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On These Dates In Wrestling History: November 28th and 29th

Liz is back with your Thanksgiving and Black Friday look at wrestling history! What happened during these historic days in wrestling?

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Liz is back with your Thanksgiving and Black Friday look at wrestling history! What happened during these historic days in wrestling?

A double shot to catch up brings us so, so much I had to decide where to draw the line! We have controversy, first wins, numerous birthdays and other interesting tidbits.

Born On These Dates

November 28th

  • 1953 – Tatsumi Fujinami
  • 1954 – Lanny Poffo
  • 1969 – Tarek (The Great) Pasca
  • 1985 – Taryn Nicole Terrell
  • 1992 – Rachael K Ellering

November 29th

  • 1978 – Benito Cuntapay (B-Boy)
  • 1983 – Kyosuke Mikami (El Desperado)

On These Dates In Wrestling History

November 28th

1939 – Paul Jones defeats Pedro Martinez in Honolulu for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title.

1963 – The Crusher defeats Verne Gagne in St. Paul, Minnesota for the AWA World Heavyweight Title, ending Gagne’s fifth reign with the belt, and starting Crusher’s second run as champion.

1977 – Dennis Condrey & Phil Hickerson defeat The Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title for the second time in Memphis, Tennessee at the Mid-South Coliseum. On the same show, Jimmy Valiant defeated Jerry Lawler for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title, ending Lawler’s second reign and beginning his own second run with the gold.

1985 – Buck Zumhofe defeats Steve Regal for the AWA World Light-Heavyweight Title in St. Paul, Minnesota, starting his second reign as champion.

1985 – World Class held their Thanksgiving Star Wars card in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Arena.

1985 – The NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions held Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering” at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. The two locations alternated having live matches, while showing bouts from the other venue on closed circuit television. Other closed circuit locations were also set up for fans to see the entire card

2006 – WWE officially announced that Ashley Massaro would grace the cover of Playboy.

2011 – After PWInsider.com broke word of the very phallic nature of a new WWE Sin Cara t-shirt over the weekend, WWE pulled the shirt from their online store.

2011 – Urban Wrestling Federation champion Rasche Brown departed the promotion and been stripped of the promotion’s championship. Brown won the belt during the their second PPV, Street King, which had just debuted for taped PPV airings.

November 29th

1980 – Killer Karl Kox defeats The Grappler for the Mid-South Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1986 – NBC airs the eighth WWF “Saturday Night’s Main Event” special, which was taped on November 15th in Los Angeles, California.

1994 – Tito Santana defeats Cowboy Bob Orton Jr. in Chicago, Illinois to become the first American Wrestling Federation World Champion. With the exception of a brief exchange with Orton in 1996 (Orton wins the title, but is stripped due to interference, and Santana wins it back in a rematch the same night), Santana would be the champion for the entire existence of the AWF.

2003 – Gedo & Jado defeat Hiroki Goto & Ryusuke Taguchi in a tournament final to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in Miyagi, Japan. The belts had been vacated by former champions Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto when Kanemoto was unable to defend the belts after fracturing his cheekbone. Liger teamed with El Samurai for the tournament, but lost to Gedo & Jado in the semifinals.

2008  – Judge Russell G. Vineyard ruled that there was probable cause in the six search warrants issued against Benoit family physician Dr. Phil Astin for authorities to raid records from his office and storage unites in the wake of the Benoit family tragedy.  Those raids left to Astin being indicted on seven counts of over-prescribing medication.

2008 – WWE Smackdown became the center of a major controversy in Indonesia, as the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission called for the show to be banned in their country.  This comes in the fallout of an investigation into the death of a nine year old boy in Bandung who allegedly died as a result of mimicking wrestlers he saw on the program.  It should be pointed out that the official cause of death for the child, who had suffered blows to his body in October before dying a month later, has yet to be determined   However, his death has become a major news story in the country, and a platform for those that are against violence on television.

2010 – Paul Heyman signed a deal with Gallery Books to pen an autobiography. The book titled,  “The Heyman Hustle: Wrestling’s Most Extreme Promoter Tells All” was slated for a summer 2011 release but to this day, has never been released.

2010 – Sheamus is crowned the WWE King of the Ring during a special edition of Raw.

Died On These Dates

November 28th

  • None

November 29th

  • 2009 – Steve (Dr. Death) Williams


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Chairshot News Report: TNA Impact Results, AEW Speculation For Ricochet & Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, More!

