This Day In Wrestling History‏ – June 13th

Jun 13, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1992 – Gary Strydom wins the second and last WBF BodyStars Championship event

1994 – Jushin Liger wins the renamed NJPW Best of the Super Juniors (formerly Top of the Super Juniors) Tournament, defeating Super Delfin in the final

2004 – Tiger Mask IV wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final

2006 – The revived ECW brand airs for the first time on the Sci-Fi Channel

2010 – Prince Devitt wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Kota Ibushi in the final


In 1990, NWA Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush was held in Charleston, South Carolina

– The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) by DQ (The Midnight Express retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles)
– Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Paul Orndorff defeats Arn Anderson
– The Junkyard Dog defeats Ric Flair by DQ (Flair retains the NWA World Title)

In 1993, the first WWF King of the Ring PPV was held in Dayton, Ohio. This was actually the 7th KoR Tournament, but the first to air on PPV and indeed on TV. This was also the final WWF PPV appearance of Hulk Hogan until 2002

– Yokozuna defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats Crush to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Bret Hart wins the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow in the final

In 1999, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held in Baltimore, Maryland

– Ric Flair defeats Roddy Piper by DQ to become president of WCW
– Rick Steiner defeats Sting in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– The Jersey Triad (Chris Kanyon & Diamond Dallas Page) defeat Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Kevin Nash defeats Randy Savage by DQ to retain the WCW World Title

In 2004, the final WWE Bad Blood was a Raw-exclusive event, held in Columbus, Ohio

– Chris Benoit & Edge defeat La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier & Robert Conway) by DQ (La Resistance retain the World Tag Team Titles)
– Randy Orton defeats Shelton Benjamin to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Victoria, Lita & Gail Kim in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the WWE Womens Title
– Eugene defeats Jonathan Coachman
– Chris Benoit defeats Kane to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Triple H defeats Shawn Michaels in a Hell In A Cell Match

Title Changes

1960 – Tony Borne defeats Bull Curry to win the vacant Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1977 – Karl Kox & Jerry Oates defeat The Medics (1 & 2) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1983 – Tiger Mask defeats Fishman to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

2003 – Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yutaka Yoshie defeat Cho-Ten (Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2006 – Paul Heyman awards the revived ECW World Title to Rob Van Dam


Happy birthday to indy star Jason Cross (32), former Million Dollar Champion Mike ‘Virgil/Vincent’ Jones (49), former AWA World Champion Otto Wanz (68), one-time WWF Tag and Hardcore Champion Glen ‘Headbanger Thrasher’ Ruth (42) and former WWF Intercontinental and Tag Champion Jacques ‘The Mountie’ Rougeau (51)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date. Firstly, in 1982, ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia lost his battle with cancer aged just 45. Maivia is probably best known to modern audiences as being the grandfather of The Rock. Also, in 2009, Japanese superstar Mitsuharu Misawa died of a suspected spinal cord injury, sustained in-ring, at the age of 46. Misawa took a regulation belly-to-back suplex from Akitoshi Saito, but lost consciousness on impact, never regaining it. Misawa is widely considered to be one of the best wrestlers who ever lived

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