Amendment IX - Foreign Affairs, Inter-promational Relations
In 2002, WWE passed the "Brand Extension Act" which kept superstars at bay on the show of which they were assigned. No more feuds that spilled all across Monday Night RAW, then on Thursday/Friday Night Smackdown. For two years, WWE superstars endured the pain of being separated from fellow superstars and not being able to annihilate another.
The structure that was needed in the company was finally here. Superstars would have to wait for a yearly draft and hope they got drafted to where they wanted to go. In 2004, a loophole in the brand extension bill was discovered and ripped wide open. The 2004 Royal Rumble winner, Chris Benoit, was a SmackDown superstar.
Brock Lesnar was the the WWE champion at this time. The Royal Rumble rules clearly states that the winner of the rumble is entitled to, and granted a title shot against the world champion at WrestleMania. WWE has always followed this rule.
Every superstar who had won it had went on to face the champion at WrestleMania (except for 1999 rumble winner WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, he gave up his shot). In 2001, The WWE was involved in a brutal war against ECW and WCW, The Alliance. The war raged on as WWE became jam packed with superstars and their titles.
When the alliance was ultimately defeated, WWE kept their World Heavyweight championship, and Chris Jericho would be the very first Undisputed Champion, as he held both the WWE and World Heavyweight world championships.
In the brand extension, both Raw and Smackdown were given one world title each. Raw had the the World Heavyweight championship, and SmackDown had the WWE championship.
Chris Benoit was entitled to a shot and he shocked the world when he chose Triple H. Triple H was livid and the WWE would forever change as every rumble winner from then on knew to consider both world championships to challenge for. Chris Benoit went on to defeat Shawn Michaels and Triple H at Wrestlemania XX at Madison Square Garden.
One incident had happened at the Royal Rumble that year. Goldberg and Brock Lesnar got into a scuffle at the Rumble and that led to a showdown of two dominant, relentless beasts. WWE would pass the " Inter-promotional Act", which allowed superstars from different shows to face off against one another.
Lesnar and Goldberg fought at Wrestlemania XX and Stone Cold Steve Austin was the special referee, not to long down the line another incident happened. This wasn't a loophole though. Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle had an altercation at the Royal Rumble. Kurt Angle wasn't in the rumble, but entered anyway. He fought his way through the madness. HBK would give him some sweet chin, and the rest was history.
Kurt Angle would hold a grudge with HBK and went to extreme measures by ankle-locking Sensational Sherri, HBK's long time friend. HBK dressed up as a camera man one night on Smackdown and attacked Kurt Angle.
The brand extension act was being violated before the eyes of thousands. The two kept going at it and WWE realized that they could not keep the two from ripping one another to shreds, so WWE had once again implemented the " Inter-promotional Act".
The act allowed Kurt Angle and HBK, Smackdown and RAW superstars respectively, to face one another depiste the fact that they were on different shows. The two would meet at Wrestlemania XXI, which was an instant classic. Kurt Angle was victorious.
At WrestleMania XXIII, we saw it act used again in the "Battle of the Billionaires" (hair vs hair) match which featured Vince McMahon and Donald Trump. Both had to chose their own superstar for the match. Vince chose RAW's Umaga, and Trump chose Smackdown's Bobby Lashley. Stone Cold would once again return as a special referee.
Lashley would defeat Umaga and McMahon turned into a very bald man. WrestleMania XXIV saw Batista (Raw) face off against Umaga (SmackDown) as SmackDown and Raw fought for supremacy. The amendment was passed by Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, and the WWE.
-Celebrity matchs were foreign affairs, as celebrities would come into the WWE and have matches or be involved in matches.
Amendment IX Milestones/Progress
Kurt Angle/HBK feud - (New Generation Era)
Goldberg/Lesnar feud - (New Generation Era)
Battle of the Billionaires - (WrestleMania XXIII, New Generation Era)
Batista vs Umaga - (WrestleMania XXIV, New Generation Era)
RAW vs Smackdown Survivor Series matchups - (New Generation)
Randy Orton - (Three-time Survivor Series Sole Survivor)
Every Celebrity to ever show up at Wrestlemania - WWF Era/ Attitude Era/ New Generation Era)
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