John Cena has become the Hulk Hogan of this generation in a lot of people's eyes. Cena began his career in 2002 in the WWE when he debuted agianst Kurt Angle.
The match was quick but it really demonstrated how good Cena could be if the WWE got behind him and they eventually did.
Cena really struggled to get any air time until he started rapping in early 2003, his crazy promos got over with the fans, and he started to become a huge heel in the WWE.
Cena was supposed to win the 2003 King Of The Ring tournament until the PPV got scrapped so the WWE decided to place Cena in some big time feuds in 2003 against Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, and the Undertaker.
After his heel run in 2003, Cena became babyface and won his first singles title at WrestleMania XX as he defeated the Big Show with two Attitude Adjustments to become the United States Champion.
Cena would stay U.S Champion until July and he worked with Booker T and a young upstart named Carlito throughout 2004.
2005 was Cena's breakthrough year as he was one of the last two men in the Royal Rumble match as he lost to Batista.
Cena defeated Kurt Angle in a stellar match at No Way Out to earn a WWE Title shot at WrestleMania 21 against JBL.
Cena got over with the fans and he released his 1st album right before Mania and he ended up winning the WWE Title at WrestleMania thus getting the main event push.
Cena worked with JBL throughout the spring and had a match of the year candidate in May when he defeated JBL in a blood bath "I Quit" match to retain the title.
John Cena was the man on SmackDown but his biggest challenge came that June.
John Cena was drafted to RAW and he feuded with Christian and Jericho throughout the summer and successfully defeated Y2J at SummerSlam in another classic bout and then defeated Jericho the next night to send Jericho packing from WWE.
Cena once again feuded with Angle to end 2005 and then 2006 was the year that Cena really got over in WWE.
Cena main evented WrestleMania 22 with Triple H in 2006 and then Cena engaged in a bitter feud with Edge throughout the year and that really made Cena a top guy in the company because he and Edge carried the Raw brand all of 2006 with classic bouts.
Cena even got to feud with K-Fed to end 2006 and with 2007 came change.
John Cena main evented WrestleMania 23 with Shawn Michaels and he really had a nice feud with HBK.
Cena got over with some of his great matches agianst Umaga, Edge, HBK, Lashley to name a few. Cena then feuded with Randy Orton in the summer of 2007, those two had several classic bouts including SummerSlam of that year but right before their "Last Man Standing" Match at No Mercy, Cena tore his pectoral muscle and was stripped of the WWE Title.
John Cena stayed out of the spotlight until the 2008 Royal Rumble when he returned in dramatic fashon and won the Royal Rumble match. Cena went back to war with Orton and even got to headline WrestleMania 24 in a triple threat match against Orton and Triple H for the WWE Title.
Cena had a less than stellar fued with JBL throughout the summer but Cena had a classic match with Triple H at Night of Champions for the WWE Title.
SummerSlam was epic for the WWE Universe as Cena went one on one against Batista, those two tore it up for well over 20 minutes and when it was all over, Cena had a herniated disc in his neck which required surgery.
John was out of action until Survivor Series when he returned in his hometown to defeat Chris Jericho for the World Title. Cena once agian defeated Jericho at Armageddon that year to cap off 2008.
Cena feuded with JBL in January 2009 and then got into one more major feud with Edge that went through WrestleMania and finally ended at Backlash in an amazing last man standing match.
John Cena then had his hands full with Big Show for two months but he defeated the Big Show twice in some underrated matches.
Cena then buried The Miz early that summer before going into a major feud with Randy Orton from July to October when he finally defeated Orton in a one hour Ironman match for the WWE title.
Cena got over against D-X and defeated them in a 3 way match for the title. Sheamus defeated Cena at TLC in a Tables match for the title but it didn't stop Cena as he kinda coasted until February when he recaptured the title and then lost to Batista the same night.
Batista and Cena have feuded since early March and that leaves us to today.
John Cena is hated by many but also loved by many for his never say quit attitude and his determination to have a good match each night he wrestles.
Cena isn't a bad wrestler but is overlooked because of his admiration by the younger fans. Overall Cena is one of the greatest in WWE history and he very well maybe the best wrestler of this generation.
Randy Orton is a third generation professional wrestler. His grandfather Bob Orton Sr., his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton and his uncle Barry O were all professional wrestlers. His full name is Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Orton. He was born on April 1, 1980 in Knoxville, Tenn.
After joining WWE, Orton became a member of the stable Evolution formed by Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista which quickly led to his capture of the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
In 2004, Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion when he won the title at the age of 24 by defeating Chris Benoit at SummerSlam.
This led to his departure from Evolution and a feud with his former stable. His reign as the world champion was short lived as he lost the title to Triple H at the next month’s PPV Unforgiven In the year 2005 Orton faced The Undertaker at WrestleMania 21 which he eventually lost.
Throughout the year 2005 he had a series of feuds with The Undertaker which finally ended at Armageddon where Orton lost to Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell.
In 2006, Orton feuded with Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle in which they got to headline WrestleMania 22. Later on that year, Orton joined up with Edge in a tag team known as Rated-RKO. Together they held the World Tag Team Championship.
In 2007, Orton’s violence went up 10 times then before as he took out HBK and RVD before taking out Cena for the WWE Title at No Mercy.
Randy held the title for six months including headlining WrestleMania 24 in a 3 way match against John Cena and Triple H for the WWE Title before dropping the title to Triple H.
Triple H and Orton would have a series of feuds throughout 2008 and 2009 that included headlining WrestleMania 25.
Orton won the 2009 Royal Rumble Match and also had a mega feud against the McMahon family in early 2009. Orton and John Cena then feuded to end 2009 as they even had a 1 hour Ironman match for the WWE Title that really propelled Orton as a true main eventer and a guy that could wrestle anybody and have a darn good match.
Orton overall maybe viewed as a babyface or a heel but in the eyes of many, he is viewed as the greatest wrestler of this generation.
Since Triple H made his WWE debut in the spring of 1995 as snobby blueblood Hunter Hearst Helmsley, he has done it all.
Triple H is the only man in WWE history to become a Grand Slam Champion and to win both a King of the Ring tournament and the Royal Rumble Match.
In May 1996, Hunter had his first televised battle with Shawn Michaels on RAW. It was the beginning of what would become one of the most important pairings — as allies and foes — in WWE history.
In October, Hunter faced Stone Cold at Buried Alive in the origins of another storied rivalry. Six days later, Helmsley would capture WWE gold for the very first time, winning the Intercontinental Championship from Marc Mero on RAW. It was the first of 19 WWE championship reigns to date, including 10 times as the world champion.
After retaining his Intercontinental Championship against Goldust at the Royal Rumble in January 1997, Helmsley began a rivalry with Rocky Maivia (better-known today as The Rock).
Hunter would lose the Intercontinental Championship to Maivia on RAW, but by March, Helmsley would hit another milestone: his first WrestleMania victory.
With newcomer Chyna by his side, Helmsley beat Goldust (with Marlena) at WrestleMania 13. No one then knew just how large an impact Hunter would have on the biggest stage of them all.
Next, Hunter dominated the 1997 King of the Ring tournament, beating Mankind in the finals. In the pay-per-view battles and wild brawls that followed, Hunter would be introduced to all three “faces of Foley.”
He forced a double count-out at Canadian Stampede; brawled with Mankind in a SummerSlam Steel Cage; and beat Dude Love at One Night Only in September.
Hunter has arguably formed the two most important factions in WWE history. The first was conceived in October 1997. Composed of Hunter, Chyna and best friend Shawn Michaels and epitomizing WWE “Attitude,” they were known as D-Generation X.
The group was constantly amid controversy, pushing the limits of tolerable behavior. One of its first victims was WWE Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter, who fell to Hunter in a December, 1997, “Boot Camp” Match in a pay-per-view bearing the group’s name.
At this time, Michaels was both the World Heavyweight Champion and European Champion, so D-Generation X devised a method to spread around the riches.
As an early Christmas present, HBK literally laid down and allowed Hunter to pin him to “win” the European Championship. Hunter feigned tears in the ring, declaring how “hard” he had worked for that moment to arrive.
The farcical title change infuriated WWE management, but that only fueled DX’s fire.
By early 1998, DX was a monster of the industry, and Helmsley adopted the name “Triple H” to better represent the evolution of his identity.
On Jan. 20, 1998, European Champion Triple H hit a bump in the road. To further make a mockery of the division, Triple H sent Goldust out as his proxy for a match with Owen Hart.
But when Owen beat the “Bizarre One,” Slaughter declared it a valid title match with Goldust defending on Triple H’s behalf. So, Owen became the new European Champion.
By March, Triple H had taken back what was his. “The Game” also made it two WrestleMania victories in a row by retaining the European Championship against Owen Hart at WrestleMania XIV.
The day after WrestleMania, Triple H assumed the DX leadership (upon Michaels’ departure). To solidify the group’s strength and take the outrage to a new level, Triple H brought the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac into the fold.
Meanwhile, Owen Hart would join Nation of Domination, pitting WWE’s two largest factions against each other. The rival parties would battle continuously for the next five months.
During that span, D-Lo Brown would wrest the European Championship from Triple H. But “The Game” answered back by winning the Intercontinental Championship from The Rock in a Summer Slam Ladder Match.
His success came with a price, however. Triple H was forced to miss three months with a serious knee injury.
Upon his return, Triple H took issue with the Corporation. He fought Kane at WrestleMania XV , where Chyna again shifted loyalties and rejoined D-Generation X.
But The Cerebral Assassin made heads spin when he and Chyna surprised everyone by joining the Corporation that very same night.
Triple H captured the WWE Championship for the first time the night after Summer Slam 1999, beating Mankind.
Remarkably, he lost that championship to none other than Mr. McMahon, who won his only world championship in an unscheduled match that saw Shane McMahon officiate.
During the match, Stone Cold delivered a Stunner to the champ, allowing McMahon to get the shocking win. McMahon vacated the championship four days later, putting it up in a Six-Pack Challenge, where Triple H won and regained the championship.
The Cerebral Assassin then stepped between Stephanie McMahon and fiancé Test — marrying Stephanie under questionable circumstances before Test could. Mr. McMahon took great exception to this series of events, leading to an Armageddon Street Fight Match.
During that match, Stephanie chose to abandon her father and align herself with The Game, marking the beginning of the McMahon-Helmsley era. Triple H won his third WWE Championship one month later from Big Show on the Jan. 3, 2000, edition on RAW.
In February at No Way Out, Triple H survived a vicious Hell in a Cell Match with Cactus Jack, retiring Mick Foley in the process. Then in April, Triple H delivered on another significant accomplishment by becoming the first WWE Champion to defeat an ECW Champion in Tazz.
The animosity between Triple H and Stone Cold reached a fever pitch when in November of 2000, the Cerebral Assassin was revealed as truly behind Stone Cold getting run over by a car the year before.
This led to a match at Survivor Series, where Austin exacted vehicular revenge: When Triple H tried to escape the arena in his car, Stone Cold lifted the automobile with a construction crane — then let Triple H and his car plummet to the earth.
Triple H miraculously recovered in time for No Way Out, where he beat Stone Cold in a special best-of-three falls contest featuring a traditional match, a Street Fight and a Steel Cage Match.
But in a shocker, Triple H aligned with Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon the night after WrestleMania X-Seven, then won the Intercontinental Championship three days later from Chris Jericho. Triple H followed that up by winning the World Tag Team Championship with Stone Cold at Backlash.
In a span of two devastating days, Triple H lost the Intercontinental Championship to Kane at Judgment Day and then lost the tag titles to Y2J & Chris Benoit the following night. In that match, Triple H tore his left quadriceps muscle completely off the bone. Yet, “The Game” found the heart to finish the bout. It took Triple H eight months of hellacious rehab before he would return. Learn about his long road back to health in his new book, “Making the Game.”
Triple H came back on a special edition of RAW at MSG, and he followed that up by winning the 2002 Royal Rumble Match, earning an opportunity at the world championship. The Game became the Undisputed WWE Champion at WrestleMania X8, where he defeated Chris Jericho at Toronto’s SkyDome.
After facing Michaels at SummerSlam, Triple H claimed another world championship on Sept. 2, 2002, after a unique sequence of events. RAW had been left without a champion after Brock Lesnar signed a contract exclusive to SmackDown! In retaliation, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff introduced the World Heavyweight Championship — exclusive to RAW. Bischoff declared its first champion would be Triple H.
World Heavyweight Champion Triple H continued his rivalry with HBK and it carried into the Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series, where Michaels came out on top. Triple H regained the championship in a Three Stages of Hell Match on Dec. 15, 2002, at Armageddon.
On Jan. 20, 2003, the Cerebral Assassin formulated a plan that would change WWE forever. He aligned himself with “the dirtiest player in the game,” Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista. Together, they were Evolution.
With the protection of his faction, Triple H held the World Heavyweight Championship for most of 2003, finally losing it to Goldberg at Unforgiven in late September. During that lengthy reign, Triple H beat Kane in Mask vs. Championship Match, revealing the Big Red Monster’s face. WATCH IT NOW
In December, Triple H won back the World Heavyweight Championship in an Armageddon Triple Threat Match. What followed were a series of incredibly close matches with Shawn Michaels, but Triple H managed to escape with his title every time. The Game ran into a juggernaut at WrestleMania XX, where Chris Benoit realized his lifelong dream by beating The Game for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Triple H hit another milestone when he was drafted to SmackDown! during a lottery in March of 2004. But the next night, GM Bischoff had found the means to regain his star attraction, trading the Dudleys and Booker T to SmackDown! for The Game.
In June, after a recent history that included two draws and a Triple Threat Match, Triple H finally beat Michaels decisively at Bad Blood. After 45 minutes of bloody carnage and total exhaustion in Hell in a Cell, Triple H mercifully ended the match, hitting Michaels with the Pedigree twice in succession.
Evolution reached a crossroads when rising star Randy Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Benoit at SummerSlam. “The Legend Killer” was a bit too far ahead of schedule for Triple H’s liking, so in the infamous “thumbs-down” incident on RAW, Triple H kicked Orton out of Evolution. The Game then finished the job by beating Orton for “his” championship at Unforgiven in September.
Triple H was then put at an unprecedented disadvantage when he was forced to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against one of three possible opponents at Taboo Tuesday. Minutes before his match, the results of WWE fan voting revealed none other than longtime rival Shawn Michaels as his challenger. But the Cerebral Assassin effectively exploited Michaels’ knee injury and successfully retained the championship.
