Whats up Wrestling fans, welcome back to the Countdown. THIS is Pounding 7’s. This weeks countdown, I will countdown the very best house show matches in wrestling. These matches were not shown on TV, and some there is not even any video footage at all of the event. While most on this list are title changes on a house show, there is one that really stands out to me. I will tell all in just mere moments. So sit back and enjoy the countdown, of the most infamous House show matches in the WWE.
7. Men on a Mission vs The Quebeccers
Many wrestling fans may remember when the Quebeccers, Jacques and Pierre were one of the most dominant tag teams in the 90’s. In 1994, Men on Mission, Mo and Mabel were an up and coming rap tag team that made an impact in wrestling. On one occasion, Men on a Mission faced off against the Quebeccers at a House show in London England. The title change was not supposed to happen, as Big Mabel hit Pierre with a splash, knocking the wind out of Pierre, and scoring the pinfall victory and giving MOM the tag team titles. The championship was short lived as the Quebeccers regained the championship two days later.
6. Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
Finn Balor was the most recognized NXT Champions of all time. Holding the championship for 292 days. He was set for greatness. At an NXT House show in Lowell Massachusetts. This was a scripted championship win for Joe, but the most unexpected, as only a handful of people actually got to witness it, and it was not slated for TV. They did in fact show the match on the NXT show that following Wednesday. Balor would go on to better things as he became the first ever Universal Champion before falling to injury for the next 8 months.
5. AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
Madison Square Garden in New York City was a venue that the WWE called its home away from home. Most recently AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens to capture the United States Championship. Not only was the title change unexpected, but it was a classic match up between the two. Rarely are title changes at house shows period, but they only happen once in blue moon, at least on the main roster. When AJ won the match, House Show ticket sales soared over the next couple of days thinking they may get to see a championship change at a House show. It was a good and interesting call by the WWE.
4. Bret Hart vs Ric Flair 1992
1992 was what the WWE called the start of the New Generation. Out with the old and in with the new. Ric Flair was the newly crowned WWE Champion after defeating Randy Savage. Three weeks later, an up and coming Bret Hitman Hart entered Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada and defeated Ric Flair to win his first WWE Championship in his career. This was shown on a Colosseum Video, but was not on TV nor a Pay Per View. It was virtually unheard of that a World Title would change hands on what is considered a house show.
3. Bob Backlund vs Diesel
Bob Backlund pulled the upset of the century when he defeated Bret Hart at Survivor Series 1994 in controversial fashion. Just a few days later at a house show at Madison Square Garden, Big Daddy Cool Diesel defeated the 45 year old champion in just 8 seconds to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Diesel would hold the championship for just under a year before losing it back to Bret Hart at Survivor Series 1995.
2.Hulk Hogan vs The Iron Shiek
We once again take you to Madison Square Garden in January 1984. The start of the WWE as we know it. The Iron Sheik had defeated long time champion, Bob Backlund just a month earlier, but Hulk Hogan was lying in wait and won his first of many championships at a house show at Madison Square Garden. Now, this match has been shown on videos, and it is probably somewhere on the WWE Network, as it was shown on Madison Square Garden TV. (Yes, they have there own TV station). It was not on a pay per view, nor on a syndicated TV show. Hogan’s victory changed the entire landscape of wrestling.
1.Bret Hart vs Ric Flair: Ironman Match
The only match on this list that was not a title change features once again Bret Hart and Ric Flair in 1993. This match was one of Flair’s last matches in the WWE before returning to WCW, and it was a classic one hour Ironman match. The match was held in the Boston Gardens. Bret came in as the WWE Champion defending against Flair. Hart won the match three falls to two, but the first fall did not take place until nearly 30 minutes into the match. It was never shown on TV, and the only footage is from this YouTube video. If you have time I suggest checking it out. I put a link up for your enjoyment. Keep in mind the quality is not great as it is the only footage of this match in existence.
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