Archive for the ‘2011’ Category

Snitsky made his debut on Raw on September 13, 2004, when he faced Kane. At the end of the match Snitsky hit the ‘Big Red Machine’ with a chair, this resulted in Kane falling on top of a pregnant (kayfabe) Lita and the loss of her baby.

This made Snitsky a main heel on the roster as he entered a storyline with Kane which culminated in a ‘Weapons of Choice’ match at Taboo Tuesday. During this time Gene became well-known for his catchphrase ‘It wasn’t my fault’.

He was a small part of the ECW invasion storyline in the lead up to ECW One Night Stand 2005 as part of Eric Bischoff’s hired guns to try to ruin Paul Heyman’s reunion show, to no avail.

Snitsky resumed his feud with Kane when he aligned himself with Edge and Lita. The Queen of Extreme reconciled with Snitsky after thanking him for not having to give birth to Kane’s birthday. Edge used Lita’s feet as a reward for helping them attack Kane after he found out about Snitsky’s foot fetish.

His push began to slow soon after and he found himself largely competing on Heat every week. He formed a brief tag team with Tyson Tomko which ended after a losing effort to claim the Tag Team titles from Big Show and Kane.

In early 2007, Snitsky debuted on ECW with a new look. His head and eyebrows was shaved, and his teeth where coloured yellow. He also adopted a more psychotic persona, similar to that of Psycho Sid.

Snitsky attacked Bobby Lashley on his re-debute an went on to have many short feuds with the likes of Hardcore Holly, Rob Van Dam, Balls Mahoney and CM Punk.

Later that year in June, he was drafted back to Raw, and in his final run with the company his only major appearance was in a defeat to John Cena. Shortly after he was sent back to Heat.

On December 11, 2008, Snitsky was released from his contract.

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Before debuting in the WWE, Storm cut his teeth in the business all over the world, wrestling in Canada, Mexico and Japan. He then returned to America with ECW and then WCW.

Lance debuted in WWE in 2001 after Vince McMahon’s acquisition of WCW interfering in a match between Perry Saturn and Steve Blackman, as part of the Alliance. During this storyline he captured the Intercontinental Championship from Albert.

After the Invasion angle had finished he joined a heel stable  known as The Un-Americans along with William Regal, Christian and Test. They garnered a lot of animosity from American fans and it was with Christian that he won the Tag Team Championships from Hulk Hogan and Edge at Vengeance.

“The Perfect Storm” would go on to have three more Tag Team Title runs, two with William Regal and one with Chief Morley.

As he entered into a singles career, Stone Cold Steve Austin would be to come out during his matches and ridicule for being a boring wrestler and for having no personality. As General Manager, Austin would force Storm to team with Goldust in an attempt to make him more entertaining. He eventually turned face by teaming with Val Venis, dancing to the ring while being accompanied to the ring by women.

However, this was short lived as he turned heel before a losing effort against Rhyno at the 2004 Draft Lottery. This would be his last appearance on WWE television as he was released from his contract.

Maryse

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2011, October
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Maryse Ouellet first appeared on WWE television as part of the 2006 Diva Search, she didn’t last long as she was the second evictee from the contest. Despite this, WWE saw some potential in her and invited her back to OVW for more trainig.

In September 2006, she appeared in vignettes on Smackdown! in which she welcomed viewers to the show in French. But she had to wait another eight months for her first live appearance on TV when she introduced Timbaland’s new music video on Raw.

By the time she became a regular on TV in early 2008, she had turned into a heel. She competed in various gimmick matches on Smackdown and ECW in swimsuit contests, ‘wet and wild’ and dance-off matches.

After Deuce ‘n Domino dumped their manager Cherry they chose Maryse to replace her. This led to a rivalry with Cherry and Maryse’s debut match on Smackdown! in which she lost, but was victorious in their rematch weeks later. Maryse went on to pick up tag team victories against the likes of Cherry,  Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly.

