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The modern professional wrestling fan may take them for granted somewhat, but three way matches were once extremely innovative. There is a lot of debate around where the concept started in North American pro-wrestling, with some claiming Ecw popularised the match with the infamous Terry Funk v Shane Douglas v Sabu bout in 1994. Regardless of where it came from, in the 1990s it was still new and fresh.
Due to the fairly modern creation of the match, there wasn’t a single triple threat match (as it is known in WWE) at WrestleMania until WrestleMania Xv in 1999. If you can guess who was involved in the match before clicking through the answers, your WWE trivia is on point to say the least.
Since the very first one, there has been a total of 15 triple threats on the Grandest Stage of Them All. All except one has seen a championship on the line, »
- John Bills
Most fans of the original Extreme Championship Wrestling agree that matches between Taz and Sabu on pay-per-view failed to live up to the hype. Ironically, the pair would have some decent bouts on television, but those were mainly tag-team scraps featuring others. At both the Barely Legal 1997 and Living Dangerously 1999 pay-per-view events, many fans were left disappointed by the disjointed action served up by both men.
It was baffling to most why Taz and Sabu didn’t gel despite their lengthy rivalry. With others, such as Shane Douglas and Rob Van Dam, both guys had excellent matches. Indeed, one such bout between Taz and Douglas from Guilty As Charged 1999 should be considered under-rated. That’s exactly what is analysed and assessed here, 10 different Ecw pay-per-view matches that aren’t often given the credit they deserve.
It’s important to note that all 10 of these bouts come from the original incarnation of Ecw, »
- Jamie Kennedy
The name still rings out in promotions around the world today; ‘E-c-w, E-c-w, E-c-w’. By all accounts the third promotion in major North American professional wrestling during the heady days of the 1990s, Extreme Championship Wrestling was the rule-breaking rebellious youngest son of the pro graps family.
It would go on to become a humongous influence on both professional wrestling today and professional wrestling over the 15 years since the doors closed on the original incarnation. Well, original incarnation isn’t exactly true, as before it was taking things to the Extreme the promotion was merely Eastern Championship Wrestling.
The Ecw championship was introduced in April 1992, with Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka crowned the first champion by defeating Salvatore Bellomo to become the first champion. Numerous men had reigns under the Eastern banner, but it wasn’t until Shane Douglas picked up the title in 1994 that things really took off. This »
- John Bills
This past week on Smackdown, Alberto Del Rio regained the United States Championship from Kalisto, giving Kalisto a one-day reign as champion (2 or 3 days in air time depending on whether you watched Smackdown on Wednesday or Thursday). Kalisto’s reign as champion is one of the 30 most inconsequential title reigns in WWE history, but where does it fit amongst other inconsequential title reigns?
The criteria for this list are that these are one-time-only singles champions (so Wade Barrett needn’t fear an inclusion on this list for his five separate inconsequential Intercontinental title reigns), and we are relegating this list to Intercontinental, United States, and European Champions. Whether or not the reign was inconsequential or not, if you win the WWE or World Championship, it means something. The Hardcore Title changed hands so often (which was the point of the title) that it could have its own list. »
- Justin Seagull
4 items from 2016
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