Top 5 Great Underrated(Or Forgotten Feuds)

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  1. Mudlup50

    Mudlup50 Championship Contender

    Jun 27, 2014
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    I'm trying to come up with a list of my top 5 feuds and I want to avoid the classic feuds(anything involving Austin) being as I wasn't into wrestling at that time. I started watching in like 2002 some ideas I have so far

    Triple H v HBK-Granted this feud gets all the love it deserves but still, great feud

    CM Punk v Jeff Hardy-I feel like this feud gets forgotten because of how "great"(I disagree) the feud was with Punk/Cena, but this feud was a great feud that elevated both guys profile, sad Jeff left immediately after

    Taker v Edge-I don't know where most people rank this but I loved this feud, it had that "lost to Taker at Wrestlemania so I'm crazy" vibe before Shawn did it, and Edge always played lunatic well I think. Lasted months, multiple good to great matches

    Triple H v Orton-I remember this feud being amazing, Orton punting Vince and Stephanie and Triple H breaking into Orton's house. This felt like a Wrestlemania feud! Sad the Mania match has pretty much been forgotten but still a good feud I think

    Also if you have any midcard feuds that'd be amazing, but comment with some of your favorite feuds that aren't always used as the best feuds
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  2. @smarkmouth

    @smarkmouth Friendly Neighborhood

    Jul 21, 2010
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    Off the top of my head I'm not sure I can come up with five, mostly because you've already listed some of my own choices. Although, I know of one that did that didn't get the light of day that it deserved; Goldust vs Stardust.

    The feud as presented on television (from the rise of the Rhodes Dynasty to the birth of Stardust to brother vs brother) was all well done, but ultimately I feel that it was abandoned because of a one time lackluster crowd reaction. I'm of course referring to Fast Lane, which from what I recall only had one match with a crowd reaction worth a damn. I've since been of thought that the Stardust/Goldust program got the kybosh because of that one reaction (or lack thereof), and WWE reacted unfairly in its subsequent booking.

    I hope they find an organic way to revisit this program, though Dusty's demise has thrown a significant obstacle in offering said progam in a tasteful and interesting manner. (Before you reference Punk/Undertaker, mind that the Moody sons reportedly offered consent on said program while Cody Runnels has since rebuked the use of his father's passing.)
  3. The Samoan Heritage

    The Samoan Heritage Getting Noticed By Management

    Jul 10, 2014
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    For me a lot of the ones you picked I agree with completely, so here's a few more that I felt was great and/or underrated.

    Matt Hardy vs MVP- this was IMO the last time the U.S championship actually had a prestigious feud(until recently of course).

    Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar

    Kane vs Shane McMahon- around this time the only feud as personal and brutal as this one was Michaels vs Triple H. I honestly can't remember why they feuded but I remember every awesome moment they had with each other. From the giant leap of faith to Shane running over Kane to Kane electrocuting Shane's testicles and so forth.

    Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels- Jericho has gone on record saying this was one of his favorite feuds. And its not hard to see why? These two feuded in a time when wwe seem to just randomly put guys together with little to no reasoning. And to think this heated and personal feud came about because Michaels retired Ric Flair.
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  4. Jonyboyuk2

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    Feb 2, 2012
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    Off the top of my head - and this is in no particular order -

    Kane Vs Undertaker- 1997 to 1998. That was pretty cool way to introduce Kane.
    Bret Hart Vs Stone Cold 1997. That was great too
    Kurt Angle Vs Shawn Michaels
    And one of my favourite feuds as a kid which is often forgotten about - Marty Jannety Vs HBK; it is such a shame Marty kept getting himself fired or in trouble - that feud had exciting moments.
  5. A**hole

    A**hole Dark Match Winner

    Aug 5, 2010
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    Eddie vs Rey "I'm your Papi" 2 very talented guys, great friends but made it so believable

    Eddie vs JBL

    Stone Cold and Mr McMahon, many say it saved the WWE

    Stone Cold and The Rock. Is it 1 very long feud or a number of different feuds? A all time favorite moment for me was very early when Austin threw the IC(?) belt off a bridge

    But if I have to pick just 1 then it is Eddie vs The Big Show
  6. theuk savior

    theuk savior Dark Match Winner

    Jan 27, 2013
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    some feuds that go by underated must be
    bret vs owen started planting the sids in say 93 all the way up to 96/97 when they reunited to form the hart foundation

    hbk razor for the ic title and razor goldust and razor 123 kid

    and then crush doink the clown deserves a mention
  7. OldSchoolWrestlingFan

    OldSchoolWrestlingFan Pre-Show Stalwart

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Great thread - my top choice has to be Kurt Angle vs Edge back in 2002 - Edge having the fans chant You Suck, clips of him mocking Kurt with pictures, etc - a classic fued that is very underrated - Close 2nd or 1B Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund

    Honorable mentions: Orton vs Christian 2011, Randy Savage vs Crush, Randy Savage vs Jake Roberts, Bret Hart vs Owen Hart, Papa Shango vs Warrior
  8. TheLogan27

    TheLogan27 Im the man

    Jan 9, 2012
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    Honestly, for me...a feud I loved but was rather quick and did last as long as it should have or could have was Eddie vs Chaco in the WWE. And then you insert Chaco Classic, Eddie's brother, and it was destined to be great.
  9. K Web V3

    K Web V3 The Premier Provider

    Jun 3, 2015
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    Bret v Owen....wm10 classic match. Summerslam cage match perfect. Every match was a 5* match. Owen was such a great heel in 94-95
  10. c71score

    c71score Dark Match Jobber

    Jul 5, 2011
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    Some of my favorites that are over-looked: Steamboat/Austin, Sting/Dangerous Alliance, Vader/Sting, Trish and Mickie, and Undertaker/Flair.
  11. ccotreau1

    ccotreau1 The Freight Train of Pain

    Jul 22, 2009
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    One I throughly enjoyed, but not sure if one would call it underrated would be HHH (with Flair and Batista) vs Orton after Orton won the WHC off of Benoit at Summerslam 2004. Just thought it was done nicely, and was the first of multiple feuds between HHH and RKO, some of which were mentioned already

    DB2CMPUNK Dark Match Winner

    Jan 30, 2014
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    Great thread!

    I'm going to pick based on my user name said CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan. I always thought this feud was underrated. It's sucks that it always took a backseat behind Cena schmuck, but I like how those stories progress from Daniel Bryan and AJ relationship to CM Punk championship to CM Punk and AJ and tied in Kane and etc. It's cool that they refer a lot to the past and stuff. Plus, AJ Lee mainevent RAW which was believe to be first woman mainevent since Trish and Lita. Of course, the match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan was a classic and innovative. It was actually the first time we were introduced to modern indie style wrestling in WWE.
  13. FitFinlay4Life

    FitFinlay4Life What's the craic?

    May 4, 2010
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    Think I'll throw out some of my favorite WCW feuds:-

    The Man of 1,000 Holds, Dean Malenko vs The Man of 1,004 Holds, Chris Jericho

    'Lord' Steven Regal vs Fit Finlay

    Chris Benoit vs Booker T

    The Hollywood Blondes vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas

    Ric Flair vs Terry Funk

    And, just for the hell of it, I'm going to throw five feuds featuring the Stinger from the period when WCW languished in Rock N Wrestling's wake...

    Sting vs the Great Muta

    Sting vs Nikita Koloff

    Sting vs Lex Luger (with Harley Race)

    Sting vs Rick Rude & the Dangerous Alliance

    Sting vs Vader (with Harley Race)
  14. Waylon Mercy

    Waylon Mercy Pre-Show Stalwart

    Jun 11, 2012
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    Going back a ways, but here's one I remember from the old NWA days:
    Magnum T.A. vs. Nikita Koloff. Great feud with incredible intensity.
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  15. TDFG

    TDFG Championship Contender

    Feb 5, 2014
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    Barry Windham v Brian Pillman. It's almost a distant memory now. Pillman lost a match then returned as The Yellow Dog. It was a great feud between a big athletic texan brawler and a pioneer of high flying.

    Bret v Owen. The feud had that extra kick with it being a family feud. These two never had one bad match against each other.

    The Rock v HHH. Back when they feuding for IC Title when they were leaders of NOD & D-X.

    The Steiners vs Williams/Gordy. Not too many matches against each other but it felt like this was the first time I doubted The Steiners could get a victory.

    Bret Hart vs Stone Cold Steve Austin. This feud could easily have went on for a lot longer and for the World Title. What might have been, eh!
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  16. Jeff Deliverer of Mail

    Jeff Deliverer of Mail Join WZCW because writing is hip
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    Jun 15, 2015
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    There was a time when I watched TNA Wrestling...I'll probably never forget the best Tag Team Feud in history by far ( is TNA allowed here ?? ) ... BEER Money vs Motor City Machine Guns. It spanned multiple shows and PPV's and ALL were classic tag team matches.
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  17. FitFinlay4Life

    FitFinlay4Life What's the craic?

    May 4, 2010
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    On the same ilk - the three way feud between AJ Styles, Chris Daniels and Samoa Joe was good enough to grace any stage. Likewise Kurt's initial run against the Samoan Submission Machine.
  18. tdmoon

    tdmoon Pre-Show Stalwart

    Mar 6, 2014
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    One of my favorite feuds was Zbyszko/Bockwinkel. I thought "The Living Legend" was great as the condescending, chickenshit heel and Bockwinkel was one of the coolest all time whether working as a fan favorite or villain. I enjoyed the Texas Death Match at Rage In A Cage and Zbyszko assisting Hennig to defeat Bockwinkel for the title was one of my most memorable early mark out moments.

