Top 10 Heartfelt Moments in WWE History
Watching WWE over the years, there are plenty of memorable moments.
You cheer because your favorite wrestler has just won a match, or because the wrestler you hate the most loses his match.
You go through many emotions as a WWE fan every week, but there are those certain moments that grabbed a hold of you and you will soon to never forget them.
I have narrowed my list of heartfelt moments down to 10.
It wasn't easy, however, it wasn't hard for me to think back and remember the moments that captured my heart, because they are still on my mind every day.
10. Bret Hart's Return
On January 4th 2010, 12 years after the, "Montreal Screwjob," Bret Hart, returned to a WWE ring.
I do feel that this could have happened sooner and it could of went over better, but it was still an amazing moment to see it happen.
I actually had to adjust my eyes a few times to make sure what I was seeing was real.
My friends and I have joked around in the past about a Bret Hart return, but never thought in our wildest dreams he would.
9. Macho Man/Elizabeth Wedding
On August 26, 1991 in Madison Square Garden, Macho Man Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth were married on-screen at Summerslam 1991, which was dubbed, "A Match Made In Heaven".
Though they were already married in real life in 1984, having a on-air wedding unfold was a memorable moment.
I actually thought it was real as I was a kid at the time.
8. Shawn Lost His Smile
Nearly a year after Shawn Michaels beat Bret Hart at WrestleMania 12, he was forced to give up his WWE title on a special episode of Raw, dubbed Thursday Raw Thursday.
He explained to fans that he was informed by doctors that he had conjured a knee injury, and that he had to retire.
Bret Hart and Michaels were scheduled to have a rematch at WrestleMania 13, which makes HBK's unwillingness to lose to Bret Hart controversial.
Of course, Shawn returned much quicker then we thought, but at the moment of this speech, a die hard Shawn Michaels fan, didn't know what to think.
7. The Rock/Austin After The Bell At WM 19
After their match at WrestleMania XIX on March 30, 2003, The Rock defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin in what would be his last match in the WWE.
Stone Cold was a big piece to the career puzzle of The Rock and he owed him a lot of gratitude.
After the match was over, The Rock pushed Earl Hebner away and spoke to Austin for a near minute.
We later learned that The Rock was telling Austin that he loved him, and Austin replied and said he loved him as well.
Cheesy? Yes, but a moment to never forget.
6. Ric Flair Retires At WrestleMania 24
On March 30, 2008, WrestleMania 24 took place in Orlando, Florida. Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair in a career ending match.
For over 35 years, Flair has been, "the man" inside the wrestling ring, and it was over. I was right near the ramp where this picture was taken. A lof of people were quiet during his exit that night and had eyes filled with tears.
Since then, Flair has joined TNA to the dislike of many fans. But this moment will live on forever.
5. Shawn Michaels Retires At WrestleMania 26
"Shawn Michaels Has Left The Building."
On March 28 of 2010, Michaels was defeated by The Undertaker, with his career on the line at WrestleMania 26.
Just two years after Michaels was on the other side of the ending, when he defeated Ric Flair.
The next night on Raw, Michaels gave an emotional farewell speech and said he would, "do whatever he can to make sure he doesn't wrestle again."
Thank you for the memories Shawn.
4. Lillian Garcia sings the National Anthem on 09/13/01
On September 13th 2001, WWE aired live for the first time after the 9/11 attacks.
Just two days after America was attacked, WWE came on the air to entertain its fans and offer somewhat of a release from all of the heartache over the past 48 hours.
The show opened with the entire company coming out to the entrance way and stood together as Lillian Garcia sung an emotional rendition of the National Anthem.
3. Eddie Guerrero/Chris Benoit At WrestleMania XX
On March 14 2004, Chris Benoit captured the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX in Madison Square Garden.
Earlier in the night, his buddy Eddie Guerrero retained his WWE Championship he had just won a month earlier.
While Benoit was celebrating, his buddy Guerrero was standing behind him clapping, waiting for Benoit to turn around.
The two embraced as confetti fell as the show closed.
Little did we know, we would lose both wrestlers in the coming years, which makes this moment even more emotional then it was at the time it occurred.
2. Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show
On November 13, 2005, the WWE Universe lost a hero to many and a friend to everyone.
Eddie Guerrero lost his life in a hotel room in Minnesota due to acute heart failure.
He was found by his nephew Chavo.
On November 14, a day after his death, he was remembered in highlights, interviews, and matches dedicated to him on a very special episode of Monday Night Raw.
Viva La Raza forever.
1. Owen Hart Tribute Show
In one of the most highest rated shows in Raw history, "Raw Is Owen," took place on May 24, 1999, the night after Owen Hart died at the Over The Edge pay-per-view.
Owen's career was remembered during interviews with most of the roster, as well as, highlights of his career.
Though Owen wasn't one of the biggest names in the business to the fans, he seemed to be one of the biggest names behind the scenes and was a good friend to a lot of people.
His death will never be forgotten as he died doing what he loves, entertaining the fans.
Stone Cold Steve Austin closed the show, saluting to an image of Owen Hart on the big screen.