When athletes hear the name "MSG," better known as Madison Square Garden, they know they better bring their best. Home to professional sports teams such as the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, MSG hosts approximately 320 events a year. However, MSG is not just for sports. This extraordinary venue holds concerts for entertainers and singers as well, including Elton John, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2, Janet and Michael Jackson and many more. MSG has the most ticket sales in America when it comes to music. There has been over $1.1 billion spent on construction to make this historic building happen.
In 2011-13, there was a renovation process to make the MSG even more spectacular. They added a bigger entrance, a broadcast studio, larger concourses, new lighting and LED video systems with HDTV, new seating, more dining options and improved dressing rooms, locker rooms, green rooms, upgraded roof, and production offices, making MSG a must see building. Tourists want to see MSG just as much as the Empire State Building.
For athletes, MSG is a place to make history and show The Garden and everybody that attends what they are made of. NBA players have had career games and other athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Wayne Gretzky have had special moments there as well. One sport that has had historic MSG moments is the World Wrestling Entertainment business.
The WWE has had defining moments at MSG dating back to the '70s up until present day. Moments that, not only fans will never forget, but wrestlers and enterainers as well. These are 20 moments that happened at MSG that are unforgettable to people around the world.
20 Andre the Giant and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Cowboy" Bob Orton
The match starts off with all four fighting as soon as the bell rings, with MSG going up in a frenzy. Andre showed why he is the best giant in WWE history by dominating the match.
19 Cactus Jack vs. Triple H on RAW
18 Kurt Angle vs. Triple H vs. Chris Jericho on RAW
The Rock sat ringside as he watched these three superstars battle for their chance to become the next WWF Champion. The match ended in controversy as Angle and Triple H both hit Jericho with a suplex from the top rope. As all three men lay on the mat, Angle and Triple H both covered Jericho at the same time, with both superstars getting the three count. After the match, The Rock came into the ring and delivered a Rock Bottom to Triple H, Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon after she stepped inside the ring and slapped The Rock.
17 Jeri-Show vs. D-Generation X vs. John Cena and The Undertaker on RAW
The match started off with Triple H, The Undertaker and Big Show in the ring facing off against each other as MSG went wild. The match was good and started to get crazy at the end with bodies everywhere. With his back turned, Triple H turned around and got hit with an Attitude Adjustment by John Cena securing the win. After the match, Undertaker delivered a Tombstone Piledriver to Cena.
16 Jimmy "SuperFly" Snuka Dives From Cage
15 Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero Wrestlemania XX Moment
After a epic Wrestlemania, the night ended with two best friends coming together inside of the ring and celebrating their respective World Championship victories, while confetti fell on them.
Guerrero retained his WWE Championship by defeating Kurt Angle with his infamous trickery. After breaking out of three ankle locks by Angle, Guerrero untied his shoe. When he noticed Angle was looking at him, he started to hold his ankle as if he were hurt. Angle went straight for the ankle lock, but Guerrero's shoe came off. The distraction caused Guerrero to roll Angle into a pin and he won by using the rope for comfort.
14 Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
For the very first Wrestlemania in history, this was on the best matches of the night, which is why it was the main event. Oh, and this match also included the great Muhammad Ali as a guest referee.
13 Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart at Wrestlemania X
The battle between two brothers had them exhausted throughout the whole match. Owen went as far as low blowing Bret and using Bret's own sharpshooter submission. As Bret was on the top rope, Owen reversed the move and rolled Bret up into a pin fall for a three-count win over his older brother.
12 Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam 1991
The match started off slow with more than enough hair pulling and submissions moves, making the match look similar to a Divas match at first. Then the match started heating up with both doing a lot of counters, showing the knowledge they have for each other.
Mr. Perfect leaves the ring early in the match heading for the exit, knowing that he could not lose his Intercontinental Championship via count out. Hart chases him down and throws him back in the ring to continue the match. Mr. Perfect then takes over the match, knocking Hart out the ring multiple times. Mr. Perfect shoves the referee twice after a close two-count, but did not get disqualified, just a warning. After more close two-counts, Mr. Perfect grabs the referee's face this time, but still no disqualification.
