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Monday, April 30, 2012

Best of WCW Clash of Champions DVD Set

Reported by: Colin Vassallo, on Apr 30, 2012 - 10:20:01 AM
On May 22, WWE will be releasing a new home video titled The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

The three disc DVD version will contain a total of 24 full matches while the two disc Blu-Ray release will have three extra matches.

Superstars such as Ric Flair, Sting, Ivan Koloff, Terry Funk, Macho Man, Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Rick Rude and a ton of others are all featured in this must-have release.

Sting and Ric Flair got the nod to grace the artwork of the video and you can see both the artwork and the full list of matches below.

Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase the Blu Ray

Click here to go to the Amazon Store to purchase the regular DVD


The Real Story

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
'Nature Boy' Ric Flair vs. Sting
Clash of the Champions - 27th March, 1988

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham
Clash of the Champions - 27th March, 1988

Why Wait a Whole Year?

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Dusty Rhodes
Clash of the Champions II - 8th June, 1988

Russian Chain Match
Ricky Morton vs. Ivan Koloff
Clash of the Champions III - 7th September, 1988

"I Quit" Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
'Nature Boy' Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk
Clash of the Champions IX - 15th November, 1989

Mil Mascaras vs. Cactus Jack Manson
Clash of the Champions X - 6th February, 1990

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
Midnight Express vs. Rock & Roll Express
Clash of the Champions XI - 13th June, 1990


To Be The Man, You Gotta Beat The Man

NWA United States Championship Match
'Nature Boy' Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger
Clash of the Champions XII - 5th September, 1990

The Young Pistols & Z-Man vs. The Fabulous Freebirds
Clash of the Champions XV - 12th June, 1991

15-Man Battle Royal
Clash of the Champions XVI - 5th September, 1991

WCW United States Championship Match
Sting vs. 'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XVII - 19th November, 1991

Other Stars On The Rise

2 out of 3 Falls Match
'Nature Boy' Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. The Hollywood Blonds
Clash of the Champions XXIII - 17th June, 1993

Brian Pillman vs. 'Stunning' Steve Austin
Clash of the Champions XXV - 10th November, 1993

WCW Television Title Match
Lord Steven Regal vs. Dustin Rhodes
Clash of the Champions XXVI - 27th January, 1994

Elimination Tag Team Match
Sting & 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair vs. 'Ravishing' Rick Rude & Vader
Clash of the Champions XXVI - 27th January, 1994


Here we are Again

Championship Unification Match
Sting vs. 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair
Clash of the Champions XXVII - 23rd June, 1994

WCW United States Championship Match
'Stunning' Steve Austin vs. Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat
Clash of the Champions XXVIII - 24th August, 1994

Hulk Hogan & 'Macho Man' Randy Savage vs. 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair & The Giant
Clash of the Champions XXXII - 23rd January, 1996

Medusa vs. Bull Nakano
Clash of the Champions XXXIII - 15th August, 1996

Match for the BattleBowl Ring
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Eddie Guerrero
Clash of the Champions XXXIII - 15th August, 1996

I'm gonna watch this

WCW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match
Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger
Clash of the Champions XXXIII - 15th August, 1996

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Ultimo Dragon vs. Dean Malenko
Clash of the Champions XXXIV - 21st January, 1997

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Guerrero
Clash of the Champions XXXV - 21st August, 1997

Diamond Dallas Page & Lex Luger vs. Scott Hall & 'Macho Man' Randy Savage
Clash of the Champions XXXV - 21st August, 1997

35th and Final Clash


'Nature Boy' Ric Flair and Barry Windham vs. Midnight Express
Clash of the Champions IV - 7th December, 1988

Sting and Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat vs. 'Ravishing' Rick Rude and Steve Austin
Clash of the Champions XVIII - 21st January, 1992

Thunder Cage Match
Dustin Rhodes & Sting vs. Big Van Vader, Paul Orndorff and Barry Windham
Clash of the Champions XXII - 13th January, 1993 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ECW Barely Legal 1997

April 13th 1997 
ECW held its very first PPV event with Barely Legal.

1. Dudley Boys vs. Eliminators (ECW Tag Team Title Match)
2. Lance Storm vs. Rob Van Dam
3. Shane Douglas vs. Pit Bull 2 (ECW TV Title Match)
4. Michinoku Pro 6 man tag
5. Sabu vs. Taz
6. Terry Funk vs. Sandman vs. Steve Richards (winner faces Raven)
7. Raven vs. 3 way dance winner (ECW Title Match)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Today in Wrestling History April 26th

1976 - WWWF ran at Madison Square Garden in New York City with the following results:
- Louis Cerdan defeated Johnny Rodz.
- Tony Parisi defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna.
- Dominic DeNucci defeated Louis Cyr.
- Ric Flair defeated Frankie Williams.
- Bobo Brazil defeated Rocky Tomayo.
- Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff defeated Haystacks Calhoun & Pat Barrett by countout.
- Andre The Giant defeated Ernie Ladd via countout.

