Episode 6: Pro Bumble: January 25, 2013

"Doggy Style" Miss Elizabeth
22 minutes

Blade wants to bite children like he's a vampire.

RD wonders of the possibilities of Disney buying WWE.

Blade is in another Troma movie. (:05)

RD has a paper plate in his house. He didn't have to pay $99 for it like one guy did. (:07)

Blade still wants to bet on the Pro Bowl despite RD's reservations. Blade is happy because a Lion kicker is on a team and didn't actually opt out. He recounts the time when Jonathan Coachman walked into a bar. (:12) Blade still makes a bet that his Lion kicker will do well which RD accepts, despite Matt Stafford looking like Susanna Hoff.

Blade still has to pay up for this season when the Lions once again lost to the Colts, so he has to wear an Andrew Luck jersey. (:18)

The Royal Rumble is also occuring on the Sunday. (:19) Blade still remembers Doggy Style Miss Elizabeth making his pants wet at '89.

RD: "I have nothing left to say."

WCR Video: WCR 44 & 182 - Who’s Becky!? (Original & Extended)

Since Becky Bayless was brought up on Episode 5 of The RD and Blade show; the "Who's Becky" story (from Wrestlecrap Radio episodes #44 and #182) is today's featured video:


WCR 44 and 182 - Who’s Becky!? (Original and Extended) (by pdonkulous81)

Episode 5: FootBall Island: January 18, 2013

18 minutes
It's Cheesy, just like this show.

The new site has been up for a week, which is an excuse for RD to 'celebrate'. "It always comes back to Ani doesn't it," says he.

The AFC and NFC games are to be played this week. RD is happy that Dan Dierdorf will not be commentating, leading to more Brett Musburger impressions. (:03)

A bored Blade is eating some Jumping Jack Doritos. He has to take a smell first. He approves. (:06) RD decides to pull into the "filling station" to buy his own. Sadly he only finds pork rinds instead. (:08)

Blade remembers how Don once got chewed out at a shopping mall for invading someone's personal space. (:12)

Blade's girlfriend Becki Bayless "is working in a strip club now". You don't say. (:13)

Blade: "What do you think Virgil's been up to lately?"

"Dan Dierdorf and John Riggins" make football predictions. (:17)

RD: "Well you know...it sure sounded like a good idea when we started?"

Episode 4: Brown Thursday: January 17, 2013

20 minutes
"You're a horrible person."
((( recorded in high phone-buzzing fidelity )))

For some reason RD decides to play their attempt at their 'show' from last year at Black Friday time. Well I can suppose it is something people actually want...

Blade is in bed once again. (:02) This time his pickup truck died on him.

RD doesn't care if the show sounds terrible. Blade doesn't care if the show is terrible. (:04)

Sad News: Black Friday has been ruined for RD thanks to "Brown Thursday". (:04) Blade: "This is where we would have B.M. Punk phone in."

RD had to drive 90 minutes to a K-Mart in Cincinatti where things still look really old. (:06) At least it was slightly better than Indianapolis where everyone goes barefoot. (:10)

He then went to Mayer where a guy cut into his line using a Jedi Mind Trick. (:11)

At Wal-Mart (where RD still believes they use Betamax), one person smashed an empty box because it was empty. (:16) RD had to scam another guy for his copy of Lego Batman 2.

Blade: "You're a horrible person."

Episode 3: AA Bottom: January 15, 2013

31 minutes
ZZ Top: The Rock's Vince's favorite band
((( recorded in high phone-buzzing fidelity )))

RD has temporarily fixed the sound quality for the time being "like Crystal Pepsi." This is because he's recording the show at home.

It is only the 'third' episode and Blade is already talking about the time Don stole some soda.

The Co-Fruitcakes are surprised they have actually made three episodes in such a short span of time. (:03) Blade bets they can hit 209 episodes in their one year.

RD is thankful his radio progrem is now nothing more than his recorded phone conversations. This is good as this WCR Unplugged has a far cheaper phone bill. "It wasn't free to call Gay Popeye I'm telling you," notes RD. This is despite Popeye almost always calling into the show. Blade notes the expensive phone calls he had to make to Alec...who 'lives' in his neighborhood. He must be using AT&T.

Blade is looking forward to being paid $100 for his paper plate auction. (:07)

The Death of WCW will be re-released for its 10th anniversary next year. But will it be in 3-D High Definition? (:09) RD looks forward to debunking Kevin Nash.

This week's Raw reminds the Co-Fruitcakes of many of the show's numerous themes. (:13) RD talks about Styx's Dennis DeYoung for some reason.

RD enjoyed seeing a reanimated Leslie Nielson playing Ric Flair. (:17)

Blade: "[Kaitlyn's] mouth looked like she told Michael J. Fox just to dress her up for Halloween." (:21)

RD is confused about Blade being concerned about ZZ Top. This brings about discussion on the timeliness of ZZ Top. (:23) Vince McMahon is termed Dusty Wolf for some reason.

Blade thinks Vince likes to watch a showering Shawn Michaels. (:24)
Blade: "I think Vince probably liked to watch ZZ Top take a shower and trim their beards too. That's the only explanation."
RD: "People liked this show for some reason."

RD wants to know how much WWE paid the Rock to put over ZZ Top. (:26) He then asks people for more information about ZZ Top in return for a prize. I say don't listen to his siren call. It will only lead to a bad end.

RD does his Tom Brokaw (on CBS) impression. (:30)

Jeff Hardy and Reby Sky have been married for two years. This is apparently news. (:31)

Raging_Demons' 2012 Year In Review Column (Part 3: The Data File)

(Note: Congratulations!  Your at the end of the column!  To recap you can go back to either Part 1 by clicking here or to Part 2 by clicking here.  Enjoy the information overload that is The Data File.)


Now we go to the second half of the column.  The infamous “Data File”.  The Data File is the part of the column that crams anything newsworthy that happened in 2012 right here for you to look at.  Separated in months and based on all WWE, TNA, or other news.  It also includes all the Pay-Per-View Results from WWE & TNA for the year.  This year the “Data File” was re-formatted.  In the “WWE section” there’s now an entry to include what happens in NXT as well as anything that does happen in their Developmental Territories; also included is a separate yet new entry that combines Ring Of Honor news & news that happens in the Indy Wrestling Territories.

The Data File:
January:
General: Death of retired wrestler Savannah Jack of heart attack.  Ex-wrestler Andre Davis sentenced to 32 years in prison for failing to tell women that he had sex with that he's HIV Positive.  New Japan is bought out by new owners "Bushiroad".  Mick Foley appears in an episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap".

WWE:
General: WWE hires Jody Kristofferson & Eric Pankowski for the position of "Senior Vince-President of Creative & Development".  WWE launches a Russian-language version of their wwe.com website.

Raw & Smackdown: WWE re-hires & return of Chris Jericho & Brodus Clay as "The Funkasaurus.  Debut of "The Funkadactyls" Cameron & Naomi.  Evan Bourne receives "Strike 2" on the WWE Wellness Policy; Bourne is suspended for 60 days.  Ted DiBiase Jr. suffers wrist injury but is able to work.  David Otunga went to a NY State Court to legally defend a man that didn't get his unemployment benefits & claimed he was illegally terminated.  Kharma gives birth to baby boy named Jaime. 

NXT & Developmental: n/a

TNA: TNA signs a Television deal with "SuperSport" network in Africa as well as TV deals in the countries of New Zealand, Australia, & Germany.  TNA's sister promotion "Ring Ka King" debuts on Indian Television.  James Storm announces birth of a new son named Mason.  Sting suffers heel injury but able to work.  Referee Jackson James is now wrestler "Garrett Bischoff".

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Ring Of Honor gains networks in Utah, Texas, Florida, Oregon, & Michigan. 


PPVs:
WWE's Royal Rumble
Daniel Bryan d. Mark Henry & The Big Show in a "Triple Threat Steel Cage Match" to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  "Diva's Champion" Beth Phoenix, Natalya, & The Bella Twins d. Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, Eve Torres, & Tamina Snuka in an "8-Diva Tag Team Match."  John Cena & Kane end in Double Count out. "The Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay d. Drew McIntyre.  CM Punk d. Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Title.  Sheamus wins The Royal Rumble; Sheamus will compete for either the WWE Title or the World Heavyweight Title at "Wrestlemania 28".

TNA's Genesis
Austin Aries d. Kid Kash & Zema Ion in a "3-Way Match" to retain the X-Division Title.  "The Pope" D'angelo D'inero d. Brother Devon.  Gunner d. Rob Van Dam.  Gail Kim d. Mickie James by DQ, Gail Kim retains the Knockout Title.  Abyss d. Bully Ray in a "Monster's Ball Match".  Matt Morgan & Crimson d. Samoa Joe & Magnus to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles.  Kurt Angle d. "Cowboy" James Storm.  Jeff Hardy d. Bobby Roode by DQ, Bobby Roode retains the TNA World Title.


February:
General: John Croson Jr., son of CZW founder John Zandig loses both legs while attempting to kill himself by getting run over by a train.

WWE:
General: WWE re-launches their YouTube Channel to include online shows with the following content: "WWE Presents", "WWE Download" starring Dolph Ziggler, "WWE outside The Ring", "Santino's Foreign Exchange" starring Santino Marella, "WWE Backstage Fallout", "WWE Inbox", "WWE Are You Serious?", & "WWE Superstar Toyz"; while Zack Ryder's YouTube Show "Z! True Long Island Story" is moved to this channel.  WWE signed a deal with Baltijos TV to air RAW in Lithuania. 

