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What does DDT stand for?
Ok, I'll make this short and sweet. DDT for wrestling stands for nothing. Although it comes from the biological term Dichlor-Diphenyl-Trichoroethane. Now people often get confused with Jake the Snake's DDT. Jake Roberts named his DDT "Damien's Dinner Time", but this was only to fit his Jake "The Snake" character, which by the way came up with the name a while after he started doing the move. But like I said, it doesn't stand for anything in wrestling. We've also heard that Jake also referred to the DDT as standing for "Damn Devastating Terror."
Please explain Kay-Fabe?
People often give a huge meaning to it and it confuses them even more. Put it this way. I'll explain what "Breaking Kayfabe" means and you'll understand "kayfabe." "Breaking Kayfabe" is when a wrestler acts out of character; exposes/reveals the unreal parts of professional wrestling. "Kayfabe" itself is the act, the work.
I have read about "shoots" in wrestling. I'm not exactly sure what qualifies as a "shoot" or not. In the late 1990's, I remember reading about Brian Pillman coming into an independent promotion and "shooting" on WCW. Was this a real shoot, and if so, what was said and why was it said?
A shoot is someone breaking a script and saying what's on his mind. It doesn't necessarily have to be on TV, it can be in regular interviews where a certain wrestler would comment on a wrestler or promoter.
There is also a "worked-shoot." A "worked-shoot" is when the shoot is scripted by the creative team.
Now, about the Pillman shoot. In the mid 90's, Brian Pillman got a "Loose Cannon" gimmick, where he does and says what he wants. Kevin Sullivan, who was booking for WCW at that time wanted to give Pillman a push and challenged him to a "I respect you" match. The match stipulation is pretty simple. They would fight until someone can't take it anymore and says "I respect you." Just like an "I quit match." They wrestled, and within two minutes in the match, Pillman takes the microphone and says "I respect you bookerman" and walked out of the match. Since Sullivan was a Booker for WCW, people thought it was a legit shoot, but it was just a plan that Sullivan and Pillman decided to go with. Pillman, Sullivan and Bischoff worked out a deal where they fired Pillman so he can continue his "Loose Cannon" gimmick in ECW. Pillman then goes to ECW and publicly shoots on WCW and Eric Bischoff, which fooled a lot of people. He stayed in ECW for a short while before heading to the WWF.
Was the Tombstone Piledriver named as such before the Undertaker used it as a finisher or was the Undertaker the first to call it by that name, leading future wrestlers/commentators to acknowledge it as such? The same question applies to Jake "The Snake" and the DDT. In other words, which came first? The wrestler or the (modern) name of the move?
Obviously, the move was there a long time ago before the wrestler that made it famous came. Obviously the move had a different name back then, before the Undertaker started using it. I believe it was called a "reverse piledriver." But Undertaker made it famous in his WWF days and called it tombstone to fit his deadman character. Same goes for Jake Roberts, the DDT had that name before he came in. Let's say Undertaker retires and five years from now someone starts using the move, they'll probably still refer to it as the "tombstone." Perfect example would be the sharpshooter. The real name for that hold back years ago was called the "Reverse leg grapevine." Bret Hart came and started doing the move and they called it the "sharpshooter" to fit his "Hitman" character and made the move very famous. Now Bret has been gone from the WWF for nearly 6 years, and they still refer to it as the sharpshooter.
What is a "space flying tiger drop"?
It's a handspring corkscrew into a backflip/somersault. Mostly the Japanese wrestlers use that move. Great Sasuke uses that move. Hakushi used that in the WWF in 1995.
What is a Japanese Ocean Cycline Suplex?
I think you mean Cyclone. It's a shoulder-mounted crossed armed suplex.
My question is regarding a show held on January 5, 1996 but shown on pay-per-view on February 2, 1996. The Memphis-based CWA held a PPV event at the Dallas Sportatorium called "Bodyguards vs. Bandits". The feature match saw Bo Vegas, Devon Michaels, Marc Valiant, Scott Putski, Steve Cox and Dom Minoldi defeat Firebreaker Chip, Rod Price, John Hawk, Shawn Summers, Alex Porteau and Guido Falcone by a final score of 27-20 in a "football rules"match. My question is: What exactly are the ground rules in this type of match? (time limit,scoring, etc.)
According to a few people, that was one of the most boring PPV matches ever. It was a 10-man tag (2 teams of 5). Here were the rules:
It was broken up into four 15-minute quarters (like football)
A team who scored a pinfall or submission scored 7 points.
A team who throws an opponent over the top rope is penalized 3 points.
A team disqualified is penalized 1 point.
Still on the subject of moves, what is the burning hammer, Kenta Kobashi's finishing move?
It's a reverse death valley driver.
What is a "Thunder Fire power Bomb?"
I believe it's a double underhook suplex, into an inverted sitdown powerbomb.
When someone is holding someone else for a vertical suplex for a long time (around 10 secs) sometimes the play by play say that blood is rushing to the head of the wrestler. Is this true? If this is true, does it actually damage the wrestler more" inside"?
Not really. Commentators say that to try to sell the move more to the fans. That's why commentators are there. Now obviously blood starts rushing but it's like in gymnastics or something else when they grab those rings and they hang themselves upside down for a few seconds, then do flips or whatever.
