5. The Shield
The Shield’s debut back in Survivor Series 2012, came as a complete surprise as we saw three men dressed in black rush through the crowd and assault Ryback, sending him crashing through the announce table with a triple powerbomb. But it was awesome and the best part, they did all this while wearing turtlenecks.
Over the next couple of years, the trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns went on to dominate the scene and fight for what they perceived as “injustice”, taking out big names like John Cena, Randy Orton and The Undertaker along the way.
Each member of the group would also become top stars of their own, winning a total of six WWE World Championships between them.
Despite Rollins’ past betrayal… Ambrose still has flashbacks to this day… The Shield made a full reunion on an episode of RAW on October 9th, 2017.
It will be interesting to see what lies ahead of The Hounds of Justice once Ambrose recovers from injury.
4. The Nexus
The Nexus was a professional wrestling stable buried by John Cena was a professional wrestling stable that originally consisted of eight rookies from NXT Season 1: Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Michael Tarver.
During a RAW main event match between John Cena and CM Punk in June 2010, the eight men appeared sporting matching armbands with the letter “N” and began to wipe out everyone that stood in their path including John Cena, which in hindsight they probably shouldn’t have, the referee, the commentators, the timekeepers and even the ring announcer at the time, Justin Roberts, who has Daniel Bryan to thank for that.
Destruction was left in their wake and their debut left everyone watching that night in complete shock.
The faction had so much potential but unlike The Shield, they were poorly booked, which ultimately led to The Nexus disbanding just a few months after their impactful debut.
3. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey has made such an impact with her arrival to the WWE and she’s been showing us all just why she’s “The Baddest Woman on the Planet”.
Many were sceptical of how Rousey was going to perform in her debut match at WrestleMania 34 and whether she could make the transition from mixed martial arts to professional wrestling.
But, it’s safe to say she certainly silenced those critics. Her match at The Grandest Stage of them All exceeded all expectations and was arguably the match of the night.
Her athleticism in the ring as well as her technical ability demonstrated that she belongs in the business, earning the respect of fans worldwide. And how could we not mention the devastating armbar that practically ripped Stephanie McMahon’s arm off.
Maybe Triple H should have teamed up with Holly Holm instead… Ronda please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me…
“And that… that’s gotta be… that’s gotta be Kane… that’s gotta be Kane!!!”
Those were the words when we were first introduced to The Big Red Monster, Kane, at Bad Blood: In Your House 1997.
Billed as this 7-foot monster, Kane angrily made his way to the ring during The Undertaker’s Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels and ripped the cell door off its hinges with his bare hands before delivering a wicked tombstone piledriver to his older half-brother.
Everything from the red lights, pyro and eerie theme-music ensured that we felt Kane’s intimidating presence. That was the terrifying Big Red Monster back then that made us piss our pants…
Instead we have Corporate Kane or whatever he’s supposed to be now… the Big Red Joke. Nowadays, the Devil’s favourite demon is actively involved in politics and has recently won the Republican primary election for the mayoral seat of Knox County, Tennessee.
1. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has been making history lately in New Japan Pro Wrestling by becoming the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
His WWE debut was one to remember, especially among all the Millennials and one that still gives me Goosebumps to this day.
It started with a “Countdown to the Millennium” followed by the surprising reveal of “Y2J” Chris Jericho to deafening cheers. Even Jericho, himself, couldn’t contain his excitement.
The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla then went on to deliver a fantastic promo promising a “new era” and we even heard him use a word that only he says best and that’s “idiot”.
Jericho would go on to have a very successful career in the WWE, capturing a total of 28 championships including six world title reigns throughout his time there.
If you somehow don’t think that Jericho’s debut was one of the greatest debuts in WWE history then there’s only one thing left to say…. take it away Jericho! [You just made the list!]