3. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (Survivor Series 1997)
You knew it was coming.
Emotional matches in pro wrestling history can't come up without the infamous 'Montreal Screwjob'. It's one of the most discussed incidents in WWE ever, and with good reason. It offered a different kind of emotion to everything else out there, if only 'cause it was 100% real and dangled backstage politics in front of the viewer.
There's a quite dizzying amount of turmoil to be found in Bret Hart's story. His anger at Vince McMahon's treachery, the volley of spit he aimed at his gaffer's face when he realised he'd been had, Shawn Michaels' brattish display as he left the arena with the WWF Title and his cries of innocence when confronted by a distraught 'Hitman' in the locker room are still all too much around 22 years on.
That's before one even gets to Bret punching Vince, drawing out the letters 'WCW' with his hands as the pay-per-view ticked down and the fallout of "Bret Screwed Bret" which led to the Mr. McMahon character. Survivor Series '97 will forever be remembered as one of WWE's most controversial nights.