Best Main Events of The Decade 2010-2020
The WWE loves these lazy package-jobs; parcel up the highlights from the things they already shipped out to shelves a while back. Well, why not I guess, easy to do. But as they’re now their own network in service to themselves with rolling ads and aiming to convert all fans to the WWE.com network I wonder why they bother with these compilation DVDs?
That said, I didn’t mind a lot what was on this collection – and I had seen all of these matches before. The 2010-2020 decade has been my least watched decade of wrestling – I start off pretty dedicated, about 2012 I just fell away completely and then in recent years I’ve bumped back into the odd PPV event but I never watch the weekly shows (RAW/Smackdown, or any of the other things that pop up, including some of the lesser PPV events).
The main event matches are BIG – so there’s a lot to this 2-disc set. Nearly 400 minutes in fact. And I like variation, I like a few short, sharp matches, some silliness, some – stipulations; I like The Show. So these compilation tapes don’t ever really do it for me, I’m not the student that re-watches matches too often. But there are some really significant moments here, reminders of a good decade putting on entertainment. Half of the matches, understandably, come from the biggest show of each year: Wrestlemania. (Another reason why this might be a hard-sell though even for the fanatics – as many would collect up each year’s Wrestlemania boxset, surely?)
Anyway, Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels kicks this off – and it’s a classic. An absolute masterpiece of tension and match-building. And the full match execution of course.
There are some great non-WM matches too. John Cena and CM Punk really went at it for 2011’s Money In The Bank for instance.
I wasn’t there for Triple H vs Brock Lesnar at Summerslam 2012. And I’m still not. But that’s because I’ve never cared for either player ever. And if that’s a copout or wrong – tough. It’s just how it is. So this match continues to mean nothing to me.
And Rock vs Cena (another WM mainer) isn’t great, as such. But it is wonderful! By which I mean it’s a match that makes full use of the spectacle. And has two of the best hype-sellers working hard to make the crowd go nuts.
It’s great to see Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair’s Hell in A Cell from 2016 included here, not so much because it was a knockdown classic but because it was the first ever main even where the women closed the show. Big deal.
Also – and even better as a match – Wrestlemania 35’s Becky Lynch/Ronda Rousey/Charlotte Flair 3-way; again a history-maker for the women’s division.
These are long matches, sometimes drawn out, and though we don’t get the build up that often makes these things special – just the matches – it’s now a reminder of a world where wrestling worked the way it did because of the live audience going for the ride, living with the match, moving with it, helping to sell it and build its hype.
We close with a match from Wrestlemania 36 which is a dud. And the shortest thing here (Brock vs. Drew McIntyre). It’s also a snapshot of 2020 wrestling PPVS: the crowd phoned in to watch wrestlers phoning it in. A bit of sham. And a lot of a shame.
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