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Posted On June 19, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 19th

Trivia 1948 – The current National Wrestling Alliance was formed as promoters Sam Muchnick (St. Louis), Fred Kohler (Chicago), Wally Karbo (Minneapolis), & others joined with president Pinkie George (who had promoted under the NWA name since 1946) 1986 – Antonio Inoki wins the NJPW IWGP League, defeating Dick Murdoch in the final 2000 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Night Raw: 5.8 to 2.7 in the ratings 2005 – Tiger Mask IV won the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Gedo in the finalRead More
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Posted On June 18, 2014By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: WWE Raw Analysis 06/16/14

The Authority kicks off Raw with the roster at the top of the ramp. Hunter announces a battle royal tonight for a qualifying spot in the WWE World Title ladder ladder match at Money in the Bank. Hunter says John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose are NOT allowed to compete. John Cena will face Kane in a stretcher match in our main event with the winner qualifying for Money in the Bank. ^I’ve never understood the reasoning for bringing all the wrestlers to the top of the stage forRead More
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It’s time to step into the world of one of Britain’s brightest wrestling promotions as we take another look at Progress Wrestling as we take a look back at Chapter Ten of their ongoing saga, Glory Follows Virtue As If It Were It’s Shadow. The show began with Dutch star Tommy End taking on Mikey Whiplash. The proverbial short and sweet opener was a very solid encounter. These two could have been mirror images of each other, not just in their ring attire but with the way they exchanged holdsRead More
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Posted On June 18, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 18th

Trivia 2006 – Minoru won the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Tiger Mask IV in the final 2012 – In a segment taped for her reality series, Cyndi Lauper made her 1st appearance for WWE since 1985 Events In 1994, the WWF Hall of Fame Ceremony is held in Baltimore, Maryland. The Class of 94 were: – Arnold Skaaland (inducted by Shane McMahon) – Bobo Brazil (inducted by Ernie Ladd) – “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers (inducted by Bret Hart) – Chief Jay Strongbow (inducted by Tatanka) – Freddie Blassie (inducted byRead More
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Posted On June 17, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 17th

Trivia 1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.4 to 2.3 in the ratings. This would begin WCW Nitro’s 84-week domination in the ratings of WWF Raw 2002 - Britain’s highest court, the House of Lords, ruled that the World Wildlife Fund, not WWE, owns the rights to the “WWF” initials. The ruling came down upholding the 2001 ruling from a British High Court that prevented the company now known as WWE from using the “WWF” initials after the Fund claimed sole ownership to themRead More
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Posted On June 16, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 16

  Events In 1992, WCW Clash of the Champions XIX was held at the McAlister Field House of the Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. This event featured the 1st round of the NWA World Tag Team Title Tournament, which was completed at The Great American Bash: 1st Round of the NWA World Tag Team Title Tournament: – Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff (USA & Lithuania) defeated Dean & Joe Malenko (Belarus) – Steve Austin & Rick Rude (USA) defeated Tom Zenk & Marcus Bagwell (USA) – Terry Gordy & Steve Williams (Japan)Read More
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Posted On June 15, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 15th

Trivia 1991 – Gary Strydom wins the 1rst WBF BodyStars Championship event 1998 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.3 to 4.0 in the ratings 2002 - Steve Austin’s then-wife Debra called the San Antonio police to their home to investigate an incident of alleged violence. The story would receive mainstream news coverage over the next several months On November 25th Steve Austin pleaded No Contest to the assault charges. Austin was given a $1,000 fine, one year’s probation, forced to perform 80 hours of communityRead More
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Posted On June 14, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 14th

  Trivia 1984 – Antonio Inoki won the NJPW IWGP League 1987 – Antonio Inoki won the NJPW IWGP League, defeating Masa Saito in the final 1993 – Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit) won the NJPW Top of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating El Samurai in the final 2007 – Ashley Massaro took time off from WWE to film CBS’ “Survivor” reality series 2009 – Koji Kanemoto won the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Prince Devitt in the final 2011 – WWE released developmental talent Wes Brisco Events In 1989, NWA Clash of the ChampionsRead More
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Posted On June 13, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 13th

Trivia 1992 – Gary Strydom won the 2nd & final WBF BodyStars Championship event 1994 – Jushin Liger won the renamed NJPW Best of the Super Juniors (formerly Top of the Super Juniors) Tournament, defeating Super Delfin in the final 2002 – NWA-TNA announced plans to debut the X-Division championship 2004 – Tiger Mask IV won the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final 2006 – The revived ECW brand airs for the 1st time on the Sci-Fi Channel, this featured the debut Kelly Kelly in her segment calledRead More
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After Seth Rollins’ brutal chair assault on his former The Shield mates Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, the only thing left for him to do was don a designer suit. Whether he’s an adequate addition to Evolution remains to be seen. One things for sure, this could be a major positive or negative turning point for Raw and Smackdown programming, maybe even a trickle down to NXT. Heck, if Rollins enters Money In The Bank, we could be looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. WWE always leaves itsRead More
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Posted On June 12, 2014By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: WWE Raw Analysis 06/09/14