Raw & Smackdown: CM Punk starts a Twitter war with controversial R&B singer Chris Brown.  Wade Barrett injured on an episode of RAW, Barrett is placed on the DL & will be out at least 6 months. Sheamus made his decision that he'll wrestle for the World Heavyweight Title at the WWE PPV "Wrestlemania 28"  

NXT & Developmental: Bo Rotunda arrested for DUI.

TNA: TNA hires Dave Lagana to replace a fired Vince Russo as the Head Writer of TNA Creative.  During the "Against All Odds" PPV, Zema Ion accidentally causes a serious injury on Jesse Sorenson during the match, Sorenson ended up with a serious neck injury that puts him on the DL for 1- 1 1/2 years; also on that show Taz didn't appear due to being a death in his family. Brian Kendrick quits TNA.

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: EVOLVE performs at the last ever wrestling event at the formerly named "ECW Arena" before being re-modeled.  Ring Of Honor Celebrates 10 years of existence.  Indy wrestler John Levi Miller sues indy wrestler Guido Andretti for "rupturing a testicle" in a wrestling match that happened in June 2011.


PPVs:
WWE's Elimination Chamber
CM Punk d. The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, & Chris Jericho in an "Elimination Chamber Match" to retain the WWE Title.  Beth Phoenix d. Tamina Snuka to retain the Divas Title.  Daniel Bryan d. The Great Khali, The Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, & Santino Marella to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  Jack Swagger d. Justin Gabriel to retain the U.S. Title.  John Cena d. Kane in an "Ambulance Match". 

TNA's Against All Odds:
Zema Ion d. Jesse Sorenson to become the #1 Contender for the X-Division Title.  Robbie E d. Shannon Moore to retain the TV Title.  Gail Kim d. Tara to retain the Knockouts Title.  Samoa Joe & Magnus d. Matt Morgan & Crimson to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Austin Aries d. Alex Shelley to retain the X-Division Title.  Kazarian d. AJ Styles.  Gunner d. Garrett Bischoff.  Bobby Roode d. Jeff hardy, Bully Ray, & "Cowboy" James Storm in a "Fatal 4-Way Match" to retain the TNA World Title.



March:
General: The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has announced that all "combat sports" which would include pro wrestling are suspended in the state meaning Oklahoma can no longer host any pro wrestling events.  Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart arrested for contempt of court during his hearing for previous arrests. Death of Pro Wrestling Promoter Joe Blanchard from Natural Causes.

WWE:
General: WWE Inducts Ron Simmons, Mil Mascaras, The Wrestling Stable "The Four Horsemen" (Composed for Induction would be "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, & Manager JJ Dillon), Former Pro Boxer Mike Tyson in the "WWE Hall Of Fame Celebrity Wing", Yokozuna, & Adam "Edge" Copeland in the 2012 WWE Hall Of Fame.  Transgender Kelly Monique is arrested with 1st Degree Larceny & 2nd Degree forgery for stealing over $50,000 in money from a WWE bank account.  WWE re-launches their website "wwe.com" with a better layout.  WWE fires John Bailey, assistant to John Laurinaitis.  WWE hires Brian Flinn as Senior Vice President of Marketing. 
 
Raw & Smackdown: Kharma reveals that she did not actually give birth & instead her baby died during the birth.  Ted DiBiase Jr. suffers a heel bone fracture & is placed on the DL. John Cena ends up in a car accident but is okay.   Evan Bourne suffers severe foot injury & will be out for the entire year. 

NXT & Developmental: WWE hires Brodie Lee.

TNA: Chris Park removes his "Abyss" character from TV & replaces it with a non-wrester character named "Joseph Park".  Return of Mr. Anderson from injury & vacation.  Sting re-signs as Impact Wrestling GM & is replaced by Hulk Hogan; TNA re-signs Sting.  Shannon Moore removes himself from TV to take a vacation.  A sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan surfaced online, Adult Film Company "Vivid Entertainment" posted online an official offer to buy the Hulk Hogan sex tape.  Bruce Pritchard hospitalized for suffering a couple of small heart attacks.  Kurt Angle declares that he's ending his quest to be a part in the 2012 Olympic Wrestling Team due to injury.  TNA works out a deal with WWE to allow Ric Flair to appear in the WWE 2012 Hall Of Fame in exchange for a WWE wrestler to appear for them.  Kurt Angle's mother was scammed for $4,000.

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Marty "Cham Pain" Garner creates a line of MMA clothing called "Brain Shaker". 

PPVs:
WWE: N/A

TNA's Victory Road
"Cowboy" James Storm d. Bully Ray to become the #1 Contender for the TNA World Title.  Austin Aries d. Zema Ion to retain the X-Division Title.  Samoa Joe & Magnus d. Matt Morgan & Crimson to retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Brother Devon d. Robbie E to win the TV Title.  Gail Kim d. Madison Rayne to retain the Knockouts Title.  AJ Styles & Mr. Anderson d. Kazarian & Daniels.  Kurt Angle d. Jeff Hardy.  Bobby Roode d. Sting in a "No Holds Barred Match".



April:
General: Death of 24 Year Old Stephen A. Arceneaux III from being applied a Rear Naked Choke & refusing to tap out by his 14-Year Old Cousin while watching the "Wrestlemania 28' PPV.  Death of "Chief" Jay Strongbow from Natural Causes.  Maven arrested on drug charges & soon afterwards enters a WWE-sponsored rehab. A documentary about the women's wrestling promotion G.L.O.W. has been released called "GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling."  Buff Bagwell is placed in intensive care at a hospital after suffering a nearly lethal car accident. 

WWE:
General: A federal judge dismissed Martha Hart's, widow to the late Owen Hart, lawsuit against WWE & the McMahon family stating that WWE has a right to Owen hart's career.

Raw & Smackdown: WWE re-hires & the return of Brock Lesnar but on a limited appearance deal.  Justin Gabriel suffers elbow injury & is placed on DL.  Strike 2 for Rey Mysterio for violating the WWE Wellness Policy while currently on the DL, Mysterio is suspended for 60 Days.  The Bella Twins "fired" (a.k.a. quit) from WWE.  Debut of Damien Sandow & Ryback.


NXT & Developmental: WWE fires "Tough Enough 2011" winner Andy Leavine.

TNA: Eric Young gets a TV Show on Animal Planet called "Off The Hook: Extreme Catches".  Spike TV re-signs TNA to a multi-year agreement.  TNA fires Scott Steiner, Steiner responds by using his Twitter account to verbally attack TNA.  TNA signs TV deal with "Orange Spot Network" to air Impact Wrestling in Poland.  "Cowboy" James Storm removes himself from TV to heal from injuries.  Christy Hemme wakes up to find burglars in her home trying to rob her house.  Impact Wrestling moves time frames from 9PM to 8PM Thursdays. Eric Young & ODB were "married".  Impact Wrestling introduces the following new & reoccurring concepts: "Open Fight Night" where once a month the show is all "Open Challenges" where anybody can challenge anybody to a match & during "Open Fight Night" there will be a guaranteed Title Match at least once a month; TNA will also air their "Gut Check" tryout events on "Open Fight Night" once a month where an indy wrestler will audition by wrestling a match & 3 judges (Ric Flair, Bruce Pritchard, & Al Snow) will determine if this wrestler deserves a spot on the TNA roster; also Impact Wrestling GM Hulk Hogan declared that the TV Title will now be defended on a weekly basis.  Eric Bischoff "leaves" Impact Wrestling (Bischoff will move behind the scenes as an Executive Producer).   

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: ROH hires Fit Finlay & starts to airs their episodes on YouTube.  Justin Credible unfit to perform at "Extreme Rising" show.


PPVs:
WWE's Wrestlemania 28
Sheamus d. Daniel Bryan to win the World Heavyweight Title.  Kane d. Randy Orton.  The Big Show d. Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental Title.  Kelly Kelly & "EXTRA's" Maria Menounos d. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres.  The Undertaker d. Triple H in a "Hell In A Cell Match" with Special Guest Referee "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels.  Team Johnny (Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, The Miz, David Otunga, & Drew McIntyre) d. Team Teddy (Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Booker T, The Great Khali, & Santino Marella; Due to the stipulations of the match RAW GM John Laurinaitis retains his GM role on RAW & now is the GM of Smackdown.  CM Punk d. Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Title.  Duane "The Rock" Johnson d. John Cena.

WWE's Extreme Rules
Randy Orton d. Kane in a "Falls Count Anywhere Match".  "The Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay d. Dolph Ziggler.  Cody Rhodes d. The Big Show in a "Tables Match" to win the Intercontinental Title.  Sheamus d. Daniel Bryan in a "2 Out Of 3 Falls Match" to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  Ryback d. Aaron Relic & Jay Hatton in a "Handicap Match".  CM Punk d. Chris Jericho in a "Chicago Street Fight" to retain the WWE Title.  Layla d. Nikki Bella to win the Divas Title.  John Cena d. Brock Lesnar in an "Extreme Rules Match". 

