World Heavyweight Championship - Kurt Angle

January 10, 2006 - April 02, 2006

After a nine-month reign as World Heavyweight Champion, Batista was forced to surrender his title after tearing his right biceps in a match against Mark Henry.

Immediately after The Animal relinquished the championship, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long declared that there would be a Battle Royal to determine the new World Heavyweight Champion.

In one of the most shocking moments in SmackDown history, Raw's Angle walked out from the locker room area and into the SmackDown ring to compete in the Battle Royal ordered by General Manager Theodore Long.

The addition of Angle to the Battle Royal clearly caught many Superstars off guard, and he became an immediate target of the SmackDown roster. In fact, Mark Henry even threw Angle through the announce table at ringside. Angle was able to withstand the attack, however, and in the end Angle last eliminated Henry to be crowned the new World Heavyweight Champion.

Afterwards, Angle celebrated in the ring while the audience in Philadelphia looked on in total amazement.



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