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Every fan of professional wrestling remembers the moment that captured their heart forever and hooked them for life. Whether it was Ric Flair regaining the NWA Championship from Harley Race at Starcade, the Freebirds turning heel on Kerry Von Erich, Mick Foley flying off the cage at King of the Ring, , Samoa Joe's epic trilogy with CM Punk in Ring of Honor, or the premiere of WCW's Nitro: these are the matches and moments that thrilled, terrified, or outraged overwhelming you with real emotion.
Mike Rickard's Wrestling's Greatest Moments brings you all the most memorable and controversial moments from modern wrestling history. It's an insightful and essential compendium of thirty years' worth of groundbreaking matches, angles and interviews. From Hulkamania to the Montreal "screwjob," from the NWA to the nWo, you'll rediscover what really occurred in arenas and on the air worldwide, and learn all the backstage and behind-the-scenes secrets that made these highlight-reel moments possible from the men and women who were there.
Whether you watched Stone Cold Steve Austin point a gun at WWE honcho Vince McMahon's head, or stood outside the building as D-Generation X "invaded" WCW; whether you look back with nostalgia to "The King" slapping Andy Kaufman silly on Letterman or believe wrestling was better when Bruno sold out Shea; whether you were one of the Philadelphia "bingo hall" faithful who made ECW "extreme" or a casual observer of the Monday Night Wars; whether you're reliving these moments or discovering them for the first time, Wrestling's Greatest Moments will enthrall you with the exploits and extravagance, the tragedies and triumphs of the sport of kings.
About the Author: Mike Rickard is a former attorney and retired bank robber who has been writing about the sport of kings since 2005. His work has been seen on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's website, Pro Wrestling Torch, Gumgod, World Wrestling Insanity, and Canadian Bulldog's World.
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant. The match had headlined Wrestlemania III and the inaugural Survivor Series in 1987. Now, the WWF was going to air the rematch for free on an NBC prime-time special called The Main Event. A desperate move to garner ratings? Today the move would be heavily questioned by Internet analysts and dirt sheet writers as a hotshot stunt. However Andre vs. Hogan was a carefully crafted plan that was going to be used to build up Wrestlemania IV, hardly a hotshot stunt.
As we discussed last time, The Main Event was a huge coup for the WWF. Professional wrestling had not aired in prime time on one of the major networks since the mid 1950's when the DuMont Network aired its weekly wrestling show. WWF kingpin Vince McMahon knew the power of TV coverage, having previously used specials on MTV and NBC to build up previous editions of Wrestlemania. Who knew how many new fans a nationally broadcast show in prime-time would attract?
The match between Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan wasn't going to be just another rematch. The match was built as the end of one era and the introduction to a new era (although the fans wouldn't know this until the very end of Wrestlemania IV). First however, the WWF had to get the belt off of Hulk Hogan.
Hulk Hogan had successfully thrown back the challenge of Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III. However things were played out well so the fans knew that it was very possible that Andre could beat Hogan in a rematch. In an earlier edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Andre had choked Hogan out, proving that he was still a dangerous opponent. Hogan had his work cut out for him once again.