Thursday, November 16, 2017

Title Changes Outside North America


On November 7th AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to the WWE Heavyweight Championship on Smackdown that had been taped earlier in the day in Manchester, England.  It was the first time that the championship changed hands outside North America.

That got me thinking, how many other championships have changed hands outside the confines of North America.  Off the top of my head I could think of a few but not many.  I decided to look into it and this is what I discovered.

Active Championships

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

November 7, 2017 SmackDown Live, Manchester, England
AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal

WWE Intercontinental Championship

August 29, 1992 SummerSlam, London England
The British Bulldog defeated Bret "Hitman" Hart

November 13, 2006 Raw, Manchester, England
Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro

April 16, 2007 Raw, Milan, Italy
Santino Marella pinned Umaga


November 10, 2008 Raw, Manchester, England
William Regal defeated Santino Marella

NWA/WCW/WWE United States Championship

November 13, 1995 NJPW Tokyo, Japan
Kensuke Sasaki defeated Sting

November 13, 2000 Monday Nitro, London, England
Lance Storm defeated General Rection

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships

April 17, 2007 SmackDown, Milan, Italy
Deuce n' Domino defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick

April 19, 2011 SmackDown, London, England
Big Show & Kane defeated The Corre: Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel

November 6, 2017 Raw, Manchester, England
Cesaro & Sheamus defeated Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

WWE United Kingdom Championship

January 15, 2017 Blackpool, England
Tyler Bate pinned Pete Dunne in a tournament to become the inaugural champion


NXT Championship

July 4, 2015 The Beast in the East, Tokyo, Japan
Finn Balor defeated Kevin Owens

December 3, 2016 NXT Osaka, Japan
Shinsuke Nakamura pinned Samoa Joe

Inactive Championships

WWE World Championship September 2, 2002 - December 15, 2013

January 9, 2005 New Year's Revolution, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Triple H defeated Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Batista, and Edge for the vacant championship in an Elimination Chamber match

WWE World Tag Team Championships June 3, 1971 - August 16, 2010

March 29, 1994 House Show, London, England
Men on a Mission: Mo & Mabel defeated The Quebecers: Jacques & Pierre

March 31, 1994 House Show, Sheffield, England
The Quebecers: Jacque & Pierre defeated Men on a Mission: Mo & Mabel


February 4, 2005 Raw, Saitama, Japan
William Regal & Tajiri defeated La Resistance: Robert Conway & Sylvain Grenier

November 13, 2006 Raw, Manchester, England
Rated RKO: Randy Orton & Edge defeated "Nature Boy" Ric Flair & "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

September 5, 2007 House Show, Cape Town, South Africa
Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

September 8, 2007 House Show, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick

WWE European Championship February 26, 1997 - July 22, 2002

February 26, 1997 Raw, Berlin, Germany
British Bulldog pinned Owen Hart in a tournament final to become the first ever champion


September 20, 1997 One Night Only, Brigmingham
Shawn Michaels defeated British Bulldog

December 2, 2000 Rebellion, Sheffield, England
Crash Holly defeated William Regal

WWE Women's Championship September 18, 1956 - September 19, 2010

July 3, 1986 House Show, Brisbane, Australia
Velvet McIntyre defeated The Fabulous Moolah

July 9, 1986 House Show, Sydney, Australia
The Fabulous Moolah defeated Velvet McIntyre


October 7, 1988 Prime Time Wrestling, Paris, France
Rockin' Robin defeated "Sensational" Sherri Martel

November 20, 1994 Big Egg Wrestling Universe, Tokyo, Japan
Bull Nakano defeated Alundra Blayze

January 9, 2005 New Year's Revolution, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Trish Stratus defeated Lita

April 24, 2007 House Show, Paris France
Mickie James defeated Champion: Melina and Victoria in a triple threat match pinning Victoria

Melina pinned Mickie James after being granted an immediate re-match

April 14, 2008 Raw, London, England
Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix

WWE Diva's Championship July 20, 2008 - April 3, 2016

April 12, 2010 Raw, London, England
Eve Torres defeated Maryse

WWE Hardcore Championship November 2, 1998 - August 26, 2002

May 6, 2000 Insurrextion, London, England
The British Bulldog defeated Crash Holly

May 1, 2002 House Show, Cologne, Germany
Goldust defeated Tommy Dreamer
Steven Richards defeated Goldust

May 2, 2002 House Show, Glasgow, Scotland
Shawn Stasiak defeated Steven Richards
Justin Credible defeated Shawn Stasiak
Crash Holly defeated Justin Credible
Steven Richards defeated Crash Holly
Shawn Stasiak defeated Steven Richards
Steven Richards defeated Shawn Stasiak


