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WWE Vengeance was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by professional wrestling promotion WWE.[1] The inaugural event took place on December 9, 2001 and replaced the regularly scheduled WWE Armageddon for that year. The 2002 event featured the Raw and SmackDown! brands. The event was made exclusive to the SmackDown brand in 2003, and beginning in 2004 it was made exclusive to the Raw brand. In 2007, following WrestleMania, all PPV events became tri-branded. Vengeance took over WWF Fully Loaded's scheduled date in July 2002 and later moved to June in 2005, switching schedules with The Great American Bash. The 2007 event was a crossover event with Night of Champions called Vengeance: Night of Champions.[2] In 2008, Vengeance was retired in favor of keeping Night of Champions as its own event. In 2011, Vengeance would return to replace WWE Bragging Rights on the October 2011 event card.[3] In 2012, the Vengeance name was removed from the scheduled event calendar for that year.

WWE Vengeance
The WWE Vengeance logo
The WWE Vengeance logo used in 2011
Other name(s)Vengeance: Night of Champions (2007)
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2002; 2004–2007)
SmackDown (2002–2003; 2007)
ECW (2007)
First eventVengeance (2001)
Last eventVengeance (2011)

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HistoryEdit

Vengeance was a pay-per-view event consisting of a main event and undercard that feature championship matches and other various matches. The first event was produced as a pay-per-view event for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the former name of WWE. The inaugural event took place on December 9, 2001 under the name Vengeance at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California and aired live on PPV. The event was a replacement for Armageddon as the name was considered potentially offensive to victims of the September 11 attacks.

In 2002, WWF was court ordered to change their name, which resulted in the promotion changing its name to WWE.[4] Earlier in the year, WWF held a draft that split its roster into two distinctive brands of wrestling, Raw and SmackDown,[5] and the ECW brand was added in 2006.[6] Before the draft, matches featured wrestlers from the roster without any limitations; after the draft, matches only consisted of wrestlers from their distinctive brands. The first Vengeance event to be produced under the WWE banner and with roster limitations was Vengeance (2002), which took place on July 21, 2002, taking the slot formerly taken by Fully Loaded and Invasion in previous years. The following year, WWE announced that PPV events, excluding WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and the Royal Rumble, would be made exclusive to each brand; Vengeance was made exclusive to the SmackDown! brand in 2003 and in 2004 was made exclusive to the Raw brand. After three years of being produced as a brand exclusive event, Vengeance (2006) was the final Vengeance event that was brand exclusive, as WWE announced that PPV events from April 2007 onwards would feature all three brands of WWE.[7] Only one Vengeance show was held following the change, before it was replaced with Night of Champions the following year (the 2007 event was considered a crossover event for both shows), although it returned for 2011, now held in October slot replacing Bragging Rights.

Dates and venuesEdit

Raw-branded event SmackDown-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main Event
Vengeance (2001)[8] December 9, 2001 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena[9] Chris Jericho (World) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWF) in a unification match for the WWF Championship & World Championship
Vengeance (2002) July 21, 2002 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena[10] The Undertaker (c) vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match for the Undisputed WWE Championship[11]
Vengeance (2003)[12] July 27, 2003 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center[13] Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Big Show in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship[14]
Vengeance (2004)[15] July 11, 2004 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center[16] Chris Benoit (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship[17]
Vengeance (2005)[18] June 26, 2005 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center[19] Batista (c) vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship[20]
Vengeance (2006)[21] June 25, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Bobcats Arena[22] D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. The Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, and Mikey) in a 2 on 5 Handicap tag team match
Vengeance: Night of Champions[23] June 24, 2007 Houston, Texas Toyota Center[24] John Cena (c) vs. Mick Foley vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Randy Orton vs. King Booker in a Five Pack Challenge match for the WWE Championship[25]
Vengeance (2011) October 23, 2011 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Drops The "F" To Emphasize the "E" for Entertainment". WWE. 2002-05-06. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  5. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make RAW and SMACKDOWN Distinct Television Brands". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2002-05-27. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  6. ^ "WWE Launches ECW as Third Brand". WWE. 2006-05-25. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  7. ^ "WWE Pay-Per-Views To Follow WrestleMania Formula". WWE. 2007-03-14. Archived from the original on March 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
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  11. ^ "Vengeance 2002 Main Event Synopsis". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  12. ^ Clevett, Jason (2003-07-28). "Angle takes Vengeance on Lesnar". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  13. ^ "Vengeance (2003) Venue". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  14. ^ "Vengeance 2003 Main Event Synopsis". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  15. ^ Sokol, Chris (2004-07-12). "Canadians have Edge at Vengeance". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
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  18. ^ Sokol, Chris (2005-06-27). "Batista retains with a Vengeance". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
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  20. ^ "Vengeance 2005 Main Event Synopsis". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  21. ^ Plummer, Dale (2006-06-21). "DX returns with a Vengeance". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  22. ^ Zeigler, Zack (June 24, 2006). "Charlotte Bobcats Arena". WWE. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  23. ^ Powell, John (2007-06-24). "Vengeance banal and badly booked". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  24. ^ "Vengeance: Night of Champions (2007) Venue". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  25. ^ "WWE Champion John Cena def. King Booker, Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley & Mick Foley (Challenge Match)". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved May 16, 2012.

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