Wrestling Lives Here.
This rivalry was one fans had wanted to see since 2002, when the two superstars made their debut. But fast-forward to 2009, and here we have the two young studs, all grown up, going toe-to-toe at the second biggest PPV of the year; SummerSlam. Live from Los Angeles, California these two would take part in a gruelling, yet confusing encounter that would only kickstart the rivalry between the two. Randy Orton had come out of SummerSlam still WWE Champion after having pulled every stunt in the book to keep his title, including Brett DiBiase even storming the ring mid-match and attacking referee Scott Armstrong.
The distraction would give Orton the chance to RKO John Cena and walk out of Los Angeles the reigning WWE Champion, but land him in a lot of hot water with WWE Management for the cunning tactics. Mr McMahon forced Orton to face Cena one more time for the WWE Title in a “I Quit” match at the next month’s PPV; Breaking Point. Nobody could interfere on Orton’s behalf either or he’d lose that precious title of his. The Breaking Point “I Quit” match was a brutal one, where things between the two superstars only became more personal and Cena & Orton battered the hell out of each other, forcing the other man to give up to no avail. The match included many great spots, and the use of handcuffs as well, but John Cena would come out on top thanks to clever application of the STF, giving Orton no escape but to tap out.
The two would meet again at Hell In A Cell, and once again try to tear each other apart inside the Cell, with Cena even making Orton tap out, but it wasn’t seen by the referee so Orton fired back with an RKO and then followed it up with a vicious punt kick to the head to win back the WWE Championship (Randy Orton’s fifth reign as champion).
The two would meet to settle the score once and for all at Bragging Rights 2009. It would be a No Holds Barred Iron Man Match, a match I consider the toughest in all of wrestling, epic for sure. And epic this match was, it surely lived up to the hype, delivering a grueling lasting encounter between the two, they took it to the limit, battling all over the arena, and eventually John Cena reigning supreme over his arch-nemesis Randy Orton. This rivalry was a great one, between two superstars that everyone wants to see scrap. And scrap they did, leaving us with an awesome 1-hour No Holds Barred Iron Man Match that’ll never be forgotten, one for the ages for sure!
WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2009 DVD
WWE SUMMERSLAM 2009 DVD
WWE BRAGGING RIGHTS 2009 DVD
A rivalry that spanned just about an entire year, featuring a number of epic matches, an appearance by Edge, and both men being all square, by the end of it all. Things between the two began early in 2007 during the Road To WrestleMania. Undertaker won the Royal Rumble and therefore became the number one contender to Batista’s World Heavyweight Championship. Batista had become a dominant champion by then and wasn’t ready to give up his World’s Title any time soon.
Batista & Undertaker would compete in an epic one-on-one encounter at WrestleMania 23 in Detroit, Michigan. In front of 70-odd thousand people they would produce a WrestleMania-quality match that pretty much stole the show, and what many people say, should of been the main event to close the show. Undertaker would defeat Batista, keeping his WrestleMania unbeaten streak intact for another year, and also prove to Batista, that he was the better man.
The obligatory rematch would take place next month at Backlash, where the two men fought in a Last Man Standing Match, another epic encounter between the two that ended in a no contest, after both men failed to answer the ref’s ten count, leaving this rivalry still burning between the two, but could Batista actually defeat The Deadman? Only time would tell.
The Deadman would succumb to injury after a devastating attack from Mark Henry & Edge, so we fast-forward to Cyber Sunday 2007 and the return of Undertaker, in a match, for the World Heavyweight Championship, against Batista, yet again. Only this time, there was a Special Guest Referee; Stone Cold Steve Austin. And wasn’t old Stone Cold lucky to witness this encounter up close & personal, as Batista & Undertaker once again produced a WrestleMania-quality match. This time though, Batista would prove he was capable of beating The Deadman, demolishing Undertaker with a Batista Bomb, and getting the 1-2-3 over Undertaker, retaining his World Heavyweight Championship in the process, and leaving Stone Cold pretty impressed by what he saw in the ring that night.
