Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton were in the midst of a bitter rivalry in 2009. A decade later, Kingston and Orton reignite that rivalry at SummerSlam. Let’s look at the rivalries that WWE renewed ten years after they began.
Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker
Brock Lesnar rise to stardom in 2002 saw him and dominate everyone in his path. But the Undertaker wanted to teach the next big thing about respect. So, Undertaker showed Lesnar the business model for Deadman Inc. This included throwing Lesnar through the set at Unforgiven, as well as a bloody Hell in a Cell Match at No Mercy. Lesnar might not stand tall, but he left the WWE title every time, giving him an advance over the Deadman no other Superstar could claim.
Fast forward to 2014, Lesnar wanted history to conquer, so the Undertaker stepped up. But Lesnar shocked the world at WrestleMania 30 with three F5s and leaving several jaws on the floor. Their battles continued to 2015, including a controversial SummerSlam match and a hell in a Cell Match.
Triple H vs Batista
When Triple H assembled Evolution, its purpose was to keep the world heavyweight title around his waist. But the biggest threat ended up being in the group. After Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble match, The Cerebral Assassin did everything possible to convince The Animal to challenge for JBL’s WWE championship. However, Batista saw through the manipulation. During their vivious rivalry form WrestleMania 21 through the summer of 2005, Batista proved that he was no longer a star on the rise. He was the guy.
14 year later, all Batista wanted was one more match with the man who turned him into a star. Thus, it took Batista beating up a 70-year-old Ric Flair to catch Triple H’s attention. But it ultimately worked and then gave Batista what he wanted, setting the stage for No Holds Barred Match at WrestleMania 35. Finally, The Game defeated his former student.
Shawn Michael vs Undertaker
Shawn Michael and The Undertaker were embroiled in a bitter rivalry in late 1997. This included the first Hell in a Cell match and an Unforgettable casket match at Royal Rumble 1998. But then Undertaker turned his attention to Kane who set him on fire after Casket match. Meanwhile, Michaels set his eyes on the first retirement after Mike Tyson KO’d him at WrestleMania 14. Let’s move to 2007’s Royal Rumble Match when The Phenom and HBK were the last men standing. So, this caused the arena to buzz like a hive.
Two years later, Mr WrestleMania promptly resparked his rivalry with the Undertaker in hopes of ending his then 16 bout Mania streak. Once they entered the ring at the 25th Show of Shows, H became The Phenom proved they hadn’t lost a step in the 11 years since her last showdown. Thus, this caused many to consider that match one of the greatest contests ever held in 20 by 20 ring.
Bret Hart vs Vince Mcmahon
In 1997, WWE Champion Bret Hart signed a contract with WCW. But before Bret stampeded to the rival company, he had to defend his title against HBK at Survivor Series. The match was an instant classic, but then Shawn Michaels put the Hitman in the Sharpshooter, and all hell broke loose. Hart didn’t tap while the bell randomly rang. Michael ran off with the title and Hart spit at WWE Chairman. A Bret-screwed-Bret and black eye later, Mr McMahon was the most despised person in sports entertainment.
Meanwhile, The Hitman was a guest referee for WCW. It seemed unlikely that Hart would step inside a WWE ring ever again. But on first Raw of 2010, he returned reconciling with Michaels. Also, an attempt to make peace with Mr McMahon ended with a low blow. Finally, he got a match against the chairman at WrestleMania 26 after Hart faked a broken leg. He got 13 years’ worth of sweet retribution.