Friday, October 23, 2020

Dr. Luthor in WCW

Recently, Luthor (formerly known as Dr. Luthor) main evented AEW Dynamite in a match where he tagged with Serpentico to take on Chris Jericho and Jake Hager. This seemed a little odd since Luthor debuted horribly in 2019 and has pretty much wrestled on Dark ever since. It turns out Luthor and Jericho came up together so this was the reason why he was included in the match that was celebrating Jericho's 30th wrestling anniversary.

I decided I needed to do some research on Luthor, since other than him being sold as the Deathmatch Legend by Excalibur, I knew nothing about him. I checked out a few matches on YouTube and read through a few articles on him when I ran across a little tidbit. It turns out Luthor had a single match in WCW back in 2000. Thanks to YouTube I was able to locate it.

The match took place on WCW Worldwide and Luthor (known as Mad Jack) took on Vampiro. The match was no where near a classic, but there is an interesting backstory to it all as told by Luthor recently on Chris Jericho's podcast:

"So then WCW I go and it went so-so," Luther admitted. "I did a couple shows, but you know how they have you sometimes as security guys or whatever like that, backstage talent or whatever. So, it was cool. I mean, you still get to make a payday, but then I'm wrestling in Kelowna against Vampiro, and so I talked to him the day before and he was not super cool. He was pretty drugged out in my opinion. I'm not a drug counselor, obviously, but I don't know.

"I even was super nice because he wrestled in WAR. I was like, 'hey, we've worked for the same company in Japan and just wanted to say hi because we're working tomorrow,' and I always feel like I get along with people in the dressing room. And he's just being a dick. He didn't like you, and I noticed a couple people. People who had heat with you, then had heat with me off the bat, and I was like, whatever dude. So we go over the match. It's on TV. It was the very last Worldwide. So we go out, and we have all this stuff, but then he's kind of no selling my s--t.

"And I'm selling all his stuff, and then time for me to do stuff and he's like, 'no, we got to take it home.' But then the day after, he comes up to me actually before the match, and he's like, 'I just want to apologize. I didn't know who you were yesterday, and then people were telling me you were like big in Japan. Sorry for how I acted.' Your a dick. I don't really care, so that's how that went."

Apparently, WCW was impressed since Terry Taylor offered Luthor a three year deal that paid $130,000 the first year and then $210,000 the second year, and over $300,000 in the final year. However, Luthor was living in Canada at the time and did not have a work visa and that messed up his chance at being signed.

Luthor went on to wrestle in the independents for the next nineteen years before signing with AEW in late 2019.

It's hard not to day-dream about what could have been had Luthor signed with WCW. Would he have made an impact? Would they have wasted him? Would he have went onto greater success in WWE once they purchased WCW? Of course, we will never know the answer to those questions, but I'm happy to see that Luthor has a spot on the AEW roster in 2020.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Matches of Halloween Havoc (1989-1994)

 Recently, it was announced that NXT would be reviving the name Halloween Havoc for a special that is scheduled to occur on October 28th. Halloween Havoc was always one of my favorite WCW pay per views, so I thought now would be a great time to take a look back on the matches of Halloween Havoc. 

There were a total of twelve Halloween Havocs that occured between 1989-2000, all taking place sometime right before October 31st. The first two were promoted under the NWA/WCW banner while the rest were strictly WCW events. The show was a traveling event until 1996 when it took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where it remained until it's final show in 2000. 

The first Halloween Havoc occurred on October 28th, 1989 in Philadelphia, PA. This show was one of two-shows under the NWA banner. There were eight matches on the card:

Tom Zenk defeated Mike Rotunda

The Samoan SWAT Team (Fatu, The Samoan Savage and Samu) (with Oliver Humperdink) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) and Steve Williams (with Jim Cornette)

Tommy Rich defeated The Cuban Assassin

The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) (c) defeated The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace and Shane Douglas) (with Jim Cornette) for the NWA World Tag Team Championship

Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) (with Woman) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)

Lex Luger (c) defeated Brian Pillman for the NWA United States Championship

The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) (with Paul Ellering) defeated The Skyscrapers (Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious) (with Teddy Long) by disqualification

Ric Flair and Sting (with Ole Anderson) defeated The Great Muta and Terry Funk (with Gary Hart) in a Thunderdome match with Bruno Sammartino as the special guest referee.

