Today’s pick for our TTR Daily Wrestling Star is a “One Man Nation” powerhouse, it’s Uhaa Nation!
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1996: The Undertaker vs Mankind in a Buried Alive Match, WWF In Your House: Buried Alive on October 20th, 1996.
Mankind and The Undertaker’s feud was certainly one of the highlights from WWF in 1996. From attacking Undertaker on his debut night on Raw, to helping Goldust retain the Intercontinental Title over the Phenom, as well as picking up wins, Mankind was a thorn in the Undertaker’s side. At Summerslam 1996, the two battled in a Boiler Room Brawl, where Paul Bearer shockingly turned on the Undertaker, and sided with Mankind. The next night would see the two booked for seperate matches at the next In Your House show…but this was far from over between the foes…
The night after Summerslam, Mankind would be booked to face Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship at In Your House: Mind Games, while Undertaker would face off with Goldust in a Final Curtain match. Bearer revealed he had been tired of carrying the Deadman around for 6 years, hence his deception. When Mankind started talking about how he’d take the title from Michaels, the lights went out, and druids carried Undertaker to the ring, where he sat up, and due to mystical powers, set the turnbuckles on fire. Undertaker stated, it was far from over, and once he got through with Goldust, his attention would turn back to Mankind.
At In Your House: Mind Games, Undertaker would go on to beat Goldust, which was followed by Michaels retaining the WWF Title by DQ over Mankind. In the brawl after it, Mankind applied the Mandible Claw, and was ready to put HBK in a Casket that was at ringside…only for Undertaker to pop out of it, and cause Mankind and Bearer to retreat. The following night on Raw, it was announced Undertaker would take on Mankind in a Buried Alive match. Words were exchanged in graveyard promos, as Undertaker said he’d never Rest in Peace, while Mankind promised to take the Deadman’s last breath. The two were prepared to take this feud as far as possible, and bury the other man 6ft under dirt…
Which led to WWF In Your House: Buried Alive on October 20th, 1996 from the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here, in full is the Buried Alive Match between the Undertaker and Mankind, as well as the shocking aftermath to this event…
For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, we’ve picked a “certified G & a bonafide stud”, as we’ve picked Enzo Amore!
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2003: Big Show vs Eddie Guerrero (c) for the WWE United States Championship, WWE No Mercy on October 19th, 2003.
When Hulk Hogan revealed himself as being Mr. America after an episode of WWE Smackdown in 2003, he breached his ban placed on him by Mr. McMahon, and was fired from the WWE. Having been the last person to pin Hogan in a 6-man tag, the Big Show was dubbed “the man who retired Hogan”. While you’d expect an accolade like that to boost a career, Big Show got lost in the shuffle on Smackdown, so took matters in his own hands…only to pick on a guy who would do anything to embarrass his opponent.
After making a brief appearance at the announcers table, Big Show decided to leave just as Eddie Guerrero made his way to the ring to defend the US Title. Big Show would attack Eddie, throwing him against the ringpost. Despite this, Eddie would still defeat Charlie Haas. When asked why he did this, Big Show said he simply disliked the Guerreros, and there was nothing Eddie or Chavo could do. Eddie told Chavo he’d show a bit of Latino Heat to the bully. Ahead of Big Show’s match, he intercepted a meal that was heading for Guerrero, stealing one of Eddie’s burritos. That would be something he’d regret, considering Eddie had set the whole thing up, and the burrito laced with sauce that made Big Show rush out of his match, straight to a bathroom to deal with the stomach issue.
When Big Show got his hands on Eddie a week later, he threw Guerrero against the Smackdown set. Standing up for his Uncle, Chavo challenged Big Show to a match…before getting himself counted out. It was a set up, as Eddie brought out a sewage truck, and as Big Show tried to leave, Chavo used a tripwire to trip the giant, before Eddie sprayed Big Show with shit!! It would be no laughing matter in the last Smackdown before No Mercy though. As Eddie tried to leave after defeating Rhino, Big Show attacked, smashing Eddie’s vehicle, before dropping Guerrero onto the car several times, causing cuts to Eddie’s back.
On October 19th, 2003, WWE No Mercy from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland would see Eddie Guerrero defeat the WWE United States Championship against the Big Show, and here’s video of that match in full!
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1998: Kane vs The Undertaker for the vacant WWF Championship, WWF In Your House: Judgment Day on October 18th, 1998.
