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Posted On June 29, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 29th

Trivua 2009 – on WWE Raw, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, & Jack Swagger were all moved to Raw as part of a “mini-draft” that Vince McMahon claimed was put into motion by Donald Trump during Trump’s brief run as “Raw owner” Events In 2008, WWE Night Of Champions was held at American Airlines Arena, in Dallas, Texas. With an attendance of 16,151: Dark Match: – Jeff Hardy defeated Montel Vontavious Porter PPV: – John Morrison & The Miz defeated Finlay & Hornswoggle to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles – Matt Hardy defeated ChavoRead More
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Posted On June 28, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 28th

Trivia 2007 – Drug Enforcement Agency raided the office of Chris Benoit’s physician Dr. Phil Astin, stemming from prescription medication found in the Benoit family home after the former WWE World champion murdered his wife and son before committing suicide.  Computers were confiscated from Astin’s office.   The day before, Astin commented to the media that he had seen Benoit the day of the killings where he showed no sign of rage or distress. He noted he had been treating Benoit for a lack of testosterone, which can be a side effectRead More
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Posted On June 27, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 27th

Trivia 2002 – John Cena made his WWE television debut on WWE Smackdown 2002 – It is revealed that Bret Hart suffered a stroke when he fell off a bicycle several days earlier.  Hart would be forced to re-learn how to walk & talk again but amazingly, would return to WWE and do some limited pro wrestling 2009 – TNA announced via Twitter that former WWE star Shawn Daivari had signed with the company. He would debut under the ring name Sheik Abdul Bashir Events In 1999, WWF King of the Ring was held in Greensboro,Read More
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Posted On June 26, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 26th

Trivia 2000 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro:  6.4 to 2.4 in the ratings 2000 – Mick Foley was named WWF Commissioner during an edition of Raw. 2007 – FCW promoted it’s 1st show as WWE’s new development territory Events In 2005, WWE Vengeance, held at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. With an attendance of 9,850. It was a Raw-exclusive event, though it did feature Smackdown superstar Kurt Angle. At this point, Raw had both World Champions on it’s roster. However, 4Read More
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The career of Jack Swagger has had it’s ups and downs. In 2009 & 2010, Swagger was very successful as he won both the ECW & World Heavyweight Titles. After this he fell down the ranks a bit, but he rose back to prominence after aligning with Zeb Colter & Cesaro. They became one of the most popular teams on the roster during the past year. Despite not winning the tag team titles, they put on outstanding matches and the crowd really caught on to them. Recently, Cesaro moved onRead More
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Last month, I had a blast attending the joint Ring of Honor/New Japan “War of the Worlds” show at the Manhattan Center. While the action was tremendous, I was also reminded of why there really is nothing like a New York City crowd. One of the more memorable moments that night inside the Hammerstein Ballroom was listening to the sold out crowd of 2,500 hardcores chant, “F*** TNA!” as A.J. Styles stood in the middle of the ring with a grin on his face like the cat that ate theRead More
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Posted On June 25, 2014By Joe WalkerIn Columns

Bobby Lashley: How Would You Rate His Career?

Professional wrestling fans were left scratching their heads when World Wrestling Entertainment released Bobby Lashley in 2008. Given his push, it could be assumed the Kansas-born amateur wrestling standout, an agile big man with an excellent low center of gravity, was prepping for a run with the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, or both. A former WWE United States Champion and two-time ECW Champion, “Chocolate Goldberg” (credit pro wrestling aficionado Louis Thomas, Jr. for the nickname) was cut following an injury. After brief spins through Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA)Read More
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Posted On June 25, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 25th

Trivia 1976 - Antonio Inoki & Muhammad Ali fought to a 15 round draw in Tokyo, Japan.  The rules of the match stated that Inoki could not use any suplexes, throws or submission moves.  Due to a misunderstanding about the finish of the bout, the entire match ended up consisting of Inoki lying on his back (so Ali could not knock him out) and kicking at Ali’s legs, while Ali would back away from the kicks as neither man trusted the other.  The fight was seen in the U.S. on closedRead More
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Posted On June 24, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 24th

Trivia 1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.3 to 2.7 in the ratings Events In 1995, the WWF Hall of Fame Ceremony was held at the Marriott Hotel, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The class of 95 was: – Antonino Rocca (inducted by Kevin Nash) – “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd (inducted by Bobo Brazil) – George ‘The Animal’ Steele (inducted by Doink The Clown) – Ivan Putski (inducted by Scott Putski) – The Fabulous Moolah (inducted by Alundra Blayze) – The Grand Wizard (inducted by Sgt.Read More
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Posted On June 23, 2014By Bill McCormickIn Columns, Featured

