Happy new year from all of us at Cageside Seats! Here’s to 2017 treating you better than 2016, even if 2016 treated you good.
35 years ago today, a special event was held in the Checkerdome in St. Louis. The event was Sam Muchnick's final wrestling card he promoted. Muchnick promoted events since 1932 (and on his own since 1942). The event was a part of Sam Muchnick Day in St. Louis, as declared by then-Mayor Vincent Schoemhl.
- Dewey Robertson defeated Baron Von Raschke.
- Jerry Brown and Bob Brown went to a draw.
- Joyce Grable & Wendi Richter defeated Sandy Partlow & Early Dawn 2-1 in a best of three falls match to retain the NWA Womens World Tag Team Championship.
- Pat O'Connor defeated Bob Sweetan via submission.
- Jerry Blackwell beat Ox Baker & Bruce Reed in a handicap match.
- David Von Erich & Rufus R. Jones and Harley Race & Greg Valentine fought to a double disqualification.
- Dick the Bruiser beat Ken Patera to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship.
- Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes 2-1 in a best of three falls match to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
10 years ago today on RAW from Miami, Florida (WWE Network link), Kevin Federline defeated John Cena in a no disqualification match.
This bout was two months in the making; back at Cyber Sunday in November 2006, Federline interfered in the show’s main event, costing Cena the match. The next night, Kevin challenged John to a match for the New Year’s Day RAW.
It wouldn’t be the only loss John took that evening; he lost in the show’s main event when he was disqualified in a four-on-one handicap match. But this was 2007, so Cena ended the show upright as he would exact his final revenge on Federline by giving him an F-U to close the show.
While Federline was seen by WWE personnel as a model citizen, his brief run with the company (which was used to promote his album America’s Most Hated) wasn’t without consequence: many gossip outlets reported that after Britney Spears saw a clip of Federline on WWE programming, she laughed and Kevin went into a rage and destroyed property. It was the final straw for the volatile marriage, as Britney filed for divorce the day after the incident. The divorce was finalized in July 2007.
As for K-Fed’s album, calling it a commercial failure would be an understatement. 6,000 copies sold in the first week, 16,000 copies sold total.
A lot of New Year’s babies in the wrestling world, so profiles will be brief.
It's a happy 33rd birthday for Lindsey Kerecz, best known to wrestling fans as Veda Scott.
The lawyer-in-a-past-life Scott is a graduate of the Ring of Honor Dojo (and Drexel Law School), and was once upon a time Ring of Honor's sideline reporter. She transitioned into managing, most notably managing Barrister R.D. Evans, Moose, and Cedric Alexander.
That's not to say Scott knows what she's doing in the ring: she's the last Family Wrestling Entertainment Women's Champion, and was an Absolute Intense Wrestling tag team and women's champion. The 2012 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year (just the second woman to win the award since its inception in 1972; the other was Madusa Miceli in 1988) asked for and was granted her released from ROH last month.
It's a happy 40th birthday for Robert, or if you prefer, Bobby Roode.
Roode's best known for his work in TNA, where he's a seven-time tag team champion (four of them came with James Storm as one-half of Beer Money Inc., two as a part of Team Canada with Eric Young, the other with Austin Aries) and a two-time TNA world champion. Roode holds the company record for being the longest reigning world champion ever (256 days) and longest tag team champion (212 days).
After 12 years with TNA, Roode left the company in March 2016. After appearing in the crowd at NXT Takeover: Dallas, Roode signed with WWE and made his debut for its developmental territory, NXT, in June. Last month, Roode won a fatal-four way match to challenge for Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT Championship at NXT Takeover: San Antonio.
Roode is a two-time Pro Wrestling Illustrated tag team of the year winner (2008 and 2011, both with James Storm) and was ranked the #2 singles wrestler in the world by the publication in 2012. Bobby is married to his wife Tracy and has three children, Robert III, Riley, and Nicholas.
It's a happy 48th birthday for Kimberly Lynn Bacon, but wrestling fans best know her as Kimberly Page.
Bacon gained national exposure as a valet for her then-husband Diamond Dallas Page. She would also valet for Johnny B. Badd and The Booty Man before rejoining Page in 1997. That year, she formed the Nitro Girls, a dance troupe that performed during commercial breaks to entertain the fans. Kimberly departed from the group in 1999, then turned heel on Page in 2000 to align with the New Blood briefly before departing the company altogether. Kimberly and DDP amicably separated in 2004, and divorced in 2005.
Post-retirement, she briefly turned to acting, appearing in Rat Race, an episode of CSI: Miami, and The 40-Year Old Virgin. Today, Bacon is an interior designer and works in marketing.
It's a happy 73rd birthday for James Ray Hart, but wrestling fans know him best as "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart.
The one-time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion and 1960's rock singer (no, seriously, he was a member of The Gentrys, who had a top five hit, "Keep on Dancing") is best known for his time as a manager, managing over fifty singles wrestlers, most notably Hulk Hogan, Jerry Lawler, The Giant, King Kong Bundy, Earthquake, and The Honky Tonk Man, and sixteen tag teams, including the First Family, the Nasty Boys, and the Hart Foundation.
Hart also composed many theme songs for WWF and WCW, most notably The Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, the Fabulous Rougeaus, the nWo Wolfpac, and Shawn Michaels. He also composed the themes for the first Summerslam in 1988 and Wrestlemania VI (which would be reused over the next few years).
He also founded two short-lived promotions in the 2000s, the Xcitment Wrestling Federation and Wrestilicious. Most recently, after an eight-year off-and-on stint in TNA, Hart returned to WWE in 2011, working primarily on Wrestlemania-related projects. Hart is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2005, the World Class Wrestling Association’s Hall of Fame (class of 2006), and received the Manager’s Award from the Cauliflower Alley Club in 2015.
The best of cSs on this day:
2016: WWE reveals ballots for NXT Year-End Awards 2015; voting now open (Nominees for NXT Year-End Awards are revealed)
2015: The Worst Year In Wrestling EVER: The Case For -- And Against – 1991 (Yours truly makes the case that 1991 was the worst year in wrestling ever—and why it wasn’t)
2014: First official photo of Batista from Guardians of the Galaxy (Comic Book Resources releases the first official photo from Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy)
2013: John Cena is an awful, awful character (“The Face That Runs The Place” adds another page to his awful character bio by dumping (simulated) runny poo on Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee)
2012: Bobby Lashley says he has 'unfinished business' in WWE (Bobby Lashley tells Slam Wrestling he would consider finishing his career in WWE)
2011: Alistair Overeem: Strikeforce, K-1, and Dream Champion (Kaleb Kelchner believes Alistar Overeem is the heavyweight fighter to watch in 2011—he was right; he made his UFC debut at the end of the year by defeating Brock Lesnar)