Mike Shannon’s Top 5 Title Reigns of the last Twenty Five Years [Rune Stones & Voodoo, Who Do #9]

By Commissioner Mike (CM) Shannon

Kamusta, Kapa-Feds!

I know there’s been an awful delay in the production of my blog over the last couple weeks. With so much work going into our upcoming show, MWF 2: Maki-Wrestling, Wag-Matakot, it’s hard to keep our focus away from what’s sure to be an incredible show. Plus, I’m down with a really nasty heat-related flu. Anyways…

With the MWF Championship looming on a horizon and casting its spell over the landscape of the Manilaverse, I thought it was only fitting to take a moment and briefly discuss some of my favorite World Champions in recent memory. So, if the Kapa-Feds will indulge me, I’m going to fangirl just a little.

Mike Shannon’s Top 5 Wrestling Championship Reigns of the last 25 Years

  1. Rob Van Dam
    ECW Television Champion
    e9ee90fed71e6fc0f0dde3e319d3b2a1--ecw-wrestling-vansI spent my teen years devouring any ECW video I could get my hands-on and a lot of that had to do with Rob Van Dam. While, championship belts in ECW were really plot devices that would get wrestlers and storylines over, Rob Van Dam’s historic run as the ECW TV Champion took that title to great heights thanks to his hotly-competitive and incredibly athletic performances. At his best, Van Dam made it a point make sure that each match was better than this last.Standout Matches:
    Rob Van Dam vs. Balls Mahoney (ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999)
    Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn (ECW Living Dangerously 1999)
  2. CM Punk
    WWE World Heavyweight Champion
    OTL12_Photo_1342011’s run of the Summer of Punk produced some of the best TV in years. Sure, I could have focused on his ROH title run, or even early reigns over in IWA-MS. But for a lifelong fan like me, the 2011 Summer of Punk was nothing short of a dream come true. CM Punk wasn’t just the Champion, he was our Champion. He was, like many of us, a fan who had wanted to see the WWF we all fell in love with back in the spotlight. And for a brief moment in time, the WWE felt a lot like that.Standout Matches:
    CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE Summerslam 2011)
    CM Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio (WWE TLC 2011)
    CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Over the Limit 2012)
  3. Eddie Kingston
    CHIKARA Grand Champion
    tumblr_m5o9qiZSji1ql0k28o1_400If there’s a wrestler who’s seriously underrated, it’s Eddie Kingston. Eddie Kingston made a name for himself in the mid-00’s by wrestling in a number of indies that included Ring of Honor, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, IWA-MS, and Combat Zone Wrestling (as a member of BLK OUT). Eddie Kington is a prize-fighter through and through. His backfist to the future can knock anyone out, and he can back it up a strong and balanced fighting style.As CHIKARA’s Grand Champion, Kingston carried the title for over two years after defeating “Lighting” Mike Quackenbush during the tournament finals and successfully defended the title against a number of the best names in the business.

    Standout Matches:
    Eddie Kingston vs. Brodie Lee (Luke Harper) (CHIKARA: It’s How You Play The Game)
    Eddie Kingston vs. Sara del Rey (CHIKARA: The Great Escape)
    Eddie Kingston vs. Kevin Steen (CHIKARA: While The Dawn Is Breaking)

     

  4. Nicole Matthews
    Shimmer Tag Team Champion w/ Portia Perez
    Shimmer Champion
    ECCW World Heavyweight Champion
    nicole
    It’s no secret that I’m a huge Nicole Matthews fan! As a worker, it’s hard to find someone as well rounded as her. It doesn’t matter who she’s wrestling, with her combination of strikes, suplexes, the occasional high spot, or even comedy- every Nicole Matthews match is a main-event caliber must-watch! She throws the stiffest lariats and her northern lights suplexes are a work of art.Matthews found success with Portia Perez as the Canadian Ninjas. This heelish combo dominated Shimmer Women Athletes for over two years, carrying the tag titles on two consecutive occasions. In addition, she would carry the ECCW Heavyweight Championship three times.

    Standout Matches:
    The Canadian Ninjas vs. Cheerleader Melissa & MscChif (Shimmer Vol. 29)
    The Canadian Ninjas vs. Kana & Lufisto (Shimmer Vol. 49)
    Nicole Matthews vs. Bishop (ECCW Ballroom Brawl)
    Nicole Matthews vs. Jessika Havok (Shimmer Vol. 73)

 

  1. Shawn Michaels
    WWF World Heavyweight Champion
    Shawn-Michaels-Wearing-Belt-in-RingTruth, this list could have ended with either Shawn or Bret. I love both of them dearly, for different reasons. I had come in as a wrestling fan at the end of Hulkamania, just when Bret and Shawn were getting major pushes. While, I do think Bret is the smarter wrestler between the two and has a had his share of amazing matches, Shawn seemed to have the more consistent title-run, at least in terms of defenses (regardless of the controversy).I still remember watching Wresltemania XII on Star Sports and loving every single minute of the Bret-Shawn Iron Man match. The win launched Shawn into a short-lived, but incredibly memorable championship run that saw him going against every freak and monster the WWF could throw at him.

Standout matches:
Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WWF Wrestlemania)
Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel (WWF In Your House: Best Friends, Bitter Enemies)
Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (WWF In Your House: Mind Games)

 

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