The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History: The list


Let me start by saying Netflix is one of the greatest services ever, even with all its problems with the recent changes they've been implementing, namely the absolute disaster of a plan that is Quikster. Nonetheless, the streaming service is great and will continue to be so as it adds more of a selection to its library.

To my delight, when I signed on just yesterday, I noticed the DVD WWE released not so long ago entitled "The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History" was available for viewing.

Because I'm a mark for any countdown style list, as well as goofy movies like this, I made sure to watch and document the list so I could transfer it for a reference guide in text form.

This isn't a review of the DVD, as there are plenty of those already. If you haven't seen it, it's a documentary style countdown with plenty of clips and commentary from WWE stars as they relive the 50 incidents that made the list. Santino Marella was the star of the show, as usual, because his timing and delivery is the greatest of any mid-card comedy act ever.

Enough with all that, though. After the jump is the list. Tell us what you think about it.

50. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant at The Main Event on Feb. 5, 1988. Ted DiBiase paid off the referee to screw Hogan so he would count the pinfall despite his shoulders being up so The Million Dollar Man could buy the WWE Championship from Andre the Giant. This was a super big deal when it happened, as it happened in front of a gigantic audience and it marked the end of Hogan's title reign that lasted just over four years.

49. Nexus shows up on Raw on June 7, 2010. The NXT rookies came out of nowhere to kill John Cena -- and everyone else -- on Raw that night. Not only that, they destroyed the entire set. Super hot angle that went nowhere.

48. Big Show chokeslams Undertaker "straight to hell" on June 7, 1999. Show did his chokeslam on Taker on a gimmicked part of the ring where it would collapse underneath him.

47. Goldust vs. Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 12 on March 31, 1996 in a backlot brawl. Just an insane brawl from these two in a wacky angle that saw them actually try to recreate the O.J. Simpson car chase during the match.

46. On Superstars on Sept. 7, 1991, Macho Man Randy Savage and Elizabeth have their wedding crashed by Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who sends them a python for a present.

45. John Cena stacks both Big Show and Edge on his shoulders for an FU on April 5, 2009 at WrestleMania 25. He didn't actually send them both over at the same time but he did have them both up at once ... for about two seconds.

44. Undertaker "kills" Paul Bearer on June 27, 2004 at the Great American Bash. After defeating the Dudley Boyz to "save" him from a concrete enclosure, Taker fills the box himself.

43. D-Generation X invades WCW on April 27, 1998. Triple H, X-Pac, Chyna and The New Age Outlaws were sent to the Norfolk Scope in Virginia in a tank to try to get into the show and see how much they could get away with. Not much, as it turns out. Hot angle, though.

42. The New Age Outlaws send Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) and Chainsaw Charley (Terry Funk) off the top of the entrance ramp in a dumpster on Raw on Feb. 2, 1998. Jack and Charley were having a hardcore match when they found themselves in a dumpster, which the Outlaws took advantage of by rolling them right off the ramp.

41. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Booker T brawl in a grocery store on Smackdown on Dec. 13, 2001. Complete with "The Rattlesnake" dumping flour all over Booker and spraying him with mustard. Really, all the great props one would find in a supermarket.

40. Undertaker vs. Triple H at Shotgun Saturday Night on Feb. 8, 1997 at the Penn Station in New York City. Taker tombstoned Trips on an escalator.

39. Tim White tries to commit suicide in various skits after his career as a referee was ended due to a shoulder injury. "Mr. White, that's not wise."

38. Vince McMahon hires Eric Bischoff and names him as general manager on July 15, 2002 on Raw. Bischoff comes out and gives Vince a big old bear hug, sending millions of dollars down the toilet.

37. Cactus Jack vs. Randy Orton in a hardcore match at Backlash on April 18, 2004. Mick Foley, like usual, sold like nuts and did crazy spots to get Orton over big time. To his credit, Randy was phenomenal in the match.

36. "Where to, Stephanie?" Stephanie McMahon is abducted by the Ministry of Darkness on the April 26, 1999 episode of Raw. She's held for ransom by Undertaker, who demanded control of the company, and strung up on a cross while being wed to Taker in an "unholy union of darkness." She was saved by Stone Cold Steve Austin just in the nick of time.

35. Mad Dog Vachon gets attacked by Diesel on April 28, 1996 at the Good Friends, Better Enemies pay-per-view. "Big Daddy Cool" ripped off Vachon's fake leg and held it over his head. Yep.

