2011 has been a crazy year for me, and probably a lot of people, but it has also been a crazy year in WWE and TNA. I wanted to make this blog to look back of the huge moments in both companies during 2011. With this being the last day of 2011, why not take a look back?!
In January of 2011, WWE had their annual Royal Rumble PPV. During the PPV, we witnessed three huge moments. Two of them can be combined as they are both returns. Booker T and Kevin Nash came back to WWE and were in action! I remember everyone was speculating whether or not they would go to WWE or TNA to be in the resurrection of the Main Event Mafia. They showed up on WWE television and all of the speculating had an answer. While both of them participated in the Rumble, they did not win. Alberto Del Rio won and surprised everyone. His rise to the top was actually legit. We were seeing a star in the making.
TNA had a little highlight in 2011 as well. During their Genesis PPV, Eric Bischoff announced a mystery opponent for Rob Van Dam. Music played and Matt Hardy was revealed as the man! Matt came to TNA in 2011 and he got everyone talking. Well, as we all know, his time in TNA did not last long as he was released in August.
This month welcomed one of the most talked about promos in recent memory. It featured a person in a black trench coat, black boots, and black pants. The person was in a rainy environment in a cabin in the middle of the woods. People all over the world questioned if it was Sting or The Undertaker. Would Sting actually come to WWE or was The Undertaker making his return? We found out that the promos were all about The Undertaker, but that doesn’t mean WWE didn’t try to get Sting!
February also revealed another huge return for the WWE. The Rock came to Raw and was revealed that he was the guest host of Wrestlemania 27. Only time would tell on whether The Rock will affect WWE anymore this year.
TNA saw a little debut this month as we met Rosita, who is part of Mexican America. She had a pretty good year in the company, to say the least.
This month has to go to TNA as Sting returned to TNA (While some people still thought he would appear in the WWE) and beat Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Title. At Victory Road, Jeff would try to regain his title, but he first had to learn how to walk. Jeff showed up to the PPV in terrible shape and the match lasted less than 3 minutes. It got the whole world talking. If people didn’t know already, they now realized Jeff had to clean up.
April was huge for WWE in so many ways. First off, WWE’s Tough Enough was back on the air after being off for years and years! The show did better than expected....I mean, why not....Stone Cold Steve Austin was the host!
WWE had Wrestlemania 27, which showcased The Rock as the host, but it also showcased The Miz beating John Cena on the biggest stage of them all. We would hear about this all year long!
Speaking of The Rock, we would hear a promo from him, the Raw after Wrestlemania and the match between him and John Cena is made for next year’s Wrestlemania. Finally, something to look forward to!
WWE held their 2011 Draft in April. Now, the only thing worth mentioning is the flip flop with John Cena. He was drafted to Smackdown in the beginning and then drafted to Raw at the end of the show. What luck Raw has!!
On a sad note, we would see the last Edge match as Edge retired a week after Wrestlemania 27. No one thought we would see his last match so quickly. We did though. In the 2000s, Edge acquired many nicknames. He became the most talked about person many different times. He would be characterized as one of the greatest. He retired and is now safe from being anymore injured. Thank you Edge for everything!
Finally, the world probably seen the best match in 2011 at Wrestlemania as it was The Undertaker vs. Triple H. The Undertaker keeps on impressing!
May was the month full of karma....or Kharma! During WWE’s Extreme Rules, former TNA Knockout, now WWE diva, Kharma finally steps out through the curtain. Her first victim is Michelle McCool. Kharma would go on to destroy her competition. It wasn’t too far into her WWE career that she already needs a break. She announced to the world that she was pregnant. Shocking, huh?!
Speaking about Michelle McCool, she saw her final match in the WWE this month as she was forced to leave after loosing to Layla. Yes McCool, we know you want to spend more time with The Undertaker.
While one diva is on her way out, a Knockout is on her way in! The 9th wonder of the world, Chyna, shows up on TNA to help Kurt Angle against Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett. Yes, Chyna makes her return to the ring. She had ring rust, but at the end of the day, she gets the job done with a win. Her time in TNA wasn’t long.
Everyone was wondering who was the Network Executive in TNA. Mick Foley was revealed as the man. His first appearance as the executive and he changes the name of the show. Instead of TNA Wrestling, he calls it Impact Wrestling. Everyone got confused on the name of the show and the name of the company. To this day, people are confused.
As fast as Mick Foley came in, he was gone from TNA. Foley did not want to renew his contract and asked for his release. While that was the last time we seen him on TNA, it won’t be the last time we see him on television this year.
While TNA’s story was messed up, WWE got a grip on their stories and ran with it!
First off, WWE was experimenting, in my mind, with new and young talent. As a result, they pushed R-Truth to the top and gave him a WWE Title shot. He did not win, but it was worth a shot.
