While most would rightfully look at 2007 as a very dark year for the wrestling business, the year also had a number of fantastic performances.
Those do not come close to outweighing the impact felt by the tragedies of 2007 but it felt impossible to talk about this year without acknowledging the Benoit tragedies in some form.
Moving on without a smooth segway, 2007 was a pretty good year for WWE pay-per-views with a number of excellent shows led by a stellar Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
These are the eleven best WWE pay-per-view matches of 2007.
11. John Cena vs. Umaga – Royal Rumble
Umaga’s main event push didn’t last as long as it should have. An incredible athlete paired with a fairly offensive character, Umaga hit his peak as a performer in 2007.
Umaga challenged John Cena for the WWE Championship in January 2007 at New Year’s Revolution and the Royal Rumble with the latter being the better match of the two.
Their Royal Rumble clash was a Last Man Standing match where Cena was forced to use extremely violent measures to get the win. 2007 was Cena’s best year as a performer as well and he started it off well with this great feud.
10. The Undertaker vs. Batista – Cyber Sunday
Another great highlight of 2007 was the rivalry between The Undertaker and Batista. Batista had lost his way a little bit after vacating the World Heavyweight Championship in 2006.
He hadn’t been having good matches when The Undertaker challenged him for the title at WrestleMania 23 but their rivalry was one of the best things either man was ever a part of.
In a long-awaited rematch, the two met again at Cyber Sunday with Steve Austin as the guest referee. The match was on par with their earlier clashes with Batista finally getting a big win over his rival. This match isn’t remembered to the level of some of their other matches, but it is still one of their best.
9. John Cena vs. Randy Orton – SummerSlam
It seems shocking to think about now, but John Cena vs. Randy Orton was a fresh match once upon a time. That time was 2007 and at SummerSlam the two met on pay-per-view for the first time.
This was another example of Cena’s excellent 2007 as he and Orton tore it up in the main event of the second-biggest event of the year. They were not bogged down with the crowd fatigue that would plague the later stages of their never-ending rivalry. Here they just wrestled and it was great.
It is pretty surreal to watch 27-year-old Randy Orton and 30-year-old John Cena compete for the first time. Considering they were still battling seven years later, well, let’s just say they peaked early.
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