WWE’s John Morrison: My Favorite Morrison Matches/Moments

Hello Revolutionaries and JoMoSapiens, welcome to my first of many planned video tributes to my favorite WWE Superstars. And who better to start this series on a high note with than WWE’s most exciting superstar in John Morrison. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Morrison’s work since his debut on ECW in 2007 against Nunzio.

The Shaman of Sexy has gone through a number of character alterations/evolutions since his transformation in 2007 after winning the ECW Championship and has been able to maintain yours truly as a fan through the highs and the (current) lows. Morrison has been a hot topic of the IWC as of late as most of the pro wrestling dirt sheets state that Morrison is leaving the WWE soon.

While I can’t justify these statements as factual, his booking as of late does suggest that Morrison is indeed on his way out of the company.

In a time of curiosity and confusion, I feel that it’s best to allow the nostalgia to overtake a fan. Simply put, it’s normal to reminisce in a time of despair.

So I prepared this article while compiling a number of Morrison moments that I enjoyed the most.

Well, enough of my small talk, here’s my favorite John Morrison moments.

(Be sure to utilize the hash tag, SaveJohnMorrison, if you are a fan and want to be a part of the movement)

Starting this article off with a bang, I decided to feature the above video for comic relief. While I was watching this, I noticed how different Morrison was back then. Of course, Morrison portrayed an arrogant, cocky, conceited heel and wrote most of his promos/sketches. Anyway, Morrison and Miz directed this video at Cryme Tyme. The two tag teams were feuding at the time and the DirtSheet Duo decided to imitate the lifestyle/mannerisms of Cryme Tyme for this hilarious rap video.

Enjoy

From a comical video to a serious one with John Morrison vs. Evan Bourne on ECW one night after the 2009 WWE Draft. Morrison and The Miz had split and fans wondered if Morrison could make it on his own. However, most fans always thought Morrison was the better half of the tag team.

Well for those watching, Morrison and Bourne didn’t disappoint as this is arguably the best match of both competitors careers.

I like to use this video for those critics who claim Morrison is a spot monkey and jumps around throughout the duration of his matches. To be honest, I wish he would use this style today.

Here’s part one but you can watch part two and three here.

This video is another hilarious one. While I can’t remember exactly when this happened, I do remember watching this on ECW sometime in 2008. Tommy Dreamer was still in his quest to become ECW champion once again but like Miz and Morrison were infamous for, they taunted Dreamer while being absolutely hilarious at the same time.

Technically, Morrison hadn’t become Morrison yet. He was still Johnny Nitro and I still hated his guts. However, I loved ECW and I wasn’t going to watch just because I dislike a certain WWE Superstar. Morrison went out and dominated this matchup while displaying a ton of flashy and impactful offense. I loved this match and Morrison cemented it for me when he hit the corkscrew neckbreaker.

This is when I became interested in Morrison’s future but I wasn’t a fan yet.

John Morrison vs. Sheamus at TLC 2010 was my favorite match of 2010. To be honest, it was the biggest mark out moment for me in a LONG time. Morrison was being pushed and the WWE set him up with former WWE Champion, Sheamus. The two traded wins at Survivor Series and the KOTR with this faceoff being the rubber match.

Thing is, I knew Morrison was going to win this match as The Miz was the WWE Champion. The WWE is against heel vs. heel and there’s no way they were going to allow it at the Royal Rumble. Anyway, besides HBK vs. Taker and Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan, this was the best match of 2010 and truly one that I’ll never forget.

This is part two, watch part one here.

This matchup was absolutely awesome and even the biggest Morrison hater will have to admit it. Rey Mysterio and John Morrison really put on a show here tonight and I thought Morrison was on his way.  This match had it all. From a nice pace to mat wrestling to the unique high flying style of both competitors, this matchup was absolutely awesome.

I didn’t utilize dirthsheet’s and read spoilers at this point so it was a nice surprise to see Morrison win this matchup.  And I can tell that I wasn’t the only one that enjoyed it as Morrison got a standing ovation after it was over.

This video has three other parts that you can watch here.

Man, I absolutely loved this. I don’t care what anyone says, this match is probably one of the most underrated in SmackDown history. Not only was the match great, it showed that Morrison CAN work the mic as a face if given some creative input on the things he says. This is also another matchup I’ll never forget because I love these guys.

Both are on my all time favorite WWE Superstars list while Edge sits in my number one spot.

This wasn’t actually a match but it was a spot. I don’t care what anybody says, this was awesome and it temporarily brightened up a Royal Rumble that was kind of boring when it happened. Thing is, my peers weren’t discussing the winner of this Rumble, Alberto Del Rio, they were actually discussing Morrison’s awesome stunt here.

The first live dirtsheet on SmackDown was probably the most memorable one as Morrison and Miz discussed their impending matchup at Bragging Rights 2009. This was the first time we actually got to see these two speak out on the other and discuss the who’s Shawn Michaels and who’s Marty Jannetty scenario.  While Miz has always been pretty good on the mic, Morrison has been criticized for his subpar promos.

