Saturday, June 30, 2012

WWE Friday Night Smackdown: June 29, 2012



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WWE En Español: 29 de Junio


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WWE Backstage Fallout: June 29, 2012


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Friday, June 29, 2012

WWE Diva Quits

The following is from the Twitter account of former WWE Diva Maxine:

"We have come to terms on my release. Its been a ride I want to thank WWE for the experience and understanding on my feelings. Its not easy saying goodbye. But there are other options at wich [sic] I can do. To my fans you may not see me on the WWE screen but on another(;.

I want to do nothing but get the real chance to entertain all of you...sometimes you have to make that chance for yourself!!

I want to take all of you with me...so I hope you all understand why i made my decision.

Im not going to another wrestling company that is not in my plans!!! I didnt ask for my release to go to another company."

Z! True Long Island Story: Episode #73


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WWE Classics: Mil Máscaras


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WWE Superstars: June 28, 2012


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Opening Segment That Was Messed Up From Raw

Earlier today, WWE apologized for technical difficulties regarding the following segment, shown here, in full:

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WWE Superstar Toyz: Episode #8


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WWE Issues Apology To Fans

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"Due to a technical malfunction at USA Network’s Master Control, the opening of last night’s Raw SuperShow was inadvertently interrupted by a 60-second local spot. On behalf of USA Network and those of us here at WWE, we apologize for this error."

WWE Issues Press Release Regarding Charlie Sheen

The following has been issued by WWE:

STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced Charlie Sheen, star of the highly anticipated FX comedy series Anger Management, as the Social Media Ambassador for Monday Night Raw’s historic 1000th episode live on July 23 at 8/7C on USA Network.

Sheen will tweet during Raw, providing up-to-the-minute commentary on the night’s action to his 7.5 million Twitter followers. Sheen has more than 12 million fans combined on the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. WWE fans and Sheen followers will be able to ask the actor questions during the broadcast via Twitter using the #SheenGetsRaw hashtag.

In Anger Management, Sheen stars as "Charlie," a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patients each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden and Noureen DeWulf co-star.

The series premiere of FX’s comedy series Anger Management starts this Thursday, June 28 with the first two episodes airing at 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Follow Charlie Sheen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CharlieSheen

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WWE Backstage Fallout - June 25, 2012


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Chris Jericho vs. John Cena - June 25, 2012 Raw


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Divas Battle Royal - June 25, 2012 Raw


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Mick Foley's Favorite Raw Moment


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Crazy AJ Promo From Raw June 25, 2012


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John Cena Star Wars Promo From Raw June 25, 2012


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Heath Slater vs. Sycho Sid - June 25, 2012 Raw


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Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella - June 25, 2012 Raw


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Big Show vs. Brodus Clay - June 25, 2012 Raw


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John Cena's 300th Make-A-Wish


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Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk - June 25, 2012 Raw


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Bob Barker Recalls His Moment On Raw


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WWE Great American Bash Announcement


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Shane Douglas Cuts New Promo For Extreme Rising


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John Cena To Make HUGE Announcement on Raw Tonight

The following is from John Cena's official Twitter account:

@JohnCena: In Fort Wayne for #Raw tonight I have an announcement that will make history! Make sure to watch #Raw

Be sure to follow John Cena by clicking here, and us here at Wrestlerap by clicking here.

New WWE Show To Debut In October

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ION TELEVISION DEBUTS WWE MAIN EVENT


STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 - WWE (NYSE: WWE) and ION Television today announced a new weekly one-hour original series airing on Wednesday nights at 8/7C. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3, 2012, and feature WWE Superstars and Divas from the rosters of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. The new show will be available in 100 million U.S. television households on ION Television, a top-rated general entertainment network that features a broad mix of critically acclaimed series, movies and original programming.

"ION Television is delighted to begin a new partnership with such a successful and well-recognized franchise as WWE," said Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. "As a general entertainment network with a solid foundation, WWE Main Event is a great addition to our lineup that features something for everyone. We look forward to introducing our ION audience to all of the excitement and drama WWE has to offer as well as welcoming a passionate new fan base to the network."

