WRESTLING NEWS
THE 12 MOST HISTORIC MATCHES
IN WWE
By HUNTER CATES
Rogers vs. Sammartino
On May 17, 1963, Bruno Sammartino beat the (supposedly) ailing “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds to become the second World Wide Wrestling Federation champion ever. The outcome began Bruno’s eight-year reign as a champion, until he was dethroned by Ivan Koloff on January 19, 1971.
Hogan & Mr. T vs. Piper & Orndorff
In the 1985 WrestleMania, the face of WWF 1985, Hulk Hogan, teamed up with Mr. T to face “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Thanks to this tag-team match, McMahon’s WrestleMania cemented itself as “the Super Bowl of pro wrestling” — and WWF as pro wrestling's undisputed leader.
Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
To make WrestleMania III bigger than WM II could ever be, Vince booked the WWF Champion Hulk Hogan against Andre the Giant. A huge number of people showed up on March 29, 1987, to witness the impossible — Hogan slamming the Giant in what remains the greatest Wrestlemania moment of all time.
Ramon vs. Michaels
The ladder match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels for the undisputed IC championship made ladder matches iconic. Ramon established himself as the true Intercontinental Champion in a match full of high-flying action that the WWF fans had never witnessed before.
Hart vs. Stone Cold
Despite being billed as a “Submission” match, the bout between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 was an all-out brawl. Besides establishing the Attitude Era style of chair shots, low blows, and blood, the match produced the disturbing image of a bloodied Austin screaming in pain while not submitting to Hart’s Sharpshooter.