Nostalgia is one of sports entertainment's most valuable commodities, and promotions like WWE deal in it often, revelling in their vast, storied history every time they think it can be used to draw extra eyes to a show or heap importance upon a match, angle, or accomplishment.
Such things are always most satisfying when the come naturally and organically, but professional wrestling's storytelling mechanisms are custom calibrated towards "making history" with world firsts. WWE barely go a month without blowing at least one old record out of the water, and while these moments don't always hit the mark (see: Brock Lesnar besting The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX), creating them is now one of their key priorities when piecing programmes together. Those minutes-long highlights packages won't fill themselves, after all.
But as with anything else in wrestling's fake world, these situations aren't always what they seem. The pursuit of MOMENTS has led to several major promotions straight up lying about their origins, and in some cases, the fans themselves perpetuate the myth. Whatever the case, dozens of momentous, groundbreaking wrestling firsts run a lot deeper than Vince McMahon & co. would have you believe...
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