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10 Best TV Wrestling Matches Ever

10. Randy Savage Vs. "La Parka" - WCW Monday Nitro, July 7, 1997

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A masterclass of production and long-term booking in unison, WCW, operating with incredible inspiration and attention to detail, put La Parka over in the pre-match by highlighting his recent chair-based assaults.

Everything was in place was to be as it seemed. This was more of a con that it was a match, but what a work it was.

The commentary team was in on the genius of the bit - gleefully so, in the case of Tony Schiavone. Mike Tenay made sure to gently remind the audience that La Parka was stockier than WCW's class of luchadors, to further drape the cloak of illusion - but it was no stretch, and he framed it not as exposition but an illustration of the test facing Randy Savage.

"They have succeeded in causing mass confusion throughout our television programmes," said Tony Schiavone of the nWo, deftly foreshadowing the story and justifying the babyface's ruse.

"La Parka" countered Savage with a roll-up, but this was mostly a very brief and decisive phase of offence, the detail in which was fantastic. Savage, over-powered, spent an age on the top turnbuckle, arrogantly luxuriating in his superiority before dropping the elbow. His sell-job of the counter was fantastic. He looked goosed, spitting out teeth where on the turnbuckle he had spat as a gesture of disrespect.

"La Parka" nailed him with the Diamond Cutter before unmasking as Diamond Dallas Page in one of the greatest and most innovative turnabout-is-fair-play babyface moves ever - a euphoric scene, given WCW's heat-dominated '97 TV.

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