10 tournaments that stood out

With all due respect to Wimbledon, the Masters and March Madness, the richest stories in the history of tournament competition belong to the squared circle. Although somewhat of a rarity in today’s scene, these fierce competitions have long provided the perfect forum for new stars to be born, rivalries to develop and epic drama to unfold.

Tests of endurance, shocking underdog upsets, unprecedented matchups and jaw-dropping prizes — from eye-popping cash purses to championship titles — have all combined to give tourneys a unique place in ring lore. WWE.com explores 10 tournaments that, whether one-offs or annual events, absolutely stand out from the pack.

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