From Bischoff making his debut on WWE television, to Lesnar breaking the streak, these moments and visuals had us wrestling fans dropping massive F** bombs at the very sight. As wrestling fans, this is what we live for; those nostalgic feelings of euphoria like the nWo and Degeneration-X clashing, or even watching wrestlers like Sting and AJ Styles make their long awaited debuts on WWE TV.
This article will go down memory lane and take a look at some pictures we truly thought we’d never see. From Michaels and The Rock finally breaking their heat and speaking with one another backstage at WrestleMania, to our Monday Night War heroes Austin, Rocky and Goldberg all reuniting in one picture; these moments truly had us saying “WTF”! So let’s get to it. Here are 15 WWE pictures we thought we’d never see, and made us think, “WTF”!
15) Taker the Family Man
I’ll be honest, still to this very day it hurts my eyes to see The Undertaker break character. Never has there been a wrestler more devoted to his gimmick than The Deadman himself. Outside of the ring, The Undertaker is a father of 4 children. His first child came from his first wife Jodi Lynn, who he married way back in 1989. The couple ended the marriage 10 years later (they also have a son named Gunner Vincent, born in 1993). Taker would remarry only a year after his divorce to Sara Frank. The couple had two daughters, Chasey and Gracie. According to former WWE Divas, Sara was very protective when it came to her man backstage. Sources claim moods were quite tense when Sara would show up to a taping. Once again in 2007, Taker would file for another divorce. In 2010, The Deadman married former WWE wrestler Michelle McCool. The couple has a daughter, Kaia Faith Calaway, born August 29th, 2012.
14) Hunter, Stephanie and Taker Breaking Character
Remember when Triple H had long hair and The Undertaker had short hair? Man, have things changed since then. This picture shows a rare situation of the WWE’s top stars breaking character. Pretty funny to see Sara, The Undertaker’s ex-wife, as the only person looking directly at the fan’s camera during the picture. As for Hunter, Stephanie and The Undertaker, well, it’s pretty clear they want no part of this picture taken over a decade ago. Also on a side note, remember when The Undertaker tattooed Sara’s name on his neck?Awkward.
13) Degeneration-X Vs nWo
Finally, after years and years of waiting, the Monday Night Wars finally came face to face on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania. Yeah, it probably was way too late, but those two factions still managed to give wrestling fans a feeling of nostalgia during this moment. Had this gone down 10 years earlier, it would have certainly added to the WTF factor. Nonetheless, wrestling fans were still glad they finally got to see their childhood favorites go face to face. It was a moment many of us will never forget.
12) The Screwjob finally laid to rest
November 9, 1997, to January 4th, 2010. It took more than a decade for Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart to finally bury the hatchet. It was an unforgettable RAW that saw Bret Hart serve as the GM for the night and the first episode of 2010. Bret followed his opening promo by calling out Shawn Michaels. The two would shake hands and hug in one of the most unlikely scenarios. It was later found out that it was actually Tyson Kidd who arranged for the two bitter rivals to meet and finally settle their differences, and it was later exposed on live television January 4th, 2010. This was definitely one of the biggest WTF moments in RAW history.
11) Bischoff on WWE television
Vince is probably one of the only people in the world to employ someone that attempted to take him about of business. McMahon shocked the wrestling world on July 15th, 2002, naming Bischoff RAW’s first ever general manager. Eric also pitched in some ideas creatively behind the scenes. The crazy scenario actually ended up working quite nicely. Many wrestling enthusiasts believe Bischoff was by far the best General Manager RAW ever had. It remains to be see if Vince will honor Eric’s accomplishments in the wrestling industry with a Hall of Fame induction. Boy, that would be something!
10) Young red headed skinny kid with Stone Cold Steve Austin
That young red headed skinny kid turned out to be a 3 time World Heavyweight Champion and a 2 time WWE Champion. CM Punk idolized Stone Cold Steve Austin growing up, and you can see so many comparisons between the two wrestlers. Punk also pushed for a match with Steve following a confrontation between the two at a 2K Sports promotional event. As you already know, that match did not go down. Austin however, did praise Punk for his gimmick and appreciated his devotion for the business at a time where talent wasn’t at its best for the WWE.
9) Taker and Vince getting emotional
Vince is very tight lipped when it comes to his relationship with his employees. One relationship he hasn’t shied away from is his long lasting respect for The Undertaker. McMahon claims Taker is his favorite WWE wrestler of all time because of his devotion to his gimmick after all these years. Not to mention the guy’s been the leader backstage for several years. WWE wrestlers even came up with the name “The Godfather” to describe The Undertaker with talent backstage. You can only imagine how much emotion was going through these two men just moments before the streak came to an end.
This goes down as one of the greatest WTF moments in WWE history. The reaction of the 75,167 in attendance describes it best. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome went silent after the ref hit the three-count ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at 21-1. The crowd was stunned, as were the millions watching at home. Disbelief and shock basically summed up everyone’s emotions that night. Lesnar would benefit from this victory, becoming the hottest commodity in all of sports and entertainment. As for The Undertaker, nothing but respect for what he was able to achieve. He truly is the greatest pro of all time.
7) AJ Styles makes his WWE debut
It was long overdue, but AJ Styles finally made his WTF debut unexpectedly at this past Royal Rumble on January 24th, 2016. It only took him 17 years since his debut to make it to the WWE…. As you can imagine, Styles came straight to the main roster, a rarity as it seems in this day and age with the WWE. AJ’s credentials speak for themselves; 4 years with ROH, over a decade with TNA and most recently his run with New Japan Pro Wrestling, arguably his greatest run as a professional wrestler. At the age of 38, it seems like Styles still has a heck of a lot left in the tank!
6) Humble beginnings
With a net worth of $125 million and one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, no one could have predicted all the success Dwayne would achieve outside of the squared circle. The Rock’s acting career began with some minor roles on television. One of them was during an episode of That 70’s Show. The episode aired 17 years ago on February 7th, 1999. Dwayne played the role of a wrestler, “Rocky Johnson”. This was only the beginning for the people’s champ, as he would later transition into films becoming one Hollywood’s highest grossing actors.
5) Punk Joins the UFC
There were WTFs across the board when Punk made the decision to join the UFC. Punk went from a wrestling star to an MMA star overnight, it seems. On December 6th, 2014, Punk announced he had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC. He still is yet to step into the cage because of various injuries he’s sustained during his training. Just as it looked like Punk was finally getting in the cage, plans were once again set back after it was announced that the former WWE Champion needed surgery to repair a herniated disk. Despite the injury, Punk fully expects to make his UFC debut in 2016.
4) Hall gets cleaned up
Since 2010, the WWE paid for Scott Hall’s rehabilitation stints. Despite spending money in the six figure range, Hall seemed helpless. Many of his friends believed that it was only a matter of time before Hall overdosed and was gone forever. Suddenly, DDP appeared out of nowhere (not delivering an RKO or Diamond Cutter), and Page would help to rehabilitate Hall in 2013, by rebuilding him “physically, mentally, professionally and spiritually”. He would raise money to surgically replace Hall’s hip and fix up his teeth. Razor’s recovery was absolutely stunning and remarkable to see. What a job by DDP!
3) Sting and John Cena
This is a WTF picture we certainly thought we’d never see. As the years passed on by, it seemingly became highly unlikely that Sting was ever going to step foot in a WWE ring. On November 23, 2014, that all changed. Sting made his debut at the age of 55 confronting Triple H at Survivor Series. He would go on to fight his dream WrestleMania match in front of a crowd of 76,976. Sting would cement his legacy just a couple of weeks ago getting inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame.
2) Goldberg, Austin and The Rock
Such a feeling of nostalgia seeing these three stars from the 90s altogether. These three pro wrestling stars all revolutionized the business in one way or another. Tough to see Goldberg leave the WWE on such bad terms though, as the guy deserves recognition for his tremendous accomplishments and run with World Championship Wrestling. Goldberg was a crucial factor in helping WCW take down the WWE for 84 weeks in a row, and that certainly deserves some praise and recognition by the WWE.
I have no doubt he will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame despite his differences with Vince McMahon and Triple H. For now, let’s marvel at this picture and think about how good a Triple Threat match between these three would have been.
1) Shawn Michaels and The Rock
This is a scene wrestling fans never got the chance to see; two of the biggest stars in pro wrestling history together face to face. Despite fans dying to see this, The Rock shot down any potential match because of past issues with Shawn, claiming he had no interest in working with The Heart Break Kid. Issues between the two dated all the way back to The Rock’s teen years. Apparently, Dwayne was very upset after Michaels disrespected his grandmother. Things got worse once The Rock was becoming a star, and according to Bret Hart, Michaels tried to sabotage Rocky’s journey to the top. Even when Shawn left, he was still lobbying for Hunter over Rocky. Shawn lobbied for Hunter to main event WrestleMania XV, and as you can imagine, McMahon didn’t bite this time.
According to rumors, the two wrestlers squashed their beef at the 2008 Hall of Fame ceremony. This picture was taken at WrestleMania XXVII in 2011, following Shawn’s appearance to commemorate his Hall of Fame induction.
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