WWE RAW June 29 TV live results and coverage: Seth Rollins and Kane vs Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns

Monday, 29 June 2015 17:51

by Jeff Hamlin, WrestlingObserver.com 

Big Takeaway: Once again, the John Cena-Kevin Owens segment stole the show. This time, Cena made Cesaro into a star in one night with the best Raw match of the year. Owens ran in for a DQ to get Cesaro more over as a face. The first hour featured Seth Rollins being a game show host, and it culminated with the unified Authority laying out Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. 

Show Recap: 

Seth Rollins came out with J&J Security and Kane saying he showed true power last week when he took Suplex City and burned it to the ground. He claimed Brock Lesnar was boarding a plane to Japan right now.
 
He put over Jamie Noble for suffering three broken ribs at the hands of Lesnar last week and ordered the fans to give him a round of applause. There were a few "Noble" chants. Rollins gave everyone new Apple watches, which I hope is a product placement.
 
Rollins had a special gift for Kane, mentioning his debut in 1997. He told Kane he was sending him on his first vacation to Hawaii, and unveiled one of those placards from "Let's Make A Deal." Hula dancers and a ukulele player came out. Before Kane left, Rollins proposed a tag match against Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
 
Then Rollins brought out a new Cadillac for J&J Security, complete with a game show model unveiling the new car. Joey Mercury wanted to hug Noble, who couldn't because of his injury. This was the longest game show segment in history, with Rollins unveiling the sticker price. It succeeded in killing the crowd.

The Big Show defeated Mark Henry (1:24)

The Big Show won with two Knockout punches. The Miz was on commentary talking about how his manager has given him numerous career opportunities.

Ryback came out afterwards and gave Show a chop block. Miz ran in and dodged Ryback, who challenged Miz to a match.  
 
Ryback (C) defeated The Miz via countout in a nontitle match (5:06)

Ryback hit a Meat Hook clothesline and Miz walked out for the countout. Miz had a comeback and it was a pretty good match until the weak finish.  

Paige defeated Alicia Fox (9:35)

Best match on the show thus far. Nikki Bella tried to distract Paige and Alicia Fox tried a rolling reverse cradle, but Paige reversed it for the pin. Nikki and Brie Bella were at ringside. Crowd got into Paige's comeback, which was the most heat so far tonight. 

John Cena came out for the return of the U.S. Championship open challenge. They made mention of Cena being nominated for the ESPN 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year, along with Anquan Bolden, Henrik Lundqvist and Tamika Catchings. At first, Kevin Owens came out like he was going to accept the U.S. challenge, but Owens said he would wait for Battleground. Instead, Cesaro answered the call.  

John Cena (C) and Cesaro went to a no contest, so Cena retains the U.S. Championship (20:12)

Finish came when Cesaro used an 8-rep Cesaro Swing, then sank in the Sharpshooter. Owens ran in and gave both men a pop-up power bomb, with Owens saying the man who was going to beat Cena for the U.S. Championship was going to be him. It was a hell of a match with the whole crowd thinking Cesaro was going to win after hoisting Cena into the air and throwing a forearm uppercut. Cena gave Cesaro the entire match and what a show Cesaro put on. Cena kicked out of a neutralizer. Owens was on commentary. Michael Cole was going crazy calling the bout a match of the year contender. At one point, Owens felt disrespected and slapped Cole's headset off. The thinking was Owens would get more heel heat for costing Cesaro a chance to win, since the crowd really likes him. 

Bray Wyatt did an interview saying he always wanted to be his father's favorite, but he got thrown out like a piece of trash. Now, he has wings. You mean Rotundo's favorite was Bo Dallas? Kevin Nash had better talent judgement than that. Wyatt told Reigns to run because he will always be his crown of suffering. 

They showed the Rock's apperance at the Boston house show giving Dallas the People's Elbow. 

The Prime Time Players and the Lucha Dragons defeated the New Day and Bo Dallas (14:28). 

Good match, if a little long. Titus O'Neal pinned Kofi Kingston after a spinebuster. Darren Young got the heat and Dallas even had some offense. 

Dolph Ziggler and Lana came out for a segment where it was announced that "they were going public." Dolph said the relationship between he and Lana didn't start as love at first sight because she admitted to him that she was using him to get back at Rusev. But the situation has changed. Lana said for years she didn't know what a real man was. Crowd was giving her the "what" treatment, which visibily frustrated Ziggler. Lana said they have grown to be more than just friends and said Dolph was very passionate. 

