Welcome to The Armpit wrestling quiz for the week of August 29, 2016.
In light of the new WWE Universal Championship that Finn Balor won at SummerSlam (only to relinquish it the next day), along with the two new SmackDown titles coming up, this week we’ll take a look at the creations of other notable world championships. This week’s theme is “Inaugural World Championships.”
Congratulations to Nathan Stamness for winning last week’s quiz.
Last week’s answers:
-When Ken Patera was at that McDonald’s in Waukesha in 1984, he claimed it was a disgruntled teenage employee who threw the rock into the window. Ken asked him why he did that, and he said the kid had just been fired a couple days prior and was upset about it. Ken even spoke to the drive-thru cashier about it and tried giving him a description. So it was a shock to him when the cops showed up at his hotel and said witnesses at McDonald’s said it was he who threw the rock.
-Big, bad JBL was the one who was knocked down (but not out) by Joey Styles in Iraq. The funny part was after Vince McMahon texted HHH about it, he was with a bunch of the other wrestlers and read the text out loud. Everyone was in disbelief, and some certainly got a kick out of it.
-The public reason (the real reason may have been different) for the Booker T/Batista fight ten years ago is that Batista had made some disparaging comments in an overseas interview about the SmackDown roster not working as hard as the Raw roster. Booker felt he disrespected the entire SD crew, and that he acted condescending to all but the top stars who were his friends, like Flair and HHH. The two had an argument over it while filming a SummerSlam commercial, and it escalated from there.
-JBL shot on the Blue Meanie at ECW One Night Stand 2005. It was a black mark on an otherwise amazing night.
-The problems between Ric Flair and Mick Foley stem back to 1990, when Flair was the booker for WCW as Foley was working his way up the mid-card ranks. When Foley spoke out about it in his book, Flair pretended not to be bothered by it. But it clearly did bother him, as when Flair’s book came out in 2004, he trashed Foley’s wrestling skills in a totally unfair way (comparing him to Brutus Beefcake and implying he had no real talent beyond his stunts, which was ridiculous). Both took their legacies seriously, and things were tense when the two had an interaction at the cafeteria, which led to Flair throwing a punch.
This week’s questions:
1. When ECW was formed in 1992, its first champion was Jimmy Snuka. But that was under the Eastern Championship Wrestling banner. The “Eastern” became “Extreme” in August of 1994 as part of a screwjob that history has somewhat overlooked. An NWA title tournament was held in conjunction with ECW, but unbeknownst to NWA promoter Dennis Coraluzzo at ringside, the eventual winner threw down the NWA belt and declared himself the new Extreme Championship Wrestling champion instead. Coraluzzo (who has since passed away) was furious, but it gave ECW the rebellious image Paul Heyman was looking for. Who won that tournament, and thus, was the first Extreme Championship Wrestling champion?
2. Modern day WWE traces its world title roots to 1963, when its parent company Capital Sports seceded from the NWA and created the very first WWWF champion. They claimed a tournament was held in Brazil to determine the first champion, but that was just a work and no tournament ever took place. Instead the title was just awarded to someone, and a few weeks later Bruno Sammartino won it and held it for several years. Whom did Bruno defeat, and thus, who was the first ever WWWF champion?
3. Following the purchase of WCW by the WWF in 2001, the WCW title was passed back and forth a few times before a scheduled unification tournament at Vengeance that year. On that show, WCW champ the Rock, WWF champ Steve Austin, and also Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho all vied for the unified title. Surprisingly, Jericho won the title that night, although it was merely a placeholder for HHH (out with a torn quad) to take it from him at WrestleMania 18. What did the WWF call this new unified title that Jericho won?
4. That unified title from the previous question was held by Brock Lesnar after he beat the Rock for it at SummerSlam 2002. Just after that show, WWE did the original brand split, and Lesnar took his title with him to SmackDown. This left no championship on Raw, so GM Eric Bischoff created a new title called the World Heavyweight Championship. Was a tournament held to determine the first champion? Nope. It was simply awarded to the “#1 contender.” Who was that?
5. The big gold belt, which was synonymous with the NWA in the ‘80s, was taken with Ric Flair to the WWF when WCW fired him in 1991. WCW won a lawsuit, believing the belt to be their intellectual property, preventing the WWF from showing the belt on their television not long after Flair arrived. When the belt was returned to WCW in 1992, they created a tournament, in conjunction with New Japan, to crown a new NWA World Champ. This would be separate from their own WCW title. Confused yet? Masa Chono won the tournament final over Rick Rude in an excellent match, and a month later injured his neck in a match with Steve Austin (ahh the irony). A year later, WCW withdrew from the NWA and could no longer call it the NWA title. What did they call it instead?
These quizzes are just for fun, but if you’d like to play along, please email your answers to [email protected]. After a week or so, we’ll declare a winner by randomly selecting a number between 1 and 300. For example, if we draw #100, the 100th person to email us will be chosen. If that person’s answers are correct, he/she wins. If not, we’ll draw another number until that person has all the correct answers. The winner will have his/her name announced here next week, along with anything he/she would like to plug/promote (assuming it’s not X-rated or illegal). It could be your blog, Twitter handle, Facebook page, or anything else you’d like us to mention. Or it could just be your name, if you simply want the recognition.
Answers will be posted next week. Have fun and good luck.
This week’s stories: Batista is back with a new sex advice column, plus a crazy road story from ‘82 in which Hulk Hogan and Terry Funk almost come to blows. We’ve also got the official syllabus for the new class Shawn Michaels is teaching at the Performance Center, plus the most detailed rundown anywhere of the Brock Lesnar–Chris Jericho backstage fight.