Ok please don't kill me if there is already a list like this somewhere. I actually did do a search and all I found was questions asking retirement matches where the loser actually stayed retired. After reading the Undertaker/Shawn Michaels thread most people don't think the retirement stipulation would stick. So I figured we'd make a list of "retirement" matches, "career" matches, and "loser leaves town" matches where the loser of course came back.
I know there are tons of them but I'll name the ones that immediately come to mind, none of them extremely old...
Macho Man Randy Savage losing a "career match" to Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII in 1991.
Ric Flair losing a "career match" to Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig in the WWF in 1993.
Ric Flair losing a "retirement match" to Hulk Hogan in WCW at Halloween Havoc 1994.
Rugged Ronnie Garvin losing a "career match" in the WWF to Greg The Hammer Valentine in 1989.
I know there's TONS more.
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quote:Originally posted by Martin Tori: John Studd, 1980, JCP. Loser leave town. Came back a few weeks later as Masked Superstar #2.
Paul Jones, 1982, JCP. Loser leave town. Came back a month or two later with no explaination.
Jones lost a Loser Leaves Town match to Ole Anderson on January 1, 1982 in Richmond. Weird stipulation for a match between two guys that weren't even feuding then.
They had sorta gone round the horn a little while prior to that. Ole & Gene beat Jones & Superstar for their last reign as champs, then defended against Jones and a series of partners (Wahoo, Steamboat, etc), but yeah, it was kinda odd to do that match at that point.
As I remember, this is when Paul went to work for George Scott in Tulsa, who was booking McGuirk's territory (which was renamed "Midwest Championship Wrestling"). Scott, who had previously been in Georgia for a short run, brought in Jones, Jimmy Snuka, Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson, Frank Hill (Jules Strongbow), Mr. Pogo, and others. Scott was gonna buy in but didn't like the deal upon investigating McGuirk's finances and bailed. That's when Watts moved in.
Jones then went back to Crockett, was being moved way down the card (to the point of even jobbing in tag matches on TV, though his partner always looked at the lights), and finally turned heel again at the request of Jack Brisco to restart their old Florida feud.
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Didn't a lot of the "loser leave town" matches stipulate that the losing wrestler had to leave town for x number of weeks/months whatever? I remember Lance Russell mentioning that on the Lawler/Dundee LLT match that was on the Superstars and Superbouts VHS release.
quote:Originally posted by Happ Hazzard: Didn't a lot of the "loser leave town" matches stipulate that the losing wrestler had to leave town for x number of weeks/months whatever? I remember Lance Russell mentioning that on the Lawler/Dundee LLT match that was on the Superstars and Superbouts VHS release.
And that one didn't even last the full time period due to extenuating circumstances. They were feuding with other guys when Jarrett and Ole made the deal to work together for the WCW Superstars satellite territory. Dundee would be booker and one of the top heels, so he had to leave Memphis ASAP, and they set up the match to make some money in the process. It worked, as it drew the biggest gate in MSC history. WCW Superstars, on the other hand, lasted 6 weeks (plus a few more as "Championship Wrestling" in Chattanooga), and then everyone went back to Memphis.
quote:Originally posted by john820321: Did Tommy Rich lose a match when he became Mr. R?
As I recall, it was to Ted DiBiase and culminated when Brad Armstrong was unmasked as Mr. R and won the National title on TV as Rich showed up with Gordon Solie at the podium.
I just was watching a bunch of early 1980s Continental DVDs and saw Bob Armstrong come back to wrestle under a mask as The Bullet during his family's feud with the Fullers and Jimmy Golden. I imagine he eventually wrestled again in that fed as himself.
quote:Originally posted by Hong Kong Phooey: I like the one in Tampa where Boris Malenko lost a loser leave town match. He showed up the next week with a torn in half greyhound bus ticket proving he had in fact left town
A good one. I like that story.
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Not sure if it was the actual match referred to in the thread, but Monsoon as an announcer, post in-ring career, always credited Patera with "sticking a fork in my career". He characterized more as if I lose, I'll retire match than loser leaves town. Patera cleaned his clock, and I don't think Gorilla wrestled again after finishing up his previous commitments.
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quote:Originally posted by reckoning: Shane McMahon's friends (Pete Gas & ????) lost a loser leaves WWF match to Patterson & Brisco and were never seen again.
I dunno about Pete Gas, but Rodney returned after 'training' (cough!), to be a wrestler.
Both Pete Gas and Rodney came back within weeks. This was early on in the Posse's WWF stint and Joey Abs hadn't even been added to the group yet. The match in question took place in early May of 1999. The Posse were regulars well into 2000.
quote:Originally posted by Bob Hazlewood: Would be a shorter list to find those where the loser DIDN'T come back.
Marc Mero losing to Gillberg in '99.
Monsoon losing to Patera? Did he come back after that?
Adrian Street losing to Terry Taylor in Mid-South (Houston, to be exact).
Mero & Street both came back in other companies.
But not in the company/town they had to leave.
Mero explicitly said he'd "leave the WWF" if he lost to Gillberg. He never wrestled for the company again.
Does anyone know what the plans were for Marc Mero when he returned? I always figured he was injured when he lost to Gillberg. I know he left the company with Sable in 1999 but I was always curious what the WWF's plans were for him if he would've come back. I don't have any idea why I care about this but I've wondered for years.
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