Hello Bleacher Report!
Today, I want to take the time to list out the top 15 WWE moments of 2011 so far. The WWE product has come a long way this year compared to the past few years so I feel it's about time we take a closer look at what exactly made this year so great.
Just sit back, relax and enjoy!
John Cena vs. The Miz Finish at WrestleMania 27: The ending to it saw The Rock hit Cena with his finishing move to allow Miz to retain the WWE Championship.
Survivor Series Gets Electrified: For Survivor Series, WWE announced that The Rock would be in action alongside John Cena. In 90 minutes, the venue (MSG) became completely sold out.
Both Money in the Bank Matches
John Laurinaitis Becomes GM: This storyline has not developed enough yet.
When Booker T entered the Rumble at No. 21, CM Punk and fans watching were shocked. When Diesel returned later on at No, 32, the building just about exploded. It even caused one of the announcers to say, “Holy sh**”, on PG programming!
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome...the host of WrestleMania 27...”
The lights go out one by one. The crowd is waiting in suspense.
“IF YOU SMELL, WHAT THE ROCK, IS COOKING.”
The building explodes.
The Rock finally returned to WWE after his long absence. He electrified the place like he had never done before. Not only that, but on this night he begins his feud with megastar John Cena.
We saw the promos appearing for weeks. Fans were going nuts trying to figure out who it could be.
When 2/21/11 finally arrived, Undertaker made his expected return for WrestleMania season. He came out to his legendary entrance music playing and proceeded to the ring.
As he was standing in the middle of the ring, his music suddenly stopped. “Time to play the game!” Triple H makes his long-awaited return to the WWE to challenge Undertaker at WrestleMania. The stare-down they had was epic.
Shawn Michaels has accumulated many nicknames over the years—The Icon, The Showstopper, The Main Event, Mr. WrestleMania and HBK.
At the Hall of Fame ceremony, Shawn Michaels received a new nickname: Mr. Hall of Fame.
Shawn Michaels is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time and the fact that he was inducted to the hall of legends just proves it.
At WrestleMania 27, this match stole the show. We saw two legends compete in an epic matchup. The ending to this match is probably the most important aspect. It shows that Undertaker gave his all to keep his streak alive, and next year will probably be the final year.
The night after WrestleMania, John Cena and The Rock did something that was never done before. On that night, these two legends booked themselves a match at WrestleMania 28.
This is truly a dream match for the century and I am looking forward to the clash between these two titans.
A week after WrestleMania, World heavyweight champion Edge came to Raw to make an unexpected announcement involving his personal health. On that night, Edge informed the WWE Universe that he had to retire.
Edge is absolutely going to be a future Hall of Fame member. Thank you Edge.
After Edge was forced to retire, the World Heavyweight Championship has no holder. To decide the new champion, two No. 1 contenders would compete at Extreme Rules in a ladder match. These No. 1 contenders were Alberto Del Rio and Christian.
At Extreme Rules, Edge came to support his longtime friend, Christian, in his match. When Christian defeated ADR to capture the World title, it was a very emotional moment. Christian, you deserved it.
This slide does not need to be explained. It rocked the WWE’s foundation all the way to its core. A truly epic shoot by a truly amazing superstar.
We all knew that WWE wouldn’t let Punk walk out with the title. Wait a minute! He did walk out with the title! At Money in the Bank, CM Punk defeated John Cena to capture the WWE Championship.
Before ADR could challenge him, Punk hit him in the head with the title and fled into the crowd. The crowd went ballistic.
As you might remember, Vince McMahon told John Cena that if Punk walked out with the title, he would be fired. Well, Punk won and Vince McMahon was ready to fire Cena the next night on Raw. Before he could though, Triple H made a surprising return.
Triple H then informed Vince that the board of directors wants him to run the show now and that he was officially relieved of his duties. Definitely a shocking event.
Two WWE champions competed to determine the undisputed WWE champion. In a rematch from Money in the Bank, CM Punk faced John Cena.
After Punk won the match because of a mistake by Triple H, Kevin Nash made a shocking return and attacked Punk.
ADR then came to the ring and took advantage of the weakened Punk to capture the WWE title.
After 15 years, Mark Henry finally defeated Randy Orton to be the new World champion. Mark Henry truly deserved the big one and I give him my congrats.
At Hell in a Cell, Cody Rhodes did something unprecedented. In one split second, Rhodes tossed the modern IC title and went back to the classic championship belt.
He talked about all the legends who held the belt before him. He wants to become a "great" like they are.
I think he has the potential.
At Hell in a Cell, the final match was a triple-threat match for the WWE Championship. Moments after the match ended, the cage began to lift up and two masked men entered the ring.
The ring then lowered back down again. These masked men were soon revealed as being The Miz and R-Truth. They then proceeded to lay out everyone in their path. As they did this, the entire locker room poured out to try and get into the cage.
After finally getting cutters, police were able to get into the cage and arrest Awesome Truth. As they were walking up the ramp, Triple H came out of nowhere and attacked them. The show ended with Triple H being pulled away from them by numerous employees.
This moment was definitely an exciting way to end the show and it looked epic.
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