The epic history of WWE

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September 04, 2013

1998

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Jan. 19, 1998
The Baddest Men on the Planet
Boxing legend Mike Tyson appears on Raw and locks horns with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin after The Texas Rattlesnake refuses to shake Iron Mike’s hand and instead gives him a double middle-finger salute. Enraged, Tyson shoves Austin and a scuffle ensues, as Mr. McMahon laments a botched marketing opportunity, wailing, “You ruined it!” (WATCH)

Mar. 29, 1998
Oh Hell Yeah!
During his match against Austin at WrestleMania XIV, HBK has an ace up his sleeve in the form of ring enforcer Mike Tyson. Or does he? Following a Stunner, Tyson leaps into the ring to make the three-count and declares The Texas Rattlesnake the new WWE Champion. (WATCH) The Austin Era begins. (MORE ABOUT WRESTLEMANIA XIV)

June 28, 1998
The Match from Hell
At 1998’s King of the Ring, WWE fans watch in horror as Undertaker viciously hurls Mankind from atop the Hell in a Cell through the announce table below! Later in the brutal bout, the demented Superstar is knocked senseless after plummeting through the roof of the structure. The incident prompts Jim Ross’ famous call, “Will somebody stop the damn match?”

Nov. 15, 1998
The People’s Champion
At Survivor Series, The Rock defeats Mankind in a tournament final to claim the vacant WWE Championship. (WATCH) Although the bout ends in controversial fashion thanks to Mr. McMahon’s involvement, the victory still propels The Great One to the top as he becomes the youngest Superstar to hold the venerable title at that point. (MORE ABOUT SURVIVOR SERIES '98)

Dec. 7, 1998
Dark Night
Just days before their Buried Alive Match at Rock Bottom, The Undertaker and “Stone Cold” meet in the ring on Raw. At the end of the bout, The Deadman knocks out The Rattlesnake and hoists his prone body onto a giant steel symbol. WWE’s phone system buckles under the mass of complaint calls.

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