Hello everyone and welcome back to my continuing series of my favourite matches.
This performer is making his third appearance in the list. This match is the TLC (Tabbles, Ladders & Chairs) main event from Unforgiven 2006 between Edge and John Cena.
In 2006, these men had stand out moments in their careers. Edge started of the year by cashing in his Money in the Bank contract against a bloody Cena at New Years Revolution.
This was Edge’s first WWE World Title but it would be short lived. Cena reclaimed it weeks after and worked the main event of WrestleMania 22 defeating HHH.
However, the match of night was the gruesome fight between Edge and Mick Foley. Which funnily enough, was the first match I posted in this series. Please check it out.https://lukehutchblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/my-favorite-matches-1-edge-vs-mick-foley
Nice little plug there. Anyway, with the performance Edge gave that night, The Ultimate Oppurtuneist inserted himself back into the main event picture. He would capture his second WWE Championship in the summer of 2006 in a triple threat match against RVD & Cena.
The Cena and Ede rivalry began its second chapter. The Rated R Supertar retained his title at SummerSlam by using Lita and hidden brass nuckles. Edge won against Cena in his hometown of Boston. What a great way to gain heat from the audience.
One factor of Edge’s charecter I loved at this time was his custom belt.
I feel I was the only one who liked this. The superstar himself hated it aswell but I take pride in that I like the more unusual parts in WWE. It made Edge even more self centred. He scrapped the iconic WWE logo for his own. And even more of an insult that was the belt John Cena brought to the conpany. It was egotistical, everything Edge was back then.
The best was yet to come. Both men wanted to end their series of matches with a final match. Cena would have another title match but with two circumstances. The first, that if Cena lost he would be drafted to SmackDown. The second, the champion chooses the stipulation. Edge would then capitalise on my thoughts of him being the ultimate wresting heel. Edge challenged Cena to a match at Unforgiven which was held in his hometown Toronto, Canada. Edge decreased The Doctor of Thuganomics’s chance of winning by making the match a TLC match. A stipulation that made Edge and Christian became household names for in the late 1990s.
Now let’s commence with the match itself.
I love entrances and Edge’s walk into the area in Toronto was deafening. He used the crowds cheers to fire himself up which made him look incredibly dangerous going into the TLC bount. You could see it also made him emotional which was bittersweet to witness. Of course, Cena received boos but this was the second time this ever happened. With the hellacious reception he received at One Night Stand that year, people were starting to disprove the future face of WWE. 2006 was the beginning of the Anti-CeNation.
The match was even for dishing out punishment. Using inventive methods to bring the pain, Cena showed he can easily get hardcore with weapons. Suplexes through tables, dropping a Five Knuckle Shuffle from the top of a ladder, and delivering chair shots to the homeboy.
Cena was more creative than Edge but Edge would reverse or escape out of situations that created devastating damage. He had the brains and was going for the win.
Lita would often interfere as all managers/girlfriends would. She would push Cena through a table set up on the outside. Although she messed up by landing a chair shot to him which forced Edge crash and burn through two tables on the outside in popular TLC fashion.
The spot of the night would come at the end when John Cena performed an FU on Edge from the top of a ladder through two tables. Thus gaining Cena the victory. Sheer awesomeness. Makes me sick though to think this match was ten years ago!
This match is a stand out in boths athlete’s earlier careers as single competitors. To me, it displayed that either one of these men could represent the company which they later on did with Cena on Raw and Edge on SmackDown as the headline acts the brands.
They would revisit their differences at Wrestlemania 25 along with the Big Show in a fantastic triple threat match.
Edge would go on to be a huge draw for the SmackDown brand, holding the World Heavyweight Championship on numerous occasions and sadly vacanting his title and retiring due to injury. However, Edge cementing his legacy in the ring as part of the Hall of Fame 2012.
That was number four and to finish off I am going to order my list so far to find my most entertaining pick so far.
4: The Undertaker Vs Bray Wyatt (Wrestlemania 31)
3: Mick Foley Vs Edge (WrestleMania 22)
2: John Cena Vs Edge (Unforgiven 2006)
1: Undertaker Vs Edge (SummerSlam 2008)
This order will change because it is too hard to place my number one match.
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