He is the Current leader of Generation NEXT (Zack Blaze, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, and Talia Skye) Together they held every title ECW can offer: the ECW Championship, the HEAT World Championship (both Zack Blaze), the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships (Drew McIntyre/Blaze & Sheamus), and the Diva's Unified Championship (Talia Skye)
Zack Blaze is fueding with Edge over the ECW Championship. Zack Blaze won the ECW Championship at Survivor Series 2009 after a Interference from Generation Next and successfully defended it one night later on Monday Night Raw after Sheamus hit a Pump Kick, causing a disqualification. His next title defense will be at WWE: Wild Card.
Generation NEXT (November 2009-February 2010)Edit
In the weeks leading up to the Survivor Series Pay-Per-View, Zack Blaze continued to wrestle on ECW and WWE Superstars, occasionally defending his HEAT World Championship against various opponents. On the November 4, 2009 edition of ECW, Zack Blaze, Sheamus, and Drew McIntyre interrupted the Main Event Match between then-Champion Edge and then-challenger Christian, in which the ECW Championship was on the line. They attacked and took out both competitors, ending the Match abruptly. The next week, on the November 11, 2009 Edition of ECW, General Manager Theodore Long announced that Zack Blaze would challenge Edge for the ECW Championship at Survivor Series. Zack Blaze then cut a promo, explaining that he was given this opportunity because he was the most deserving, and announcing that he formed a group known as Generation NEXT, consisting of himself, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, and Talia Skye.
At Survivor Series, Zack Blaze faced Edge for the ECW Championship in the Main Event Match, and - with some outside interference from Generation NEXT - emerged victorious. At the same event, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre defeated then-Champions Chris West and Batista to become the new WWE Unified Tag Team Champions, and Talia Skye defeated then-Champion Amber Wattkins to become the new WWE Unified Divas Champion. Over the next month or so, Zack Blaze (along with the rest of Generation NEXT) feuded with Edge, Christian, and Shelton Benjamin in various Matches. On December 13, 2009, at Wild Card, Zack Blaze defended his newly-won ECW Championship against the man he defeated to win it, Edge. Edge won the Match, but Theodore Long re-started it, claiming that the Referee counted too quickly. Zack Blaze went on to hit his Hidden Spark finishing move and score the three count.
That same night, in the Main Event "Wild Card Ladder Match", Drew McIntyre grabbed the "Fired" Briefcase, causing him to be fired from his WWE Contract and removed from any WWE events. Sheamus would continue to defend the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships, teaming with Zack Blaze as the "Freebird Rule" allowed them to do so. On the December 22, 2009 Edition of ECW, Edge defeated Zack Blaze in a Non-Title EXtreme Rules Match after hitting a Spear through a Table set up in the corner. The following week, on the December 29, 2009 Edition of ECW - what would also be Edge's final appearance on the brand - Edge teamed with his brother Christian to defeat the team of Zack Blaze and Vance Archer after Edge hit a Spear on Zack Blaze, pinning him for the second straight week in a row.
On the January 5, 2010 Edition of ECW - the first one following the 2010 WWE Draft - Generation NEXT took an even more serious turn as Sheamus physically attacked ECW General Manager Theodore Long, putting him in the hospital. [Theodore Long has yet to return to his duties.] The same night, Zack Blaze was defeated by Montel Vontavious Porter (M.V.P.), Mark Henry, and Kane in a 3-on-1 Gauntlet Match, after which it was revealed that Kane would face Zack Blaze for the Championship at the WWEL: Royal Rumble 2010. As punishment for this attack, Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon forced Sheamus to compete in three EXtreme Rules Matches in one week, against John Cena, Kane, and Randy Orton. That same night, Leon Lonewolf defeated Zack Blaze to become the new HEAT World Champion. Sheamus took John Cena out before their Match. On the January 19, 2010 Edition of ECW - the night Sheamus was scheduled to face Kane - Kane was found unconscious in the back, and rushed to the emergency room. It was instead announced that Sheamus would team with Zack Blaze to defend the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships against Mark Henry & M.V.P., as punishment. Generation NEXT would go on to win the Match thanks to a distraction from Ezekiel Jackson, who - on the January 26, 2010 Edition of ECW - was revealed as the newest member of the faction. On the January 22, 2010 Edition of Friday Night Smackdown, Sheamus was defeated by Randy Orton in an EXtreme Rules Match thanks to interference from The Hart Dynasty.