TNA's Lockdown (Note: All Matches on this show are "Steel Cage Matches")
Team Garrett (Garrett Bischoff, Rob Van Dan, AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, & Austin Aries) d. Team Eric (Eric Bischoff, Kazarian, Daniels, Gunner, & Bully Ray) in a "Lethal Lockdown Match"; due to the stipulations of the match Eric Bischoff must "leave TNA".  Samoa Joe & Magnus d. The Motor City Machine Guns to retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Devon d. Robbie E to retain the TV Title.  Gail Kim d. Velvet Sky to retain the Knockouts Title.  Crimson d. Matt Morgan.  Eric Young & ODB d. Sarita & Rosita to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles.  Bobby Roode d. "Cowboy" James Storm to retain the TNA World Title. 



May:
General: U.S. Appeals Court overturn the reward ruled for the family of Nancy "Woman" Sullivan-Benoit over the pictures that were published in "Hustler Magazine" in 2007.  Domestic violence charges against Scott Hall have been dropped.  Zach Gowen welcomes the birth of a baby son "Nolan Matthew Gowan".  Shane Helms launches a pro wrestling app called "IMMA Wrestling Fan" that allows fans to track all pro wrestling promotions (WWE, TNA, ROH, and Indy Wrestling) anywhere.

WWE:
General: WWE fires Dustin "Goldust" Rhodes.  WWE notifies TNA that a former employee of theirs was supplying them with insider information, TNA responds by suing them.  WWE hires Patrick Tally as "Senior Vice President of Live Events."

Raw & Smackdown: WWE re-hires & return of Paul Heyman to a limited appearance deal.  CM Punk causes controversy on Twitter when he tells anti-gay marriage supports to "go kill yourselves."  Ricardo Rodriguez arrested for "speeding in a construction zone."  John Cena files for divorce from his wife Liz Huberdeau.  TNA, along with MMA promotion "Bellator Fighting Championship" have signed MMA star "King" Mo Lawal to a TNA contract while King Mo fights in Bellator at the same time.  Mark Henry is placed on the DL to recover from injuries & have surgery.  Rosa Mendes suffers car accident whiplash injuries but is fine.  Chris Jericho is suspended for 30 days for doing "disrespectful acts towards the Brazilian flag."  Randy Orton receives "Strike 2" on the WWE Wellness Policy; Orton is suspended for 60 days.  Debut of Antonio Cesaro.

NXT & Developmental: WWE shuts down FCW & makes NXT the new promotion for their developmental program & moves everything to vocational college "Full Sail University" in Winter Park, FL.  WWE hires Ashley Fliehr Johnson.

TNA: TNA fires Anarquia. Gail Kim marries "Food Network" chef & star of "Restaurant: Impossible" Robert Irvine. Matt Morgan no longer performs for TNA due to running out of dates for his contract.  WWE hires Brooke Hogan as "Head Of The Knockouts"; TNA re-signs Gunner, Austin Aries, & referee Earl Hebner.  Alex Shelley quits TNA.  TNA sues WWE over for using inside information.  Don West quits TNA.  TNA officially announces that they are going to start their own "Hall Of Fame".  Indy Wrestler Alex Silva passes the "Gut Check" tryout & is now a part of the TNA roster but Indy Wrestler Joey Ryan did not pass the "Gut Check" tryout so he's not a part of the TNA roster.  TNA fires "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Davey Richards suffers a car accident but he's okay.  Ring Of Honor announces that all video can be downloaded on iOS/Smart phones & that all iPPV will be aired on ROHwrestling.com.  Tomasso Ciampa claims he now suffers from diverticulitis. 

PPVs:
WWE's Over The Limit
Christian wins the "People Power Battle Royal"; Christian gets to chose either the U.S. Title or the Intercontinental Title he'll wrestle for later on in the PPV.  Kofi Kingston & R-Truth d. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles.  Layla d. Beth Phoenix to retain the Diva's Title.  Sheamus d. Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, & Alberto Del Rio in a "Fatal 4-Way Match" to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  "The Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay d. The Miz.  Christian d. Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental Title.  CM Punk d. Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Title.  Ryback d. Camacho.  "RAW & Smackdown GM" John Laurinaitis d. John Cena. 

TNA's Sacrifice
Daniels & Kazarian d. Samoa Joe & Magnus to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Gail Kim d. Brooke Tessmacher to retain the Knockouts Title.  Brother Devon d. Robbie E & Rob Terry in a "Handicap Match" to retain the TV Title.  Mr. Anderson d. Jeff hardy.  Crimson d. Eric Young.  Austin Aries d. Bully Ray.  Kurt Angle d. AJ Styles.  Booby Roode d. Rob Van Dam in a "Ladder Match" to retain the TNA World Title. 



June:
General: John "Bradshaw" Layfield starts his charity event to climb every highest mountain peak on each continent.  Wrestler's Rescue sets up charitable fundraisers for an ill Kamala. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair & his wife were involved in a public verbal confrontation but they were not arrested.   

WWE:
General: WWE gains the distribution rights to the movie "Interrogation".  Triple H replaces John Laurinaitis as the "Executive Vice President of Talent Relations & Live Events".  WWE financially invests into Twitter so they can place multimedia content in their Tweets that won't exceed the 140 character limit.  WWE hires Casey Collins as their "Executive Vice President of Consumer Products"; Bill Hirsh & Ted Van Zeist as "Vice President of Integrated Sales".

Raw & Smackdown: Christian makes an appearance on the TNA PPV "Slammiversary".  Alberto Del Rio suffers a concussion & was temporarily placed on the DL list.  Eve Torres mentioned in the cast of the Reality TV Show "Stars Earn Stripes".  John Cena becomes the first person ever to grant 300 "wishes" for the charity "Make-A-Wish Foundation".  Maxine quits WWE.  Darren Young & Titus O'Neill are calling their tag team "The Prime Time Players".  Guest appearances from Vader, Diamond Dallas Page, & "Psycho" Sid Vicious.  Due to the stipulation at the "No Way Out PPV" John Laurinaitis is "fired" as the RAW & Smackdown GM (Laurinaitis remains a part of WWE & now competes in House Shows); in his place will be temporary guest General Managers of Mick Foley & Vickie Guerrero.  The Prime Time Players are now being managed by AW. 

NXT & Developmental: WWE re-hires Bill DeMott as "Head Trainer".  "NXT: Redemption" finally ends its season & the new "NXT" Developmental shows start to air.  WWE hires Buggy Nova

TNA: TNA celebrates 10 years in business.  Current WWE Star Christian appears on the TNA PPV "Slammiversary" as the result of having "Nature Boy" Ric Flair at the WWE Hall Of Fame.  TNA Officially announces that they will create their own Hall Of Fame.  ABC News names Hulk Hogan on their "Worst Dads" list.  Eric Young goes on the DL to receive some throat surgery.  Chris Sabin tears his other ACL & is out for 1- 1/2 years.  TNA sues Scott Steiner for making "disparaging remarks" on Steiner's Twitter Account. Taeler Hendrix passes the "Gut Check" tryout & is now a part of the TNA roster.  Debut of Claire Lynch, which TNA hired actress Julia Reilly to play the role.  TNA re-hires Sonjay Dutt.  Guest appearance from indy wrestlers Jigsaw as "Rubix", BLK Jeez as "Rasahd Cameron", & as Scorpio Sky "Mason Andrews".  TNA starts airing live episodes of "Impact Wrestling".

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Midget Wrestler "Puppet The Midget Killer" suffers serious injury that has 8 of his teeth knocked out.

PPVs:
WWE's No Way Out
Sheamus d. Dolph Ziggler to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  Santino Marella d. Ricardo Rodriguez in a "Tuxedo Match".  Christian d. Cody Rhodes to retain the Intercontinental Title.  The Prime Time Players d. Primo & Epico, Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel, & The Usos in a "Fatal 4-Way Match" to become the #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles.  Layla d. Beth Phoenix to retain the Divas Title.  Sin Cara d. Hunico.  CM Punk d. Daniel Bryan & Kane in a "Triple Threat Match" to retain the WWE Title.  Ryback d. Dan Delaney & Rob Grymes in a "Handicap Match".  John Cena d. The Big Show in a "Steel Cage Match", due to the stipulations of the match RAW & Smackdown GM John Laurinaitis is now "fired" from WWE.

TNA's Slammiversary
Austin Aries d. Samoa Joe to retain the X-Division Title.  Hernandez d. Kid Kash.  Brother Devon & Garrett Bischoff d. Robbie E & Rob Terry.  Mr. Anderson d. Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam in a "Triple Threat Match".  "Cowboy" James Storm d. Crimson.  Brooke Tessmacher d. Gail Kim to win the Knockouts Title.  Joseph Park d. Bully Ray in an "Anything Goes Match".  AJ Styles & Kurt Angle d. Kazarian & Daniels to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Bobby Roode d. Sting to retain the TNA World Title.



July:
General: A memorabilia dealer accuses The Ultimate Warrior of "Fraud". 

WWE:
General: WWE financially invests in new Social Network website "Tout"; a version of Twitter where people can post short video messages.  Song Writer Jimmy Papa sues WWE over unpaid royalties for 11 songs that appeared on the "WCW Slam Jam 1" CD.  John Laurinaitis resigns from his position as "Senior Vice President of Talent Operations" & takes the position as a "House Show Producer".

