Most Shocking Moments In Pro Wrestling History

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1 The Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 11/9/97

The reaction from Bret when it happened says it all.

This was messed up. Screw Vince.

2 Mick Foley Gets Thrown of the Hell In a Cell at King of the Ring 6/26/98

We'll never forget Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, who were worried about Foley and wondered if he would compete. We'll never forget their reactions.
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3 Hulk Hogan Turns Heel at Bash at the Beach 7/7/96
4 Brock Lesnar Superplexes the Bigshow Causing the Ring to Break
5 Raven Crucifies Sandman On ECW 10/26/96

The ECW fans are a ravenous bunch, but even they have their limits. Following a match between Raven and Sandman, Raven crucified Sandman in the ring. Raven later apologized for his actions.

6 Bigshow Throws John Cena Through the Spotlight at Backlash
7 Ivan Koloff Ends Bruno Sammartino's 7 Year Title Reign
8 Brock Lesnar Defeats The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX

For 21 years, all the legends couldn't do what Brock Lesnar did in one night. How's that?

Yeah, after Taker's loss, WWE sucks. They're just bringing boring stories.

9 Andre Turns On Hulk Hogan

I remember it like it was yesterday. If you watched a WWE interview from 1984, when Hogan was the champion, Andre said he would like to challenge Hogan for a championship one day. It took three years for Hogan to say yes.

10 Stone Cold Gives Vince the Stunner On RAW 9/22/97
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11 CM Punk's Pipe Bomb
12 The Shockmaster Debuts 8/18/93

Shockmaster made an impact, but not in the way he wanted to when he crashed through the sheetrock wall and lost his helmet.

13 Edge Spears Mick Foley Through a Flaming Table at Wrestlemania 22
14 Brian Pillman Pulls a Gun On Stone Cold Steve Austin Raw 11/4/96

It was a moment that almost canceled WWF RAW forever. Pillman and Austin had no love lost, and on that November 1996 night, chaos erupted. Shots were reportedly fired outside Pillman's house. It was a desperate attempt by WWF RAW to gain ratings against WCW Monday Nitro, which was dominating in the Monday Night War. The WWF was later forced to apologize for the events of that fateful night in Ohio.
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15 Shield Reunion 10/9/17
16 The Death of Rocky Johnson

It was a tragedy that ended the career of one of pro wrestling's most popular superstars of all time. His sportsmanship and desire helped him achieve amazing victories and induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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The father of Dwayne Johnson, who helped guide his son, passed away at just 75. A total tragedy for all of wrestling, along with his fans and son Dwayne. R.I.P. Rocky.

17 Vince Hires Eric Bischoff Raw 7/15/02

No one in a million years ever thought Eric Bischoff, the same man who tried to put WWE out of business, would be working for Vince McMahon.

18 Brock Lesnar Winning WWE Title After Destroying John Cena (Summerslam 2014)
19 Mickie James Kisses Trish Stratus Raw 12/26/05
20 Undertaker Hangs The Big Bossman from the Cell WrestleMania XV
21 The Mass Transit incident
22 Larry Zbyszko Turns on Bruno Sammartino

Zbyszko trained with Sammartino while at Penn State. In 1973, Sammartino brought Zbyszko into the World Wrestling Federation. In seven years, Zbyszko became one of the best. He was the 1974 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year and a tag team champion with Tony Garea. Despite his wins, he never escaped the shadow of his teacher, Sammartino.

In January 1980, Larry challenged Bruno to a match on TV, or he would face retirement. Bruno later agreed. On January 22, 1980, they fought on national TV. Sammartino dominated early, but Larry grew angry as the match progressed. After Bruno threw him out of the ring, Larry returned and attacked Bruno viciously.

The most shocking pro wrestling moment of the 1980s happened when Larry hit Bruno with a wooden chair three times, leaving him in a pool of mud in the ring. This instantly made Larry a big-time heel and started the Zbyszko-Sammartino feud that captured the pro wrestling world in 1980.
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23 The Rainmaker Shock at The New Beginning 2012
24 Kane Tombstones Linda McMahon
25 Nexus Invades WWE
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