2002—one of the successful years in recent WWE history. Returns, debuts, and history-making matches.
Still feeling the aftermath of Vince McMahon purchasing WCW in 2001, there were many moments that avid wrestling fans would have never imagined. Eric Bischoff in a WWE ring? Better yet, a general manager? Who would have imagined?
Due to the thick roster—as a result of the purchase—McMahon thought it would be a good idea to have both Raw and Smackdown be exclusive shows. Thus, commencing the formation of the "brand split" in March of 2002. This initiated the first ever "WWE Draft" with the Rock as the first pick, defecting to Smackdown.
The "Big Gold Belt" being a main title in the WWE was also a shock. Being such a longstanding prize in the NWA/WCW, it was quite interesting to see it on WWE programming.
OK, let's forget about the dismal return of Scott Steiner, but Shelton Benjamin and Victoria ended up being good investments, right?
Well, here are 10 things stemming from 2002 that unquestionably have left indelible marks in wrestling history.