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The Most unforgettable all-time WWE SmackDown main events

SmackDown has been dishing out historical and memorable WWE matches for over 20 years. Team Blue has gained the reputation of serving some epic main events by starting off as the step-sibling of RAW with apparently less star strength and gimmicky grappling. 

SmackDown has given fans two decades of memories to look back on, including some of the most legendary faces in WWE such as Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Eddie, Edge, The Undertaker, and Brock Lesnar. 

Although not all of the major events have been known for their greatness since 1999, many of them have gone down in history to add to the brand's legacy. Here are five of the most important WWE SmackDown events that have ever taken place.

Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero

The Most unforgettable all-time WWE SmackDown main events

In the June 23, 2005 episode of WWE SmackDown, like WrestleMania 21 and Judgment Day, Rey Mysterio has already defeated Eddie Guerrero many times leading up to their big face-off. Yet there was something more to their rivalry that for months later tended to escalate the dispute, something of a very personal nature. 

To give the match the feeling of a big war, the showdown was advertised by the company with elaborate videos, and it delivered on the pledge. It started off like most of their matches, before turning gears and going full tilt, with a subtle feeling-out process. 

Initially, Guerrero seemed to have stuff under control, choking Rey Mysterio with strikes and slams, all the while keeping a rib injury storyline shielded from any potential damage. The wars between these two usually finished on a high action note, and this was one of the best shows they put on. 

Both men declined to give up, but Mysterio once again succeeded in beating Guerrero with a lethal combination of a 619 and a springboard leg drop after around 25 minutes of pure WWE play. 

Batista vs The Undertaker

The Most unforgettable all-time WWE SmackDown main events

During that time, no one had much hope of a battle between these two heavy-hitters, as was obvious from their low positioning during WWE WrestleMania 23. But the two of them stole the mid-card display, as they did later in April in Backlash. Under the Last Man Standing laws, they played it out in a battle that shocked the fans and resulted in a draw.

He required time for the ring to undergo surgery to recover from it due to an injury suffered by The Phenom in that contest. That meant the WWE World Heavyweight Championship he won at WrestleMania was set to fall, but then in May, the company revealed the Cage Match between him and Batista.

For The Cat, most fans thought it would be a victory. But in a twist of events, a draw was called once again when they both fell on the floor at the same time.

The fight between them was as strong as the legends might hope, but what happened in its aftermath was what made the match legendary. After the decision, Mark Henry took to the ring once more and put a battering on The Deadman.

He was followed by Rated-R Superstar Edge, who won against Mr.Kennedy a few days ago on RAW in his Money in the Bank Briefcase. Edge was known as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and brand superstar.

Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle

The Most unforgettable all-time WWE SmackDown main events

One of the most wonderful things for WWE fans, particularly for SmackDown fans, in the early years of the brand split, was the rivalry between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar. At WrestleMania XIX, Revenge, and SummerSlam, there was one fantastic match after another in the year 2003.

After his recovery from the neck injury, September saw the Olympic Gold medallist return to babyface, while Lesnar was now a vicious heel, very much supported by Vince McMahon himself.

In a 60-minute Iron Man match, they were scheduled to fight it out. Given how the battle to settle scores once and for all was, the first half of the match was a little mundane. However, the second half more than made up for that.

The best moves they had up their sleeves were pulled out by all the wrestlers. Fans had the chance to see Angle's Moonsault, as well as Lesnar's Fisherman's Buster.

Angle didn't hesitate to reject his own suplexes, but when Lesnar locked him in a perpetual ankle lock, he finally gave in. The showdown went down on TV as one of the best mega WWE events ever shown.

Randy Orton vs The Shield and Team Hell No

The Most unforgettable all-time WWE SmackDown main events

The Shield had already cemented their position as an invincible force in WWE by decimating The Undertaker just a few months ago. Before that, following their appearance in the 2012 Survivor Series, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose had already spent months defeating the likes of Randy Orton, Kane, Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Ryback, and John Cena. 

The Hounds of Justice were unbeaten heading into the game against Kane and Bryan's Viper and the tag team. Initially, the Shield took over, isolating Bryan first and then Orton while the North Carolina crowd could sense the heat of the exchange. 

Reigns flew into the timekeeper's area after Kane, followed by a trademark chokeslam on Ambrose. He then turned his attention to Bryan's effort to knee Rollins, pushed him off, and landed him on Orton's RKO. 

As the southern crowd erupted around them, Bryan quickly grabbed the chance to apply the LeBell Lock and forced Rollins to tap out. The unstoppable run of The Shield eventually came to an end and the crowd's reaction also gave WWE management the courage to put Bryan in the front seat.

Kurt Angle vs The Undertaker

The Most unforgettable all-time WWE SmackDown main events

The WWE match between The Undertaker and Kurt Angle on March 3, 2006, didn't have an outcome that everyone liked. 

But that in itself takes little away from the battle. In that year, the Undertaker had himself handpicked Kurt Angle to have a world-class match, and in WrestleMania 22 the fight was initially expected to take place. But WWE instead rescheduled it to No Way Out a month ago. 

It turned out to be so outstanding and worthy of better limelight, that as a WWE SmackDown main event, a rematch was announced two weeks later. 

Even more than the original outing, the two set up a display, throwing in new movements and scenes. The Phenom did what he did best, systematically grinding down his opponent, while Angle constantly went for the ankle lock. 

On the edge of their chairs, the match had spectators, as both men struck and counterattacked at the end. But Mark Henry stepped in to attack him when Undertaker landed his tombstone piledriver to seal the victory, beginning a feud and triggering a DQ.