Pipebomb : The Four Seasons Of CM Punk

The Last Stand of CM Punk occurred on March 3, 2014. The Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois hosted Monday Night Raw in front of at least thirteen thousand, seven hundred and thirty one fans who wanted to see only one man that night. They wanted to hear only one voice, but on this night what they saw was the voice of a passionate generation of wrestling fans be heard for final time only to be ignored. Instead, the new Era of World Wrestling Entertainment programming began as Triple H wouldRead More
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WWE has emerged victorious. In it’s battle against CM Punk they have looked every bit the victor as Punk has looked indifferent. While we may never know what led to Punk walking out before Wrestlemania season like Bad News Brown in a Survivor Series match, we definitely saw how WWE has moved forward without him. In the court of public opinion, and pages of the IWC, WWE was slandered by CM Punk fans for everything, while knowing nothing. Punk was defended better than the Denver Broncos in this years Superbowl,Read More
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Posted On June 23, 2014By Jim LaMottaIn Columns, Featured

Looking At The Recent WWE Releases

Last week, there were eleven talents released from the WWE and I wasn’t going to discuss them, simply because it’s a lot to cover within one column, but to make it possible, I’m going to group a few of the talents in each paragraph. First, it should be noted that this round of releases seems to be a direct result of the WWE stock price dropping and the company losing an estimated $350 million last month. The WWE is a publicly traded company and the releases are as much ofRead More
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Posted On June 23, 2014By Julian RadbourneIn Columns

The Two Sheds Review: TNA Slammiversary 2014

It’s time to step into TNA territory once again as we take a look at their latest pay per view offering, with Eric Young facing two challengers to his title in the main event of Slammiversary, shown this past Wednesday night on Challenge here in Britain. The show began with the first title match of the evening, with Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve, & Manik challenging Sanada for the X Division title in a ladder match. This was kind of how I expected it would be, plentyRead More
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Posted On June 23, 2014By Julian RadbourneIn Columns, Indy News

The Two Sheds Review: ROH Supercard of Honor VII

Ring of Honor is on the agenda next, and for the first time in a while we’re going to look at an event DVD as we go back to April 5th, 2013, with Jay Briscoe challenging Kevin Steen for the World title in the main event of Supercard of Honor VII. The show began with tag team action as ACH and Tadarius Thomas went up against Q.T. Marshall, accompanied by his barrister R.D. Evans, and his mystery partner. There was a ton of jaw-jacking at the beginning of this one,Read More
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Posted On June 23, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 23rd

Trivia 1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.3 to 2.4 in the ratings 2010 – WWE released Angela Fong, who appeared as ring announcer Savannah.  In WWE developmental, she was considered to have been very athletically gifted but was only used as an announcer on the main roster Events In 1984, World Class Championship Wrestling held a 14-man tournament in San Antonio, Texas for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title, which was left vacant with the death of David Von Erich on February 10: First round:Read More
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Posted On June 22, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 22nd

Trivia 2007 – World Wrestling Entertainment announced  that Trinity had been released from the company 2009 – Ultimo Guerrero won the CMLL Universal Championship Tournament, defeating El Texano Jr in the final Events In 1996, ECW’s Hardcore Heaven was held at the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 1,500: – Shane Douglas defeated Mikey Whipwreck – JT Smith & Little Guido defeated Big Dick Dudley & Buh Buh Ray Dudley via DQ – Taz defeated Paul Varelans – Raven defeated Terry Gordy to retain the ECW World Heavyweight Title – TheRead More
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Posted On June 21, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 21st

Trivia 2007 – World Wrestling Entertainment’s Vince McMahon was among the names announced as being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Committee announced. McMahon will receive a special ceremony and a permanent star on the Walk of Fame, which runs three and a half miles down the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony would take place in March 2008. I was present for the presentation 2001 – The 1st season of WWF Tough Enough began on MTV. TheRead More
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Posted On June 20, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- June 20th

Trivia 2002 - 2 years after jumping to WCW with Ed Ferrara, Vince Russo returned to WWE as head television writer. He would leave the company again 3 weeks later, heading to the newly formed Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Events In 1992, the 1st WCW Beach Blast was held at the Mobile Civic Center, in Mobile, Alabama. With an attendance of 5,000: Dark Match: – The Junkyard Dog, Big Josh, & Tom Zenk defeated Diamond Dallas Page, Tracy Smothers, & Ricky Morton in a 6-man tag team match PPV: – Scotty Flamingo defeated BrianRead More
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Posted On June 19, 2014By Richard LattaIn Columns, Featured

WWE NXT : The Modern Day Territory

NXT is the rebirth of the Territory. The territorial era of wrestling is something that died long ago. When Vince McMahon began poaching the talent and television channels of each area of the country, he was headed toward his goal of wrestling domination. Some elements of each territory included, “The Monster Heel” who would come to town and destroy everyone on his path to a showdown with the most beloved face of the promotion. After being dispatched, he would move to the next territory and show his talents to aRead More