Hello everybody and welcome to WrestlingRambles.com 500 column phenomenon! Well not really a phenomenon.But this is a marvelous achievement and it’s no surprise that this goal has been accomplished as WR has an amazing bunch of writers and contributors with awesome affiliates and radio partners. WR plans on being around for a very long time and we’re on a momentous role thus far. I decided the best way to celebrate 500 awesome columns is to have our staff, contributors and our affiliates to send in their favorite wrestling moment so it can be posted in one awesome column. We also have a wrestler and a wrestling Booker who sent in their favorite moments too so let’s get right to it!
Ray The Rambler
Like many, I am not sure if I can pick just one favorite wrestling moment. I have lots of moments I love, moments like Eddie and Benoit becoming world champs on the same night, Mick Foley winning the WWF title for the first time, CM Punk’s incredible first ”pipe bomb”, The Rock’s return in 2o11 etc.. But as of right now, my all time ‘favorite’ wrestling moment is Batista turning on Triple H leading up to WrestleMania 21. At that time, I was losing interest in watching WWE and getting tired of seeing Triple H as world champion. So when Batista turned on him at the contract signing with his thumb down signal, the crowd roaring in anticipation for Batista to beat the hell out of Triple H, it was just magical. To me, it really ‘saved’ me as a fan and I wanted to see what was going to happen next. Batista’s character got more and more interesting from that point on, and a star was born. Since that moment, I don’t think I’ve missed more than two Raw of Smackdowns in a row.
So many memorable moments to choose from, but undoubtedly my favorite has to be Shawn Michaels’ final match, at WrestleMania 26, against The Undertaker. It was my first WrestleMania, first televised show, first ppv, and the first time I got to see my all-time favorite wrestler, “The Heartbreak Kid”, compete inside the squared circle, live. From the time I arrived at the stadium parking lot, to the time the bell rang for the mainevent, you could feel the anticipation in the air; everyone was looking forward to the rematch of all rematches. Sides were clearly drawn, as my section were (luckily for me) all pro-HBK, while another section nearby, were rooting for the “Deadman.” Everyone was kept at the edge of their seats during the first 3/4s of the battle, with the crowd standing for the finish. Nearfall after nearfall, kept my heart dropping, only to race in excitement when the pin wasn’t counted; when the end didn’t come. When it finally did, though, the emotion from the crowd, myself included, is unparalleled to anything I’ve ever experienced. Almost everyone around me, including the Undertaker fans in other sections, were in tears as Michaels took what was perceived to be his final bow. It’s hard to see one of your heroes crying- defeated. Walking out of the building, the droves of people were remarkably quiet. The water works didn’t start flowing for me, however, until the next night. I couldn’t bare to watch, at least not until the addicted fan in me came out, and I couldn’t bare to not watch the final 25min or so. Perfect timing to see the Showstopper give his emotional farewell speech. I cried for days. And that, the emotion, is why this moment stands alone at the top for me.
I think my favorite wrestling moment was CM Punk winning the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank 2011. It is a recent moment, but it’s very memorable to me because I am from CM Punk’s hometown of Chicago and I was in the arena when Punk defeated John Cena for the title. CM Punk received an amazing hometown reaction and his victory was treated like one of our local sports teams just won the world championship. One year later, I’m still shocked that my hometown hero defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship and I was there to witness it. There are several things I want to see at a live WWE event and one of them was CM Punk winning the WWE Championship. I never thought it would actually happen because how often does someone win the WWE Championship in their hometown? I could go to 50 more WWE live events and I don’t think I will see a better moment than that night when CM Punk won the WWE Championship. There has been wrestling moments that were most historic and more memorable, but I will always remember where I was on the night of July 17, 2011.
My favorite moment would have to be Hogan turning heel and forming the NWO with Hall and Nash at BATB 1996. That kicked the Monday Night War into high gear and it let everyone, including Vince McMahon himself, know that WCW was a serious threat in Wrestling.
My favourite Raw moment is from April 2007, where John Cena took on Shawn Michaels in one of the best wrestling matches in Raw History. That Raw was taped from London, England and it was the first time I realized that John Cena could put on a good wrestling match. It was a rematch from their Wrestlemania encounter where Cena came out on top. For nearly an hour, Cena and Michaels went at it in a match that divided the loyalty of the fans in the arena and at home. I guess it was where Cena actually proved that he could work a match of that length with someone who is unquestionably one of the best of all time. In the coming months and years, Cena went on to have other five star matches with Edge and CM Punk, among others, and he proved that, when given the chance, he can actually work a decent match. The problem is that WWE doesn’t let him do it often enough and that’s why he cops as much crap as he does.
Has to be Bret Hart and Stone Cold at Wrestlemania 13. Stone Cold trying to brake free of the sharp shooter, covered in blood but not giving up. Hart was victorious, but Stone Cold gave it his all. Best match of all time hands down!
I’m choosing this promo…True there are definitely better moments in wrestling history, but this makes me laugh every time I see it and it’s not too obvious a choice I hope.
