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Hustle Madness 2013 - Greatest WWE Moment Of The Last 30 Years (Round One)
By Hustle
Mar 25, 2013 - 2:44:53 PM

Hustle Madness.

It's a yearly tradition here at LoP. I have people asking me about it all year long, and when it finally arrives, the votes come flying in from left and right. For those of you who are new, who haven't been paying attention, or who have terrible memories, let me explain what Hustle Madness is all about..

Modeled after the NCAA College Basketball tournament, I take 64 subjects, and I split them up into four "brackets" of 16 subjects each. I match them all up by their seedings, and then I turn everything over to you out there in ReaderLand. You vote for your winners, and we continue doing this every week until you have crowned a winner. Previous years have seen you crown the greatest "talker" of the last 30 years, as well as the greatest tag team and the greatest wrestler. I prefer to keep things to the last 30 years, and not of all-time, because that not only fits into my age bracket, but the average age bracket of LoP readers. Having people vote for things that took place in, say, the 1940s isn't exactly fair for anyone involved.

When it came time to this year's subject for Hustle Madness, I thought about it a lot. I mean, a lot. This is something I take very seriously, and it isn't just something I throw together at the last minute. I had suggestions from others, as well as a bunch of ideas I came up with on my own, but in the end, I decided to tweak an idea that WWE used for a DVD set in 2012. Ladies and gentlemen..

Hustle Madness 2013 - Greatest WWE Moment Of The Last 30 Years


Before I go on, allow me to clarify some things. I mean moment, not match. To use an example from WCW, think of Goldberg beating Hulk Hogan in the Georgia Dome to win the WCW World Title on Monday Nitro. The entire match itself wouldn't be counted, but a particular moment from the match would be counted.. perhaps the Jackhammer, which made the crowd go nuts. I'll be broad enough to allow promos or segments to be eligible here, but again, no full matches, even if the match was a five-star classic, unless said match had a particular moment that stands out above all else. Also, the "Greatest" part of that title may be a bit misleading, as some of these moments certainly weren't great at all. Some were downright horrible, but they're memorable. "Greatest" just fit better than "Most Memorable" would have.

As far as voting is concerned, you can vote for whatever you want, for whatever reason you want. Vote for what you think was funnier. Vote for what made you say "wow" as you watched it. Vote for the pairings you want to see square off in the next round. It's completely up to you, and that's the beauty of Hustle Madness. I don't want to waste any more time, so let me go ahead and get these brackets out there..


Red Bracket
#1 The Undertaker Throws Mankind Off The Cell VS #16 Edge's Mid-Air Spear To Jeff Hardy At WrestleMania 17
If you knew anything about Mick Foley's career, you knew to expect something wild from him when it was announced he'd be taking on The Undertaker in Hell In A Cell, but nobody was expecting what we actually saw. I still shake my head when I watch Foley come flying down and crashing through the Spanish announce table, wondering what the hell was going through his mind when he even agreed to the spot in the first place. Yes, there were other major spots in the match, but that first one set the tone for what was to come, and the fact that it happened a minute or so into the action made it all the more shocking, since nobody suspected something that wild to happen that quickly.

One of the greatest tag team feuds of all-time is what we got involving The Dudleyz, The Hardyz and Edge & Christian. On the feud's biggest stage, WrestleMania 17, we got perhaps the feud's defining moment. With Jeff Hardy hanging from the apparatus that held the Tag Team Titles in this TLC Match, after his ladder was pulled out from underneath him, Edge scaled a ladder that was set up in the corner. Everyone watched on, wondering what was about to happen, and Edge leaped off, hitting Hardy with a mid-air Spear, and both men came crashing down to earth, landing with a thud. Picture perfect Spear. Picture perfect landing. Just one of those moments that you could try 100 times over, and you'd never again see it look as good as it looked there.

#8 Mick Foley Wins The WWF Title For The First Time VS #9 Kane's Debut
Remember when Mick Foley won the title? It was the infamous episode of Raw that was taped and spoiled on the live episode of Nitro, with Eric Bischoff taking a shot at the WWF giving Mick Foley their top title. I may have actually mislabeled this particular entry, because the moment everyone remembers isn't even necessarily Foley winning the title. It's the pop that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin got when he came out as Foley's buddies in Degeneration X were brawling with WWF Champion The Rock's Corporation cohorts. One of the more memorable face pops in history, made extra memorable by Foley's title win.

The other half of this matchup is at or near the top of everyone's list for favorite debut, with Kane debuting memorably after months of hype from the late, great Paul Bearer. Was Kane alive? Was Kane dead? Was Kane actually going to show up? We got the answers to those questions, and Kane showed up, interrupting the very first Hell In A Cell match and officially starting his feud with The Undertaker that would last, on-and-off, for years to come.

#5 Austin & Tyson VS #12 John Cena's Return In 2008
If you weren't watching wrestling in the months leading up to WrestleMania 14, you might not fully understand how big it was for Mike Tyson to show up on WWF programming. He was past his prime as a boxer, but his nickname of "The Baddest Man On The Planet" still fit, as his combination of punching power and speed is legendary. Having him in the same ring with Steve Austin, who called himself "The World's Toughest Son Of A Bitch", was quite the crossover, and had people wondering just who was the bigger badass. Their confrontation made for some very entertaining television.

Call me biased all you want, but there's no denying that John Cena's surprise return during the 2008 Royal Rumble was something special. Everyone was fooled. Everyone. Cena was out with a torn pectoral muscle, suffered in October 2007, with the initial timetable for his return putting him back in the ring at WrestleMania in a best case scenario. Cena, and WWE as a whole, played their parts tremendously, selling that his rehab was going well, and that he was ahead of schedule as far as a return to the ring was concerned, but also that he was still a few months away. Then, his music hit during the Royal Rumble, and Madison Square Garden, of all places, went ballistic. Even the biggest of Cena haters marked out, for a split second, as the live crowd reaction proves. Listen to it very carefully. Not a negative reaction to be heard for a second or two, and then it slowly turned into the Cena reaction we've grown accustomed to over the years. One of the last real surprises in wrestling, during an era where everything is spoiled on the internet and fans are wired to not "fall" for the things they read on the internet.

#4 Beer Bath VS #13 Live Sex Celebration
In the peak of his popularity, Steve Austin was known for driving or riding in various motor vehicles in or around arenas all over the world. Perhaps his most famous was driving to the ring in a beer truck as The Rock, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon were there. Austin would then proceed to take a hose out and absolutely shower the three men (as well as dozens upon dozens of fans in the crowd) in beer, all while Vince hilariously "swam" in a beer puddle in an attempt to escape. Pure Attitude Era wackiness, with Austin leading the way with his usual hijinks, making Vince McMahon's life a living hell.

