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Saturday, August 28, 2010

SummerSlam 1989 - Feel The Heat

WWF held their Summerslam Pay-per-view at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.



Here are the results:
- The Brainbusters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) defeated The Hart Foundation when Blanchard pinned Hart after Anderson came off the top rope and hit Hart while the referee was distracted.
- Dusty Rhodes, in his first WWF PPV match, defeated The Honky Tonk Man with the Bionic Elbow after Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Honky with his guitar. This was also the debut of the infamous "polka dot" outfit for Rhodes.
- Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig defeated Red Rooster Terry Taylor with the Perfectplex.
- Rick Martel & The Rougeau Brothers defeated Tito Santana & The Rockers when Martel pinned Marty Jannetty with a clothesline as Jannetty had Raymond rolled up for a cover.

- The Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude to win the WWF Intercontinental Title with a back suplex and splash after Roddy Piper distracted Rude by coming to ringside, lifting his kilt and mooning him.


- Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Demolition defeated Andre The Giant, Akeem & Big Bossman when Smash pinned Akeem after Duggan hit Akeem with his 2/4..
- Hercules Hernandez defeated Greg Valentine via disqualification. Valentine pinned Hercules with his feet on the ropes, but Ronnie Garvin, the guest ring announcer, announced that Valentine was disqualified for cheating and Hercules was the winner, then knocked out Valentine.
- Ted DiBiase defeated Jimmy Snuka via countout when Snuka was chasing Virgil at ringside. After the match, Snuka gave Virgil the Superfly Splash while DiBiase escaped.

Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake, with Elizabeth, defeated Randy Savage & Zeus, with Sherri Martel, when Hogan pinned Zeus after he was hit with Martel's loaded pocketbook. After the match, Elizabeth cut off the (fake) ponytail of Martel.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Luna Vachon

FORMER WWE VALET FOUND DEAD

Very sad to report the passing of Trudy "Luna" Vachon, 48, who was found dead today at her mother's residence in Florida.
Vachon, who worked for WWE, WCW, and ECW from 1992-2000 and before that various territories dating back to 1985, was found dead by her mother at around 10am this morning, whom she had been living with after losing most of her possessions in a house fire earlier this year.
The cause of death is yet to be determined, but an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
Vachon was well-liked within the wrestling business but in recent years had struggled with bi-polor disorder and depression.
WWE had sponsored her through rehab programs on more than one occasion.
Vachon was the daughter of Butcher Vachon and the niece of "Mad Dog" and
Vivian Vachon.
She is survived by two sons, Joshua and Van, and a granddaughter, Lauren.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SummerSlam 2003 - Elimination Chamber

2003 - WWE held its 16th-annual "SummerSlam" pay-per-view before 17,113 fans at Phoenix, Arizona's America West Arena.

-World Tag Team Champions La Résistance (René Duprée and Sylvain Grenier) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von (with Spike)) to retain the title. Duprée pinned D-Von after a ringside photographer hit D-Von with his camera. The cameraman was revealed to be the newly-debuted Rob Conway.
- The Undertaker pinned A-Train (with Sable) after a chokeslam.
- Shane McMahon pinned Eric Bischoff in a No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere match after a flying elbowdrop through the Spanish announce table.
- WWE United States Champion Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit, Rhyno and Tajiri in a Fatal Four-Way match, by pinning Rhyno after a frog splash to the back. to retain the title.
- WWE Champion Kurt Angle defeated Brock Lesnar by submission with the ankle lock to retain the title.
- Kane pinned Rob Van Dam in a No Holds Barred match after a tombstone piledriver on the ring steps.
- World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Randy Orton in an Elimination Chamber match to retain the title. Jericho pinned Nash with a roll-up after Sweet Chin Music from Michaels. Goldberg pinned Orton after a spear. Goldberg pinned Michaels after a spear and Jackhammer. Goldberg pinned Jericho after a spear and Jackhammer, following a spear through the plexiglass exterior of one of the internal chambers. Triple H pinned Goldberg after hitting him in the head with a sledgehammer.