- Stan Hansen defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino when the referee stopped the match due to excessive bleeding.  Because there was no pinfall or submission, Sammartino retained the title.  This was the bout where Hansen accidentally broke Bruno's neck with a bodyslam.  However, the storyline would be that Hansen broke Sammartino's neck with the Lariat clothesline.


The WWE holds its final Backlash PPV at Providence, Rhode Island.
 here are the highlights :

 Christian defeated Jack Swagger for the ECW Title 
 Chris Jericho defeated Ricky Steamboat
 Kane defeated CM Punk
 Jeff Hardy beat Matt Hardy in an "I Quit Match" 
 Santino defeated Beth Phoenix in a "Miss Wrestlemania" Match 
 The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase Jr) defeated Triple H (Champion), Batista and Shawn Michaels for the WWE Heavyweight Title 
 Edge defeated John Cena in a "Last Man Standing" Match for the World Heavyweight Title

News and Notes 04/26/2012

thanks to the Online Wrestling Network

- Even though he hasn't been wrestling for a several months, Rey Mysterio
got tested as part of the Talent Wellness Program and failed for the
second time. WWE announced that Mysterio - referred by his real name of
Oscar Gutierrez - bas been suspended for sixty days effective today for
his second violation of the company's policy. The former champion hasn't
wrestled since late August of last year after undergoing knee surgery.
While he had knee problems for a while, he re-injured it during a live
event against Alberto Del Rio in July. In September, Mysterio underwent a
second knee surgery to reinforce his posterior cruciate ligament after the
first surgery corrected his ACL and PCL, and also removed bone spurs.

- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper is carrying an article
reporting that former WCW and WWE Superstar Buff Bagwell was seriously
injured in a car wreck on Monday. The 42 year old Bagwell flipped his Jeep
several times on Towne Lake Parkway, breaking his neck, jaw, and even
fracturing several bones in his face. He is currently heavily sedated at
the WellStar Kennestone Hospital due to the nature of his injuries. TMZ
adds to the story that according to the police report, Bagwell called his
wife while driving telling her he was about to have a seizure. He lost
control of his vehicle just a few moments later spinning across the raised
median. Bagwell wrestled for WCW from 1991 to 2001 and then joined WWE
after the company purchased WCW from AOL Time Warner. His time in WWE
didn't last long however as he was released in early July just after
appearing twice on WWE television. He also appeared for TNA in 2002, 2003,
and 2006.

Sin Cara is going back to do some promotional work for WWE's upcoming tour next month and he will be signing autographs in Distrito Federal all weekend.

By Mike Johnson on 2012-04-24 15:26:14
Nikki and Brie Bella are still slated to depart WWE on 4/30 when their contracts officially expire.
The decision to put the WWE Divas title on Nikki had been planned for some time (at one point, it was slated for Extreme Rules) with the idea that Kharma would return and lay waste to the Bellas as revenge for their words against her when she announced her pregnancy last year.
The Kharma return would lead to another WWE Divas title change and bring Kharma right back into the forefront of the Diva storylines.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Battle of the Bruisers

From approx. 1980 is a match where Dick the Bruiser was seeking "revenge" for Brody and Jimmy Valiant breaking Spike Huber's leg in a match a few months earlier.  Huber was the #2 face in the territory behind Bruiser and was his son in law at the time.
There had been a series of matches between King Kong Brody and Dick the Bruiser a couple of years earlier with the gimmick that they were battling for the use of the name "Bruiser".   Brody was never able to use "Bruiser" in the Indianapolis promotion owned by Dick the Bruiser but everywhere else in the world he used that nickname.
Tells you the power of Dick the Bruiser and his money in getting Brody to agree to use only King Kong while working for him.
As a kid watching this I had never seen anyone like Brody and he was fascinating and thrilling to watch.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

1st Annual Crockett Cup Tournament

Today in 1986 the NWA held the 1st annual Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Tag Team Tournament at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana.  The heavily favored Road Warriors made it to the finals where they met the team of Magnum TA and Ronnie Garvin.
The Warriors would "win" the "Million dollar prize"  and the Crockett Cup trophy.

