TEN           UNDERCARD MATCHES YOU NEED TO WATCH RIGHT NOW!

Okay..... so you don't have to watch these right now, technically speaking. I don't even know when you're actually reading this article, so the idea of me putting any real time restrictions on this request is kind of ludicrous.


Still, here are some matches that are worth going out of your way to track down on the WWE Network or through DVD, because they're definitely worth watching. Note: because of copyright limitations, some of the match videos shown aren't the exact same match as cited.

Ricky Steamboat vs. Ravishing Rick Rude (Beach Blast '92)

 

If there were ever two mid-card competitors that were destined to have an all-time classic, it was Steamboat and Rude, who had never faced each other (in a big way) during their respective WWF runs.

 

At Beach Blast, these two gave their all in a 30-minute Iron Man match.

Scott Steiner vs. Goldberg

(Fall Brawl 2000)

 

As top draws, Steiner and Goldberg had proven themselves time and time again, but it was doubtful these two could have an all-time great match, particularly against each other.

 

They proved the critics wrong during this No-DQ match, going all out in a PPV-worthy effort.

The Southern Boys vs. The Midnight Express (Great American Bash 1990)

 

Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong had enjoyed a huge series of matches against Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane, where both teams had tremendous chemistry.

 

At GAB in 1990, the two duos had an all-out war for the United States Tag Team Titles.

Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (SuperBrawl II)

 

Pillman and Liger also had a tremendous match on the debut episode of Monday Nitro, but their meeting four years earlier at SuperBrawl II easily trumps that.

 

This was a spotfest before wrestling fans knew what a spotfest was, between the world's two best aerial artists at the time.

Dean Malenko vs. Chris Jericho (Slamboree 1998)

 

Malenko and Jericho had a huge feud in 1997-98, with The Ice Man retiring after a losing effort to Jericho.

 

At Slamboree, the masked Ciclope won a battle royal to win a shot at Jericho's Cruiserweight Title, and was unmasked to be.... Malenko, making a big return to the company!

Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. The Nasty Boys (Slamboree 1994)

 

Both Cactus and Sullivan's partners were injured, so the two decided to put their differences aside and challenge the WCW Tag Team Champions Knobbs and Sags.

 

This was an insane brawl refereed by hockey enforced Dave Schultz.

Sting vs. The Great Muta

(Great American Bash 1989)

 

The very first battle between Sting and The Great Muta (over Sting's Television Title) was really a meeting of future legends - not unlike watching a young Steamboat and Flair or Cena and Orton getting started.

Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko (Monday Nitro)

 

This was another WCW rivalry that spanned several months.  On July 8, 1996, Misterio upset Malenko for the Cruiserweight Championship... though Malenko regained it later that year at Hallowee'en Havoc. It also helped to set the tone of Nitro's revolutionary high-flying cruiserweight matches.

Bret Hart vs. Chris Benoit 

(Monday Nitro)

 

Bret Hart only had a handful of true classics during his WCW run - this was definitely one of them. In Kansas City, the same city where his brother Owen Hart died earlier in the year, Bret and Benoit put an all-out clinic in the first and only Owen Hart Tribute Match.

Sting & Lex Luger vs. Rick and Scott Steiner

(SuperBrawl)

 

One of the best tag team matches I've ever seen (WCW or otherwise), fan favorites Sting, Luger and The Steiners stole the show at the first SuperBrawl in 1995 - and it wasn't even the main event!

 

All four men told a great story of friends that were determined to prove which team was best. After an initial feeling-out period, tempers began to flare up as they traded increasingly bigger moves. Even the screwjob at the end by Nikita Koloff wasn't enough to sour an all-time classic. 

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