Boobs. Breasts. Chi Chis. Titty Balls. Whatever you prefer to call them, they're objects that are universally known to drive people absolutely insane, for one reason or another. In this particular great moment, wrestling fans actually got to see one on live television, albeit in a completely unplanned fashion. To celebrate his first WWE Title victory, Edge promised to have sex with his manager, Lita, live on Raw, and we got some raunchy (for wrestling) television as the two made out and grinded on each other for several minutes on a bed that was in the ring. In the middle of legitimately stripping their clothes off underneath the covers, a WWE cameraman was standing in the right place at the right time, and as Lita pulled the cover back for a split second.. boom.. nudity on television. Even without the nudity, this was one of those moments where you'd be sitting and watching, completely amazed that something like that was taking place. I don't mean the "this has no business in wrestling" variety. I mean that you'd be surprised a wrestling company was taking things to that level.

#6 Eric Bischoff Is The New Raw General Manager VS #11 WCW & ECW Form The Alliance
There are a lot of events throughout the course of wrestling history that could come with a "I never thought I'd live to see that happen" tag. There are more happening all the time, especially with Bruno Sammartino being back on good terms with WWE and being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in a few weeks. However, in my opinion, most (if not all) of those events pale in comparison to seeing Vince McMahon hugging Eric Bischoff on live television. For those who remember the Monday Night Wars, you'd remember the hatred those two men had for each other. Bischoff would stop at nothing to bash McMahon, wanting to drive him out of business, and McMahon wanted to kill Bischoff for it. Going from that to watching them hug was a huge change, and I can't even begin to imagine how satisfying it was for Vince to have Mr Bischoff as one of his employees after their wars every Monday night for a few years.

In the entire InVasion angle, one of my favorite moments was a well-done swerve that saw Team WCW join forces with Team ECW to officially form The Alliance. At first, it looked like Team WWF would be taking on Team WCW, as we had a tag match on Raw with Chris Jericho and Kane (WWF) taking on Lance Storm and Mike Awesome (WCW). During the match, Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer showed up, making their "debuts" (although both men had been on WWF programming before). RVD and Dreamer went after Jericho and Kane, and that's when the WWF guys showed up to even the odds. Caught up in the moment, you didn't notice that every WWF guy who came out for the save just so happened to be former ECW workers.. The Dudley Boyz, Tazz, Rhyno and so on. The night's first swerve was on, and they all joined forces to attack Jericho and Kane. Shane McMahon, who was leading Team WCW, convinced Vince McMahon, who was running Team WWF, that both sides should join forces for one night to eliminate ECW, and then they could focus on each other. The night's main event was to feature the WWF/WCW combination taking on the ECW army, but then we got the second swerve, as ECW joined forces with WCW, which then brought Stephanie McMahon back to the company as the new owner of ECW. Yes, from that point, most of the entire storyline was an all-time bad bust, but for this one night, it was something special.

#3 Chris Benoit's Death VS #14 Shane McMahon's Leap Of Faith
This one is a touchy subject, of course. Benoit certainly wasn't the first wrestling death that we've experienced, but as you all know, his story took a twist that we weren't prepared for. I remember back to when it all went down, and even before we got the word on how he died, there was an uneasy feeling in the minds and hearts of wrestling fans. Benoit had missed some pre-pay-per-view house shows, and the reason he gave the company was that his wife and son were ill. That's fine and all, but then he missed the pay-per-view itself unannounced and had to be replaced at the last minute. I'm not here to give the rest of the story, because it still, to this day, makes me uncomfortable. Just know that a list like this can't be complete without the mention of Benoit's death, no matter your feelings on the entire thing.

At the 2001 Backlash pay-per-view, Shane McMahon took on Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match. At face value, even though Shane was booked as someone with no fear and who was willing to do whatever it took to get the job done, you had to question just how he was supposed to beat someone the size of Big Show to the point where Show would be unable to get to his feet before a ten count. Little did we know just how crazy Shane was. With Test holding Show down at the top of the stage area, on the side of the TitanTron, Shane climbed to the top of the entire structure, several stories high, and jumped down with the World's Largest Elbow Drop. Shane won the match, and the wrestling world was left in awe as the man showed everyone how insane he really is.

#7 Steve Austin Breaks His Neck VS #10 The Rock's Return In 2011
When it comes to "What if.." scenarios in wrestling, Steve Austin breaking his neck at the 1997 edition of SummerSlam ranks at or near the top. Yes, Austin would go on to reach dizzying heights in wrestling, helping to take the business to levels it had never seen before, but it was the injury at SummerSlam that helped to accelerate the end of his career. If you want to be technical about it, Austin could still be wrestling to this day if not for that injury. He just turned 48 this past December, and while that isn't exactly the peak of his physical prime, he's only three months older than The Undertaker, who still wrestles at least one match a year. Austin's retirement in 2003 meant that an entire generation of wrestlers would never get the chance to wrestle him, and that an entire generation of wrestling fans would never get the chance to see him wrestle live. Watching the incident itself was something that I'll never forget. As soon as it happened, you knew something was wrong, and that it wasn't just a worked injury. It was clear that Austin was on the fast track to the main event, and for those few moments, it looked like all of that hope and promise had ended in an instant.

I know that I've said my fair share of negative and partly-negative comments about The Rock in the last two years, but when I mentally travel back to the night in 2011 when he made his return to the company, I have nothing bad to say. When it was announced that WrestleMania 27 was going to have a special "guest host", there was plenty of speculation on who it would be. There were even people that predicted it would be The Rock, but if you asked those people at the time, they were just hoping. Nobody I know truly thought The Rock would be making his return to the world of wrestling, so when he did return, people lost their minds. He came back, and he didn't appear to have lost a step, even after all that time away. It's an easy term to use, especially when talking about The Rock, but his return truly was an electric moment.

#2 Hulk Hogan Bodyslams Andre The Giant VS #15 Triple H Marries Stephanie McMahon
When you talk about the all-time great visuals in the history of the business, you immediately think of Hulk Hogan picking the 2900-pound Andre The Giant up off the mat and bodyslamming him in front of the 4.2 million people in the Pontiac Silverdome at WrestleMania 3. At least, those are the latest numbers if you ask Hogan himself, who continues to add pounds to Andre's size and people to the show's attendance whenever he tells the story. It was but a brief moment in time, but it might very well be the perfect example of professional wrestling's larger-than-life persona. The superhero. The dastardly, giant villain. The epic feud. The superhero overcoming the obstacles placed before him to topple the villain. It just worked.

