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Top 10 Best Storylines and Feuds in WWE History Part 1 – 10-5 Hello and welcome to part one of my top 10 favorite storylines, angles and feuds. Yeah, it’s kind of all-encompassing but whilst putting this list together I found that all those terms seem to meld effortlessly together anyway. If you have read any of my previous lists (see bottom of post for links) you will know that this is completely biased. I don’t plan to be objective or fair…I just give my opinion on some of the feuds or superstars I have enjoyed in my time as a fan. A word of warning, if you’re expecting to see Austin vs. McMahon on this list, prepare to be disappointed. I don’t dislike it by any stretch, I recognize it as one of if not the most important feud of the last half century or so BUT I simply wasn’t around to witness it first-hand. I began watching WWE around the end of 99 beginning of 2000 and although I was an avid VHS collector (which is why some older feuds may make this list) I never got to feel the excitement of tuning in every week to see what Austin and McMahon would do next. Hopefully the list will make you smile, remind you of some great storylines and even provoke a little bit of bite in you, whether you agree or disagree with my choices. The most important thing is to have fun…that’s not a bad thing THAT’S …a good thing (disclaimer DDP is not on this list). What better place to start than with number 10…what better place to start than with number 10…oh sorry I copied that….BUT IT WORKS BECAUSE ….number 10…is a copycat gimmick. Damn…even I know that joke sucked… 10. Charlie Haas: Imitation is the greatest form of flattery Charlie Haas was a great wrestler and a member of one of the most talented tag teams of recent years in “The world’s greatest tag team” …hell, they made that team name work for them, they had to be pretty good. Alas, on his own, Haas never seemed to click with audiences and once he broke up with long-time partner Shelton Benjamin, Haas lingered around the dark match circuits and aimless TV angles. In 2008 he was experimenting with a gimmick where he would hide under the ring during a match and re-emerge with a mask and completely change his wrestling style to that more of a luchador. If an opponent unmasked him, he simply went back to his mat based style. I never got to see this gimmick but it sounded cool. But the gimmick which makes this list began in August that year where Haas (after a suggestion from John Laurinaitis) began imitating WWE legends and fellow superstars. We were treated to Charlito…a parody of Carlito, a unique take on the Great Khali, Austin, Hogan, and John Cena among others. If you can, Youtube his performances as Jim Ross, JBL, Beth Phoenix and the awesome video package of him as Mr Perfect. Damn entertaining and fun. 9. Kane Vs. The Undertaker A storyline that seemed lifted straight from a pulpy motion picture or some dark comic book at the time, the story of the undertaker’s forgotten brother Kane sucked me in completely as a young viewer and I was fascinated with every part of the legend. Although the storyline began life long before I was a fan, once I did find WWE I became a huge Kane mark (still am to this day) and brought VHS events based on Kane or Undertakers appearances. Over the years the brothers have battled, teamed, reconciled and feuded countless times but the attraction is still there for me. The feud was something different to what I was used to and gave an enjoyable theatrical quality to the wrestling I watched. They were larger than life and had a backstory that could be tapped for exciting feuds and matches. I have to mention Paul Bearers involvement as he was brilliant when managing either men with his vibrant facial expressions and charisma. He shall be missed greatly, he was the first wrestling manager I saw in action and it’s hard to argue after all this years that he wasn’t the best. 8. HHH Vs. The Rock 2000 This feud really gained momentum after the 2000 Royal Rumble (my first WWE event) and should arguably have been the Wrestlemania 16 main event. Alas, WWE held off and had the two men exceed expectations in the following months with HHH (who I am really not a fan of) being the perfect foil to the Rocks brash and overwhelming popularity. The two had worked together before, feuding over the intercontinental championship in 1998 but the 2000 feud saw them older, wiser and more experienced. This experience and talent shined through in the following months PPV main events. A personal favorite of mine was the often forgotten 60 minute iron man match at Judgment Day 2000, featuring the return of the Undertaker. An awesome match between two great opponents. 7. Shawn Michaels quest to end the streak. In my years as a fan two men have defined what Wrestlemania has become…Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker. Going in to the 25th anniversary of the event I was quietly nervous. The card didn’t look that strong but one match held the potential to turn a lack lustre event into one of the most unforgettable nights as a fan. The promos leading up to the match were phenomenal (ha see what I did there) and the match was simply outstanding. The lead up to the rematch was equally compelling with Michaels selling his desperation perfectly. I will never forget seeing the promo building the rematch set to Placebos cover of Running Up That Hill…it took my breath away and the two men managed to deliver a match of the same amazing quality. I can’t deny welling up as Shawn waved goodbye and as a fan of wrestling those moments are ones to savoir. The idea to build to a rematch so early seemed a big deal and with a match like the first, you longed to see them lock horns again…now it seems if a match is well received, the night after they start building the return. Once in a life time x 3 a possibility anyone? 6. C.M Punks Contract As I sat down to watch the Money in the Bank P.P.V on the night where Cm Punk was set to wrestle John Cena for the WWE title, whilst his contract expired…I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen AND THAT is one of the greatest feelings you can have when you’re a wrestling fan. Punk’s frustrations boiled over and it was engrossing to see someone just tear out from a shell and say what he wanted. The atmosphere came through the TV screen and everything seemed set to for a monumental night. Off course Punk won and WWE screwed it up big time by shoving HHH and Kevin Nash into detract the attention Punk had earned and really needed to help further the angle. Buuuuut, the promos with Vince, the ice cream bar demands etc. all made for enjoyable and more importantly, unpredictable TV. Thanks for reading the first part of the list, join me in a couple of days for the conclusion of the best storylines and feuds in my time as a fan. To see any more of my columns/countdowns check below Top 10: Worst Storylines in WWE History (Part 1) Top 10: Worst Storylines in WWE History (Part 2) Top 10 : Weird, wonderful or Forgotten tag teams Top 5 : ugliest title belts Top 5: best looking title belts. If you like movie reviews check out my new web review series on youtube called The Minority Report Reviews where i look into the unloved sequels and franchises that need a little love. Check them out on my channel page where you will also find more WWE related videos. CLICK HERE Tom
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