While WWE has certainly had its share of classic matches, there are some matches that have been greatly overrated.
Some of the following matches feature significant moments from WWE's past, which is probably why they're looked at as all-time classics. Others are likely the product of revisionist history either by the company, or by the fans.
All of the matches on this list feature some of the biggest names in WWE history, which is probably why they're looked at as classics. But if fans go back and watch these matches, they'll soon realize that most, if not all of them aren't all-time classics.
10 CM Punk Vs. Undertaker (WrestleMania 29)
Aside from his match against John Cena at 2011's Money in the Bank pay per view, CM Punk's match with The Undertaker back at WrestleMania 29 is looked at as the best match of his career.
The primary reason why this is looked at as a classic is because it was far better than any other match on that year's WrestleMania card. On top of that, both performers were at the peak of their popularity, so despite the fact that this match provided absolutely no drama, as most never believed that Punk was going to end the streak, WWE fans believe that this was one of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history.
9 Bret Hart Vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 12)
If it weren't for the 60-minute Iron Man stipulation, this match probably would've been an all-time classic, as it featured the two best in-ring performers of the 1990s. But the problem with Iron Man matches is that there's absolutely no drama until the last five minutes or so.
This is looked at as a classic match likely due to its finishing sequence, where Michaels refused to submit to Hart during the closing seconds of their hour-long match, and then when the match was restarted with the sudden death stipulation, "HBK" was able to come out on top via pinfall, thus winning the WWE Championship for the first time in his career.
8 Triple H Vs. Undertaker (WrestleMania 28)
This was the second of Triple H's back-to-back WrestleMania matches against The Undertaker, and it wasn't nearly as good as their first encounter the year before. Furthermore, it wasn't as good as either of Undertaker's previous two WrestleMania matches against Shawn Michaels.
There were two problems with this match, one is that it went on for far too long, and the other is that blood isn't allowed in WWE unless it's accidental, and because of that, both men were punching each other in the face for real in an attempt to "accidentally" bust their opponent open. It's the type of match that was better suited for late-90s WWE.
7 Eddie Guerrero Vs. Brock Lesnar (No Way Out 2004)
While this match is fondly remembered because it ended with Eddie Guerrero winning the WWE Championship for the very first time, it was quite clear that him winning the match wasn't supposed to be what people were talking about coming out of 2004's No Way Out pay per view.
At the time, WWE was building towards a Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match at WrestleMania 20, so instead of having Eddie beat Brock clean for the title, the company decided to have Goldberg interfere while the referee was out, which gave the WWE Hall of Famer the opportunity to hit the Frog Splash for the win.
6 Rob Van Dam Vs. John Cena (ECW One Night Stand)
The John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam match from ECW One Night Stand is a perfect example of how a hot crowd can turn an average match into an all-time classic. The most memorable moment of this match came before the bell even rang, as Cena threw his shirt into the crowd, and every time he did, it was thrown right back at him.
It's possible that this match wouldn't be remembered as an all-time classic if Cena would have beaten Van Dam, but WWE did end up doing the right thing by having the ECW legend win the WWE Championship. But the match itself was average, but the enthusiasm of the crowd tricked people into thinking it was a match of the year candidate back in 2006.
5 Undertaker Vs. Mankind (King Of The Ring 1998)
While this is certainly not the best Hell in a Cell match in WWE history, it's definitely the most memorable. In an effort to top the company's first Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, the legendary "Deadman" and Mankind had a match that was centered around two big bumps, both of which greatly shortened "The Hardcore Legend's" in-ring career.
One of the most surprising things about the match is that WWE allowed Mankind to finish the match despite the fact that he was badly concussed after he was tossed off the Cell and through the announcer's table. Sure, it got a huge reaction from the crowd, but they probably could've gotten a similar reaction if they'd done a safer match.
4 The Rock Vs. Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania 18)
Yet another example of how a hot crowd can make a match an instant classic, as the match featured the two biggest names in the history of the company. However, while the crowd was enthusiastic about the dream match, the two performers did next to nothing throughout the match.
But this was Hulk Hogan's first WrestleMania appearance in over a decade, and on top of that, he was taking on one of the Attitude Era's two greatest performers. Unfortunately, like with most of Hogan's matches after his WWE return in 2002, he was severely limited during his match against The Rock.
3 Steve Austin Vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 14)
Even though this was the match that made Steve Austin the biggest star in WWE history, the fact is it just wasn't as good as it should've been. At the time, Shawn Michaels was dealing with a pretty severe back injury, and on top of that, he wasn't very well liked in the locker room due to his poor attitude.
While the two had a decent match, it was overshadowed by Mike Tyson, who was the special guest enforcer. Throughout the match, most people were waiting to see what Tyson was going to do rather than focusing on the match. Its finishing sequence was great, and the post-match celebration was fantastic, but the match itself was pretty disappointing.
2 Hulk Hogan Vs. Andre The Giant (WrestleMania 3)
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant from WrestleMania 3 is probably the most famous match in the history of pro wrestling, but the quality of the match wasn't exactly top notch. At the time, Andre could barely move, and probably should've retired from in-ring action several years prior to this match.
The whole match was built around one spot which was Hogan giving Andre a big body slam, which led to the "Hulkster" hitting his signature leg drop prior to getting the three count, thus ending The Giant's undefeated streak in WWE. But aside from that one spot, this match was incredibly boring.
1 Hulk Hogan Vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WrestleMania 6)
At the time this match happened, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan were the two hottest stars WWE had to offer, but both were limited in terms of what they could do in the ring. But the crowd's enthusiasm helped make up for the fact that this match wasn't anything special.
The majority of the match featured rest holds and tests of strength, and just a few minutes into the match, Warrior was clearly exhausted, as he didn't have the stamina to do long matches. This was supposed to be the match that made Warrior WWE's next big star, but instead, Hogan stole the spotlight from him, and the company eventually gave up on Warrior's big push.