The Authority kick off Raw and declare the WWE World Title vacant(Daniel Bryan will not be ready to compete in time for Money in the Bank). Therefore, the MITB Ladder Match at the pay per view will be for the championship instead of a title shot. Hunter then announces that Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose will take on the Wyatt Family tonight in what will most likely be a handicap match(since Hunter assumes they can’t find a partner and wants us all to forget that John Cena is feuding withRead More
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Posted On June 12, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 12th

Trivia 1996 – NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament is the 1st to use the current 2-block round robin format. Black Tiger II defeated Jushin Liger in the final 2010 – Former WWE stars Kizarny & Stacy Carter announced their engagement Events In 1991, WCW Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville, USA was held at the Civic Auditorium, in Knoxville, Tennessee: Dark Match: – Curtis Rockwell defeated Michael Laney Clash: – The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong), & Tom Zenk defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin, & Badstreet (BradRead More
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Seeing the stagnant product of WWE with regards to RAW, Smackdown and Main Event as of late and having seen the tremendous product that NXT has come out with as of late, I had a revelation of sorts. Not only is WWE vastly under-estimating its current audience and missing multiple opportunities to truly maximize all of their television minutes, they are continuously devaluing many of their best talents. WWE’s main roster has close to 80 people on it fighting for even just a few seconds of TV time each week,Read More
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Posted On June 11, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 11th

Trivia 2003 - Kim Nielsen, wrestling for NWA-TNA as Desire, suffered a suffered a back injury during an Xplosion match at the NWA-TNA pay-per-view and was hospitalized.  Nielsen completed the match, but collapsed in the dressing room and was treated on the scene by the TNA trainer. An ambulance was called and she was taken to a local hospital.  Nielsen suffered a compression fracture of her L1 vertebrae, an injury that eventually ended her in-ring career.  After retiring, Nielsen put on a great amount of weight and later went to theRead More
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Posted On June 10, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 10th

Trivia 1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.4 to 2.2 in the ratings 2000 – Tatsuhito Takaiwa wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Shinjiro Otani in the final 2008 – WWE announced that Jimmy Wang Yang was suspended for 30 days under their Wellness Policy, his 1st infraction Events In 1991, The Herb Abrams version of the Universal Wrestling Federation held Beach Brawl PPV, it’s 1st & only ppv at the Manatee Civic Center, in Palmetto, Florida. With an attendance ofRead More
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Posted On June 9, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 9th

Trivia 1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.4 to 2.2 in the ratings 2000 – Tatsuhito Takaiwa wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Shinjiro Otani in the final 2008 – WWE announced that Jimmy Wang Yang was suspended for 30 days under their Wellness Policy, his 1st infraction Events In 1991, The Herb Abrams version of the Universal Wrestling Federation held Beach Brawl PPV, it’s 1st & only ppv at the Manatee Civic Center, in Palmetto, Florida. With an attendance ofRead More
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Posted On June 8, 2014By Jim LaMottaIn Columns, Featured

Looking At The Evolution Of The WWE

Nearly three years ago, CM Punk cut a historic “pipe bomb” promo and main stream media outlets took notice of the angle, which is something that hadn’t happened in years. It provided something unpredictable that made fans tune in if they wanted to see what would happen next, which is also something that hadn’t happened in years. As I’ve mentioned previously, I think the WWE missed the boat and they could’ve done a lot more with the angle to potentially start another wrestling boom with CM Punk as the centerRead More
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Posted On June 8, 2014By Thad ZajacIn Columns, Featured

The Unwatchable WWE Raw And A Broken Shield

I’m watching the segment over as I write this, and I still cannot stand it. Last night, the Shield was blown up, as Seth Rollins “sold out” to Triple H and turned on his running buddies, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. I suppose it was the logical end for them, since they really had no more to accomplish after a sweep of Evolution in their Payback rematch, but as a fan, it was immensely hard to handle. The Shield was the one enjoyable, consistent match week in and week out.Read More
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Posted On June 8, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 8th

Trivia 2003 – The New York State Athletic Commission began requiring all wrestling promoters who promote more than six times in a calendar year to institute a yearly drug testing program. The rule actually went into effect on paper the previous year, but the Commission is starting to ensure it’s enforcement. Basically, any performers who work for these promotions would be required, once a year, to pass a urine test 2004 – WWE & John Bradshaw Layfield found themselves with a public relations nightmare as a result of JBL doing a “NaziRead More