The second Halloween Havoc was held on October 27th, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois. This event was also promoted as an NWA event. The home video release is missing four of the ten matches and the WWE Network version is also missing these matches which is unusual. I've put an asterisk next to the matches missing.

Tim Horner defeated Barry Horowitz (Dark Match)

Rip Rogers defeated Reno Riggins (Dark Match)

Tommy Rich and Ricky Morton defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette)

*Terry Taylor defeated Bill Irwin

*Brad Armstrong defeated J.W. Storm

*The Master Blasters (Blade and Steel) defeated The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong)

The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) (with Little Richard Marley) defeated The Renegade Warriors (Chris Youngblood and Mark Youngblood)

The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) (c) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship

*The Junkyard Dog defeated Moondog Rex

Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) (c) (with Teddy Long) wrestled Ric Flair and Arn Anderson to a double count-out for the NWA World Tag Team Championship

Stan Hansen defeated Lex Luger (c) for the NWA United States Championship

Sting (c) defeated Sid Vicious for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

The third Halloween Havoc event took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 27th, 1991. This was the pay per view where had the infamous Chamber of Horrors match took place. Also, the first ever WCW Light Heavyweight champion was crowned at this event.

El Gigante, Sting, and The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Abdullah the Butcher, The Diamond Studd, Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader Chamber of Horrors match

Big Josh and P.N. News defeated The Creatures (Creature 1 and Creature 2)

Bobby Eaton defeated Terrance Taylor (with Alexandra York of The York Foundation)

Johnny B. Badd (with Teddy Long) defeated Jimmy Garvin (with Michael Hayes)

Steve Austin (c) (with Lady Blossom) vs. Dustin Rhodes ended in a time-limit draw for the WCW World Television Championship

Bill Kazmaier defeated Oz by submission

Van Hammer defeated Doug Somers

Flyin' Brian defeated Richard Morton (with Alexandra York of The York Foundation) for the inaugural WCW Light Heavyweight Championship

The Halloween Phantom defeated Tom Zenk

The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) (c) defeated The Patriots (Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip) for the WCW World Tag Team Championship

Lex Luger (c) (with Harley Race) defeated Ron Simmons (with Dusty Rhodes) Two-out-of-three-falls match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Halloween Havoc 1992 took place on October 25th, 1992 in Philadelphia, PA. The main event was a Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal match that selected a Coal Miner's Glove stipulation. 

Erik Watts and Van Hammer defeated The Vegas Connection (Vinnie Vegas and Diamond Dallas Page (Dark Match)

Tom Zenk, Johnny Gunn and Shane Douglas defeated Arn Anderson, Michael Hayes and Bobby Eaton

Ricky Steamboat defeated Brian Pillman

Big Van Vader (c) defeated Nikita Koloff for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship

Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Steve Williams and Steve Austin ended in a time-limit draw for the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Championships

Rick Rude (with Madusa) defeated Masahiro Chono (c) (with Hiro Matsuda) by disqualification for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with Kensuke Sasaki and Harley Race as Special Guest Referees

Ron Simmons (c) defeated The Barbarian (with Cactus Jack) for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Sting defeated Jake Roberts in a Coal Miner's Glove match

Halloween Havoc 1993 took place in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 24th, 1993. The main event stipulation was once again determined by the Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal spinning wheel and this time the stipulation was Texas Death Match which suited the competitors: Cactus Jack and Vader.