Happy Birthday To Vince McMahon

Today is the 65th birthday to one of the most influential promoters in the history of professional wrestling, Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

The celebrated career of the late Skandor Akbar

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - The celebrated career of the late Skandor Akbar

Totally missed that he had passed away last week. Here is a good article on his career.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Match of the Day

From 1980 Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff vs Antonio Inoki and Riki Chosyu.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

SummerSlam 1999


WWF Summerslam was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Target Center today in 1999.
Here are the results:
- Jeff Jarrett pinned D-Lo Brown (7:27) to win the WWF I-C and European Title.
- The APA won a tag team elimination match:
* Edge & Christian defeated Matt & Jeff Hardy when Christian pinned Matt.
* Edge & Christian defeated Mideon & Viscera when Edge pinned Mideon.
* Edge & Christian defeated Droz & Prince Albert when Edge pinned Albert.
* Faarooq & Bradshaw defeated Edge & Christian when Bradshaw pinned Christian.
* Faarooq & Bradshaw defeated Hardcore & Crash Holly when Faarooq pinned Hardcore to win the match.
- Al Snow defeated Big Boss Man to win the WWF Hardcore Title.
- WWF Women's Champion Ivory defeated Tori.
- Ken Shamrock defeated Steve Blackman via knockout in a Lion's Den match.
- Test defeated Shane McMahon.
- The Undertaker & Big Show defeated Kane & X-Pac to win the WWF World Tag Team Title when Undertaker pinned X-Pac.
- The Rock defeated Billy Gunn in a Kiss My Ass match.
- Mankind defeated Steve Austin and Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a Triangle match to win the WWF World Title when he pinned Austin.
Jesse Ventura was the special referee. Prior to the match, Ventura, the Governor of Minnesota who had been heavily criticized in the media for participating in the event, took the mic and told the crowd and PPV audience that he has always been proud of being a professional wrestler
, and he was proud to be a part of the event.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today in Wrestling History August 21st

1962 - Verne Gagne defeats Mr. M (Bill Miller) for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis , Minnesota, starting Gagne's third title reign.

1965 - The Crusher defeats Mad Dog Vachon for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in St. Paul, Minnesota, ending Vachon's second title reign, and starting Crusher's third, and final, run with the belt.

1979 - Dusty Rhodes defeats Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Tampa, Florida, ending Race's second title reign, and starting the first NWA World Title run for the "American Dream", albeit a short one, as Rhodes lost the title back to Race five days later.

1997 - WCW held the Clash of the Champions XXXV, the final Clash ever, at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here are the results:
- Steve McMichael defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the WCW United States Title when Eddie Guerrero, while trying to hit McMichael with the U.S. Title belt, accidentally hit Jarrett, allowing McMichael to get the pin.
- Raven defeated Stevie Richards in a No Disqualification match with an Evenflow DDT.
- Alex Wright defeated Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Television Title with a German suplex and bridge.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Eddie Guerrero after coming out on top of a series of pinfall reversals.
- Psicosis, Silver King, Villano IV & Villano V defeated Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Hector Garza & Lizmark Jr. when Psicosis pinned Calo with a top rope legdrop.
- Ric Flair & Curt Hennig defeated Konnan & Syxx when Hennig pinned Konnan with a Perfectplex.
- WCW Tag Team Champions Scott Hall & Randy Savage (subbing for Kevin Nash) defeated Diamond Dallas Page & Lex Luger when Hall pinned Luger after Page (who had been blinded by a Savage thumb to the eye) accidentally gave Luger the Diamond Cutter.

News Bits and Pieces August 21 2010

courtesy OnLine Wrestling Network

RVD STRIPPED OFF THE TNA WORLD TITLE
- Rob Van Dam was stripped off the TNA World Heavyweight title during yesterday's airing of TNA iMPACT! Eric Bischoff made the announcement at the top of the show, declaring the title vacant due to the injuries Van Dam suffered the previous week during the brawl that closed the show. An eight man elimination tournament kicked off yesterday during the show and the final match will be held at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view.

