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Legends of Wrestling: The Undertaker

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Legends of Wrestling: Edge

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“The Rated R Superstar” debuted in the WWF in 1998. Originally, his persona seemed to be a mainstream version of ECW’s Raven. Edge made his PPV debut at SummerSlam 1998, teaming with Sable in a mixed tag team match against Marc Mero and Jacqueline. That fall, Edge joined Gangrel and Christian to form “The Brood,” a group primarily known for their unique entrance.

The Brood was absorbed by The Undertaker’s “Ministry of Darkness” in 1999. They participated in a very controversial moment at WrestleMania XV, hanging The Big Boss Man from the Hell in a Cell. Soon after this, The Brood was booted from The Ministry. Gangrel also forsook Edge and Christian, forming “The New Brood” with The Hardy Boyz.

Even though Gangrel started the epic feud, both teams set their sights on winning the managerial services of Terri Runnels, competing in the first ever tag team ladder match. The Hardy Boyz were victorious, but both teams made their mark. Edge and Christian actually teamed with The Hardy Boyz at Survivor Series 1999, having won each other’s respect.

Both teams challenged The Dudley Boyz for the WWF Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 2000 in a Triangle Ladder Match. Edge and Christian captured the titles, then they turned on the fans. Even without the crowd support, they dominated the tag team division for the next year by defeating The Dudleyz and The Hardyz in the first ever TLC Match at SummerSlam 2000 and TLC II at WrestleMania XVII. Edge won the 2001 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Kurt Angle in the finals, which caused dissention between he and Christian, who became jealous of Edge’s success in singles competition. The duo eventually split up and battled each other for the Intercontinental Championship.

Edge had rivalries with the likes of William Regal and Eddie Guerrero in 2002 and had two more reigns as a tag team champion. One with his boyhood hero, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, and another with Rey Mysterio. Edge injured his neck early in 2003 and was out of action for well over a year.

When Edge returned in 2004, he won the Intercontinental Championship from Randy Orton, but he and his fans became frustrated with his inability to live up to his potential and become the World Heavyweight Champion. He was actually jeered in his hometown of Toronto at SummerSlam 2004. Edge snapped and cost Shawn Michaels the World Heavyweight Championship at Taboo Tuesday 2004. At WrestleMania XXI, Edge won the first ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match, guaranteeing himself a title shot within the next year. He also became vilified for his relationship with Lita, which lead to heated rivalries with both Kane and Matt Hardy. Kane crashed Edge and Lita’s wedding and tombstoned the priest. Edge waited until New Year’s Revolution 2006 to finally cashed in his title opportunity, defeating John Cena after Cena had successfully defended the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber Match.

Edge’s title reign was brief and he inexplicably blamed Mick Foley. Edge defeated Mick Foley in a Hardcore Match at WrestleMania XXI, then resumed feuding with John Cena for most of 2006. After trading victories with John Cena, Edge formed another tag team with Randy Orton, called “Rated RKO.” Despite their potential, this duo never really synced and dissolved their partnership early in 2007.

Edge won the Money in the Bank contract for a second time, defeating Mr. Kennedy, then he cashed in to steal the World Heavyweight Championship from The Undertaker. Ironically, Edge tore his pectoral muscle in an altercation with Kane and was forced to relinquish the title. Edge returned and began a torrid love affair with Vickie Guerrero, the new G.M. of the SmackDown! brand. Edge was in the main event of WrestleMania XXIV, defending the World Heavyweight Championship against The Undertaker. The Undertaker remained undefeated at WrestleMania, winning the title, and he also bested Edge in a Hell in a Cell Match at SummerSlam 2008.

Edge’s on-again-off-again relationship with Vickie Guerrero continued to payoff as he made a surprise return at Survivor Series 2008 to win the WWE Championship. He then lost the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2009 in the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber Match, only to win the World Heavyweight Championship later that night in the RAW Elimination Chamber Match. Since Vickie Guerrero wasn’t the G.M. of RAW at the time, no reasonable explanation was ever given as to why this title change was permitted. Because of a bizarre love triangle with Vickie Guerrero and The Big Show, Edge lost the World Heavyweight Championship to John Cena in a Triple Threat Match with The Big Show at WrestleMania XXV.

Edge formed yet another tag team, this time with Chris Jericho in the summer of 2009, but suffered an Achilles tendon injury and was replaced by The Big Show. Chris Jericho and The Big Show became the Slammy Award winning “Tag Team of the Year 2009.” Edge returned and won the 2010 Royal Rumble Match, making him one of the most decorated WWE superstars of all time, but he failed to capture the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXVI.

Edge was one of the superstars who united against “The Nexus,” a faction of upstarts who invaded RAW in the summer of 2010, then returned to SmackDown! and won the World Heavyweight Championship from Kane at TLC 2010. As his career began to wind down, Edge had several successful title defenses against Dolph Ziggler, who was Vickie Guerrero’s new charge, before his final match, successfully defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII. Christian was in Edge’s corner for his final match. Edge was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Christian one year later on the eve of WrestleMania XXVIII.

Legends of Wrestling: The Ultimate Warrior

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In 1987, a spaceship which had departed from parts unknown arrived in the World Wrestling Federation. From this ship emerged… THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!!! He first appeared on the grand stage as an entrant into the 1988 Royal Rumble Match, but he was not yet an icon and was eliminated quickly. He then defeated Hercules Hernandez, of The Heenan Family, at WrestleMania IV in Atlantic City.

The Ultimate Warrior first made his mark when Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was injured by “The Outlaw” Ron Bass. Beefcake was the #1 Contender for The Honky Tonk Man’s Intercontinental Championship, so Honky was now without an opponent for SummerSlam 1988. The Warrior substituted and defeated The Honky Tonk Man in a record time to win the prestigious Intercontinental Championship. The Warrior was also the sole survivor in the opening match of Survivor Series 1988.

