Looking at 19 WWE Records That Were Broken in 2019 (VIDEO)

A video was posted on WWE’s Youtube channel as part of their “WWE List This” series. I don’t normally write about them, but this one was interesting. It’s a video looking at some of the records that were broken this year. Here’s a recap of the 19 records (fitting for 2019) that they came up with.

1. Charlotte Flair passed Trish Stratus to hold the most Women’s Titles in WWE history. Flair won her 8th, 9th and 10th Women’s Titles this year. Stratus had the record with seven Women’s Titles in her career.

2. Bayley became the first woman to hold the Raw Women’s Title, Smackdown Women’s Title and Women’s Tag Team Titles (with Sasha Banks), which means she was the first to complete the Women’s Title Triple Crown. Alexa Bliss did it as well when she won the Women’s Tag Team Titles with Nikki Cross.

3. Seth Rollins won the Universal Title at WrestleMania and SummerSlam. That meant he was the first superstar to win a “World Title” at WrestleMania and SummerSlam in the same year.

4. Kofi Kingston became the first superstar born in the content of Africa to win the WWE Championship when he won the title from Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania.

5. When Dolph Ziggler lost to Kofi Kingston at the Smackville special earlier this year, Ziggler competed in his 10th televised WWE Title match. That’s the most televised opportunities without winning the title. Poor Dolph.

6. Brock Lesnar became the first superstar to win the WWE Title twice on Smackdown when he defeated Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Title in October. The first time Lesnar won the WWE Title on Smackdown was in September 2003. That was an Ironman match against Kurt Angle, which is the best match in Smackdown history in my opinion. Read my review of that 2003 match here. 

7. Kofi Kingston became the first WWE superstar to make it to 1000 days as a Tag Team Champion.

8. Shayna Baszler’s days as NXT Champion set a new record when she passed Asuka’s record of 522 days in November.

9. The first-ever women’s WarGames match took place in November and it was won by a team led by Rhea Ripley.

10. Ronda Rousey held the Raw Women’s Championship from SummerSlam 2018 to WrestleMania 35 for a grand total of 231 days, which broke the record held by Alexa Bliss. That record by Rousey was broken because current Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch now has the longest reign with the Raw Women’s Title. Lynch is at 242 days right now.

11. Becky Lynch won the first-ever women’s main event match at WrestleMania.

12. At Crown Jewel on October 31, Natalya and Lacey Evans became the first female superstars to compete in a match in Saudi Arabia.

13. Seth Rollins became the first superstar to win the Royal Rumble match as the #10 entrant.

14. Liv Morgan broke the record for the shortest time in the women’s Royal Rumble match at just 8 seconds. Poor Liv.

15. Nia Jax became the first superstar to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble match in the same night.

16. Jeff Jarrett competed in a match on Raw eight days after the Royal Rumble. It was his first match on Raw since September 27, 1999. That’s a record of 19 years, 4 months and 8 days since his last match on Raw. Great stat.

17. Maria Kanellis became the first pregnant champion in WWE history when she was the 24/7 Title. Now that’s a phrase I didn’t expect to write this year!

18. When the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase bought the 24/7 Title from Madusa to become the 24/7 Champion, it meant there was the longest gap between title reigns in WWE history at 26 years when he was WWE Tag Team Champion with Irwin R. Shyster in 1993.

19. Pat Patterson became the most senior champion in WWE history by winning the 24/7 Title at 78 years old.

That was interesting. I think they picked some pretty good ones. You can check out the video below.

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Twitter Request Line, Vol. 284

Boomer shit?

It’s Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 280 characters can’t restrain me, fool! If you don’t know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers:

Nah, holiday cards have been a big thing among my millennial-and-younger friends in the Christmas season. They’re a good way to show someone you care during the holidays, and for some people, they’re an outlet for creativity if they design their own cards. Christmas greetings are never an outdated boomer bullshit thing, unless you’re using them as a platform to proselytize that you NEED TO KEEP THE CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS or whatever. THEN you’re a goddamn boomer.

