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Old 08-16-2012, 11:45 AM   #766
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One of my favorite Summerslam Matches. Randy Orton defeated Chris Benoit via RKO to become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in History.

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Old 08-17-2012, 06:31 PM   #767
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Original Wrestling Title Belt Found In Attic



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The first World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) Championship match was anything but memorable.

Buddy Rogers came into the bout as the inaugural WWWF title holder, having been awarded the prize by Vince McMahon Sr. when the league broke away from the National Wrestling Alliance in January 1963. The fight took place in Madison Square Garden on May 17, 1963, and Bruno Sammartino defeated Rogers in under a minute via submission with a backbreaker.

This is where the story gets interesting.

For some reason Sammartino never got the original belt from Rogers. Instead, a new one was made, and Sammartino wore that one for the eight years he spent atop the WWWF. So what happened to the first title belt? It had been a mystery, until this week.

Annie Barend, the widow of former WWWF wrestler Johnny Barend, was cleaning her attic in Avon, N.Y., recently when she found a belt wrapped in a bath towel. After some research, Barend discovered that she had stumbled upon Rogers' original belt.

How Johnny Barend ended up with the belt is still unclear, although there are some clues. Known as "Handsome Johnny Barend," he was a tag-team partner of Rogers. In fact, the two even defeated Sammartino in a tag-team match two months after the original title bout.

Barend verified the belt's authenticity with Dave Millican, a belt maker for the WWE. Millican recognized the belt immediately and was so enamored that he bought it from Barend.

"It makes you wonder what else is stashed away in people's attics. It really does," Millican told SLAM! Wrestling. "It makes you wonder what other historical belts, and not just belts, but pieces of wrestling history, are stashed away in attics that people don't even realize they have. Annie didn't even realize what she had -- and why would she?"

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Old 08-17-2012, 07:37 PM   #768
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wonder how much the widow got for the belt?
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:51 AM   #769
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Summerslam is less than 2 days to go.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:58 AM   #770
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10 year anniversary of the goat summerslam:



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Old 08-18-2012, 03:00 AM   #771
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Brock Lesnar was really the next Big thing. 2002 was one of the best years in WWE History. By the way I love to see the WWE Replace the US title with the European Championship cause I want to see CM Punk and the Miz become Grandslam Champion.

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #772
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Alex Shelley finally signs a contract with the WWE.

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #773
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Brock Lesnar was really the next Big thing. 2002 was one of the best years in WWE History.
I totally forgot how great that year was.

Undisputed championship
nWo debuts on the WWF, Hogan, Hall and Nash returns
Brock Lesnas debut and hype
The first WWE Draft

Going from WWF to WWE was bad though. Nothing they could have done about it.

Splitting the world title into two was cool in the beginning but they should have unified it once the Brand/Draft became irrelevant, like around 2008-ish.
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I totally forgot how great that year was.

Undisputed championship
nWo debuts on the WWF, Hogan, Hall and Nash returns
Brock Lesnas debut and hype
The first WWE Draft

Going from WWF to WWE was bad though. Nothing they could have done about it.

Splitting the world title into two was cool in the beginning but they should have unified it once the Brand/Draft became irrelevant, like around 2008-ish.

I hope they unify the WWE Championship and World Championship at Wrestlemania 29. Less titles, More Championship Contenders.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #775
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I totally forgot how great that year was.

Undisputed championship
nWo debuts on the WWF, Hogan, Hall and Nash returns
Brock Lesnas debut and hype
The first WWE Draft

Going from WWF to WWE was bad though. Nothing they could have done about it.

Splitting the world title into two was cool in the beginning but they should have unified it once the Brand/Draft became irrelevant, like around 2008-ish.


2002 was the beginning of the end for the Attitude Era, which was the beginning of the MASSIVE decline the WWE product has seen the past 10 years.

The return of the NWO had so much hype, but was a major let down due to horrible booking & no direction at all. It was canned less than 6 months in.

The split brand sucked, it alienated fans and gave them no reason to watch the other show if your favorite superstar wasn't on it.

Like we were ever going to believe there was any real "beef" between RAW & Smackdown, they tried acting like they were two seperate companies and it really insulted the intelligence of their fans.

They tried to play up the RAW vs Smackdown rivalry way to much.