This is an interesting addition to the list, because it could really be two entries. The real-life marriage is something that helped to change the climate in the world of WWE, as Triple H would go on to have a front office role with the company. However, the on-screen marriage was also something that changed the landscape, as the storyline led to them becoming a real "power couple" for years to come. I'll be perfectly honest with you, ladies and gentlemen.. it doesn't matter to me if you're voting on the real marriage or the on-screen marriage. Do as you wish. Both are worthy of being here.

Blue Bracket
#1 Hulkamania Is Born VS #16 Miss Elizabeth Saves Randy Savage From Queen Sherri
When a wrestler wins his first World Title, it's a big deal. When a wrestler that goes on to become a huge star wins his first World Title, it's an even bigger deal. When a wrestler that goes on to become, arguably, the biggest star in the history of the business, and is someone that is directly or indirectly responsible for pretty much every other big star to come after him wins his first World Title, it's the biggest deal. Hulk Hogan defeating Iron Sheik in 1984 changed everything for wrestling. Look at every big name to hit the scene since then, whether it's Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, The Rock, John Cena, Goldberg, Edge and so on.. they all either became wrestlers because they were Hulkamaniacs growing up or they were given opportunities to succeed because of what Hogan helped do for the business. Without that victory of Sheiky Baby, there's a distinct possibility that we wouldn't be having this discussion. I wouldn't be writing columns. LoP wouldn't exist. We wouldn't have groups of people discussing the business on the internet. A real game changer.

This is an interesting one, because it doesn't really get a lot of publicity, especially with all of the things Randy Savage accomplished and was involved in during his career, but there's no denying how special a moment it was to see Miss Elizabeth running into the ring at WrestleMania to save Randy Savage, who had just been attacked by his manager, Queen Sherri, after Savage lost to The Ultimate Warrior and was forced to "retire" thanks to the match stipulation. Savage had turned his back on Elizabeth months earlier, but Elizabeth continued to hold it down for the man she loved. They reunited, and it was very emotional, as the cameras cut to several people in the crowd that were shedding tears. It led to their on-screen wedding, but it was this moment that kicked it all off.

#8 Shane McMahon Is The New Owner Of WCW VS #9 Brock Lesnar's Shooting Star Press At WrestleMania 19
Seeing Shane McMahon walk to the ring on an episode of Monday Nitro? Surreal. Absolutely surreal. Again, I point out what I said earlier about the InVasion angle.. it might not have gone the way people would have preferred it to, but that certainly doesn't mean there wasn't some memorable moments along the way. Having Shane show up to basically steal WCW right out from underneath Vince McMahon's nose was some fun television, and I think it was a good twist in the storyline, helping the build for the criminally underrated Shane VS Vince match at WrestleMania 17.

Earlier, when I mentioned seeing Steve Austin breaking his neck, I said that I could immediately see that something was wrong and that it wasn't a "fake" injury. Well, when Brock Lesnar attempted his Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19, everyone with at least one working eye could see that something went wrong. I've said it before, but when it happened, I legitimately thought we just watched a man die on pay-per-view. Watching a man of that size and bulk come crashing down onto his head and neck like he did.. there was no way he didn't, at the very least, break his neck. That's what was running through my mind. The fact that he only came out of it being knocked loopy for a bit is amazing to me. There was a moment where the camera zoomed in on Brock's face as he was propped up against the ropes, and you could see that he had no clue where he was at that time. Arguably the most high-profile botch of all-time.

#5 The Nexus Debuts VS #12 Eddie Guerrero's Death
I've heard a lot of people say a lot of things about the debut of The Nexus, but I'm here to say that it was a phenomenal debut. It took a group of largely unknown names and turned them into the talk of the wrestling world overnight. It's more than just internet fans being excited about Daniel Bryan being involved, as most of the group wasn't exactly consisting of "indy darlings". It went against the standard wrestling logic that main event-level debuts should only be saved for "big" names or names from other promotions. As I said, this was a group of nobodies, for the most part, and they were immediately placed into a top-of-the-card spot in a feud with John Cena. Again, though, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this was yet another storyline that turned into a disappointment, but at least it had that extremely special beginning.

Yeah, we're back to an event that I don't necessarily want to talk about because of how it makes me feel, but it still belongs on the list. I've never been "hit" by a wrestling death like Eddie Guerrero's before, and chances are, I won't be again, even when people like Vince McMahon or Ric Flair pass away. It still hurts to think about this one, if I'm being honest.

#4 Steve Austin's First WWF Title Win VS #13 The Rock & John Cena - One Year Away
So, it wasn't very long ago when I talked about how big a deal it is when someone wins their first World Title, especially when it ends up being someone very special in the history of the business. When the WWF first started pushing Steve Austin, and live crowds all across the globe started going nuts for him, you knew he would eventually go on to be the top guy in the company, and you could just feel that special buzz in the air when Austin won the WWF Title at WrestleMania 14. It was an extra special moment because the WWF needed all the help they could get to defeat WCW in the Monday Night War, as Nitro was beating Raw by a comfortable margin every week, and the "Austin Era" helped to build so much momentum for the WWF, and it helped to propel them to the point where they would eventually beat Nitro.

It was different. It was bold. It was risky. Whatever word(s) you want to describe it with, you have to give credit to WWE for even attempting to book their main event for WrestleMania a full year in advance. The Rock VS John Cena would be a really big deal, no matter what, but for the company to take that kind of risk, booking the match when they knew The Rock wouldn't be able to make more than a handful of appearances over the course of the year? I will never not give them credit for that. It was quite the throwback to the 80s, and before these major wrestling promotions had a pay-per-view every month, where you'd have a feud and a match set up for an event that was still months away from taking place. Do I think this is an idea that should happen more often? Of course I don't, but for this one match, it was a risk worth taking.

#6 The Chicago Crowd At Money In The Bank 2011 VS #11 The Undertaker's Return At WrestleMania 20
I'm not just taking about during the John Cena VS CM Punk match, either. That crowd was insanely hot all night long, and that made a really good night of in-ring action an overall special night. Of course, if you're going to discuss the crowd that night, you do have to talk about Cena VS Punk. Holy hell, that crowd was amped. Listen to the way they go banana pancake for Punk when he came out for the match. Listen to the way that they boo Cena so loudly that you literally can't hear his entrance music for a moment or two. Listen to how they went nuts for every near fall, no matter who was doing the pinning. I don't know how they had so much energy after being loud and vocal for a few hours straight, but they certainly did. Say what you will about the city of Chicago and what happens there, but they certainly have the right to brag that they're the best wrestling city on the planet, and Money In The Bank 2011 was proof of that.