Rusev came out with Summer Rae for the first time. Rusev said he doesn't care about Lana anymore and never did. He said when he kissed Lana, it was like kissing the ringpost. Ziggler interrupted Rusev and called Lana his girlfriend. He told Rusev to walk away before he does something about his other leg. They teased a fight before Rusev left. Summer Rae spoke up and called Lana a gold digger. 

Summer said Lana was a two-faced phony, then slapped her. Lana tackled Summer and they jostled around. Lana tackled Summer again before Rusev pulled Rae away. Crowd chanted "yes." Fans crapped on Ziggler's interview segment because they don't believe this Ziggler-Lana partnership. 

Ambrose was talking to two Terminator robots backstage when Reigns came up and wanted to know if he was ready for tonight's tag match. 

I assume as part of his video package, Neville now has a comic book cover depicting him in animated form which looks really cool. 

Sheamus defeated Nevile (12:42)

Sheamus won with the Brogue Kick in a good match. JBL, who is usually the voice of Vince McMahon backstage, was being fatalistic about Neville's future, overemphasizing how high flying wrestlers never have a long career because they take too many chances. Neville had the Red Arrow set up but Sheamus broke it up by kicking the top rope. 
 

For Sports Illustrated's "Where are they Now?" issue this year, they're profiling Hulk Hogan. Perhaps a better idea would be finding all of the wrestlers from companies Hogan has bankrupted over the years. 

King Barrett defeated Jack Swagger (1:46)

Barrett won with the Bullhammer Elbow. He's now doing the Harley Race gimmick of demanding every wrestler bow down to him in reverance to the crown. Jack Swagger did no such thing, which really gets the whole deal over. 

Seth Rollins and Kane defeated Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns (11:46)

Crowd seemed tired. Ambrose pulled out a table until Mercury pull it away. Reigns no sold a kendo stick shot from Mercury and blasted Kane and Mercury with Kendo Sticks, then hit Kane, Rollins and Mercury with Superman Punches. Wyatt magically showed up and took Reigns out with a uranage onto the announcer's table. With Regins out of commission, Kane gave Ambrose a choke slam and Rollins pinned him after a Pedigree. 

Postmatch, the heels teased putting Ambrose through a table but Reigns made the save until Kane choke slammed Reigns. Rollins talked crap to Reigns as he was down until Reigns made his own comeback to clear the ring. The Authority ganged up on Reigns again, with yet another choke slam by Kane. Rollins then power bombed Reigns through a table in the corner to leave him laying. Reigns teased getting up from the table shot, but Rollins gave him a Pedigree. 

After The Authority left, Wyatt walked in the ring and gave Reigns Sister Abigail. 

SUMMARY: The Cena-Owens feud has been the best in wrestling for 2015. It's made new stars, and not just the two principal characters in the program. It's had dynamic matches. It doesn't get often enough, but Cena is really a remarkable performer. Though not a tactically gifted wrestler, his value to the company has never been more apparent over the last year in getting new personalities over. If WCW had someone with his unselfishness in 1998, maybe they would still be in business. The Cena-Cesaro match made the show. 

 

 

Filthy Four Daily 6/29: Filthy Tom Lawlor on Slammiversary and TNA, Swerved review, stretching, Kimbo vs. Ken, no more IVs, tons more!

Monday, 29 June 2015 16:56

Figure Four Daily with Bryan Alvarez and Filthy Tom Lawlor returns today with tons to talk about! TNA Slammiversary, King of the Mountain, Swerved review, Kimbo and Ken, IV's no longer being allowed in MMA, weight cutting, tons more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

WWE News: Natalya at TV this week

Monday, 29 June 2015 15:58

Nattie Neidhart is at TV today and tomorrow.

She had been off since her husband, T.J. "Tyson Kidd" Wilson, underwent neck surgery.

Originally she was going to be off for a while to take care of her husband but was always to be available if they felt they needed her.

 

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We first look at the injury to Jose Aldo Jr. and thoughts on the 7/11 fight with Conor McGregor.  We look at the different options UFC had in this situation.

We've got a major story on the life and career of Buddy Landel.  We look at the circumstances of his death, why Landel never reached the level of success his ability should have gotten him, his life before and after wrestling, and the story that, at the age of 24, changed the direction of his career.