In some matches you see wrestlers bleeding. A lot of that is due to them "blading." One example is when Hogan bladed himself during a match against Billy Kidman on Nitro. What are some of the matches where wrestlers have bleed hardway or without blading.
I know that many small nose bleeds and small cuts on the arms and things of that kind are not planned. IE: During the InVasion angle when RVD would accidently injure wrestlers. Steve Austin had a huge cut in his lip when Marc Mero's boot accidently hit Austin causing him to have 12 stiches or so. But if you're referring to the hardcore blading like Austin had at WM 13, I can't think of any that were not scripted, because the ones I remember were all "bladed."
In 1992, there was a tag team match between Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Savage and Bret Hart. Who won and how?
Bret Hart and Randy Savage won the match when Randy Savage rolled up Shawn to get the 1,2,3.
Could you give a brief breakdown of the primary WWF, NWA, WCW, and WWE television programs in the USA from say the late 70s to today? I can remember some things like WWF Wrestling Challenge, Saturday Night Main Events, Clash of the Champions, Monday Night RAW, WCW Saturday Night, etc.
I know I am missing some, but here is what I know: (If anyone remembers some, e-mail them my way and I will add them to this list)
In no particular order:
Georgia Championship Wrestling on TBS
Clash of the Champions
WWF Wrestling Challenge
WWF Prime Time Wrestling
Saturday Night Main Events
WWF The Main Event
WWF Monday Night RAW
WCW Saturday Night
WWF Tuesday Night Titans
WWF All American Wrestling
WCW Main Event
WCW [PRO] WRESTLING
WWF Sunday Night Heat
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
Note: I did not include the "review shows" such as: (Bottom Line, Action Zone, Livewire, etc...)
I lived in Canada, I didn't get all those programs. I know we got WWF Supercard, WWF Cavalcade... Not sure if those were shown in the U.S.
When the WWF was in Calgary for the Hart Foundation vs. Team USA match, who were the members of The Hart Family that interfered, and who all was in Team USA? All I remember is Vader.
Bruce Hart was sitting front row along with the rest of the Hart family and he was the main/first guy that interefered. Then his other brother, Keith if I am not mistaken, helped him out. I would have to put in the tape and check exactly who did what to who. As far as the members of the USA team, Vader wasn't with them. Vader had a match with the Undertaker earlier in the night. The five Americans were: Goldust, Hawk, Animal, Ken Shamrock and Steve Austin.
What was the cage match titled that Tommy "Wildfire" Rich and Buzz Sawyer wrestled in?
I believe you're referring to "The Last Battle of Atlanta" in the Omni. That was what the event was called.
I recently purchased the Survivor Series 96 and was very suprised to see Diesel and Razor Ramon on the card (Diesel/Razor/Vader/Farrooq vs. Savio Vega/Flash Funk/Yokozuna/Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka) as I was sure that they had left the WWF/E earlier in the year. My suspicions were comfirmed when I got to the match and they looked different from the Diesel/Razor Ramon I am used to seeing. Is my eyesight/memory going funny or was it really different actors playing the two.
No they weren't the original characters. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were in WCW by that time. The person who was playing the fake Razor Ramon was Rick Bogner, and the person playing the fake Diesel was none other than Glen Jacobs, who currently wrestles as Kane.
Can you tell me which is the smallest wrestling match in history?
There are many top candidates for the shortest match ever but it's near impossible to pick which one truly is if you want to count house shows and other feds. Therfore, I have categorized some answers for the shortest wrestling matches for PPVs:
Shortest WCW World Title PPV match:
Sting vs. Hulk Hogan (3 seconds)
Shortest WWF World title match:
Diesel vs. Bob Backlund (8 seconds) (HOUSE SHOW)
Shortest WWF World title PPV match:
Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (WM 9)
Shortest "regular" WWF PPV match:
The Rock vs. Big Bossman (4 seconds)
What were the rules of WarGames?
There were two rings surrounded by a cage. Eight men (two teams of four). The match starts with one member of each team, five minutes go by, then a coin toss determines who goes in next. After that, every two minutes a wrestler goes in until all of them are in. Whichever team gets an opponent to submit wins.
I know that WrestleMania 3 holds the record for the biggest attendance of a wrestling event. What wrestling event held the attendace record before WM 3?
I will answer this question in a lot of ways and add some follow-up questions and answers to it.
As far as the Largest wrestling crowd attendance in the world, it would have to be in Pyongyang, North Korea in the Mayday Stadium, which filled an estimated 190,000 people on April 29th, 1995. This was part of a three-day Pyongyang International Sports and Culture Festival for Peace. The main event was Ric Flair vs. Antonio Inoki which was the first time the two legends ever faced each other (Inoki won in 14:52). The day before, on April 28th, 1995, an estimated 150,000 filled the Mayday Stadium to watch IWGP Champ Shinya Hashimoto fight Scott Norton in a 20 minute draw.
As far as the largest WWF crowd attendance in the world, it would have to be SummerSlam 1992 in England at Wembley Stadium, which was a legitimate 80,355. WrestleMania III is said to be 93,000, but it's believed to be in the range of 78,000.
Now, in your question, you ask about the biggest attendance before WrestleMania III. The WWF held a show in Toronto, canada in 1986 which drew 74,080 fans in the Exhibition Stadium.