We’re two weeks out from WrestleMania 29 and I think now is the right time for me to do posts regarding title matches from the previous 28 Manias.
Photo sets and videos (if I can find matches all uploaded in one file) will be coming until April 7th, y’all.
Bobby Roode versus Austin Aries for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
It may sound cliche but…what a difference a year makes.
At Destination X, Austin Aries was battling in a fatal four way for a spot on the TNA roster. A couple months later, Aries wins the TNA X-Division Championship. While this was going on, Bobby Roode was one half of the greatest tag team in TNA history - Beer Money - and on the rise in the company. Fast forward a year later, and the story surrounding these two men couldn’t be any more different.
Going into Destination X, Aries was the longest reigning X-Division Champion and was forced to forfeit his title in order to get a shot at the villainous Bobby Roode…who was the longest reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion. They did battle in a match that was candidate for Match of the Year, and it was easy to see why. Relive this masterful TNA World Championship match right here at A Flair for the Gold.
Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose for the FCW Championship.
Long before The Shield, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were on opposite sides of the ring from each other. Now I can admit, I never really watched FCW as much as I would’ve liked to but when I heard all the hype surrounding this match, I had to watch.
Needless to say, this one exceeded my expectations and made me want to see more from these guys. Which is something we all should want from two wrestlers who are capable of putting on a great match together.
John Cena versus Edge; Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
In what some could call the “final chapter” in the storied rivalry between Edge and John Cena, these two perennial superstars waged war in a match where pinfalls, submissions, disqualifications, and count outs didn’t mean a damn thing. No, in order to win this one, you had to beat your opponent so badly that they couldn’t make a ten count.
To me, this was easily my favorite match between these two. Long before CM Punk made his presence known, Edge was the perfect foil for John Cena. He was everything Cena wasn’t, and he wanted to dethrone the face of the WWE once and for all. In this last man standing war - and it was a war - both men put each other through Hell. We even saw Cena give Edge an Attitude Adjustment into the crowd.
But the final decision was rendered thanks to a rather large surprise.