2011 WWE draft
The 2011 WWE draft was the ninth overall WWE draft, produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, which took place on April 25. With a core business of professional wrestling, the corporation held a draft to exchange personnel assigned to one of its two brands that are independent brands that represent WWE; the draft aired live on the USA Network on Raw in the United States for two hours in Raleigh, North Carolina from the RBC Center. As a standard for previous drafts, most on-air personnel were eligible to be drafted. A continuation of the draft took place on WWE's official website at 12:00pm Eastern time on the following afternoon. Matches determined the recipient of draft picks for the television portion of the draft while the continuation of the draft via the Internet was conducted at random; the draft's 30 selections featured 29 wrestlers being exchanged between WWE's two brands. SmackDown received 16 additional members to its roster while Raw received 13. For the first time in draft history, two of the draft picks consisted of the same wrestler being selected to SmackDown with the first pick and back to Raw with the last televised pick.
The Brand Extension storyline was initiated in March 2002, in which WWE's Raw and SmackDown television programs were made into brands to which employees were assigned. Annual drafts have followed since this occurrence, except for in 2003; as with past drafts, the purpose of the 2011 WWE draft was to increase television ratings of WWE programming and refresh the rosters for each brand. The 2011 event was confirmed by the RBC Center in April 2011, with WWE announcing it on the April 18 episode of Raw. A USA Network executive had confirmed the event to occur via a press release on the same day of the WWE announcement; the 2011 WWE draft would mark the sixth time that only the SmackDown brands were involved. Unlike sports draft lotteries where players are signed to a team, WWE drafts feature on-air personnel being exchanged between brands. Like all other WWE programs, the draft was run by the WWE management backstage. Championships could be exchanged between brands if the champion was drafted, like with previous drafts.
Overall, 29 wrestlers were drafted in 30 selections. Eight selections were made on television with seven draftees. Of the 29 drafted personalities, only five were females. All but one of the draftees were in-ring competitors: Alberto Del Rio's personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, came to Raw in the televised draft with Alberto Del Rio in one draft pick. SmackDown obtained the first draft pick by winning the first match, which resulted in the acquisition of John Cena. Raw were able to acquire Rey Mysterio. Cena became the second person to have been drafted twice during the same draft event, with Raw reacquiring Cena with the eighth draft pick to conclude the televised portion. Kelly Kelly was drafted to Smackdown brand; the draft featured various wrestlers being selected to a new brand for the first time in their WWE careers, such as Sheamus and Daniel Bryan. During Raw, matches were held among representatives of the two brands to determine which would receive one or two draft picks; each match featured one or more wrestlers representing their brand.
After the matches, a computerized system, which appeared on the Raw stage TitanTron, randomly selected a member from the opposing brand's roster for the winning brand. Unlike the regular Raw production, the lighting in the RBC Center featured red and blue lighting on the audience, like in WWE Superstars, both programs' logos represented on the TitanTron. WWE announced that the draft would continue to take place over WWE.com on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, beginning at 12:00pm Eastern time. Various WWE wrestlers posted updates on their Twitter accounts regarding their reactions to draft selections. Most of these regarded Raw losing top-tier talent to SmackDown, such as Cena and Orton switching brands. Mark Henry stated that with his recent weight loss, he was more determined to seek a championship reign on SmackDown. Rey Mysterio was hopeful about his new home and explained that he would represent Raw just as proud as he has for the majority of his WWE career with SmackDown; the first and final pick in the televised event, John Cena, stated how he wanted to make history for 2011 and that it only begun by being the first person to be drafted first and last.
Big Show was stunned by his selection but looked forward to the transition from broadcast delay to live television. As a result of Sheamus holding the United States Championship, the title would be designated back to SmackDown. Big Show being one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions allows him to appear on both shows, despite their brand designations. During the time that the Draft was produced, WWE was promoting their annual Extreme Rules pay-per-view event. At the time of product
Tag team wrestling is a type of professional wrestling in which matches are contested between teams of multiple wrestlers. A tag team may be made up of wrestlers who wrestle in singles competition, but more are made of established teams who wrestle as a unit and have a team name and identity. In most team matches, only one competitor per team is allowed in the ring at a time; this status as the active or legal wrestler may be transferred by physical contact, most a palm-to-palm tag which resembles a high five. The team-based match has been a mainstay of professional wrestling since the mid-twentieth century, most promotions have sanctioned a championship division for tag teams. In 1901 the first tag team match was held in San Francisco. While tag team wrestling is now traditional in American professional wrestling, the innovation didn't become popular outside San Francisco until the 1930s; the first "World" tag team championship was crowned in San Francisco in the early 1950s. Tag matches with three-man teams were developed, in some territories, a championship division was instituted for these teams, but the concept failed to become popular.
