Sunday, December 4, 2022

The 10 Best WWE Matches of 2017

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Asuka (c) vs. Ember Moon

NXT Women’s Championship Match

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

Best WWE Matches of 2017 - Asuka vs Ember Moon
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The best of all the WWE women’s matches we saw in 2017, Asuka and Ember Moon absolutely tore the house down at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This was Asuka’s final bout in NXT and although she went out on top (one of the first yellow brand champions to do so), Ember proved that she could hang with the best in the division and was more than worthy of the title, which she went on to win later in the year.

Watch via WWE Network





Aleister Black vs. The Velveteen Dream

NXT TakeOver: WarGames

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These two have excellent chemistry together and told a compelling story while having one hell of a match. Both Dream and Black are highly unique characters, but are total opposites of one another, making things even more interesting.

We already knew Black was a star and had a hunch The Velveteen Dream was going places, but this match removed any doubt of it.

Watch via WWE Network





WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Universal Champion Brock Lesnar

Non-Title Champion vs. Champion Match

Survivor Series

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Brock Lesnar has a tendency to half-ass a lot of his matches, but if there was ever a time for him to get engaged, it was for this bout against The Phenomenal One. And he did not disappoint.

From start to finish, this was a high-speed, high-impact contest that had fans out of their seats with excitement. AJ displayed, once again, that he is a (if not the) top guy in WWE and Lesnar showed every bit of passion that this match called for, reminding the WWE Universe why he is the champ.

Watch via WWE Network





The Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY

NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match

NXT TakeOver: Chicago

Best WWE Matches of 2017 - AOP vs DIY
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These two teams threw everything they had into this epic final chapter of their feud. The match was extremely violent, but not nearly as brutal as what happened after The Authors of Pain left with their titles.

This was the day that Tommaso Ciampa savagely turned on his best friend and broke up #DIY. The well-executed heel turn took an already outstanding segment/story to new heights.

Watch via WWE Network





Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Championship Match

Royal Rumble

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This was a fun, but vicious match including foreign objects, brawls through the crowd, and Chris Jericho in a shark cage.

In true bad guy fashion, Kevin Owens made use of every shenanigan in the book to take down The Big Dog, but what ultimately cost Reigns the match was the surprise interference from Braun Strowman.

Watch via WWE Network





SAnitY vs. The Undisputed Era vs. The Authors of Pain w/Roderick Strong

WarGames Match

NXT TakeOver: WarGames

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This is how you do a multi-man cage match. WarGames was so violent and bloody, we felt like it was 2001 again.

Not that blood is needed to make a fantastic match, but when you have 9 men throwing each other around in a giant cage, a little color adds a lot. The Undisputed Era captured the victory, but all three teams came out of this bout looking tough as nails.

Watch via WWE Network





The Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY vs. The Revival

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

NXT TakeOver: Orlando

Best WWE Matches of 2017 - AOP vs DIY vs Revival
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Hands down the match of the night on a great card, this triple threat for the NXT tag team championships was awesome. #DIY and The Revival basically teamed up against The Authors of Pain and were still unable to defeat them.

AOP have been improving steadily since their debut and this was a true display of power from the dominating duo.

Watch via WWE Network





Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns

Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way

SummerSlam

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This fatal 4-way was exactly what you would expect from a Beast, a Monster, a Destroyer, and a Big Dog (…although that last one is not quite as intimidating a monicker as the rest).

It was a fierce battle between giants, each of them attempting to use their size and strength to best the others.  Strowman overpowered Lesnar more than once, making him appear the strongest by far. He was not able to capture the championship, but don’t be surprised to see him hold it in the future.

Watch via WWE Network





John Cena vs. AJ Styles

WWE Championship Match

Royal Rumble

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This match. was. amazing. There were some questionable moments during the Royal Rumble this year, but Styles and Cena quickly proved that this was not going to be one of them.

Two mega-stars went back and forth, throwing their best moves at each other with no clear prevailing force until the very end, and even then, Cena had to hit his finisher from the top rope twice before Styles would stay down.

Watch via WWE Network





Tyler Bate (c) vs. Pete Dunne

United Kingdom Championship Match

NXT TakeOver: Chicago

Best WWE Matches of 2017 - Dunne vs Bate
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This match took place with over 6 months left in the year, but we had a strong feeling it was going to be one of the best WWE matches of 2017 the first time we saw it.

Both men have an astounding amount of skill, especially when you consider they are only 20 and 24 years old. They certainly have very bright futures ahead of them and we can’t wait to see them have even more incredible matches in the years to come.

Watch via WWE Network




What’s on your list of the best WWE matches of 2017? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know on Twitter, @TheRumbleRamble

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Caitlin Cole
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