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Every fan of professional wrestling remembers the moment that captured their heart forever and hooked them for life. Whether it was Ric Flair regaining the NWA Championship from Harley Race at Starrcade, the Freebirds turning heel on Kerry Von Erich, Mick Foley flying off the cage at King of the Ring , Samoa Joe's epic trilogy with CM Punk in Ring of Honor, or the premiere of WCW's Nitro: these are the matches and moments that thrilled, terrified, or outraged overwhelming you with real emotion.

Mike Rickard's Wrestling's Greatest Moments brings you all the most memorable and controversial moments from modern wrestling history. It's an insightful and essential compendium of thirty years' worth of groundbreaking matches, angles and interviews. From Hulkamania to the Montreal "screwjob," from the NWA to the nWo, you'll rediscover what really occurred in arenas and on the air worldwide, and learn all the backstage and behind-the-scenes secrets that made these highlight-reel moments possible from the men and women who were there.

Whether you watched Stone Cold Steve Austin point a gun at WWE honcho Vince McMahon's head, or stood outside the building as D-Generation X "invaded" WCW; whether you look back with nostalgia to "The King" slapping Andy Kaufman silly on Letterman or believe wrestling was better when Bruno sold out Shea; whether you were one of the Philadelphia "bingo hall" faithful who made ECW "extreme" or a casual observer of the Monday Night Wars; whether you're reliving these moments or discovering them for the first time, Wrestling's Greatest Moments will enthrall you with the exploits and extravagance, the tragedies and triumphs of the sport of kings.

About the Author:  Mike Rickard has been writing about the sport of kings since 2005.  His work has been seen on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's website, Pro Wrestling Torch, Gumgod, World Wrestling Insanity, and Canadian Bulldog's World.
The Double Turn: How Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns' Program Could Turn Epic


Anyone who missed this week's RAW needs to watch Braun Strowman's epic beatdown on Roman Reigns. It is going to go down in history as one of the greatest beatdowns in wrestling history as well as an example of how to successfully pull off a double turn, turning a heel face, and a face heel, in one angle or match.
The heel or face turn is one of the fundamentals of wrestling booking. A wrestler's turn to the dark side or the side of the angels can freshen a character, create new opponents, and create a hot feud. The double turn can do the same but it is something not easily done. It is professional wrestling's equivalent of the Triple Crown in horse racing, back-to-back Super Bowl wins in football, or the legendary mother-daughter coup in the world of romance.

Unlike most things in wrestling, the double turn is rare, both due to its difficulty in executing properly, and there being no need to pull it off.

Arguably the greatest double turn in recent history was the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin/Bret "The Hitman" Hart double turn at WrestleMania XIII. Hart entered the match as a face while Austin was working as a heel (although it should be noted both wrestlers were slowly turning before this with Hart showing heelish tendencies such as complaining and Austin getting cheered for being a bad-ass). The two worked a "I Quit" Match with Austin refusing to quit and passing out from the pain. The fans acknowledged Austin's tenancity, cheering him while the fans booed Hart for refusing to let the hold go.

Another double turn involved two tag teams. Mr. Fuji's heel team Demolition was wrestling the babyface team of the Powers of Pain (The Warlord and the Barbarian) when Fuji turned on Demolition, leading to Demolition turning face and the Powers of Pain turning heel by enlisting Fuji as their manager.

Here, the WWE has a babyface that they just can't get over. Yes, like John Cena, Roman Reigns appeals to a certain demographic and probably sells a lot of merchandise. However, the reaction he gets from fans is terrible. His appearance on RAW last week following his retirement of the Undertaker was deafening with its boos.
 
I was talking with my brother Dave about the incident. We've been watching professional wrestling since the Carter administration and while wrestling has changed over the years, the elementals like the need for people to cheer and boo hasn't (even face vs. face match-ups or heel vs. heel "battle of the bullies" bouts are going to divide an audience). Dave keenly observed that the WWE missed a terrific opportunity to turn Reigns heel during his promo. Roman could have not only acknowledged his win over 'Taker, but gloated about it. He could have run down "The Dead Man" and the fans, cementing a heel turn that might transform him into a true Superstar. As we know, the WWE didn't do this which left us with this week's encounter.


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