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This Day In Wrestling History – March 24th‏



Events

In 1991, WWF Wrestlemania VII was held in Los Angeles, California. The event changed venues from the Memorial Coliseum to the Memorial Sports Arena. WWF stated that this was due to threats against the company over Sgt Slaughter’s Iraqi sympathizer gimmick, though the generally accepted reason is lower-than-expected ticket sales

– The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeat The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Jake Roberts defeats Rick Martel in a Blindfold Match
– The Undertaker makes his first Wrestlemania appearance, defeating Jimmy Snuka
– The Ultimate Warrior defeats Randy Savage, forcing Savage to retire from pro wrestling
– The Big Boss Man defeats Mr Perfect by DQ (Perfect retains the WWF Intercontinental Title)
– Virgil defeats Ted DiBiase by countout
– Hulk Hogan defeats Sgt Slaughter to win the WWF Title

In 1996, WCW Uncensored was held in Tupelo, Mississippi

– Konnan defeats Eddy Guerrero to retain the WCW United States Title
– The Booty Man defeats Diamond Dallas Page, forcing Page to leave WCW
– Sting & Booker T defeat The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) in a Chicago Street Fight
– The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage) defeat The Alliance To End Hulkamania (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Meng, The Barbarian, Lex Luger, Z-Gangsta, Kevin Sullivan & The Ultimate Solution) in a Doomsday Cage Match

Title Changes

1947 – Ray Steele defeats Marshall Esteppe to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1986 – Lance von Erich defeats Buddy Roberts to win the WCCW Television Title

1994 – Rick Rude defeats Hiroshi Hase to win the WCW International World Title

2002 – Cho-Ten defeat Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata in the final of a tournament to win the vacant IWGP Tag Team Titles

2003 – on Raw, Chief Morley awards the vacant World Tag Team Titles to himself and Lance Storm

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 4-time TNA X-Division Champion Christopher Daniels (41), famed WWF jobber Barry Horowitz (52), current WWE Tag Team Champion Orlando ‘Epico’ Colon (30), former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger (30) and WWE legend The Undertaker (47)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Gorgeous George (97)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1997, the wrestling world lost one-time AWA World Champion Dr Bill Miller aged 69. Miller began his professional wrestling career in Columbus and would move through Minneapolis, Detroit, New York and abroad through his career. His greatest exposure came in the WWWF, where he regularly challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Title in the 1960′s. He later established himself in the tag team division, competing along side his brother Dan to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles. Miller retired to his home in Ohio in the 1970′s, passing away around a quarter-century later of a heart attack, suffered on his way out of the gym. Interestingly, Miller is one of the few ‘Doctors’ in wrestling who have a legitimate claim to the title, as he is a qualified veterinarian. Indeed, he operated a practice in Ohio following his wrestling retirement


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4 Responses

  1. CMBurnham says:

    1978 – Dale Valentine def. Al Madril for the Texas Heavyweight Championship

  2. Jamie says:

    Thanks, added

  3. Isaac Quiroga says:

    Are you serious man?
    Jack Swagger’s birthday is in December 3 (in my informnation) and not in March 24.

  4. Jamie says:

    Conflicting sources again (Sooners vs OWW), I’ll have to have a look into that

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