SHEFFIELD SUFFERS BROKEN ANKLE
- Nexus member Skip Sheffield suffered an injury during the live event at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, yesterday as WWE held a show there before continuing their journey to Japan. Sheffield was in a tag team match with fellow Nexus member David Otunga taking on The Hart Dynasty. After the non-title match ended with Nexus victorious, Sheffield stayed on the ground holding his leg and had to be helped out of the ring. The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Sheffield broke his left ankle and will probably be requiring surgery leaving him on the sidelines for a while. With Sheffield out, Nexus is down to five members after they booted out Darren Young from their group on RAW this past Monday.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SummerSlam 2001

2001 - WWE held Summerslam in San Jose, California, at the Compaq Center.
Here are the results:


- In a Heat match, Jacqueline, Molly Holly & Lita defeated Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson & Ivory when Jacqueline pinned Ivory.

- Edge defeated Lance Storm with the Downward Spiral to win the Intercontinental Title.

- Test & The Dudley Boyz defeated Spike Dudley & The APA when Shane McMahon interfered, allowing Test to pin Bradshaw.

- WCW Cruiserweight Champion X-Pac defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title with an X-Factor.

- Chris Jericho defeated Rhyno with the Walls Of Jericho.

- Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy to win the WWF Hardcore Title in a Ladder Match.

- WCW World Tag Team Champions The Undertaker & Kane defeated Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon in a steel cage match to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship when Undertaker pinned Page with the Last Ride powerbomb.

- Kurt Angle defeated WWF World Heavyweight Champion Steve Austin via disqualification when WCW referee Nick Patrick refused to count Angle's pin of Austin and instead disqualified Austin for intentionally hitting referees earlier. Patrick was intentionally making sure Austin wouldn't lose the title, and Angle snapped, putting Patrick in an ankle lock.

- The Rock defeated Booker T with the Rock Bottom to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

SummerSlam 1996

Today in 1996 the WWF held its annual SummerSlam PPV. This year from Gund Arena in Cleveland OH.
In a match airing on the Free for All, Steve Austin pinned Yokozuna after the top rope broke loose from the turnbuckle as Yokozuna was attempting the Banzai Drop, causing Yokozuna to fall.

- Owen Hart defeated Savio Vega by TKO with the Sharpshooter after hitting Vega with his cast.
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart (with Sunny)) defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip), The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas (with Hillbilly Jim)) and The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Leif Cassidy) in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match to retain the title. Billy pinned Zip, Henry pinned Jannetty after a Slop Drop and Billy pinned Phineas.
- Sycho Sid pinned The British Bulldog after a powerbomb.
- Goldust pinned Marc Mero after the Curtain Call.
- Jerry Lawler pinned Jake Roberts with a roll-up after hitting him in the throat with a bottle of Jim Beam. Before the match, Lawler was making several crude remarks towards Roberts, mostly about his past alcoholism.
Lawler wore a Baltimore Ravens jersey to anger the Cleveland fans, as their beloved Browns had just relocated to Baltimore. Lawler poured alcohol down Roberts' throat after the match, and recent WWE-signee Mark Henry, who was on guest commentary, made the save.


- Mankind defeated The Undertaker in a Boiler Room Brawl, after Paul Bearer turned on Undertaker and hit him in the head with the urn, and gave it to Mankind. The winner was the first to take possession of the urn.

- WWF Champion Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Vader (with Jim Cornette) to retain the title. Vader had originally won the match twice, first by countout and then disqualification, but because titles can only change hands by pin or submission, Cornette demanded the match restart both times. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon allowed this with Michaels' agreement.

New Bits and Pieces

Courtesy Online Wrestling Network:

NEW WWE TAG TEAM TITLES MAKE THEIR DEBUT ON RAW
- The Unified tag team title belts are no more and from now on the tag belts will simply be called the WWE Tag Team championship. The two titles that made up the Unified champs - the WWE and World tag team titles - were retired on Monday during RAW and replaced with brand new titles which were presented to the current champions The Hart Dynasty by Bret "Hit Man" Hart. The old WWE Tag Team title which was used on Smackdown only was established in 2002 while the other one made its debut in 1971 although it did go under its fair share of different designs over the years. The new WWE Tag Team championship features two Roman helmets on the middle medallion with the WWE logo at the top and Tag Team Champions at the bottom with a WWE logo in a medallion on each side and another Roman helmet in another medallion on each side.

