This Day In Wrestling History – June 17th‏

Jun 17, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1996 – WCW Nito begins an 84-week ratings domination of WWF Raw

2007 – Milano Collection AT wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Wataru Inoue in the final


In 2005, the first TNA No Surrender was held in Orlando, Florida

– Sonjay Dutt defeats Elix Skipper, Mikey Batts & Shark Boy in a 4-Way Match to qualify for the Super X Cup
– Monty Brown & Kip James defeat 3Live Kru (Ron Killings & Konnan) in a Street Fight
– AJ Styles defeats Sean Waltman
– Christopher Daniels defeats Petey Williams to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Raven defeats Abyss in a Dog Collar Match to retain the NWA World Title

In 2007, TNA Slammiversary was held in Nashville, Tennessee. It approximately marked the 5th anniversary of TNA Wrestling and was the first major TNA event in Nashville since the Asylum days. The event also featured a shoot interview with Jeff Jarrett, discussing his recently-deceased wife Jill

– Jay Lethal defeats Chris Sabin to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Frank Wycheck & Jerry Lynn defeat James Storm & Ron Killings
– Bob Backlund defeats Alex Shelley
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Rick Steiner & Road Warrior Animal to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Sting defeats Christopher Daniels
– Abyss defeats Tomko in a No-DQ Match
– Kurt Angle defeats Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Christian Cage & Chris Harris in a King of the Mountain Match to win the vacant TNA World Title

Title Changes

1983 – Kerry von Erich & Bruiser Brody defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles. Also, Jimmy Garvin defeats David von Erich to win the vacant Texas Heavyweight Title, but the title is immediately held up due to interference by Sunshine

1985 – The US Express (Mike Rotunda & Barry Windham) defeat The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff to win the WWF Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to 2-time AJPW Triple Crown Champion Minoru Suzuki (44) and former WWF & WCW manager Clarence Mason/J. Biggs (47)

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