10 Greatest Accomplishments In Wrestling History
Pro Wrestling has been around for ages, its orgins date back to 19th century - carnival sideshows and music halls, as part of displays of athleticism and strength.
In wrestling there have been accomplishments that sometimes can only be described in one word, WOW!
Accomplishments that have changed the history of pro wrestling, will forever be cemented in the history books, and will live on in the minds of fans for ages to come.
My primary focus will be on WWE and WCW, because in my opinion even though ECW was and TNA is a great wrestling company, there have not been that many moments that really stand out in my mind, at least to make the top ten.
These accomplishments will not be in any particular order, as if I were to try and rank them accordingly It would take me forever.
If you feel you could rank them, or if you feel a moment is left out, leave a comment and let me know.
Otherwise I hope you enjoy!
10. Ultimate Warrior Becomes First Intercontinental/WWF Champion
The date was April 1st 1990, at the Toronto Sky dome, 67,678 fans in attendance.
The Ultimate Warrior who was Intercontinental Champion at the time, going up against Hulk Hogan who was WWF Champion.
This marked the first ever time that there was a title vs. title match, and up until that time Hulk Hogan had never been beat cleanly for the 1,2,3.
After two of the Ultimate Warriors Body Splash finishers, he became the first person to beat Hulk Hogan cleanly, and also became the first ever Intercontinental/WWF Champion in history.
To get that kind of push against a guy like Hulk Hogan at that time in his career is absolutely legendary.
9. The nWo Is Formed
The nWo was probably one of, if not thee most controversial stable in wrestling history.
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall had just come over from WWE, and were planning on taking over WCW.
They told WCW to get their three top guys and they would take them on at the next ppv Bash At The Beach.
They were asked who their third member would be? They said the third member would be revealed when the time was right.
Some might not know this, but they didn't actually know at the time who the third member was.
Bischoff had asked Hogan originally and Hogan turned it down. Sting was then going to be the third member.
Until Hogan saw what big of an impact that was going to be made, then he had Bischoff fly out to his home in California and told him he would be the third member.
In Bischoff's book "Controversy Creates Cash", he said that he kept it a secret from everybody including the announcers and Hall and Nash, and that he still wasn't sure Hogan would do it until he showed up at the arena an hour before the show.
Hall and Nash went out against Sting, Luger, and The Macho Man.
Luger was immediatly taken out. Hall and Nash were dominating, then out comes Hogan.
Everyone is cheering thinking he is coming out to help WCW, then Hogan hit the Leg Drop heard round the world on Savage, aligning himself with "The Bad Guys".
People the likes of Kurt Hennig, Rick Rude, Randy Savage, Scott Steiner, Ted DiBiase, The Great Muta, and Buff Bagwell among others were all apart of the nWo, perhaps making them the most legendary stable ever.
8. Chris Jericho Becomes First Ever Undisputed Champion
On December 9th 2001 at WWF Vengeance, Chris Jericho beat both The Rock for the then WCW Heavyweight Title (simply known as just the World Heavyweight Title),
He then went on to beat Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship, becoming the first ever Undisputed Champion.
This is an event that shocked all, as Austin and The Rock were the two biggest names in the company at the time and no one, (except Jericho) thought that he would be able to beat both in the same night.
But Jericho defied the odds, thus becoming the first ever Undisputed Champion in history.
7. Chyna Becomes First Female IC Champion
Now Chyna has had many accomplishments beside this.
Such as being the first ever female in the Royal Rumble, the first female number one contender for the WWF Championship, and also the first woman to qualify for the King Of The Ring Tournament.
But this is the 10 greatest accomplishments and I'm not going to waste more than half on one person, so I picked what I feel was her biggest accomplishment.
It was June 1999 at the No Mercy PPV that Chyna defeated Jeff Jarrett in his last WWF match to become the first ever female IC Champion.
She has also claimed that Jarrett demanded, (and received) 300,000$ from Vince McMahon in order to lose the title cleanly to a woman.
6. WWF Brings In The Attitude Era
The Attitude Era, the one time in history that every fan wishes would be brought back.
The Attitude Era began as a result of the Monday Night Wars with WCW.
It is said to have begun March 29th 1998, after Stone Cold Steve Austin beat Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania XIV.
The Attitude Era sought to attract the young adult demographic by transforming the product into an edgier form of entertainment.
Heroic characters were replaced with disaffected antiheroes, and family friendly storylines were replaced with stories based on shock value.
Real-life issues were often mined for storyline content, blurring the lines between fiction and reality, much like what TNA is doing today.
The in-ring product also began to focus more on story-telling and athleticism, as opposed to the big-man spectacle that defined World Wrestling Federation television during the 1980s.
It unfortunately came to an end though almost in the same fashion on April 1st 2001, at WrestleMania XVII.
