The WWE are very good at covering things up, especially when they don't want the public to remember them.
Although they spend a lot of time praising their history and portraying it on the WWE Network, they do also have moments in the past that they'd much rather forget.
Having said that, we are going to look into five matches that happened in the WWE, but matches that the company want us to forget ever happened.
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2001 Royal Rumble: Intercontinental Championship, Ladder Match: Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho
This could very well be the greatest ladder match of all time.
At the time, the spots Benoit and Jericho do in this epic contest had not yet been seen by WWE fans. The two superstars single handily revolutionised what could be done in a ladder match.
At this point in time, WWE were bouncing the Intercontinental Championship around a few guys, with Benoit particularly winning the belt three separate times in a three-month period. The classic paved the way to an intriguing storyline where the two teamed up later to take down the Two-Man Power Trip on an episode of Raw and win the Tag-Team Championships as well.
Unfortunately, WWE doesn’t want fans to remember this classic ladder match for obvious reasons.
On the 25th June 2007, Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son, before killing himself in what was a tragic way to end a storybook life and career. This has tainted the legacy of the Rabid Wolverine and WWE doesn't want fans to remember anything about him.
18th September 2003 episode of SmackDown: WWE Championship, Iron-Man Match: Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar
Arguably the best ever match in SmackDown’s history was this Iron-Man classic that saw the title change hands and Lesnar win 5-4.
Unlike in today’s wrestling climate, WWE gave us this incredible contest for free with an epic title change, which helped reshape the entire SmackDown landscape.
Lesnar getting purposely disqualified, to set up him winning the next few falls was utter genius. Also, having Kurt tap out to his move and having Lesnar demonstrate some in-ring psychology to outsmart the Olympic hero was what made the match as good as it was.
Angle almost made the ultimate comeback to retain his championship that night, but Lesnar showed why he is a beast and withstood an ankle lock for over 20 seconds.
A fantastic match and probably the best in the two guys professional wrestling careers, however, with Angle no longer with the company, WWE wants fans to remember Lesnar's great matches with The Undertaker and John Cena, rather than his epic feud with the Olympic Gold Medallist.
2003 Armageddon: Intergender Tag Team match: Chris Jericho & Christian vs Lita & Trish Stratus
Now, there are not many great six-minute matches out there, but this one was exceptionally good considering when you factor in the gender vs gender angle.
Jericho was in an on-screen relationship with Trish, and Christian was in one with Lita.
However, it turned out to be just a bet between the two guys and led to this intergender tag match at the pay-per-view.
WWE doesn’t want its current fan base to particularly remember this match because of their whole stance on violence against woman. In a way, you can see their argument as you don’t want to encourage young viewers today that it is okay to put your hands on a female in that way.
The match was excellent, however, and helped turn Jericho into a likeable babyface and Christian into a narcissistic heel, hell bent on winning. The screw job by Trish capped off an excellent feud at WrestleMania XX.
2004 Royal Rumble Match
For the same reasons as the classic ladder match, WWE doesn’t want fans to remember the 2004 Royal Rumble match because the winner was Chris Benoit.
It’s a travesty considering the amazing storyline his victory in the match told. After countless shots for the WWE Championship against the likes of The Rock, Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle, general manager Paul Heyman made Benoit number one in this match.
After lasting a gruelling 61minutes and 30 seconds, he somehow muscled the strength to eliminate The Big Show and win the Royal Rumble.
Every wrestling fan loved this moment because he was so well respected by the fans and after four years of coming so close he had finally reached main event status.
Benoit went on to be the Best Wrestler of 2004, but sadly, we have to forget about his amazing accomplishments.
15th January 2014 episode of NXT: Kofi Kingston vs Alexander Rusev
A match from the early days of NXT that WWE surely wants it fans to forget due to the outcome. Rusev was this unstoppable force who was beaten, cleanly by a babyface Kofi Kingston.
It was a great match, right up until the finish, that overshadowed what was probably NXT’s best working feud at the time.
Kofi had run out of things to really do on the main roster, so WWE sent him to NXT help make a young Alexander Rusev look like a monster. He did that well, but then on his final edition of appearing on NXT, he picked up the victory over the Bulgarian with a boom drop.
Luckily for WWE, NXT wasn’t as big as it is now at the time, so many fans haven’t seen the match or don’t know of it. Rusev still came onto the main roster as a monster heel, but the fact he was so cheaply beaten before joining the main roster, is no doubt a blemish on WWE’s booking department and something they want us to forget.
Can you think of any other great matches WWE wants its fans to forget? Let us know in the comments sections.
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