I can’t speak for others but I enjoyed this as Morrison showed some intensity and emotion during this segment. Now if the WWE would allow him to do this on a regular basis and stop handing their talents scripts promos like Austin says, maybe they would be better on the mic.

Anyway, I spent most of this segment laughing my ass off because both of these guys are genuinely funny.

Another classic bout featuring John Morrison but this one would be against the Straight Edge Superstar, CM Punk. You see, CM Punk had been my favorite superstar since 2006 and I adopted Morrison as another favorite of mine in the weeks before this matchup. Morrison had defeated Punk three times and this was Punk’s last chance to grasp the ECW Championship.

To be honest, it didn’t matter who would win as I knew I was in for a classic matchup. These two went out and had one hell of a matchup with Morrison displaying some of the unique offensive I’ve ever seen. I still remember watching this with my siblings back in 2007 and downloading Punk’s theme song the next day.

Be sure to check out part two here.

Yes, another mark out moment for yours truly as I was starting to get bored with RAW and the way they were booking the CM Punk angle. Originally, Morrison was scheduled to return a few weeks later. Not only did I mark out for Morrison’s return but I anticipated a great feud with R-Truth down the line. Unfortunately, WWE dropped the ball with this like everything else they do nowadays but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this.

You’re probably wondering why I included this video but it’s simple actually. I think Funk Man absolutely, undoubtedly, unquestionably, one hundred percent completely sucks. I’ve wanted to say it since the first time Johnny Ace picked up a microphone. The fact that Morrison was the one to say it is just a bonus.

I included this video because it got me excited for what I predicted would be a pretty good and reasonable face turn. Today, I don’t have the same opinion as I prefer a heel Morrison but the event was still significant. Punk’s run in was absolutely hilarious.

Come on, everyone who was sitting at home watching this was like “What the hell is Morrison doing” and by the time it was over, you probably thought “Damn, that was awesome”.

I was.

Finally, we’re at the moment I officially became a John Morrison mark. The very same moment that Johnny Nitro became John Morrison was the moment he solidified his status as one of my all time favorite superstars. His gimmick was absolutely awesome and possessed every aspect a fan like me admires. The Rockstar gimmick, flashy wrestling style, unique attire, and conceited personality just clicked with me.

Of course, I still loved CM Punk but this guy was just something else.

Take a moment and admire this greatness.

Thanks for bearing my full fledged markism throughout this article and I hope you enjoyed. This was just the first in a long line of names from Edge, CM Punk, AJ Styles, and Shawn Michaels that I’ll do these series on.

With that being said, I’ll leave you with one last Morrison video.

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WWE Journal Entry: My Story of Becoming a Professional Wrestler

By Bleacher Report Featured Columnist: Jon Fisher

Ever since I was a little kid, all I ever dreamed of was becoming a WWE superstar. Growing up watching Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Shawn Michaels, I believed in my heart that a small guy like me could make it.
There was this one moment that hooked me for life. I watched the first Wrestlemania and that just blew me away. The adrenaline rush and excitement overtook my soul and I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

In the back yard, my friends and I always practiced moves on our trampoline and even on the ground sometimes. Money was tight other years. No matter the circumstances, I persisted along with heart and passion.

We even had our bed sheets set up just like a curtain. My one friend brought his radio over and we had our own entrance music.

Each day passed and I felt like I was getting closer to the ultimate goal. I’ve been practicing my moves and it looked as if the next step in journey was to test out the Indie scene. Only a high school graduate, I had a choice to make.

Instead of college, I chose my true addiction: professional wrestling.

I mean, I had experience in middle and high school, so it isn’t like I was completely oblivious to the sport. Moving on to the indie scene, it was a culture shock.

 

Everything I believed it was became a rude awakening. My body wasn’t prepared for the constant beating and travel. Not to mention I worked a night job on the side to make ends meet.

At this time, my parents didn’t believe professional wrestling was a responsible way to live a life. I was on my own at the age of 19.

A few months into the indie scene, I became acclimated to my surroundings. I had the people I enjoyed working with and vice versa. Naturally, I was the underdog, because most competitors were much bigger than me.

Unfortunately, the wear and tear of my body finally caught up to me. During a match on a cold Saturday night, I was minutes away from defeating Steel Cobra, until I went for a suplex and my leg gave out.

The MRI revealed the next day that I tore my ACL. I was on the shelf for about a year.

Going through my head, I contemplated quitting. The people who didn’t get injured and were out there every night getting one step closer, while I sat and was painfully hurt physically and mentally.

I looked in the mirror depressed, full of hatred and said to me, “You can do this.”

A year past and I was back in the squared circle. Now 21, this year felt like the year to break through.

 

Doing show after show, I was starting to hone my skills. My favorite part was my high-flying set. I felt as if I was on top of the world.

