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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dick the Bruiser in Japan

I dont know what year this was or what they heck they are saying (I need to learn japanese if I keep posting these) but this is probably the rarest of Dick the Bruiser footage. Bruiser in Japan 1975 facing fellow legend Giant Baba.
Now Bruiser wasnt a big traveler to Japan so the crowd doesnt have much reaction to him and they sit in studied silence watching this match unfold.
We get to see a Bruiser probably unfamiliar to most Bruiser fans, the heel wrestler facing a tremendous fan favorite in Baba and the japanese crowd arent sure what to make of our Bruiser.
Now Bruiser had to make a small fortune to do this because Baba usually didnt do the the blade jobs and this match both men brought the blood and he gave Baba a pinfall victory over him which was a rarity. Notice at the end of the match that Bruiser's "second" in the ring was a young Bob Orton Jr. and Bruiser almost clobbers Lord James Blears who is in the ring to present Baba with his title belt.
At the end of Part 2 there is a brief clip of Bruiser facing Harley Race for the NWA Heavyweight Title.


Pro Wrestling Report 02/26

Friday, February 26, 2010

Somebody in the WWE woke up in a bad mood

Today the WWE released 2 fairly well known employees. They were superstars by any stretch but were good workers and usually didn't ruffle any feathers.
Shane "Hurricane" Helms received his marching orders today and was released from his WWE contract. "WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Shane Helms (Hurricane) as of today February 26, 2010. We wish Shane Helms (Hurricane) the best in all future endeavors," read the straight-to- the point usual WWE.COM announcement. Helms has been a member of the WWE roster since 2001 when his contract was migrated from WCW along with the sale of the company. During his career in WWE, he won the European title, the Cruiserweight title twice, the WWE and World Tag Team titles twice and the Hardcore title.
Helms was in the news for all the wrong reasons last month when he and Jericho were arrested in Kentucky for public intoxication following a fight in a taxi cab where Helms ended up punching Jericho and elbowing a female passenger. One was crowned World champion last week while the rather unfortunate Helms got the pink slip.
It wasn't just Hurricane Helms who got booted out of WWE today as WWE.COM also announced the departure of Paul Burchill from the company. Burchill made his WWE debut in August 2005 and was teamed up with fellow Englishman William Regal. He was later teamed up with another Brit, Katie Lea who played his on-screen sister. Burchill, along with Lea were, sent to ECW in December 2008 and stayed there till the brand folded. Burchill was "fired" during an ECW storyline with the Hurricane but then returned sporting a mask asking for a WWE contract. The Hurricane and Burchill, under the name The Ripper, wrestled for one last time in December where Hurricane unmasked him,keeping him off the ECW brand.
WWE Diva Maria was
unexpectedly let go from the company as well, joining Helms and Burchill on
the unemployed list. On her Twitter account, Maria said that she did not ask
for her release and she only found out an hour before posting the message,
adding the release came with no warning. "...I am sad about never getting
the Championship. I am sad about not getting the chance to go to WrestleMania again," she wrote. She was, however, optimistic about the future. "There is a bright new future when one door closes another opens! Bring on the Doors! Spanks and Kisses." Maria joined WWE in 2004 when she was part of the Diva Search contest. Despite not winning the competition she was signed to a deal and made her debut in November of the same year. Last December she was voted the Diva Of The Year by the WWE fans during the Slammy Awards three hour RAW. She will be on television again next month as she is one of the cast of the Celebrity Apprentice, a show which was taped last year.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jericho under a mask

From the New Year Tokyo Dome Show in 1997. This is Chris Jericho wrestling for the one and only time in a mask as Super Liger.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Elimination Chamber Recap

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - Batista, Jericho and Michaels capitalize on Elimination Chamber opportunities

RAW 02/22 Report

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - RAW: Finding a Jewel on the Road to Wrestlemania

I did not watch much of this and glad I didnt pay to actually be there. This had to be one of the worst shows I have seen in a long time, and thats saying something considering how awful the marquee show for the WWE has been in recent years.

