JBWinner Presents: WWE 2006 - The Future is Here
WWE 2006 - The Future is Here
We’re going to begin this story in early January of 2006. Three months prior, the New Year’s Revolution Pay-Per-View was scrapped, as was the idea to have yet another edition of the ECW: One Night Stand Pay-Per-View for different reasons. One was due to the belief inside the company that it truly was not needed, and the other’s novelty would have worn off if yet another edition were put into place. And just two months earlier, the death of Eddie Guerrero rocked the wrestling world, and World Wrestling Entertainment to its core. A new approach was taken, you could say. There was more watching going on inside to everyone’s own self, as due to the untimely death and the shocking nature of it, the roster was cautious now. Heading into this New Year, the WWE, and Vince McMahon realized a few things.
One was that there were plentiful amounts of talent around them, possibly the most in years. The main event talent was strong, and for the most part, none of it was on borrowed time. Sure, The Undertaker was on a lighter schedule now and had been for all of 2005, but he was well respected enough to deserve it. There were others who had toiled through the business for years who would soon be looking for lighter schedules. Angle, Benoit, Hunter, Shawn to name a few, and all of them believed in their minds that they were going to get it. But the new blood of the industry was boiling hot, and those hungry for an opportunity were looking to cash it in. Edge, John Cena, Randy Orton, Gregory Helms, Ken Kennedy, Bobby Lashley, Rob Van Dam had either all spent years clamoring for the top spot, or were the new and fresh kids on the block, who were looking for that chance to gain the spotlight.
Needless to say, if you look back, most were granted such. But were they granted enough? Were they granted it in the right way? One could look at John Cena and say, “He was given a Superman push, and once that happened, he never could recover,” and you could be pretty much spot on with that statement. Others weren’t always given the right treatment, but that’s the business as it is.
But what if that all was different? What if Ken Kennedy, or Batista weren’t injured for half of the year due to back problems? What if Kurt Angle never left for Total Nonstop Action! Wrestling in the summer of 2006 and given a lighter schedule? What if John Cena’s “Superman” push came to an end much sooner, and wasn’t around the WWE Title for as long as he was? What if the reincarnation of Extreme Championship Wrestling never occurred? Things could be much, much different now if those things never occurred … so we now answer the question, what if?
Royal Rumble 2006
WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
MNM w/ Melina vs. The Hooligans
The Hooligans defeated The Mexicools in an excellent tag team contest to earn the right to this opportunity. London and Kendrick used their speed and high flying arsenal to control the match at the beginning of it, but Melina wound up being the deciding factor, distracting Kendrick while MNM hit the Snapshot on his partner London to get the victory to retain the titles.
Intercontinental Championship Match:
‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Shelton Benjamin
After he earned himself a spot in the Royal Rumble Match, Shelton Benjamin went on to challenge Ric Flair for the Intercontinental Championship, a title that had alluded him ever since he lost it back in June of 2005. Benjamin and Flair would put on a stellar contest, and Shelton would pick up the victory and win the IC Title back after rolling Flair up into a small package.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
‘The Phenom’ The Undertaker vs. ‘The Animal’ Batista
‘The Deadman’ returned to SmackDown! 3 weeks after his Hell in a Cell Match against Randy Orton and made his presence felt by chokeslamming the World Heavyweight Champion after his arrival. The Undertaker and ‘The Animal’ would put on a show at the Royal Rumble, but it would be the dominant Batista, who would hit a Batista Bomb on ‘The Phenom,’ picking up the duke to somehow retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE Championship; Last Man Standing Match:
‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle vs. John Cena
Kurt Angle would win the WWE Championship on the 1/2/2006 edition of Monday Night Raw in a First Blood Match to end John Cena’s historic 275 day reign as WWE Champion. Cena would win an Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal the following week, but was met with an Angle Slam immediately after it by Kurt Angle. New Raw General Manager Jonathan Coachman (which was announced the previous week) then announced thereafter that Cena and Angle would square off at the Rumble in a Last Man Standing Match.
