Hello again wrestling fans and welcome back to #ask7pound where I am here to answer your questions related to the world of professional wrestling. Wrestlemania is now behind us. What did you all think of the show?
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Let start off with a little bit of bad news.
I did all my ranting on the Wrestling Roundtable a couple of weeks ago hope everyone enjoys Wrestlemania.
Did you know?
Did you know that Wrestlemania I was the first ever Pay Per View event by the WWE? While Vince McMahon lost money during the event, it ultimately made him a billionaire.
Here are the questions this week.
Eric gets us started with a question about Jeff Hardy
At Victory Road, was Jeff Hardy really that messed up when it was main event time or was that all a work? And if it was a shot, was there any repercussions on him for showing up that messed up?
No that was not a work, that really did happen. Jeff Hardy showed up to the show intoxicated for his match at Victory Road. While not an immediate consequence. Hardy was forced to go into rehab by TNA, or face termination from the company. Hardy entered a treatment program, but quit a short time later and did not complete the program. Therefore, TNA had no alternative but to terminate his contract with the company. Of course, they gave him another chance, and another, and another, but the incident in question was a real life event, that did cost Hardy his job….well for a little bit anyway. Anyway as far as the match went, it was supposed to last a while. Bischoff does an improv appearance and basically changes things up a little bit. Hardy was originally supposed to walk out of Victory Road as the champion. If you notice, Sting is actually carrying Hardy’s designed belt that was designated for him. When Bischoff saw Hardy’s condition they changed course very quickly, they notified the referee of the change through his ear piece, somewhere he notified Sting, and pinned Hardy in about 2 minutes. It was one of TNA’s worst moments in PPV history. Here is the match.
Non asks about the Championship match of Eric’s favorite Wrestlemania 27
Edge’s last match was against Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania 27 for the World Championship. Was he supposed to drop the title that night, and did they change it to have Edge go out as champion?
From everything that I have researched, Edge was always supposed to go over in that match. After the match at Wrestlemania, Edge got an MRI done and it was revealed that he had basically a broken neck, and was forced to retire. Had the WWE known at that time that Edge was basically done with the WWE, they may have very well had him drop the title to Del Rio at Wrestlemania. Many say that the only reason Christian became the World Heavyweight Champion was to carry on Edge’ legacy as the World Champion. Edge ended up announcing his retirement from wrestling and surrendering the championship that same week, and that is when they had the ladder match to crown a new champion between Christian and Del Rio, which of course was won by Christian. I did the research on this and asked around to my people, they all said that Edge was supposed to walk out as the World Champion at Wrestlemania 27.
Frank asks a couple questions on some top managers.
How many world champions did Bobby the Brain Heenan manage? I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head.
Well it is true that Bobby Heenan was chasing the title really throughout the 80’s. He never really go his hands on the World Championship. Even when Andre the Giant won the championship over Hulk Hogan in 1988, he had sold Andre’s contract to the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, so he technically did not manage the champion. I guess the closest thing he came to managing the world champion was when Ric Flair won the WWE title at the Royal Rumble 92, he was not technically his “manager” but he was in his corner and was essentially his advisor, while Mr Perfect was his executive consultant. Heenan never came down to the ring with Flair during his matches, so I honestly would not put him as his manager. So I guess you could say that Heenan never managed a World Champion.
Also, how many world champions has Paul Heyman managed, past and present please.
If you are going by who he actually managed as the champion. It would be Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Kurt Angle and CM Punk. When they were all the WWE Champion under Heyman. Heyman managed Ravishing Rick Rude when he was the NWA World Champion
Now, if you want to get technical, Heyman at one time managed two future world champions before they were the champion. The Undertaker was managed by Paul in WCW when he was known as Mean Mark, also Heyman managed Stone Cold Steve Austin in WCW when he was a part of the Dangerous Alliance. So it is kinda interesting to say that Heyman has actually managed more World Champions than any other manager in the history of wrestling, at least the ones that matter. So does that make Heyman the greatest manager of all time? You decide.
Dean takes us home with Ric Flair
Was Ric Flair’s first championship reign when he won it against Harley Race at Starrcade 83? I have done the math and I cant get to 16 reigns.
September 17th 1981, Ric Flair won his first NWA Championship when he defeated Dusty Rhodes. Technically, when he defeated Harley Race at Starrcade 83, it was his fifth championship reign, but officially it was only his second. Here is how it breaks down. Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes and held the championship until August, 1982 where he was defeated by Jack Veneno in the Dominican Republic, but because Veneno refused to defend the championship outside of the Dominican Republic, the title was returned to Flair that same month. That title change was never recognized by the NWA, so in the record books the title change never happened. Then on January 6th 1983, Carlos Colon defeated Ric Flair in a match that was a title for title match also for Colon’s WWC World Championship. Flair won the championship back on January 23rd from Colon, but again the NWA never recognized this as an official title change. Are you still with me? It gets even weirder. Another title change that was never recognized by the NWA was on February 8th 1983, Victor Jovica defeated Flair in Trinidad, but the title was reversed because Jovica’s feet were on the ropes during the pin. So yeah, there were four championship reigns for Flair before the Flair for the Gold in November of 83.
I was able to find footage of his first title win in Kansas City against Dusty Rhodes
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