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Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Ric Flair

Today in the 62nd birthday of the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (born Fliehr).

He is today considered on of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time and a legend/icon in the business.

Now every site is probably posting video of his best matches against Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Magnum T.A. and Terry Funk, but I would like to show you something different. Here is a video from a match involving 2 rookies, Ric Flair and Chris Taylor, the US Olympic wrestling champion. A young hefty Ric Flair as all the moves we recognize but Taylor had some great promise that was sadly cut short by a massive heart attack that claimed him at a young age.
My favorite part is Greg Gagne doing the announcing and trying his best to keep up kayfabe, but we all know that Taylor was the star they pushed originally and that is why Flair left for the south territories.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Superbrawl 8

Today in 1998 - WCW held its eighth-annual SuperBrawl pay-per-view event before 12,620 fans at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California. The show got a 1.1 buyrate, the highest ever for a SuperBrawl at that point, and the results were:
- In a dark match, Ultimo Dragon pinned Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi) (with Sonny Onoo).
- Booker T pinned WCW World Television Champion Rick Martel after the Harlem Sidekick to win the title, beginning his second reign.
- WCW World Television Champion Booker T pinned Saturn after the Harlem Sidekick to retain the title.
- Disco Inferno pinned La Parka after the Chart Buster.
- Goldberg pinned Brad Armstrong after the Jackhammer.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Juventud Guerrera by submission with the Liontamer to retain the title, and win Juventud's mask.
- The British Bulldog defeated Steve McMichael by submission with an armbar.
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page pinned Chris Benoit after a Diamond Cutter to retain the title.
- Lex Luger defeated Randy Savage (with Elizabeth) by submission with the Torture Rack.
- The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash (with Dusty Rhodes)) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) with Ted DiBiase)) to win the title, when Hall pinned Rick after the Outsider's Edge. This took place after Scott Steiner turned on his brother, joining the nWo. This ended the Steiners' sixth and final reign and began the Outsiders' third.

- Sting pinned Hollywood Hulk Hogan after Randy Savage hit Hogan with a can of spray-paint to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title. This began Sting's fourth reign. After the match, Sting spray-painted "WCW" on Hogan, and J.J. Dillon gave Sting the title belt. The WCW World Heavyweight Title had been held-up since January 8, following a controversial ending of Hogan and Sting's match at December's Starrcade.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Match of the Day

Today's match is from April 2nd 1989 and Wrestlemania V.
For the WWF Tag Team Titles, a handicapped match.
Champions - Demolition vs The Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji

Thursday, February 17, 2011

No Way Out 2002

WWE held their No Way Out Pay-per-view in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, highlighted by the entrance of the New World Order into the WWF (and Hulk Hogan's first appearance on a WWF show in almost a decade).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Return of The Rock

Last night on RAW at about 1058pm the WWE gave us the host of Wrestlemania 27. With a couple of attempts as a swerve they cut the lights to build the anticipation and then

they blew the roof off that sucka!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Clash of the Champions 5

Depending on which site you believe the 5th Clash of the Champions was held either today or the 15th of Feb 1989.

Subtitled "St. Valentines Day Massacre" in Cleveland Ohio, here are the results:

1989 - Clash of the Champions V was held in Cleveland, OH at the CSU Convocation Center and was nicknamed "St. Valentine's Day Massacre". Here are the results from the show, which was aired live on TBS:
- The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeated The Russian Assassins when Eaton pinned Assassin #1.
- Butch Reed defeated Steven Casey.
- Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat had an in-ring confrontation, with Flair making fun of Steamboat's family and home life, while bragging about his wild party life and women. Steamboat ended up ripping off Flair's clothes and running him out of the ring.
- Lex Luger defeated The Blackmailer (Jack Victory).
- United States Tag Team Champions Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams defeated The Fantastics when Williams pinned Tommy Rogers.
- Ricky Steamboat defeated Bob Bradley.
- Rick Steiner defeated Rip Morgan.
- NWA World Six Man Tag Team Champions The Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Mike Rotunda, Kevin Sullivan & Steve Williams ended in a double disqualification. The original match was scheduled to have Sting, Michael Hayes & Junkyard Dog challenging the Warriors & Tenryu for the belts. However, a ridiculous backstage angle was done where Sullivan locked a gate over a stairwell, keeping Sting, Hayes and JYD from being able to get to the ring. Sullivan and company went to the ring and took the match and after six minutes, Sting, Hayes and JYD hit the ring for a big brawl, ending the cluster in a double DQ. The entire scenario was such an embarrassment that All Japan Pro Wrestling broke off relations with the NWA and wouldn't send Tenryu back to defend the belts. The six-man title was soon forgotten and abandoned.

