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111 years ago today in London, England, George Hackenschmidt defeated Ahmed Madrali to become the recognized undisputed World Heavyweight Champion. Hackenschmidt, already claiming world championship status for four years, would go on to defeat American heavyweight champion Tom Jenkins in New York City just over a year later.


Ric Flair vs Scott Steiner-WCW Heavyweight... by Yosihait

24 years ago today, WCW presented Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite (WWE Network link) from the Georgia Mountain Center in Gainesville, Georgia. It was the first Clash of the Champions event produced solely by WCW. It is also noted for the return of Dusty Rhodes to WCW after spending the last two years in the WWF.

  • Lex Luger & Sting defeated Doom (Butch Reed & Ron Simmons) by disqualification in a WCW World Tag Team Championship match.
  • The Z-Man defeated Bobby Eaton to retain the WCW World Television Championship.
  • The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) defeated Alan Iron Eagle & Tommy Rich.
  • Sid Vicious defeated Joey Maggs.
  • Terrance Taylor defeated Ricky Morton.
  • Ranger Ross defeated El Cubano.
  • Arn Anderson & Barry Windham defeated The Renegades (Chris Youngblood & Mark Youngblood).
  • Flyin' Brian defeated Buddy Lee Parker.
  • Missy Hyatt defeated Paul E. Dangerously in an arm wrestling match.
  • Ric Flair and Scott Steiner fought to a draw for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

10 years ago today, WWE presented Royal Rumble (WWE Network link) from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. About 12,000 were in attendance, with 575,000 homes watching on PPV. That's up from 500,000 homes for the 2004 event.

  • In a Sunday Night Heat preshow match, Maven defeated Rhyno.
  • Edge defeated Shawn Michaels.
  • The Undertaker defeated Heidenreich in a casket match.
  • John Bradshaw Layfield defeated Kurt Angle and Big Show in a triple threat match to retain the WWE Championship.
  • Triple H defeated Randy Orton to retain the World Heavyweight Championship .
  • Batista last eliminated John Cena to win the Royal Rumble match.

Draw

Entrant

Brand

Order

Eliminated by

Time

1

Eddie Guerrero

SmackDown!

11

Edge

28:11

2

Chris Benoit

Raw

25

Flair

47:26

3

Daniel Puder

SmackDown!

1

Holly

04:09

4

Hardcore Holly

SmackDown!

2

Benoit and Guerrero

01:59

5

The Hurricane

Raw

3

Benoit and Guerrero

01:04

6

Kenzo Suzuki

SmackDown!

4

Mysterio

03:31

7

Edge

Raw

28

Batista and Cena

40:19

8

Rey Mysterio

SmackDown!

27

Edge

38:25

9

Shelton Benjamin

Raw

10

Edge

14:35

10

Booker T

SmackDown!

9

Mysterio and Guerrero

10:42

11

Chris Jericho

Raw

21

Batista

28:22

12

Luther Reigns

SmackDown!

7

Booker T

07:13

13

Muhammad Hassan

Raw

5

Benoit, Edge, Jericho, Benjamin, Reigns & Booker T

00:54

14

Orlando Jordan

SmackDown!

8

Booker T

03:36

15

Scotty 2 Hotty

SmackDown!

6

Attacked by Hassan before entering the ring

00:00

16

Charlie Haas

SmackDown!

13

Michaels

06:20

17

René Duprée

SmackDown!

16

Jericho

11:32

18

Simon Dean

Raw

12

Michaels

00:20

19

Shawn Michaels

Raw

15

Angle

04:56

20

Kurt Angle

SmackDown!

14

Michaels

00:37

21

Jonathan Coachman

Raw

23

Flair

13:48

22

Mark Jindrak

SmackDown!

19

Kane

08:15

23

Viscera

Raw

17

Cena

03:00

24

Paul London

SmackDown!

18

Snitsky

03:15

25

John Cena

SmackDown!

29

Batista

15:28

26

Snitsky

Raw

20

Batista

03:38

27

Kane

Raw

22

Cena

03:54

28

Batista

Raw

-

Winner

10:54

29

Christian

Raw

24

Batista

02:09

30

Ric Flair

Raw

26

Edge

01:58

Notes:

  • Batista and John Cena eliminated themselves at the same time. As Vince McMahon entered the ring, he tore both his quads at once. Sitting on his rear end, he ordered a restart with the final two entrants.
  • Of note, this was Daniel Puder's final notable WWE appearance. He was sent to OVW following the event, then released in September 2005 after turning down a contract to go to Deep South Wrestling.

4 years ago today, WWE presented Royal Rumble (WWE Network link) from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 15,113 were in attendance, with 446,000 homes watching on PPV. This is the only event to feature a 40-man Royal Rumble match. Booker T and Kevin "Diesel" Nash made their returns to the company.

  • In a preshow dark match, R-Truth defeated Curt Hawkins in a Royal Rumble qualifying match.
  • Edgedefeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • The Miz defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship.
  • Eve Torres defeated Natalya, Layla, and Michelle McCool in a fatal four-way match to win the WWE Divas Championship.
  • Alberto Del Rio last eliminated Santino Marella to win the Royal Rumble match.

2011 Royal Rumble Results

Draw

Entrant

Brand

Order

Eliminated by

Time

Eliminations

1

CM Punk

Raw

21

Cena

35:21

7

2

Daniel Bryan

Raw

8

Punk

20:55

2

3

Justin Gabriel

SD

1

Bryan

00:58

0

4

Zack Ryder

Raw

2

Bryan

00:43

0

5

William Regal

Raw

3

DiBiase

04:10

0

6

Ted DiBiase

Raw

7

Harris and McGillicutty

12:16

1

7

John Morrison

Raw

10

Punk, Otunga, Harris, and McGillicutty

13:24

0

8

Yoshi Tatsu

Raw

5

Henry

05:35

0

9

Husky Harris

Raw

15

Khali

15:48

3

10

Chavo Guerrero

SD

4

Henry

02:01

0

11

Mark Henry

Raw

11

Punk, Harris, McGillicutty and Otunga

07:04

2

12

JTG

SD

6

McGillicutty

01:48

0

13

Michael McGillicutty

Raw

20

Cena

15:07

4

14

Chris Masters

SD

9

Punk

01:58

0

15

David Otunga

Raw

19

Cena

11:56

2

16

Tyler Reks

SD

12

Punk

00:34

0

17

Vladimir Kozlov

Raw

13

Punk

00:40

0

18

R-Truth

Raw

14

Punk

01:02

0

19

The Great Khali

Raw

16

Ryan

01:17

1

20

Mason Ryan

Raw

18

Cena

04:32

2

21

Booker T

Legend

17

Ryan

01:08

0

22

John Cena

Raw

36

The Miz

34:17

7

23

Hornswoggle

SD

24

Sheamus

09:39

0

24

Tyson Kidd

Raw

22

Cena

00:53

0

25

Heath Slater

SD

23

Cena

00:57

0

26

Kofi Kingston

SD

31

Orton

26:04

1

27

Jack Swagger

SD

25

Mysterio

04:41

0

28

King Sheamus

Raw

32

Orton

21:49

1

29

Rey Mysterio

SD

35

Barrett

23:56

2

30

Wade Barrett

SD

37

Orton

22:23

2

31

Dolph Ziggler

SD

27

Show

07:12

0

32

Diesel

Legend

26

Barrett

02:45

0

33

Drew McIntyre

SD

29

Show

04:46

0

34

Alex Riley

Raw

28

Cena & Kingston

02:50

0

35

Big Show

SD

30

Jackson

01:30

2

36

Ezekiel Jackson

SD

33

Kane

07:14

1

37

Santino Marella

Raw

39

Del Rio

12:54

0

38

Alberto Del Rio

SD

-

Winner

09:33

2

39

Randy Orton

Raw

38

Del Rio

08:18

3

40

Kane

SD

34

Mysterio

01:36

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