Hey there wrestling fans, and welcome back to another countdown. This is Pounding 7’s. This week a local favorite, and sure to create controversy, the top 7 most memorable moments in wrestling history. This can be anything from WWE, WCW, and any other wrestling organization that I can think of. So fasten your seatbelts, because this countdown was the most difficult to come up with just 7.
Ben from Wisconsin wants my opinion on something.
With the Royal Rumble coming up, I have a question for you, more so want your opinion. Which wrestler (from the past) do you think should have won the Royal Rumble, but never did?
I think I would have gone with Mr Perfect in 1990. He was hot, and had not lost. I think having him face off for the championship at Wrestlemania would have been a great match. Actually, he was slated to win the Rumble, but Hogan nixed it at the last minute, and instead of giving Perfect the win, and a main event at Mania. We got the Ultimate Warrior vs Hogan at Wrestlemania VI. Perfect was a guy who I thought could have been a great champion, if given the opportunity.
Bob Backlund was one of the most popular wrestlers in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He won the WWF Championship and held it for nearly five years. When he lost it to the Iron Sheik, after his manager, Arnold Skolland threw in the towel. Backlund retired soon after. He made a return in 1994, where he came back to the Royal Rumble and faired very well, lasting nearly 50 minutes. He then challenged WWE Champion, Bret Hart on an episode of Superstars of Wrestling, and nearly captured the championship. After the match, Backlund snapped, and attacked Bret Hart putting him in the Cross faced chicken wing. He even turned on his old manager for costing him the championship in 1983. His heel turn, brought him all the way to another WWF Championship, when he defeated Bret Hart at Survivor Series, the same way he lost it. When the towel was thrown in by Bret’s mother, Helen, thanks to Owen Hart pleading with her to throw in the towel. He would lose the title three nights later to Diesel.
Here are the top 7 wrestling moments in history
Jimmy Snuka hits the splash from the top of the cage- When Jimmy Snuka jumped from the top of the cage on to Don Murocco, he made headlines world wide in the wrestling industry. It is regarded as one of the first major spots in wrestling. It is shown often on WWE Programming today, and will likely always be remembered.
Mankind is thrown off Hell in a Cell– Another major spot that is talked about and probably to date the most devistating moves when the Undertaker literally threw Mankind off the top of the Hell in a Cell and he went crashing through the announce table.
The Ultimate Warrior’s Hall of Fame weekend– A very emotional moment was when the Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He gave an emotional speech, and then another speech on Raw, where ironically appeared to predict his own demise. The Warrior tragically passed away a day later from a Heart Attack.
Lex Luger slams Yokozuna- It was on the USS Intrepid, where Yokozuna challenged anyone to bodyslam him. No one was successful until out of no where, Lex Luger shocked the world coming in from a Helicopter dressed in Red, White, and Blue. He came in, and did the impossible and slammed Yokozuna. This occured on the Fourth of July to make it a historic moment.
7.Austin 3:16 is born- In June of 1996, Stone Cold Steve Austin was wreaking havoc on the WWE. He was coming into his own as a singles wrestlers after distancing himself from Ted Dibiase. After his King of the Ring victory over Jake the Snake Roberts, he coined the phrase Austin 3:16 said I just whipped your ass. It was a phrase that is still used today, and became one of the most memorable moments of all time.
6.Hulkamania is born- January 24th, 1984. Madison Square Garden. Hulk Hogan defeated the Iron Sheik to win the World Wrestling Federation Championship. This was the start of Hulkamania, and today is one of the most talked about moments in sports entertainment. Not only was Hulkamania born, but the WWF became a household name.
5.Goldberg wins the WCW title- In July of 1998, Goldberg, who was the United States Champion, and was undefeated in WCW. He challenged Hulk Hogan LIVE on Nitro in front of a sold out Georgia Dome. Goldberg’s hometown. Goldberg hit the spear and jackhammer to win the championship and shocked the wrestling world.
4.Owen Hart’s death– One of the most tragic moments in the history of professional wrestling, and an event that I personally witnessed first hand. Owen Hart fell from the raftors of Kemper Arena and hit the top rope. He tragically died from his injuries. Owen was supposed to be lowered down in a harness to the ring to create a super hero type entrance, but the harness unlocked and he fell over 80 feet to his death.
3.The Montreal Screwjob- Still one of the most talked about moments in wrestling, and even sometimes duplicated. Bret Hart was screwed out of the WWE Championship when he faced Shawn Michaels in 1997 at Survivor Series. Bret was set to leave for WCW, and McMahon wanted him to drop the title to Shawn. Bret agreed but did not want to do it in Canada, so he wanted to drop the belt the next night on Raw. Vince had other plans, and when Shawn put Bret in the sharpshooter, he called for the bell, even though Bret did not submit. It would take 12 years for Bret to eventually forgive McMahon and Shawn Michaels.
2.Hogan slams Andre- The bodyslam heard round the world. When Hulk Hogan picked up Andre at Wrestlemania III and slammed him to the mat. It was the most talked about moment in sports history. It is even talked about today by current superstars as one of the most notorious Wrestlemania moments of all time. It is widely overshadowed to the fact that Andre, who lost the match, had not been pinned in over 15 years. That is a feat more worth talking about than a bodyslam.
1.The NWO is formed- With all the moments on the list, this has to be the most famous. The Time when Hulkamania turned its back on all the fans and turned heel at Bash at the Beach 1996. He joined forces with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form the elite group known as the NWO. It is one of the most notorious groups in the history of professional wrestling.
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