By this time guys like Stone Cold & The Rock were either retired or semi retired (Rock)

This was also the beginning of HHH and his mind blowing boring title reigns.

Brock was the only shining light for 2002 & even he was out of the company a few years later.

WWE from 97-01 was the peak of it's popularity, after WCW & ECW died, there was no more competition & the product just got stale.


EDIT: What fool negged me on this post & didn't even give a reason why

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:37 PM   #776
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They had no choice with the Brand extension at the time because they had 50+ superstars on their roster. It was good the first 3 years, especially on Smackdown.

They overblown it in 2006 when they revived ECW and made it another brand.

I thought the nWo return was entertaining at least. I don't think they expected Hogan to received by the fans the way he was. That's why they couldn't run the nWo angle too long. Hogan's return was just too big. Hell, he even stole the Rock's thunder at WrestleMania-18.

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Wasn't me, even if it may seem that way. I don't neg good posts, yours was good.

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:50 PM   #777
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They had no choice with the Brand extension at the time because they had 50+ superstars on their roster. It was good the first 3 years, especially on Smackdown.

They overblown it in 2006 when they revived ECW and made it another brand.

I thought the nWo return was entertaining at least. I don't think they expected Hogan to received by the fans the way he was. That's why they couldn't run the nWo angle too long. Hogan's return was just too big. Hell, he even stole the Rock's thunder at WrestleMania-18.


Wasn't me, even if it may seem that way. I don't neg good posts, yours was good.

Yes, it most certainly was. I remember the No Way Out ppv when they returned, i marked out hard.

Hogans popularity pretty much killed any chance of the NWO staying heel while he was a member. Scott Hall looked horrible in the ring durring his WWE return though, and after Nash's injury the NWO was over.

I just think they missed a HUGE oppurtunity when they brought them back.

Matter of fact they missed a huge oppurtunity with the Invasion angle, with ECW, basically anything that could be linked to WCW/ECW they trashed.

They were unwilling to put anybody over who wasn't WWF homegrown talent. They wanted to make anybody from WCW look stupid (see DDP) and they wanted to remind you that WCW failed and WWE had won.

I agree though, Smackdown from 03-06 was the only bright spot of the draft, I still remember the Brock Vs Angle feuds, Rey Mysterio's debut etc etc.
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They were unwilling to put anybody over who wasn't WWF homegrown talent. They wanted to make anybody from WCW look stupid (see DDP) and they wanted to remind you that WCW failed and WWE had won.

very true. don't forget about goldberg. it was incredible how many wcw-involved angles mcmahon botched. it's like he just wanted to publicly display them as crap. the other terrible idea they had around that time was turn austin heel.

the only thing i disagree with you on is lesnar being the only shining light in 2002. guerrero, benoit, hardy boys, prime hhh, etc. you also can't forget edge. he had a ton of great matches on SD between 02 and 03.

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:28 PM   #779
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very true. don't forget about goldberg. it was incredible how many wcw-involved angles mcmahon botched. it's like he just wanted to publicly display them as crap.

the only thing i disagree with you on is lesnar being the only shining light in 2002. guerrero, benoit, hardy boys, prime hhh, etc. you also can't forget edge. he had a ton of great matches on SD between 02 and 03.

For me, The Hardy Boys best moments IMO came during their TLC matches, WM16 & WM 17 stick out to me. From late 02 & on they split up which i hated.

I'll give you Guerrero & Benoit though, for the first time those kind of guys were able to showcase their talents, and they did put on a ton a memorable matches. I just never felt like they were "over" as much as they could have been.

Comming of the days of ULTRA pushes with the likes of Rock & Stone Cold it seemed like they couldn't decide if they (wwe) wanted to truly get behind guys like Benoit & Eddie.

And for HHH, i've always liked him, i think he's an excellent worker & a true pro, buuut i always felt like he was the perfect compliment for the real draw (Rock & Austin) to work with. When it was just HHH on top, IMO it was a too bland. IMO HHH as the top guy never worked, maybe as the 1b or 2nd guy, but not as the true blue "main event every ppv & win" type of guy.


EDIT: Tottally off topic but how do you guys feel about Dolph Ziggler biting Billy Gun's look, moves, and ring attire?

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #780
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this aces and 8s thing TNA is doing is pretty entertaining so far, hope they don't fck it up
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