WRESTLING NEWS
Major WWE PPV Finishes That Wound Up Being Changed
By ROBERT CORNAL
Lesnar vs. Reigns
During WrestleMania 31, Seth Rollins gatecrashed the WWE Championship match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar with his Money In The Bank contract and grabbed his first WWE Championship. Rollins was made aware of the title change in the middle of the show — an event that infuriated the members of the Anoa’i family.
Styles vs. Owens
At Battleground 2017, Kevin Owens successfully forced AJ Styles’ crossface submission into a pinfall attempt to win his third US Championship. Owens was supposed to win by cheating, and the match would be restarted by GM Shane McMahon with Styles booked to retain, but since Owens pinned him fairly, McMahon’s entry was unnecessary.
Hart vs. Austin
During the 1997 SummerSlam for the IC Championship, Owen Hart performed a sit-out piledriver and dropped Steve Austin on his head, temporarily paralyzing the Texas Rattlesnake to the point he couldn’t move his extremities. Austin won with the self-proclaimed “worst-looking roll up in wrestling history,” and the injury severely impacted his career.
Royal Rumble 2005
As the 2005 Royal Rumble match drew to a close, the final two competitors — John Cena and Batista — both landed on the floor for double elimination, in a freak accident. Vince McMahon stormed out and slid into the ring and tore both quads. The match was quickly restarted, and Batista picked up the scheduled win over Cena.
Triple H vs. Cactus Jack
At the 2000 Royal Rumble Street Fight for the WWF Championship, Cactus Jack laid thumbtacks on the canvas for Triple H to throw him on the sharp weapons and seemingly finish him off with a Pedigree. Mr. McMahon had refused to showcase thumbtacks in the match, so Foley went against The Chairman’s wishes to give the fans a huge treat.