It was Wrestlepalooza 1998 and Rob Van Dam had been Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) TV Champion for about a month.
Little he did know, an early defense would come against his best friend and tag team partner, Sabu.
The two would go on to wrestle to a 30 minute draw -- spoiler alert -- in an entertaining match. It's a complete and total spotfest, to be sure, but it's fun to watch nonetheless.
RVD, of course, would hold onto the title for nearly two years before an injury forced him to give up the strap. He then made his way to WWE during the Invasion angle and quickly became one of the company's most popular stars, fulfilling the self-proclaimed prophecy "Mr. Monday Night" had laid out years before.
He was even given the WWE Championship at one point, infamously beating John Cena for it at the first One Night Stand pay-per-view before being a total donk and getting busted for drug possession. The man who was WWE Champion -- and also WWECW Champion at the time -- lost both titles in consecutive nights and then was suspended for 30 days.
Now he spends his time doing stuff in TNA which sort of resembles caring about wrestling but doesn't really register as such.
And Sabu? Um, not sure what he's up to.