10 WWE Matches That Completely Exceeded Expectations

Your friendly reminder that this wrestling malarkey isn't so bad after all...

After a year in WWE that's seen the random return of the Great Khali, as he helped Jinder Mahal to beat Randy Orton – inside a Punjabi Prison, no less – as well as world title match at WrestleMania 33 that featured projections of bugs sprawled across the mat, it can be easy to be pessimistic at times.

That also means that it can be easy to forget that the company does, on occasion, over-deliver and give us matches that end up being far better than they ever had any right be.

Whether that’s due to a low bar being set ahead of the show, an unexpected resurgence from those involved in the match or, as has often been the case, a combination of the two, we’ve seen more than a fair few matches over the years that have completely exceeded expectations.

From WrestleMania clashes to throwaway Raws, as well as a pre-show match to end all pre-shows, this article takes a look on the bright side of life with ten WWE bouts that went above and beyond what fans might have initially expected.