After a couple of months, a man approached me about working for the WWE. I was completely blown away by his offer. Never in a million years, did I feel that I was good enough for the biggest wrestling promotion in the world.

I witness guys like Batista, Triple H, the Rock, John Cena grace the stage with a bodybuilder persona. I was a small high-flyer, so why would Vince McMahon want me? Only so few small guys break through in this business.

In a heartbeat, I accepted his offer and I was on my way to Florida to perform in FCW, the minor leagues of the WWE.

There was one problem though, instead of using my name, Vince created a name for me. I wasn’t too keen on the idea, but I didn’t have a choice really. Jason Steele was my name. I kept my gimmick, so it’s no tragedy.

I busted my butt in FCW, working every match like it was my last. I saw most guys spend a lot of time in FCW, just about a year, but they called me up after about five months.

Reactions were limited at this proposition. I said yes, not knowing the journey ahead of me. 300 days on the road, missing loved ones and sleepless nights were included in the package deal.

 

My debut match was on Friday Night Smackdown. I was set to face the Great Khali in a squash match. I didn’t know what to think. Why would they bring me up just to get crushed?

Sticking to my guns, I kept my mouth shut and the giant pinned me in a matter of minutes. One squash match turned into months of humiliation, as I was what’s known as a “jobber.”

That term to me was a bad enough word, but to be associated with such a label hurt me. I was always taught that battling through adversity will make you stronger. Thus, I continued on.

After a few years on the main roster, doing backstage segments and random interviews for WWE DVD’s, I got a call that I would be put in a feud for the Intercontinental Championship.

My eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas. I saw guys like Chris Jericho grace the belt and it was an honor to be able to hoist such a prize. The feud was against Rey Mysterio. I was even more gracious, because I could now showcase my unique wrestling style. Although, my mic skills needed work.

That’s another thing I noticed. If you couldn’t talk or bench press a truck, a main event wasn’t in your future. For this reason, it became my personal crusade to put smaller guys on the mark, along with HBK.

 

After four months of back-and-forth action, I finally won the belt at SummerSlam. I finally reached another one of my dreams. This beats the paper belt I created out of macaroni art in grade school.

Creative was high on me as champion, so they said a long reign would be in my favor. Indeed it was, five months to be exact. I went through talent after talent. Feud after feud, I was finally inching closer to my ultimate goal.

It was time for the Royal Rumble and I dropped the Intercontinental Title at the previous Raw show. Before the pay-per-view, we found out who was going to win and go onto headline WrestleMania.

On the drive to work, I didn’t believe it to be true. There was no way I could win the Rumble. As I stumbled through the door, one of my friends approached me and asked if I heard the news.

I shook my head and was curious. He told me they picked the winner for the Rumble. Those same eyes lit again. I sprinted into Vince’s office and on the poster-board, I saw my name.

I cannot explain the emotion that rushed through my body. It was as if a rollercoaster started at my head and down into my toes. I won the Royal Rumble. I actually did it. As I through the last man over the top rope, I just cried.

Bawling my eyes out, with streamers falling from the ceiling, I wept in happiness. I was about to enter a world where my dream started back in the days of childhood.

There isn’t much to comment in between the Rumble and the Grandest Stage of them all except for my adrenaline high every day. I was feuding with John Cena, who will hold the title at WM. Everyone counted me out.

That’s what made my crusade for the WWE Championship even more special. If I defeat him, I will have taken down the proverbial beast.

The day finally came. It was the day of WrestleMania. I entered through the door of the building and I couldn’t breathe. Full of emotion, I laced up my boots and prepared for the main event of the biggest wrestling spectacle in the world.

It was time. My match was about to begin and the director cued my music. I ran through that curtain like I practiced all those years ago. It was finally time. The bell rang and finally, I was here.

The match lasted 45 minutes. There was no blood. There were no chair shots or hardcore paraphernalia. Only pure wrestling. Cena went up for his standard finisher, but I reversed it into my submission finisher.

He broke out of it after 20 seconds of fighting. The ref pulled me off and Cena charged at me. I avoided the clothesline and jumped of the ropes to hit the lionsault. 1…….2…………………………..3!

The whole arena was screaming my name. I couldn’t move for a second. Life stopped. For years on end, my dream was to become the WWE Champion like many other small wrestlers before me.

 

I realized my dream. Through adversity, I pushed through. In times of sickness or injury, I worked 1000% harder to get back.

On this day, I lived my dream.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I realize it was pretty long. This was my first shot at fiction. I would love your feedback and I would appreciate any comments that I receive. Have a great day everyone!

“For the benefit of those with flash photography….”

WWE’s Trip to the Dark Side: Heel Turns and There Subsequent Success in the WWE

As we venture deeper into WWE’s PG Era, it’s almost normal to reminisce on the things of the past.

