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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 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 was once again WWF champion after his win over Randy "Macho Man" Savage at Wrestlemania V. The Hulkster had carried the WWF banner as champion from 1984 through 1988 and now in 1989, many fans wondered what his second reign would bring.
The Hulkster's second reign would see new challenges to his title, the Hulkster settling old scores, and the Hulk carving a new path into Hollywood. Following his success in Rocky III, Hogan and WWF kingpin Vince McMahon had decided to capitalize on Hogan's popularity with wrestling fans as well as mainstream fans and try to market a movie which would be a vehicle to capitalize on Hogan's fame (Check out my recent look at No Holds Barred for more information).
Vince McMahon decided to hype the film as well as wrestling itself by pitting No Holds Barred's villainous character Zeus against Hulk Hogan. Hogan would end up fighting Zeus in tag team matches throughout the rest of the year. The tag team matches would allow Zeus to work alongside a good worker and hide his weaknesses in the ring.
Following his win over "Macho Man" Randy Savage at Wrestlemania V, the Hulkster defended his belt against Savage at various house shows. Savage added a new weapon to his arsenal when he brought in former WWF Woman's champion "Sensational" Sherri Martel as his new manager. Unlike Savage's former manager Miss Elizabeth, Martel took a much more active role in Savage's matches, interfering on his behalf. Despite this interference, Hogan was able to hold on to his WWF championship.
Popular wrestler Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake wasted no time in making fun of Savage's new manager. During the April 22, 1989 edition of "The Brother Love Show" on WWF Superstars, Beefcake was interrupted by Savage and Martel. Martel's outrageous apparel and makeup led to Beefcake bestowing the nickname "Scary Sherri" on her. Savage and Martel attacked Beefcake and cut his hair, launching a feud between Beefcake and the former WWF champion. This feud would eventually lead to a program involving Hulk Hogan.
The WWF hyped Hogan's film No Holds Barred with trailers for the film on WWF TV and vignettes of wrestlers going to see the film and praising it. At the same time, Zeus began making appearances on talk segments such as "The Brother Love Show" in which he claimed to be the real star of the film and that he would destroy Hulk Hogan if he ever came face to face with him. Slowly, the fans were being prepared for a confrontation between Hogan and Zeus.