The match was nothing short of brutal, physical, and spectacular. After nearly 25 minutes of back and forth action, brawling, and damn near killing each other, it would be Angle surviving the contest after he put his body on the line with an Angle Slam through a table, leaving Cena down for the count of ten.
Winner: Kurt Angle
IMMEDIATELY after the match however, EDGE came into the ring, handed the referee his Money in the Bank briefcase, and the opportunistic ‘Rated R Superstar’ cashed in his MITB contract!
WWE Championship Match:
‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle vs. ‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge
Edge would waste absolutely no time in making his mark, and would hit Angle with the Spear seconds after he finally reached his feet, and looked to put him away … but Angle would kick out! Much to the dismay of the challenger, Edge then pounded away at Angle’s forehead, and then went over to the corner and then launched himself at Angle again breaking him in half with a second spear! Edge then hooked the legs, and it was academic after that as Edge became the NEW WWE Champion!!
30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
The Royal Rumble Match did not disappoint as we saw the return of Rob Van Dam to the WWE after a long absence due to injury, and also the WWE debut of ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay. The first major occurrence of the night saw John Bradshaw Layfield eliminate Triple H, who then came into the ring and eliminated JBL!! The Wrestling God was in shock as he looked on with great disdain as Hunter backed up the ramp, and gave him a good ol’ crotch chop much to the crowd’s delight. Needless to say, JBL appeared to be pretty damn furious.
The Royal Rumble Match boiled down eventually to Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, and Randy Orton. Orton was the first to go, eliminated courtesy of ‘The Heartbreak Kid.’ Michaels and Benoit double-teamed Benjamin, and eventually despite a valiant effort by the Intercontinental Champion, Chris Benoit would throw him out. Benoit and Michaels, two men who are extremely familiar with each other, from their battles on Raw in 2004. Just as it looked like it would be HBK winning his 3rd Royal Rumble, looking to hit Benoit with Sweet Chin Music, Benoit ducked the shot, and HBK became tangled on the ropes, and Benoit then ran toward him and struck him, causing Michaels to tumble down to the floor as Benoit picked up the victory, winning his 2nd Royal Rumble Match in 3 years!!
Winner: Chris Benoit
No Way Out 2006
Tag Team Match:
The Hooligans vs. The Bluebloods
The Bluebloods screwed The Hooligans out of a WWE Tag Team Championships shot, feeling that they had been disrespected by Theodore Long in not getting a title shot of their own, leading to T-Lo making this match. These two teams put on a pretty exciting and high-energy tag team match, with Burchill of The Bluebloods getting the pinfall victory after hitting the C4 on London.
Winners: The Bluebloods
One on One:
Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay
Finlay had set his sights on Rey Mysterio after the Royal Rumble, seeing as it was Mysterio who had eliminated Finlay from the match, which led to him knocking Mysterio out with the shillelagh. They took on one another at No Way Out after weeks of feuding, and the contest wouldn’t disappoint. Mysterio would look to seal it, but Finlay hit him with the shillelagh as he was coming off the top rope for the Seated Senton, leading to the referee to call for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Rey Mysterio
Ken Kennedy vs. The Boogeyman
The loudmouth known as Ken Kennedy called out The Boogeyman on an edition of SmackDown following the Royal Rumble, and then proceeded to beat him down a few minutes later after a confrontation, hitting him with his own microphone and then stuffing worms down his throat. KK would get the victory in this contest, hitting Boogeyman with the Green Bay Plunge.
Winner: Ken Kennedy
John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley and JBL had been feuding since the month of January began, and things came to a head at No Way Out in a pretty solid contest given both men’s contrasting styles. JBL believed he had the match won around the 14 minute mark, but Raw’s TRIPLE H’s music hit, leading to the distraction which gave Lashley ample time to get up to his feet, turn JBL around and hit him with the Dominator to win the match.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Cruiserweight Championship; 5-Way Sudden Death Match:
Funaki vs. Jamie Noble vs. Kid Kash vs. Nunzio vs. Juventud
General Manager Theodore Long decided to showcase the Cruiserweight division with this 5-Way contest and the match would do a damn good job of doing so. In the end, Kid Kash caught Funaki after he looked to hit him with a cross body block, and hit the Dead Level to become the Cruiserweight Champion.