In November 2004 at Survivor Series, Triple H’s team lost to Randy Orton’s team, giving Team Orton four weeks of control of RAW. The Game tried to lure General Manager for-a-day Maven into the Evolution fold, but when he refused, Triple H defeated him. Next, the Cerebral Assassin outwitted GM Chris Benoit by feigning injury, costing The Crippler his chance at the World Heavyweight Championship.
When Orton’s turn as GM came around, chaos ensued. Edge and Chris Benoit tied during a RAW roster Battle Royal, so Orton ordered a Triple Threat Match also involving Triple H for his championship. But Edge and Benoit simultaneously won, forcing Mr. McMahon to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship — despite The Game’s fervent protests. When actual General Manager Eric Bischoff returned from vacation, he ruled that the World Heavyweight Championship would be won in the Elimination Chamber at New Year’s Revolution. There, Triple H won his 10th world championship.
Triple H would then on go and have a fued with Batista that headlined WrestleMania 21, these two men fought over the World Title for 3 months and it all cumulated in a Hell In a Cell Match at Vengeance 2005 in which Batista defeated Triple H in a brutal bloody war. Triple H took some time off to heal and when he returned, he turned on longtime friend Ric Flair and had a fued with him that ended up taking out Flair at the Survivor Series in a last man standing match.
Although Triple H failed to win the Royal Rumble match at Royal Rumble, another championship opportunity arose for Triple H in the “Road to WrestleMania Tournament.” He won the tournament, granting him a match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 22. At WrestleMania, Triple H and John Cena fought in the main event for the title, which Triple H lost via submission. Later that month at Backlash, Triple H was involved in another WWE Championship match, fighting Edge and Cena in a Triple Threat match, where he lost again. In an act of frustration, a bloodied Triple H used his sledgehammer to attack both Edge and Cena and then performed a number of DX crotch chops. Triple H unsuccessfully attempted to win the WWE title from Cena on numerous occasions, blaming his shortcomings on Vince McMahon, which eventually lead to a feud between the McMahons and Triple H.
Shawn Michaels returned on the June 12 edition of Raw and soon reunited with Triple H to reform D-Generation X, turning Triple H into a fan favorite once again. DX defeated the Spirit Squad at Vengeance in a 5-on-2 handicap match. They continued their feud with Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and the Spirit Squad for several weeks. They then defeated the Spirit Squad again on the July 18, 2006 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event in a 5-on-2 Elimination match. They then again defeated the McMahons at SummerSlam, withstanding the attack of several handpicked WWE superstars by Vince McMahon. At Unforgiven, D-Generation X overcame the odds once again, defeating The McMahons and ECW World Champion Big Show in a Hell in a Cell match. During the match, DX embarrassed Vince by shoving his face in between Big Show's buttocks, and DX won when Triple H broke a sledgehammer over the shoulders of Vince McMahon after Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on him.
At Cyber Sunday during DX's feud with Rated-RKO, special guest referee Eric Bischoff allowed the illegal use of a weapon to give Rated-RKO the win At Survivor Series, DX got their revenge when their team defeated Edge and Orton's team in an Elimination Match. In January 2007, at New Year's Revolution, DX and Rated-RKO fought to a no-contest after Triple H suffered a legitimate torn right quadriceps (similar to the one he suffered in 2001 but in the other leg) fifteen minutes into the match. Surgery was successfully performed on January 9, 2007 by Dr. James Andrews.
Triple H made his return at SummerSlam, where he defeated King Booker. After his return, he won the WWE Championship at No Mercy after beating the newly named Champion, Randy Orton, making Triple H an eleven-time world champion. In the same event, Triple H also defeated Umaga in his first title defense after Mr. McMahon declared his already-scheduled bout with Umaga, a title match. McMahon then announced, Orton would receive a title rematch in a Last Man Standing match in the final match of the event, which Orton won after an RKO onto the announcer's table, thus ending Triple H's sixth reign. Triple H's title reign at No Mercy is the fifth shortest reign in WWE history, only lasting through the duration of the event. In the Raw Elimination Chamber at No Way Out, Triple H gained a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV, by outlasting five other men. However, at WrestleMania XXIV, Randy Orton retained after punting Triple H and pinning John Cena following Triple H's Pedigree on Cena.[ A month later, at Backlash, Triple H won the title in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match against Orton, Cena, and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, tying the record for most WWE Championship reigns with The Rock. Triple H then retained the title against Orton at Judgment Day in a Steel Cage match and again at One Night Stand in a Last Man Standing match. Orton suffered a legitimate collarbone injury during the match, thus ending the feud prematurely.
On June 23, 2008 edition of Raw, Triple H was drafted to the SmackDown brand as a part of the 2008 WWE Draft, in the process making the WWE Championship exclusive to SmackDown. After several successful title defenses against Edge, The Great Khali, and Jeff Hardy, Triple H ultimately lost his title to Edge at the 2008 Survivor Series pay-per-view. He then engaged himself in a feud against Vladimir Kozlov After qualifying for the Elimination Chamber match at the No Way Out pay-per-view, Triple H won the match to win his eighth WWE Championship, surpassing the record originally set by The Rock at seven reigns.
On the February 16, 2009 episode of Raw, Triple H made an appearance aiding Stephanie and Shane McMahon, after they were attacked by Randy Orton. On the February 20 episode of SmackDown, Triple H was interviewed by Jim Ross, in the interview; footage was shown highlighting the events that occurred on the February 16 episode of Raw. Ross asked Triple H how he felt seeing that footage, in response, he broke character (after 5 years of marriage) by admitting that Vince McMahon is his father-in-law, that Shane is his brother-in-law, and that Stephanie is his wife, thus creating a rivalry between Triple H and Orton. On the February 23 episode of Raw, Triple H confronted Orton, before attacking him, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes (a group known as The Legacy) with a sledgehammer and chasing them from the arena. Weeks later, it was announced that Triple H would defend the WWE title against Orton at WrestleMania XXV. At the event, Triple H defeated Orton to retain the title.[
During the 2009 WWE Draft, Triple H was drafted from SmackDown to Raw; since he was the reigning WWE Champion during this time, he brought the title to Raw due to draft regulations At Backlash, Triple H lost the WWE Championship to Randy Orton after The Legacy defeated Triple H, Shane McMahon and Batista in a six-man tag team match. Triple H was taken out on a stretcher, and did not return until the June 8 episode of Raw, when he confronted The Legacy. On the August 17 episode of Raw, Triple H reunited with Shawn Michaels to reform DX, and defeated Legacy at SummerSlam. At WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 13, DX defeated Chris Jericho and The Big Show to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.\ On the February 8, 2010 episode of Raw, DX lost the Unified Tag Team Championship to the team of The Miz and Big Show. Afterwards Triple H participated in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match which John Cena won. Shortly afterwards, he began a feud with Sheamus thus leading to a match at Wrestlemania which Triple H won. The two had a rematch at Extreme Rules, designated as a Street Fight which he lost due to being attacked before the match by Sheamus.
Overall Triple H is a well oiled machine that has been entertaining the fans for years now and its no wonder why people think he is the best that this generation has ever seen.
“It's my biggest dreams, and now it's my biggest reality" Chris Jericho said that when he was describing about main eventing at a WrestleMania for the very first time. Jericho seems to have done it all in pro wrestling from being a mega baby face to being the evil bad guy that the entire world hates. Jericho has done it all in wrestling but without it’s good and bad times from being in the crapper in WCW to ending up the biggest name in WWE. His WCW days were bad because WCW didn’t believe that a smaller guy could be believable as a world champion so Jericho went to the WWE and like they say, the rest is history.
Jericho alternated between WCW and a number of Japanese tours before his debut with the World Wrestling Federation. The build-up to Jericho’s arrival was a clock labeled “countdown to the new millennium,” counting down over the weeks prior to his arrival. On the home video, Break the Walls Down, Jericho states he was inspired to do this as his entrance when he saw a similar clock in a post office. Vince McMahon gave him the green light to use it as his intro to the WWF. The clock finally ran down on August 9, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois while The Rock was in the ring doing a promo. Jericho, a heel, who was actually being cheered instead of getting booed, entered the arena and proclaimed himself “Y2J” (a play on the Y2K bug). The Rock proceeded to verbally mock him for his interruption.
Jericho feuded with Chyna for the Intercontinental Championship. After losing to Chyna at the Survivor Series 1999, Jericho won his first Intercontinental title at Armageddon. This feud with Chyna lasted for many months, including a controversial decision during a rematch in which two separate referees declared each one of them the winner of a match for the title. As a result, they became co-owners of the title until Jericho attained sole ownership at the Royal Rumble. He ended up dropping the title to Kurt Angle at No Way Out.
On April 2, Jericho participated in a Triple Threat match against Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 2000. Angle entered the match-up as both the WWF European and WWF Intercontinental Champion. The first man to score a pinfall or submission would be declared Intercontinental Champion. The second man to score a pinfall or submission would be declared European Champion. Jericho was first pinned by Benoit and pinned Benoit later on in the match, making Jericho the new European Champion. Jericho lost the title the next day to Eddie Guerrero on Raw after Chyna turned heel to side with Guerrero, claiming she could not resist his Latino Heat. On the April 17 edition of Raw, Jericho upset Triple H in a WWF Championship match. Referee Earl Hebner had made a fast count when Jericho pinned Triple H, giving Jericho the title. After previous weeks of assault on referee Earl Hebner, Triple H told him that if he reversed the decision, then he would never touch him while he was under contract. After Hebner reversed the decision, he fired Hebner and assaulted him. Despite the pinfall win over Triple H, WWE does not recognize Jericho’s reign as champion. After the controversial decision, Jericho went on to feud with Chris Benoit. On the May 4 edition of SmackDown!, Jericho defeated Benoit to become Intercontinental Champion for the second time, but lost the title back to Benoit four days later on Raw.
Jericho’s popularity skyrocketed when he started feuding with Triple H and his wife (just married in the storyline at the time) Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Fans took particular delight in his promos toward Stephanie, as he showered her with insults, calling her a “filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho” and throwing a pie in her face. He got the best of Triple H on more than one occasion, even helping the Brooklyn Brawler, a renowned jobber, gain an upset victory over the then four-time WWF Champion. Their feud climaxed at Fully Loaded, when they competed in a Last Man Standing match, with Jericho only losing the match to Triple H by one second and thanks to multiple occasions of Stephanie helping Triple H, especially in the final moments.
2001 - 2002
At the 2001 Royal Rumble, Jericho defeated Chris Benoit in a Ladder match to win the Intercontinental Championship for the third time. At WrestleMania X-Seven, he successfully defended his title in a match against William Regal, only to lose it four days later to Triple H.
At Judgment Day, Jericho and Benoit won a “Tag Team Turmoil” match, earning a shot at Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H for their WWF Tag Team Championship on Raw the next night. Benoit and Jericho won the match, in which Triple H legitimately tore his quadriceps and spent the rest of the year injured, and Jericho became WWF Tag Team Champion for the first time. The team defended their title in the first Fatal Four-Way Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match where Benoit sustained a year-long injury doing a diving headbutt through a table. Despite being carried out on a stretcher, he returned to the match to climb the ladder and retain the championship. The duo lost the titles one month later to the Dudley Boyz on June 19, 2001.
In the following months, Jericho became a major force in The Invasion storyline in which WCW and ECW joined forces to overtake the WWF. Jericho remained on the side of the WWF (despite previously competing in WCW and ECW) and retained his status as a face. However, signs of a heel turn slowly became obvious as Jericho began to show jealousy toward fellow WWF member, The Rock. The Rock kept reminding Jericho that he had never won “the big one” (a world championship), and wrote Jericho off as a “comedy act”. Jericho faced The Rock in a match at No Mercy for the WCW Championship after Jericho defeated Rob Van Dam in a number one contenders match. Jericho finally won “the big one”, pinning The Rock after debuting a new finisher, the Breakdown. This championship victory was Jericho’s first official world championship victory (Jericho had actually won the WWF Championship from Triple H on April 17, 2000 only to have that match stricken from the record 15 minutes later.) One night later, the two put their differences aside and won the WWF Tag Team titles from the Dudley Boyz, with Jericho becoming a double champion. After they lost the titles to Test and Booker T, they continued their feud. On the November 5 edition of Raw, The Rock defeated Jericho to regain the WCW Championship with a surprise roll up. Following the match, Jericho savagely attacked The Rock with a steel chair, thus marking a full-fledged heel turn that lasted for two years. At the Survivor Series, Jericho would almost cost The Rock, and the WWF, victory in their elimination matchup by attacking him again. On December 9, at Vengeance, Chris Jericho defeated both The Rock for the rechristened World Championship, and Stone Cold Steve Austin for his WWF Championship, on the same night to become the first-ever wrestler to hold both championships at the same time, making him the first WWF Undisputed Champion. He fought both of the men he defeated at Vengeance on separate occasions and retained his title at the next two pay-per-views, Royal Rumble (vs. The Rock) and No Way Out (vs. Stone Cold).
Jericho lost the title to Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania X8. After his title loss Jericho became a member of the SmackDown! roster and continued his feud with Triple H, helping cost Triple H his newly won Undisputed Championship at Backlash. The rivalry culminated at Judgment Day when Triple H defeated Jericho in a Hell in a Cell match. Jericho then started a short feud with Edge. Shortly thereafter, Jericho was drafted back to Raw, where he captured the Intercontinental Championship from Rob Van Dam and teamed with Christian to capture the tag team titles from The Hurricane and Kane on October 14, 2002.
On January 13, 2003, Jericho won an over-the-top-rope challenge against Kane, RVD, and Batista to select his entry number for the Royal Rumble match, choosing number two in order to start the match with Michaels. After Michaels’ entrance, Jericho entered as the second participant. Christian, in Jericho’s attire, appeared as the real Jericho attacked Shawn from behind. He eliminated Michaels shortly afterwards, but Michaels got his revenge later in the match by causing Jericho to be eliminated by Test, whom Jericho would feud with simultaneously along with Michaels and Jeff Hardy. The two fought again at WrestleMania XIX. In the end, Michaels managed to get a roll-up and score the victory. Jericho, however, hit Michaels with a low blow after the match following an embrace.