"WWE looks forward to this new partnership with ION Television," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. "We are excited about producing this new television show, WWE Main Event, and bringing our fans to ION Television every Wednesday."

WWE Main Event will feature in-ring action and fit seamlessly in storylines from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, making Wednesday night appointment viewing for fans. The new series will offer a big arena experience with live audiences like current WWE weekly programs.

WWE Raw in Mexico Update

Previously in Mexico, WWE Raw was aired with a two hour tape delay, and edited down to approximately ninety minutes. Now, Raw has moved to Televisa 5, and will air live, in full.

Ring of Honor Press Release

The following is from Ring of Honor Wrestling:




Last night, during Ring of Honor's Best in the World iPPV event, The All Night Express defeated Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin to become the new ROH Tag Team Champions.


Additionally, the following release has been issued for ROH's next iPPV broadcast:


GET CLOSER TO THE ACTION WITH RING OF HONOR WRESTLING
ROH returns to iPPV


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2012 AT 7:30PM
FRONTIER FIELDHOUSE


9807 Sayre Avenue - Chicago Ridge, IL 60415


Tickets start at only $20! Join ROH WORLD CHAMPION KEVIN STEEN, THE BRISCOES, RHINO, JAY LETHAL & more at RING OF HONOR WRESTLING’S RETURN TO CHICAGO RIDGE, IL with “DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR X” LIVE ON iPPV


CHICAGO RIDGE, IL – RING OF HONOR WRESTLING (ROH) is coming back to Chicago Ridge. The Superstars of ROH, are invading the Frontier Fieldhouse, Saturday September 15th at 7:30pm for DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR X LIVE ON iPPV.


TICKETS: On-Sale EXCLUSIVELY at www.ROHWRESTLING.com


THE ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE DEFENDED IN CHICAGO RIDGE!!!


Already Signed for action include:
KEVIN STEEN


RODERICK STRONG


#DemBoys JAY & MARK BRISCOE


Rhett Titus & Kenny King


THE ALL NIGHT EXPRESS


Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin WRESTLING’S GREATEST TAG TEAM


“Unbreakable” MICHAEL ELGIN


“MAN BEAST” RHINO


“Die Hard” EDDIE EDWARDS


“The Prodigy” MIKE BENNETT w/ MARIA KANELLIS


AND MORE!!!


TICKETS: On-Sale EXCLUSIVELY at www.ROHWRESTLING.com.

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6.25.2012: Preview of This Week's TNA Impact Wrestling

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WWE Download: Episode #22

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WWE Are You Serious?: Episode 21


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Impact Wrestling Post Show: June 21, 2012

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Austin Aries World Title Decision

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The Best of CM Punk In TNA (Part 3)

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The Best of CM Punk In TNA (Part 2)

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The Best of CM Punk In TNA (Part 1)

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Daniel Bryan's Favorite Raw Moment

Vickie Guerrero Confronts Mick Foley


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Ryback Destroys Two More... June 23, 2012


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Big Show, Brodus Clay Confrontation From WWE Smackdown


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Z! True Long Island Story: Episode 72


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WWE Superstars: June 21, 2012


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Press Release Regarding WWE '13 Video Game

The following is from THQ:

The 'Baddest Man On The Planet' Returns
Mike Tyson Returns To The Ring

The campaign premise of “Live the Revolution” continues, as THQ today announced the return of the incomparable Mike Tyson to the ring – virtually – in WWE® ’13, the revolutionary next installment in the WWE flagship videogame franchise. Often touted as the “baddest man on the planet,” the boxing legend and former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world will be available as an exclusive playable character for consumers who pre-order the videogame at any participating retailer in the UK for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (while supplies last).

Tyson made headlines with WWE (NYSE: WWE) in early 1998 as part of the company’s groundbreaking “Attitude Era," a time period prominently featured in WWE ’13 through a brand new single-player campaign. He is best remembered for his appearances leading up to and at WrestleMania® XIV, where he was recruited by D-Generation X (DX) to serve as a ringside enforcer during the main event match between DX member Shawn Michaels® and Stone Cold Steve Austin® for the WWE Championship. Tyson, sporting a sleeveless DX t-shirt and black jeans – the same look as his playable character in WWE ’13 – interfered in the match, allowing Austin to secure the victory and ultimately abandoning his presumed alliance with the renegade faction. Tyson returned to WWE on January 11, 2010 as a guest host on Monday Night Raw® and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2, 2012.

