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Marian’s Top 5 WWE Matches Of The 2010s

Marian takes a look back at the Top 5 matches from 2010 – 2020 in WWE! Did your favorite top the list?

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Marian takes a look back at the Top 5 matches from 2010 – 2020 in WWE! Did your favorite top the list?

There have been way too many Raw matches to count, but we’re here to sort through and present the top 5 between 2010 and 2020. 

Handpicking Just 5 Isn’t an Easy Task

The universe of WWE has been spoiled by the riches of amazing wrestling matches. While the industry likes to focus on the entertainment aspect, the main core that attracts people is the wrestling. 

Between 2010 and 2020 has brought the most talented roster and  unforgettable, quality matches. 

5. Daniel Bryan Vs John Cena (WWE SummerSlam 2013)

Despite people having opinions on John Cena’s ability to wrestle. The match started out slow and boos from the audible chanted,” You can’t wrestle!” Silence filled the crowd when Cena began to use his size and punish Daniel Bryan. Bryan was fired up and both wrestlers gave a masterpiece fight.  

Despite the recent elbow injury, which he kept close to his body. John Cena did a fantastic job in the technical department, showing off mew moves against his match. Granting victory to Daniel Bryan as his Yes! lock block Cena’s ability to fighting. These two men responded to each kick and punch. 

Daniel Bryan had been expected to be victorious, and he was granted the title. Using the Triple H, he pinned Cena and a WWE champion was born. 

4. The Usos Vs New Day (WWE Hell In A Cell 2017)

This match between New Day and The Usos feud was fed into the steel structure. 

The Usos defeated New Day on Sunday night at Hell in a Cell and became the SmackDown tag team champions for the third time. Neutralizing Big E with the Double Uce, Xavier Woods was able to break up the pinball attempt. Woods fought valiantly to continue in the match, but the Usos pelted him with kendo stick blows and allowed him to regain the tag titles. The expectations for this match was insanely high for it was said to be the final chapter of the epic rivalry. 

The five men created some amazingly innovative spots that had never been seen before inside Hell in a Cell. With the real hate, yet respect for each other, you could sense how much each team wanted to win. Despite their match not being a classic tag team, WWE was able to rush this feeding feud right into the core of the steel structure. 

3. Brock Lesnar Vs John Cena Vs Seth Rollins (WWE Royal Rumble 2015)

Despite being forced to face two of the top Superstars WWE has offered at the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Sunday night. The match was pure chaos and in the best way to battle for the title. 

Lesner being the favorite, he threw his weight around, fully dominating with high power moves. However, with Cena and Rollins there, we know there is plenty of offense that balances the match. 

The match build perfect with a stunning finish. Rollins had put Lesner through the announce table, which made it seem like he was out of the match. Yet, he stumbled his way, paving victory at the last second in the thrilling finish. 

2. John Cena Vs CM Punk (WWE Money In the Bank 2011) 

There is no need for wrestling master-classes to create unforgettable matches, and this fight proved it. With the sports high standard, the core focus on the story and the emotion involved that made it a classic. 

In Chicago, this was one of the greatest crowds of the decade. The crowd was supporting CM punk, despite the promise he made to quit the company. The two men played out the story, hitting every detail and perfected the tension. With Vince McMahon trying to get involved with Cena, Cena’s refusal lead to Punk’s victory. 

1. The Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels (WWE WrestleMania 26)

Being a WWE fan, this was a lifetime phenomenon and one aphrodisiac experience. The WWE has given us countless memorable  moments. 

The Undertaker and Shawn Micheals put on a spectacle, The Streak Vs the Career, was truly that brought two legends. For 25 minutes, both brought an A+ to their performance. Finisher after finisher and move after move, the suspense in this story reached a climax that left the fans waiting in anticipation. This match felt as if it was never going to end with emotions rising high. This duo brought in their in-ring chemistry. While this created a massively emotional moment with Michael’s retirement, it will go down in history. 


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NXT Minus 6: I Agree With Ciampa

From Ciampa & Thatcher to Kushida, from Joe to… Imperium? This week’s NXT Minus 6 has it all. So read it. And enjoy!

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From Ciampa & Thatcher to Kushida, from Joe to… Imperium? This week’s NXT Minus 6 has it all. So read it. And enjoy!

Leave it to Old Man Ciampa to say what we’re all thinking.

WWE NXT: Samoa Joe Returns as William Regal's Enforcer | WrestlingWorld
6. I’m really hoping Samoa Joe is eventually cleared for an in-ring return. If he isn’t, then teasing matches with everybody from Pete Dunne to Johnny Gargano is cruel and unusual punishment. Don’t get me wrong. His start as William Regal’s enforcer was great, but that’s not why he came back. It’s not Joe Will Threaten You And Make You Leave The Room. Joe…Will…Kill…You.  

WWE NXT on Twitter: ""We are hereby officially challenging for the #WWENXT #TagTeamTitles. We are IMPERIUM, and to us the mat is 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙙." - @Marcel_B_WWE & @FabianAichner Hear that, @SuperKingofBros & #TimothyThatcher?…

5. Is anybody else upset that Imperium is stuck in tag team no man’s land? They are such a non-factor right now it feels like they are on the edge of a breakup. That would make me sad. I’m a big fan of Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel. I think they would do fine as individuals, but as a team they still have a lot to accomplish. 

