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Wrestling runs the full spectrum of human emotion. It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can make you stand up and cheer. It can also make you go "awwwwww".

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  • ECW One Night Stand got one during the show's main event; when Tommy Dreamer was being beaten down by the combined forces of the Dudley Boyz, the Impact Players and Francine, it was none other than Beulah McGillicutty - Tommy's ECW valet turned Real Life-wife - who helped make the save, distracting the Impact Players long enough for them to accidentally take each other out. After clearing the ring, Tommy - his face covered in blood - turned to Beulah (who hadn't made an appearance on an ECW event since 1998) and gave her a huge hug, which the crowd applauded furiously. Even the Land of Extreme can get a little heartwarming!
    • To paraphrase commentator Joey Styles at that moment, "What a beautiful, horrific, wonderful, disgusting, heartwarming moment that I'd never allow my children to watch!"
    • Speaking of Tommy and Beulah, Tommy's retirement speech on the last ECW of 2009, where he thanks the fans for becoming his family, and thanks his family for reminding him why he wrestles. He talks about how his twin 5-year-old daughters see him ("Daddy falls down a lot." "But Daddy always gets back up."), and how he needs to be there for them growing up. He lays his ECW shirt in the middle of the ring, walks over to Beulah, kisses her, then picks up his daughters and walks up the ramp, the three of them waving "bye bye" to the crowd as his entrance theme plays. Keep in mind: Tommy Dreamer was never a "big" name; he was never a "real" world champion. But Tommy Dreamer, for almost two decades, kept getting back up, and WWE allowed him the opportunity to say goodbye that few wrestlers ever get, even under the best of circumstances. That alone should tell you how much Tommy Dreamer meant.
  • There's Kenta Kobashi's return match, 546 days after he left the business to battle a kidney tumor. When he made his entrance prior to his first match back, the commentators were openly crying on the mic, as were many of the fans.
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    • And after the match was over (Kobashi and his tag partner lost), all of the other wrestlers showed Kobashi a massive amount of respect by holding the ring ropes open for him to walk through, letting him return to the back before anyone else to soak in the crowd's cheers.
  • Rob Van Dam winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on April 19, 2010 on Impact. From being presented the belt by Hulk Hogan, to a bunch of the faces on the roster coming out to celebrate with him.
    • And keep in mind that his first full day as champion? April 20.
  • Suprising, but David Arquette's horrible WCW angle where he "won" the World Championship doubles as a Heartwarming Moment. Because he donated every dime WCW paid him to the families of Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, and Droz.
  • El Santo ended up having two of these the first as his career came to an end in 1982 which saw him lead a legends team composed of himself, El Solitario, Gory Guerrero and Huracano who hoisted him on their shoulders as a final farewell. His second moment came after dying in 1984, one week after finally unmasking in public after nearly 50 years wrestling, he was buried as per his wishes with his favorite mask on.
  • TNA Dec. 2, 1010: Angelina Love accepting Winter, and the two of them Holding Hands.
    Winter: There's nothing wrong with you Angelina. In fact, you're perfect. But you don't have to worry. Now that we're together, we will never have to lose again. I guarantee that. WE. WILL. NEVER. LOSE.
  • In Ring of Honor in 2005 and 2006, one of the biggest, bloodiest feuds at the time was Colt Cabana VS. Homicide. It was such a violent feud (with Cabana feeling the brunt of all punishment) that the one-time fun-loving Cabana went all Serious Business, growing a five-o-clock shadow, not telling a joke for months, making him lose all semblance of peace and happiness. The arduous eight-month feud culminated at Better Than Our Best in a Chicago Street Fight. In yet another bloody encounter, Cabana prevailed. After the match, Homicide cohorts (Julius Smokes and Ricky Reyes) attempted to ambush Cabana again. Homicide stopped them, seemingly trying to get the final shot in himself. But as he swung the chair over his head...he abruptly dropped it to the ground, fell to his knees, held out his hand and began apologizing. Cabana shook his hand, Homicide and company left, and Cabana smiled and celebrated for the first time in months.
  • Sean Waltman in CHIKARA's 2011 King of Trios tournament... yes, he of the X-Pac Heat. There was nostalgia involved as he came in using his 1-2-3 Kid gimmick and put in all the effort he had, looking fantastic all weekend, putting on a potential Match of the Year candidate with El Generico and getting nothing but positive reactions from the fans. When the whole thing was over, in a final act of class that might be surprising, he gave both a speech to the crowd and left a letter in the locker room putting over Chikara and its roster as the future of professional wrestling and saying that it was the greatest weekend of his life.
  • Jesse Sorensen's match at Glory By Honor XII. Not because it was good, although it wasn't bad either. Not because anything about it really, it being the story of the underdog who bit off more than he could chew against Tommaso Ciampa. It was because the often fickle ROH fans didn't care about any of that for once. They were so happy to see Sorensen at all that they still gave him a standing ovation after it was over.
  • Hayabusa, years after his devastating injury that paralyzed him and ended his career, is able to walk once more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0UoI9Cmh0o
  • Kerry von Erich winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair at the World Class Championship Wrestling's "Parade of Champions" on May 6, 1984, less than three months after the death of his brother David. Kerry wore a special robe inscribed "In Memory of David" on the back as he entered the ring. And after Kerry's win, every face wrestler on the card mobbed him in the ring to celebrate his win.

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