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Monday, July 31, 2017

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EOTR Retro: The 5 Best WWE Unforgiven PPVs

By @TrueGodImmortal

Years ago, in September, there was a PPV we could always look forward to. That PPV was Unforgiven. Unfortunately, it's no longer in existence in WWE, but with yearly PPVs from 1998 through 2008, the legacy for the show is in tact. Today, we wanted to take a look at the best shows in the event's history. Let's get into it.

5. WWE Unforgiven 2004

-I debated on putting 1998 in this spot, but honestly, the matches on that card don't seem to be better than the best of the best of this event. With a major first time main event of Triple H vs Randy Orton, as well as a solid Shawn Michaels vs Kane match, and much more, this event takes the fifth spot on the list. The best match of the night however? Jericho vs Christian in a classic ladder match for the IC Title. 

4. WWE Unforgiven 2006

-This PPV was actually pretty damn good IMO. I didn't have fond memories of it at first based on the result of the main event, but it was a solid event overall and shocked me when I watched it back recently. The Randy Orton vs Carlito match is underrated, the opening match between John Morrison (then known as Johnny Nitro) and Jeff Hardy was good, the Hell In A Cell with DX vs The McMahons and Big Show wasn't perfect but was entertaining, the Trish vs Lita match was surprisingly good, but the best match of the night was the TLC match between John Cena and Edge, which could be considered a near classic. It's a great match and a great way to finish off the PPV.

3. WWF Unforgiven 2000

-This is a personal favorite of mine for multiple reasons. It has a lot of solid matches overall, but there are two stand out things about this show. The first? The return of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The second? The main events. Triple H and Kurt Angle do battle in an underrated match at the height of their Stephanie love triangle to close out that chapter and The Rock defended his WWF Title in a Fatal Four Way against Kane, The Undertaker, and Chris Benoit. Both matches were really good, and then you have a solid Jericho vs X-Pac match, a fun Hardcore Title match, and my favorite match of the night, a steel cage contest between The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. All in all, Unforgiven 2000 was a very good show.

2. WWE Unforgiven 2008

-This was almost my choice for the top pick. It's a great event in a year that was hit or miss for WWE. The invention,of the Championship Scramble was innovative for the time and caught many of us off guard when it was introduced. Perhaps three Scramble matches were too much in one night, but all three were enjoyable. My favorite match of the night however? It has to be the Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho match. That match was a classic and it showed HBK at his most aggressive, which was fun to see. My favorite of all the Scramble matches? Probably the Smackdown Scramble match, as it flowed very well, but the RAW Scramble wasn't too far behind. This was really a good PPV.

1. WWE Unforgiven 2002

-From the opening contest to the main event, this is the best Unforgiven event hands down. It kicks off with a solid dark match between Rey Mysterio vs Chavo Guerrero (which I think was on the DVD), then starts off with a pretty solid 8 man tag match between Kane, Goldust, Bubba Ray, and Booker T vs The Un-Americans. We see another Jericho vs Flair match, which was decent, a good Edge vs Eddie Guerrero match, then the formative stage of Evolution, as Ric Flair helps Triple H defeat Rob Van Dam in a solid Championship match. Trish and Molly Holly had a good contest, but the match of the night is between Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. As if that wasn't enough, we also witnessed the first showdown between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, which was a brutal contest that ended in a double DQ. There was really no weak spot on this card, and truthfully, it's the most consistent of all the Unforgiven shows, thus why it lands at no. 1. It's the best of them all.



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