Winner: Kid Kash
United States Championship Match:
Booker T w/ Sharmell vs. Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy earned this opportunity after defeating Booker T in a singles match on SmackDown two weeks before the PPV. Both men were able to showcase their abilities but in the end, it was Booker T cheating his way to victory by hitting Hardy with the belt with the referee distracted, that led to the pinfall victory for the U.S. Champion.
Winner: Booker T
WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
MNM w/ Melina vs. The Mexicools
Super Crazy & Psichosis were able to put up a very strong effort against the WWE Tag Team Champions in this contest, but sadly for them, once again, it would be Melina helping MNM to retain the WWE Tag Team Champions, distracting Crazy while Nitro and Mercury delivered The Snapshot to Psichosis.
Chris Benoit’s Championship Decision:
In the weeks leading up to No Way Out, Benoit made appearances on both Raw and SmackDown, teasing the WWE fans, and both the WWE Champion Edge and World Heavyweight Champion Batista into wondering who he was going to challenge at WrestleMania 22. Keeping the thoughts in his mind that he went to Raw two years ago, and it paid off, but also believing that he had a chance to do it again this time on SmackDown … Benoit would … STAY on the blue brand, and decided to officially challenge the winner of the main event at WrestleMania 22.
World Heavyweight Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Batista vs. The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
Randy Orton once again found himself in the mix of the World Heavyweight Championship, as well as getting his nose in with The Undertaker, as he weaseled, connived and fought his way into this match on the episodes of SmackDown leading up to this PPV. However, Randy nor The Undertaker were able to defeat the monstrous ‘Animal’ Batista who would hit a Spinebuster on Randy Orton to become the World Heavyweight Championship.
World Tag Team Champions vs. WWE Tag Team Champions:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. MNM w/ Melina
Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin reunited on Monday Night Raw following No Way Out and quickly found themselves in the World Tag Team Championship hunt. They would defeat the monstrous team of The Big Show and Kane at Saturday Night’s Main Event on March the 18th, and then would challenge Mercury and Nitro right thereafter to a match at WrestleMania. The ‘it team’ would go on to accept the challenge, and these two teams kicked off WrestleMania with a bang, and TWGTT came away victorious after Benjamin hit a T-Bone Suplex on Nitro off the top rope.
Winners: The World’s Greatest Tag Team
Money in the Bank Ladder Match II:
Carlito vs. Gregory Helms vs. RVD vs. Finlay vs. Ken Kennedy vs. Randy Orton
These six men all won qualifying matches on their respective brands leading up to WrestleMania 22 to get into this match. In the end, Rob Van Dam looked set to win the match, when Finlay came climbing up the ladder and he would knock RVD off the ladder using the shillelagh! Finlay then took prime position to win the match, but was soon sent airborne as Randy Orton pushed the ladder away sending Finlay to the ground outside the ring!!! Orton then set up the ladder and then climbed up the rungs, and unhooked the briefcase!
Winner: Randy Orton
Women’s Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Trish Stratus vs. Victoria vs. Mickie James
In a match that had been nearly 5 months in the making, Mickie, Victoria, and Trish Stratus waged war in an unexpectedly solid and exciting Women’s Championship Match. In the end, Mickie James would hit the Mick Kick on Trish Stratus, effectively ending her reign as Women’s Champion.
Winner: Mickie James
United States Championship Match:
Booker T w/ Sharmell vs. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio emerged as the #1 Contender for the U.S. Championship after he won a Fatal Four Way #1 Contender’s Match featuring Lashley, Finlay, and Matt Hardy. Mysterio battled with Booker, and despite attempts of cheating, numerous at that, Mysterio came away and left Chicago as the NEW United States Champion after hitting the 619, then following up with the Seated Senton.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Kid Kash vs. Jamie Noble
Jamie Noble and Kid Kash had been feuding seemingly ever since they emerged as the top cruiserweights in the division and on SmackDown and their rivalry came to a head at the grandest stage of all. Putting on an absolute classic, Kash would retain the Cruiserweight Championship after hitting the Money Maker on Noble after nearly twenty minutes of back and forth action.