Match of the Day Battle Royal Style

Here from 1982 is a good old fashioned 30 man Battle Royal WWF Style. This was before VKM ruined the Battle Royal with the Royal Rumble. In the old style, all of the wrestlers entered the ring and then they rang the bell and it was every man for himself. This particular match included future legends, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Tony Atlas with legends Blackjack Mulligan, Ivan Putski, Jimmy Snuka, Pedro Morales and Mr. Fuji.

This were big highlights for the fans and could sometimes last over 30 minutes to an hour.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Match of the Day

From WCW Superbrawl 6 held today in 1996

Ric Flair defeated Randy Savage in a steel cage match to win the WCW World Title, ending Savage's second title reign, and beginning Flair's seventeenth World title reign (depending on which records you believe)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Movie on the Way

Check out the blog for the new movie-

Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin'

Make sure you "like" it on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wrestlemania 28 News

- WWE along with the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, Miami-Dade County, Miami
, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today
during a press conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel that
WrestleMania in 2012 will be coming to Miami at the Sun Life Stadium on
Sunday, April 1
. Miami-Dade County Commissioner and Chairman of the
Miami-Dade Sports Commission Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Miami-Dade Sports Commission
Executive Director Mike Sophia, Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, Former Dolphins
Quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and Miami Dolphins limited
partner and Grammy Award Winner Emilio Estefan joined WWE Chairman and CEO
Vince McMahon and WWE's Senior Vice President of Special Events John Saboor
in making the announcement. WWE Superstars John Cena, The Miz, Mark Henry,
Alberto Del Rio and WWE Diva Eve were also on hand for the announcement. "On
behalf of WWE, I would like to thank Commissioner Diaz and all his
colleagues for their support, and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission for
graciously rolling out the red carpet to bring WrestleMania to one of the
world's most cosmopolitan cities," said Vince McMahon. "We look forward to
adding WrestleMania to the list of prestigious events held at Sun Life

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

WWF Intercontinental Title

Today in 1986 - Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana to win the title, after Savage hit Santana in the head with a foreign object while Santana had him up for a suplex. Santana continued to defend the title until it aired on television on February 24's Prime Time Wrestling.

WWWF Title

Today in 1971 WWWF United States Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales pinned WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff to win the title. Koloff had Morales in a waistlock, with Morales kicking off the top turnbuckle and falling on top of Koloff with both of their shoulders down.
The referee began counting, with Morales lifting a shoulder after the two-count. Bruno Sammartino, whom Koloff had defeated three weeks earlier for the title, came out and congratulated Morales after the match. As a result of his winning the World title, Morales' United States title was vacated.

Here is film of the match with the announcer and crowd noise dub in many years later.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Today in Wrestling History Feb 6th

1983 - The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) are awarded their third AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, after the title was stripped from The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd and Luke Williams), after Williams missed several scheduled title defenses.

1984 - Iceman King Parsons defeats The Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) to win the World Class Television Title in Fort Worth, Texas. This began and ended each man's second reign.

1984 - The Pretty Young Things (Norvell Austin and Sweet Brown Sugar) defeat The Zambuie Express (Elijah Akeem and Kareem Muhammad) for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1988 - Super Black Ninja (Keiji Muto)(The Grea Muta) defeats Invader I for the WWC Television Title in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, ending Invader I's third reign. At the same event, Bobby Jaggers and Dan Kroffat (Phil LaFon) defeat Chris and Mark Youngblood to win the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Title.

1990 - WCW held Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas. The show aired live on TBS, earning a 4.5 rating. Clash of the Champions X set up the February 25 WrestleWar pay-per-view. The results were:
- Steve Williams pinned The Samoan Savage.
- Flyin' Brian and Z-Man defeated The MOD Squad (Basher and Spike), when Zenk pinned Basher.
- Mil Máscaras pinned Cactus Jack with a flying bodypress.
- Norman the Lunatic pinned Kevin Sullivan in a Falls Count Anywhere match, behind closed doors in the women's bathroom.
- The Skyscrapers (Mark Callous and Dan Spivey) defeated The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) by disqualification, when the Warriors brought a chair into the ring.

- NWA World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated Doom in a Title vs. Masks match to retain the titles. Doom was unmasked as Butch Reed and Ron Simmons.

- The Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson and Ric Flair) defeat Gary Hart International (The Dragonmaster, The Great Muta and Buzz Sawyer) (with Gary Hart)) in a Steel Cage match, when Arn Anderson pinned The Dragonmaster after a DDT. Sting was originally scheduled to be in the match but was kicked out of the Horsemen earlier in the night and replaced with Ole Anderson. During the match, Sting ran to the ring and tried to climb into the cage, but during the ensuing brawl, Sting blew out his knee.