With each man on one win & a draw, a rubber match needed to be set, and so it was. At Survivor Series 2007, the two men would battle to the end inside Hell In A Cell. A brutal encounter awaited the two men, with neither giving each other a breather inside the Cell that night. It was a rough match, that definitely left both men battered & bruised, that’s for sure. And with a twist, no one saw coming. Edge, dressed as a cameraman would blindside the competitors, destroying any chance Undertaker had of winning the match, in the process. So Batista would end up with the win, and still holding on to the World’s Title.
The three men (Edge, Batista & Undertaker) would compete at the final PPV Event of 2007, taking part in a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. This would be the final encounter between the three men, that had been at war throughout the whole year pretty much, so smart move by VinceCo to book this match. Edge would end up outsmarting, or plain cheating (whichever way you look at it) his way into becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion. Edge would use newcomers & “Edge clones” Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins to fool Undertaker & Batista. So things between Batista & The Undertaker were wrapped up at 2 wins for Dave, 1 for Taker & a draw at Backlash, this was one feud comprising of matches you could watch over and over again folks!
BATISTA: I WALK ALONE 3 DISC SET
WRESTLEMANIA 23 DVD
SURVIVOR SERIES 2007 DVD
ARMAGEDDON 2007 DVD
Rivalries don’t get much better than this; a rivalry built out of pure competition and need for championship glory. During the summer of 2006 John Cena & Edge would compete in a gruesome, and quite personal battle for the WWE Championship. During the year Edge had come into his own as a singles superstar, even cashing-in his Money In The Bank opportunity on a bloody beaten-up Cena after Elimination Chamber in January.
Cena would then beat Edge and reclaim his WWE Title at Royal Rumble. Now back to the summer of 2006, by this stage Edge had the WWE Title and Cena was gunning for it. After being screwed out of his title match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, Cena would get his opportunity for a rematch at SummerSlam 2006.
Leading up to SummerSlam Edge had even entered Cena’s family home and slapped his father, making things more personal than ever. At SummerSlam 2006 the two fought in a good match, but Edge & Lita would screw Cena once again, by hitting Cena in the back of the head with some brass knuckles, and retaining his WWE Title in the process. Things would only heat up after that night and soon after Lita threw the Spinner Belt into the Long Island Sound, replacing that belt with Edge’s very own designed “Rated R” Spinner Belt, talk about rubbing salt into the wounds huh.
Edge really had the better over John Cena but Cena would retaliate and attack Edge furiously before throwing him into the Long Island Sound in a dramatic fight outside Monday Night Raw one night. In the next weeks leading up to Unforgiven 2006, the two men would come to an agreement over a rematch for the WWE Championship. Although, this time, everything would be on the line for John Cena.
Cena told Edge he had a contract from SmackDown, and if he lost one more time to Edge he would sign it and leave the Raw brand, giving Edge a chance to reign supreme on Monday nights. Edge agreed to the rematch but laid down some stipulations, the first being that the match would take place at Unforgiven 2006, in Edge’s hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And the second stipulation being that the match be Edge’s speciality, a match he’d never lost; Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match.
So the stage was set for an epic encounter between the two that saw both men take things to the absolute limit with Edge & Lita doing their absolute best to keep the WWE Title in their grasp. Cena would end up defeating Edge after FU-ing him through numerous stacked ladders off the top of the ladder; still one of the most shocking moments I’ve ever witnessed in pro wrestling. This was a great feud though, one born out of competition, becoming deeply personal before ending in the most epic of ways, definitely one to remember and worthy of being revisited any time you want some enthralling entertainment.
Satan’s Prison: The Anthology of the Elimination Chamber
ECW One Night Stand 2006 DVD
SummerSlam 2006 DVD
Here’s a rivalry that had been brewing forever, and what a fantastic build it had too. Batista & Triple H had been best friends since 2003 when they formed the legendary stable Evolution alongside Randy Orton & Ric Flair. Batista had been the long time Heavy of the group, capturing Tag Team Gold along the way with group mentor Ric Flair.
