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Keith's PWI Match of the Year review thread.

Discussion in 'Reviews & Columns' started by Keith, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Today I was looking through an old Pro Wrestling Illustrated (January 2007, Kurt Angle on cover). Inside it had a artcle looking back at all the matches voted Match of the Year in PWI from 1972-2005. I thought as my new project I would watch and review all their picks for matches of the year, and also comment on if I agree. I would probably cover the past decade too. But still off with here are the matches I will be reviewing from 1972-2005.

    1972 - The Los Angeles Battle Royal
    1973 - Harley Race VS. Dory Funk JR.
    1974 - Jack Brisco VS. Dory Funk JR.
    1975 - Bruno Sammartino VS. Spiros Arion
    1976 - Bruno Sammartino VS. Stan Hansen
    1977 - Superstar Graham VS. Bruno Sammartino
    1978 - Bob Backlund VS. Superstar Graham
    1979 - Dusty Rhodes VS. Harley Race
    1980 - Bruno Sammartino VS. Larry Zbyszko
    1981 - Andre the Giant VS. Killer Khan
    1982 - Bob Backlund VS. Jimmy Snuka
    1983 - Harley Race VS. Ric Flair
    1984 - Kerry Von Erich VS. Ric Flair
    1985 - Hulk Hogan and Mr. T VS. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff
    1986 - Dusty Rhodes VS. Ric Flair
    1987 - Randy Savage VS. Ricky Steamboat
    1988 - Andre the Giant VS. Hulk Hogan
    1989 - Ric Flair VS. Ricky Steamboat (the Wrestlewar 89 match)
    1990 - Hulk Hogan VS. The Ultimate Warrior
    1991 - The Steiner Brothers VS. Lex Luger and Sting
    1992 - Bret Hart VS. The British Bulldog
    1993 - Shawn Michaels VS. Marty Jannetty
    1994 - Shawn Michaels VS. Razor Ramon
    1995 - Diesel VS. Shawn Michaels
    1996 - Shawn Michaels VS. Bret Hart
    1997 - Bret Hart VS. Steve Austin
    1998 - The Undertaker VS. Mankind
    1999 - The Rock VS. Mankind (Rumble, I Quit match)
    2000 - Edge & Christian VS. The Hardy Boyz VS. The Dudley Boyz
    2001 - Edge & Christian VS. The Hardy Boyz VS. The Dudley Boyz
    2002 - The Rock VS. Hulk Hogan
    2003 - Brock Lesnar VS. Kurt Angle
    2004 - Chris Benoit VS. Shawn Michaels VS. Triple H
    2005 - Kurt Angle VS. Shawn Michaels (Mania match)

    Will try and get the first review up this week. Join in if you want?
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    that list is flawed like a motherfucker, so i'll pass. I might read tho.
  3. Deezy

    Deezy Well-Known Member

    is the Bruno/Stan Hansen match the cage match or the one where Hansen broke his neck?
  4. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Agreed. In a lot of cases they've just gone for what was the most high profile match of the year or the most critically accliamed. Think part of the reason for a list like that is PWI for a long time being a kayfabe heavy mag.

    Must be the cage match as it mentions in the write up that it follows on from the neck break match a few months before. Its from June of 76. Am looking most forward to those older matches as it will be my first time seeing most of them.
  5. Deezy

    Deezy Well-Known Member

    punch/kick city

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