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Monday, November 30, 2009

So Long ECW?

From Wrestling Radio.com:

The news wire is abuzz with the news that there are MAJOR changes coming for the ECW brand in 2010. Sources have indicated that the ECW brand will be dropped and re-branded in its current timeslot. Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com has confirmed that WWE have had a number of meetings with Syfy regarding a re-branding and the ‘ECW’ letters may be gone in 2010. A new brand would almost certainly focus on the younger talent filtering through from FCW which has become the case over the past year.

TNA New Year's Eve Special

Again via the Wrestling Globe Newsletter:

Spike TV will air a four hour TNA special on New Year's Eve from 7pm
until 11pm, including a countdown show of the ten best matches of 2009
as voted by fans on the TNA website. Hour two of Impact that night goes
head to head with WWE Superstars on WGN.

TLC PPV

Thanks to the Wrestling Globe Newsletter, the current lineup for the TLC PPV on December 13th in San Antonio:

The Undertaker vs. Batista for the World title in a Chair match;
John Cena vs. Sheamus in a Table's match for the WWE title;
Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin in a ladder match for the ECW title;
Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. DX for the tag titles;
and not confirmed yet but likely is Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James for the Women's title

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Jerry Lawler

Jerry Lawler turns 60 today
Here is a little video retrospective of his career

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Starrcade 1985

Once again we step in the time machine and go back to this day, November 28, in 1985. This was the day that the then NWA held its annual Starrcade supercard. In 1985 it was held in Greensboro NC and the Omni in Atlanta GA.
The highlight of the night turned out to be one of the most brutal matches in NWA history and also one that is still talked about to this day and set the standard for "I Quit" matches to come.
It was Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. for the US Heavyweight title and to maybe settle their fued.
This really changed opinions people had about Magnum and his good looks overriding his ability and his toughness. He showed the world just how tough and how good he could be in the ring with an old veteran like Blanchard. It garnered a lot of newfound respect for both men.

Your Smackdown recap for 11/26: Climbing to TLC

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - Smackdown: Climbing to TLC

Thursday, November 26, 2009

WCW World War 3 1995

On this day in 1995 WCW held its World War 3 PPV in Norfolk, VA.
the first video clip is the buildup to the 60 man Battle Royal for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title.
The second video is the actual battle royal and the line up is a who's who of deceased, never weres and has beens.
The Yeti was Ron Reis, who originally supposed to be "the Giant" but he didnt have the ability shown by Paul Wight, so Paul Wight got the push as "The Giant" and Ron Reis was cast as one of the worst gimmicks EVER, the Yeti and even though you cant see it here, his lack of talent was obvious to anyone watching.



TLC Promo Video

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Starrcade 1983

Today is the anniversary of the first Starrcade Supercard, subtitled "A Flair For The Gold". Held in Greensboro NC and seen only on Closed Circut tv and not PPV.
Here is the match listing for the event:

The Assassins beat Rufus R Jones & Bugsy McGraw (8:06) when Assassin #1 pinned McGraw.

Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin beat Scott McGhee & Johnny Weaver (6:38) when Lewin pinned Weaver.

Abdullah the Butcher pinned Carlos Colon (4:27).

Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Mark Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel (13:50) when Orton pinned Youngblood.

Charlie Brown (Jimmy Valiant) pinned The Great Kabuki (13:33) in a "no DQ, no time limit" match to win the NWA TV Title.

Roddy Piper pinned Greg Valentine (16:06) in a "dog collar" match.

Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack & Jerry Brisco (12:48) in a "no DQ" match to win the NWA Tag Title when Youngblood pinned Jerry. Angelo Mosca was the special referee.

Ric Flair pinned Harley Race (23:46) in a "steel cage" match to win the NWA World Title. Gene Kiniski was the special referee.

Here is the video from one of titles up for grabs, the NWA TV Title. "Charlie Brown" vs the Great Kabuki. Well you take one look at Charlie Brown and its no secret that its the legend Jimmy Valiant.

Brock Lesnar update

Via Online Wrestling Newsletter:

Brock Lesnar underwent intestinal surgery this past week in Bismark, ND.
He is currently convalescing at his home in Alexandria, MN and is
scheduled to undergo a battery of tests next week at the Mayo Clinic.
According to his chiropractor, Larry Novotny, Lesnar will not make any
decision regarding his career until he recovers from his various
ailments. However, Lesnar's longtime friend and Jiu-Jitsu coach Rodrigo
Medeiros, told media that Lesnar is getting better and wants to fight
again in six months. Medeiros was quoted as saying: "I can just say that
the heavyweights can stop laughing and get ready to start crying because
the champion will be back soon." Dana White has confirmed plans to
schedule an interim championship fight during Lesnar's UFC absence.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Survivor Series 2009 Preview



Here via The Bleacher report is a preview and predictions for Survivor Series 2009.