Landel talked about getting fired from Crockett Promotions at what turned out to be the high point of his career, examine the talk of his being given the world title at the time, as well as his own very candid thoughts about if he had won the title.  We look at what was planned for him, and how his firing changed the entire history of the business because it in a roundabout way led to the creation of the Four Horseman.

We look at the situation with Crockett Promotions in the middle of a hot period in 1985, the Starrcade 85 show, and the Flair vs. Rhodes program.  We look at the story behind Landel's statement that he and Flair broke Elvis' attendance record in Raleigh and the true story of that night.

We also look at his run in Tennessee including the last sellout at the Mid South Coliseum and the angle leading to that, as well as the famous 27 fall Texas death match that was among the best matches of the 80s. We look at his start in sports, growing up as a fan, and how Landel got into pro wrestling.  We look at his early years, his first push, the creation of the Nature Boy gimmick, working with Junkyard Dog in Mid South, his return to Crockett Promotions and why he never got another chance, what Buddy Rogers told him, and the last stages of his career and life after wrestling.

We also look in depth at the Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock right.  We look at different kinds of works, and the ones that could not have happened and the ones that could have.  We look at what the person closest to the action said about it, as well as a look at the background of Ken Shamrock.

We also have a lot more about the records set for the fight, as well as future matches that both or either could do going out of this.  We also look at other business notes for the show, as well as Bellator's next major event in September, and full coverage of the TV event.

We also have an update on Daniel Bryan, Bret Hart talks Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns and others, Dolph Ziggler's future prospects, Talk of another NXT live special this summer, More on the next WWE network special show, notes on a former tag team of the year candidate team that WWE is looking at getting, more on Tough Enough, as well as Dwayne Johnson projects and injuries to Jamie Noble, Erick Rowan and Tyson Kidd.

We also have notes on why Randy Orton wasn't at TV this past week, frustration from the inside on WWE creative, Hogan talks WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels in a movie, WWE house shows, the sad plight of Chyna, as well as a look at the weekend NXT and WWE house shows as well as weekend business.

We also have coverage of the ROH Best in the World PPV show, and where the company is headed.

We've also got a story on the life of Cora Combs, the last link to the Billy Wolfe/Mildred Burke glory days of women's wrestling.  We look at her career, her decision in the promotional split that ended up taking the women's side of wrestling down, the Moolah years, being in the first woman's match ever held in New York and the story behind it.  We also look at the last period of her career, as Lady Satan, working against her daughter, as well as look at some of the oldest wrestlers of all-time and the oldest living wrestles..

We've also got full coverage of the weekly UFC show in Germany and the rise of Joanna Jedrzejczyk.  We look at her unique stardom, as well as other coverage of the show.

We also have notes on how the WWE's Payback PPV did and where the PPV business currently stands.

The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.
 
We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:

--More on AAA's Verano de Escandalo show

--Former WWE star signs major deal as a brand ambassador with one of the biggest movie companies in the world and his duties

--Another former WWE star working big shows in AAA

--Notes on future AAA shows

--Ricochet returns to Japan

--Notes on the next Dragon Gate iPPV show

--Final event of the Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial tour

--Notes on the upcoming NOAH GHC jr. tournament

--More G-1 Climax notes as far as TV goes

--New Japan heads to Singapore

--Notes on Dusty Rhodes and Tommy Rogers

--More on Global Force Wrestling

--Lots of PWG notes

--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show

--Pro wrestling returns after 20 years to one of its most famous former arenas

--More on Lucha Underground

--Notes on upcoming ROH shows

--A look at the next month of ROH television

--More on people leaving TNA

--Story behind Hernandez coming to TNA

--More on TNA PPV show

--TNA wrestlers appear on Destination America programming

--UFC press conference coming

--Major official leaves UFC

--Lots of new UFC fights

--More talk about UFC events in the future in Mexico City

--Why Dana White didn't go to the UFC show in Germany

--Dana White talks about a reality show he's filming

--Latest on the heavyweight title picture

--Lots of changed matches on the UFC shows

--UFC injury updates

--Lots of new UFC fights

--Stiffest MMA suspension to date to a former champion

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ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

 

1961 - Rikidozan beat Mr. X (Big Bill Miller) to win the JWA World League tournament

1973 - Kim Sung Ho beat Alfonso Dantes in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title

