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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Match of the Day (Survivor Series Edition)

Today's Match of the Day is from Survivor Series 1991.

Subtitled "The Gravest Challenge" this Survivor Series would have the first Singles match during a Survivor Series PPV and this was a big one. The WWF Champion Hulk Hogan was facing The Undertaker. November 27th 1991 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Michigan.

(I had to improvise on part 2 because for some reason this was the only clip I could find of UT pinning Hogan)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Starrcade 1986 (Skywalkers)

Today in 1986 the NWA(WCW) held its annual Starrcade PPV. It was held at 2 different cities, Greensboro NC and Atlanta GA.
It was almost a thrown together main event of World Champion Ric Flair defending the NWA World Heavyweight title against the Russian Nightmare Nikita Koloff.
On October 14th of 1986 the #1 contender and soon to be World Champion Magnum T.A. was involved in a one car accident in Charlotte NC that left him severely injured and unable to wrestle in the Starrcade main event. The injuries Magnum suffered were so severe that they would end his wrestling career. NWA promoter Jim Crockett would turn Nikita Koloff from hated Russian into a beloved hero to face Ric Flair in Magnum's place.

The co-main event would be the first ever (for the NWA and PPVs) scaffold match featuring the Road Warriors w/Paul Ellering against The Midnight Express w/Jim Cornette, thus giving the title "Night of the Skywalkers" to the PPV.
Here is the complete card from 1986

Starrcade (1986): Night of the Skywalkers

The Road Warriors (with Paul Ellering) defeated The Midnight Express (with Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Rogers) in a Skywalkers match
    • Jim Cornette was injured in the match when he landed wrong after falling from the underside of the scaffold.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Survivor Series 1987

The very first Survivor Series was held this day November 26th in 1987. Taking place at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland OH, this was Vince McMahon's answer to the NWA's Starrcade PPV held on Thanksgiving night since 1983 and to capitalize on the Hulk Hogan/Andre The Giant feud from Wrestlemania III.

The matches were tag team style elimination matches made up of teams of 5 wrestlers to a side.

The main event was the team "captained" by Hulk Hogan (Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco,Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow) facing a team "captained" by Andre The Giant (One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

ECW November To Remember 1998

Today I am looking back at ECW November to Remember from 1998 and it was a wild affair.

November 1, 1998 from the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Survivor Series 1990

The fourth annual Survivor Series was held on Thanksgiving night, November 22nd 1990 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford Connecticut.
Memorable for several reasons but in the grand scheme of the future of the WWF/WWE was the debut of The Undertaker. Formerly known as "Mean" Mark Callous, the wrestler WCW journeyman wrestler Mark Calloway would become legend in the WWF and is still performing today.
This years Series had 5 Survivor Elimination matches and a Grand Finale with each "babyface" survivor teaming up to meet the "heel" survivors. The Undertaker would make his debut as a member of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase's team "The Million Dollar Team" which also consisted of Ted Dibiase, and Rhythm & Blues (Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine).

The first Survivor Series elimination match of the night saw The Warriors (Ultimate Warrior, Kerry Von Erich and The Legion of Doom) vs The Perfect Team (Curt Henning and Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush) with Bobby Heenan in their corner.

Here are the promos building to the Survivor Series (You dont see promos and buildup like this anymore)

Here is the elimination match

The Grand finale was the "babyface" team of Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana facing the heel team of Ted Dibiase, Rick "The Model" Martel, The Warlord and Power & Glory (Paul Roma & Hercules).

Monday, November 22, 2010

2010 Survivor Series Results

Here are the results from yesterday's Survivor Series pay-per-view which took place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL.
Daniel Bryan defeated Ted DiBiase to retain the United States title;
John Morrison defeated Sheamus; Dolph Ziggler defeated Kaval to retain the Intercontinental title.
Team Mysterio with captain Rey Mysterio, Chris Masters, Big Show, MVP and Kofi Kingston defeated Team Del Rio with captain Alberto Del Rio, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Tyler Reks and Cody Rhodes. Show and Mysterio were the last two surviving members.
Natalya defeated Layla and Michelle McCool in a 2 on 1 handicap match to become the new Divas champion;
Edge and Kane for the World Heavyweight title ended up in a draw;
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater defeated Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov to retain the WWE Tag Team titles.
Randy Orton
defeated Wade Barrett to retain the WWE title with special referee John Cena. Cena - as per the stipulation - is now fired since Barrett didn't win the WWE title.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This week in Wrestling History November

November 15th 1998
WWF Survivor Series - Deadly Games

Scottrade Center - St Louis Mo
The highlight of this years Survivor Series was the tournament for the vacant WWF Heavyweight Title.
The final match for the title was a showdown between The Rock and Mankind.

Here are highlights of the entire show

Survivor Series 1996

November 17th at Madison Square Garden
This year featured 2 great singles matches, the first being Bret Hart vs Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The main event from 1996 was Shawn Michaels vs Sycho Sid for the WWF Heavyweight Title.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Match of the Day

From 1979 the All Japan Pro Wrestling Real World Tag Team tournament final.

The Funk Brothers (Terry and Dory Jr) vs Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik.

its wild to see the pandemonium caused by these 4 men and the white hot crowd reaction to everything in the ring. Japan knows how to have a tournament.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Survivor Series 1997 (The Montreal Screw Job)

Today is the anniversary of probably the most talked about matches in the history of professional wrestling, the WWF Title match at Survivor Series 1997 (Gang Rulz).
The main event was champion Bret Hart defending against former champion Shawn Michaels.


