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11/3 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: GOVERNOR VENTURA, MOOLAH PASSES AWAY, WWF HARDCORE TITLE IS BORN, SATURN JUMPS TO WCW AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2011-11-03 08:00:00
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1939 - Steve Casey defeats Ed Don George for the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Buffalo, New York, ending George's third and final reign with the belt, and starting Casey's third reign. 

1981 - The Spoiler defeats Charlie Cook for the Florida State Heavyweight Title in Tampa, ending Cook's second reign, and starting the third and final reign for the Spoiler. The Spoiler had last held the title over three years earlier. 

1997 - The Monday Night Wars continued, with WCW Monday Nitro on TNT doing a 4.0 rating to WWF's 2.6 for Monday Night Raw on USA. The interesting story of the night was Perry Saturn making his Nitro debut and defeating Disco Inferno via submission to win the WCW Television Title. Saturn, who had just recovered from a broken leg, made the jump from ECW, breaking up The Eliminators tag team with John Kronus. 

Here are the results from Raw that night: Mr. Aguila (Essa Rios) defeated Super Loco (Super Crazy). ... Kane defeated Ahmed Johnson. ...Marc Mero defeated Savio Vega. ...Vader defeated Davey Boy Smith in a Dog Collar match. ... The New Age Outlaws defeated Los Boriquas. ... Ken Shamrock defeated European Champion Shawn Michaels via disqualification.

Here are the results from Nitro: Eddie Guerrero & Dean Malenko defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. & Steven Regal when Malenko forced Mysterio to tap out to the Texas Cloverleaf. ...Dave Finlay pinned David Taylor with a tombstone piledriver. ...Yuji Nagata defeated Psychosis with the Nagata Lock...Perry Saturn defeated Disco Inferno to win the World Television Title with the Rings Of Saturn. ... Chris Jericho pinned Scott Hall with a cradle. Hall was going for the Outsider's Edge and yelling at announcer Larry Zbyszko when Jericho floated over him for the pin. ...The Giant interfered and cleared out a Lucha Libre battle royal. ... Ric Flair defeated Alex Wright with a figure four leglock. ... Ray Traylor pinned Steve McMichael with a side slam. ...WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers defeated Public Enemy in a Philly Street Fight when Scott pinned Rocco Rock after he missed Rick Steiner while trying to put him through a table. ... Lex Luger defeated Curt Hennig by disqualification when Ric Flair interfered. 

1998 - Jesse "The Body" Ventura, running as an Independent candidate on the Reform Party ticket, defeats Democrat Hubert Humphrey III and Republican Norm Coleman to become the Governor of Minnesota. Ventura, who would later change his nickname to "The Mind" made headlines nationwide with his victory, telling supporters "We shocked the world." 

1998 - During a Raw taping at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, Mankind makes the first defense of the WWF Hardcore Title by pinning Ken Shamrock on the rampway after help from Vince McMahon, Big Bossman, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson. Also on the taping, William Regal defeated Golga of the Oddities and during the match unmasked him, revealing John Tenta. However, the unmasking was accidental, so the match never aired on the show.

2007 - World Wrestling Entertainment announced that long-time WWF Women's champion The Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) passed away. She was 84 years old.  A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Moolah was Women's Champion nine times, including the period before it was a WWE Title and "forgotten" switchesont> not acknowledged in official WWE history books.  She may be best remembered for having the longest running championship reign (publicized as 28 years, although in truth, there were back-and-forth switches during that reign) of any champion ever in professional wrestling history and maintained a close relationship with the McMahon family through the years.  Moolah was the driving force of women's wrestling, training many of the competitors in the sport, for several decades.

2009 - WWE broadcast ECW.   Richard Trionfo filed the following live report:

We start off with a look at last week’s match between Christian and Yoshi Tatsu for the ECW Title where Christian retained, only to be attacked after the match by Emperor Regal and his Imperial Troops.

We are live on tape from Providence, Rhode Island and your announcers are Josh ‘Where is a Krispy Kreme when you need one’ Mathews and Byron ‘I can see Massachusetts from my hotel room window’ Saxton.

Christian comes to the ring and he has something to say. He says that after living through it last week and seeing the footage again, he wants William Regal in the ring right now. Christian says that he knows Regal is back there. If Regal doesn’t want to come out, then he will go after Regal.

Instead of Regal, Tiffany comes out to the ring. Tiffany says that she knows that Regal is upset and he deserves to be. Regal acted the way he did because she wouldn’t give him a title match. Christian says that Regal has disrespected Tiffany, the fans, and him and he is done with it. Tiffany tells Christian that is how Regal wanted things to go. Christian does not care.

The Imperial March plays and Regal comes out with his red clad guards. Regal says that he has the advantage over Christian. He wonders how badly Christian wants him in the ring. He asks if he will give him a title match. Christian wants a match now.