From the X-rated angles to the glorified blood baths collectively known as Hell in a Cell, Hardcore and First Blood matches, it’s extremely unbearable to watch the kid-friendly antics of the WWE. In the past, we’ve seen a contrast in lifestyles, real life scandals and infamous screw overs that will forever remain a prominent portion of our numerous WWE memories.

It seems as if the WWE has exiled anything with the slightest amount of edge.

Once in a blue moon, the WWE answers our prayers with the single thing that lacks the PG known the WWE has become accustom to.

A heel turn.

From spontaneous beat downs to a recurring build, heel turns are arguably the most anticipated angles in professional wrestling today.

For a turn to be successful it must possess numerous things. As I stated above, attacking a top babyface is basically a detour to a vast amount of heat. The Superstar must be able to cut a promo decent enough to draw boo’s from the crowd. Another reasonable addition is the angles that preceded the turn.

Simply, WWE Writers should provide a substantial purpose behind the turn.

When examining the current WWE roster, two heel turns have left an everlasting mark on the WWE Universe.

R-Truth and Christian have certainly raised their stocks through their respective character alterations. The primary reason both have succeeded rest solely on the angles and WWE Creative. R-Truth’s heel turn came seemingly out of nowhere. He was a dancing, jobbing, stereotype one moment and the No. 1 contender the next.

R-Truth’s special case of dementia is certainly entertaining.

On the other hand, Christian’s turn wasn’t as surprising. It’s no secret that Captain Charisma is one of the most beloved Superstar’s in WWE history. When he won the World Champion, we prayed for at least a month with the Championship.

The WWE halted Christian’s train before it began rolling.

Two days after Extreme Rules, the World Championship was handed to Randy Ortonon a silver platter. The hostile response of the IWC immediately gave away the fact that one of the two were set for a turn in the coming weeks.

Christian’s numerous shortcomings ultimately decided this as Captain Charisma turned heel last week.

The difference is we despised Truth before his turn and praise him immensely today. Christian will always be the IWC’s love child no matter the role he portrays.

Despite our mixed emotions towards both, it’s obvious that both Superstars have become the top heels of their respective brands.

This leads me to believe that is a heel turn the key to success in the WWE?

Let’s use the WWE Champion as an example.

John Cena has been the subject to a vast amount of criticism since he became Super Cena. It’s a recurring trend to observe John Cena snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat. While it’s obvious that John Cena is better as a face from a business standpoint, his character has become predictable as a face.

Instead of captivating a crowd like I know he can, John Cena’s promo from RAW displayed qualities that a sermon by a motivation speaker should possess.

His SmackDown counterpart, Randy Orton, is in the same boat as Cena. Orton’s character and gimmick fits a wrestler displaying a heel persona. When he turned face, most praised him as the Anti Cena. The problem with that notion is the fact that Orton’s history and lack of charisma plays against it.

He’s predictable.

While it’s obvious that heel turns by these two may be impossible, there’s still hope for a number of deserving mid-carders.

For some, a heel turn is the one thing required for their ascension to the top of the WWE.

John Morrison is a perfect example of how much a possible turn could benefit. If the Shaman of Sexy were to turn heel, he would eliminate the one thing delaying his ascension to the main event level. A perfect notion to this would be his time on ECW as Champion or the two years with The Miz.

This heel turn is past due.

While Morrison is one in need, another Superstar was granted a heel turn years ago. This man took the ball and ran with it as he became a multiple time World Champion.

This man is the Rated R Superstar, Edge.

Edge was a decent face before 2004 but the subsequent turn a feud with Matt Hardy made Edge one of the most despised Superstars in WWE History.

Other Veterans turn heel in the final stages of their careers while improving tremendously. Dave Batista was one of the WWE’s biggest Superstars since his face turn in 2005. For months, the WWE groomed Batista and John Cena as their biggest Superstars.

Either Superstar could’ve taken the position as the face of the WWE. An injury to Batista ultimately decided who the man was in the WWE. For years, wrestling diehards complained about Batista’s promo ability and the predictable antics of his character.

In 2009, WWE Creative turned Batista heel.

Batista cut the best promos of his career, but the turn was cut short by his exit from the WWE. The same can be said for CM Punk. The Straight Edge Superstar was an above average face until his heel turn in 2009.

The contrast in lifestyles between Punk and Jeff Hardy created the best feud of the PG Era.

Today, Punk is arguably the all-around best superstar.

While Edge, Batista, and CM Punk are positive statistics, guys like Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan or Evan Bourne would provide a vast amount of intention due to a heel turn.

In the end, it’s hard to argue against the fact that heel turns have led to the success of numerous Superstars.

Take a short moment to imagine if someone like an Evan Bourne or a Kofi Kingston were to turn heel?

Interesting isn’t it?

WWE’s 13 Years of Decadence: 13 Things To Love about Edge

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Almost 13 years ago, The Rated R Superstar made his distinct WWE debutOne of the best Superstars in WWE History, Edge began as a mysterious character that entered the arena through the crowd. Edge was infamous for roaming through the streets and attacking pedestrians for no apparent reason.

