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Most Shocking Moments In Pro Wrestling History (Ranked)

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There have been many shocking moments in the history of Pro Wrestling, and we’ve put together our list of the Top 5 Most Shocking Moments in the history of the industry.

Here is our ranking of the Top 5 Shocking Moments in the history of the industry, from 5 to 1:

Most Shocking Pro Wrestling Moments Ever

5. Pillman’s Got a Gun

On November 4, 1996, the WWF showcased a controversial storyline involving Brian Pillman and Stone Cold Steve Austin. In a dramatic episode of Monday Night Raw, Pillman, armed with a gun, confronted Austin, blurring the lines between reality and fiction in wrestling.

4. Scott Hall Invades WCW Nitro

Scott Hall’s appearance on WCW Monday Nitro in 1996 marked the beginning of a new era in WCW. His arrival set the stage for the formation of the New World Order (nWo), a storyline that revolutionized professional wrestling.

3. The End of The Undertaker’s Streak

At WrestleMania 30 in 2014, Brock Lesnar ended The Undertaker’s 21-0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania. This loss was a monumental moment in WWE history, stunning fans and marking the end of an era.

2. The Montreal Screwjob

One of the most shocking moments in wrestling history occurred at Survivor Series 1997, known as the Montreal Screwjob.

Bret Hart was controversially defeated by Shawn Michaels in a match that ended with real-life drama and backstage controversy, forever changing the landscape of professional wrestling.

1. Vince McMahon Buys WCW

In 2001, Vince McMahon announced the purchase of WCW during a simulcast of WCW Nitro and WWE Raw.

This acquisition effectively ended the Monday Night Wars and established WWE’s dominance in the wrestling industry.


  • What was the Montreal Screwjob? The Montreal Screwjob was a controversial and scripted ending to a match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997, where Hart was defeated in a manner he hadn’t agreed to, leading to real-life tensions.
  • What impact did The Undertaker’s streak ending have? The end of The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak was a shock to fans and marked the end of one of the most iconic records in wrestling history.
  • How did the WCW purchase affect the wrestling industry? WWE’s acquisition of WCW in 2001 ended the Monday Night Wars and led to WWE becoming the dominant force in professional wrestling.
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