Remember that time? 13 awesome squared circle moments you may have forgotten

Remember that time? 13 awesome squared circle moments you may have forgotten
The staff of WWE Magazine, and the WWE Digital Video Group have watched countless hours of Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-views in our lifetimes. It’s our job. We’ve seen it all, yet specific and peculiar moments have stuck with us. And with WWE Network now available, we can relive these highlights. They’re funny, weird, underrated or just plain unforgettable. For some reason, though, they’ve made an emotional connection and a home in our minds and now we’re finally kicking them out — for your entertainment of course!

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Remember that time when Dolph Ziggler had short, brown hair for like a week?

We’re going to give The Showoff the benefit of the doubt and just assume that he’s a natural blond. That’s why we were shocked when he showed up as Vickie Guerrero’s arm candy (Raw, April 18, 2011) sporting a new, brunette hairdo. At first we thought it was Evan Bourne’s older brother, but no, seems like Ziggler just lost a match (entertainingly, as always, mind you) with a bottle of Just For Men. Yeah, that was weird. — JOHN MIHALY, Editor-in-Chief, WWE Magazine                                 

Remember when The Miz & John Morrison tried to battle rap Cryme Tyme?

The Miz & John Morrison record a music video

The Miz & John Morrison record their very own music video for The Dirt Sheet.

By way of’s “The Dirt Sheet,” Miz and Morrison thought up the most intimidating of intimidation tactics and wrote a rap song, “Mizfits & MoFos” … and then performed it in a music video (before Cyber Sunday 2008). Miz and Morrison went on to win a Slammy for “Tag Team of the Year.” Yeah, that was talent. — STEFAN STANKEVICH, Associate Producer, WWE Digital Video Group

See The Miz & John Morrison face Cryme Tyme                              

Remember that time Ultimo Dragon lost to his own cape?

Ultimo Dragon competes in the Cruiserweight Open: WrestleMania XX

Ultimo Dragon makes an impressive WrestleMania debut in the Cruiserweight Open at WrestleMania XX.

WWE was in the midst of a bit of a Cruiserweight renaissance. The next masked man to come to the company certainly left a lasting impression but not a good one. Ultimo slipped on the ramp during his ring entrance at WrestleMania XX (March 14, 2004). Yeah, that was hilarious. — SEAN COHEN, Video Editor I WWE Digital Video Group 

Watch Ultimo Dragon compete at WrestleMania XX on WWE Network                                 

Remember the time when Mr. McMahon returned to Raw and helped The Rock go to WrestleMania 2000?

The Rock vs. Big Show: Raw, March 13, 2000

The Rock puts his career on the line for a chance at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

I was there that night, and can tell you that was the absolute loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd for any event in my life, (Raw, March 13, 2000) — not just WWE. I get goosebumps watching that moment back knowing that I was there. Yeah, that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. — ADAM KIRSHNER, Senior Associate Producer, WWE Digital Video Group

Check out WrestleMania 2000 on WWE Network                        


Remember that time when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin beat the heck out of Booker T in a grocery store?

I can’t even remember the eventual match these two Hall of Famers contested in the ring or a long-lasting rivalry, but I do remember Austin literally beating up the King of the Spinaroonie with the entire food pyramid (SmackDown, Dec. 31, 2001). Yeah, that was awesomely delicious. — CARLOS MEJIA, Editorial Contributor, WWE Magazine         

Remember that time when R-Truth seceded from WWE?

He sang a song and everything. In the midst of his mental breakdown (Raw, June 6, 2011), the former U.S. Champion interrupted “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s meeting with Mr. McMahon to formally announce his secession from the WWE Universe, all while dressed in duds that would make Stonewall Jackson jealous. Yeah, that was strange. — ANTHONY BENIGNO, Associate Multimedia Producer,

R-Truth challenges for the WWE Championship at Capitol Punishment

Remember that time Scott Steiner brought a tiger to the ring?

Scott Steiner brings a tiger to the ring: Nitro, Oct. 23, 2000

Scott Steiner shocks the crowd at WCW Monday Nitro when "Big Poppa Pump" enters the arena with a tiger.