The turning point was when Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble match and had to choose between challenging SmackDown’s JBL for the WWE Title or Raw’s Triple H for the World Heavyweight Title. Triple H tried his absolute best to worm his way out of facing Batista, doing his best to persuade Batista to go after SmackDown’s WWE Title. But Batista came around and made Triple H & Ric Flair well aware that he would challenge Triple H at WrestleMania 21 for the World’s Title, even Tigerbombing Triple H threw a table in the process. Batista had decided then and there he would become his own man and step out of the shadows of Triple H & Ric Flair and take out Triple H before Triple H ever took him out, the way he did Randy Orton back in 2004.
Although in early 2005 things would change for Evolution, and the spotlight would start to shift away from frontman Triple H and start to hover around up & coming powerhouse Batista. Now by 2005 Randy Orton had been booted out of Evolution and been feuding with Triple H ever since mid-2004. But things sure did get interesting at a certain Elimination Chamber event to kick off 2005. Triple H could of saved his “Evolution Brother” from elimination but chose not to and from here the seeds would be planted for an epic showdown, rarely matched by today’s standards, in terms of pure drama & excitement.
Batista would go on to defeat Triple H at WrestleMania 21, in a bloody feud that stills stand out to me as one of the most epic main events in WrestleMania history, that match is a real passing of the torch moment I reckon. The feud wouldn’t end there though, as Triple H needed revenge on his young protégé. Things between the two would eventually be settled inside the vicious Hell In A Cell at Vengeance 2005.
In a match that involved everything from steel chains, a toolbox to a sledgehammer, these two stars let it all hang out in another bloody brutal encounter that is definitely in my Top Ten Of All Time, and a match I continue to watch over and over again, I recommend it to all if you want to see a proper Hell In A Cell match, because let’s face it, the ones we see now in the PG-Era are just an absolute joke. But anyways, I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Greatest Rivalries Of The Past Ten Years, and next up we revisit a “Rated R” rivalry.
TRIPLE H: THE KING OF KINGS - THERE IS ONLY ONE 2 DISC SET
BATISTA: I WALK ALONE 3 DISC SET
Now here’s a classic for all you Grappling fans out there, yes, a real battle between two amateur wrestling geniuses. So after Brock Lesnar went through the likes of The Rock, Undertaker & Big Show, he would come up against WWE Champion Kurt Angle in 2003. Lesnar qualified to face Angle for the Title after winning the Royal Rumble, where he eliminated Undertaker to win actually.
Lesnar & Angle would be involved in a series of situations manipulated by Team Angle leading up to the WrestleMania XIX match. The match at WrestleMania XIX was one for the ages, and the perfect end to what I call the greatest WrestleMania I’ve ever seen, quite frankly. The two would go toe to toe for the best part of 30 minutes, trading blows & throws.
Angle was actually injured & in very bad shape heading into this match, so props to him for just competing. Lesnar would nearly end his career after attempting a Shooting Star Press (made famous by Billy Kidman) and landing on his head in the middle of the ring. Lesnar was concussed from that moment and managed to defeat Angle in the end, but definitely not in a good state at all by the end of the match.
So both men were half destroyed by the end of WrestleMania XIX. Kurt Angle would take time off to get much needed neck surgery, while Lesnar would go on to defend his WWE Title against the likes of John Cena until come July 2003, when Kurt Angle would return to the WWE and declare his need for the WWE Title once again. So Angle, Lesnar & Big Show competed in a Triple Threat Match at Vengeance 2003, where Angle won back the WWE Title. It was a fantastic match and highly rated, for sure.
In August, Lesnar turned on his friend Kurt Angle and half destroyed Angle in a cage match that involved Vince McMahon as well. Lesnar would become McMahon’s wrecking ball, becoming more vicious than ever. Lesnar destroyed a one-legged Zack Gowen and continued to compete with Kurt Angle. The two fought at SummerSlam 2003 in another grappling classic, and even took on each other in a 60-minute Iron Man Match that featured on an episode of SmackDown. Personally it’s my favourite match type besides the Royal Rumble & TLC, and proved a classic with Lesnar winning by one fall, if memory serves me correct.
These two had a very well-rounded rivalry that included just about every match type or scenario you can imagine. Starting as rivals, then becoming friends, then becoming bitter enemies, this was one for the ages for sure. I definitely recommend watching any matches featuring these two because they are just technical classics, and perfect studying for the young man, or even woman, wanting to become a pro wrestler, Enjoy!