Some of you really enjoyed the "American Badass" version of The Undertaker, and others hated that version. Personally, I was a fan, but more because everyone in wrestling needs some changes every now and then. Taker could only go so far and do so much with the "Deadman" gimmick, so a change was welcome. However, that was never going to be a permanent thing, and everyone knew that the "Deadman" would be back eventually. The build to his match with Kane at WrestleMania 20 was simple.. Kane "buried" Taker over four months earlier, during a Buried Alive Match at Survivor Series. When you're buried, you're dead.. so the "deadman" returned at WrestleMania. Simple. Effective. As an added bonus, we also got the return of Paul Bearer, whose "OHHH YESSS" before Taker's entrance made the Madison Square Garden crowd pop. It was good to see both of them return, and this was another key moment in the storied career of The Undertaker.

#3 Vince McMahon Is Stunned For The First Time VS #14 Evolution Turns On Randy Orton
If you were to ask me how many times I think Vince McMahon has been on the receiving end of a Stone Cold Stunner, I'd probably venture a guess of somewhere between 400,000 and 419,273. I might be off by one or two, though. It all started with that first Stunner, though. It was a historic moment, because we got to see Vince really get his ass kicked by someone. We'd seen him as an on-screen character and as an announcer for a while, but that was one of the key moments in his transformation from Vince McMahon to "Mr McMahon".

When I think about Evolution turning on Randy Orton, I remember a turn that nobody saw coming, but really, we all should have because it made perfect sense with Triple H's character. Orton just won the World Title for the first time, and all seemed well in the Evolution world. Then, without warning, they turned on Orton. Batista raised Orton up on his shoulders as Triple H and Ric Flair clapped and celebrated. Triple H gave Orton the "thumbs up" gesture, and Orton was as happy as happy can be. Suddenly, the "thumbs up" became a "thumbs down", and Batista dropped Orton, leading to a three-on-one beating. Triple H's character at the time was tailor-made to be that "I'm the leader, not you, and that's my title, not yours" kind of person. The more I think about it, the more it stuns me that nobody saw it coming, especially that soon into Orton's title reign.

#7 Triple H Returns At Madison Square Garden In 2002 VS #10 Shawn Michaels Kicks Out Of A Tombstone At WrestleMania 25
The best way to describe this particular moment is to quote Jim Ross, who was on commentary for it.. "This is as loud as any sustained roar I have ever heard in Madison Square Garden!" I don't doubt that for one bit. Gone for eight months because of a torn quad muscle, he returned to a gigantic pop that just seemed to get louder and louder as the seconds went on. There are two things that stand out in my mind, making this moment all the more incredible. One, it was an announced return, and the fans knew it was happening when it did, so it was super loud without any of the "OH SHIT" reactions like The Rock got in his return or in a couple of the moments yet to come in this list, where nobody knew it would be happening. Two, when Triple H got injured he was a heel. Not only that, but perhaps the most hated heel in all of wrestling. Hated by marks and smarks alike. He still came back and was cheered like nobody's business. That says a lot about the respect that he commands, I would think.

Hey, speaking of "OH SHIT" reactions, I literally had one of those when I watched WrestleMania 25 live and saw this go down. The match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels was already fantastic, but when Michaels kicked out of a Tombstone?!? I jumped up off the couch, saying "OH SHIT", and I was in such amazement that I had to walk away for a few seconds. The look that Taker had on his face when the camera zoomed in? The exact same look I had, only without the eyeliner. One of the last real moments of this nature that I can remember, as far as matches are concerned. Nobody expected it, and it played into the story well. Just a fun, fun moment in time.

#2 Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack On Raw VS #15 Edge Retires
This was an interesting thing to experience, especially live on social media, because you were seeing people experience numerous emotions, all within minutes. When people first started hearing what sounded like snoring coming from Jerry Lawler on commentary, there was laughter. It's understandable. A lot of "Raw sucks and Lawler is old" jokes hit my Twitter timeline in rapid succession. Then people started to notice a bit of commotion at the announce table when the camera angles would allow it. They saw that Lawler was kind of slumped over in his chair and appeared to have someone to the side of him as Michael Cole looked on. Then Cole himself went silent. Then the reports of people in attendance started hitting social media, and the picture of Lawler having either a heart attack or a stroke began to get painted for everyone. People began to worry. People started sending out well-wishes and prayers to Lawler and his family. None of the updates that were coming in sounded good, even in the slightest. There were even rumors that he was dead (officially dead, not clinically dead for a few minutes before being brought back to life). It was just a wild, crazy night. Thankfully, it didn't have a tragic ending. If it did, we'd probably be looking at a top seed here.

Retirements in wrestling are often funny things. Most of the time, they're either storyline retirements, so you know the people are coming back at some point in the not-too-distant future, or you don't buy the retirement talk at all, and you're expecting the people back before too long. It was a different story with Edge, though. First of all, it wasn't as a result of him losing a match that saw him put his career on the line as a stipulation. He was the World Champion, coming off of a successful title defense the night before, and he didn't drop the title in a quick rematch or something like you'd see as a kayfabe way for someone being suspended. Also, with the way Edge was talking, and the reasons he was giving for his retirement, you just knew he was serious about walking away. Could he still make an eventual recovery to the point where he could have another match? Absolutely. Stranger things have happened in the medical world. For now, though, I believe him, and his surprise retirement speech was heartfelt and memorable.

Orange Bracket
#1 Ric Flair's Retirement Ceremony VS #16 John Cena Is Raw's #1 Pick
Flair's retirement ceremony on the night after WrestleMania 24 remains a weird moment for me. On one hand, it's easily one of my favorite things that I've ever watched in all my years of being a wrestling fan, but on the other hand, I regret not seeing it in person. Attending WrestleMania was exciting, but my voice was completely gone by the end of the show, and I was exhausted the next morning. Myself and a few other LoP'ers had the opportunity to pick up some tickets for Raw, but we decided to rest and just watch the show on TV instead. Flair is my all-time favorite wrestler and the single reason I became a wrestling fan to begin with, so maybe I'll just have to live with seeing what should be his final WrestleMania match and possibly his last WWE match, but it still would have been nice to be in attendance for that ceremony, from Flair's speech to the WWE Universe all the way to The Undertaker and Vince McMahon coming out to pay tribute to Flair after the show went off the air.

Yes, I'm biased. I understand that. Telling me that I'm a mark for Cena isn't telling me something I don't already know. However, you'd be a fool if you didn't think this particular moment was memorable. Not only was the WWE Champion switching from Smackdown to Raw, unexpectedly, but this is arguably the last time that John Cena was near universally loved by the WWE Universe. It wasn't soon after that date in June 2005 that his crowd reactions started to shift, and by the time WrestleMania rolled around nine months later, Cena walked into Chicago and was nearly booed out of the building against Triple H. Man, it's been a really long time since the top face in the company was getting reactions like the top face in the company should get. *sigh* You're killing me, WWE.

