50 years of WWE: Memorable moments and incidents
It’s been just over 50 years since the inception of the most entertaining sports company.
Let’s recall 50 of those incidents from the history of WWE which left their mark as time passed by arousing emotions of all sorts inside us. The entries are in no order and are open to changes.
1. Steve Austin wins the 1996 King of the Ring.
2. Triple H tombstones The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27 and Undertaker kicks out of it.
3. Mike Tyson and Steve Austin brawl. Austin wins the WWF Championship after a pinfall on Michaels which Tyson counts too fast.
4. The MSG incident.
5. The infamous ‘Montreal Screwjob’.
6. Ivan Koloff defeats Bruno Sammartino and ends his 2803 day long WWF Championship reign.
7. Hulk Hogan defeats Andre the Giant at WrestleMania 3.
8. Owen Hart’s accidental fall to death.
9. Shawn Michaels wins the World Heavyweight Championship in the first ever Elimination Chamber Match at Survivor Series (2002).
10. Team WWF wins at Survivor Series (2001).
11. Eddie Guerrero wins the WWE Championship at No Way Out (2004).
12. The birth of the “Attitude Era”.
13. Steve Austin blows up the DX Express.
14. WWF buys WCW.
15. Mick Foley defeats The Rock for the WWF Championship.
16. Hulk Hogan defeats The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden for his first WWF Championship.
17. Edge cashes in his Money in the Bank on John Cena to become the new WWE Champion.
18. CM Punk turns heel at the 1000th episode of Raw.
19. Brock Lesnar defeats The Rock at Summer Slam (2002) and becomes the youngest WWE Champion.
20. CM Punk runs away with the WWE Championship after defeating John Cena at Money in the Bank (2011).
21. Steve Austin gives a beer bath to the “Corporation”.
22. Chris Jericho becomes the first Undisputed Champion at Vengeance (2001).
23. Big Show chokeslams Undertaker through the ring.
24. Vince McMahon defeats Triple H to become the oldest WWF Champion.
25. Cena wins the WWE Championship for record 11th time at WrestleMania 29.
26. DX invades WCW.
27. Randy Savage wins WWF Championship tournament at WrestleMania 4.
28. Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund, WWF Championship at Survivor Series (1994).
29. Vince McMahon wins the Royal Rumble.
30. The Rock making fun of everybody.
31. Shane McMahon’s 50 feat high jump on Big Show.
32. Debut of the ‘Nexus’ on Raw.
33. Kane’s debut at Bad Blood (1997).
34. Steve Austin and Booker T brawl inside a grocery store.
35. Eric Bischoff becomes the new GM of Raw.
36. Edge spears Mick Foley into a burning table at WrestleMania 22.
37. Steven Austin attacks Vince McMahon in the hospital.
38. Edge spears Jeff Hardy at WrestleMania X-Seven.
39. Kurt Angle’s overhead belly to belly suplex to Shane McMahon through a glass at King of the Ring (2001).
40. The Rockers’ split as Shawn Michaels superkicks Marty Jannetty through the glass of Beefcake’s “Barbershop”.
41. Kane sets Jim Ross on fire at Raw.
42. Jeff Hardy goes for the ‘Swanton Bomb’ from the top of the Raw stage on Randy Orton.
43. The ‘Invasion’ of WWF as Shane McMahon buys WCW.
44. Brock Lesner superplexes Big Show from top rope and breaks the ring.
45. Every moment of the Steve Austin-Vince McMahon rivalry.
46. DX destroys Vince McMahon’s limousine.
47. Jake Roberts’ snake bites Randy Savage.
48. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championships at WrestleMania X.
49. Undertaker throws Mankind from the top of the Hell in a Cell cage through the Spanish announce table.
50. Undertaker’s return as the “Dead Man”.