2011 was an intriguing year in professional wrestling and not for all of the right reasons a lot of the time. Let us take a trip back in time in 2011 with a month by month overview of what happened in professional wrestling, a snapshot of the year. This is the 2011 Professional Wrestling Year in Review, starting in January 2011.
If This Be Alberto’s Destiny(But You Already Knew That)
Alberto Del Rio, who had made his WWE debut in 2010 and was really gaining some steam, kicked off 2011 with a bang, beating his long time rival Rey Mysterio in abest two out of three falls and the soon later declared his destiny was to win the Royal Rumble. A lot of people just brushed it off as just another competitor vowing to with the Rumble out of the field of many, as 2011’s Royal Rumble was the biggest Rumble in history with 40 competitors, but Alberto Del Rio’s destiny became reality when he won the 2011 Royal Rumble to get a shot at the main championship of his choosing. Despite Santino Marella nearly pulling a fast one, Alberto won and would go onto challenge Edge at Wrestlemania 27 for the World Heavyweight Title. Also at the Royal Rumble, Randy Orton lost his bid to regain the WWE Championship against the Miz thanks to the Nexus, Edge triumphed over Dolph Ziggler to keep the World Heavyweight Title, and Eve Torres became the new WWE Diva’s Champion defeating defending champion Natalya, Layla, and Michelle McCool.
Genesis of Mr. Anderson
Immortal thought they had it all figured out. Kurt Angle was forced to retire, Matt Morgan and Ken Anderson were now at each other’s throats, and Matt Hardy was brought in to fight Rob Van Dam as a surprise. But Kurt Angle came back to take down Jeff Jarrett in an Exhibition Match, with Jarrett having to get himself disqualified. Matt Hardy did defeat Rob Van Dam causing Tyler Reks to trend on Twitter. Immortal won all of the gold, as belts do equal power in TNA , with Beer Money beating the Motor City Machine Guns for the TNA Tag Team Titles, Kazarian beating Jay Lethal for the X-Division, and Abyss(standing in for an injured AJ Styles) defeated Douglas Williams to win the TNA Television Title at Genesis 2011. When Eric Bischoff tried to force a fatigued Mr. Anderson into his title match against Jeff Hardy, Anderson had the last laugh, winning the title and Immortal lost the crown jewel. For now at least.
The Nexus Splits in Half
CM Punk was announced as the leader of the New and Improved Nexus on the December 27th 2011 RAW leading the group on a beatdown of John Cena but this did not set well with former leader Wade Barrett. Punk cost Barrett a chance to be the number one contender and tested the former Nexus members and their faith. Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, and David Otunga passed and were members of the New Nexus but Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel failed. They joined Wade Barrett, along with Ezekiel Jackson to form the New Nexus. Mason Ryan joined the New Nexus a short while later. A feud between the two splinter factions of the original Nexus was teased but never really materialized, as the New Nexus feuded with John Cena and later Randy Orton, and the Corre went into a feud with the Big Show.
It’s a Shameful Thing You Lost Your Push
King Sheamus won the King of the Ring Tournament but was starting to hit a wall over on RAW. A series of losses to John Morrison who appeared to really be shooting up the card around this time proved that Sheamus no longer had the killer instinct that allowed him to defeat both Triple H and John Cena during his first year in WWE. This would continue next month in a big way and the King gimmick was not doing Sheamus any favors.
They Are Coming…To WWE
On Impact, Crimson began attacking members of Immortal in the back, yelling that they are in fact coming. Despite Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair’s best reassurances we are they(yes seriously), Kurt Angle was giving Immortal headaches and Scott Steiner joined in on the fun, with both men being a part of the Main Event Mafia. The Main Event Mafiawere about to feud with Immortal or at least that’s what the intention was. Yet Vince McMahon, full time wrestling promoter, part time troll, signed former Main Event Mafia members Booker T and Kevin Nash away to WWE contracts. This left TNA to scramble. Also another former Main Event Mafia, Sting, was heavily rumored to be in talks with WWE and was not under contract with TNA. TNA would have a backup plan which would make no sense given the clues but what are you going to do?
We’re Down with Zack and Primo
Long time afterthoughts Zack Ryder and Primo Colon formed a tag team on Superstars, known as DZP or Down with Zack and Primo, beating David Hart Smith and Yoshi Tatsu in their first outing. Zack Ryder’s rise through 2011 from lower card on the cusp of being future endeavored to one of the most popular acts in WWE today. DZP was the first step to the Ryder Revolution and when it caught on, it was like wildfire. Woo Woo, woo, you know it.
Killing Two Careers with One Stone
D’Angelo Dinero started 2010 with a lot of momentum. For years, Samoa Joe had been a destroyer but obviously by each year, Samoa Joe’s career was being destroyed more and more by TNA but people still wanted to believe in Joe. Yet in 2011, this feud was the one that killed both men’s careers once and for all. It started innocent enough, Samoa Joe was following D’Angelo Dinero around, revealing the so called man of the cloth was visiting strip clubs. Then there were the allegations that Dinero was using some pitbulls that he acquired for less than legal purposes, as in dog fighting. Then Pope showed Joe of footage of “Joe and his wife”, which was a picture of two pigs having sex. Charming. Then Samoa Joe revealed his personal camera man Okato, doing a really bad imitation of the panned Green Hornet movie. A Samoa Joe/D’Angelo Dinero feud seems like a no brainer, both are capable of having a decent match. Instead it got Russoed. And both men may never recover. And this is only the beginning.
The Bellas Go Bad
After a disastrous double date on NXT, with Derrick Bateman and Daniel Bryan, the Bellas planned to be the first to take Daniel Bryan’s innocence. Yet, in the storyline, Daniel Bryan was in a relationship with Gail Kim. So the Bellas turn from good twins to evil twins. And they confused vegan with virgin. A common mistake, I’m sure.
Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett Continue to Feud
On and off since 2008, Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle had been feuding, with Angle being forced out of the company at Bound for Glory 2010. Angle returned for an exhibition match with Jeff Jarrett, with Jarrett getting himself disqualified. Jarrett amped up the mind games a little bit more when he brought in Kurt’s former wife Karen, who is Jarrett’s current wife. Mute buttons across the nation got a workout whenever Karen Jarrett picked up the microphone. Things would take a turn for the awkward when the children of Kurt and Karen got involved.
January 2011 had its moments, both good and bad. February 2011 would have a return to WWE that would quite frankly Rock. Plus they are here in TNA and much more as the year in wrestling in 2011 is recapped.February 2011 in Wrestling http://sportales.com/wrestling/2011-year-in-review-for-wrestling-january-2011-destiny/ 2011 Year in Review http://wrestlingemporium.blogspot.com/p/2011-year-in-review_13.html