A tag team championship is awarded to and defended by a team of two. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, a dominant trio in the NWA known as The Fabulous Freebirds won several regional tag team championship and were allowed to employ any combination of the group's members in their title defenses. In kayfabe, this made it difficult for challengers to prepare for their upcoming title fights since the challengers didn't know who they were facing; this is still utilized by other wrestling companies. The stipulation has become traditionally known as the "freebird rule". A common storyline is former tag team partners turning on each other, which will invariably ignite a feud; this can be used. The basic tag team match has two teams of two wrestlers facing off against each other. All standard rules for singles wrestling apply to a team match. However, only one wrestler from each team, called the "legal man" is allowed in the ring at a time. All other members of the team wait outside the ropes in the team's specified corner.
Only an active/legal wrestler have a fall scored against him/her. But any wrestler, legal or outside, may face disqualification for himself or his team for violating rules. Once a tag is made, the wrestler tagging out has a grace period to leave the ring before risking disqualification. Offensive cooperation from a team member is allowed during this time window; the wrestler outside the ring must be touching the tag rope tied in the corner. Tags are legal as long as the two team members touch; the referee has to see and/or hear the contact between the two wrestlers in order for the tag to be legal. As the ultimate authority over the match, a referee may overlook any of these at his discretion, during the frenzied action will be more lenient with them. In some multi-man tag matches in lucha libre, a wrestler can make himself the team's legal man by setting foot in the ring, his partner leaves; this allows for action to become nearly continuous. Two referees, one stationed inside the ring and one on the floor, are employed to maintain order for this type of match.
In independent discussion and analysis of matches, certain terms are used to describe specific scenarios involving tag team matches. These are timed to inject drama into a match. One spot common to many tag team match is the hot tag. One member of one team is in the ring, too weakened to move or otherwise impaired, while his partner watches helplessly, struggling to reach him for a tag; the tension builds as the legal man is unable to tag out until something happens that allows the first team to tag and reverse the momentum of the match in their favor. When done well, this results in a large audience reaction, was the typical climax of tag matches for decades. WWE employs this tactic in nearly every tag team match to the point that they fired a referee in 2008 after a botched finish that, while the match produced the intended finish, didn't feature a hot tag. A common variation on the hot tag sees both wrestlers from the heel team attacking a face, while his partner protests to the referee about this bending of the rules.
The weakened face wrestler does make the tag to his partner, who comes in as the fresh man and is able to take on both opponents quite easily. A blind tag is a legal tag made without the legal opponent's knowledge while his back is turned; this allows the team who uses it an opportunity to confuse the legal opponent, who turns to face what he assumes to be his opponent only to be attacked by the true legal man from behind. A tag team match involving more than two wrestlers per team is referred to by the total number of people involved, whil
Jeffrey Nero Hardy is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter and musician. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand, he is one half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions with his brother Matt Hardy. Hardy is best known for his work in the World Wrestling Entertainment, he worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor and several companies on the independent circuit. Before gaining prominence in the WWE, Jeff along with his real life brother Matt and performed for the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts; the Hardy brothers worked as enhancement talents for the WWF from 1994, were signed to full-time contracts in 1998. They gained notoriety in the tag team division due to their participation in Tables and Chairs matches. With the addition of Lita, the team became known as "Team Xtreme" and continued to rise in popularity. Alongside Matt, Jeff has held twelve world tag team championships between WWE, TNA and ROH. Hardy has had success as a singles wrestler, capturing his first of six world championships, the WWE Championship, in 2008 and going on to hold WWE's World Heavyweight Championship twice and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship three times.
