8. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge – New Year’s Revolution
You won’t find many more star-studded Elimination Chamber matches than this one.
At New Year’s Revolution, Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Edge battled over the vacant World Heavyweight Championship.
You had Jericho, Benoit and Edge boosting the quality of the match itself while the Evolution boys were going through their dramatic breakup. Triple H chose not to save Batista from being pinned which made the crowd’s collective eyebrows go up.
This was before Batista turned on Evolution but the seeds had been planted. Ric Flair and Batista cost Orton the match with Triple H regaining the title in a wonderful Elimination Chamber match.
7. Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka – One Night Stand
Mike Awesome and Masato Tanaka are not names that come to mind when you think of WWE. However, that is part of what made One Night Stand 2005 so special.
The two were historic rivals in the original ECW and were given the opportunity to have another match at the ECW high school reunion that was One Night Stand.
This was the best actual match on an excellent show, they both showed why their rivalry was so special to begin with.
6. Matt Hardy vs. Edge – Unforgiven
When the extremely personal rivalry with Edge and Matt Hardy kicked off in 2005, it was pretty clear Hardy was not the company’s guy.
Edge was Mr. Money in the Bank at the time and brutally beat Hardy at SummerSlam despite the fans desperately wanting Hardy to get revenge. This made it all the more shocking when Hardy beat Edge at Unforgiven in a great Steel Cage match.
Steel Cage matches are difficult to pull off in WWE because of their stupid escape the cage rules. In order to bypass those flaws, you need a proper grudge match. This was definitely a grudge match.
By getting the stipulation right, they managed to pull off one of the best matches of the year and one of the best matches of either man’s career.