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1967 - Pat O'Conner & Wilbur Snyder defeats Harley Race & Chris Markoff for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Chicago, Illinois. Markoff was a substitute for Larry Hennig, who had his leg "broken" by Verne Gagne.
1972 - Lorenzo Parente & Bobby Hart defeat Jerry Lawler & Jim White to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.
1984 - At a WWF house show in Salt Lake City, Utah, WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeats Rowdy Roddy Piper via countout.
1987 - Matt Borne defeats Ted Arcidi in Midland, Texas to win the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title.
1993 - WCW holds the Clash of the Champions XXV at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Here are the results of the show, which aired live on TBS:
- WCW International World Champion Rick Rude vs. Road Warrior Hawk ended in a double countout.
- The Shockmaster defeated The Equalizer with a bearhug slam.
- WCW Television Champion Steven Regal defeated Johnny B. Badd with a rollup and a handful of tights after Badd was distracted by Sir William (Bill Dundee).
- Steve Austin defeated Brian Pillman after Col. Parker (Robert Fuller) shoved Pillman off the top rope.
- WCW United States Champion Dustin Rhodes defeated Paul Orndorff with a small package.
- The Nasty Boys defeated Sting & Davey Boy Smith when Knobbs pinned Smith. Rick Rude attacked Smith before the match, so Sting fought most of the bout alone. When Smith got in, he powerslammed Knobbs, but Saggs elbowed Smith in the back of the neck (which Rude had focused his attack on) and Knobbs got the pin.
- Ric Flair defeated WCW World Champion Vader via DQ when Vader hit the referee.
1997 - Less than a month after their classic Halloween Havoc match, Eddie Guerrero defeats Rey Mysterio, Jr. with a frog splash to regain the WCW Cruiserweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. Also during this edition of Nitro, the NWO came to the ring and sang "Oh Canada" and welcomed Bret Hart to the New World Order (even though Hart didn't actually appear on the show).
1997 - One night after the infamous Montreal Screwjob, Raw broadcast from the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chants of "We Want Bret" rang out through the night, and a "Bulls***" chant greeted Shawn Michaels as he cut a promo about how he beat Bret Hart "with his own hold" and sent him "down South with the rest of the dinosaurs".
2000 - Lance Storm defeats Gen. Rection (Hugh Morrus/Bill DeMott) for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title in London, England, starting Storm's third, and final, reign with the belt.
2009 - Jamie Noble announces his retirement as an active wrestler to work as a producer (agent) for World Wrestling Entertainment. A storyline beatdown by Sheamus on Raw was used to set up his retirement.
2010 - PWInsider.com broke that TNA signed Kevin Nash, although he would not return to TV during the time period he was signed. Nash denied our report publicly, but when he returned to WWE in January 2011 to appear as Diesel in the Royal Rumble, TNA President Dixie Carter noted that she had granted Nash a release from his deal
2010 - Michael B. Solomon, who had been a Director of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. since August 2001, stepped down from the position. Solomon, 62 at the time, was managing partner of Gladwyne Partners LLC. No reason was given as to why he has stepped down.
2011 - WWE unveiled the logo for their Network, which to date, still has yet to launch.
2011 - WWE broadcast Superstars. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live on tape from Liverpool, United Kingdom and your announcers are Josh Mathews and Matt Striker.
Match Number One: Justin Gabriel versus Curt Hawkins
Curt puts the cane he used to help him get to the ring under the ring skirt and Gabriel with a single leg take down but Hawkins gets to the ropes. Hawkins goes to the floor for a moment to regroup. They lock up and Hawkins with a waist lock but Gabriel rolls through and works on the arm. Hawkins with a head scissors but Gabriel escapes. Gabriel with a side head lock but Hawkins reverses. Hawkins with a shoulder tackle but Gabriel with a drop kick and arm drag into an arm bar. Hawkins with a punch to the midsection instead of a clean break. Gabriel lands on his feet on a hip toss attempt and he takes Hawkins down with a leg sweep.
Hawkins goes to the floor but Gabriel with a drop kick and then he hits a corkscrew pescado onto Hawkins. They return to the ring and Hawkins with a punch and then he slides to the floor and clips Gabriel’s leg as we go to commercial.
