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Friday, August 18, 2017

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EOTR Retro: The 5 Best WWE PPVs Of 2002

By @TrueGodImmortal



The year 2002 is my all time favorite year in professional wrestling. It's got some of the absolute best wrestling ever in WWE history, and was the year that the WWF officially became WWE. While the year 2002 did have some down moments (HLA, Katie Vick), for the most part, it was really good. With that being said, today I wanted to continue our retro series with a look at the 5 best WWE PPVs of 2002. What lands at no. 1? Read on and find out.

5. Royal Rumble 2002



-When the WWF was still around, the shows they put on were mostly consistent. The Royal Rumble was one of them. I debated heavily between the Rumble and Wrestlemania 18, but the difference maker was the classic WWF Title match between Chris Jericho and The Rock. That match alone was deserving of a top 5 spot, and once you had in a surprisingly solid match between Vince McMahon and Ric Flair, along with the Rumble itself, this was a really good card and one of my favorites on the year.

4. Vengeance 2002




-I wish Vengeance was still around because they have some really solid matches at the event. The 2002 event was the best in the history of the PPV, as the entire card flowed very well. Starting off with an underrated tables match between The Dudleys (Bubba Ray and Spike) and Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit kicked it off, while the Jamie Noble vs Billy Kidman match was also solid. The best match of the night and the highlight? The main event. The Rock, Kurt Angle, and The Undertaker all in one ring at the same time? It's sure to be a classic and it was. The Rock walked away with the WWE Title in a massive triple threat that still stands as one of the best triple threat matches in WWE history.

3. No Mercy 2002




-I always enjoyed the No Mercy PPVs as well, and I think this is clearly the best edition of the PPV. It's crazy how that works isn't it? A lot of the best editions of a PPV happened in 2002. That's how good of a year this was for the PPVs and for Smackdown (RAW was horrible). Still, this event had a stacked card that started with Chris Jericho and Christian against Booker T and Goldust, and ended with a superb Hell In A Cell match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker for the WWE Title. The match of the night however? The excellent tag team title tournament Finals match between Edge and Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. This was one of the greatest tag team matches I've ever seen. Period. No Mercy is easily a top 3 PPV of 2002.

2. Survivor Series 2002




-Hailing from Madison Square Garden, the 2002 Survivor Series is.. (wait for it)... the best Survivor Series ever. It is a near perfect card, and the only bad match on the entire event came from Brock Lesnar and Big Show, and that match was just short, so perhaps it would have been better if given more time. Still, from the opening tables elimination match to the Women's Title Hardcore match to the excellent Tag Team Titles match and of course, the Elimination Chamber main event, nothing about this PPV disappointed at ALL. It was so close to making the No. 1 spot. That's how good this show is.

1. Summerslam 2002




-The best of the best. The greatest Summerslam ever. The passing of the torch. The return of the Heartbreak Kid. This event is special. Point blank period. The opening match between Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio is a classic, I enjoyed Chris Jericho vs Ric Flair, as well as Edge vs Eddie Guerrero, and I think RVD vs Chris Benoit is an underrated match as well. Still, the two best matches on the night are the two main events. The return of Shawn Michaels was legendary, as he defeated Triple H in an instant classic, and The Rock passing the torch to Brock Lesnar was epic in many ways. The fact that this event has no boring period and is consistent throughout, along with the big time matches makes this event the best PPV of 2002. Simple.


-True 

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