Friday, April 19

10 Most Re-Watched Matches In Wrestling History, Ranked

Professional wrestling has a long and extensive history of all time classic matches, and many of those have gained an impassioned following over the years. Whether it be the likes of WWE (where matches are the most accessible) or on occasion elsewhere across the wrestling world, there are some matches which fans return to more than others.



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There are a variety of reasons why fans come back to certain matches, with some of that coming down to sheer match quality, nostalgia, or even just one specific moment in the match which draws people back time and time again. Different fans will have different experiences, but these matches in particular will likely surpass all the rest in terms of those that have been re-watched the most. This will also look at different statistics from the matches in question, such as ratings from Cagematch.net and Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer.


10 Dudley Boyz Vs. The Hardy Boyz Vs. Edge & Christian, WWE WrestleMania 17

Spot-Fest Of All Spot-Fests

WrestleMania 17 is regarded as the greatest WrestleMania of all time, and given that this was the best match on the show, it is no surprise that fans of all generations have watched and re-watched this so many times.

It put the TLC match firmly on the map, and it featured legendary spot after legendary spot, most notable when Edge speared Jeff Hardy from several feet above the ring, as Hardy hung from the title belts. It is pure excitement and is such a great representation of the chaos of the Attitude Era. Three all-time great teams put everything on the line.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

15:50

Christian & Edge defeats Dudley Boyz & Hardy Boyz

9.58

4.75 Stars

9 AJ Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels Vs. Samoa Joe, TNA Unbreakable 2005

Best Match In TNA History

Samoa Joe AJ Styles Christopher Daniels

Whilst TNA may not have been the biggest promotion in the world, throughout the 2000s it had a very strong following, and given that this match is undoubtedly the best match in TNA history, there is a reason why so many fans go back to it.

AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Samoa Joe put on an iconic performance going at a fast pace and mixing in both hard-hitting and physical moves, along with high-flying action. This just had everything. Even those who weren’t keeping with TNA will have likely seen this one.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

22:50

AJ Styles defeats Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe

9.67

5 Stars

8 Eddie Guerrero Vs. Rey Mysterio, WCW Halloween Havoc 1997

Insane Match Between Two All-Time Great Rivals

Weekly WCW television during the Monday Night Wars was chaotic, though when it came to WCW overall, the late 1990s didn’t offer too many all-time classics between the ropes – but this was certainly one of the few that stood out above the rest.

Mysterio and Guerrero were forever intertwined in wrestling, and their chemistry was on full show here. The shorter length but high-paced nature of this one makes it extremely rewatchable.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

13:51

Rey Mysterio defeats Eddie Guerrero

9.41

4.75

7 Shawn Michaels Vs. Razor Ramon, WWE WrestleMania 10

Revolutionized The Ladder Match

The first ever televised ladder match in WWE has a strong reputation, and even to this day it holds up, which is why fans will always go back and rewatch it. Michaels and Ramon revolutionized this stipulation, masterfully utilizing the ladder and making it the main attraction in this showcase.

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WrestleMania 10 is often looked back on as a favorite show due to the venue, Bret vs. Owen, and this match too.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

18:47

Razor Ramon defeats Shawn Michaels

9.32

5 Stars

6 Kenny Omega Vs. Kazuchika Okada, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11

One Of The Highest Rated Matches Of All Time

Whilst their 2-out-of-3 falls match was given a higher star rating by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, it is this Wrestle Kingdom match between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada that has the overwhelming consensus of not only being their best match in the series, but also the greatest pro wrestling match in history.

For this reason, fans of many different promotions go back and watch this epic. It is a piece of wrestling history despite only taking place in the last decade, and it will be looked back upon with even greater fondness as the years progress.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

46:45

Kazuchika Okada defeats Kenny Omega

9.80

6 Stars

5 Brock Lesnar Vs. Eddie Guerrero, WWE No Way Out 2004

Most Emotional WWE Championship Change

There have been several memorable WWE Title changes over the course of WWE history, but the most emotional, goosebump-inducing, and satisfying victory was when Eddie Guerrero scored the win over Brock Lesnar at No Way Out.

This match has the ultimate feel good moment, so it is no surprise that this is a match that fans love rewatching time and time again.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

29:55

Eddie Guerrero defeats Brock Lesnar

8.96

4 Stars

4 John Cena Vs. CM Punk, WWE Money In The Bank 2011

WWE’s First Five-Star Match Since The Turn Of The Millennium

CM Punk’s rise in popularity over 2011 made him one of the most over babyfaces in the company for years, and the culmination of this rise saw him defeat John Cena in a phenomenal match at Money in the Bank.

A thunderous crowd, a thrilling storyline, and a dramatic conclusion led to this being a hugely acclaimed clash that many fans have rewatched time and time again. It really felt as though a change was on the horizon for WWE on this night.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

33:45

CM Punk defeats John Cena

9.63

5 Stars

3 Royal Rumble Match, Royal Rumble 2001

Often Regarded As The Best Rumble Ever

Royal Rumble matches are among the most rewatched WWE matches each and every year due to the excitement, moments, and how palatable they are to consume. The 2001 Rumble match is looked back upon as one of, if not the greatest Rumble, so it is no wonder why it gets rewatched so much.

From Kane’s dominant performance to Steve Austin’s huge victory this was a memorable match. WWE was on fire during this period and this match reflected it.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

61:52

Steve Austins win Royal Rumble

8.70

3.25 Stars

2 Steve Austin Vs. Bret Hart, WWE WrestleMania 13

Perfectly Executed Double Turn

One of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history came in the form of Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13, which saw the most wonderfully executed double turn of all time, opening the door to Austin’s ascent to stardom in the company.

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This is one of the most important matches in WWE history, not to mention one of the most entertaining and hard fought clashes of all time too. It is in and amongst the top matches throughout WWE history in anyone’s list.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

22:05

Bret Hart defeats Steve Austin

9.64

5 Stars

1 The Undertaker Vs. Mankind, WWE King Of The Ring 1998

The Most Infamous Match In WWE History

The most rewatched match in professional wrestling history has to be this one. The Undertaker and Mankind clashed inside Hell in a Cell, and it saw two of the most breathtaking and dangerous spots ever.

Mankind being thrown off the Cell and then through the Cell roof were just crazy to witness, especially at the time. This match offers very real drama and suspense, and the historical significance of this bout is why many rewatch it so much.

Match Length

Result

Cagematch.net

Dave Meltzer Star Rating

16:00

The Undertaker defeats Mankind

9.22

4.5 Stars

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