The Ultimate Warrior competed against “Ravishing” Rick Rude in a super pose-down at Royal Rumble 1989, which ended in a no contest after Rude gave The Warrior a cheap-shot. The Ravishing One then defeated The Warrior at WrestleMania V for his title with assistance from Rick Rude’s manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Their rematch as SummerSlam 1989 was one of the greatest matches in the career of The Warrior. With assistance from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, The Warrior regained his title. The Warrior was a sole survivor once again, this time in the main event of Survivor Series 1989.

At Royal Rumble 1990, The Ultimate Warrior crossed paths with “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, the WWF Champion. The Hulkster inadvertently eliminated The Warrior and set the stage for the “ultimate challenge” at WrestleMania VI in Toronto. Champion vs. champion. Title for title. The Warrior made history by becoming the first superstar since the birth of Hulkamania to score a legit victory over Hulk Hogan, also becoming the first superstar to hold both the Intercontinental and WWF Championships. The Warrior was then forced to relinquish the Intercontinental Championship by Jack Tunney, president of the WWF, so he could focus on the defending the WWF World Title.

The Ultimate Warrior successfully defended the gold at SummerSlam 1990 against his long time nemesis, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, in a Steel Cage Match. The Warrior was a sole survivor yet again at Survivor Series 1990, earing his way into the grand finale match of survival, where he and Hulk Hogan were victorious. The Warrior refused to defend his title against “Macho King” Randy Savage, likely because The Macho King had his manager, Sensational “Queen” Sherri, issue the challenge on his behalf, so Savage interfered in The Warrior’s match with Sgt. Slaughter at Royal Rumble 1991, costing Warrior the WWF Championship.

The Ultimate Warrior and “Macho King” Randy Savage, two of the top stars of their era, faced off in a Career Ending Match at WrestleMania VII in Los Angeles. The Warrior was victorious in this show stealing match and (temporarily) retired Randy Savage. The Warrior then resumed his feud with Sgt. Slaughter, teaming with Hulk Hogan in a Handicap Match at SummerSlam 1991 against The Triangle of Terror: Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustapha, & Gen. Adnan. Sid Justice was the special guest referee. Hogan and The Warrior were the winners, but The Warrior disappeared from the WWF immediately following the match. Warrior had, just prior to SummerSlam, been double crossed by Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who aligned with The Undertaker and Paul Bearer, but there was no resolution to this rivalry.

The Ultimate Warrior made his surprise return to the WWF at WrestleMania VIII in Indianapolis, saving Hulk Hogan from Sid Justice and Papa Shango. The Warrior then challenged “Macho Man” Randy Savage, the reigning WWF Champion, at SummerSlam 1992. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig interfered in the match and The Warrior won via count out, but titles cannot change hands on a count out. Warrior and Savage formed “The Ultimate Maniacs” alliance and were set to face Ric Flair and Razor Ramon in a tag team match at Survivor Series 1992, but Warrior again vanished from WWF programming. He was replaced by Mr. Perfect in the match.

This time, The Ultimate Warrior remained gone for over three years before returning at WrestleMania XII in Anaheim to decimate Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He was set to face Goldust for the Intercontinental Championship at In Your House a month later, but Goldust had injured his knee earlier in the night and intentionally got himself counted out to retain his title. After defeating Jerry “The King” Lawler at King of the Ring 1996, The Warrior was to team up with Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson against Camp Cornette: Vader, Owen Hart, & The British Bulldog at the next In Your House, but abruptly left the WWF for a third time and was replaced by Sycho Sid.

The Ultimate Warrior resurfaced two years later in World Championship Wrestling, confronting “Hollywod” Hulk Hogan on Monday Nitro. The Warrior participated in a #1 Contenders’ War Games Match at Fall Brawl 1998, then was defeated by Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc 1998. Members of the New World Order interfered in the match and The Warrior’s brief tenure in WCW came to and end soon after.

The Ultimate Warrior came out of retirement in 2008 for a match against Orlando Jordan in Nu-Wrestling Evolution. The Warrior won and relinquished the NWE Championship all on the same night. The Warrior will soon be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on the eve of WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans.

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

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Greatest WWF/WWE Champions: 1985-2013

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*WCW, ECW, & TNA titles count towards a superstars iconic status.

20. Mick Foley
– 3 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time WWF Hardcore Champion.
– 8 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time ECW Tag Team Champion.
– Winner of the first Boiler Room Brawl at SummerSlam 1996.
– Entered the 1998 Royal Rumble Match as three different personas.
– The Hardcore Championship was created in 1998 specifically for him.
– One half of the “The Rock & Sock Connection” with The Rock.
– WWF Commisioner in 2000.
– 1 time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time TNA Legends Champion.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2013.

19. Edge
– 4 time WWE Champion.
– 7 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 5 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 11 time WWF/WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WCW United States Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– He and Christian were the winners of the first “TLC” Match at SummerSlam 2000.
– 2001 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Winner of the first “Money in the Bank” Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXI.
– Won the Money in the Bank contract from Mr. Kennedy in 2007.
– Winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble Match.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2012.

18. “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
– 1 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 2 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– WWF “Triple Crown” winner.
– Defeated Mr. Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship in a record time.
– Longest reigning WWF Champion of the 1990s.
– 5 time WCW Champion.
– 9 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
– One half of “The Outsiders” with Scott Hall.
– Formed the “New World Order” in 1996 and then the “The Wolf Pack” in 1998.
– Winner of the WCW World War III Battle Royal in 1998.
– Ended Bill Goldberg’s undefeated streak at Starcade 1998.
– 1 time TNA Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time TNA Legends Champion.

17. The Ultimate Warrior
– 1 time WWF Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– Sole survivor for three consecutive years at the Survivor Series, 1988, 1989, & 1990.
– First superstar with a legit victory over Hulk Hogan in a main event.
– Only superstar to simultaneously hold the WWF and Intercontinental Championships.
– First WWF Champion to defend the gold at SummerSlam and the Royal Rumble.
– Retired “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania VII (albeit temporarily).

16. Andre the Giant
– 1 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– Member of “The Heenan Family,” 1987-1990.
– Sole survivor in the main event of the first Survivor Series in 1987.
– His WWF Championship victory drew the highest ratings in pro wrestling history.
– WWF Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 1993 (posthumously).
– The WWF Hall of Fame was christened with his induction.

15. Brock Lesnar
– 3 time WWE Champion.
– 2002 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Youngest WWE Champion in history when he won the title at SummerSlam 2002.
– Winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble Match.
– Only athlete to be a champion in the NCAA, WWE, & UFC.

14. CM Punk
– 2 time WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time ECW Champion (under the WWE umbrella).
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– WWE Champion for fourteen months. The longest title reign of the new millennium.
– 2 time winner of the Money in the Bank contract, 2008 & 2009.
– Leader of both “The Straight Edge Society” & “The New Nexus.”

13. Randy Orton
– 11 time WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– Third generation superstar.
– Member of “Evolution,” 2003-2004.
– Youngest World Champion in history when he won the title at SummerSlam 2004.
– Sole survivor for three consecutive years at the Survivor Series, 2003, 2004, & 2005.
– Formed “The Legacy” in 2008.
– Winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble Match.
– Money in the Bank contract winner in 2013.
– Unified the WWE & World Heavyweight Championships at TLC 2013.

12. Chris Jericho
– 1 time WWF Undisputed Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 9 time Intercontinental Champion, which is a record.
– 5 time WWF / WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WWF European Champion.
– 1 time WWF Hardcore Champion.
– 2 time WCW Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– 1 time WCW Television Champion.
– 4 time WCW Cruiserweight Champion.
– 1 time ECW Television Champion.
– Unified the WWF & WCW Championships at Vengeance 2001.
– Won the Slammy Award for “Superstar of the Year” in 2008.
– Won the Slammy Award for “Tag Team of the Year” in 2009 with The Big Show.
– Winner of 1 Elimination Chamber Match, 2010.

11. Kurt Angle
– 4 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 1 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 1 time WWF European Champion.
– 1 time WCW Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– 2000 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– 5 time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
– 2 time TNA Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time TNA X-Division Champion.
– 2 time winner of the TNA “King of the Mountain” Match, 2007 & 2009.
– Formed the “Main Event Mafia” in 2008.
– TNA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2013.

10. Triple H
– 7 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 5 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 4 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 2 time WWF/ WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time WWF European Champion.
– 1997 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Co-founded DeGeneration X in 1997 and assumed the leadership role in 1998.
– Winner of the first “Three Stages of Hell” Match in 2001.
– Winner of the 2002 Royal Rumble Match.
– Temporarily retired the Intercontinental Championship in 2002.
– Formed “Evolution” in 2003.
– Reformed “DeGeneration X” in 2006.
– Winner of 4 Elimination Chamber Matches, 2003, 2005, 2008, & 2009.
– Became the C.O.O. of the WWE in 2011.

9. John Cena
– 11 time WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 3 time WWE United States Champion.
– 4 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– Winner of both the 2008 & 2013 Royal Rumble Matches.
– Winner of 2 Elimination Chamber Matches, 2006 & 2010.
– Money in the Bank contract winner in 2012.
– Has competed in 10 consecutive WrestleManias.
– The figurehead of the WWE during the modern era.
– Was once defeated by Kevin Federline 😉

8. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair
– 16 time World Champion (NWA, WCW, & WWF combined).
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 3 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 6 time NWA/WCW United States Champion.
– 2 time NWA/WCW Television Champion.
– The figurehead of the NWA/WCW during the 1980s.
– Leader of “The Four Horsemen” throughout multiple incarnations.
– Brought the WCW Championship with him to the WWF in 1991.
– Winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble Match.
– Member of “Evolution,” 2002-2005.
– 2 time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, 2008 & 2012.

7. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
– 2 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 4 time WCW Champion.
– 1987 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– One half of the “The Mega Powers” with Hulk Hogan.
– Won a 14 man tournament at WrestleMania IV.
– Defeated “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan for the King’s Crown Championship in 1989.
– Married Miss Elizabeth at SummerSlam 1991.
– Winner of the WCW World War III Battle Royal in 1995.
– Joined the “New World Order” in 1997, then formed “The Wolf Pack” in 1998.

6. Bret “The Hit Man” Hart
– 5 time WWF Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 2 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– WWF “Triple Crown” winner.
– 2 time WCW Champion.
– 1 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
– 5 time WCW/WWE United States Champion.
– One half of “The Hart Foundation” with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
– 2 time winner of the King of the Ring tournament, 1991 & 1993.
– Winner of the first (WWF) Ladder Match in 1992.
– Co-winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble Match with Lex Luger.
– Competed in 12 consecutive WrestleManias.
– Reformed “The Hart Foundation” in 1997, as a faction, not a tag team.
– Victim of the Montreal “Screw Job” at Survivor Series 1997.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2006.

5. Shawn Michaels
– 3 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 3 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 5 time WWF/WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WWF European Champion.
– The first WWF Grand Slam Champion.
– One half of “The Rockers” with Marty Jannetty.
– Hired “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel as his bodyguard in 1993.
– Winner of both the 1995 & 1996 Royal Rumble Matches.
– Winner of the first Iron Man Match at WrestleMania XII.
– Formed “DeGeneration X” in 1997.
– Winner of the first Hell in a Cell Match at In Your House: Bad Blood in 1997.
– WWF Commisioner, 1998-2000.
– After a four and a half year layoff, made a comeback at SummerSlam 2002.
– Winner of the first Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series 2002.
– Reformed “DeGeneration X” in 2006.
– Retired “Nature Boy” Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV.
– Competed in the Slammy Award winning “Match of the Year” multiple times.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2011.

4. The Undertaker
– 4 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 6 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WWF Hardcore Champion.
– 1 time WCW Tag Team Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– Undefeated at WrestleMania, 21&0, since 1991.
– Winner of the first Casket Match at Survivor Series 1992.
– Winner of the first Buried Alive Match at In Your House: Buried Alive in 1996.
– Formed “The Ministry of Darkness” in 1999.
– Has twice defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF/WWE Championship.
– Winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble Match.
– Retired Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXVI.

3. The Rock
– 8 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 5 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time WCW Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– Third generation superstar.
– Joined The Nation of Domination in 1997 and assumed the leadership role in 1998.
– Youngest WWF Champion in history when he won the title at Survivor Series 1998.
– One half of the “The Rock & Sock Connection” with Mick Foley.
– Winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble Match.
– WrestleMania victories over Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, & John Cena.
– Ended CM Punk’s fourteen month reign as WWE Champion at Royal Rumble 2013.

2. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
– 6 time WWF Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 4 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time WCW United States Champion.
– 2 time WCW Television Champion.
– 2 time NWA/WCW Tag Team Champion.
– One half of “The Hollywood Blondes” with Brian Pillman.
– 1 time Million Dollar Champion.
– 1996 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Winner of the 1997, 1998, & 2001 Royal Rumbles, which is a record.
– The “Attitude Era” was ushered in with his victory at WrestleMania XIV.
– Rivalry with Mr. McMahon helped the WWF win the Monday Night War.
– Co-General Manager of Monday Night RAW with Eric Bischoff, 2003-2004.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2009.

1. “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan
– 6 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 6 time WCW Champion.
– 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– The longest reigning WWF Champion of the 1980s.
– The figurehead of the WWF during the “Rock & Wrestling” era.
– Competed in the main event of eight of the first nine WrestleManias.
– One half of the “The Mega Powers” with “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
– Undefeated at SummerSlam, 6&0, since 1988.
– Winner of both the 1990 & 1991 Royal Rumble Matches.
– First WWF Champion to defend the gold at WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and King of the Ring.
– Formed the “New World Order” in 1996.
– Made a comeback to the WWF in 2002.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2005.
– TNA Wrestling General Manager, 2011-2013.

Survivor Series 2013 – Predictions

Survivor Series & The Wyatt Family

  • WWE Championship Match:
    Randy Orton (c) vs. The Big Show
  • *Randy Orton, but match has no sizzle.

  • World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • *Can never bet against Super-Cena. This match has even less sizzle.

  • CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family (w/ Bray Wyatt)
  • *Punk & Bryan because Wyatts have upper hand heading into PPV.

  • Survivor Series Match:
    Goldust, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, & The Usos vs.
    The Shield & The Real Americans (w/ Zeb Colter)
  • *The Shield & Real Americans, but match is really a toss up.

  • Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Big E Langston (c) vs. Curtis Axel
  • *Big E. WWE is done pushing Axel.

  • Survivor Series Match:
    The True Divas vs. The Total Divas
  • *The Total Divas, but I’m rooting for AJ Lee’s team.

  • The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
  • *The Miz. He has a crummy TV movie to promote.

    Greatest Superstars who were never WWF Champion

    WWF 1988 - 1994

    *Here are scenarios where these grapplers could have become champion.

    “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
    The Hot Rod could have won the title at The Wrestling Classic in November of 1985, then lost it back to Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania II. How that changes history: King Kong Bundy’s push is aborted and there is no boxing match with Mr. T at WrestleMania II. No great loss. Roddy Piper competed in WCW in the late 1990s, but even when the WCW Championship changed hands like a hot potato, The Hot Rod still could not capture the gold.

    Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
    The Dragon revolutionized pro wrestling with his Intercontinental Championship Match against “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III, but asked to take the summer of 1987 off to tend to his family. That is not the way to get in Vince McMahon’s good graces. Had he put the needs of the promotion ahead of his personal life, he might have challenged Hulk Hogan for his spot as top baby-face circa WrestleMania IV just as The Ultimate Warrior did at WrestleMania VI. How that changes history: Ricky Steamboat would have been booked as one of the elite along side Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. There might not have been room at the top for The Ultimate Warrior. Ricky Steamboat did win the WCW Championship from “Nature Boy” Ric Flair in 1989.

    “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
    Andre the Giant could have been allowed to sell the title to The Million Dollar Man on The Main Event after his controversial win over Hulk Hogan. Ted DiBiase then loses the belt to “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania IV. How that changes history: There is no title tournament at WrestleMania IV, but the big matches that were part of the tournament like Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant and Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude could still be booked. The main event also remains the same.

    Jake “The Snake” Roberts
    After turning heel over the summer, Jake Roberts could have defeated Hulk Hogan at Survivor Series 1991 instead of The Undertaker. How that changes history: Since The Undertaker’s first title reign was short and barely even acknowledged for several years, his career would not have suffered much. The Undertaker was a protégé of Jake Roberts at the time, so The Phenom could still be part of the angle and the title would probably still be declared vacant before the 1992 Royal Rumble.

    “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig
    Tough to say as, unfortunately, Mr. Perfect was not involved in many angles with WWF Champions save for a brief feud with Hulk Hogan circa the 1990 Royal Rumble. Maybe he could have ended The Ultimate Warrior’s reign at Royal Rumble 1991 and then been in the main event of WrestleMania VII against Hulk Hogan? How that changes history: Sgt. Slaughter gets shafted big time, which I am not advocating. I am trying to come up with scenarios which do not alter history too much. Curt Hennig was at least the AWA Champion before joining the WWF in 1988.

    “Ravishing” Rick Rude
    Another tough one. Rick Rude departed for WCW while The Ultimate Warrior was the WWF Champion. He would have been another candidate to bridge the gap between The Warrior and Hulk Hogan in 1991 since he already beat The Warrior at WrestleMania V for the Intercontinental Championship. How that changes history: It was not my intent to pick on Sgt. Slaughter’s title reign, but erasing a reign of Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, or The Ultimate Warrior would alter WWF history to such a degree that it would be total fantasy booking without any link to reality. Rick Rude had three reigns as the WCW International Heavyweight Champion during the transitional period when the promotion showcased two heavyweight champions.

    Owen Hart
    Owen could have defeated Bob Backlund at the Madison Square Garden houseshow the weekend after Survivor Series 1994 instead of Diesel. Owen had helped Backlund win the title. Betraying Backlund and taking the belt from him could have been phase two of Owen’s plan. Owen loses the belt to Diesel at Royal Rumble 1995. Bret “Hit Man” Hart interferes in that match. How that changes history: Diesel still faces Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XI, but Bret and Owen’s respective matches are a bit more tricky. Even with Yokozuna as his mystery tag team partner, Owen may not have challenged for the WWF Tag Team Championships. Owen could have fought Bret in the “I Quit” Match with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as guest referee, taking the place of Bob Backlund. Bret vs. Backlund at WrestleMania XI was the weakest of the matches they competed in during their 1994-1995 rivalry anyway, but I do not enjoy leaving Yokozuna without a match. The roster was real thin at the time and I cannot think of worthy adversary for Yoko.

    Lex Luger
    The Lex Express steadily derailed after he failed to take the gold from Yokozuna in the main event of SummerSlam 1993. In my own humble opinion, it was for the best that Yokozuna was booked as this unstoppable heel champion until WrestleMania X. Vince McMahon also chose wisely by having Bret “Hit Man” Hart be the hero who slayed the monster. The only other opportunity I can think of to make Lex champion would be to interrupt Diesel’s year long title reign in 1995. Lex could win the belt at the King of the Ring and lose it back to Diesel at SummerSlam. How that changes history: King Mabel never main events a pay-per-view and perhaps Lex does not jump to WCW and appear on the inaugural Monday Nitro, effecting the early days of the Monday Night War.

    Razor Ramon
    Not unlike Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon was a perennial contender for the Intercontinental Championship. The only WWF Championship Match I can recall him competing in was against Bret “Hit Man” Hart at Royal Rumble 1993. That was not the right time for him to become champion, nor should he have ended Diesel’s 1995 reign. A likely scenario would have been for Scott Hall to not join WCW in 1996, remain with the WWF, turn heel, and feud with Shawn Michaels. They could have had another Ladder Match? They were tied at one a piece, so a rubber match to settle things? How that changes history: Scott Hall appearing announced on Nitro caused the Monday Night War to escalate in a big way. Scott Hall and subsequently Kevin Nash changed the industry forever in 1996. Like Roddy Piper, Scott Hall was one of the few WCW main event talents to not have a run with the WCW Championship in the late 1990s.

    Honorable mentions…

    The Honky Tonk Man
    He had the charisma, but not quite the wrestling skills to be the WWF Champion.

    “The Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich
    He had the body builder physique the WWF loves, but lacked the promo ability.

    “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
    The same situation as with Kerry Von Erich. Great physique, generic promos.

    Jeff Jarrett
    An Intercontinental Champion who became WCW and TNA World Champion.

    Goldust
    With his androgynous gimmick, he could have challenged Shawn Michaels in 1996.

    Ken Shamrock
    Had he not returned to ultimate fighting, he may have become the WWF Champion.

    Legends of Wrestling: Hulk Hogan

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    Long before he rose to prominence, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan arrived in the WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation) in 1979. He dubbed himself “The Hulk” after the Marvel Comics character – without permission – and was given the surname “Hogan” by Vincent J. McMahon. Hogan was managed by “Classy” Freddy Blassie and competed in several matches against his greatest foe, “The Eighth Wonder of the World” Andre the Giant. Hogan was unceremoniously released from the promotion in 1981 when he was cast in the film “Rocky III” because Vincent J. McMahon did not want any of his wrestlers to double as actors. Hogan then moved on to Verne Gagne’s AWA (American Wrestling Association) where “Hulkamania” was born thanks in large to his appearance in “Rocky III.” Gagne – not unlike Vincent J. McMahon – was a wrestling traditionalist and reluctant to showcase Hogan as his World Heavyweight Champion. Hogan defeated reigning AWA Champion, Nick Bockwinkel, who was managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, on at least two occasions, but the decisions were reversed both times due to the behind the scenes financial disputes between Hogan and Gagne.

    History was made when Vincent K. McMahon purchased his father’s promotion, which was now known as the WWF (World Wrestling Federation). Vince Jr. saw the potential which The Hulkster possessed and resigned him in late 1983. It did not take long for Hogan to reach the zenith as he defeated The Iron Sheik for the WWF Championship on January 23, 1984. Over the next several years, the WWF went from a mere regional promotion to a national promotion to a global phenomenon. This expansion was known as “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” and Hulk Hogan was its figurehead.

    1985 was especially a landmark year for both Hulk Hogan and the WWF. First, Hogan defended his championship against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at MTV’s War to Settle the Score in a match that ended in a No Contest and setup the main event of WrestleMania. Hogan teamed with “Rocky III” costar Mr. T in a match against Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Boxing legend Muhammed Ali was the guest enforcer. Both these events were held at Madison Square Garden. Hogan and Mr. T were victorious at WrestleMania, but the rivalry between The Hulkster and The Hot Rod continued. They squared off one more time at The Wrestling Classic and Hogan retained his title by DQ.

    Bobby “The Brain” Heenan had also made the jump from the AWA to the WWF and sought to bring an end to Hulkamania. Almost every member of “The Heenan Family” would challenge Hogan for the his title at some point. King Kong Bundy lost to Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania II in Los Angeles, a Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship, but Heenan scored a coup when he convinced Andre the Giant, who had become a friend and mentor to Hulk Hogan in recent years, to join The Heenan Family and turn his back on The Hulkster and his fans. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship in the main event of WrestleMania III was the absolute biggest match in pro wrestling history. Over ninety three thousand (alleged) fans set an indoor attendance record in Pontiac, Michigan’s Silverdome to witness this epic clash of titans. Hogan was the underdog for the first time ever, but he pulled off the upset win with the body slam heard around the world and his signature atomic leg-drop. The torched had officially been passed.

    Later in 1987, on Saturday Night’s Main Event, Hulk Hogan came to the aid of “Macho Man” Randy Savage at the behest of Savage’s valet, the lovely Miss Elizabeth. This new alliance was dubbed “The Mega Powers.” In 1988, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase offered to buy the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan, who flatly refused. DiBiase then recruited Andre the Giant to win the title on his behalf, which he did on The Main Event. Andre was not permitted to relinquish the belt to DiBiase and the title was declared vacant. Hogan and Andre squared off again at WrestleMania IV in Trump Plaza, but this rematch is less heralded because it ended in a double DQ. Randy Savage defeated Ted DiBiase that same night for the WWF Championship. The Mega Powers bested the duo of Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant at the inaugural SummerSlam. Jesse “The Body” Ventura was the guest referee in that match.

    The Mega Powers eventually exploded as a result of Hulk Hogan’s grandstanding and Randy Savage’s manic paranoia. Hulk won the WWF Championship for a second time by defeating The Macho Man in the main event of WrestleMania V, also held in Trump Plaza. Hogan then spent the latter part of 1989 feuding with Zeus, his co-star from the film, “No Holds Barred.” At the 1990 Royal Rumble, The Hulkster crossed paths with The Ultimate Warrior, reigning WWF Intercontinental Champion. The main event was soon announced for WrestleMania VI in Toronto. Hulk Hogan vs. The Warrior, title for title. The ultimate challenge was unique with two fan favorites battling each other. The Skydome jinx established itself and The Warrior won the title, but Hogan was gracious in defeat. Hulk then filmed “Suburban Commando” while recovering from the injuries he suffered at the hands of Earthquake.

    The Hulkster returned and won his second consecutive Royal Rumble in 1991, then he won his unprecedented third WWF Championship at WrestleMania VII in Los Angeles from Sgt. Slaughter, who was an Iraqi sympathizer during the Gulf War. Hogan lost the title to The Undertaker at Survivor Series 1991, then was announced to compete against “Nature Boy” Ric Flair at WrestleMania VIII in Indianapolis, but his opponent ended up being Sid Justice instead. The Hulkster won that match via DQ with some help from The Ultimate Warrior, then apparently retired from the WWF. He made his return one year later and competed twice at WrestleMania IX in Las Vegas. First, in the WWF Tag Team Championship match, then he defeated Yokozuna for the WWF Championship in an impromptu match. Hulk Hogan’s new record of five title reigns would last for eight years.

    Shockingly, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan made the jump to Ted Turner’s WCW (World Championship Wrestling) in 1994 and won the WCW Championship from Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach. “Macho Man” Randy Savage also made the jump and he and Hogan reformed their partnership. A Steel Cage Match between Hogan and Big Van Vader at Bash at the Beach 1995 was showcased on an episode of the hit TV series, Baywatch. WCW fans were nowhere near as receptive of Hulkamania as WWF fans were because of The Hulkster’s tired catchphrases and the corny matches he competed in, such as a Monster Truck Battle with The Giant (a/k/a The Big Show) at Halloween Havoc 1995. Hulk decided to shake the wrestling world to its foundation by joining The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) at Bash at Beach 1996 to found the nWo (New World Order). His signature colors changed from red and yellow to black and white. The nWo dominated WCW for the next two years and “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, as he was now dubbed, did whatever was necessary to hang onto his title, aligning with Eric Bischoff, the executive producer of the company. The nWo even hosted their own pay-per-view in 1997 called Souled Out. Two major loses suffered by Hollywood Hogan during this time period were to Sting at Starcade 1997 and to Goldberg on Monday Nitro in the summer of 1998.

    After a cage match between Hollywood Hogan and Randy Savage at Uncensored 1998, the nWo splintered into two different factions, nWo Hollywood and The Wolfpack. The nWo reunited in early 1999 to knock Goldberg of his pedicel, but the fans had begun to lose interest in this renegade stable. In the summer of that year, Hulkamania walked back into our lives as Hulk Hogan again donned the red and yellow for a six man tag team match on Nitro. This “second coming” was short lived however since WCW fell into financial turmoil in 2000, during the “New Blood” angle where Hogan was relegated to a feud with Billy Kidman of all people, then Hogan was publicly fired by writer Vince Russo at Bash at Beach 2000. WCW was bought out by Vince McMahon in 2001.

    The three founding members of the nWo returned to the WWF at No Way Out 2002, but despite of their heels tactics, “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan was rooted for in his loss to The Rock at WrestleMania XVIII in Toronto. Hogan was booted from the nWo after the match, but Hulkamania was still running wild. Hulk won the WWF Championship for a sixth, and thus far final time, from Triple H at Backlash 2002. The name of the title was then changed to the WWE Championship since the company was now World Wrestling Entertainment. Hulk was again defeated by The Undertaker at Judgment Day 2002, then after a brief reign as WWE Tag Team Champions with Edge, The Hulkster was put out of action by Brock Lesnar. Hulk Hogan returned in 2003 and defeated Mr. McMahon in a Street Fight at WrestleMania XIX in Seattle. He has not competed at a WrestleMania since, but did appear at WrestleMania XXI in Los Angeles, the night after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2005. The WWE Universe was clamoring for one more match. Hogan answered the call, defeating Shawn Michaels as SummerSlam 2005 in a “Legend vs. Icon” match. Hulk made just a few sporadic appearances in the WWE over the next several years.

    Once again, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan made waves by joining TNA (Total Non-Stop Action) Wrestling in 2010, not as an active wrestler, but as an executive, though he did compete in a tag team match on Impact to help bring attention to this small promotion. At Bound for Glory 2010, Hulk and Eric Bischoff formed a group called “Immortal,” which had Jeff Hardy as its figurehead. They tried to recreate the fervor of the nWo, but lost a great deal of momentum due to Jeff Hardy’s personal “demons.” Hogan stepped back into the ring at Bound for Glory 2011 to square off with “The Icon” Sting. Sting was victorious, but more importantly, helped Hulk see the light and Hulk left Immortal immediately following their match. After that, Hogan was a strict General Manager in TNA, being tormented for most of 2013 by “Aces & Eights,” a rogue gang led by Bully Ray (a/k/a Bubba Ray Dudley).

    Hulkamania will undoubtedly live forever and the red and yellow is going to be running wild in the WWE once again as The Hulkster is returning as the host of WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans.

    Legends of Wrestling: Rob Van Dam

    RVD WWE

    Rob Van Dam – Mr. Monday Night – Mr. Pay Per View – The Whole F’N Show – was a breakout star in the hardcore promotion ECW… Extreme Championship Wrestling. He, along with the “Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying” Sabu, held the ECW Tag Team Championships, but it was Rob Van Dam’s 23 month reign ECW Television Champion that set him above all the rest. His greatest rival may have been Jerry Lynn, who was dubbed by many as the “The New F’N Show.” Unfortunately, the promotion went out of business before RVD had the opportunity to become the ECW Champion.

    RVD arrived in the WWF in 2001 when several former ECW and WCW competitors incomprehensibly banded together to form an anti-WWF “Alliance.” As bizarre as the circumstances were, RVD was instantly embraced by fans for his brazen personality and world class athleticism, eclipsing the popularity of more well known superstars. RVD won the WWF Hardcore Championship three times that year, battling the likes of Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, and The Undertaker. After the misbegotten invasion came to a merciful end, RVD won his first of six Intercontinental Championships from William Regal at WrestleMania XVIII in Toronto. The WWF was then re-branded as the WWE. RVD was drafted to Monday Night RAW and contended with Eddie Guerrero for not only the Intercontinental Championship, but to also see who the true master of the “frog splash” was.

    Additionally, RVD retired the WWE European and Hardcore Championships during the transitional period. RVD was defeated by Brock Lesnar in the finals of the 2002 King of the Ring tournament and, at the time, was considered one the greatest superstars to have never won any world championships. It seemed like that injustice would finally be rectified at Unforgiven 2002 when he challenged Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship, but “Nature Boy” Ric Flair interfered in that match and cost RVD his long awaited opportunity.

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    RVD formed an odd couple tag team in 2003 with the “Big Red Monster” Kane. These two raised the ire of RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff, and were actually bumped from the WrestleMania XIX card in Seattle to make room for the Miller Light “Catfight Girls.” Though RVD and Kane eventually won the WWE Tag Team Championships, fending off many of Eric Bischoff’s hand picked challengers along the way, they never bonded and Kane turned on his partner, defeating RVD in a “No Holds Barred” Match at SummerSlam 2003.

    RVD successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against challengers such as Chris Jericho and Christian before being defeated by Evolution’s Randy Orton at Armageddon 2003. RVD then formed another partnership in 2004 with Booker T and together they defeated Evolution members Ric Flair and Batista for the tag team titles. After their successful title defense in a Fatal 4-Way at WrestleMania XX in Madison Square Garden, RVD and Booker T were drafted to SmackDown!, but their partnership did not carry over. RVD formed yet another team, this time with Rey Mysterio, and they too won tag team gold. The RVD / Rey Mysterio combo came to an abrupt end when a severe knee injury sidelined RVD for most of 2005. He made a surprise return at ECW One Night Stand and vowed to make a significant impact when he returned to the ring fulltime.

    RVD Autograph

    RVD fulfilled that promise in 2006, once again as a member of the RAW roster, by winning the “Money in the Bank” Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXII in Chicago. He cashed in his guaranteed title shot at ECW One Night Stand II. It was the crowning moment of his hard fought career, defeating John Cena for the WWE Championship and being awarded the ECW Championship by Paul Heyman. The man who had been branded as the greatest superstar to have never won a world championship now held two at the same time. RVD lost the WWE Championship to Edge on RAW in a Triple Threat Match which also involved John Cena, then lost the ECW Championship to The Big Show after surprisingly being double crossed by Paul Heyman. RVD never received a one-on-one rematch for either title. In 2007, RVD banded together with fellow ECW Originals and they were victorious in an 8-Man Tag Match at WrestleMania XXIII in Detroit with RVD scoring the winning pinfall. It was the final PPV victory of RVD’s WWE career for several years as he allowed his contract to expire in the spring of that year, but he was a surprise entrant in the 2009 Royal Rumble Match.

    RVD signed with the “boutique” TNA Wrestling in 2010. It wasn’t too long before he won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. He was then forced to vacate the title after being injured by “The Monster” Abyss. RVD never regained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but did have a reign as the TNA X-Division Champion before leaving the company in 2012. He then returned to WWE at Money in the Bank 2013. RVD defeated United States Championship Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam, but it was via a DQ, so the title could not change hands. Rob Van Dam is currently setting his sights on Alberto Del Rio and the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Legends of Wrestling: Randy Orton

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    Randy Orton, the WWE’s apex predator, joined the SmackDown! roster in 2002. The third generation superstar was victorious in his debut match against Hardcore Holly, but soon suffered an elbow injury which kept him out of action for the remainder of the year. In 2003, he joined the RAW roster and was recruited along with Dave Batista by Triple H and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to form the group “Evolution.” The objective of this faction was for Orton and Batista to be mentored by Triple H and Ric Flair and, perhaps primarily, ensure that Triple H held onto the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Orton defeated Shawn Michaels at Unforgiven 2003 and adopted the moniker “Legend Killer.” Orton then won the prestigious Intercontinental Championship from Rob Van Dam at Armageddon 2003. “Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley was the special referee in that match. Orton and Foley quickly developed a rivalry which led to Evolution facing “The Rock & Sock Connection” in a Handicap Match at WrestleMania XX in Madison Square Garden. Evolution was triumphant with Orton scoring the winning pinfall. The one-on-one vendetta between Orton and Foley continued and Orton defeated Foley in a Hardcore Match for the Intercontinental Championship at Backlash 2004. Orton’s reign as Intercontinental Champion came to an end at Vengeance 2004 when he was bested by Edge. Orton bounced back quickly by winning a # 1 Contender’s Battle Royal on Monday Night RAW, earning a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Orton went on to fulfill his destiny, defeating Chris Benoit at SummerSlam 2004 to become the youngest world champion in WWE history.

    Orton’s moment of glory was short-lived however as the jealous Triple H booted him from Evolution. Triple H then defeated Orton for his championship at Unforgiven 2004. Orton was not able to regain the title thanks in part to Ric Flair and Batista, who always protected Triple H. Orton picked up a win against his former mentor at Survivor Series 2004 in a traditional tag team elimination match. This was the second year in a row in which Orton was the sole survivor. Orton then took on a daunting task, challenging The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXI in Los Angeles. The Undertaker was undefeated, 12 & 0, in his career at WrestleMania. Orton challenged “The Phenom” with sole objective of breaking what had come to be known as “The Streak.” Randy Orton came closer than anyone before him, but was unable to slay the dragon and Undertaker became 13 & 0. Undertaker and Orton continued their rivalry after Orton was drafted to SmackDown! and Orton picked up a controversial victory at SummerSlam 2005 with the aid of his Hall of Fame father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton. It was both Orton’s against The Undertaker for the rest of 2005. Orton was the sole survivor for a third in year in a row at Survivor Series that year, but the “Dead Man” ensured that his celebration was short-lived by attacking not only Orton, but most of the SmackDown! roster.

    Orton, wanting no more troubles with The Undertaker, set his sights on regaining the World Heavyweight Championship and entered the 2006 Royal Rumble Match at # 30, but was the runner-up to Rey Mysterio. Orton then defeated Mysterio at Now Way Out in a # 1 Contender’s Match, leading to a Triple Threat Match with World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XXII in Chicago. Mysterio pinned Orton in that match to become the champion and continue his Cinderella story. It was beginning to seem as if the “man of destiny” was a one hit wonder even after he rejoined the RAW roster as he was defeated by Kurt Angle at ECW One Night Stand and “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam 2006. Orton started to get his career back on track in the fall of that year when he teamed with Edge to form “Rated RKO.” Edge & Orton beat DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) at Cyber Sunday in a match where Eric Bischoff was the guest referee, then they won the WWE Tag Team Championships from legends Ric Flair and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper on Monday Night RAW. Rated RKO eventually went their separate ways after continuously clashing egos and losing their titles to the unlikely tag team of Shawn Michaels and John Cena in 2007.

    Randy Orton was looking like the legend killer once again in the summer of 2007 with dominant victories over Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Though Orton failed to defeat John Cena for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2007, he injured Cena in an altercation on Monday Night RAW which led to Cena relinquishing the title. WWE Chairman of the Board, Vincent K. McMahon awarded Orton the vacated championship and thus began the “Age of Orton.” Orton’s title reign lasted seven months with successful title defenses against Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 2007, Jeff Hardy at Royal Rumble 2008, and both Triple H and John Cena in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando. Orton finally lost the championship to Triple H at Backlash, then injured his shoulder in their rematch at One Night Stand.

    Randy Orton returned in the fall of 2008 and began mentoring fellow second generation superstars to be as cold and calculating as he is. He and Cody Rhodes were victorious at Survivor Series, defeating a team captained by Batista. Orton took both Rhodes and Ted Dibiase Jr. under his wing to form the group “Legacy.” With the assistance of Rhodes and Dibiase, Orton won the 2009 Royal Rumble Match. This was a must win for Orton as he had pummeled Mr. McMahon the week before on RAW. A guaranteed title shot at WrestleMania XXV protected his employment, but Orton suffered yet ANOTHER loss to Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania XXV in Houston, a match which was overshadowed by The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels. Orton eventually won the WWE Championship three times during 2009, feuding with Triple H, Batista, and John Cena along the way. He also had run-ins with rising star Kofi Kingston, who put Orton through a table on an edition of Monday Night RAW which emanated from Madison Square Garden.

    The end of Legacy began at Royal Rumble 2010 when Cody Rhodes inadvertently got Orton disqualified in a match against WWE Champion Sheamus. A month later at the Elimination Chamber PPV, Ted Dibiase eliminated Orton from the chamber match for the WWE Championship. Orton washed his hands of Rhodes and Dibiase, and defeated them both in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix. That night, for the first time since 2004, Orton was embraced by the WWE Universe.

    Orton continued to battle Sheamus for the WWE Championship for most of 2010. Their match at SummerSlam also ended in a DQ, then Orton won a 6-Pack Match for the title, and finally defeated Sheamus in a Hell in a Cell rematch. Orton successfully defended the championship against Wade Barrett at Survivor Series 2010 in a match where John Cena was the special guest referee, but the next night on RAW, The Miz cashed in his “Money in the Bank” contract and defeated Orton for the title. Orton never regained the title from The Miz, but did defeat CM Punk in a show stealing match at WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta. Orton was then drafted back to SmackDown! and defeated Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship a mere days after Christian had won the title at Extreme Rules 2011. Christian won the title back from Orton at Money in the Bank in a match where the title could actually change hands on a DQ. Orton then won the rubber match, a No Holds Barred Match, at Summer Slam, but lost the championship to the “World‘s Strongest Man” Mark Henry a month later at Night of Champions.

    Randy Orton seemed a bit off his game for the next two years. Team Orton was beat by Team Barrett at Survivor Series 2011. Orton was one of the favorites in the 2012 Royal Rumble Match in his own hometown of St. Louis, but Sheamus was the victor. Kane defeated Orton at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami. Orton was even left off the card for SummerSlam 2012 due to behind the scenes turmoil. Also, Orton was a charter member of Team Foley at Survivor Series 2012 ironically enough, a team which was defeated by Team Ziggler. Orton teamed with The Big Show and Sheamus at WrestleMania XXIX in New Jersey, suffering a loss to The Shield. The Big Show turned on his two partners immediately following the match. Finally, “The Viper” was able to re-ascend the ladder when he won the 2013 Money in the Bank Match for the WWE Championship. Only a month later at SummerSlam, he cashed in, defeating Daniel Bryan, who had just beat John Cena for the WWE Championship. Orton was in collusion with the guest referee, his former mentor Triple H. Randy Orton in now a ten time champion, being backed by Triple H and his in-laws, The McMahons.