Seth Rollins – a phone plan with absolutely no data

Becky Lynch – male revue gift card

The Fiend – a puppy

Chris Jericho – gift card to Texas Roadhouse

Jon Moxley – jorts for the summertime

Kazuchika Okada – jumbo money clip

Jay White – Nair for your face

Tetsuya Naito – beanbag chair

Kota Ibushi – a skateboard

ROH main event – lol, no one in ROH is a top star

LA Park – gift card to Men’s Wearhouse

Mayu Iwatani – a gold watch for not taking a WWE contract

WWE failed upwards, doubled back to correct a mistake in time for their biggest show, and then oversaturated the push to the point where people thought it was an intentional dive overboard in the first place. Sound familiar? It’s how WWE lucked into every top star they’ve had in its Vincent Kennedy McMahon history. Lynch was over as hell and they pushed Charlotte Flair over her. She was undeniable, so she was inserted into a hot feud for the slow fall months, and in place of having a main event with no juice at their biggest show of the year for the second (or more accurately, fourth year in a row), they called an audible. I wouldn’t even say that Lynch was overexposed on purpose either. It was when they tried making her real life relationship with Seth Rollins/Colby Lopez into an angle is when she went south. OF course, I couldn’t tell you what she feels like right now because I’m currently divorced from the WWE product and will be for presumably a long time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if WWE couldn’t leave well enough alone and ruin an organic main event star.

Protected user @earthdog asks:

You have to reboot three 80’s tag team gimmicks with young active wrestlers, which three teams and how to you make the gimmicks fresh?

The Bash Bullies – The Road Warriors as a tag team is an eternal and fresh concept. You take a team of big bruisers, give them a name that isn’t the Road Warriors but evokes them, and give them gear and facepaint to seal the deal. I wouldn’t go exactly like the Roadies, but man, Mad Max: Fury Road gives some good inspiration for post-apocalyptic gear.

The Future Is Here – Tekno Team 2000 was a decent idea with terrible execution in the era of reductive gimmicks with rock-bottom effort put into them. Honestly, you don’t need that much effort to make a new version. Silver tights and wrestling with Google Glass on is just extra enough to denote a hypermodern gimmick but not corny enough that it would doom the team. As for who would be in it? It’s a gimmick that could fit any number of wrestlers with modern offenses. I just don’t know who yet.

Pavlov Brothers – Jesse and Festus were another teaming that suffered from Vince McMahon’s bigoted and stunted brain. I think not treating them seriously and having Festus be brain-damaged instead of just trained for action is the big fault. You take the gimmick, only you have the hammer of the team be pleasant and personable outside of matches, but then the ring bell turns him into a Tazmanian Devil-level tornado of carnage, and the gimmick can be realized without making fun of a marginalized group of people.

WWE News On Matches That May Be Added to WWE TLC

The WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV is scheduled to take place this Sunday at 7pmET. As of this writing, there are only seven matches announced for the show, with none of the singles titles being defended at this time. The currently scheduled card for the show is the following as noted in John Canton’s Raw review earlier this week.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match: Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin

Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz – This is not for Wyatt’s WWE Universal Title

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match for the Women’s Tag Team Titles: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch

Tables Match: Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley

Smackdown Tag Team Titles: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Big E (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Raw Tag Team Titles: The Viking Raiders (c) vs. TBA

Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy

Despite TLC only being two days away as of this writing, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that as many as three more matches may be announced.

Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley is expected to defend her title against Lacey Evans, who she has been feuding with in the last few weeks on TV.

Also according to Meltzer, there were plans to start an angle between Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Braun Strowman this past Friday on Smackdown. Strowman, however, was not medically cleared to compete due to a hip injury, preventing this from happening. It is unknown at this time if they will shoot the angle tonight on Smackdown leading to a match at TLC this Sunday.

There are plans for AJ Styles and Randy Orton to continue their feud this Sunday at TLC, but once again no match has been announced yet.