Raw & Smackdown: An online video surfaces of a young AJ Lee crying meeting Amy "Lita" Dumas for the first time.  Chris Jericho announces via Twitter that he will write his 3rd autobiography.  John Cena & his wife had come to an agreeable divorce settlement.  RAW replaces "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback as the show theme song to "Tonight Is The Night" by Outasight.  Kharma quits WWE.  The Great Khali has a tumor from his pituitary gland removed in surgery thus placed on the DL.  Fire broke out on the RAW set during rehearsals, luckily no one was injured.  Guest Appearances from: Doink The Clown, Sgt. Slaughter, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Rikishi, Road Warrior Animal, X-Pac, Billy Gunn, "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, Duane "The Rock" Johnson, Mick Foley as "Dude Love", "The Doctor of Style" Slick, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Bob Bachlund, JBL & Ron Simmons as "The APA", Amy "Lita" Dumas, & "Mean" Gene Okerlund.  Guest General Managers for the month are: Teddy Long, Zack Ryder (due to winning a Battle Royal), Bret "The Hitman" Hart, & The RAW GM Laptop (which was revealed to be Hornswoggle).  Rey Mysterio returns from the DL.  RAW celebrates 1000 episodes airing on TV.  AJ Lee becomes the new "RAW GM".  John Cena becomes the first person ever to unsuccessfully win a WWE/World Heavyweight Title Match by using the "Money In The Bank Briefcase". RAW goes from 2 hours to 3 hours & creates "#RAWactive Polls" where fans can go to Twitter & Tweet by using certain hash tags what they want to see.

NXT & Developmental: WWE hires PAC as a wrestler & Sara Del Ray as a Trainer.

TNA: Angelina Love & Shannon Moore quits TNA.  Debut of the new superheel stable called "Aces & 8s".  Satellite TV provider "Direct TV" & the Viacom Network (Owner of "Spike TV" that airs "Impact Wrestling") ends up in a major financial battle with the result of pulling all their shows off Direct TV, iTunes, & the Internet which makes fans unable to watch TNA; days later Direct TV & Viacom settled their financial dispute making people able to watch TNA again. Kurt Angle is inducted in the "National Wrestling Hall Of Fame" & gets married to model Giovanna Yannotti.  TNA re-signs Austin Aries & ODB to a long term contract.  TNA hires & debuts Chavo Guerrero Jr.  Hulk Hogan goes back on the DL to have surgery to remove bone spurs from his hip & knee.  Velvet Sky quits TNA.  TNA hires Joey Ryan on a "per show appearance".  Sam Shaw is the latest person to pass the "TNA Gutcheck".

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Bobby Lashley announces that he's returning to pro wrestling.  ROH announces that Kenny King is no longer a part of their company in a response to King appearing on an episode of TNA's "Impact Wrestling"; King responds via Twitter that ROH never gave him a legally binding contract but just a verbal agreement; in response to King jumping from ROH to TNA Rhett Titus is stripped of the ROH World Tag Team Titles.  Dragon Gate USA announces the creation of a sister promotion to SHIMMER called "SHINE".

PPVs:
WWE's Money In The Bank
Dolph Ziggler d. Damien Sandow, Christian, Tensai, Tyson Kidd, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, & Damien Sandow in a Smackdown "Money In The Bank Ladder Match" to win the Smackdown "Money In The Bank Briefcase" which allows Ziggler to have a World Heavyweight Title Match anytime & any place for up to one calendar year.  Sheamus d. Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  Primo & Epico d. The Prime Time Players.  CM Punk d. Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Title with Special Guest Referee AJ Lee.  Ryback d. Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins in a "Handicap Match".  Layla El, Kaitlyn, & Tamina Snuka d. Beth Phoenix, Natalya, & Eve Torres in a "Six Diva Tag Team Match".  John Cena d. The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane, & The Miz in a RAW "Money In The Bank Ladder Match" to win the RAW "Money In The Bank Briefcase" which allows Cena to have a WWE Title match anytime & any place for up to one calendar year.

TNA's Destination X
Mason Andrews d. Rubix, Lars Only, & Dakota Darsow; Mason Andrews gets to participate in the "Ultimate X Match" later on in the PPV.  Kenny King d. Doug Williams; Kenny King gets to participate in the "Ultimate X Match" later on in the PPV.  Sonjay Dutt d. Rashad Cameron; Sonjay Dutt gets to participate in the "Ultimate X Match" later on in the PPV.  Zema Ion d. Flip Casanova; Zema Ion gets to participate in the "Ultimate X Match" later on in the PPV.  Samoa Joe d. Kurt Angle in a "Bound For Glory Series Match".  AJ Styles d. Daniels.  Zema Ion d, Mason Andrews, Kenny King, & Sonjay Dutt in an "Ultimate X Match" to win the vacated X-Division Title.  Austin Aries d. Bobby Roode to win the TNA World Title.



August:
General: Kamala posts a YouTube video stating that "Wrestler's Rescue" & the MWF Indy Wrestling Promotion are not raising money for him since he hasn't received anything from them; then he posts another video claiming that they sent checks after the first video was posted & that "Wrestler's Rescue's" check actually bounced.  A YouTube video is posted about a masked Luchador wrestler & some ostriches attack a convenience store.  Death of Rolland "Red" Bastien due to Alzheimer's Disease.  Death of Dutch Mantell's granddaughter from a car crash.  Steve "Mongo" McMichael runs for Mayor of Romeoville, IL.  Filmmakers John Philapavage and Kevin Kiernan plan to do a documentary about ECW.  Ken Shamrock is accused of attacking a woman whom he thought was a man when he was trying to break up a fight but won't be accused because of self-defense.  "Nature Boy" Ric Flair hit in the head with a water bottle from unruly fans during a "Gathering Of The Juggalos" event.

WWE:
General: WWE to launch a new Kid show called "WWE Saturday Morning Slam"; a wrestling show aimed at kids but there will be no head or neck wrestling moves that will be used.  WWE hires Perkins Miller as the "Executive Vice President of Digital Media."  WWE releases free Apps for iPhone & Android Smart phones.

Raw & Smackdown: Debut of Reality TV Show "Stars Earn Stripes" featuring Eve Torres.  Booker T is now the new "Smackdown GM".  Randy Orton returns from his 60-Day Suspension.  JTG takes to Twitter complaining that he's "tired of my locker room brothers being taken advantage of."  WWE starts having "Social Media Ambassadors"; celebrities that use Twitter, that'll watch RAW & Tweet back. Guest Appearance from "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels.  Return of Wade Barrett from the DL.  Public altercation breaks out between indy wrestler Andy Slocum & Rosa Mendes.  WWE fires AW due to a bad dated joke that he did about NBA LA Laker star Kobe Bryant on RAW. Chris Jericho quits RAW. Tyler Reks is fired from WWE & retires from pro wrestling.  Funkadactyl Cameron arrested for drunk driving, but she did not list WWE as her employer but instead works for the bank "Wells Fargo" as a "Sales Associate" & tried to bribe the cop.  The Undertaker & Michelle McCool give birth to a baby girl. 

NXT & Developmental: WWE hires Tom LaRuffa.  WWE fires Sofia Cortez.  Ashley Fliehr's ring name is now "Charlotte".  Terry Taylor moves to NXT as a trainer.

TNA: Debut of Eric Young's Animal Planet TV Show: "Off The Hook: Extreme Catches".  SPIKE TV decides to extend TNA's live episodes of "Impact Wrestling" up to September.  TNA hires & debuts Taryn "Tiffany" Terrell as a Referee for all Knockout Matches.  "The Pope" D'Angelo D'inero is on the DL for a broken collarbone.  Doug Williams moves over to TNA's developmental territory OVW as a trainer.  Brother Devon is removed from television.  Two Iowa men were arrested for "second degree theft" & "accessory to theft" for stealing the TNA World Title & a replica title version of the World Title.  Julia Reilly, the actress that plays "Claire Lynch" quits TNA due to constant cyber-bullying from online pro wrestling fans. 

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: An Indy Wrestling promotion was forced to cancel all booking featuring African-American wresters due to threats from a White Racist Supremist Group. 

PPVs:
WWE's Summerslam
Chris Jericho d. Dolph Ziggler.  Daniel Bryan d. Kane.  The Miz d. Rey Mysterio to retain the Intercontinental Title.  Sheamus d. Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  Kofi Kingston & R-Truth d. The Prime Time Players to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles.  CM Punk d. John Cena & The Big Show in a "Triple Threat Match" to retain the WWE Title.  Brock Lesnar d. Triple H.  (Note: Antonio Cesaro d. Santino Marella to win the United States Title.)

TNA's Hardcore Justice
Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez d. Kid Kash & Gunner.  Rob Van Dam d. "The Pope" D'Angelo D'inero, Mr. Anderson, & Magnus in a "Fatal 4-way,  Falls Count Anywhere, Bound For Glory Series Match".  Brother Devon d. Kazarian to retain the TV Title.  Madison Rayne d. Miss Tessmacher to win the Knockouts Title.  Bully Ray d. Robbie E, "Cowboy" James Storm, & Jeff Hardy in a "Fatal 4-Way, Tables, Bound For Glory Series Match".  Zema Ion d. Kenny King to retain the X-Division Title.  AJ Styles d. Daniels, Kurt Angle, & Samoa Joe in a "Fatal 4-Way, Ladder, Bound For Glory Series Match".  Austin Aries d. Bobby Roode to retain the TNA World Title, due to the stipulation of the match Bobby Roode can't have a TNA World Title Match as long as Austin Aries has the title.



September:
General: N/A

WWE:
General: WWE signs a deal with Hulu to add RAW as well as moving all other online content on Hulu.com to their paid subscription service "Hulu Plus".  WWE reaches business deals with Japan wrestling organization "New Japan".

