Top 10 Memorable Superstar debuts

Jeet / 29 April 2015

In this list, we will give you the list of top 10 most memorable superstar debuts of all time as provided by;

#10 Eric Bischoff

In 1996 and 1997, WCW executive Eric Bischoff operated Ted Turner’s sports-entertainment empire with one goal in mind: put WWE out of business. He nearly did it, too. At the height of the deeply personal Monday Night War, Bischoff became Mr. McMahon’s greatest business rival, making the events on Raw July 15, 2002, that much more memorable and one that the WWE Universe thought would never happen.

Rumors ran rampant as Mr. McMahon was preparing to announce a new General Manager for Raw. The speculation reached a fever pitch when Booker T, while being interviewed near the locker room, was approached by his former WCW boss, Bischoff. Soon after the five-time WCW Champion’s shocking interaction, Mr. McMahon announced his former rival as Raw’s new General Manager. If that wasn’t enough, the moment that really left the WWE Universe pinching themselves was when The Chairman and his former nemesis shared a hug.

The debut was both memorable and shocking, but also the ultimate sign that WWE had indeed conquered WCW. Bischoff would become one of the longest-reigning Raw General Managers and was the driving force behind the Elimination Chamber and Raw Roulette.

#9 The Undertaker

In the weeks leading up to Survivor Series 1990, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase put together a team consisting of The Honky Tonk Man, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and a mystery partner to battle “The Dream Team” of Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware, Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. When DiBiase finally revealed his teammate that evening in Hartford, Conn., The Phenom was born.

For the very first time, the WWE Universe witnessed the awe-inspiring entrance of The Undertaker. The WWE fans inside the Hartford Civic Center were speechless as their hearts raced while The Deadman slowly walked to the ring. Amazingly, this was long before The Demon of Death Valley conjured up smoke, lightning and fire during his entrance.

The battle began with Hart and The Undertaker facing off. The “Hit Man” was unable to mount an offense, tagging in his Hart Foundation partner who also failed to nudge The Phenom. Moments later, Koko B. Ware decided to try his luck, but was immediately eliminated following The Deadman’s first Tombstone. After The Deadman eliminated Rhodes, The American Dream attacked The Phenom’s manager, Brother Love. This prompted Undertaker to leave the ring to defend Love, leading to him being counted out.

#8 Tazz

When the WWE Classics team discussed memorable debuts, one of the first to be suggested was the first WWE appearance of The Human Suplex Machine, Tazz. Sure, the intimidating former ECW Champion appeared on Monday Night Raw in 1997, when Jerry “The King” Lawler invited ECW Superstars to the Manhattan Center, but his true WWE debut did not come until Royal Rumble 2000, against an undefeated Kurt Angle.

For weeks leading up to the event, an orange logo with the number 13 in the center would pulse throughout arenas all over the country. The WWE Universe remained perplexed until the night of the Royal Rumble, emanating from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The undefeated Angle was set to face an unnamed opponent, and once he called the challenger out, the logo appeared, heavy music started pulsating throughout the arena and ECW’s most dominant competitor made his way to the ring.

As the New York City faithful erupted in chants of “E-C-DUB,” Tazz took the fight right to Angle both inside and outside the ring. Though momentum shifted back and forth, once Tazz executed a series of suplexes, he locked the gold medalist in the Tazzmission, securing the victory and ending Angle’s undefeated streak.

#7 Shockmaster

There is a case to be made that The Shockmster’s debut at WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV is the greatest of all time — albeit for all the wrong reasons. The well-documented incident is often cited as one of the funniest moments ever, and the most epic fail in the history of sports-entertainment.

Sting, Dustin Rhodes and The British Bulldog were scheduled to square off against Sid Vicious, Vader and Harlem Heat when they revealed a mystery partner on Ric Flair’s talk show, “A Flair for the Gold.”  When introducing their teammate, Sting exclaimed, “He will SHOCK you!” As pyrotechnic explosions went off, The Shockmaster came barreling through a wall, tripped over an errant two-by-four and fell flat on his face, losing his trademark glitter-encrusted Stormtrooper helmet on the way. In that hilarious instant, an Internet legend was born.

The Stinger was right about one thing: Sports-entertainment fans were shocked by the bumbling stumble of the physically imposing Superstar.

#6 The Wyatt Family

After weeks of creepy videos and mysterious messages to the WWE Universe, The Wyatt Family finally — and destructively — arrived in WWE on the July 8, 2013, episode of Raw, mere seconds after Kane defeated Christian in a hard-fought match.

Following Bray Wyatt’s ominous TitanTron address, he and his enormous, imposing followers — Erick Rowan and Luke Harper — emerged, lit only by flickering candlelight. Then Wyatt blew out the flame, casting Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena into pitch blackness.

When the lights came up, Rowan and Harper brutally attacked The Devil’s Favorite Demon in the ring. As Wyatt eerily watched from a rocking chair at ringside, his sycophants battered the big man with their fists and, eventually, the steel steps, leaving the former WWE Champion in a heap and in need of medical attention.

