There are countless moments in professional wrestling history that made huge impacts for years to come. Some of them still have caused ripples to this very day. There are, however, moments that were completely unbelievable and shocking, yet most fans have never even seen them or aware that they exist. Here are ten of the greatest moments in professional wrestling history that you’ve never seen.
10. The Final Smoky Mountain Wrestling Event
Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling was the starting point for numerous superstars including Chris Jericho, Kane, D-Lo Brown, Al Snow, Chris Candido, and The Road Dogg. Unfortunately the promotion struggled financially and on November 26, 1995 SMW had its final event. The show was in Cookeville, Tennessee and ended with every wrestler on the roster attacking Jim Cornette and referee Mark Curtis pinning him in the middle of the ring. Smoky Mountain Wrestling was then absorbed into the WWE.
9. Bam Bam Bigelow Goes Through the Ring
At ECW’s pay-per-view Living Dangerously ’98 Taz defended the Television title against Bam Bam Bigelow. The event took place in Asbury Park, New Jersey, which is Bigelow’s home town. It was a a furious 13 minute fight that ended after one of the craziest moments anyone had ever witnessed in the ring. After a few minutes Bigelow emerged from the hole, dragged out Taz, and pinned him to win the championship. The crowd was completely deafening.
8. Spike Dudley Goes into the Crowd
In another unbelievable feat by Bam Bam Bigelow, ECW’s pay per view As Good As it Gets featured the Beast from the East taking on little Spike Dudley. Bigelow annihilated Dudley for several minutes before lifting him above his head with both hands and tossing him over the railing into the crowd. Instead of letting him fall, the fans caught him and crowd surfed him around the arena. You can watch the entire match here.
7. A WWE Wrestler Pins a WCW Wrestler to Win the ECW Belt?
In a bizarre series of events Mike Awesome was the ECW champion when he left the organization and signed with WCW. He eventually agreed to lose a match in ECW so they could get their title back. Instead of choosing one of their own wrestlers, they wanted Taz to take back the belt but he had signed with the WWE. Vince McMahon allowed Taz to to defeat Awesome at an ECW event which turned out to be a WWE wrestler defeating a WCW wrestler to win the ECW title. Nothing like this will ever happen again.
6. TNA’s 5 Star Match at Unbreakable 2006
TNA Unbreakable 2006 featured a triple threat match between Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Christopher Daniels. While you may not recognize the names, this match was one for the ages. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer gave the match the top honor of a 5 star rating. To put that into perspective of how rare a 5 star match is, this was only the second match of the decade to receive that rating.
5. Hulk Hogan Debuts in TNA
In 2010 Hogan shocked the world by signing with TNA Wrestling and walking out to the ring on the debut of TNA’s Monday Night Impact. Fans went crazy and it caused TNA to generate the kind of buzz that it had always dreamed. Seriously, fans were freaking out. You can watch the video for yourself and see people openly weeping at the sight of Hogan. It was an amazing moment for the organization.
4. New Jack vs Vic Grimes Scaffold Match
At ECW’s Living Dangerously 2000, Vic Grimes was on top of the arena’s balcony, a common location for New Jack to end up, when something went terribly wrong. Grimes botched the fall and instead of New Jack going through a table and breaking his fall, both men landed on the cement with Grimes landing on New Jack’s head. New Jack suffered brain damage and was blinded in one eye. Needless to say, New Jack was upset. Two years later the two faced off again in Xtreme Pro Wrestling in a scaffolding match when New Jack broke script and tossed Grimes off the scaffolding past the tables to break his fall. In a later interview New Jack said he was trying to throw Grimes into the cement on his head and kill him.
3. I Need a Chair
Probably the most infamous moment in ECW history was in 1995 after a match between Cactus Jack and Terry Funk ended with Public Enemy interfering. As Funk and Jack were battling the duo, Funk yelled into the crowd asking for a chair. Instead of receiving one, dozens of chairs flooded the ring covering Public Enemy. It will live on in wrestling infamy forever.
2. Shane Douglas Tosses the NWA Belt
In one of the most controversial moments in wrestling history, and one that changed the industry forever, Shane Douglas tossed away the NWA championship belt. The NWA had been around since 1948 and was one of the most well respected organizations in the world. Unfortunately for them, ECW was ready to separate itself and show how extreme is was willing to be. Paul Heyman and Todd Gordon were the only two men who knew that after Shane won the tournament for the NWA title, he was going to launch a new day for ECW by discrediting the NWA belt and tossing it away. Needless to say, the NWA was not happy.
1. The “Curtain Call” Incident
In 1996 the WWE had a house show at Madison Square Garden which would be the final appearance for Kevin Nash and Scott Hall before they left for WCW. Nash was pinned by Shawn Michaels and after the match Hall entered the ring and embraced Michaels. Shortly after Triple H entered the ring, hugging both Michaels and Hall. Soon after that Nash hugged the three of them and the four took a bow together which destroyed the legitimacy of several WWE storylines at the time. It was a moment that blurred the line between scripted and improvised that impacted the industry for years to come. You can watch the clip here.
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