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#ThrowbackThursday: Breaking Point


This week marks the sixth anniversary of the first and last submission-themed WWE pay-per-view, Breaking Point.

On paper, the idea was solid. Submission matches are rare enough as it is, and were the types of matches usually reserved either for feuds that ran deep or for rivalries between two submission specialists. It was also no accident that Breaking Point was conceived right around the same time that WWE decided to turn their non-big four PPVs into gimmick PPVs based on match types like Hell in a Cell, TLC, and Elimination Chamber.

Living up to its name and concept, Breaking Point featured three main attractions, all of which were essentially submission matches.

In the first of these matches, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase of the Legacy took on D-Generation X in a Submissions Count Anywhere match, a nice little take on the classic Falls Count Anywhere Match.

The match came about as a result of DX's ongoing feud with the Legacy, which stemmed from the buildup to SummerSlam 2009. It was also during this program when Triple H and Shawn Michaels reformed D-Generation X for the final time.

Rhodes and DiBiase would go on to win the match as Cody applied the Figure Four leg-lock to Shawn Michaels around the ring post, while DiBiase simultaneously used the Million Dollar Dream on HBK.

You can watch the match in its entirety below:


The co-main event featured the leader of the Legacy, Randy Orton, defending his WWE Championship in an I Quit match against John Cena.

This match was also a rematch from that year's SummerSlam, where Orton retained his title by getting himself disqualified, counted out of the ring, and by pinning Cena with illegal leverage. As a result, Mr. McMahon made the I Quit stipulation, plus he added that if anyone were to interfere on Orton's behalf, then Cena would win the championship.

Cena would win the match by applying the STF on Orton while using a pair of handcuffs in the process to hurt Orton's wrist.


And in the main event, CM Punk defended his World Heavyweight Championship against the Undertaker in a Submission Match.

Punk had won the World Heavyweight Championship in a Ladder Match against Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam, and he subsequently defeated Jeff Hardy on the SmackDown! following the PPV, with the winner of that match being booked to face the Deadman at Breaking Point.

It's interesting that for much of his 434-day long WWE Championship run, CM Punk never really main evented a PPV, but he actually main evented shows (against the Undertaker, even) when he held the World Heavyweight Championship in 2009.

Punk would win the match via numerous shenanigans, which involved Theodore Long restarting the match on behalf of Vickie Guerrero, who banned the Undertaker's Hell's Gate submission from the match. Punk had initially tapped out, but with the match having restarted, he was able to apply the Anaconda Vice on the Undertaker. The Deadman never tapped out, but the bell was rung, allowing Punk to retain his championship in Montreal Screwjob fashion.


Breaking Point would be discontinued as a PPV due to low attendance figures and buy rates. Today, it lives on as the submission mini-game in WWE 2K video games whenever a submission signature/finisher is applied by the player.


What a fall for grace for what should have been one hell of a concept.

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