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112 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

25 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.

15 years ago today, WWF taped Smackdown Extreme! (WWE Network link) from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The episode served as a roundabout cross-promotion for the XFL launch two days later. In a precursor to the One Night Stand and Extreme Rules PPVs of recent years, every featured bout on the show had a stipulation.

  • The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) in a tables match to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
  • Ivory (c) defeated Jacqueline and Lita in a triple threat match to retain the WWF Womens Championship.
  • The APA (Bradshaw & Faarooq) defeated Edge & Christian.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Tazz to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
  • The Big Show defeated Billy Gunn.
  • Kane & The Undertaker defeated Haku & Rikishi in a first blood match.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Triple H and The Rock in a triple threat match to retain the WWF Championship.

11 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.

Match ratings provided by Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer as recorded in the Internet Wrestling Database. Ratings are out of a possible five stars.

  • In a Sunday Night Heat preshow match, Maven defeated Rhyno.
  • Edge defeated Shawn Michaels. (3.25/5)
  • The Undertaker defeated Heidenreich in a casket match. (0.75)
  • John Bradshaw Layfield defeated Kurt Angle and Big Show in a triple threat match to retain the WWE Championship. (1.75)
  • Triple H defeated Randy Orton to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. (3.25)
  • Batista last eliminated John Cena to win the Royal Rumble match and a championship match of his choosing at Wrestlemania 21. (not rated)

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.
  • Batista would win the Royal Rumble again in 2014 from the #28 slot, the only man to win multiple Rumbles drawing the same number.

5 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.
  • Edge defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. (3.5/5)
  • The Miz defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship. (3)
  • Eve Torres defeated Natalya, Layla, and Michelle McCool in a fatal four-way match to win the WWE Divas Championship. (0)
  • Alberto Del Rio last eliminated Santino Marella to win the Royal Rumble match and a championship match of his choosing at Wrestlemania XXVII. (3.5)

Draw

Entrant

Brand

Order

Eliminated by

Time

Eliminations

1

CM Punk

Raw

21

John Cena

35:21

7

2

Daniel Bryan

Raw

8

CM Punk

20:55

2

3

Justin Gabriel

SD

1

Daniel Bryan

00:58

0

4

Zack Ryder

Raw

2

00:43

0

5

William Regal

Raw

3

Ted DiBiase

04:10

0

6

Ted DiBiase

Raw

7

Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris

12:16

1

7

John Morrison

Raw

10

CM Punk, David Otunga, Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris

13:24

0

8

Yoshi Tatsu

Raw

5

Mark Henry

05:35

0

9

Husky Harris

Raw

15

The Great Khali

15:48

3

10

Chavo Guerrero

SD

4

Mark Henry

02:01

0

11

Mark Henry

Raw

11

CM Punk, David Otunga, Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris

07:04

2

12

JTG

SD

6

Michael McGillicutty

01:48

0

13

Michael McGillicutty

Raw

20

John Cena

15:07

4

14

Chris Masters

SD

9

CM Punk

01:58

0

15

David Otunga

Raw

19

John Cena

11:56

2

16

Tyler Reks

SD

12

CM Punk

00:34

0

17

Vladimir Kozlov

Raw

13

00:40

0

18

R-Truth

Raw

14

01:02

0

19

The Great Khali

Raw

16

Mason Ryan

01:17

1

20

Mason Ryan

Raw

18

John Cena

04:32

2

21

Booker T

Legend

17

Mason 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

John Cena

00:53

0

25

Heath Slater

SD

23

00:57

0

26

Kofi Kingston

SD

31

Randy Orton

26:04

1

27

Jack Swagger

SD

25

Rey Mysterio

04:41

0

28

King Sheamus

Raw

32

Randy Orton

21:49

1

29

Rey Mysterio

SD

35

Wade Barrett

23:56

2

30

Wade Barrett

SD

37

Randy Orton

22:23

2

31

Dolph Ziggler

SD

27

Big Show

07:12

0

32

Diesel

Legend

26

Wade Barrett

02:45

0

33

Drew McIntyre

SD

29

Big Show

04:46

0

34

Alex Riley

Raw

28

John Cena & Kofi Kingston

02:50

0

35

Big Show

SD

30

Ezekiel Jackson

01:30

2

36

Ezekiel Jackson

SD

33

Kane

07:14

1

37

Santino Marella

Raw

39

Alberto Del Rio

12:54

0

38

Alberto Del Rio

SD

—

Winner

09:33

2

39

Randy Orton

Raw

38

Alberto Del Rio

08:18

3

40

Kane

SD

34

Rey Mysterio

01:36

1


Notes:

  • Despite there being ten extra men in the match, this is the longest Royal Rumble (and longest completed match) in WWE history by a mere 27 seconds.
  • Twenty of the forty men in the match recorded at least one elimination, a Royal Rumble record.
  • CM Punk and John Cena became the first men to have seven or more eliminations in the same Royal Rumble match since Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker in 2002.

2 years ago today, TNA taped the 500th episode of Impact from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The episode aired February 6.

  • Abyss defeated Eric Young in a Monster's Ball match.
  • Austin Aries defeated Zema Ion to retain the TNA X-Division Championship.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Magnus by disqualification.
  • Samoa Joe defeated Bobby Roode to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

It's a happy 29th birthday for Rebecca Quin. Known in a past life as Rebecca Knox, she's known these days as Becky Lynch.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Quin was a fan of professional wrestling since her childhood and often watched with her brother, who once wrestled himself. Rebecca was a multi-sport athlete in her youth, participating in horse riding, swimming, and basketball, and even was a brown belt in submission wrestling. She had said that getting into wrestling helped her stray from a path of alcoholism.

In 2002, Rebecca began trained under Fergal Devitt (known today as Finn Balor) and Paul Tracey to become a wrestler and made her professional debut as Rebecca Knox late in the year. She spent much of her early career in Ireland, but also competed for Queens of Chaos, German Stampede Wrestling and One Pro Wrestling in Europe, SuperGirls Wrestling (a subsidiary of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling) in Canada, and New England Championship Wrestling, Chickfight, All Pro Wrestling, and Shimmer Women Athletes in the United States.

Success came to the young Quin, becoming the first SuperGirls champion in June 2005, went unbeaten on a two-week tour in Japan in late 2005 (where she teamed with Aja Kong and Gran Hamada and won an 18-person battle royal), and winning the World Queens of Chaos Championship in 2006. She gained international acclaim in an early Shimmer feud with Daizee Haze, highlighted by a best of three falls match won by Knox that went nearly a half hour (the match was described by promoter Dave Prazak as "probably the best women's match [he'd] seen on US soil in years, if not ever".

During a match for German Stampede Wrestling in September 2006, Knox suffered a cut above her eye, a cut that required stitches to close. Rebecca later complained of headaches, blurred vision, and loud buzzing in her left ear. She was diagnosed with possible damage to her eighth cranial nerve. She cancelled all her bookings (including a scheduled one-hour Ironwoman match against Haze) and would essentially retire from wrestling.

While she was away from the wrestling business, she became a flight attendant and an actress. She returned to school and graduated with a degree in acting from the Dublin Institute of Technology. She also attended Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting. She was cast in numerous plays in 2011 and 2012. In March 2011, Quin returned to Shimmer as the manager for the Knight Dynasty (Saraya and Britani, known now as WWE diva Paige).

In April 2013, Quin signed a two-year developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to NXT. It wouldn't be until June 2014 she made her television debut as Becky Lynch. After defeating Summer Rae in her debut, she briefly feuded with Charlotte, but would be defeated by Charlotte three times for the NXT Womens Championship. After being told by Sasha Banks she had to do something to make herself relevant, she attacked Bayley following a tag team match. Sasha and Becky would align as Team BAE (Best at Everything), but ironically, it would be Bayley that drove the alliance apart.

Lynch would chase the NXT Womens Championship for the next few months. She did not factor in the decision in the Fatal 4-Way at Takeover: Rival, a match won by Sasha Banks. Two months later, Becky became the #1 contender by defeating Charlotte and Bayley in a triple threat match. At Takeover: Unstoppable, Becky was praised for her efforts, but it was ultimately a losing one as Sasha retained the title.

About two months later, Becky made her debut on the main roster as part of a "revolution" of the WWE Divas division. Becky would align with Paige and her old rival Charlotte as Team PCB (originally the Submission Sorority). The trio soon fell apart; after Charlotte won the WWE Divas Championship from Nikki Bella, Paige turned on the group via a worked shoot promo, then later attacked them after attempting to reconcile with them. Late in the year, Charlotte and Becky would become estranged as well, as Charlotte slowly turned heel on Becky. This month, Becky challenged Charlotte for the Divas Championship twice, but lost both times due to interference from Ric Flair.

In the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 in 2015, Becky ranked #17.