Zack Ryder’s last Z! True Long Island Story: January 11, 2013
It’s over. The video series that made Zack Ryder has ended at 100 episodes. And the final 10-minute video features cameos from some of WWE’s biggest stars, including John Cena and Dolph Ziggler. Oh, and John Morrison really like Heaven. You don’t have to take bumps there.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane defeats The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell: October 3, 2010
The 2010 version of Hell in a Cell featured yet another battle of the Brothers of Destruction. Paul Bearer turned on The Undertaker one more time, and Kane used the mystical urn and a chokeslam to defeat the Phenom.
The Undertaker defeats CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell: October 4, 2009
Three years ago, CM Punk found himself defending a championship in Hell in a Cell against an unbeatable monster — The Undertaker. Sounds familiar. The Straight Edge Superstar came into the match the World Heavyweight Champion. He wouldn’t leave with the title. The Undertaker tombstoned Punk straight to hell.
Triple H defeats CM Punk in a no-disqualification match, keeps his job as WWE COO: September 18, 2011
Kevin Nash interfered, jackknifing Punk and leaving him easy pickings for Triple H, who Pedigreed him for the win. It’s frustrating that Punk never got his win over Nash. Then again, Big Daddy Cool would have likely made a mockery of it. So maybe Punk lucked out.
Had to wrap up this recap quick since Night of Champions is on live now.
Triple H retains the WWE Championship against John Cena at Night of Champions: June 29, 2008
This wasn’t a bad card … but it wasn’t an exciting one. I’d rather have watched the dark match — Jeff Hardy beating MVP — than most of the under-card. And really, Jeff Hardy couldn’t get on the pay-per-view?
Triple H retained the WWE Championship in the main event against John Cena. There was an odd point in the match in which the Game locked the Doctor of Thuganomics in a Crippler Crossface. Ultimately, Cena went down to a Pedigree.
The co-main event featured a rematch of the previous year’s World Heavyweight Championship match between Edge and Batista. The Rated R Superstar retained again — this time due to help from Vickie and Chavo Guerrero.
John Cena retains the WWE Championship at Vengeance: Nights of Champions: June 24, 2007
The first Night of Champions will always be seen as the event that Chris Benoit no-showed on the weekend of the double-murder suicide. Benoit was scheduled to wrestle CM Punk for the vacant ECW Championship. After claiming that he was taking care of his sick family and skipping that weekend’s house shows, Benoit flat out no-showed the pay-per-view. John Morrison filled in and won the ECW Title. The next day, the world learned of the killings.
What’s also noticeable about this card is how many guys are either a) dead (Umaga and Lance Cade) and b) out of the company (too many to name). There are just six guys left on the roster — John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Santino Marella, Mick Foley and Booker T — from this card, which was just five years ago.
Cena retained the WWE Championship in a five-pack challenge by pinning Foley. Also in the match: Booker, Orton and Bobby Lashley.
In the other main event match, Edge retained the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Batista by count out.
CM Punk unifies the WWE Championship, defeating John Cena at SummerSlam ‘11: August 14, 2011
But the Straight Edge Superstar wouldn’t leave Los Angeles with the championship. Kevin Nash ambushed Punk, delivering a devastating Jackknife power bomb. The cunning Alberto Del Rio capitalized, cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Del Rio hit an enziguri kick to the back of the head, ensuring Punk was down for the count.
Team WWE defeats the Nexus in a seven-on-seven elimination match at SummerSlam ‘10: August 15, 2010
Former Nexus member Daniel Bryan returned to help Team WWE (John Cena, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Chris Jericho, Edge, R Truth, John Morrison) defeat his former comrades (Wade Barrett, Skip Sheffield, Darren Young, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, and Michael Tarver). Faces and heels joined forces (I love when this happens). Cena Supermanned his way to victory, becoming the sole survivor.
WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view is this Sunday: July 15, 2012
Seeing this look back at past Money in the Bank matches, WWE is really missing Money in the Bank all-stars Evan Bourne, Edge, John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin. Especially Shelton, who did some sick dives.
Chris Benoit’s last match was five years ago today (June 19, 2007). Five days later, Benoit was found dead. He’d killed his wife, Nancy (aka wrestling valet, Woman), and their son, Daniel, in a murder-suicide at the family Atlanta-area home.
Benoit’s last match was on a broadcast of WWE’s version of ECW. He wrestled Elijah Burke (now, “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero in TNA), winning the match and advancing to face CM Punk for the vacant ECW World Heavyweight Title at the Vengeance: Night of Champions pay-per-view.