Hall of WWE Champions
Sammartino defeated Rogers to win the title, as mentioned in my last post... He then held the title for just north of seven years... As Daniel Bryan once said... YES, seven and a half fucking years as the champion. Throughout his title reign, he mainly took on heels including Sheik, The Crusher, Johnny Valentine, Killer Kowalski, Gorilla Monsoon, and George 'The Animal' Steele, among others. His infinite title reign FINALLY came to an end on January 18, 1971 when he was defeated by Ivan Koloff, ending his title reign at 2,803 days. This remains the second longest title reign in wrestling history, just behind Fabulous Moolah who held the title for 10,170 days...
I gotta admit that NXT Kevin Owens was one hell of a ride and definitely my favorite Kevin Owens ever. When he was NXT Champion he wasn’t that bad, he was an amazing heel and managed to defeat John Cena STILL IN DEVELOPMENTAL. I gotta say that Kevin Owens has improved a lot and the fact that he’s not finished yet is really something im looking forward to see. Although personally i didn’t really enjoy his Universal Championship reign, i gotta admit his NXT reign was a joyride, straight up. NXT Kevin Owens is my favorite Owens so far and if anything does change well so be it, but for now NXT KO >
20 Greatest Matches in NXT History
8. DIY vs The Authors of Pain- NXT Tag Team Title- Ladder Match- NXT Takeover: Chicago
DIY lost, which is sad enough... But then they broke up. Thanks for the actual heartbreak, WWE. But seriously though, another tremendously entertaining encounter for the NXT tag team division. This was the first time I felt legitimately bummed that Gargano and Ciampa weren’t able to come away with the win, as they made it look like they tried so damn hard to beat the monsters, but couldn’t quite do it. AOP were brilliant in this match. They played the monster, heels part so fucking well. Gargano sacrificing his own well being for Ciampa was amazing. Gargano superkicking Ellering was great and the crowd POPPED. There were several great, innovative ladder spots including Meet in the Middle with the ladder, the double jump off the top of the ladder from Gargano and Ciampa, the suicide dive through the ladder, and Ciampa's INSANE German Suplex off of and through a ladder. The crowd in Chicago actually believed DIY was gonna win but it just didn't happen. What did happen though was one of the best heel turns in the last couple of years. This was absolutely BRILLIANT!!! The knee to Gargano killed him but then the Air Raid Crash just added insult to injury. Ciampa automatically became the most hated man in wrestling and Gargano automatically became the biggest babyface in wrestling... Their CWC match is a goddamn gem... I CANNOT wait until these two meet again someday.