WWE’s schedule is packed over the next couple months with tow international stadium shows and a history making pay-per-view (PPV) en route to November’s Big 4 event. With Super Show-Down, Evolution, Crown Jewel and Survivor Series all on the docket, it can be easy to forget SmackDown has a big anniversary right in the middle of it all.
Perhaps that explains the relatively low-key way the company website offered up one of their popular lists in support of Oct. 16’s SmackDown 1000.
It didn’t fly under our radar, though. And we know how wrestling fans like rankings, and the debating of same. So for your analyzing and arguing pleasure, here’s WWE.com’s “10 greatest moments in SmackDown history” in both text and playlist form:
10. AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship from Jinder Mahal - Nov. 7, 2017
9. Brock Lesnar and Big Show break the ring - June 12, 2003
8. The do-over of the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, June 27, 2017
7. Stone Cold Steve Austin destroys the D-X Express, April 27, 2000
6. Rhyno gores Chris Jericho through the set, Aug. 9, 2001
5. Kurt Angle faces a debuting John Cena, June 27, 2002
4. Daniel Bryan’s return speech, Mar. 20, 2018
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes down Triple H, Nov. 11, 1999
2. Stone Cold and Booker T’s grocery store brawl, Dec. 13, 2001
1. Triple H vs. The Rock for the WWF title on the first SmackDown ever, Aug. 26, 1999
The playlist on their site doesn’t explicitly rank them, so we’re making an assumption that it’s a countdown and not just videos presented in a random order. If the implied ranking is correct, we cast the usual side-eye at Vince McMahon’s son-in-law taking up two of the top three spots. But even then, we’re not #outraged by this list.
Let’s face it. There are A LOT of moments in nearly a 1,000 episodes of sports entertainment. Everyone’s top ten is going to look a little different.
So let’s hear yours, gang.