• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 14, 2015) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2015, we lost Old School Wrestling Legend Nick Bockwinkel at the age of 80 due to undisclosed causes.
He had a triple bypass heart surgery 8 years before his death.
Bockwinkel is remembered for being a 4 time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, holding the belt for a total of 2,990 days!!!
In 2007, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his former manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
REST IN PEACE NICK BOCKWINKEL!
• 10 Interesting Stats Regarding AJ Styles’ WWE Championship Reign
As seen on last night’s episode of SmackDown Live, Daniel Bryan defeated “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles to win the WWE Championship.
You can watch it below:
Let’s take a look at 10 interesting stats from Styles’ WWE Championship reign:
– Styles’ second WWE Title reign ended at 371 days.
– While Styles failed to break CM Punk’s record of 434 days as WWE Champion in a single reign (longest WWE Title reign of the modern era), Styles did surpass Punk in total combined days as WWE Champion in multiple reigns. Punk held the WWE Title twice and for a total of 463 days. On the other hand, Styles has now held the WWE Title for a total of 511 days in his two reigns so far.
– Styles is now ranked #12 on the list of names with most combined days as WWF/E Champion. The 11 names that are above him are the following:
1. Bruno Sammartino (4,040 days)
2. Hulk Hogan (2,185 days)
3. Bob Backlund (2,138 days)
4. John Cena (1,257 days)
5. Pedro Morales (1,027 days)
6. Randy Orton (660 days)
7. Bret Hart (655 days)
8. Triple H (610 days)
9. Brock Lesnar (578 days)
10. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (530 days)
11. Randy Savage (520 days)
– Styles won the Title on SmackDown Live last year and lost it on SmackDown Live as well.
– Under his second reign as WWE Champion, Styles only main evented two WWE PPVs: Clash Of Champions 2017 & FastLane 2018. It should be noted that both these PPVs were SmackDown exclusive PPVs, not dual-branded PPVs.
– Styles failed to main event a dual-branded PPV in his both reigns as WWE Champion.
– Styles defeated Jinder Mahal last year to win the WWE Championship and took Jinder’s opportunity of facing Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2017. This year, Daniel Bryan defeated Styles to win the WWE Title and took Styles’ opportunity of facing Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2018.
– Styles was the WWE Champion at Survivor Series PPVs in 2016 & 2017. He was going to head into his 3rd straight Survivor Series PPV as the WWE Champion this Sunday, but failed.
– In his WWE career so far, Styles headed into 17 PPVs as the WWE Champion. Out of these 17 PPVs, 13 of them were in his second reign as WWE Champion.
– Styles’ 371 day WWE Title reign is #9 on the list of single longest WWF/E Title reigns of all time and #3 on the list of single longest WWE Title reigns of the modern era.