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 Starrcade, 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 and his teammates helped him defeat the Earthquake and his team of burly brawlers at the 1990 Survivor Series, but Earthquake remained a threat to Hogan and Hulkamania itself. The Earthquake had nearly ended Hogan's career during his brutal attack on an episode of "The Brother Love Show" and Earthquake had repeatedly vowed to finish the job. What would it take for Hulk Hogan to end the threat of the Earthquake?
Just days after The Survivor Series, Hogan battled Earthquake in singles competition, wrestling at Madison Square Garden on 11/24/90. The match lasted less than ten minutes and saw Earthquake's ally Dino Bravo interfere, preventing the Hulkster from returning to the ring. Earthquake and Tugboat worked over Hogan until Tugboat ran in for the save. Once again, it was clear that Earthquake and Bravo were determined to end Hogan's career. Hogan must have known it was time to rally his Hulkamaniacs and fight back even harder.
December 1990 saw Hogan begin to score a number of pinfall victories over Earthquake. His team with Tugboat also led to tag team wins over Earthquake and Dino Bravo. The tide seemed to be turning in Hogan's favor but the war was not over yet. During a tag match at Madison Square Garden on 12/28/90, Earthquake and Bravo attacked Hogan and Tugboat after the Hulkster's team scored another victory. Earthquake's manager Jimmy Hart threw a handful of salt into Tugboat's eyes while he and Hogan were celebrating their win. Earthquake took a steel chair and went to work on Hogan, finishing with the sit-down splash. While Hogan refused to be stretchered, it was clear Earthquake had inflicted more damage on him. Hogan was lucky tonight but disaster loomed as long as Earthquake had Hogan in his sights.