1974 - Sandy Parker & Betty Niccoli beat Jumbo Miyamoto & Junko Sasaki to win the WWWA tag titles

1980 - Shozo Kobayashi & Haruka Eigen beat Mighty Inoue & Isamu Teranishi in Tokyo to win the IWE tag titles

1990 - Perro Aguayo beat Ringo Mendoza in Mexico City to win the UWA jr. light heavyweight title

1996 - Abdullah the Butcher & Daikokubo Benkei beat Yoji Anjo & Takashi Ishikawa in Sapporo to win the TPW tag titles

1997 - El Satanico beat Taka Michinoku in Mexico City to win the Independent world jr. title

2003 - Tokyo Magnum beat Cima in Tokyo to win the Ultimo Dragon Gym title and Masaaki Mochizuki & Kennichiro Arai & Dragon Kid beat Susumu Yokosuka (Jimmy Susumu) & Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito to win the UWA trios titles

2014 - Suwama beat Takao Omori in Sapporo to win the Triple Crown

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:06 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable International Sensations of all time!

1:06 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Amidst SummerSlam and Eva's wedding day, Brie confronts John behind Nikki's back leading to explosive consequences.

2:06 AM ET
SWERVED R-Truth gets a lesson in gym safety, a frisky granny invades Axxess and Kofi locks the champ out of Extreme Rules.

2:36 AM ET
FIRST LOOK MNW SHOTS FIRED! In this Network Exclusive, join Triple H and Sting as they sit down with Renee Young and discuss Monday Night War!

3:06 AM ET
WCW SUPERBRAWL 1995 The Baltimore Arena witnesses the Biggest Brawl of them all as Hulk Hogan defends the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Vader.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable International Sensations of all time!

7:00 AM ET
WWE TOUGH TALK Join The Miz as he recaps all of the TOUGH ENOUGH highlights and sits down with the eliminated competitor whose WWE journey came to an end.

7:31 AM ET
SWERVED Zack Ryder and Alex Riley get shocked, Booker T gets Hornswoggled, and we take the Poo Mic to the WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet.

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Amidst SummerSlam and Eva's wedding day, Brie confronts John behind Nikki's back leading to explosive consequences.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable International Sensations of all time!

10:00 AM ET
WWE TOUGH TALK Join The Miz as he recaps all of the TOUGH ENOUGH highlights and sits down with the eliminated competitor whose WWE journey came to an end.

10:31 AM ET
SWERVED Zack Ryder and Alex Riley get shocked, Booker T gets Hornswoggled, and we take the Poo Mic to the WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet.

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Amidst SummerSlam and Eva's wedding day, Brie confronts John behind Nikki's back leading to explosive consequences.

12:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable International Sensations of all time!

1:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Amidst SummerSlam and Eva's wedding day, Brie confronts John behind Nikki's back leading to explosive consequences.

2:00 PM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends' House, tempers flare.

3:00 PM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE The legends play a polo match...WWE style! Back at the Legends House, Tony Atlas and 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan attempt to co-exist.

4:00 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Highlighting a list of Unforgiving Foreign Objects in WWE History!

4:30 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Whether it's winning the Diva's Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter... These Divas do it all to stay trending.

5:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE

6:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Relive the classic feuds with John Cena himself as he gives insight into the rivalries that defined his WWE legacy!

8:00 PM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE The legends play a polo match...WWE style! Back at the Legends House, Tony Atlas and 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan attempt to co-exist.

9:00 PM ET
WWE TOUGH TALK Join The Miz as he recaps all of the TOUGH ENOUGH highlights and sits down with the eliminated competitor whose WWE journey came to an end. 

9:30 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Whether it's winning the Diva's Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter... These Divas do it all to stay trending.

10:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE

11:00 PM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE The legends play a polo match...WWE style! Back at the Legends House, Tony Atlas and 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan attempt to co-exist.

 

Wrestling Observer Live 6/29: TNA, Slammiversary and GFW, Kimbo vs. Ken, great calls and more!

Monday, 29 June 2015 13:10

Wrestling Observer Live with Bryan Alvarez and Mike Sempervive returns today to talk all the news in wrestling and MMA includling tons of thoughts on TNA Slammiversary, more Kimbo vs. Ken, some awesome calls and tons more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

TNA: Tyrus/Brodus Clay on Dusty Rhodes, John Cena as 'the white P.N. News'

Monday, 29 June 2015 12:47

The following is from a third party:

TNA's Tyrus joined CBS Radio's Chad Dukes Wrestling Show this past week to discuss working with EC3, working with Jason Albert,Dusty Rhodes, John Cena's recent mention of him on Raw, TNA/ROH, and more.It's a very hilarious listen in which Tyrus pulls no punches when joking about the Funkasaurus gimmick, John Cena, and ROH.

