Home court provides a huge advantage in many sports. It's also a huge advantage for a wrestler. Having an arena cheering you on can be great motivation, and you always have a better chance to win when you're wrestling in front of friends and family members in the audience.
Hometown wins are also some of the most memorable, for both the wrestlers and the fans. Here are the greatest hometown wins in WWE history.
It only happened a couple weeks ago, but we are still in shock over it. John Cena walked into one of the most hostile crowds he had ever seen, and the Straight Edge Savior promised a win over him. Many people were expecting a screwjob, or a Del Rio cash-in right after—both of which were teased—but CM Punk walked out of the arena with the title.
It must have been a great moment for Edge. Twelve years before this match, he was a young Hulkamaniac who was watching the epic Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior match in the very same arena wearing a "Hulk Rules" t-shirt.
It must have been pretty surreal to be competing on the same stage as his idols did.
The Hart Foundation came home to the city of Calgary for In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede. The Hart family were Calgary-born and raised. They had a great match with Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and the Legion of Doom.
The sea of maple leaf flags flooded the arena, and Jim "the anvil" Neidhart still calls this the greatest pop he ever received while wrestling.
The boyhood dream came to an end in Survivor Series 1996, when Shawn Michaels lost the WWE championship to Sycho Sid, his former bodyguard, who abruptly turned on him. But HBK would have his revenge in front of friends and family in San Antonio, Texas during the main event of the Royal Rumble in 1997.
Unforgiven 2006 had two hometown heroes fighting for gold in the Air Canada Center. Edge failed to retain the WWE title against John Cena in a TLC match, but Trish Stratus, in her last match in the WWE, won a record seventh Women's Championship against her foe Lita, with a Sharpshooter. The crowd was amazing, and a women's match rarely receives cheers that loud.
Now British Bulldog isn't from London, but how could someone leave this out? Summerslam 1992 was main-evented by the British Bulldog and Bret "the Hitman" Hart in a match for the Intercontinental Championship.
Bulldog came into Wembley Stadium in front of 80,355 of his countrymen. The two put on a wrestling clinic, and in one of the greatest matches of all-time, the British Bulldog left London the new Intercontinental champion.