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This Day In Wrestling History – October 5th‏



Events

In 1997, WWF Badd Blood: In Your House, held in St Louis, Missouri, marked the last appearance of Vince McMahon as the WWF’s lead announcer. It also saw the first appearance of both Kane and the Hell In A Cell Match. Brian Pillman was booked for the show, but died earlier that day

– The Nation Of Domination (Rocky Maivia, Kama Mustafa & D’Lo Brown) defeat The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) in a Handicap Match
– The Godwinns (Henry & Phineas) defeat The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Owen Hart defeats Faarooq in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
– Bret Hart & The British Bulldog defeat Vader & The Patriot in a Flag Match
– Shawn Michaels defeats The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell Match

In 2008, the 11th and final WWE No Mercy PPV was held in Portland, Oregon

– Matt Hardy defeats Mark Henry to retain the ECW Title
– Beth Phoenix defeats Candice Michelle to retain the WWE Womens Title
– The Big Show defeats The Undertaker by KO
– Triple H defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Title
– Chris Jericho defeats Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1996 – The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer defeat Stevie Richards & Brian Lee (deputizing for the no-showing Raven). Sandman scored the pin to win the ECW World Title

2004 – Carlito Caribbean Cool defeats John Cena to win the WWE United States Title

2009 – Amazing Red defeats Samoa Joe to win the TNA X-Division Title

2009 – on Raw, The Miz defeats Kofi Kingston to win the WWE United States Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF/E Diva Terri (45) and 3-time NWA Middleweight Champion El Faraon (64)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this day. Firstly, in 1997, 2-time WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman died aged just 35 of a previously undiagnosed heart condition which had probably been aggravated by his drug and alcohol use. Pillman was still active in the WWF at the time of his death, indeed, he was scheduled to wrestle Dude Love on that day’s Bad Blood PPV and Goldust on the following night’s Raw. Secondly, in 2006, AAA founder Antonio Pena died of a heart attack at the age of 55.


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