Despite our opinions, Edge was one of the biggest stars of the last decade.

An 11-time World Champion, Edge has become one of the greatest champions in WWE History. His premature retirement has left a huge effect on the WWE as a whole. If Edge were still wrestling today, the entire SmackDown landscape would be exceptionally different.

Although I’m a huge Edge Head, I refrained from releasing tribute article months ago.

Instead, I decided to write an article remembering his controversial, yet entertaining career. The reason this is 13 slides is to commemorate the number of years Edge was an employee for the WWE.

Enough of my small talk, here’s the show.

Improvised with Age

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During the earlier portion of his career, Edge’s persona wasflamboyant. Edge’s attire was noticeably more outlandish and inserted more style. The colors wereloud and hardly unnoticeable by the live audience. Copeland almost always wore a pair of colorful shades.

His normal attire was somewhat similar to the style of John Morrison when he initially began utilizing the persona on ECW in 2006.

Edge was somewhat of a Californiansurfer type of wrestler.  Most of his promos included the word awesome.His character was comedic genius who utilized his charisma to pump the crowd.  After his face turn in 2001, Edge was a staple to WWE television.

After the end of the Invasion angle, Edge was moved to SmackDown and added a littleedge to his character. He adopted Rob Zombies “Never Going Stop” over the infamous“On the Edge. Edge’s neck injury halted his impending ascension to the top of WWE SmackDown.

When Edge returned in 2004, the familiar slim build of the Superstar was a thing of the past.  Edge’s happy-go attitude had almost completely disappeared. Around this time, he abandoned the aerial style of his past and began utilizing a more aggressive in-ring style.

After his heel turn, Edge adopted Alter Bridge’s Metalingus and became the perfect bad guy.

A crazed heel obsessed with capturing the crown jewel of the WWE.

The World Heavyweight Championship

WrestleMania 21 was a focal point in Edge’s career. The Superstar grasped the Money in the Bank briefcase. The controversy with Matt Hardy and Lita made Edge the top heel in the WWE. Around this time, Edge added numerous tattoos and began utilizing his Rated R Superstar gimmick.

His flamboyant style was completely gone as Edge altered everything, including his in-ring attire.

The gimmick was pure gold.

Ring Psychology and Timing

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Triple H, one of Edge’s distant rivals, is noted for this dirty tactics and opportunistic ways in his on-screen rivalries. The opportunistic ways of Edge could very well rival those of The Game. Perhaps one of the more (kayfabe) intelligent individuals on the WWE Roster, Edge was the definition of right place at the right time.

As a two-time Mr. Money in the Bank, Edge, perhaps more than any other, cashed in on his opponent when they were at their weakest. An Elimination Chamber near crucified WWE Champion John Cena. Multiple battles with Batista and a thrashing from Mark Henry left Undertaker easy pickings for Edge.

In a similar incident, Edge goaded Mr. Kennedy into a match for Ken’s Money in the Bank. Before Kennedy could enter the ring, Edge attacked him, infuriating Ken enough to have him agree to the match.

With the addition of Vickie Guerrero, Edge opportunistic ways became a staple to SmackDown programming. A notable example would be the 2008 Survivor Series matchup involving Triple H and Vladimir Kozlov.

Edge is also one of the most underrated in-ring psychologist of this generation.

The manner in which Edge could counter the moves of John Cena or Undertaker was poetry in motion. It seemed as if Edge was already prepared for the things to come when facing a formidable foe. Edge could be on the receiving end of a devastating beating to win it all with the swiftness of a spear.

Just watch his match with Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22.

Mind Games

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While slightly behind The Undertaker, Edge is known for the numerous tricks he played for comic relief or to gain a victory. Who can forget the mind games Edge played on Kurt Angle in 2002. From the start of the, you suckchants to the pictures of Angle backstage on SmackDown.

In 2010, Edge reanimated his comedic mind games on Kane. The Big Red Monster cost Edge a match on SmackDown and Edge retaliated by kidnapping Paul Bearer. The first of numerous backstage angles that would tease Bearer’s death, Edge tricked Kane into emotional insanity. Without Paul Bearer, it was if Kane had lost the will to continue.

In addition to the fake deaths, Edge would sometimes torture Bearer backstage much to Kane’s dismay.

The mind games eventually led to Kane harming Bearer himself. With Paul out of the picture, Edge won his 10th World Title at WWE TLC 2010.

The Heel mind games were a different story.

Edge would assault family members and utilize others to trick opponents. Who can forget the time Edge slapped John Cena’s father before their Summerslam match. The Major Broski’s were also a part of Edge’s psychological advantage.

Because of the similarities in appearance, Edge’s opponents easily mistook Zack and Curt for Edge himself. This led to Edge regaining the World Title at Armageddon 2007.

