17 World Title Changes That Happened on Raw

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January 10, 2013

Sycho Sid def. Bret Hart: WWE Championship Match (Feb. 17, 1997)

Four years after Raw's first episode aired, the WWE Universe watched with excitement and shock as the WWE Title changed hands for the first time on the show. No one expected Bret "Hit Man" Hart to lose the championship a day after winning it at In Your House: Final Four, but "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had other plans in mind. Doing what he does best — arrive, raise hell, leave — Austin nailed Hart with a steel chair right as The Excellence of Execution had Sycho Sid trapped in a Sharpshooter. Sid, unaware of what "Stone Cold" had just done, leveled Hart with a powerbomb to become WWE Champion for a second time.

Once again, Sid was the man who ruled the world. Before he could finish wrapping the championship gold around his waist, however, a series of ominous gongs rung throughout the arena and The Undertaker — the No. 1 contender for the title — emerged from the darkness. The newly crowned champ showed he wasn't afraid of The Deadman by staring him down nose to nose in advance of their No Disqualification Match at WrestleMania 13. 

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