He has won the Intercontinental Championship four times, the Hardcore Championship three times and the European Championship, Light Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship once each. He is the 18th Triple Crown Champion and 9th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. Hardy is involved in motocross, music and other artistic endeavors, he is a member of the band PeroxWhy? Gen, with whom he has released three studio albums and three extended plays. Jeff Hardy is the son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy, the younger brother of Matt Hardy, their mother died of brain cancer in 1986. He developed an interest in motocross aged 12 and got his first bike, a Yamaha YZ-80, at age 13, he had his first race. Hardy played baseball when he was young, but had to stop after he crashed during a motocross race, injuring his arm, he played football during high school as a fullback and linebacker. He competed in amateur wrestling in high school, he had to stop playing football in high school, after he was ordered to pick between professional wrestling and football, he chose wrestling.
Hardy's favorite subjects in school were U. S. history and art, which he did for extra credit. Hardy, along with his brother Matt and friends, started their own federation, the Trampoline Wrestling Federation and mimicked the moves they saw on television. On, the TWF went under several different names being integrated into a county fair in North Carolina; the brothers and their friends began to work for other independent companies. They drove all over the East Coast of the United States, working for companies such as ACW and other small promotions. Before arriving in the WWF, Jeff and Matt formed their own wrestling promotion, the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts with Thomas Simpson; the promotion was a more successful version of the original TWF and included talent such as both Hardy brothers, Shannon Moore, Gregory Helms, Joey Matthews, Steve Corino, among others. In OMEGA, each of the brothers portrayed several different characters. While there, Hardy held the New Frontier Championship as a singles competitor and the Tag Team Championship with Matt.
The promotion folded in April 1998 when they signed contracts with the WWF. Hardy cites Sting, The Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels as his childhood inspirations to wrestle, he started on World Wrestling Federation television as a jobber—a wrestler who loses to make his opponents look stronger. His first WWF match was against Razor Ramon on May 23, 1994 in Youngstown, with Randy Savage mentioning on commentary, "Welcome to the big time", his ringname that night, Keith Davis, was the name of Razor's scheduled jobber, who backed out on short notice. Gary Sabaugh, who had brought Hardy in a group along with Davis, suggested him to agent Tony Garea, who agreed after Hardy claimed he was 18; the next day, he wrestled under his real name against The 1-2-3 Kid, the match aired on the June 25 episode of Superstars. He wrestled as a jobber as late as 1997 before beginning his first major run in 1998; the Hardy brothers caught the eyes of the World Wrestling Federation. After being signed to a contract in 1998, they were trained by Dory Funk Jr. in his Funkin' Dojo with other notable wrestlers such as Kurt Angle, Test, A-Train.
When the team was brought up to WWF television, after months of "jobbing" and live events, they formed the acrobatic tag team called the Hardy Boyz. While feuding with The Brood in mid-1999, they added Michael Hayes as their manager. On July 5, they won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating the Acolytes, but lost it back to them a month later. After the dissolution of the Brood, the Hardys joined forces with Gangrel as The New Brood and feuded with Edge and Christian; this stable did not last long, on October 17, 1999 at No Mercy, the Hardy Boyz won the managerial services of Terri Runnels in the finals of the Terri Invitational Tournament in the WWF's first tag team ladder match against Edge and Christian. Th
Houston is the most populous city in the U. S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles, Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States, it is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Houston was founded by land speculators on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837.
The city is named after former General Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas' independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles east of Allen's Landing. After serving as the capital of the Texas Republic in the late 1830s, Houston grew into a regional trading center for the remainder of the 19th century; the arrival of the 20th century saw a convergence of economic factors which fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas' primary port following a devastating 1900 hurricane, the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel, the Texas oil boom. In the mid-20th century, Houston's economy diversified as it became home to the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing and transportation.
Leading in healthcare sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U. S. municipality within its city limits. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the "Space City", Houston is a global city, with strengths in culture and research; the city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U. S, it is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts; the Allen brothers—Augustus Chapman and John Kirby—explored town sites on Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay.