On Jason Albert: 

"I think my game expanded tagging with him.  So deep, man he knows so much he doesn't let anything bother him, where I'm more emotional. Everything bothers me. Like somebody says something sideways I'm like, 'I'm gonna kill that-' and he'll be like, 'Hey man, hey, relax it's okay forget it.' Perfect example, when we had to do that lingerie spot, I was more upset that he had to do that and he was like, 'Hey, we're going to make this work.'  And we ended up being a tag team.  I wanted us to turn heel together."

"Performance-wise not seeing him is a disservice to the fans but as a trainer, I think you're going to start seeing this next generation of guys coming up under his tutelege, you're going to see a lot of guys that really got their stuff together.  His influence, I mean he was he was in the Attitude Era and he was in after that, he was in New Japan, as far as like moves, psychology, and stuff I can't think of anyone better to be honest with you."
On Dusty Rhodes: 

“I mean, I couldn’t have done [The Funkasaurus] without Dusty Rhodes. He was so instrumental in the whole character thing.”

“I spent the whole day with Dusty and he played ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and me and him danced to it in the arena all day.  I actually have the footage but I was told I was never allowed to show it but I watched it the other day because I missed him.”

“This is the same guy when I first got there and I was about four hundred sixty pounds they told me I had to wear trunks.  I was like, ‘Oh my god, they hate me.’  So what does Dusty do?  He comes to work with his shirt off.  He walks around the arena with his shirt off.  ‘If I can do it baby, you can do it.’"

Joking about John Cena's mention of him on Raw recently:

"Cena ran his mouth a couple weeks ago that I was lumped in with the XFL, son of a bitch, and I was like he XFL was cool.  And listen, the only difference between him and P.N. News is that he got a push, because he wasn't the first rapping gimmick.  He wasn't the first guy with a chain, he just won some titles. If he didn't he's just white P.N. News. It's good. He wants to do an open challenge, keep running your mouth you know, you'll see the US Title in TNA.  I'll keep it for as long as I want to.  But yeah I mean it's one of those things where you know what my name's being dropped in three wrestling promotions in one week, why not."
 

After Dark Radio 6/28: Steven Streufert of the Bluff Creek Project, Bigfoot, phone calls, news, more!

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:32

After Dark Radio with Bryan Alvarez returns today with special guest STEVEN STREUFERT to discuss the Bluff Creek Project, the rediscovery of the site of the Patterson/Gimlin film, and more! Plus, phone calls, emails and news! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

John Cena, WWE announced as finalists for Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:19

The following is a press release:

The inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, presented by ESPN and PlayStation, will celebrate and honor athletes, teams, nonprofits and members of the sports industry for using sport to serve communities and make a positive impact on society, it was announced by John Skipper, President, ESPN. The event, which will take place Tuesday, July 14 at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, will be the first of its kind, bringing together the leagues and sporting community to pay tribute to the collective good of sports. 

Multiple sports-related leagues and/or governing bodies — including MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, USOC, USTA, WNBA, WWE and the Women’s Sports Foundation — have nominated athletes, teams and community members that are using the power of sports to transform lives and uplift communities. Highlights of the evening will be featured during a 30-minute special on ESPN, July 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

During the event, which will be hosted by Laila Ali, winners will be announced from among the finalists for two major award categories — Sports Humanitarian of the Year and Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. Additionally, the event will celebrate four inaugural “Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award” (ESPN + inspire) winners, recognized for taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged.

“Through their selflessness and compassion, the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award honorees are improving lives of many around the world,” Skipper said. “The awards pay tribute to some incredible individuals and organizations and the extraordinary impact of their efforts on society.”

PlayStation is the presenting sponsor of the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, which will benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation — a fund that encourages cutting-edge research for minority populations suffering from cancer. An independent panel of judges selected the finalists, including, Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light,  Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sab Singh, Founder of Sports Doing Good and professor at Farmingdale State College, and Caryl Stern, CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF.

