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John Cena to appear on Hannah Montana

Posted in Various News and Notes, WWE News and Notes with tags , on September 10, 2010 by Erik Beaston

In what may be another sign of the impending apocolypse, John Cena will guest star on Sunday’s episode of Hannah Montana. He will play himself. Somewhere, the leader of the Attitude Era, Stone Cold Steve Austin, weeps.

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Top 10 WWE Pay-Per-View Matches of 2010…so far

Posted in Editorials, WWE News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2010 by Erik Beaston

With 2010 three-quarters of the way complete, I wanted to take this time to look back at the best the WWE has had to offer on pay-per-view this year. With matches spanning from January’s Royal Rumble event to August’s SummerSlam show, here is my list:

X.

C

Wrestlemania XXVI

World Heavyweight Championship Match

Edge challenges Chris Jericho

Smackdown’s main event offering for the biggest show of the year didn’t have the same name value that Raw’s John Cena vs. Batista showdown did, nor was it as anticipated as Undertaker vs. Michaels II but Jericho and Edge proved why they are two of the very best at what they do, providing the WWE Universe with a very solid, techincally-based contest that saw Jericho target Edge’s previously injured ankle. In the end, despite a flurry of offense from the “Rated R Superstar,” Jericho was able to successfully retain his title, joining only Triple H, Steve Austin, and Randy Orton as heels who left Wrestlemania as Champion.

IX.

WWE Fatal Four Way

Evan Bourne vs. Chris Jericho

Y2J makes his second, and far from last, appearance on this list, this time doing battle with one of WWE’s top young talents, the dynamic Evan Bourne. Prior to this contest, Bourne stunned Jericho by defeating him via disqualification after kicking out of the Code Breaker. Before this pay-per-view gem, Jericho stated he believed he was being shuffled to the back burner in favor of Raw’s other stars. He promised he would prove his worth to Raw in his match with Bourne. A spectacular contest ensued, one that showed exactly why many consider Jericho the best wrestler in the world. A main event star for nearly a decade, Jericho did not shy away from putting Bourne and his high-flying offense over as a major threat, eventually doing the job for the youngster following a Shooting Star Press. Easily one of the most hard-fought, non-main event matches of the year.

VIII.

WWE Elimination Chamber

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship

John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Sheamus

Heading into Wrestlemania 26, three of WWE’s go-to performers proved their worth to the billion dollar sports-entertainment company. John Cena, Triple H, and Randy Orton did all they could to introduce Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase, and Sheamus to the main event scene and the hellish Elimination Chamber. In the process, seeds were planted for upcoming storylines, including the dissolution of Legacy and Triple H’s rivalry with Sheamus. The ring generals carried their younger opponents through a brutal opener and set the bar at a level no match the rest of the evening was able to reach. John Cena would be victorious, a sign of things to come throughout the course of the year.

VII.

WWE Money in the Bank

Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Randy Orton vs. Evan Bourne vs. John Morrison vs. Mark Henry vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Ted DiBiase

Money in the Bank matches, by nature, are giant clusterf***s that rely on spots to pop the crowd. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, many fans were curious as to how the performers would be able to string together two wholly different ladder matches with the concept burning out by the time the second match went on later in the evening. While Smackdown opted for the more visual, spotty style of the contest, Raw opted for a more story-based match that involved EVERYONE at ringside and the precise timing that indicates the level of professionalism of everyone involved. Towards the end of the match, as Randy Orton climbs the ladder, about to win the match, the fans are on their feet cheering the loudest it had all night. When the Miz entered the ring and shoved Orton from the ladder, the hopes of the fans were extinguished. Spectacular performances by all, including Maryse, who was ringside with DiBiase.

VI.

Over the Limit

Mask vs. Hair Match

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk

If someone came up to me tomorrow and wanted an explanation as to what professional wrestling is, I would show them the Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk match from Over the Limit. For months, Punk tried to humiliate Rey Mysterio, egging him on in front of his family, intimidating his family, and threatening to remove his cherished mask. When Mysterio defeated Punk at Wrestlemania, and Punk returned the favor at Extreme Rules, fans everywhere recognized a third match was imminent. With the added stipulations involving Mysterio’s mask and Punk’s hair, the expectations for the match were high. Early in the match, when Punk was split open and the match was stopped while doctors attended to his wound, many feared the match was ruined. When Punk blew past the doctors and attacked Rey, the match kicked into second gear something truly special developed. What resulted was the age-old story of good guy vs. bad guy, good guy beats bad guy, and bad guy gets his comeuppance. It’s booking 101 and something that, as a fan of wrestling as long as I’ve been alive, was a welcome change of pace from the convoluted storylines that sometimes pollute the sports-entertainment landscape.

