Greetings and welcome to the conclusion of my top 10 countdown of the best storylines/feuds in WWE history. Like I said in part one, this all my own opinion and you may strongly disagree with every choice but hopefully it is still a good read.
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Now on to the top 5 my friends.
5. The Invasion Angle
Whoa whoa, hold on to those pitch forks people. I told you this was my personal view and to me the Invasion angle was great. I hadn’t seen that much of WCW and knew ECW a tad but had no idea of proposed scale that angle was meant to have. To me the Invasion angle introduced great new superstars and lead to some awesome p.p.v’s. In fact Summerslam 2001 would probably rank damn high on my all-time favourite WWE events.
We got comedy, great matches and some WWE stars getting to try things out of their comfort zones. Every week you watched to see if anyone would swap sides and you could choose members of the alliance you actually liked and root for them.
I know people crap on the angle saying we should of got the likes of Sting, Goldberg, NWO Vs. Austin Rock Taker etc. but with the exception of Sting all those people came into WWE and delivered poorly. The Invasion angle was fun for me as a fan though I do see some of the problems. With the most prominent being – too much McMahon involvement and WWE seeming way too strong. The Jericho, Rock feud during this time was incredible and Edge was helped by the alliance angle, coming into his own as singles star.
Rumour has it the ill-fated Buff Bagwell vs. Booker T main event from RAW in 2001 where WWE audiences turned off in drones and chanted BORING till you could hardly hear yourself, enraged Vince McMahon so much that he completely changed direction on the angle. Originally the WCW superstars were going to be coming in as faces, attacking WWE heels and establishing a kind of separate brand but after the reaction some of the WCW stars got and their performances, they were turned into heels. Invasion, Summerslam and Survivor Series were all amazing PPVs and ones that I still like going back to now not to mention comedy Austin…Kumbaya.
4. Rock vs. Austin
Very few feuds deserve or warrant three matches at Wrestlemania, sorry Trips and Taker…we didn’t need three from you but with Rock and Austin every match felt fresh and you knew they were going to deliver something familiar whilst still keeping every ounce of intensity and fierce competition that made this feud great.
These two could spar verbally and psychically and were always a joy to watch. I put their overall feuds in this list as I feel they all seemed connected and never washed over any aspect of their past. They were young rivals during the attitude era, were the two biggest stars of the company and even after the company moved on and shifted focus, whenever these two were at odds, you knew it was freaking huge. There matches at Mania in 99, 01, and 03 are all classics and when you consider all their confrontations and matches that took place on smaller shows…these two deserve a hell of a lot of credit.
3. CM Punk Is straight edge and is therefore better than Jeff Hardy
Being a Jeff Hardy fan could be frustrating late into his WWE run. One minute he would be the hottest thing on TV, Swanton bombing Orton off a stage and battling for championships only to beaten weeks on the trot or worse, suspended for more company violations.
In 2009 C.M Punk unveiled a new/old if you followed him in the Indies, heel persona. His Straight Edge superiority gimmick was perfect; he delivered it with amazing confidence and clarity and acted as the perfect opponent for Hardy. Until then Hardy was in there with Orton and HHH etc. and someone smaller and more agile seemed perfect for a great feud. Crowds became incensed with Punk and although some argued that WWE were exploiting Hardys real life drug problems I say…why shouldn’t they. The feud was amazing and my favourite of recent times; we got some amazing matches for the World Heavyweight Championship, including a great TLC at Summerslam and an emotional cage match afterwards. Punk may have carried this feud on the mic. but both brought it in the ring.
2. Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle.
Another feud that exploited real life drug problems…hmm, I didn’t realize that until I put this list together but hey, what can you do? When it works, it works. Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero were the perfect opponents. Eddie was a loveable, lying, cheating and stealing fan favourite who had fought his way to the WWE championship after beating Brock Lesnar in a charged match. Angle then chased the championship claiming that Guerrero was a bad role model due to his drug problems and that kids should look up to a true American hero like himself. The promos were intense with Eddie being handcuffed being a personal highlight and the matches told engrossing entertaining stories.
1. Mankind’s metamorphosis.
Yeah, I told you this list is purely biased and this angle tops my list as it was the first real main event feud I saw and even after 13 years it is still one of the best. In early 2000 when Mick Foley came out as Mankind admitting to HHH that he couldn’t beat him, that he was broken and washed up only to unbutton his shirt and essential transform into a whole other persona in Cactus Jack I sat mesmerized. I have been a Foley fan ever since even having the pleasure of meeting him twice and this was where I began.
The new danger of Cactus was palpable and lead to the bloody street fight at the 2000 Royal Rumble. Cactus hung around and basically single handily sold the No Way Out pay per view by putting his career on line in an emotional, hard fought Hell in a cell.
So yeah, I am basically putting a guy taking off a shirt as my number one angle of all time but the resurface of Cactus Jack and his feud with HHH is one of my all-time favourite memories from being a WWE fan. So simple, so excellently executed and just entertaining.
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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
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Top 5: best looking title belts.
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