According to historian David McComb, "he brothers, on August 26, 1836, bought from Elizabeth E. Parrott, wife of T. F. L. Parrott and widow of John Austin, the south half of the lower league granted to her by her late husband, they paid $5,000 total, but only $1,000 of this in cash. They lobbied the Republic of Texas Congress to designate Houston as the temporary capital, agreeing to provide the new government with a capital building. About a dozen persons resided in the town at the beginning of 1837, but that number grew to about 1,500 by the time the Texas Congress convened in Houston for the first time that May. Houston was granted incorporation with James S. Holman becoming its first mayor. In the same year, Houston became the county seat of Harrisburg County. In 1839, the Republic of Texas relocated its capital to Austin; the town suffered another setback that year when a yellow fever epidemic claimed about one life out of every eight residents. Yet it persisted as a commercial center, forming a symbiosis with Galveston.
Landlocked farmers brought their produce to Houston, using Buffalo Bayou to gain access to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston merchants profited from selling staples to farmers and shipping the farmers' produce to Galveston; the great majority of slaves in Texas came with their owners from the older slave states. Sizable numbers, came through the domestic slave trade. New Orleans was the center of this trade in the Deep South. Thousands of enslaved blacks lived near the city before the American Civil War. Many of them near the city worked on sugar and cotton plantations, while most of those in the city limits had domestic and artisan jobs. In 1840, the community established a chamber of commerce in part to promote shipping and navigation at the newly created port on Buffalo Bayou. By 1860, Houston had emerged as a commercial and railroad hub for the export of cotton. Railroad spurs from the Texas inland converged in Houston, where they met rail lines to the ports of Galveston and Beaumont.
During the American Civil War, Houston served as a headquarters for General John Magruder, who used the city as an organization point for the Battle of Galveston. After the Civil War, Houston businessmen initia
SummerSlam was the twelfth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. It took place on August 1999, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; this event is one of two events where the three major titles in the WWE all changed hands on the same night, the other being the 2009 edition of TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. The main feud heading into SummerSlam was between Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and Mankind over the WWF Championship; the previous month at Fully Loaded, Austin retained the WWF Championship by defeating The Undertaker in a first blood match when X-Pac interfered and hit Undertaker with a television camera. At Fully Loaded, Triple H defeated The Rock in a Strap match to become the number one contender for the WWF Championship. In recent weeks, Triple H stated that he's been studying Austin for months to figure out how to beat him. On the August 9th episode of Raw is War, it was revealed that Minnesota governor as well as fellow WWF legend Jesse "The Body" Ventura would be the special guest referee for the main event at SummerSlam.
When Triple H came out and got in Ventura's face, WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels set up a match between Austin, Triple H and Undertaker. When Austin was found mysteriously attacked in a stairwell, Michaels accused Triple H of being the attacker but Triple H denied it. Michaels set up a Triple threat match with the title of number one contender on the line between Triple H, Undertaker and Chyna. Austin returned that night and hit Triple H with a chair put Chyna on top allowing her to win the match and become number one contender; the following week, Triple H challenged Chyna to a match with her number one contender status on the line which Chyna accepted. Chyna again won the match after Mankind returned from a knee injury and attacked Triple H. Mankind challenged Chyna for her number one contender status but Chyna refused to accept and low blowed Mankind, Michaels overruled Chyna and made the match. Mankind defeated Chyna when Triple H attempted to interfere. Shane McMahon stated as owner of the WWF he was booking a match between Mankind and Triple H to determine the undisputed number one contender.
Michaels agreed to the match and he and Shane named themselves as referees. When Mankind and Triple H covered each other and Shane both counted to three but they argued over, the number one contender. Ring announcer Tony Chimel announced that both men are winners and that there will be a Triple threat match at SummerSlam. Another rivalry heading into SummerSlam was between Shane McMahon. In July before Fully Loaded and the Mean Street Posse had started a feud with Test because of his relationship with Stephanie McMahon whom Shane feels was dating "beneath the family standards". Over the following weeks, Test had faced Posse member Joey Abs whom Shane had set up on a date with Stephanie. On the July 12 episode of Raw is War, Test wrestled the Posse in a Gauntlet match but it ended in no contest when Shane interfered; when the Posse attempted to break Test's ankle, Stephanie came out and grabbed her brother from behind. Thinking that it was a referee, Shane backhand knocked her out; the following two weeks, Stephanie rejected Joey Abs and demanded that her brother and his friends stay out of her life.
