The purpose of the wrestling industry is to entertain but as long as it has done that, it has shocked us and had us in awe, and it's these moments that I am going to rank.
However I am taking out all deaths and accidents, so there will be no mention of Owen Hart or Chris Benoit as they are points in history that shouldn't really be looked back on fondly.
Both of these moments for me were the same: they just seemed destined to never happen and shocked everyone that they did.
Shane leaving was a huge loss for WWE both on and off air, as he was one of the few genuinely likable McMahons, and could put on a hell of a match when he was in the ring.
Bret is an asset to the WWE unlike any other, as the things he could teach the WWE roster are invaluable, and on air just the idea of Bret showing up on WWE TV each week is mind-boggling!
Both shocking moments for completely different reasons.
For me this is one of those moments that have you on the edge of your seat wondering just what will happen next.
It just seemed to come out of nowhere as that particular episode of Raw had been horrible and then out came the eight NXT rookies to save the day, and destroy everything they saw.
It was unlike anything we had seen in the PG era, and unlike anything we had ever seen to be honest. No group or wrestler has caused that much chaos on their first night and I don’t think it will be replicated.
Awesome moment, but it is a recent moment and I don’t know how well it will stand the test of time.
This was at the height of the John Cena hate era. He had been WWE champion for nearly a year at this point and everyone was dying for someone, anyone, to take that belt off him. And then came Edge.
Everyone had almost forgotten the fact that Edge even had the briefcase; it had been 10 months by this point.
So when Vince McMahon came out to announce that Edge was finally cashing in it was a huge shock, and a sigh of relief to the many who hated Cena at this time.
I remember watching this live and being furious that Cena had once again overcome the odds, so for Edge to come out and finally take the title from him it allowed me to sleep easy that night and decreased my Cena hate just a little.
Although when he beat Shawn Michaels the next year, it was raised again.
This is a moment that was played and replayed a million and one times so everyone knows what I am talking about here, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the craziest, and importantly shocking, bumps I have personally ever seen.
I’m no fan of Japanese death matches, or Japanese wrestling period, so
this was brutal to me.
And while it is generally accepted that this fall wasn’t even the most painful, it will definitely be the most spectacular as the image of Foley plummeting to the table is one that will forever stick in wrestling fans' minds.
Every now and again the WWE seem to coast on their success and wrestling fans get complacent with the product.
The year 2003 could have been one of those times, as during the summer not much of anything happened...until June 13.
This seemed like a pretty normal Smackdown main event, Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show. Then Lesnar went for a superplex and when he finally nailed it, all hell was let loose!
The entire ring collapsed as both men lay motionless on the ground as the cameras went off.
If there is one thing Vince McMahon knows how to do, it is to leave the audience with something to think about at the end of the show, and the entire ring going down was definitely one of those times.
Everyone on the internet at the time knew that Big Show was on his way back to WWE, and while it was fun, it didn’t seem like any must see matches were going to come of it.
That all changed at No Way Out when Big Show returned and started to call out Floyd 'Money' Mayweather it seemed quite reminiscent of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mike Tyson but they managed to up it a level.
When Mayweather cracked Big Show’s nose it went from an interesting segment to a Holy Sh!t segment!
Like a lot of the rivalries in WWE they start off with a bang and start to fizzle out as did Show/Mayweather, but it will always be remembered for that single moment in Las Vegas in 2008 when the whole sports world let out a collected “Wow!”
If there was ever a guy who no one ever imagined would show up on Raw, it was Eric Bischoff, the man who nearly killed the WWE and loved every moment of it.
So come 2002, Bischoff wasn’t exactly on the most likely candidate for the first-ever Raw General Manager job, but that’s exactly what happened as come July 15 when Vince McMahon named Bischoff the new GM of the show he beat in the ratings for 80 weeks.
I don’t think I need to explain how shocking this was. After all, this guy epitomized WCW and now he was WWE property and ran Vince’s flagship show! I guess 'never say never' is the WWE motto.
While most of these moments I thought were either exciting or just plain brilliant, this is the single one I did not like.
Angle was at the top of his game and was the face of the newly established ECW brand and suddenly out of nowhere he quit WWE in the summer of 2006, to what everyone thought was a good-earned rest before coming back better than ever.
However, on Sept. 24 at TNA No Surrender, Angle showed up on a video confirming he had signed with TNA.
This was out of nowhere and was by far the best acquisition TNA has ever acquired, and by far the most surprising!
A golden moment for TNA but a dark day for the WWE as Angle could have been so much more for WWE.
If there was ever a guy who defined the term babyface it was Hulk Hogan, even more so in 1996.
So even though his gimmick was stale and people were starting to get bored of the whole “Eat your vitamins and say your prayers!," no one expected Hogan to turn after all a whole generation had been brought up with Hulkamania.
But at Bash at the Beach he did just that and aligned himself with the two hottest heels in WCW at the time in Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, thus forming the nWo and changing WCW's fortunes for the better.
This was the biggest and best moment WCW ever produced. It was a golden idea that they ran with all the way to the bank and it worked extremely well.
In fact, it worked for 80 whole weeks.
If Hulk Hogan turning heel was what propelled WCW into the stratosphere then the Montreal Screwjob was what brought them back down to earth.
Everyone knows the details of what happened at Survivor Series 1997 but the effects it had were so huge and the moment itself was just so mind blowing that it definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Even if this list was the most important moments in wrestling (hmm ... future article?) this would still be here as it is that big a moment in WWE history.
It was a special three-hour draft lottery Raw back in June 2007 when Vince McMahon started to walk backstage with all the WWE superstars watching him.
It seemed normal enough if a bit strange, and then when he closed the door to his limousine the entire thing blew up and was engulfed in flames.
Now minus everything that happened after it and the fact it was cut short, this moment was one of the most baffling and shocking moments I have ever seen live!
I was literally stunned to what had happened I had no clue what was going on, and most importantly I couldn’t wait for next week’s Raw. How many times has Raw ended and you can’t wait for next week?
For me this is the most shocking moment I have ever seen live but due to it not really coming to anything, it only gets the silver medal.
Quite possibly the most heated rivals in the history of wrestling were WCW and WWE. At no point have things ever got so personal, petty and heated between the companies.
And so to imagine that WCW would ever end the war was impossible, never mind selling to Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
To the victor go the spoils and that’s exactly what happened early 2001 when Vince took control of the entire wrestling industry when he took over his own competition.
It went from WCW nearly killing WWE to McMahon boasting about how he owned WCW; it was a surreal moment no one could have anticipated.
This truly is the most shocking moment, it may not have been someone’s idea but it definitely had every fan in the world stunned at what had happened, for better or worse.