RAW RATING
- This week's Monday Night RAW with the fallout from SummerSlam drew a 3.3 rating off hours 3.26 and 3.34. The show averaged 4,770,000 viewers in total. It had the same rating from last week but just an additional 170,000 viewers compared to the final RAW before the pay-per-view. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com).

BRYAN CALLS SUMMERSLAM THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY OF HIS CAREER
- Daniel Bryan wrote on his blog that being the surprise seventh member of Team WWE at SummerSlam was "by far the biggest opportunity" of his wrestling career. Bryan was brought back after he was fired this past June for breaking the company's TV-PG policy, choking out RAW ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and then spitting on John Cena. "Coming out in the Staples Center and walking past The Miz to go fight with Nexus was an amazing experience and something I'll never forget," he added, noting that he still has a long way to go to reach his dream. He then thanked the fans who supported him during the past few months.

MCMAHON TALKS ABOUT THE DEATH OF LANCE CADE
- When speaking to reporters regarding the death of former WWE Superstar Lance Cade, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut Linda McMahon said that WWE can no more be held accountable for deaths of performers "than a studio could have prevented Heath Ledger's death." McMahon then proceeded to say that she "might have met" the twenty nine year old Cade "once" during her time in WWE according to a report on CTPost.com. "Who knows what causes people to have addictions and do what they do?" McMahon said. Marla Romash, an adviser for McMahon's opponent, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal, fired back. "Linda McMahon holds out her record in business as her main qualification for office, so it's really important, then, for people in Connecticut to look at how she treated her workers and wrestlers and ask if she's really going to be there and stand up for them." In 2007, under the leadership of Linda McMahon, WWE started an all-expenses-paid program to help all past and current WWE Superstars deal with their drug and/or alcohol addictions.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Match of the Day

From 1986 (a great year for wrestling) this is the 4th match of the best of 7 series for the US Heavyweight Title.
Today in 1986, Nikita would win the 7th match and claim the title in Charlotte, NC.




Before his accident, Magnum was being groomed to replace Ric Flair as the next big thing and heavyweight champ of the future.

Today in Wrestling History August 17th

Today in 1997 ECW held Hardcore Heaven and for the first time on PPV.

ECW World Television Champion Taz defeated Chris Candido (with Rick Rude) by submission with the Tazmission to retain the title.
- Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Spike Dudley after a Bigelowsault.
- Rob Van Dam (with Bill Alfonso) pinned Al Snow in a Monday Night Rules match after the Van Daminator.
- The Dudley Boyz (Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von (with Big Dick Dudley, Sign Guy Dudley, Joel Gertner and Jenna Jameson)) defeated ECW World Tag Team Champions The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustapha Saed) by forfeit to win the title, ending The Gangstas' second reign and beginning the Dudleys' third. Mustapha had left ECW.
- The Dudley Boyz defeated PG-13 (J.C. Ice and Wolfie D), when Buh-Buh Ray pinned Wolfie D after the 3D, to retain the title.
- Tommy Dreamer (with Beulah McGillicutty) pinned Jerry Lawler after the Dreamer DDT. Jake Roberts, Rick Rude and Tammy Lynn Sytch all interfered during the match.



- Shane Douglas (with Francine) defeated Terry Funk and ECW World Heavyweight Champion Sabu (with Bill Alfonso) and in a Three-Way Dance to win the title. Douglas and Funk both pinned Sabu after The Sandman attacked Sabu with a ladder, and Douglas pinned Funk with a roll-up. This ended Sabu's second reign and began Douglas' third.



Monday, August 16, 2010

Match of the Day (by request)

The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase vs The Red Rooster Terry Taylor

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lance Cade 1981-2010

Born Lance McNaught in 1981 and better know to wrestling fans as Lance Cade, he passed away August 13th 2010.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Flashback Match of the Day


From SummerSlam 1991, Madison Square Garden August 26th.

The WWF Tag Team Champions, The Nasty Boys vs Legion of Doom (The Road Warriors).


