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This Day In Wrestling History – March 7th‏



Trivia

1999 – Cibernetico wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating Octagon, Latin Lover & Electroshock

Title Changes

1963 – Buddy Austin & Great Scott defeat Buddy Rogers & Johnny Barend to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles

1969 – Alex Perez & Ramon Torres defeat Karl von Stronheim & Treacherous Phillips to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1981 – The Moondogs (Rex & King) defeat Tony Garea & Rick Martel to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1984 – Mark Youngblood wins a tournament to win the vacant NWA Television Title

1987 – Lazer Tron defeats Denny Brown to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1994 – Mike Furnas defeats Killer Kyle to win the SMW Television Title

1999 – Ringo Mendoza ends El Satanico’s 4+ year reign as CMLL World Middleweight Champion

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Nobutaka Araya (45), current TNA personality Bruce Prichard (50) and former WCW personalities Sgt. Craig Pittman (54) and Tylene ‘Major Gunns’ Buck (41)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1989, the wrestling world lost famed promoter Paul Boesch at the age of 76. Boesch wrestled for a brief time, competing in the 1930’s, before enlisting in the army to serve in World War II. Upon his return to America, he resumed his wrestling career, only to suffer a serious car accident in 1947, which ended his in-ring career. He began his promoting career as an assistant to Houston promoter Morris Sigel, later becoming the promotion’s first television commentator. Upon Sigel’s death, Boesch bought the promotion and would go on to run it for over 20 years. Boesch became highly respected, both for his promoting ability and perhaps most notably, his honesty. He affiliated with major promotions such as the WWF, World Class, UWF and Mid-South, ensuring that his comparatively small promotion showcased some of the nation’s top stars, During the nationalisation of wrestling, Boesch began to lose many of his affiliates, either to the NWA, or through total closure, and eventually, he shut down the promotion and signed with the WWF. However, this arrangement didn’t last long, and Boesch retired just four months later. The WWF held a retirement show in his honor, which drew 12000 fans and featured the reading of a telegram from then Vice-President, George Bush, praising Boesch. After two years away from the spotlight, Boesch died of a heart attack at his home in Sugar Land, Texas. He has since been posthumously inducted into the Wrestling Observer and Professional Wrestling Halls of Fame, and Jim Ross has made repeated calls for him to be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Boesch is credited with having invented mud wrestling, having booked Gus Sonnenberg and Harnam Singh into such a match in Seattle.

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