Winner: Kid Kash
Interpromotional Challenge Match:
‘The Game’ Triple H vs. ‘The Wrestling God’ John Bradshaw Layfield
After screwing JBL over at the Royal Rumble, and at No Way Out, Triple H came forth at SNME and challenged JBL to a match at WrestleMania. The Wrestling God accepted the challenge and the two men met at WrestleMania in what would be a dandy of a contest. Throwing everything but the kitchen sink at one another in an absolutely physical brawl, ‘The Game’ was the one who won the match after hitting a Pedigree on Layfield.
Winner: Triple H
Icon vs. Icon:
Shawn Michaelsvs. ‘The Phenom’ The Undertaker
HBK and The Undertaker had only met twice before nearly 9 years ago, so when these two competitors stepped into the ring in a dream match for some of the ‘newer’ fans, there did not seem to be a lack of chemistry at all. Undertaker and Michaels put on an absolute classic, rooted with Michaels desiring to do the one thing he hasn’t done yet even though he’s known as “Mr. WrestleMania” and that’s defeat The Undertaker at greatest spectacle in sports entertainment. Michaels’ quest fell just short however, as when he was looking to plant ‘Taker with the Tombstone Piledriver, Undertaker reversed it and planted him with another Tombstone, the second of the match, to put away HBK to go 14-0.
Winner: The Undertaker
For the First Time Ever:
John Cena vs. ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
In perhaps one of, if not the biggest match in WWE history, the future of the company and wrestling met the past and present as John Cena went one-on-one with ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Cena proclaimed utmost respect for Flair in the weeks leading up, even though there always seemed to be tension, and almost jealousy from Cena, wanting to become the top dog in the company, but since losing his title he failed in every opportunity that he had. Flair and Cena went one on one in a great contest, which eventually came to a close with Cena making Flair submit with the STF-U. Flair would look for a handshake following the match, but Cena denied the request and instead walked out of the ring to an enormous amount of heat.
Winner: John Cena
WWE Championship Match:
‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle vs. ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’ Edge w/ Lita
Angle made quick use of his rematch clause in his contract after becoming the WWE Champion, and soon being unseated a few weeks later by ‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge, who of course opportunely won the title after Angle’s LMS match with John Cena. These two delivered a classic main event encounter, where Angle’s quest to once again become the WWE Champion fell just short as Edge won via Spear, cleanly to the shock of man, as his reign as WWE Champion would continue on.
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
‘The Animal’ Batista vs. ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ Chris Benoit
Batista and Benoit met in tag team matches but never had real time in the ring together in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania. Batista put over his dominance over the WWE since last year’s WrestleMania, stating that he has held the title for nearly an entire year going into the event which would in fact hold true. Benoit reminded Batista that it was he who made his former friend Triple H submit to the Crippler Crossface two years ago at WrestleMania, and that he could do the same, with ease in his mind, at WrestleMania 22 this year.
THe match was more than worthy of being the main event at WrestleMania as SmackDown headlined the event for the very first time since the year 2003. The two physical beasts wore each other out methodically, until each had nothing left to give, leaving everything they had in the middle of the ring. Batista would send Benoit off to the ropes, but Benoit stopped him from doing so at the very last second, grabbing his arm, pulling him in and bringing him down with the Crippler Crossface!!! Benoit held onto the move and became the World Heavyweight Champion for the second time in his career, reminiscent of two years ago at WrestleMania XX when he became champion for the first time in his career, making Batista tap out in the center of the ring to end the show.
Winner: Chris Benoit
Yeah, I've fallen under the temptation to do give this a whirl again. I've conked out some shows since I last joined you. I realize I don't exactly have the greatest track record. But here's hoping I have some success with this. And yeah, the last result might be taboo, but I believe it can be done well. Hopefully it doesn't turn anybody away. Anyways, rosters will be posted later on.
Last edited by JBLoser; 06-21-2011 at 12:25 PM.