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Top 10 'Oh My God!' moments of 2013
There were many outrageous instances in 2013 that made the WWE Universe stand up and scream collectively – in the iconic words of Extreme commentator Joey Styles – “OH MY GOD!”
WWE.com rings in the New Year by counting down 10 of the biggest.
Swinging with The Punjabi Playboy
Oct. 6, 2013 — When you’re swimming in a sea of strong Superstars, it takes a lot to make yourself stand out. But the WWE Universe definitely took notice as, throughout the latter part of 2013, Antonio Cesaro utilized his patented Cesaro Swing to take everyone from Hornswoggle to Brodus Clay for one wild ride.
But when it came to The Great Khali, I mean, did anyone think it was actually going to happen? Well, it did, and we saw it, and the giant former World Heavyweight Champion got rotated like a tire at WWE Battleground. Talk about powerful shockwaves.
O’Neil left it all in the ring … and around the ring … and on Michael Cole
Nov. 29, 2013 — If you’ve ever eaten Thanksgiving dinner, then you know that there are some things you do not do in the period immediately following your meal – such as operate heavy machinery, ride a bike … or move, just to name a few. So, how about competing in a match?
Titus O’Neil taught us a lesson in moderation on the Thanksgiving edition of SmackDown when, after impressively out-eating The Great Khali backstage and getting the “prize” of facing Antonio Cesaro on the same night, the stuffed Superstar not so impressively heaved all over ringside, JBL, Michael Cole and Zeb Coulter. It was, quite simply, a sight better unseen, to say nothing of the other senses that might have been involved had we been ringside.
Stealing the show … and the World Heavyweight Title
Apr. 8, 2013 – Money in the Bank cash-ins are always a big happening, but has any cash-in ever been as much of a spectacle as Dolph Ziggler’s on the first Raw after WrestleMania?
Taking advantage of Alberto Del Rio’s injured leg in front of a raucous, solidly pro-Ziggler crowd at the IZOD Center, The Showoff took the World Heavyweight Championship off of Del Rio in a way that only Ziggler could.
The year's 'Strongest' deception
Jun. 17, 2013 — Mark Henry is a lot of things – a former World Heavyweight Champion, The World’s Strongest Man, the curator of The Hall of Pain. But a great actor? Apparently he's that, too.
With a speech worthy of the greatest of Roman orators on Raw, Henry duped the entire WWE Universe, and then-WWE Champion John Cena, into believing that the big man was hanging up his boots for good. Then, just when the WWE Universe least expected it, he planted Cena with The World’s Strongest Slam. Give the man his Oscar!
This one is for all the little people
Oct. 7, 2013 — The Authority clearly has had no problem throwing its weight around to achieve “what’s best for business,” even if that meant belittling a locker room leader like the gigantic Big Show in merciless fashion.
But, the bigger they are, the harder they hit back. And after weeks of mistreatment, the WWE Universe collectively cheered in one thunderous instance, as The World’s Largest Athlete blasted his tormentor, WWE COO Triple H, with the KO Punch.
In a single moment, the fans and every WWE Superstar were reminded that Triple H wasn’t untouchable.
Devil in a three-piece suit
Nov. 4, 2013 — The Big Red Monster Kane has worn a lot of different faces over his 15-year career, changing his hair and the style of his mask to disrupt his opponent’s mental functions before inevitably disrupting their physical functions as well. But no matter what his appearance might be, underneath it all, The Devil’s Favorite Demon has always been the same infernal entity that we’ve come to know and, in a way, love.
So when the horrific Kane came out on Monday Night Raw in a suit and tie – what could only be described as a distinctly non-monstrous corporate look – it’s hard to imagine a single member of the WWE Universe who was not blown completely out of his or her seat.
Of sinners and Second City Saints
July 14, 2013 — Since CM Punk’s early years in WWE, he and Paul Heyman have been extremely close. At no point was this more so than during the course of The Straight Edge Superstar’s record-setting 434-day WWE Championship reign and his epic clash against The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
So it was a tremendous shock when Heyman, who repeatedly professed his commitment to furthering Punk’s career and his lifelong friendship to The Best in the World, suddenly slammed a ladder – and with it the quintessential knife – into the back of The Second City Saint. In doing so, the mad scientist not only cost Punk an unprecedented third Money in the Bank contract, but permanently drove a wedge between the seemingly inseparable pair.
Queen down, King upset, champions of chaos everywhere
Dec. 9, 2013 – With 20 former WWE and World Heavyweight Champions surrounding them, John Cena and Randy Orton exchanged volatile words at Raw’s Championship Ascension Ceremony – ushering in the imminent pay-per-view TLC Match to declare the Champion of Champions six days later.
But, the peace would quickly break down, and in epic fashion. Orton delivered a cheap shot to Cena following a handshake from The Champ and signature maneuvers were soon flying left and right. CM Punk received a retaliatory Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels after he went to town on Triple H and Daniel Bryan responded by blasting his former trainer HBK with a Running Knee.
However, disaster truly struck when The Beard dodged the RKO and shoved The Viper full-speed into a defenseless Stephanie McMahon. As one of the chief owners of WWE hit the canvas, The Game changed in a micro-second – with Triple H delivering the Pedigree to his own “Face of WWE” – all with history literally hanging in the air.
Storming the castle gates
May 6, 2013 — The WWE Universe is no stranger to seeing the uncontrollable Brock Lesnar break things. That’s just the nature of The Beast. And for a little while, The Anomaly’s destructive focus centered on WWE COO Triple H. He was good at it, too, breaking The Game’s arm on two separate occasions, along with the arm of best friend Shawn Michaels and the hip of WWE Chairman and Triple H’s father-in-law, Mr. McMahon.
However, perhaps the most shocking point of devastation came when Lesnar decided to invade the hallowed halls of WWE Headquarters, the seat of The King of Kings. The Beast Incarnate’s relentless belittlement of WWE’s staff and his mockery of everything in sight on that fateful Monday morning served a mere precursor to the unbelievable moment when he completely trashed The Game’s corporate digs – with the mad scientist, Paul Heyman, cheering him on the whole time!
The jaw-dropping instant just goes to show that, in the WWE Universe, nothing is off limits.
The Shield dropped The Deadman
April 26, 2013 — The legend of The Undertaker is so formidable that, when he does return to the WWE ring ready to compete, the chances of an opponent walking out on their own power are extremely low. So when the dark possessor of The Streak followed up his epic WrestleMania showdown against CM Punk by coming home to SmackDown, the established dominance of The Shield appeared to have finally reached their end.
However, on that fateful night on the blue brand, The Hounds of Justice would not only be the last men standing in the aftermath of a showdown with The Demon of Death Valley, but they would do so by delivering a triple powerbomb to The Phenom – leaving the WWE Universe in a state of awe!
If you didn’t believe in The Shield coming out of WrestleMania 29, then you certainly should have when they buried The Deadman.