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1986 - Wahoo McDaniel defeats Tully Blanchard for the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California. Wahoo would be the final National champion, as he would lose a title unification match to U.S. Champion Nikita Koloff one month later.
1989 - WWF held their Summerslam Pay-per-view at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Here are the results:
- The Brainbusters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) defeated The Hart Foundation when Blanchard pinned Hart after Anderson came off the top rope and hit Hart while the referee was distracted.
- Dusty Rhodes, in his first WWF PPV match, defeated The Honky Tonk Man with the Bionic Elbow after Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Honky with his guitar. This was also the debut of the infamous "polka dot" outfit for Rhodes.
- Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig defeated Red Rooster Terry Taylor with the Perfectplex.
- Rick Martel & The Rougeau Brothers defeated Tito Santana & The Rockers when Martel pinned Marty Jannetty with a clothesline as Jannetty had Raymond rolled up for a cover.
- The Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude to win the WWF Intercontinental Title with a back suplex and splash after Roddy Piper distracted Rude by coming to ringside, lifting his kilt and mooning him.
- Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Demolition defeated Andre The Giant, Akeem & Big Bossman when Smash pinned Akeem after Duggan hit Akeem with his 2/4..
- Hercules Hernandez defeated Greg Valentine via disqualification. Valentine pinned Hercules with his feet on the ropes, but Ronnie Garvin, the guest ring announcer, announced that Valentine was disqualified for cheating and Hercules was the winner, then knocked out Valentine.
- Ted DiBiase defeated Jimmy Snuka via countout when Snuka was chasing Virgil at ringside. After the match, Snuka gave Virgil the Superfly Splash while DiBiase escaped.
- Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake, with Elizabeth, defeated Randy Savage & Zeus, with Sherri Martel, when Hogan pinned Zeus after he was hit with Martel's loaded pocketbook. After the match, Elizabeth cut off the (fake) ponytail of Martel.
1994 - Shawn Michaels & Diesel defeat The Headshrinkers for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Headshrinkers would be the final tag team champions managed/advised by Captain Lou Albano.
1995 - PG-13 defeat Terry Gordy & Tracey Smothers in a tournament final for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, stating their ninth reign as champs. The belts had been stripped off of previous champions the Heavenly Bodies after a controversial match with PG-13 on August 21st.
2000 - Kevin Nash defeats Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Title in Las Cruces, New Mexico, starting his fifth and final WCW World Title reign.
2009 - WWE broadcast Smackdown. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live on tape from Phoenix, Arizona and your announcers are Jim ‘BBQ Iguana’ Ross and Todd ‘Can I say Shaqalicious’ Grisham.
We see the steel cage above the ring and Justin Roberts introduces the only Straight Edge Champion in history, CM Punk.
Punk comes to the ring and he tells everyone that he told them so. He said that he would beat Jeff Hardy at Summerslam and for the benefit of the drunks in the crowd, we see footage from the match. Punk says that he never felt more alive than right now. He tells the weak people that they have probably never felt this way. Punk says that he feels every ache and pain from each table, ladder, and chair that Jeff used to try to keep Punk from getting his title back. Punk says the pain makes him feel alive. Punk says that he hasn’t taken a thing for it, unlike the fans and Jeff Hardy. Punk talks about how the fans double up on the extra strength medication when they have a toothache. Punk says that if they felt the way he did, they would be on a morphine drip. Punk then figures that some of them are already on one. Punk says that he was celebrating his superiority over the fans and Jeff Hardy when he was robbed by the evil incarnate himself, the Undertaker.
We see footage of Taker’s return to the ring and the choke slam on CM Punk after the match.
Punk says that after all he has been through, he is being forced to compete in a steel cage match. He says that is unfair as we look up at the cage. Punk says that it is bordering on a conspiracy by the higher ups because they fear what they cannot understand. Punk says that he is a pioneer and he makes sacrifices. He is the role model that this world needs. Punk says that he will prove tonight that he is better than Jeff Hardy one more time.
Speaking of Jeff Hardy, he comes to the ring and he has something to say. Jeff tells Punk that he hopes he enjoys his reign as the Straight Edge World Champion because it ends tonight. Hardy talks about Punk’s high horse of self righteousness. Tonight there are three words that are more important to Hardy and those are steel cage match.
