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Almost 50 years in existence, countless hours of programming and tons of jaw dropping and shocking moments and matches and now WWE has produced a countdown of 50 of the most shocking, awe-inspiring moments in their history. With comments from various WWE superstars and personnel, we have a set of clips and moments that is of course filled with controversy but more often than not entertaining (with the exception of the extremely irritating "Oh My God" beat that plays before every clip).
#50, 2/5/88, Seeing Double: On Saturday Night's Main Event it was the Wrestlemania III rematch between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant for the WWE title. Thanks to a referee being paid off by The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Andre won the title then gave it to DiBiase. Nice how they had both Dave & Earl Hebner in the clip, which is a good one.
#49, 6/7/10, Nexus is Here: During the Raw main event of CM Punk vs. John Cena, the NXT Season 1 rookies made a shocking appearance and laid waste to both Punk & Cena as well as the ringside crew and the ring itself. Great moment.
#48, 6/7/99, Chokeslam to Hell: When Undertaker faced The Big Show on Raw, the end of the match resulted in one of the most devasting chokeslams in history as Taker was thrown through thr ring. Good memorable moment.
#47, 3/31/96, Backlot Brawl: At Wrestlemania XII Roddy Piper faced Goldust first in a back alley, then after a car chase they both fight into the arena and Piper beats up Goldie in the ring. Nice clip.
#46, 9/7/91, Wedding Surprise: On an episode of Superstars during the Randy Savage/Miss Elizaebth wedding celebration as they were unwrapping gifts they got an unwanted gift in the form of a king cobra courtesy of Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Very good one here.
#45, 4/5/09, Cena's Feat of Strength: At the silver anniversary of Wrestlemania there was a Triple Threat Match for the WWE title between Edge, John Cena and The Big Show. During this match Cena lifted both Show & Edge onto his shoulders in what was truly a major feat of strength. Average one for this countdown though.
#44, 6/27/04, Concrete Crypt: Undertaker beat the Tag Champions, prevented Paul Heyman from burying Taker's manager Paul Bearer in cement, but then buried Bearer himself. A true OMG (in a bad way) clip.
#43, 4/27/98, DX Invades WCW: After WWE had finally reached the top of the ratings war two weeks before, WWE took the fight to Turner's organization by sending DX to the arena Nitro was being taped at. Pretty goofy segment here.
#42, 2/2/98, Dumpster Stage Dive: While Cactus Jack and Terry Funk had a match that spilled onto the stage and ended in a dumpster. Enter Billy Gunn & Road Dogg who pushed the stage, which was modestly shocking.
#41, 12/13/01, Grocery Store Attack: On Smackdown Stone Cold attacked Booker T in a supermarket, which was easily one of the best moments in recent memory. So funny and entertaining, one of the last great things Stone Cold did as an active competitor.
#40, 2/8/97, Triple H Meets Escalator: On an episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, Undertaker faced Triple H and Hunter got the tombstoned onto the top of the escalator and ended up riding it all the way down. Not a bad one, but average.
#39, '05, Tim White Ends It All: In one of the more tasteless things WWE ever did (and that covers a lot of ground), former referee Tim White is all down about never being able to referee again and tries taking his own life in a bunch of different ways. Honestly this one was pretty bad and not in a good way.
#38, 7/15/02, New Raw GM: Vince McMahon promised to shake things up and he did by hiring his former hated enemy Eric Bischoff as the General Manager of Raw. Loved this one.
#37, 4/18/04, Orton Thumbtacks: In a No Holds Barred Match against Mick Foley, Randy Orton went for an RKO but it was countered and Orton went back first into a pile of tacks. One word: Ouuuuccchhhhh!!!!!
#36, 4/26/99, Unholy Wedding: On Raw Undertaker attempted to wed Stephanie McMahon but Stone Cold broke up the ceremony and saved Stephanie, which was a tad shocking to say the least.
#35, 4/28/96, Mad Dog Vachon Loses Leg: Shawn Michaels & Diesel fought a war in April of '96, Diesel attacked hall of famer Mad Dog Vachon, even taking off his fake leg and attempted to use it on Michaels. I guess this was shocking, but kind of unnecessary.
#34, 3/7/86, Haiti Kid Gets A Haircut: On an episode of Piper's Pit, Roddy shaved the head of the midget wrestler while Bob Orton held Haiti back. Funny stuff.
#33, 10/5/98, Hospital Visiting Hours: After suffering a busted leg, Vince McMahon was in the hospital and was visited by Mankind (who introduced Mr. Socko) then Stone Cold came in disguised as a doctor and proceeded to beat Vince senseless. Funny stuff here.
#32, 9/9/99, A Classic Hit: During his last run in WWE Jeff Jarrett decided to target some of the women past and present in wrestling, on this night the woman was hall of famer The Fabulous Moolah. After she insulted him, he hit her with a massive guitar shot.
