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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Talk Show Takedowns - WWE Top 10

The Shockmaster is still so dang funny...I remember watching that as it happened and thinking "oh this isnt right".

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Big Cat Ernie Ladd

Today would have been the 75th birthday of "The Big Cat" Ernie Ladd.

Ernie Ladd was a world class athlete and attended Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship but ended up getting drafted by the San Diego Chargers to play in the young American Football League in 1961. One of biggest men to play the game at 6 foot 9 nine inches tall he dominated the defensive line and led the Chargers to 4 AFL championship games and won the AFL Title game in 1963.  He started wrestling professionally during the AFL offseason but after stints in Houston and Kansas City his knee injuries forced him to retire and he went into wrestling full time in 1969.
He quickly became a top draw as a heel fueding against the biggest names in wrestling including Andre The Giant, Mr. Wrestling II, Wahoo McDaniel, Bruno Sammartino and Dick the Bruiser.  He also had the distinction of challenging 3 WWF champions in the 1970s, first was Sammartino, then Pedro Morales and finally Bob Backlund in 1978.   He became famous for using his taped thumb as a weapon to win controversial matches but wherever he went he would be the #1 contender to face the top babyface (good guy).
In 1986 due to ongoing knee injuries "The Big Cat" retired from the ring for good and in 1995 was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame.  He was also inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 1981.
He succumb to colon cancer at the way too young age of 68 in 2007.

Bobby "Pretty Boy" Heenan with his WWA Tag Team champions:
Baron Von Raschke and Ernie Ladd in 1973

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Match of the Day/Today in History (Mr.Perfect)

Today in 1990, Curt Hennig or Mr. Perfect as he was known in the WWF, defeated "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich for the Intercontinental Title (with some help from Bobby Hennan and Ted Dibiase).

Monday Night RAW 11/18/2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NWA World Heavyweight Title November 7th 1979

November 7th 1979, Harley Race would face japanese legend and NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Giant Baba in a rematch for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.  Race lost the title 7 days earlier to Baba in Nagoya, Japan.  This time they met in Amagasaki, Japan with the belt on the line.

Harley Race would hold the belt for 302 days, from November 7th 1979 to September 4th 1980 when he again would lose the belt to Giant Baba, this time in Saga, Japan.  Baba would be World champion for 5 days this time and Race would win back the belt on September 9th in Otsu, Japan.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tag Team Match of the Day

November 6th 1998 the ECW tag team titles changed hands.
The team of Balls Mahoney and Masato Tanaka had won the belts 5 days earlier in Cleveland OH at the November To Remember PPV by defeating Buh Buh Ray and Devon Dudley.
This was the rematch  in New York City and first title defense for Mahoney and Tanaka.

ECW World Tag Team Title Match

Balls Mahoney/Masato Tanaka
The Dudley Boyz
(Buh Buh Ray/Devon)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 2nd 1985

The 3rd episode of the WWF Saturday Night's Main Event.

Taped October 31st in Hershey Park, PA and aired November 2nd 1985 on NBC.

Terry Funk vs The Junkyard Dog
Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant vs King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd
Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs Tito Santana
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat  vs  Mr. Fuji (w/Don Muraco) in a Kung Fu challenge.