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Breakthrough Events in Wrestling History...

Rank various breakthrough events/moments in wrestling history? Find my top 10 list below, add or remove any as you see fit.

1) Hogan Slamming Andre
2) Undertaker "dying" and coming back
3) Montreal Screwjob
4) Austin's "Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass"
5) Hogan's heel turn in WCW and formation of NWO
6) Shane Douglas slamming NWA belt calling out ECW's name as Extreme Championship Wrestling
7) The Madusa Incident
8) Fingerpoke of Doom
9) Mankind's win announced in WCW before relay
10) Mankind being thrown down the cell by Undertaker
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 04:25 AM
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Re: Breakthrough Events in Wrestling History...

10. The Madusa Incident
9. Undertaker "dying" and coming back
8. Mankind being thrown down the cell by Undertaker
7. Fingerpoke of Doom
6. Mankind;s win announced in WCW before relay
5. Austin's "Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass"
4. Hogan slamming Andre
3. Shane Douglas slamming NWA belt calling out ECW's name as Extreme Championship Wrestling (which he didn't do, it was still Eastern)
2. Montreal Screwjob
1. Hogan's heel turn in WCW and formation of NWO

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Re: Breakthrough Events in Wrestling History...

Those are all really important. Here are a few more:

- Hogan beating the Iron Sheik for the WWF Championship
- Wrestlemania/Clash of the Champions and Starrcade/Survivor Series going head-to-head, laying the groundwork for the Monday night wars
- Flair showing up in WWF with the Big Gold Belt
- Mike Tyson's involvement in WrestleMania 14
- Goldberg beating Hogan in the Georgia Dome
- Jerry Lawler/Andy Kaufman
- Austin vs. Vince interrupted by Dude Love (when Raw finally won in the ratings)
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Re: Breakthrough Events in Wrestling History...

Interesting I would qualify mine as since 1970 since I have little knowledge of what was of major impact pre 1970.

To me number one is a series of events that is truly number 1 imo.

1. Verne Gagne reverses Hogan's AWA title win over Bockwinkle, Hogan leaves for WWF and Hulkamania is born.
2. Ric Flair returns to the ring after planecrash with new look and attitude
3. Dusty Rhodes turns face in match with Pak Song
4. Hogan NWO heel turn
5. Austin declares "Austin 3:16"
6. Lawler slaps Kauffman on David Letterman
7. Dr. D David Schultz slaps Stosel on 20/20
8. WWE turns the Rock heel and lets him take the mic as a member of the NoD
9. Montral Screwjob
10. Nash over Goldberg, the start of the end for WCW
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Re: Breakthrough Events in Wrestling History...

Ron Simmons August 2, 1992 first African American Champ.
Mankind Hell in Cell
Mankind winning and WCW subsequently annoucing his WWE champ win on Raw.
Austin 3:16 promo.
Rock becomes corporate champ.
Fingerpoke of Doom.
Montreal Screwjob.
Shane appears on WCW.
Hogan Heel Turn.
Shane Douglas belt throw down.

off the top of my head i'm sure they'll all be mentioned by others.

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Re: Breakthrough Events in Wrestling History...

Bret Hart facing British Bulldog at Summerslam 1992 was a pretty pivotal moment. I read that Summerslam 1992 drew the largest paying audience for a wrestling event in history; although other events have claimed to have drawn larger crowds, they are disputed because of allegations of cooking the numbers to look bigger. Also, the event holds the record for most merchandise sold at a wrestling event: over $1,000,000 worth of merchandise sold - most of it British Bulldog related. This event also proved to Vince McMahon that Bret Hart had what it took to be the top guy in the company, and a guy that could deliver in the main event.

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