The epic history of WWE

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September 04, 2013

1982 — 1984

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June 6, 1982
Mr. McMahon Buys Capitol Wrestling
If Mr. McMahon hadn’t taken over the family business from his father, Vincent J. McMahon, this timeline would not exist. His purchase of Capitol Wrestling marks the beginning of a revolution. Mr. McMahon builds on the regional success of his father’s company, with soon-to-be household names such as Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, turning WWE into a national powerhouse.

Jan. 23, 1984
Hulkamania Runs Wild
Hulk Hogan becomes the first person to escape the Camel Clutch before blasting The Iron Sheik with his signature legdrop to win the WWE Championship. (WATCH) From the moment the official counts three, The Hulkster emerges as the standard bearer of WWE.

June 26, 1984
Roddy Gets Rowdy
The incendiary Roddy Piper invites Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka onto his “Piper’s Pit” and mocks his Fijian heritage, slugs him with a coconut (sending Snuka through the stage backdrop), shoves a banana in his face and lashes him with his belt. (WATCH) This not only leads to a heated rivalry between the two, but sets The Rowdy One and Snuka’s friend, Hulk Hogan, on course for their inevitable collision.

July 23, 1984
Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection!
As WWE’s popularity continues to surge, Mr. McMahon forges a relationship with a fellow upstart media conglomerate on the rise — MTV.  The union — dubbed The Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection — produces “The Brawl to End It All,” a WWE special which airs on the music channel and features pop star Cyndi Lauper in the corner of Wendi Richter as she defeats The Fabulous Moolah for the Women’s Championship. The bout pulls record ratings for the fledgling network.

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