Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts

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Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts
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Promotion Full Impact Pro
Date 2007, 2009

The Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts was an annual professional wrestling memorial show produced by the Full Impact Pro (FIP) promotion, typically held between February or March. The event was held in memory of Eddie Graham, longtime promoter of the Florida wrestling territory, the first held for Graham since the original Eddie Graham Memorial Shows in 1987-88. The event's title, in particular, was used as a homage to the popular "Battle of the Belts" supercards promoted by Graham during the 1980s. Mike Graham, Eddie's son and organizer of the original "Eddie Graham Memorial Show", opened for the show to speak about his father's legacy and introduced the FIP Florida Heritage Championship.[1]

This version, unlike the previous memorial supercard, was held as a one-night 8-man single-elimination tournament. The first edition was held on March 10, 2007, at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, Florida and which saw the winner, Erick Stevens being crowned the first-ever FIP Florida Heritage Champion. Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard were commentators for the first show while Leonard was involved in booking for the second and final "Battle of the Belts".[2] The inaugural show received generally positive reviews.[1] Brad Garoon of 411mania.com rated the event an 8.5, calling it "Stevens' coming out party", and earned the website's "Elite Award".[3]

Tournament winners[edit]

Tournament Year Winner Total won
EGM-Cup I 2007 Erick Stevens 1
EGM-Cup II 2009 Davey Richards 1

Show results[edit]

Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts (2007)[edit]

March 10, 2007 in Crystal River, Florida (National Guard Armory)

No. Results[1][3][4][5][6][7] Stipulations Times
1 Roderick Strong defeated Jimmy Rave First Round Tournament match 09:02
2 Jay Briscoe defeated Larry Sweeney First Round Tournament match 10:11
3 Erick Stevens defeated SHINGO First Round Tournament match 02:12
4 Delirious defeated Mark Briscoe First Round Tournament match 03:51
5 Roderick Strong defeated Jay Briscoe Semi Final Tournament match 13:25
6 Erick Stevens defeated Delirious Semi Final Tournament match 15:12
7 The YRR (Chasyn Rance, Kenny King and Sal Rinauro) defeated Jerrelle Clark, Kory Chavis and Seth Delay Six-man tag team match 17:11
8 Erick Stevens defeated Roderick Strong Tournament Finals match 21:16
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament brackets[edit]

This was a one-night tournament which took place on March 10, 2007. The tournament brackets were:

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
Roderick Strong Pin
Jimmy Rave
Roderick Strong Pin
Jay Briscoe
Jay Briscoe Pin
Larry Sweeney
Roderick Strong
Erick Stevens Pin
SHINGO Pin
Erick Stevens
Erick Stevens
Delirious Pin
Delirious Sub
Mark Briscoe

Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts (2009)[edit]

February 8, 2009 in Brooksville, Florida (National Guard Armory)[8][9]

No. Results[4][10][11][12] Stipulations Times
1 Roderick Strong defeated Necro Butcher First Round Tournament match  
2 Chris Jones defeated Austin Aries First Round Tournament match  
3 Davey Richards defeated Erick Stevens First Round Tournament match  
4 El Generico defeated Nigel McGuinness First Round Tournament match  
5 Roderick Strong defeated Chris Jones Semi Final Tournament match  
6 Davey Richards defeated El Generico Semi Final Tournament match  
7 MsChif (c) defeated Mercedes Martinez Singles match for the SHIMMER Championship  
8 Tyler Black (c) defeated Delirious Single match for the FIP Heavyweight Championship  
9 Davey Richards defeated Roderick Strong Tournament Finals match  
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament brackets[edit]

This was a one-night tournament which took place on February 8, 2009. The tournament brackets were:

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
Roderick Strong Pin
Necro Butcher
Roderick Strong Pin
Chris Jones
Chris Jones Pin
Austin Aries
Roderick Strong
Davey Richards Pin
Davey Richards Pin
Erick Stevens
Davey Richards
El Generico Pin
El Generico Pin
Nigel McGuinness

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dykens, Brad (2007). "March 10, 2007 - EDDIE GRAHAM MEMORIAL BATTLE OF THE BELTS - Crystal River, Florida". Full Impact Pro DVD Reviews. OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Newman, Oliver (January 28, 2009). "ROH Commentator Lenny Leonard talks Starting out, ROH, FIP……". ProWrestlingDigest.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Garoon, Brad (October 8, 2007). "BG Says: FIP First Annual Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts". Video Reviews. 411mania.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Full Impact Pro". Results. OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2007 Results". Past Results. FullImpactPro.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "FIP Eddie Graham Memorial Battle Of The Belts 2007". Events Database. Cagematch.net. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Full Impact Pro (Producer) (2007-03-10). First Annual Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts (DVD). Crystal River, Florida: Highspots.com. 
  8. ^ "Southeastern Wrestling News, Notes, And Nostalgia: 01/10/2009". CanvasChronicle.com. January 10, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Pro wrestlers invade armory this Sunday". Tampa Bay Times. February 3, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ Behrens, Bill (February 6, 2009). "Florida's FIP 2-8 & RIOT 2-14 "Original Gangsta" New Jack At FIP". Wrestlezone.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ "2009 Results". Past Results. FullImpactPro.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "FIP Eddie Graham Memorial Battle Of The Belts 2009". Events Database. Cagematch.net. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 

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