This Day In Wrestling History – August 12th‏

Aug 12, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2001 – Yuji Nagata wins the NJPW G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Keiji Mutoh in the final

2007 – Hiroshi Tanahashi wins the NJPW G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Yuji Nagata in the final


In 2007, TNA Hard Justice was held in Orlando, Florida

– James Storm defeats Rhino in a Bar Room Brawl
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon)
– Abyss, Andrew Martin & Sting defeat Christian’s Coalition (Christian Cage, AJ Styles & Tomko) in a Doomsday Chamber of Blood Match
– Kurt Angle defeats Samoa Joe in a Winner Take All Match to retain the TNA and IWGP World Titles and win the TNA X-Division and Tag Team Titles. Sting would later win a Four Way Match to become co-holder of the Tag Titles

Title Changes

1983 – The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) defeat The Von Erichs (David, Kerry & Kevin) to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1988 – The Samoan SWAT Team (Samu & Fatu) defeat The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1991 – The Patriots (Todd Champion & Firebreaker Chip) defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) to win the WCW United States Tag Team Titles

1991 – Jerry Lawler defeats Awesome Kong to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. Also, Danny Davis defeats Bill Dundee to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – Masahiro Chono defeats Rick Rude in the final of the NJPW G1 Climax tournament to win the vacant NWA World Title

1997 – Chris Jericho defeats Alex Wright to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2005 – James Gibson defeats CM Punk, Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe in a Four Way Match to win the ROH World Title

2006 – Bryan Danielson defeats Nigel McGuinness to unify the ROH World and ROH Pure Titles. The Pure Title is discontinued


Happy birthday to former WWE personality Brian ‘Palmer Canon’ Mailhot (36), former WCW US Tag Team Champion Terry Taylor (56), 2-time AAA World Champion Dr Wagner Jr (46) and former WWF/E announcer Jonathan Coachman (39)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2009, the wrestling world lost former WWWF star Karl von Hess at the age of 90. In his heyday, Von Hess was probably the most hated heel in the country, so much so that fans often legitimately tried to hurt him, including by shooting at him. He eventually quit the business in the 60’s, his star having waned some time before. He became a trailer park operator, eventually dying of Alzheimer’s

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