We are back and Hawkins with a step over toe hold on Gabriel and the referee checks to see if Gabriel’s shoulders are on the mat. Hawkins with a boot to the chest followed by a kick. Gabriel tries to get away from Hawkins and Hawkins gets a near fall. Hawkins takes Gabriel down and he returns to the step over toe hold.
Gabriel kicks Hawkins away and then takes him down with a head scissors. Hawkins returns fire with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Gabriel with kicks from the mat but Hawkins with a punch and he returns to the step over toe hold. Gabriel tries to kick Hawkins but Hawkins tries for a single leg crab. Hawkins is send to the mat by Gabriel. Gabriel with a back heel kick and another kick followed by a punch.
Gabriel lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt but Gabriel’s leg buckles a bit. Hawkins misses a splash into the corner and Gabriel with a spin kick for a near fall. Hawkins with a slam and he gets a near fall. Gabriel with a Blue Thunder Driver for a near fall on Hawkins.
Gabriel looks to the turnbuckles for a 450 splash and Gabriel climbs the turnbuckles but Hawkins stops him and Hawkins sets for a belly-to-back superplex and hits it. Hawkins gets a near fall. Hawkins goes for the cane but Gabriel with an enzuigiri before Hawkins can use the cane. Gabriel pulls himself up to the turnbuckles and then he hits the 450 splash for the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Alex Riley versus Michael McGillicutty
They circle each other before locking up and Micahel backs Alex into the corner and he rakes the eyes before breaking the hold. They lock up again and Michael with a knee and forearm to the back. Riley with a hip toss and then he sends Michael into the turnbuckles. Riley with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Riley with a leaping DDT but Michael gets to the ropes before Alex can make the cover.
Michael with a kick to the knee and then he hits a running boot to the head from the apron. Michael sends Alex into the turnbuckles and then he punches him before the referee warns him. Michael gets a near fall and then goes for the reverse chin lock. Alex with punches to Michael. Michael misses a normal clothesline but hits one to the back of the head and Riley goes down.
Michael with a boot to Riley and then he sends him into the turnbuckles. Michael with punches to Riley but Riley with an Irish whip and he hits an STO to counter a clothesline from Michael. Riley with a forearm and clothesline followed by a spinebuster. Riley with a kick and then he tires for the Implant DDT but Michael counters and kicks Riley in the knee. Michael misses the spinning neck breaker and Riley hits the TKO for the three count.
Winner: Alex Riley
We go to commercial.
We see footage from last week when Daniel Bryan almost cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase.
As William Regal makes his way to the ring for his match, his music stops and changes briefly to his ‘Man’s Man’ entrance from back in the day and Regal gets a good laugh.
Match Number Three: Daniel Bryan versus William Regal
They lock up and Bryan backs Regal into the corner and Bryan with a clean break. Regal works on the wrist and he takes Bryan to a knee. Bryan rolls through and he tries to reverse it but Regal maintains control. Bryan is able to reverse the wrist lock. Regal with an escape and drop toe hold into a key lock and back to the wrist. Bryan escapes and he tries for a drop kick but Regal avoids it.
They lock up again and Bryan with a waist lock but Regal with a wrist lock. Regal with a wrist lock take down as he maintains the wrist lock. Bryan pushes Regal on a break and Regal has a smirk on his face. They lock up again and Bryan with a European uppercut and then Regal responds. They exchange more European uppercuts with Regal sending Bryan into the corner.
Regal and Bryan with a Greco Roman knuckle lock as they try to gain an advantage. Regal gets Bryan to the mat but Bryan with a bridge. Bryan with kicks to the chest followed by a German suplex and Regal rolls to the floor to regroup. Bryan goes to the apron and he hits a flying knee to the head.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with a rear chin lock and Regal tries to get out of the hold but Bryan uses his leverage to maintain the hold. Regal gets to his feet and he backs Bryan into the corner. Regal with shoulders instead of giving a clean break. Regal with a European uppercut followed by forearms and a kick. Regal says that he didn’t do anything wrong and Bryan uses that time to kick Regal and then he forces Regal into the corner with a series of kicks.