May 3, 2002 House Show, Birmingham, England
Crash Holly defeated Steven Richards
Steven Richards defeated Crash Holly

May 4, 2002 Insurrextion, London, England
Booker T defeated Steven Richards
Crash Holly defeated Booker T
Booker T defeated Crash Holly
Steven Richards pinned Booker T

WCW / WWE Cruiserweight Championship March 20, 1996 - July 22, 2007

March 20, 1996 NJPW Hyper Battle 1996, Nagoya, Japan
Shinjiro Otani defeated Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) in a tournament final

Shinjiro Otani

November 15, 2005 House Show Rome, Italy
Nunzio defeated Juventud Guerrera

November 22, 2005 SmackDown Sheffield, England
Juventud Guerrera defeated Nunzio

WCW World Heavyweight Championship January 11, 1991 - December 9, 2001

March 11, 1993 House Show, London England
Sting defeated Big Van Vader

March 17, 1993 House Show, Dublin, Ireland
Big Van Vader pinned Sting

WCW World Tag Team Championship January 29, 1975 - November 18, 2001

February 12, 2000 House Show, Oberhausen, Germany
The Mamalukes: Johnny The Bull & Big Vito defeated The Harris Brothers: Ron & Don

February 13, 2000 House Show, Leipzig, Germany
The Harris Brothers: Ron & Don defeated The Mamalukes: Johnny The Bull & Big Vito

October 9, 2000 Thunder, Sydney, Australia
Misfits in Action: Lt. Loco & Corporal Cajun defeated Sean O'Haire & Mark Jindrak


Later in the show: Sean O'Haire & Mark Jindrak defeated Misfits in Action: Lt. Loco & Corporal Cajun

November 16, 2000 Millennium Final, Oberhausen, Germany
Alex Wright & General Rection defeated Sean O'Haire & Mark Jindrak

WCW Women's Championship December 29, 1996 - September 20, 1997

September 20, 1997 GAEA Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Devil Masami defeated Zero in a tournament final for vacant championship

WCW Women's Crusierweight Championship April 7, 1997 - September 20, 1997

July 19, 1997 Yokohama, Japan
Yoshiko Tamura defeated Toshie Uematsu

September 20, 1997 GAEA Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Sugar Sato defeated Toshiko Tamura

ECW World Tag Team Championships June 23, 1992 - April 11, 2001

December 13, 1998, ECW/FMW Supershow, Tokyo, Japan
Sabu & Rob Van Dam defeated The Dudley Boys: Bubba Ray & D-Von

Active/Inactive titles with no Title Changes Outside North America

WWE Universal Championship August 21, 2016 - present

WWE Raw Women's Champion April 3, 2016 - present

WWE Cruiserweight Champion September 14, 2016 - present

WWE SmackDown Women's Championship September 11, 2016 - present

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship September 11, 2016 - present

NXT Tag Team Championships January 23, 2013 - present

NXT Women's Championship April 5, 2013 - present

WWE Light-Heavyweight Championship December 7, 1997 - November 30, 2001

WW-ECW Championship June 13, 2006 - February 16, 2010

WCW Light-Heavyweight Championship October 27, 1991 - September 2, 1992

WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship March 18, 2001 - March 26, 2001

WCW World Six-Man Tag Tea Championship February 17, 1991 - November 30, 1991

WCW Hardcore Championship November 21, 1999 - March 26, 2001

WCW United States Tag Team Championship September 28, 1986 - July 31, 1992

ECW World Heavyweight Championship April 25, 1992 - April 4, 2001

ECW World Television Championship August 12, 1992 - April 11, 2001

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Roy's Review: IWE Ultimate Survival November 4, 2017


Here is my review of IWE's Ultimate Survival in Brewer, Maine on November 4, 2017

Match 1: Kalvin Michael Strange defeated Elite Terrell to advance to the finals of the Live Wire Championship Tournament
There were a few awkward spots but overall a solid match and good win for Strange. I didn't expect Terrell to be doing double duty.
5.75/10

In Ring: Kennedi Copeland comes out and says that there aren't any females for her to wrestle tonight so she puts out an open challenge to any of the men in the back.

Match 2: Kennedi Copeland defeated The Dozer
This was a squash and good thing.
3/10

In Ring: The Captain brings out Alexander Lee and Adam Ricker for the Ultimate Survival man advantage coin toss. Like always the heel team wins the coin toss. This was a very uneventful segment.

