The epic history of WWE

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September 04, 2013

1997

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Feb. 24, 1997
Raw Goes Extreme
Although it emanates from a bingo hall, Philadelphia’s Extreme Championship Wrestling is now a serious player in the grappling world. (MORE ABOUT ECW) And on this night, WWE fans receive a taste of the mayhem, as ECW competitors run rampant in WWE, with Sabu diving off the massive Raw letters onto the floor of the Manhattan Center.

Mar. 23, 1997
Blood from a Stone
Bret Hart and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin meet in a Submission Match at WrestleMania 13. The grueling bout ends dramatically as The “Hit Man” locks a gushing Rattlesnake in The Sharpshooter, but Austin refuses to tap and instead passes out. The inspiring moment transforms the Texan from hated outlaw to revered rule-breaker in the eyes of fans. (MORE ABOUT WRESTLEMANIA 13)

June 1, 1997
Sharpshooting in Cyberspace
WWE officially launches its website, WWE.com, bringing the world of sports-entertainment into the realm of cyberspace — slowly, thanks to dialup connections.

Sept. 22, 1997
The Stunner Heard ’Round the World
The battle between Mr. McMahon, the corporate titan, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the finger-flipping redneck, is the signature ’90s rivalry. And it all begins at Raw’s first-ever show from Madison Square Garden. After briefly considering The Chairman’s proposal to “play by the rules,” Austin nails him with a Stunner, and the crowd devours the rebellious act like a steak dinner. (WATCH)

Oct. 5, 1997
Hell Comes to WWE
Leave it to Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker to give Hell in a Cell its inaugural test drive at WWE Badd Blood. A thrilling contest, the bout ends with both competitors in tatters as Kane makes his WWE debut by tearing the door off the cell and Tombstoning his brother. (WATCH)

Oct. 13, 1997
Are You Ready?
The rowdy stable of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Rick Rude and Chyna is officially dubbed “D-Generation X” on Raw. Crass, sophomoric and unapologetically anti-establishment, the group brings Raw’s viewership to new heights by taking common decency to new lows.

Nov. 9, 1997
The Montreal Screwjob
In Montreal, Canada, during 1997’s Survivor Series WWE Championship Match between Shawn Michaels and Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Mr. McMahon orders the official to call for the bell while Bret is trapped in his own finishing maneuver, The Sharpshooter. (WATCH) Still a topic of debate today, the contentious moment would forever change the careers of the three men involved. (MORE ABOUT SURVIVOR SERIES '97)

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