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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Survivor Series 2010

Thanks to the Online Wrestling Network:

- The RAW brand Survivor Series main event has been set with Randy Orton taking on Wade Barrett for the WWE title with John Cena as the special guest referee. The stipulation for the match is that if Barrett does not win the WWE title, Barrett will have Cena fired for not obeying his orders and if Barrett does win the WWE title, Cena will be free of any Nexus responsibilities.

- Undertaker's face to face meeting with Brock Lesnar at last week's UFC 121 pay-per-view generated tons of buzz online and inside the WWE locker rooms as rumors were flying high that WWE is trying to make a match between the two for next year's WrestleMania. TMZ.COM caught up with UFC President Dana White to get his comments regarding the proposed match, which has been done before, but not at a WrestleMania. "Brock Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC...he is not going to wrestle in the WWE. He cannot wrestle, box or fight anywhere else," White said. In case you missed it, the exchange of words following Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez can be seen at

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Havoc 1993

This week in 1993 (Oct 24th) WCW held the annual Halloween Havoc PPV. This year it was at the Lake Front Arena in New Orleans Louisana.

As seemed to be the way this was a mostly forgettable PPV and the main event was a Texas Death Match between Big Van Vader and Cactus Jack.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Match of the Day

Today's Match is from Japan 1988.
Its Owen Hart vs Keiichi Yamada. Yamada would later gain worldwide fame as Jushin Thunder Liger.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Today in Wrestling History October 19th

2003 - The WWE holds its annual No Mercy ppv in Baltimore Maryland.

The main event was a Biker Chain Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title as the Champion Brock Lesnar defends against The Undertaker.

BROCK LESNAR defeated UNDERTAKER in a biker chain on a pole match to retain the WWE World Title in 24:16. Undertaker started off with kicks and fists. He hit a legdrop and elbowed Lesnar's face on the apron. Lesnar sent UT into the stairs and suplexed him for an early pin attempt. UT came back with the boots and stomps. They brawled on the floor, where Lesnar rammed UT into the Spanish broadcast table.
Back in the ring, UT hit a flying lariat for a near fall. They waited so long to try to climb the pole that I almost forgot this was a chain on a pole match. When UT finally started climbing, the lights went out. This looked like an angle but apparently is was just a case of the lights going out for a few seconds. Lesnar caught UT and powerslammed him. Lesnar brought in the stairs, and he send UT face first into them. UT lariated Lesnar out and piledrived him on the stairs. UT started to climb the pole again, but again Lesnar caught up to him. UT hooked a triangle choke. Lesnar escaped with a low blow and hit UT with the stairs. UT kicked the stairs into Lesnar's face when he tried to use them as a weapon again. Lesnar powered back and beat UT down. Lesnar started up the pole but UT nailed him from behind and nearly hit the Last Ride, but Lesnar escaped. Both men went down after a double lariat. UT hit the snake eyes and a boot to the face. Lesnar hit a spinebuster. UT caught Lesnar with an arm bar. Lesnar powered out. UT hooked a sleeper, which Lesnar escaped from by hitting the F5. This got the crowd, which had been a little bit off-and-on, fully into the match. UT avoided being pinned by getting his boot up on the rope. Lesnar started to climb, but UT chokeslammed him off.
At this point, all three FBI members attacked UT. This was legal, by the way, since this was a no-DQ stip match. UT disposed of all three, and then gave Lesnar the Last Ride to a big pop. UT finished off Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli with a neat suicide tope across the ropes onto them. Nunzio tried to climb up for the chain, but UT threw him off to the floor. UT climbed up and got the chain, to a huge pop.
Vince then arrived out of nowhere, causing UT to get crotched, which allowed Lesnar to get the chain and he clocked UT with it for the pin. I thought this was a decent match overall, though the FBI run-in was overkill. The match dig drag in spots.

Match of the Day

Today not really a match so much as an event.
The Big John Studd Bodyslam challenge was going strong in May of 1983 when Chief Jay Strongbow was supposed to be the next challenger but he stepped aside to let another friend have a shot.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Today in Wrestling History October 13

1967 - Professor Toru Tanaka defeats WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when the match is stopped due to Sammartino's excessive bleeding. However, Tanaka was not awarded the title, since the champion was not pinned or forced to submit.

1975 - WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defended his title against Ivan Koloff, the man who ended his first title reign in 1971, at the building where the loss took place, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The match ended in a draw after a 20-minute brawl when the referee ruled that both men were bleeding too heavily to continue. A slew of wrestlers had to come out to separate the two. This was the first of three straight MSG shows headlined by the two, culminating a few months later in the first steel cage match ever held at Madison Square Garden.

1981 - Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito defeat Tony Garea & Rick Martel for the WWWF World Tag Team Title in Allentown, Pennsylvania, when Martel had salt thrown in his eyes as he went for a flying bodypress. This ended Garea & Martel's second title reign

1985 - Ivan & Nikita Koloff defeat The Rock N' Roll Express (Rick Morton & Robert Gibson) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Charlotte, North Carolina. This began the second reign for the Koloffs, who actually lose the belts to Morton & Gibson three months earlier when Ivan & Krusher Khrushchev defended (and lost) the belts.

1990 - WWF airs their 28th Saturday Night's Main Event special on NBC, earning a 7 broadcast rating.
The show featured five matches taped on September 18th in Toledo, Ohio. Here are the results of the matches on the show:

- The Legion Of Doom & The Ultimate Warrior defeated Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush) when Ultimate Warrior pinned Smash with a splash.

- Randy Savage defeated Dusty Rhodes via countout.

- Hulk Hogan & Tugboat defeated Greg Valentine & The Honky Tonk Man via DQ after Honky hit Tugboat with his guitar.

1992 - Money, Inc. (Ted DiBiase & IRS) defeat The Natural Disasters (Typhoon & Earthquake) for the WWF Tag Team Title in Regina, Saskatchewan to begin their second title reign.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today is the 61st birthday of the Bad Man from Borger Texas, Stan Hansen.
Known around the world as one of the toughest men to ever step into a wrestling ring, he has held several titles in Japan and held the AWA World Heavyweight title.

Here is a match from his home away from home, Japan. This is an unusual match up of two men who never met on american soil.
Its Stan Hansen vs The Dynamite Kid

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Match of the Day

Our Match of the Day comes from SummerSlam 1992 at London's Wembley Stadium.

For the WWF World Heavyweight Title its the Champion Randy "Macho Man" Savage defending against The Ultimate Warrior.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Match of the Day

The Match of the Day comes from The Great American Bash of 1996.

"The Dungeon Master" Kevin Sullivan vs "The Canadian Crippler" Chris Benoit in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Bruno Sammartino

Today is the 75th birthday of the Living Legend Bruno Sammartino. He is probably my favorite wrestler of all time right after Dick the Bruiser. I can remember as a little boy reading the wrestling magazines my dad bought for me and seeing the articles on Bruno and hoping one day to see him wrestle on tv.
Well in the mid 70s during one of his hiatus' from the WWF he came to Indianapolis to team with Dick the Bruiser against the Valiant Brothers and Ernie Ladd and his partner of the week.
I was thrilled to see the Legend for the first time and he became one of very favorites with his rough and tumble old school style.

Here is one of the legendary confrontations in Indianapolis with Bruno and Bruiser facing Ernie Ladd and Baron Von Raschke. This was such a huge event they moved it to the Convention Center to hold the crowd. You can tell how on fire this fued was and the crowd was just bonkers for this blowout tag team match.