The biggest thing this month was the huge amount of attention CM Punk got. June 27th, which was a Monday night, witnessed one of the best promos in WWE in YEARS! CM Punk grabbed a mic and started to talk. Boy, did he talk! He went on about how WWE was falling apart and how they will fall apart when Vince dies because Triple H and Stephanie will be running it. He went on to talk about Paul Heyman and John Cena. It literally got everyone in the wrestling world talking. From that promo, wrestling was cool again. Vince suspended CM Punk after that promo. No one knew if it was real or fake. We would later find out!
July rolls around and CM Punk is still being talked about. He is back on television, but maybe not for long as his contract is set to expire. No one knows what is going on. It’s great. He battles John Cena in one huge match at Money in the Bank. Considered by many, that PPV was the best PPV in 2011! CM Punk ends up winning the title, but not without a fight as Vince McMahon came out and tried to pull a “Montreal Screwjob”. It didn’t work and everyone was happy!
While everyone was buzzing around CM Punk and the whole title situation, another buzz was created by the WWE. Triple H told his father-in-law, Vince, that he was no longer in control of WWE. Triple H became the COO. No one knows what is going on....that is good and bad!
While Punk won the title, they needed a new champion because Punk’s contract out. This is where the whole story took a noise dive as Cena became champion. Long story short, Punk came back and now we have two titles!
TNA had a little highlight this month as they showcased their X-Division PPV. What a great PPV that was!
The whole story between CM Punk, John Cena, and Triple H had to end sometime, but did it end at Summerslam or did it just start? Summerslam gave us John Cena vs. CM Punk one more time. This match may have been more confusing than their last. Kevin Nash made his second return to WWE this year as he came to the ring and Jackknife Powerbombed Punk. Punk wouldn’t be champion for long as Alberto Del Rio swooped in, cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase from a month ago and he finally got the major title! He was now at the top!
While all of that is going on in WWE, TNA is seeing their fair share of stories. They are starting their Bound for Glory Series as well as the huge lead-up to the Sting vs. Hulk Hogan match. The wheels were in motion.
Not only that, but TNA put Impact Wrestling on the road for a couple of weeks. It was great seeing them expand and out of the Impact Zone. Fans tell TNA that they want more!
September really did not showcase anything wild, which is pretty disappointing.
TNA continued their build for Bound for Glory.
WWE had their Night of Champions PPV, which had John Cena winning the title AGAIN!
This month became interesting. Let me first start with TNA! TNA had their Bound for Glory PPV. This PPV, in everyone’s eyes, would be the transition for Bobby Roode. That did not happen as he did not win the title. His time will come though. Also in TNA, we seen a huge transition in power. It was Sting vs. Hogan. Sting wins and the power is back with Dixie Carter. Dixie is back on television and Sting is named to run the duties of TNA. He will actually stay, unlike Foley. Also in TNA, we saw the return of the best woman wrestler in the world....Gail Kim!
While Jeff Hardy returned to TNA television back in August, it is worth noting here that he had his first televised wrestling match since March. Looks like Jeff is back full-time!
October seen the return of Vince McMahon on WWE. He came up to Triple H, just like Triple H did to Vince, and announced that Triple H would no longer be COO. It’s weird how things turn around, huh?! This month was Alberto Del Rio’s month as he became champion again and this time held it through two PPVs as he defeated both Cena and Punk at Hell in a Cell and beat Cena at Vengeance. He is getting a great push, to say the least.
Cody Rhodes holds and changes the Intercontinental Title to the classic, Michael Cole- “vintage” look.
Last but certainly not least......WWE announced “WWE Network” that will air in 2012. So many questions still need to be answered!
November and December
These two months run together because very few things happen around the holiday months. But, there are a few highlights!
Kane returns and is masked!
Daniel Bryan cashes his Money in the Bank briefcase and becomes World Champion.
To go along with that, we finally see someone take down Mark Henry.
Kevin Nash is back in action and so is Triple H and they face in a Ladder Match.
WWE listens to everyone and pushes Zack Ryder.
James Storm gets a push that he deserves.
Bobby Roode also gets the push and main event spot that he has been waiting for.
The push on the Knockout, X-Division, and Tag Team division is seen and noticed.
Both companies had their ups and downs. While WWE’s ratings are at a decline, TNA’s ratings are at a stand still. The writing of each company isn’t the greatest either. We saw the rise of The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, Zack Ryder, Daniel Brian, Christian, and CM Punk this year in WWE while seeing the rise of Bobby Roode, James Storm, Gunner, Crimson, Angelina Love and Winter, Abyss, and Daniels. 2011 has been a historic year in wrestling. Let’s hope 2012 is even bigger! From me and everyone at WrestlingNewsWorld.com, we would like to tell all of our viewers Happy New Year and thanks for the continued growth as we will continue to expand in 2012!