V.

WWE Royal Rumble

World Heavyweight Championship Match

The Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio

If, at the beginning of the year I told you the hardest hitting match of the year would feature Rey Mysterio taking on the Undertaker, you would have told me I was crazy. Yet, at Royal Rumble, they engaged in one of the hardest-hitting, most brutal big man vs. little man matches seen since the heyday of Sting vs. Vader. A kick from Mysterio broke Undertaker’s nose early in the contest. Perhaps to prove he belonged in the ring with the Dead Man, Mysterio used his speed and delivered kick after kick and forearm after forearm to the Dead Man while the much larger Undertaker countered with power. In the end, Taker was able to counter a West Coast Pop attempt with the Last Ride, ending Rey’s valiant fight.

IV.

Money in the Bank

Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Kane vs. Christian vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Big Show

Remember what I said about the Money in the Bank often being a spotfest? Smackdown proved me right as two of the most dynamic young stars in all of WWE, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler, as well as two ladder match vets in Christian and Matt Hardy, and you have the ingredients for an exciting, historic ladder match. Factor in Big Show and Kane, two giants who typically belong nowhere near ladder matches, and you have added intrigue. All eight men, realizing they are on first with a Raw match featuring several main event stars coming up later in the night, threw everything on the table in an attempt to steal the show. Opinions vary on which brand’s match is better. In my opinion, the Smackdown match gave the fans the showstopping, HOLY S*IT moments we have become accustomed to from the Money in the Bank match.

III.

SummerSlam

Team Raw vs. Nexus

Throughout the course of the summer, a new group of renegade rookies–the product of a Tuesday night television show built to gain them TV exposure–ruthlessly attacked John Cena and other members of the Raw roster. They claimed they were sick of being treated like animals and as a result, they were going to act like animals. They also claimed to be acting as one dominant entity while the members of Team Raw could barely co-exist long enough to discuss the match. Leading into SummerSlam, many questioned whether the Raw stars would be able to vanqish the invading rookies. At SummerSlam, the two teams entertained with a spectacular, 35:00 tag match that held the attention of the entire audience. The return of Daniel Bryan injected the contest with an energy that may not have been there without him. The ending, with John Cena once again victorious, was disappointing and one of the reasons this isn’t higher on the list.

II.

Wrestlemania XXVI

Career vs. Streak Match

Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker

In the hardest decision I’ve made regarding wrestling in a long time, the rematch from Wrestlemania 25 falls in the runner-up spot. At Wrestlemania 25, the bar was set so high between two of the greatest in-ring performers of all-time that expecting an equal encore would be ridiculous. Luckily for the fans, they didn’t try to duplicate the match. Instead, Undertaker and Michaels delivered a completely original match with HBK targeting Undertaker’s knee and the two icons exchanging finishers in hopes of keeping the other down. In the end, Shawn Michaels ended his career on the highest note possible, the recipient of a Tombstone from the Undertaker. While Taker’s streak continued on, the WWE Universe celebrated the career of the man many consider the greatest of all-time, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. In a rare show of respect, Undertaker would appear on Raw the following night and tip his hat to Shawn, an act that made this match and the story leading to the match, that much more epic.

I.

Royal Rumble 2010

The 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Rarely does a match come along that is so good, it can take place in January and be remembered by September, October, November, and December for its high level of awesome. This year’s Royal Rumble is the exception to that rule. Heading into this year’s match, several storylines were running rampant. There was Shawn Michaels’ determination to win the Rumble and challenge Undertaker for the World Championship at Wrestlemania. There was Batista and John Cena’s determination to reach their previous championship level. CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society was at its peak. Triple H looked to main event Wrestlemania for the second year in a row despite his tag team–albeit a deteriorating one–with Michaels. During the Rumble match, all of these storylines would either play out or add new layers. Punk dominated the match early, stopping to preach his message of sobriety in between each of his eliminations, only to be met with unexpected competiton from “The Glamazon,” Beth Phoenix. Triple H would eliminate Punk and put in a dominant run before HBK made his entrance. A three-way would erupt between DX and John Cena, which ended when Michaels eliminated Triple H. Michaels’ personal race towards Wrestlemania and a date with Undertaker came to an end when Batista eliminated the defiant Michaels, who snapped and attacked referees and wrestlers alike. Finally, the shocking return of Edge proved too much for Cena, Batista, and others as “the Rated R Superstar” was the last man standing. Rarely does a match intertwine as many running stories as this year’s Rumble and pull it off successfully. Nine months later, I haven’t seen a match on WWE pay-per-view better.