Bray Wyatt recently suffered an unexpected loss to Dean Ambrose on Monday Night Raw when, despite Seth Rollins’ music playing during the match as Rollins made his way to the ring, Ambrose kept wrestling and defeated Wyatt before Rollins even got close to the ring.
Hot on the heels of TNA’s announcement of their new deal with Destination America, TNA founder Jeff Jarrett has finally, after nearly a year of speculation, announced a TV deal for his fledgling GFW promotion. Starting in Janaury, they will air at 1 am on TV 55 in New York City, with the possibility of other overnight programming based on GFW’s ratings performance.
In addition the their existing programs training in-ring performers and production staff, WWE has announced that the Performance Center will also begin to train choreographers for the poses wrestlers do at the top of the ramp during their ring entrances.
The road to Wrestlemania IX continues as we return to the Manhattan Center for another episode of Monday Night Raw! Mr Perfect takes on “The Model” Rick Martel in tonight’s main event, Virgil & El Matador face Money, Inc, and more Rob Bartlett than any human can stomach!
Some of you who know a thing or two about amateur wrestling may have heard the name Dan Gable. He’s considered by many to be the greatest amateur wrestler in the history of the United States, winning multiple state high school championships, two NCAA Division I titles, the 1971 World Championships, and won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympics without giving up a single point in the tournament. He went on to become one of the most celebrated college and Olympic coaches in history, leading Iowa to 15 national championships in 21 seasons and guiding many wrestlers to national, World, and Olympic titles of their own. But for all his success, one loss haunts Gable to this day, one blight on what had up to that point been a perfect record.
The Honky Tonk Man made his career on a record that still stands today for the longest Intercontinental Title reign in history. For 454 days, the Honky Tonk Man managed to keep the second-most important title in the WWF around his waist before being squashed in under a minute by the Ultimate Warrior at Summerslam 88. While the impressive length of the reign is what most people remember, the thing that really made Honky’s IC Title reign unique was that he was a really crappy wrestler who should have been destroyed by nearly everyone he defended the title against.
The WWF upped the ante when they ran the third Summerslam PPV on August 27, 1990 at the Philadelphia Spectrum, bringing not one but two big main events. Hulk Hogan would take on the overwhelming power and girth of Earthquake, while the Ultimate Warrior defended the WWF Title in a steel cage against the one man who had even managed to beat him: Ravishing Rick Rude. Plus, the Hart Foundation challenges Demolition for the WWF Tag Team Title in a 2 out of 3 falls match, Mr Perfect defends the Intercontinental Title against newcomer Kerry Von Erich, and much more.
The WWF began a summer tradition on August 29, 1988 in Madison Square Garden when they ran the first ever Summerslam PPV in Madison Square Garden. The main event was a huge tag team match pitting Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage against Ted Dibiase and Andre The Giant in a match marketed as the Mega Powers vs the Mega Bucks. Also, the Honky Tonk Man may have bitten off a bit more than he could chew when he laid out an open challenge that was answered by an impressive newcomer called the Ultimate Warrior.
Following up on the success of the first Summerslam event the previous year, the WWF ran their second Summerslam PPV on August 28, 1989 at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The show was headlined by Hulk Hogan teaming with his good friend Brutus Beefcake to take on “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Zeus in a tag match, and also featured the Ultimate Warrior facing Rick Rude in a rematch for the Intercontinental Title, a pair of six man tags, and much more.
Every so often, a wrestler comes along that everyone takes one look at and right away sees big things in their future. They’re the complete package: athletic, a good look, strong promo skills, and that intangible charisma that immediately connects with fans. There’s no holding them back, and it’s just a matter of time until they take that big Superman leap over all the 1-As and become the megastar who will carry the business for years to come…except that they don’t.
WWF Monday Night Raw Report – March 1, 1993: Money, Inc Answers Hulk Hogan’s Challenge For Wrestlemania 9
This week on Monday Night Raw: Bret “Hitman” Hart defends the WWF Title against Fatu, Money, Inc reponds to Hulk Hogan’s comments from last week, plus the Steiners, Lex Luger, and Doink the Clown are in action! Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and “Elvis Presley”, who is Rob Bartlett doing a crappy Elvis impersonation with the getup and everything.
This week on Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Dutch Mantel takes on “Prime Time” Brian Lee as a result of their run-in last week. Plus, “Hollywood” Bob Holly, Rip Rogers, Robert Gibson, and Tim Horner are all in action, and Jim Cornette talks about his mystery team that will be entering the SMW Tag Team Title Tournament!
Time for another week of action on Smoky Mountain Wrestling! We’ve got a double main event this week, and Jim Cornette is joining Bob Caudle on commentary since Bob’s usual partner, Dutch Mantel, is in action against Scott Armstrong. Also, the Fantastics are taking on the Koloffs, and Cornette says he knows the Fantastics and what they bring to the table, but the Koloffs are out for blood, and he’s betting on the Koloffs.
Though I had seen bits and pieces of Smoky Mountain Wrestling over the years, I never really had the chance to delve full on into the company and experience it as it happened in the 90s. However, I recently came into copies of their entire TV run from 1992 to 1995 as well as a slew of their major events from a friend of mine who was “making room” in his home (translation: his wife was making him toss it all), so I decided that, if I was going to get to go back and experience Smoky Mountain from start to finish for the first time, I might as well do recaps of the shows and share it with my readers. So if you’re like me and seeing all this stuff for the first time, or a longtime SMW fan who’s already seen it, I hope you enjoy my Smoky Mountain Wrestling Project!
Fall Brawl had been a very successful night for the New World Order, in large part because of the additions of the Giant, the NWO Sting, and Ted Dibiase to the group. The Giant had defeated the Macho Man, while the NWO Sting put Lex Luger away with the Scorpion Deathlock to lead the NWO to victory over WCW in Wargames. The NWO’s already stacked roster continued to grow on an almost weekly basis as 1996 continued.