#8 The Rock Challenges Hulk Hogan VS #9 Bret Hart Locks Steve Austin In The Sharpshooter At WrestleMania 13
During the Monday Night War, a favorite pastime of wrestling fans all across the globe was to take a WWF Wrestler and a WCW Wrestler, and then imagine a "dream match" between the two. One particular "dream match" that a lot of people would mention was The Rock VS Hulk Hogan. It was never going to be a technical masterpiece, but it would see the biggest stars of back-to-back generations squaring off in one of those rare scenarios that gives pro wrestling something that other professional sports can't deliver. We can't see Michael Jordan take on Kobe Bryant one-on-one. John Elway and Peyton Manning aren't going to have a "throw-off" at the 50-yard-line. When The Rock came out to issue a WrestleMania challenge to Hulk Hogan, it was a fantastic moment. Even with the "dream match" talk, it was something most of us never thought we'd see. It was Rock VS Cena before Rock VS Cena was Rock VS Cena.

If you've paid any attention to my columns through the years, you would know that Bret Hart VS Steve Austin from WrestleMania 13 is my favorite match of all-time. While the entire match is a work of art (more on that in a future piece that you'll see right here on the LoP main page, though), it's that final stretch that makes the cut here. Steve Austin, busted wide open and leaking like a faucet, locked in the Sharpshooter, screaming in pain as the camera zoomed in on his face. We all watched as the blood streamed down his face, covering it. It was in his eyes, it formed puddles on the mat beneath him, and it even dripped into his own mouth as he continued to scream out in pain. Superb visual. Something that will stick in your mind for as long as you're a wrestling fan.

#5 Chris Jericho's Debut VS #12 Supermarket Brawl
Let me preface this entry by admitting to something, in full disclosure.. I think Jericho's debut is overrated. It was good, and I will be the first to admit how historic it was (hence why it's included here in a high seed), but I think people get too excited about it. Essentially, he showed up, said a catchphrase or two, and then was made to look like a fool by The Rock. I get that Jericho has been an internet fan favorite for as long as the IWC has been around, but if you look at it without those blinders on, you'd see how strange the debut truly was. Imagine Goldberg showing up and telling The Rock that he was "next", only for Rock to verbally destroy him and leave him looking like a fool. Imagine Brock Lesnar making his debut and flexing his muscles for a bit, only to have Al Snow, Spike Dudley and Maven triple-team clothesline him over the top rope. Exactly. As I said, though, I know how important the moment was, and will forever remain. There was so much buzz leading up to his debut, with all of the hype vignettes and the rumors that they were for Jericho. I feel it's fair to give him this seed, when all was said and done.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Booker T. An unsuspecting supermarket. Austin walking out of a freezer. Price check on jackass. It was kind of a perfect storm of ridiculousness and stupidity, and it worked. It just.. worked. Watching the two of them brawling inside of an actual supermarket for several minutes was a lot of fun. Hell, it still is a lot of fun whenever I happen to watch it on YouTube. I have no idea how those two didn't break character and just laugh throughout the entire thing. With all of the damage they caused in the supermarket, it damn sure wasn't something that was filmed in numerous takes. Kudos to both men for that. I wouldn't have been able to get through something like that without laughing, that's for sure.

#4 The Montreal Screwjob VS #13 Ultimate Warrior Beats Hulk Hogan At WrestleMania 6
You had to know it was coming eventually. You can't discuss the top moments in the last 30 years of wrestling history without talking about the Montreal Screwjob. I want you to think about something very carefully. The Montreal Screwjob took place at the 1997 Survivor Series. The 1997 Survivor Series was 184.5 months ago. 5610 days ago. That's a long time. Some of you reading this aren't even 5610 days old. Even after all that time, we still aren't any closer to knowing if the events that took place during the Screwjob were real or not. I don't think we ever will find out. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Vince McMahon all seem content to continue playing it off as being legit, and since none of us have the capability to go back in time to find out, that's the story we'll all go to our graves with.

In 1990, the pro wrestling world just wasn't 'bout that face VS face life. That's when the WWF decided to book Hulk Hogan VS The Ultimate Warrior as the main event of WrestleMania 6. On top of that, Hogan was the WWF Champion and Warrior was the Intercontinental Champion, and both titles were on the line. It was history in the making. The two biggest stars in the company, going one-on-one in the main event of the company's biggest show. It's such a simple idea, but it works. You'd think people that get paid to put wrestling storylines together would be able to understand that, but who knows what these clowns are thinking these days? Anyway, the match itself was major, but I think the biggest part of the moment is that Hogan put Warrior over clean, smack dab in the center of the ring. I understand that facing heels isn't the same as going up against faces, but Hogan wasn't exactly booked to job in anything resembling a clean fashion back then. Even as a young child, I was borderline shocked to see Hogan lose. I was a fan of both guys, so it's not like I was upset or anything. I was just surprised.

#6 Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit Hug To Close Out WrestleMania 20 VS #11 The Undertaker's Debut
Yeah, this is going to be another one that I don't really want to talk about because the emotions will begin to flood out. I can still watch matches involving both men without much of a problem. I can even watch bits and pieces of their tribute shows without too much of a problem. Watching them hug at the end of WrestleMania 20, though? Can't do it, to this day. Makes me too sad to think that they were both dead three years later. Still an incredible moment, no matter the emotion that comes with it, so it's here for you to vote on.

We can't discuss The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak, his great entrances, his feuds, his matches or anything else he's done in the last 23-ish years without going all the way back to the beginning. In this case, "the beginning" is November 22nd, 1990. That's when The Undertaker made his WWF debut as the surprise member of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's Survivor Series team. Not a single person watching knew how to respond to his debut. He was scaring people left and right. It was before the days of internet smarks, so it's not like there was a large portion of the crowd that was like "Oh, that's just Mean Mark from WCW's Skyscrapers tag team. No big deal." People weren't cheering. People weren't booing. They were in stunned silence, just cautiously watching everything Taker did. It was awe-inspiring. He's come a long, long way since then. Well, kind of. He's still awe-inspiring in the minds of a lot of people.

#3 Pillman's Got A Gun VS #14 Goldberg's Debut
I still can't believe the WWF decided to put a segment on television that involved Brian Pillman pulling a gun on Steve Austin and threatening to kill him. I'm not one of those people that think it shouldn't have happened. I like that it happened. It was edgy. It fit in perfectly with that era in wrestling. I'm just surprised that the WWF pushed the envelope to that point. It's just a shame that Pillman's injuries prevented these two from having a real feud with the WWF. Had Pillman not suffered all of those injuries and then gone on to pass away at such an early age, I have no doubt that we could have seen a main event feud between Austin and Pillman over the WWF Title.

