NXT (October 12, 2016)

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Welcome to NXT! We’re kicking things off right tonight with a first round match in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic that promises to be glorious!

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Lucha Underground (December 3, 2014)

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We begin things backstage where Ezekiel “Big Ryck” Jackson is signing a contract with Dario Cueto. Dario tells him, “When I invited Johnny Mundo to Lucha Underground, I wanted to use him as an example that no matter the talent, the reputation, the flash, no one is safe. Put everyone on notice because violence is my favorite kind of entertainment.“ Champagne gets busted out and Big Ryck lights up a cigar.

It’s Lucha Underground!

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Tim Hall vs. “Flamboyant” Eric Embry (USWA June 29, 1991)

“That goofy Leatherface” makes his USWA debut, coming out with Embry and Ta-Gar to scare the hell out of Dave Brown and Michael St. John with his chainsaw.

Embry cuts a promo and yells some shit about Jerry Lawler. He declares, “Well you know, Lawler’s a little bit more stupider than what I thought he was,” and then gets in the ring with youngster Tim Hall.

Randy Johnson vs. Ta-Gar (USWA June 15, 1991)

Ta-Gar the Lord of Volcanoes apparently comes from space and arrived in Memphis in the summer of ‘91 looking for gladiators to challenge. A youngster by the name of Randy Johnson answers Ta-Gar’s call and promptly gets beat down via a flaming claw hold. “Superstar” Bill Dundee shows up with a chair to chase Ta-Gar off before bellowing some shit about needing a belt around your waist if you want to get real paid and then challenging the decidedly beltless Ta-Gar to a match.

Memphis baby!

Survival Tobita vs. Kodo Fuyuki (FMW April 15, 2001)

Forget Rikidozan or Giant Baba or Shinsuke Nakamura. The greatest pro-wrestler ever to come from Japan is Survival Tobita. Tobita is the owner of Saitama Pro-Wrestling Company, a glorified backyard federation, in which he fights tirelessly to defend Earth from a never ending horde of monsters that seek to destroy us all.

Here Tobita is going up against a somewhat more human opponent as he goes one on one against former AJPW/WAR wrestler, Kodo Fuyuki. Fuyuki, perhaps to prove his manliness, agrees to be handcuffed during the match.

Things go rather well for Tobita in the early going of the match until a hideous fiend emerges with bolt cutters freeing Fuyuki who then proceeds to lay waste to Survival Tobita. It’s a stark reminder of what can happen when Tobita lets his guard down for even a moment.

Oh and Genichiro Tenryu shows up and yells stuff because early aughts Japanese wrestling…

Edge vs. Jose Estrada (WWF Raw June 22, 1998)

On June 22, 1998, Edge made his WWE debut against one of the non-Savio Vega Los Boricuas guys, Jose Estrada. The match lasted about 20 seconds because after dropkicking Estrada out of the ring, Edge goes for some sort of somersault deal over the top rope and lands with all of his weight on Estrada’s head, breaking his freakin’ neck.

Estrada’s a good enough wrestler, but he’s no Kurt Angle and thus unable to finish the match with a broken freakin’ neck, so the match ends in a count out victory for Edge. A less than auspicious beginning to a terrific WWE career for Edge.