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2003 DVD
WWE WRESTLEMANIA XIX DVD
WWE VENGEANCE 2003 DVD
WWE SUMMERSLAM 2003 DVD
Well yes, the RAW Roster made it’s way Down Under last week, and what an awesome tour it was. Brisbane sure did get lucky with meeting The Miz, that’s pretty… wait for it … AWESOME!!
Anyways here’s my recap of the RAW World Tour Live from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
The arena is packed and the crowd is ready. Even though we get the WWE out here at least once a year, it still surprises me how enthusiast our crowds are for it, we just can’t get enough, and it shows! I saw people everywhere wearing merchandise, mainly those god-awful pink Ziggler tees, and John Cena green merchandise, hmmm the WWE really likes it’s bright bold colors don’t it? Anyways, on with the show..
A short video package opens the show, and we are treated to fireworks, that seriously came out of nowhere and scared the shit out of me, that’s for sure.
BRODUS CLAY with NAOMI defeated JACK SWAGGER
Hardly any wrestling in this one, about a quarter of the match featured wrestling moves & holds. The rest was Clay jiggling (slightly offputting but funny) and Swagger escaping out of the ring and playing off the crowd’s reactions. This got old quickly though, definately a match to forget, except for Naomi’s dance routine at the end though. After seeing Clay do the dance with the kids thing, Naomi’s dance solo was very welcomed by all male fans in attendance, I’m sure of it. RATING: 2/5
The Miz cuts a backstage promo on defending his Intercontinental Title against Alex Riley, felt like we had stepped into a time machine and had revisited their old feud for these house shows, that’s for sure. But The Miz was brilliant on the mic, as always. It that man ever speechless? Probably not.
DIVAS TITLE MATCH:
LAYLA defeated ROSA MENDES
Boring match, I love Rosa so i was about the only one not booing her out of the arena. Rosa was the heel in this one, and played it up big time. Good perv, that’s bout it… Next! RATING: 1/5
And now the real show begins!
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH:
THE MIZ defeated ALEX RILEY
Not a bad match this one, the crowd was all over The Miz, I swear he kept on looking at me as I gave him the old thumbs up. Love that guy’s work, Really. The Miz had the Melbourne crowd in the palm of his hand with every word he delivered on that mic, that’s for sure. RATING: 3/5
ZACK RYDER defeated TENSAI
Wow, I feel real sorry for Tensai, works his butt off in Japan getting over with a popular gimmick only to be rehired by the WWE and put up with fans chanting crap from a bygone era, and then to lose to Zack Ryder!? A man who is half his size, in only 5 minutes. It’s hard to justify wrestling to the haters (wrestling is fake whiners, you know em) when the WWE produces stuff like that. Tensai should of squashed Ryder, even if it’s a house show, it’s still bloody logical right! RATING: 1/5
They play a video package recapping Triple H questioning his career & retirement. Dramatic stuff! But the WWE always does vignettes well, love those things. Josh Roberts gives the new WWE App a plug. And just on the new WWE App, it’s about damn time hey. I’ve forever wondered when the WWE, who loves twitter and seems so up-to-date with technology would actually bring out a damn smartphone app. They needed it, and what a great app it is, worth the wait!
