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Monday, September 27, 2010

Mick Foley's Life on the Big Screen

Thanks to Wrestling for this:

- Union Square Agency and American Original today announced that they will be producing a feature film based on the life story of the hardcore legend himself, Mick Foley. Foley's agents Michael Braverman and Barry Bloom will also executive produce while Christopher J. Scott will be directing from a script written by Scott and Foley.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to finally bring my story to the screen. With Union Square as my tag-partner, I foresee many entertained and/or shocked audiences in our future," said Mick Foley.
Jeff Katz - who worked on Snakes On a Plane, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shoot Em Up and others - will serve as the producer. "I spent three years in the wrestling industry before coming to Hollywood and always found Mick's story to be highly emblematic of the classic American success story. I've admired him as a man and entertainer for years and couldn't be more thrilled to return to my wrestling roots and help put Mick's story on film," said Katz.

El Gigante / Giant Gonzalez passes away

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - El Gigante / Giant Gonzalez passes away

An article about the way too early passing of Jorge Gonazalez.

Here is El Gigante in action from the Clash of Champions 15(Knocksville USA) on June 12th 1991. El Gigante teamed with Flyin Brian Pillman in a loser leaves town tag team match.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Today in Wrestling History September 23rd

1968 - WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeats Rocky Fitzpatrick with a backbreaker in the main event of a card at Madison Square Garden. Fitzpatrick is also known as Bob Orton Sr., grandfather of current WWE star Randy Orton.

1987 - WWF taped their twelfth Saturday Night's Main Event show at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The show would air on October 3rd, earning a 9.7 rating for NBC.
Here are the results from the televised portion of the show:

- Randy Savage defeated Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man via disqualification.
As the Hart Foundation worked over Savage, Miss Elizabeth brought Hulk Hogan out to help Savage, starting the storyline that would eventually lead to Hogan and Savage teaming as the Megapowers.

- WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Samoan Sika.

- King Kong Bundy defeated Paul Orndorff.

2001 - WWE holds their Unforgiven Pay-per-view in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, highlighted by hometown hero Kurt Angle defeating Steve Austin for the WWF World Heavyweight Title, Angle's second World Title win.
The show also saw Christian defeat Edge for the Intercontinental Title and Rhyno defeat Yoshihiro Tajiri for the United States Title.

Paul Bearer Returns

Courtesy of the Online Wrestling Network

- After an absence of more than five years, Paul Bearer, the legendary manager of The Undertaker, will make his WWE return on Smackdown tomorrow.
The last time Bearer was on WWE television was at the Bash pay-per-view in 2005 where it was the Undertaker who "buried alive" his longtime manager with cement. Then in 2007 he made a surprise appearance at a live non-televised WWE event in his home town of Mobile, AL., where he managed The Undertaker and Kane.
Since he left WWE in 2005, he took the job of a managing funeral director at Coastal Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Moss Point, MS. If you can't wait to see his return till tomorrow, check out the video shot from the Smackdown tapings at

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WWF In Your House: Mind Games 1996

Today in 1996 the WWE held its Mind Games, In Your House PPV at the Corestates Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania:

Here are the results

- Savio Vega defeated Justin Bradshaw in a Caribbean Strap Match by touching all four corners. During the match, ECW's Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman and Paul Heyman (who came out and took seats in the front row during the preshow) were seen at ringside and Sandman spat beer at the wrestlers, leading to a brief scuffle and the ECW stars being ushered out.
This was a planned angle between ECW and WWE, although they did a fairly good job of making it look like a "shoot" incident. Tazz and Perry Saturn, also with ECW at the time, were seated in the crowd as well.
- Jose Lothario defeated Jim Cornette in under a minute following two punches.
- Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith defeated WWF World Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns to win the belts when Smith powerslammed Bart after Billy had shoved his partner. Previously, Bart had collided with Billy accidentally. After the match, Sunny, who was managing the Gunns, fired them.
- Mark Henry defeated Jerry Lawler with a backbreaker. During the match, Marty Jannetty, Leif Cassidy and Triple H tried to interfere, but Henry ran them off and press slammed Triple H on top of the New Rockers on the floor.
- The Undertaker defeated Goldust with a tombstone piledriver.
- WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Mankind via disqualification when Vader interfered. Sid Vicious came out and brawled with Vader, and the Undertaker came out of a casket that Mankind and brought to the ring and chased Mankind off. This match is available on the History Of The WWE Championship DVD.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

News Bits and Pieces

- Here are the results from yesterday's Night Of Champions pay-per-view which took place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the Intercontinental title;
Big Show defeated CM Punk;

Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz after Miz tapped out to win the United States title;

Michelle McCool defeated Melina to unify the Divas and Women's titles in a Lumberjill match;

Kane defeated the Undertaker to retain the World Heavyweight title;

Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes became the new Tag Team champions defeating The Hart Dynasty, The Usos, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, and Mark Henry and Evan Bourne in a Tag Team Turmoil match.

The main event saw Randy Orton becoming the new WWE champion winning the Six Pack Challenge which also involved Chris Jericho, John Cena, Sheamus, Wade Barrett and Edge. Jericho was eliminated first by Orton, then Edge went out thanks to Cena, Cena was pinned by Barrett, Orton eliminated Barrett and then RKO'd Sheamus for the final pin.