Later in 2003, Jericho began a romance with Trish Stratus as tag team partner Christian began one with Lita. This, however, to be a bet over who could sleep with their respective female first, with a Canadian Dollar at stake. Stratus overheard this and broke it off with Jericho, who then tried to make it up to her by saving her from Kane. Stratus agreed that the two of them could just be “friends”. After Christian was put in a match against Stratus, where he put her in the Walls of Jericho, Jericho sought revenge on Christian, which led to a match at WrestleMania XX. Christian defeated Jericho after Stratus ran down and “inadvertently” struck Jericho (thinking it was Christian) and Christian got the roll-up. After the match, Stratus turned on Jericho and revealed that she and Christian were a couple. This led to a handicap match at Backlash, which Jericho won.
Jericho won his seventh Intercontinental Championship at that year’s Unforgiven in a ladder match against Christian, the title previously being stripped from Edge due to an injury. Jericho’s seventh reign was short lived, as he lost it at Taboo Tuesday to Shelton Benjamin, who the fans voted to be his opponent.
Jericho then teamed up with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and Maven to take on Triple H, Batista, Edge, and Snitsky at Survivor Series, where the stipulation stated that the winning team would become the General Manager of Raw throughout the next four weeks. Jericho’s team were victorious, so they took turns as General Manager. During Jericho’s turn as General Manager, Triple H was stripped of his World Heavyweight Championship because a Triple Threat match for the title a week earlier had ended in a draw. At New Year’s Revolution, Jericho competed in the Elimination Chamber against Triple H, Chris Benoit, Batista, Randy Orton and Edge for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee. Jericho began the match with Benoit but was ultimately eliminated by Batista.
At WrestleMania 21, Jericho participated in the first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match. The match concept was suggested by Jericho, and he competed in the match against Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Kane, Christian, and Edge. Despite coming up with the idea for the match, he lost the match when Edge claimed the briefcase. At Backlash, Chris Jericho yet again challenged Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship, but failed in his attempt to win the belt. On June 12, 2005 Jericho wrestled in the first match of the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view event, against Lance Storm. Jericho used his ‘Lionheart’ gimmick, instead of his more well known ‘Y2J’ gimmick. Jericho lost after interference from Jason and Justin Credible; Jericho was hit in the head with a Singapore Cane, allowing Storm to pin him.
Later that June, Jericho became a heel for the third time in the WWE by turning on WWE Champion John Cena. Jericho lost a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Vengeance which also involved Christian to Cena. The feud continued throughout the Summer and Jericho lost to Cena in a championship match at SummerSlam. The next night on Raw, Jericho faced Cena in a rematch, this time in a “You’re fired” match, where the loser would be fired. Cena won again, and Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff kayfabe fired a pleading Jericho, who was carried out of the arena by security. WWE’s official website confirmed on July 28, 2005 that Chris Jericho signed a short-term contract extension to stay with the company after his long-term contract expired, which presumably ended after his loss to Cena on August 22. On August 25, Jericho announced his departure from WWE in a statement on (and later pulled from) his official website, saying that after 15 years of wrestling he was mentally burnt out and no longer challenged by wrestling at that point in time, noting that he has done everything he has ever wanted to do in the business. He said that the “You’re fired” match with John Cena was his last match “for now,” but said he was not done with wrestling or WWE, and that if he returned to wrestling, it would be with WWE. On his official website he added a press release saying he is touring with Fozzy, acting, hosting his XM Radio show, The Rock Of Jericho, appearing on VH1’s Best Week Ever, and being a guest commentator on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial.
His return had been promoted since September 24, 2007 with a viral marketing campaign using a series of 15-second cryptic binary code videos, similar to the matrix digital rain featured in The Matrix series. The videos contained hidden messages and biblical links related to Jericho, although speculation existed throughout WWE fans over who the campaign targeted. The text “Save Us” and “2nd Coming” were most prominent in the videos. The campaign spread throughout the internet with numerous websites, though no longer operational, that featured hidden messages and biblical links to further hint at Jericho’s return.
Jericho made his return to WWE television on the November 19, 2007 edition of Raw, where he interrupted Randy Orton during Orton’s orchestrated “passing of the torch” ceremony. Jericho revealed his intentions to reclaim the WWE Championship in order to “save” WWE fans from Orton, with a new haircut and the Y2J gimmick again. Jericho wrestled in his first match in over two years on the November 26 edition of Raw, debuting a new finishing maneuver called the Codebreaker, to defeat Santino Marella. At his first pay-per-view appearance, Armageddon, he was booked in a WWE title match against Randy Orton. Jericho, however, defeated Orton by disqualification when John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL) interfered in the match. As a result, Orton retained the title. He began a feud with JBL and met him at the Royal Rumble. Jericho was disqualified after hitting JBL with a steel chair. At No Way Out, Jericho competed in his fourth Elimination Chamber match alongside Triple H, Shawn Michaels, JBL, Umaga, and Jeff Hardy. He was the third man eliminated when Hardy pinned him following Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music. On the March 10 edition of Raw, Jericho captured the Intercontinental Championship for a record eighth time, this time defeating Jeff Hardy.
On the June 9 edition of Raw, Jericho turned heel once again by attacking Shawn Michaels during his talk show segment The Highlight Reel, and after that developed a “self-righteous businessman” gimmick, wearing a suit and tie. At Night of Champions, he lost the Intercontinental title to Kofi Kingston after a successful distraction by Shawn Michaels. He hosted the final version of The Highlight Reel on the July 28 edition of Raw. At Unforgiven, Jericho lost an Unsanctioned match to Michaels. But in the main event, Jericho entered in the Championship Scramble as a replacement for the defending champion CM Punk and subsequently won the World Heavyweight Championship. On the September 22 edition of Raw he successfully retained his title in a Steel Cage match against CM Punk. Later on, it was announced that Jericho would defend his World Championship against Shawn Michaels at No Mercy, thus continuing the feud between the two. He successfully defended his title against Michaels at No Mercy in a ladder match. At Cyber Sunday, Jericho dropped the title to Batista with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee. Eight days later, however, on a three hour special episode of Raw, he defeated Batista to win back the title in a steel cage match. This reign would last until the 2008 Survivor Series, where Jericho lost to the returning John Cena. On the December 8 edition of Raw, he won a Slammy Award for the Superstar of the Year. On the January 12, 2009 episode of Raw, Jericho was involved in a narrative in which WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon kayfabe fired him. The next week, he was rehired by McMahon after a forced apology to her and the fans. Jericho became an entrant on the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match when he defeated CM Punk for a spot. On No Way Out, he survived to the final three as he eliminated Mike Knox and helped eliminate the champion John Cena. He was pinned by Rey Mysterio when he reversed the Walls of Jericho.
Jericho had an onscreen feud with The Wrestler movie star Mickey Rourke and with four WWE Hall of Famers. He challenged and attacked Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat. Jericho won an elimination match at WrestleMania XXV against Snuka, Steamboat, and Piper. Jericho then fought Ric Flair and finished the fight with a Codebreaker. Jericho then challenged Mickey Rourke, who was at ringside for the event. Rourke kayfabe knocked Jericho out after a left hook to the jaw.
On the April 13 episode of Raw, Jericho was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 WWE Draft. Ricky Steamboat interrupted Jericho's Raw farewell address, which led to the two facing off at Backlash where Jericho came out victorious. In his SmackDown return, Jericho participated in a fatal-four-way elimination match against Kane, Jeff Hardy, and Rey Mysterio. Mysterio executed a 619 on Jericho and then attempted to pin him with a seated senton. Jericho retaliated by throwing a chair at Mysterio and was disqualified. This sparked a feud between the two. Mysterio pinned Jericho after a 619 at Judgment Day to retain the Intercontinental Championship. Jericho defeated Mysterio in a No Holds Barred Match at Extreme Rules to win his ninth Intercontinental Championship, breaking his own record again. At The Bash Jericho lost the Intercontinental title to Mysterio. Later in the pay-per-view, Jericho and his partner Edge won the Unified Tag Team Championship.
Shortly thereafter, Edge suffered an injury, and Jericho announced that he had a clause in his contract stating that should Edge become injured during their title reign, Jericho would be allowed to select a new partner. At Night of Champions, he revealed The Big Show as his partner and they defeated Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase to retain the championship. Their 140 day reign as unified tag team champions came to an end at the TLC pay-per-view at the hands of DX. After DX disqualified themselves on purpose in Jericho/Big Show's title rematch on Raw 24 hours later (as titles cannot change hands on a disqualification), the stipulation being if Jericho and Show couldn't win the title he no longer had legal reason to be on Raw, Jericho was forced out of the building by a team of (actually non-Raw) superstars in DX attire. A few weeks later, DX would soon face Jericho and the Big Show in a serious rematch on Raw with the same stipulations intact. DX won the match and would leave the arena as Jericho then slowly walked out to a chant of the audience singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". On the January 11 edition of Raw, Jericho had another match that if he had won he would have been able to appear on any show. His partner was Mike Tyson, who towards the end turned on Jericho reminiscent to how he turned on DX at WrestleMania XIV. Tyson knocked Jericho out and Shawn Michaels pinned him to win the match. At Royal Rumble Jericho entered the Royal Rumble match at number 28, but was eliminated by the returning Edge, his former tag team partner and tag title holder. At WWE Elimination Chamber, Jericho won the World Heavyweight Championship in an Elimination Chamber match, lastly eliminating the defending champion The Undertaker following interference from Shawn Michaels.
The next night on Raw, Edge announced that he would be facing Jericho at WrestleMania XXVI for the World Heavyweight Championship. Over the next several weeks leading up to Wrestlemania, Edge was on a "spear frenzy", as everytime Jericho would appear on Smackdown! or RAW, he would spear Chris, or attempted to as certain weeks Jericho would hit a Codebreaker or hit Edge with the world heavyweight championship belt. Jericho defeated Edge at WrestleMania by using the Codebreaker and won by pinfall, retaining the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match however, Edge had speared Jericho from the announce table through the barricade. During the April 2, 2010 episode of SmackDown!, Jack Swagger cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Jericho for the championship after he had been speared by Edge just moments before. Later in the show, Theodore Long confirmed a #1 contenders match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the next week involving Jericho and Edge. The match ended in a double count-out. Afterwards, an enraged Edge speared Jericho again. The following week, both Jericho and Edge were placed in a triple threat match with Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship, with Swagger retaining. Post-match, Jericho attacked a prone Edge targeting his weakened achilles tendon again. It was later announced that Jericho would face Edge in a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules. At the event Jericho lost the match. The following night Jericho was drafted to RAW in the 2010 WWE Draft. He began talking with The Miz on how to get back at The Big Show, both having teamed with him (stating that they carried him) and both getting knocked out by him the week of the draft. Knowing that they couldn't touch him as he was on Smackdown now, they decide to go after the Unified Tag Team Championship and its current holders, The Hart Dynasty. Jericho secured their title shot at Over the Limit by defeating David Hart Smith.
Jericho may never be the biggest guy in the industry but he is very entertaining and his work in the ring is simply flawless each and every night. People have been behind Jericho since 1999 and that has made Jericho a future hall of famer, I don’t know about you but I have to consider Jericho one of the greatest wrestlers of all time bar none.
The Undertaker has been in the WWE for many years now and he has been causing hell for the rest of the wrestlers inside the ring. The Undertaker is a gifted performer for his size because he can do it all in the ring and can have a great match with any man on any given night just like HBK could. The Undertaker is a legend in pro wrestling and is popular all around the world.
The debut in the WWE, like The Undertaker, happens in the PPV Survivor Series of 1990, accompanied from manager the Brother Love: Mark was the mysterious member of the Million Dollar Team, and the public remained endured made an impression from its tonnage and also from its way to move extremely slow. In the encounter it eliminated with facility Koko B.Ware and Dusty Rhodes, before being eliminated same he for cont-out, but at this point was not spoken that about this new and terrifying one wrestler that with its gimmick it would have changed in order always the world of the wrestling. In the Royal Rumble of 1991 it comes eliminated from Hawk and Animal, but just in these first months of the 91 it happens before carried out of its career: Brother Love yields the contract of the Undertaker to a new one manager, Paul Bearer, sure more adapted to the personage of the Undertaker of how much was not Brother Love. This diabolic pair destroys in little months many adversaries: Tugboat, Big Boss Man, Jimmy Snuka (to Wrestlemania WAYS) and Jim Duggan. Although Undertaker is heel worst a public seems but fascinated from its personage, much from often of the income in the arena. Bearer while begins to carry with if a urn, which is the source of energy of pecks. In the following months Undertaker it begins a feud with Completed Warrior, and the two will be protagonists of one historical television segment in which Undertaker coffin seals Warrior to the inside of one. It comes announced a match between the two to Summerslam 91, but little weeks before the event the WWE changes idea and binds Completed Warrior in a feud against Sgt. Slaughter in brace with Hogan. Warrior and Undertaker dispute encounter single in house show (the only one match between the two are present in compilation of the Coliseum a Video), but it is nearly always Warrior to gain the “Bodybag Match” (where the defeated one only came closed in a black bag) that they come disputed, even if in the greater part of the cases for disqualification. After this feud with Completed Warrior begins for Undertaker a short one feud with Sid (that it will defeat in the edition of King of the Ring of the 91), then passes to lay a trap the title it of champion of the world stopped from the champion Hulk Hogan then. The two will be faced in the so-called “Gravest Challenge” of Survivor Series 91, and to dull it is glamorously just Undertaker with the aid of Ric Flair. After a week but it comes granted a rematch to Hulk Hogan in the PPV This Tuesday in Texas, and this time is Hogan that later on adjudicates match to one the night. The president of the WWE Jack Tunney assists to the episode and decides to render the belt vacant, replacing it in racing silk in the Royal Rumble 92. To Undertaker and Hogan it comes granted the opportunity to obtain a number of advanced income to the 20, but this is not sufficient in order to prevent to Ric Flair to adjudicate the title it of the world after one extraordinary performance.
In its first year to the WWE Undertaker however it had given the impression to be the champion of the future, also because it is Hogan that Piper from them little would have left the federation, and it is also for this reason that the determined WWF to change the image of Undertaker, making to become face. During an episode of Saturday Night Main Event Undertaker Elizabeth saves and Macho Man from a aggression to work of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, then turns completely to face in one aimed of Wrestling Superstars in which it meets with Jake Roberts (than for all answer it coffin closes the hand in one after to have attacked Paul Bearer). The two are faced then to Wrestlemania VIII, and Undertaker is gotten rid of Jake Roberts after to be exited incolume from one double DDT.