The Wyatt Family’s shocking debut and dismantling of Kane leave more questions than answers. One thing, however, is certain: These unhinged individuals are poised to make a major impact in WWE.

#5 The Nexus

On the inaugural season of WWE NXT, the first group of Rookies were eager young competitors vying for the opportunity to compete on Raw or SmackDown. Each Rookie strived to be noticed and set themselves apart from the pack. When the first season came to a close, it was Wade Barrett who stood victorious, and was destined to be the only NXT Rookie to make his presence felt in WWE. That was, until one week after the conclusion of season one.

During a battle between John Cena and CM Punk on Raw in June 2010, the NXT Rookies — including Daniel Bryan, Heath Slater and Darren Young — appeared and attacked both Superstars. After months of being at odds on WWE NXT, the young competitors displayed unity with black armbands and proceeded to attack everyone at ringside. No one was safe from the wrath of the group that would become known as The Nexus. They tore apart the ring and even attacked announcer Justin Roberts, leaving complete destruction in their wake.

Their motivation was simple: They all wanted guaranteed contracts, and they continued to attack Cena and WWE Superstars until their demands were met. Although the faction eventually faded, there is no denying that their debut was the most talked about event in 2010.

#4 John Cena

On June 27, 2002, the Superstar who would become one of WWE’s most polarizing figures and forever change the course of sports-entertainment history made his debut, answering an open challenge from Kurt Angle. His name? John Cena.

Just days after Mr. McMahon delivered a rousing speech to the WWE locker room about possessing “ruthless aggression,” the then-unknown Cenation leader answered the gold medalist’s challenge on SmackDown. When Angle asked Cena what made him special, the West Newbury, Mass., native cited the very trait The Chairman was looking for: ruthless aggression.

With a powerful haymaker, the future “Champ” went on the offensive and gave Kurt Angle — a former WWE Champion and one of the greatest amateur wrestlers of all time — a run for his money. In countering both the Angle Lock and Angle Slam, Cena proved he was a force to be reckoned with.

Though he was ultimately unsuccessful that evening, the Cenation leader earned the respect of his fellow Superstars, including then–Undisputed Champion The Undertaker. Since his unexpectedly intense debut, Cena has become a 12-time World Champion and one of the greatest Superstars of all time.

#3 Scott Hall

As Razor Ramon, Scott Hall had an impressive career in WWE, including an Intercontinental Championship victory in WrestleMania’s first-ever Ladder Match. “The Bad Guy” was also a member of the locker room group known as The Kliq. Thus, when he abruptly departed WWE in 1996, his debut a short time later on WCW Monday Nitro was certainly scandalous.

Presumably still under WWE contract, Hall appeared in the crowd at Nitro before making his way into the ring and addressing the world. Though he insinuated that he was still employed by WWE, Hall was indeed under WCW contract, but it marked a major defection between the organizations during the very early days the Monday Night War. Hall memorably asked, “You wanted a war?” before making it clear that he wasn’t alone.

In the weeks after Hall’s memorable arrival, Kevin Nash followed suit and eventually the duo revealed their allegiance with Hulk Hogan, leading to the formation of The New World Order.

#2 Chris Jericho

It began with a countdown to the millennium in 1999. For weeks, the clock ticked away on the TitanTron, reminding the WWE Universe that the year 2000 was fast approaching. But on Aug. 9, 1999, the clock finally hit zero as The Rock addressed the Monday Night Raw crowd in Chicago. Moments later, the Y2K problem became the Y2J problem.

The always outspoken Chris Jericho made his WWE debut, brazenly interrupting The Great One and introducing himself to the WWE Universe. It didn’t take long for The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla to declare that “Raw is Jericho” and the sport-entertainment enthusiasts enthralled with the Monday Night War knew this was a major defection from WCW.

Jericho would go on to become a six-time World Champion, but his debut is still his most talked-about moment in WWE.

#1 Kane

In 1997, Paul Bearer revealed that The Undertaker’s half-brother — long believed to have perished in a fire — was actually alive, and he was coming for vengeance against The Phenom. For the first time, Bearer’s warnings heeded a sense of uncertainty within The Deadman, questioning the veracity of his former manager’s claims.

At Badd Blood that same year, Kane arrived in WWE to confront his sibling. The WWE Universe bore witness to The Big Red Monster’s hell, fire and brimstone for the first time during The Undertaker’s Hell in a Cell Match against European Champion Shawn Michaels. The Devil’s Favorite Demon stalked to the ring, ripping the door off the cell and standing defiantly in the face of The Phenom.

Kane wasted no time making a statement and Tombstoned his brother, allowing Michaels to win No. 1 contendership for the WWE Title. In his fiery debut, The Big Red Monster began a career that has spanned 15 years and a slew of titles, including two World Championships.

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