Ice Train, Charlie Norris and The Shockmaster defeated Harlem Heat (Kole and Kane) and The Equalizer

Paul Orndorff (with The Assassin) defeated Ricky Steamboat by countout

Lord Steven Regal (c) (with Sir William) wrestled Davey Boy Smith to a time-limit draw for the WCW World Television Championship

Dustin Rhodes (c) defeated Steve Austin for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship

The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) (with Missy Hyatt) defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio (c) (with Teddy Long) for the WCW World Tag Team Championship

Sting defeated Sid Vicious

Rick Rude (c) defeated Ric Flair by disqualification for the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship

Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) defeated Cactus Jack in a Texas Death match

Halloween Havoc 1994 took place in Detroit, Michigan on October 23rd, 1994. The first match was originally slated to be The Harlem Heat vs. The Armstrongs, but Brad Armstrong had a family emergency and could not appear.

Booker T (with Stevie Ray) defeated Brian Armstrong (Dark Match)

Johnny B. Badd (c) wrestled The Honky Tonk Man to a time-limit draw for the WCW World Television Championship

Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma) defeated Stars and Stripes (The Patriot & Marcus Alexander Bagwell) (c) for the WCW World Tag Team Championship

Dave Sullivan defeated Kevin Sullivan by countout

Dustin Rhodes defeated Arn Anderson (with Col. Robert Parker & Meng)

Jim Duggan (c) defeated Steve Austin by disqualification for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship

Vader (with Harley Race) defeated The Guardian Angel

The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeated Terry Funk and Bunkhouse Buck (with Col. Robert Parker & Meng)

Hulk Hogan (c) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Ric Flair (with Sensuous Sherri) in a Steel Cage Retirement match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Mr. T as special guest referee

Following the match, Hogan was attacked by a masked man who had been stalking him: Brother Bruti (Brutus Beefcake). After Brother Bruti was unmasked, Kevin Sullivan and the debuting Avalanche (John Tenta) attacked Hogan until Sting made the save.

Check back soon for the second part of The Matches of Halloween Havoc (1995-2000)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Same Tag Team Different Gimmick II

Welcome to the second edition of Same Tag Team Different Gimmick, in the first post we looked at Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom in this edition it's all about....

Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka 

In December of 1986 Diamond and Tanaka first teamed together in the Memphis based Continental Wrestling Association as Badd Company where they captured the tag team championships four times.  In February 1988 they made their debut in the AWA defeating the Midnight Rockers in Las Vegas.

A month later in their fourth AWA match they would win the AWA World Tag Team Championships from the Midnight Rockers.  They would go on to hold the championships for 371 days defending them outside the AWA in the CWA, Kansas based WWA, and Florida Championship Wrestling.   In the AWA they were managed by Diamond Dallas Page and Madusa.

In May of 1989 they would wrestle their last AWA match as a team.  Diamond would stay in the AWA while Tanaka would travel to New Japan.  Tanaka would sign with the WWE in February teaming with Akio Sato as The Orient Express managed by Mr. Fuji.  Diamond would first appear as a singles in the WWE in March 1990.  

November 22, 1990 Akio Sato wrestled his last match in the WWE at the Survivor Series.  Two days later on the 24th a masked Paul Diamond now known as Kato teamed with Tanaka as The Orient Express. 

Kato & Tanaka

Sato & Tanaka

The duo would team together in the WWE regularly until August 1991 and then a final match at Royal Rumble 1992 when Tanaka would leave the promotion.  They had an excellent match at the 1991 Royal Rumble against The Rockers.  On July 29, 1991 at the Summerslam Spectacular TV Special in Worcester, MA Tanaka & Kato would team up with Sato in a losing effort to British Bulldog, Ricky Steamboat, and Kerry Von Erich.  This would be the only time all three members of the Orient Express would team together.

Tanaka would stay in the WWE wrestling as Kato in enhancement matches until September 1992 when he would become Max Moon. 

In October 1993 Badd Company would reunite in ECW feuding with Bad Breed and The Public Enemy.   In March 1994 they would have a couple matches in WCW as Haito & Tanaka-San losing to Arn Anderson & Ricky Steamboat on WCW Saturday Night.

They wouldn't team again until 2006 at an indie show in Michigan.  From 2006 - 2008 they would team up five times as the Orient Express: Kato & Tanaka.

