The choice for the Weekly Women’s Wrestling Star is one half of PWG’s new Tag Team Champions, it’s Candice LeRae!
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2003: Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar (c) vs Big Show for the WWE Championship, WWE Vengeance on July 27th, 2003.
As Wrestlemania XIX went off the air, Brock Lesnar, albeit dazed was the new WWE Champion, and Kurt Angle was due to take an enforced break for surgery on a neck injury. With that being said, the rematch would be put on hold, and a new challenger would need to be found. John Cena would face Lesnar, and fail to win, before Lesnar stood up to the Big Show who was bullying Rey Mysterio. While Lesnar and Show feuded, Angle made an unexpected early return to the ring…
Angle would be happy to be back, but Big Show wasn’t so happy, and told Angle to get in line for a title shot. As Big Show went to Chokeslam Angle, Lesnar made the save, and promised Angle once Lesnar had dealt with Big Show, Angle was next in line. When that title match occured, it ended in a no contest, thanks to the ring breaking after a superplex, therefore, Big Show would get a rematch, and with Angle also promised a title shot, the match would become a triple threat.
Lesnar and Angle would form a friendship, born from Lesnar checking on Angle while the Olympic Hero was recovering from injury. Lesnar would often make the save when Team Angle and Big Show would team up to assault Angle, and Angle would have Lesnar’s back too if needed. The duo would anger the giant star, and Mr. McMahon, assisting Zach Gowen in a surprise win over Big Show to earn a contract. In the last week before the event, Lesnar and Angle would team with Gowen to take on Big Show and Team Angle. As Angle had the Ankle Lock on Big Show, Lesnar had Charlie Haas up for an F5, and accidentally spun, knocking Angle out. Big Show took advantage, and won the match, causing Angle and Lesnar to come to blows….
So, on July 27th, 2003 during WWE Vengeance at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the friendship would be put to one side, as it was every man for themselves….here’s the video as Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Championship against Kurt Angle and the Big Show!
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1998: The Rock (c) vs Triple H in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, WWF Fully Loaded on July 26th, 1998.
The Nation of Domination and D-Generation X, two memorable factions from the WWF Attitude Era, who, under new leadership crossed paths and clashed during the year of 1998. This would lead to The Rock and Triple H starting a feud, the first of many throughout their illustrious careers.
The night after Ken Shamrock won the 1998 King of the Ring, he would be interviewed by Michael Cole, only for Owen Hart and HHH to interrupt, both claiming to be better Kings. A triple threat would be set up, where The Rock would interfere, knocking HHH out with the Intercontinental title. This would cause both the Nation and DX to kick off a huge brawl, setting the wheels in motion for this feud.
How would DX respond? A week later, they’d appear in a segment dressed up like the Nation, as a way to mock their rivals. The Nation would wait a week to fight back, attacking the comedian DX hired to impersonate Owen Hart, which would lead to HHH and X-Pac vs Owen and the Rock. HHH would use Rocky’s tactics, and use his European title to help gain the win. It would be announced during that match, that Rock would defend the Intercontinental Title vs HHH in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Rock would have one last plan to get under HHH’s skin ahead of their match, just 6 days before the event, Rock would help D’Lo Brown defeat HHH, seeing D’Lo take the European Title from the DX leader.
On July 26th, 1998 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California, WWF Fully Loaded would see the Nation of Domination and D-Generation X leaders clash. Enjoy this full match video, as The Rock defends the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Triple H in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match.
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1999: Edge (c) vs Jeff Jarrett for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, WWF Fully Loaded on July 25th, 1999.
Just over a week after the tragic death of Owen Hart, his former tag team partner, Jeff Jarrett defeated the Godfather to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and broke down in tears, as he dedicated the title win to the King of Harts. After a brief feud with Ken Shamrock, Jarrett would get caught up with Edge and Christian, who had recently broke away from Gangrel…
With the duo looking at making it on their own, they set their sights on taking the Intercontinental Title from Jarrett. When Christian challenged Jarrett to a match on Raw, the former Brood member wasn’t so lucky, as Jarrett caught Christian with the Stroke, and picked up the win. After the match, the lights would go out, and when they came back on, Jarrett was covered in blood, before Edge attacked. Annoyed at this, Jarrett stormed backstage and demanded a match with Edge at the Pay Per View.
While this match was agreed to, and put in place, WWF would still have a few events ahead of Fully Loaded, and during the House Show tour in the days building up to the show in Buffalo, New York, a shock would be on the cards. In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in front of his hometown fans, Edge would shock Jarrett, catching him with a spear, before getting the 3 count. While it wasn’t supposed to be a title match, road agent, Jack Lanza made the call to declare it was a title match, and Edge became the Intercontinental Champion!
Just 24 hours later, on July 25th, 1999 at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York, WWF Fully Loaded would see Jeff Jarrett get the chance to regain the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Edge, and here’s that matchup in full!
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2005: The Undertaker vs Muhammad Hassan in a #1 Contender’s Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Great American Bash on July 24th, 2005
Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari came to the WWE wanting to break down the stereotypes that Arabs and Arab-Americans had suffered since the 9/11 tragedy. Hassan and Daivari felt like 2nd class citizens, and just wanted to be treated like everyone else. However, their comments and actions rubbed the Raw roster up the wrong way. Having been drafted across to Smackdown, it was a chance for a new start, but, things would be far from smooth for Hassan and Daivari…
Hassan interrupted a segment where Teddy Long was announcing a 5-man match to find the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, and wanted his name thrown into the match. Long agreed, therefore it would now be a 6-Way Elimination match. During this, Hassan would get caught up in a brawl with the Undertaker, that would see the Phenom use a chair, to chase Hassan out of the arena. Both men were effectively eliminated, and removed from the match.
A week later, Hassan would complain that he was never eliminated, and wanted another shot, therefore Long would book Hassan vs Undertaker at the Great American Bash, with the winner becoming the next #1 contender. Long also booked Undertaker to face Hassan’s right hand man, Daivari, in a match that caused controversy. After the Undertaker defeated Daivari, 5 masked men rushed the ring to beat down and choke the Undertaker out, before carrying Daivari out of the ring, above their heads. This went out on air the same day as 7/7 terrorist attacks occured in the UK, causing outrage in the media that WWE still aired the segment. UPN, the company airing Smackdown requested Hassan be banned from TV, which WWE agreed to.
On July 24th, 2005, at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York, the WWE Great American Bash would see Muhammad Hassan back on a WWE screen, taking on the Undertaker in a #1 Contender’s Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Here’s the full video of that match, including the aftermath that saw a short career of controversy come to an end…