Match 3: Todd Harris defeated Foxx Vinyer to advance to the finals of the Live Wire Championship Tournament
Good match that I really enjoyed. Great win for Harris considering the size difference and that Vinyer has made appearances with Ring of Honor. If this gets uploaded to YouTube check it out, its good.
7.5/10

In Ring: Todd Harris cuts a promo basically saying how great he is and that he is gonna win the Live Wire Championship next month. Kalvin Michael Strange comes out and stares down Harris while Harris makes fun of him. Then Strange tries to lock on a fujiwara armbar but Harris gets away.

Match 4: The Maine State Posse: Danger Kid, Aidan Aggro &Alexander Lee and The Street: Elite Terrell & Angel Cross and Big Moxie defeated The Station: Adam Ricker, Jason Rumble & Jimmy Limits and The Era of Violence: Rob Marsh & Bill Vaux and JP O'Reilly in Ultimate Survival

The this was a great match that went about 40 minutes. I love crazy brawls like this. The only drawback was that at times there was to much going on and I couldn't watch all of it. This match was a tale of two matches. The first half of the match they were basically wrestling until Jimmy Limits turns on The Station, brogue kicking them all which caused Adam Ricker to be eliminated. 

Adam Ricker is pissed and attacked Moxie a baseball bat getting him eliminated. Then Danger Kid freaked out at the referee and there should have been a DQ but then the referee said there were no DQs and all hell then broke loose. 

The fight went all over the place. They pretty much only used chairs but they made great use of them. Rob Marsh even teased tacks but for some reason they weren't used. At the end it came down to Danger Kid vs. JP O'Reilly and Bill Vaux. Kid got a quick school boy on Vaux and then quickly made O'Reilly tap out to become the sole survivor.
9/10

The order of entry for Ultimate Survival:
1: Jimmy Limits
2: Aidan Aggro
3: Bill Vaux
4: Angel Cross
5: Jason Rumble
6: Danger Kid
7: Rob Marsh
8: Alexander Lee
9: JP O'Reilly
10: Elite Terrell
11: Adam Ricker
12: Big Moxie

The order of elimination for Ultimate Survival
1: Elite Terrell
2: Jimmy Limits
3: Adam Ricker
4: Big Moxie
5: Alexander Lee
6: Jason Rumble
7: Rob Marsh
8: Angel Cross
9: Aidan Aggro
10: Bill Vaux
11: JP O'Reilly

This show scored a 25.25 out of 40 for an overall score of 63.13%. This was a great show and a great night of action. The bad was kept to a minimum and the good vastly outweighed it. Hopefully this show comes out on DVD because it would be worth buying not only for Ultimate Survival but for Harris vs. Vinyer. 

I'm really hoping that Todd Harris wins the Live Wire Championship. He is the most entertaining act that IWE has going right now and has improved tremendously as a wrestler since he first appeared in IWE. 

IWE returns in early December

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Signed Trading Cards: Solomon Crowe, Petey Williams, Jessicak Havok and more

These cards were all signed in person on November 3, 2017 at Limitless Wrestling "Hybrid Moments" at the Portland Club in Portland, Maine.  You can read my recap of the show here.


Solomon Crowe

This card is from the 2015 Topps Undisputed Wrestling Cards set that was released in Hobby Boxes only.  This card is from a subset called NXT Prospects and is officially Crowe's first card.  This card has five variants, black (99 cards), red (99 cards), purple (50 cards), silver (25 cards), 1 gold card, and 1 printing plate card.  This is a silver number 02 or 25.

I actually had two of the cards and gave one the Sami Callihan, the former Solomon Crowe.  Previously I had two cards signed by him at a Limitless Wrestling show in July.


Jessicka Havok

This card is from the 2017 Stardom Collection card set released in Japan by World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion.  I almost got my hands on another card of hers from this set but was outbid on ebay.

When I showed her the card she was surprised and asked "Where did you get this?" I told them Stardom produced it and she seemed a bit pissed.  Evidently she didn't know it even existed, she did admit the photo on the card was from a photo shoot she did with them, she had 8 x 10 versions, but still it would have been nice to know.


Petey Williams

This card is from the 2008 Tristar TNA Impact wrestling set.  Williams retired from wrestling in July 2014 and just returned in July of this year.  I had actually been trying to find contact information to mail him some cards and hadn't had any luck.  I was surprised that Williams wrestled on this show considering he was booked to compete at the Bound for Glory PPV two days later in an Ultimate X Match.