1997 - Arguably the most talked about match in the history of professional wrestling takes place at the WWF Survivor Series Pay-per-view in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart, who had already signed with WCW, was double-crossed in the finish of his main event match with Shawn Michaels.

Bret Hart had signed a lucrative 20-year contract with the WWF the year before, but Vince McMahon later told him he would be unable to fulfill the terms of the deal, and for Bret to negotiate a contract with WCW. Bret did, and gave notice to WWF. As part of the agreement, WCW would not mention Hart's signing until after the Survivor Series PPV, as Hart did not want his highly anticipated match with Shawn Michaels ruined. Still, word leaked out leading into the event.

During a meeting on the afternoon of November 9th, McMahon and Hart met to discuss a finish for the Survivor Series match. McMahon wanted the belt off of Hart, fearing WCW would announce the next night on Nitro that they had signed away the WWF Champion. Hart did not want to do the job to Michaels in Montreal for a number of reasons (including personal animosity and Michaels unwillingness to do a job for Bret following Wrestlemania 12, amongst others). Hart was open to losing the belt the next night on Raw, or at Madison Square Garden later that week. McMahon and Hart agreed to a DQ finish, and that Hart would come out on Raw the next night and surrender the title, giving a farewell speech to his WWF fans and putting over the company on his way out.

Hart and Michaels put together their match with Pat Patterson. The planned finish (suggested by Patterson) was for referee Earl Hebner to be knocked out. Michaels would put Hart in a Sharpshooter, but Hart would then reverse it. Michaels would tap out, but the referee would be down and not see it. Hart would release the hold to check on the ref, then Michaels would hit him with Sweet Chin Music. A second referee would come down to count, but Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart would run down and pull the second referee from the ring, eventually leading to a disqualification finish.

Bret Hart was actually warned by Vader prior to the match to watch for a double cross, and not allow himself to be placed in submission holds or positions where he couldn't get his shoulders off the mat. Hart, who personally made sure close friend Earl Hebner was the assigned referee for the match, was not worried about a double cross. Reportedly, Hebner swore to Bret that he would never take part in something like that.

During the match, Hebner was bumped, and Michaels placed Hart in the Sharpshooter. However, Hebner got up, instead of staying "knocked out". Hebner called for the bell, with Vince McMahon (who was at ringside due to a planned earlier portion of the match where McMahon and agents were trying to get the action back into the ring during a brawl on the floor), screamed at the timekeeper to ring the bell. Hart was reversing the hold at the time this happened, and he and Michaels crumbled to the mat, with Michaels (who later admitted to being in on it) acting angry.

Earl Hebner immediately exited the ring, and ran out of the building into a waiting car. He would fly home immediately, and not appear at Raw the next night. Hart spat right in Vince McMahon's face. McMahon screamed at Michaels to take the belt and leave. Michaels, with Gerald Brisco ushering him out, took the belt, and held it up as he left (presumably under orders from Brisco). The PPV went off the air at that point. McMahon, with Pat Patterson and security surrounding him, left ringside. Bret Hart smashed several TV monitors, and Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart (who never got their cue to come in for the finish) came to the ring and calmed him down. Hart then spelled out "WCW" with his fingers to the fans before leaving the ring.

Backstage, McMahon locked himself in his office. Hart confronted Michaels, who insisted he knew nothing about it, and that he wasn't going to keep the belt. Hart gave Michaels the benefit of a doubt, and said Michaels would have his chance to prove himself by not bringing the belt out on Raw the next night. The rest of the locker room was angry, feeling McMahon lied and screwed with someone who had been with the company for over a decade, and did a lot for the WWF.

McMahon would not open his door for anyone, until The Undertaker, after putting together what had happened, pounded on his door and demanded that McMahon speak to him. Reportedly, Undertaker, the recognized leader of the locker room, told McMahon, very adamantly, that he needed to apologize to Bret Hart right then and there. McMahon went to Hart's dressing room with Sgt. Slaughter, Gerald Brisco and several others. Vince attempted to apologize, justifying his actions by saying that he couldn't take the chance of Eric Bischoff announcing the next night that WCW had signed the WWF Champion. Hart said he was going to shower, and if Vince was still there when he got dressed he would "knock him out". Hart called McMahon a liar, and when McMahon said this was the first time he lied to him, Hart rattled off a list of lies from McMahon. After Hart got dressed, he told McMahon twice more to leave, and when he didn't, a scuffle broke out and Hart knocked McMahon to the ground with a punch. Shane McMahon tried to attack Bret, and ended up in a scuffle with Davey Boy Smith, who pulled Shane off of Bret's back. As McMahon was dragged out of the dressing room, Sgt. Slaughter reportedly accidentally stepped on Vince's ankle.

Most in WWE management insisted they knew nothing about a screwjob. Many wrestlers stated they would not go to Raw the next night because of the screwjob, but with the exception of Hart's relatives (Owen, Smith, Neidhart), Mick Foley was the only wrestler to carry through on his protest. The next night on WCW Nitro, the NWO came to the ring waving Canadian flags, and sang "Oh, Canada". Michaels, despite his promise to Bret not to, came to the ring with the WWF Title belt and poked fun at Hart

Apparently the WWE has blocked all non approved video of the final part of the match so the is the best I could find

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Match of the Day

Today's match is from Japan with Davey Boy Smith vs The Dynamite Kid.
this was before they teamed up and took the wrestling world by storm.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Match of the Day

Our Match of the Day is from ECW's November to Remember in 1997.

The main event of the PPV with ECW Champion Shane Douglas defending against Bam Bam Bigelow.