Recently, Sami Zayn took on the debuting Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Dallas, and it has widely been regarded as the Match of the Year so far, and will be very hard to top, with the match featuring several memorable spots such as the forearm exchange which lasted a few minutes and the back and forth drama to end the match. One spot in particular as I watch it back (which has been over 10 times since it happened) which stood out to me was the chant of “fight forever” from the Dallas crowd, the ultimate sign of respect for both performers, as no one in that audience, and I am assuming everyone watching around the world like myself wanted it to end, despite the fact it was featured on a card with American Alpha vs. The Revival, Bayley vs. Asuka and Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe. While it was the first ever meeting (WWE or otherwise) between the two men, the chemistry, near falls, anticipation and electric atmosphere made it one of the greatest spectacles the WWE has shown in some time, and leaves many fans wanting more, with hopefully a marquee WrestleMania match between the two occurring sometime in the near future.
While this is early in hopefully a long, classic rivalry, there have been many wrestlers in the past who match up so well against an opponent that it becomes a dream of fans to see the two compete over and over (over a long period of time to avoid becoming stale), and often, these rivalries have featured 2 or 3 outstanding main events, which have improved each time, leaving the fans still wanting more. With that in mind, here are the 13 WWE superstar rivalries with which the fans would no doubt like to see or would have liked to see ‘Fight Forever.’
13 Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
12 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
11 Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart
10 American Alpha vs. The Revival
9 John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
8 Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
7 CM Punk vs. John Cena
6 Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
5 Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
4 Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudleyz
3 Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
2 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
1 The Rock vs. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
Of course it is the two biggest stars of WWE’s most prosperous era, the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Not only did these two contest a trilogy of WrestleMania matches (with Stone Cold winning 2-1) but their rivalry truly changed the business in the early 2000’s, with the two often credited for being the reason Vince McMahon was able to win the Monday Night War, as they were stars unlike any the wrestling business had ever seen. Despite the endless battles both on the microphone and in the ring, fans came unglued at the chance to see the two men get in the ring together whenever it occurred, and no doubt would relish the opportunity to see one more match between the pair.
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