For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, we’ve gone with the High Flyin’ Rich Swann as our choice!
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1999: The Rock and Mankind vs Big Show, Viscera and Mideon in a Dark Side Rules Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, WWF Raw on September 20th, 1999.
When the 30th August 1999 episode of WWF Raw began, both The Rock and Mankind were looking to get a WWF Championship title shot. But thanks to interference from Shane McMahon and the Unholy Alliance of Big Show and The Undertaker, an unusual pairing which would soon be dubbed “The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection” would walk out of Boston, Massachusetts as the NEW WWF Tag Team Champions!
With Rock and Mankind put in matches to try and earn a title shot, Shane would refuse to count any pinfalls for Mankind in his handicap match with the Mean Street Posse, causing Mankind to get himself disqualified, while Undertaker, Big Show and Triple H would lead a beatdown on the Rock, with Mankind coming to make a save. As the People’s Champ challenged BOTH Undertaker and Big Show to a match, Mankind offered to help, and it was reluctantly accepted….and thanks to a People’s Elbow, Rock and Mankind were the new Tag Champions.
That title reign wouldn’t last long, when just 15 days later, the Unholy Alliance would regain the titles. During a Tag Team Buried Alive match on Smackdown, Triple H would come out to assist in burying Mankind, and help Undertaker and Big Show become the Champions for a 2nd time. The two teams would battle with Kane to try and determine who would face Triple H for the WWF Championship, before Undertaker sent the Ministry to attack Mankind backstage. Rock made the save, before suggesting he and Mankind cash in their Tag Title rematch clause. It was agreed…under “Dark Side Rules”, meaning ANY member of the Ministry could take part in the match.
Here in full, from the September 20th, 1999 episode of WWF Raw from the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas, we present The Rock and Mankind challenging for the WWF Tag Team Championship, as they take on Big Show, Viscera and Mideon in a Dark Side Rules Match!
One half of the current NXT Tag Team Champions, Kalisto is today’s choice for TTR Daily Wrestling Star!
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2010: Daniel Bryan vs The Miz (c) for the WWE United States Championship, WWE Night of Champions on September 19th, 2010.
In 2010, WWE would debut a new show called NXT, where current WWE stars would take a “rookie” under their wing, to try and mentor them, and help that star win a WWE contract. While some stars were happy to mentor their rookies, The Miz was far from happy to be paired with Daniel Bryan, and would look to berate, and belittle Bryan at any opportunity possible….something that would come back to bite him on the arse when he least expected it.
At Summerslam 2010, Team WWE were pitted against the Nexus in a 7 vs 7 elimination match. With Great Khali unable to wrestle, John Cena needed a replacement. While Miz offered his services, Cena opted to go for Bryan instead, who was making his WWE return to get payback on Nexus for kicking him out the faction (Bryan had been fired for being “too violent for the PG rating”). Miz wasn’t pleased at being pushed aside for a “nerd”, and would let the world know this.
During his first match back on Raw, Bryan would lose to Michael Tarver, thanks to Miz and his 2nd NXT rookie, Alex Riley interfering. Bryan would return the favour a week later during Miz’s bout with Cena, before throwing a challenge out to Miz. As Miz gloated about how far he’d come in his career, Bryan suggested he had fought as hard to do the same, and suggested he could make Miz tap out. When Miz accepted a title match, Bryan blocked a punch and made the US Champ tap to the LeBell Lock. When Miz’s protege, Riley took on Bryan, he was also made to tap to the LeBell Lock, and another Miz attack was reversed to see him tap once more.
Which led to WWE Night of Champions on September 19th, 2010 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Enjoy this match in full, as Daniel Bryan challenges The Miz for the WWE United States Championship!
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2011: Mark Henry vs Randy Orton (c) for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Night of Champions on September 18th, 2011.
Having been a member of the WWE roster since 1996, Mark Henry has done quite a lot. From being a member of the Nation of Domination, to Sexual Chocolate and getting Mae Young pregnant, all the way through to entering people into his “Hall of Pain”. Despite everything he’d done, the WWE Championship AND WWE World Heavyweight Championship had alluded him, but a new, meaner attitude saw him dominating Smackdown, before focusing on Gold…which was bad news for Randy Orton.
