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
Over the last few years Wrestlemania had been somewhat lackluster, because of the consistent rematches and lack of originality we saw on the cards. This made people not really enjoy most Wrestlemania's over the last couple of years. Also that is the reason why the bar was set so low on the expectations for Wrestlemania XXX this year and I don't know about you guys, but Wrestlemania XXX definitely overreached my expectations for the show.
However, it didn't take that long for them to change my expectations as I was shocked by the opening segment on the show. As far as I am concerned not only was this Rock's first WWE appearance since Wrestlemania 29 and the supposed falling out with "WWE Creative" but it was in many respects one of the greatest combinations in history. Let me say what I mean, what I mean is that seeing Steve Austin, Rock,& Hulk Hogan all in the ring together at Wrestlemania is something we have never seen before. Now I ask if you feel like join me in reliving this great moment by re-watching this segment.
The moments that most fans remember are the most replayed moments in WWE history, but that is also what this series has become. A form of replay for you fans to relive some of the greatest moments of a day gone by. Now for the edition of Moment in Time, we will be looking back on one of the most replayed moments in WWE history, which took place during the period that many call the greatest boom period in wrestling history. This moment is more matches, but the match is remembered for the moments within it and that match is the Hell in a Cell Match from King of the Ring 1998 between Mankind & The Undertaker.
The amount of special moments this match had is countless and this is by far one of the most brutal matches in WWE history. But also this much like Royal Rumble 1998 are two from the Foley history books that made Mick Foley a Household name in pro-wrestling during this time. I do have to say something else and that is that this match proves that are times when everything can just click in a match and it be great. Instead of me continuing to ramble let's get to the video: ENJOY!!!!!!
I thought that instead of going very far back in time on the first edition of this series why not stay recent with a great moment that happened not long ago. This moment in particular was this managers last appearance in the WWE and the first time I believe that she got cheered. A few months ago we saw the end of an era in the WWE when Vickie Guerrero walked away from the WWE after 9 years with the company. Vickie had been on the road for almost her entire tenure with the WWE which really started in around mid 2006 and kept up until mid 2014. From the time she became a weekly character to the time she left Vickie was one of if not the most over person on the roster. Vickie left on top and in the best way possible and though some maybe happy she is gone there is no doubt that Vickie left a legacy in the WWE of a great manager.
Vickie debuted in 2005 as a part of the Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio feud over "the custody of Domenic." However, Vickie didn't become a regular character until around the middle of 2006 when Chavo would turn on Rey at Great American Bash. From the time she debuted to around a year before she left Vickie was solely responsible for brining life back to the idea of a manager being an important role in WWE again. In my book without Vickie I don't think we would have had Rosa, Zeb Coulter, or Lana featured on the programs like we do now. Vickie did her job so well that there were times when you couldn't hear what she was saying on the mic because the boos were so loud. However, to keep this some what short let me just say I never thought I would miss Vickie, but I can say that I do miss seeing Vickie because she was so good at her job and was very much an asset to the WWE. Also nothing tops her last appearance in the company, now please feel free to join me as I take a trip back in the wrestling time machine to the late summer- early fall of 2014 to when we saw Vickie Guerrero for what could be the last time:
Thanks For the Memories Vickie
Viva La Raza!!!