While the fans loved seeing Stone Cold Steve Austin as the WWF Champion, the owner, Vince McMahon hated it. A beer swilling, middle finger flipping, authority abuser as Champion? He didn’t fit the image of what McMahon wanted as Champion, and wouldn’t conform to the Corporate ways. So, McMahon decided to find someone to take the belt from Austin, and turned to Kane and the Undertaker to do that. When all 3 were booked in a triple threat, with Kane and Undertaker told they couldn’t pin each other, the odds were too high for Austin. Only problem was…both men pinned Austin at the same time!!
The title was out of Austin’s hands, and McMahon was delighted. But, there was still a problem, as who was the Champion? McMahon held a Championship ceremony the next night, with both Kane and Undertaker called to the ring. But, before any announcement could be made, Austin arrived to the ring on a Zamboni, leapt off it and attacked McMahon. The cops would arrest Austin, and after a break, McMahon berated Kane and Undertaker, saying they would only have a title shot if they protected him, and seeing as Austin had just attacked, they had failed. Therefore, neither was Champion, and would have to face each other at the next event to determine the Champion.
Unhappy with that decision, and the fact McMahon flipped them the bird, the Brothers destroyed the WWF Chairman, and smashed the steel stairs on McMahon’s ankle. While McMahon was laid up in hospital, trying to recover, he’d have a visit from a certain Dr. Austin, who beat up McMahon, and smashed a bedpan off his foe’s head. When McMahon returned to a WWF arena, Austin would stir up trouble again, dropping cement in McMahon’s Corvette. Annoyed with Austin’s antics, McMahon placed the Rattlesnake into the WWF Championship match as special referee, stating if Austin failed to count a fall and declare a new Champion, Austin would be FIRED. Austin would also be paired with The Rock to face Kane and Undertaker, only for the Nation of Domination to attack the Rock, while the brothers, and a returning Big Boss Man would beat down Austin.
The main event of WWF In Your House: Judgment Day on October 18th, 1998 at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois had quite a lot on the line, including one man’s career, and the crowning of a new WWF Champion. We present, in full, the Undertaker taking on Kane for the vacant WWF Championship, with Stone Cold Steve Austin as special guest referee…and the crazy aftermath to the match!
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1999: Chyna vs Jeff Jarrett (c) in a Good Housekeeping Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, WWF No Mercy on October 17th, 1999.
Chyna was far from being your typical WWE Diva. Having come into the WWF in 1997, choking Marlena, to help distract Goldust and help Hunter Hearst Helmsley pick up a win, Chyna would go on to be a bodyguard for D-Generation X. Standing at 5ft 10 and with an impressive bodybuilder physique, Chyna was quite a powerful individual…too powerful for going into the Women’s Division. So, instead, she broke down the gender barriers, and began competing against the male roster. After becoming the 1st female to compete in a Royal Rumble AND King of the Ring, the 9th Wonder of the World saw an opportunity for WWF Gold. An opportunity one titleholder was far from happy with.
Having successfully retained his Intercontinental Championship at Summerslam, Jeff Jarrett threw out an open challenge for anyone to face him. Billy Gunn was set to accept the challenge, but didn’t have a pen to sign the contract. While he searched for a pen, Chyna stepped up and signed the paperwork. When a match between Gunn and Chyna was made to decide the #1 contender, Chyna won, to Jarrett’s surprise. See, to Jarrett, women were only good for cooking, cleaning and making babies…certainly not to step in the ring with men. Jarrett would go on to face several of WWF’s female stars, beating them easily, as well as attacking two legends in Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young. No one was safe, as after a humilitaing intergender match saw Test & Stephanie McMahon beat Jarrett and Debra, with Stephanie pinning Jarrett, the Champion attacked Debra and locked the Figure Four on her.
When it came time for Jarrett to defend his title against Chyna, chaos ensued, with Debra, Moolah and Mae trying to help Chyna, all resulting in a DQ win for Jarrett thanks to head of “scab” referees, Dr. Tom Prichard. The following night on Raw, Chyna and Debra would face Jarrett and Dr. Tom, and if Chyna could pin Jarrett, she’d get a rematch. When Dr. Tom smashed Chyna with a guitar, she fell on Jarrett, and inadvertedly pinned him! Jarrett said the rematch would go ahead, as a Good Housekeeping Match, meaning any items Chyna should be using as a “typical woman” would be allowed. Chyna led a group of women Jarrett had assaulted to the ring, where they all got chance to attack Jarrett with household items. Jarrett would go on the offence, first off getting rid of Miss Kitty who was “too weak to side with him”, before constantly attacking Chyna with items like a toaster or a coffee urn, giving her a taste of what to expect at No Mercy.
On October 17th, 1999, WWF No Mercy at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio saw a first ever “Good Housekeeping Match”, and here we present video of that in full, as Jeff Jarrett defends the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Chyna!