Lita

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While Edge’s heel turn in 2004 was successful, it was the addition of Lita that made Edge a main event heel. Lita had been a face for almost six years when she turned on Kane in the Gold Rush Tournament. In what would become a trend, Lita assisted Edge in gaining a win with his signature briefcase.

Just imagine if Lita wouldn’t have become a staple to Edge’s character.

While Edge was a great heel, Lita was the proverbial gas on the fire.

Their real life affair sparked outrage among the WWE Fans. Lita was previously in a relationship with fan favorite, Matt Hardy. Hardy and Edge were said to be best friendswhen Edge began his affair with Lita. The fact that Hardy was released because of it bestowed tremendous amounts of heat on Edge and Lita.

The feud that came after cemented Edge’s status as RAW’s Top Heel.

Edge shipped Hardy off to SmackDown after defeating him in a ladder match. Afterwards, Edge suffered an injury but to retain the superstar status of his character, Edge was given the Cutting Edge. He and Lita trashed almost everyone on the RAW roster including Ric Flair and Michael Hayes.

What a dastardly duo.

TLC

Tables, Ladders and Chairs have become Edge’s signature match. There have been 11 TLC matches in WWE History.  Edge has been involved in seven of those matches. Surprisingly, Edge has only lost twice in TLC matches. The first occasions being in a multiple tag team match against Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.

The second was in a singles match with John Cena.

TLC is known as the match we witness the absolute best of Edge. It’s no secret that Edge becomes a human highlight reel when he’s involved in this match. From body splashes off ladders through tables to receiving an F-U off a ladder through two tables, Edge takes his craft to another level.

The first TLC match at SummerSlam 2000 forever revolutionized the word hardcore in the WWE. The mere fact that it was over the WWE Tag Team Championship illustrates how important tag teams were back then.

The last time a TLC match occurred, Edge won his 10th World Title in it.

The WWE even took this gimmick match and made it a full fledged pay-per-view.

That’s awesome.

Christian

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The debut of Christian mimicked that of Kane. It was an angle where the unknown storyline brother cost the other their match. While Kane’s debut is more infamous and displayed the immediate impact of Kane, Christian’s debut is not one to look over. Christian distracted Edge during a match with Owen Hart.

Captain Charisma joined Gangrel as an on screen vampire.

Here, we are thinking Edge was a maniac for attacking innocent pedestrians, his undead brother who has allied himself with Gangrel. They convinced Edge to join the Brood, but the angle was short lived. Edge and Christian parted ways with Gangrel and began their successful run as a tag team.

Winning numerous tag team titles along the way, Edge and Christian met their end with the jealousy of one brother.

The first opportunity he received, Christian turned on Edge. Jealous because Edge won the 2001 King of the Ring, Christian turned on Edge and joined the Alliance. The two feuded over the Intercontinental Championship with Edge eventually arising from the smoke as the victor.

Like Undertaker and Kane, many believe Christian has spent the better part of his WWE career in Edge’s shadow. If this question was asked to Christian himself, he would smile and say “never”.

Each man did go down separate paths and for the majority of time, weren’t featured on the same brand.

Edge and Christian reunited earlier this year. With an assist by Edge, Christian won his first World Championship.

The length of the reign and the events leading to it can be disputed but the moment was pure magic.

Vickie Guerrero and La Familia

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As much as the addition of Lita assisted Edge’s career, the relationship with Vickie Guerrero benefited Edge’s career just as much. The SmackDown GM aided the Rated R Superstar in winning six of his 11 World Titles. Edge became SmackDown’s top heel because of the relationship and led to his opportunistic ways.

If it wasn’t for Guerrero, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio and Batista would’ve defeated Edge for the World Championship on numerous occasions.

During his feud with Undertaker in 2007, Edge formed a stable with the Majors, Chavo Guerrero, Vickie and Bam Neely.

Known as La Familia, the group also aided Edge in retaining the World Championship. Edge wasn’t the only beneficiary of the groups’ efforts. Edge assisted Chavo in winning the ECW Championship by spearing CM Punk.

Despite the small notoriety, La Familia had a huge impact on the SmackDown landscape.

If Guerrero abusing her power wasn’t enough, the stable assisted Edge in banishing the Undertaker from the WWE with a TLC Match. The group eventually faded away with Edge attacking Chavo and Vickie after Triple H exposed his adultery.

Vickie and Edge remained a couple until Guerrero quit her position as General Manager. Edge divorced Vickie shortly after but their paths crossed again in 2011. Despite her efforts, Vickie was unable to permanently take the World Title off of the Rated R Superstar.

Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler lost their jobs trying.

Rivalry with Edge

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This is the feud that cemented Edge’s status as a main event talent. While the Ultimate Opportunist flourished on SmackDown, the title originally came about during this feud. This feud didn’t benefit Edge alone. If you didn’t consider Cena the face of the WWE before this rivalry, you did when it was over.