Raw & Smackdown: Release of Booker T's Autobiography "Booker T: From Prison to Promise".  Funkadactyl Cameron suspended 15 days for arrested with a DUI & please "Not Guilty".  Eve Torres wins "Stars & Stripes" making her the first ever woman to win a Reality TV Show & gets engaged to MMA's Rener Gracie.  Jerry "The King" Lawler suffers a heart attack during a live episode of RAW; covering for Lawler while he's recovering on Color Commentator will be John "Bradshaw" Layfield & Jim Ross.  WWE extends Paul Heyman's contract to appear regularly to be a manager/valet for CM Punk.  John Cena on the DL for Removing Bone Chips from his elbow.  Kelly Kelly quits WWE.  JBL successfully scales Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Guest appearance from Bret "The Hitman" Hart & Adam "Edge" Copeland.  Debut of Brad Maddox as Talent.  Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow form the Tag Team "Team Rhodes Scholars".  Due to”#RAWactive Poll" the team of Daniel Bryan & Kane will now be known as "Team Hell No".  The start of "The AJ Scandal".  Jack Swagger is removed from TV.

NXT & Developmental: Raquel Diaz quits NXT.

TNA: Debut of "King Mo" Lawal.  TNA announces that the surprise Championship Title Match on "Open Fight Night" will have its own theme show on "Impact Wrestling" called "Championship Thursday.  TNA re-signs Bully Ray. TNA re-hires Joey Ryan on a per appearance contract. Evan Markopoulos Fails to pass "Gut Check".  TNA hires Luke Gallows; also TNA hired & debut Wes Briscoe.  TNA releases Mark Haskins & Katarina "Winter" Waters. 

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Tammy Lynn Sytch arrested for 3 times in 3 days for "Crimes Related to Domestic Violence."  Juggalo Championship Wrestling owners, the rap group "Insane Clown Posse"; sue the FBI over officially listing their fans as a "criminal gang".

PPVs:
WWE's Night Of Champions
The Miz d. Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, & Cody Rhodes in a "Fatal 4-Way Match" to retain the Intercontinental Title.  Daniel Bryan & Kane d. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth to win the WWE Tag Team Titles.  Antonio Cesaro d. Zack Ryder to retain the United States Title.  Randy Orton d. Dolph Ziggler.  Eve Torres d. Layla El to win the Diva's Title.  Sheamus d. Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  CM Punk & John Cena ended in a Draw, Punk retains the WWE Title.

TNA's No Surrender
Jeff Hardy d. Samoa Joe in a "Bound For Glory Series Match"; Jeff Hardy moves on to the Finals.  Bully Ray d. "Cowboy" James Storm in a "Bound For Glory Series Match"; Bully Ray moves on to the Finals.  Miss Tessmacher d. Tara to retain the Knockouts Title.  Austin Aries & "The Armbreaker" ends in a No Contest.  Zema Ion d. Sonjay Dutt to retain the X-Division Title.  Rob Van Dam d. Magnus.  Kazarian & Daniels d. AJ Styles & Kurt Angle to retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Jeff Hardy d. Bully Ray in the "Bound For Glory Series Finals" to win the "Bound For Glory Series" & a TNA World Title Match at the "Bound For Glory" PPV.



October:
General: Death of "Hangman" Booby Jaggers from a blood infection & Mike Graham from suicide.  Diamond Dallas Page decided to take Jake "The Snake" Roberts into his home to film a new documentary all about Roberts in training healthy enough for one more wrestling match.  Amy Weber released nude photos of herself.  Hector Garza retires from pro wrestling to battle lung cancer.  Harley Race & Vader were reportedly cause a major altercation but turned out to be nothing more than a joke.

WWE:
General: WWE debuts a new TV Show for the "ION Network" called "WWE Main Event" where WWE airs at least one Main Event PPV Quality match on TV.  WWE teams up with the Breast Cancer charity "The Susan G. Komen Foundation" to raise money for Breast Cancer.

Raw & Smackdown: WWE fires Brian Gerwitz as "Head Writer" of RAW; Gerwitz is replaced by Eric Pankowski.  CM Punk was attacked by an unknown fan while in the audience & accidentally hits another unknown fan in self-defense.  CM Punk writes the intro for the Marvel Comics paperback comic collection "Avengers vs. X-Men".  The Great Khali is back from DL. AJ Lee is "fired" from her role as RAW GM & is replaced by Vickie Guerrero as the RAW "Managing Supervisor".  Lillian Garcia placed on the DL due to being involved in a car accident.  Beth Phoenix quits WWE.  The team of Santino Marella & Zack Ryder are now known as "Team CoBro".  Return of Ted DiBiase Jr. from injury.  Curt Hawkins tore his PCL & is placed on the DL.

NXT & Developmental: Derrick Bateman placed on the DL for knee surgery.

TNA: Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape goes online thanks to Gawker.com & is revealed that Hogan's friend radio DJ "Bubba The Love Sponge", filmed the Sex Tape; also a Florida court denies Hogan a restraining order on Gawker.com for removing the Sex Tape online; Hogan also announces that he plans to sue Gawker & Bubba The Love Sponge for over $100 million dollars each.  Due to the stipulation of the Al Snow/Joey Ryan match at the PPV "Bound For Glory" Joey Ryan "officially" becomes a full-time member of the TNA Roster.  Tara opens a pizza restaurant in Chicago.  TNA hires & debuts Todd Keneley as a "Play-by-Play Announcer" in addition to Mike Tenay & Taz.  Joel Luke, the guy who stole the TNA World Title, pleaded to "5th-Degree Theft" & was sentenced to 2 years Probation.  Return of Brother Devon on TV & he is affiliated with "Aces & 8s" & his named is changed to "Sgt. At Arms Devon". Debut of "Big Brother" Star Jessie Goddertz as Tara's "Boyfriend".  TNA announces new TV deals in The Middle East, North Africa, Kuwait, & Poland.  TNA re-signs Tara to a 1 year contract.

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Jim Cornette removed from his position as "Head Booker" from ROH, Cornette is replaced as "Head Booker" by Delirious; Cornette is still a part of ROH.  Shawn Daivari physically takes out a man who was holding a train hostage.  Tammy Lynn Sytch arrested AGAIN for "3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, & Violating a Protective Order" & ONE MORE TIME for "3rd-Degree Burglary" & 3 counts of "Violating a Protective Order" then heads back into WWE Sponsored drug rehabilitation.  After the end of the Best of 7-Series Gimmick Matches named "7 Levels of Hate" between Colt Cabana & "Scrap Iron" Adam Pierce both men refuse to take the NWA World Title leaving the belt "Vacant"; NWA declared the title to be vacant & they will hold a tournament to crown a new champion while Adam Pierce quits NWA.  Indy wrestler Eric Hartsburg auctioned advertising for his face for the price of $15,000 & he was paid to put a Political Tattoo of Mitt Romney on his face.  Death of "Brain Damage" Marvin Lambert from suicide. 

PPVs:
WWE's Hell In A Cell
Randy Orton d. Alberto Del Rio.  Team Rhodes Scholars d. Team Hell No by DQ, Team Hell No retains the WWE Tag Team Titles.  Antonio Cesaro d. Justin Gabriel to retain the United States Title.  Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara d. The Prime Time Players.  The Big Show d. Sheamus to win the World Heavyweight Title.  Eve Torres d. Layla El & Kaitlyn in a "Triple Threat Match" to retain the WWE Divas Title.  CM Punk d. Ryback in a "Hell In A Cell Match" to retain the WWE Title.

TNA's Bound For Glory
Rob Van Dam d. Zema Ion to win the X-Division Title.  Samoa Joe d. Magnus to retain the TV Title.  "Cowboy James Storm" d. Bobby Roode in a "Street Fight" with Special Guest Enforcer King Mo.  Joey Ryan d. Al Snow, due to the stipulation of the match Joey Ryan is now "officially" a part of the TNA roster.  Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez d. AJ Styles & Kurt Angle & Kazarian & Daniels to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Tara d. Miss Tessmacher to win the Knockouts Title.  Two members of Aces & 8s d. Sting & Bully Ray in a "No DQ Match", due to the stipulation of the match the "Aces & 8s" stable has full access to the Impact Zone.  Jeff Hardy d. Austin Aries to win the TNA World Title.


November:
General: Death of Brad Armstrong from "Medical Distress", Dwane "Awesome Kong" McCullogh from "Massive Heart Attack," & "Freebird" Buddy Roberts from "Pneumonia."  The Documentary Channel airs a Luchador documentary called "Luchadores: Fighting For A Dream."

WWE:
General: WWE announces via investor conference call that the planned WWE Network will be a "subscription channel" via HBO & Showtime. 

Raw & Smackdown: Return of Jerry "The King" Lawler from his heart attack.  Return of Johnny Curtis as "Fandango."  WWE re-hires John "Bradshaw" Layfield as a "Color Commentator" for Smackdown.  Cody Rhodes is injured & placed on the DL. Controversial promo on RAW when Paul Heyman faked a heart attack right after Jerry "The King" Lawler just returned from his heart attack.  Debut of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, & Roman Reigns as the wrestling stable "The Shield".  Return of John Cena from DL.  Kaitlyn arrested for "Failure to Pay a Past Speeding Ticket".  Brad Maddox moves from Referee to Pro Wrestler.  Controversy pops up during a "#RAWactive Poll" when Kane was "somewhat" chosen but it was revealed that Daniel Bryan actually won the poll. 