Bryan wraps Regal’s leg into the ropes and then he hits a running drop kick to the knee. Bryan with a European uppercut followed by kicks to the injured leg. Regal with an Exploder suplex and both men are down. Regal forces Bryan to the mat and he applies a Dragon Sleeper. Regal with forearms to the upper chest followed by one to the side of the head.
Regal with a European uppercut followed by knees to the head. Bryan is able to grab the knee and he wrings it into the ring post. Bryan sends the leg into the post one more time. Bryan returns to the ring and he drops a knee to the injured leg. Bryan tries to bend the leg in ways that are not normal.
Regal tries to escape but Bryan maintains his focus on the leg and he has Regal in a modified single leg crab. Regal fights through the pain and refuses to give up. Regal kicks Bryan off but Bryan gets back up and goes for the leg. Regal kicks him off. Bryan tries again and Regal kicks him off again. Regal with a single leg take down followed by an elbow drop. Regal with a few European uppercuts but Bryan returns the favor. They go back and forth and then Bryan with a kick to the back of the head.
Bryan puts Regal in the LeBell Lock and he gets Regal to tap out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Bryan leads the crowd in an ovation for Regal and then they shake hands. Regal holds Bryan’s hand up before Regal leaves the ring and we go to credits.
2011 - 1960s and 1970s legend Killer Karl Kox passed at the age of 80. He had suffered a heart attack on October 22, which was followed by a stroke a few days later.
2011 - WWE Raw ran Glasgow, Scotland. John McGovern filed the following live report:
Sold out show. I know as I bought the second to last ticket.
Santino Marrella beat Drew McIntyre.
Otunga and McGillicutty beat Primo and Alex Riley
Mason Ryan defeated Curt Hawkins
Dolph Ziggler beat John Morrison for the US Title.
The Bellas Dance off spot.
Beth Phoenix beat Eve Torres. Beth was getting PWG Angry Fan shouts from me. Beth Then jumped out of the ring and came over and challenged me to get in the ring with her, Her exact words were, "Come on Sir. You want to boo me. Come get yourself in the ring." All I could was blow her a kiss and watch Eve jump her to kick-start the match.
John Cena, Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder beat Kevin Nash and Awesome Truth.
Alberto Del Rio beat CM Punk via DQ after Ricardo Rodriguez got involved. After the match Otunga and McGillicutty and Ziggler Ran down. Cena Ryder and Kofi then hit the ring. Otunga and McGillicutty were soon expelled from the ring. Dolph took Five finishers from Cena, Ryder,Punk, Kingston and Eve. The crowd left happy.
2011 - TNA broadcast Impact Wrestling. Stu Carapola filed the following TV report:
Welcome to the Impact Wrestling Report here on PWInsider.com!
We open with a video package looking at the history of Beer Money leading into last week's shocking and completely nonsensical heel turn when Bobby Roode hit his now former best friend James Storm with a beer bottle and defeated him to win the World Title.
We then go to the arena as the new champion comes to the ring to address the fans for the first time as the World Champion. He is annoyed at the fans for booing him, but then reasons that they were actually chanting Roode, which is what those morons were doing last week when they cheered him in his match with James Storm. This is a generation of selfishness, and he is the leader of the New Generation. Come on, don't call it that! We'll turn around and see TL Hopper and Kwang come running out. He says doing the right thing gets you nowhere, and last week he ate James Storm for lunch and the stupid son of a bitch (Roode's words) never saw it coming. We see Storm watching backstage on a monitor and being held back by security as the crowd chants Cowboy, but Roode continues and says that after 13 hard years, opportunities like Bound For Glory and last week only come along every so often, so he made the most of it. Storm knocks out a security guard and comes out from the back, but is stopped on the ramp by security, who quickly tears through all of them and rushes the ring as Roode heads for the hills. Sting comes out of the back and cuts off Roode on his way to the back, telling him that if he needs to look out for himself, Sting would rather take the high road, so he's going to make a rematch tonight and Roode will have to defend against Storm, and as Storm would say, Sting is sorry about his damn luck. Roode is livid as Storm death stares him from the ring.
