St. Louis has a long, proud history as a hub for pro wrestling. From the classic days of Wrestling at the Chase to the modern day WWE pay-per-views and various independent wrestling events held in the St. Louis Metro Area, wrestling tradition runs deep in the Gateway City. Here are Winning Streak’s top 5 pro wrestling moments in St. Louis history.
5 John Cena is drafted to Raw
John Cena has been the gold standard for WWE over the last decade, a longer run than even Hulk Hogan’s dominance in the late 80’s/early 90’s. If you made a Mount Rushmore of WWE stars, Cena would be up there with Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Hogan. His coronation as “the man” in WWE arguable started not when Cena won the WWE Championship, but when he was “drafted” to the Raw brand in St. Louis. He has been the top dog on WWE’s flagship show since.
4 Harley Race vs. Bob Backlund
St. Louis was one of the strongest hubs of NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) action. The WWWF (now WWE) operated in New York as was a rising power on that national wrestling stage. When NWA Champion Harley Race met WWWF Champion Bob Backlund in a unification match in 1980, it was a champion vs. champion clash the likes of which we’ll never see in modern times.
3 Sting Debuts in WWE
Sting, the heart and soul of WCW, and former champion in the NWA and TNA, was long considered the biggest star never to join WWE. When he debuted at WWE Survivor Series in 2014 after years of “will they, won’t they” online chatter, it was an epic moment that will never be forgotten.
2 The Rock wins first World Title
At Survivor Series in 1998, The Rock, who was feuding with Vince McMahon and his Corporation stable, shockingly joined with the Corporation and turned his back on the fans, winning his first WWE Championship. The Rock then went on to become arguably the biggest star in wrestling history, and is now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
1 First Hell in a Cell Match
As big as The Rock winning the WWE Championship was, the biggest moment in St. Louis wrestling history came the year before when Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker had the first ever Hell in a Cell match. The Hell in a Cell is now a staple of the WWE, even having it’s own pay-per-view, and it all started in 1997. The match featured Shawn Michaels being thrown off the roof of the 20 ft. cage, and the debut of the now iconic Kane character. It’s one of the most talked about bouts in wrestling history.
There you have it, Winning Streak’s top 5 St. Louis wrestling moments. Don’t forget to contact the custom apparel champion and layeth a colossal smackdown on your screen printing or embroidery needs.