Hello again wrestling fanatics, and welcome to Pounding 7’s, where I will countdown various topics relating to the world of professional wrestling, and you are sure to disagree with me. Keep in mind, that these are my opinions, and are not based of anything else except the crazy thoughts running through my head. This week, I will countdown the top 7 craziest title changes. Who will make the list? What are your thoughts? Please comment below and give us your ideas.
Alan wants to know about the Night of Champions name change.
Why did the WWE change the name of Night of Champions, to WCW’s old name of Clash of the Champions?
Because they can, and they now own the naming rights to Clash of the Champions. They filed a trademark to the event name earlier this year. There has been some talk that the name change was because of yet another slap in the face to WCW. I don’t think that is the case at all. I think the name change just makes more sense than Night of Champions. It is a known name, people enjoyed watching the Clash of the Champions when it was in WCW, and the title just fits the program. All the champions defending their championships on one night? It is fitting that it would be called Clash of Champions instead of Night of Champions.
Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy are one of the most successful tag teams in the history of the WWE. However, Matt has turned on Jeff Hardy on a few occasions, probably because of jealousy due to the massive success that Jeff has had in the WWE. I take you to the Royal Rumble 2009. Jeff Hardy is defending the WWE Championship against Edge. Matt Hardy, who has had some real life beef with Edge and a huge feud with Edge in the past, comes down to the ring to help his brother out. He grabs a chair, and is set to appear to take out Edge, when out of nowhere, he nails his own brother with the chair. Edge capitalizes and covers Jeff for the win, and becomes the WWE Champion once again. This started a new feud with the Hardy Boys once again. Matt also turned on his brother back in 2002, and again this past year. Brothers will be brothers.
Before we get to the countdown, lets go with a few honorable mentions
Santino defeats Umaga for the Intercontinental Championship in 2007- Santino Marella made his WWE debut as a fan in the crowd, who was hand selected to face off for the Intercontinental Championship against Umaga. Umaga to this day had yet to be defeated, and was on a terror against anyone who stepped in the ring with him. Umaga controlled the match until Bobby Lashley came down, speared Umaga, and threw Santino on top of Umaga to score the pin and the Intercontinental Championship.
Chyna defeats Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Championship 1999- Chyna became the first female wrestler to win a men’s singles championship when she defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Good Housekeeping match. Jarrett, who was very critical of gender equality, got himself into the match against Chyna, and actually pinned Chyna during the match, but it was not with a household appliance that was used, it was the championship belt. The decision was overturned, and Chyna ended up with the pinfall victory and the Intercontinental title.
Bob Backlund defeats Bret Hart for the WWF Championship 1994- While the talent and the history of Backlund alone would not typically be a shocker that he won the WWF Championship. He did so at the age of 46. Backlund, with the help of Owen Hart defeated Bret with the cross face chicken wing, when Bret’s own mother, Helen Hart threw in the towel, after Bret was in the hold for many minutes.
And here we go!
7. Jeff Hardy defeats Triple H in 2001- The Hardy Boys, Matt and Jeff Hardy were involved in a feud with Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin in 2001. Jeff Hardy, earlier in the night essentially conned his way into a championship match against Triple H for the Intercontinental Championship. Hardy, was only in a select few singles matches during his career, and shocked the world when he actually pinned Triple H to become the new Intercontinental Champion.
6. Booker T defeats Jeff Jarrett in 2000- It was Bash at the Beach 2000. Earlier in the night, Jeff Jarrett was pinned in controversial fashion by Hulk Hogan, and appeared to have dropped the WCW World Championship earlier. However, Vince Russo came out and proclaimed that Jeff Jarrett was still the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. This gave the fans a new main event for the championship, where we saw a long time tag team wrestler, and multiple time tag team champion, Booker T. defeat Jarrett to win his first of six World Championships. Today, this comes off as won of the most shocking title wins of all time.
5. Marty Jannetty defeats Shawn Michaels in 1993- Most casual wrestling fans will never forget the moment when Shawn Michaels turned on his long time partner, Marty Jannetty during a segment of the Barber Shop, and through Jannetty through the window of the Barber Shop. Marty would not see action for another year, while Shawn went on to a great singles career. Shawn won the Intercontinental Championship later that year, defeating the British Bulldog. He would hold the title for the next several months. On an episode of Monday Night Raw, Jannetty appears from out of the crowd to challenge Shawn for the championship, and after a small package cradle, captures the Intercontinental Championship. This would be Jannetty’s one and only singles championship in wrestling.
4. Bret Hart defeats Ric Flair in 1992- Bret Hart started off as a tag team wrestler in the late 80’s and early 90’s. So it was surprising when he defeated Mr Perfect at Summerslam 1991 to win the Intercontinental Championship. He held that championship for the better part of a year, before dropping it to his brother in law, the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith at Summerslam 1992. Most thought, Bret may be fading into the sunset. That is until just two months later in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada, Bret Hart did the unthinkable and won the WWF Championship over Ric Flair with the sharpshooter. This was the beginning of huge things for the hitman, as he was involved in the main event scene for the remainder of his career.
3. Ron Simmons defeats Big Van Vader in 1992- In 1991, Ron Simmons was on pace to become one of the all time greats. He was involved in the championship picture towards the end of 1991 against Lex Luger. After Luger lost the championship to Sting in February of 1992, Simmons fell out of the championship picture. That is, during a TV taping, Sting, who was originally supposed to face Vader for the Championship, was unable to compete due to injury. They held a drawing to see who would face Vader for the title. Simmons won the lottery, and a powerslam later, won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, also becoming the first black World Champion in history.
2. Kevin Nash defeats Goldberg in 1998- For about a year and a half Bill Goldberg was undefeated in WCW, holding victories over the likes of Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. Record books state that coming into the the match against Kevin Nash at Starrcade, that Nash had virtually no chance to win this match. Nash walked away with the championship after his partner Scott Hall used a tazer followed by Power Bomb by Nash to score the win and capture the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
1. Ivan Koloff defeats Bruno Sammartino in 1971- Okay I will admit it, this one most wrestling fans have no idea about. However, during this time, Bruno Sammartino was at the end of a near eight year run as the World Heavyweight Champion. The match occured in Madison Square Garden, and it was presumed that Sammartino would have yet another successful title defense against Koloff. Koloff hits a knee from the top rope and pins Sammartino to win the World Championship. People in attendance have stated that the Garden went so quiet, that you could almost hear a pin drop. I can only imagine it was similar to when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
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