Number 3: WWE Championship Match Bret Hart (c) defeated The 1-2-3 Kid July 11, 1994
Established as WWE’s resident underdog long before Rey Mysterio first jumped in a Raw ring, The 1-2-3 Kid had earned a strong fan following through his determined performances against mightier foes like Razor Ramon and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. But the future DX member established himself as a serious contender when he pushed WWE Champion Bret Hart to the brink in summer 1994.
Coming within seconds of capturing the coveted title repeatedly during this 18-minute stalemate, the cagey Kid matched “The Excellence of Execution” hold for hold until the youngster attempted a high-risk missile dropkick and ended up trapped in the dangerous Sharpshooter. The 1-2-3 Kid had no choice but to submit, still there was no shame in his defeat. His guts and tenacity earned the respect of Hart, the WWE fans, and commentator Jim Ross who proclaimed it “one of the greatest matches I have ever seen.