- Chris Jericho's quick exit from Night of Champions yesterday looks like it will be his last WWE appearance for a while as he has failed to sign a new contract and is expected to leave the company in October.
Jericho has some tours with his band Fozzy in the next couple of months all over the place which wouldn't have been made possible if he stayed in WWE with his schedule. "Since I've apparently made my last appearance in the WWE, I guess I have nothing to do tomorrow," wrote Jericho on Twitter adding that he'll be going to Calgary. Jericho left WWE in 2005 and returned two years later for one his best runs since joining the company during the Monday Night war.

- TMZ.COM is reporting that former WWE Women's champion Joanie "Chyna" Laurer was taken to the UCLA Medical Center this morning after she over medicated on diphenhydramine hydrochloride, marketed in the U.S. under the trade name of Benadryl.
adds that she took four to five times the prescribed amount yesterday to help her sleep and couldn't walk when she woke up this morning and started throwing up.
Chyna will be making a
complete recovery although she's still in the emergency room with an IV attached.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Flashback Match of the Day

Not really a match this time but a really cool segment from 1978 with the Nature Boy Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat in their first feud in the Mid Atlantic area.

Great Stuff and something that's missing from today's wrestling a great feud that sets the place on fire. Truly legends of the squared circle.

Here is a clip from 1977 with Ricky Steamboat in his first title match for Ric Flair's Mid Atlantic Television Title. Classic stuff to see the early days of Steamboat.
Flair's tag team partner Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine is on the mic for this match really running down the "young punk" Steamboat.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Match of the Day

From Slamboree 1991
The main event was Ric Flair defending the WCW World Heavyweight Title against Tatsumi Fujinami.

Here are the last 10 mins of the match.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Today in Wrestling History September 13th

1986 - WWF tapes the seventh edition of Saturday Night's Main Event at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. The show would air on NBC on October 4th, earning a 9.4 rating.

Here are the results of the show:

Aired on SNME:
- World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff via DQ when Adrian Adonis attacked Hogan. Roddy Piper, who had an injured leg, made the save, attacking Adonis with his crutch, then leaving the ring after a stare down with Hogan.
- Ricky Steamboat defeated Jake Roberts with a cradle. After the match, Jake Roberts went for his snake, but Steamboat pulled out a kimono dragon and scared off Roberts.

- Roddy Piper defeated The Iron Sheik with a small package in under a minute. Pedro Morales was going to substitute for the injured Piper, but Piper threatened to hit Morales with his crutch if he didn't leave the ring.
- World Tag Team Champions The British Bulldogs defeated Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine in a three falls match.
- Kamala defeated Lanny Poffo with a splash.
Matches not aired on television:
- Hercules Hernandez defeated Cousin Luke.
- Koko B. Ware defeated Mr. X.
- The Killer Bees defeated Jimmy Jack Funk & Jose Luis Rivera.
- Dick Slater defeated Steve Lombardi.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Match of the Day

Today's Match is from Wrestlemania VI.
Held at the Toronto Skydome on April 1st 1990

The Orient Express (Akio Sato/Pat Tanaka) vs The Rockers (Marty Jannetty/Shawn Michaels)

Monday, September 6, 2010

News Bits and Pieces

TMZ.COM reported that Luna Vachon's ashes will be scattered at a North Carolina ranch which is owned by Andre The Giant's estate. The WWE Hall of Famer's ashes were also scattered there when he passed away in 1993. Andre was Luna's godfather and the two were very close according to TMZ. Funeral services for Vachon, who passed away last week, were also held at the mentioned ranch.

- MyFox Tampa Bay is reporting that former WWE Tag Team champion Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was arrested yesterday and charged with possession and trafficking in a controlled substance and burglary. Neidhart was picked up by the Hillsborough County Sheriff department in Thonotosassa, FL., when someone called them while he was at a pumping station for yelling and causing a disturbance. The cops proceeded to search Neidhart and discovered 28 methadone tablets and 95 oxycotin pills, many of which were reported stolen by his neighbors. The 55 year old - who is the father of WWE Diva Natty Neidhart - appeared before a judge this morning and his bond was set at more than $130,000.

Here are the results from the No Surrender pay-per-view which took place yesterday at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, FL., inside Universal Studios.
Motor City Machine Guns defeated Generation Me to retain the TNA Tag Team titles; Doug Williams defeated Sabu to retain the X Division title
Velvet Sky defeated Madison Rayne;
Abyss defeated Rhino in a Falls Count Anywhere match;
Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe defeated Kevin Nash and Sting;
AJ Styles defeated Tommy Dreamer in an I Quit match;
In the first semi-final for the TNA World Title tournament, Kurt Angle vs Jeff Hardy went to a no contest after the match passed the "time limit" a gazillion times and ended when Angle was cut and "couldn't continue";
Mr. Anderson defeated The Pope in the second semi-final.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Only in Japan

Here is one of those "only in Japan" tag team matches.
From the WCW Supershow at the Tokyo Dome in 1992, Sting teams with The Great Muta (Kenji Muto) against the Steiner Brothers.

This would sell out any arena in the US but the promoters here are so afraid of "confusing" the fans as to who is babyface and heel they avoid obvious money makers like this, but they are all about "fueds" which in Japan is secondary to the wrestling and the matches.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Match of the Day

From 2007 TNA Slammiversary PPV.
Road Warrior Animal joins Rick Steiner to face the TNA Tag Team Champions Team 3D (The Dudley Boys).
Well Animal and Steiner physically have seen better days but it was interesting to see 2 members of 2 of the greatest tag teams of all time together again.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Match of the Day

From SummerSlam 1988, The MegaPowers (Hulk Hogan/Randy Savage) vs The MegaBucks (Ted Dibiase/Andre The Giant).
The special guest referee was Jesse "The Body" Ventura.