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#MustWatchMonday (5/9/16): Choose-Day (Cena vs. Angle vs. Michaels; Taboo Tuesday 2005)



The day is May 9, 2016. It's the big day. I'm writing this article pretty much as the votes are being tallied and as the country waits on bated breath for who will lead it for the next six years. While we wait, though, let's talk some wrestling, shall we?

Way back in 2004, the internet wasn't as big a thing as it is now, and the WWE wasn't constantly promoting hashtags and the Network in order to boost fan interaction. Since that wasn't a thing during that time period, they introduced a PPV called Taboo Tuesday. The structure and gimmick of this PPV was pretty simple. Fans would have the opportunity to vote for one of the factors of the match such as the stipulation, match type, or even the wrestlers who would be involved in the match. The WWE held this event annually until 2008, although they changed the name of the PPV to Cyber Sunday in 2006.

One of the best matches to come out of this gimmick was a match in 2005 for the WWE Championship. The match featured John Cena defending his title against Kurt Angle and a third wrestler that was left up to the fan vote. Candidates for the match were Shawn Michaels, Kane and the Big Show (it's funny how Kane and the Big Show are still relevant in the WWE 11 years after this event). Not surprisingly, and perhaps for the best, Shawn Michaels won the fan vote at 46%, with Kane at 36% and Big Show at 16%.

Clearly the fans believed that Michaels would deliver in this match, and why wouldn't they? A rising Cena, Prime Kurt, and a rejuvenated Michaels could have a great match in their sleep. Both Cena and Michaels still had a bone to pick with Kurt Angle, with this match being Michaels' shot at redemption after tapping out to Angle at Wrestlemania 21, and Cena feuding on and off with Kurt ever since Cena debuted in 2002.

The match started of like most triple threat matches, with all men going at each other and trying to get the upper hand. Forearms were thrown, suplexes doled out, finishers used and pinfalls broken up between all three men. Eventually though, Michaels and Angle teamed up on Cena, and put him through the Spanish announce table, allowing the two to go at it one on one. 

Cena eventually recovers however, and interrupts Kurt as he was setting up for the Angle Slam. With Angle in the match, you knew the submissions would come eventually, and he reverses the FU into the Ankle Lock. This left him vulnerable to Shawn Michaels' elbow, and that plus Sweet Chin Music takes Kurt out of the match. Shawn walks into the FU after taking Angle out, however, and Cena retains the title. This match was a good example of a Triple Threat match where it wasn't just two men in, one man out. Every guy had a role to play, and each one played it well.

Descriptions can only do so much though, so take your mind off the politics for a bit and give this match a watch.



Do you remember voting at Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday? Did you like this match? Leave a comment below!

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Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.

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