WCW Mayhem 1999

Today is the 10 year anniversary of WCW's first PPV in Canada.
They held MAYHEM at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario. The main event of course featured the two top canadians in WCW at the time, Bret Hart and the late Chris Beniot battling for the vacant WCW Heavyweight Title.
The semi main event was Goldberg vs Sid Vicious in an "I Quit" match. Well what should have been a good, not great, but a good match turned into a joke and the fans let them know about it. When Goldberg puts an armbar on Sid he dislocates Sid's right shoulder, you will notice the swelling as they try to continue the match. Not a classic by any strecth of the imagination but as always with Sid you get an injury to remember.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Before the Undertaker

Here from Clash of The Champions 10, Feb 6th 1990 we see the legendary Legion of Doom, The Road Warriors meet up with a new team. The new team called The Skyscrapers, consisted of Dangerous Dan Spivey and a newcomer to WCW, Mean Mark Callous. We all know Mark Callous now as The Undertaker. Its fascinating to me to see him as just a wrestler and not "the Phenom" as JR has called him for years.
I remember him and saw him in person as my earlier post showed pictures of that, but no one had any idea of the talent that was there. He became well known in the locker room of WCW for standing up to "Maddog"Buzz Sawyer who was known to bully all the young talent for his amusement. He called Sawyer out and when the time came for them to meet up in the streets to settle the score, Sawyer was nowhere to be found, thus the legend of Mark Callous began. This was also the start of his reputation as a locker room leader and straight shooter.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New WWE DVD

Here are the match listings for the new dvd "History of the World Heavyweight Championship" and a picture of the cover.

Tag Team Spotlight

We put the spotlight on 2 teams from 1993, one that was on top and one that was on the verge of becoming a huge success before being disbanded by the powers that be.
The team on top was Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Shane Douglas, the WCW World Tag Team champions. The opponents are "Stunning" Steve Austin and "Flyin" Brian Pillman, soon to become the Hollywood Blondes. This is a non title matchup from WCW Power Hour.
The Austin/Pillman tag team would become very popular in a heel way and the fans ate up the antics they brought to the ring, but others in WCW saw them as too much of a threat to their nice cushy spot and managed to get them broke up thus ending what could have been the biggest team in WCW ever.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Survivor Series 1996

Today is the 13th anniversary of the 1996 Survivor Series from Madison Square Garden.
To me the main event was this match between "Hitman" Bret Hart and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. This was before the Hitman checked out of his career and before Austin had his nearly career ending neck injury so they are at the height of their game. Enjoy


Sunday, November 15, 2009

WWE Monday Night RAW Host

This week November 16th, the host for Monday Night will be....


Rowdy Roddy Piper!!!

Survivor Series 1998

Today is the anniversary of the Survivor Series in 1998. Titled "Deadly Games" the main event was a tournament final for the WWE Championship between Mankind and The Rock.
Here is a hightlight reel from the PPV.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

December 2009 PPV Poster

Here is the poster for the December 13th PPV called "TLC", Tables,ladders and Chairs. Doesnt seem right without the Hardyz and Edge/Christian and The Dudley Boys.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tag Team Spotlight

Today's spotlight is on a great bloody brawl from January 9th 1984.
The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn/Stan Lane) vs The Moondogs (Spot/Rex).
From the MidSouth Coliseum in Memphis TN and it was "No Holds Barred/No DQ"

Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko scores TKO win vs. Brett Rogers

Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko scores TKO win vs. Brett Rogers - SI.com - Mixed Martial Arts

this was a great fight! I thought Fedor was going to get upset but he came back in the second round and dropped Rogers with a wicked left hand.

Here is the video of the fight but for some reason the audio is ahead of the highlights.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Solie Chronicles/Tells the life of greatest wrestling play-by-play announcer of all time

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - iThe Solie Chronicles/i tells the life of greatest wrestling play-by-play announcer of all time


I cannot wait to read this book. Gordon Solie is a legend and this should be a great read.

Thanks

Thanks to my followers and all my friends, I hope you will keep enjoying my post here and feel free to let me know what you would like to see and if you have any request for videos.

Jim

Monday, November 2, 2009

Classic movie Night and the City/Captured wrestling's murky fascination

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - Movies: Classic movie INight and the City/I captured wrestling's murky fascination

Of course I have added this to the top of my Netflix list and hopefully will see it this weekend

El Gigante/Giant Gonzalez


Brief article updating the life of Jorge Gonzalez, better know as El Gigante in the WCW and Giant Gonzalez to the WWF fans. Sad state for a giant man.