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Pro Wrestling Illustrated has named Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXVI “Match of the Decade” in its PWI Decade Awards. Runner-ups include Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 21, Hollywood Hogan vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8, Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XIX, Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV, and Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H vs. Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX.

Here is what PWI wrote regarding the honor: “In addition to being one of the most dramatic and emotional bouts of the decade, it was also a symbolic changing of the guard and a fitting sendoff for Flair, arguably the top wrestler of the second half of the 20th century. Other matches during the 2000s may have been more physical or high-flying, but this match had the emotion and the incredible energy of nearly 75,000 fans hanging on every move.”

— Cleveland.com has posted a photo of Parma native Mike “The Miz” Mizanin with the caption reading: “Mizanin, 29, a graduate of Normandy High School, is the reigning WWE champion.” Click here to view the image.

— For those of you who missed this past Tuesday’s episode of ECW, the WWE website has posted video of Tommy Dreamer’s emotional goodbye to ECW and the WWE Universe.

See photos of a WWE Hall of Famer wrestling in a kid’s backyard! ->

  • Jerm

    cosign almost everyone. HBK is the GOAT

  • Juice

    are u serious???!!!there was so many great matches from 2000-2009 and u pick that one?i can think of a thousand matches better than that..hell the match with Taker and HBK was better than that!!think of all the HBK HHH matches.all the HHH and Rock matches in 2000!..u gotta be kiddin me…and we all know HHHvHBKvBenoit was the best match on that lame list

  • Leon

    taker vs hbk was my match of the decade…Angle and Hbk was awesome too…Devil_Rising I don’t know if your retarded or if you just like to complain…HBK deserves to be on the 4 out of 6 times…HBK is the best wrestler EVER in wrestling…Go back in the early days to now…He stolded the show every damn time..I don’t know how old u r…But if u didn’t see his older stuff then ur missing out…

  • Ray

    Angle Vs Micheals was Match of the Decade.

  • Thumper!

    Uh has anybody ever heard of TNA.

    Joe vs. Daniels vs. Styles was the best match of the decade.

    *assuming we are talking about wrestling matches of course*

  • Jaspreet

    WOW HBK in 4 of top 6 matches… no wonder he’s the best

  • scooter

    who cares what pwi say everyone who writes it is a complete wwe mark anyway

  • luster boy

    Kurt Angle vs. HBK is my best of the decade

  • Dustin

    Let’s not forgot Mania in 2004. HHH vs. HBK vs. Benoit. It’s dumb to be mum about him–that match was awesome and the ending was memorable. Hell, even the controversy surrounding him makes it even more unforgettable.

  • DK Monster

    Yeah.. I’m throwing my vote toward Angle vs. HBK as well.

  • Hollywood

    I would have picked Hogan vs The Rock as the match of the decade, followed by HBK vs Flair

  • James Mills

    Shawn Michaels is the greatest in-ring performer in the history of WWE and American pro-wrestling.
    His match with Flair at WM24 was an emotional rollercoster and a great match, but it wasnt the Match of the Decade…..Michaels’ clashes with Angle and Taker at WM21 and WM25 were both superior matches from an in-ring standpoint.

  • Devil_Rising

    It can’t be a “changing of the guard”, when Michaels is also pretty much close to the end of his career, and is lucky to be wrestling anyway. He’s over 40, and quite frankly, this match wasn’t that good. At all. I’m sorry, but while Flair deserves respect, no wrestler should be still wrestling when they’re 60 years old, no one wants to see a sagging, wrinkly, slow wrestler who is a shadow of what they once were. There is something to say for nostalgia, sure, but guys like even Roddy Piper, as much as I absolutely love the guy, need to stay out of the ring. It’s best to remember these guys for the great matches they had in their prime…

    There were way better candidates for “Match of the DECADE”. Very disappointing list.

  • Billy Mays

    My personal favorite is RVD/John Cena @ One Night Stand 2006 but out of those announced on this page my top Three are = 3. Shawn Michaels/Undertaker, 2. Hulk Hogan/Rock, 1. Triple H/Shawn Michaels/Chris Benoit. Despite the obvious negativity that revolves around Benoit he was a great wrestler.

  • Leizar

    So I guess Shawn Michaels is the best wrestler of the decade, then?

  • truskill2508

    miz might be a wwe champion but not the wwe champion he is the wwe us title champ or whatever that built claims to be these days

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