34. Roddy Piper goes nuts and cuts the hair of a black midget at Tuesday Night Titans on March 7, 1986. He did this because he hated Mr. T and the Haiti kid admitted to liking him.

33. Vince McMahon in the hospital on Raw on Oct. 5, 1998. Mick Foley introduces Mr. Socko and Stone Cold Steve Austin beats the crap out of him with his own bedpan.

32. Jeff Jarrett smashes Fabolous Moolah with a guitar on the Sept. 9, 1999 episode of Smackdown. He then put Mae Young in a figure-four leglock. Collective age of the two ladies at the time? 201.

31. Edge cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase on John Cena at the New Year's Resolution pay-per-view on Jan. 8, 2006. Cena had just retained his title in an elimination chamber match. The birth of "The Ultimate Opportunist" and Edge's first WWE championship win.

30. Kurt Angle sprays the Alliance, led by Stone Cold Steve Austin, with a milk truck hose on the Aug. 20, 2001 episode of Raw. The Alliance was paying tribute to Austin by singing him "The Wind Beneath Our Ring," before Angle crashed the party with a milk truck. Tribute to Austin crashing Vince McMahon's party with a beer truck.

29. Vince McMahon creats the "Kiss My Ass" club on the Nov. 19, 2001 episode of Raw. Old Vinny Mac literally pulled his pants down and made William Regal kiss the left cheek.

28. Jeff Hardy gets caught in his own pyro during his entrance on the Jan. 16, 2009 episode of Smackdown.

27. Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to WWE on the April 27, 2000 episode of Smackdown, terrorizing Vince McMahon and family, including dropping a crane on top of the DX Express.

26. Triple H crashes Stephanie McMahon's wedding to Test on the Nov. 29, 1999 episode of Raw. As it turned out, "The Game" had slipped Steph a mickey and married her at a drive through chapel while she was passed out. Cost? $40. Trips then made jokes about having sex with her that night. Yes, this passed as compelling TV at the time.

25. Gene Snitsky punts a baby into the audience on Raw on Nov. 8, 2004. It wasn't his fault, though.

24. Stone Cold Steve Austin pours cement into Vince McMahon's corvette on Oct. 12, 1998 on Raw. Vinny Mac's facial expressions while watching this made the segment.

23. Jake Roberts ties Macho Man up on the ropes and lets his cobra bite him on Nov. 23, 1991 on Superstars. Seriously graphic image of the snake biting the shit out of Randy Savage.

22. Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman hardcore match at Summerslam on Aug. 27, 2000. Shane O'Mac takes a bump off the top of the entrance set of about 25 feet. They billed it as 50 but it was probably half that. Still, crazy.

21. Shawn Michaels breaks up The Rockers by throwing Marty Jannetty through the glass window at "The Barber Shop" on Jan. 11, 1992 at the Wrestling Challenge. One of the all time best deliveries of Sweet Chin Music along with some of Bobby Heenan's best work on commentary. After HBK sent Jannetty through the window, Heenan proclaims -- "Jannetty tried to dive through the window to escape!" Ah, those were the days. Now we get Michael Cole, Booker T and Jerry Lawler.

20. WrestleMania 17 tables, ladders and chairs match on April 1, 2001 between The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian. The entire match was a spotfest with bodies flying. High spot was Jeff Hardy hanging off the titles while Edge gave him a spear off a ladder set up in the corner.

19. On the July 14, 2003 episode of Raw, Kane does an interview with Jim Ross that culminates in good ol' J.R. getting doused with gasoline and lit on fire. Best part of the segment on the DVD is Santino Marella's commentary. "Who wants to light J.R. on fire? I know he's into barbecue but he doesn't want to be the meat."

18. Sept. 22, 1997, Raw is War. Stone Cold Steve Austin comes back from breaking his neck too early to stun Vince McMahon, who was trying to tell him he wasn't ready to compete. Such an incredible storyline. Austin was promptly arrested after delivering the stunner.

17. Kurt Angle sends Shane McMahon through the glass at the entrance ramp on his head on June 24, 2001 at King of the Ring. Angle tried multiple times to send McMahon through the glass and failed multiple times, including once that had Shane O'Mac land on his head on concrete. Brutal match.

16. Jeff Hardy backdrops Randy Orton off the stage on Raw on Jan. 14, 2008 before climbing up on the top of the entrance set and doing a swanton bomb. Another crazy high spot from the craziest bastard in pro wrestling. Or the most drugged, whichever you prefer.