NXT & Developmental: Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, & Roman Reigns get promoted to RAW & Smackdown.  Kenneth Cameron arrested for "Disorderly Intoxication & Battery", soon after the arrest WWE fires him.  WWE fires Chad Baxter, Chase Donovan, & Nick Rogers.  Louis Fontaine & Lucas Di Leo quit NXT.

TNA: Luke Gallows is revealed to be a member of "Aces & 8s" under the name "The D.O.C."  Kurt Angle announces via Twitter that he plans to sue Wafi Wahidi for "failing to make a fitness app" for him.  Jeff Hardy announces that he plans to create a documentary about the "OMEGA" promotion that he & his brother ran before heading to WWE.  TNA announces their support in raising money for the "Hurricane Sandy" relief.  Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre form the wrestling stable "3MB".  TNA announces the airing of a Reality TV Show in the UK based on 4 UK Wrestlers going to a "Gutcheck" tryout called "British Boot Camp".  AJ Styles sign with "VIP Ink Publishing" to write his autobiography.  Hulk Hogan denied injunction on having Gawker.com to remove his sex tape from their website.  Christian York & Wes Briscoe pass the "Gut Check" & are members of the TNA Roster.  Hulk Hogan drops the lawsuit on Bubba The Love Sponge & resolved the issue.

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Scorpio Sky pisses off WWE, Lucha VaVoom, & every other indy wrestling promotion when he uses an anti-gay slur repeatedly on Twitter.  Tokyo Monster Kahagas won an elimination match to win the vacated NWA World Title.  Nigel McGuinness moves from "Color Commentator" to "Authority Figure and Official Matchmaker."   

PPVs:
WWE's Survivor Series
Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal d. Team CoBro.  Team Funkasaurus (Brodus Clay, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, & Tyson Kidd) d. Team Prime Time (Tensai, Epico, Primo, & The Prime Time Players) in a "Survivor Series Match" where Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel, & Tyson Kidd are the survivors.  Eve Torres d. Kaitlyn to retain the WWE Divas Title.  Antonio Cesaro d. R-Truth to retain the United States Title.  Sheamus d. The Big Show by DQ, The Big Show retains the World Heavyweight Title.  Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, & David Otunga) d. Team Foley (The Miz, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, & Team Hell No) in a "Survivor Series Match" where Dolph Ziggler was the survivor.  CM Punk d. John Cena & Ryback in a "Triple Threat Match" to retain the WWE Title.

TNA's Turning Point
Samoa Joe d. Magnus to retain the TV Title.  Eric Young & ODB d. Tara & Jesse.  Rob Van Dam d. Joey Ryan to retain the X-Division Title.  The D.O.C. d. Joseph Park.  Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez d. Kazarian & Daniels to retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  "Cowboy James Storm" d. Bobby Roode & AJ Styles to become the #1 Contender for the TNA World Tag Team Title, due to the stipulation of the match since AJ Styles was pinned he cannot earn a TNA World Title Match until the next "Bound For Glory" PPV in 2013.  Kurt Angle d. Sgt. at Arms Devon.  Jeff hardy d. Austin Aries in a "Ladder Match" to retain the TNA World Title.



December:
General: Tony Mamaluke retires from Pro Wrestling.  "Nature Boy" Ric Flair & his wife has filed for divorce.  Kenta Kobashi declares that he will retire from Pro Wrestling & that his last match will be 2/26/13.  Death of Mike "The Hippie" Boyette, cause of death unknown.  Ivelisse Velez goes to MMA for "Fight Card Entertainment" for the MMA event "Fightcard48: Ruthless".

WWE:
General: Debut of new online show starring John "Bradshaw" Layfield & Michael Cole called "The JBL & Cole Show".  WWE becomes business & charity partners with "Hire Heroes USA" to generate hiring United Armed Forces Veterans & to create a Veterans hiring initiative.  WWE expands their office in India by appointing Mayuri Pitale as "Consumer & Promotions Licensing Manager" & Car Sequeira as "Marketing Manager".  THQ, WWE's video game publisher, has filed for bankruptcy.

Raw & Smackdown: CM Punk goes on the DL due to a knee injury; Punk will not be removed from TV.  Return of Cody Rhodes from the DL.  Randy Orton placed on the DL due to a separated shoulder.  Debut of Big E. Langston.  Sin Cara goes on the DL due to a knee injury.  Guest appearances from "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, The Boogeyman, Tommy Dreamer, & "Mean" Gene Okerlund.

NXT & Developmental: WWE hires Billy Gunn as a NXT Trainer; & for wrestlers WWE hires Davina Rose & Zander Jones.

TNA: Hulk Hogan named on GQ Magazine's "Least Influential People of 2012", his online sex tape was the second most viewed clip of 2012, & he opens a restaurant called "Hogan's Beach". Return of Mickie James from the DL.  Kazarian & Daniels are now called "Bad Influence."  Jeff Hardy releases first ever music solo album called "Similar Creatures".  TNA re-signs Eric Young.  Legal settlement has been reached between Kurt Angle & Wafi Wahidi, the man Angle claims "failing to make a fitness app" for him.  Release of a new documentary trailer about Tara called "Tarafied".  Velvet Sky ends up in car accident but is okay.

Ring Of Honor & Indy Wrestling: Indy Wrestler Kevin Matthews goes on a Twitter rant about WWE NXT Trainer Bill DeMott.  Ring Of Honor signs online video platform deal with Ooyala.  Shelton Benjamin decides not to re-sign with Ring Of Honor.

PPVs:
WWE's TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs
Naomi wins the "Santa's Little Helpers Match" to wrestle for the Diva's Title later on in the PPV.  Team Rhodes Scholars d. Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara in a "Tables Match" to become the #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles.  Antonio Cesaro d. R-Truth to retain the U.S. Title.  Kofi Kingston d. Wade Barrett to retain the Intercontinental Title.  The Shield d. Ryback & Team Hell No in a "Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match".  Eve Torres d. Naomi to retain the Diva's Title.  The Big Show d. Sheamus to retain the World Heavyweight Title.  Alberto Del Rio, The Miz, & The Brooklyn Brawler d. 3MB.  Dolph Ziggler d. John Cena in a "Ladder Match", due to the stipulation of the match Ziggler retains his "Smackdown Money In The Bank Briefcase".


TNA's Final Resolution
Kazarian d. "Cowboy" James Storm.  Rob Van Dam d. Kenny King to retain the X-Division Title.  Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez d. Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan by DQ, Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles.  Austin Aries d. Bully Ray.  Tara d. Mickie James to retain the Knockout's Title.  Kurt Angle, Wes Briscoe, Samoa Joe, & Garrett Bischoff d. Aces & 8s.  Daniels d. AJ Styles.  Jeff Hardy d. Bobby Roode to retain the TNA World Title.



And that is the 2012 Year In Review!


Sources for the 2012 Year In Review:
AngryMarks, Lords Of Pain, Online World of Wrestling, TMZ,  IGN.com,  Prowrestling.net,  Radar Online,  Various WWE/TNA Twitter Accounts,  ROHWrestling.com,  The Huffington Post , & The Washington Post

Raging_Demons' 2012 Year In Review Column (Part 2: Title Histories)

(Note: This is Part 2 of the "Year In Review" Column.  To enjoy Part 1 Click Here, while Part 3 is here.)


Let’s start off the “Title Histories” section of the Year In Review.  2012 has been one of the best years for Title Reigns ever since the start of this column’s creation.  In fact the title changes averaged between WWE, TNA, & Ring Of Honor averaged no more than 3 changes for each title this year which is an amazing stat!  We start the “Title Histories” with WWE & RAW’s U.S. Title


United States Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Zack Ryder                         
Ending 12/31/12: Antonio Cesaro
Number of times Title has changed hands: 3

2012 started with Zack Ryder with the U.S. Title & a promise that “change was coming” quoting CM Punk via Twitter.  Unfortunately for Zach Ryder WWE blamed him for a drop in ratings for RAW & Smackdown so they IMMEDIATELY got the title off him & gave it to Jack Swagger.  Swagger tried his hardest to make the title look good but unfortunately for Swagger he made the title look pretty bad & this was the start of Swagger’s losing streak so he lost the title to Santino Marella.  Santino has previous experience as a title holder with the Intercontinental Title & he had some great title runs with the title but in this case his run with the U.S. Title was quite pathetic.  Santino basically killed the U.S. Title with his “face run” hi-jinks which included a feud with Alberto Del Rio’s personal announcer Ricardo Rodriguez!  With a feud that should had been Santino & Alberto Del Rio; Santino basically killed any & all creditability to himself & the U.S. Title.  Santino de-valued the title so much that he lost it to Antonio Cesaro at a Pre-Show PPV Match; a match that never airs on PPV that WWE decides to air for free on Facebook & YouTube!  Cesaro so far has shown some strong matches as the reigning U.S. Title holder but he’s starting a trend by calling the online internet wrestling fans “Keyboard Warriors” that it’s starting to catch on.  Also that WWE has put their faith in the man that it looks like that Cesaro might have a strong run going into 2013 & that’s what the title needs right now after a year of horrible treatment.

