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FOR more than 40 years, WWE has had fans on the edge of their seats with staggering plot twists and sensational match-ups.

Some of the most shocking moments include when Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable and defeated the Undertaker at WrestleMania and when Vince McMahon introduced his Monday Night War rival Eric Bischoff on Raw.

13The Invasion story line stunned viewers when Shane McMahon bought WCWCredit: YouTube

Here's our list of the top 10 most shocking moments in WWE history.

10: Shane McMahon buys WCW

The Invasion storyline in 2001 was a wrestling spectator's dream - although it didn’t exactly play out the way fans thought it would.

During the 1990s, Vince McMahon faced stiff competition with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) a part of the Monday Night War.

For 84 consecutive weeks, WCW's Monday Nitro beat Monday Night Raw in television ratings.

13In 2001, during the Invasion story line, Shane McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he bought WCWCredit: YouTube/WWE

In 2001, McMahon ended the war by buying out his competition, as well as some of their wrestlers' contracts and championship belts.

On a simulcast that saw Raw airing alongside WCW Nitro, Shane McMahon appeared on the titantron and told his father that he had purchased his competition and was plotting his downfall.

As part of the Invasion storyline, WWE created a stable by incorporating several wrestlers from WCW and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) called Team Alliance to go to war with WWE.

13This was the start of the Invasion story line, which concluded at the Survivor Series event when Team WWE defeated Team AllianceCredit: YouTube/WWE

The storyline concluded at the Survivor Series event that same year, as Team WWE defeated Team Alliance in a 'winner takes all' match after The Rock pinned Stone Cold Steve Austin.

9: Eric Bischoff in WWE

We’ll stick with WCW for the number nine slot.

During the 1990s, Eric Bischoff was the Executive Vice President for WCW and he spent the latter part of the decade trying to tear down the empire WWE had built.

Bischoff nearly succeeded too, as WCW’s Monday Nitro beat WWE’s Monday Night Raw in the TV ratings for 84 consecutive weeks.

13In 2002, Vince McMahon announced on Raw that Eric Bischoff was the new General Manager for the Monday night brandCredit: YouTube/WWE

Bischoff knew exactly how to utilize his assets with wrestlers such as the New World Order, Goldberg, Sting, Bret Hart, Booker T and Scott Steiner under contract.

In 2002, Vince McMahon shocked the WWE universe when he announced during an episode of Raw that his former rival, Bischoff would be the next Raw General Manager.

If that wasn’t shocking enough, McMahon capped off the moment with a bear hug with Bischoff.

8: Jinder Mahal wins the WWE Championship

One of the most shocking WWE Championship changes in the business' history has to go to Jinder Mahal’s victory over Randy Orton at the Backlash event in 2017.

Mahal as WWE Champion was simply unimaginable in the eyes of WWE fans, but at Backlash the Modern Day Maharaja pinned Orton to begin his reign as champion.

13Jinder Mahal won the WWE Championship at Backlash in 2017, after pinning then-champion Randy OrtonCredit: YouTube/WWE

The move to put the title around Mahal’s waist was said to be a marketing strategy by the WWE, as the company looked to expand in India.

7: CM Punk wins at Money in the Bank 2011

With his WWE contract set to expire at midnight, CM Punk faced off against John Cena for the WWE championship at Money in the Bank 2011, in Punk’s hometown of Chicago.

Punk pinned Cena to be crowned the new champion, but as the match was over, Vince McMahon called for Alberto Del Rio to cash in his Money in the Bank contract that he won that night.

As Del Rio entered the ring, Punk knocked him out with a kick to the head before proceeding to exit the arena through the crowd with the title, blowing a final kiss goodbye to his former boss.

13CM Punk won the WWE championship at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in 2011, just as his WWE contract was set to expire at midnightCredit: YouTube/WWE

WWE suddenly had the hottest angle in all of wrestling.

As a free agent, Punk could defend the title all over the world and at other wrestling promotions - but within a month Punk reemerged on the scene at WWE with the belt and continued his feud with Cena.

6: Goldberg destroys Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016

After 12 years away from the ring, Goldberg returned to WWE in 2016 and absolutely destroyed Brock Lesnar at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

Up until that point, Lesnar was billed as the most dominate force in the company.