#31, 1/8/06, Edge Cashes In Money In The Bank: After winning a brutal Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE title, John Cena was faced with another challenger in Edge who cashed in the briefcase and became the champion, in shocking fashion.
#30, 8/20/01, Got Milk?: Kurt Angle surprised the Alliance, driving a milk truck into the arena and dousing the superstars in milk, including Stone Cold (much like Austin did to the McMahon's and The Rock a couple of years before). Not a bad one.
#29, Kiss My Ass Club: Vince McMahon established a new club where various superstars were forced to kiss his.... well you know. Funny stuff here.
#28, 1/16/09, Jeff Hardy's Pyro Goes Bad: During his entrance for his match Jeff's pyro malfunctioned and he was "burned" by it. Its an eh type of moment.
#27, 4/27/00, Austin Blows Up The DX Bus: On Smackdown Steve Austin promised he would be there and he was as he dropped a steel beam onto the DX bus which blew it up.
#26, 11/29/99, Wedding In Vegas: As Test and Stephanie looked to tie the knot, Triple H appeared and showed some footage of him and Steph (who was out cold) getting married in Vegas. This would lead to the McMahon/Helmsley regime beginning a month later.
#25, 11/8/04, Snitsky Punts Baby: After Snitsky had burst onto the scene a couple of months back, causing Lita to lose her baby, then beating Kane in a match at Taboo Tuesday. He then appeared in the ring on Raw and punted a "baby" into the crowd.
#24, 10/12/98, Concrete Corvette: Vince drove himself into the arena on Raw in a beautiful corvette, Austin brought a cement truck in and filled the car with the contents. Nice segment.
#23, 11/23/91, Snake Bites Macho Man: On Superstars Randy Savage ran to the ring and jake Roberts attacked him, tied him in the ropes and Jake's king cobra latched onto Macho's arm and wouldn't let go. Loved this one.
#22, 8/27/00, Shane McMahon, Daredevil: At Summerslam 2000, Shane O'Mac & Steve Blackman faced off and Shane took a massive plunge off the side of the video wall about 50 feet in fact. Again one word: Ooouuuuchh!!!
#21, 1/11/92, Barber Shop Window: Years of friendship and as tag team partners ended when Shawn Michaels put Marty Jannetty through a window face first.
#20, 4/1/01, Edge Spears Jeff: On the grand stage of Wrestlemania in the TLC match, Jeff Hardy was hanging from the steel cables trying to get the title belts, but Edge climbed a ladder and hit a massive spear as both tumbled to the mat.
#19, 7/14/03, Kane Sets JR On Fire: This was about a month after he was unmasked, where Kane ended up setting J.R. on fire. Cheesy but fun stuff.
#18, 9/22/97, Stone Cold Stuns Mr. McMahon: Austin and Vince faced off in the ring, where after Steve agreed to work within the system he stunned the chairman, which set off a fantastic rivalry that would go on for years.
#17, 6/24/01, Kurt and Shane Battle: In at Street Fight these two battled in and out of the ring and had a couple of OMG moments.
#16, 1/14/08, Jeff Swanton Off The Tron: On Raw before the Royal Rumble, Jeff would make a statement by climbing at least 25 feet high and hit a huge swanton.
#15, 4/2/06, Edge Spears Foley: In a hardcore match at Wrestlemania 22, it was a great one that had an awesome finish as Edge speared Foley through a flaming table on the outside.
#14, 9/28/98, Stone Cold Zamboni: Taker & Kane were about to be awarded the WWE title by Vince, when Austin crashed the party in a zamboni, drove it to the ring and dived off of it onto McMahon.
#13, 7/17/84, Piper Hits Snuka With A Coconut: Probably one of the top 3 moments in Piper's Pit history as Roddy hit Jimmy with a coconut shot that knocked Snuka into the staging and out cold.
#12, 3/26/01, WWE Buys WCW: The Monday Night Wars came to an end as Vince finally bought WCW, but Shane McMahon ended up buying WCW and then this led to the Alliance storyline (ugh).
#11, Unbreakable Mae Young: So many odd and strange moments from Mae Young from over the years including Bubba Ray Dudley powerbombing her from the stage through a table.
#10, 11/11/99, Big Show's Father's Funeral: While at the funeral for his father, the Big Bossman appeared and ended up dragging the casket away while Show was on it.
#9, 11/9/97, Montreal Screwjob: Champion Bret Hart didn't want to lose in Canada on what was to be his final night in the WWE, so when Shawn Michaels had Bret in the sharpshooter, Vince ordered the bell to be rung thus becoming the infamous screwjob finish.
#8, 7/12/03, Big Show & Brock Lesnar Break The Ring: At the conclusion of a match between Big Show & Brock Lesnar, Brock hit a superplex on Show that broke the ring and shocked the announcers and the crowd.
