TOP TEN STORIES OF 2011
Sunday, January 1st, 2012 * 9:53PM
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After reviewing video tape and news articles, we've chosen these as the ten biggest stories of 2011:
1.) "DEMON" LUIS ORTIZ RETURNS
In January, longtime MWF favorite "Demon" Luis Ortiz returned with a new look and attitude after "Stalker" Dylan Kage seriously injured Ortiz in the spring of 2006. Ortiz didn't miss a beat, as the graduate of WWE Hall of Famer "Killer" Kowalski's original wrestling institute's war with Kage picked up right where it left off. No one expected that Ortiz would be injured by both JBL's Uprising and Paul Bearer's Trifecta of Terror in October and November, placing Luis out of action for up to a year.
2.) AWESOME KONG'S FINAL MATCH
Before going to WWE as Kharma, there was only one place where Awesome Kong could have her final match - at an MWF live event where President Cena had her crush J-Busta inside a 15 foot high steel cage (see the match during a thirty minute tribute to Kong on the January Superstar Zone). Busta's beating was so bad that it was the final time we saw him in an MWF ring.
3.) MWF AT THE BOSTON GARDEN
Did you ever think that the Millennium Wrestling Federation would hold an event at the TD Boston Garden?? Neither did we!! Back in February, MWF Heavyweight Champion "Slyck" Wagner Brown of JBL's Uprising and "The World's Greatest Athlete" Shelton Benjamin joined President Cena at the Garden for a SOUL SURVIVOR VII press conference / contract signing a month before the big one in the same venue where Shelton and Shawn Michaels had a classic on WWE Raw in May 2005, and where the Austin era began at WrestleMania XIV (see it on the February MWF Superstar Zone).
4.) MWF CONTINUES TO EXPAND
After the MWF set a record crowd in it's November 2010 North Carolina debut, we continued to expand into the Carolina's and debut in Connecticut in 2011.
5.) SHELTON BENJAMIN WINS MWF CHAMPIONSHIP
Overcoming the odds, "The World's Greatest Athlete" Shelton Benjamin defeated "Slyck" Wagner Brown of JBL's Uprising to win the MWF Heavyweight Championship at SOUL SURVIVOR VII. Uprising members attempted to interfere, but in the end, Shelton left Melrose with 15 pounds of gold in his bag!!
6.) WWE WORLD CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN COMPETES ON MWF CYBERSTARZ
In a professional wrestling first, current WWE World Champion Daniel Bryan competed on the same live event as the TNA X-Division Champion and ROH World Champion when he opposed "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa on the debut edition of MWF Cyberstarz!!
7.) BRIAN FURY'S TV TITLE REIGN
"Die Hard" Eddie Edwards was the first MWF TV Champion and held the gold for over two and a half years with pride and integrity. It was a record many felt would never be broken. . .that was the case until SOUL SURVIVOR V when "Straight Edge" Brian Fury defeated champion "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, "Slyck" Wagner Brown and "Hurricane" John Walters in a 4-Way 30 Minute Iron Man Match. Fury defeated Lethal in the only pinfall of the match to become the champion. On the July Cyberstarz, he defeated longtime rival "Million Dollar Investment" Tommaso Ciampa of JBL's Uprising in a vicious Last Man Standing Match. Fury's streak keeps on going. . .
8.) JOHN CENA SR. RESIGNS / SCANDAL
in a shocking turn of events, President John Cena Sr. resigned in June (as seen on the June MWF Xtra). However, before the clock struck midnight, Mr. Cena signed off on several contracts - some of which we don't even know the context of as of yet. What does it take to ruin a 10th anniversary birthday bash?? John Cena Sr. The former president of the MWF destroyed a celebration for the fans and superstars alike, interrupting an in-ring showdown between "Stalker" Dylan Kage, Paul Bearer and Dan Mirade by announcing that he persuaded the MWF Board of Directors to move the company to North Carolina in April 2012. His unexpected social media war with Spike TV's Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer was a treat for Cena haters as 2011 came to a close. #TafferCena
9.) LOW KI WINS MWF CHAMPIONSHIP
In an unscheduled match, "World Warrior" Low Ki defeated "Slyck" Wagner Brown of JBL's Uprising to become the Millennium Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion (as seen on the October MWF Cyberstarz). Known as Kaval in WWE, Senshi in TNA, Ki's reign was just the seventh time the title has changed hands.
10.) 10TH ANNIVERSARY
What began as conversations in 1999, meetings in 2000, and paperwork signed in 2001 turned into a tenth anniversary this past September. A decade's worth of action, excitement, athleticism and adventure was celebrated in the MWF's home of Melrose, MA.
What does 2012 have in store for us?? Stay tuned for what could be the biggest year in MWF history!!