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This is something I miss. Seems now everyone is under contract and it's harder to pull off. But hey with it being Wrestlemania weekend, I am hoping they have a rabbit in the hat somewhere.



Could be a PPV or Wrestlemania, a house show or whatever.



I'll go with Pillman showing up at the 'ECW Arena' back when he was 'working' the people inside the business in addition to the fans









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Piper coming back to Georgia to help Rich in his feud with Sawyer.

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The return of Shane. Never saw it coming.

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Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson running out during Sabu vs Terry Funk match in ECW

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Another good one


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I like this one.

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I can't find a video, but Terry Funk coming out of the box dressed as Sandman is also a good one.

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It's generic and talked about all the time but Scott Hall showing up on Nitro had me beyond shocked. I didn't have internet until 99 and wasn't smart to any behind the scenes information at the time.

He was announced for the Rumble but seeing Terry Funk show up on Shotgun Saturday night was pretty awesome.

It's not a person but seeing the big Gold Belt show up on TV blew my mind at the time.

The Undertaker at Survivor Series 90 was cool and again I was just a kid that didn't realize it was mean Mark he just came across as a total bad ass.

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Steamboat showing up at Clash 17 as a replacement for Barry Windham, teaming with Dustin Rhodes vs. Arn Anderson and Larry Z. Seltzer had reported this was possible but it hasn't been confirmed. It popped the crowd and resulted in a fantastic match in which the titles changed hands. It was a real shot in the arm for WCW too.

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Steamboat at 17 was a great one good call

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Rude at Halloween havoc 91

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Lex Luger at Nitro

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I would say Hardyz at WM 33

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Steamboat as Gilbert's tag partner on TBS to set up Flair vs. Steamboat.

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Nikita Koloff as Magnum's replacement with Dusty vs. Ole Anderson and JJ Dillon in the cage.

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Honky Tonk calling out the dressing room at Summerslam and out comes the Ultimate Warrior

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One Fan Gang wrote: Nikita Koloff as Magnum's replacement with Dusty vs. Ole Anderson and JJ Dillon in the cage.
This is one of my all time favorites.

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Pampero Firpo being pulled out on AWA TV by Greg Gagne

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LarrySC wrote: One Fan Gang wrote: Nikita Koloff as Magnum's replacement with Dusty vs. Ole Anderson and JJ Dillon in the cage.
This is one of my all time favorites.

One of the biggest pops I've ever heard.

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I wanted to love that surprise--and it's still one of my favorite markdom moments--- but Sean Mooney spoiled it for me on the "Events Center" about two weeks earlier. They were promoting a local card and announced Honky Tonk vs. Ultimate Warrior as a top match.

Still... the 30 second demolition of Honky was cool.


-Ricky Steamboat coming out as Eddie Gilbert's partner on TBS "World Championship Wrestling" against Ric Flair and Barry Windham was a surprise (to me, at least).

-Warrior and the LOD both returning at WM8

-I knew Sting was in talk with WWE and would show up eventually, but when the lights went out at Survivor Series 2014 and the video played...I about pee'd myself. Did not expect him to debut in that way. I remember thumping my couch and yelling to my dog: "No shit?!! Stinger's coming!!! Yes!!"

-Not a good surprise, but something nobody expected was Road Warrior Animal returning as Ric Flair's "Mystery Man" in early 2001 to WCW. It was more of a head-scratching surprise. In terms of being a "surprise", it certainly was. An entertaining or interesting "surprise"? No.

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Erick Von Erich wrote: I wanted to love that surprise--and it's still one of my favorite markdom moments--- but Sean Mooney spoiled it for me on the "Events Center" about two weeks earlier. They were promoting a local card and announced Honky Tonk vs. Ultimate Warrior as a top match.

This could be its own thread. What big shows were spoiled because of local promos for a future show? Lol.

WWF spoiled SummerSlam 94 for me. They were coming to town soon after and the promos all referred to finishes to a PPV that was a week away. The main event would be Bret vs. Neidhart for the belt, and they were discussing how the Anvil interfered at SS but Bret won anyway.

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LAF wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: I wanted to love that surprise--and it's still one of my favorite markdom moments--- but Sean Mooney spoiled it for me on the "Events Center" about two weeks earlier. They were promoting a local card and announced Honky Tonk vs. Ultimate Warrior as a top match.

This could be its own thread. What big shows were spoiled because of local promos for a future show? Lol.

WWF spoiled SummerSlam 94 for me. They were coming to town soon after and the promos all referred to finishes to a PPV that was a week away. The main event would be Bret vs. Neidhart for the belt, and they were discussing how the Anvil interfered at SS but Bret won anyway.

I seem to recall that WWF Magazine released their issue with Savage as World champion before WMIV.  That was a big one. 

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I was a huge WWF mark in 1988 and remember that the "WWF Magazine" was usually about three months behind the "real world". I remember seeing the issue with the WrestleMania IV recap (and Savage as champ) sometime in June of 1988. I was working that summer with my dad, distributing magazines and books to retail stores. Subscribers may have gotten it a few weeks earlier, but it's not like they were receiving it in March.

Oh, and the Honky/Warrior Events Center thing didn't mention that Warrior would be the IC champ. Just that Honky vs Warrior would be on the card. So, as a mark, I put two and two together and thought: "well, that's interesting. That feud's probably starting soon". The announcement aired probably the second week of August 1988, promoting a late September 1988 house show. It was just bad timing.

When Honky did his open challenge at SummerSlam, I immediately thought: "well, here comes Ultimate Warrior". When his music hit, I still about pee'd myself. Didn't think he'd win the title, much less in a 30 second demolition. So that was a surprise... but the whole surprise package was ruined by about 50% thanks to Sean Mooney and the Events Center.

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Erick Von Erich wrote:
-I knew Sting was in talk with WWE and would show up eventually, but when the lights went out at Survivor Series 2014 and the video played...I about pee'd myself. Did not expect him to debut in that way. I remember thumping my couch and yelling to my dog: "No shit?!! Stinger's coming!!! Yes!!"
Actual footage:

https://youtu.be/N516x2izZFs

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KGB wrote: Steamboat showing up at Clash 17 as a replacement for Barry Windham, teaming with Dustin Rhodes vs. Arn Anderson and Larry Z. Seltzer had reported this was possible but it hasn't been confirmed. It popped the crowd and resulted in a fantastic match in which the titles changed hands. It was a real shot in the arm for WCW too.
This is one of my favorites.



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