  The tournament featured 24 teams. The results were:
First round:
- Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood defeated Bobby Jaggers and Mike Miller
 - Sam Houston and Nelson Royal defeated The Batten Twins (Bart and Brad).
- The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane).
- The Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) defeated Chavo and Hector Guerrero.
 - Manny Fernandez and Jimmy Valiant defeated The Barbarian and Baron Von Raschke.
- Terry Taylor and Steve Williams defeated Bill Dundee and Buddy Landel. - Buzz Sawyer and Rick Steiner defeated The Italian Stallion and Koko Ware.
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Black Bart and Jimmy Garvin defeated D.J. Peterson and Brett Wayne.
Second round:
 - The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) defeated Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood.
 - NWA World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton) defeated Sam Houston and Nelson Royal.
- The Fantastics defeated NWA World Television Champion Arn Anderson and NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard.
- The Sheepherders defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton).
 - NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated Manny Fernandez and Jimmy Valiant.
- Terry Taylor and Steve Williams defeated Dino Bravo and Rick Martel.
- Ron Garvin and NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Magnum T.A. defeated Buzz Sawyer and Rick Steiner.
- Giant Baba and Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) defeated NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Black Bart and Jimmy Garvin.
- The Road Warriors defeated NWA World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express.
- The Fantastics and The Sheepherders were both disqualified, giving The Road Warriors a bye to the final match.
- NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Ivan & Nikita Koloff and Terry Taylor & Steve Williams fought to a draw.
 - Ron Garvin and NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Magnum T.A. defeated Giant Baba and Tiger Mask to advance to the final match due to the previous draw.
 Finals: -
The Road Warriors defeated Ron Garvin and NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Magnum T.A.

Non-tournament matches
 - Mid-South North American Heavyweight Champion Jim Duggan defeated Dick Slater to retain the title.
 - NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes by DQ to retain the title.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WCW 1994 Spring Stampede

Today in 1994 WCW helds it Spring Stampeded PPV at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago IL.

- Johnny B. Badd pinned Diamond Dallas Page (with The Diamond Doll) with a sunset flip.

- WCW World Television Champion Lord Steven Regal (with Sir William) fought Brian Pillman to a 15-minute time-limit draw to retain the title.

- WCW World Tag Team Champions The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne in a Chicago Street Fight, when Sags pinned Jack after hitting him with a shovel, to retain the title.

- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Steve Austin (with Col. Robert Parker) defeated The Great Muta by disqualification to retain the title, after Muta threw Austin over the top rope.

- Sting pinned WCW International World Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude to win the title, after Harley Race accidentally hit Rude with a chair. This ended Rude's second reign.

- Bunkhouse Buck (with Col. Robert Parker) pinned Dustin Rhodes in a Bunkhouse match after hitting him with brass knuckles.
- Vader (with Harley Race) pinned The Boss.

- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat fought to a no-contest due to a double-pin. The title was vacated due to the finish, ending Flair's second reign.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today In Wrestling History April 12th

1958 - Verne Gagne defeats Dick the Bruiser in Chicago, Illinois to win the Chicago/Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign, which carried over into the AWA. Gagne held the title until August 1960 when he won the AWA World Title.

1968 - Mr. Wrestling defeats El Mongol in Atlanta, Georgia to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title, ending Mongol's fourth reign and beginning Mr. Wrestling's second

1980 - The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeat Ivan Putski and Tito Santana for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1983 - Ron Bass and Stan Hansen defeat Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA International Tag Team Title in Matsuyama, Japan, ending Baba and Tsuruta's fourth reign.

1987 - The first of three untimely deaths by suicide in the Von Erich family occured when Mike Von Erich intentionally overdosed on Placidyl, a tranqulizer. The overdose occurred after Mike wrapped himself in a sleeping bag in the woods near his home. He was one-third of the World Class Six-Man Tag Team Champions at the time, along with Kevin and Lance Von Erich. Mike had replaced his brother Kerry in the team after he was injured in a motorcycle accident during the previous summer. Mike Von Erich was just 23 years old.

