For years wrestling has evolved and changed with its audience, the talent, the system (territorial) and the promoters. But the main one for the entertainment besides the talent is the matches.
Particularly throughout the 90s the basis of the matches changed dramatically.
To me the first major influence which began the snowball effect of the evolution of the matches was the Japanese.
Yes, the Japanese are famous for the biggest influence on "hardcore" wrestling with their own unique take on the death matches. So let the countdown began...