10 Wrestling Matches Fans Can’t Agree On

One man's treasure is another man's utterly tedious hour of self-preservation.

Ospreay Ricochet
New Japan

I'm a fairly cynical purveyor of the wrestling landscape. That said, there are certain matches which are absolutely impossible to discount. Their brilliance can not be denied.

Steve Austin Vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 was a revelation in state-of-the-art content, unparalleled psychology, and business-busting storytelling. The famed 1990 All Japan Pro Wrestling bout, pitting company Ace Jumbo Tsuruta opposite the man who supplanted him on the night, Mitsuharu Misawa, was similarly revolutionary in that it shaped the in-ring style of AJPW in the years to come, and anointed the company's next figurehead.

A match doesn't have to make a star to reach greatness. The history of wrestling glows with incandescent classics.

Conversely, some matches have polarised the wrestling fandom to such an extent that they have generated an almost philosophical level of discussion. How long is too long? To what extent should wrestling, an industry predicated on pretend warfare, use real violence to get itself over? At which points does methodical become boring?

Those questions will rage on and on - but what follows are the most pressing ever posed...

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Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!