As a huge Edge head, I felt foolish to ignore any of his various feuds. A person of Edge’s heel persona is to draw emotion from fans such as anger and shock. When Edge cashed his MITB on John Cena in 2006, I was infuriated. Then I thought to myself, perfect.

That’s what made the Cena/Edge feud great. It’s ability to draw the emotion of its viewers. Along with the many surprises, crowd reaction and outside factors involved.  The rivalry was simply “history.” Take a look at the first that came from Cena/Edge.

It was the first MITB cash in. Edges first reign as the WWE Champion.  The first time it seemed like someone else had the attention besides Cena. Besides benefiting Edge, the rivalry gave a different view of Cena from a fan’s standpoint.

He was human simply. Cena was riding an awesome wave of momentum those 200-plus days as the WWE Champion.  He beat every single person there was to beat excluding Triple H. While it wasn’t a problem with me, fans like change. One guy holding and defending the belt countless times can’t be entertaining.

Their feud in 2009 was also noteworthy.

No Way Out

Edge just lost his WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber. Well establishing himself as the “Ultimate Opportunist” since his exit from RAW, Edge attacked Kofi Kingston and stole his place in the match. Problem is that the match was for Cena’s World Championship.

Once again, shocked we were. Edge endured adversity through the match but pinned Cena then Mysterio to win the World Title. Who would’ve guessed Cena would lose the title under those circumstances? Not me.

Though Cena would win it back at WrestleMania 25, he lost it to Edge at Backlash thanks to Big Show.

Like I said above, Edge made Cena seem human. He ended the talk of John Cena being unbeatable. Edge had the mental advantage over Cena each time excluding Backlash 2009. Also unlike usual Cena matches, we weren’t exactly sure if he would beat Edge or not.

Nowadays it’s elementary to predict a Cena victory.

Besides all of that, this feud has it ALL. Quoting Cena himself the feud had wives, girlfriends and managers, lacky’s, his dad, Edge’s hometown, Cena’s hometown, Elimination Chambers, TLC Matches, briefcases, history, championships and WrestleMania.

Name one feud to accompany that many factors?

Popularity

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There’s not too many WWE Superstars who can claim they’re more popular than Edge. Whether it’s the heat or cheers of the crowd, when the words you think you know me rang throughout an arena, they know they’re in for a show.

How many WWE Superstars can turn face over the course of one week?

The mere fact that Edge did so by destroying a meaningless prop stemming from the lack of angles from WWE Creative illustrates the popularity of Edge. Another notion to Edge’s popularity is the WWE Draft being moved up two months.

The decline in SmackDown ratings is also substantial at this point.

Edge isn’t the only Superstar noteworthy for their popularity, but the Rated R Superstar is certainly a dime of dozen.

Reliable Worker

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Perhaps more than any main eventer on the WWE Roster, Edge was seemingly the mellowest Superstar. How many times has Edge lost a championship shortly after winning it? His first title reign ended at three weeks. Did the dirt sheets ever report Edge being furious about the length of it?

No

Even the label of transitional can be placed on the head of Edge. Along with that, none of his World Titles have gone over the length of four months.

Edge is known to put over other Superstars. Maybe not as much as Chris Jericho but Edge has never once left the WWE since joining. The Superstar wanted to lose his final match against his best friend Christian.

How admirable is that?

I’m also positive that Edge would be chasing World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio, had he not retired months ago.

Tag Team Pioneer

When witnessing the state of the current WWE Tag Team Division, it’s great to relive the teams of the past. When the thought of the tag team titles and the great matches contested for them, Edge must appear in your train of thought somewhere.  As a 14-time tag team Champion, Edge has contributed to the success of the Division in a huge way.

The numerous matches/angles that involved Edge and what it meant to the Division as a whole are tremendous.

From the level of Edge’s tag team partners, it’s obvious that Edge was definitely a legendary tag team wrestler.  His partners were Hulk Hogan, Christian, Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho. Each man a great tag team wrestler in their own right but there is one thing each has in common with Edge.

They’ve held a World Championship at one point.

The rub Hogan gave Edge and the run as tag champions with Orton before they became full-time main eventers.

When Triple H and Shawn Michaels are taking on Edge and Randy Orton for the tag titles, the Division apparently means something.

WrestleMania

I don’t know if I’m alone here, but I’ve enjoyed each of Edge’s WrestleMania matches. When the thought of WrestleMania arises, most fans look forward to who’s going to face Undertaker at WrestleMania. Most may not know this, but before losing to Undertaker at WrestleMania 24, Edge was undefeated in singles competition.

The Rated R Superstar was 5-0 until the Deadman silenced Edge with the Hell’s Gate.

I also consider the match to be one of the most underrated in WrestleMania history. In my opinion, it was better than Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair despite being overshadowed by it.

From TLC II at WrestleMania X-Seven to his last match at WrestleMania 27 with Del Rio, Edge has a great track record for match quality at Mania.