Orton had previously feuded with Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship, a feud that saw Orton win the title from Christian, before losing back to him via controversial circumstances, before the Viper regained it once more. A battle royal would be set to find a new challenger, with Henry being the last man standing. While Christian got one more match, he would fail to defeat Orton in a Steel Cage bout. Before Orton could celebrate, Henry appeared, to deliver a World’s Strongest Slam to him.
Smackdown GM, Teddy Long placed a “No contact” rule on Henry and Orton for their matches on Smackdown, but that didn’t stop Henry, as he would destroy Zack Ryder AND Ezekiel Jackson. Once Orton’s match was over, Henry appeared to attack, and drop Orton with TWO World’s Strongest Slams. Henry was showing that he would be Orton’s biggest threat, and with 1 last Smackdown to go, Edge returned to host a Cutting Edge segment between the two. Once that segment ended, Henry and Orton brawled once more, with Long sending superstars out to break it up. That did nothing, as Orton and Henry cleared the ring, before Henry dropped Orton, and hit two splashes to crush the Viper mid-ring.
On September 18th, 2011 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, WWE Night of Champions would see Mark Henry try to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. Here’s the video in full, as Henry takes on Randy Orton!
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2006: Lita (c) vs Trish Stratus for the WWE Women’s Championship, WWE Unforgiven on September 17th, 2006.
On the August 7th, 2006 episode of WWE Raw, Trish Stratus was about to challenge Mickie James for the WWE Women’s Championship, when Edge and Lita got involved, ending the bout so Edge could complain about John Cena. Lita and Trish would brawl, re-igniting their feud…..for what would be the last time ever.
A week after Trish’s title shot was taken from her, Lita got her chance, and thanks to a little “Rated R” help, would capture the title from Mickie for her 3rd title reign. While Lita spent time helping Edge get under the skin of John Cena, Trish would face, and defeat Victoria to become the #1 contender, getting a title shot that she should have originally had a few weeks earlier.
With the match set, a bombshell was dropped, as Lita revealed on WWE.com that Trish was planning to retire. Trish would confirm this, and Lita took great joy in the fact that she could potentially end their feud and Trish’s time in the WWE with a loss. However, the Canadian beauty promised one last dose of Stratusfaction, and built up momentum to the title match with a win over Mickie James in her last Raw match before the event.
6 years after their first match, WWE Unforgiven on September 17th, 2006 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada would see Trish Stratus and Lita clash one more time, for the WWE Women’s Championship. Here is the match in full, as Trish wrestles her retirement match and closes the door on a wonderful career as a WWE Diva….
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2012: Layla (c) vs Eve Torres for the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Night of Champions on September 16th, 2012.
On April 29th 2012, Layla captured the WWE Divas Championship for the first time from Nikki Bella, and would hold onto it through to the summer, successfully retaining against the toughest challenger possible, Beth Phoenix. Having dealt with the Glamazon, a Battle Royal was held to determine the next contender….with a surprising result.
Coming down to the final 2, Kaitlyn and Eve Torres would battle, until Kaitlyn clotheslined Eve over the top rope to the floor, with Layla looking quite surprised at the result. In an unusual twist for someone having just lost a title chance, Eve would act friendly towards Layla and Kaitlyn, which caused them to be wary of her, due to issues they’d recently had with her.
Eve would be there to raise their hands after a match either had, but also had a tendancy to try and get in the spotlight herself, tagging herself in for a 6-woman tag, to take the win, with Kaitlyn and Layla looking bemused by it all. When the Pay Per View came around, Kaitlyn would be assaulted backstage by a mystery person, leaving her with an ankle injury. Needing a replacement, Booker T would place Eve into the title match to replace Kaitlyn.
Therefore, at WWE Night of Champions on September 16th, 2012 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, Eve Torres would step in to face Layla for the WWE Divas Championship, and here’s that match in full!