WWE Survivor Series: Triple H and the 10 Greatest Double-Duty Performances
This Sunday at Survivor Series will mark the second consecutive pay-per-view in which WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler will have to compete in not one, but two matches.
The historic workload on back-to-back pay-per-views is cause for celebration of some of the more memorable instances when a WWE Superstar's endurance was pushed to the limit by having to compete multiple times in one night.
Whether it was due to a tournament, punishment, or multiple championship reigns, it is no coincidence that the rare occurrence of double duty performances in pro wrestling is reserved for some of the all time best.
10. Kurt Angle Defends His Championships at TNA's No Surrender in 2007
Back when Kurt Angle was at his peak in TNA, the former Olympian reigned simultaneously as the Heavyweight Champion, tag team champion, and X-Division Champion.
Heavy was the crown for Angle, who had to defend all three championships in one night at TNA's No Surrender pay-per-view in 2007.
Angle went 1-2 on that night, losing the tag team championships to the team of Adam "Pac Man" Jones and Ron Killings, then losing the X-Division Championship to Jay Lethal. Angle would salvage the night, somewhat, by successfully retaining his Heavyweight Championship against Abyss.
9. Stone Cold Steve Austin Defeats Mero, Roberts, Wins Historic King of the Ring
Leading up to his iconic promo that spelled the impetus for a white-hot run as WWE's top star of the Attitude Era, Steve Austin wrestled two matches at the 1996 King of the Ring against "the Wild Man" Marc Mero and followed by the legendary Jake "the Snake" Roberts.
After defeating Roberts, who was in the midst of a momentous comeback run in the WWE as a born-again Christian, Austin made his signature bible reference mocking Roberts when he proclaimed that "Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"
8. Triple H Works Three WWE Championship Matches at WWE No Mercy 2007
Following an extended reign as WWE Champion, John Cena was forced to vacate the title due to injury, which lead to Randy Orton (his would-be opponent for No Mercy) being gifted the championship to kick off the pay-per-view.
Orton would only reign for several minutes as Triple H challenged and defeated him for the WWE Championship.
Triple H was still slated to face Umaga, and the match would be changed to a WWE Championship encounter that Triple H barely won.
Following two grueling contests, Randy Orton opportunistically used his rematch clause to challenge Triple H for the WWE Championship, eventually dethroning the Game in a Last Man Standing match after a WWE Championship reign of less than three hours.
7. Bret Hart Loses to Owen, Defeats Yokozuna for WWE Title at WrestleMania X
Bret and Owen Hart kicked off WrestleMania X with quite possibly the greatest opening match in WrestleMania history.
Following a marathon back-and-forth match won by Owen, Bret would go on to challenge WWE Champion Yokozuna for the WWE Championship after he and Lex Luger had simultaneously won the 1994 Royal Rumble. Hart went into the match as an obvious underdog, but would pull off the victory, capturing his second WWE Championship.
6. The Rock Wins 1998 Survivor Series Deadly Games Tournament, Turns Heel
With the Rock red hot as a babyface, the People's Champion went into the 1998 Survivor Series tournament for the WWE Championship as one of the clear favorites.
After Steve Austin was shockingly eliminated by Mankind early in the tournament, the Rock went through the Big Bossman, Ken Shamrock, the Undertaker, and Mankind to capture his first WWE Championship.
The Rock would turn heel, however, in his final match against Mankind as he won via screwjob the same way Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart at Survivor Series just one year earlier.
5. Chris Jericho Goes 2-1 on RAW Before Losing Intercontinental Title to Benoit
With the McMahon-Helmsley regime was trying to put the screws to Chris Jericho, they had him wrestle three matches in one night with the goal of having Jericho lose the Intercontinental Championship.
Jericho managed to retain the title against both Kurt Angle and the Big Show before eventually losing in that night's main event to Chris Benoit with Triple H as the special guest referee.
4. Randy Savage Winst WrestleMania IV Tournament to Set Up Match with Hogan
WrestleMania IV featured a 16-man tournament for the WWE Championship, with the majority of the matches contested being related to the monster tournament.
After both Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, who competed for the WWE Championship the previous year, were eliminated in the second round via double disqualification, Randy Savage seized the opportunity and defeated Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, the One Man Gang, and Ted DiBiase to capture the WWE Championship.
Savage's reign as champion lasted an entire year, until the following WrestleMania where he would drop the WWE Championship to Hulk Hogan.
3. Triple H Runs the Gauntlet on SmackDown, Works 5 Matches
While at odds with a babyface Vince Mcmahon, Triple H was forced to work five matches on WWE SmackDown in 1999 for the right to qualify for the 6-pack challenge for the WWE Championship at WWE Unforgiven.
Triple H's five matches, all specialties of his opponent, included a Chokeslam match against the Big Show, an Inferno Match against Kane, a Casket Match against the Undertaker (who did not compete and instead instructed Viscera and Mideon to take his place), a Boiler Room Brawl against Mankind, and a Brahama Bull Strap Match against the Rock.
Triple H went 3-2 in those contests, defeating Kane, Mankind, and the Rock to earn his spot in the 6-pack challenge.
2. Bill Goldberg Defeats Hall, Hogan in Georgia Dome on Historic Nitro
Perhaps the last great episode of Monday Nitro came in the form of a free pay-per-view event headlined by Bill Goldberg vs. Hulk Hogan in Goldberg's backyard of the Georgia Dome.
Goldberg had to earn his right to face Hogan by first defeating fellow-NWO member Scott Hall, which he did with help from NBA Superstar Karl Malone and Diamond Dallas Page.
Goldberg would go on to defeat Hogan in a match that was inexplicably given away on free TV with no build, but on a night where WCW would claim one of their final ratings victories of the Monday Night Wars.
1. Chris Jericho Beats Steve Austin and the Rock on the Same Night at Vengeance
As evidenced by this very list, many athletes have worked multiple matches in one night, but none have been able to consecutively defeat arguably the two biggest stars in WWE history on the same night.
Chris Jericho did just that in a mini-tournament to crown the first ever Undisputed WWE Champion.
Following a cheap victory over the Rock, after outside interference from Vince McMahon, the Rock immediately had to face "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Jericho would pull off the upset, after yet another dirty victory, this time with help from his former WCW colleague Booker T.
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