When it came to breaking down barriers and setting the bar higher than ever, no one shined more than Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
Professional wrestling owes them a debt of gratitude because without them and their history, the landscape of this business would not be as it is today.
Imagine no DX, no "Attitude" era and no Monday Night Wars.
This however, came way before all that.
WrestleMania XII offered fans yet another historical, thrilling match unseen before: the Iron Man.
All the gems witnessed up to this point often met the 20-30 minute mark. This one? 60!
60 minutes of close calls, high-flying elbows, Sweet Chin Music and Sharpshooters.
To be able to do this kind of stuff, both Superstars needed to be in the best shape of their lives and with the richest prize in the game at stake, they would deliver a show the world had never seen.
In the end, none had been able to supplant the other and the timer stopped at the hour mark.
Bret had retained, the "Heartbreak Kid" would go home empty-handed...or would he?
Then-President of WWE, Gorilla Monsoon entered the ring and ordered the match to continue, much to Bret's chagrin.
The action continued but the fatigue had already set in and it was a wily Shawn who saw an opening and delivered a patented finisher for the final and decisive three-count.
It was over. The new champion realized his boyhood dream amid the fireworks while the Hitman pondered on what was to become of his future.
Unknown to all at the time, the seeds of one of the most intense rivalries were sewn that night.
Both are now legends and their war is a thing of the past but this majestic matchup is one of the most thrilling the world has ever seen.