Today’s History Lesson
Today’s History Lesson—September 2nd
By: Bill Fenbers
9/2/1985—Gino Hernandez defeats Brian Adias, to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.
9/2/1991—Jerry Lawler defeats The Dragon Master, to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship, for the tenth time.
9/2/1992—highlights from WCW “Clash of the Champions XX”
-Brad Armstrong is forced to relinquish the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship, due to a knee injury. A tournament to decide a new champion is scheduled, but never occurs. This title would remain vacant until 1996.
-Ricky Steamboat defeats Steve Austin, to win the WCW World Televison Championship.
-Andre the Giant is interviewed during this event. This would be Andre’s final television appearance in the United States.
9/2/1996—Monday Night War Ratings….WCW Nitro scores a 4.2 TV rating, while WWF Monday Night Raw does not air.
9/2/2002—The WWE Undisputed Championship is renamed just the WWE Championship, after the title becomes exclusive to the Smackdown brand (Brock Lesnar was the champion at the time). This leads to the creation of the World Heavyweight Championship for the Raw brand. Eric Bischoff awards this new title to Triple H.
-Tracy Smothers (born 1962) worked in WCW from 1990-1992 and WWF from 1995-1998
-UFC’s Alessio Sakara (born 1981)
-MMA fighter Jeff Curran (born 1977)