I couldn’t pick just one. Pro wrestling, to me, is full of all these memories that have made me smile(or frown). All at different times and for different reasons. Whether it be Andre turning on Hogan(my first moment), the debut of Earthquake(first wrestling moment with friends), The Rockers’ split-up(first big time heel turn), Hogan’s heel turn(the biggest one ever), the first Austin 3:16 promo(Did he just say that?), seeing ECW for the first time(Fuck, that hurt!), wrestling pulling together during hard times(deaths, 9/11, etc.), Flair’s last WWE match(“I’m sorry. I love you.”), Cena’s Rumble return(Still can’t believe they pulled it off in this day and age!), Vince getting “fired”(Odd to see him so emotional. You could really tell how much he does care about the company.), plus many many more. Sorry, but I just can’t pick one. For as much as I love these moments, I love the concept of pro-wrestling even more.
Let me take you back to year 2004, it was March 14th and it was the biggest night of the year, the grandest stage of them all; WrestleMania 20. My favourite wrestling moment is held in this event, two actually. First of all, Eddie Guerrero had a great match with Kurt Angle, and after having a sore ankle Kurt took advantage and locked the AnkleLock on. What Kurt didn’t know is that Eddie loosened his boot and was able to wriggle out of it and go on to win the match. Later that night Chris Benoit, who after winning the Royal Rumble was challenging not one but two men for the WHC, he won after locking the crossface on Triple H. And to cap the night off Chris and Eddie, best friends, celebrated in the ring with both of their belts. Magic.
Mick Foley winning his first world title in 1999 with the help of Steve Austin.
Reasoning: This moment was the pinnacle of the modern era of professional wrestling, when everything good about the industry in terms of storytelling and in-ring performance paid off in one indescribable moment. Foley had been screwed over for months, and he was about to get screwed over 1 more time in his last bid for the Championship. But then: We heard the sound of glass shattering. Steve Austin, the fan favorite for the last few years in the WWF, had been out several months with injury, but here he came in a full run to the ring. He delivered a shot to Vince and all of his cronies, smashed The Rock over the head, rolled Foley on top of The Rock, and then grabbed the referee’s hand and slapped it to the mat three times. After fifteen years in the industry sacrificing his body night in and night out to entertain fans, Mick Foley finally won his world title. It was the ultimate feel-good story line and the crowd was electrified in a moment where, in a rare instance, the moment transcended everything that is wrestling.
Donald Wood – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio
There isn’t just one favorite moment for me. Every time I go to a live wrestling event—WWE, TNA or any Indy promotion under the sun—it is a great time and something I cherish. Wrestling has been something I have loved since I was a kid, and seeing it live in some of the wildest buildings on the east coast made it that much better. From Hammerstein Ballroom to ECW arena, my favorite moments are being with my friends and having fun watching wrestling.
Isn’t that what it’s really all about?
Gabe Sapolsky – www.DGUSA.tv
One of my favorite moments ever was when Johnny Gargano won the Open The Freedom Gate Title from YAMATO at Dragon Gate USA Freedom Fight 2011 last November. It was a great moment for a number of reasons. First, it was a fitting last match of an incredible title reign by YAMATO. He put on one awesome match after another throughout the entire year. Secondly, it was in the heart of Times Square in New York City and the fans put the match over the top by being captured by the drama and reacting strongly. Third, it was the end of a tremendous road by Johnny Gargano. He started out in the bonus match of the first DGUSA show and over 2 1/2 years became champion through hard work and constant improvement. I’ll always remember this moment.
Skits – http://www.wrestlingheads.com/
This Is @WHSKITS From WrestlingHeads.com. My Favorite Wrestling Moment Was Wreslemania 21 In My Hometown Los Angels At The Staples Center Where I Witness The Undertaker Vs Young Randy Orton , Seeing Edge Win The First Money In The Bank , And HBK Vs Kurt That Has To Be My Favorite Moment.
I think one of my favourite moments was the Raw when HHH returned after his first quad injury, there had been loads of hype as to if and when and how he would come back and when his music hit that night I don’t think I have ever heard a crowd pop so loud.He went straight back in to the top of the company, made his return totally work for him and cemented himself as one of the biggest superstars in the company.
My favorite moment has got to be when Steve Austin made his way to the ring at WrestleMania 17. When 67,000 people rose to their feet all at the same time, I got goosebumps. I still do when I talk about it. That moment really made me want to be a wrestler, and will always be such a highlight for me.
Well that concludes column number 500 here on http://wrestlingrambles.com and on behalf of everyone here we thoroughly hope you enjoyed our first 500 columns. But this is just the beginning. We have many big projects in mind and over the course of the next year, you’ll begin to see WR evolve more and more. We want you to be apart of the WR community, whether you want to be a writer or just sit back, relax and comment, do graphic work or even affiliate us, we’re open to anything that makes us grow bigger. People often have trouble commenting, so here’s an RTR tutorial on how to comment – http://wrestlingrambles.com/how-to-comment/.