I briefly mentioned this one a little while ago, but here it is, in an official manner. Goldberg may have been limited in the ring, but so what? He knew how to get people to respond, and his WWE debut was no different. As soon as his music hit, interrupting a "Rock concert", the crowd went nuts. Goldberg had his usual lengthy entrance, and the crowd ate it all up. He finally got to the ring, had a bit of a brief verbal altercation with The Rock and.. boom.. he hit a Spear, and we had ourselves a new main eventer on the roster. A simple, yet effective, debut. That's how it's done, Jerichoholics.

#7 Pipe Bomb VS #10 Brock Lesnar's Return
What is there to really say that I haven't already said about this promo? For all intents and purposes, look at everything Punk achieved because of that one promo. He got two WWE Title reigns, one of which lasted 434 days, which is very well documented as the longest reign in that title's lineage since Hulk Hogan's 1474-day reign from January 23rd, 1984 to February 5th, 1988. He went from basically being a midcard guy with the ability to wrestle the upper-tier guys and put on good matches to being the most talked-about person in all of wrestling. All.. because.. of.. one.. promo.

This is an interesting match-up, with how recent both of these moments are, and how both men are tied together as being "Paul Heyman guys". Brock's return was in the making from the moment that he left. So it seems, anyway. A lot of folks have been talking about it happening, but I don't think many of them actually thought they'd ever see him on WWE programming again. Even on the day he returned, when the internet saw rumors that he might be showing up on Raw, most people chalked it up to the typical dirt sheet jibberyjoo. Then.. he returned. Man, oh, man, did he return. Think back to the night after WrestleMania 28, guys and gals. Think of that Miami crowd going banana nut muffin when that opening guitar riff was heard. You'd think everyone in that arena was just told they won the lottery. His return got a "holy shit" chant, people. He hadn't even made his way into the ring yet, and the crowd started the chant. If I really stop and think about it, this moment could be seeded too low, but with so many historic moments to go through, and with this one not even being a year old yet, I couldn't put it too far up.

#2 First Smackdown After September 11th, 2001 VS #15 Randy Savage Is Snakebitten
It doesn't take a genius or a history major to understand how important a day in history September 11th, 2001 is. I'm not even sure I can properly explain to those of you who don't live in the United States just how afraid and unsure this country was after the terrorist attacks happened. We didn't know what to do. We didn't know what to say. We didn't know if we were going to war. We didn't know if life, as we knew it, would ever be the same again. Sporting events.. well, any type of events that large gatherings of people would attend.. were postponed indefinitely. That's when Vince McMahon stepped in and decided to have Smackdown go on. It was the first public gathering of its size since the attacks. We got a nice mix of wrestling, both storyline-driven and not, as well as tons of patriotism from numerous members of the WWF family. If you don't understand why that patriotism was important and necessary on that particular show, then I don't have anything else to say to you.

When you're a young child, and you watch wrestling, there are certain things you expect to see. You could make a long, long, long, long, long list of things, and I can pretty much guarantee that you won't have "Man unleashes a live snake on another man, causing the second man to get bit by said snake" anywhere on that list. When I saw Randy Savage tied up in the ropes as Jake "The Snake" Roberts taunted him with a live cobra, I remember an uneasy feeling coming over me. I've never been afraid of snakes because Hawaii doesn't have any outside of the zoo, but I knew this segment wouldn't end well. When the snake sank his fangs into Savage's arm, I lost it. I yelled out. I was young and dumb enough to wonder if Savage was going to die. It's a memory that will remain forever emblazoned in my mind.

Yellow Bracket
#1 Austin 3:16 VS #16 DX Mocks The McMahons
Remember what I said about CM Punk's recent success being because of one single promo? Well, take that and magnify it by 50, and you'll have Steve Austin and the Austin 3:16 phenomenon. All because of one promo. The pure financial numbers will point out that Austin is the biggest star in wrestling history, and he can trace all of his success to the promo he cut after winning King Of The Ring. He came up with the "Austin 3:16" catchphrase, and it exploded overnight, with what appeared to be hundreds of "3:16" signs in the crowd for Raw the following night. Oh, and by the way, the man was a heel at the time. The business has never seen anything like it before, and probably never will again. A heel getting that popular that fast? Insanity. It might sound weird to wrestling fans that only came around in the last few years, but at the height of the "3:16" popularity, you couldn't go anywhere without seeing "3:16" shirts. I don't mean wrestling events. I mean anywhere and everywhere. If you were in school at the time, whether it was elementary, middle, high or college of some sort, you saw the shirts all over. If you went to the mall, there they were. If you went to the park, there they were. Even with guys like John Cena or CM Punk, who you'll see tons of merchandise of in crowds during Raw and pay-per-views, you rarely see their shirts outside of a wrestling environment. At least not here. We'll never see anything like "3:16" again.

There have been a lot of parodies in wrestling through the years, but if you ask me, Triple H and Shawn Michaels coming out as Vince and Shane McMahon is the best one. The original DX as the Nation Of Domination was terribly overrated, as most of it wasn't clever or funny in any way. The nWo as the Four Horsemen was decent, but again, most of it wasn't clever or funny outside of Kevin Nash making enemies for life by being Arn Anderson. With DX as the McMahons, you had clever and you had funny. Sure, a lot of that was derailed with all of the "Vince loves Dicks ROFLMAO" talk, but we had Triple H doing a pretty spot-on impersonation of Vince McMahon. The best part of the entire thing is something that most people didn't notice at all. If you go back and watch the entire segment, you'll hear Triple H say "ufa" twice. Umaga must have gotten a hold of Triple H backstage at some point, and a dare was made, as "ufa" means "fuck" or "fuck you" in Samoan. Yes, Triple H said "fuck" twice, uncensored, on live television. That deserves props all by itself.

#8 The Rockers Split Up VS #9 Katie Vick
Wrestling was in a different state of mind back in 1992. That much should be common sense. When we saw Shawn Michaels throw Marty Jannetty through a glass window on Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake's Barber Shop interview segment to end their Rockers tag team, it was shocking. It was a level of violence that we weren't used to seeing with WWF programming. It was a well-done split, but Jannetty's legal troubles and rumors of drug and/or alcohol abuse ruined any chances at a real feud between the two. While Marty was never on Shawn's "level", there's zero doubt in my mind that the early-90s wrestling fans, along with HBK's natural "assholishness", could have made Jannetty a big face and a proper feud between the two would have been money.