After this passage to feud Undertaker it begins some feud little interesting with of the wrestlers not to its height. It is gotten rid of The Berzeker after that these had tried “to kill it” with a sword, then it begins a feud with Kamala with which it will fight to Summerslam 92 (to only remember its fantastic entrance to edge of a funeral machine) and to Survivor Series 92 in a Coffin Match (encounter in which the defeated one it came closed and sealed in one coffin). After Survivor Series it begins the short one feud with the Nailz prisoner, then during the Royal Rumble 93 comes attacked and eliminated from the Giant Gonza’les, a wrestler gigantic guided from that Harvey Wippleman that wanted to be revenged for the end that Undertaker had made to make its assisted Kamala. Undertaker and Giant Gonza’les face to Wrestlemania IX (large the entrance of the Undertaker on an accompanied funeral wagon from a volture) in an ugly encounter, and to dull it for disqualification it is just the Undertaker. King of the Ring 93 Giant Gonza’les, with the aid of Mr. Hughes, the urn of ashes puts KO Paul Bearer rubandogli also, what that it will prevent to the Undertaker to participate to the first television edition of King of the Ring. The feud between the two however it did not finish here, and in fact Undertaker and Giant Gonza’les face to Summerslam 93 in a Rest in Peace Match (a normal school Not Holds Barred Match) in which Undertaker it succeeds to defeat Giant definitively Gonza’les thanks also to the re-entering aid of Paul Bearer.
In the PPV Survivor Series 93 it fights in the USA Team composed from the Steiners Brothers and Lex Luger, beginning to give life to the feud against Yokozuna that Undertaker will face in a Casket Match with in racing silk the title it of the world in the PPV Royal Rumble 94. In this moving Undertaker encounter comes defeated from Yokozuna with the aid of others 10 wrestlers, ending closed to the inside of its same coffin. >From this Undertaker moment it will remain outside from the scene various months in order to recover from some accidents and in order to pass of the time with the family. In the summer of the 1994 Ted DiBiase annucia the return of Undertaker in the WWE, but the wrestler that DiBiase accompanies in the ring is not the true Undertaker but a its counterpart, wrestler the Brian Lee. Some weeks after this announcement Paul Bearer, with one new urn, declares to have found again the true Undertaker and that this last one would have defied the Undertaker di DiBiase during SummerSlam. The match of Summerslam between the Undertaker he was mediocre, and the public did not seem a lot been involved from the particular one contest. To adjudicate the match it was the true Undertaker after a double one tombstone that the Undertaker DiBiase put KO. After this Undertaker encounter one rivincita is taken on Yokozuna defeating it in a Casket Match to Survivor Series 94, thanks to the aid of Chuck Norris in the garments of Special Enforcer.
Undertaker begins therefore a feud against the Corporation Ted DiBiase, and defeats in succession IRS in the Royal Rumble 95, King Kong Bundy to Wrestlemania XI in order then to meet to King of the Ring 95 against Mabel, exiting defeated from the comparison for the interference of an other member of the Corporation, Kama. Undertaker defeats Kama in a Casket Match disputed to Summerslam 95, but little after she remains victim of a brutal attack from part of Mabel and Yokozuna during an episode of Monday Night Raw: the two colossus in fact importuning seriously Undertaker to the face, forcing it to disappear from the circulation for various time. Undertaker will succeed to only return during Survivor Series 95, where it will fight with one mask in order to cover the ace disfigured from the previous accident. In In Your House 5 Undertaker it succeeds to be revenged of Mabel defeating it in a Casket Match, and above all it succeeds in overcoming of the urn of the ashes that in the previous months it had been stolen and transformed in one chain from the Corporation.
After this mediocre one feud with the Corporation, the career of the Undertaker has carrying out in the PPV Royal Rumble 96 when it comes name number one contender. It faces the champion of the world Bret Hart in match terrifying (in sense a negative) where he comes unmasked for before the time after various months: Undertaker only obtains a Victoria but for DQ due to the participation of Diesel engine, and this will give the way to an interesting feud between the two. To In Your House 6 Undertaker it interferes in the Cage Match between Bret Hart and Diesel sbucando gives under the ring and attacking this last one. The mind games from part of Undertaker to the damages of Diesel engine they continue in the following weeks, and this will carry to the attended encounter between the two to Wrestlemania XII. To having the better one is Undertaker after a good ones match, but for Undertaker this challenge is nothing in comparison to that it attends it in the successive weeks.
Kane, a feud in which initially Undertaker one refused to fight against its brother, but the facts of the Royal Rumble 98 made to change idea it: to the end of the Casket Match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels Kane took part newly that with a Chokeslam put KO its brother, the sluices in the coffin and it gave fire to it.
Undertaker after some weeks of absence returned in the WWE, this decided time to defy Kane in a match that it would have been disputed to Wrestlemania 14. 3 tombstone to the Undertaker were necessary (author of a splendid entrance in order to put KO Kane, but to the fine ones in spite of the Kane defeat Undertaker was raised and attacked once again. The two were faced newly to Unforgiven in a Match Hell, a match fought on a ring encircled from the flames in which in order winning it was necessary to give fire to the adversary, and to dull it it was once again Undertaker with the aid of Vader.
After a pause in the PPV Over The Edge 98 (in which Undertaker it will be limited to the role of Special Enforcer in the match between Austin and Dude Love), Undertaker demands one title shot to the title it of the world stopped from Steve Austin. For all answer McMahon ago Wins to dispute to Raw a match between Kane and Undertaker with in racing silk a title shot in the PPV King of the Ring, and to exit winning this time it is Kane with the aid of Mankind. The feud between Undertaker and Mankind it comes therefore withdrawn outside, but this time will come caught up summits of violence never touched previously. To King of the Ring 98 the two are faced in a Hell in to Cell: Undertaker fights with one broken off ankle, but this enough not to arrest its silks of vendetta. Mankind comes over for two times from the roof of the cage, then ends on migliaia of heads some from design before soccombere to the tombstone of entered Undertaker in a match in the history of the wrestling.
Finally Undertaker becomes number one contender in a match against Austin that will come disputed to Summerslam, but before Gains McMahon orders to Undertaker to fight to Fully Loaded a match in brace with Austin against the champions of brace Mankind and Kane. Undertaker conquest for before turns the belts of champion of the world, but its reign in brace with Austin will last very little. The two will fight therefore the most waited for one match to Summerslam 98, a good ones match to remember in annals in order to have seen the Undertaker to lose in clean way for before the time in career.
Undertaker in the meantime with its Kane brother, and the two participate in the PPV Triple Breakdown to a Threat Match against Steve Austin: both schienano at the same time Austin, and the title it comes rendered vacant. In the successive PPV, Judgment Day, Undertaker and Kane are faced in match with the racing silk a title vacant it, but special referee the Steve Austin puts KO both siblings, and the belt comes newly rendered vacant.
McMahon then wins determined to put in racing silk the belt in a Toronto. It is Kane that Undertaker participates to the a new world-wide champion, than dispute in the course of Survivor Series 1998. The two “siblings” meet themselves in the quarters of end, after to have received a bye to the first turn, in how much both came consider you first challengers it to the title, and Undertaker succeeds to strike Kane thanks to the decisive aid of Paul Bearer. In the semi ends, but, the way of Undertaker towards the firm title it: the wrestler it comes defeated from The Rock for disqualification, because of an interference of Kane, that it had just the objective to make to eliminate from the Undertaker.
Undertaker then begins a feud with Steve Austin, Between the two a Buried Alive match to IYH Rock Bottom is carried out, and Undertaker loses it for a decisive participation of its Kane brother. After which Undertaker to compare from the WWE for some weeks, in order to resume itself from some accidents and for giving time to the bookers of the federation to rethink its personage, by now worn away from the time. To the beginning of the 1999 Undertaker it returns to the WWE, to head of the stable of the “Ministry of Darkness”, rising of satanic schism, of which they make part Paul Bearer, Dennis “Mideon” Knight, “The Acolytes” Faarooq and Bradshaw. In little time they enter in stable also the Mabel (renamed Viscera after to have been kidnapped in the course of the Royal Rumble the 99) and members of the Brood, Gangrel, Edge and Christian. Undertaker tries to make to enter in stable also the Big Bossman, but it does not succeed to you: between the two a Hell in to Cell Match in the course of WrestleMania XV is carried out. The match it is truly ugly, but Undertaker succeeds to prevail and to carry to house the Victoria, hanging quite Bossman in the end thanks to the aid of the Brood.
Spring 1999 sees the Ministry of Darkness (deprives hour of the Brood that was removes to you in order to protest against the ill-treatments that Undertaker reserves to Christian) in one phase a lot important: Undertaker strikes Ken Shamrock, and to fine PPV raise Stephanie McMahon. The day after to Raw is War Undertaker celebrates a black wedding with Stephanie McMahon, but just in the crucial moment Austin takes part to save Stephanie. Undertaker is said guided from the Greater Power, mysterious personage of which the identity is ignored. Subsequently the Ministry of Darkness comes fused with Vince McMahon’ s Corporation and takes the name of Corporate Ministry. Undertaker succeeds to conquer the WWE title thanks to the aid of Shane McMahon, against Steve Austin to Over the Edge ‘ 99, in a surrealistic atmosphere due to the dead women of Owen only happened Hart three quarters of hour before.
To the shoulders of Undertaker there are Shane and Vince McMahon, the mind of the stable that it is revealed to be the mysterious “Greater Power”, that is behind the strategies of the stable. Undertaker succeeds to maintain to its title it to King of the Ring striking The Rock, but it loses it the successive night Raw just against Steve Austin. To Fully Loaded 1999 the “End is carried out of an was “match, than it is proposed to close the feud between Steve Austin and Vince McMahon that is lasted two years: Austin and Undertaker are met in a first blood match won from Austin, and thanks to the special stipulations of match Vince McMahon must leave the federation. Little after, Shane McMahon melts the Corporate Ministry.
Subsequently Undertaker forms an alliance with The Big Show and begins a feud against Kane and X-Pac, in which Taker and Big Show gain the titles them of brace to Summer Slam 1999. They must but abandon the titles soon them to advantage of the Rock’ n Sock Connection, Shortly before Unforgiven 1999 The Undertaker abandons the WWE when McMahon Wins communicates to it that, if had not taken part to a Casket Match against Triple H, it would have been suspended from the WWE to indeterminate time.
In Undertaker truth long solid career has need of a period of rest in order to cure the too many physical ailments of one by now to fight on the ring of the WWE: victim of a muscular tear to the inguine, of a problem to the hip that ahead went from much time (guilt of a Chokeslam of Big Show that it made it to smash in the ring) and of several accidents it accumulates to you in the course of the time was obvious as Undertaker made much hard work to fight.
The return to the wrestling active happens many months after, in May 2000, the course of Judgment Day. Undertaker abandons the gimmick of “pecks”, adopting of one new from “biker”, accompanied to the ring from one theme song of Kid Rock, “American Badass”. In that Undertaker occasion it takes part in aid of The Rock in the course of the Iron Man Match that saw it opposite to H. However its participation Triple H costs the disqualification of The Rock in the point of the match and also the title absolute it for the wrestler of Florida. To King of the Ring 2000 Undertaker fight with Kane and The Rock against Wins, Shane McMahon and HHH in a match with in racing silk the title it of the world. Its team gains the match, but the belt would have gone to the author of the pin, for which new champion of the world it comes announced The Rock. To Fully Loaded it strikes Kurt Angle in the first one single match of a sure relief from its return, while to Summer Slam 2000 it faces of new its Kane brother (than it had attacked two weeks before to Raw): Undertaker tears via to the mask of Kane (of which but it is not succeeded to see the approval) and the match it finishes with Not a Contest. In a Fatal Four Way to Unforgiven against Kane, The Rock and Chris Benoit it does not succeed to win, and same fate touches to it to Survivor Series (PPV that has marked its ten years of career in the WWE) when, facing Kurt Angle for the title it of the world, it comes defeated with one stratagem of Angle (in the topical moment of match the Angle is made to replace on ring from its brother Eric in order then to a Taker distracted with a simple one rollup). To Armageddon a Hell in to Cell in which Undertaker is carried out it faces, always with the title it WWE in racing silk, Austin, Rock, Angle, Rikishi and HHH, but also this other onslaught to the title it is unfruitful. Undertaker succeeds but to leave a sign in the encounter when with one Chokeslam ago to fall Rikishi from the roof of the cage.
Undertaker gathers to its Kane brother during the Royal Rumble 2001 (but it will come eliminated from Rikishi), and thanks to this new pact it goes close to the conquest of tag the teams titles, lost for a breath Not Way Out in table match against the Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian.
Endured after, Undertaker begins a feud against Triple H, than in the course of an interview it had asserted to have battered all the WWE had been able offload. Undertaker never replied asserting not to have been struck from Triple H, and therefore it was arrived to the match of Wrestlemania X-7. Was one of the match, match of the year, and Undertaker succeeded to obtain clamorous a Victoria that it carried its roster of March of Wrestlemania to 9 victories and 0 defeats.
Undertaker’s next storyline began at the Royal Rumble in 2002 when Maven eliminated him by dropkicking him from behind. Subsequently, The Undertaker eliminated Maven in return and brutally assaulted him backstage. On an episode of SmackDown!, The Rock mentioned The Undertaker’s elimination at the Royal Rumble, angering The Undertaker. The Undertaker responded by costing The Rock the number one contendership for the WWF Undisputed Championship. The storyline continued when The Rock cost The Undertaker his match with Maven for the Hardcore Championship. The two faced off at No Way Out, where The Undertaker lost due to interference from Ric Flair. This interference began a storyline with Flair, who declined a challenge to wrestle Undertaker at WrestleMania X8, and, as a result, Undertaker assaulted his son David Flair. Flair eventually accepted the match after The Undertaker threatened to inflict the same punishment on Flair’s daughter. A no disqualification stipulation was added to the match, and The Undertaker defeated Flair.
