The WWE on FOX social media team knows how to start a conversation among wrestling fans. Yesterday (June 14), they dropped a doozy of a prompt with this one.
The first thing that came to my mind, and the match I’d still argue is the right answer, is Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997. There are a lot of fascinating “what if” scenarios in pro wrestling history, but the myriad ways the Montreal Screwjob changed things puts it on a whole ‘nother level.
My runners-up would be Hart vs. Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13 (would the Mr. McMahon character born later that year have won the Monday Night War without his Stone Cold nemesis, catapulted to a nearly unprecedented level of “over” eight months earlier?), and Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant from WrestleMania III (you young ’uns don’t know nothing 'bout what is or isn't a draw if you weren’t around for “The Main Event”, aka the hip toss heard round the world).
But why do you care what I’d pick. I’m just an a-hole on the internet. Let’s hear from a third-generation wrestler, and one of the biggest stars in the world.
Hogan vs Sheik. NYC. Garden. 1984.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 14, 2021
(seminal match with historic implications and a legit bounty thrown in the mix)
The birth of Hulkamania on the then-WWF’s home court in a quintessential pro wrestling angle? Solid pick, great one. Solid pick.
I’m still taking the Screwjob, though.