11 Introduction of the Elimination Chamber
The WWE already had Steel Cage and Hell in a Cell matches, but that wasn't enough. In 2002, Eric Bischoff introduced the Elimination Chamber, a large chain steel chamber that surrounds the ring.
The match contains six competitors but only two start. While the first two are fighting, the other four are each inside a pod. Every five minutes, one of the competitors are chosen randomly to enter the ring until all six are in there ring. Once somebody is pinned or submits, they are eliminated. The match keeps going until there is one winner. This match is a nasty combination of Steel Cage and Hell in a Cell.
10 Kane Unmasks for the First Time on RAW
Kane dominated Triple H in the beginning of the match, knowing what the stakes were. Ric Flair was ringside and ended up getting involved when the referee was down and out. Despite outside interference, Kane still managed to have the upper hand on the worn out Triple H. With Flair out of the picture and Triple H still tired, Kane was up and ready to chokeslam him, when Randy Orton comes out of nowhere and RKO's Kane. Triple H then hits the Pedigree and that was all she wrote.
9 The Rock Debuts at Survivor Series
The Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment, known then as Rocky Maivia, made his WWE debut at Survivor Series in 1996. The Rock was in a eight-man elimination tag team match, alongside Marc Mero, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and the Stalker. This team took on opponents Crush, Goldust, Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Triple H), and Jerry "The King" Lawler.
8 The Dudley Boyz v. The Hardy Boyz in First Tag Team Tables Match
Two of the best and most exciting tag teams to ever step foot in a ring brought a new match to WWE in a Tag Team Tables match, where each member of a tag team would have to go through a table.
The Hardy Boyz set the tone by putting Bubba Ray Dudley through the table first with a tag team high flying move. D-Von Dudley stayed in the match by avoiding both Hardy brothers as they tried to jump off the ropes to put D-Von's laying body through the table, but they both missed.
7 Bob Backlund vs. Diesel
6 Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania XX
Benoit came into this Triple Threat World Heavyweight Championship match as the underdog of all underdogs. Nobody expected Benoit to have any impact in this game. Early in the match, Benoit almost made Michaels tap, but Triple H grabbed his hand from the outside to stop the submission. With all three wrestlers bloodied and injured, it was anybody's match to win. Benoit put Triple H in a sharpshooter in the middle of the ring next, but right when it looked like Triple H was going to tap, Michaels hit Benoit with Sweet Chin Music. Michaels covered Benoit but he kicked out after a two-count.
5 John Cena Returns at the Royal Rumble
This epic Royal Rumble match started off with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker being the first two entires. The first surprise came at entry umber 18 when Hall of Famer Jimmy "SuperFly" Snuka entered the match. Like that wasn't enough, the very next entry at number 19 was Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. So two Hall of Famers are in the match and most people don't expect anymore surprise entries, right?
Well, not exactly because at entry 23 another Hall of Famer Mick Foley entered the match. With a ring full of people, the building was at a standstill when John Cena's music played at entry number 30. In October 2007, Cena was diagnosed with a completely torn pectoralis major muscle from the bone, with his recovery time being from seven months to a year of rehabilitation. However, Cena returned in three months for the Royal Rumble.
4 Stone Cole Stunners Vince McMahon for First Time
3 3. Shawn Michaels Vs. Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X
In 1994, Michaels and Ramon fought in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship. The match started with both wrestlers using the ladders to injure their opponents, instead of using it to climb up and retain the title.
2 Triple H Returns on RAW
1 1. The First WrestleMania
The very first Wrestlemania took place at none other than MSG. This was the start of an epic event that is bigger today than it has ever been. WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of WWE.
This first WrestleMaina included stars such as Andre the Giant, Jimmy Hart, Ricky Steamboat, David and Bruno Sammartino, Junkyard Dog, The Iron Shiek, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Muhammad Ali.
Over the past 30 years, WrestleMania has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.
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