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