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2004's Match of the Year
The SLAM! Readers and SLAM! Wrestling staff make their year-end picks


Benoit and Guerrero hug at WMXX.
-- photo by Colin Vassallo


What was the best match of 2004? There was hardly a consensus between our writers and our readers, but they were mostly in the same ballpark.

What We Thought

Jason Clevett - HHH vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit, Wrestlemania XX. One of the best triple-threat matches ever, filled with tense moments, emotion and the right ending. When Triple-H tapped and Benoit was crowned champion, everything was right in the world (at least for one night). There have been some very good matches this year but none of them had the emotion that this stellar bout had.

Yves Leroux - HHH vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit, Wrestlemania XX. Although I am not a fan of three way matches, this one was a keeper.

Bob Kapur - HHH vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit, Wrestlemania XX. One of the best-executed matches of the year, I was on the edge of my seat from bell to bell.

Corey David Lacroix - Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama (NOAH) July 10, Tokyo Dome. This was just magic. Both competitors had already achieved immortality within the world of professional wrestling, and with this contest, they were elevated to godhood. This was the most emotional and physically grueling match I have seen in some time. A no-brainer for match of the year.

Jon Waldman - HHH vs. Chris Benoit, Iron Man, RAW. While the 'Mania match was excellent, I've always had a preference for the TV matches because you don't expect as much out of them going in. This match, worked extremely well, especially when so many thought it would pale in comparison to Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle in 2003. Both men proved themselves to be legends that night.

What Our Readers Thought:



4. Match of the Year
Graph Count Percent
 Chris Benoit vs. HHH vs. Shawn Michaels (WMXX) 514 35.5
 Chris Benoit vs. HHH (Iron Man Raw) 151 10.4
 Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley (Backlash) 133 9.2
 Six Sides of Steel: XXX vs. AMW (Turning Point) 108 7.5
 Eddie Guererro vs. Kurt Angle (WMXX) 89 6.2
 Chris Jericho vs. Christian (WMXX) 78 5.4
 Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (Hell in the Cell Badd Blood) 48 3.3
 Royal Rumble Match 2004 43 3.0
 Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar (No Way Out) 38 2.6
 Team Canada vs. Team TNA (8-man tag with first Pyramid of Doom) 30 2.1
 Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho (Taboo Tuesday) 29 2.0
 Eddie Guererro vs. Kurt Angle (Summerslam) 24 1.7
 Ultimate X 2:Chris Sabin vs Chris Daniels vs Low Ki vs Michael Shane 17 1.2
 Ultimate X 3 - Michael Shane vs Frankie Kazarian vs AJ Styles (July 28) 16 1.1
 Abyss vs. AJ Styles (Tables match Feb. 25) 8 0.6
 Styles vs Shane vs Kazarian vs Skipper vs Amazing Red vs Sabin (June 30) 6 0.4
 Other 68 4.7
 -- Blank -- 44 3.0



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