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This Day in Wrestling History – October 8th

Liz takes a look back at this day in wrestling history, including MVP’s WWE debut, Lilian Garcia releasing a single, and a New Japan PPV!




Liz takes a look back at this day in wrestling history, including MVP’s WWE debut, Lilian Garcia releasing a single, and a New Japan PPV!

Born on This Date:

  • 1974 – Matt Knowles (H.C. Loc)
  • 1979 – Paul Kenneth Birchall
  • 1980 – Michael Mizanin (The Miz)

On This Day in Wrestling History:

  • 1986 – Barry Windham defeats Outlaw Ron Bass for the vacant Florida State Heavyweight Title. This began Windham’s  sixth reign with the belt in Tampa. The title had been vacated after a previous match in which Ron Bass used chloroform to beat Windham.
  • 1989 – Mima Shimoda defeats Asayo Obata for the vacant All Japan Junior Title in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1990 – Jerry Lawler won a 21-man tournament to begin his seventh  USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. The title had been vacated when The Snowman no-shows a title defense on August 27, 1990 and left the company. Lawler would go on to hold the title 27 times.
  • 1991 – The York Foundation (Terrance Taylor, Richard Morton, & Thomas Rich)) defeated Dustin Rhodes, Tom Zenk, & Big Josh (Matt Borne) for the WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Title. The belts would be deactivated by WCW a month later.
  • 1999ECW aired a controversial segment where Tammy Lynn Sytch (Sunny) was interviewed by an off-camera Paul Heyman.   Sytch talked about how women in the business  were using drugs in order to stay in shape, and discussed the death of Louie Spicolli due to soma use.  Before proclaiming “she was back”, Sytch also discussed her problems with alcohol.
  • 2000 – Vince Russo and Steve Corino both announce that they are going to retire from the wrestling business. Russo claimed he would retired when his Time-Warner contract ran out, however within the year he joined TNA and is still currently involved in the business. Corino went on a farewell tour in 2007 and currently works for WWE as a trainer and producer for NXT.
  • 2001 – Lillian Garcia released her single, Shout, on Universal Records.
  • 2002WWE issued a statement that they had prevailed in court over Nicole Bass’ sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • 2010 – MVP made his much hyped debut at No Mercy.
  • 2012 – For the first time ever a New Japan PPV was available for purchase outside of Japan. King of Pro-Wrestling took place on a national Health and Sports holiday.
    • Chaos (Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano) defeated Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man) and Yuji Nagata
    • Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) (c) defeated Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
    • Low Ki defeated Kota Ibushi to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
    • Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) (with Taka Michinoku) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
    • Yujiro Takahashi defeated Tetsuya Naito.
    • Laughter7 (Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba) defeated Always Hypers (Togi Makabe and Wataru Inoue).
    • Kazuchika Okada defeated Karl Anderson to retain his IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge certificate, clinching his right to challenge for the title at Wrestle Kingdom 7.
    • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • 2012 – Vince McMahon sent than Senior Vice President of Creative, Brian Gewirtz home from RAW. It was described as a shocking move and reportedly Vince informed all of creative that their jobs were not safe.
  • 2012WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch was arrested for the fourth time and charged with violating a protective order, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after police were called to the home of her boyfriend during a domestic dispute at his home.
  • 2015WWE returned to Saudi Arabia were they held three shows at King Abdullah Sports City Sports Hall.
  • 2017 – The ninth Hell in a Cell PPV aired. It’s main event featured Kevin Owens facing Shane McMahon in a falls count anywhere match. (Two years later we just finished dealing with these two again).

Died on This Date:

  • None 

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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 Coverage

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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