Oh, Katie Vick. Good ol' Katie Vick. One of the top choices in the minds of most for "Worst Storyline Of All-Time", but people can't stop talking about it. The mere idea of Kane getting into a car crash when he was drunk, killing his girlfriend at the time, was wild enough. That's taking a wrestling storyline into uncharted waters, anyway, but then having Triple H dress up like Kane, and then climb into a casket at "Katie's funeral", where he proceeded to "have sex" with a mannequin, with the implication being that Kane was not only a murderer, but a necrophiliac? Yeah, that's.. special. The rest of the feud saw Kane make veiled threats of rape towards Triple H, as well as a segment that involved "Triple H" getting an enema. Just an absolute clusterfuck. A true casserole of nonsense. It was so bad that it will stay in our minds, though, so here it is on the list.

#5 DX Tries To Invade Nitro VS #12 The Kat Goes Topless On Pay-Per-View
In the middle of the Monday Night War, Degeneration X fired a solid shot by trying to invade a live episode of Nitro. The story is simple.. on this particular week, Raw and Nitro were in the same area, putting on shows less than 20 miles apart. At some point in the day, DX hopped into their Army jeep (the one we saw them in at Raw 1000, for you newer fans) and drove to the arena that Nitro was at. They filmed some segments where they took shots at WCW, interviewed fans at Nitro who said they were only there because they got free tickets, and so on. At one point, they actually tried to drive the jeep into the arena, but WCW had security close the gate. Terrible idea by WCW, in a long list of them. They should have welcomed DX into the arena with open arms, because every wrestling fan on the planet would have tuned in to Nitro to see what would happen next. It's things like that which show why WWE is still around and WCW isn't, you know?

Once again, I get to go back to things I said earlier. Breasts have been known to drive people insane. At the 1999 Armageddon pay-per-view, Miss Kitty defeated Ivory, Jacqueline and BB in a Four Corners Evening Gown Pool Match to win the Women's Title. In celebration of winning the title, she flashed the cameras, showing her bare breasts on live pay-per-view for a moment. On purpose. It was an amazing moment for the 17-year-old Hustle, I'll tell you that right now. Obviously, in a TV-PG era, we wouldn't see it, but think about a WWE pay-per-view where bare female breasts are flashed, and it isn't a wardrobe malfunction of any type. Mind blowing.

#4 First Episode Of Raw VS #13 The Undertaker Becomes The American Badass
Monday Night Raw changed wrestling forever. There's no denying that at all. It certainly wasn't the first wrestling show on television, but it helped to create a blueprint of what every wrestling show on television to come should be. It has lasted for 20 years now, and has seen 1034 total episodes. It has been seen on multiple networks, and been in multiple time slots. It helped to bring us Nitro, which then gave us the Monday Night Wars. It helped to bring us Smackdown. It has done so much for the business, and it continues to add to its legacy (or take away from its legacy, if you're feeling cynical about the company's direction these days) every week.

When The Undertaker was put on the shelf in the second half of 1999 with a groin injury (and then a pectoral injury during his rehab from said groin injury), everyone just expected him to return normally and everything would go on in the same fashion. Boy, were we all wrong. At the Judgment Day pay-per-view in May 2000, we got The Rock VS Triple H in an Ironman Match for the WWF Title, with Shawn Michaels as the Special Guest Referee. As DX and the McMahons began to interfere in the match, some unfamiliar music hit, and a creepy TitanTron video played along with it. After a few seconds of that, The Undertaker came zooming to the ring on a motorcycle in a leather trench coat. No "supernatural" look. He just looked like a seven-foot-tall member of a biker gang. It was such a drastic difference from what we had grown used to seeing with him, but as I said earlier, I think it was a change that was needed, and it worked well as a temporary thing.

#6 Steve Austin Turns Heel At WrestleMania 17 VS #11 Roddy Piper Smashes A Coconut Over Jimmy Snuka's Head
The entire feud between Steve Austin and Vince McMahon was about as epic as it gets. If you sat and watched that feud from the beginning, one thing you never thought you would see is Austin and McMahon being on the same side. At WrestleMania 17, that's what we got, as Vince helped Austin beat The Rock and win the WWF Title. It was a jaw-dropping booking decision, and should be seeded higher, if we're going on face value alone. However, there was one huge issue I had with the heel turn, and it's something that prevented this from getting a higher seed all by itself. They turned Austin in Texas, and the crowd ate it up because Austin is a proud Texan, through and through. What should have been one of the most shocking heel turns of all-time was met with almost unanimous face pops. Had they turned Austin anywhere else on the planet, the boos would have been tremendous. As great as the turn was, you could almost chalk this up as being a fail on the company's part.

This is one that probably wouldn't get a lot of coverage, probably because it happened nearly 30 years ago. Piper had Snuka as a guest on his Piper's Pit interview segment, and we got some heel work that some view as borderline racist, with Piper trying to give the Fijian man some coconuts and bananas to make him "feel at home". After Snuka began to get upset, Piper would go on to crack him over the head with a coconut. In 2013, something like that wouldn't even cause people to blink an eye, more than likely. Back then, though, Piper might as well have thrown Snuka from the roof of a high-rise condominium. People were outraged. It's one of the key moments of Piper's Hall Of Fame career, and it really helped to set the tone for his time with the WWF.

#3 Owen Hart's Death VS #14 Big Show & Brock Lesnar Bring The House Down
Owen Hart's death was definitely different than the deaths of people like Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and Brian Pillman. That much is obvious, I know. The main thing that sets Owen's death apart is that it happened during a WWF event. He wasn't found in a hotel room or in his house when he failed to respond to calls for days at a time. It happened during a pay-per-view, and no wrestling fan knew how to react. There are people in the world right now that were in attendance that night, and who actually watched Owen fall to his death. Think about that for a moment. There are also thousands and thousands of people who were watching on pay-per-view. His death took the wind out of the sails of the rest of the show, that's for sure. I couldn't concentrate on anything else that happened, and to this day, I don't know how his friends and co-workers were able to go out and perform at all that night, or on Raw the next night.

Look, I know the moment was planned. I get that. I don't care that the ring was rigged to collapse the way it did. Watching Brock Lesnar Superplex Big Show on a random episode of Smackdown, and seeing the ring completely collapse was a ridiculously cool visual. You knew something special was coming once Show started to climb the ropes, and when Brock was setting the move up, you just expected it to look like a good feat of strength on his part. Everyone did their job perfectly in that situation. Show and Lesnar basically acted as though the ring collapsed on them. Referee Mike Chioda bounced around as the ring fell, and then had a look of amazement on his face as he surveyed the scene. Tazz, on commentary, delivered a "holy shit" that was timed right. Years later, the spot was revisited in a match between Big Show and Mark Henry, and while that one was pretty badass, as well, there's no topping the original.

