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Top 13 Best WWE Match Types Of The Last Decade… And The 6 Worst

Throughout the rich history of wrestling, there have been countless intriguing and innovative match types that leave audiences begging for more, but on the other hand there are also cringe worthy ideas that made you question why you’re a wrestling fan, and we are here to discuss both sides. While this article contains strictly WWE programming, it is worth noting an example match from WCW (Hogan vs. Big Show in a monster truck match), TNA (reverse battle royal and King of the Mountain Match), ECW (scaffold match) and Japan as a whole (for 90% of their death match variations) to show that it is not only Vince and WWE that sometimes sign off on matches that should never make it to air.

These matches can be used for several different purposes, whether it be a climax to a long, back and forth feud (e.g. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe in a Steel Cage match in their upcoming Takeover finale), to elevate a new star (e.g. Money in the Bank ladder match) or a Royal Rumble which showcases as many superstars as possible in one match. These different match types, whether good or bad have been the backdrop for some of the most brutal, exciting and death defying moments in WWE history, including every Jeff Hardy leap ever, Shawn Michaels’ famous WrestleMania victory over Bret Hart or Shane McMahon's show stealing jump at WrestleMania 32. These examples have all been of good match types and moments, and while the examples of bad match types often don’t create memorable moments, they foster horrible, head scratching segments that leave fans questioning the product they pay their hard earned money to see.

While many, if not all of the following matches were started in a different time in WWE, for good or bad, the majority are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Without further ado, here are the 13 matches from the last decade that have made fans want to see more, and the 6 that leave them begging to never be seen again.

21 BEST

20 Tables

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19 Elimination Chamber

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18 2 out of 3 Falls

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17 Falls Count Anywhere

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16 Steel Cage

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15 Extreme Rules

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14 Ladder

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13 Hell in a Cell

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12 Ironman

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11 “I Quit”

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10 Last Man Standing

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9 Tables, Ladders & Chairs

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8 Royal Rumble

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7 WORST

6 First Blood

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5 Stairs

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4 Bull Rope

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3 Punjabi Prison

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2 ‘Something’ on a Pole

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1 Hog Pen

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While the original hog pen match featured a literal hog pen, with living hogs and a less than stellar Hunter Hearst Helmsley, this had been altered in recent years, to feature Vickie Guerrero in a pool of mud against a forced comedy gimmick from ‘Santina Marella’. The match was an all around embarrassment, and while it gave Vickie the comeuppance which the fans always craved due to her being such a fantastic heel, it did nothing but hurt her legacy in the company, which featured over 10 years in an on screen management role. This is one WWE is unlikely to show in any highlight reels, and will look to avoid now that the women are being given more of a serious, wrestling role on the main roster and NXT.

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