20 Greatest WWE SmackDown Matches Ever

The Rock, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and Tamina Snuka deliver blue brand belters


SmackDown 1000 won't have quite the hype Raw 25 did earlier this year - WWE have around 25 more events to promote between now and showtime as it is - but that sort of indifference from the company will almost certainly work out in favour of the blue brand in the same way it often has over the past two decades.

Monday Night Raw has, without exception, been Vince McMahon's top wrestling priority since it helped steer him to global industry domination in the late 1990s. SmackDown was a hedonistic bonus around that time, and though it was far more than just a gateway into network television, the secondary show was still secondary in every sense. The B in "B-Show" always stood for blue, even during the bizarre period in 2001 where McMahon almost handed Raw's slot over to a revived WCW Nitro.

Subversively, the lack of attention from The Chairman has occasionally helped the show become a bit of a best kept secret or at very least cultivate a reputation as one. SmackDown has - several times - been as objectively awful as Raw at its dirt worst, but some special occasion moments of magic over the years have given it a protective coating amongst the hardcore fanbase in comparison.

Excellent television matches, in particular, have often been the preserve of Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays over the last 1000 weeks. These aren't just 20 great matches (and plenty more just missed out) - they are landmarks befitting a show with a genuinely impressive legacy.


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