10 most stunning defections

Lex Luger: WWE to WCW

Lex Luger joined WWE in 1993 and made a big impact by bodyslamming reigning WWE Champion Yokozuna on the USS Intrepid on Independence Day in 1993. Donning the colors of Old Glory, Luger touted that he was “Made in the USA” and began riding around the country in a tour bus called the Lex Express. Though The All-American came up empty-handed in WWE Title Matches at SummerSlam 1993 and WrestleMania X, he remained one of WWE’s most popular performers for the next two years.

At SummerSlam 1995, Luger evened the odds in the main event between Diesel and King Mabel and competed at several Live Events over the following week before quietly allowing his WWE contract to expire. One day after competing in the main event of a WWE show in New Brunswick, Luger shockingly appeared on the first episode of WCW Nitro.

WCW chief Eric Bischoff knew he needed to make an immediate statement that his show was must-see programming. Luger was discreetly signed to a contract and appeared on the entranceway to observe the main event between Hulk Hogan and Big Bubba Rogers. Later, he helped Hogan clear the ring of The Dungeon of Doom and announced he was coming for The Immortal One’s WCW Championship.

Luger’s defection to WCW drew the line in the sand and the Monday Night War was on.