After the storyline with Flair, Undertaker defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin at Backlash to win the number one contendership for the WWF Undisputed Championship. Later that night, his storyline called for him to help Hulk Hogan win his title match against the Undisputed Champion Triple H.The Undertaker was then booked to defeat Hogan for his fourth world championship at Judgment Day.Undertaker, however, dropped the title at Vengeance to The Rock in a Triple Threat match that also involved Kurt Angle.The Undertaker was then switched from Raw to SmackDown!, alongside former Raw talent Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero. Undertaker was booked to challenge Lesnar in a title match at Unforgiven that inevitably ended in a double-DQ.Their feud carried over to No Mercy in a Hell in a Cell match. Undertaker performed in the match with a legitimate broken hand and eventually lost to the champion.
Undertaker took a leave from wrestling after the Big Show threw him off the stage in Memphis, sparking a feud.The Undertaker returned at the Royal Rumble in 2003.He immediately continued his feud with Big Show and defeated him via submission at No Way Out with a triangle choke. A-Train entered the storyline by attempting to attack Undertaker after the match, but Nathan Jones came to his aid.The storyline resumed as Undertaker began to train Jones to wrestle, and the two were scheduled to fight Big Show and A-Train in a tag team match at WrestleMania XIX.Jones, however, was removed prior to the match, making it a handicap match, which Undertaker won with the help of Jones.
Over the remainder of the year, he was booked to have two WWE Championship opportunities. The first, on the September 4 SmackDown!, against Kurt Angle, ended in a no contest, due to interference from Brock Lesnar.The second, at No Mercy, was a Biker Chain match between Undertaker and Lesnar, which Lesnar won with the help of Vince McMahon.This match resulted in a storyline feud with McMahon, culminating at Survivor Series where Undertaker lost a Buried Alive match against McMahon when Kane interfered.The Undertaker disappeared for some time following the match, with Kane claiming that he was “dead and buried forever.”
In the storyline leading up to WrestleMania XX, Kane was haunted by vignettes proclaiming an Undertaker return. The first was during the Royal Rumble when Undertaker’s bells tolled, distracting Kane and allowing Booker T to eliminate him.At WrestleMania XX, the Undertaker, accompanied by Paul Bearer and in his “Deadman” persona, returned and defeated Kane.Three months later, Bearer was kidnapped by the Dudley Boyz at the direction of Paul Heyman, who then took “control” of Undertaker.At The Great American Bash Undertaker fought a handicap match against the Dudleys, with the stipulation that if he lost, Heyman would bury Bearer in cement. The Undertaker won but buried Bearer anyway, explaining that Bearer was merely a liability now and that he had no use for him anymore.Fans were later told that Bearer was “seriously injured,” but in reality, he was simply removed from WWE programming due to health reasons.
On the November 3 edition of SmackDown!, Undertaker reunited with Kane to form the Brothers of Destruction for the first time in five years, defeating the reluctant opposition team of Mr. Kennedy and Montel Vontavious Porter, with whom Kane was feuding with at the time. As part of the storyline, Kennedy defeated Undertaker in a First Blood match at Survivor Series after interference from MVP, but finally defeated Kennedy in a Last Ride match at Armageddon. The two continued to feud into 2007 as Kennedy cost Undertaker two World Heavyweight Championship opportunities for a championship match at the Royal Rumble.
At No Way Out 2008, Undertaker defeated Batista, Finlay, The Great Khali, Montel Vontavious Porter, and Big Daddy V in a SmackDown/ECW Elimination Chamber, to become the number one contender for Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXIV. He defeated Edge at WrestleMania with his gogoplata submission hold, to win his second World Heavyweight title and elevate his undefeated streak at WrestleMania to 16–0.In a WrestleMania rematch, The Undertaker defeated Edge once again at Backlash to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.The Undertaker again battled Edge for the title at Judgment Day, which he won. However, Vickie Guerrero announced that the Untertaker’s gogoplata was an illegal hold and stripped him of the title. Edge and The Undertaker faced each other again for the now-vacant championship at One Night Stand in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, which Undertaker lost. As a result of the storyline stipulation, Undertaker was banished from WWE.
On the July 25, 2008 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero announced that Edge would face the Undertaker at SummerSlam in a Hell in a Cell match, which The Undertaker won. After the match The Undertaker chokeslammed Edge from the top of a ladder and through the ring canvas. Following this match, Guerrero tried to make a peace offering with the Undertaker on SmackDown by apologizing, but the Undertaker told her that he is not the forgiving kind. At Unforgiven, as the Undertaker approached the ring to “take Guerrero’s soul” and take her in a casket, the Big Show, who appeared at first to aid the Undertaker, betrayed and assaulted him. As a result of this altercation, the Undertaker and Big Show faced each other in a match at No Mercy, where the Big Show knocked the Undertaker out with a punch to the back of Undertaker’s head. At Cyber Sunday the Undertaker defeated the Big Show in a Last Man Standing match after applying Hell’s Gate. The Undertaker then went on to defeat the Big Show at Survivor Series in a casket match.
At No Way Out The Undertaker was part of the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match, which was won by Triple H. He then became embroiled in a long time feud with Shawn Michaels over his WrestleMania undefeated streak and the fact that The Undertaker had never defeated Michaels in a singles match previously. The feud culminated in a match at WrestleMania XXV which The Undertaker won to extend his WrestleMania streak to a perfect record of 17–0. After WrestleMania, he took a hiatus.
After a four month absence, The Undertaker returned at SummerSlam in August by attacking CM Punk, who had just won the World Heavyweight Championship from Jeff Hardy in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. At Breaking Point, The Undertaker faced Punk in a submission match. The Undertaker had originally won the match with his Hell's Gate submission hold, but the match was restarted by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, who ruled that the ban placed on the move by Vickie Guerrero was still in effect. Punk went on to win the match with his Anaconda Vise when referee Scott Armstrong called for the bell, despite Undertaker never submitting (reminiscent of the Montreal Screwjob, which took place in the same venue in 1997). On the September 25 episode of SmackDown, Theodore Long announced that the ban had now been officially lifted, after being released from a casket that The Undertaker had apparently placed him in. The feud between the two continued and at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, The Undertaker won the World Heavyweight Championship from Punk in a Hell in a Cell match. The Undertaker went on to successfully defend the title against CM Punk in a rematch on SmackDown, in a fatal four way match at Bragging Rights, and in a triple threat match at Survivor Series. He faced Batista at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs for the championship, and won when the match was restarted by Long, after Batista had originally won after utilizing a low blow. He later retained the championship against Rey Mysterio at the Royal Rumble in January 2010.
At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, a pyrotechnics malfunction momentarily engulfed The Undertaker in flames during his ring entrance. He was able to continue with his scheduled match, with a burn on his chest that "looked like a bad sunburn" according to a WWE spokesman. He lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Chris Jericho after interference from Shawn Michaels.The following night, on Raw, Michaels claimed that he cost The Undertaker his championship because he wanted to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI, but The Undertaker had previously turned down his offer of a match. The Undertaker agreed to the match on the condition that Michaels' career was on the line. The match was later made into a no disqualification, no countout match as well. At WrestleMania, The Undertaker defeated Michaels in a "Streak vs. Career" match at WrestleMania XXVI, to extend his WrestleMania winning streak to 18–0 and force Michaels to retire. After the match, the Undertaker shook Michaels' hand as a sign of respect.
So people will continue to like men like Orton, HHH, and Cena for their great promos and their charisma but the older rugid fans will continue to support the deadman because he is one of the last in a dying breed of wrestlers. Folks have loved the deadman for a long time and even though retirement is calling, the Undertaker is still in demand and can still entertain the fans each and every night.
RVD is known as a high flyer who is ever exciting each and every time he enters the squared circle. Van Dam is very gifted with agility and the wrestling smarts and he used all of his gifts to become one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. People know his as the whole f'n show and they also know him as a damn entertaining performer.
Rob Van Dam returned to the national stage in 1996 when he joined ECW. He quickly found himself in a feud with Sabu, the nephew of his trainer the Sheik. The men had several classic matches over respect. Once they gained each other’s respect, they formed an unstoppable tag team combination. In 1997, RVD started to show up on Monday Night RAW as part of the Jerry Lawler vs. ECW angle. He then started to call himself Mr. Monday Night and later was known as Mr. PPV due to his undefeated PPV record. In 1998, Rob Van Dam won the ECW TV title and held the belt for 23 months before being stripped of the title due to an injury. When he came back from the leg injury, he got into a classic feud with Jerry Lynn. In 2000, he debuted the Van Terminator, a new wrestling move that saw him fly from one corner of the ring to another, in a match against Scotty Anton. When ECW closed in 2001, Rob Van Dam showed up in the WWE as part of the invasion angle. While the angle is generally considered one of the biggest flops in WWE history, the one good thing that came out of it was the fans reactions to RVD. His matches against Jeff Hardy stole the show. Despite being a heel, Van Dam was popular with the WWF fans, who were aware of his reputation in ECW. Rob Van Dam became a top contender for the Intercontinental title and has won it on several occasions from men like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Jericho. As champion, he unified the belt with both the European and Hardcore titles. He has won tag team gold with Booker T, Kane, and Rey Mysterio.
While recuperating, Van Dam made an appearance at the ECW reunion pay-per-view ECW One Night Stand. Accompanied by his former manager Bill Alfonso and sporting a knee brace, Van Dam delivered a worked shoot promo, standing up for ECW and criticizing the way he had been booked in WWE, until he was attacked by Rhyno. He was saved by Sabu, who defeated Rhyno in an impromptu match. Despite his injury, Van Dam got physically involved in the match, hitting Rhyno with a chairshot and giving him a Chair Surf.[ Van Dam, while still healing, was drafted back to the Raw brand in the 2005 Draft Lottery. He was introduced to Raw by Carlito, who insulted Van Dam before attacking him and assaulting his knee. Van Dam made his return to the ring over six months later at the Royal Rumble. He gained revenge on Carlito by eliminating him, but was in turn inadvertently eliminated by Rey Mysterio. On the February 6 episode of Raw, Van Dam defeated Carlito in the first round of the 2006 Road to WrestleMania Tournament.
Later, Van Dam defeated Trevor Murdoch to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match. Van Dam went on to win the match, thus earning himself a guaranteed shot at either the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship at any time within the subsequent year. Following the ladder match, Shelton Benjamin challenged Van Dam to put his Money in the Bank opportunity on the line in a match. Van Dam countered by requesting a match for Benjamin's Intercontinental Championship. One week later, both Van Dam and Benjamin picked mystery opponents for one another, with the loser placing their respective prize on the line in a bout at Backlash on April 30. Benjamin lost to the returning Charlie Haas, while Van Dam was defeated by all five members of the Spirit Squad. As a result, both the Intercontinental Championship and the Money in the Bank title shot were contested at Backlash. Van Dam went on to win both prizes, before dropping the Intercontinental title back to Benjamin on the May 15 edition of Raw.
On May 29, Van Dam was selected by Paul Heyman to be drafted from Raw to WWE's new ECW brand. At One Night Stand, Van Dam defeated Cena to win the WWE Championship, his first ever World Title. After two referees were knocked out, Edge appeared from the crowd to attack Cena, spearing him through a table. Van Dam then hit a Five Star Frog Splash and the pinfall was counted by Paul Heyman, who suddenly ran down the aisle. On the following episode of Raw, Vince McMahon confirmed that the title change was official, due to the match being held under "extreme rules". For the past few weeks, Heyman had hinted that the WWE Championship would be "rechristened" the ECW World Heavyweight Championship when Van Dam won. On the debut of ECW on Sci Fi, Van Dam was awarded the reinstated ECW World Heavyweight Championship by Heyman. Van Dam, however, decided to defend the WWE Championship separately and simultaneously, joking that "this one spins". Thus, Van Dam became the first wrestler in history to hold both the WWE Championship and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, and the only one to hold them at the same time. Van Dam retained the WWE title when he faced Edge at Vengeance. On the July 3 episode of Raw, Van Dam lost the WWE Championship to Edge in a triple threat match that also featured John Cena. The next night, on the July 4 episode of ECW, he lost the ECW World Heavyweight Championship to The Big Show after Heyman turned on him. Later on WWE.com, Heyman suspended Van Dam for 30 days without giving a reason; (in reality, WWE suspended Van Dam for 30 days as a result of his recent drug possession arrest).
He returned to television on August 8, attacking both Sabu and Kurt Angle during a match. His return to the ring came a week later, in a losing effort to Sabu in a ladder match for number one contendership to the ECW World Championship. Van Dam slowly worked his way back into the championship picture. In October, Van Dam defeated The Big Show in a non-title match to regain the number one contendership. Having the option to pick a date, Van Dam announced the title match would occur at December to Dismember. Heyman, however, had the option of picking the match type and announced that the main event would be a six-man Extreme Elimination Chamber match. At the event, Van Dam was the third participant eliminated. Later in December, Van Dam once again earned the number one contendership to the ECW World Championship, but this time by a fan poll. Van Dam got three matches against ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley, coming up short each time. Rob Van Dam later joined the ECW Originals along with Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, and The Sandman. The ECW Originals began a feud with the New Breed (Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorn, Marcus Cor Von, and Matt Striker). The two teams faced off at WrestleMania 23 in a match which the ECW Originals won. After Vince McMahon won the ECW World Championship at Backlash, RVD and the other ECW Originals made statements on WWE.com about McMahon killing ECW. The ECW Originals all competed in a four way dance to decide who would take on McMahon the next week on ECW in a title match, which Van Dam won after a five-star frog splash on Sandman. Van Dam, however, had to face McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Umaga in a 3 on 1 handicap match, which Van Dam was unable to win.
Van Dam received a concussion during a match with Randy Orton. Orton further attacked Van Dam after the match due to the comments Van Dam made on WWE.com about the lack of respect Orton displayed towards Shawn Michaels, who also suffered a concussion at the hands of Orton. Van Dam once again faced Orton at One Night Stand, this time in a Stretcher match. Although it looked as if Orton was going to win again, Van Dam gave him a roundhouse kick to the head and was able to push the stretcher across the line for the win. Despite winning the match, Orton continued to attack Van Dam, ending with an elevated DDT off the barricade and onto the concrete floor. After the match, he left WWE due to a family issue as his wife had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Rob Van Dam joined TNA Wrestling in 2010. At Lockdown Team Hogan (Van Dam, Abyss, Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy) defeated Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, Robert Roode and James Storm). The night after Lockdown on the April 19, 2010 edition of Impact! He first defeated Jeff Hardy in a number one contender's match and then, in the main event of the evening, A.J. Styles to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. After succeeding in his first televised title defense against Desmond Wolfe, Styles attacked Van Dam, announcing the invocation of the rematch clause for Sacrifice. At Sacrifice Van Dam defeated Styles in a rematch.