Your Wrestling News for July 5, 2024, including TNA Impact, Ricochet, Shane McMahon, his daddy Vince, and more!

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Your Wrestling News for July 5, 2024, including TNA Impact, Ricochet, Shane McMahon, his daddy Vince, and more!

Welcome to your daily dose of pro wrestling news–and analysis you can trust! We take all wrestling news with a grain of salt here at The Chairshot, and we hope to steer you in the right direction.

Results: TNA Impact (July 4, 2024)

Here are your results from Thursday night’s edition of TNA Impact (originally taped on June 28 at the 2300 Arena in Philly):

  • Trey Miguel vs. Leon Slater ends in a no-contest after WWE NXT star Charlie Dempsey attacks everyone.
  • Dani Luna battled Jody Threat to a time limit draw in the 10-Minute Challenge. They were granted the customary “5 more minutes” but were attacked by Alisha Edwards & Masha Slamovich. During the match it was revealed that Nic Nemeth had been attacked backstage.
  • Frankie Kazarian defeated Mike Santana by countout to advance to the TNA World Championship Match at Slammiversary.
  • Matt Hardy & Reby Hardy beat Eddie Edwards & Alisha Edwards.
  • Joe Hendry pinned Jake Something to advance to the TNA World Championship Match at Slammiversary.

No surprise that Joe Hendry advanced to the world title match, but Santana-Kazarian could have gone either way. A promo video to end the show implied that Kazarian was the one who took out Nic Nemeth backstage, seemingly creating a story for them within the Slammiversary title match. No shocker that The Hardys won the tag team match, but a great surprise with Charlie Dempsey getting involved in the opener. That TNA/NXT collaboration continues to be a lot of fun.

You can catch Andrew’s Review of the event here.

Ricochet Expected To Sign With AEW

Many outlets are reporting that Ricochet’s expected landing spot remains AEW, with additional reports surfacing that his agent has been working out the details on his behalf.

Personally, I’d rather see him back in WWE. Even after an initial push in AEW, he will be a novelty act much like PAC, so I don’t see the difference. But if he’s going to AEW, here’s hoping that agent does a great job and secures quite the bag for ol’ Ric.

Vince Russo Suggests Shane McMahon As A Front Man For Vince McMahon to Purchase AEW

”We saw this with WCW, it happened before. It (purchasing AEW) could be under the guise of Shane, that’s what I’m saying. Shane is as clean as whistle. Vince could be behind it without anybody knowing it, bro.”

Those are the words of Vince Russo, who on the surface seems to be spouting nonsense. Time will tell if there is something to it all, but I wouldn’t place any wagers on this one. Shane McMahon to AEW would be an entertaining shocker, but that–like many things in AEW–would quickly wear off.

Shawn Michaels Discusses NXT Releases, Referencing Drew Gulak

During the NXT Heatwave media call, Shawn Michaels was asked about the release of Gable Steveson, but also lumped Drew Gulak in his response about main roster viability:

“From my understanding, nothing on anyone’s part other than contracts being up. Certainly, in the place of Drew Gulak. From a company standpoint, there not being anything from a main roster standpoint that they were going to be using him in. In NXT, over the last year and a half to two years, we’ve been trying to get into the process of keeping it fluid. It’s all about getting to the main roster when everything is said and done. In two or three years, if that doesn’t happen, we bring other people in or see if we’re ready to move on.”

If anything, it’s a stark reminder that NXT still exists to, above all else, populate the main roster. It’s quite the delicate balance between booking your own television show and preparing for the future, one that HBK has arguably done better than Triple H himself.

Other Odds & Ends:

  • According to reports, the mini-stroke referenced by Britt Baker (DMD) on AEW Dynamite is legitimate. If so, both she and Adam Cole have been through a ton over the past 24 months.
  • Mason Madden (Mace) and Mansoor, now known as the MxM Collection, showed up in ROH when featured in a vignette on this week’s broadcast. They might not have made it in WWE, but it’s good to see them getting work, and a second chance to make this gimmick their own. YEAH!
  • Cody Rhodes continues to be the ultimate good dude, this time helping a fan who won tickets to Money In The Bank actually attend the event. The fan who won the tickets is in a wheelchair, and there were no more accessible seats left. That was, of course, until Cody got involved. Now the fan can be there and enjoy the show as intended when he won the contest. Cody wins again!

 


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

What a start to the tournament!

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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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