MSK Win Vacant WWE NXT Tag Team Championships | Cultaholic

4. Dear MSK, I’ve booked your July. You say tag team wrestling is the best division in NXT and the best tag team division anywhere, and you are going to prove it. Each week in July, you put the belts on the line against a different team. But wait…There’s more. After you defeat everybody, those four teams get to compete in a fatal 4-way, winner gets a rematch at Takeover.   

Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs. Grizzled Young Veterans – Tornado Tag Match: WWE NXT, June 15, 2021 | WWE

3. After Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher put the boots (more on that in a minute) to Grizzled Young Veterans, Ciampa looked at the camera and growled “This was my Takeover.” I agree. That match was my Takeover, too. It was better than anything In Your House. Just a crazy, brutal match that I’m giving 4.7 stars. But it doesn’t stop here. There’s only one way to end this feud…the first ever tag team match in the Fight Pit.

Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, Grizzled Young Veterans trade barbs: WWE NXT, May 25, 2021 - YouTube

2. Now about those boots. One of my biggest wrestling peeves is when a tag team doesn’t have a proper name. It’s clear that Thatcher & Ciampa are not a passing fad. They deserve a name. None of this half assed Thatcher-Ciampa Connection. I’ve always wanted to name a team The Boots, as in “We are going to put the boots to you boys.” Honorable mention goes to Pit Boss. If you have something better, drop it in the comment section. 

WWE NXT: Kushida Wins Cruiserweight Championship | WrestlingWorld

1. This week’s That’s Why I Love Wrestling goes to…KUSHIDA! Specifically, KUSHIDA’s floatover. I’m a big fan of any wrestler who can elevate a basic move into something special. KUSHIDA’s floatover is a helicopter propeller. He looks like he could spin on his opponent’s back until the end of the show. Mastery of the little things turns good to great. That is exactly why KUSHIDA is one of the greats. 


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WWE Hell In A Cell: The End Of Main Event Bob?

Could WWE Hell In The Cell signify the end of Bobby Lashley’s main event run? Read on to see if the odds are in Bob’s favor.

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Could WWE Hell In The Cell signify the end of Bobby Lashley’s main event run?

WWE Hell In A Cell takes place this Sunday on NBC Universal’s Peacock, the former WWE Network (in the US), and on pay-per-view and other outlets all over the globe.

One of the highlighted matches features Bobby Lashley defending his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre inside the demonic Hell In A Cell structure, keeping Drew within the WWE Championship picture for eighteen straight months now, a fact that isn’t lost on most fans or even Drew himself.

But the looming question in my mind doesn’t deal with Drew, but the reigning titleholder himself, Bobby Lashley.

Bobby Lashley’s ascension to the top of the WWE comes at what is obviously the tail end of a 20-year wrestling career that has seen this phenomenal athlete compete for WWE itself, Impact Wrestling, AAA, even MMA sprints including Bellator, and ultimately WWE once again. His most recent run included feuds with Sami Zayn, Rusev and Lana, and a stint being managed by the now retired Lio Rush that are most remembered for all the wrong reasons. Before WrestleMania 37, where Lashley basically beat Drew McIntyre clean, he was essentially quashed by Finn Balor’s Demon at WrestleMania 35 and lost to the since released Aleister Black at WrestleMania 36 (held in the WWE Performance Center, not the home of the Capitol Wrestling Center).

But at the start of the global pandemic, MVP entered the picture and created The Hurt Business, a vehicle that—at the time—helped the careers of Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander. The Hurt Business was on top of the proverbial world, holding mid-card championships and being involved in high profile storylines. But it wasn’t until the end of the Elimination Chamber build where The Miz “made a deal with the devil” to set Drew McIntyre up for his Money In The Bank cash-in. Months and years of hard work finally paid off—Bobby Lashley was WWE Champion.

After taking the Fastlane pay-per-view off, Lashley was headed to the WrestleMania 37 showdown with the main who carried the WWE back at the start of the pandemic. Drew McIntyre won the title from Brock Lesnar in front of no one at WrestleMania 36, leading many to believe that Drew could emerge victorious in Tampa Bay as a “make good” for his push not culminating in front of a WrestleMania stadium crowd. Many, including myself, were pleasantly surprised when Bobby Lashley left WrestleMania 37 as champion, doing so in relatively clean fashion.

Hell In A Cell is now the blow-off point for McIntyre and Lashley, with the rule that if Bobby Lashley loses, Drew McIntyre cannot challenge Lashley for the WWE Championship again. That begs a bigger question: Is this the end of the road for Bobby Lashley as a top guy in WWE?

According to the odds from SportsBettingDime, Bobby Lashley (-250) is expected to retain his championship in his match against Drew McIntyre. And I personally hope they’re right!

I said it on this week’s Babyface/Heel Podcast, I fully expect the loser of this match to end up on Smackdown after the next WWE Draft and be used as an opponent for Roman Reigns. Drew McIntyre is the most logical choice based on the hero/villain alignment, and him feeling like he has “unfinished business” with Roman after the 2020 Survivor Series.

Personally, I’d be betting on the side of the odds, with Lashley retaining. WWE has two full time brands, and Lashley fits at the top of the card. Despite his age (44) I think Bobby has another 2-3 good years left, and he is peaking as a character in a character driven environment. Raw is the perfect environment for Bobby Lashley to build babyface challengers and still walk out champion. Much like Roman Reigns, the best scenario is for Bobby to walk into WrestleMania 38 the same way he walked into WrestleMania 37—as WWE Champion.


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