Team Names

Badd Company: Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka
Orient Express: Kato & Tanaka
Haito & Tanaka-San

CWA International Tag Team Champions four times
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions
AWA World Tag Team Champions

First Match: December 15, 1986 Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee CWA event
Stretcher Match: Badd Company: Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka defeated CWA International Tag Team Champions: Akio Sato & Tarzan Goto to win the championships

Last Match: April 18, 2008 Port Richey, Florida ASWF Can't Touch Us
The Orient Express: Kato & Tanaka defeated Joshua Masters & Kennedy Kendrick

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Same Tag Team Different Gimmick

Over the years many wrestling tag teams have changed their names from one promotion to another but very little else changes about them.  For instance Hawk & Animal were The Road Warriors around the world but were called the Legion of Doom in the WWE and The Dudley Boys were forced to change their name to Team 3D when they left the WWE.

There are other tag teams though that completely reinvent themselves when they move from one promotion to another if they chose to do so or not.  In this post we are going to take a look at one of those tag teams.

Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom

The duo began teaming together in 1989 in the AWA as the Destruction Crew wearing hard hats and carrying sledgehammers to the ring.  They would defeated Greg Gagne & Paul Diamond to capture the AWA World Tag Team Championships holding them for 314 days.  This would be the only championships the duo would hold.  Although they did win the 1989 PWI Rookie of the Year award, the only tag team to accomplish this. 

In 1990 while still the AWA Tag Team Champions they would travel to the WCW under masks as The Minnesota Wrecking Crew II with manager Ole Anderson.  Here they would challenge for both the NWA World Tag Team and United States Championships unable to capture either titles.  They returned to the AWA dropping the tag titles to The Trooper & DJ Peterson. 

 August 1990 to April 1991 they would tour New Japan Pro Wrestling as The Destruction Crew and wrestled what was the final AWA show on 1991 on May 3rd.  Three weeks later the debuted in the WWE as the bleached blonde tag team The Beverly Brothers Beau & Blake.

They would spend two years in the WWE where they challenged for the Tag Team Championships several times unsuccessfully.  After receiving an initial push in the promotion they were reduced to enhancement talent.

In 1994 & 1995 they would make a few appearances together on the Indies as The Destruction Crew.  In October 1997 in Minneapolis they wrestled on a dark match on WCW Nitro losing to Barry Darsow and John Nord.  

January of 1998 they made there WCW television debut on Saturday Night as Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom wrestling a half dozen matches over the next couple months until their final match as a team in April.  In total the teamed on and off together for nine years winning one tag team championship.

Tag Team Names
The Destruction Crew
Minnesota Wrecking Crew II
The Beverly Brothers: Beau & Blake
Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom

AWA World Tag Team Champions
1989 PWI Rookies of the Year

First Match: February 7, 1989 St. Paul, Minnesota AWA House Show
The Destruction Crew: Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom defeated Top Gun: Derrick Dukes & Ricky Rice

Last Match: April 3, 1998 Orlando, Florida WCW Worldwide
The Public Enemy: Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge defeated Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Tag Team Partners as Opponents

It the world of professional wrestling it is very common for tag team partners to break up and feud with each other.  Most famously it happened in December 1991 (aired January 1992) on The Barber Shop when Shawn Michaels attacked his former The Rockers partner Marty Jannetty throwing him the sets plate glass window.  

These incidents are well known, however there had been some former tag partners that wrestled each other in lesser known matches, that is what I am looking at today. 

The Rock n' Roll Express: Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson

The Rock n' Roll Express first teamed together in 1983 and most recently made an appearance together on the August 12, 2020 episode for AEW Dynamite.  For a brief time in 1991 they wrestled against each other in World Championship Wrestling.  Robert Gibson had been on the shelf with an injury and at Clash of the Champions XV on June 12, 1991 Gibson returned and Morton turned on him becoming Richard Morton and joining the York Foundation. 

This lead to a forgotten singles match between the two at the Great American Bash PPV on July 14, 1991 when Morton pinned Gibson in a decent match with assistance from a foreign object.  The two would not have another televised singles match however they wrestled against each other at several house shows in singles and tag team matches.  In fact on August 14, 1991 Morton defeated Gibson inside a steel cage in Fayetteville, Georgia.  I would have loved to have seen this one.  

