WWE loves building up "moments". Whether it's something like Undertaker finally losing at WrestleMania, or Seth Rollins turning on The Shield, oftentimes, it seems like the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet cares more about making moments than, well, wrestling matches.
With that said, every now and then WWE does build-up matches that should deliver in-ring. Matches like Randy Savage Vs Ricky Steamboat were highly anticipated and they delivered in the ring, but that's not always the case.
11 Flop: DX Vs Brothers of Destruction
There were few things that could get fans more excited than the thought of Shawn Michaels coming out of retirement for one last match. They got just that at Crown Jewel — one of WWE's big Saudi Arabia shows. Unfortunately, instead of getting an opponent like Daniel Bryan or AJ Styles, Michaels teamed with his old stablemate Triple H to take on Undertaker — the man who retired HBK — and his brother Kane.
An early injury to Triple H threw the gameplan out the window, and the subsequent match is probably something everyone involved wants to forget.
10 Better: Rey Mysterio Vs Eddie Guerrero (Ladder Match For he Custody Of Domonic)
Rey Mysterio Vs Eddie Guerrero was always going to be a good match. The two battled each other around the world for multiple promotions and Mysterio's high-flying style mixed with Guerrero's technical ability always dazzled audiences. Yet, when the two finally did battle in WWE, their feud culminated in a ladder match for the custody of Rey Mysterio's son Domonic.
With such a silly premise, it would have been easy to write this match off as a weird detour in SummerSlam 2005, yet the two put together an exciting match full of telenovela-eque drama mixed with high-impact wrestling.
9 Flop: Shinsuke Nakamura Vs AJ Styles
For years, Shinsuke Nakamura was one of the pillars of New Japan Pro Wrestling, and his run as the IWGP Intercontinental Championship put the title on the map. So, when AJ Styes finished his run in TNA and made his move to New Japan, it was only a matter of time before the two ring-masters collided. Their eventual match at Wrestle Kingdom 10 was fantastic, and was the perfect sendoff for the Phenomenal One, who was WWE bound.
Nakamura joined his old adversary shortly after, though he spent time in NXT before joining Styles on the main roster. It was clear the two were holding back for something bigger, but whatever that was never happened as that feud is only remembered for the two low-blowing each other.
8 Better: Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle Vs Stephanie McMahon & Triple H
Ronda Rousey's first match in WWE was always going to be a big deal. Yet, when WWE announced her debut would take place at WrestleMania, fans were a little nervous the former UFC fighter was bypassing NXT and heading straight to the main roster in a match featuring absolute legends like Triple H and Kurt Angle.
Clearly, the worry of the WWE Universe was not needed as the tag match was one of the better matches of the night, and Rousey proved she could transition from UFC to WWE in a way we've never seen before.
7 Flop: Hulk Hogan Vs Shawn Michaels
In one corner, there was Hulk Hogan, the face of WWE throughout the 1980s and eventually the biggest adversary to Vince McMahon in the 1990s. Opposite of him was Shawn Michaels, one of McMahon's loyal soldiers during the Monday Night Wars, who also represented a younger, and smaller look the WWE was trying to move towards. The two squared off at SummerSlam 2005 with that exact build and fans couldn't wait to see what happened and who would come out on top.
The actual match, however, mostly featured Michaels flying around the ring, overselling even the slightest bit of offense from Hogan. Until the legend finally hit the leg drop and the pin. It turns out, Michaels' performance was in response to the match being a one-off when it was originally planned to be a trio of fights until Hogan flipped the script making it one match and he'd go out on top.
6 Better: AJ Styles Vs Brock Lesnar
AJ Styles Vs Brock Lesnar was a dream match for many fans, but it was one many thought they'd never see. Styles is a smaller performer at the tail-end of his career, while Lesnar is the unstoppable beast who rarely ever meets a wrestler who could be considered his equal in the slightest. So, it was quite a surprise when Styles won the WWE World Heavyweight Championships just weeks before Survivor Series 2017, setting up the showdown of a lifetime.
Surprisingly enough, the match was hardly one-sided. In fact, Styles looked to be close to beating the Beast at one point. While Lesnar got the win eventually, it will go down as one of the most intriguing matches in WWE history, and it more than delivered.
5 Flop: Shawn Michaels Vs Vader
Shawn Michales Vs Vader was a super match that fans could only dream of when the latter was an unstoppable monster in WCW and NJPW. So, when the big-man made his way to WWE, it was only a matter of time before he went up against the face of the company in Michaels. Unfortunately, it wasn't Vader's best showing, and the match is only really remembered for Michaels yelling at the former NJPW Champion for missing a spot.
This was the beginning of the end for Vader, who slowly slid down WWE's card before his eventual release from the company. It's a shame too because Vader should have been a bigger deal in WWE.
4 Better: Big Show Vs Floyd Mayweather (No Holds Barred)
No one went into WrestleMania XXIV thinking Big Show vs Floyd Mayweather was going to be good. While Big Show was a veteran in the company at that point, he wasn't really known for putting on classic matches and Mayweather was a boxer with no wrestling experience at all. Yet, none of that mattered. The two put on a physical match that could go down as the best celebrity match WWE ever put on.
The size difference played a huge role throughout the match, and the No Holds Barred stipulation allowed Mayweather to sneak in a pair of brass knuckles to knock out the giant for the win.
3 Flop: Bret Hart Vs Vince McMahon
There may never be a rivalry more heated than Bret Hart and Vince McMahon. Unfortunately, Hart was in WCW for the years the two could actually put on a decent match to follow up the Montreal Screwjob. Still, in 2010 — 10 years after the Hitman retired thanks to injury — a 65-year-old McMahon took on a 53-year-old Hart at WrestleMania XXVI.
To be fair, there probably wasn't a lot of expectations going into this match, but considering it was the culmination of over a decade of animosity, there was intrigue. We ended up watching Hart hit McMahon with a chair a bunch of times.
2 Better: Goldberg Vs Brock Lesnar II
When WWE announced a newly returned Goldberg will take on Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016, there was a collective groan heard around the world. The two clashed once before, and it is widely considered one of the worst matches in WWE history, so now, more than a decade after that infamous bout, fans weren't expecting things to be better. In fact, they expected much worse.
Instead, they were treated to a 26-second squash match that saw Lesnar lose definitively for the first time since beating the Undertaker in 2014. While it was short, it was impactful, and it proved Goldberg was back.
1 Flop: Goldberg Vs Brock Lesnar I
Goldberg vs Lesnar's initial confrontation was a mess. Originally pitched as two dominant forces of nature running into each other at full speed, the entire event quickly took a turn when word got out that Lesnar intended to leave WWE following the WrestleMania XX match. That only got worse when news leaked that the other participant intended to do the same.
Both wrestlers were booed out the building that night, and not even Stone Cold Steve Austin's involvement could save this one.