#7, 1/19/98, Tyson & Austin: On Raw we had a face/off between boxer Mike Tyson and Stone Cold, which led to a memorable boiling point that launched the WWE to bigger heights.
#6, 6/11/07, Mr. McMahon's Limo Blows Up: On Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night, Vince seemed to be in such a weird mood as he walked to the ring, said nothing and walked backstage and out of the arena. Once he got into his limo, it exploded. But of course we never got to see the conclusion of this storyline thanks to a certain terrible act by a certain wrestler that forced WWE to go PG.
#5, 7/26/98, Sable's Handprints: This was the launching point for Sable's major push in WWE as she revealed she was wearing next to nothing with handprints on her chest.
#4, 10/17/83, Snuka Off The Steel Cage: After he failed to beat Don Muraco for the I.C. title, Snuka took a dive off the top of the cage onto Muraco, in what was truly an all time great moment.
#3, 11/4/96, Pillman's Got A Gun: This was at Pillman's home where he wanted to do an interview talking about how Austin will pay for breaking his ankle. Steve of course shows up, breaks in the house and the infamous gun scene is shown and the footage gets cut off. Pretty tense for that time period.
#2, 3/22/99, Beer Bath: On the Raw before Wrestlemania XV, Stone Cold drove a beer truck into the arena then sprayed Rock, Shane & Vince McMahon with beer. Great one here.
#1, 6/28/98, Mankind Thrown Off The Cell: Easily one of the most memorable moments ever in WWE history as The Undertaker threw Mick Foley off of the top of the Hell In A Cell structure. This immortalized Foley as a legend in the eyes of the wrestling fans.
Extras on Disc 1: Moments and Segments In Full
-3/7/86, Tuesday Night Titans, Rowdy Roddy Piper Gives Haiti Kid A Haircut
-11/23/91, Superstars, Jake Roberts Attacks Randy Savage
-1/11/92, Wrestling Challenge, The Rockers Split On The Barber Shop
-9/22/97, Raw, Stone Cold Stunner To Mr. McMahon
-9/28/98, Raw, Mr. McMahon's Ceremony To Crown A New WWE Champion
-3/22/99, Raw, Stone Cold Gives The Corporation A Beer Bath
-11/11/99, Smackdown, Dearly Departed
Matches on Disc 1
-4/28/96-In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies-No Holds Barred for the WWF Title, Shawn Michaels (Champion) vs. Diesel: Very good hardcore match, probably one of Kevin Nash's (Diesel) best matches of his career. Liked the David vs. Goliath concept as after Shawn beat on Diesel for the first couple of minutes, Diesel dominates the rest of the match for the most part. Diesel uses plenty of power moves of Shawn and then he chokes out Shawn with a belt and even hangs him from over the top rope. Diesel even jack-knife power bombs Michaels through the announce table, you can even hear Vince telling Shawn to stop that it's not worth it, saying "Let it be over." Diesel grabs the fake leg of Mad Dog Vashon (of AWA fame) who was at ringside, and tried to hit Shawn with it but he ducks and starts hitting Diesel with offensive moves and then uses the fake leg and after a bit, he hits Sweet Chin Music on Diesel to retain the WWF Title. 11/10.
-2/8/97, Shotgun Saturday Night, Intercontinental Championship Match, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley (Champion) vs. The Undertaker: Glad they decided to start putting SSN matches on DVD as the locations were always unique and this match while short isn't a bad one. Once the ref gets taken out, Hunter uses the title belt to knock down the big man then starts kicking and choking him out on the ring ropes. Taker sits up after a neckbreaker, then uses the title belt on Hunter which causes a DQ. 5/10. Of course the more famous part was the tombstone on the escalator shortly after.
-6/28/98, King of the Ring, Hell In A Cell Match, The Undertaker vs. Mankind: Without question the most famous cell match in history. Mankind takes a huge fall from the top through the announce table in the first couple of minutes, after some time he comes back up the aisle and climbs the cage, takes a chokeslam through the ceiling of the cage and almost blacks out from the fall and a chair smashing him in the face. Pretty brutal action as there's thumbtacks, blood and a tombstone that puts Mankind down for the 3 count. 10/10. I do like that the post match ovation was included as the crowd cheered big for Foley.
-8/27/00, Summerslam, Hardcore Championship Match, Shane McMahon (Champion) vs. Steve Blackman: The action starts off good and quickly goes into the crowd, then back to the ring and Steve beats up on Shane until Test & Albert come into the ring, so Blackman had to try and fight off three men, throughout all this is some good weapon usage. Steve finally got his hands on Shane, who climbed up the side of the titan tron. Blackman followed and after a few cane shots Shane fell 50 feet to the floor, then Steve jumped off landing on Shane and covered him to win the hardcore title. 8/10.