13Goldberg destroyed Brock Lesnar at the Survivor Series event in 2016, in a moment that shocked the WWE universeCredit: YouTube/WWE

Lesnar ended the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak in 2014, he destroyed John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight title at SummerSlam that same year and held the title for 224 days.

However, it took Goldberg less than five minutes to beat Lesnar; after two spears and a jackhammer slam, he shocked the WWE universe by pinning the Beast Incarnate.

5: Stone Cold Steve Austin turns Heel

The renegade and anti-hero Stone Cold Steve Austin ripped the hearts of every WWE fan in 2001, when he turned Heel and sided with his longtime rival Vince McMahon.

At WrestleMania X-Seven, Austin was cheered like a hero in the main event against The Rock, but did a deal with the devil himself, McMahon, when he accepted a chair from him.

13Stone Cold Steve Austin turned Heel at WrestleMania X-Seven when he sided with Vince McMahon following years of conflict between the twoCredit: Daily Motion

Austin then proceeded to brutalize The Rock, hitting him with the chair several times on his back before pinning The People's Champ and winning the WWE title.

After the match, wrestling fans cringed at the site of Austin and McMahon shaking hands and drinking a beer together following years of bad blood between the two.

What is turning Heel mean?

In professional wrestling, a 'Heel' is a wrestler who is portrayed as a villain or a bad guy and acts as an antagonist to the Faces.

'Face' characters are wrestlers who are the heroic protagonist or good guys.

4: CM Punk’s infamous Pipebomb

On June 27, 2011, CM Punk dropped his infamous pipebomb promo where he went after Vince McMahon with an explosive speech that shattered the fourth wall.

Punk questioned why he wasn’t being pushed as the top guy in the company.

He even suggested the company would be “better off when Vince McMahon is dead” and fired shots at Hulk Hogan, John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for being “a** kissers.”

13In 2011, CM Punk dropped his infamous pipebomb promo where he took shots at Hulk Hogan, The Rock and John Cena for being 'a** kissers' to Vince McMahonCredit: YouTube/WWE

Punk who was legitimately reaching the end of his contract had been frustrated with his creative direction and took aim at that during his promo.

As real as the promo may have looked and sounded, the legendary pipe bomb was indeed something the WWE was aware of.

3: Undertaker vs. Mankind Hell in a Cell

The Hell in the Cell match between the Undertaker and Mankind was in fact the most brutal encounter in WWE history.

The match took place at the King of the Ring event in 1998, and as soon as Mankind walked towards the ring he immediately threw a chair atop of the cell and climbed the structure.

Undertaker wasted no time either, as he also climbed to the top of the cell.

13The Hell in the Cell match started with both Mankind and the Undertaker fighting atop the cellCredit: DailyMotion

The match officially started with both men fighting atop the structure.

Minutes into the match, the Undertaker threw Mankind from the top of the cell onto an announcer's table below, in one of the most shocking and iconic moments.

The sequence was planned by the WWE, but an unplanned twist occurred as the match continued when Undertaker choke-slammed Mankind at the top of the cell causing him to fall through the wire and into the ring.

The bump sent one of Mankind’s teeth into his nose, which could easily have resulted in serious injury.

13An unplanned twist occurred as the match continued when Undertaker choke-slammed Mankind at the top of the cell causing him to fall through the wire and into the ring.Credit: DailyMotion

Mankind refused to quit and continued the match, until the Undertaker delivered a Tombstone piledriver pinning the deranged Mankind.

2: The Montreal Screw Job

A moment that tainted Vince McMahon’s reputation came at the Survivor Series main event between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.

In 1997, Hart was set to leave the WWE for WCW, but he refused to give up his WWE title to Michaels at the Survivor Series event, which set up the infamous Montreal Screw Job.

The Montreal Screw Job was a controversial unscripted incident in the Hart and Michaels match, where McMahon and other WWE employees covertly manipulated the predetermined outcome of the match.

13The Montreal Screw Job was a controversial unscripted incident in the Hart and Michaels match, where McMahon manipulated the predetermined outcome of the matchCredit: YouTube/WWE

The final results of the match occurred without Hart’s knowledge and concluded with Hart controversially losing the title to Michael’s in his last WWE match.

The stunned face on Hart could be seen after the bell when he realized what had happened.

Moments later Hart was caught on camera sipping in McMahon’s face and writing WCW in the air.

1: Brock Lesnar ends the Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak

"The streak is over."