#7 Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho Win The Tag Team Titles VS #10 Eddie Guerrero Wins The WWE Title
There was a lot of moving parts in this one. The Tag Team Champions heading into the match, Steve Austin and Triple H, were like the unstoppable force. The "Two Man Power Trip" were steamrolling over everyone. The challengers were the "people's champions", for lack of a better term. They were the clear underdogs, but everyone was rooting for them. The match itself was great. One of the best tag matches in Raw history, and I wouldn't fight you if you wanted to call it one of the best matches, period, in Raw history. The pop the faces got for winning the titles was incredible. On top of all that, the match is also memorable for being the match that featured Triple H tearing his quad, leading to the Madison Square Garden return that I mentioned earlier. Honestly, I might have been able to include Triple H's injury on this list, as well, but I wanted to give some shine to the title change instead.

In all of my years watching wrestling, I don't think a title change has ever made me mark out like this one did. Eddie Guerrero was viewed as the huge underdog against Brock Lesnar. The match itself followed the simple, tried-and-true formula of big man VS little man matches. Brock was physically dominant, using his size and power advantage every chance he got. Eddie was working with heart, and he used his speed advantage, as well as his experience, to continue fighting back. The match itself was a whole lotta fun. Sure, it was the Goldberg interference that helped Eddie to win the WWE Title, but I didn't care, and if you were a fan of Eddie Guerrero, you didn't care, either. He was so happy and joyous to be the new champion, and we, his fans, were happy and joyous to see him as the new champion. It was a very emotional moment, watching as his years of hard work, pain and fighting his personal struggles paid off for him professionally.

#2 This Is Your Life, Rock VS #15 Bobby Heenan Debuts The WCW World Title On WWF Programming
This is another one of those moments that I liked, but nowhere near as much as others did. It was funny, and had its fair share of fun times, but it has become overrated through the years. However, the reason it received this kind of seeding is simple.. an 8.4 rating. The entire segment drew an 8.4 rating, ladies and gentlemen. An 8.4 rating! People who were already watching Raw were sticking with it. People who were flipping through the channels saw it and stopped flipping. People who were doing other things were quickly tuning in after receiving phone calls from their friends about it. You know, before the instant-satisfaction of everyone being on social media and seeing people talk about something happening on television. This is a real testament to the ability of both The Rock and Mankind, as they were able to take a silly idea that stretched into a very lengthy segment and make it something that will go down in wrestling history as something that will probably never be topped. I could never take that away from them, no matter how I feel about the segment itself.

When people think about Ric Flair's first WWF run, they immediately think about his win in the 1992 Royal Rumble, and for good reason. They think about his feud with Randy Savage over Miss Elizabeth, and for good reason. They think about the fact that the WWF dropped the ball in not having Flair VS Hogan at WrestleMania, and for good reason. However, one of my favorite moments from that run didn't even have Flair on screen at all. Before Flair had actually made his WWF debut, Bobby Heenan pulled out Flair's WCW Title belt on the WWF Wrestling Challenge show. Heenan would go on to say that comparing the belt he was holding in his hands to Hulk Hogan's WWF Title would "be like comparing ice cream to horse manure" before using the same line to talk about comparing the owner of the belt he was holding to Hulk Hogan. When Gorilla Monsoon asked Heenan for the name of the belt's owner, Heenan shocked the world by saying that the man was under contract with "another organization", but that he would soon be coming to the WWF, and then he went ahead and dropped the man's name, saying "Ric Flair", drawing a dumbfounded look from Monsoon and Jim Neidhart, who was also hosting the show. A very simple moment, but it was an absolute bombshell that Heenan dropped, showing WCW's World Title and name-dropping one of their top guys on WWF television. Even as a younger, I could recognize how amazing and how cool that was.


#1 The Undertaker Throws Mankind Off The Cell VS #16 Edge's Mid-Air Spear To Jeff Hardy At WrestleMania 17
#8 Mick Foley Wins The WWF Title For The First Time VS #9 Kane's Debut
#5 Austin & Tyson VS #12 John Cena's Return In 2008
#4 Beer Bath VS #13 Live Sex Celebration
#6 Eric Bischoff Is The New Raw General Manager VS #11 WCW & ECW Form The Alliance
#3 Chris Benoit's Death VS #14 Shane McMahon's Leap Of Faith
#7 Steve Austin Breaks His Neck VS #10 The Rock's Return In 2011
#2 Hulk Hogan Bodyslams Andre The Giant VS #15 Triple H Marries Stephanie McMahon


#1 Hulkamania Is Born VS #16 Miss Elizabeth Saves Randy Savage From Queen Sherri
#8 Shane McMahon Is The New Owner Of WCW VS #9 Brock Lesnar's Shooting Star Press At WrestleMania 19
#5 The Nexus Debuts VS #12 Eddie Guerrero's Death
#4 Steve Austin's First WWF Title Win VS #13 The Rock & John Cena - One Year Away
#6 The Chicago Crowd At Money In The Bank 2011 VS #11 The Undertaker's Return At WrestleMania 20
#3 Vince McMahon Is Stunned For The First Time VS #14 Evolution Turns On Randy Orton
#7 Triple H Returns At Madison Square Garden In 2002 VS #10 Shawn Michaels Kicks Out Of A Tombstone At WrestleMania 25
#2 Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack On Raw VS #15 Edge Retires


#1 Ric Flair's Retirement Ceremony VS #16 John Cena Is Raw's #1 Pick
#8 The Rock Challenges Hulk Hogan VS #9 Bret Hart Locks Steve Austin In The Sharpshooter At WrestleMania 13
#5 Chris Jericho's Debut VS #12 Supermarket Brawl
#4 The Montreal Screwjob VS #13 Ultimate Warrior Beats Hulk Hogan At WrestleMania 6
#6 Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit Hug To Close Out WrestleMania 20 VS #11 The Undertaker's Debut
#3 Pillman's Got A Gun VS #14 Goldberg's Debut
#7 Pipe Bomb VS #10 Brock Lesnar's Return
#2 First Smackdown After September 11th, 2001 VS #15 Randy Savage Is Snakebitten


#1 Austin 3:16 VS #16 DX Mocks The McMahons
#8 The Rockers Split Up VS #9 Katie Vick
#5 DX Tries To Invade Nitro VS #12 The Kat Goes Topless On Pay-Per-View
#4 First Episode Of Raw VS #13 The Undertaker Becomes The American Badass
#6 Steve Austin Turns Heel At WrestleMania 17 VS #11 Roddy Piper Smashes A Coconut Over Jimmy Snuka's Head
#3 Owen Hart's Death VS #14 Big Show & Brock Lesnar Bring The House Down
#7 Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho Win The Tag Team Titles VS #10 Eddie Guerrero Wins The WWE Title
#2 This Is Your Life, Rock VS #15 Bobby Heenan Debuts The WCW World Title On WWF Programming



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