WCW was often ugly to watch at its bitter end, but that wasn’t true of Scott Steiner. The Big Bad Booty Daddy abused opponents, spouted more quotable phrases than Ron Burgundy and once hit the ring alongside a full-grown tiger on a chain (Nitro, October 23, 2000)! Clearly a bad idea, but even a jungle cat wouldn’t mess with The Genetic Freak. Yeah, that was unsafe. — RYAN MURPHY, Features Editor,                                  

Remember that time when a 400-pound Rikishi channeled his inner Superfly?

Rikishi vs. Val Venis - Intercontinental Championship Steel Cage Match: WWE Fully Loaded 2000

Rikishi gives fans an unbelievable moment when the big man leaps from the top of the steel cage onto the unlucky Val Venis.

Big Papa Uso nearly crushed the life out of Val Venis with a giant splash off the top of a steel cage at (Fully Loaded, July 23, 2000). Everyone took big risks in 2000, but who could’ve guessed Rikishi would fly. Imagine being on the receiving end of that impact. …Yeah, that was scary. — JEFF LABOON, Assistant Editor, WWE Magazine                                                                    

Remember that time when Shawn Michaels Superkicked Stan?

Shawn Michaels superkicks everyone in his path to prove he is controversial: Cyber Sunday 2006

Shawn Michaels goes crazy when Triple H tells him that Eric Bischoff doesn't think he's controversial.

Amidst a torrent of highlights during D-Generation X’s 2006 reunion, one of my most cherished is when HBK let out his frustration on a poor backstage employee, Stan at Cyber Sunday. Did Stan follow up with Human Resources? Yeah, that was showstopping. — KAYLA PARENT, Assistant Editor, WWE Magazine

Watch WrestleMania XXVII on WWE Network                                   

Remember that time Tatanka sold out to The Million Dollar Man?

Lex Luger vs. Tatanka: SummerSlam 1994

The Million Dollar Man comes down to the ring to support his newest client, but which Superstar sold out?

This moment was great because as a child, I loved The Million Dollar Man and he completely bamboozled the WWE Universe. For weeks leading up to Tatanka’s match against Lex Luger, Ted DiBiase made everyone think it was Luger who turned his back on the U.S.A. and all of his fans. When it was all said and done, though, it was Tatanka who cashed in on a golden opportunity (SummerSlam, August 29, 1994) and left laughing all the way to the bank. Yeah, that was money! — MATT ZIMMER, Assistant Video Producer, WWE Digital Video Group

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Remember that time when the “Future of Law Enforcement” RoboCop saved Sting from The Four Horsemen?

Robocop comes to the aid of Sting: Capitol Combat 1990

Robocop saves Sting from an attack by the Horsemen at Capitol Combat 1990.

No, not the actor (Peter Weller) who played RoboCop, but the actual character? After a lot of hype, the mechanical lawman showed up at WCW’s Capital Combat (May 19, 1990), to pry his pal from a cage and scare off Arn Anderson. Yeah, that was Robo-riffic. — JAMES WORTMAN, Multimedia Producer,

Hear the true story behind the first WCW Nitro                                                        

Remember that time when Al Bundy hosted “Saturday Night’s Main Event” ... from the couch?

British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels: Intercontinental Championship Match - Saturday Night's Main Event, November 14, 1992

An exposed turnbuckle gives Shawn Michaels an unfair advantage over the British Bulldog in their Intercontinental Championship Match on Saturday Night's Main Event on November 14, 1992.

On the “Married...with Children” set, Bundy (with Buck the dog) watched along with WWE fans ’round the world (“Saturday Night’s Main Event,” October 27, 1992) as Shawn Michaels won his first Intercontinental Title and Bret “Hit Man” Hart faced off with Papa Shango. Yeah, that was one strange Saturday night. — CRAIG TELLO, Executive Editor,                        

Remember that time when Don Muraco ate lunch during a match?

Don Muraco eats lunch while competing in his match: All-Star Wrestling, Nov. 5, 1983

Don Muraco goes one-on-one with Victor Mercado and eats his lunch at the same time.

While reigning as Intercontinental Champion, The Beach Bum enjoyed a soft drink and was fed a meatball hero by his manager Captain Lou Albano, all while handing Victor Mercado a swift defeat on “All-Star Wrestling” (October 15, 1983). Yeah, that was tasty. — ZACH LINDER, Digital Producer,                             

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