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The Law
June 25th, 2013, 9:19 PM
Most great matches take place on pay-per-views, but occasionally we're lucky enough to get a classic on free TV. What are your favorite matches that happened on TV? Here are a few that come to mind for me:

-Cena/Michaels from Raw in London, April 2007

-Goldberg/Hogan from Nitro July 6, 1998. Not a classic workrate match, but one of wrestling's greatest moments.

-Punk/Cena from the February 2013 Raw

-Austin/Triple H vs. Benoit/Jericho from May 2001

-TLC III (Benoit/Jericho vs. Hardyz vs. Dudleyz vs. Edge and Christian from Smackdown, May 2001)

-Michaels/Triple H from Raw December 2003

-Benoit/Michaels from Raw June 2004

-Eddie/Edge Street Fight from Smackdown August 2002

-Bret Hart/123 Kid from Raw July 11, 1994

Tainted Eclipse
June 25th, 2013, 9:35 PM
Austin & Michaels vs. Owne & Davey from RAW in 97 holds up really well, somewhat surprisingly. Eddie/Rey from 2005 Smackdown is definitely very, very high up for me. Swagger/Christian from ECW is one of the better WWE matches of the decade.

For WCW there are tons. There's a 2/3 Falls six man tag on some episode of Saturday Night(I think) in the early 90s that I thought was maybe the best WCW match ever the first(and only) time I saw it. I don't think it's online though, and I don't have the DVD it was on anymore. On another Saturday Night there's a seriously great Dustin/Windham vs. Williams/Gordy that's on Daily Motion.

mr sabu
June 25th, 2013, 11:09 PM
bradshaw and trish vs chris nowinski and jackie gayda

June 25th, 2013, 11:30 PM
Shawn/HHH in San Antonio
HHH/Austin vs. Jericho/Benoit

June 26th, 2013, 1:19 AM
HHH vs Jericho phantom title change
Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry cage match on live smaxkdown
Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy ladder match

But still, 2mpt vs the chrises is the winner

June 26th, 2013, 1:50 AM
WCW has too many to count but a few WWE standouts include the HHH/Flair match from RAW, the Hardy/Taker ladder match, and the Strike Force/Hart Foundation match from SNME.

June 26th, 2013, 1:51 AM
The Midnight Express and Fantastics had probably the best tag team best of 3 falls match I have ever seen.

June 26th, 2013, 3:03 AM
HHH vs Jericho phantom title change
Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry cage match on live smaxkdown
Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy ladder match

But still, 2mpt vs the chrises is the winner

June 26th, 2013, 3:07 AM
That was interesting

June 26th, 2013, 3:41 AM
HHH vs Shelton Benjamin
HBK vs Shelton Benjamin
Angle vs Lesnar - Iron Man Match
HHH vs Cactus Jack - MSG Street Fight
Angle vs Benoit - Cage Match
DX and The Radicals vs Cactus Jack/Too Cool/Rikishi/The Rock
Mankind vs The Rock - Mankind's first title win
Stone Cold vs Mankind - brawl in late 96
Owen Hart vs The British Bulldog - European Title Final
Edge vs Cena vs RVD - WWE Title
Big Show vs Ric Flair - ECW Title
John Morrison vs The Miz - Falls Count Anywhere

And of course, any number of tag matches between Los Guerreros, Angle and Benoit, Rey and Edge, and the World's Greatest Tag Team on Smackdown in 2002/2003.

June 26th, 2013, 6:39 AM
Punk/Cena is the winner.

June 26th, 2013, 6:44 AM
Andy REALLY likes Cena/Punk from Raw a couple of months back. Just thought I would point that out as he has never mentioned it before.

June 26th, 2013, 6:54 AM
Other good ones that came to mind:

Austin/Benoit - Smackdown
Regal/Benoit - Velocity
Angle/Brock iron man - smackdown

June 26th, 2013, 7:11 AM
I always liked..

Goldberg/Raven on Nitro.in 1998
Randy Savage/Ricky Steamboat on WWF Superstars in late '86 (this was where their feud started).
Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels on Superstars or Challenge in 1990.
Goldberg/Scott Steiner on Nitro in 1998.
Every match between Booker T and Chris Benoit in the TV title series.
The Rey Jr/Blitzkrieg/Juventud/Psicosis four-way on Nitro.
Randy Savage/Honky Tonk Man on SNME in 1987 (Mega Powers formed)
Randy Savage/Bret Hart SNME (very late '87 or very early '88. Awesome match).


June 26th, 2013, 9:52 AM
Eddie/Rey from 6/23/05 would be the first match I'd put forward as best TV match in WWE history.

First I'll list some WWE TV matches

Flair/Perfect Loser Leaves Town.
HBK/Jannetty 5/17/93
Doink vs. Mr. Perfect (5/24/93), Jannetty 2/3 Falls (6/21/93)
HBK/123 Kid in December

Brock vs. Benoit in '03, vs. Rey in '03
Eddie/JBL Cage
Eddie/Angle 4/14/05
Benoit/Finlay KOTR match '06
Rey/Orton in April of '06
Rey/Finlay March '06
Rey/Henry Jan '06
Rey/Jericho 7/10/09
Jeff/Morrison 7/31/09
Punk/Rey 2/12/09

Christian/Swagger for ECW title (2/24/09)
Morrison/Bourne 4/14/09

Those Action Zone tags.

God I'm tired already. Will add more. So many good WCW TV matches from the early 90s as well.

June 26th, 2013, 9:58 AM
I think this is my favorite tv match

Action Zone 10/30/94 (Westchester County Civic Center)
World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Championship
WWF World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels and Diesel vs WWF Intercontental Champion Razor Ramon and 123 Kid

June 26th, 2013, 5:19 PM
Austin vs Angle from January 2001 always stands out to me. Excellent back-and-forth battle.

Angle vs Booker T for the WCW Title in Pittsburgh in 2001 was a lot of fun. Angle was in full-on hero mode by that point, and it was terrific to see him score a huge victory for the WWF.

The two of three falls tag title match between Angle/Benoit and Edge/Mysterio in November 2002 and Hardys/Kane/Undertaker vs Edge/Christian/Triple H/Austin tag match from April 2001 are also great. The latter features some of J.R.'s best commentary.

June 30th, 2013, 3:53 AM
My favorites besides the recent Bryan VS Rollins are

London VS Akio on superstars
Dustin Rhodes VS Jake the Snake WCW Saturday Night

June 30th, 2013, 4:02 AM
Hhh vs taka