Match of the Day

Todays Match is a boxing match from 1977 in Puerto Rico.
Its Gorilla Monsoon vs Andre the Giant. Super Heavyweights with Jersey Joe Walcott as the special referee.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

ECW 1994

Today in 1994 - ECW held The Night the Line was Crossed at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring the famous "three-way dance" for the ECW Title. The results were:
- 911 pinned Chad Austin.
- Mr. Hughes pinned Sal Bellomo.
- In a Double Dog Collar match, Tommy Cairo and The Sandman beat Pitbull #1 and Rockin' Rebel, when Cairo pinned Pitbull #1.
- In a No Rules match, The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) defeated The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don Harris), when Public Enemy pinned both Bruise Brothers.
- Jimmy Snuka pinned Tommy Dreamer. During the match, Dreamer kicked out of the Superfly splash.
- The Sheik and Pat Tanaka defeated ECW Tag Team Champions Kevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac, when Tanaka pinned Tazmaniac.
- J.T. Smith pinned Mike Awesome.

- In a three-way dance, ECW Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk, ECW Television Champion Sabu and Shane Douglas fought to a 60-minute draw. Funk retained his title. Following the show, Douglas and Funk got into a brawl at a press conference.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Match of the Day

Todays Match is from Beach Blast 1993 held in Biloxi, Mississippi July 18th 1993

This match was for the WCW World Tag Team Titles

Champions - The Hollywood Blondes (Brian Pillman/Steve Austin) vs The Horseman (Arn Anderson/Paul Roma)

"Whipper" Billy Watson

Today in 1990 - Toronto mainstay Whipper Billy Watson dies of a heart attack in Orlando, Florida. Watson won several titles in Maple Leaf Wrestling as well as other promotions across Canada. He was one of the most popular wrestlers in the Toronto history. Watson had a eight-month reign as NWA World Heavyweight Champion in 1956, after he ended Lou Thesz's over six-year run with the title in Toronto on March 15. He lost the title back to Thesz on November 9 in St. Louis. Watson also was a promoter in Seattle, Washington, as he was one of a few wrestlers to also hold NWA membership. Watson was 74 years old.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

25 Ridiculous WWE Storylines

Here are the 25 Most ridiculous storylines in WWE history according to The Bleacher Report.

sadly they all have taken place within the last 10 years. Now we know why people dont watch this anymore.

Today in Wrestling History Feb 3rd

1968 - Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki defeat Crusher Lisowski and Dr. Bill Miller in Tokyo, Japan to win their second NWA International Tag Team Title.

1973 - All Japan Pro Wrestling becomes a member of the National Wrestling Alliance.

1976 - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene and Ole Anderson) defeat Rufus R. Jones and Wahoo McDaniel in Raleigh, North Carolina to win their third NWA World Tag Team Title.

1987 - Jeff Jarrett and Pat Tanaka defeat The Rock 'n' Roll RPM's (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) in Memphis, Tennessee for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title. This ended the RPM's second reign.

1989 - The WWF's second edition of "The Main Event" airs live on NBC from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show got an 11.6 rating. The results were:
- The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth)) defeated The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man (with Slick)), when Hogan pinned Akeem after a legdrop. During the match, Savage was thrown out of the ring by Akeem onto Elizabeth. Hogan carried Elizabeth backstage for medical attention. She came to and told Hogan to return to the ring. Hogan came back to the ring and called for a tag, and was then slapped in the face by Savage, who then left the ring. Hogan won the match, then went to the back as well. Savage accused Hogan of trying to steal Miss Elizabeth away, Hogan then begged Elizabeth to talk some sense into his partner, then Savage hit Hogan with the WWF Title belt and attacked him. Brutus Beefcake and several officials broke up the fight. The Mega Powers' five-month partnership was over, and the stage was set for Savage's title defense against Hogan two months later at WrestleMania V.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Match of the Day

Today's match is from Superbrawl 3. Held Feb 21st 1993 in Asheville North Carolina.

The main event was a Strap Match between Sting and Big Van Vader

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Way Out 1998

Originally called "In Your House: No Way Out of Texas" this was the first of the series of "No Way Out" WWF/WWE Pay Per View Events.

The main event was a "non-sanctioned" 8 man tag team event that featured Stone Cold Steve Austin, Cactus Jack, Owen Hart and Chainsaw Charlie vs Triple H, Savio Vega and the New Age Outlaws (Jesse James and Billy Gunn).