RVD continues to be a very entertaing performer in TNA and he currently has been the world champion for a month now. People have loved RVD since his ECW days and they still continue to support the man each and every night but maybe he can now be called the best wrestler of this generation.
Kurt Angle won a gold medel in 1996 in the Olympic games at freestyle amatur wrestling. When Kurt went pro in 1999, people didnt think this guy could achieve great things, well he proved them wrong by becoming one of the greatest pure wrestlers in the history of the industry.
11/14 Survivor Series - beat Shawn Stasiak
12/12 Armageddon - beat Steve Blackman
1/23 Royal Rumble - lost to Tazz
2/10 RAW - won the European Title from Val Venis
2/27 No Way Out - beat Chris Jericho to win the Intercontinental Championship
4/2 WrestleMania 2000 - European Title: Chris Jericho beat champ Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit to win the title
4/2 WrestleMania 2000 - I-C Title: Chris Benoit beat champ Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho to win the title
4/30 Backlash - lost to the Big Show
5/21 Judgment Day - Too Cool & Rikishi beat Edge, Christian & Kurt Angle
6/25 King of the Ring - beat Chris Jericho in the quarterfinals
6/25 King of the Ring - beat Crash Holly in the semi-finals
6/25 King of the Ring - beat Rikishi to become the King of the Ring
7/23 Fully Loaded - lost to the Undertaker
8/27 SummerSlam - WWE Champion The Rock beat Triple H & Kurt Angle
9/24 Unforgiven - lost to Triple H
10/22 No Mercy - beat The Rock to win the WWE Championship
11/19 Survivor Series - beat The Undertaker
12/10 Armageddon - Hell in a Cell: Kurt Angle beat The Rock, Steve Austin, Triple H, Rikishi, & The Undertaker
1/21 Royal Rumble - beat Triple H
2/25 No Way Out - lost the WWE Championship to The Rock
4/1 WrestleMania X-7 - beat Chris Benoit
4/29 Backlash - 30 minute ultimate submission match: Chris Benoit beat Kurt Angle 4-3
5/20 Judgment Day - Best of 3 falls: lost to Chris Benoit
6/24 King of the Ring - beat Christian in the semi-finals
6/24 King of the Ring - lost to Edge in the finals
6/24 King of the Ring - beat Shane McMahon in a Street Fight
7/22 Invasion - Booker T, The Dudley Boyz, Dallas Page & Rhyno beat Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Kane & Chris Jericho
7/24 SmackDown - won the WCW World Championship from Booker T
7/30 RAW - lost the WCW World Championship to Booker T
8/19 SummerSlam - beat WWE Champion Steve Austin by DQ
9/23 Unforgiven - beat Steve Austin to win the WWE Championship
10/8 RAW - lost the WWE Championship to Steve Austin
10/21 No Mercy - WWE Champion Steve Austin beat Kurt Angle & Rob Van Dam
10/22 RAW - won the U.S. Championship from Rhyno
11/12 RAW - lost the U.S. Title to Edge
11/18 Survivor Series - Elimination Match for End of WCW or WWF: The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Big Show & Kane beat Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon, Booker T & Rob Van Dam
12/9 Vengeance - lost to WWE Champion Steve Austin
1/20 Royal Rumble - Triple H won the Royal Rumble last eliminating Kurt Angle
2/17 No Way Out - beat Triple H
3/17 WrestleMania X8 - beat Kane
4/21 Backlash - beat Edge
5/19 Judgment Day - Hair vs Hair: Edge beat Kurt Angle
6/23 King of the Ring - beat Hulk Hogan
7/21 Vengeance - WWE Title: The Rock beat Champion The Undertaker & Kurt Angle to win the title
8/25 SummerSlam - beat Rey Mysterio Jr.
9/22 Unforgiven - lost to Chris Benoit
10/20 No Mercy - WWE Tag Team Title Tournament Finals: Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit beat Edge & Rey Mysterio Jr. to become the first champions
11/17 Survivor Series - Eddie & Chavo Guerrero beat WWE Tag Team Champions Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit, and Edge & Rey Mysterio to win the titles
12/15 Armageddon - beat The Big Show to win the WWE Championship
1/19 Royal Rumble - beat Chris Benoit
2/23 No Way Out - Handicap Match: Brock Lesnar & Chris Benoit beat Kurt Angle & The World's Greatest Tag Team
3/30 WrestleMania XIX - lost the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar
7/27 Vengeance - beat WWE Champion Brock Lesnar & The Big Show to win the title
8/24 SummerSlam - beat Brock Lesnar
9/18 SmackDown - lost the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar in a 60-minute Iron Man Match
10/19 No Mercy - beat John Cena
11/16 Survivor Series - Kurt Angle, John Cena, Chris Benoit, Bradshaw & Bob Holly beat Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Albert, Nathan Jones, & Matt Morgan
2/15 No Way Out - Kurt Angle beat John Cena & The Big Show to earn a title shot at WrestleMania
3/14 WrestleMania XX - lost to WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero
8/15 SummerSlam - beat Eddie Guerrero
10/3 No Mercy - lost to The Big Show
11/14 Survivor Series - Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, The Big Show & Rob Van Dam beat Kurt Angle, Carlito, Luther Reigns, & Mark Jindrak
12/12 Armageddon - Handicap Match: The Big Show beat Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak & Luther Reigns
1/30 Royal Rumble - WWE Champion JBL beat Kurt Angle & The Big Show
2/20 No Way Out - lost to John Cena
4/3 WrestleMania 21 - beat Shawn Michaels
5/22 Judgment Day - lost to Booker T
6/26 Vengeance - lost to Shawn Michaels
8/21 SummerSlam - beat Eugene
9/18 Unforgiven - beat WWE Champion John Cena by DQ
11/1 Taboo Tuesday - WWE Champion John Cena beat Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle
11/27 Survivor Series - lost to WWE Champion John Cena
1/8 New Year's Revolution - Elimination Chamber for WWE Title: Champion John Cena beat Shawn Michaels, Kane, Carlito, Kurt Angle, and Chris Masters
1/10 SmackDown - won a battle royal to win the vacant World Heavyweight Championship
1/29 Royal Rumble - beat Mark Henry
2/19 No Way Out - beat The Undertaker
3/18 SNME - John Cena & Triple H beat Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, & Randy Orton
4/2 WrestleMania 22 - Rey Mysterio beat Champion Kurt Angle and Randy Orton to become the World Heavyweight Champion
5/21 Judgment Day - lost to Mark Henry by count out
6/11 ECW One Night Stand - beat Randy Orton
6/25 Vengeance - lost to Randy Orton
11/19 Genesis - beat Samoa Joe
12/10 Turning Point - lost to Samoa Joe
1/14 Final Resolution - 30-Minute Ironman Match: Kurt Angle beat Samoa Joe 3-2
2/11 Against All Odds - lost to NWA World Champion Christian Cage in a match that featured Samoa Joe as the special enforcer
3/11 Destination X - beat Scott Steiner
4/15 Lockdown - Six Sides of Steel: Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Samoa Joe & Rhino) beat Team Cage (NWA World Champion Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Scott Steiner, Abyss & Tomko)
5/13 Sacrifice - beat TNA World Champion Christian Cage & Sting to become the new World Champion
5/17 iMPACT! - Jim Cornette declares the TNA World Championship vacant
6/17 Slammiversary - King of the Mountain Match for the Vacant TNA World Championship: Kurt Angle beat Christian Cage, A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe & Chris Harris to win the title
7/15 Victory Road - Match of Champions: TNA World Champion Kurt Angle & TNA X Division Champion Samoa Joe beat TNA Tag Team Champions Team 3D
8/12 Hard Justice - Every Title on the Line: TNA World Champion Kurt Angle beat X Division and Tag Team Champion Samoa Joe
9/9 No Surrender - TNA Tag Team Championship: Team Pacman (Pacman Jones & Ron Killings) beat Sting & Kurt Angle to win the titles
9/9 No Surrender - lost the X Division Title to Jay Lethal
9/9 No Surrender - beat Abyss in TNA World Championship defense
10/14 Bound for Glory - lost the TNA World Championship to Sting
10/25 iMPACT! - regained the TNA World Championship from Sting
11/11 Genesis - Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash beat Sting & Booker T
12/2 Turning Point - Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash, and Eric Young (replacing Scott Hall) beat Kurt Angle, A.J. Styles, and Tomko
1/6 Final Resolution - beat Christian Cage
2/10 Against All Odds - beat Christian Cage in a match that featured Samoa Joe as the special enforcer
3/9 Destination X - Samoa Joe, Christian Cage, & Kevin Nash beat Kurt Angle, Tomko, & AJ Styles
4/13 Lockdown - lost the TNA World Championship to Samoa Joe in a steel cage match
6/8 Slammiversary - lost to AJ Styles
7/13 Victory Road - w/Team 3D beat Christian Cage, AJ Styles, & Rhino in a Full Metal Mayhem Match
8/10 Hard Justice - lost a Last Man Standing Match to AJ Styles
9/14 No Surrender - TNA Champion Samoa Joe beat Kurt Angle & Christian Cage
10/12 Bound for Glory - lost to Jeff Jarrett
11/9 Turning Point - beat Abyss in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
12/7 Final Resolution - beat Rhino
1/11 Genesis - beat Jeff Jarrett in a No DQ Match
2/8 Against All Odds - TNA Champion Sting beat Kurt Angle and Team 3D
3/15 Destination X - lost to TNA Champion Sting in a match where Jeff Jarrett was the referee and Mick Foley was the ringside enforcer
4/19 Lockdown - Lethal Lockdown: Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, & Christopher Daniels) beat Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Booker T, & Scott Steiner)
5/24 Sacrifice - Ultimate Sacrifice: Sting beat TNA Champion Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett, and Kurt Angle. As a result, Sting is the new leader of the Main Event Mafia.
6/21 Slammiversary – Kurt Angle beat TNA Champion Mick Foley, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, and Samoa Joe in a King of the Mountain Match to win the title
7/19 Victory Road - beat Mick Foley
8/16 Hard Justice - beat Sting & Matt Morgan
9/20 No Surrender - AJ Styles beat TNA Champion Kurt Angle, Sting, Matt Morgan, & Hernandez to win the title
10/18 Bound for Glory - beat Matt Morgan
11/15 Turning Point - beat Desmond Wolfe
12/20 Final Resolution - beat Desmond Wolfe in a Three Degrees of Pain Match
1/17 Genesis - lost to TNA World Champion AJ Styles
2/14 Against All Odds - lost to Mr. Anderson in Round 1 of the 8 Card Stud Tournament
3/21 Destination X - beat Mr. Anderson
4/18 Lockdown - beat Mr. Anderson in a Steel Cage Match
So overall you can look back at Angle's carreer and see how amazing it is but when you think about it, what if Angle had just been a pro his whole life? Well no matter what, Angle is a great wrestler and he maybe the best this generation has ever seen.
AJ Styles has really carried TNA since its foundation back in 2002. AJ really has come on strong the last 2 to 3 years with his in ring work and excellent promos that he demistrates each and every week. AJ Styles has never been the biggest guy but he has always had the biggest heart and he is a performer that few have ever been able to touch in the ring.
In May 2002, Styles was signed to a non-exclusive contract by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and dubbed "The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles In January 2004, Styles was named "Mr. TNA" by the fans of TNA in an online poll. Styles feuded with Jeff Jarrett and Abyss throughout January and on February 4, after Styles demanded a title shot, Jarrett's ally Don Callis forced him to team with Abyss in a match with the NWA World Tag Team Champions, Kevin Northcutt and Legend. Abyss hindered Styles' efforts before abandoning him completely, but Styles managed to defeat both of his opponents nonetheless, thus becoming a two-time NWA World Tag Team Champion with Abyss as his partner. The following week, Styles defeated Abyss in a match for both tag team titles by disqualification after Jarrett interfered. His victory was overturned by Callis, leading to another match the following week which was won by Abyss after Lex Luger interfered, thus granting Abyss control of both titles. Abyss and Styles continued to feud, and on March 17 Abyss defeated Styles to become the number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
On April 21, Chris Harris, scheduled to face Jarrett in a title match that night, was attacked by Raven. As a result, Vince Russo, by now the TNA Director of Authority, selected Styles to face Jarrett in his place in a steel cage match. When Jarrett tried to hit Styles with his guitar, Russo tried to stop him through the cage, allowing Styles to get up and shatter the guitar mid-swing with a Pele kick. Styles pinned Jarrett to become a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. He successfully defended the title in matches with Ron Killings, Raven and Chris Harris, and on May 19 he defended against all three men in a four-way title match. Styles lost his title to Killings after Jarrett interfered in the match, hitting him with a guitar. On June 2, all five men fought for the title in a King of the Mountain match which was won by Jarrett.
Styles returned to the X Division shortly thereafter, winning a four-way match to become the number one contender to the X Division Championship on the June 4 episode of TNA iMPACT!. On June 9, he defeated Frankie Kazarian to become a three-time X Division Champion. In the following weeks, Styles feuded with Kid Kash and Dallas while successfully defending his title in matches with Kazarian and Mr. Aguila. An additional match on June 23 with the debuting Jeff Hardy was interrupted by Kash and Dallas. On July 28, he defended the title against Kazarian and Michael Shane in an Ultimate X match. After Kash struck Styles with a crutch, Shane and Kazarian simultaneously retrieved the belt and became co-X Division Champions.
After several abortive attempts to regain the title, Styles fought Kash in a number of matches, culminating on September 8 in a tables match which was won by Styles. In October he began feuding with Petey Williams, by now the TNA X Division Champion, and on November 7 at Victory Road 2004, the first monthly pay-per-view held by TNA, Styles challenged Williams for the X Division Championship. During the weeks preceding the match, Styles even went as far as to use Williams' own finisher, the Canadian Destroyer, after Williams himself performed the Styles Clash on others. Williams retained his title with the help of his manager, Scott D'Amore. Later that night, Jeff Jarrett retained the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match with Jeff Hardy after Scott Hall and Kevin Nash interfered in the match. Following the bout, the trio proclaimed themselves to be the "Kings of Wrestling" and issued an open challenge to the rest of the TNA roster. Several wrestlers charged the ring in response to the challenge, including the 3Live Kru, Randy Savage and Styles.
