This Day In Wrestling History – October 26th‏

Oct 26, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank

I’ve made a slight formatting change to the ‘In Memoriam’ section, hopefully this will make the column a little easier on the eye. As always, any feedback, just leave a comment


1998 – Less than 7 months after the end of it’s 84-week ratings domination, Nitro wins the ratings war over Raw for the final time


In 1997, WCW Halloween Havoc was held in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Rey Misterio Jr defeats Eddy Guerrero in a Mask vs Title Match to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Curt Hennig defeats Ric Flair by DQ to retain the WCW United States Title
– Lex Luger defeats Scott Hall with Larry Zbyszko as special guest referee. Hall originally defeated Luger, but the match was restarted due to interference from Syxx
– Randy Savage defeats Diamond Dallas Page in a Las Vegas Sudden Death Match
– Roddy Piper defeats Hollywood Hogan in a Cage Match

In 2002, the final WWE Rebellion was the first brand-exclusive PPV (Smackdown) held in Manchester, England

– Jamie Noble defeats Rey Mysterio & Tajiri in a Triple Threat Elimination match to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit defeat Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman defeat Edge in a Handicap Match (Lesnar retains the WWE Title)

In 2008, WWE Cyber Sunday was the 5th and final interactive WWE PPV, held in Phoenix, Arizona. The fans voted on certain aspects of the matches, with the results announced live at the show

– Prior to the event on, Shelton Benjamin defeats R-Truth to retain the WWE United States Title. The fans voted for Benjamin’s opponent
– Matt Hardy defeats Evan Bourne to retain the ECW Title. The fans voted for Hardy’s opponent
– The Honky Tonk Man defeats Santino Marella by DQ (Marella retains the WWE Intercontinental Title). The fans voted for Marella’s opponent
– Triple H defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Title. The fans voted for Trips’ opponent
– Batista defeats Chris Jericho with Steve Austin as special guest referee to win the World Heavyweight Title. The fans voted for the referee

Title Changes

1964 – Tony Borne defeats Karl Kox to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1982 – Jules & Chief Jay Strongbow defeat Mr Fuji & Mr Saito to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1983 – Junkyard Dog defeats Butch Reed to win the MSW North American Title

1986 – John Tatum & Jack Victory defeat The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) to win the UWF Tag Team Titles

1998 – on Nitro, Diamond Dallas Page defeats Bret Hart to win the WCW United States Title. Also, Rick Steiner chooses Kenny Kaos as his partner to hold the WCW Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Smackdown, The British Bulldog defeats D’Lo Brown to win the WWF European Title


Happy birthday to 3-time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Austin Idol (62), 3-time World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (33), former WCW and ECW Tag Team Champion Kevin Sullivan (62), former WWF wrestler Kurrgan (42), former WWF and ECW wrestler Nicole Bass (47), one-time SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Portia Perez (24), 4-time NWA Light Heavyweight Champion El Satanico (52), one-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku (38) and former WWE Diva Rochelle Loewen (32)

In Memoriam

– In 2006, 4-time JWA/AJPW All Asia Heavyweight Champion Kintaro Ohki died of a kidney failure-related heart attack at the age of 77. Ohki had been virtually absent from the wrestling business since his retirement show in 1996, in which he was wheelchair-bound and had to be assisted by Lou Thesz.

– In 2008, former WWF wrestler and 3-time NWA Americas Tag Team Champion Special Delivery ‘SD’ Jones died of a stroke at the age of 63. After retiring from the ring, he pretty much kept clear of the wrestling business, taking a job with the New York Daily News, but did return to the WWE to induct long-time tag team partner Tony Atlas into the Hall of Fame.

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