This Day In Wrestling History – March 6th‏

Mar 6, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Title Changes

1953 – Bull Curry defeats Danny McShain to become the first Texas Brass Knuckles Champion

1959 – Angelo Savoldi defeats Ivan the Terrible to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1979 – Jerry & Johnny Valiant defeat Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1988 – Kerry von Erich defeats Al Perez to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Title

1989 – Gary Young defeats Brickhouse Brown to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1990 – The Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy & Steve Williams) defeat Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1991 – Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki defeat Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

1994 – The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock) defeat Kevin Sullivan & The Tazmaniac to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1995 – Killer Kyle defeats Boo Bradley to win the vacant SMW Television Title

1996 – Lex Luger defeats Johnny B Badd to win the WCW Television Title

1999 – Vader defeats Akira Taue to win the vacant AJPW Triple Crown Title

2001 – El Samurai & Jushin Liger defeat Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2011 – Colt Cabana defeats Adam Pearce to win the NWA World Title


Happy birthday to former WCW United States and Tag Team Champion David Flair (34), 2-time WWF Intercontinental Champion Sean ‘Val Venis’ Morley (42), 2-time TNA World Champion Mr Anderson (37), former WWE wrestler Chad Wicks (35) and one-time World Class Television Champion Killer Khan (66)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time World Heavyweight Champion Gus Sonnenberg (115)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2008, the wrestling world lost NWA Tag Team star Don Curtis at the age of 80. Curtis was introduced to wrestling by the legendary Lou Thesz, and after touring the world to hone his craft, began competing for Eddie Graham’s Florida territory. Here, he was paired with Mark Lewin for the first time, a now-famed partnership. By the early 60’s, Curtis had established himself as a tag team specialist, winning championships with 6 different partners, but finding most of his fame and success alongside Lewin. Curtis later took a promoting role, managing the Jacksonville Coliseum. He retired from wrestling in 1981, but continued with his role at the Coliseum for another few years before turning to real estate. He suffered a stroke on February 26 and was admitted to a hospice, which he wouldn’t leave. One year later, he was posthumously inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, along with Lewin, who accepted the honor on their behalf.

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