“As one of the most dominant champions in boxing history and one of the most memorable guests to ever be featured on WWE programming, Mike Tyson led an incredible revolution that changed the way fans perceive the sport,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President, Global Brand Management, THQ. “He was a tremendous addition to the ‘Attitude Era’ and is certain to attract a wide variety of fans to ‘live the revolution’ offered in WWE ’13.”

“The baddest man on the planet is back – and only in WWE ’13,” said Mike Tyson. “Fans everywhere can now relive what I experienced during the ‘Attitude Era.’”

Very First TNA PPV Ever

Alternative content

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TNA Today: Austin Aries (June 18, 2012)

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WWE Backstage Fallout: June 18, 2012


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John Cena vs. David Otunga, Johnny Ace, Big Show

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Cyndi Lauper & Wendy Richter Appear On Raw

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The Prime Time Players vs. Primo & Epico

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Triple H Confronts Paul Heyman

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Alberto Del Rio vs. Santino Marella

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Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler

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Devon vs. Hernandez (TNA Television Title)

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Jerry "The King" Lawler's Favorite Raw Moment

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Zema Ion vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin (X Divison Title)

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Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. CM Punk & Sheamus

From Raw, June 18, 2012

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TNA Heavyweight Title Match: Bobby Roode vs. Mr. Anderson

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Chris Jericho Returning

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Sting Viciously Attacked

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Monday, June 18, 2012

WWE Posts "Five-Point" Preview of Raw

Jobless and licking his wounds from last night’s Attitude Adjustment through a table, former General Manager and Executive Vice President of Talent John Laurinaitis will bid the WWE Universe farewell on tonight’s Raw SuperShow, WWE’s Breaking News mobile alert service reported Monday afternoon.

The mastermind behind the controversial “People Power” movement got the hard goodbye at No Way Out after John Cena defeated Big Show in a Steel Cage Match – a victory that carried the stipulation that Big Johnny would be future-endeavored if The World’s Largest Athlete couldn’t pick up the win. With Cena standing victorious and the power structure of Raw suddenly up in the air, the first Raw SuperShow A.L. (after Laurinaitis) is sure to represent a sea change for WWE. Here are five developments to watch out for.

Bye bye, Big Johnny “People Power” may have met its ignominious end in the swamps of New Jersey last night, but the WWE Universe will have one final opportunity tonight to hear from the newly out-of-work Mr. Excitement. Now that his tenure as Raw’s top authority figure is officially in the rear-view mirror, will the WWE Universe see a new, more humble, side of Laurinaitis? On his way out the door, will “Big Johnny” attempt to make good for his many previous wrongs? Or, will he leave Raw in much the same way that he governed it – kicking and screaming?

At No Way Out, Triple H made his first return to a WWE ring since Brock Lesnar served him with legal papers, baiting the wrecking machine with a one-on-one challenge to settle their differences in lieu of Lesnar’s two existing lawsuits against WWE. Lesnar’s legal representative Paul Heyman will almost certainly have some kind of a response for The King of Kings but will the ECW mastermind and his ruthless protégé accept The Game’s offer? Or will the COO need to sweeten the pot to get Brock to play ball?

The sneaky smile on AJ's face as Kane carried her away may have spoken volumes about where her heart really lies. The unbalanced Diva shared another stunning kiss with The Big Red Monster at No Way Out, then later wound up helping WWE Champion CM Punk win the Triple Threat Match by interfering as Kane had control of the battle. Is AJ actually attracted to Kane? Or is she just toying with The Big Red Monster? And if the latter is the case, will Kane torment AJ and make her regret using him as a pawn in the bizarre love triangle?