Gibson left WCW at the end of August 1991.  The duo would reunite in July 1992 and it doesn't appear they have any intention to stop wrestling.

The Fantastics: Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton

The duo first teamed in 1984 in Mid-South Wrestling, they would travel the territories and capture several championships along they way.   They would team on and off until 1996 and then reunited for a match in 2004 and 2005.  The last time they teamed together was for World Championship Wrestling on the October 21, 1996 Monday Nitro losing to the Faces of Fear.  They would then lose a dark match to High Voltage the next night.

On the June 16, 1997 episode or WWE Raw is War Tommy Roger and Bobby Fulton would wrestle a random match against each other in the new Light Heavyweight Division.  Both McMahon and Ross acknowledged that they had previously teamed together as the Fantastics.  Ross would put over the championships they had won and some of the great teams they wrestled.

The match was short, just over two minutes, but it was pretty basic.  Fulton played the heel on this night, however Rogers would pick up the win with the tomikaze.

Rogers would wrestle one other match in the WWE and it was taped this same night in a loss to Brian Christopher for Shotgun Saturday Night.  Fulton had wrestled twice previously in the promotion, 1979 and 1984 losing both matches. 

The British Bulldogs: Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith

The British Bulldogs are one of my all time favorite tag teams.  They are real life cousins and wrestled several matches against each other prior to forming the team.  They even feuded over the Stampede Wrestling British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championships and the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship in New Japan Pro Wrestling. 

They began teaming the summer of 1983 in Stampede and later in New Japan.  They signed with the WWF in 1984 and would stay with the promotion until 1988.  They then returned to Stampede and New Japan before jumping to All Japan Pro Wrestling.  They last match together was January 28, 1990 in All Japan at Korakuen Hall. 

In June 1989 between tours of All Japan, the Bulldogs wrestled a series of matches against each other in singles and tag matches in Stampede.  

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Unique Wresting World Championship Stats

Back in the day my wrestling friends and I would sit and chat about odd wrestling statistics for fun.  I've been thinking about a few of them the last few weeks and decided to do some research and jot some down.

This rabbit hole I plunged myself into is extremely steep so I'm going to stick with to stats in my lifetime for the sake of sanity. 

This first set looks at wrestlers who have held the World Championship or top championship of major promotions from around the world.  I don't count anyone that held the WCW or ECW Championship when it was under the WWE banner.  The other difficulty to determine is what quantifies as a World Championship?  Back in the PWI days it was easier as a fan because they told you what they considered the World Championship to be so that I what I am going to run with. 

During it's lifetime Pro Wrestling Illustrated has recognized the NWA, WWE, IWGP, AEW, WCW, ECW, AWA, TNA, Universal, and WWE World Heavyweight Championships.  I am going to recognize the WWE, Universal, and WWE World titles as just the WWE.  It's the same promotion after all.  

Most World Championships

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair 16 time champion for 3,735 days
NWA Worlds Championship 10 for 3,116 days
WWE Championship 2 times for 118 days
WCW World Championship 8 times for 501 days 

I know what you are thinking, that adds up to 20 reigns.  WWE and previously WCW, therefore Ric Flair recognize 16 reigns with 8 NWA, 2 WWE, & 6 WCW.  

John Cena 16 time champion for 1,392 days
WWE Championship 13 times for 1,254 days
World Heavyweight Championship 3 times for  138 days

Longest Reigning Champions

Combined:  Lou Thesz three for 3,749 days
Single Reign: Lou Thesz for 1,941 days

Shortest: Shane Doulgas is recognized as champion for less than one day


Combined: Verne Gagne ten for 4,677 days
Single Reign: Verne Gagne for 2,625 days

Shortest: Verne Gagne, Mighty Igor, & Dick The Bruiser held the title for 7 days


Combined: Bruno Sammartino two for 4,040 days
Single Reign: Bruno Sammartino for 2,803 days