Speaking of former Fortune members fighting each other, AJ Styles wrestles Christopher Daniels, Ronnie from the Jersey Shore teams with Eric Young against Robbie E and Rob Terry, and Gail Kim & Madison Rayne defend the Knockouts Tag Team Title against Velvet Sky & Mickie James.
Speaking of Young and Ronnie, they're backstage, and they're...WALKING!
Speaking of backstage, Dixie Carter is walking around talking with the CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships, the newest addition to the SpikeTV family, then we go to a video package hyping the upcoming Crimson vs Matt Morgan match at Turning Point.
Time to head to the ring for our opening match!
The Pope vs Crimson
They tie up and Pope chain wrestles his way around Crimson, but Crimson takes him down with a shoulderblock. Pope responds with a kick to the gut and a DDT for 1, then comes off the second rope with a fistdrop for 2. Crimson catches Pope in a three quarter nelson and rams knees to his skull, but Pope reverses out and knocks Crimson on his back with an uppercut. Pope comes off the ropes, but Crimson counters to the Red Sky for 3.
Gunner is backstage saying that he was raised to respect your father, and he's always lived by a chain of command, and tonight, he's going to teach Garrett Bischoff about that chain of command and teach him some respect.
Time for the match we've all been waiting for!
Gunner vs Garett Bischoff
Gunner tells Garett that he's messed with the wrong group of guys, but Garett doesn't look intimidated. His old man, by the way, is smiling ear to ear until Garett catches Gunner with a pretty nice armdrag. Gunner takes a charge, so Garett gets another armdrag, a hiptoss, and a backdrop. Gunner bails out to the floor to take a break as Flair jumps into the ring and shoves the referee out of the way, and Garett bails out to the floor as the bell rings.
Winner: Garett Bischoff by DQ
Eric Bischoff is pissed, and now Sting has the ability to rewrite his contract.
Robbie E and Rob Terry are trying to get into Ronnie's locker room, but security blocks them as Young and Ronnie open the door and start a shoving match.
Someone I don't recognize walks into James Storm's locker room,and he's out on the floor and covered with blood. The guy who came in calls for a trainer and wakes up Storm, who has a pool of blood forming under his head, as the trainer comes in to attend to him.
Zima Ion vs Jesse Sorensen
Sorensen comes out with a football and signs it and then hands it to a kid at ringside on his way to the ring. Hey, if Bret Hart can gladhand by handing out sunglasses, nothing wrong with a football! Sorensen hits a series of armdrags and baseball slides between Ion's legs and hits a dropkick. Ion rolls out to the floor, but Sorensen is relentless and hits a crossbody over the top rope. They head back into the ring where Ion catches him with a twisting crossbody out of the corner and a belly to back suplex into a facebuster, but Ion misses an attempted 450 splash and Sorensen rolls the dice for the win.
Winner: Jesse Sorensen
Kid Kash comes out putting Sorensen over and says he's so impressive, but he's been in the business 10 days and walks around his ring thinking he owns the place. Kash has 20 years in the business and he's done it all, and took everything he ever got because nobody gave him anything. But now, he'll give him something: at Turning Point, Sorensen gets a shot at the X Division Title...in a three way that includes both Kash and Austin Aries. The contract is only missing one signature, so he shoves the contract into Sorensen's hands and tells him to sign it. Sorensen signs the contract, and Kash tells him he made the biggest mistake of his life, and also says that his mother is very proud of him and to tell her he said thank you. Sorensen decks Kash and goes to town on him, but Austin Aries runs in and nails Sorensen with the belt, then throws him to Kash, who DRILLS him with Money Maker.
We go to the Knockouts locker room where Karen tells Gail and Madison how awesome they are and how Gail will take the belt from Velvet at Turning Point, then verbally abuses Traci Brooks for kicks.
Back to the ring...
