The WWE Universe has seen some jaw-dropping matches throughout its history. Formed as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation in 1952, it became the WWWF in 1963 after breaking from the NWA umbrella promotion. This was shortened to the WWF in 1979 and the WWE in 2002.
The man behind the revolutions in professional wrestling was Vince McMahon, who took over ownership of the fed from his father, Vincent J McMahon, in 1982. He helped expand the promotion with canny marketing and big, brash showbiz filled shows centred around the mainstream fame of Hulk Hogan. Other wrestling promotions in the US couldn't cope with this aggressive assault.
However, by the mid-1990s his formula was beginning to look tired and he was losing ground to WCW, which was being build around Hogan and numerous other wrestlers who had starred in WWF years prior. To combat this, McMahon launched the Attitude Era, a more adult take on wrestling featuring the likes of Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin, which clinched victory over WCW.
The WWE, currently the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, would not be where it is today without the hard work of McMahon and the wrestlers, who have put on some of the best shows in the wrestling scene that fans will remember for many years to come.
Talking about matches, WWE has come up with the list of 100 best matches of all-time that you can watch on the WWE Network. Here, we share that top 10 list. If you wish to read the whole list you can click here.
Below are the top 10 WWE matches of all-time you should definitely watch
10. Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels
The rivalry between Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels was one of the greatest feuds of the 1990s. The fans saw the fierce rivalry between The Hitman and The Heartbreak Kid in action when they squared off in their Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 12 in 1996. The two superstars did everything they could to defeat each other, but when the allotted fight-time of 60 minutes was up and without a winner, they were ordered to fight further. Ultimately, Michaels emerged as the victor
9. John Cena vs CM Punk
The two wrestlers clashed for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank 2011. What made this match interesting was the storyline that CM Punk was looking to quit the promotion with the WWE Championship strapped around his waist, while John Cena was fighting to keep his job at the promotion. At the end, CM Punk came out on top.
8 The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz vs Edge & Christian
This 2001 match is regarded as the best TLC match in WWE history. The fight took place took at WrestleMania 17. Edge and Christian left the ring as the tag team champions despite being underdogs.
7 Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog
The backstory to this fight was both men wanted to prove that they were the best wrestlers in the world. The match for the Intercontinental Championship held at the 1992 SummerSlam lasted a full 30 minutes, with The British Bulldog coming out on top in front of more than 80,000 British fans at Wembley Stadium.
6 The Ultimate Warrior vs Randy Savage
This match took place at WrestleMania 7, with the loser of the fight retiring from the squared circle. This match is regarded as one of The Ultimate Warrior's best matches. He came out on top via pinfall.
5 Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio
Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio mesmerised fans when they took on each other for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship in a Mask vs Title match at Halloween Havoc 1997. The wrestlers left no stone unturned to make this fight a memorable one, with the two countering each other's moves in midair while flying off the top ropes. Eventually, the "Master of the 619" came out on top.
4 Ricky Steamboat vs Ric Flair
The feud between the two started in 1977, a year after Ricky Steamboat made his debut. They fought over the NWA United States Championship, with two trading wins and title reigns.
However, their best fight came in 1989, when they two squared off for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Steamboat defeated Flair to capture his first – and only – world title in a match that lasted over 20 minutes.
3. Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat
This Intercontinental Championship match was fast paced with minimal frills. It was a back-and-forth affair that ultimately ended in Steamboat rolling up Savage for the win. The match took place at WrestleMania 3.
2 Bret Hart vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
This WrestleMania 13 match was a brutal one, with Steve Austin profusely bleeding from a severe cut in the ring. Special referee Ken Shamrock awarded the win to Hart as Austin passed out from the Sharpshooter.
1 The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
Two of the biggest legends in the history of WWE clashed at WrestleMania 25 in 2009. Although Shawn Michaels could not stop the Deadman from extending his winning streak to 17 at The Grandest Stage of Them All, he showed everyone why he is called Mr WrestleMania with his show-stopping performance.