The title says it all. For everybody that may be running out of things to watch on the WWE Network and could use a little help finding some hidden gems, here you go. I have toyed with the idea of doing this each month, so let me know if you enjoy it...
WWE Raw: June 27th, 2005 - Not only did it draw a big television rating when it aired over ten years ago, but it was historic in quite a few different ways. The month long WWE Draft (yes, month long) was reaching its climax, Kurt Angle vs. Ric Flair took place, the new 'season' of the Diva Search was beginning, and a lot of very good acts were running on all cylinders. What makes this RAW one of my favorites is the night long mystery of who John Cena would pick in a six man tag team bout to wrestle Chris Jericho, Christian, and Tyson Tomko. I will NOT spoil it for you all (same with the draft results), but if you have not seen this episode before, the wait is well worth it. A classic moment and all around epic two hour Raw. Go check it out.
Unforgiven 2006 - Probably the best brand exclusive pay-per-view of the modern era. Most Smackdown only PPVs were middle of the road or flat out stunk. The RAW ones were better but also hit or miss at times. It was no surprise that WWE eventually made ALL pay-per-view dual brand and ditched this idea. Forget all that about Unforgiven 2006 though. WWE made a clear and conscience effort to load up this event from Toronto, Canada, and it paid off big time. Not only with a big buy rate but also a strong under rated PPV. Again, no spoilers but from top to bottom, this was one of the best shows that rarely get talked about.
I really worry about the rumors about WWE bringing back brand exclusive PPVs in late 2016...let's hope we get more shows like Unforgiven 2006 and NOT like everything else.
Weekly NXT Show - The quarterly NXT live specials usually get rave reviews. However, that is doing an injustice to the weekly program. It is like reading the end of a mystery book and getting the payoff who did it. Or just watching the final minute of a football game on TV. Yeah, you see the end result, but you miss all the drama, hype, fun, and excitement leading up to the finish. That is NXT on a weekly basis. Very under rated program where most people just think the live specials are all that is worth watching. Not true at all. Just the past week was Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Balor - tell me you don't want to watch THAT!
Royal Rumble 2008 Match - Every single WWE fan remembers the #30th entrant and final moments. What very few recall is that the entire Rumble match is VERY good! I have it ranked as my favorite one ever, in fact. The first two entrants, the surprise stars that come out in front of Madison Square Garden, and yes, the absolutely shocking conclusion. Loaded with star power from the opening bell all the way to Michael Buffer announcing the winner!
Shane McMahon Collection - This is just a quick mention. If you want a couple of fun clips and look back at the career of Shane McMahon, the WWE Network Collections section is for you. In case you forgot all he did out there in the ring (and elsewhere), this serves as a solid reminder that he is always willing to sacrifice it all. Rumor has it he may be getting back in the ring at Summerslam. Personally, I think that may be too early, but who am I to tell Shane O' Mac what to do? Here comes the money...
Summerslam 2008 - MVP vs. Jeff Hardy, an intergender DOUBLE title match, Matt Hardy vs. Mark Henry for the ECW Title, CM Punk defending his World Title versus JBL, Triple H putting up his WWE Championship against The Great Khali (maybe his best match), the first ever meeting between John Cena and Batista in WWE, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho in an epic segment, plus Edge vs. The Undertaker inside HIAC to main event the show. Um yeah, dive in head first and enjoy folks!
WCW Slamboree 2000 - Last but certainly not least, how about we give WCW some love? Admittedly, I was always a WWE guy. Anytime I (and my family) would switch over to Nitro during Raw commercials, it was usually just to laugh at their program before flipping back two minutes later. They never did much for me on the whole. Yes, they had their highlights, but far too many lowlights kept me on the USA Network instead of TNT. That being said, Slamboree 2000 is one of those rare hidden gems. No sarcasm here, but their WCW Title main event features the one and only David Arquette. Yes, THAT David Arquette. While he does indeed compete in the infamous triple cage match, the rest of the card more than fills out a few hours of pure enjoyment with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Terry Funk, Lex Luger, and MANY more. I promise you will laugh, you will cry, you will be embarrassed...and you will love WCW Slamboree 2000.
What do you all think? Have any hidden gems you wish to share? Please do so in the comment section.
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