Something that hasn’t quite been addressed yet: In the Fatal 4-Way that won him the No. 1 contender spot for Sheamus’ title, Dolph Ziggler actually pinned his estranged tag partner, Jack Swagger, to make it to the final two against Christian. The Showoff has gone on record to say he’s grown tired of his tag team with The All-American American, and Vickie Guerrero is surely grasping at straws trying to keep her stable intact. Will costing his partner a shot at the World Title be the straw that broke the camel’s back?

As Raw SuperShow rolls into Zack Ryder’s home turf at the Nassau Coliseum, the Zack Pack is growing restless. The Ultimate Broski has been absent the last few weeks from Raw, and the ravenous denizens of the LI will be champing at the bit to see their boy in action. Ryder never disappoints his hometown crowd; what will the self-proclaimed “Internet Champion” have in store for his big homecoming?

Press Release Regarding Tonight's Raw

WWE issued the following press release:

POP ICON CYNDI LAUPER TO GUEST STAR ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW AT 9 PM ON USA NETWORK

Singer, songwriter and actress Cyndi Lauper is coming back to WWE. She will guest-star on Monday Night Raw live on USA Network from Nassau Coliseum in New York, N.Y. on June 18.

Cyndi is no stranger to WWE as she appeared at WrestleMania I standing in Hall of Famer Wendi Richter’s corner and serving as her manager. Wendi even utilized Cyndi’s mega hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” as her entrance music. In addition, many may remember Capitan Lou Albano’s cameo in Cyndi’s video for the nostalgic female anthem.

Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move.

Monday Night Raw airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on USA.

Preview of This Week's TNA Impact


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WWE Download: Episode 21


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WWE Are You Serious?: Episode #20


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Official Money In The Bank Promo


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Resistance Pro TV - Episode 1 - 6.10.12


The debut episode of RESISTANCE Pro's television show, originally broadcast on WCIU's U-TOO in Chicago on Sunday June 10th, 2012. This episode introduces newcomers to R-Pro and the major forces currently dominating it's live shows including current Heavyweight Champion HARRY SMITH, Women's Champion MELANIE CRUISE, and number one contender "Lonesome" JAY BRADLEY. Please view, share, enjoy and feel free to leave feedback. Join us at our next live event, TAKEN BY FORCE, on Friday June 15th 2012 at Excalibur in Chicago! More information available at RESISTANCEpro.com!

Why No Cody Rhodes This Week?

Some of you may have noticed that Cody Rhodes was absent from this week's WWE programming. He was sent to Turkey by the WWE for promotional reasons. He will be back in the United States for No Way Out, live on pay-per-view.

TNA Today: June 12, 2012 (Interview With Bobby Roode)

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WWE Inbox Episode #20

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Sting's Hall of Fame Induction

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Goldust To Star In Horror Movie

WWE alumni Goldust, brother of current superstar Cody Rhodes, will be starring in a horror film called "The Fire Witch of Austin, Texas."

For more information regarding the film, go to Indiegogo.com/thefirewitch.

Dolph Ziggler's Favorite Raw Moment

Monday, June 11, 2012

Del Rio Out Of No Way Out Main Event

Last week, Alberto Del Rio suffered a concussion on Smackdown. Therefore, he will not be in the main event against Sheamus at No Way Out.

It is believed a new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship will be named tonight on the three hour episode of Monday Night Raw.

SoCal Val & Christy Hemme Discuss TNA Hall of Fame

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Mr. Anderson Answering Questions From Fans

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Bobby Roode After Slammiversary

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WWE Download: Episode #20

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John Laurinaitis Removed As Executive Vice President

On the official WWE Corporate site, John Laurinaitis is no longer listed as Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, being replaced by Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H.

If you proceed further into the site, it appears as though this change was made last year, becoming "Executive Vice President, Talent" in 2011.

This would make Laurinaitis strictly an on-air performer, and keeping the title "Executive Vice President of Talent Relations" as a character role. We will bring you more news when it is available.

