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TEN YEARS AFTER: WWE WrestleMania 23

WWE: WrestleMania 23
April 1, 2007
Detroit, MI
Ford Field

The current WWE champions are as follows:
WWE Champion: John Cena (9/17/2006)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Umaga (2/19/2007)
World Tag Team Champions: John Cena & Shawn Michaels (1/29/2007)
WWE Women’s Champion: Melina (2/19/2007)
ECW World Champion: Bobby Lashley (12/3/2006)
World Heavyweight Champion: Batista (11/26/2006)
WWE United States Champion: Chris Benoit (10/13/2006)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Paul London & Brian Kendrick (5/21/2006)
WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero (2/18/2007)

From the Figure Four Weekly dated April 9, 2007:

Between pay-per-view revenue, live attendance and merchandise, this show should gross in the neighborhood of $46 million. WWE claimed 80,103 fans from 24 countries paid $5.38 million to attend. The gate is legit and it is a new company record. I cannot confirm the attendance, but they had sold all 70,000 available tickets in the weeks before the show and more were released in the final seven days. I believe the building was set up for 75,000, but they were also selling SRO (standing-room only) tickets, so that number may be legit. It likely broke the attendance set at WrestleMania III of 78,000 fans, which the company inflated to 93,173 and has since become part of legend. The most-attended WWE show in history remains the 1992 SummerSlam at Wembley Stadium, which drew 80,355. The biggest gate in wrestling history remains the Antonio Inoki retirement show in 1998 which made over $7 million at the Tokyo Dome. WrestleMania XXIII will likely do around $1 million in merchandise, and the expected 740,000 domestic buys would net the company $22 million. It should be noted that it still falls below the December 30, 2006 Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz fight both in the gate ($5.4 million, which is actually fantastically impressive because that show only drew 1/6 the attendance) and the domestic buyrate (1.05 million buys). Worldwide, WWE should pull in 1.2 million buys.

They replay Vince McMahon’s introduction of Aretha Franklin from WrestleMania 3 as she returns to sing the National Anthem.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & JBL, and Joey Styles & Tazz.
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Memphis Wrestling (12.15.79)

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Memphis Wrestling
December 15, 1979
Memphis, TN
WMC-5 TV Studio

The current Memphis wrestling champions are as follows:
AWA World Champion: Nick Bockwinkel (11/8/1975)
CWA World Champion: Jerry Lawler (11/8/1979)
AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion: Jackie Fargo (11/22/1979)
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions: The Assassins (12/2/1979)

Your hosts are Lance Russell and Dave Brown. Read the rest of this entry

Memphis Wrestling (12.08.79)

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Memphis Wrestling
December 8, 1979
Memphis, TN
WMC-5 TV Studio

The current Memphis wrestling champions are as follows:
AWA World Champion: Nick Bockwinkel (11/8/1975)
CWA World Champion: Jerry Lawler (11/8/1979)
AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion: Jackie Fargo (11/22/1979)
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions: The Assassins (12/2/1979)

Your hosts are Lance Russell and Dave Brown.
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Memphis Wrestling (09.01.79)

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Memphis Wrestling
September 1, 1979
Memphis, TN
WMC-5 TV Studio

The current Memphis wrestling champions are as follows:
AWA World Champion: Nick Bockwinkel (11/8/1975)
AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion: Superstar Bill Dundee (8/27/1979)
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions: Larry Latham & Wayne Farris (6/15/1979)

Your hosts are Lance Russell and Dave Brown.
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AWA: All Star Wrestling (07.28.79)

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AWA: All Star Wrestling
July 28, 1979

Minneapolis, MN
KMSP-9 TV Studio

The current AWA champs are as follows:
AWA World Heavyweight Champion: Nick Bockwinkel (11/8/75)
AWA World Tag Team Champions: Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon (6/6/79)

This is just me clearing off my hard drive. I don’t have any more 1979 AWA All Star Wrestling shows in my collection as of this time, but you never know what might come in the future. This is the WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand edition.

Your host is Rodger Kent. Read the rest of this entry

WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History (BLURAY REVIEW~!)

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BLU-RAY REVIEW
Released: May 28, 2013

DISC ONE

Your host is newcomer Renee Young. She’s decked out in a lab coat with a chemistry set. Unlike various countdowns with quick clips and talking head comments, each rivalry listed gets narrated by a wrestler. While reviewing the countdown, my boy Slack will also give his brief thoughts on each ranking. Read the rest of this entry

AWA: War in the Windy City (06.89)

AWA: War in the Windy City
June 23, 1989
Chicago, IL
Odeon Pavilion

The current AWA Champs were as follows:
AWA World Champion: Larry Zbyszko (2/7/1989)
AWA World Tag Team Champions: Ken Patera & Brad Rheingans (3/25/1989)
AWA International Television Champion: Greg Gagne (12/13/1988)
AWA Women’s Champion: Wendi Richter (11/26/1988)

I can’t believe this is the first complete AWA show that I’ll review. I figured it would be a SuperClash, Super Sunday, or even WrestleRock for crying out loud. But nevertheless, this is what you’re getting.

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff and Lee Marshall (without his signature burly mustache). Shows how out of touch Verne was, Marshall is the cool kid on the block. Read the rest of this entry

Raw (03.29.10)


WWE Raw
March 29, 2010
Phoenix, AZ
US Airways Center

They start off the show with the HBK-Taker highlight video set to music from the Titanic soundtrack.

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

WCW Saturday Night (07.30.94)

WCW Saturday Night
July 30, 1994
Atlanta, GA
Center Stage Theatre

The current WCW Champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan (7/17/1994)
WCW U.S. Champion: Steve Austin (12/27/1993)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Pretty Wonderful (7/17/1994)
WCW World Television Champion: Lord Steven Regal (6/23/1994)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan. Read the rest of this entry

WWE: Allied Powers – The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Two)

WWE: Allied Powers – The World’s Greatest Tag Teams – Disc Two
Released: 7/14/2009

Sorry about the delay, guys. Work and women. You know how it is.

Your hosts are John Morrison and The Miz. Read the rest of this entry

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