Shortest: fourteen wrestlers have held the titles for less than one day


Combined: Hulk Hogan six for 1,177 days
Single Reign: Hulk Hogan for 469 days

Shortest: Sting, Kevin Nash, & Ric Flair held the title for less than one day


Combined: "Franchise" Shane Douglas 4 for 874 days
Single Reign: "Franchise" Shane Douglas for 406 days

Shortest: Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman held the title for less than one day


Combined: Kazuchika Okada 5 for 1,790 days
Single Reign: Kazuchika Okada for 720 days

Shortest: Kensuki Sasaki for 16 days


Combined: Jay Lethal 2 for 707 days
Single Reign: Samoa Joe for 645 days

Shortest: Kyle O'Reilly for 33 days 


Combined: Kurt Angle 6 for 608 days
Single Reign: Bobby Roode for 256 days

Shortest: Kurt Angle was champion for one day


Combined: Jon Moxley for 197+ days
Single Reign: Jon Moxley for 197+ days

Shortest: Chris Jericho for 182 days 

Multi-promotional champions

"Phenomenal" AJ Styles:
WWE, NWA, TNA/Impact, & IWGP
One of the greatest world champions in wrestling holding all the titles a combined nine times. 

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair: NWA, WCW, & WWE
The first man to hold the three biggest world championships, at that time.  

Sting: WCW, NWA, & TNA/Impact

Sting is the only man to hold the NWA World Championship in different eras.  In the early days of the WCW before they withdrew from the NWA and then during the NWA/TNA days.  

Kurt Angle: WWE, IWGP & Impact/TNA
Some will argue that Kurt Angle wasn't the read IWGP Championship, that NJPW had stripped Brock Lesnar of the Championship and crowned a new champion.  However, after Angle defeated Lesnar for the championship he defended it at the WrestleKingdom II defeated Yuji Nagata.  Also Kurt never held the NWA World Championship, yes when he became the first ever TNA world champion he held up the NWA title belt, but he was announced as the TNA World Champion.

Pat O'Connor
Gene Kiniski

"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers

The Great Muta
Satoshi Kojima
Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Cody Rhodes

NWA & Impact/TNA
Nick Aldis

Shane Douglas
Steve Corino
Terry Funk

Jeff Jarrett

Hulk Hogan
The Giant/Big Show
Kevin Nash
Sid Vicious

Bret "Hitman" Hart
Randy "Macho Man" Savage
Chris Benoit
Booker T

Daniel Bryan
CM Punk
Kevin Owens
Seth Rollins

Brock Lesnar

WWE & Impact/TNA
Mick Foley
Rob Van Dam
Jeff Hardy
Alberto Del Rio
Drew McIntyre

Chris Jericho
Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley

Big Van Vader

Jerry Lynn

TNA/Impact & ROH
Samoa Joe
Austin Aries
Eddie Edwards

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Friday, September 4, 2020

The Final Matches Of Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan is one for the greatest wrestlers of all time.  Even if you are not a fan of his in ring work, you can't deny he elevated wrestling to previously unseen heights in the 1980's national expansion of the then World Wrestling Federation, also known a when the territories died.

I was a huge Hulkamaniac when I was a kid, but even I became disenchanted with Hogan in the early 1990's and I stand by me feelings that he ruined WCW when he arrived in the promotion.  I'll also be the first to admit I popped big time during his nostalgia run in the WWE in the mid 2000's.  I was lucky enough to see him wrestle live twice during that run.

One would have thought that Hogan would have wound down his in ring career in the WWE, but sadly that was not the case.  In fact Hogan's last match was for TNA and not even in the United States.

Hulk Hogan had returned to the WWE with the NWO in 2002 and by that Summer he had returned to the Red & Yellow as a fan favorite.  He left in 2003, wrestled a match for New Japan, and returned in 2005 teaming with Shawn Michaels against Hassan & Davari at Backlash May 1st in Manchester, New Hampshire, I was at this show.  He worked more tag matches with Michaels on RAW that summer until HBK turned on Hogan leading to their match at SummerSlam that year.

Hogan left WWE after SummerSlam but returned in the Summer of 2006 at Saturday Night's Main Event setting up a match with Randy Orton in Boston at SummerSlam 2006, I was at this match as well.  This would be Hulk Hogan's final WWE match.