Sting's Post-Match Comments After TNA Slammiversary

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WWE Are You Serious? Episode #19

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

TNA Knockouts React To Brooke Hogan

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Samoa Joe & Kurt Angle: Before The Bell Extra

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Austin Aries: Before The Bell Extra

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Rob Van Dam: Before The Bell Extra

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Impact Wrestling: Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin (X Division Title)

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Impact Wrestling: Jeff Hardy vs. Devon (TV Title)

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Dixie Carter's Big Announcement

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WWE Posts "Who's the Greatest World Champion of the 21st Century?" Part 4

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# 3: Edge

"In Orangeville, you have two choices: work in a factory in town, or, if you are really lucky, land a job in Toronto." – from Edge's self-penned book "Adam Copeland on Edge."

With a little of that luck, combined with years of hard work, the skinny Canadian kid raised by his mom realized the improbable dream of becoming a WWE Superstar in 1998.

But once inside the hallowed WWE ring, The Ultimate Opportunist didn't settle on simply making it. Instead, he fought tooth-and-nail to reek of awesomeness. Taking on formidable foes such as Jeff Hardy, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Triple H, Christian and Undertaker, Edge became one of the most prolific champions ever. Among his 31 titles, The Rated-R Superstar captured an astonishing 11 World Championships. Along the way, he became master of one of WWE's most perilous contests – the Ladder Match.

With Edge's career soaring high, it was injury that would ultimately derail the ride in April 2011. In one of the most stunning Raw moments ever, the reigning World Heavyweight Champion announced his retirement just days after successfully defending his title at WrestleMania XXVII. No longer able to compete per doctor's orders, Edge relinquished his title days later on SmackDown.

In the end, no one was able to take away what Edge earned, and he walked away from the squared circle a reigning champion. The final chapter of his story book career came in 2012, when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Other Superstars can only hope to be so lucky.


# 2: Triple H

Triple H is the undisputed King of Kings. Moreover, when considering the greatest World Champions of the 21st Century, The Game's monumental list of accolades demands he sit on his thrown as one of the countdown's definitive titleholders.

Out of The Cerebral Assassin's WWE record 13 World Championship – consisting of eight WWE and five World Heavyweight Titles – 11 of them came after the beginning of 2000. What’s more, the intense competitor was the first World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history, setting the golden benchmark for all who came after him.

Still, being a great World Champion is about more than the title you carry into battle. It's about the warriors you face when you get there. Already a prominent competitor at the turn of the century, Triple H helped shape his 21st Century legacy by waging war on a slew of the greatest World Champions of all time, including John Cena, Mick Foley, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Chris Jericho, Kane, Randy Orton and Booker T.

Furthermore, The Game has, without a doubt, held the pulse of the WWE Universe from the year 2000 on – playing a key role in the McMahon-Helmsley Era, Evolution, the reforming of D-Generation X and even entering WWE’s front offices by becoming the powerful COO.

When counting down the elite World Champions of the century, Triple H is indeed "that damn good" – truly one of the squared circle's all-time greats.


# 1: John Cena

Since the fateful moment he debuted in 2002, John Cena has made a definitive impact in WWE and proven that he is, without question, the Greatest World Champion of the 21st Century.

In only his second appearance ever at The Show of Shows, The Champ won his first WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21. He went on to hold that title a record-breaking 10 times for a total of 1,058 days – which is 400 days more than any other 21st Century World Champion – as well as garnering two World Heavyweight Championships. What that means it that John Cena has been a World Champion for more than three calendar years!

The fearless leader of the Cenation has defeated other great World Champions such as Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista; WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels and Edge; as well as current WWE Champion CM Punk. He’s competed and thrived in grueling bouts including WWE Iron Man, Last Man Standing and “I Quit” Matches.

With his “Never Give Up” attitude, Cena has thrived as one of the most charismatic, outspoken and dominant Superstars in WWE. Love him or hate him, Cena has proven 12 times he’s the Greatest World Champion of the new Century.

WWE Posts "Who's the Greatest World Champion of the 21st Century?" Part 3

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# 6: Randy Orton

When categorizing the Superstar who has been known as "The Legend Killer," "The Viper" and "WWE's Apex Predator," it's all in the numbers: Third-generation squared circle competitor. Three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Six-time WWE Champion. WWE's 17th Triple Crown Champion.

