Meltzer’s Classics: Bret Hart vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (23/3/97)

Oral History of WWE's Greatest Match: Stone Cold vs. Bret Hart at ...
Time to catch-up with this one. Credit: WWE

Do you want to know a secret? I don’t think I’ve ever seen this match before. Austin vs Bret, widely considered one of the greatest WWE matches of all time and somehow I’ve never taken the time to sit down and watch it. Why? Fuck knows, but I guess now is as good a time as any to fix that flaw in my personality.

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Meltzer’s Classics: Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler, 3/23/81

A younger King with a cheeky glint in his eye.

After months of steady forward progress, I only went and found an even more definitive list of Meltzer’s five-star matches! So rather than continuing into 1992 and what would have been War Games – we’ll get there eventually – we’ve gone back to Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler in 1981. It’s a match that as far as I can tell wasn’t rated by Meltzer but Uncle Dave himself has called it the moment that saw wrestling move from a four-star scale to a five, so it would be a shame to skip it.

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Meltzer’s Classics: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

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I love wrestling. That should be fairly evident. It’s that childhood obsession that I never grew out of alongside the countless other childhood obsessions that if I’m perfectly honest, I never grew out of either. I also consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about that world. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I know the difference between a lariat and a clothesline (something that has yet to be useful in finding gainful employment). And yet there are countless brilliant matches I have never seen, particularly when it comes to older stuff. So in an attempt to fix that I have decided to go back to the first ever match Dave Meltzer gave five stars too and work my way forward while documenting my thoughts for all you lovely people. Now, a few things before we begin. I am aware Meltzer is not the be all and end all; there are other matches I should see. I’m also not sure how easy it will be to get all of these; I might have to miss out a few, but I will do my best. Anyway, let’s get started.

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