WWE TAG TEAM TITLES MATCH:
R-BOOM defeated PRIMO & EPICO with ROSA MENDES
Entertaining match, great moves put on by all four guys here. Talent Exemplified here folks, was just a good tag team bout. Can see a good rivalry here between these two teams, that’s for sure. Rosa added extra value as the “screaming bitch” (in the nicest way hunny) on the sidelines, love her! Now the Latinos actually won this match but AJ Lee had to come out of nowhere and restart the match after having witnessed Rosa interfere in the match. So still, your WWE Tag Team Champions.. R-Truth & Kofi Kingston. Good work fellas. RATING: 4/5
Intermission! (yay, time to buy merch, not! Now where can I get a drink though)
SANTINO MARELLA defeated DAVID OTUNGA
I didn’t know “The Masterpiece” had loaned his gimmick to David Otunga?? Yehh, Otunga did his best Chris Masters impersonation during his entrance, dragged on waaaaay too much. Plenty of chants taunting Otunga, the crowd was smart, they even cheered “You Can’t Wrestle!” to him, great to see Marella get the win in the end. RATING: 2/5
WWE TITLE MATCH:
CM PUNK defeated DANIEL BRYAN
Did you know the bell never rang to start this match? So guess this bout doesn’t count “officially”. But damn, what a bout it was, awesome match. I’m not gonna lie, this one was off the chain. Thankfully it was no stipulations, and just a one-on-one match for the Bling Belt. Punk got a raucous reaction from the Melbourne crowd, you could definately feel the electricity in the air. Not sure Punk was heel yet for this match, I know he’s only just starting being a prick to fan favorites again but yeh, he was hella nice in this match. The crowd really got stuck into Bryan with the “YES” Chants, Bryan wouldn’t leave it alone. Got really annoying at one stage but thankfully I think they realized that and just got back to wrestling. Anyways, was a brilliant match and the real main event of this show, that’s for sure. RATING: 4/5
JOHN CENA defeated JOHN LAURINIATIS & BIG SHOW
Pretty stock standard match here, John Cena’s entrance was huge though, crowd went ballistic as expected, was a more positive than negative John Cena crowd this one, thankfully. Now why is Johnny Ace still around? I thought he was fired, his titantron even has him as General Manager WTF Once again, the WWE just creating it’s own form of logic I guess, ah well. RATING: 2/5
So that was it, entertaining show in the end. Cena even got on the mic and shared some words with the crowd, thanking us all for bringing the fire, sounded like he really enjoyed his time out here Down Under, good to hear.
THE CROWD LOVED:
The Merchandise Stands
THE CROWD HATED:
Big Show & Johnny Ace
*All photos belong to the WWE, just sayin.
Personally, this was always one of my favorite rivalries, and one more believable than others. Tempers between these two flared leading up to Lesnar’s first-ever WWE Title defence against Undertaker at Unforgiven 2002. Lesnar & Heyman were on a war path which included the Undertaker, and even his wife and their unborn child.
The two battled to a no-contest at Unforgiven, leaving things much unfinished, and so, the war would only continue between the two. Which leads us to No Mercy 2002, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the two would meet inside the bloodiest & brutal Hell In A Cell Match I’ve ever seen. This blood-letting lasted for the best part of an hour, and considering Lesnar was still pretty green, he had truly proven himself as a main-event level player, and the true dominant champion within the WWE at that time.
Undertaker would later be forced to take time off due to the Big Show throwing him off the SmackDown stage, and Lesnar would lose his WWE Title to the Big Show at Survivor Series 2002, after being screwed by Paul Heyman. After these events, Lesnar would go on to win the 2003 Royal Rumble and defeat Kurt Angle for the WWE Title at WrestleMania XIX. Taker & Lesnar would meet again in a Biker Chain Match at No Mercy 2003, and even shared scowls at a UFC Event many years later. One wonders, is there one more match left between these two?
WWE NO MERCY 2002 DVD
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2003 DVD
WWE WRESTLEMANIA XIX DVD
Now here’s one amazing story between two superstars that have remained friends for as long as time will tell. The foundations for this rivalry were set in the 90s during the D-Generation X days. But after Michaels was forced to retire due to injury in 1999, Triple H would become the figure-head of DX and surely enough take Michaels place at the top of the WWF Roster.
Michaels would return to the now called WWE in 2002, in a time where Triple H had become the most popular and sought after superstar in the business. Although, as things usually go, Triple H would turn on his ‘best buddy’ HBK and try to end his career. The two men competed in an un-sanctioned Street Fight at WWE SummerSlam 2002, which HBK won in the end, but he would out of the ring second-best after a devastating sledgehammer attack to his injured back.
Their rivalry wouldn’t end there though, as the two met again that year inside the Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series, and Michaels, once again, defeated his former friend for the World’s Heavyweight Championship, Triple H was admitted to hospital for 48 hours following that brutal nearly one-hour match.
