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This Day In Wrestling History – September 26th‏



Trivia

2008 – Smackdown airs for the final time on The CW

Events

In 1999, WWF Unforgiven was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event took place during the ‘referees on strike’ storyline, meaning that nearly all the matches had a special guest referee, with regular referee Jimmy Korderas officiating the Tag Team and WWF Title matches. This was also the first WWF PPV for Chris Jericho

– D’Lo Brown defeats Mark Henry with Tom Prichard as special guest referee to win the WWF European Title
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Chyna by DQ with Harvey Wippleman as special guest referee to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Ivory defeats Luna Vachon in a Hardcore Match with Harvey Wippleman as special guest referee to retain the WWF Womens Title
– The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeat Edge & Christian to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Al Snow defeats The Big Boss Man in a Kennel From Hell Match with Harvey Wippleman as special guest referee to retain the WWF Hardcore Title
– Triple H defeats The Rock, The Big Show, Kane, Mankind & The British Bulldog with Steve Austin as special guest enforcer to win the vacant WWF Title

In 2010, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Kobe, Japan

– Apollo 55 (Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt) defeat Jado & Gedo to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) defeat Blue Justice Army (Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Satoshi Kojima defeats Tomoaki Honma
– Shinsuke Nakamura & Tetsuya Naito defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto
– Togi Makabe defeats Masato Tanaka to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1984 – Adrian Street defeats Terry Taylor to win the MSW Television Title

1991 – Jerry Estrada defeats Pierroth Jr in the final of a tournament to become the first CMLL Light Heavyweight Champion

2009 – Satoshi Kojima defeats Yoshihiro Takayama to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2009 – Extreme Tiger defeats Sugi San, Jack Evans, Rocky Romero & Teddy Hart in a 5-Way Elimination Match to win the vacant AAA Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to the first NOAH Grand Slam Champion Naomichi Marufuji (33)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2004, the wrestling world lost former WWF valet Marianna ‘Mrs Cleavage’ Komlos aged just 35. Komlos was a competitive bodybuilder before getting into wrestling, winning the British Columbia Middleweight class in 1997 aswell as appearing on (to my knowledge) 4 fitness magazine covers. She joined the WWF as ‘Mrs Cleavage’ in 1999, playing the mother of Chaz Warrington’s ‘Beaver Cleavage’ character. The gimmick was soon dropped and she was revealed as the girlfriend of Chaz. In September of that year, the WWF began an angle where it seemed that Chaz had been beating his now ex-girlfriend, though it was eventually revealed through a vignette that Marianna had faked the whole thing. Due to the understandably huge backlash against the angle, Komlos was released from the company and never made another major wrestling appearance. She was diagnosed with breast cancer around the turn of the millennium and despite battling hard, succumbed to the disease less than a week after her wedding to MMA competitor Paul Lazenby

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