Flair's wife accused of assaulting him

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - Flair's wife accused of assaulting him

Its kind of old news today but I am a day behind anyway

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Elimination Chamber PPV

This Sunday 02/21 is the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View Event.

Your video of the day

Ox Baker losing his false teeth in the ring against Ronnie Garvin

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert


Today marks the 15 anniversary of the death of "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert.
Thomas Edward Gilbert Jr was born in 1961 in Lexington TN. He grew up idolizing Jerry "The King" Lawler who was the Memphis wrestling legend and was booking shows in 1979 when Eddie broke into the sport.
His short life was filled with great matches and a work ethic beyond his years. He also became a well respected booking agent. He was famously married to Missy Hyatt who was a wrestling diva long before the term existed.
His died in Puerto Rico in 1995 from a heart attack.
Here is Eddie Gilbert vs The Great Muta in 1989. I chose this because he has Missy with him who made it worth watching.


A classic from Memphis with Eddie Gilbert against Ronnie Garvin for Garvin's National Heavyweight title.

Several New WWE Pay-Per-View Names Revealed - Details - WrestlingInc.com

Several New WWE Pay-Per-View Names Revealed - Details - WrestlingInc.com

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Andre/Baba vs Demolition

In the previous post it mentioned that Demolition faced Giant Baba and Andre the Giant in the Tokyo Egg Dome in 1990. Well I found most of that match on Youtube (gotta love the YouTube).

Reviews: Demolition goes Ringside in latest shoot

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - Reviews: Demolition goes Ringside in latest shoot

Here is Demolition's first WWF tag team title win


Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Night Wars...Again

TNA iMPACT! MOVES TO MONDAY NIGHTS (via Wrestling Online Network)
Let the war begins! TNA President Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan today formally announced that the flagship show of the company, iMPACT!, is moving to Monday nights starting March 8 with a 9PM to 11PM timeslot, head to head with WWE's Monday Night RAW. The Monday night experiment of January 4 brought in record ratings for the company and Spike TV gave the go ahead to have wrestling back on Monday nights. The show will be live every other week
similar to the old RAW taping methods in the late 90s. TNA will tape the other iMPACT! on Tuesday. WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman was approached by Variety for his comments about this move and said, "We're not too concerned.
We're in good shape." WWE hasn't had any head to head wrestling competition on television ever since they bought WCW from AOL Time Warner in 2001.

Watch the full Press Conference

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Monday Night RAW 02/15/2010

Raw TV Monday is from Des Moines, IA with Jerry Springer as guest host.
John Cena vs. Triple H
Ted DiBiase vs. Kofi Kingston
and
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus in a non-title match.

Jack Brisco Funeral

Here is a brief story on the funeral of Jack Brisco. Clip of Jim Ross speaking at the service.

Thanks Online Wrestling Network.

TNA PPV lineup


Here is the current lineup for the "Against All Odds"TNA PPV tomorrow night in Orlando

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the TNA heavyweight
title with Eric Bischoff as special referee;
The Nasty Boys vs. Team 3D for the tag titles;
an 8-man tournament to determine the No 1 contender for the heavyweight title at April’s Lockdown PPV.
The winner of Pope-Wolfe and Hernandez-Matt Morgan faces the winner of Abyss-Foley
and Anderson-Angle.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Today in Wrestling History

On this day in 1969 Dory Funk Jr defeated Gene Kiniski to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
The bout was held in Tampa, Fl.
The loss was at the request of Kiniski who had been World Champion for 3 years and was exhausted and wanted time off. Kiniski had won the belt for the legendary Lou Thesz in St Louis in on January 7th 1966.
There is no sound for the video/film of the Kiniski vs Funk Jr match so I just included the final few minutes where Kiniski submitted to Funk's spinning toe hold.

