10 greatest World Championship upsets

Ivan Koloff def. Bruno Sammartino for the WWE Championship


Jan. 18, 1971
Managed by Captain Lou Albano, the “Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff got a chance at Bruno Sammartino's WWE Championship in Madison Square Garden, the same place where Sammartino won the title almost eight years prior. Both Superstars were masters of the bear hug, but it was a knee drop from the top rope that gave Koloff the win. Instead of the expected chorus of boos from the capacity crowd, stunned silence filled MSG. Although Koloff dethroned a champion that held the title for nearly eight years, he would not be so lucky. Koloff's reign only lasted about three weeks as he lost the title to Pedro Morales.