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This Day In Wrestling History – October 17th

October 17th highlights include Jeff Jarrett and Steve Austin leaving the WWF/WWE, and Raw coming live from Mexico for the first time ever!



October 17th brings another look by Liz, as she continues to research past wrestling events. Highlights are Jeff Jarrett and Steve Austin leaving the WWF/WWE, and Raw coming live from Mexico for the first time ever!

Born On This Date:

  • 1940 – James Donald Raschke (Baron Von Raschke)
  • 1954 – Victor Mar Manuel (Black Cat)
  • 1957 – Steven Douglas McMichael
  • 1976 – Fabiola Balbuena Torres (Fabi Apache)
  • 1990 – Amanpreet Singh Randhawa (Mahabali Shera)

This Day In Wrestling History:

1961 – Jackie Fargo & Lester Welch defeat Great Mephisto & Dante to win the Southern Tag Team Title.

1961 – Mr. M defeats Hard Boiled Haggerty in Minneapolis, Minnesota to win the AWA United States Heavyweight Title. He would be the final champion, as the title was abandoned a few months later.

1982 – Bret Hart defeats Bad News Allen to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title for the fifth time,

1982 – Jimmy Valiant defeated Ivan Koloff  to win the NWA Television Title.

1985 – Sherri Martel defeats Candi Devine   to win the AWA Women’s World Title for the second time.

1988 – Forbes Magazine reports that the World Wrestling Federation  was worth $100 million. Rumors also begin that Ted Turner would be purchasing Jim Crockett Promotions, which he did and renamed World Championship Wrestling.

1991 – Tatsumi Fujinami & Big Van Vader defeat Riki Choshu & Masa Saito to win the Super Grade Tag League tournament.

1992 – Todd Champion defeats Butch Reed for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title.

1999 – Jeff Jarrett’s had his final appearance in the WWF,  he was not even obligated to be there. His contract had expired the night before and he was leaving, at the time, he was the Intercontinental champion. Years later he would return (who doesn’t?).

2005 – On Raw from Stone Cold Steven Austin appeared and demanded that Vince McMahon come to the ring to address the firing of Jim Ross.  Stephanie McMahon came out instead, telling Austin that if he defeated Ross’ replacement, Jonathan Coachman, at Taboo Tuesday, Ross would get his job back.  The match would never happen, as Austin would (again) walk out on WWE when he didn’t like the planned story line for the match.

2011 –  WWE broadcast Raw from Mexico for the first time.

2011 – James Storm defeated Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

2012 – Radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge appeared on The Howard Stern show  discussing the lawsuit Hulk Hogan had filed against Bubba.

2015 – It was reported that Patrick Clark, Jr (Velveteen Dream) signed a developmental contract with WWE. He would debut in February 2016.

Died On This Date:

  • None found

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!



Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points


Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete


My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.

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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!



Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White


Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action


Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!

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