Austin embracing his long time archenemy Vince McMahon after defeating The Rock to become WWF Champion once again, just days after World Championship Wrestling was bought out by the WWF.
Which brings me to my next greatest accomplishment...
5. Vince McMahon Buys WCW
WWE and WCW had been at war so to speak for a few years, and for a while WCW managed to do something that TNA has not, and that's beat the WWE in ratings.
Then McMahon kicked things into high gear with The Attitude Era as mentioned in my last slide, and things for WCW started to go downhill from there.
In 2001 the wrestling world was shocked as we saw Vince McMahon on Monday Nitro.
It had finally happened, Vince McMahon had bought out the competition making him the leading brand in sports entertainment still to this day.
Also this is probably what contributed to the end of The Attitude Era since just days after the purchase the Attitude Era was laid to rest so to speak.
4. Kurt Angle Holds All TNA Belts At Once
Now if I were ranking these from the tenth greatest to the first in order, this could easily be number one as no one has ever accomplished such a feat in any company, and its very likely that no one ever will again.
But like I said at the beginning these are in no particular order so this comes in at number four.
Samoa Joe (newly crowned X Division champ) and Kurt Angle teamed together at Victory Road 2007 in a tag match against Team 3D for 3D's tag titles.
The stipulation was that whoever pinned their opponent, they would win that persons title(s).
Joe ended up pinning Brother Ray winning the tag titles, which he held by himself.
He then challenged Kurt Angle to a match at Hard Justice for all the titles, as Kurt held the TNA Heavyweight title and IWGP Heavyweight title at the time.
Kurt accepted, and Joe swore he would take everything away that mattered in Kurt’s life, then bringing Kurt’s wife (now ex) Karen in the mix.
Karen would ask Kurt for a divorce, seemingly siding with Joe.
Then at Hard Justice, Karen turned her back on Joe by throwing in a steel chair for Kurt to use.
Thus Kurt defeated Samoa Joe in which has to be one of the biggest pushes in the world, winning every single title TNA had to offer, plus the IWGP Heavyweight title.
3. Hulk Hogan Body Slams Andre The Giant
Now a days a wrestler body slams a 500 pounder fans give a nice little applause saying wow nice job.
Every time its done though fans minds go back to one thing, and that is Hulk Hogan slamming Andre The Giant.
Back then it was like HOLY SHIT I CAN’T BELIEVE HE JUST DID THAT!
Allot of wrestlers to this day say that this was the greatest Wrestlemania ever , (Wrestlemania III) simply because of this match, and they always point out the body slam.
This is probably the only feud you will ever see where one wrestler was WWF Champion for 3 years, (Hogan) and the other was undefeated for 15 years (Andre).
Technically he had been beaten in other companies, but in the WWF he had never been pinned or submitted.
Years later Hogan had said that Andre felt more like 700 pounds and he actually tore his latissimus dorsi muscle slamming him.
2. Goldbergs Undefeated Streak
Probably the most talked about streak in the history of pro wrestling besides The Undertakers.
Goldberg went 173-0, before being defeated by Kevin Nash at Starcade 1998 after Scott Hall ran in and shocked Goldberg with a cattle prod.
Nash still claims to this day that he did not book himself to end Goldberg’s streak, that he beat Goldberg in December and didn't start booking until February.
Wrestlemania, the grandaddy of them all!
First held in 1985, Wrestlemania is the creation of Vince McMahon.
It is the WWE's version of the Super bowl, and is held every year around late March early April.
WrestleMania's widespread success helped transform the professional-wrestling industry, and make the WWE the most successful promotion in the world.
WrestleMania has facilitated the rise to stardom of wrestlers such as The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H, amongst others.
Numerous celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, Alice Cooper, Lawrence Taylor, Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather, Snoop Dogg, Raven-Symoné, Kim Kardashian, Mickey Rourke, Jenny McCarthy and others have participated or made special appearances in the events.
The Undertaker is the only superstar so far to have gone undefeated at Wrestlemania, going 18-0.
These are some great accomplishments that missed that top ten but deserve mentioning.
Chyna becomes first woman to enter Royal Rumble.
Mr. McMahon buys ECW.
Undertakers 18-0 Wrestlemania Undefeated Streak.
Michelle McCool becomes first woman to win both the Womans Title and Divas Title.
Shawn Michaels becomes first Grand Slam champion in WWE history meaning he won every single belt WWE had to offer at least once.
D-Generation X Is Formed.
Honky Tonk Man becomes longest reigning IC Champ holding it for 64 weeks.
Chris Jericho holds most IC title reigns with 9
Ric Flair 16 World Title Reigns
Thanks for reading, and once again if you feel I've left something out, or you feel you can rank all the acomplishments from least to greatest, feel free to comment.