2. The Hardys vs. The Dudleys vs. Edge & Christian – SummerSlam
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs… OH MYYYYYY! Thank god Michael Cole was not on commentary to run that line into the crowd in 2000.
While these three teams began their trilogy at WrestleMania 2000, at SummerSlam they introduced the world to the TLC match and surpassed their previous performance in every way possible.
The stunts were crazier, the pacing was better, and the story told was smarter. Additionally, there had been several more months of storytelling and the characters of the three teams were more clearly defined.
The Hardys were the hometown favorites and extremely popular while Edge and Christian were detestable heels.
Everything about this match raised the stakes from their previous encounter and the teams solidified their legacy with their performances.
1. Triple H vs. Cactus Jack – Royal Rumble
While their Hell in a Cell match was a thrilling end to their rivalry, Triple H and Mick Foley’s Street Fight at the Royal Rumble absolutely cemented Triple H as a superstar and a great top heel.
Mick Foley had made his name in hardcore matches and it was no surprise that he could hold his own but Triple H was another story. Triple H hadn’t been tested in WWE to this point, at least not to this extreme.
Thankfully, he proved himself capable and left the ring that night as a complete badass, able to conquer Foley in his own environment.
Triple H’s best matches have almost all come with a stipulation attached to them and this was a huge example of that.
He had not had a match of this caliber to this point in his career and Foley proved to be a perfect opponent for him.
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