Punk asks Hardy how intoxicated he is and wonders what Hardy put in his body to get the guts to stand with him in the ring. Punk asks Hardy if he is going to take painkillers to dull the pain of his reality. Punk says that he is sick of the fans booing him. He is sick of seeing children cheering for Jeff Hardy. Punk says that he is fed up with everyone including Hardy. Punk says that one of them doesn’t belong here any more so Punk asks Hardy to take a risk. Punk suggests that the loser get thrown out of WWE. Punk points out that if he loses the fans will never have to listen to the truth. Hardy likes the idea. Punk reminds Hardy that it proves that his lifestyle, skills, and drug free judgment is better than Jeff. Punk says that the fan’s enabler will not be there for them any more.
Hardy says that it is risky and crazy, but he is on.
Teddy Long comes out and he tells the playas that it is official. Teddy says that since they are in agreement, they will get what they want. Teddy says the loser of the match will no longer be in the WWE. Teddy talks about what is in store for the winner. The winner will have to defend the title at Breaking Point where the main event matches will be a submission match. The winner will face The Undertaker.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Undertaker will be back next week. WWE will be back in the Phoenix area for Wrestlemania 26 (The real 25th Anniversary).
Match Number One: John Morrison and Matt Hardy versus The Hart Dynasty with Natalya
Hardy and Kidd start things off and Kidd with a waist lock but Hardy works on the arm. Matt with a short arm clothesline and Morrison is tagged in. Hardy with a side Russian leg sweep while Morrison with a leg sweep followed by a leg drop. Morrison with a front face lock and Hardy is tagged in and they hit a double back elbow and double fist drop. Matt with a front face lock followed by a forearm to the back. Natalya distracts Matt and that allows Kidd to take advantage. Smith tags in and he punches and kicks Hardy. Smith with a snap mare into a reverse chin lock. Smith tries for a neck breaker but Hardy with an inverted DDT. Morrison tags in and he drops Smith on the top rope and then hits a drop kick and clothesline. Morrison with a leg lariat and then he poses because he can. Morrison with a shooting star press but Kidd breaks it up. Matt throws Kidd out of the ring and then Hardy with a clothesline from the apron. Morrison sends Smith into the turnbuckles and Smith blocks the springboard spin kick. Morrison with a kick followed by the split legged corkscrew moonsault for the three count.
Winners: Matt Hardy and John Morrison
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that if you are younger than Vince, you probably watched Smackdown.
Melina and Maria are in the back and Melina says she needs to get ready for her match. Maria wants everyone to be happy for her. Melina says that she saw Dolph with another woman after Summerslam. Melina says that she does not want to be the one to tell her. Maria tells Melina that she is jealous of her. Dolph walks by as Melina leaves. Dolph asks what is going on and Maria asks Dolph about the woman he was with on Sunday after Summerslam. Dolph says that it was his sister Kristin.
Match Number Two: Drew McIntyre versus R Truth
McIntyre attacks Truth as he enters the ring and then McIntyre with knees and a double underhook modified DDT.
McIntyre gets on the mic and he apologizes for ruining their little party. McIntyre says the fans like seeing someone rapping and dancing to the ring, but the party is over.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Drew McIntyre showing that he is not a fan of rap.
Michelle McCool comes to the announce table and she is on crutches. Michelle says that she knows that everyone paid good money to watch her wrestle, but after Melina’s attack she has an injured knee. Michelle blames it on Melina and for ruining everyone’s night. Michelle says that she has everything under control and everyone can trust her. Michelle brings out Melina’s opponent, Layla.
Match Number Two . . . We Really Mean It: Layla versus Melina
They lock up and Layla with a punch and wrist lock. Melina with a kick and reversal. Melina with a version of a Thesz Press but Melina appears to have hurt her leg. Layla takes advantage of that and she works on the leg. Layla with a very creative clip for a near fall. Layla with forearms but Melina with the Banshee Leg Drop for the three count.
After the match, Melina goes to the announce table and she pushes Michelle back into her chair and Michelle is down.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to take a look back at the Summerslam festivities and the ‘celebrities’ who rubbed elbows with WWE superstars.
We see footage from the Intercontinental Title match at Summerslam.
Match Number Three: Rey Mysterio versus Kane
Kane with a kick and forearms. Kane continues to kick Rey near the ropes. Kane with a slam and elbow drop. Kane with a punch in the corner and the referee admonishes him. Rey with kicks and punches but he cannot avoid a clothesline and Kane gets a near fall. Kane with a side slam for a near fall. Kane with a body scissors but Rey with elbows and Kane responds with punches. Kane with a snap mare and drop kick to Rey. Kane with an Irish whip but he charges into a boot from Rey. Rey with a head scissors that sends Kane into the turnbuckles. Rey with a springboard seated splash followed by a tornado DDT for a near fall. Rey comes off the top turnbuckle but Kane with a vintage uppercut for a near fall. Kane catches Rey on a cross body attempt. Kane then sends Rey off on a DDT attempt. Kane charges but Rey with a drop kick to the knee and Kane is sent into the ropes. Rey is grabbed by the throat and then Rey sends Kane into the ropes. Kane goes tot eh floor and Rey comes off the apron but Kane moves and then Kane with a boot to the face. Kane sends Rey into the ring post twice, but the referee told him not to do it and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Rey Mysterio by disqualification
After the match, Khali comes to the ring and he is followed by Runjin Singh. Khali blocks a punch and then Khali tries for the Punjabi Plunge but Kane goes to the floor. Singh hits Kane with the kendo stick but Kane shakes it off. Khali is able to inflict some pain on Kane as they go to the back.
Dolph Ziggler comes out and he hits the leaping inverted DDT.
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that they are recycling did you knows about their website?
We see highlights of MVP and Mark Henry getting their title match at Breaking Point.
Chris Jericho is on the mic and he says that everyone is looking at the most powerful team in sports today. He says that you don’t win all the time, but you win when you have to. Jericho points out that Floyd Mayweather helped Porter and Henry cheat on Monday night. He says that Porter and Henry will not win at Breaking Point and they will suffer the same fate as Cryme Tyme. Jericho says that they are men of honor and principle. They are men of honesty.
Match Number Four: Chris Jericho with Big Show versus Shad with JTG
Shad runs Jericho into the corner and Shad with forearms and kicks. Shad with an Irish whip and then he hits a leaping back elbow into the corner. Shad with a knee lift. Jericho with kicks but Shad with a press slam. Jericho tries for a cross body but Shad catches him and hits a power slam for a near fall but Jericho is pulled out of the ring by Show. JTG attacks Show from behind and Shad joins in.
Teddy Long’s music plays and he tells the playas at ringside that they are going to have a tag match.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the match has restarted and JTG with a sliding punch to Jericho. JTG follows that with a back breaker for a near fall. JTG with a punch but he misses a charge when Jericho drops down. Show checks on JTG while the referee is with Shad and Jericho. Show with a chop to JTG. Show tags in and he slams JTG. Show works on the leg. Jericho tags back in and he has JTG in a chin lock. Jericho misses a charge into the corner and Shad tags in and he hits clotheslines. Shad with a big boot to Jericho. Show makes the blind tag as Shad hits a side slam. Show with a punch and he gets the three count.
Winners: Big Show and Chris Jericho
We see the building where Plaxico Burress became a legend for the Giants and then we see the return of Taker on Summerslam.
Jeff Hardy is putting the finishing touches on his makeup and Matt wishes him luck against Punk. Matt points out that Jeff has always been a gambler and he respects Jeff. Matt tells Jeff that he will win. Jeff talks about living in the moment.
Time for cage lowering music because the main event is next. We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Jeff Hardy versus CM Punk in a Steel Cage Match where the loser is gone from WWE
Punk attacks Hardy from behind while Hardy comes to the ring. Punk sends Hardy into the outside of the cage. Punk with a catapult into the cage and Hardy is down. Punk has his shoulder and arm taped up. Punk with a hip toss on the floor followed by a suplex. Punk rolls Hardy into the cage and the door closes and the match begins.
Punk climbs the cage, but Hardy pulls Punk down. Punk with a kick and snap mare followed by a kick to the back. Punk goes up to the top of the cage again and Hardy pulls him back in. Punk with a kick and suplex. Punk tries a third corner to escape the cage, but hasn’t tried the door yet. Hardy pulls Punk back in one more time but they fight on the top rope and Punk sends Hardy into the top of the cage. Punk gets a near fall. Punk with a snap leg drop but Hardy holds on to Punk’s leg. Punk with punches to Hardy but Hardy punches and kicks Punk. Hardy misses a cross body when Punk ducks and Hardy rolls into the wall of the cage. Punk tries to send Hardy into the cage but Jeff blocks it and he sends Punk into the cage. Hardy with a reverse atomic drop for a near fall. Hardy with Whisper in the Wind and both men are down. Hardy gets a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Hardy is at the top of the cage but Punk grabs his leg. Hardy with a cross body for a near fall. The cage door is opened but Punk keeps Jeff in the cage. Punk with a catapult but Hardy grabs the cage and he climbs to the top but Punk follows and brings Jeff back inside. They are on the top rope again and Hardy is on top again. Punk with a superplex attempt but Hardy crotches Punk on the top rope. Punk falls to the mat and Hardy with a Swanton. Jeff crawls to make the cover but Punk can kick out. Punk climbs the turnbuckles while Hardy goes for the door. Punk sees Hardy going for the door but Punk brings Hardy back inside the unforgiving steel structure again. Hardy with a mule kick and both men are down again. Hardy with a cross body that sends Punk against the cage. We go to commercial.
We are back and now it is Punk’s turn to crawl out of the door. Punk has his hands on the floor but that does not count. Hardy pulls Punk back inside. Hardy with punches and Punk with a head butt. We have boo/yay moments and then Punk gets Hardy up for the Go to Sleep but Hardy counters with a backslide for a near fall. Punk with a double underhook into a back breaker for a near fall. Punk gets Hardy up for the Go To Sleep but Hardy counters with a Twist of Fate and the fans try to give Hardy the energy to climb out of the cage. Hardy slowly climbs the turnbuckles and he goes up top. Hardy has one leg over the side of the cage but Punk is able to grab the other leg. Hardy punches Punk and Hardy is now over the cage but Punk holds on to Hardy’s neck and Punk hits a superplex and both men are down.
Punk climbs the cage this time and he gets to the top of the cage. Hardy joins Punk on top and Hardy tries to keep Punk inside. Punk with a thumb to the eyes and then he pushes Hardy back into the ring and Punk hits the floor.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, Punk goes up the ramp and waves goodbye to Jeff Hardy.
Jeff is in the ring and he realizes that he has just ended his time in WWE. The fans give Jeff a deserved ovation and Jeff reciprocates. Jeff gets on the mic and he says that he is sorry if he let anyone down. He says that he is sorry that you will be seeing CM Punk instead of him on Smackdown. Jeff says that it has been one hell of a ride. Jeff thanks everyone and he says that this is not goodbye forever. It is just goodbye for now. Jeff says that if the time is right, he will see everyone in the future. He thanks everyone one more time. He says that at least there is a Hardy on the show and Matt is on his side. Jeff leaves the ring . . . for the final time?
CM Punk comes out and hits Hardy from behind with the title belt.
2010 - A planned TV taping in Charlotte, NC for MTV2 is canceled by Lucha Libre USA as the promotion is dropped from the network after just seven episodes and a preview special. The event goes on as planned as a live event, featuring the debut of David and Reid Flair, as well as Petey Williams. While the promotion has continued to run shows and tape TV (and has told those working for the company that they will return to MTV2), there has been no sign of another national outlet running the series.
2010 - Smashing Pumpkins' lead singer Billy Corgan, a longtime wrestling fan who did angles for the original ECW and has provided music for TNA in recent years, was involved in an angle where AAA heels invaded the Pumpkins' concert in Mexico City. La Legion Extranjera invaded the concert which was being taped for various MTV networks with Alex Koslov leading the attack on lead singer Billy Corgan on stage. Koslov, Hernandez and Decnis showed up got on the mic and Koslov told Corgan that his music is horrible. They demanded that the Pumpkins stop their concert which Corgan brushed off so they attacked him. Hernandez had him ready for a Border Toss Extreme Tiger, El Mesias, & La Parka Jr. showed up to make the save. This was quite the spectacle. The entire scene continues to air on an MTV World Stage episode that is rotation on cable network Palladium.
2010 - CMT did a behind the scenes special and "world premiere" showing of Taylor Swift's new music video "Mine". The special featured TNA founder Jeff Jarrett, his three daughters (Jaclyn, Joslyn and Jeryn), and Kyra Angle, the daughter of Karen and Kurt Angle. The video was shot in Maine with Jaclyn Jarrett, playing the role of a young Taylor Swift. She is the middle daughter of Jeff Jarrett and his late wife Jill, who lost her battle with breast cancer in May 2007. I am told that during Jill's battle with cancer, Swift befriended the Jarretts and has remained very close with them.