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Seven classic pro wrestling world title matches

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Ricky the Dragon Steamboat and Nature Boy Ric Flair lock horns
Ricky the Dragon Steamboat and Nature Boy Ric Flair lock horns

Nostalgia is a tricky thing. It can make you believe that the good old days were a lot better than they were. Whether or not pro wrestling was better in previous eras or not is a debate that has no clear cut answer, and leads to endless disagreements.

However, when a wrestling match exceeds all expectations and becomes a true classic, wrestling fans are often in agreement. Whether a technical wrestling masterpiece, or a good bloody cage match, these legendary matches are indelibly etched upon the souls of wrestling fans who have beheld their glory.

And when the match happens to also be for a world title, it lends an extra air of pomp and circumstance which creates a truly magical experience.

Here are seven of the best world title matches in wrestling history, in no particular order.


1.Jay Briscoe (C) vs. Jay Lethal

Jay Lethal and Jay Briscoe put on a wrestling classic when they locked horns for the Ring of Honor world title.
Jay Lethal and Jay Briscoe put on a wrestling classic when they locked horns for the Ring of Honor world title.

The time: July 19, 2015

The Title: Ring of Honor World Championship

The contenders: Jay Briscoe and Jay Lethal


For long time fans of Ring of Honor, the evolution of Jay Briscoe has been a sight to behold. He began as a brawler with some technique, but developed into one of the premier wrestling wizards in the sport today.

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In fact, Jay got so good he spent nearly THREE YEARS without being pinned or submitted. His one loss in that time came during a Ladder Match with Adam Cole, and even then, Cole needed heavy interference. So when World Television champion Jay Lethal was set to lock horns with Briscoe with the big belt on the line, fans were salivating.

The match was pure ROH magic, a technically precise yet brutal affair that had the fans in attendance on their feet almost from bell to bell. Highlights included Jay Briscoe hitting Lethal with his own finisher, a top rope cutter from Lethal, and Jay Lethal choosing to be a double champion and NOT vacate the ROH Television title.

The full match is available at www.rohwrestling.com, but here are some highlights.



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