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Terrific column, Ray and wonderful picks, guys!
It’s been an honor to be able to be able to come on here actually have people give a crap about what I have to say. The folks I’ve chatted with on this site are good people. That’s all you really need. And these are people I haven’t even seen. That’s the beauty of it! I can be in Louisville and chat with Ray in Ireland, Tony in Chicago, etc. and have something in common in the love of pro-wrestling. What’s cool is how civil we have been while disagreeing about wrestlers, booking, matches, etc.
Why can’t more sites be like this? Is this all a lie and I’m on drugs? Who farted? Where did my air-freshener go? Who is this person under my desk and why isn’t she unzipping my pants yet?
Thanks for all the good times and to think…it’s going to get even better!
Thanks Capt., wasn’t easy putting it all together, lol.
Yeah, that is the whole idea of WR, a place to come and chat about pro wrestling and have people respect other peoples opinions. Nothing wrong with disagreeing, but just respecting it.
Thank you too Capt. 🙂
*tips fake hat*
Great column! All great moments! Wrestling definitely has stood the test of time!
Yep that’s true!
What a great way to celebrate the 500 column! Great memories from everyone. I’m glad I’ve found a place where people don’t mock you for your hobbies and opinions, and I’ve also made some friends here. Awesome!
Well done Ray!
Yep, that’s good to hear!
Whenever a troll comes along, I edit their comment and write the exact opposite of what they say. One time I gave out their postal code. So trolls, don’t fuck with us! haha
We made it! I’d like to thank me…myself….oh, and everyone else who’s helped WR reach this milestone: Ray, for creating the site, and inviting me join in. All the fabulous writers, past or present, for their contributions every week. Our affiliates, who have helped WR in growing it’s reader-base. And of course, all the readers, who without, this would not have been possible…ok, it might have been possible, but considerably less rewarding.
Great selections from everyone; it’s all over the place, which I love.
Great way of putting it.
I think the increase in views motivate WR in someway, help keep us going.
I’m surprised everyone had almost different favorite moments which is awesome!
Ray, who’s hosting the orgy for the 1000th column party?
Next orgy scheduled for #712, hosted by your’s truly.
lmao. We should do more of these columns!
I’ll bring the goat blood! (I’m a very sick individual.)
This is a really great article. Also a really great example of how different things in wrestling can mean so much to one person and nothing to another. I have to say it’s hard for me to find one greatest moment because there’s been so many in the 20 plus years I’ve been watching wrestling. I’ll always remember Summerslam 92 for Bret and Davey Boy. The first time I saw ECW. The first time I saw wrestling from Japan. The first time I saw ROH.
There’s been countless highlights down the years with great matches and promos that would take me hours to type up. I’ve had a bit of a fall out of love time with wrestling recently but with Austin Aries Title win in TNA and reading some of these memories, I’m really beginning to remember WHY I love this sport so much. And why I’ll probably watch it, read about it, write about it, obsess over it and study it until my dying day!
It’s also great to see WR hit the big 500. Some excellent people on here doing great work and there’s a solid drive and committment from the people in charge to make this place as good as it possibly can be. 500 is definitely just the start! Great stuff guys and I’m looking forward to getting more involved here as WR continues to grow and move forward.
Yeah. I’m surprised there has been so many different favorite moments, you’d think at least 3 or 4 would have the same.
First off, congratulations to Ray, WrestlingRambles and everyone involved in getting this site to 500 columns. I’m honoured to have been a small part of this, and look forward to many more columns here.
There’s some great moments posted, and some great memories too. Sorry I missed this, but will post mine here now.
There are many moments I could choose in the time I’ve been a wrestling fan, but this would be my choice. After all the demons, and all the problems in his wrestling and personal life, to see Eddie Guerrero overcome them and reach the top of the WWE, what a fantastic moment. I will never forget the image of Eddie celebrating with the WWE Title. Long live Eddie Guerrero, Viva La Raza!!
That’s one of my favorite moments too. Eddie was my favorite wrestler in 2004. It’s funny because the only wrestling shirt I have is an Eddie Guerrero Viva La Raza one.
Damn good moment!
Congrats to all involved who’ve been here since the early days! It’s been a pleasure working with you guys so far, here’s to the future!
Feel a little foolish now, I would’ve given a further explanation of why I chose that if I had known it was going to be put up…
Great choices though, especially by Adam Cole. Possibly my favourite match of all time watching it. First mania, maybe explains why the rest of them have been let downs somewhat!
Yeah! It was awesome of him to send his in! Same with Gabe!
Great column guys. Out of all the wrestling moments in history, I’d have to say my favorite moment is Chris Jericho’s debut on Raw. He walked out, interrupted The Rock and had a mic battle with one of the best of all time. That moment showed that Chris Jericho was here, and he was here to stay.
Yep, that’s a great moment and dead on accurate!
Just imagine if the net had existed then the way it doeos now. Huge Jericho chants and there would’ve been no shock to it.