Picture this: A mid-card wrestler steps through the curtain to a smattering of applause that's barely audible over the blare of their entrance music. The crowd isn't disrespectful -- there are no echoing boos or obnoxious epithets -- but it's clear their hearts and minds aren't focused on the guy making his way down the ramp.
When the bell rings, many in the crowd are chatting with their buddies about how excited they are for the main event, while others are taking selfies and generally ignoring the in-ring action. But as the match wears on, the energy between the ropes starts to sizzle. The excitement starts to build and the crowd heats up. There's something incredible brewing now.
By the time the winner's theme song hits again, the music is now being drowned out by the generous, appreciative roar of the fans. What those in attendance and at home may or may not realize is that they've just witnessed a star-making moment.
While it's not always so blatant as what I just described, watching a wrestler have "the match" that launches them up the ladder is one of the greatest parts about being a wrestling fan. So why not relive some of those special, crowning moments from back in the day?