7 WrestleMania swerves that shocked the fans
A brief look at those WrestleMania swerve that left the fans in a state of shock and had long lasting impact on WWE.
Imagine this scenario - Nakamura and Styles have been tearing each other apart for almost 20 minutes and producing the best match in WWE since Taker-Michaels' second outing. Suddenly, Finn Balor's music hits and the Balor Club make their way down to the ring.
With Nakamura dazzled by their presence, Styles attacks Nakamura from behind and puts him down with Phenomenal Forearm and a Calf Crusher to win the match. After the match, Balor Club joins Styles and unleashes a series of strikes on Nakamura before announcing the reformation of The Club.
Shocking, right? This is exactly what WWE is famous for doing at the Grandest Stage of WrestleMania. With a string of exciting matches in the WrestleMania card this year, WWE can definitely fool the fans with a couple of shocking results and moments during the 5-hour extravaganza. While fan predictions usually come true on the day of WrestleMania, there have been several instances where exactly the opposite of what was expected happened.
With Wrestlemania just days away, we take a look at seven biggest swerves in the 33-year history of The Show of Shows.
#7 The Rock's night? Maybe some other time (WrestleMania 2000)
At the turn of the century, The Rock was probably the biggest star in the wrestling world. After his win at the Royal Rumble event in January, fans were craving for a contest between The Rock and the biggest heel in the company - WWF Champion Triple H. And it made sense too. We had two of the biggest stars at that time, squaring off in the main event of the biggest show of the year.
However, WWF, being WWF, turned it into another McMahon family saga, adding Mick Foley and The Big Show to the main event, turning it into a fatal-4 way elimination match. But the fans were OK with that as they knew The Rock was going to win anyway. Boy, were the fans swerved big time that night?
For the first time in the 16 years history of 'Mania till that show, a heel champion was the last man standing in the main event. Not only did WWE rob the fans of a singles main event, they shocked everyone by having The Rock take the pinfall in the end.
WWE played their card perfectly well, as their next pay per view, which featured a singles match between HHH and The Rock, generated one of the biggest buy rates as the people could see a title change. Although The Rock won the title at Backlash to a thunderous reception, the ending of 'Mania was one of the biggest shocks that WWF has ever pulled.