On the August 15 episode of Sunday Night Heat, Shane challenged Test to a "Love her or Leave her" Greenwich Street Fight at SummerSlam. If Shane won Test and Stephanie could no longer see each other but if Test won Shane would give his blessing to them. Test accepted the challenge. Tag team turmoil "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. P. 89. Onlineworldofwrestling.com - SummerSlam'99 results twnpnews.com - SummerSlam hoffco-inc.com - SummerSlam'99 review Official 1999 SummerSlam site
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is the sixth overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE; the title is one of two male tag team championships for WWE's main roster, along with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on the SmackDown brand. The current champions are Curt Zack Ryder, who are in their second reign; the championship was established as the WWE Tag Team Championship on October 20, 2002, the team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit were the inaugural champions. It was introduced for the SmackDown brand as a second title for tag teams in the promotion to complement WWE's original World Tag Team Championship, which became exclusive to Raw. Both titles were unified in 2009 and were collectively referred to as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship" while remaining independently active until the World Tag Team Championship was formally decommissioned in 2010.
As a result of the 2016 draft, the championship became exclusive to Raw with a subsequent rename, SmackDown created the SmackDown Tag Team Championship as a counterpart title. After the company's initial brand extension in the spring of 2002, the original World Tag Team Championship was reassigned that following summer to appear and be defended on the Raw brand, leaving the SmackDown brand without a tag team title; as a result, then-SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon introduced the WWE Tag Team Championship and commissioned it to be the tag team title for the SmackDown brand on October 3, 2002. She stated. On October 20, 2002, the team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated Rey Mysterio and Edge at No Mercy in the tournament final to become the inaugural WWE Tag Team Champions. On October 17, 2007, SmackDown and ECW announced a talent sharing agreement that enabled talent from either brand's roster to compete on both brands; as a result, the title became eligible to be defended on both brands.
In late 2008 through early 2009, then-WWE Tag Team Champions The Colóns engaged in rivalry with then-World Tag Team Champions John Morrison and The Miz, which resulted in the announcement on the March 17 episode of ECW that at WrestleMania XXV, both teams would defend their titles against each other and the winning team would hold both titles. The Colóns defeated Morrison and Miz, thus unified the titles into what became known as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, the umbrella term for what remained two active championships that were now collectively defended; the championships would be defended as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship on any brand until August 2010. That month, the Anonymous Raw General Manager announced that the World Tag Team Championship would be decommissioned in favor of continuing the WWE Tag Team Championship, which received a new, single set of championship belts, which were presented to then-champions The Hart Dynasty by Bret Hart; the belts featured a centerpiece dominated by two Spartan helmets, with two side plates on either side.
The plates were bronze colored and the straps were black. The WWE Tag Team Championship became the sole tag team championship in WWE and was defended on any brand; the first brand extension ended in August 2011. In August 2014, the WWE Tag Team Championship belts, along with all other pre-existing championship belts in WWE at the time, received a minor update, replacing the long-standing scratch logo with WWE's new logo used for the WWE Network. Following the reintroduction of the brand extension in July 2016, then-champions The New Day were drafted to the Raw brand, making the championship exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown created the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on August 23, 2016; the WWE Tag Team Championship was subsequently renamed to reflect its exclusivity to Raw. The championship's belt design was updated on December 19, 2016. At WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018, then-Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus were scheduled to defend the titles against Braun Strowman and a partner of his choosing.
At the event, Strowman revealed. He went out into the crowd and picked 10-year old Nicholas, the two defeated Cesaro and Sheamus for the titles; this made Nicholas the youngest WWE champion in history. The following night on Raw, the two relinquished the titles. Following the events of the WWE brand extension, an annual WWE draft was established, in which select members of the WWE roster are reassigned to a different brand. After the WWE Tag Team Championship was unified with the World Tag Team Championship as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, the champions could appear and defend the titles on any WWE brand; the titles were combined as the WWE Tag Team Championship in August 2010 with a single set of belts, continued to be defended on any brand. The brand extension was discontinued on August 29, 2011, but it was revived on July 19, 2016; the following is a list of dates indicating the transitions of the WWE Tag Team Championship between the Raw, SmackDown, ECW brands. The inaugural champions were Chris Benoit.
John Cena and The Miz's 9-minute reign is the shortest in the title's history, while The New Day have the longest single reign at 483 days, the longest combined reign at 532 days (WWE recognizes their combin