Shelton Benjamin vs. Ric Flair vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Fit Finlay vs. Matt Hardy vs. Bobby Lashley (WWE WrestleMania 22 April 2, 2006)

Back before it was its own deal the Money in the Bank match was part of WrestleMania, like the Andre the Giant Memorial Colossal Jostle is now. This right here is the second one and for some goddamn reason it features Ric Flair in it. He’s like 56 years old or something and yet still gets superplexed off the top of the ladder at one point by Matt Hardy. I am surprised that his bones didn’t turn to dust after that move.

RVD wins and later does the honorable thing and cashes in in advance, challenging John Cena for the title at One Night Stand.

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Jimmy Snuka vs. Larry Winters (ECW April 5, 1993)

This is from the first episode of ECW. There’d been a couple pilot episodes before this but this is their first shot at the big time and they kick things off with a tournament for the newly created Television Championship.

In this first round match we get Larry Winters facing “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka. Before the match begins though Snuka brings out his new manager, “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert who proceeds to help Snuka cheat to win.

Watching this is really weird. Joey Styles isn’t on commentary. Instead they’re running a three man booth with Jay Sulli, Stevie Wonderful, and Terry Funk. There also in some college gym rather than the ECW Arena and there are small children in the audience. It’s weird as hell.

Royal Rumble 2009 (WWE Royal Rumble January 25, 2009)

Of the “Big Four” PPVs my favorite has always been the Royal Rumble. Sure WrestleMania has bigger marquee matches but there’s something awesome about seeing a bunch of dudes clubbering one another and tossing each other out of the ring.

The 2009 Rumble’s pretty good as far as Rumbles go. It’s got a pretty good flow to it helped by a few decent overriding storylines. The surprise entrants are pretty decent: RVD and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. This is also the Royal Rumble with Santino’s one second of Royal Rumble glory, so yay for that.

The complete list of entrants by entry order is below if you can’t be assed to look such things up.

Marti Bell vs. Leva Bates (Shimmer 66 April 13, 2014)

Leva cosplaying as Pee-wee Herman.  The secret word of the day is “three.”  Now you all know what to do when anyone says the secret word, right?
SCREAM REAL LOUD! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!  As you can imagine much shenanigans transpire with the audience popping every time the ref counts to three.  Marti Bell gets increasingly frustrated by the entire thing.

All in all it’s a pretty good opening bout, not in a workrate sense, but in the fact that it gets the crowd really into the match.

Kowabunga (USWA July 1990)

The year was 1990 and America was gripped by Turtlemania.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were everywhere: on TV, in the movies, in the cereal aisle…everywhere.  The Turtles were big business, and down in Memphis where the adage red green equals green still holds sway, USWA decided to cash in on the Heroes on the Half-Shell.  Enter Kowabunga!

Seriously watch the video.  It is fucking insane.  A guy in a Turtle costume goes apeshit over TV before a guy dressed as Splinter more or less tells him to go to Memphis to wrestle Jeff Gaylord.  This really makes no sense at all because almost as soon as Kowabunga arrived in USWA everyone else was like, “I though he was just a moron in a suit, but he can wrestle.”  No one acts like he’s actually a turtle, so what the fuck is going on with this vignette?