COLUMN: The 100 Greatest Wrestling Moments of All Time

Kevin McElvaney


Offbeat Shenanigans #24

Welcome, WrestleZone readers to a beautiful Saturday on this glorious WrestleMania weekend. Whether you’re WWE, ROH, TNA, or – best of all – a fan, this is arguably the best weekend to have wrestling in your life.

For the past month, I’ve been accepting your votes for The Best Wrestling Moments of All Time. These include matches, debuts, segments, skits, promos, feuds…anything wrestling. It’s a diverse list, culled from many, many more emails than I’ve received in response to any other topic. People love lists, and they love talking about what in this business has moved them.

I’d like to thank everyone for giving me plenty to work with here. In fact, so many moments were submitted that I’ve been able to compile a list of the 100 Greatest Wrestling Moments of All Time. Thanks to Andy Coppola (scholar and gentleman) for settling any and all ties. Thanks goes out, also, to the wrestlers, bookers, promoters, and personalities who have given us all of our favorite memories.

And, of course, thanks to my high school computer applications teacher, Mr. Carboni, who taught me how to use spreadsheet software. This is the first time it’s come in handy in the 7 years since taking his class!

Thoughts on the list? Feel free to email me at kjmcelvaney@yahoo.com. Keep in mind, though, that these moments were selected by you, the readers of this site. I did submit my own votes, but they didn’t count any more than any of yours did.

Without further ado:

The 100 Greatest Wrestling Moments of All Time

(as selected by WrestleZone readers)

1. Hulk Hogan turns heel and forms the NWO

2. Hulk Hogan bodyslams Andre the Giant at WM III

3. Y2J debuts for the WWF

4. Austin 3:16

5. Mankind vs. The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell

6. The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan at WM XVIII

7. Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart, Iron Man Match

8. Mankind defeats The Rock for the WWF title

9. Chris Benoit wins the WWE World Heavyweight Title

10. Stone Cold stuns Vince

11. The Montreal Screwjob

12. Shane McMahon appears on Nitro (WWF buys WCW)

13. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold, I Quit match

14. Eddie Guerrero wins the WWE championship

15. Scott Hall / Kevin Nash show up in WCW

16. Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage at WM III

17. Sting returns and beats Hulk Hogan at Starrcade ’97

18. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit celebrate at WM XX

19. Goldberg defeats Hulk Hogan for the WCW title

20. The Rock vs. Stone Cold, WrestleMania series

21. D-X invades Monday Nitro

22. Shane Douglas renames the NWA title the “ECW title”

23. Chris Jericho becomes the first Undisputed champion

24. Triple H returns from his first quad injury

25. Ultimate Warrior defeats Hulk Hogan at WM VI

26. The Undertaker returns at WM XX

27. Triple H – Shawn Michaels feud (2002 – 2004)

28. Shawn Michaels kicks Marty Jannetty through the Barber Shop window

29. Shawn Michaels enters Royal Rumble at #1, wins

30. The original TLC match series

31. Bret Hart vs. Chris Benoit, Owen Hart tribute match

32. The birth of Hulkamania

33. John Cena returns and wins the 2008 Royal Rumble

34. Sting defeats Flair for the NWA title at The Great American Bash

35. The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak

36. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon, WrestleMania X

37. Ric Flair returns to WCW, reforms Horsemen, shoots on Bischoff

38. The first WrestleMania

39. Shawn Michaels wins the first Elimination Chamber match

40. D-X spoofs the Nation of Domination

41. Brock Lesnar superplexes Big Show, the ring collapses

42. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (any)

43. D-X reunion, 2006

44. Stone Cold and Kurt Angle sing together

45. Shawn Michaels – John Cena feud

46. Chris Jericho beats Triple H for the WWF title, decision is reversed

47. The Rock “This is Your Life”

48. Triple H – Cactus Jack feud (2000)

49. D-X forms

50. ECW’s first pay-per-view, B arely Legal ’97

51. Rob Van Dam holds the WWE and ECW titles

52. Raw is Owen

53. The McMahon-Helmsley Era

54. Rey Mysterio wins the World Heavyweight Title

55. Kurt Angle signs with TNA

56. ECW One Night Stand, 2005

57. Shawn Michaels returns to WWE, 2002

58. Kerry Von Erich defeats Ric Flair for the NWA title

59. Ric Flair wins the 1992 Royal Rumble & WWF title

60. Shane McMahon’s many crazy stunts and dives

61. Edge cashes in Money in the Bank, pins Cena

62. Shawn Michaels’ first title win / run

63. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels, WM 21

64. Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb

65. The formation of the Four Horsemen

66. The Eddie Guerrero tribute specials

67. Edge spears Jeff Hardy as he hangs from the tag title belt

68. WrestleMania XVII

69. Jimmy Snuka’s splash from the top of the cage

70. Kevin Nash ends Goldberg’s undefeated streak

71. Lex Luger defeats Hulk Hogan for the WCW title

72. The Mega Powers pairing and feud

73. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell

74. The Undertaker debuts

75. The Hurricane vs. The Rock

76. The Kliq incident at Madison Square Garden

77. Armageddon Hell in a Cell

78. The first post-9/11 Smackdown

79. Bret Hart defeats Goldberg with the help of a metal sheet

80. Shawn Michaels wins second consecutive Royal Rumble

81. Hart Foundation vs. Team USA, Canadian Stampede

82. Sting vs. the NWO

83. Jeff Hardy vs. The Undertaker, ladder match

84. The Undertaker kidnaps Stephanie McMahon

85. Ric Flair’s WWF debut

86. The British Bulldog beats Bret Hart for the IC title

87. Eric Bischoff becomes GM of Raw

88. The final Monday Nitro

89. The Rock returns to the WWF, 2001

90. The Rock takes over the Nation of Domination

91. Evolution forms

92. Mark “Sexual Chocolate” Henry and Mae Young

93. ECW’s rise to success

94. Stone Cold beats Shawn Michaels at WM XIV for the WWF title

95. Tommy Dreamer finally beats Raven

96. Bret Hart defeats Yokozuna for the WWF title

97. Raw’s 15th Anniversary show

98. ECW joins the Alliance

99. Ric Flair – Terry Funk feud

100. Dusty Rhodes, “The American Dream”

There you have it, everyone. Thanks again for submitting your votes, and enjoy your ‘Mania weekend!

Kevin McElvaney, while appearing nowhere on this list, is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and The Wrestler / Inside Wrestling. Send questions or comments to kjmcelvaney@yahoo.com.

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