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Re: Most important political move on the history of wrestling
It's hard to say anything else other than The Montreal Screwjob being the most important political move in wrestling history because it swung the momentum back to WWE at a time when they desperately needed it seeing as WCW were heading into Starrcade and the HUGE Sting/Hogan match. Then Sting/Hogan finishing in the way it did only helped WWE further as people were furious about how Hulk Hogan had clearly botched the finish to make him look strong regardless of what it did to WCW short term and long term.
When people question why WWE went ahead with Michaels/Hart at Survivor Series in the knowledge Bret Hart refused to lose to Shawn Michaels i tell them that WWE desperately needed that match because it was the biggest match they had possible and the biggest match they had full stop that didn't involve Hulk Hogan years before. Financially they had to go with the match because nothing else could even attempt to rival what WCW had in Sting/Hogan but much like Sting/Hogan the Michaels/Hart match had a lot of build up and even more hatred behind it.
I'll list few political moves that were quite important but are never spoken about,
Ric Flair refusing to drop the NWA title to Lex Luger when asked by NWA/WCW management in 1990 because they had promised Sting the NWA title before he was injured. Their match in the first ever Clash Of The Champions made Sting but him winning the NWA title at The Great American Bash made him a star and cemented him as the top babyface which he remained for virtually his entire WCW career.
Jake Roberts demanding his money for WrestleMania 8 up front and his release as soon as the match was over was more or less the end of his career as a top star. He had been promised the booking and writing role that Pat Patterson had beforehand but had resigned from but then Vince McMahon went back on their deal so Jake Roberts threatened to no show WrestleMania 8 in his match with The Undertaker. Jake Roberts signed a contract with WCW but on day 87 of his 90 day no compete clause new management came in and cancelled the contract and he ended up losing a lot of money. Once he left WCW he couldn't come back to WWE because of the way he left and waited three years before he returned.
The Honky Tonk Man refusing the drop the Intercontinental title to Randy Savage as promised meant that Vince McMahon had to do something to appease Randy Savage so he then put the WWE title on Randy Savage at WrestleMania 4 instead of Ted DiBiase as always planned. The plan for Summerslam was to do Hogan/DiBiase for the WWE title and Savage/Rude for the Intercontinental title but this was all changed because of The Honky Tonk Man refusing to lose at WrestleMania so we got a WWE title reign for Randy Savage and The Honky Tonk Man was buried by The Ultimate Warrior and never reached the same heights again.