This Day In Wrestling History – September 25th

Sep 25, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2000 – WWF Raw ends its first run on the USA Network, moving to TNN (which later became Spike TV)

Title Changes

1965 – Don Kent defeats Red McKim to win the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title

1981 – The Great Kabuki defeats Kerry von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1987 – Ron Garvin defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title

1994 – Stars n Stripes (Marcus Alexander Bagwell & The Patriot) defeat Pretty Wonderful (Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1995 – on Raw, the WWF Tag Team Titles are returned to Owen Hart & Yokozuna following a controversial win for Diesel & Shawn Michaels the night before. However, they would later lose the titles to The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart)

1999 – Gary Steele defeats Naoya Ogawa & Brian Anthony in a 3-Way Match to win the NWA World Title

2000 – on Nitro, Vince Russo defeats Booker T in a Cage Match to win the WCW World Title. Also, The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O’Haire & Mark Jindrak) win a battle royal to win the vacant WCW Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Smackdown, Booker T & Test defeat The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker & Kane) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

2006 – Tamon Honda & Kenta Kobashi vacate the GHC Tag Team Titles after Kobashi is diagnosed with kidney cancer

2007 – the WWE Cruiserweight Title is vacated by Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero. This would be the final time that the belt would appear on WWE programming, though it wouldn’t be officially retired until the following year

2010 – Jay Lethal defeats The Amazing Red to win the TNA X-Division Title


Happy birthday to 4-time NWA American Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Garvin (59), former WWF jobber Chi Chi Cruz (43) and Japanese female star Aja Kong (41)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former EMLL regular Villano II (62)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2003, the wrestling world lost one-time ECW Tag and Television Champion ‘Pitbull #2’ Anthony Durante aged just 36. Durante had been out of wrestling since The Pitbulls failed in their attempt to win WWF contracts in 1998, taking a job at a casino in Connecticut. He was found dead in his home alongside his girlfriend, both of whom had apparently died of overdoses. To add further sorrow to the story, their two young children had apparently been alone in the house with the two bodies for a couple of days.

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