WWE Network: Most Underrated Moments Fans Must Relive
The calling card for the newly launched WWE Network is that it gives fans access to a timeless vault of memories to be relived at will.
In time traveling through WWE's archive of the immortal, some memories stick more than others. And while many fans clamored to see historical moments—like Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant—in their entirety, moments that aren't as heralded leave just as strong of an impression.
With only a limited amount of all-time clips used to promote the WWE Network during its unprecedented marketing campaign, subscribers will be pleasantly surprised to learn that for every WrestleMania moment, there are countless Super Brawl moments that were glossed over by history, yet thankfully revived.
Underrated moments are seldom included across WWE platforms when WWE looks back at history to help tell the story of professional wrestling. Still, there are moments that fans will never forget. All they need is a little reminder.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan Returns at Royal Rumble 2012
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan made one of the better surprise entrances at the 2012 Royal Rumble. The inaugural Rumble winner couldn't have picked a better venue to make his cameo as the old-school St. Louis crowd fully embraced his entire stay.
Duggan didn't wear out his welcome (he was quickly eliminated by Cody Rhodes), but his moment was further proof of the nostalgic nature of wrestling fans.
Duggan made a similar return to the Royal Rumble in 2009, which took a little bit of shine off yet another appearance just three years later.
Given the fact that Duggan went over in the very first Royal Rumble in 1988, he should be entitled to enter as many Royal Rumbles as his red, white and blue heart desires.
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Eddie Guerrero Wins WWE Championship at No Way out 2004
Eddie Guerrero's match against Brock Lesnar at WWE No Way Out 2004 was a clinic in how to book an underdog in a fight for his life.
Lesnar was the ultimate athlete, and the prototypical WWE champion, while Guerrero had soldiered through a long, storied career before enjoying what would be a better-late-than-never coronation.
It was that very journey that enhanced the story of Guerrero winning the WWE championship in a matchup that featured a stark contrast between Lesnar's quick, meteoric rise and Guerrero's lengthy quest.
Fans in attendance could feel that it was Eddie's night, and were waiting to explode throughout the match, adding to an atmosphere that made the match a moment in and of itself.
With help from his former WCW colleague Goldberg, the final sequence saw Guerrero land the Frog Splash on Lesnar for the win, leading to a celebration that almost saw no end.
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Taz and Bam Bam Bigelow Go Through Ring at Living Dangerously 1998
It is rare that a finish to a match gets both wrestlers over, but the ECW World Television championship from Living Dangerously 1998 did just that.
Underrated monster heel Bam Bam Bigelow faced a small-yet-explosive Taz in a match that made the most out of their clear size differences.
With a finish that illustrated the theme of the match, Taz virtually scaled the immense frame of Bigelow, slapping on his Tazmission finisher and hanging on for dear life like leech. The lumbering Bigelow would succumb to the maneuver, but in doing so, both men fell through the ring.
The monster would come to drag Taz from the wreckage and pin him, underscoring a great irony of the super heavyweight scoring a fluke victory over the diminutive pitbull.
The spectacle itself created a moment that was a microcosm of how unpredictable and innovative the ECW brand truly was.
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Brian Pillman Shoots on Kevin Sullivan at Super Brawl VI
Brian Pillman's rebellious spirit was a precursor to CM Punk. In fact, it is because of Brian Pillman that some diehard Punk fans/conspiracy theorists may still have faith that the Straight-edge Superstar will make his return to Raw next week in his hometown of Chicago.
Afterall, it was Pillman who reportedly orchestrated an elaborate work with former WCW President Eric Bischoff that called for Pillman to get "fired" (via Wade Keller of PWTorch) by WCW only to return months later as the conquering antihero.
The master plan was set off at Super Brawl VI where, unbeknown to then-booker Kevin Sullivan, Pillman would engage in a flurry of stiff shots before quickly quitting their stipulated match by grumbling "I respect you, booker man."
The scene caused a stir both in front and behind the camera with Pillman acknowledging Sullivan's real-life authority. In true rebel fashion, Pillman would double-cross Bischoff, the only other person who was in on the aforementioned plan, and sign with WWE.
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Mick Foley Goes Through Flaming Table at One Night Stand 2006
The emotion and atmosphere of ECW One Night Stand 2005 was almost impossible to top, especially given the theme of a one-off.
Back by popular demand, however, ECW One Night Stand 2006 put forth a valiant effort and will forever be an overachieving pay-per-view that was hurt by being unfairly compared to its predecessor.
Arguably the best match of the night featured Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk and Beulah McGillicutty against Mick Foley, Edge and Lita.
The high spot came when a plywood table covered in barbed wire was lit on fire. Harkeing back to their death match wars, one swing of a flaming, barbed-wired two-by-four to Foley's abdomen sent the hardcore legend flying through what was almost literally a table from hell.
Foley's career of stunts and insane bumps render this spot surprisingly mild on his own personal highlight, but it's worth several replays.
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