So Long Survivor Series

Courtesy Online Wrestling Network:
During the conference call held today with members of the media, Vince McMahon announced that the Survivor Series will be dropped from pay-per-view and replaced with a different name. This is the first time that one of the original four pay-per-views will be getting cut from the company's calendar.
The concept of the Survivor Series started in 1987 and it is the second longest running PPV in WWE history after WrestleMania. The first four Survivor Series show were held on Thanksgiving eve, a very popular night for professional wrestling back in the day. In 1991 the show moved to the usual Sunday night slot and throughout the years the all five on five or four on four traditional Survivor Series matches were replaced by one on ones and only a couple of elimination matches on the card. This year's Survivor Series was supposed to be held in Miami at the American Airlines Arena.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tag Team Spotlight

This weeks spotlight doesnt go back very far, January 4th 2010. This was the Annual Tokyo Dome Show put on by New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The major tag team match was a 3 way Hardcore Dance for the IWGP Tag Titles:
No Limit (Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) (c) and Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard) in a three-way hardcore match to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship (13:28).

In Case You Missed It

Here is Edge's return to the WWE at the 2010 Royal Rumble

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Today in Wrestling History

Today Feb 9th 1984 David Von Erich was found dead in his hotel room while on tour in Japan.
Many theories have been put forward for his sudden death.The family saying his autopsy listed a heart attack brought on by acute enteritis.
However, Ric Flair said in his autobiography that David died from a drug overdose and that King Kong Brody removed the evidence before the authorities arrived. We will probably never know exactly what caused it, if they release the death certificate someday it may shed some light on the issue.
David was on his way the NWA World Heavyweight Title before his death. His brother Kerry got his turn as champion basically to pacify Fritz who had lobbied hard for David to win. It had taken a 2 or 3 years for the promoters to agree to let David wear the belt because they had heard of the Von Erich boys and their problems with drugs and alcohol and were leery of them.
Here is the opening to the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions card at Cowboys Stadium the summer after his death, Kerry would beat Ric Flair for the NWA title as the main event of the card.


Here is David not too long before his tragic death wrestling in Texas with his brother Kevin and Iceman King Parsons against the Fabulous Freebirds.

More WWE Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Online Wrestling Network:
INOKI ACCEPTS HALL OF FAME INVITATION AT MEDIA EVENT
- While Ted DiBiase became the first one officially announced for the 2010 Hall of Fame, Japanese wrestling legend Antonio Inoki was accepting the invitation during a ceremony held in front of the Japanese media at a hotel in Tokyo. WWE's Vice President and General Manager of WWE Japan Ed Wells headed up the event and presented Inoki with his Hall of Fame certificate.
During his speech to the media, Inoki said that he will be at the ceremony in person and will be at WrestleMania XXVI the next day for the Hall of Famers segment.

In honor of this announcement lets see Antonio Inoki vs the legendary King Kong Brody. Brody had just signed with Inoki's New Japan promotion and was the highest paid wrestler in the world at that time.


WWE Hall of Fame

Courtesy of the Online Wrestling Network:
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase was announced for the WWE Hall of Fame 2010 ceremony yesterday during Monday Night RAW. The fifty six year old former WWE tag team title holder made his wrestling debut in 1975 and retired from the ring in 1995 due to several injuries. However hisretirement from active wrestling didn't stop DiBiase from continuing the contribute to the sport and in early 1996 he returned to WWE as a color commentator and also formed the Million Dollar Corporation. From 1996 to 1998 he worked for WCW and then returned to WWE in 2005 as a creative consultant and road agent. He has made occasional appearances on WWE
television during the past few years and in April 2006 he inducted the late Sensational Sherri into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today Feb 8th is the 38th birthday for Paul "The Big Show" Wight.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

today in Wrestling History

Today in 1977 Harley Raced defeated Terry Funk for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The match was held in Toronto,Ontario Canada at the old Maple Leafs Garden. Funk had won the title from Jack Bricso in 1975 and held if for 14 months.
The announcers are former NWA World Champion Whipper Billy Watson and then NWA President Sam Muchnick.


NXT

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wrestling's Weirdest Moments

Great article listing their top 7 weirdest wrestling moments.

