With Cyber Sunday just three days away, I thought I would revisit the history of the event dating back to its debut in 2004 and relive the top moments of each edition.
The show debuted as Taboo Tuesday on October 19, 2004. After 10 years of PPVs occurring on a Sunday, Vince McMahon decided to give a week night PPV a go, and he busted out a new concept to push the idea.
The 2004 edition featured two really good matches to close out the show. Despite having a knee injury, fans voted Shawn Michaels in for a World Title match with arch enemy Triple H. Despite being hobbled and not 100%, Michaels put out a gutsy effort in a tough loss and the two original founders of DX ended up putting on a ***1/2 match that had the crowd hooked the whole way through.
Then, fresh off his first World Championship reign, Randy Orton battled former mentor and friend Ric Flair in a steel cage to close out the show. The two men left it all in the ring and delivered a surprisingly fun and brutal classic cage match.
Other highlights from this show were Shelton Benjamin winning his first singles gold by defeating Chris Jericho for the IC belt, Chris Benoit & Edge defeating La Resistance for the tag titles and Snitsky tipping over a stretcher with Kane strapped to it.
In 2005 we witnessed a major shakeup before the show even started, as Jim Ross was out on medical leave and Joey Styles was ushered in at the last minute to become the top announcer on the Raw brand. The highlight match of this show was another Ric Flair cage match as he beat Triple H in a brutal bloodbath, gaining revenge for a nasty beating weeks earlier.
There was not much else of note in ring in 2005, but the show is notable for being the final appearance of Christian on WWE TV as he was part of a vote for the interbrand tag match. He wasn’t chosen but he did put in a quick cameo backstage before heading off to TNA.
Also, Big Show &andKane beat Cade & Murdoch to take home the tag belts and Goldust and Vader returned to team with the Coach against Batista. It was a sad farewell for Vader as he looked lost and old in the quick squash.
In 2006, the show moved to Sunday and was renamed Cyber Sunday. The hook to this show was a showdown between all three reigning champions: John Cena, King Booker and Big Show. With his belt on the line, Booker picked up the win with a shocking assist from Kevin Federline, who hit Cena with the belt.
Other action on the rather pedestrian show saw Lita beat Mickie James for the vacant Women’s championship and Roddy Piper and Ric Flair beat the Spirit Squad to win the tag belts in an upset.
Finally, last year’s outing may have been the best show in the series, top to bottom. Every match was solid with many being quite good. We were treated to the return of Steve Austin as he was the special referee in the main event, where Batista picked up a rare clean win on Undertaker.
Shawn Michaels was once again voted into a title match for the third time in four years, but he wasn’t able to wrest the belt away from Randy Orton. Also, in an underrated bout, CM Punk knocked off the Miz to retain the ECW title.
It will be interesting to see where this year’s show leads us and if they can deliver a classic outing like 2004 and 2007 or if it will end up as a flat show similar to 2005 and 2006. The card has been well built and I think we are in for an entertaining PPV, but only time will tell. For now, I am Justin Rozzero…enjoy the matches!