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This Day In Wrestling History – March 8th‏



Trivia

2007 – The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) become the second inductees to the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame

2011 – WWE NXT Redemption (Season 5) starts airing on WWE.com. This series featured losing rookies from previous series rather than all new competitors

Title Changes

1971 – Red Bastien defeats Jose Lothario to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1982 – Kerry von Erich defeats Bugsy McGraw to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1983 – The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) defeat Jules & Chief Jay Strongbow to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1987 – Eddie Gilbert defeats Savannah Jack to win the UWF Television Title

1989 – Masanobu Fuchi defeats Mighty Inoue to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – El Grande Pistolero defeats Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2010 – The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky) defeat Angelina Love & Tara and Taylor Wilde & Sarita in a 3-Way Tag Team Match to win the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles. Lacey von Erich is also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule

Birthdays

As far as I’m aware, there are no significant birthdays today

In Memoriam

On this day in 1985, the wrestling world lost Texan legend Bull Curry at the age of 71. Curry’s first true exposure to wrestling came at the age of 16, when he became a circus strongman in order to help support his family. His record supposedly stood at 65 straight wins, with no challenger lasting beyond one 5-minute round. He briefly became a policeman in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut, before Detroit promoter Adam Weissmuller approached him. Curry developed a never-seen-before hardcore style of wrestling which would become his trademark throughout his career. Curry became so famed that he was pitted against boxer Jack Dempsey in an exhibition match, though would be stopped by Dempsey in the second round. Curry relocated to Texas in the 50’s and it was here that he would solidify his legacy. Despite his obvious popularity, Curry’s style was such that promoters were reluctant to give him their main title. The Texas territory solved this problem by creating the Brass Knuckles Championship, which Curry would go on to hold 20 times alongside single reigns as Texas Tag Champion, International Tag Champion and Texas Heavyweight Champion. Curry would continue wrestling well into his 60’s, eventually calling it a day in the mid-1970s. Curry remained semi-active in the business, overseeing the career of his son Fred. He eventually died of natural causes. Curry is credited as being the innovator of hardcore wrestling, and while this accolade can be disputed, there can be no doubt that he was instrumental in popularizing the style.



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