastly when Hogan raised his hand again on the entrance gate he again bent his head.. Oh! What a humbleness I will never forget those moment in my life.. What a respect man.. Greatest match

Come on, Icon vs Icon. Hogan should've won, but by all means it was absolutely awesome

Amazing performances from two of the most ICONIC faces in the history of the industry. The Rock sold every punch and clothesline to perfection which made Hogan look strong and superior all though he was pretty sloppy to say the least

Such a marvelous match

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32 Edge & Christian vs the Hardy Boys vs the Dudleys - TLC (Summerslam 2000)

There was a hype in the air for first tlc & the match lived up its hype because of these teams incredible performance

I remember watching this match live and all the moments! The first ever TLC Match between the high climbing Hardy Boys, the Chairmen of the WWF Edge & Christian, and the Masters of Tables the Dudley Boyz on the WrestleMania XVII stage and they all performed amazingly. How anyone survived without major injuries in real life was impressive.

One of the most entertaining matches of all time. Completely revolutionary for the time, and to this day hasn't been matched.

TLC II is better the crowd hated E & C when they won the match. - htoutlaws2012

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33 Triple H vs Shawn Michaels - Unsanctioned Match (SummerSlam 2002)
34 The Rock vs. Stone Cold (Wrestlemania 17 2001)

Obviously classic fight, classic rivalry, classic wrestlers. This one is very good along with its ending and Vince-Stone Cold handshake.

This list is nothing guys. The rock vs Stone cold WRM 17 is two times in list. In top 10 too many matches which shouldn't be. And most of matches from this shouldn't be even in top 20 best matches. So I where is match Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage? Where is match Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage? Where is match Undertaker vs Triple h Wrestlemania 17?

I know its already been mentioned 3 times... But it z best match in my view... Both bigge. St stars... Many finishing moves executed... Loads of blood... At last bad 16 chair shots to chest to defeat the great one the rock... Must watch it... Its epic

Already on the list! - htoutlaws2012

35 Randy Orton vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan (WrestleMania XXX)

This match was good but nowhere near the best in history, I like Bryan too guys but he has the worst hardcore fans of any wrestler.

This is the best match in WWE history and Daniel career

Daniel Bryan era has begun! - htoutlaws2012

Yes!

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36 Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels - Ladder Match (No Mercy 2008)

Great match up both of them were flying throughout the ring...

No one would have had a great match then this, great match can't forget that ladder shots..

The best in the world chris jericho really was great in this match

Best match ever

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37 Sasha Banks vs Bayley - 30 min Iron Man Match - NXT TakeOver

The Best Women's Match that I've ever seen.

Great match! It really deserves to be in the top 10 list - BillGoldberg

The story told here is what made it better than ibushi/Nakamura in 2015 as the MOTY, truly incredible match with even more feelins than their Brooklyn match...by the way I LOVE BAYLEY!

38 Steve Austin vs The Rock - WWF Championship (WrestleMania X-Seven)
39 Kurt Angle vs Shane McMahon - Street Fight (King of the Ring 2001)

This is the match that stands out to me in my years of watching wrestling religiously. I've watched it numerous times and I can't see why it's so low in this list.

For me, the most extreme and best match ever

This is easily a top 20 match. Best street fight if all time, memorable moments throughout, and shanes best match ever. One of the all time great matches that will forever be underrated.

Can't believe that this one isn't in top 20. So many epic moments in this match, plus Kurt broke his coccyx due to that suplex on the ramp but still carried on!

40 Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 10)

Greatest match ever

This is pure excitement!

What.. This is in my top 3 favorite wwe matches
1.) Undertaker vs Michaels (WM25)
2.) Razor Ramon vs Michaels (WM10)
3.) Bret Hart vs Steve Austin (WM13)

41 John Cena vs Batista (Over the Limit 2010)
42 Antonio Cesaro vs Sami Zayn (NXT 2013)
43 Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels - Hell in a Cell (Badd Blood: In Your House)
44 Triple H vs Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred, Wrestlemania 29)

This should be moved to number 7 because it was more than just a match triple h was fighting for his family, friends, and his career he even tried to break Brock's arm he made him cry he was about to tap and lesnar hit the f5 on HBK but triple h hit the pedigree to lesnar on the steel steps and triple h won

The crowd not reacting to match didn't help the match. - htoutlaws2012

Best match of all time.

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45 Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa- Unsanctioned Match- NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

Brutal MATCH

46 Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels - World Heavyweight Championship (WrestleMania XX)
47 The Usos vs The New Day - Hell in a Cell 2017
48 Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit - WWE Championship (Royal Rumble 2003)
49 The Shield vs Evolution (Extreme Rules 2014)

I was there and to see it live it was amazing best match ever

It is the best match ever

Arguably the best 6 man match of the year next to the shield vs the Wyatts. - htoutlaws2012

Wow the evoliution were in totally control but when seth rollins jumpr ed from the T.V. the match was turned over the shielwon

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50 Jeff Hardy vs HHH - Single Match (No Mercy 2008)

My ass hurt after viewing this mqtch

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1. Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker (WrestleMania 25)
2. Triple H vs Undertaker Hell In A Cell (Wrestlemania 28)
3. Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels - Streak vs Career (WrestleMania XXVI)
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1. Triple H vs Undertaker Hell In A Cell (Wrestlemania 28)
2. The Undertaker vs Mankind - Hell in a Cell (King of the Ring 1998)
3. CM Punk vs John Cena (Money In the Bank 2011)
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1. Stone Cold vs The Rock (Wrestlemania 17 2001)
2. Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boys (c) vs. The Hardy Boys - TLC 3 Way Tag Team Match (Wrestlemania 17)
3. Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (Wrestlemania XXX)
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