The same night, it was revealed that John Bradshaw Layfield (J.B.L.) had been named the new General Manager of Smackdown. In his first act, he booked a Match between Generation NEXT and The Hart Dynasty that would take place on the January 29, 2010 Edition of Friday Night Smackdown. After Zack Blaze attacked Natayla on the outside, J.B.L. banned him from ringside and continued the Match as a Handicap Match, with Sheamus facing both members of The Hart Dynasty. The Hart Dynasty would go on to win the Match and become the new WWE Unified Tag Team Champions, meaning Sheamus - who had been Drafted to Monday Night RAW earlier in the month - would be forced to compete only on RAW.
Struggling to stay together, Zack Blaze announced that Generation NEXT would stay strong, and that he wasn't going to let it fall apart. On the January 26, 2010 Edition of ECW (before the Tag Team Match), Zack Blaze informed the crowd that he wouldn't defend the ECW Championship against Kane at the Royal Rumble, due to Kane's inability to compete in the Match. On January 31, 2010, at the Royal Rumble, Zack Blaze did not compete, as Kane truly was unable to compete.
Two nights later, on the February 2, 2010 Edition of ECW, Zack Blaze opened the show with a promo, stating that he was going to take the night off for a "night on the town". As he prepared to leave, Kane made his return, and laid him out with a Chokeslam, then followed it up with a Tombstone Piledriver for good measure. Zack Blaze's night wouldn't end there, though. Matt Hardy - who had been Drafted to ECW - cashed in his Wild Card Briefcase for the ECW Championship. One Twist of Fate later, Matt Hardy was the new ECW Champion. That same night, Zack Blaze reprimanded Ezekiel Jackson and Talia Skye for not coming out to help him, and claimed that he was going to go to the ring and end Kane's career. He called Kane out, and a brawl soon followed. Christian evened the odds, but a steel chair put the fight back in Generation NEXT's favor. It wasn't until Matt Hardy made the save and cleared the ring that Generation NEXT retreated, leaving Zack Blaze with no Championship Gold at all.
Feud with Kane (February 2010-Present)Edit
On the February 9, 2010 Edition of ECW, Theodore Long made his long-awaited return, announcing that Zack Blaze would face Kane at No Way Out. That same night, Kane defeated Ezekiel Jackson thanks to some assistance from Christian.
DebutEditBlaze would debut as a Face at SlammiMania as a Face, defeating Harcore Holly. He would show signs of a heel turn asking The Miz to take him as his new apprentice.Afterwords The Miz would chose Zack Blaze as his new apprentice, this would cause Alex to get angry and attack Zack to a point that SmackDown he challenged Zack to a Steel Cage where if Zack lost he would have to leave WWE/TNA and if Alex won, he would become The Miz's permanent rookie, Alex would lose thanks to help from The Miz who pulled Zack out of the cage. This would lead to Zack turning heel and becoming the new VP of Communications for the Miz.
Leader of Generation Next and Feud with KaneEdit
He along with The Miz, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Tommy Dreamer would turn Face, starting a feud with Kane and his heel group, The Legion of Deamons. Zack would defeat his Stable mates in a 5 Man Gauntlet to become Leader.His feud with Kane would end as a majority of both groups were drafted to seperate shows. Zack would earn a Money In The Bank Contract and would cash in on Edge to become new World heavyweight Champion.3 Months later he would be challenged by Randy Orton for the World Championship and would be defeated by Orton.
