Last Monday night saw Jerry "The King" Lawler challenge WWE Champion The Miz for the title. Although he was unsuccessful in winning, and we all knew there was no way WWE would allow the 61-year-old commentator to walk away as champion, the tale was told in such an unpredictable way that caused some of us to be on the edge of our seats.
For me, the match represents one of the strongest selling points of Miz being the WWE Champion. While you know they won't put the belt on him, the majority of the WWE locker room could have a close championship match with him and with each successful title defense, he gains more heat. The fans desire to see him lose with a passion. So much so that when he eventually loses it the one who beats him will be extremely popular.
Some people have cried foul about the match and have stated that it already represents how Miz's title reign will look and why he is not ready to be a main eventer. People forget that Miz is not the first champion who has come close to losing it all to a contender who should not seriously be considered a challenger for the top guy in the company.
The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler recalls a by-gone era where it was not uncommon for the WWE championship to get a random title defense on the spur of the moment, whether it be Raw, Smackdown or even Sunday Heat. So, I am going to list five of my most memorable, unlikely WWE Championship matches from the last ten years (in chronological order).
The matches are of personal opinion and nothing official. If you don't like my choices then I encourage you to list some matches that you remember in the comments section.