A match between Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, who Rollins viciously attacked this past Monday on Raw is not planned to take place this Sunday, with it being held off to a later date. Owens did a stretcher job on Raw, so that could be used to explain why there is no match.

Regarding the Viking Raiders open challenge, it is believed that they will face Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, who are expected to answer the “open challenge” issued by the champions.

For updates on the card, check out John Canton’s Smackdown review tonight on TJRWrestling and the preview team will have some predictions for TLC on Saturday.

Matt’s Musings: WWE TLC has seemed like a mostly forgotten PPV this year, with WWE waiting to the last minute to announce most of the matches. Hopefully, the roster can overcome this lack of build for the event and put on a fun and entertaining show.

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Top 10 Wrestling Stories of the Week 12/12: Rollins Heel Turn, WWE Hall of Fame Announcements, More

Welcome back TJR readers. Were you too busy wrapping Christmas presents to watch Smackdown?  Maybe you were waiting in a long line to see Santa Claus and missed RAW. Well, have no concern as I am back with another edition of The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week.

10. Primo Colon and Robert Roode Both Suspended 30 Days for Wellness Policy Violations

The WWE announced this week that both Robert Roode and Primo Colon have been suspended for 30 days for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy. These violations caused Robert Roode to miss Smackdown last week, and for Primo Colon to miss a pretty good meal back in catering. (TJRWrestling)

9. Multiple Women Make History

Multiple women made history this week in WWE. Former NXT Referee Jessika Carr made history on Friday Night Smackdown when she joined the Smackdown roster full time, refereeing the match between Mandy Rose and Alexa Bliss. Carr debuted as the first female referee on the NXT brand during the Mae Young Classic in 2017 and it was announced last month that she was being called up to the Smackdown roster. Also, Becky Lynch, Charlotte and the Kabuki Warriors are set to make history this Sunday when they all compete for the Women’s Tag Titles in a Tag Team TLC Match.  After both Charlotte and Becky Lynch were attacked by the Kabuki Warriors this week on RAW, they finally agreed to team up and face the Warriors this Sunday at WWE TLC. Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Asuka already made history last year at this event when they competed in the first Women’s TLC match, and will now do it again in a tag match. The legendary TLC tag matches of the past have set a very high bar, luckily for these women at least they will no longer have to go through a glass ceiling to reach it. (TJRWrestling)

8. Lana and Rusev Sign Divorce Papers on RAW

The Lana and Rusev saga continued during an in-ring segment on RAW this week, with resident divorce expert Jerry “The King” Lawler moderating the signing of the divorce papers between the once happy couple. After Lana signed the papers, Rusev informed Lana and her boyfriend Bobby Lashley that he would only sign if Lashley agreed to meet him in a match. Eventually, Rusev did sign the papers before putting Lashley through a table, setting up a tables match between the two for this Sunday at WWE TLC. Lashley has promised to ask Lana to marry him once this whole thing is over. Jerry Lawler may have also considered pursuing the now single Lana, before deciding that she was a little too old for him. (TJRWrestling)

 7. Angel Garza Wins NXT Cruiserweight Title 

NXT started out fast and furious this week, with Angel Garza defeating Lio Rush to win his first NXT Cruiserweight Championship. During the commercial break after the match, Garza’s incredible night continued as he brought his girlfriend into the ring and asked her to marry him, with her then saying yes to the proposal in front of the live NXT crowd. With how WWE has recently treated marriages, you can probably pencil in a TV segment with these two signing divorce papers sometime in late 2020. (TJRWrestling)

