Over the last year we have look at some of the greatest moments in wrestling history, from ECW to WCW to WWE but we have really shied away from visiting the Independents with any of these "flashbacks." That changes with this Moment in time as we are going back to the end of 2009 and visiting Ring of Honor. Let me set things up for you as it's December 2009 and the location is the Manhattan Center, in Manhattan, NY the match Young Bucks vs SteenRico. If you remember this match from Final Battle 2009 then you know why I chose this to be Moment in Time 13.
Back in the early 1990's it was a very dull time in the WWE with nothing really big going on except Hogan's time in the company winding down. But I think one of the best moments of that time happened at WrestleMania 7 when "Macho Man" Randy Savage fought Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match. But the post match segment was the memorable part and a part that nobody to this has forgotten. That of course was when Randy Savage reunited with Miss Elizabeth after almost a year apart. This by far is one of the most touching and heartfelt moments I have ever seen in the 16 years I have been watching wrestling. Feel free to watch the video below:
For this moment it is a special moment but the things that followed it were disrespectful and idiotic on the part of WCW. On the August 27th edition of Nitro there was a segment involving the Horsemen and Mene Gene. The reason this is a big deal, because tonight was the night that The Enforcer, Double A Arn Anderson announced his retirement from Pro-Wrestling, and offered Curt Hennig his spot in the Horsemen. However this post is just about this moment and has nothing to do with the disrespectful, idiotic, and shameful thing WCW allowed to happen next week on Nitro. This about one of the greatest moments in WCW history, involving three of the greatest workers in Wrestling history. Take a look and relive the great moment from August 1997:
Hennig was never suppose to join the NWO and was suppose to remain a member of the Horsemen, but sadly plans changed and instead of finally giving the Horsemen a break they chose to give another to the NWO and now we are left thinking about what might have been. If only someone wasn't out to get the Horsemen.
Over the course of this blog series we have looked back at many great moments of the past like The Birth of Austin 3:16, Montreal Screwjob, The Birth of Extreme, Scott Steiner Joining the NWO, and various other moments.
But today we move to another great moment, one of the Greatest moments of the Attitude Era and because of how innovative it was it became a reason WWE won the war. This moment probably brings the most regret and prompts the biggest what if question of as Eric has said in the past he should have and would have let them in. I am talking about when DX invaded WCW on 4/27/98 take a look:
In this blog series, we have taken a look at that have happened during the history of this great business, right now is a change of pace. The first four editions of this series were either great WWE or WCW moments but I pride myself on being a well rounded and well educated wrestling fan therefore this time will be different. What better way to change, then with the company that changed the business forever...... ECW.
The specific moment I am referring to is from August 27th, 1994, or the night ECW was born. This night was the birth of ECW, but it wasn't suppose to be it was just suppose to be a tournament to determine the next NWA World Champion, after the title was vacated from Chris Candido who left SMW to work in the WWE as Skip. But then the week prior to the show NWA President Dennis Coralluzzo was on the radio and buried Douglas, which is why Shane agreed to the angle that was originally something he didn't want to do. At the time of the show only Douglas, Heyman, and Tod Gordon knew that angle was going to happen. Now without further adieu "The Night that began a Revolution:
This is a change of pace a bit with this blog series I am now moving back to WCW and a moment that may not seem like a big deal now but was a big deal when it happened. I am talking about SuperBrawl 1998 Steiner's vs Outsiders to be specific, this match was special for one reason; as tonight was the night Scott Steiner joined the NWO. He turned on his brother during the match and became a part of the NWO and transformed into the Blonde haired, muscle bound, Big Bad Booty daddy we all know. Now give it up for the moment that changed Scott Steiner from Tag Team Legend to Big Poppa Pump.
Sadly the original video from SuperBrawl 1998 that showed Scott turning on his brothers was flagged due to third party content matching. Stupid **** flaggers. Fear not I found two videos that can fill the void.
"For it to work we had to make as real as possible, this was around when Cal Ripken had just broke Lou Gehrig's streak and I was watching as Chris Berman and the other announcers were just slient as Cal went around the stadium for the fans to congratulate him on breaking the streak. For the people to believe it the announcers had to shut up for the segment then get up and check on Shawn. It worked to perfection everyone thought Shawn was out." (Excerpt from WWF Timeline: 1995 with Kevin Nash)
As someone who thinks of myself as a huge Shawn Michaels mark when I found out this happened I was shocked and I thought Shawn was really hurt because he had just came back from the concussion not to long before this match with Owen. Either way it was masterfully done and worked to perfection as many fans were crying in their seats on that night back in 1995. For those who have never seen it or who have and want to see it again enjoy the video below:
Some people call it a "work" some people don't believe it was really, but either way you look at and whether you believe or not the Montreal Screwjob that took place in the fall of 1997 changed the look of Pro-Wrestling forever. To that point WCW had been very much so dominating in ratings and even after that point they were still winning the ratings war, but on that night in Montreal something changed. In one moment the WWF had made the hottest heel & the hottest babyface/free agent in pro-wrestling the people that would fit in those roles were Vince McMahon becoming the hottest heel in wrestling and Bret Hart becoming the hottest babyface and hottest free agent. But everything changed in the aftermath of the Screwjob because the long time WWF superstar left the company that made him famous for the competition and Vince had to start over with someone else. It all worked out in the end because everyone knows at this point how the war ended, but right let's take a trip back in time to that fateful night in Montreal Canada.
Moment number five started a pop culture phenomenon called Hulkamania, this era boosted the WWF to new heights and helped the WWF become the #1 Wrestling Company in the United States. But before Hulkamania said to eat your vitamins and say your prayers, Mr. Hulk Hogan had to defeat the Iron Sheik in January of 1984. After Hogan won the Match Hulkamania ran wild for 9 years ending at King of the Ring 1993 after he lost to Yokzuna and left the WWF. In the following year Hulk Hogan would proceed to jump ship over to the WCW in the spring on 94. Then Hulk would end up turning heel for the first time in his career at Bash at the Beach 1996 when he helped form the NWO with Hall & Nash.
Following the closure of WCW, Hulk ended up going to the WWE and would hold the WWE Championship one more time. Also he would become a former WWE Tag Team Champions with Edge after they defeated the former champions on July the 4th. Looking back Hogan has become one of the biggest names in wrestling history and their is no denying the impact that Hulk Hogan has had on the wrestling business since he entered the business.
One thing I do know is that in January of 1984 when Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE after a few years away from the company to face The Iron Sheik. Without this match and without this night there would be know Hulkamania and it's very likely that Hogan may not have become the huge star he did if it wasn't for Hulkamania. All this started on that fateful night in January, join me in the wrestling time machine as we go back in time to that night in 1984:
I have done this before and now it is time for another Moment in Time. The point of this is to look back at The Moments in Wrestling history that made you say this is why I love this sport. Next moment is one that many will never ever forget it happen June 23 1996 and is called by many as the beginning of the Attitude Era. I actually heard a story told by either Austin or someone who worked backstage at the time that this promo was never suppose to happen, but Austin went out and did the promo anyway. Also as many people already know originally Triple H was pegged to win the King of the Ring, but didn't in the long run as punishment because of the Curtain Call incident earlier that year. Imagine if this promo never happened where would the WWE be right.
The moment I am talking about is King of the Ring 1996 the promo that gave birth to the catchphrase Austin 3:16 said I just Whip your Ass. That surely a moment that Wrestling fans especially those that saw what happened next will never forget: The Promo is below