    The first feud I can recall really blowing me away was Tommy Rich/Buzz Sawyer. The intensity was off the charts and the violence made it feel real. They were polar opposites and seemed like they absolutely hated each other. Rich proved he was more than a pretty boy, matching Sawyer's savagery. This epic feud also had a fantastic blow off with their match at The Last Battle of Atlanta.

    I always thought the dynamic of the Jerry Lawler/Kerry Von Erich feud was fascinating. Lawler being insanely popular in the Tennessee area and being hated in Texas was novel and a bit of a precursor to Bret Hart switching roles depending on what side of the border he was on. Though their Superclash match had a lame ending, I enjoyed the bout.

    The Midnight Express/RnR Express feud gets most of the attention(and deservedly so), but I really liked the Midnights matches against Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson. The Horsemen were putting down the Midnights as not in their league and it led to some excellent matches. At the time, they were the two best teams in the world and two of the greatest of all time-can't go wrong with that.

    I always saw the Varsity Club as an underrated tag team(Rotunda and Steiner best version, imo) and their feud with the Garvins was a lot of fun. There was a lot going on here; Sullivan stalking Precious, the squabbling between Rotunda and Steiner, holding both the TV and Florida titles, Garvin bringing in his brother and then Dr. Death(who switched allegiances to join the VC), and breaking Garvin's leg with a cinder block. It would soon transition into a feud between Steiner and Rotunda, which was another classic that brought the memorable moment of Steiner unseating Rotunda for the TV title.
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  19. Stone Cold Tea

    Stone Cold Tea Getting Noticed By Management

    Dec 4, 2014
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    Now i’m going to go on record here first and be a prick when i say......

    Some of you guys need to learn to fucking read. He said underrated and forgotten feuds. Not The Rock vs Austin thats no underrated!

    No onto topic. One feud I feel is underrated is HHH Vs Austin from 2000/2001. Now I don’t know if HHH was always meant to be ‘da one’ but if he was then they sure played it to perfection with HHH teasing a face turn for weeks prior to the reveal. Then when he comes out to save Austin from Angle and Rikishi only to proceed to beat the living shit out of Austin whilst J.R screams away on commentary was awesome. Then we get these 2 screwing the hell out of eachother for months whethers its Austin dropping HHH from height whilst he’s in a car or it’s HHH returning and screwing Austin out of the title. They jump eachother before the Hell in A Cell match then we have Austin attacking Triple H as he’s about to win the title! Then later that night HHH tries to screw Austin out of the Rumble but Austin still wins!

    Finally we get a match to settles the rivalry when HHH and Austin sign a contract saying they can’t touch eachother before No Way Out 2001 other wise Austin will lose his title shot at ‘Mania and HHH will be suspended for six months. Triple H doesn’t actually sign the contract and beats the shit out of Austin one last time before signing it. Genius! Finally since the can’t attack eachother they go for the one’s closest to them. J.R and Stephanie feel the wrath of Triple H and Steve Austin as these guys are raring to get at eachothers throats. Then we get to Las Vegas in February 2001 for this gem.

  20. The Warlord

    The Warlord Pre-Show Stalwart

    Mar 8, 2013
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    I really enjoyed the Tatanka vs Shawn Michaels feud in the early to mid 90's. Shawn had really established himself as a solid singles star...being the opurtunistic heel and always managing to hang on the IC belt.

    He eventually ran into Tatanka who was being pushed to the moon on an undefeated streak. Tatanka had pinned Michaels on two seperate occassions, one in a tag team match, the other in a non title if I remember correctly.

    They finally faced each other at Wrestlemania 9 in the opening match for the belt. Michaels the champ was the big underdog. To add to the story even more was the problems Shawn had with Sherri and how she was going to side with Tatanka. Of course Luna Vachon makes her debut as well.

    Loved the match...great psychology and a real underrated classic, IMO. I still would have liked a clean finish with Tatanka winning the title, or Shawn retaining and breaking the streak. Since neither happened I think they should have continued the feud until Summerslam. Those two seemed to work well together and is definitely one of my favorite least in the 90s.

    My $.02
  21. Wolf Pac

    Wolf Pac Mid-Card Championship Winner

    Sep 22, 2010
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    Bret Hart vs. Diesel (1994 - 1996)

    The Rock vs. Chris Jericho (2001 - 2002)

    The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock (1998)

    Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho (2000 - 2001)

    Kurt Angle vs. Edge (2002)

    Honorable Mentions: Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero (2002), Taz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (1998)

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