Jordynne Grace

This card is part of the independent Missouri Wrestling Revival series two card set.  Brian Kelley has produced some great cards over the years with cooperation of the wrestlers featured.  For a lot of wrestlers this is their first and sometimes only trading cards.  He has complete sets of both series and some single cards.  You can find them here on his website.  Cards are only $2 each and are high quality and well worth it.

Jordynne wanted to makes sure that I knew it was an old picture and an old card.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Limitless Wrestling: Hybrid Moments 11/3/2017 Live Report

Friday November 3rd Limitless Wrestling returned to a capacity crowd at the Portland Club for Hybrid Moments:


Originally this show was slated to take place at the Westbrook Armory, however just two weeks prior to the event Limitless was forced to change venues because of a rescheduled Military event now taking place there.  Limitless moved to the Portland Club, a venue they had run earlier in the year the only downside it is a smaller building cutting potential ticket sales by 75 tickets.

Canaan, Alex, and I got down to the venue at quarter past five because I wanted to get street parking close by as I had to go to work after and wanted to be able to make a quick getaway after the show.  The only thing that bugged me was when we got in there wasn't enough seats for us in a row in the front row to sit together.  There are six of us that get front row and three that get general admission and we like to seat near each other and we couldn't.

VIP get's in early and for the $15 more per ticket getting a picture with and autograph from Matt Cross, although he's cool, it wasn't worth it to me.  Because I take my son that translates to an extra $30 which is a lot.  Personally I think VIP and Front Row should get in early with the VIP advantage being the photo and autograph with whoever the selected wrestler is.

Also Teddy Hart was supposed to appear and wrestle Josh Briggs, but he was unable to attend due to a court appearance in Texas stemming from an incident last year.  Promoter Randy Carver has promised when Hart is available he will come to Limitless to face Josh Briggs.

One last thing, the lighting in there was terrible and a lot of my pictures didn't come out very well because of it.  Here are the best of what I got.

Lets get to the show!!

Ace Romero pinned Sami Callihan



I tweeted that I couldn't wait to watch these guys kick the shit out of each other and I was not disappointed at all!  Ace is just getting better with every passing match he wrestles he can move unbelievably for a man his size.



The match started out explosively and the fast pace didn't let up.  Callihan even managed a death valley driver and a body slam which was impressive!  Ace got the pin with his versions of a black hole / boss man slam.



Jordynne Grace pinned Jessicka Havok




Havok was advertised for the Six Way Scramble but Grace who had no advertised opponent came out and challenged Havok one on one.  No complaints at all from me because these two girls put on a hell of a show and really went at each other.




This was my first time seeing them both live and they did not disappoint! Stiff wrestling both in the ring and on the floor with back and forth action.  Again they were really laying it into each other but in the end a Grace pushed Havok up on the second rope and threw her down with a powerbomb for the pin.


Josh Briggs pinned Darby Allin

Allin substituted for Teddy Hart and Briggs let him know this early.  I think a lot of people were surprised with just how good Darby is.  Evolved has put a could mini-docs featuring him on their YouTube page and you should go check them out.


This was just a damn good match!  Allins athleticism flying around the ring with precision is much more impressive live.  Briggs can move for a big man and you should take advantage of the opportunity to watch him now before he is in NXT.


I want to see Allin back in Limitless no doubt about it!

The Thick Boys: Jon Silver & Jay Freddie defeated The Maine State Posse: Alexander Lee & Danger Kid 




The Posse drops another match this time without Aggro.  The first three matches were so wild and crazy that I felt bad that for the first half of the match the crowd was regrouping and wasn't reacting well.  Decent tag team match with the Thick Boys getting the win with their double team finish where both members of the team pinned Alexander Lee, which is an illegal pin.


Post match Joey Eastman came out and offered his managerial services to The Posse who declined, so Eastman called them a bunch of losers and teased that Aggro wasn't there because of that.



Matt Cross pinned Petey Williams

A lot of people there were excited for this match, four were there specifically for Matt Cross.  These two veterans started off slow and let the match build to a crescendo with Cross getting the pin.  At one point during the match Williams had Cross in a single leg crab that transitioned into an STF, then crossface, then rings of Saturn before Cross made it to the ropes for the break.



When Williams was announced for the show I said I hope he doesn't do a Canadian Destroyer.  The reason for that is because it's become the most over done highspot in indy wrestling, everyone does it and it is no longer impressive.  Mikey, Roy, and others insisted that there was no way he wasn't doing one.  My second caveat was is if he does it then no one on the card should be able to.  Well not only did not one on the card do one, but Williams didn't either!  He teased it but never hit one and people were pissed!  HAHAHAHA, I love it!