But Randy Orton didn't claim the designation of being one of greatest World Champions of the 21st century simply by boasting impressive credentials; he snatched that lofty appellation with attitude, aggression and a take-no-prisoners approach in the ring. Becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history at SummerSlam in 2004 at the age of 24 – an incredible record which still stands – Orton announced himself as a top-level competitor, and he has been a staple of WWE's world title picture ever since.

From Raw to SmackDown, World Heavyweight to WWE Titles, Orton has faced and beaten the best. His classic battles with fellow legends like John Cena and Triple H have filled his trophy case, given the WWE Universe countless memorable moments and carried Orton all the way to the summit of WWE. Some Superstars might have held more than his nine world titles for more than his 558 days, but few did it with as much coldblooded intensity and few have made a bigger mark or been greater champions.



# 5: CM Punk

True, The Second City Saint's five World Title reigns don't stack up to some of the Superstars vying to be the best World Champion of the 21st Century in terms of length, but can you really make up a statistic to quantify what Punk has done in the last year? His time as WWE Champion has defied almost every WWE status quo there is, cemented the former "Internet darling" as a top-tier Superstar and changed the perception of what it means to be a WWE Champion.

CM Punk does not fit the traditional Superstar mold in almost any sense, and yet since he's held the WWE Title, Punk has gone toe-to-toe with some of WWE's most formidable ring warriors and come out smiling on the other side. Punk's challengers have ranged from John Cena, who he won the illustrious prize from in the first place at Money in the Bank 2011, to Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan, who challenged The Voice of the Voiceless in classic matches that truly brought out the best in each Superstar.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the infamous "pipe bomb" that preceded his rise, it's tough to imagine Punk's only been on top for 365 days. But it's even tougher to imagine what WWE was like before he got there.




# 4: Undertaker

When one typically thinks of The Undertaker these days, they tend to think of The Streak and not World Championship victories. But The Phenom has held the World Heavyweight Championship on three separate occasions, with a total of 207 days to his name.

In addition to the epic battles he fought while holding his "holy grail," The Phenom managed two impressive feats as pertained to the illustrious championship gold: He was one of the few Superstars to hold the Undisputed WWE Championship and he captured the World Title at two consecutive WrestleManias.

Undertaker brought his typical, ferocious style of combat and mind games to his championship reigns, looming large over the opposition as he added to his arsenal of maneuvers and toppled challengers in such a dominant fashion that Superstars would often have to resort to technicalities to defeat him.

While The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak may be what he is remembered for most, he will forever stand out as the most feared World Champions of all time, an immortal reputation that earns him a spot among the greatest World Champions of the 21st Century.

WWE Posts "Who's the Greatest World Champion of the 21st Century?" Part 2

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# 9: Kurt Angle

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known then as the “Games of the Olympiad,” was celebrated in Athens, Greece. At the monumental event, wrestling was considered by many to be the most prestigious sport at the games as its roots date back thousands of years.

Wrestling's first recognized professional World Championship can be traced back to 1905 when George Hackenschmidt defeated Tom Jenkins to become undisputed titleholder. In the more than 100 years since both the birth of the Olympic Games and professional wrestling, there has been one, and only one, Olympic Gold Medalist to hold the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship. That Superstar is Kurt Angle.

At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Kurt Angle added a gold medal in freestyle wrestling to his two National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 wrestling championships. The Olympic Gold Medal was the crown jewel on a litany of amateur accolades he began accumulating shortly after donning his first singlet at age 6. Then, a little more than three years after becoming the greatest amateur wrestler on the planet in his own country while competing with a fractured vertebra in his neck, the American inspiration made his WWE debut in November 1999. In the almost seven years that followed, Angle dominated WWE’s rings with the same insatiable appetite for victories that he displayed for decades.

In addition to winning the Hardcore, European, Tag Team, United States and Intercontinental Championships, the grappling gladiator also added the WWE-owned WCW World Heavyweight Championship, four WWE Championships and the World Heavyweight Championship to his unmatched canon of conquests. Through it all, Angle’s fruits of battle carried with them the glory of the ancient Spartans that dominated their foes in Greece even before the birth of the Olympics.

Because of his accomplishments both at the Olympic Games and in WWE, Kurt Angle is indeed one of the squared circle's greatest World Champions of the 21st Century.