The words WWE commentator, Michael Cole so vividly said after the shocking outcome of the Brock Lesnar and Undertaker match at WrestleMania XXX.

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Taker had immortalized his legacy at WrestleMania by going undefeated for 21 straight years.

All of that changed at ‘Mania 30 when Lesnar pinned Taker after hitting a third F5, his signature move, to hand the Phenom his first loss at WrestleMania.

The stadium filled with more than 75,000 fans went completely silent after the bell.

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Astros win 4-1 in Game 1; Twins record losing streak at 17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff series and stretch the Twins’ all-time record postseason losing streak to 17 games.

Manager Dusty Baker’s Astros became the first team in major league history to win a game after reaching the postseason with a losing record.

Game 2 in the best-of-three wild-card matchup is Wednesday at Target Field.

Michael Brantley tacked on a two-run single in the ninth after Sergio Romo issued a full-count walk to the 5-foot-6 Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP who had a quiet season at the plate.

Framber Valdez, who made 10 regular-season starts for the Astros, pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Zack Greinke for the victory to keep the bullpen fresh for the rest of the series. Valdez allowed his only two hits with one out in the ninth, but Willians Astudillo grounded into a double play to end the game.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli called for Romo, the fifth of six pitchers, to start the ninth. The Astros loaded the bases on two singles to start the inning and then the crippling two-out error, when Polanco’s throw to second base after a straight-at-him grounder was low to blow the forceout.

Minnesota and Houston tied for the fewest errors in the majors with 20 during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.

Minnesota’s previous win in the playoffs was notched in New York on Oct. 5, 2004, in Game 1 of the AL division series. That was also the last scoreless postseason start for a Twins pitcher — seven shutout innings by AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana — until Kenta Maeda’s in this game.

The Twins lost 13 straight times to the Yankees after that, including a three-game sweep in the AL division series last year. The Twins have failed to advance in eight straight rounds, since beating Oakland in five games in the AL division series in 2002.

Minnesota broke the record for consecutive postseason losses in major North American sports — the Twins had been tied with the Chicago Blackhawks, who dropped 16 straight in the NHL playoffs from 1975-79.

The Astros lost their previous postseason game — that was Game 7 of the World Series last year, at home to Houston.

After defending their AL Central title, ranking fourth in MLB in team ERA (3.58) and going 24-7 at Target Field for the best home record in baseball, the No. 3 seed Twins (36-24) were certainly well-positioned to finally taste some postseason success against the No. 6 seed Astros (29-31).

The outlook was good until the seventh, when reliever Tyler Duffey — a native of the Houston suburbs and product of Rice University — allowed three consecutive two-out singles. The second one by Martín Maldonado was a sharp chopper that chewed up third baseman Marwin Gonzalez, one of the catalysts of the 2017 World Series title for the Astros. Then Josh Reddick tied the game with a clean hit to center.

The military jet flyover during the national anthem and the crisp 58-degree temperature at first pitch were about the only signs of normality for this playoff game, with no tickets available due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There were, at least, about 200 team staff scattered throughout the second deck and roughly two dozen family members on hand to clap and cheer.

The Astros, who went 9-23 on the road this season for the third-worst mark in the major leagues, started their franchise record fourth straight postseason appearance in far different fashion than their previous three, for reasons well beyond the pandemic format. After becoming the scourge of baseball when their sign-stealing system was revealed this winter, they turned to the 71-year-old Baker, who took his fifth different team to the postseason.

Maeda turned in five shutout innings for the Twins, his longest career appearance in the playoffs after being limited to the bullpen in the postseason by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last three years.

Maeda left with a 1-0 lead, after 40-year-old designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double in the third inning off the 17-year veteran Greinke that scored Max Kepler from first base with a head-first slide into home plate. The Twins, missing slugger Josh Donaldson for the series due to a nagging calf injury, failed to take full advantage of Greinke’s lack of fastball command by leaving the bases loaded with one out in the first.

Greinke was pulled after four innings, then put on a mask and took a seat in the front row behind Houston’s dugout.


The Astros were waiting until after the game to announce their starter for Game 2, though Baker said RHP Lance McCullers Jr. was not being made available out of the bullpen on Tuesday and under consideration to take the mound on Wednesday on three days of rest.

RHP José Berríos will take the mound for the Twins in Game 2. Both of his previous postseason appearances took place at Yankee Stadium, with nine hits and six runs allowed over seven innings.


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