15. At WrestleMania 22 on April 2, 2006, Edge spears Mick Foley off the ring and onto a burning table . Another case of Foley putting a guy over huge in a big spot. Awesome hardcore match.

14. Stone Cold Steve Austin drives into the arena on a zamboni on the Sept. 28, 1998 episode of Raw, knocking power lights and sound systems over and out on his way. He actually made the titantron sway and the ring move when he hit both before jumping over the ropes and into the ring to attack Vince McMahon. And left in cuffs, as usual.

13. On July 17, 1984 on Tuesday Night Titans, Roddy Piper hosted another episode of Piper's Pit featuring guest Jimmy Snuka. Piper dogged him out in an infamous segment throwing bananas and pineapples and coconuts at him. Eventually, he cracked Snuka with a coconut, sending him crashing through the set.

12. Vince McMahon purchases WCW and on March 26, 2001, USA runs a simulcast with WWE and WCW in which Shane McMahon announces he bought WCW out from under his dad. They waited to do the invasion angle and then did a horrible job booking it into the ground. Still managed to be fun, though.

11. Mae Young shows her tits at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Jan. 23, 2000. She was like 135-years-old at the time. They added in her infamous moment with The Dudley Boyz in which Bubba Ray powerbombed her off the entrance ramp through a table on Raw on March 6, 2000. To top it off, they adder her giving birth to a hand on Raw on Feb. 28, 2000 while smoking a cigar as Jerry Briscoe is in the corner puking his guts out.

10. Big Boss Man drives off with Big Show's casket on the Nov. 11, 1999 episode of Smackdown. The kicker? Show threw himself on top of the coffin and rode it for like 20 yards before falling off. The best part has to be the various commentators on the DVD laughing their ass off at Show's big ass flying off the coffin. Tons of fun!

9. The Montreal Screwjob, which took place on Nov. 9, 1997 at the Survivor Series. You know the story. Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart by having the timekeeper ring the bell after Shawn Michaels put him in his own finisher, the Sharpshooter. Bret proceeded to smash the announce tables at ringside, including the monitors and everything else he could get his hands on. He also went to the back and reportedly cold-cocked McMahon.

8. Brock Lesnar superplexes Big Show and the ring collapses underneath them on the June 12, 2003 edition of Smackdown. Tazz, in his excitement ringside, screams out "HOLY SHIT!"

7. Vince McMahon brings Mike Tyson to Raw and Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out and picks a fight with him on Jan. 19, 1998. "You ruined it, damn it!" Vinny Mac paid millions and millions of dollars to get Tyson to come play an active role on WWE TV for the months leading up to WrestleMania that year, where he would turn on D-Generation X and assist Austin in winning his first WWE championship.

6. The June 11, 2007 episode of Raw featured Vince McMahon's limo getting blown up directly after he climbs inside it. His "death" was reported as legitimate by several reputable media outlets. It was, of course, an angle. Because of Chris Benoit's death later that month, WWE was forced to reveal that it was just a storyline. Horrific timing.

5. Sable shows her tits with hands painted on them on July 26, 1998 at the Fully Loaded pay-per-view in a bikini contest.

4. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka flys off the top of the cage on Oct. 17, 1983 at Madison Square Garden.

3. Brian Pillman pulls a gun on Stone Cold Steve Austin when "The Rattlesnake" breaks into his home while he's recuperating from a leg injury on the Nov. 4, 1996 edition of Monday Night Raw. Classic line -- "Steve is a dead man walking. Because when Austin 3:16 meets Pillman 9 millimeter gun, I'm going to blow his sorry ass straight to hell."

2. Stone Cold Steve Austin shows up on Raw on March 22, 1999 with a beer truck and sprays Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and The Rock with a hose full of beer. Vince swimming through the puddles of beer is always fun to relive.

1. Undertaker throws Mankind of the top of the Hell in a Cell cage at King of the Ring on June 28, 1998. It was a planned fall with Mick Foley guiding himself down using the cage to turn his back to the announce table, where he landed. It didn't help much, as he sustained all sorts of injuries. They tried to take him out but he went back and climbed the cage again. After a battle with Taker on top of the cage, the "Deadman" chokeslammed him through the top of the cage and onto the ring with a chair landing on him as he fell. Concussion, tooth through his nose; it's surprising the man is still alive.

There's the list, Cagesiders. I know some of you have problems with it, so feel free to tear it to shreds in the comments.

Personally, how the Montreal Screwjob doesn't get top five is beyond me. How about you?

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