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Keith's PWI Match of the Year review thread.

Keith

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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?
 

Deezy

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

Keith

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that list is flawed like a motherfucker, so i'll pass. I might read tho.
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.

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