1987 - Rick Steiner and Sting defeat Chris Adams and Terry Taylor to win the UWF World Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

2002 - The WWF Hardcore Title changes hands four times at a house show in Amarillo, Texas. William Regal, the original challenger for the title, became a brief double-champion (he also held the WWF European Title) when he won the title from Bubba Ray Dudley, ending Bubba Ray's third reign and beginning Regal's third. Spike Dudley began his second reign as Hardcore Champion by defeating Regal. Spike then lost the title to Goldust, his fourth title win. Bubba Ray Dudley left with the title though, beating Goldust, and beginning his fourth reign

2003 - All Japan Pro Wrestling held the 13th and final event of its annual Champion's Carnival tour at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan with 16,000 fans in attendance. The results were:
- Gran Hamada pinned Gran Naniwa.
- Gigantes and George Hines beat Hiroshi Hase and Masayuki Kono, when Gigantes pinned Kono.
- Ryuki Ueyama defeated Ryuji Hijikata by submission.
- Kaz Hayashi and Jimmy Yang beat Omega Griffon and NWA International Junior Heavyweight Champion Low Ki, when Hayashi pinned Griffon.
- AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Kendo Kashin defeated Carl Contini by submission to retain the title.
- Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka defeated Hideki Hosaka and Shigeo Okumura, when Otani pinned Hosaka.
- AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Nobutaka Araya, Nobukazu Hirai and Genichiro Tenryu defeated Tomohiko Hashimoto, Tomoaki Honma and Kazushi Miyamoto, when Araya pinned Hashimoto.
- Keiji Muto and AJPW Unified World Tag Team Champion Satoshi Kojima defeated Masa Fuchi and Toshiaki Kawada, when Kojima pinned Fuchi.
- AJPW Triple Crown Champion Shinya Hashimoto defeated AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Arashi by TKO to retain his title.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Extreme Rules 2012

The 2012 WWE Extreme Rules PPV will be held this year on April 29th at the Allstate Arena (formerly the Rosemont Horizon) in Rosemont Illinois.

The 2 matches set so far are John Cena vs Brock Lesnar and for the World Heavyweight Title, Sheamus will defend against former champion Daniel Bryan.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chief Jay Strongbow R.I.P.

Former WWWF and WWF tag team champion and longtime fixture in the New York area Chief Jay Strongbow aka Joseph Scarpa, died today at the age of 80.

Article from Slam! Wrestling

Lots of News Today

- Brock Lesnar, the former WWE and UFC champion, returned on RAW
yesterday, interrupting John Cena and delivering an F5 as the crowd went
absolutely bananas. The rumors have been floating around since Friday that
Brock and WWE were close to reaching an agreement and Sunday at
WrestleMania everyone was expected to see the "next big thing" back on WWE
television. However that did not happen and The Rock went on to beat John
Cena clean, leaving the opportunity open for a RAW return instead. As Cena
was waiting for The Rock to come down, Lesnar's theme song hit the
speakers and out came the former champ to one of the loudest pops in the
history of pro wrestling. Lesnar offered to shake Cena's hand and Cena
fell in the trap, soon finding himself in the F5. This was Lesnar's first
WWE appearance since WrestleMania XX back in 2004.

- is reporting that Brock Lesnar's deal with WWE is good for
one year and will go through WrestleMania 29 where he could very well be
the main event of the show. The deal according to sources is for a minimum
of two appearances a month plus more during the time leading up to
WrestleMania next year. The website also adds that while Lesnar is
expected to make around 35 appearances - so don't expect him at
non-televised events - there could be more if both parties agree to an
extension of the deal. Lesnar arrived at the arena yesterday in Miami less
than a minute before his music rocked the American Airlines Arena and
although it looked like it was the company's worst kept secret, the fact
that fans were waiting for him did not by any means take any from the pop
he received.

- By the time Jim Ross left his home to go to Florida, he thought he
wouldn't be a part of WrestleMania except for watching it like a fan. What
he didn't know was that the Undertaker, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels were
pressuring the powers that be to have him call the "end of an era" Hell in
a Cell match. And when three of the most successful and powerful
Superstars all want it, you bet your ass it's going to be granted. "WWE
upper mgmt made it happen. It was confirmed late Friday night," Jim Ross
wrote on Twitter, revealing that it was all three of them who requested
his presence ringside and to do play-by-play of the match.

- Randy Orton will not be starring in the upcoming WWE Studios movie
Marine: Homefront, after the Marine Corps complained to the WWE about the
bad judgment in casting. Orton was a U.S. Marine when he was young and was
dishonorably discharged from the Crops for going AWOL on two occasions in
1999 and disobeying orders from his CO according to TMZ. The former WWE
and World champion spent 38 days in military prison for his conduct. "I am
disgusted that his face and the word Marine are being used next to each
other - real or fake - because of the fact that he quit us, the country,
and the Marine Corps. Randy in the role of a Marine is a disgrace to those
that have worn and are wearing that uniform," said a Marine who served
with Orton at the time he went AWOL. WWE quickly rectified the situation,
yanking Orton from the movie and admitting their "poor judgment" in
casting Orton for the film. "Despite Randy's popularity, the fact that he
was dishonorably discharged from the USMC made it inappropriate for him to
be cast in this film.