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This Day In Wrestling History – October 7th‏



Events

In 2007, WWE No Mercy was held in Rosemont, Illinois

– Vince McMahon & William Regal award the vacant WWE Title to Randy Orton
– Triple H defeats Randy Orton to win the WWE Title
– CM Punk defeats Big Daddy V by DQ to retain the ECW Title
– Triple H defeats Umaga to retain the WWE Title
– Beth Phoenix defeats Candice Michelle to win the WWE Womens Title
– Batista defeats The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Randy Orton invokes his rematch clause and defeats Triple H in a Last Man Standing Match to win the WWE Title

Title Changes

1967 – Danny Hodge & Skandar Akbar defeat Chati Yokouchi & Togo Shikuma to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – The Spoiler defeats El Halcon to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1984 – Wahoo McDaniel defeats Manny Fernandez in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States Title

1988 – Rockin Robin defeats Sensational Sherri to win the WWF Womens Title. This would be the final reign before the title was deactivated in 1990

1996 – on Nitro, Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1997 – on Raw, The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeat The Godwinns (Henry & Phineas) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2001 – Shocker defeats Villano III to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

2011 – Kevin Douglas defeats Chase Owens in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW World and Television Champion Rhino (37), current WWE Diva Kaitlyn (26) and one-time NWA Womens Champion Malia Hosaka (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2001, the wrestling world lost former World Class star ‘Gentleman’ Chris Adams at the age of 46. As a youngster in England, Adams was an accomplished judoka, winning national and world titles at youth level, as well as being named as a member of the 1976 British Olympic squad (though he would not actually compete at the event). He entered the wrestling business with no formal training in 1978 and could regularly be seen on the famed ‘World Of Sport’ show on ITV. Within three years, he was a one-time British Tag Team Champion and one-time British Light Heavyweight Champion as well as becoming the regular tag team partner of UK legend Big Daddy. He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and after further training under Gene LeBell, was one of the first wrestlers to utilize the Enziguiri, Suicide Dive and Superkick. He won both the Heavyweight and Tag Team Titles in the Los Angeles territory whilst also touring Mexico, Japan, Canada and Europe. In 1983, he was recruited by Texas promoter Fritz Von Erich and almost immediately became one of the top names in the promotion. Over a 6 year period, he won a total of 15 championships in the territory, including 5 ‘main’ championships (4 NWA Americas Heavyweight Titles and one WCWA World Title). After the demise of WCCW, Adams competed in several independent promotions, most notably GWF where he was a 2-time Heavyweight Champion. In 1997, he began appearing in WCW with the intention of him joining the Blue Bloods, however, Adams and Steven Regal had legitimate bad blood between them, so Adams was used primarily as a midcard talent. Unhappy with how he was being used, Adams left WCW in 1999 and returned to Texas as a promoter, primarily working with NWA Southwest. He died in what has been called a ‘drunken brawl’ with a friend, in which Adams was shot in the chest. The shooter pleaded self-defense and was eventually acquitted of all charges. Adams was planning a return to wrestling with Jimmy Hart’s XWF promotion before he died. In 2008, former WCCW promoter Mickey Grant released a documentary about Adams titled ‘The Gentleman’s Choice’, featuring interviews and tributes from many of his friends, family and colleagues.

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5 Responses

  1. Urvy says:

    Chris Adams also trained a certain future WWE Hall of Famer before Adams died, that superstar he trained was a man known as Steve Austin, by the way.

  2. Rory says:

    R.I.P. Chris.

  3. Steven says:

    Adams was great as part of the dynamic duo

  4. Stevie E. says:

    @Urvy we know.derf

  5. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    And I thought we were never to speak of the Punjabi Prison Match ever again.

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