10 WWE TV Matches That Were Better Than They Had Any Right To Be

10. Buddy Murphy Vs. Kalisto (205 Live, 03/04/18)


205 Live has long been one of WWE's best kept secrets; it's fitting then to begin this list with the man who hails himself as that very thing.

After Buddy Murphy had won a fatal four-way between himself, TJP, Akira Tozawa and Kalisto, Murphy and the latter collided for the first time in a one-on-one encounter, heralded by many as one of the greatest in the newly christened show's history.

The two ramped up the intensity from the off-set sizing each other up with uncompromising mat-wrestling, combined with innovative, acrobatic exchanges (Kalisto's near count-out is an education in grinding out tension).

It's quite hard to produce a David vs. Goliath feel in a 205 Live match with both athletes having to be under the obvious weight limit. However, Kalisto's plucky frame meshed well with Murphy's hulking physique making for a story of the underdog trying to conquer the bully he was faced with. Murphy's struggle to hit Murphy's Law only to over-power the luchador into his finishing manoeuvre put the perfect exclamation point on to a world-class contest.

Shifting through the gears of methodical to high-octane in an instant, this match crammed the kind of dramatic storytelling and stakes into 15 minutes as the main roster sometimes struggle to develop in a three month-long storyline. Put this match on a SummerSlam or 'Mania card and we'd be talking about it for years.


Lifts rubber and metal. Watches people flip in spandex and pretends to be other individuals from time to time...