As a wrestling fan, I tend to glamorize the period of the mid ’90s- early ’00s. Those were the days when you had two evenly matched wrestling promotions, WWE and WCW, along with a strong #3 promotion, ECW, offering their absolute best and taking the industry to record levels of business, popularity and mainstream visibility that it may never see again. This list shows some of the more memorable moments that have transpired from 2004 up until a few weeks ago. As cyclical and predictable as wrestling can get, there is never a dull moment.
Nexus invaded Monday Night Raw and just about killed John Cena.
Shawn Michaels and Undertaker had back-to-back classic matches at Wrestlemania 25 & 26.
HHH and Undertaker did the same thing at Wrestlemania 27 & 28.
Ric Flair had his big retirement sendoff.
Brock Lesnar returned after being gone for eight years.
John Cena and Shawn Michaels had a 45 minute classic in London.
Ric Flair and Edge tore the house down in their TLC match from 2006.
Rock pinned John Cena in the main event at Wrestlemania.
Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels had one of the all-time best feuds in 2008.
C.M. Punk beat John Cena in his hometown of Chicago.
Edge unexpectedly retired.
Miz won the Money in the Bank ladder match and became a main-event level star in the company.
The guest host era of Monday Night Raw came to an end.
Jeff Hardy won the WWE title.
Edge beat John Cena for his first WWE title.
John Cena made a surprise return to win the 2008 Royal Rumble.
Daniel Bryan and C.M. Punk simultaneously held the major titles.
Bret Hart returned to a WWE ring for the first time in 12 years to bury the hatchet with Shawn Michaels.
WWE had its first ECW One Night Stand PPV. What a show that was!
Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit celebrated in the ring together as champions at Wrestlemania 20.
Shawn Michaels cut a totally unprofessional promo on Hulk Hogan following their Summerslam match.
Daniel Bryan became an overnight sensation after losing to Sheamus in 18 seconds.
Trish Stratus won her final women’s title in Toronto.
Edge became the youngest person ever inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.