The Road Warriors would be the first team to win the AWA, NWA and WWF Tag Team titles.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Best Entrance

From 2005 and the ECW One Night Stand PPV which proved just how pitiful the WWE was and is when it comes to putting on a show that the fans really want. This was put together by Tommy Dreamer and Paul Heyman to showcase the ECW veterans one more time.
This was the best entrance all night, Sandman. The dislike between the ECW guys and WWE was real and the crowd ate it up. This biggest issue was JBL, he really showed his contempt for ECW this night and of course Vince loved it and made the show even better.

Here is Sandman's entrance to One Night Stand

Sunday, August 8, 2010

TNA PPV Tonight: Hard Justice


RVD VS SABU HEADLINES TONIGHT'S SHOW
- With Jerry Lynn out of the picture, the current TNA World champion had to find an opponent quickly. And he found one in Sabu. TNA President Dixie Carter said that fans got their wish, referring to the feedback she was receiving from her followers on Twitter. "Just spoke to RVD. RVD v Sabu tonight in main event." Just like with Lynn, Van Dam had a long history with Sabu in the ECW days and after a long rivalry the two ended up teaming up together to feud with The Eliminators. Van Dam and Sabu eventually went on to hold the ECW tag team titles twice. Carter also mentioned that there are lots of "great surprises" planned for the show.
courtesy of Online Wrestling Network

Friday, August 6, 2010

Match of the Day

Today its the first TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs) Match.
SummerSlam 2000 in Madison Square Garden saw The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boys vs Edge & Christian.



Thursday, August 5, 2010

Today in Wrestling History August 5th

1996 - The Great Sasuke defeats Ultimo Dragon in the finals of a tournament to unify eight separate junior heavyweight titles into one unified J-Crown championship. By winning the tournament Sasuke, already the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, became the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, WAR International Junior Heavyweight Champion, British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Champion, WWF World Light Heavyweight Champion, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Champion, WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Champion, and NWA World Welterweight Champion.



1969 - Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler defeated Cyclon Negro & Jack Brisco for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa, starting their second reign.

1986 - Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura to win the IWGP Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1988 - Iceman King Parsons defeated Kerry Von Erich (subbing for Kevin Von Erich) to win the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas.

1994 - The Rock n' Roll Express defeat Chris Candido & Brian Lee for the Smoky Mountain Tag Team Title in Knoxville, Tennessee, starting their eighth run with the belts.

1996 - The Moondogs (Spot & Rover) defeat Brickhouse Brown & Reggie B. Fine for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

2000 - Pro-Wrestling Noah, the new wrestling company formed by Mitsuharu Misawa and a group of wrestlers who left All Japan Pro Wrestling, ran their first ever event at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan. Here are the results:
- Takeshi Morishima defeated Makato Hashi.
- Haruka Eigen, Jun Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Rusher Kimura, Mitsuo Momota & Takeshi Rikio.
- Kentaro Shiga & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Masao Inoue & Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
- Yoshinari Ogawa, Masahito Kakihara & Daisuke Ikeda defeated Takao Oomori, Yoshihiro Takayama & Satoru Asako.
- Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi defeated Mitsuharu Misawa & Akira Taue in two straight falls of a three fall match. Akiyama forced Misawa to submit to win the first fall, then pinned Taue to win the second for his team.

Match of the Day

Today's match is from Memphis' Mid South Coliseum.
Hulk Hogan vs Jerry Lawler

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

SummerSlam 1997

Today in 1997 the WWF held its annual SummerSlam PPV titled "Hart and Soul" with Undertaker vs Bret Hart for the WWF title as the main event.

Here is a highlight rundown of the card held at the Meadowlands Arena

Monday, August 2, 2010

Match of the Day

From WCW Monday Nitro, The Road Warriors vs The Steiner Brothers.

This Day in History August 2nd

1992 - Ron Simmons defeats Big Van Vader in Baltimore MD for the WCW World Heavyweight Title

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Match of the Day

From 1983 in Puerto Rico.
Andre the Giant vs Abdullah the Butcher.
This is a match that both of these men loved because it would sell out any arena or stadium.