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Top 10 that changed the wrestling biz!

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I came across an old magazine that listed top 25 that changed the history of WWE. I decided to share my top 10 that changed not just WWE, but wrestling history as well. Again this is just my opinion:

1.Wrestling off the mat-matches too long, attendence down, and so forth forced one promoter named Toots Mondt to change the wrestling biz forever by having time limits, fueds, fan favorites, and training his wrestlers to wrestle off the mat with moves such as suplexs.
2.Wrestling goes National-Vince buys father's biz, signs every major star from competing territories, and from there regional biz became National.
3.Wrestling ppvs-Every major sport had its Super Bowl other than wrestling. They decided to make a card that featured a match every one wanted to see in just one night. NWA had Starrcade while WWF had Wrestlemania. The success of those events called for more ppvs that we have today.
4.Wrestling gets Extreme-ECW changed the landscape of professional wrestling by having fueds that were reality based with weapons normal people would use in a fight such as garbage cans and so forth. ECW forced WCW and WWE to change the way they did business. Even forcing them to create their own perspective Hardcore titles.
5.4 Horsemen Stable-By accident a stable was made between those Four Men when Arn Anderson said in the interview about the 4 Horsemen of apocolypse. From there to me, they are still in my mind the best stable ever in wrestling. If not for the 4 Horsemen we wouldn't have stables such as Nexus, SOS, and so forth.
6.Nitro War-WCW created their counterpart to Monday Night Raw to go to war with WWF at the time of 95 calling their show Nitro. Actually defeated Raw first week of the debut and defeated Raw 80+ weeks during that 90s period. Both companies put their best product out each week including putting ppv quality matches on free TV. Fans who witnessed the Monday Night War still praise and talk about it today.
7.Wrestling/Celebs-Andy Kaufman fued with Jerry Lawler is the one to thank for all the celebs over the years being involved in wrestling because all the attention it brought. National attention from the media that wrestling never had before that time.
8.Freebirds entrance-The theme music caused fans to boo the Freebirds. Such a strong reaction that we use theme music for all the wrestlers today.
9.Cruiserweights fly-WCW partners with Triple A to showcase high flying wrestling not seen before in USA. The matches the cruiserweights had in WCW helped them in the Monday Night Wars in the 90s.
10.Wrestling Cage-1937, Paul Boesch proposed that 2 wrestlers end their fueds inside of a Steel Cage. Obviously, Steel Cage's are used today so...

There's my 10 that may give a history lesson to some of you folks. Hope you enjoyed.

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  1. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Very Good Blog. Awesome little dive into the history of wrestling.
  2. Aaron0912's Avatar
    Very good blog. Original top 10 list which is fairly rare on sites like this. Usually it's things like "Top 10 ways to turn Cena heel" or "Top 10 ways to fix TNA" which are boring to read after the first 2 or so. Personally, I would put in the Benoit murders for the Steel cage. Yes, cage matches were used to settle feuds and offshoots like War Games and HITC and have produced some very memorable moments (Jimmy Snuka, Mankind, WM28 et al) but the business wouldn't be drastically different without cage matches, whereas if Benoit hadn't murdered his family, drug testing, concussion research , wrestler rehab wouldn't be in existence and who knows what other tragedies could have occurred. More than have happened since I would guess. Otherwise, great blog.
  3. jelle1809's Avatar
    At Bleacherreport you can find an article on the top 50 moments.
  4. Circa84's Avatar
    A couple I think that deserve honorable mention hulkamania and the screw job they forever altered the perseption of wrestling hogan being the biggest star ever and to me Montreal forever ended kayfabe
  5. Dr. Death's Avatar
    Not bad at all, but there are some key points in wrestling history that are left out, for example Toots Mondt didn't act alone as a promoter in changing the wrestling biz. He was part of a group called the "Gold Dust Trio" along with Billy Sandow (another wrestling promoter), and Ed "Strangler" Lewis (the best pro wrestler in wrestling history). This "Gold Dust Trio" not only changed the wrestling biz forever by having time limits, fueds, fan favorites, and training his wrestlers to wrestle off the mat with moves such as suplexes, but also developed the basis for the very first "Scripts" or "storylines" for wrestlers to follow - developing the need for writers and creative personnel which slowly developed into what we have today - a hierarchy in administrative from the CEO and Board of Directors down to the guy that takes out the trash and sweeps the floor after a show. This is again just an example of some details left out. Other than that I'd say you did a good job.
  6. blink's Avatar
    I liked it!
  7. PhEonYx's Avatar
    Awesome list bud.
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