WWF, now named WWE, is a worldwide institution, with billions of dollars involved, and highly-anticipated pay-per-view bouts. It has turned wrestling into a mainstream phenomenon and made many of its wrestling stars global icons. The wrestling world has become much ore lucrative and popular in recent times and is one of the richest sports in the world.
There have been some sensational fights throughout the years on WWE. Yes, we understand that wrestling is technically fake, and that fights, and their outcomes, are staged. But, they are still fun regardless, and you still have to be in excellent shape in order to succeed as a professional wrestler. These are some of the most famous fights in WWE history – bouts we will certainly never forget.
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Two absolute legends of the sport met at the highly-anticipated Wrestlemania 25, in a battle for all-out supremacy. The match swung the way of The Undertaker, with the veteran extending his unbeaten run at Wrestlemania to an unprecedented 17 matches! The veteran, aged 44 at the time, was a fan favorite, and he earned the win by performing his signature move, the Tombstone Piledriver. Fans were torn during the fight, ads both fighters were enormously popular, and, even afterward some fans didn’t seem to mind who had won. The fight has gone down in the WWE programs as one of the greatest fights of all time.
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Okay, this is one of the most famous wrestling bouts in the world, and arguably the absolute pinnacle of a Wrestlemania fight. It took place in 1987, at Wrestlemania 3, in front of a crowd of more than 90,000 people. Andre the Giant was undefeated for 15 years and considered to be one of the finest wrestlers ever. The 8th Wonder of the World was the overwhelming favorite to claim victory, but, in a twist that shocked the world, Hulk Hogan was victorious with a scoop slam, followed by his famous ‘leg drop pin’ to retain his title and scoop a famous victory. With record pay-per-view attendance at the time, the event was considered to be the pinnacle of the wrestling boom of the ‘980s. It remains, to this day, the second most attended Wrestlemania event of all time, behind Wrestlemania 32.
Mr. Perfect vs. Ric Flair
This is not a very well-known bout, but we love Ric Flair, so it’s going in, and it was a classic in the ring. This is one of those fights that received very little promotion – Flair was on his way back to WCW, and this was to be his final fight for WWE, tellingly named A Loser Leaves Town. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it event took place on Raw in 1993, but for those who tuned in it was an absolute treat. Two of the finest wrestlers in history duking it out to see who would be victorious. Even more heroic was the fact that you would have expected Flair to just roll over as he was on his way out. But, it was one of the best fights of his life, despite defeat. This underrated gem was a total classic and anyone who saw it will tell you it was one of the greatest matches ever.
These three matches we feel represent some of the best wrestling we’ve ever seen and show just how exhilarating WWE can be at times. Yes, we slightly preferred the old days when there was competition with WCW, but, the influence of the WWE is growing more every year. As the sport becomes richer and more stylistic, it’s good to have a stark reminder of some of the greatest wrestling fights ever to grace the ring.