6. The Miz vs. Bray Wyatt to Take Place at WWE TLC This Sunday

WWE finally got around to announcing who will be facing Bray Wyatt this Sunday at TLC. After being viciously attacked by “The Fiend” last week, Daniel Bryan failed to appear as scheduled on Smackdown this week as the guest for Miz TV.  The Miz instead came to the ring alone, stating that no one had seen Bryan since the attack, but he will not rest until he found out what happened to him. Bray Wyatt then appeared on the Titantron and told The Miz not to worry about Bryan before challenging The Miz to come play with him at TLC. When The Miz initially refused the challenge, Wyatt then showed a picture of Miz’s family before challenging him again to come play.  Later in the night, Miz was seen walking into a room with a red light on. Inside the room was a camera and a picture of The Miz’s family with Bray Wyatt photo edited into it. Suddenly Wyatt, while not dressed as The Fiend in the segment, hit The Miz with Sister Abigail before telling him “there’s no place like home for the holidays.” Bray Wyatt, wrestling as himself and not The Fiend, will now compete against The Miz in a non-title match at TLC. The Fiend is not scheduled to appear on the show, possibly due to him having to work a second job that night to help pay for his custom title belt. (TJRWrestling)

5.  King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler Smear Dog Food all Over Roman Reigns on Smackdown

King Corbin humiliated Roman Reigns ahead of their scheduled Tables, Ladders and Chairs match this Sunday at WWE TLC. After Reigns defeated Ziggler this past Friday on Smackdown, King Corbin attacked Reigns and, with the help of Ziggler, handcuffed him to the ring post. Corbin and Ziggler then proceeded to rub cans of dog food all over “The Big Dog”  Roman Reigns face. This showed that possibly the only thing worse than being handcuffed and having dog food smeared on your face, is having to watch someone get handcuffed and have dog food smeared on their face. (TJRWrestling)

4. AEW Announces Their Next PPV Event

After stating weeks ago that AEW would be doing four PPV events a year, AEW finally announced the name of their fourth event. AEW Revolution will join All Out, Double or Nothing and Full Gear as the fourth PPV for AEW. Revolution will take place on Saturday, February 29th from Chicago, Illinois, the same city that All Out occurred although it’s a different arena in Chicago. The WWE Women’s division have already been having a “Revolution” for years, let’s all hope Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley don’t have to wrestle in a series of Bra and Panties matches before AEW has theirs. (TJRWrestling)

3. WWE Announces Several Members for the 2020 Hall of Fame Class

Wrestlemania weekend may still be almost four months away, but WWE already has a jumpstart on announcing who will be going into the WWE Hall of Fame next year. WWE officially announced on their website that Batista will be inducted as well as Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan and X-Pac all getting their second inductions together as the NWO. Hall, Nash and Hogan are all getting recognized for being the founding members of the legendary NWO faction, while X-Pac is getting recognized for his extraordinary job of carrying all those guys bags. Batista is a no brainer for the Hall of Fame due to his multiple world championships and years as a top guy, and most recently and perhaps most impressively convincing the much younger Dana Brooke to go on a date with him. (TJRWrestling)

2. WWE Releases Several Wrestlers

WWE lightened their roster a bit this week by releasing Luke Harper, Sin Cara and The Ascension. In the case of Harper and Sin Cara they had both publicly asked for their releases on Twitter, it is unknown if The Ascension asked to be released as well or was let go by the WWE. As is standard, WWE wished all of them the best in their future endeavors, unless those endeavors are AEW of course in which then the WWE hopes they fail miserably. (TJRWrestling)

1. Seth Rollins Finally Turns Heel on RAW

After weeks of teasing and speculation, Seth Rollins finally turned heel on RAW this week. Kevin Owens spent the majority of this week’s Raw searching for AOP to try to get revenge for the attack on him last week. Owens finally located AOP’s van and began smashing it with a lead pipe before opening the door to find a man in a hooded sweatshirt and a steel chair. AOP then showed up and began attacking Owens, beating him down. The mystery man in the sweatshirt then revealed himself to be Rollins and he joined AOP, curb-stomping Owens on the cement. Rollins then went to the stage with AOP, and with a great heel promo informed the audience that himself and AOP are now together. It is unclear why Rollins had a steel chair with him in the vehicle, but with his prior history, AOP may want to keep an eye on their backs. (TJRWrestling)

That wraps up this week’s edition of The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week. Like always, if you like what I do then please follow me on Twitter @BackseatBookers and listen to my podcast The BackseatBookers (be forewarned it is explicit as my use of four-letter words is already in the Hall of Fame.)

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