Number 7: WWE Championship Match Mankind defeated The Rock (c) January 4, 1999
Jan. 4, 1999, is one of the most vital days in sports-entertainment history. That night on WCW Monday Nitro, Hulk Hogan defeated Kevin Nash for the WCW Title following an infamously harmless finger poke that set up the reuniting of the two splintered New World Order factions. In a sorry attempt to keep fans tuned to the developing story, WCW announcer Tony Schiavone revealed that Mick Foley won the WWE Title on the evening’s pre-taped Raw broadcast before flippantly adding, “That’s going to put some butts in the seats.”
The underhanded tactic backfired as more than 600,000 viewers changed the channel to witness the chaos on Raw as DX fended off The Rock’s Corporation cohorts from helping The Great One retain the title. As Mankind and The Rock battled inside the ring, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin made his way to the squared circle, took down The Great One and helped Mankind secure his first WWE Championship victory. The memorable contest and evening as a whole changed the landscape of the Monday Night War forever.