On the November 12 episode of TNA iMPACT!, Styles and Jeff Hardy teamed together to defeat The Naturals. Following the match, they were attacked by the Kings of Wrestling. After several more confrontations, Hardy, Styles and Savage teamed together to face the Kings of Wrestling at Turning Point 2004 on December 5. Despite Savage not appearing until late in the match, the Kings of Wrestling were defeated when Savage entered the match and rolled-up Jarrett.
Styles returned to the X Division in 2005, and at Final Resolution on January 16, he won the X Division Championship for a fourth time in an Ultimate X match, defeating Chris Sabin and the reigning champion, Petey Williams. On the January 21 episode of iMPACT!, Christopher Daniels accused Styles of "ducking him" (Styles and Daniels had never fought one another in a singles match in TNA). After Daniels challenged Styles to a match at the next monthly TNA pay-per-view, TNA Director of Authority Dusty Rhodes announced that Styles and Daniels would fight that day, with Daniels receiving a title shot if Styles could not defeat him within ten minutes. Daniels lasted ten minutes, and subsequently faced Styles in a thirty-minute iron man match for the X Division Championship at Against All Odds in which ended in a draw with both men having scored a single pinfall. Dusty Rhodes restarted the match, albeit with "sudden death" rules, and Styles defeated Daniels to retain his title.
The feud between Styles and Daniels continued, and at Destination X on March 13, Styles lost his title in an Ultimate X Challenge against Daniels, Ron Killings and Elix Skipper. Skipper eliminated Killings and Daniels eliminated Skipper, thus reducing the match to a singles contest. With the referee unconscious, Styles was able to retrieve the belt, but Daniels knocked him out with the Angel's Wings and then embraced the title belt. When the referee recovered shortly thereafter, he saw both men prone but Daniels with the title belt, and awarded the match and the X Division Championship to Daniels.
Having lost the X Division Championship, Styles began feuding with Abyss. At Lockdown, he defeated Abyss in a steel cage match to become the number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles went on to defeat the defending champion, Jeff Jarrett, at Hard Justice on May 15. After Jarrett pushed the special guest referee, cage fighter, Tito Ortiz, Ortiz knocked him down with a punch, enabling Styles to hit his Spiral Tap maneuver and pin Jarrett for his third NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles lost the title at Slammiversary to Raven in a King of the Mountain match against Sean Waltman, Raven, Monty Brown and Abyss.
On the July 1 episode of iMPACT!, Styles was involved in a confrontation with Sean Waltman. They faced one another at No Surrender in a match which was refereed by Jerry Lynn, who had teamed with and fought against both men in the past. The match was won by Styles after Lynn prevented Waltman from cheating. Styles then returned to his perennial pursuit of the X Division Championship, entering the TNA 2005 Super X Cup Tournament, which granted the winner a shot at the X Division Championship. Styles defeated Matt Bentley in the quarter-finals and Petey Williams in the semi-finals, but lost to Samoa Joe at Sacrifice. However, as Christopher Daniels (the reigning X Division champion) had interfered in the match, TNA Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko added Styles to the resultant title bout. On September 11 at Unbreakable, Styles defeated Samoa Joe and Daniels in a three-way match to become the TNA X Division Champion for a fifth time. This match was the last match of the night and is considered by many one of the greatest matches in TNA history. In addition to being rated a 5 Star Match by Dave Meltzer, this match also finished as the first runner up for Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match Of The Year honors making it the highest finish ever for a TNA match in that category.
On the inaugural episode of iMPACT! on October 1, Styles, in his match against Roderick Strong, would perform his signature no-hands somersault plancha over the top rope onto Strong on the outside of the ring. While executing the move, Styles' feet went over the guard rail surrounding the ring, and the heel of one of his boots struck an audience member, Ryan Jevec, in the face. Jevec received minor medical treatment for a black eye backstage, but was back in the audience within minutes.
On the November 19 episode of iMPACT!, Styles challenged Samoa Joe to a match at Turning Point, claiming that Joe had broken the X Division "code of respect" by assaulting his partner, Christopher Daniels, following their match at Genesis. Joe defeated Styles at Turning Point, thus becoming the new X Division Champion.
Styles won the 2005 Mr. TNA award (for the third consecutive time). During the ceremony the plaque was stolen by Shannon Moore. Styles successfully defeated New Japan Pro Wrestling wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi in an "International X Showcase" match at Final Resolution. Shannon Moore interfered during the match, hitting Tanahashi accidentally with the plaque, allowing Styles to score his Styles Clash finisher for the victory. After the match, Tanahashi returned the plaque to Styles, but Moore stole the plaque back.
At Against All Odds, Styles and Daniels challenged Samoa Joe for the X Division Championship in a rematch of Unbreakable. Styles lost the bout when he was given a Muscle Buster by Joe, who then pinned him to retain. Samoa Joe defended the X Division Championship against Styles and Daniels in an Ultimate X match at Destination X and lost the belt to Daniels.
At Lockdown, Styles, Ron Killings, Rhino and Sting faced Jeff Jarrett, America's Most Wanted and Scott Steiner in a Lethal Lockdown match. In the course of the match, Styles placed James Storm on a table atop the cage and then climbed a ladder to a light fitting near the ceiling of the arena, then delivered a splash to the supine Storm, driving him through the table. Sting's team won the bout after Sting forced Chris Harris to submit.
Styles went on to join forces with Christopher Daniels and challenge America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. After losing to America's Most Wanted in title matches on two occasions, Styles and Daniels won the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Slammiversary. The win made Styles both a three-time tag team champion and a three time Triple Crown Champion.
On an episode of TNA iMPACT!, Styles and Daniels introduced contracts for all tag teams on the TNA roster, which sparked a rivalry with the Latin American Exchange, who signed the contracts for a match at Hard Justice which Styles and Daniels won. On the August 24 episode of iMPACT!, Homicide and Hernandez defeated Styles and Daniels in a border brawl to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. At No Surrender Styles and Daniels defeated LAX in a Tag-Team Ultimate X Match to regain the titles after Styles hit a Styles Clash on Homicide through a table allowing his tag partner Christopher Daniels to capture the hanging belts. They lost the titles back to LAX at Bound for Glory in a Six Sides of Steel match after Homicide hit the Gringo Killer on Styles as Daniels was tied up to the cage by Konnan with a coat hanger.
On the November 2 edition of iMPACT!, he pinned Chris Sabin to begin his sixth reign as the new X Division Champion and breaking his own record as having the most reigns. The match was also the quarter-finals of the Fight For The Right tournament for #1 Contendership to Sting's NWA World Heavyweight Championship. On the November 9 iMPACT!, Styles won the semi-final match, but was pinned in the finals by Abyss after interference by Christian Cage and Sabin.
On the November 16 edition of iMPACT!, the show's debut in primetime, Styles lost the TNA X Division Championship to Daniels in a 3-way match when Daniels scored the rollup pinfall on Chris Sabin while Styles was outside of the ring dealing with Christian Cage.
At Genesis, A.J. Styles lost to Christian Cage via rollup. Christopher Daniels attempted to stop Christian Cage from using a steel chair in the match, which led to Styles rolling up Cage, which Cage reversed for a rollup of his own and the 3 count. After the match, Styles and Daniels shared harsh words, which led to Rhino coming to the ring to settle things. A.J. Styles refused to shake Daniels' hand and walked away. A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels teamed up for the last time on the Thanksgiving Day edition of iMPACT!, defeating The Naturals. After the match, Rhino came out to the ring to raise both of their hands. A.J. pulled his arm away, and left the ring, saying that he was tired of Rhino getting into his business. He yelled at Rhino again during an interview on iMPACT! thus turning heel for the first time since winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in 2003. At Turning Point Styles beat Rhino after faking a knee injury and rolling him up for the pin.
On an episode of iMPACT!, Styles teamed up with Samoa Joe for the first time to go against Rhino and Kurt Angle. Styles and Joe would win after a roll up pin on Rhino by Styles, but Kurt Angle and Rhino would continue to beat down Styles and Joe. Next week, Styles would team up with James Storm and Chris Sabin to go against Petey Williams, Rhino and his former partner Christopher Daniels. Styles and his team would come out victorious when Styles pinned Daniels.
At Final Resolution, Styles faced Rhino in a Last Man Standing match. After a Gore by Rhino, Styles decided to let Rhino win the match despite the fact that he was almost to his feet at one point. This was due to the fact that Styles saw that Rhino was setting up a table to use on him and didn't want to continue. Styles continued to feud with Rhino, also finding a temporary partner in NWA World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage, helping Cage in his feud with Kurt Angle. Styles defeated Rhino at TNA Against All Odds 2007 in a Motor City Chain Match after Rhino missed a Gore.
At Destination X, AJ Styles participated in the first ever Elevation X match against Rhino. The match consisted of a 20 foot tall steel structure of an X that they used to fight each other. Styles took the fall off the Elevation X structure after Rhino hit the Gore on AJ and then stomped on his fingers while AJ was hanging on.
On the following episode of iMPACT!, he tried to assault Rhino, but was unsuccessful. It was later revealed that he was the first member of Christian Cage's team at Lockdown 2007. At Lockdown, Team Cage was unsuccessful against Team Angle. On the May 31, 2007 edition of Impact he defeated Tomko in a king of the mountain qualifying match.
It was later revealed that he was the first member of Christian Cage's team at Lockdown. At Lockdown, Team Cage was unsuccessful against Team Angle. On the May 31 edition of Impact! he defeated Tomko in a King of the Mountain qualifying match. Styles teamed up with Tomko to face Sting and Abyss at Victory Road but were defeated. At No Surrender, Styles and Tomko won a 10-tag team gauntlet match to earn a tag team title match at Bound for Glory 2007 against Team Pacman (Ron Killings and Adam "Pacman" Jones). At Bound for Glory, Styles and Tomko defeated Team Pacman for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Styles and Tomko defeated LAX on the November 1 edition of Impact! to retain the TNA Tag Team titles. Then Styles challenged Scott Steiner to a takedown challenge, which he lost by disqualification. At Genesis, they retained against The Steiner Brothers (Scott and Rick Steiner) after hitting Rick with a low blow and then a chair shot. Later that night, Styles and Tomko cost Christian his number one contender's shot by arguing and distracting him, and they helped Kurt Angle retain his championship.
After Christian Cage accepted Angle's invitation to The Angle Alliance on the circumstance that Cage be the leader, Angle and the rest of the alliance attacked Cage, with the exception of Styles (who made an attempt to save Cage) and Tomko (who walked away up the ramp). On December 28, Styles and Tomko lost to the Motor City Machineguns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) in a tag team match due to Eric Young's attempt to help Styles with his decision problems in the middle of the match. Later on the show, Styles came down to the ring to watch Booker T and Christian Cage take on Kurt Angle and Robert Roode; he was pressured to choose between Christian's or Angle's team, but could not decide before the show went off the air. At Final Resolution, he turned on Christian Cage by siding with Angle. The next week on Impact!, Styles was crowned the "Prince of Phenomenal" by Angle, which has since been incorporated into his ring introductions.
On the February 14 episode of Impact! AJ styles, in storyline, was married to Karen Angle. The next several weeks showed videos of Karen Angle and Styles on their honeymoon, talking, getting close, and acting like a married couple. The following week, Styles came to Karen's rescue when she hit her head (she was pushed by Kurt when she came out to check on him). Karen later revealed that she wanted a separation from Kurt. Meanwhile, Styles and Tomko lost the TNA World tag Team titles to Kaz and Super Eric. With Kurt constantly accusing Styles and Karen of seeing each other despite both vehemently denying anything beyond friendship, Styles snapped and quit the Alliance. In retaliation, Tomko (after Styles teamed with Super Eric while he was out in Japan) cost Styles his King of the Mountain qualifying match against Booker T. Styles became turned into a face again on the May 29 edition of Impact! after being assaulted backstage before his entrance. He then ran to the ring several minutes later to help Karen, only to be beat down by Team 3D and Kurt for the second week in a row. At Slammiversary, Styles defeated Kurt but was beat-down by Kurt and his former tag team partner Tomko after the match. The feud continued through Hard Justice, with Styles and Angle trading wins. The episode after Hard Justice, he defeated Angle for his Olympic gold medal. Styles also won the rematch ladder match the following week, thus ending the feud. Later he was asked to give Kurt back his gold medal by Jeff Jarrett, in an effort to try to mend things with Kurt.
At Bound for Glory IV, Styles faced Christian Cage and Booker T in a 3-way dance in which Booker T won after performing the axe kick from the middle rope on Cage. Shortly after that, Booker T, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and Sting (who had turned heel) formed the team now known as The Main Event Mafia. On the October 23 episode of Impact! Styles teamed up with Samoa Joe against Sting and Nash but came up short after Nash hit Joe with Sting's TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt. Following this, Styles and Joe were both attacked by the Main Event Mafia. On the October 30 episode of Impact!, Styles and Joe formed a faction of younger wrestlers also featuring Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Petey Williams, Eric Young, ODB and The Motor City Machineguns, which later would be collectively known as TNA Frontline. Later that night they were once again assaulted by the Main Event Mafia when Scott Steiner returned and joined them.
He challenged Sting at Turning Point for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but lost thanks to a distraction from Kurt Angle and Booker T. At the Final Resolution PPV, Styles was once again unsuccessful in capturing the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, losing in an eight-man tag team match to the Main Event Mafia.
Since then, The TNA Frontline recruited Rhino and Team 3-D into their ranks. The Frontline also had to deal with problems with The Motor City Machineguns, who showed little respect to the other members, and gang style attacks on members, such as Petey Williams, Brother Ray, and Samoa Joe, from the Mafia. On the January 22, 2009 episode of Impact! Kurt Angle vowed to end Styles' career and later that night beat Styles in a tables match, where Styles was (kayfabe) injured.
