Tyler Bate, the First WWE United Kingdom Champion

In the WWE United Kingdom Championship Finals this past Sunday afternoon, 19-year-old Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne after Bate kicked out of the Bitter End and eventually hit the Tyler Driver 97 to get the pin and become the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion.  In my opinion, the entire WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament held this past weekend on the WWE Network has been fantastic from top to bottom, from the first-round to the finals. The network-exclusive presentation showcased so many great talents who were given an opportunity to show their abilities to the world, and every one of them stepped up to make it the event a giant success. Continue reading “Tyler Bate, the First WWE United Kingdom Champion”

Owen Hart vs. Marty Jones on ‘World of Sport’

In 1987 (just before the WWE made its way to the United Kingdom), the late-great Owen Hart — youngest brother of WWE Hall-of-Famer Bret “Htiman” Hart — was supplementing his time in Canada’s Stampede Wrestling promotion with tours of Japan and Europe. On April 25th of that year, he and Marty Jones wrestled for Joint Promotions’ vacant world mid-heavyweight championship title on the popular World of Sport program. Competing under British wrestling rules, the wrestlers could go 12 three-minute rounds until one of them either scored two falls or submissions, or was knocked out. Each wrestler carried their country’s flag to the ring, and due to Hart’s hometown of Calgary’s western tradition, he wore a cowboy hat and came to the ring as “Bronco Owen Hart.” Continue reading “Owen Hart vs. Marty Jones on ‘World of Sport’”

Doctor Who Memes?! ALLONS-Y…or…LET’S GO!!!

In anticipation — or just sheer and utter impatience — for the Doctor Who Christmas Special on December 25th (or course), and finally catching up on the mid-season finale with the final appearances of Amy Pond and Rory (still shaking; heck of a moving episode), I wanted to share some of my favorite Doctor Who memes.  But PractitioNERD, what the heck is Dr. Who? Well, first it’s “Doctor” Who, not “Dr.”

Anyway, Doctor Who is a British science fiction television series that aired from 1963 to 1989, before being revived for its contemporary run in 2005. The show chronicles the adventures of a nameless time-travelling, physically regenerating (as 11 actors has portrayed the main character) humanoid alien simply referred to as “The Doctor”. He is believed to be the last remaining survivor of a species known as “The Time Lords.” In each episode, The Doctor, along with different human companions, travel through time and space aboard a ship called the TARDIS (which stands for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space”), which appears to regular people as a vintage blue police box. Due to the near-50-year  history of the show, Doctor Who has gathered a cult following, and in 2006, the show was designated as television’s longest running science fiction series by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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WWF SummerSlam 1992: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith

Even though the top-billed main event at SummerSlam 1992 from Wembley Stadium in London, England saw then-WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage defend the title against The Ultimate Warrior, the other main event (and last match of the show) was the Intercontinental Championship match between then-champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith — gee, I wonder WHO the fan favorite for this match was….. –.  Hart and Smith were brothers-in-law in real-life, as Smith was married to Diana Hart, Bret’s sister. On WWF television broadcasts leading up to their match at SummerSlam, several interviews with Diana and her mother Helen Hart portrayed an image that the family was being torn apart due to the upcoming match. An example included Bruce Hart publicly supporting Smith, while Owen Hart sided with his older brother, Bret. Diana stated that she did not know who she wanted to win the match or side with because she had close ties to both men, but she would finally state that she hoped neither wrestler would get seriously injured.  Continue reading “WWF SummerSlam 1992: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith”

This Musical Olympic Structure Looks Like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude

However, this building also looks like bloody shards of glass, as possibly Gulliver himself my have died after he fell directly on top of it.  Also, this makes this the fourth building erected for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London that has been covered on The PractitioNERD (exhibits A, B, & C).  The Coca-Cola Beatbox, designed by Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt, is a crystalline structure that is more than meets the eye (like Optimus Prime), as it can be played like a musical instrument.   Continue reading “This Musical Olympic Structure Looks Like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude”