Well, that time has come again. Another year gone and another one on the horizon. As the world counts down the final hours and minutes, I am going to look back on the year that was. The topic? World Wrestling Entertainment. Now, I’ve been most critical of this company, seems more so this year than ever. There was alot of crap from WWE, but also some gems. I will present the top 10 moments from WWE. This is a list that was made entirely by me and based 100% on my opinion. If you disagree, feel free to speak your mind. All I ask, is that you’re respectful about it. And now without further ado, I present the top 10 happenings from WWE.
10) John Morrison vs The Miz, in a falls count anywhere match…for the WWE Title: I want to kick this list off with one of the most phenomenal matches from this year, John Morrison vs then WWE Champion, The Miz. To give you a little backstory here, let’s go back to the night after Survivor Series 2010. On thar night, Miz cashed in his MITB contract and became the new WWE Champion. Fast forward to TLC, and the world would not only see Miz retain against Orton but John Morrison would defeat Sheamus in a ladder match, to become the number one contender for the WWE Title. Naturally many thought the match would take place at Royal Rumble, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the match would happen on the very first episode of RAW. While disappointed that the match didn’t take place on the big stage, I didn’t overlook the pure awesomeness of that match. Even though Miz was champion, I thought it was Morrison who really stole the show. Impressive moves, counters, and just amazing use of his “parkour” style. Miz would go on to retain. I had to take my hat off to both men, especially Morrison. It was just an amazing match and a damn good way to kick off the year.
9) Mark Henry arrives: Over the years, Mark Henry seemed to be the guy, who would never reach the brass ring. A good midcarder, but never a full on main event player. However, in the summer of 2011…that slowly but surely changed. Mark Henry would reek absolute havoc on the Smackdown brand, from destroying the likes of Kane to The Big Show. Mark Henry was an absolute beast, and just personified the term “badass”. The Hall of Pain, as Henry called it, was filled with broken bodies and crushed spirits. Mark Henry would eventually cement himself, as THE man. At Night of Champions, Mark Henry would go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Its a long way from impregnating Mae Young. Mark Henry, in 2011, finally arrived. And I, just like many others, was damn impressed.
8) Zack Ryder: Zack Ryder is a guy, who showed that never giving up and working through adversity can pay off. When you look back to the beginning of 2011, Zack Ryder was regulated to Superstars. Week after week, Ryder was only good enough for Superstars. He was messed over by the top brass of the company but he didn’t quit. Instead of doing like a number of other individuals and constantly bitch on the net, Ryder decided that enough is enough. On February 17, 2011…the world witnessed the debut of “Z! True Long Island Story”. Zack Ryder realized that he wasn’t going to get noticed, so he took upon himself to make himself noticed. Zack Ryder’s YouTube show would prove to be a hit, as it would get thousands of views in just a few days. His videos were actually popular than a lot videos, uploaded by WWE. From February on, Ryder’s popularity would skyrocket. With that popularity, there were a few hiccups. WWE would actually take it upon themselves to have Ryder’s signs confiscated. Also, during the late spring time…there was a rumor going around that a cruel joke was played on Ryder. He was told that he would finally have his moment on RAW in his hometown, only to be put on Superstars. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true. This is WWE, after all. But Ryder didn’t quit. He didn’t give up on his dream. And I can’t help but respect the hell out of him for that. He’s an inspiration to a guy like me. As we end this year, Zack is the United States champion and has some of the best selling merchant going today. He’s arguably the most over guy on the roster, with the exception of Undertaker. Fan or not, I don’t see how anybody can’t at least respect him. I’ve said it time and time again, Zack Ryder has the passion, determination, and heart that is sorely lacking in the industry today. Zack Ryder never gave up on his dream. Respect bro…WooWooWoo You Know It!
7) The Return of Masked Kane: In early to mid 2011, Kane was just another big guy. A lot of the luster had faded over the years and 2011 was no different. However that would slowly change. In the Summer of 2011, Kane would be absolutely destroyed by Mark Henry. Kane would be left a broken mess. Kane would not be seen for quite some time, which lead many to ponder about his return. Fast forward to November, and mysterious promos for the big red machine, would begin airing. Many wondered if it was actually going to happen. Would Kane bring back the mask? On the Slammys edition of Monday Night Raw, that would be answered. In the main event, it was Mark Henry vs John Cena. Towards the end of that match, a huge explosion of Pyro would go off. After a few seconds passed, that familiar organ played. Kane would appear, for the first time in almost 10yrs, wearing the mask. I’ll admit I was one of the ones, who was against him ever wearing the mask again. But after seeing how awesome he looked, I’ll admit I was wrong. Kane would go in the ring and attack, John Cena. The attack would happen again. Kane would eventually give his answer to why he went after John. Kane wants Cena to hate. Could this all be setting up for a Cena heel turn? IMO, its definitely a possibility. That aside, its cool to have the masked big red machine back. Through hell, fire, and brimstone indeed. Welcome back, Kane!
6) Alberto Del Rio, fulfills his destiny: OK, excuse me for being a little excited here. Those of you, who read my ADR blog, know that I love this guy. In order to talk about this, let’s go back to January’s Royal Rumble. Alberto Del Rio would win it, and get his title shot at Wrestlemania. He wasn’t successful, however he’d get another shot at Extreme Rules. With the help of the retired Edge, Del Rio would once again see his title dreams fade. So, when exactly would he fulfill his destiny? Would he ever do it? The seeds were planted back in July, when Del Rio would win the RAW MITB. Now when would Del Rio cash in? And would he be successful? Well both of those questions were answered at Summerslam 2011. Alberto Del Rio would take advantage of a laid out CM Punk, and become WWE Champion! Finally, his destiny was fulfilled. As far as his reign goes, the booking could’ve been massively improved. But crappy booking aside, Alberto Del Rio fulfilled his destiny in 2011, by becoming the WWE Champion. 2011 was a damn good year, for the Essence of Excellence!