At Against All Odds, Styles returned and attacked Booker T after his defense of the TNA Legends Championship. After doing so, he stole Booker T's Legends belt, then went on a rampage of weekly consecutive backstage sneak attacks on Booker T, which ended once Booker (with Scott Steiner) goaded him into trying the same in the ring in order to get him (kayfabe) arrested. At Destination X 2009, Styles defeated Booker T to become the new TNA Legends Champion and the first TNA Grand Slam Champion. Styles defeated Booker T in an "I Quit" match for the TNA Legends Championship at Sacrifice when Jenna Morasca threw in the towel on Booker's behalf. At Slammiversary, Styles competed in the King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful after Samoa Joe turned his back on Styles, helping Kurt Angle win, and in the process, Joe turned heel. At the Victory Road pay-per-view, Styles lost the Legends Championship to Nash via pinfall Following the loss, Styles began a "Best of Three Series" against Matt Morgan for entry into the Heavyweight Championship match with Sting and Kurt Angle at Hard Justice. He won the first match, but lost the following two, resulting in Morgan advancing to Hard Justice
On the August 20 edition of iMPACT! Styles came to the ring to announce his retirement because of his recent setbacks, but ended up being talked out of it by Sting, who said he had chosen Styles to carry the torch after him. Styles then went on to gain his place in the No Surrender main event in a tournament on the August 27 edition of iMPACT! defeating Chris Sabin and Doug Williams in singles matches. On September 20, 2009, at No Surrender, Styles won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a five-way match against Matt Morgan, Sting, Hernandez (who was cashing in his Feast or Fired briefcase), and defending champion Kurt Angle. One month later at Bound for Glory, Styles retained his title against Sting in a match that was later voted the match of the year by the fans of TNA. Styles was mysteriously attacked by an anonymous assailant backstage leading him to believe it was Samoa Joe or Daniels, both of whom he faced the following month at Turning Point to retain his World Heavyweight Title in what was heavily hyped as the rematch from the Unbreakable main event, four years earlier. On the December 10 edition of Impact!, Styles successfully defended the world title against Desmond Wolfe. Later that month at Final Resolution, Styles defeated Daniels to retain the World Heavyweight Title. On the January 4, 2010, live three hour Monday night edition of Impact!, by order of Eric Bischoff now running TNA with Hulk Hogan, Styles was forced to defend his title against Angle before Genesis; he defeated Angle in the main event, despite further interference from the unknown attacker. Styles' mystery attacker was revealed on the January 14, 2010 episode of Impact! as his former tag team partner Tomko. Later during that episode, Styles defeated Tomko in a match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, he was assaulted by Tomko; Angle came to his rescue and offered a handshake, but Styles looked to Ric Flair at the commentary table and instead just exited the ring. At Genesis, Styles turned heel and defeated Angle in a Last Chance match after hitting him with the title belt, while Ric Flair was distracting the referee. On the January 21, 2010 episode of Impact!, Flair announced that he had aligned himself with Styles and would make Styles "the New Nature Boy". On the same episode, Hulk Hogan announced that due to Ric Flair's interference in the Genesis match, Kurt Angle would get a rematch that same night, and if Flair were to interfere, Styles would be stripped of the title and awarded to Angle. During the match, Angle applied his signature move, the Ankle Lock, on Styles. Styles reversed it and applied the same move to Angle, when suddenly referee Earl Hebner, paid off by Flair, called for the bell although Angle did not submit, essentially repeating the Montreal Screwjob. At Against All Odds Styles retained his title against Samoa Joe, with help from Flair, in a match refereed by Eric Bischoff. On the March 8 Monday night edition of Impact! Styles teamed up with Ric Flair in a tag team match, where they faced Abyss and Hulk Hogan. During this time, Styles began wearing Flair's signature style of robe to the ring and reverted to his old short trunks ring gear. Abyss won the match for his team by pinning Styles. Afterwards, the returning Jeff Hardy saved Abyss and Hogan from a beatdown at the hands of Styles, Flair and Desmond Wolfe. The following week Styles was defeated by Hardy in a non-title match. At Destination X Styles defended his title against Abyss in a match that went to No Contest, after Abyss chokeslammed Styles through the ring. On March 29, 2010, Styles became the longest reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion in history by beating Stings reign of 189 days as champion. The following month at Lockdown, Styles successfully defended his title against D'Angelo Dinero in a steel cage match. The following day on Impact! Styles lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Rob Van Dam, ending his reign at 211 days. On the May 3 episode of Impact! Styles defeated Abyss in a Monster's Ball Match, and later in the night, attacked Rob Van Dam after his title match with Desmond Wolfe, and announced he was invoking his rematch clause for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Sacrifice. Styles invoked his rematch clause at Sacrifice, but was once again defeated by Van Dam.
So you may or may not like AJ's character but no doubt you have to say that this man is Mr. TNA and he maybe the best damn wrestler in our generation.
Samoa Joe is pro wrestling to a lot of people but I know a lot of fans are turned off by Joe's appearance, and automatically put him in the same category as a guy like Rikishi. Now I'll be the first to admit that Joe doesn't have the body of a John Cena, or even a Jeff Jarrett. But what these fans don't realize is that Joe doesn't need to be absolutely ripped. Joe is a big badass who doesn't care what people think of him, and whose sole focus is to take care of business inside the squared circle. Joe has an aura about him that simply radiates the message, "Don't screw with me, or it will be the last thing you ever do." Wrestling is sorely in need of guys like that today.
Joe's physical shape always leads to questions about his conditioning. People who have only seen him in TNA speculate that the reason Joe never works a match that goes longer than 15 minutes is because he physically can't. They assume that he'd get blown up and fans would see that he wasn't the legit badass he was built up to be. For fans that have followed Joe on the Indy scene, they know that there's no truth to these speculations. The reason Samoa Joe rarely works long matches is because it doesn't fit with his character to work long matches. He's got a Goldberg-esque feel to him, in the sense that he can demolish most of his opponents in short order. But when the time is right for Joe to go long, he can do it easily. Just ask CM Punk. Joe has done so much in wrestling and he is well respected in this industry.
5/7 - won the Ring of Honor Pure Title from Jay Lethal
6/19 Slammiversary - beat Sonjay Dutt
7/17 No Surrender - beat Chris Sabin
8/14 Sacrifice - Super X Cup Finals: Samoa Joe beat A.J. Styles
8/27 - lost the Ring of Honor Pure Title to Nigel McGuinness
9/11 Unbreakable - 3-Way Match for the X-Division Title: AJ Styles beat Champion Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe to win the title
10/23 Bound for Glory - beat Jushin Liger
11/13 Genesis - Samoa Joe & Chris Daniels survived the Elimination X match
12/11 Turning Point - beat AJ Styles to win the X-Division title
1/15 Final Resolution - beat Chris Daniels
2/12 Against All Odds - beat AJ Styles & Chris Daniels
3/12 Destination X - Ultimate X Match: Chris Daniels won the X Division title by beating Champ Samoa Joe & AJ Styles
4/13 iMPACT - won the X Division title from Chris Daniels
4/23 Lockdown - Steel Cage Match - beat Sabu
5/15 Sacrifice - Samoa Joe & Sting beat Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner
6/18 Slammiversary - beat Scott Steiner
6/22 iMPACT - Senshi beat Samoa Joe & Sonjay Dutt to win the X Division Title
7/16 Victory Road - #1 Contender's Match: Sting beat Christian Cage, Samoa Joe & Scott Steiner
8/13 Hard Justice - Falls Count Anywhere: Samoa Joe beat Monty Brown & Rhino
9/24 No Surrender - Fan’s Revenge Match: Samoa Joe beat Jeff Jarrett
10/22 Bound for Glory - Monster Ball: Samoa Joe beat Raven, Abyss, and Runt
11/19 Genesis - lost to Kurt Angle
12/10 Turning Point - beat Kurt Angle
1/14 Final Resolution - 30-Minute Ironman Match: Kurt Angle beat Samoa Joe 3 falls to 2
3/11 Destination X - NWA World Champion Christian Cage beat Samoa Joe
4/15 Lockdown - Lethal Lockdown Match: Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Samoa Joe & Rhino) beat Team Cage (NWA World Champion Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Scott Steiner, Abyss & Tomko)
5/13 Sacrifice - beat A.J. Styles
6/17 Slammiversary - King of the Mountain Match for the Vacant TNA World Championship: Kurt Angle beat Christian Cage, A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe & Chris Harris to win the title
6/21 iMPACT - beat X Division Champ Jay Lethal & Chris Sabin to win the X Division Title
7/15 Victory Road - Match of Champions: TNA World Champion Kurt Angle & TNA X Division Champion Samoa Joe beat TNA Tag Team Champions Team 3D. As a result, Samoa Joe is now the TNA Tag Team Champion.
8/12 Hard Justice - Every Title on the Line: TNA & IWGP World Champion Kurt Angle beat X Division and Tag Team Champion Samoa Joe
9/9 No Surrender - Christian Cage beat Samoa Joe by DQ
10/14 Bound for Glory - beat Christian Cage
11/11 Genesis - beat Robert Roode
12/2 Turning Point - Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash, and Eric Young (replacing Scott Hall) beat TNA World Champion Kurt Angle & Tag Team Champions A.J. Styles and Tomko
1/6 Final Resolution - w/Kevin Nash lost to TNA Tag Team Champions A.J. Styles & Tomko
3/9 Destination X - Samoa Joe, Christian Cage, & Kevin Nash beat Kurt Angle, Tomko, & AJ Styles
4/13 Lockdown - won the TNA World Championship from Kurt Angle in a steel cage match
5/11 Sacrifice - beat Scott Steiner & Kaz
6/8 Slammiversary - beat Booker T, Christian Cage, Rhino, & Robert Roode in a King of the Mountain Match
7/13 Victory Road - fought to a no contest against Booker T
8/10 Hard Justice - beat Booker T in a Six Sides of Steel Weapons Match
9/14 No Surrender - beat Kurt Angle & Christian Cage
10/12 Bound for Glory - lost the TNA World Championship to Sting
11/9 Turning Point - lost to Kevin Nash
12/7 Final Resolution - TNA World Championship: Champion Sting, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, & Booker T beat AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, & Team 3D
3/15 Destination X - lost to Scott Steiner via DQ
4/19 Lockdown - Lethal Lockdown: Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, & Christopher Daniels) beat Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Booker T, & Scott Steiner)
5/24 Sacrifice - beat Kevin Nash
6/21 Slammiversary – Kurt Angle beat TNA Champion Mick Foley, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, and Samoa Joe in a King of the Mountain Match to win the title
7/19 Victory Road - beat Sting
8/16 Hard Justice - won the X Division Championship from Homicide
9/20 No Surrender - beat Daniels
10/18 Bound for Glory - lost a Submission Match to Bobby Lashley
11/15 Turning Point - TNA Champion AJ Styles beat Samoa Joe & Daniels
12/20 Final Resolution - Feast of Fired: earned a TNA World Championship title shot
2/14 Against All Odds - lost to TNA Champion AJ Styles in a match where Eric Bischoff was the special guest referee
No doubt Samoa Joe has done a lot in the industry and there also is no doubt that with out him, TNA would be in bad shape to a lot of peopl but look at the man too when you think of Samoa Joe, he is ruthless but entertaining. People either love him or hate him but overall he maybe the best.
One of the worst things about being a wrestling fan, or a fan of any sport, is seeing talent go to waste. Those guys who could have accomplished so much more if only they had been responsible, worked harder and led a better life.
Kennedy, real name Ken Anderson, arguably is one of those guys.
Anderson broke into the business under All-Star Championship Wrestling owners Eric Hammers and Mike Krause in 1999. After six years of working independents in Wisconsin and Minnesota, WWE offered him a developmental deal and assigned him to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, KY.
Anderson didn’t get an opportunity to shine straight away. OVW co-owner and booker Jim Cornette didn’t want to feature him, or Dan Puder and Maria Kanellis, who were in developmental around the same time, on television straight away. But a few months later Cornette and WWE had parted ways and Paul Heyman was brought in as booker.
Heyman was one of his biggest proponents and developed the persona of Mr. Kennedy upon finding out that Anderson used to announce high school basketball games. Heyman figured that using the middle name of Vince McMahon might give Anderson a better shot at succeeding, and he was right. The name change was also to avoid comparisons with the more famous Anderson wrestling family as well as the former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback of the same name. A short time later Mr. Kennedy was called up to the main WWE roster.
He was pushed from the offset and given opportunities against headliners such as The Undertaker, Batista and the late Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. But untimely injuries were to be his kiss of death. During an overseas tour in December 2005 he tore his lat muscle which kept him sidelined for six months, he suffered a massive hematoma in his bicep in 2007, and then last year he dislocated his shoulder putting him back on the injured list for almost a year. But he kept coming back and wrestling better than most wrestlers in the world today.
10/9 No Mercy – beat Hardcore Holly
7/23 Great American Bash – beat Batista by DQ
9/1 SmackDown - beat Champion Finlay and Bobby Lashley to win the U.S. Championship
10/8 No Mercy – beat the Undertaker by DQ
10/13 SmackDown – lost the U.S. Title to Chris Benoit
11/26 Survivor Series – beat the Undertaker in a First Blood Match
12/17 Armageddon – lost a Last Ride Match to the Undertaker
1/28 Royal Rumble - lost to World Heavyweight Champion Batista
2/18 No Way Out – beat ECW Champion Lashley by DQ
4/1 WrestleMania 23 - Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ken Kennedy beat Edge, C.M. Punk, King Booker, Jeff Hardy, Finlay, Matt Hardy, and Randy Orton
8/26 SummerSlam – Intercontinental Champion Umaga beat Kennedy & Carlito
10/7 No Mercy - Ken Kennedy, Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch beat Jeff Hardy, Paul London, and Brian Kendrick
10/28 Cyber Sunday - beat Jeff Hardy
11/18 Survivor Series - Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, & Kane beat Umaga, Finlay, Big Daddy V, MVP, & Kennedy
12/16 Armageddon - lost to Shawn Michaels
2/17 No Way Out - lost to Ric Flair
3/30 WrestleMania XXIV - Money in the Bank Ladder Match: CM Punk beat Chris Jericho, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, John Morrison, Carlito, & Mr. Kennedy
1/17 Genesis - Mr. Anderson beat Abyss
2/14 Against All Odds - beat Kurt Angle in round 1 of the 8 Card Stud Tournament
2/14 Against All Odds - beat Abyss in the semifinal round of the tournament
2/14 Against All Odds - lost to D'Angelo Dinero in the final round of the tournament
3/21 Destination X - lost to Kurt Angle
4/18 Lockdown - lost to Kurt Angle in a Steel Cage Match
5/16 Sacrifice - lost to Jeff Hardy