# 8: Chris Jericho 

Chris Jericho helped usher WWE into the new millennium, so it's only fitting that Y2J finds his place among the century's greatest champions. Jericho made history when he became the first-ever WWE Undisputed Champion at Vengeance 2001, successfully unifying the WWE Championship and the WCW Championship. In one night, The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla trumped two legends, defeating The Rock for WCW's crown and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin for WWE's vaunted title, further cementing Y2J's place among the very best of all time.

In addition to his WWE Championship, it’s no secret that Jericho has made a career of collecting championship gold, racking up three World Heavyweight Titles among a slew of other accolades. With the majority of his hardware claimed in the 2000s, Y2J is a no-brainer for this list. Despite losses in his most recent quests to add to his golden collection, Jericho truly is a lion among men.



# 7: Batista

For 282 days, Batista held the World Heavyweight Championship. 282 days.

That is the longest World Heavyweight Title reign in WWE history. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he was never defeated to end his reign. Instead, he vacated the title due to an injury.

How long might that reign have gone, the WWE Universe will never know. But, one thing is certain: Batista set a new standard of excellence for an already proud title with one of the most impressive stretches of domination in WWE history.

It's fitting that Batista won that first World Title in the main event at WrestleMania 21 against The King of Kings, Triple H. The Animal's entire WWE tenure were marked by competing on the biggest stages, in the biggest matches, against WWE's biggest Superstars.

Edge, The Undertaker, John Cena, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho are just some of the iconic Superstars Batista battled with WWE titles on the line. If one can be judged by the quality of his opponents, then few competitors faced greater challenges or scaled greater heights than the powerhouse known as Batista.

But he's more than a four-time World Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWE Champion, more than the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion. He's one of the greatest, most dominant champions of this young century. He's The Animal.

WWE Posts "Who's the Greatest World Champion of the 21st Century?" Part 1

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In the summer of 1999 – serving as a stirring prelude to the arrival of Chris Jericho in a WWE ring for the very first time – a clock that proclaimed itself the “Countdown to the New Millennium" began to appear at WWE events.

Though the spectacle was certainly the perfect way to introduce “Y2J” to the WWE Universe, it also helped usher in an explosive new century of WWE action. And amidst the epic rivalries and monumental moments that would unfold over the next 12 years, a new breed of World Champion emerged as well.

But, who is the best of the best of the 21st Century? In search of the answer, WWE.com runs a countdown of its own, ranking the greatest World Champions of WWE from the year 2000 to the present.

 
# 10: Booker T 


While SmackDown color commentator Booker T lacks the title reign longevity of many of his World Champions contemporaries, his meteoric rise to the top on five separate occasions in just over one year’s time demands that he be included on the lofty pedestal of the 21st Century's prototypical titleholders.

Back when the world was bracing itself for the coming millennium in 1999, Booker had yet to reach the top of the mountain once. Instead, he made up one half of the explosive Harlem Heat combination – five months removed from meaningful singles competition. In the year that followed and amidst the chaos of WCW's final days, however, the street-savvy competitor would shed his tag team roots to achieve incredible individual glory practically overnight.

By the end of the year 2000, Booker had won the WCW Title three times – and wasn't done yet. The Bookerman seized the championship gold a fourth time on the final episode of Monday Nitro in March 2001 and reclaimed it again later that year while mixing it up with legendary rivals like The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. His championship pedigree also helped him lead the in-ring invasion of WCW and ECW competitors that called themselves “The Alliance.”

Five years later, the five-time WCW Champion reminded the WWE Universe of his undeniable talent as one of the squared circle’s greatest Superstars.   A mere two months after becoming the 2006 King of the Ring, the newly crowned King Booker made it back to the top by defeating Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Title at the Great American Bash.

These days, the majority of Booker's combat involves mixing it up with Michael Cole at the SmackDown announcer’s table, but his presence at ringside reminds all who step into the squared circle of what it takes to be an elite champion in the 21st Century. Now can you dig that, sucka?

WWE Outside The Ring - Episode #10


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June 6, 2012: WWE NXT


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