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This Day In Wrestling History – September 9th‏



Events

In 2007, TNA No Surrender was held in Orlando, Florida

– Pacman Jones & Ron Killings defeat Kurt Angle & Sting to win the TNA Tag Team Titles after Angle turned on Sting
– Jay Lethal defeats Kurt Angle to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Chris Harris defeats Black Reign in a No-DQ Match
– Kurt Angle defeats Abyss to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1970 – Waldo von Erich defeats Jack Curtis to win the TSW Mississippi Title

1980 – Harley Race defeats Giant Baba to win the NWA World Title for the 5th time

1980 – The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) defeat Tony Garea & Rene Goulet in the final of a tournament to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1980 – The Grappler defeats Ted DiBiase to win the MSW North American Title

1986 – Dusty Rhodes defeats Arn Anderson to win the NWA Television Title

1988 – Shinichi Nakano & Shunji Takano defeat Footloose (Samson Fuyuki & Toshiaki Kawada) to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1993 – Shane Douglas defeats Tito Santana by forfeit to win the NWA-ECW Title

1993 – Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat defeat The Eagle & The Patriot to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

2006 – Naomichi Marufuji defeats Jun Akiyama to win the GHC Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

There are no significant birthdays today that I am aware of

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1944, one-time World Heavyweight Champion Gus Sonnenberg died aged 46. Like many wrestlers of his day, Sonnenberg began his sports career as a football player. After playing at Marquette High School, Dartmouth College and the University of Detroit, he turned professional with the Buffalo All-Americans in 1923. Over the next 4 years, he won the Anthracite League Championship with the Pottsville Maroons and the NFL Championship with the Providence Steam Roller. While still with Providence, Sonnenberg made his in-ring debut in January 1928, defeating Ivan Ludlow. Despite his little wrestling experience, crowds took to Sonnenberg and he quickly became a main event wrestler for Boston’s Paul Bowser. After leaving to compete for the Steam Roller once more, Sonnenberg returned to the ring for good in 1929 and soon defeated Ed Lewis to win the World Heavyweight Title. He would hold the belt for two years, by which time he was arguably the top-drawing wrestler in the country. After a series of health problems in the following years, he again won a world championship, albeit only recognised in Boston, by defeating The Shadow. He lost the title after only two weeks, but continued to wrestle until 1942, when he joined the Navy. It was while serving that he contracted and later succumbed to leukaemia

Secondly, in 1988, 3-time NWA Light Heavyweight Champion Leroy McGuirk died at the age of 77. McGuirk endured a difficult childhood, losing his father aged just 12, before losing the sight in one eye in a swimming pool accident. Despite this, McGuirk still became a successful amateur wrestler, competing in 3 NCAA Tournaments, winning the 155-pound title in 1931. He began his professional career working for Sam Avey in Tulsa, where he would remain for most of his professional life. He won his first championship, the World Light Heavyweight Title, in 1934 and would win a total of four Light/Junior Heavyweight Titles between then and 1949. In 1950, his wrestling career was abruptly ended after he was completely blinded in a car accident; his driver, Bob Clay, locked the car’s brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision, causing McGuirk’s head to hit the front windscreen. McGuirk’s glasses shattered into his eye, causing irreparable damage. After a period of recovery, McGuirk returned to the wrestling business, working as a partner to Sam Avey, before accepting the post of NWA Vice-President, which he held from 1950-56 and 59-60. During his time with the NWA, he was lead booker for the Junior Heavyweight Champion whilst also co-coordinating talent across several southeastern states. In 1958, Avey retired and McGuirk took over the Tri-State territory full-time, employing a series of bookers to aid him. It was one of these bookers who prompted McGuirk’s downfall from the wrestling business; Bill Watts fell out with his former employer/partner in 1979 and later founded Mid-South Sports, which he would bring into the Tulsa area, and with it’s superior star power, would eventually force McGuirk out of business. McGuirk lived out a relatively quiet retirement, passing away at his home in Claremore, Oklahoma.

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One Response

  1. VDT says:

    I’m 31 today – I was a 19 time world champion of Smackdown HCTP! Does that count lol

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