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This month in (recent) pro-wrestling history - September 2014


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Thought this might make a nice monthly conversation piece if others find it interesting. August didn't do well. Will try it one more time.

 

Every month I'll go back 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years into the archives.

 

Add your memories from these months in these years in history.

 

September 2009

  • Jeff Hardy was arrested for trafficking controlled substances – a charge that hung over him for 2 years until he was given a paltry jail sentence and a massive fine in 2011.
  • John Cena won the WWE Title from Randy Orton at Breaking Point in an “I Quit” match.
  • DX put over Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes on the same PPV.
  • Linda McMahon announced she’d run for a the Connecticut republican seat in senate. Her personal XFL.
  • AJ Style’s took Kurt Angles TNA Title at No Surrender in a match also featuring Sting, Matt Morgan and Hernandez.
  • Bobby Lashley made his TNA in-ring debut on the PPV and beat Rhino.
September 2004
  • Former owner and promoter of Georgia Championship Wrestling and general NWA powerhouse Jim Barnett died of cancer, aged 80.
  • Big Bossman died of a heart attack aged 44. He’d only been working a full time for the WWF a couple of years earlier.
  • Beaver Cleavage’s mother/lover, bodybuilder Marianna Komlos died aged 35 of breast cancer.
  • Edge forfeited the WWE IC Title due to injury.
  • Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki beat London & Kidman to win the WWE Tag Team titles. Jesus.
  • Chris Jericho beat Chrsitian for the vacant IC title at the Unforgiven PPV.
  • Triple H ended Randy Orton’s shocking one month run with the big gold belt.
  • Gene Snitsky debuted on Raw and caused Lita to have a miscarriage. Though some would say it wasn’t his fault.
  • The TNA Tag Titles changed hands twice. Chris Harris & Elix Skipper beat The Naturals and then dropped it to Chris Daniels & James Storm.
  • Bret Hart married his Italian wife. She obviously hadn’t read his book.
September 1999
  • Referee Brian Hildebrand died after a battle with stomach cancer.
  • Vince McMahon won the WWF Title on Raw. He vacated and Triple H won it back in the six-pack challenge at the Unforgiven PPV.
  • Davey Boy Smith re-debuted in the WWF and beat the Bossman for the Hardcore title. An awesome moment that went nowhere due to Bulldog’s condition.
  • A skinny Mr. Hughes returned to the WWF as Chris Jericho’s body guard during a fucking terrible feud with Ken Shamrock that made Jericho’s red-hot debut a distant memory. The blow-off on Smackdown was Shamrock’s last WWF match.
  • Undertaker & Big Show won the tag titles from Rock n Sock in a buried alive match a week after dropping them. The match was the definition of chaos. Big Show and Mideon & Viscera (who ‘taker put in the match) lost the belts back to Rock and Mankind two weeks later and they lost the to the New Age Outlaws the same week.
  • IC Champ Jeff Jarrett started beating up women and faced Jackie, Luna and Chyna in matches. He also got pinned by Super Steph in a mixed tag match.
  • WCW was in a pre-Russo slumber so fuck all was happening really.
  • Sid went on a Goldberg-esque winning streak without actually winning many matches. He won the US title off Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl.
  • Sting won the World Title off Hogan at the same PPV. And we thought the belt was meaningless then!
  • Taz dropped the ECW Title to Mike Awesome in a triple threat match at Anarchy Rulz also featuring Masato Tanaka (which drew a 6,000 crowd) after it became common knowledge he was off to the WWF.
September 1994
  • The WWF sold out ten shows on tour of Germany and the UK. Including a show in Hull where my mate claimed Bret Hart gave him his glasses. The lying bastard.
  • WCW were also in Germany and the UK with Hogan vs. Flair on top.
  • Jim Duggan was on the tour despite debuting on TV three weeks later in a “surprise” at Fall Brawl. He beat Steve Austin for the TV title in about 40 seconds.
  • The TV Title also changed hands at the PPV, Johnny B. Badd beating Steve Regal.
  • The Barbarian returned to the WWF as Headshrinker Sionne replacing Samu who left at the end of August.
September 1989
  • Macho Man becoming “King” of the WWF aired on TV. Fuck all else happened. And some people suggest the return to these days before PPV overkill???
  • Tom Zenk debuted at WCW Clash of the Champions
  • Great Muta beat Sting for the vacant NWA TV Title at the Omni.
  • Jim Ross joined the booking committee. Jim Cornette was added to the announce team. Barrel scraping heard.
  • Yoshihiro Tajiri made his pro-wrestling debut
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  • John Cena won the WWE Title from Randy Orton at Breaking Point in an “I Quit” match.

 

I maintain that was the best match the pair of them ever had together. "IED" era Orton was at his psychotic best and the match was compelling in its brutality. Their Iron Man match the month after was a lethargic collection of shortcuts in comparison.

 

 

Bret Hart married his Italian wife. She obviously hadn’t read his book.

 

 

There was a crackling line in PS at the time about Bret marrying the (IIRC) 22-year-old - "They have one thing in common - they both really love Bret Hart."

 

 

  • A skinny Mr. Hughes returned to the WWF as Chris Jericho’s body guard during a fucking terrible feud with Ken Shamrock that made Jericho’s red-hot debut a distant memory. The PPV blow-off was Shamrock’s last WWF match.

 

 

The PPV blow-off didn't happen. Jericho wrestled X-Pac at the PPV. The originally scheduled Jericho v Road Dogg match got changed when Dogg purportedly suffered a back injury so Jericho worked a near four-week build up with Shamrock... to end up working Kid instead. Bizarrely enough, Road Dogg ended up wrestling on the show, him and Billy wrestling Edge & Christian on the night. So, not that bad an injury then.

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I maintain that was the best match the pair of them ever had together. "IED" era Orton was at his psychotic best and the match was compelling in its brutality.

 

Same here. Cena getting tortured was probably the most visceral, violent sight WWE have put out in the last five years. I can't imagine how anyone could have watched it and not sympathised and wanted him turn it around by the end. Great match.

 

The mini meltdowns it produced when the DVD got an 18 rating was funny as well. "BUT THERE WAS NO BLOOD! IT'S PG!!!"

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September 1994
  • The WWF sold out ten shows on tour of Germany and the UK. Including a show in Hull where my mate claimed Bret Hart gave him his glasses. The lying bastard.

 

I've just had a look on thehistoryofwwe.com and it seems WWF ran 35 shows in Germany in 1994, an astonishing amount when you think about it.  Does anyone know why WWF was so popular in Germany at that time?  The company also ran quite a lot of international shows in other countries that year too.  Was business very strong abroad and very weak domestically? 

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Some thoughts:

 

The September 2009 stuff no way feels like five years ago. Hardy's arrest? Linda running for Senate? Time's flying past these days.

 

The Barbarian returned to the WWF as Headshrinker Sionne replacing Samu who left at the end of August.

And bloody underrated he was, too! Headshrinker's were great on RAW for some jobber killing, especially after the inclusion of the always reliable Barbarian.

 

Davey Boy Smith re-debuted in the WWF and beat the Bossman for the Hardcore title. An awesome moment that went nowhere due to Bulldog’s condition.

To think, he'd only been away, what, 2 years? And he was completely spent. I just don't think he fitted the attitude era. His revamp just didn't fit.

 

And, 2004. Ah, 2004. Kenzo Suzuki, Rene Dupree, Snitsky, The Naturals. I don't miss they days.

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September 1994
  • The WWF sold out ten shows on tour of Germany and the UK. Including a show in Hull where my mate claimed Bret Hart gave him his glasses. The lying bastard.

 

I've just had a look on thehistoryofwwe.com and it seems WWF ran 35 shows in Germany in 1994, an astonishing amount when you think about it.  Does anyone know why WWF was so popular in Germany at that time?  The company also ran quite a lot of international shows in other countries that year too.  Was business very strong abroad and very weak domestically? 

 

 

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I bet this guy would tell you why. 

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And bloody underrated he was, too! Headshrinker's were great on RAW for some jobber killing, especially after the inclusion of the always reliable Barbarian.

 

 

Sionne and Samu actually overlapped by a few weeks too, as he wrestled some house shows as the Barbarian whilst the original team were also on the shows. It would've been weird to see him in his furry gear with antlers in '94, but I imagine he'd have went for the trusty old black tights w/ sword emblem, which must've been humming and had the arse falling out them by that point.

 

The original Headshrinkers were really good, and the Barbarian was fun too, but that was a pretty lazy replacement. It was only a 3 year gap, everybody knew who he was and there wasn't even any attempt to try to make him look a bit different. Still a good enough team though, and a shame they done absolutely nothing with them after the title & member switch - especially considering the awesome roster of WWF tag teams from mid 93 to mid 94 had been decimated.

 

It would've been cool to see a Demolition-type gimmick with the three of them, if they could've made something like that work for babyfaces.

 

September was usually a pretty weak month in wrestling when you think back (at least during the times I remember well i.e. the 90s)

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September was usually a pretty weak month in wrestling when you think back (at least during the times I remember well i.e. the 90s)

 

 

Well, aside from September 1995 when the face of the game changed with the arrival of Monday Nitro.

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