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This Day In Wrestling History – September 5th‏



Events

In 1990, NWA Clash of the Champions XII: Mountain Madness/Fall Brawl ’90 was held in Asheville, North Carolina. The event drew a TV rating of 5.0, the final time it would do so

– The Southern Boys (Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeat The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes)
– The Steiners (Rick & Scott) defeat Maximum Overdrive (Tim Hunt & Jeff Warner)
– Lex Luger defeats Ric Flair by DQ to retain the NWA United States Title
– Sting defeats The Black Scorpion to retain the NWA World Title

In 1991, WCW Clash of the Champions XVI: Fall Brawl was held in Augusta, Georgia

– Brian Pillman defeats Badstreet in the semi-final of the WCW Light Heavyweight Title tournament
– Sting defeats Johnny B Badd to retain the WCW United States Title
– Richard Morton defeats Mike Graham in the semi-final of the WCW Light Heavyweight Title tournament
– Steve Austin defeats Tom Zenk to retain the WCW Television Title
– The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko) defeat Rick Steiner & Bill Kazmaier to win the vacant WCW World Tag Team Titles

In 2010, TNA No Surrender was held in Orlando, Florida

– The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) defeat Generation Me (Max & Jeremy Buck) to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Douglas Williams defeats Sabu to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– AJ Styles defeats Tommy Dreamer in an I Quit Match
– Kurt Angle fought Jeff Hardy to a no contest. As a result, both men progressed to the final of the TNA World Title Tournament
– Mr Anderson defeats D’Angelo Dinero to progress to the final of the TNA World Title tournament. The final would be held at Bound For Glory

Title Changes

1938 – Bob Kenaston defeats Chick Dude to win the World Junior Heavyweight Title

1979 – Mike George defeats Mr Wrestling II to become the first MSW North American Champion (the title was originally the North American Title, but was renamed soon after the win). Also, Mike Sharpe Jr defeats Mike George to win the MSW Louisiana Title

1982 – Kevin von Erich defeats King Kong Bundy to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1988 – John Tatum & Jimmy Jack Funk defeat Steve & Shaun Simpson to win the WCCW Texas Tag Team Titles

1996 – Johnny Ace & Steve Williams defeat Jun Akiyama & Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2007 – Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeat Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to win the World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to indy regular Slyck Wagner Brown (33), former WWE developmental talent Derek Neikirk (38), former TNA wrestler and referee Shane Sewell (40) and one-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champion Minoru Fujita (35)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1987, the wrestling world lost one-time WWWF Tag Team Champion Scott Irwin, also known as Yukon Eric and The Super Destroyer at the age of 35. Irwin began his career in the Mid-Atlantic territory but was soon signed to the WWWF, where he competed as Yukon Eric, one half of The Yukon Lumberjacks. He and partner Pierre (portrayed by Zarinoff Lebeouf) defeated Dino Bravo and Dominic DeNucci in June 1978 to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles, but would lose them in November of that year to Tony Garea and Larry Zbyszko. The team split up following the defeat, with Irwin choosing to leave the promotion and Lebeouf choosing to retire. After a year-long hiatus, Irwin returned to wrestling, working as ‘Thor the Viking’ in Florida. He soon dropped the character in favor of his Super Destroyer persona, a gimmick that he also took to Mid-South and Georgia, where his real-life brother Bill would join him in a tag team. The pair competed all across the southern states as The Super Destroyers, winning a total of 6 tag team titles, including one in Canada. The pair were unmasked by King Parsons and Buck Zumhofe in 1984 after which they became ‘The Long Riders’ and continued to compete across the southern USA, most notably for the AWA. Irwin developed a brain tumor in early 1987, from which he would never recover.

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