23 years ago today, WCW presented Fall Brawl: War Games (WWE Network link) from the Astro Arena in Houston, Texas. About 6,000 were in attendance, with 95,000 homes watching on PPV.
- In a dark match, Erik Watts defeated Bobby Eaton.
- Lord Steven Regal defeated Ricky Steamboat to win the WCW World Television Championship.
- Charlie Norris defeated Big Sky.
- Too Cold Scorpio and Marcus Bagwell defeated The Equalizer and Paul Orndorff.
- Ice Train defeated Shanghai Pierce.
- The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated Arn Anderson and Paul Roma to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
- Cactus Jack defeated Yoshi Kwan.
- Rick Rude defeated Ric Flair to win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship.
- Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and The Shockmaster defeated Sid Vicious, Vader, and Harlem Heat (Kole and Kane) in a WarGames match.
17 years ago today, ECW presented Anarchy Rulz (WWE Network link) from the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Over 6,000 fans were in attendance, the largest crowd for an original ECW show in its history, with about 92,000 homes watching on PPV.
The show was the final ECW PPV of Taz as a full-time performer. Three days later, he would sign a deal to join the WWF. He would appear for the promotion sporadically until November to Remember.
- Lance Storm defeated Jerry Lynn.
- Jazz defeated Tom Marquez.
- Nova and Chris Chetti fought Simon Diamond and Tony DeVito to a no-contest.
- Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Super Crazy and Little Guido in a Three-Way Dance.
- Justin Credible defeated Sabu.
- Mike Awesome defeated Masato Tanaka and Taz in a three-way dance to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
- Tommy Dreamer and Raven defeated Steve Corino and Rhino to retain the ECW World Tag Team Championship.
- Rob Van Dam defeated Balls Mahoney to retain the ECW World Television Championship.
12 years ago today, the trailer for The Rise and Fall of ECW was released.
The DVD, released November 16, would eventually surpass Wrestlemania XX as the most bought home video in WWE history, and would not only provide the inspiration for a one-time reunion in 2005, but a full-on revival in 2006.
12 years ago today in a story too good to be true, Jerome Young, best known to wrestling fans as New Jack, missed his own retirement show.
He was advised not to attend an event for USA Pro Wrestling in Jamaica, New York, as the second he arrived, he would be arrested on an outstanding warrant. He got himself in serious hot water as he was arrested in Florida a month later on aggravated assault charges after stabbing his opponent in a match over a dozen times.
Though New Jack initially retired following a bout against Necro Butcher in April 2013, he’s still wrestling to this day. In June 2016, New Jack appeared for a Pro Wrestling Syndicate event against former UFC fighter Phil Baroni.
8 years ago today, Ring of Honor presented Driven 2008 from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Austin Aries defeated Delirious.
- Sara Del Rey defeated Jessie McKay.
- Brent Albright & Erick Stevens defeated Sweet 'n Sour Inc. (Adam Pearce & Eddie Edwards).
- Chris Hero defeated Jerry Lynn.
- Bryan Danielson defeated Claudio Castagnoli and Go Shiozaki in a three-way elimination match.
- The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) defeated Necro Butcher and The Vulture Squad (Jigsaw & Ruckus) and The YRR (Jason Blade & Kenny King) in a tag team scramble match.
- Nigel McGuinness defeated Roderick Strong to retain the ROH World Championship.
- El Generico & Kevin Steen defeated The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
6 years ago today, WWE presented Night of Champions (WWE Network link) from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. 13,851 were in attendance, with just 165,000 watching on PPV. That's down 100,000 from the 2009 edition.
- In a preshow dark match, John Morrison defeated Ted DiBiase.
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Big Show defeated CM Punk.
- Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz by submission to win the United States Championship.
- Michelle McCool defeated Melina to unify the WWE Divas and Women's Championships. The Women's Championship was retired following the event.
- Kane defeated The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
- Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre defeated The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith), The Usos, Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov and Evan Bourne & Mark Henry in a Tag Team Turmoil match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
- Randy Orton defeated Sheamus, John Cena, Wade Barrett, Edge, and Chris Jericho in a 6-Pack Elimination Challenge to win the WWE Championship.
2 years ago today at an Impact taping in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, three championships changed hands.
- Taryn Terrell defeated Havok and Gail Kim to win the TNA Knockouts Championship.
- The Revolution (Abyss & James Storm) defeated The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
- Low Ki defeated Tigre Uno, DJ Z, and Manik in a four-way match to win the TNA X Division Championship.
It’s a happy 31st birthday to WWE sideline reporter/play-by-play announcer/color commentator/studio host Renee Young.
Born Renee Pacquette in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the former child model tried her hand at improv comedy and moved to Los Angeles at 19 looking to break through as a comedic actress. When that didn't work out, she moved back home to Toronto.
Paquette worked for Canadian cable channel BiteTV as a presenter for Rippin' It-N-Lippin' It in 2008 and 2009. Renee spent three years with The Score (now known as SportsNet 360), a Canadian sports cable outlet similar to Comcast Sportsnet in the United States as a presenter for Right After Wrestling, the post-show for Monday Night RAW (later named Aftermath) alongside wrestling journalist Arda Ocai and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.
She signed with WWE in October 2012 and was renamed Renee Young. Her first gig was presenting the Survivor Series preshow along with Scott Stanford. She did backstage interviews for NXT and WWE Active and various World Tour segments before being promoted to being the third host of The JBL and Cole Show.
Young made her commentary debut in September 2013 for NXT working women's matches before eventually becoming a full-time commentator for the show. In July 2014, she became WWE's first full-time female announcer since Lita was briefly in the booth for Sunday Night Heat in 2003 when she became the color analyst for WWE Superstars.
In 2015, she began hosting her own WWE Network show, Unfiltered with Renee Young, and co-hosted the 2015 reboot of Tough Enough with Chris Jericho. Earlier this year, Young joined the cast of the E! Network series Total Divas. Recently, Young began hosting Talking Smack, a Smackdown analysis post-show.
Renee also actually makes a cameo appearance in the Kelly Clarkson music video "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and has appeared in commercials for Noxema and Oxy. In March 2015, she confirmed she was in a relationship with Jonathan Good, known these days as Dean Ambrose.