Let us not waste any time to continue through this trek through 2011, as we go into the 2011 Year in Review in April of 2011.
It is now time to really take a look at the major events that happened in wrestling in April of 2011 and there was a big one. Wrestlemania 27, the announcement of the Wrestlemania 28 Main Event. TNA Lockdown 2011, the retirement of Edge, the 2011 WWE Draft, and more are going to be discussed in this part.
2011 Year in Review for Wrestling April 2011: Thank You Edge
John Cena Rocked at Wrestlemania 27
The tension betweenthe Rock and John Cena was at a fever pitch throughout February and March but would continue into Wrestlemania 28, where John Cena attempted to regain the WWE Championship against the Miz. The battle went to a double countout, but the match restarted in orders of the guest host, of the Rock. The Rock then cost John Cena the match and the Miz won. Also at Wrestlemania 28, the Undertaker remained undefeated but was carried out after his match with Triple H, Randy Orton triumphed over CM Punk, Cody Rhodes used devious means to defeat Rey Mysterio, Snooki from the Jersey Shore, Trish Stratus, and John Morrison defeated Laycool and Dolph Ziggler, and Edge kept the World Heavyweight Title against Alberto Del Rio. Little did we know the importance of that final match until a week later.
Rock and John Cena Locked and Loaded for Wrestlemania 28
The night after Wrestlemania 27, something that has never been done before, and perhaps for good reason, as a lot can go wrong in a year, occurred, with the Rock and John Cena agreeing to meet one on one at Wrestlemania 28. Fans were chomping at the bit for this huge match and hopefully it can live up to the expectations of wrestling fans.
Edge Hangs It Up
At Wrestlemania 27, Edge kept the World Heavyweight Title against Alberto Del Rio. Little did we know that Wrestlemania 27 would be Edge’s final match. Back in 2003, Edge went under the knife with spinal fusion surgery, due to his insane matches over the years. This only bought Edge about eight more years of his career but they were eight great years, where he won the World Title 11 times and his memorable feuds with the likes of John Cena and the Undertaker will be fondly remembered. Edge retired on top, as a champion, with his good friend and long time tag team partner, Christian, stepping in to face Edge’s final rival, the diabolical Mexican Aristocrat, Alberto Del Rio for the vacant World Heavyweight Title in a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules. Edge’s contributions to WWE should be celebrated and he’s a future Hall of Famer for sure.
TNA Superstars Enter Lockdown
TNA Lockdown, TNA’s annual all cage match show, took place in April, headlined by a Lethal Lockdown match with Fortune of Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, James Storm, and Bobby Roode defeating Immoral of Bully Ray, Matt Hardy, Abyss, and the legendary Ric Flair, with Roode making Ric Flair submit. AJ Styles returned from injury to go toe to toe with Bully Ray. Sting kept the TNA Championship against Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson despite the involvement of Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan. Jeff Jarrett defeated Kurt Angle in the Ultra Male Rules Cage Match, first fall being submission, second being pinfall, and third being escaping the cage.
Mickie James finally triumphed over her hated rival Madison Rayne to win the TNA Knockout’s Title. Samoa Joe defeated D’Angelo Dinero and Matt Morgan defeated Hernandez to conclude those rivalries. Pope and Joe’s feud had potential, but it was squandered due to some stupidity involving the book, involving implied dog fighting, implied prostitution, pigs having sex, and The Pope beating a Japanese Man with a stick while hanging upside down the week after the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. Hernandez and Morgan were completely devoid of any chemistry.
You Can’t Handle the Truth
Surprisingly, R-Truth, who had been mid-level competitor and had in fact been roundly mocked for getting the town wrong one night in February, became the number one contender for the WWE Championship on the Miz, along with John Cena. Yet, R-Truth had committed the crime of drinking water in between segments of a long gauntlet match and had been judged to be out of shape. So he was
New Faces in WWE.
As with Wrestlemania season, there would be some new faces in WWE, and two of them showed up. One was the high flying sensation known as Sin Cara, who was better known as Mistico, one of the most popular names in Mexico. Sin Cara would have quite the year. The other was Kharma, formally the woman who terrorized the Knockout’s Division in TNA for years as Awesome Kong. Kharma especially was eagerly awaited by the WWE Universe, as she most certainly wasn’t your average WWE Diva.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle continue to feud.
The Ultra Male Rules Match did not seem to be the end of the never ending Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett feud. When Karen Jarrett was dubbed Queen of the Mountain, Kurt Angle dropped horse dung from the ceiling on both Karen and Jeff, perhaps an accurate assessment of the feud from the fans. Kurt revealed that he had a mistress that would take out Karen, so he could be one on one with Jeff to settle the score. As it turned out, Kurt had enlisted the help of someone that Jeff Jarrett knew all too well.
Proving that nothing lasts forever, the Corre of Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater were beginning to have their share of problems based on losing to Kofi Kingston, the Big Show, Kane, and Santino Marella at Wrestlemania 27 and things did not help when Slater and Gabriel dropped the WWE Tag Team Titles to Kane and the Big Show. The infighting between Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett would continue and it appeared the group of equals did not seem as equal.
Is There are a Draft In Here?
The 2011 WWE Draft happened two months earlier than planned because of the unexpected retirement of Edge. The big event of the night was John Cena beginning the night to be drafted to Smackdown but he got sent to RAW. The biggest draft picks of this year, from both the main and supplemental draft, with Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Sin Cara, and Mark Henry going to Smackdown and Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show, Rey Mysterio, and Kofi Kingston finding their way to RAW.
The Mysterious Network
For months, a Network representative had been screwing with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan, also while protecting Sting. There had been many rules for the Network Representative. Would it be Goldberg? Paul Heyman? Vince Russo? The Ultimate Warrior? The long awaited return of Cyrus the Virus? As it turned out it would be nothing that interesting.
CM Punk To Leave WWE
In April of 2011, the first rumors hit the Internet that CM Punk’s contract was expiring and he was on his way out of WWE. Little did we know what was going to happen with this situation at the time.
April of 2011 was some interesting times but May would be a busy month with two WWE Pay Per Views, on TNA Pay Per View, and the tragic death of one of the most popular wrestlers in the entire history of wrestling. That is the May 2011 Year in Review for Wrestling.May 2011 http://sportales.com/wrestling/2011-year-in-review-for-wrestling-april-2011-thank-you-edge/ 2011 Year in Review for Wrestling http://wrestlingemporium.blogspot.com/p/2011-year-in-review_13.htmll