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This Day In Wrestling History: December 2nd

The day has dawned gray and cold, let’s warm ourselves up with some historical facts, Today we have Vince McMahon apologizing to CM Punk! Guess it was so cold that day, hell froze over.

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The day has dawned gray and cold, let’s warm ourselves up with some historical facts, Today we have Vince McMahon apologizing to CM Punk! Guess it was so cold that day, hell froze over.

Born On This Date

  • 1966 – Kensuke Shinzaki (Jinsei Shinzaki)
  • 1980 – Mario Bokara
  • 1981 – Sal Takavoli (Thomaselli)

On This Day In Wrestling History

1969 – Dory Funk, Jr. and Antonio Inoki fight to a 60-minute draw for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At the time of the bout, it was the first NWA world title match in Japan since 1957.

1974 – Blackjack Lanza defeats Fritz Von Erich in Dallas, Texas to win the NWA American Heavyweight Title, ending Von Erich’s 11th reign as champion.

1974 -Giant Baba defeated Jack Brisco 2-1 in a best of three falls match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He would lose it just one week later back to Brisco.

1979 – The Assassins defeat Steve Regal & Hector Guerrero for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1983 – The Von Erichs (David, Kevin & Kerry) defeat The Fabulous Freebirds for the World Class Six-Man Championship in Dallas, Texas, starting the second reign as champions for the Von Erich brothers.  However, Michaels Hayes had lost a “loser leaves town” match to Kerry on November 24th, so he was not able to defend the six-man title with Buddy Roberts & Terry Gordy.  Instead, David, Kevin & Kerry defeated Roberts, Gordy, and NWA World Champion Ric Flair, who substituted for Hayes in the title match (and loss).

1991 – Tom Prichard defeats Eric Embry in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title, ending Embry’s third reign and starting his own third run with the belt.  On the same show, Jerry Lawler defeats Kamala to start his eleventh run as USWA Unified World Champion.

2000 -WWF presented Rebellion from the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England. The UK-exclusive event was released on WWF home video on February 27, 2001.

  • The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) defeated Edge and Christian and T & A (Test and Albert) in a three-team elimination tables match.
  • Ivory defeated Lita to retain the WWF Womens Championship.
  • Steve Blackman defeated Perry Saturn to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship.
  • Crash Holly defeated William Regal to win the WWF European Championship.
  • Chyna and Billy Gunn defeated Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero.
  • Kane defeated Chris Jericho.
  • Right to Censor (Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
  • The Undertaker defeated Chris Benoit.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Rikishi, Steve Austin, and The Rock in a fatal four-way match to retain the WWF Championship.

2007 – TNA presented Turning Point from the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando. The show, which featured a shoot Samoa Joe promo just moments before the main event in response to Scott Hall not appearing, is best remembered for the introduction of TNA’s version of Money in the Bank, the Feast or Fired match. In the bout, about a dozen competitors fight to grab one of four briefcases hanging on poles. They can only claim the prize if they leave the ring with both feet on the floor and the case in their possession. The match continues until all four cases are claimed. On the first Impact following the match, the contents of the cases are revealed, a la Deal or No Deal. However, in the 2007 edition, case winners could exchange their case with someone else’s, or sell it outright for a guaranteed $50,000. The cases contain one of the following: (a) a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match, (b) a TNA World Tag Team Championship match, (c) a TNA X Division Championship match (any of which can be used at any time by the holder—albeit only once—for up to one year), or (d) a pink slip (whoever holds the fired case once revealed in banished from TNA effective immediately.

2010 – MVP requested and received his WWE release.  He moved onto New Japan, where he became the first-ever IWGP Intercontinental champion.He had a two-year stint there before joining TNA in January 2014 as the promotion’s new investor. He left amid controversy in July 2015 after he was the fall guy for Hernandez joining TNA while still under contract to Lucha Underground; the breach of contract forced TNA to re-edit or not use all footage shot with Hernandez with the company. MVP would wind up in Lucha Underground in March 2016; he lasted all of a week before he was fired due to him inadvertently violating the company’s non-disclosure agreement by interviewing members of the roster.

2014 – The Stone Cold Podcast premiered on the WWE Network, with none other than Vince McMahon as the first guest. While Vince discussed many topics, including: what he looks for in a superstar, Cesaro, and Shane working in Japan, one of the biggest takeaways was his apology to CM Punk. Vince personally apologized for Punk getting his termination papers on his wedding day. He said he was very sorry about the timing, claiming that in a company their size, sometimes the different areas don’t communicate as they should.

2017 – CHIKARA held their Closing Time event in Philadelphia, PA. There is a banner advertising the Chikara action arcade game coming in 2018, a game they had successfully crowdfunded.

2018 – ICW held its annual “Fear & Loathing” event in Glasgow, Scotland. The show was opened by ICW owner and founder Mark Dallas. Dallas confronted his old friends Chris Toal and Scott Reid. As Toal expressed his criticism against Dallas’s recent actions, Dallas had both Toal and Reid forcibly removed from the ramp.

Died On This Date

  • 1997 – Shirley Crabtree Jr. (Big Daddy)


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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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