20 years ago this week, a match took place in the middle of the Monday Night Wars between WCW and WWE that changed wrestling and the sports entertainment industry forever.
During an episode of Monday Night Raw on January 4, 1999, Mankind faced The Rock for the WWE Championship in a No Disqualification match. The show was also pre-taped and Tony Schiavone famously gave away the ending during WCW Nitro, which was broadcasted live at the time.
This caused many fans to change channels to watch Raw and Mankind win the WWE title, giving WWE the upper hand in the Monday Night Wars, an advantage which they never lost again, and it ultimately lead to the end of WCW.
The fact Mankind was able to beat The Rock, one of the company's biggest stars at the time, produced one of the biggest pops in wrestling history. It's a moment that many fans enjoy to watch over and over again.
This week marked 20 years to the day since the iconic moment took place and, despite his busy schedule, The Great One took some time on Twitter to reflect on the match that changed WWE history forever.
The Rock said in a tweet: “So cool to watch this. We had no idea we were going to make history this night and alter the course of pro wrestling & @WWE forever. @RealMickFoley is one of the kindest, sweetest, smartest, toughest and craziest men I’ve ever known. All love & respect to you my friend.”
It's great to see that The Rock feels the same way about this special WWE moment as many fans do, and how much praise he has for one of the best the business has ever seen in Mick Foley.
Foley hasn't been seen in the WWE since he was the special guest referee in the match for the Universal Championship between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman at Hell in a Cell last year. The Rock, on the other hand, hasn't appeared in WWE since WrestleMania 32.
Wrestling wouldn't be what it is today without Mankind defeating The Great One 20 years ago, so it's great that someone like The Rock holds it in such high regard so many years on after it happened.