Knockouts Tag Team Title Match: Gail Kim & Madison Rayne vs Velvet Sky & Mickie James
Velvet spears Madison Rayne right off the bat and beats her senseless, but Gail sneaks in and blindsides Velvet with a right hand. Mickie makes a blind tag and takes Madison out with a baseball slides and punches Gail off the apron for good measure. Mickie goes up top, but Gail shoves her off the corner and then tags in to hit a double team on Mickie. Gail with a HUGE leaping clothesline in the corner and then mouths off to Velvet before flattening Mickie with a short clothesline. Mickie tries to fight free, but Gail takes her down with a hair yank and goes for another short clothesline, but Mickie ducks and gets a neckbreaker and makes the hot tag to Velvet, who comes in and cleans house on Gail. Velvet with a running bulldog and a weird twisty neckbreaker for 2, then Mickie comes in and takes Madison out with a top rope Thesz Press. Velvet gets a double underhook and hits the Pedigree, but Karen Jarrett distracts her just long enough for Gail to come in and hit Sole Food for the win.
Winners: Gail Kim & Madison Rayne
James Storm is backstage getting checked out by the trainer, who doesn't want to let him wrestle tonight. Storm insists he's fine, but Sting won't let him go so Storm tries to get up and falls right back down. Storm still insists he's fine, but Sting asks him if he knows what city he's in, and Storm is unable to answer.
One short video package detailing the history of what we're forced to watch next, we're back to the ring for...
Robbie E & Robbie T vs Eric Young & Ronnie
Ronnie comes out in a t-shirt and jeans (aka the New Jersey tuxedo), and actually starts the match with Robbie E, who tags out to Robbie T before even making contact. Young tags himself in and bounces off Rob Terry, so he ties up with the referee instead, taking him to the corner and breaking clean. Young dropkicks Terry into the corner and goes for the ten punches, then bites Terry on the forehead before coming off the ropes and getting backdropped so far into the air that he lands in a sitting position. Now Robbie E comes in and goes to work on Eric Young while mocking Ronnie out on the apron, and the Robbie Twins double team Young until Young dodges a corner charge and give Robbie E a belly to belly suplex and makes the hot tag to Ronnie, who comes in and hits a clothesline and a bodyslam. Ronnie tears his shirt off as Young takes his pants off to reveal leopard print underwear and hits a top rope elbow. Ronnie follows with a big splash and pins Robbie E to become the second non-wrestler to win a match tonight.
Winners: Eric Young & Ronnie
This was TOTALLY worth money and TV time. We go backstage to Jeff Jarrett, who says that Hardy's not going to make it to Turning Point, Bully Ray says he's taking Anderson out, and then Scott Steiner heads into the bathroom and says he's going to take a Hardy and an Anderson.
Ink Inc is eating in the catering area when Mexican America walks in and starts a fight with them. Mexican America runs off, and Ink Inc says they'll see them Sunday.
The Bellator guy joins Mike Tenay and Taz for the next match...
Christopher Daniels vs AJ Styles
Tie up and Daniels takes Styles to the corner and puts the boots to him, but AJ fires back with right hands and now stomps Daniels down in the corner. AJ continues just unloading on Daniels, but Daniels dodges a leapfrog and lays AJ out with a palmstrike to the face. Daniels comes off the ropes and AJ tries a dropkick, but Daniels holds the ropes and AJ hits the mat. Daniels points to his head to inform us of how smart he is, but comes off the ropes and AJ hits the dropkick the second try. AJ with a stiff kick and leaping kneedrop for 2, then goes to the apron and tries a springboard move, but Daniels shakes the ropes to knock AJ into the ring and he cradles him again like the last time, but this time AJ gets out at 2. Daniels with the Arabian moonsault for a pair of 2 counts, so he locks AJ in a bodyscissors. AJ elbows his way out, but Daniels rolls him up with his feet on the ropes for 2. AJ backdrops out of an Angel's Wings attempt and hits the moonsault/Deathdrop combo. AJ rocks Daniels with clotheslines and a leaping enziguiri, then goes out to the apron and hits the springboard forearm.AJ ducks a clothesline and hits the Pelle kick for 2, Daniels escapes to the floor and AJ dives off the apron at him, but Daniels catches him and gives him a uranage into the guardrail and another one on the floor. Daniels rolls AJ into the ring and gets the screwdriver from under the ring again, but Rob Van Dam runs out and grabs it out of his hand,allowing AJ to get a fireman's carry neckbreaker and the Styles Clash for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
Good match, but I would have preferred a clean finish. Then again, those don't happen in this company so whatcha gonna do?