The Greatest Champion EVER: Done it ALL won it ALL

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The Rated R Superstar has won 31 championships throughout his 13-year career. With the numerous titles available in the WWE at the moment, it’s seemingly impossible to win each right?

No

Besides Kurt Angle, Edge is the only Superstar to win every title currently available in the WWE. Edge is a seven-time World Champion, four-time WWE Champion, five-time Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, 12-time World Tag Team Champion and two-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He also won the 2010 Royal Rumble. He is also the first man to hold the Money in the Bank briefcase on two occasions.

What hasn’t this guy achieved in the WWE?

End

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This was my tribute for one of the greatest Superstars in WWE history. I truly miss watching Edge spearing another wrestler out of his boots. The WWE just isn’t the same with the Rated R Superstar.

I welcome all opinions and comments.

How I Would Book The Ziggler/Swagger/Guerrero Angle

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Hello Revolutionaries, I’m not one to flirt with fantasy booking but this feud has been on my radar for some time now. A few weeks back, Jack Swagger defeated Alex Riley in a matchup on RAW.

During Swagger’s match with Riley, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero partook in verbal warfare that ended in Guerrero assisting Swagger in the win over Riley. As Vickie roamed backstage, Swagger approached her with a proposition.

Swagger insisted that Vickie take up multiple clients while mentioning legendary managers like Freddie Blassie and Jimmy Hart. Guerrero managed Swagger in a match against Alex Riley that ended when Ziggler distracted Swagger during an argument with Guerrero.

This allowed Riley to pick up the win. The events of the RAW that follows echoed this. Swagger was well on his way to a win over Sin Cara until Dolph Ziggler blatantly distracted Swagger after an argument with Guerrero.

At this point, I felt as if the WWE was booking this feud poorly.

I decided to analyze every aspect of this feud and came to the conclusion that it could benefit Swagger and Ziggler if the proper steps are taken.

For starters, allow Jack Swagger to win matches. If Vickie is considering swapping Ziggler for Swagger, she’d have to have a substantial reason for it. Simply put, Swagger has to booked as if he was a better superstar than Dolph Ziggler.

The WWE should have Swagger win numerous matches while Dolph loses a few. The ultimate payoff would be a match between Swagger and Ziggler at a pay per view.

The match should have at least ten minutes of in ring action. The conclusion should see Dolph moments away from a victory. Guerrero should assist Swagger by distracting the referee during Ziggler’s count.

While Dolph is distracted by Vickie, Swagger should use the U.S. Championship to knock Ziggler out cold. Swagger becomes the U.S. Champion while Guerrero drops Ziggler as a client while taking up Swagger.

The WWE is “beating the dead horse” by allowing Vickie to continue on as the Ziggler’s manager. This way, you establish Swagger as a heel while allowing Ziggler to undergo a face turn. Swagger picks up Vickie as the heat magnet he desperately needs while the evolution of Dolph Ziggler continues.

If the nostalgia has set in, you should remember a similar angle involving Brock Lesnar, Big Show, and Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar was the WWE’s biggest heel and made the transition to biggest face through an angle very similar to this.

Dolph has been heel his entire WWE career and if the past has taught us anything it’s that fans love to get behind a heel turned face.

Just ask Randy Orton.

Besides, Dolph has always sounded uncomfortable on the mic as a heel. A few months back, Ziggler was cracking jokes on commentary in a facish light. Mr. Perfection was undoubtedly comfortable unlike his forced heel promos on RAW.

Dolph also possesses the in ring ability that will aid fans in adjusting to his face turn. Ziggler is one of the top four in ring workers in the WWE. The heel persona has gotten boring and the only way he’ll progress to the main event is having him turn face.

On the other side if the fence, you have Jack Swagger. Swagger hasn’t been relevant since he lost the World Championship. Vickie Guerrero did wonders for the careers of Edge and Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler doesn’t need Vickie anymore and placing her with Swagger could resurrect his career.

Aftermath

After Swagger wins the U.S. Title, allow Ziggler’s face turn to continue. I suggest a slow buildup to a rematch that should take place at the next pay per view. Ziggler should be placed in matches as a face. For example, have Ziggler team up with Air Boom to take on Swagger and the Awesome Truth.
The WWE should have Air Boom question Ziggler’s loyalty. Air Boom should feel uncomfortable teaming with Dolph until he aids them in winning the match.

At the ppv, Swagger should win by disqualification or allow Guerrero to aid Swagger in a win.
This way, Dolph can go onto to the main event. For example, a number on number one contenders matches or go for gold and have Dolph take on Del Rio.

On the other hand, Swagger could defend his U.S. title against mid carders like Riley and John Morrison. Swagger’s reign should be booked like Dolph’s intercontinental title reign from 2010.

In the process, the WWE has created two fresh Superstars ready to step into the main event picture at some point.

Problem solved!

One mistake could screw this up and that would be to have Swagger turn face.

NO, this shouldn’t happen.

Thanks for reading Revolutionaries!

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