Check it out here at Associated Content.

Elimination Chamber PPV

Announced for WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view later this month will be a WWE Title match with Sheamus defending against John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston inside the Chamber.

This might actually be a really good match if they leave the line up alone.

Big Show Movie

Just from the looks of the website this should a real craptastic film, its the new movie starring The Big Show, its called Knuckleheads.

check it out and of course they don't have anything up there yet, give it time.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wrestlemania XXVI


here is the poster advertising this years Wrestlemania from Phoenix Arizona

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Well we knew this would happen eventually

The death...again.. of ECW was confirmed last night on SYFY.

from the Wrestling Online Newsletter:
The ECW brand has been killed yet again after Vince McMahon made an
appearance on yesterday's ECW on SyFy to announce that a new concept show
will be replacing ECW in three weeks. In his short announcement, McMahon
said that a "never-before- seen" concept will come to SyFy to replace ECW,
labeling as "the next evolution of television history." According to
PWInsider, the new brand will be called NXT which will stand for Next
Generation. WWE registered several variations of the name with the United
States Patent and Trademark Office last month


WWE's version of Extreme Championship Wrestling will be fading to black on
February 23, 2010 after being reintroduced on television on June 13, 2006.
The revival of ECW under the WWE umbrella came after a very successful "One
Night Stand" pay-per-view which the company produced in 2005, bringing back
several original ECW members for the show. After the second show a year
later, a weekly ECW - which was anything but extreme - television broadcast
made its debut on the then Sci Fi channel as the third WWE brand. While the
first episode got a good 2.9 rating, the show steadily declined over the
years with now sometimes not even passing the 1.0 barrier. As it stands now,
no member from the original ECW is on the show. Ever since WWE took over,
there has been thirteen different ECW champions - Rob Van Dam, The Big Show,
Bobby Lashley, Mr McMahon, John Morrison, CM Punk, Chavo Guerrero, Kane,
Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Jack Swagger, Christian and Tommy Dreamer. Christian
is the reigning - and probably last - ECW champion.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tribute to Jack Brisco on WWE RAW

Last night on WWE Monday Night RAW they did have a video tribute to the legendary Jack Brisco.

Monday, February 1, 2010

WWE Hall of Fame Inductee announced

ANTONIO INOKI ANNOUNCED FOR THE HALL OF FAME
Antonio Inoki has been announced as the first one to be inducted into the
2010 WWE Hall of Fame. The announcement came on the Japanese version of
WWE.COM. The sixty six year old founder of the New Japan Pro Wrestling
promotion won the WWF title in November 1979 in a match against Bob Backlund
in Japan however his title reign is not recognized in the WWE history books
as the match was later declared a no-contest after interference from Tiger
Jeet Singh. The title was declared vacant after Inoki refused it and
Backlund went on to win it again two weeks later against a different
opponent.
Inoki had several memorable appearances in the wrestling world
with the biggest one most likely being wrestling Ric Flair in North Korea.
That event, co-promoted by WCW, saw the Japanese and North Korean
governments hold a two day wrestling event for peace which drew 150,000 and
190,000 fans respectively.
Inoki also had a mixed martial arts fight against
boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Tokyo which ended up in a 3-3 draw after
several rule changes before the worked match.

Atlanta to host WrestleMania 27

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - Atlanta to host WrestleMania 27

The 2010 Royal Rumble is Rated R in Atlanta

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - The 2010 Royal Rumble is Rated R in Atlanta

Jack Brisco R.I.P. 1942-2010


Sad to see that wrestling legend and former NWA World Heavyweight champion Jack Brisco died today. He recently had open heart surgery but this was still unexpected.
I am sure the WWE will pay some sort of tribute to him tonight since he and his brother Jerry worked for the WWE at different times and Jerry is still employed with the WWE.
They helped jumpstart the then WWF's expansion in 1984 when they sold their stake in Georgia Championship Wrestling giving Vince access to a national cable audience for the first time.