At the 2005 WWE Royal Rumble, John Cena was the lone representative of SmackDown left in the Royal Rumble match. His problem? He was eye to eye with Evolution's Animal, Batista. Cena and Batista both eliminated themselves at the same time. So what would happen now?
Vince McMahon comes out and puts the match in Sudden Death overtime.
Though Cena lost the match, his efforts were enough to convince Teddy Long to give him a spot in SmackDown's No. 1 Contender Tournament at No Way Out, where he staved off a vicious Ankle Lock from Kurt Angle to win the tournament and earn a spot in the main event at WrestleMania 21.
Unfortunately, before he could take his place in history, someone wanted to make sure he didn't make it that far.
His opponent for WrestleMania 21, JBL, not only convinced Teddy Long to put Cena in a match with his Cabinet member Orlando Jordan, he nailed Cena in the head with the gold to allow Jordan to defeat him and become the new United States Champion.
The following week, Cena went on a rampage and looked for revenge on everyone involved.
After one last week of Basic Thuganomics, Cena arrived with a tougher look and a new theme that best suited his future match with JBL: "My Time Is Now." Cena spent the next few weeks provoking JBL, going as far as to decimate the self-proclaimed Wrestling God's prized limosine.
At WrestleMania 21, Cena delivered on his promise to leave champion as he defeated JBL to become the new WWE Champion. That same night, Batista completed the new change in the wind when he defeated Triple H to win his first of many World Heavyweight Championships.
Following the victory, Cena was informed that he would have a rematch with JBL at Judgment Day in an "I Quit" Match. After JBL denied the WM loss, he walked around with the original WWE Championship and claimed himself to still be the WWE Champion.
It was at this moment that Cena introduced the world to his newest creation.
In other words...the WWE Championship went from what you see here...