10 most stunning defections

Today, the Monday Night War is over. But in the late ’90s when WWE and WCW viciously competed to sign sports-entertainment’s top talent, seeing your favorite Superstar on an unfamiliar broadcast was a very real possibility. And that included more than just Raw and Nitro.

This wasn’t anything new in professional wrestling. In the mid-1980s, many of World Class Championship Wrestling’s competitors were lured away from Dallas to Oklahoma by Bill Watts to join his Universal Wrestling Federation. The UWF was Watts’ attempt to bring Mid-South Wrestling to national prominence, but the purging of WCCW’s roster eventually led to the downfall of the Von Erichs’ company. A similar series of incidents also brought down Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association that same decade. Sometimes one organization's champion appeared on a rival company's telecast with title in hand.

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WWE Classics dug deep into the sports-entertainment archives to find the most impactful defections in the history of wrestling, from WWE, WCW, ECW and beyond.