Disc 2, Moments and Segments In Full
-8/20/01, Raw, Kurt Angle's Milk Delivery
-12/13/01, Smackdown, Stone Cold Steve Austin Brawls With Booker T In The Supermarket
-11/8/04, Raw, The Highlight Reel With Trish Stratus & Lita
-6/11/07, Raw, Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night
-Jerry "The King" Lawler's Outtakes
-Going Inside Out
-1/16/09, Smackdown, The Cutting Edge With Jeff Hardy
Matches on Disc 2
-4/1/01, Wrestlemania X-7, TLC II Match For The World Tag Team Championship, The Dudley Boyz (Champions) vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz: It told a better story than the first one as all three teams got some great spots in, Rhyno, Spike Dudley and Lita all made appearances. Of course there was the Edge spearing Jeff spot, but also Jeff hitting a big swanton onto Rhyno and Spike through two tables, Bubba Ray and Matt Hardy taking a huge fall from a ladder to the outside through four tables and so many others. Rhyno helps Edge & Christian get the tag belts as they become the champions. Great match here, 10/10.
-6/24/01, King of the Ring, Street Fight, Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon: After wrestling two matches earlier Kurt faced Shane in this fantastic and amazing fight as there was some good mat wrestling, plenty of weapons used. After a suplex on the floor broke Kurt's tailbone, he had to hit multiple belly to belly suplexes as he drove Shane through two glass windows at the entrance way. Back in the ring, Shane makes a comeback even hitting a variation of the Angle Slam but this was Kurt's night as he used a plank of wood to set up a huge Angle Slam off the top rope and made the cover to win. 11/10.
-6/12/03, Smackdown, WWE Championship Match, Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. The Big Show: This was a good main event to the end the show, but it's basically the same as other matches they've had before. Man, those chops from Show sound like they hurt. The finish comes when Big Show goes to the top rope, Lesnar follows and superplexes Show down to the mat, which causes the ring to implode, thus ending the match in a no contest. Major league pop for the finish, 9/10, for the finish mainly.
-6/27/04, Great American Bash, Concrete Crypt Match, The Undertaker vs. The Dudley Boyz: The story here was if Taker didn't do as general manager Paul Heyman commanded then Paul Bearer would be buried in a concrete crypt. Honestly this match was crap at best, while the Dudley's got in some offense, Taker just beat down the tag team champions. The constant yelling by Heyman was irritating beyond words and the match was pretty much garbage and Taker nailed the tombstone to win the match. 2/10. The segment post match where Taker could've saved Paul Bearer but didn't honestly made no sense to me.
-1/8/06, New Year's Revolution, WWE Championship Match, John Cena (Champion) vs. Edge: Right after the Elimination Chamber match, Edge appeared and cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase. It doesn't take long after the match begins for Edge to hit the spear and cover Cena to win his first WWE title. 6/10, for the shock factor.
-4/2/06, Wrestlemania 22, Hardcore Match, Edge vs. Mick Foley: This has a really big match feel and it delivered as both men took it to each other, using weapons like barbwire, street signs, a barbwire bat and even a flaming table. Pretty sick spot where Foley whips Edge with some barbwire. This was likely Foley's last great match in WWE and what a way to make a Wrestlemania moment as Edge speared Foley through a flaming table on the outside and made the pin for the win. 10/10.
Blu-Ray Exclusive Matches
-1/14/08, Raw, WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, Jeff Hardy (Champion) vs. Randy Orton: Really this was just a backdrop for Orton to get his hands on and take out Hardy before their match at the Royal Rumble. It quickly ends as Randy hits a low blow causing a DQ, the aftermath had some good brawling but was more memorable with Jeff hitting the biggest swanton in his WWE career onto Orton. 7/10, for the aftermath.
-4/5/09, Wrestlemania 25, Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Edge (Champion) vs. John Cena vs. The Big Show: Good entrances by all three including the usual over the top type from Cena and it wasn't a bad match, all three got some good moves in as well as chances to shine. Show was dominate at points, Edge picked his spots and Cena showed his strength lifting both Show and Edge on his shoulders. John of course ends up picking up the win here to become the champion, again. 7/10.
-6/7/10, Raw, Viewer's Choice Match, John Cena vs. CM Punk: Very good and competitive match here between both men, but its more memorable for the NXT Season 1 rookies appearing at ringside and making their mark by destroying Cena, Punk, the announcers, the ring crew and the ring. The crowd was in absolute shock to say the least. 10/10, for the post match beatdown.
While obviously a controversial DVD release as some of the moments could've been shifted around or some left off completely this was a pretty good set of moments. The matches and segments are well worth watching and I was so thrilled to see segments like the supermarket brawl in full and matches like the King of the Ring street fight and the Viewer's choice match included as well.