On April 27, 2007 Hogan wrestled what could be considered his only ever Indie show in Memphis, Tennessee.  It was supposed to be against Jerry "The King" Lawler but WWE pulled him from the event.  Hogan would pin Paul Wight to win the match.

Hogan's next series of matches would be of his own doing.  November 21, 24, 26, & 28, 2009 in Australia during the Hulkamania Let The Battle Begin Tour Hogan would wrestle and defeat Ric Flair every night.  I really can't believe that none of these shows have ever been commercially released, really seems like they dropped the ball on this.

On January 4, 2010 Hogan made is TNA television debut with the thought that he was going to be the savoir of the promotion, truth is he wasn't.  He's credited with having TNA move to Monday Nights live to go head to head with WWE, getting rid of the six sided ring, and bringing in a ton of his buddies.  In the end Hogan hurt TNA way more than he helped and it took the promotion years to recover from the damage that was inflicted.

However it would be in TNA that Hogan would wrestle his final matches:

March 8, 2010 Universal Studios, Orlando Florida

AJ Styles & "Nature Boy" Ric Flair wrestled "Immortal" Hulk Hogan & Abyss to a no contest

March 8, 2010 Universal Studios, Orlando Florida

No Disqulification: "Immortal" Hulk Hogan & Abyss defeated AJ Styles & "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

October 16, 2011 Bound For Glory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sting defeated "Immortal" Hulk Hogan by submission with the Scorpion Death Lock

In the build to this match Hogan had turned heel, leader of the heel faction  Immortal and was the "president" of now Impact Wrestling.  During this match if Sting won Dixie Carter would regain the presidency of the promotion.  Immortal would attack Sting post match and Hogan would make the save turning face.

January 26, 2012 Nottingham, England

"Immortal" Hulk Hogan, "Cowboy" James Storm & Sting defeated Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, & Kurt Angle

January 27, 2012 Manchester, England

"Immortal" Hulk Hogan, "Cowboy" James Storm & Sting defeated Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, & Kurt Angle

These were house show matches, and they talent on both teams was stacked, but it's not the final in ring send off that one would expect for someone the caliber of Hulk Hogan.  There is a clip from the 27th on YouTube of Hogan doing his post match pose down with James Storm and Sting while Eye of The Tiger is blaring over the sound system.

Hogan last match was released on DVD by Impact on their Hulk Hogan DVD release, so at least any major Hogan fan can own this piece of history.

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Progress Report: Limitless Wrestling book

A few months back while I was compiling my first volume of the Wrestling Insomniac book, available now on Amazon, I started thinking about other wrestling books that I could write.  Putting the manuscript together for Volume 1 and Volume 2, also available on Amazon, my The Wrestling Insomniac books I really learned a lot on how to format a manuscript for publication.

I wanted to write a book about wrestling that wasn't and never will be published on this blog, one of the ideas that came to mind was a Limitless Wrestling record book.  I love wrestling, I love Limitless, and I love wrestling stats.  So I started the process of making a spreadsheet that listed every wrestler that had ever stepped inside a Limitless ring and across the top every Limitless show and I started marking wins and losses.  Before the most recent series The Road, 286 different wrestlers had entertained the Limitless faithful.

I decided to write brief bio for each other those wrestlers, listing their height, weight, billed home town, where they trained and who with as well as any interesting factoid I can find.  I'm about half way through.  I'd like to thank all the wrestlers that I have cold messaged about this project who have answered my questions.

Each show will have a dedicated section that will include the full results as well as storylines that were happening at that time and notable moments from the show.  I will be highlighting as many aspects of the first five years of Limitless Wrestling that I can.

I'm still trying to figure a title:

Limitless Wrestling Record Book

The History of Limitless Wrestling: The First Five Years

The Limitless Wrestling Almanac and Book of Facts 2015 - 2020

I'm sure something will come to me.  Currently I'm shooting for release in early 2021 so that all of 2020 is covered in the book.  That's just over 4 months away. 