Now we go into WWE’s next secondary title & WWE owns the title for 2012 in “Most Title Changes In A Year” & it goes to a title with a troubled past when it comes to title changes on and off throughout the years & if it was any other year this would be fine but in a year when we barely had any title changes this one stands out.  The title in 2012 that goes to “Most Title Changes In A Year” goes to…The WWE Intercontinental Title!

Intercontinental Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Cody Rhodes
Ending 12/31/12: Wade Barrett
Number of times Title has changed hands: 6

Now 6 for the number of title changes in a year would be considered normal for any other year in pro wrestling but in 2012 with the low amount of title changes this year that 6 title changes in a year looked like a lot!  So what happened? 

 Well we start off with Cody Rhodes & his plan to make the Intercontinental Title creditable again & it worked in the beginning.  Cody’s plan worked so well that WWE put him in their list of “Top 25 Greatest Intercontinental Champions of All Time.”  Unfortunately for Cody Rhodes he had to lose the title to notorious “Title Killer” The Big Show.  With this title win Big Show put himself in a rare category as one of the few individuals that has won every WWE Title currently in existence.  Big Show became a “boomerang champion” (winning & losing the title to the same person) as he lost it right back to Cody Rhodes.  Cody didn’t have enough time to enjoy the title as he lost it to Christian.  Now as to Christian with the title nowadays when he became a World Champion in WWE & TNA it seems pretty bizarre to me personally speaking & I really have no reason why he won the title.  Christian’s title run seemed like a demotion to me.  Christian then lost the title to The Miz for the sole reason of making him relevant again but the WWE’s faith in Kofi Kingston, whom had previously in 2012 title with 2 Tag Team Title runs, which made Miz lose the title in him.  Kofi was looking like he was heading towards ending the year with the title causing so much problems on the “Year In Review” but on the New Year’s Eve episode of RAW it was Wade Barrett winning the title.  So what happened here that made this title had a lot of changes?  Well we can blame Big Show for causing it since he wanted to be in the record books; also WWE for trying to push Miz & Christian into relevance again for another reason which isn’t a bad thing except for Christian’s case since he does have the credentials for another World Champion run.  Any other reasons that can be added that I haven’t thought of you can surely add here but in 2013 we’re going to be looking at Wade Barrett starting off his Intercontinental Title run.

Next up are WWE’s cross-promotional titles starting with the Diva’s Title.

Diva's Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Beth Phoenix
Ending 12/31/12: Eve Torres
Number of times Title has changed hands: 3

2012 started with Beth Phoenix with the title & she was very close to breaking the record for the longest Diva’s Title run ever which is currently held by Maryse Oullet.  Unfortunately for Beth Phoenix she had to drop the title to Nikki Bella out of all people to fake an injury storyline.  Now Nikki is as horrible in the ring as her sister Bree, who had a Diva’s Title run in 2011, but the reason that Nikki having the title wasn’t to exploit the whole “SEXY TWINS” shtick & instead the reason Nikki got the title because she was going to be the sacrificial lamb to a returning Kia “Awesome Kong/Kharma” Stevens from her time off due to pregnancy.  Unfortunately those plans never did happen as Kharma was soon released from WWE afterwards but the plans for Nikki Bella did continue but she was a sacrificial lamb to another returning WWE Diva.  Layla El was returning from WWE due to injury so she beat Nikki to win the Diva’s Title.  Layla soon lost the title to Eve “I slept with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master now I know how to perform Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while having a rumored affair with John Cena” Torres.  Eve had a great year in 2012 becoming the 1st ever WWE Diva to hold the title 4 times while becoming the 1st woman ever to win a Reality TV Show but unfortunately for her Eve is currently suffering from an old curse right now; the “Diva’s Title Curse” that strikes down WWE Divas carrying the title towards the end of the year with injury.  Right now Eve is fine but she’s more of the “walking wounded” type.  So the question remains as to how she’ll carry the title into 2013?

Now we come to WWE’s Tag Team Titles.

WWE Tag Team Titles:
Starting 1/1/12: Air Boom (Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne)
Ending 12/31/12: Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane)
Number of times Title has changed hands: 3

We start out 2012 with the Tag Team that’s supposed to re-boot the WWE Tag Team Division& that would be “Air Boom” which is made up of Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne.  Unfortunately for 2012 this team turned out to be cursed mostly due to Evan Bourne getting a “Strike 2” on the WWE Wellness Policy & by receiving a possible career-ending foot injury.  With Bourne so screwed up the titles were dropped to Primo & Epico.  WWE still has plans for Kofi Kingston in re-booting the ailing Tag-Team division so he got a new partner with R-Truth & won the titles off Primo & Epico.  Now Kofi & R-Truth had a pretty solid Tag Team title run if it wasn’t for one little thing.  In current WWE Storylines Daniel Bryan & Kane were forced to take “Anger Management Classes”; now at first this was a way to get Charlie Sheen on RAW or any WWE PPV because it connects to his FX show “Anger Management”.  The Charlie Sheen plans blew up in WWE’s faces but instead created some great entertainment between Daniel Bryan & Kane that the storylines had them FORCED together to form a bickering, un-cooperative Tag Team that got ridiculously popular with the fans that WWE responded by giving them the Tag Titles.  Weeks later the team of Daniel Bryan & Kane were given their team name via the “#RAWactive” segment on RAW as “Team Hell No.”  Team Hell No is still over with the fans but with the complications of Daniel Bryan & Kane slowly starting to get along in storylines addition to a growing feud with new WWE wrestling stable “The Shield” questions are slowly beginning to be asked if Team Hell No will be able to survive in 2013.

Finally for WWE we are going to take a look at their world titles which means a look at the WWE & World Heavyweight Titles.

WWE Title:
Starting 1/1/12: CM Punk
Ending 12/31/12: CM Punk
Number of times Title has changed hands: 0

A huge change from last year when this title was tied along with the World Heavyweight Title for “Most Title Changes In A Year”.  This is what you want.  ZERO Title Changes!  Last year CM Punk was the primary cause for most of the title changes last year now this year its Punk that SAVED the WWE Title by giving it a long title reign.  Punk currently holds the records for the longest WWE Title reign in the modern era recently by just beating John Cena’s longest title reign & it looks like that Punk will be looking towards beating the WWE Legends.  However though CM Punk has a couple of pretty big obstacles that he needs to survive to keep the record title reign:  The biggest threat that’s going to hit CM Punk soon is in January 2013 in the form of the “Royal Rumble” PPV where he has to face Duane “The Rock” Johnson for the WWE Title.  Various pro wrestling news websites are reporting that Punk will drop the title to The Rock but then again there is also conflicting news saying that Punk will keep the title.  If CM Punk survives The Rock at the “Royal Rumble” PPV while keeping the WWE Title the next obstacle he has to face is “Wrestlemania 29” & Wrestlemania has a history of heel champions that hold the WWE Title, which CM Punk is currently as of this writing, rarely ever retain the title.  Only Triple H & The Miz are the only wrestlers ever to be a heel wrestle able to retain the WWE Title.  If CM Punk can survive The Rock & Wrestlemania then 2013 will be Punk’s!

World Heavyweight Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Daniel Bryan
Ending 12/31/12: The Big Show
Number of times Title has changed hands: 2

On the 2011 “Year In Review” I wrote that Daniel Bryan needed a miracle to make the World Heavyweight Title credible again after last year’s 10 title changes.  Well Daniel Bryan had a miracle but not the one that I wanted; the miracle was replacing the audience chant of “What?” started by WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to Daniel Bryan’s “YES!” chant.  Daniel Bryan lost the title to Sheamus in an 18 second match at the “Wrestlemania 28” PPV.  The reason Sheamus won the title this way was to give him credibility but instead it pissed off the world!  Pro Wrestling fans were pissed because Daniel Bryan & Sheamus were the Dark Match to Wrestlemania 27 & they wanted to see them really perform while the casual fans felt either ripped off or cheated out of their money.  Never the less Sheamus had the title for awhile until he lost it to The Big Show.  Probably the reason why Big Show has the title is because this was payment from last year when he won the World Heavyweight title & held it less than 45 seconds from 2011.  Now that Big Show has the title which is good & bad news.  Bad news is like I stated for the Intercontinental Title Big Show has a history of being a “Title Killer” but the good news is that he’s carrying over to 2013 with a decent title reign which is something this title needs right now. 


That’s it for the WWE Title Histories and coming up next for the Title Histories is TNA & their respective titles.  2012 was a great year for TNA & their titles because most of their titles had record breaking title reigns!  We start off the TNA Title Histories with the TNA World Title!

TNA World Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Bobby Roode
Ending 12/31/12: Jeff Hardy
Number of times Title has changed hands: 2

2012 started with Booby Roode with the title & boy did he carry it!  Roode’s title reign with the TNA World Title was the longest in the company’s history beating the previous record holder AJ Styles.  Roode’s title reign didn’t last that long after he broke the record thanks to Austin Aries taking advantage of a new clause for X-Division Title holders (See “X-Division Title”) when he loses the title to Aries because TNA wanted to make sure the new clause for X-Division champions would work successfully.  Austin Aries would had a long title reign if it weren’t for Jeff Hardy & his TNA contract about to expire soon so Aries lost to Hardy.  Now Jeff Hardy has another shot with the TNA World Title.  When Hardy had the title in 2010 & the World Heavyweight Title in WWE there were a lot of questions surrounding him mostly because of his history with drug abuse & if it was the smart idea to have the title on him; but now with his personal demons behind him now the question remains is that if he will re-sign with TNA?  If Hardy does stay with TNA the question would be now how long will he hold the title in 2013?