“The Sexiest of the Sexy” earned her first Divas Championship at Unforgiven, but lost to the holder Michelle McCool. However, in December 19, 2009, Maryse captured her first divas Championship by defeating McCool on Smackdown.

Maryse went into Wrestlemania XXV the following year still as Divas Champion, but didn’t have to defend her title in a Divas battle royal which was won by Santina Marella.

On April 13, Maryse was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE Draft, making the Divas title exclusive to Raw and began a rivalry with Mickie James after she cost her a win in a battle royal after James sprayed in the face with hair spray.

At Night Of Champions in July, the French-Canadian lost the Divas title to Mickie James, bringing an end to her 216 day reign as champion, which is still the longest reign to date.

She disappeared from TV for a couple of months in order to fully recover from a knee injury, which required surgery, that she picked up shortly after she had won title.

On November 13, 2009, she returned to action as the guest timekeeper, dressed as the Gobbledy Gooker, for a divas tag team match. When the match had finished she revealed herself and attacked Melina. In the following weeks she defeated both Melina and Gail Kim.

In February 2010, Maryse won her second Divas Championship by pinning Gail Kim in the final of a tournament for the vacated title.

Maryse went into Wrestlemania XXVI as champion yet again, and this time she was victorious in a 10-Diva tag team match.

Her second reign as champion wasn’t as successful as her first as she dropped the title just two months later to Eve on April 12 edition of Raw, and failed to recapture the silverware in her rematch at Over The Limit.

On June 21 on Raw, when Ted DiBiase fired his assistant Virgil, he replaced him with Maryse, although after a while it appeared that Maryse was more enamoured with DiBiase’s money. For the following months, Maryse spent most of her time outside of the ring, mainly accompanying DiBiase to the ring.

In November 2011, Maryse and DiBiase became mentors for Brodus Clay for the new season of NXT. After Clay traded them for Alberto Del Rio to his Pro, Maryse became the co-host of NXT with Matt Striker.

Maryse was released from her contract in October.

Since leaving WWE, Maryse has made a move into the fashion industry with her clothing and jewellery collection called ‘House of Maryse’.

In February 2012, she became engaged to The Miz.

Jacob Novak

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2011, June
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Novak joined the WWE when he signed with their developmental territory FCW in 2010.

He then became a rookie on the 4th season of the NXT with his Pro being Dolph Ziggler. Novak’s his televised match was a loss to eventual winner of the show Johnny Curtis.

Novak had the misfortune of being the first rookie to be traded by his Pro when he was traded by ‘The Show Off’ for Chris Masters rookie Byron Saxton after Ziggler won a WWE Pro Over-the-Top-Rope Challenge. Later that night Novak became the first person to be eliminated from the show.

He was then announced to be a part of NXT Redemption in which his WWE Pro would be JTG, he was once again eliminated at the first time of asking. In this short time he changed his look from that of an arrogant playboy to one that more resembled his former Cryme Tyme member Pro.

On June 13, 2011, Jacob Novak was released from WWE.

Finlay

Posted: January 8, 2012 in 2011, March
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John Morrison joined WWE in 2002 when he won Tough Enough III along with Matt Cappotelli. After a few appearances on TV in which he appeared as an assistant to then General Manager Eric Bischoff, he frequently changed his name from Johnny Nitro to Johnny Spade he was then moved to OVW.

While he was there he alligned himself with Melina Perez, he soon became his real life girlfriend. Joey Mercury soon joined them and together they formed a stable called MNM and won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship and where soon called up to Smackdown.

His most succesful period came when he formed a tag team with The Miz, after a short rivalry with each other, they had a long run as the Tag Team Champions. As well as a successful WWE.com show called The Dirt Sheet.

The “Shaman of Sexy” had the dubious honour of being the first person to be future endeavoured on television by John Laurinaitis on the November 28, 2011 edition of Raw.

For fans of Morrison, don’t worry, as JR expects him to return to WWE Television in the future.