Tiffany says that they each have matches so they will have to wait. Christian does not care because this is where he won his first ECW title and he is ready to defend it in front of his peeps. Tiffany asks Regal if he accepts the challenge. Regal thinks about it and says no. Regal says that he is the one in control and if Christian is offering a title match, it will only be on his terms. Christian wants to know the terms. Regal wants the match to be next week in front of a deserving crowd, not in front of the cretins in Providence. Regal wants the match in England. Christian says that he will see Bill in England. Tiffany makes the match official, but under one condition. Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov are banned from ringside. Tiffany tells Regal that he is wrestling next.

Christian with a baseball slide to Regal as Regal enters the ring. We go to commercial.

Match Number One: William Regal versus Goldust

They lock up and Regal backs Goldust into the ropes and Regal pushes Goldust but Goldust punches back. Regal and Goldust with punches but Goldust with the advantage and he punches Regal. Regal goes to the floor and Goldust meets him with a punch. They return to the ring and Goldust with more punches. Regal throws Goldust to the floor but Goldust pulls Regal out and Goldust with more punches and then he slams Regal’s head into the apron. Regal misses a forearm and Goldust with an atomic drop. Goldust with punches in the corner. Regal with a kick and then he sends Goldust into the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms. Regal with a forearm to the head after an Irish whip. Regal gets a near fall. Regal with a rear chin lock on Goldust. Goldust gets back to his feet and he punches Regal. Goldust with the drop down uppercut and more punches followed by clotheslines. Goldust with a punch and Irish whip but he walks into a boot. Goldust with a power slam for a near fall. Goldust with a bulldog to Regal but he misses a charge into the corner and Regal with a running knee to the side of the head for the three count.
Winner: William Regal

Zack Ryder is in the back checking on his hair and Rosa Mendes stops by and she introduces herself to him and points out that she is the ring announcer for Zack’s match. Zack daydreams while Rosa talks and then he has an accident with his drink. We go to commercial.

We are back and did you know that people look at a lot of WWE photos.

Match Number Two: Zack Ryder versus Shelton Benjamin with Guest Ring Announcer Rosa Mendes

They lock up and Benjamin with a take down and waist lock into a side head lock. Benjamin with a shoulder tackle and Zack goes to the floor on an Irish whip. Zack makes his way over to Rosa but he turns around and sees Shelton. Zack returns to the ring and then he drops kicks Shelton to the floor. They return to the ring and Ryder with a kick to Benjamin and a near fall. Ryder sends Benjamin into the corner and he follows that with a face wash for a near fall. Ryder with a reverse chin lock. Ryder runs Benjamin into the corner but Benjamin with a punch. Both men exchange punches until Benjamin gets the advantage and then he hits a back body drop. Benjamin with the Stinger Splash but Ryder with a forearm. Benjamin with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Ryder goes to the floor and Ryder brings Benjamin back in but Benjamin lands on his feet while Ryder watches Rosa apply some make up. Benjamin hits Paydirt for the three count.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin

We go to commercial.

We are back and Paul Burchill and Katie Lea are in the ring. Paul mentions that he told Gregory Helms a week ago to have the Hurricane come to the ring about a proposal that will end everything.

Hurricane finally makes his way to the ring and he has his Hurri-Cane with him. Hurricane says that he is here for Burchill. Paul tells Hurricane that Halloween is over. Hurricane says that for some Halloween lasts all year long and he suggests that Paul ask his sister. Paul says that he has had enough Hurricane’s lip. Hurricane says that he has had enough with citizen Burchill. Burchill says that Hurricane is a fraud and he has duped the fans. Paul says that he has great family values but the fans look up to Hurricane. Hurricane says that maybe it is because the fans just want to have fun, just like him. Maybe they like to fly. Hurricane says that chicks dig superheroes. Burchill says that this is not funny time. In order to finish this once and for all, he suggests one more match. If Burchill wins, Hurricane unmasks and reveals the fraud that he is. If Hurricane wins, he will leave along with Katie. Hurricane says that in brightest day and blackest night, Hurricane will never back down from a fight. He says that the match is on.

Abraham Washington is walking in the back with Tony Atlas and he is complaining about what William Regal did last week. Abe says that he is going to get Tiffany to buy him a new set. Abe talks about the new set that he is going to get for the Abraham Washington Show. Abe knocks on Tiffany’s office door and Vance Archer leaves. Abe asks who that was and Tiffany says that is ECW’s newest Superstar Vance Archer and he is . . . intense.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

Match Number Three: Vance Archer versus Logan Jones

They lock up and Archer sends Jones to the floor. Archer with a kick to Jones as he re-enters the ring. Archer with a belly-to-belly suplex followed by an inverted DDT for a three count.
Winner: Vance Archer

Christian and Yoshi Tatsu are walking in the back as we go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov versus Christian and Yoshi Tatsu

Yoshi and Jackson start things off. They lock up and Jackson sends Yoshi down to the mat. Yoshi with a series of kicks and two drop kicks but Jackson powers out of a cover. Kozlov tags in and Yoshi with a kick to the leg. Yoshi with another kick and he avoids a kick from Kozlov. Yoshi with a back kick and side head lock. Kozlov throws Yoshi away but he lands on his feet. Yoshi with a kick but Kozlov with a head butt and then he sends Yoshi into the turnbuckle and he tags in Jackson who gets a near fall after a slam. Jackson with a knee to the head. Jackson with a double underhook and then he connects with a forearm and tags in Kozlov. Kozlov with shoulders in the corner and then he chokes Yoshi in the corner. Kozlov with a head butt to the chest followed by a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Jackson tags back in and he punches Yoshi in the ribs. Jackson with a double over hook followed by a forearm to the back. Jackson with an Irish whip but Jackson misses a charge into the corner and Yoshi makes his way to the corner to make the tag and he is able to do so. Christian with punches to Kozlov and a kick followed by the corkscrew back elbow from the turnbuckles. Christian with a baseball slide to Jackson on the apron. Christian goes up top but Kozlov with a press slam. Kozlov gets Christian up for a back breaker but Christian escapes and he hits an inverted DDT for a near fall. All four men are in the ring and Yoshi and Christian take care of Jackson and then Yoshi with a pescado. Kozlov with a fallaway slam on Christian but Christian moves on a charge into the corner. Christian with a Tornado DDT and Christian sets for the Killswitch and hits it for the three count.
Winners: Christian and Yoshi Tatsu

AAfter the match, Regal tries to Pearl Harbor Christian but Christian sees it coming and he punches Regal. Jackson attacks Christian from behind and then they pull Christian into the ring post and then they stretch Christian against the ring post. Regal puts Christian in the Regal stretch on the floor and Yoshi Tatsu is laying behind the action.

2009 - TNA taped Impact in Orlando, FL with the following results:

 

Before the tapings started, Alyssa Flash defeated Traci Brooks by submission. After the match, Traci attacked Alyssa.

Impact starts with Mick Foley coming out for the match between Abyss and Stevie Richards. After a Black Hole Slam, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Abyss was laid out and Richards got the win. Richards went to put a chair around Abyss' throat but Foley attacked Richards to stop him. The lights went out again and a fireball was thrown in Foley's face. The lights go back on and it was Raven who threw the fireball. He hits a Raven Effect and then posed with Daffney and Stevie. /p>

Jim Neidhart defeated Jay Lethal with a running power slam. (from JP: Yes, you read that right)

Kurt Angle comes out in a suit to a large ovation. He calls Turning Point the most important night of his life. He puts over A.J. Styles and Matt Morgan. Kurt says that he has no respect for someone who comes in and attacks him. He says that Desmond has earned nothing and Angle says that he will terminate Desmond's wrestling career. Desmond appears on the screen and Desmond says that he is here to take Angle's place. Wolfe comes through the crowd and that leads to a brawl between Angle and Wolfe. Desmond hits a DDT on the floor.

They introduce Super Dave Osborne and he is at the announce table with Mike Tenay and Taz. (Editor Note: I guess if WWE can get Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, TNA can get Super Dave Osborne. I wonder if they tried to get Dave's brother. According to Mike, Super Dave has a show on SpikeTV which debuts on November 14th.)

Motor City Machine Guns and TNA X Division Champion Amazing Red defeated Homicide, Sheik Abdul Bashir, and Kiyoshi. Homicide tried to bring in a barbed wire baseball bat, but security stopped Homicide and carried him out. Machine Guns pinned Bashir.

After the match, Super Dave Osborne left the announce table.

Team 3D come out with Rhino. They talk about choice with TNA based on something that Dixie Carter said about whether you were on board or not. He says that they are glad that they turned because they are getting lots of heat. Matt Morgan and Hernandez come out. Ray says that he has spilled more DNA in TNA than Morgan has in his body. Ray calls Hernandez a Mexican without a green card. A six man street fight is announced for Turning Point and Ray asks Morgan and Hernandez if they have a partner. Morgan says that they do not need a partner. Devon says that that if they are the future of TNA, then TNA will be no more. D'Angelo Dinero comes out and he says that he will be the third member of the team and then he runs down Team 3D.

Beer Money defeated The British Invasion in a Non-Title Match to earn a spot in the tag title match at Turning Point. If the British Invasion were disqualified or counted out in this match, Beer Money would be added to the match. Rob Terry came out with a chair but Doug Williams told Rob to go back. Magnus almost used the chair but Williams stopped him as well. Beer Money was able to get the win with a DWI on Magnus.

Samoa Joe defeated A.J. Styles in a Non-Title match after Styles passed out in the Choke. Daniels came out during the match and accidentally knocked A.J. off balance. Styles hit Daniels leading to Joe putting Styles in the choke. After the match, Joe posed with the belt.

For Xplosion:
Rob Terry defeated Kip James.

 

2010 - During an interview with AOL Fanhouse, Ken Anderson noted that TNA had banned chairshots to the head, commenting, "TNA has absolutely thrown down the gauntlet and said no more unprotected chair shots. And every time there is a chair involved in the ring, the agents will come up and say please make sure for me that you are not going to ... that you're going to put your hand up. Please tell me you're going to put your hand up or it's going to be a back shot or something like that."