Next up is TNA’s World Tag Team Titles.

TNA World Tag Team Titles:
Starting 1/1/12: Matt Morgan & Crimson
Ending 12/31/12: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
Number of times Title has changed hands: 5

2012 started with the random pairing/the ole “let’s make enemies the Tag Team Champions” shtick of Matt Morgan & Crimson.  Ironically enough they lost the titles to another random pairing, but a random pairing that was formed via a tournament, to Samoa Joe & Magnus.  But Samoa Joe & Magnus lost the title to another random pairing, but a random pairing that has a history, to former “Fortune” members Kazarian & Daniels.  Kazarian & Daniels, later named “Bad Influence” then lost the title to ANOTHER random pairing, but a random pairing that was put together due to AJ Styles cannot win the Tag Team Titles as 1 person, to AJ Styles & Kurt Angle.  Then it looks like Styles & Angle became “boomerang champions” right back to Bad Influence.  Bad Influence then lost the titles to ANOTHER random pairing, but a random pairing that was put together to push Chavo Guerrero & the Latino heritage, to Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez.  So far Chavo & Hernandez have just started out on their Tag Team title reign so it’s anybody’s guess what will happen to them in 2013.

Next is the X-Division Title.

X-Division Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Austin Aries
Ending 12/31/12: Rob Van Dam
Number of times Title has changed hands: 3

2012 started with Austin Aries with the title.  Not only did the X-Division was built around him but he broke the record for the longest X-Division Title reign.  The previous record was held by Christopher Daniels.  TNA decided to add something new to the X-Division Title by adding a new clause to it.  The current X-Division Title holder can earn a TNA World Title shot at the “Destination X” PPV but at the cost of surrendering the X-Division Title.  Aries decides to surrender the X-Division Title & in exchange he won the TNA World Title which left the X-Division Title vacant; an “Ultimate X Match” was determined who would hold the title & Zema Ion won the match & the title.  For some odd reason TNA decided to have Zema Ion lose the title to Rob Van Dam out of all people.  Why?  Some people think that like Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam’s contract is expiring soon so giving him the X-Division Title was a way to make him happy.  Then maybe the reason is to have a famous face behind the X-Division which is Rob Van Dam have in spades.  With just 2 months in the title reign it is a good guess what will happen to RVD & the X-Division Title in 2013. 

Next up is the Knockout’s Title.

Knockout's Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Gail Kim
Ending 12/31/12: Tara
Number of times Title has changed hands: 4

2012 was not a particular good year for TNA’s women’s division called “The Knockouts”.  New office staff hired into TNA plus cost cutting measures basically gutted the once proud division they built so well.  2012 did have a good start with the 1st ever Knockout Title holder Gail Kim back with the title.  Kim’s title reign was, like the TNA World Title & the X-Division Title, record breaking.  Gail Kim beat the previous record holder of, ironically enough, her Knockout Tag Team partner at the time Madison Rayne.  Kim lost the title to Brooke “Miss” Tessmacher because they wanted to build the hype of not only her winning the title but to exploit Tessmacher’s obvious sexiness which attracted a lot of male fans!  Tessmacher lost the title to Madison Rayne who got the title simply to introduce the new female referee for Knockout Title matches of Taryn “Tiffany” Terrell.  Rayne was a “boomerang champion” & she quickly lost it right back to Tessmacher.  Tessmacher soon lost the title to Tara to build up the debut of Tara’s “boyfriend’s” debut of “Big Brother” contestant Jessie Godderz but to end a nasty feud between her & Tessmacher.  Tara’s current Knockout Title win ties her with Angelina Love with the most Knockout Title wins ever with 5.  Tara’s Knockout Title reigns usually are short when she’s ending the year with the title so expect a very short title reign from her in 2013. 

 Next is TNA’s Television Title.

 TNA Television Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Robbie E
Ending 12/31/12: Sgt. at Arms Devon
Number of times Title has changed hands: 4

2012 unfortunately started off with Robbie E & the TV Title.  Robbie E’s current push, which included adding Rob Terry to the mix, failed miserably & the title was dropped to Brother Devon.  During Brother Devon’s title reign a new rule was added to the TV Title; now the TV Title has to be defended on a weekly basis on “Impact Wrestling” or any other TNA Television programming.  Brother Devon then was removed off Television which most of the pro wrestling community though that Brother Devon wasn’t re-signed to TNA so he was fired.  The pro wrestling community will find out later that Brother Devon was still in TNA after all this time but I’ll get to that later.  With Brother Devon “apparently gone” TNA declared the TV Title vacant & that a match had to be held to determine the new champion & it ended up to be Samoa Joe.  Samoa Joe joins a club that only AJ Styles & Abyss are in as a person that has won all of the TNA titles.  As previously stated we all thought Brother Devon was gone but instead he re-surfaced as a member of the “Aces & 8s” wrestling stable & he won the title back but this time under his new ring name as “Sgt. at Arms Devon”.  Devon just won the title back in December 2012 & with the addition of him being in “Aces & 8s” it will look like that he will keep the title for awhile now in 2013.

Finally we have the TNA Knockout’s Tag Team Titles.
Knockout's Tag Team Titles:
Starting 1/1/12: Gail Kim & Madison Rayne
Ending 12/31/12: ODB & Eric Young
Number of times Title has changed hands: 1

1 Title change for the Knockout’s Tag Team Title does look good on paper but in this case it is pretty sad.  We start off with Gail Kim & Madison Rayne as the Tag Team Champs.  Titles were soon dropped to ODB & Eric Young.  Now initially this was supposed to be a comedy angle but instead it turned into all sorts of ugliness.  ODB & Eric Young are supposed to be “married” but they are not & in addition it has been proven that a man holding a women’s title is the worst idea ever!  Before they can do anything about ODB & Eric Young all sorts of things happened: New Office Management which de-pushed the Knockout Tag Team Titles & Eric Young doing all sorts of off-screen stuff.  Eric Young went on the DL to have some serious surgeries that he needed in order to get physically better & in addition to being placed on the DL he got a TV Show on the “Animal Planet” channel called “Off The Hook: Extreme Catches” which wasn’t suppose to conflict with “Impact Wrestling” tapings but when TNA decided to start doing Live Broadcasts of “Impact Wrestling” that screwed up Eric Young’s schedule!  All of this mess ended up with putting the Knockout’s Tag Team Champions on hold.  Eric Young did appear now & then but it wasn’t enough.  TNA decided to remove Eric Young off TV because his contract was ending soon.  With Eric Young announcing on Twitter that he’s re-signed with TNA & the addition they now have the longest Knockout’s Tag Team Title run by breaking the previous record of “The Beautiful People’s” in the end it doesn’t really matter.  With the de-pushing of the Knockout’s Division along with lack of screen time the future of the Knockout’s Tag Team Titles are pretty vague.  In 2013 we don’t know if the Knockout’s Tag Team Titles will still exist or not since we had history of TNA slowly losing interest in these titles. 

Well that’s it with TNA & their Title Histories.  Finally we have Ring Of Honor & their title histories & first up is their World Title.

ROH World Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Davey Richards
Ending 12/31/12: Kevin Steen
Number of times Title has changed hands: 1

Nothing much to say because 2012 started out with Davey Richards & his rise to fame in ROH then he lost the title to Kevin Steen.  Can’t say anything bad here just Ring Of Honor’s usual way of respecting their World Title by having very low title changes.

Next up is Ring Of Honor’s World Tag Team Titles.

ROH World Tag Team Titles:
Starting 1/1/12: The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark Briscoe)
Ending 12/31/12: The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark Briscoe)
Number of times Title has changed hands: 5

Now 5 title changes as previously stated is usually a pretty average number in the modern era but in 2012 where there were not a lot of title changes but  5 is a lot especially for Ring of Honor!  We start off 2012 with those Briscoe Brothers.  Turns out that The Briscoes were nothing more than Boomerang Champions so they lost the titles right back to who they won them off from which were “Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team” of Sheldon Benjamin & Charlie Haas.  In little than a month they lost the titles to “The All Night Express” of Kenny King & Rhett Titus.  Now it was during this title run that Ring Of Honor experienced a little problem & that problem was Kenny King jumping ship from Ring Of Honor to TNA due to a contract dispute Ring Of Honor decided to force Rhett Titus to drop his Tag Title & declare them “Vacant”.  A Tag Team Tournament was decided to fill the titles & it was the team of Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino, better known as “S.C.U.M.” that won the tournament.  Then at the end of the year at the last PPV that Ring Of Honor has on “Final Battle” The Briscoe Brothers swoops in & win the titles.  This is not a good trend for Ring Of Honor & I’m hoping in 2013 that The Briscoe Brothers not only keep those titles for awhile but not have a lot of title changes as well.

Finally we have Ring of Honor’s ROH TV Title.

ROH World TV Title:
Starting 1/1/12: Jay Lethal           
Ending 12/31/12: Adam Cole
Number of times Title has changed hands: 2

We start off 2012 with the attention getter to the TV Title thanks to the new owners of “Sinclair Broadcasting” & that is Jay Lethal.  Lethal lost the title to Roderick Strong.  Strong barely had the title before he lost it to Adam Cole.  Currently Cole’s going into a 6 month title reign & is looking to beat Eddie Edwards for the longest title reign in this very young title. 

(End of Part 2)