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This Day In Wrestling History – August 16th‏



Trivia

2010 – WWE retires the World Tag Team Titles in favor of the WWE Tag Team Titles

Events

In 2009, TNA Hard Justice was held in Orlando, Florida

– Hernandez defeats Rob Terry to retain his Feast or Fired briefcase
– The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams) defeat Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Robert Roode) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– ODB & Cody Deaner defeat The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Angelina Love). Deaner pinned Sky to win the TNA Knockouts Title for ODB
– Samoa Joe defeats Homicide to win the TNA X-Division Title
– The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Kevin Nash defeats Mick Foley to win the TNA Legends Title
– Kurt Angle defeats Sting & Matt Morgan in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA World Title

Also in 2009, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Togi Makabe defeats Takashi Sugiura
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Toru Yano, Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson defeat Manabu Nakanishi, Takao Omori & Koji Kanemoto
– Masahiro Chono & Yuji Nagata defeat Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
– Togi Makabe defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to win the G1 Climax Tournament

Title Changes

1969 – Danny Hodge defeats Chuck Karbo to win the TSW North American Title

1977 – Porkchop Cash & Mike George defeat The Medics (1 & 2) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1992 – The Great Muta defeats Riki Choshu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title and the Greatest 18 Championship

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Japanese hardcore star Tarzan Goto (49)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF wrestler Stan ‘Uncle Elmer’ Frazier (75), one-time WWF Tag Team Champion and NWA star Dick Murdoch (66) and WWE Hall of Famer Fritz Von Erich (83)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1990, former NWA and AWA World Champion Pat O’Connor died of cancer at the age of 65. O’Connor was an established amateur wrestler in his native New Zealand, winning the New Zealand Heavyweight Championships twice as well as a silver medal in the 1950 British Empire Games (known today as the Commonwealth Games). Shortly after the games, he traveled to America where he began training to be a professional wrestler under Len Levy. His first professional championship came in 1955, when he and Roy McClairty won the NWA Chicago Tag Team Titles. He would also find success in Canada before defeating Dick Hutton to become NWA World Champion in 1959. During this reign, he was also announced as the first AWA World Champion following their secession from the NWA, but would never defend the championship and was stripped of it after 90 days in favour of Verne Gagne. O’Connor’s NWA Title reign came to an end in 1961 when he was defeated by Buddy Rogers in front of a then-record crowd at Comiskey Park, Chicago. The match set attendance and gate records that would stand until the wrestling boom in the 1980’s. By the late 60’s, O’Connor’s career was on the decline. He won his last major championship, the AWA Tag Team Titles, in 1967 but would only hold them for a month. He remained involved in wrestling through to the 1980’s, but his appearances became rarer as time passed. His final major appearance came at a WWF event in 1987, where he competed in an ‘Old Timers Battle Royal’ in front of just 5000 people.

Secondly, in 2007, former WWF and WCCW wrestler Dewey ‘The Missing Link’ Robertson lost his battle with cancer at the age of 68. Robertson’s career began in Canada in the early 1960’s, where he soon became a popular fan favorite. He left for the United States in 1973 and quickly won the NWA Tri-State Tag Team Titles alongside Dennis Stamp. This gained him a reputation as a tag team specialist; over the course of his career, he would win a further 10 tag team titles in various promotions. In 1979, he won his first singles title, defeating Greg Valentine to win the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title. He became ‘The Missing Link’ in 1983, a feral wildman gimmick, which he took to Oklahoma, Texas and Florida before being signed by the WWF. His tenure with the promotion was brief; he arrived in May 1985 and left in October that same year, after a run of defeating jobbers but consistently losing to more established wrestlers. He then had brief spells with World Class, UWF and WWC before retiring in the early 90’s.

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