This Day In Wrestling History – September 21st‏

Sep 21, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2003, WWE Unforgiven was a Raw-exclusive event held in Hershey, Pennsylvania

– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat Rob Conway & La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier & Rene Dupree) in a Handicap Tables Match to win the World Tag Team Titles
– Randy Orton defeats Shawn Michaels
– Kane defeats Shane McMahon in a Last Man Standing Match
– Christian defeats Chris Jericho & Rob Van Dam in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Al Snow & Jonathan Coachman defeat Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler to win the right to be Raw’s announcers
– Goldberg defeats Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Title. Had Goldberg lost, he would have been forced to retire

Title Changes

1992 – Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes defeat Terry Gordy & Steve Williams to win the NWA Tag Team Titles

1992 – Junkyard Dog defeats Eddie Gilbert to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1992 – Moondog Fifi defeats Miss Texas to win the USWA Womens Title

1999 – on Smackdown, The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) defeat The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2002 – Xavier defeats Low Ki to win the ROH World Title. Also, The Prophecy (Donovan Morgan & Christopher Daniels) defeat Bryan Danielson & Michael Modest in the final of a tournament to become the first ROH Tag Team Champions

2008 – Low Ki defeats Tiger Mask IV to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2008 – The Colons (Carlito & Primo) defeat Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

2009 – Kensuke Sasaki & Takeshi Morishima defeat Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith to win the GHC Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to tag team legend Ricky Morton (56) and 2-time Zero-1 Champion Kohei Sato (35)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Jack Brisco (71)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2002, the wrestling world lost former WCW and ECW Tag Team Champion Rocco Rock aged 49. Real name Ted Petty, he started wrestling as ‘The Cheetah Kid’ in 1978 after graduating from Rutgers University. His first major exposure didn’t come until Starrcade 1990, where he appeared ‘Colonel DeKlerk’, representing South Africa in the tag team tournament. By 1993, he was competing as ‘Rocco Rock’ and had formed The Public Enemy with Johnny Grunge. The pair began in the UWF, but gained major exposure through ECW, where they became 4-time tag team champions across a 3-year stint. In 1996, they signed with WCW for another three year stint, though this one was less successful, winning only one tag team title. In 1999, they had a brief stint with WWF and also competed as The South Philly Posse for Jimmy Hart’s XWF. The pair went their separate ways following their XWF departure and Petty was still active on the independents when he died suddenly of a heart attack. That year, IWA:Mid-South renamed their Sweet Sixteen Tournament to the Ted Petty Invitational as a mark of respect. The tournament was held every year from 2002 until IWA’s money troubles caused the cancellation of the 2009 event and attracted many of the top independent talents of its time, including Ken Anderson, AJ Styles, CM Punk, Christopher Daniels, Scorpio and Jerry Lynn

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