Their rivalry came to a head of sorts, at Armageddon 2002, where the two competed in a two-out-of-three falls match. Once again, these two men took things to the limit and really showed up-and-coming superstars how a story is told inside the ring. Triple H would win back the World’s Title from Shawn Michaels after this match but the story between these two superstars would be far from finished.
WWE FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE BD
TRIPLE H: THE KING OF KINGS (THERE IS ONLY ONE) 2 DISC DVD SET
WWE SATAN’S PRISON: THE ANTHOLOGY OF THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER 3 DISC DVD SET
Now here’s a DVD title that is highly sort after in the collector’s world, featuring a pretty solid card by 2002 standards and possibly one of the greatest Triple Threat matches ever staged in the WWE.
TRIPLE THREAT MATCH FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP:
Undertaker vs The Rock vs Kurt Angle
Here’s a match that had it all, and definately one match that should be compulsory viewing for any new wrestling fan. These three superstars take you on one hell of a trip in this match. Every man in this match wanted that title as bad as air itself, that’s for sure, and although I didn’t agree with the final result, this was one five-star classic, that’s for sure.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
Rob Van Dam vs Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman
Anything involving Brock Lesnar is usually quality and here we have the aforementioned “War Machine” in his first title match, a teaser for what was to come at SummerSlam the next month. RVD did well to make Lesnar look like the beast he truly is, and with Paul E by his side, The Next Big Thing was here to dominate.
JOHN CENA vs CHRIS JERICHO
This wasn’t the longest match from what I recall, but Cena wasn’t that bad a wrestler in the ring, as you can tell from watching this match but the surprise finish makes for some entertaining viewing, that’s for sure.
TAG TEAM TABLES MATCH:
Bully Ray & Spike Dudley vs Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero
Wow, this one was truly awesome hey, Benoit & Guerrero entered Team 3D territory with this match, and really took it up to the brothers from Dudleyville. Featuring some truly painful high-risk spots & plenty of pain, this is must-see viewing for any weapons match fan.
- 7 WWE Superstar Interviews (very insightful actually, go longer than you’d think)
- WWE Tag Team Titles Match: Hollywood Hulk Hogan & Edge vs Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo (every fan has seen this match)
MY TIP: BROCK LESNAR with Paul Heyman
I just can’t see Lesnar losing this one, after already getting beaten by Cena earlier in the year I think Lesnar will come back with a vengeance & Triple H will do his best to survive, and don’t be surprised if we see Stephanie McMahon involved in this match somehow.
MY TIP: ALBERTO DEL RIO
I think the Mexican Aristocrat will finally score that World’s Title at SummerSlam, one year ago he cashed in the Money In The Bank contract to score the WWE Title and I think, once again, Alberto Del Rio will walk out of SummerSlam, your new champion.
MY TIP: CM PUNK
Punk is on the roll of his career these days and I’m starting to think that maybe one of the conditions in that contract he signed last year may of included a lengthy title run, but anyways, it can only be a good thing. Not since the reign of Hulk Hogan have we seen a title run like this, I just hope he keeps that thing forever because anything involving CM Punk is “Must-See TV” as far as I’m concerned.
MY TIP: DOLPH ZIGGLER
Chris Jericho is amazing and will be a Hall of Famer but with his departure from the company looming I see no point in Ziggler losing this main event level match at the second biggest PPV of the year. Some are calling this a passing of the torch, I’m calling it the show stealer. Besides “The Perfect Storm” this one should be quality from start to finish.
MY TIP: THE MIZ
Hard for me to tip against my Mexican Hombre Rey Rey but this one is going to The Miz, and for the simple fact that The Miz will not be an overnight champion. We’ve seen how good The Miz can be with a title on his shoulder and let’s just hope he can continue to steal the show with his suave mic skills.
KANE VS DANIEL BRYAN // MY TIP: DANIEL BRYAN
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH // MY TIP: KOFI KINGSTON & R-TRUTH
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH // MY TIP: ANTONIO CESARO
So there you have it, my tips are in, and I hope you enjoy the show! VIVA SUMMERSLAM.