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[Wrestlepack] Recommend me great matches!

Montegris

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As I mentioned in The One Phil's WiW thread, I've recently developed an understanding, and to a certain point, appreciation for professional wrestling. Little by little, I'm checking out some of the best classics out there, but here's where I turn to the wisdom of the wrestlepack. So, recommend unto me! Your favourite, or most interesting matches so I can try to find them and watch them. I'll be happy to give my thoughts on them.

Some pointers on what I've watched (and liked) so far:

- Generally, I enjoy ring psychology and the storyline/buildup, but it's not the main draw for me. If a match is sufficiently enjoyable, athletic and spectacular, I'll be satisfied.
- I'm not a huge fan of excessively gimmicky matches. Some chairs, hell in a cell, etc. is fine, but if they use an excess of ref bumps, hidden weapons and whatnot throughout the match, I feel it detracts from it.
- I don't think I know enough of wrestling to appreciate submission or grapple-heavy matches. They're fine as a spot, and some ground-based wrestling is always nice to see, but if the match spends over half of its length in submission holds and people powering out of it, I end up getting bored.
- Chances are, if it's a very, very famous match (Andre vs. Hogan, Warrior vs. Savage, Undertaker vs... Hell, you name it), I've seen it. Still, feel free to recommend famous matches just in case. Worse that can happen is that I'll mention what I thought of the match :) .
- You can recommend anything with Owen Hart in it and I'll probably watch it.

So, like I said. Open to suggestions!
 

Yo! Master

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Literally what got we hooked on wrestling 5 years ago (not having watched any since back in the very early '90s) was the Wrestlemania Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels duology.

Even their promo packages are superb in establishing the backdrop:

[video=youtube;f-4GVWOC5sM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-4GVWOC5sM[/video]

[video=youtube;cMGD8QHRBbQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMGD8QHRBbQ[/video]
 

Yo! Master

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Also, not a match but 100% worth watching:

[video=youtube;VYvMOf3hsGA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYvMOf3hsGA[/video]


Ditto for:

[video=youtube;4A1VpPXy4ws]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A1VpPXy4ws[/video]
 

redwulf25_ci

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It's gimmicky as hell, I ain't denying that. But the athleticism and ring psychology of Grave Consequences is amazing.

[video=youtube;Icvizxc3UB0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icvizxc3UB0[/video]

All you really need to know is that Mil Muertes, the large undead man managed by a ghost lady, and Fenix the man of a thousand lives are pissed at each other. Really fucking pissed.
 

Montegris

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Literally what got we hooked on wrestling 5 years ago (not having watched any since back in the very early '90s) was the Wrestlemania Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels duology.

Even their promo packages are superb in establishing the backdrop:

(SNIP)
Two awesome classics in wrestling. These two, and Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart in WM10 are the main reason I actually started appreciating the genre. Plus, the moonsault countered by tombstone is, to this day, one of the most surprising things I've seen in the ring.

Also, not a match but 100% worth watching:

(snip)


Ditto for:

(snip)
The first one is pretty funny but also accurate. I haven't seen the second, but I'll do so tomorrow.

It's gimmicky as hell, I ain't denying that. But the athleticism and ring psychology of Grave Consequences is amazing.

(snip)

All you really need to know is that Mil Muertes, the large undead man managed by a ghost lady, and Fenix the man of a thousand lives are pissed at each other. Really fucking pissed.
I'll see if I can watch it tomorrow too. I'll just say, for now, that as far as wrestling motivations go, that doesn't seem so bad :D
 

ViciousFish

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[video=youtube_share;622_SfrCjmQ]https://youtu.be/622_SfrCjmQ[/video]

One of my favorite matches ever. I get goosebumps. It has a lot of high flying. A little comedy.
 

ranson

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I have always enjoyed this little 4-way:

[video=youtube_share;8XesuznnHaA]https://youtu.be/8XesuznnHaA[/video]
 

Egyptian

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All those stories about how good Flair and Steamboat were? They're all true.

[video=youtube;wnF8XNLYTa8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnF8XNLYTa8[/video]

This is the epic first clash between Akira Hokuto and Shinobu Kandori. What you need to know going in is this-Hokuto was wrestling for AJW, and declared that any other wrestling promotion was second rate at best. She then went about proving it by going through LLPW's entire roster like a buzsaw, most matches ending fast and decisively. Now there was just one woman left to stand up for LLPW's honor, Shinobu Kandori. Kandori was an Olympian on Japan's judo team, and a legit dangerous person in or out of the ring. They meet at Dreamslam, the biggest women's wrestling event held up to this point. No quarter was asked, or given.

[video=youtube;T0fIGg4mIUY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0fIGg4mIUY[/video]
 
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redwulf25_ci

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Another one from Lucha Underground to check out, if you've got Netflix it should be up. Season one episode 32, "All Night Long". Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo were the best of friends before jealousy turned Mundo heel. Now they're fighting an episode long iron man match for the title. Like Grave Consequences this one is usually found on most people's lists of "top ten Lucha Underground matches ever" and doesn't require a lot of knowledge of what's gone on between them.

Or, despite it being revealed that Sexy Star is apparently a terrible person who sees nothing wrong with abusing the people she's working with, from Season 2 episode 15 the No Mas match between Sexy Star and Mariposa. Mariposa (who you might know from other places as Cheerleader Melissa) held Sexy Star captive for months between season one and season two. Now the two of them fight until one says "No Mas". Probably the only Sexy Star match to make anyone's top ten list and like "Grave Consequences" and "All Night Long" I think it's on all of them. And like I said at the time, it didn't look like a cary job by Mariposa. Although she might be one of those wrestlers who could get a great match out of a broom.
 
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Dawgstar

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One of my favorite - maybe my favorite - tag team matches follows. Arn Anderson and Larry Zybyzko as The Enforcers versus Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham. Or at least that was the plan. In an attack not dissimilar to how Arn's old group the Four Horsemen once attacked Dustin's father Dusty, so to did they put Barry on the shelf by slamming his wrist in a car door. He's out, but Dustin still has a shot at the tag belts at Clash of the Champions 27 but he needs a partner. Who does he get?

He gets Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, that's who he gets. (The perceptive reader will note that Steamboat has shown up twice already in great matches. This is no circumstance.) Arn and Larry Z sell the heck out of both Steamboat's appearance and Steamboat himself. I particularly love the early sequence that has Arn and Larry roll out of the ring and to calm themselves down Arn starts yelling "He's just a man! HE'S JUST A MAN!" Nobody goes from menace to stooge like Double A Arn Anderson, but Larry comes darn close. It is a real treat.

Embedding the video didn't work, so here's the link.
 
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