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Top 15 Wrestling Stars Who Shockingly Got Squashed

When Bill Goldberg beat Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016 in a manner typically reserved for the lowliest of WCW jobbers, the wrestling world was shocked. Nobody had seen Brock Lesnar take a beating like that since…actually, there’s a strong argument to be made that Brock Lesnar had never taken a beating like that, including his run in UFC. Through all the commotion, the one sentiment that spoke louder than any other was the idea that this squash had buried Brock Lesnar. After all, how many times does a major star get absolutely destroyed in a match like that?

As it turns out, such a thing is not that uncommon. While professional wrestling organizations don’t make a habit of feeding their top stars to other wrestlers in such a manner, that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t happened many times before. Just as in this most recent case of a star getting squashed, the reaction is always one of complete shock. The funny thing about these squashes is that they’re not all bad. Some certainly are, but others would go on to kickstart careers, define legacies, and remind us all that professional wrestling is home to the unexpected.

Here are the top 15 wrestling stars who got shockingly squashed.

15 Kane and The New Age Outlaws (vs. The Shield, WrestleMania XXX)

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14 Daniel Bryan (vs. Sheamus, WrestleMania XXVIII)

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13 The Iron Sheik (vs. Hulk Hogan, January 23, 1984)

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12 JBL (The Boogeyman, Royal Rumble 2006)

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11 Brock Lesnar (vs. Goldberg, Survivor Series 2016)

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10 The Honky Tonk Man (vs. The Ultimate Warrior SummerSlam 1988)

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9 Sting (vs. Big Van Vader, WCW Saturday Night 1994)

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8 Hunter Hearst Helmsley (vs. The Ultimate Warrior WrestleMania XII)

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7 Mankind (vs. The Undertaker, King of the Ring 1998)

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6 Hulk Hogan (vs. Goldberg, Monday Night Nitro 1998)

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5 Kurt Angle (vs. Tazz, Royal Rumble 2000)

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Do you think that Vince McMahon regrets booking decisions years down the line? It’s not something that the man talks about that often, but surely there are moments that he would go back and change if he had the chance. If there are, this one might just be one of them. If you recall, Kurt Angle was in the middle of an undefeated streak when he came into Royal Rumble 2000. Even better, he had finally managed to turn his outsider status into a benefit by figuring out how to make fans truly hate him.

4 Buddy Rogers (vs. Bruno Sammartino, May 17, 1963)

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This one is the oldest shocking squash match on this list by quite a few years, and it’s also the most interesting. There are two stories behind why this match played out the way it did. The most popular version of the tale dates back to a time when Buddy Rogers was the NWA’s best drawing wrestler. He was such a big draw, in fact, that even Vince McMahon Sr. was a fan of his. McMahon was finally able to sign Rogers for a supposedly large contract and quickly made him world champion. Sadly, Rogers had a heart attack shortly thereafter and McMahon was forced to give the belt to Sammartino instead.

3 The Undertaker (vs. The Great Khali, Judgment Day 2006)

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From the files of “Oh right, I forgot that actually happened” comes this match. If you’ll recall, The Great Khali was pretty big deal in 2006. Quite literally, actually. Vince McMahon took one look at this 7-foot monster from India and immediately started to see dollar signs thanks to the popularity of wrestling in India. In his eagerness to get The Great Khali over, he might have made a bad booking decision or two. One of those decisions is most certainly this match against The Undertaker.

2 Yokozuna...and Bret Hart (vs. Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania IX)

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1 John Cena (vs. Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam 2014)

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It’s really only been in the last year or so that John Cena has moved away from the Super Cena persona. He’ll still win a match convincingly every now and then, but Cena no longer gets destroyed for 90% of the match before winning in the last few minutes like he used to. One of the most infuriating instances of that tactic happened in 2012 when Brock Lesnar finally returned to the ring and lost to Cena despite dominating him for most of the contest. This match was a response to that atrocity and arguably the greatest squash match in wrestling history. At 16 minutes and five seconds, this is certainly one of the longest squash matches ever. Fans sat in stunned silence as they waited for a Cena comeback that never came. Instead, Lesnar dissected Cena for almost 20 minutes before mercifully finishing him.

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