World Champion and various storylines.EditAfter about a month of inactivity, Blaze returned as a Raw superstar announcing he would cash in his rematch clause at The Last Stand PPV. At Last Stand, Blaze eliminated Christian with the Hidden Spark but was defeated by Randy Orton with an RKO. The next night on Raw, Blaze challenged and defeated Orton for the title thanks to Christian hitting Orton with the World Championship belt. On Raw, it was hinted that Blaze and Kane might start another feud when Kane appeared on the stage distracting Blaze during a match.Blaze would make a heel turn disqualifying himself to retain his championship in a Fatal Four Way Match at The War Of Wars PPV, weeks later Blaze would lose the world championship to Christian After losing the world title, Blaze took a hiatus. It was explained in storyline, The Miz injured him. Blaze returned to WWE on October 31,2011 in a match against The Miz turning him face. He would be announced to team with Cena and The Rock at Survivor Series 2011. After Survivor Series, Blaze showed intention for the WWE Championship. At the Royal Rumble Blaze would enter at 19 and be eliminated by John Cena. After the Royal Rumble, Blaze would attack Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. On the following Smackdown, Blaze would announce he had signed an "Exclusive contract" with Monday Night Raw SuperShow and Smackdown at once and would get involved with theBatista/Daniel Bryan main event attacking Bryan. Blaze would get into a feud with Brock Lesnar on Smackdown and start a feud with The Miz replacing R-Truth who had been injured. It was announced that it would be Blaze against Sheamus at WrestleMania 28. Before their match at WrestleMania 28, Blaze would team with Sheamus against Kane and The Great Khali in a winning effort, then they shook hands, showing signs of a team being formed.At Mania, Blaze failed to defeat Sheamus.
After WrestleMania, Blaze started teaming with Sheamus, in their first match, they defeated 2.0 the team would then defeat Epico and Primo in a number one contenders match for the WWE Tag Team Titles. In the WWE Draft, Blaze was drafted to Smackdown. After being fired from Smackdown, Blaze would return to Raw. Upon his redebut on Raw, Blaze would display a darker-toned gimmick. At SummerSlam, Blaze annoucned he would challenge Tyler Black for the WWE Championship title match the following nights Raw. At SummerSlam, Blaze defeated Tyler Black. After SummerSlam, Blaze would be moved back to Smackdown. The first Smackdown after the reboot, Blaze became a 3 time World Champion, defeating Wade Barrett. Blaze would turn heel attacking Barrett during a battle royal, preventing Barrett from becoming number one contender, however he would get a new contender Austin Aries. At TLC 2012, Blaze defeated AJ Styles to defend his title, and the following night on Raw, it was announced he would have to defend his title against Wade Barrett and AJ Styles. At the Royal Rumble, Blaze lost the World Heavyweight Championship to AJ Styles, and witnessed him lose the title less then eight minutes later to Dolph Ziggler. As the Rumble ended, Blaze and Ziggler shook hands.
In June, Blaze started to chase the World title again, starting a concurrent feud with former mentor, The Miz and Wade Barrett. At Dawn of Destiny, he failed to win the title after losing to The Miz, submitting to a figure four. Blaze was originally booked to compete for the World title against the Miz in a Tables Ladders and Chairs match against The Miz, but he lost his title opportunity when he was pinned by Ryback, and instead entered the Money in the Bank Ladder match, which he failed to win.
Blaze then re-entered the World title hunt, and prevented former mentor, The Miz from losing the title to CM Punk at SummerSlam, and failed to win the title at Battleground after a run-in from the Adminisration, turning Blaze face for the first time since 2012.
Royal Rumble Winner and WWE Champion (2014)Edit
On January 26, Zack Blaze entered the Royal Rumble as entrant number three, and lasted over sixty seven minutes, and eliminated seven superstars including, Kane, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, before last eliminating Jacob Cass to win the Royal Rumble.
On an episode of Smackdown which aired on a tape delay, Blaze defeated CM Punk in what was his final aired match on WWE television. Later, he was credited as "The man who retired CM Punk." Blaze would later use this to intimidate Sheamus and Jacob Cass, who have never defeated CM Punk cleanly in a match.
At WrestleMania XXX, Blaze defeated Jacob Cass to win the vacant WWE Championship. Following the match the two shared a brotherly embrace as the show closed. The following night on RAW, during Blaze's award ceremony Cass came out to congratulate Blaze, but after announcing he and Cass would fight again at Extreme Rules, Cass attacked Blaze causing a double turn for the two, and Cass aligned himself with WWE COO Triple H. At Extreme Rules 2014, Blaze defeated Cass in a ladder match, but was injured during the match when he fell onto a ladder. Blaze will now miss four months to recover, and the title was vacated.
Championships & AccomplishmentsEdit
- WWE Champion (one time, current).
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion (Three times)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (With Sheamus)
- Mr. Money in The Bank (1 time)
- Royal Rumble Winner (2014)
- HEAT World Champion (1 time)
- ECW Champion (1 time)
- XWF Hardcore Champion (18 times)
- ICW Championship (3 times)