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Maybe "groundbreaking events" is the wrong word -- but I am looking to compile a list of major happenings that changed wrestling (for better or worse)

For example: Hogan beating The Iron Sheik was one. You might even trace that actually back to The Iron Sheik beating Backlund. But either way, a new era was ushered in.

Another one: Hogan's bad guy turn. Just historic and changed things for awhile and notbale because of Hogan's long term good guy run.

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Obviously the Montreal Screwjob, which wound up creating the Mr. McMahon character and single-handedly turned the tide of the Monday night Wars almost over night.

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Hansen refusing to surrender the AWA Title -  Helped usher in the end of the AWA.

Andre the Giant turning heel - Led to WM III


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Fingerpoke of Doom. By coincidence, I was coverting it to DVD just a few minutes ago.

About a week or two later, Tony Schiavone comments about asses in seats in reference to Mick Foley winning the title.

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The WWE debut of Gene Snitsky

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Changing the Raw set in 1997.

Black Saturday

WCW stops taping at WTBS studios

 

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Dusty Rhodes turning good changed what wrestling was. But I don't see his title wins/reigns as being anything that changed "the sport".

Bruno beating Buddy Rogers.

Somewhere in there is a "Flair" moment that changed wrestling, but for the life of me I can't think of one. Winning his first world title? Perhaps, but I am not sure that changed the course of history all that much.

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Maybe Flair and Anderson breaking Dusty's Leg?....Seems before that Flair was a in between guy as champ....one match he be wrestling Dusty next match he wrestle Nikita.

It was the ground work of the Horsemen ...

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The combination of the match with Steamboat in Nashville with the immediate face turn with the Funk angle. That was an outstanding moment. The problem Flair has is that we expect such excellence that they are all good and dont JUMP out as a lot of others do. THat one leaps to mind as the one I think most fits what your looking for

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The first Wrestlemania. If it tanks, Vince loses
a shitload & maybe the territories surrvive.

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Survivor Series 87 bumping Starrcade 87 from there usual Nov date & there PPV debut.

Wrestlemania 1 - If it bombs the WWF is gone.

Flair showing up in the WWF w/ the NWA World Title. Well the Title showed up b4 Flair but you get my point.

The formantion of the original 4 Horsemen

The Death of Giant Baba

 

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The Wrestling Classic ? (first PPV)

Hulk Hogan leaving the AWA for the WWF

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Sting changing from Calfornia dude to the crow?

WWE buying WCW

Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA title and Extreme championship wrestling is born

 

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Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA title and Extreme championship wrestling is born
one of my favorite moments 

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Death of Chris Benoit

Bischoff firing Steve Austin

Goldberg vs Hogan, free on Nitro

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Crockett expands from Mid-Atlantic by buying out Georgia/UWF/Florida/Central States and monopolizes the NWA World title, which causes WCCW to quit the NWA.

Ted Turner buys out JCP and creates WCW, otherwise Vince would have been the only game in town about a decade earlier.

Changes in the TV industry end the era of syndicated programming, which changed the entire landscape of the wrestling biz. Instead of using TV to hype local shows, local shows now only exist to hype TV.  That was a pretty monumental shift in business that gets somewhat slept on in the list of things that Vince was able to be ahead of the curve on.


The death of syndication also meant that smaller wrestling territories/groups had no outlet for local TV unless they were an institution like Memphis and Portland, and even then that's the first thing to go when an new owner wants to save money.

WWE leaving Spike for USA,  without that happening TNA would have no national TV exposure.  The verdict on if that's a good or bad thing is left up to the reader.



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