In every great match there are always those particular moments that ultimately end up living on through endless replays and video montages. In professional wrestling, these moments are referred to as spots. A spot is a preplanned move, which is designed to get a particular audience reaction or determine the pace of the match. Spots can be anything from an Irish Whip at a certain time, to a series of spots, for example a succession of reversals. Wrestlers who choreograph their matches before the show will usually decide on an opening spot and an ending, as well as several other spots to use throughout the match. The remainder of the match will be divided between transition moves and general offensive and defensive moves.
Throughout the history of the business there have always been certain spots that seem to be greater or more impactful than the rest. They result in evoking a particular reaction from the audience (typically shock or awe), have the ability to inspire thousands if not millions, and in some cases they actually help define an era entirely.
This is all based on personal opinion. There are obviously numerous other viable candidates that definitely deserve to be mentioned so please feel free to comment with any spots you feel should have been included. I’d like to start by giving an honorable mention to the following spots that didn’t make the top 10: Kurt Angle giving Shane McMahon multiple belly-to-belly suplexes through the glass at King Of The Ring 2001, Randy Orton missing the RKO onto a bed of thumbtacks against Foley at Backlash 2004, and Stone Cold passing out in Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter covered in blood at WrestleMania 13. These spots were all amazing moments, but they simply didn’t make the cut for the top 10 greatest spots in wrestling history.
10 The Shooting Star RKO
9 Undertaker Throws Rikishi Off The Cell
8 Shane McMahon’s Leap Of Faith
7 The Ring Collapses
6 Edge Spears Foley Through A Flaming Table
5 Snuka Off The Top Of The Cage
4 Hogan Slams Andre
3 Elix Skipper Walks The Cage
2 Edge Spears Jeff Hardy Off The Ladder
1 Undertaker Throws Mankind Off The Cell
At WWE King Of The Ring 1998, The Undertaker and Mankind battled in the most well known Hell In A Cell match in history. The match began with Mankind tossing a chair on top of the cell and climbing to the top where he patiently awaiting the entrance of The Undertaker. After making his entrance, The Undertaker climbed the cell and battled with Mankind until he ended up throwing him off the cell, crashing through the Spanish announcers' table below. This resulted one of my favorite quotes from announcer Jim Ross who famously shouted, "Good God almighty! Good God almighty! That killed him! As God as my witness, he is broken in half!" Foley remained motionless underneath debris, while the Undertaker remained on top of the cell staring down. Eventually Foley was placed on a stretcher and wheeled out of the arena. Moments later, there was commotion on the entrance ramp as Foley got up from the stretcher and proceeded to make his way back to the cage and continue one of the greatest matches of all time. Although the match would result in countless other amazing spots, the vision of The Undertaker tossing Mankind off the cell is by far the greatest and most memorable.
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