Champions in enemy territory

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March 04, 2013

Back in the day, wrestling was, quite literally, territorial. Promoters split the country up into various regions and vowed not to cross each other’s borders. That led to both wrestlers and championships becoming exclusive to certain companies, a practice that continued on as the business evolved into the two-company showdown between WWE and WCW.

The exclusivity led to fans dreaming of what would happen if their favorite wrestlers from different companies clashed in the squared circle. For the most part, they remained dreams. But there were several instances throughout wrestling’s rich history where top grapplers, champions even, crossed boundaries to make some of the biggest matches in history happen — or cause a little controversy.

Take a look back at some of the most talked about instances of champions leaving their turf in search of greater competition.

Watch surreal moments of champions competing in rival organizations

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