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This Day In Wrestling History – February 10th‏



Events

In 2008, TNA Against All Odds was held in Greenville, South Carolina

– AJ Styles & Tomko defeat BG James & Bob Armstrong to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Scott Steiner defeats Petey Williams to retain his Feast or Fired briefcase and win that of Williams
– Awesome Kong defeats ODB to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Abyss defeats Judas Mesias in a Barbed Wire Massacre
– Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) defeat Johnny Devine & Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) in a Street Fight. Lethal pinned Devine to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Kurt Angle defeats Christian Cage with Samoa Joe as special guest enforcer to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1956 – Danny McShain defeats Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1969 – Bobo Brazil defeats The Sheik in a Texas Death Match to win the WWWF United States Title

1990 – Mr Saito defeats Larry Zbyszko to win the AWA World Title

1992 – Kamala defeats Koko B Ware to win the vacant USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. Incidentally, this is the first title change in the history of the belt that did not involve Jerry Lawler

2001 – The WWF Hardcore Title’s 24/7 Rule sees Hardcore Holly defeat Raven for the belt, but lose it back to Raven before the end of the night

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE Diva and current TNA Knockout Lisa ‘Tara/Victoria’ Varon (41) and former GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champion Taiji Ishimori (29)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time World Class Heavyweight Champion ‘Gentleman’ Chris Adams (57) and former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Louie Spicolli (41)


In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1984, WWE Hall of Famer David Von Erich died aged just 25. David showed athletic prowess from an early age, starring in his high school basketball and football teams, later winning a scholarship to North Texas State University to play both sports. He dropped out of university in 1977 to follow his father and brothers into the wrestling business. David became arguably the most talented member of the Von Erich family, earning an NWA World Title opportunity just two months after debuting, in which he wrestled the champion Harley Race to a time-limit draw. By 1982, he was also working behind the scenes of WCCW, proving himself to be a talented booker aswell. After notable feuds with Race, Jimmy Garvin and the Freebirds, David turned his attention to NWA World Champion Ric Flair. The pair first battled on Christmas Day 1983, when Flair was able to retain his title. Flair then gave an interview claiming that David’s brother Mike was not a good wrestler, and that Flair ‘could beat Mike in 60 seconds with one hand tied behind his back’. David responded to Flair’s comments in what is now considered a classic promo. David challenged Flair to beat Mike in 10 minutes, if Flair succeeded, David would never challenge for the NWA World Title again, but if he failed, David could choose the time, place and stipulations of their title match. Needless to say, Flair failed to beat Mike in 10 minutes, though David would not live to receive his title shot. Whilst competing for All Japan Pro Wrestling, David succumbed to a heart attack, brought on by enteritis. In a manner of tribute, Kerry Von Erich took his brother’s place in the NWA Title Match against Flair and won the match, though would lose the belt back to Flair just 18 days later.

Also, in 2003, fellow WWE Hall of Famer ‘Mr Perfect’ Curt Hennig died at the age of 44. Hennig began his career in the AWA, wrestling as Cool Curt Hennig. After a brief spell with the WWF, he returned to the AWA and began to prove himself as a top contender. He won his only AWA World Title in 1987, holding the belt for over a year, but would leave for the WWF shortly after dropping the title, complaining the AWA was holding down it’s young talent (a claim also made by Hulk Hogan, Rick Martel and Bobby Heenan, who had left the promotion in previous years). It was the WWF return that saw the creation of Mr Perfect, the character which Hennig would become best remembered for. He would go undefeated on television right up to WrestleMania VI, when he was beaten by Brutus Beefcake. This run would see him feud with Hulk Hogan over the WWF Title, though he would fall short of capturing the belt (though he did once steal and destroy the title). In April 1990, he won his first Intercontinental Title, but was forced to drop the belt months later after suffering serious back injuries in a match. He took much of 1992 off to recover, though stayed on television as a colour commentator. His in-ring return came in November 1992, but his back injuries flared up again and he was forced to take more time off in 1993, and wouldn’t return to the WWF in a wrestling capacity. After more stints as a manager and commentator, he jumped to WCW in 1997, where he took to active competition once more. After yet more injury problems, he left WCW in 2000, having won the United States and Tag Team Titles during his tenure. After a brief stint in the XWF, Hennig returned to the WWF, though was quickly released for his part in the infamous ‘Plane Ride From Hell’. His last major run saw him challenge Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Title in the young TNA promotion. He was found dead in a Florida hotel room of a cocaine overdose. Both WWE and TNA aired tributes, and several notable figures in the wrestling world praised Hennig’s ring abilities.

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3 Responses

  1. David r. says:

    So, the WWE can mention Mr. Perfect in their shows on TV, and he killed himself with cocaine. But they can’t mention Benoit? I know circumstances are different but I find it weird, maybe a double standard? Don’t know if I’m using the phrase correctly.

  2. Jamie says:

    In a sense I agree with you David, but I can see WWE’s standpoint aswell – Benoit didn’t only kill himself after all, and you’ve also got to factor in the media reaction

  3. David r. says:

    Also true, since now more than ever, they care about the media. But with media response, comes sponsorship and money. Love these history lessons, keep up the good work!

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