8. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle – No Mercy
The Rock, Triple H and Kurt Angle was a great three-way rivalry with great singles matches sprinkled throughout.
Angle’s matches with The Rock sometimes get overlooked compared to his excellent work with his other rivals but matches like this one show why that is a mistake.
On the same show as the last entry, Kurt Angle won his first WWE Championship in a No DQ match.
There was a lot going on in the match with Rikishi, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon all getting involved but Angle was still able to look strong, hitting an Angle Slam on Rikishi and The Rock before winning the title.
7. The Rock vs. Chris Benoit – Fully Loaded
There are few better examples of a WWE-branded megastar taking on a hardcore fan’s superworker than this match between The Rock and Chris Benoit.
This was another of Benoit’s earliest classic matches against main event WWE stars and he proved why he should have been a main event talent in WCW all along.
The main event of Fully Loaded 2000 saw Benoit and The Rock have a classic match, another in a long line of matches The Rock had in 2000 when he was the most popular wrestler in the world.
As far as straight up singles matches go, this is one of The Rock’s best.
6. The Hardys vs. The Dudleys vs. Edge & Christian – WrestleMania 2000
The Hardys, Dudleys and Edge and Christian made a legacy for themselves in Ladder matches and TLC matches in 2000 and 2001.
This was the first of their trilogy and while great, there was still room for improvement.
At WrestleMania 2000, the three teams competed in a Triangle Ladder match, the precursor to the TLC match. This was an insane spotfest per the stands of the time, with Jeff Hardy hitting a brutal Swanton Bomb off a ladder through Bubba Ray Dudley.
While the spots were very impressive, but even the men involved have admitted that the psychology of the match was lacking.
They would more than make up for this in their later matches but this is a fascinating look at where it started.