Friday, December 30, 2016

The Last Match: WWE World Champions Vol 2

In this edition of the Last Match we look at a few of the former WWWF/WWF/WWE World Champions that are no longer with us.

Stan 'The Man" Stasiak
September 9, 1984 Portland Wrestling, Portland Oregon
defeated Rick Oliver by disqualification

Stan "The Man" Stasiak is best known for defeating Pedro Morales on December 1, 1973 for the championship.  Stasiak only held the title for 9 days dropping it to Bruno Sammartino on December 10th.  Stasiak's only title defense was December 7th in North Attleboro, Massachusetts a no onctest with Chief Jay Strongbow.  The Jack Witchi's Sports Arena in North Attleboro held 1500 fans and hosted wrestling frequently until it burned down in 1979.

The Man passed away June 19, 1997

"Macho Man" Randy Savage
December 5, 2004 TNA Turning Point PPV Orlando, FL
with AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy defeated Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, & Scott Hall

This was not the Macho Man of old, he wrestled in a long sleeve black shirt and pants.  He only appeared for the closing moments of the match but was able to beat up everyone before reversing a sunset flip into a pin.

Macho Man passed away May 20, 2011

Ultimate Warrior
June 25, 2008 NEW Summer Tour, Barcelona, Spain
defeated NEW Champion: Orlando Jordan to win the title

It was Warriors first match in ten years and he didn't look like the Ultimate Warrior.  He had the face paint, trunks and tassels, but short gray hair and not the physic he once had.  He won with a shoulder tackle.

Warrior passed away April 8, 2014 the Tuesday after WrestleMania XXX weekend where he was inducted in the Hall of Fame, appeared at Mania, and appeared on Raw cutting a powerful promo.

October 10, 1999 Heroes of Wrestling PPV, Bay St. Louis, MO
with Jake Roberts lost to Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart & King Kong Bundy

This is the last recorded match I can find of Yoko.  When he died he was in Liverpool, England on a tour for Brian Dixon's All Star Wrestling, I can't find and record of any matches he may have participated in.

Yokozuna passed away October 23, 2000

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