20. Tyler Black turns face
Wrestlemania...the biggest spectacle in professional wrestling, the showcase of the immortals, and the scene of our next moment, as Tyler Black (at the time known as Seth Rollins) showed the respect that makes the WWE Universe cheer so loudly for him.
Over the course of the first months of 2012, CM Punk looked to make The Edge of Honor even stronger, attempting to make Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan at the time) the newest member, but Danielson kept refusing to join. Eventually, Black & The Edge of Honor got sick of what they called Danielson's disrespect, and attacked him- costing him the chance to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Danielson, not one to sit down at the challenge of a fight, challenged Black- along with Evan Bourne and The Kings of Wrestling to a 4 on 4 elimination match at Wrestlemania 28. At the end of the match, the final 2 were Danielson and Black. After a great battle from both of these men, Black was left standing on top but he still showed respect by shaking Danielson's hand after the match.
And just a few moments later, Black's new fan favourite status was solidified as he saved Danielson from an attack by Evan Bourne and The Kings of Wrestling.
19. CM Punk brings back the Undisputed Championship
CM Punk was the superstar of 2011- it's official, he won a Slammy for it- but he changed the outlook of the WWE just one night after Summerslam 2011.
At Summerslam 2011, CM Punk became the WWE Champion by defeating John Cena, Drew Mcintyre and Alberto Del Rio in a Fatal 4 Way match- but just the next night, Punk came out and declared a new era had begun on Raw- and to show that he wasn't lying, he decided to get rid of the WWE Championship spinner belt, and return the old Undisputed WWE Championship belt- the belt in use today.
It would be another month before Punk finally got rid of the spinner belt for good as he defeated John Cena in a Ladder Match at Night of Champions for both belts. Punk would then burn the WWE Championship spinner belt on the pyro at the top of the entrance ramp to signify the changing into the era of change.
18. Tyler Reks wins the Money in the Bank
Money in the Bank- a pay-per-view that gives us no end of surprising and memorable moments. This next moment though, was less surprising than expected. 2012 so far has belonged to just a handful of people- as those people have made the journey from being a midcarder to a maineventer. Tyler Reks is one of those people.
After beating Alberto Del Rio at both Wrestlemania and Extreme Rules, Reks moved on to challenge for the WWE Championship at Over The Limit, ultimately coming up short, but it proved once again that he is ready for the big time. And at Money in the Bank, Reks' future as another challenger for the WWE Championship was defined.
Tyler Reks overcame David Irvine, Jack Swagger, Carlito, Hunico, John Morrison, Christian and Shelton Benjamin after they all turned on him in the middle of the match, resulting in Irvine putting Reks through the announce table. Not to be outdone though, 'The Wrecking Ball' got himself back together and delivered a Burning Hammer to Irvine from the top of the ladder before grabbing the briefcase to become Mr. Money in the Bank.
To think that this man used to barely hold onto his job every time the future endeavours were being handed out and now look at him, a firm favourite of the fans with a great chance of becoming the WWE Champion whenever he decides to cash in on his opportunity.
17. Alberto Del Rio is drafted to Superstars
The WWE draft- a night of shocks every single year. Who will ever forget the night John Cena joined Raw in 2005? Well The Draft 2012 was no different, and this was without doubt the most shocking draft pick of recent years.
Over the course of the past few years, the draft has grown and grown and this year's draft included three separate stages: The main draft, the supplement draft and the Superstars draft. With Superstars being a third brand of sorts- more developmental than anything- nobody expected them to draft the winner of the 2011 Royal Rumble and 2011 Raw Money in the Bank winner.
Alberto Del Rio was himself astounded at what had happened- and was quick to remind everybody that the last time he was on Superstars, he swore to never step foot on the brand again. As per the earlier stipulations of the Superstars brand, Del Rio stayed on Superstars until...
16. Alberto Del Rio goes to Smackdown
With the addition of Superstars, a lot of different additions have occured to the WWE pay-per-view schedule, one of which was another Money in the Bank match.
This third Money in the Bank match would only allow Superstars wrestlers to take part, and the winner would have the choice of going to either Raw or Smackdown- with the winner also gaining a shot at the secondary championship- either ICT or US- of that brand.
The Money in the Bank match is always hellacious, and this was no different with the highlight being a Spear from Skip Sheffield that broke not only Alberto Del Rio but an entire ladder in half! In the end, Jon Moxley looked set to win the match, only for Alberto Del Rio to steal in at the end and gain a spot on either Raw or Smackdown.
Now, ever since Del Rio joined Superstars, he was always looking to rejoin Raw. Every single time Mr. McMahon showed up on the third brand, Del Rio would ask for his Raw contract back, so when Del Rio went to sign a contract after the match, we could all be forgiven for thinking Del Rio was going to Raw.
So everybody was surprised when Del Rio flipped the contract over to show a Smackdown logo on the back of the clipboard- a great Del Rio swerve as usual. Just 5 days later, Del Rio walked out onto Smackdown and became the US Champion. After being down in the dumps and being cast out, The Mexican Aristocrat is back on the top of his game.