Time for our next match, and we get a commercial break and everything before we reveal Hardy & Anderson's mystery partner...
Jeff Jarrett, Bully Ray & Scott Steiner vs Ken Anderson, Jeff Hardy & Abyss
Jarrett starts with Abyss, but ducks away and shoves Hardy, so Abyss tags Hardy in and Jarrett immediately tags out to Steiner and bails to the floor. Steiner takes Hardy to the corner and pummels him with forearms and chops as he yells out to someone in the crowd "YOUR MOTHER SUCKS!" Steiner is the greatest. Steiner catches Hardy on a leapfrog attempt, but Hardy slips out and tags out to Anderson, who comes in still wearing his t-shirt and gets gouged in the eyes. Jarrett tags in and Anderson gets a neckbreaker for 2, but Bubba nails him from the apron and Jarrett clotheslines him and tags out to Bubba, who comes in with a series of elbowdrops for 2. Steiner tags in and hits the clothesline/elbowdrop/pushups combo, but Anderson recovers and wipes Steiner out with a clothesline and makes the hot tag to Hardy, who comes in and goes to work on Bubba and knocks the other members of Immortal off the apron. Hardy with the howling legdrop and then he goes up top, but Jarrett crotches him in the corner and Steiner hits the top rope milkshake. Bubba takes too much time showboating before going for the cover and only gets 2, then locks Hardy in a bodyscissors and cradles him to his shoulders for 2. Hardy elbows out again, but gets cut off with another elbowdrop and dragged back to the Immortal corner. Now Jarrett tags in and goes after Hardy, but catches an elbow in the face and Hardy hits the Whisper In The Wind and makes the tag to Abyss, who tears through the entire Immortal team singlehandedly. Jarrett goes for the Stroke, but Abyss just shoves him off and hits the Shock Treatment. Bubba clotheslines him to the floor, but Hardy gives Bubba the Twist of Fate and Swanton, Jarrett comes in and gives Hardy the Stroke, Anderson gives Jarrett the Mic Check, Steiner gives Anderson the overhead release suplexand then locks him in the Recliner, but drops it to go after Abyss as he gets back in the ring. Abyss gives Steiner the Black Hold Slam and gets the win.
Winners: Jeff Hardy, Ken Anderson & Abyss
Really good match, and a hot finish. I liked it! The babyfaces celebrate in the ring and get a nice pop from the crowd as Mike Tenay and Taz debate whether Bobby Roode was behind the attack on James Storm earlier tonight.
Okay, it's main event time, but since it's 10:57 now as Storm's making his entrance, I don't think we're going to get much of anything here. It really takes a lot of the suspense out of it when the main event starts after 10:50 every single week. Storm's music stops and Roode looks all pleased with himself, but then starts again and a still bloody Storm comes staggering down the ramp looking awful. Shouldn't everyone be worried if he's still bleeding like that after over an hour?
World Title Match: Robert Roode vs James Storm
Storm rushes the ring and takes Roode down with a double leg and hits a backdrop, but then just collapses to the mat and the referee checks on the guy with the head injury who's been bleeding for over an hour and, rather than stopping the match, simply calls the trainer down to the ring so they can chit chat about what to do next. They kneel over Storm and look concerned instead of doing anything, and even Roode comes over with a concerned look on his face and tries to help Storm up, and if you don't know where this is going, you really have never watched this company ever. Roode lifts Storm out of the pool of blood that formed under his head and asks the referee "The match is over, right?" and the referee says "No, I never rung the bell." Roode replies "So the match isn't over yet?" The referee says no, so Roode goes okay, and rolls Storm up and the referee counts 3.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Sting, AJ Styles and Frankie Kazarian come out to check on Storm, and AJ is so mad that he challenges Roode to put the title on the line against him in three days at Turning Point. Nothing like booking your PPV main event THREE DAYS BEFOREHAND. And there's some real compassion from AJ. "Is he alive? Okay, good. I want a title shot!" With friends like these, James Storm doesn't need any enemies.