Until Next Time!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Live Report: NAWA August 21, 2020

The North Atlantic Wrestling Association announced an outdoor event at Skip's Bar in Buxton, Maine with a limited crowd and masks being required.  With these guidelines and a promoter I trusted to make sure they were enforced, after all he used to be called "The Enforcer" Larry Huntley, it was time to attend a live wrestling event!  The last show I went to was Limitless Wrestling February 22, 2020 and I needed my fix!

The day the show was announced Mikey and I picked up tickets, I hadn't been to Skip's Bar in Buxton since January 2005 for a New Wrestling Horizon's show.  The ring was set up outside behind the venue, the took out temperatures before we entered as well as logged everyone's name and phone number.  Masks were required and I would say about 90% of the people wore their masks 100% of the time.  We felt very comfortable.

I was very happy to see all my wrestling friends again!  A few other notes on the show, they set up some lights on the roof and really aided in lighting the ring once the sun went down.  Also the time keeper would announced the time remaining in the match in 5 minute increments. 

The only change to the card was that Johnny Primer was out and B.A. Tatum was brought on to replace him.

"Flash" Nick McKenna vs B.A. Tatum with Owen Brody 

This was a decent opener and the crowd seemed into it.  Tatum dominated most of the match but McKenna caught him with a cradle bodyslam for the pin

The Competition: Champ Mathews & Conner Murphy with Rotten Robbie vs Allen Prophet & JP O'Reilly

It's great seeing the former 69 Degrees back in the ring in person, now known as the Competition.  Mathews and Murphy did good job keeping bigger O'Reilly on the ring apron working over Prophet.  Eventually O'Reilly did get the tag and came in with a flurry but was cut off by the Competition.  After isolating O'Reilly in the ring they hit a combination crossbody block into the corner by Murphy followed by a heluva kick by Mathews for the pin on O'Reilly.

Post match Prophet attack O'Reilly leaving him laying with a swanton bomb. 

Cousin Larry vs. Dozer with Coach Beavis

It was never "Dozer Time" tonight as Larry dominated the match chopping the life out of Dozer and pinning him the whoopie cushion.  Before the match Coach cut a promo telling people to wear their masks and insulting them.

Owen Brody with B.A. Tatum vs. Dale Dalton

This was an excellent match.  It was mat based with a lot of good wrestling holds utilized.  Both shined through-out the match with Brody getting the advantage near the end.  He got a little cocky lifting Dalton off the mat interrupting a sure three count to show off.  Brody told Tatum to pick any move, Tatum asked for a jackhammer.  Brody got Dalton up in the vertical suplex position, however Dalton reversed it into an inside cradle for the pin. 

Not a good night The Syndicate who lost both their matches.

Kyle Hanson vs. Lights Out Lee Miller

This match was not great, both tried hard but they were just off.  They were doing some mat wrestling with decent holds but the crowd was only on one side of the ring and they were not facing the crowd while doing them so we couldn't see what was going on.

The finish saw Miller take his kendo stick and attempt to hit Hanson with it while he was in the corner, Hanson moved and Miller hit the top turnbuckle and it bounced back hitting Miller in the head.  Miller fell to the canvas and dropped the kendo stick, Hanson picked it up as the ref turned and called for the bell disqualifying him. 

North Atlantic Championship: Champion: Alexander Lee vs Blade Bandit vs. Malik Logan

Great main event match, I haven't seen Bandit in a long time and he looks great! Should change his name to BladeRunner Bandit.  My favorite part of the match was near the end.  Logan had Lee backed in the corner and wrecked him with the heart punch!!  After Lee recovered he locked in the Iron Claw and combined it with an STO! It was beautiful.

Lee got violent bringing three chairs in the ring and stacking them up, the top one was wrapped in barbed wire.  It backfired though as Lee was slammed on he stack taking him out of the match, leading to Malik Logan getting the pin on Bandit capturing the championship.

It was a fun night of wrestling, well worth my $10!  NAWA returns to Skip's on September 19th with a 7pm bell time.  Two matches were announced, JP O'Reilly vs. Allen Prophet and for the North Atlantic Championship: Malik Logan vs. Blade Bandit.

Until Next Time!