“Humanitarianism is a central narrative of sport — as athletes aspire towards greatness, their ability to make a mark on society is as important as their athletic accomplishments,” said Stern. “The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards give rise to the increasingly important role that sports can play in society, and how the sports community can work together to build and inspire strong communities.”

SPORTS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR

The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports. The honoree will receive a $75,000 grant (and $25,000 grant for each of the three finalists) from ESPN’s Corporate Citizenship department to advance the impact of the charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Finalists (winner to be announced at awards ceremony July 14):

SPORTS HUMANITARIAN TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year represents a sports team (and their community relations department or foundation) that demonstrates how teamwork between athletes and their team’s community relations or foundations can create a significant impact on a community or cause. The winner will receive a $75,000 grant (and $25,000 grant for each of the three finalists) from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Finalists (winners to be announced at awards ceremony July 14):  

 

On this day in pro wrestling history: 2nd Steve Austin WWE title reign begins, infamous Stan Hansen AWA title belt stripping story

Monday, 29 June 2015 08:05

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com

1923 - In St. Louis, Wladek Zbyszko beat Carl Wendell and Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer beat Steve Sanders

1939 - In Kansas City, Mike Kilonis beat Prospector Pete in 2 out of 3 falls and Wladek Zbyszko defeated Walter Sirois.

1944 - Lee Wykoff beat Dave Levin in Kansas City to capture the MWA World Heavyweight Title.

1963 - At Midway Stadium in St. Paul, MN; Crusher beat Moose Evans in 2 out of 3 falls,AWA Tag Team Champions Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff beat Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski, Don McClarty beat Joe "Tiger" Tomasso and Doug Gilbert no contest Iron Mike DiBiase; In Waterloo, Iowa; AWA Champion Verne Gagne defeated Bob Orton, The Medics defeated Steve Bolus & Steve Kovacs and Bob Geigel beat Ray Gordon.

1967 - In Amarillo, Texas; Nick Kozak won a Russian Roulette battle royal for $1,000, Kinji Shibuya beat Dory Funk Jr to win North American Title, Bearcat Wright & Thunderbolt Patterson beat AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race by dq and Nick Kozak drew The Alaskan.

1968 - In Bloomington, MN; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Larry Hennig, The Crusher & Bill Watts beat Harley Race & Dr. X and Mad Dog Vachon beat Dutch Savage. Attendance was 7,593.

1972 - At Memorial Hall in Kansas City; Rufus R. Jones defeated Juan Sebastian, Omar Atlas & Bob Geigel defeated Chati Yokouchi & Yasu Fuji, Harley Race beat Pat O’Connor and The Stomper & Danny Little Bear beat Roger Kirby & Black Angus; In a cage match in Fargo, ND; The Crusher beat Ivan Koloff, Wahoo McDaniel beat Larry Hennig and Dusty Rhodes beat Don Muraco

1973 - In Denver, Colorado; The Crusher & Wahoo McDaniel beat Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff in 2 out of 3 falls, Billy Robinson beat Ray Stevens via dq, Geoff Portz beat Rene Goulet and Greg Gagne beat Bill Crouch. Attendance was 6,431; Kim Sung Ho defeated Alfonso Dantes for the EMLL NWA Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1974 - In Minneapolis, Ivan Putski beat Superstar Billy Graham by countout and Billy Robinson beat Larry Heiniemi. In Chicago, AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Wahoo McDaniel & Chris Taylor and Bobo Brazil beat Baron Von Raschke by dq.

1986 - The AWA announces that since World Champion Stan Hansen refused to wrestle Nick Bockwinkel in Denver, Colorado, Hansen was being stripped of the title and Bockwinkel was named the new champion. (Hansen was ordered to lose the belt to Bockwinkel and refused and left the building, ran over the AWA belt with his pickup and mailed the belt back to Gagne). Also on the card, Verne Gagne & Greg Gagne & Jimmy Snuka beat Nord The Barbarian & Boris Zhukov & Sheik Adnan, AWA Tag Team Champions Buddy Rose & Doug Somers beat Midnight Rockers and Sherri Martel beat Candi Devine

1992 - Tom Prichard defeated Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1998 - Steve Austin defeated Kane for the WWF World Heavyweight Title in Cleveland, Ohio,

1999 - The Hardy Boyz defeated Faarooq & Bradshaw for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

2008 - Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes defeated Hardcore Holly to win the WWE Tag Team Titles.

 

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