Intermission



Maxwell Jacob Friedman submitted Jonathan Gresham 

This match had more comedy than I expected it would, but also fantastic mat wrestling from Gresham.  Surprisingly though Freidman got the submission victory with his modified arm bar.  I say this in every report that I do but Friedman must be the best heel on indy's right now. He is so friggin good, quick on the mic, and is not afraid to be a chicken shit.  I enjoy him thoroughly.

Friedman would not release the submission until Matt Cross made the save.  He then challenged MJF to a match on January 19th.

"Dirty Daddy" Chris Dickinson pinned Cam Zagami

Zagami came out for this American Grit open challenge, music started and everyone looked towards the entry way when Dickinson hit the ring from behind in his street clothes to a monstrous ovation!  He leveled Zagami then hit a pazuzu bomb kicking Zagami to the floor after while soaking in the thunderous "Dirty Daddy" chant.  He then grabbed the mic to cut a promo and said "I fucking forgot that this was an actual match" so he pazuzu bombed Zagami for the three count.



Now post match he cut a scathing promo on Eddie Kingston, about him being afraid to wrestle him, that he was going to hurt him.  Honestly I couldn't tell if he was shooting or not.  He challenged Kingston to a match January 19th when Limitless returns to Westbrook.

Christian Casanova pinned Ethan Page

Before the match Stokely Hathaway came out and propositioned Casanova to join the Dream Team, he did.  Page and Casanova had a great match, Page dominated the majority and when the ref got in the way he ate a boot in the face.



Casanova was going to cheat when Mr. Grim came out to a big ovation.  He then attacked Page joining the Dream Team.  Casanova leveled Page with a chain and got the three count.  Post match the Thick Boys ran out making the save preventing Grim and Casanova from laying in a beat down on Page.


Scramble Match: Terra Calaway defeated Skylar, Willow Nightingale, Davienne, Kennedi Copeland, & Ashley Vox

Ashley Vox replaced Jessicka Havok in this match.  As always with the six way scrambles there was a great mix of styles and talent in the ring.  It was a fun match with one particular scary moment when Willow Nightingale was going for a moonsault from the second rope to the floor and it looked like the rest almost didn't catch her.  Made my stomach flutter.





Calaway got the win with a pin on Copeland, was surprised to see her get the win.  I would like to see them all comeback, but I'm partial to Miss Nightingale.

"All Good" Anthony Greene wrestled JT Dunn to a double count-out




Greene came to the ring first flanked by two flunkies that stood between him and the fans, it's was hilarious! This was a great match!  Dunn took out both flunkies and then Greene jumped him from behind.  They battled all over the floor and then finally got back into the ring when the ref called for the bell.


The match then went a direction I wasn't expecting, not that it wasn't good.  It culminated with the ref getting hit in the dick, then AG hitting Dunn followed by Dunn hitting AG so all three were rolling around holding their junk.



Then the match went where I thought it would.  Dunn hurt his knee, AG took advantage working it for several minutes, Dunn's comebacks were thwarted by his knee until he finally managed to work through the pain.  Dunn never stopped selling the knee even after the match, I appreciate that.  We had a series of false finishes and then both men were on the apron where Dunn nailed a tombstone piledriver on the ring apron and then both thudded on the floor.  The ref started the 10 count and Dunn almost made it back in but AG prevented him ending in the double count-out.


Post match the flunkies attacked Dunn, Ace Romero made the save, Dunn didn't appreciate it.  Josh Briggs came out attacking Romero tossing him to the floor, then did a dive over the ring post onto the floor onto everyone.  He then said that he was the Ace of Limitless not them and challenged them to a fatal four way match in January.


At intermission I got a few cards signed and had really great interactions with Jessicka Havok, Sami Callihan, Jordynne Grace, Matt Cross, & Petey Williams.  Limitless was dealt a tough hand with the venue change only a short time before the show and did a great job pulling it off.  I wasn't a big fan of this building simply because it's not big enough, other wise it's a great venue.

Limitless Returns to the Westbrook Armory Friday January 19, 2018, already advertised:

The debut of Deonna Purrazzo

The return of "The King of Taunts" David Starr

Matt Cross vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Chris Dickinson's challenge to Eddie Kingston

Fatal Four Way: Josh Briggs vs. Ace Romero vs. JT Dunn vs. "All Good" Anthony Greene

Sincerely if you like wrestling or even if you don't and are looking for a great time you need to come to Limitless Wrestling.


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