Wrestling is all about hype - from hard pushes to gentle exaggeration to outright lies, it's the job of the promoter (and, by extension, his employees) to make any given event seem like the biggest and most spectacular one ever. With that in mind, it's no surprise that so many shows and matches fail to live up to the expectations that have been set.
At the same time, though, fans aren't sheep, and we've learned to see through some of the smoke and mirrors that accompany the coming of a major event. We can draw our own conclusions about which stars deliver in the ring and which don't, and that plays into what we expect when purchasing a show or a ticket.
The flipside, then, is that there are also matches that exceed our expectations. Sometimes the stars involved get past silly stipulations, unknown variables, or their own perceived limitations to deliver contests that impress the viewing public - maybe even to the point of achieving immortality as classics.
This list looks at just a few of those bouts that surprised us all, proving that the wrestlers involved were capable of that magic. Here are 10 matches that were way better than anyone expected: