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This Day in Wrestling History (Sept. 28): The One With Stone Cold and a Zamboni

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31 years ago today, AWA presented Superclash ‘85: Night of Champions from Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. 20,347 fans were in attendance for the co-promoted card presented under the Pro Wrestling USA banner. NWA, WCCW, and All Japan Pro Wrestling were all represented on the card.

The two top promoters of Pro Wrestling USA, AWA’s Verne Gagne and Jim Crockett Jr. of the NWA, disputed the gate receipts. Crockett claimed $288,000, while Gagne claimed only $200,000 was made. The $88,000 difference (nearly $200,000 today when adjusted for inflation) was enough for Crockett to pull his performers out of future AWA events, and eventually out of Pro Wrestling USA altogether.

  • Steve Regal defeated Brad Rheingans to retain the AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship.
  • Sherri Martel defeated Candi Devine to win the AWA World Women's Championship.
  • Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba, and Jumbo Tsuruta defeat The Long Riders (Bill Irwin & Scott Irwin) and Harley Race.
  • Little Tokyo defeated Little Mr. T to retain the NWA Midgets Championship.
  • Mil Mascaras defeated Buddy Roberts.
  • Kerry Von Erich defeated Jimmy Garvin to retain the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship.
  • Curt Hennig, Greg Gagne, and Scott Hall defeat Larry Zbyszko, Nick Bockwinkel, and Ray Stevens.
  • The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Animal & Road Warrior Hawk) defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy) by disqualification to retain the AWA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Ivan Koloff, Krusher Kruschev, and Nikita Koloff defeat Baron von Raschke, Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher.
  • Sgt. Slaughter defeated Boris Zhukov by disqualification to retain the AWA America's Championship.
  • Jerry Blackwell defeated Kamala in a bodyslam match.
  • Ric Flair defeated Magnum T.A. to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Rick Martel and Stan Hansen fought to a double disqualification in an AWA World Heavyweight Championship match.

23 years ago today at a WWF Wrestling Challenge taping in Worcester, Massachusetts, Ludvig Borga defeated Tatanka.

The loss is the first for Tatanka in a televised match since his TV debut in February 1992. It would get worse for Tatanka: he was taken out by Yokozuna post-match, taking him out of the Survivor Series PPV. Tatanka would be sidelined until early 1994. He would never exactly get revenge on Borga; Ludvig injured his ankle just days before the event.

22 years ago today, WWF tapes the first two episodes of Action Zone from White Plains, New York.

In the debut episode, Bret Hart defeated Owen Hart to retain the WWF Championship. Per prematch stipulations, Owen could not challenge for the title again as long as Bret was champion.

Also at the taping, Shawn Michaels and Diesel defeated the 1-2-3 Kid and Razor Ramon to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.

19 years ago today in Kawasaki Stadium in Kawasaki, Japan, Atsushi Onita defeated Wing Kanemura in a no-ropes, barbed wire, exploding landmine cage match.

On the undercard, Masato Tanaka defeated Mike Awesome to unify the FMW Brass Knucles and Independent Heavyweight Championships. Also, Vader defeated Ken Shamrock in an "Ultimate Rules" match. NOTE: THE LINKED VIDEO MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL VIEWERS.

18 years ago today on RAW is WAR from Detroit, Michigan (WWE Network link), Vince McMahon attempts to award the WWF Championship to Undertaker and/or Kane when Steve Austin crashes the ceremony in a Zamboni.

He breaks through security and gets a few free shots in on McMahon before being hauled off in handcuffs. Again. Austin not only broke through security; he broke a few light fixtures and temporarily knocked out audio of the live broadcast. The Zamboni crash is one of the most replayed moments in the show's history.

And in a case of a bad day getting worse, after McMahon made some disparaging remarks towards the Undertaker and Kane (and announcing that the two would face off for the vacated title at the following month's PPV, Judgment Day), the Brothers of Destruction break McMahon's leg.

In the show's main event, The Rock, Ken Shamrock, and Mankind defeated The Undertaker and Kane in a 3-on-2 handicap match.

18 years ago today on Nitro from Rochester, New York (WWE Network link), Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart fought to a no contest. It is the only televised singles match between the two in wrestling history.

16 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Richmond, Virginia (WWE Network link), The British Bulldog and Triple H fought to a no contest in a WWF Championship match. The Rock was the special referee, and it features perhaps the best People's Elbow ever. Ever.

5 years ago today, WWE signed "The Bashing Bulgarian" Miroslav Barnyashev. Trained by Gangrel and Rikishi at Knuxx Pro Wrestling Academy, he has garnered success in WWE as Alexander Rusev.

1 year ago today, WWE suspends Dylan Postl, aka Hornswoggle, for 30 days after he violated the WWE’s Wellness Policy.

Postl hadn’t been on WWE programming since March 2015 when he took time off to deal with a shoulder injury. He would never appear again on WWE programming before finally being released on May 6, 2016, ten years to the day he signed with the company.

A week after his release, the former Hornswoggle opened up publicly about his suspension on The Steve Austin Show podcast:

"I’ve never been a drug user, ever, in my career. Ever." The suspension came about because he was unable to provide a urine sample within the required two hour window.

Section 8D of the WWE’s Wellness Policy does state that talent must submit a sample within two hours of notice or they could be deemed as refusing the test, triggering a violation.

Postl was the company’s first announced violator of the policy since Ricardo Rodriguez in July 2013—and the last until Konnor and Adam Rose each go down for 60 days for their second violations in April.

1 year ago today, WWE announces that Summerslam will remain at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York through 2017. This comes off the massive success that Summerslam weekend was the prior month, with not only the event, but NXT Takeover: Brooklyn and Monday Night RAW the day before and after Summerslam all playing to sellout crowds. The press release in part from WWE.com:

STAMFORD, Conn. and BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Barclays Center, NYC & Company and WWE have agreed to a multi-year deal to bring SummerSlam, Monday Night Raw and NXT back to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in August 2016 and August 2017. This announcement comes on the heels of an extraordinary SummerSlam Week last month which saw WWE sell out Barclays Center for an unprecedented three consecutive nights with NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, SummerSlam and Monday Night Raw.

2016 Key Dates:

Saturday, Aug. 20 - NXT

Sunday, Aug. 21 - SummerSlam

Monday Aug. 22 - Monday Night Raw

2017 Key Dates:

Saturday, Aug. 19 - NXT

Sunday, Aug. 20 - SummerSlam

Monday Aug. 21 - Monday Night Raw

This year's SummerSlam Week combined the best of sports and entertainment while leaving a lasting impact on the host community. Jon Stewart served as host of SummerSlam in his first public appearance since retiring as host of "The Daily Show," and "Arrow" star Stephen Amell teamed up with WWE Superstar Neville to take on WWE Superstars Stardust and King Barrett. ESPN's coverage of SummerSlam included exclusive interviews with WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar, and ESPN's SportsCenter broadcast live from SummerSlam throughout the day. In addition, WWE joined forces with Charity Buzz to raise more than $200,000 for Answer The Call, the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, while hosting 10 community outreach events, including the record-setting 500th wish granted by WWE Superstar John Cena for Make-A-Wish.

"We are thrilled to build on the success of the 2015 SummerSlam and welcome WWE back to Brooklyn in 2016 and 2017. Big events like SummerSlam help cement New York City's appeal as a dynamic, high-energy destination," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We're thankful for WWE's commitment to Brooklyn, and look forward to a long partnership that benefits the City."

"We're excited to be hosting WWE SummerSlam for the next two years," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. "We had an incredible experience this past August and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with WWE and NYC & Company."

"Barclays Center, NYC & Company and the City of New York have been incredible partners to WWE, and we are pleased that SummerSlam Week will once again take over New York City in August of 2016 and 2017," said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. "We look forward to building on the success of this year's event to take SummerSlam Week to even greater heights."

Summerslam back in 2015 was originally scheduled to take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority voted in January 2015 to close the building after the arena posted major losses in 2013 with the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It’s a happy 28th birthday to Nathan Everhart, best known to wrestling fans these days as Jason Jordan.

Everhart began wrestling at seven years old thinking amateur wrestling was just like the pros. The three-sport athlete in high school (football and baseball in addition to wrestling) was drafted out of high school for professional baseball, but he turned it down to wrestle in college.

He wrestled for the University of Indiana and was ranked among the top 15 wrestlers in the country three years running, qualifying for the NCAA Division I National Championship. In his senior year, Everhart, weighing at just 225 pounds, went 35-0 and was ranked as high as second in the country among heavyweights. Everhart also worked as a student coach, leading three wrestlers to All-American status.

After being scouted by Gerald Brisco, Everhart participated in a WWE tryout and was offered a contract, but Nathan turned it down, wanting to complete his college degree first. He would graduate with a Bachelor’s in biology with minors in chemistry, social science, and medicine.

In July 2011, Everhart signed a WWE developmental deal. He would take on the ring name Jason Jordan. In July 2012, Jordan and CJ Parker were the second-to-last tag team champions before Florida Championship Wrestling’s shutdown later that summer.

Jordan found limited success in NXT from 2012 to early 2015 before fellow amateur wrestler Chad Gable convinced Jordan to partner with him. It took two months, but the hard sell worked. Though initially heels, the duo were turned babyface during the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic due to their fighting spirit during their semifinal match against Baron Corbin and Rhyno.

In January 2016, the duo adopted the name American Alpha. After knocking off three former tag team champions, American Alpha defeated The Revival to win the NXT Tag Team Championship at NXT Takeover: Dallas. They would lose the titles back to The Revival at Takeover: The End.

Jordan and Gable were drafted to Smackdown in July 2016; two weeks later, they debuted with a win over the Vaudevillains. American Alpha made it to the finals of a tournament to crown Smackdown’s first tag team champions after quickly dispatching the Usos, but Gable was taken out at the knees by the Usos post-match, rendering them unable to compete for the titles at Backlash.

Jordan’s face is painted on the wall of the campus’ University Gymnasium as a tribute to his accomplishments at the school. Jordan revealed on an episode of Breaking Ground that he is the only one of four brothers that was not incarcerated.

It’s a happy 53rd birthday to Steve Blackman.

Born in Annville, Pennsylvania, Blackman took up competitive bodybuilding and weightlifting before trying professional wrestling. He trained at Tony Altimore’s wrestling school in Connecticut.

Blackman briefly worked for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling before making sporadic appearances for the WWF in 1988. He defeated David Sammartino in his debut match for the company. He considered a full-time contract with the company when he contracted malaria and dysentery while wrestling in South Africa in 1989. Blackman would be bedridden for two years, during which time he lost most of his muscle mass. After recovering from malaria, Blackman spent four years in physical therapy, recovering his conditioning. He would take up martial arts, specificially tae kwon do and escrima. After getting back to fighting shape, Blackman contacted friends Owen Hart and Brian Pillman for a WWF tryout.

Blackman would debut for the WWF in November 1997 as a crowd member who jumped the guardrail to fend off an attack by the Hart Foundation against Vader. He would replace The Patriot as a member of Team USA against Team Canada at Survivor Series; Blackman would be the first man eliminated in that bout (via countout), while Team Canada would go on to win the bout.

Blackman would go on an undefeated run before being defeated in May 1998 by Jeff Jarrett. Around that time, he would team with Ken Shamrock in his battles against the Nation of Domination. He would also develop a reputation as “The Peacemaker”, equalizing run-ins and interference when one side would bend the rules. Blackman took on Marc Mero in the first round of the Brawl for All tournament. Blackman would win, but he suffered an injury in the bout, allowing Mero to adcance in his place.

In the fall, the Blackman-Shamrock alliance fell apart when after he came to the aid of Shamrock against Owen Hart and Dan Severn, Steve was suplexed by Shamrock; Blackman would return the favor. Blackman would turn heel in early 1999 as a hired hitman for Shane and Vince McMahon. Blackman cost Shamrock a match in the 1999 King of the Ring tournament. This led to an iron circle match and a Lion’s Den match at Fully Loaded and Summerslam, both of which Shamrock won.

In the fall of 1999, Blackman formed a team with Al Snow. Unofficially known as Head Cheese (Snow tried to make Blackman wear a cheesehead hat to complement the mannequin head that Al carried), the straight man-funny man duo served mostly as comedy jobbers or in skits where Snow usually tried to come up with a gimmick for the duo, usually to disastrous results. The duo lasted until Wrestlemamia 2000 when the two lost to T&A.

After the two went their separate ways, Blackman joined the WWF’s hardcore division. Though the title was contended under 24/7 rules, when Blackman was champion, hardly anyone came after him in a surprise attack due to his martial arts background. Steve’s most memorable Hardcore title match came as a challenger to Shane McMahon at Summerslam 2000; Blackman climbed the Titantron after Shane McMahon and would eventually knock him off with a Singapore cane. Steve would then drop an elbow on Shane to win the match and the hardcore title. Blackman would go on to win the title six times total in 2000 and 2001. He holds the record for most combined days as champion with 172, and is fourth for longest single title reign at 89 days.

In early 2001, Blackman formed a team with Grandmaster Sexay, again with Steve playing the straight-faced man to the flamboyant Sexay. The team split up when Christopher was arrested for crossing the US-Canadian border with illegal drugs. Blackman’s final appearance came in June 2001 when he along with other WWE mid-carders ran off an impending WCW invasion. After being sidelined with an injury and not appearing on WWE programming for more than a year, Blackman was released following his contract expiration in 2002. He would make one last appearance for the company in a 15th anniversary battle royal on RAW in December 2007.

In 2003, Blackman opened a self-defense school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, teaching jujitsu and wrestling. He reopened the school in 2006 to expand to mixed martial arts classes. Today, Blackman is married and has a daughter. He is also a bail bondsman.

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