This Day In Wrestling History – September 10th (& 11th)

Sep 11, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Title Changes

1968 – The Spoiler & Gary Hart defeat Fritz von Erich & Grizzly Smith to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1978 – David von Erich defeats Bruiser Brody to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1995 – Yoshinari Ogawa defeats Dan Kroffat to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

2001 – on Raw, Kurt Angle defeats Rob Van Dam to win the WWF Hardcore Title, but would quickly lose it back to Van Dam. Also, Tajiri defeats Chris Kanyon to win the WCW United States Title

2010 – Bison Smith & Keith Walker vacate the GHC Tag Team Titles after Walker chose not to immediately return to Japan after the death of his father in the USA


Happy birthday to current FCW President Steve ‘Skinner’ Keirn (60), 3-time World Tag Team Champion Trevor Murdoch (31), one-time TNA Tag Team Champion Matt Morgan (35), WWE Hall of Famer Don Muraco (62), 2008 Ted Petty Invitational winner Drake Younger (27) and female indy star Rain (30)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this day. In 1996, former WWF valet Sapphire died of a heart attack aged 61. She lost all enthusiasm for the business after she and Dusty Rhodes were separated, and she subsequently quit. Also, in 1997, WWE Hall of Famer Fritz von Erich at the age of 68, having lost his long battle with brain and lung cancer




In 2005, the first and only TNA Unbreakable PPV featured Johnny Candido’s only TNA appearance. It was held in Orlando, Florida

– Abyss defeats Sabu in a No-DQ Match – The Naturals (Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas) defeat Johnny Candido & Alex Shelley, America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) & Team Canada (Eric Young & A-1) in a Four Way Elimination Match to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles – Raven defeats Rhino in a Raven’s Rules Match to retain the NWA World Title – AJ Styles defeats Christopher Daniels & Samoe Joe in a 3-Way Dance Match to win the TNA X-Division Title

Title Changes

1967 – The Von Erichs (Fritz & Waldo) defeat Brute Bernard & Mike Paidousis to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1973 – Mr Fuji & Professor Tanaka defeat Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1978 – Bruiser Brody defeats Fritz von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

2010 – Roderick Strong defeats Tyler Black in a No-DQ Match with Terry Funk as special guest enforcer to win the ROH World Title


Happy birthday to Chikara star Hallowicked (30), current OVW Womens Champion Josie ‘Sojourner Bolt’ Bynum (34) and famed former ECW owner Paul Heyman (46)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, former WWF wrestler Mike ‘Bastion Booger’ Shaw died of a heart attack aged 53. Shaw was a decorated wrestler in Canada, having won titles in both Stampede and All-Star Wrestling

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