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Wrestling history is littered with iconic moments that, in most cases, a camera person was on hand to capture for posterity. Whether it is Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant at WresteleMania 3 or black and white photos from before wrestling was a TV phenomenon, they are the moments that stand the test of time. Those sort of images are the focus of today’s Top Five.
5. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit celebrate at WrestleMania XX. A night of absolute celebration as Benoit and Guerrero reach the top. Future events would severely impact on the legacy of this picture, but at the time it was incredible.
4. The Streak is Over. The silence that met the 3 count was like nothing I’ve ever heard as a wrestling fan. This image, of a beaten Undertaker, with the scoreboard in the background makes it hit home further.
3. Stone Cold bleeds out at WrestleMania 13 in his match with Bret Hart. One of the defining moments of Stone Cold’s career, he would leave this event as a babyface and would go on to become one of the biggest names in the history of the business.
2. The Rock vs. Holywood Hogan at WrestleMania X8. No one expected this to happen? The match itself isn’t up to all that much. It’s all about the crowd and the passion they have for seeing these two legends come face-to-face.
1. Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III. I love WrestleMania III. It’s one of my favourite Manias of all time. Of all the amazing moments from the Hulkamania WrestleManias, is there a more iconic image than these two going face to face?
5. Magnum TA stabs Tully Blanchard in the eye with a piece of broken chair. I saw this in an issue of PWI years ago and couldn’t believe wrestling was so violent in the NWA.
4 Atsushi Onita Explodes. How could you not want to see an FMW show after seeing this pic grace a magazine in the 90s?
3. Daniel Bryan and crowd at Wrestlemania 30. I just love this image of Bryan encapsulated by the crowd who supported him so vociferously.
2. Warrior and Hogan at Wrestlemania VI. The hype was unbearable.
1. Adrian Street visits his disapproving father in a coal mine. My favourite ever image of a pro wrestler.
5. Mick Foley’s tooth repossessions itself elsewhere on his face following the second of his insane bumps during his Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker at the 1998 King of The Ring
4. The moment the boyhood dream came true. Either Michaels was a tremendous actor or capturing his first WWF Championship really did mean this much to him. He looks like a father holding a new born baby
3. Today this image is an accepted part of wrestling history, but in 2001 it was almost indescribable. The sight of Shane McMahon on WCW Nitro is akin to Phil Mitchell showing up on Coronation Street
2. “Hey Colt Cabana”. On the June 27th 2011 episode of Raw CM Punk had a few things he wanted to get off his chest. I love that he was inexplicably wearing a Stone Cold -t-shirt while doing so
1. When someone asks you to think of the most iconic images in wrestling there will likely be one you think of straight away. Obviously people of a different generation will have a different opinion (Hogan vs. Andre?) but this image with the blood between Austin’s teeth from Wrestlemania 13 is the image I instantly thought of
5. Even though he was a little before my time…no doubt that Bruno Sammartino was a very big deal. Not only in the pro wrestling world, but as seen in this photo meeting the Pope…a big deal period.
4. This pic is a lot more recent, but in a way still iconic considering the magnitude of what Brock Lesnar would become. That blood he smeared across his chest was the blood of Hulk Hogan. Forget getting the torch passed, Lesnar just snatched it away.
3. How great was ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair in his day? So good that his shoes cost more than your house.
2. This picture symbolizes the beginning of the end for the WWF as we knew it for years. It was the beginning of a pro wrestling renaissance. The beginning of the Monday Night Wars that would change the way we viewed wrestling each week.
1. Who said pro wrestling really didn’t take off until the birth of Hulkamania? This picture (taken in 1911) is of two of the biggest names in pro wrestling from that era….Frank Gotch and George Hackenschmidt at Comiskey Park in front of over 30,000 fans.
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