This Day In Wrestling History – March 11th‏

Mar 11, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2005 – La Parka wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating Latin Lover, Abismo Negro, Chessman, Jeff Jarrett, Konnan & Cibernetico


In 2007, TNA Destination X was held in Orlando, Florida

– Chris Sabin defeats Jerry Lynn in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Rhino defeats AJ Styles in an Elevation X Match
– Sting defeats Abyss in a Casket Match
– Christian Cage defeats Samoa Joe to retain the NWA World Title

Title Changes

1946 – Ken Fenelon defeats Larry Tillman to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – Jerry Lawler defeats Terry Funk to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1993 – Sting defeats Big Van Vader to win the WCW World Title

2002 – on Raw, Al Snow defeats Goldust to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2007 – Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko defeat Wild Child (Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former TNA personality Jonny Fairplay (39), former ECW Tag and Television Champion ‘Pitbull #1’ Gary Wolfe (46), WWE Hall of Famer Abdullah The Butcher (72), one-time AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima (25) and UK indy star Robbie Brookside (47)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF developmental talent Russ Haas (39)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this date:

In 1993, former WWF Tag Team ChampionDino Bravo was shot dead at the age of 44. Bravo began wrestling in Quebec in 1970, establishing himself first as a tag team specialist (including a JCP Tag Team Title win) before beginning a singles push at the end of the decade, culminating in a Canadian Heavyweight Title win. Shortly afterwards, he began appearing on WWF programming, again beginning with a run in the tag team division, winning the belts with Dominic DeNucci, before beginning a singles push. He left the company after a falling out over a match against Hulk Hogan; Bravo was scheduled to main event a match in Montreal against Hogan, however, the WWF did not want the crowd to favor their hometown hero, Bravo, over the WWF’s ‘golden boy’ Hogan. Despite this, Bravo returned to the company a year later, adopting the bleach-blonde look that he is probably best remembered for. In this second run, he was again pushed as a singles competitor, but never ascended to his previous heights, with a run against then-Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior as the highlight. He retired from active duties in 1992 and opened a wrestling school in his native Montreal. Bravo was found dead in his home, shot 17 times, supposedly a mob hit stemming from his alleged role in importing illegal cigarettes to Canada.

In 2010, former WWWF Tag Team Champion Jerry Valiant succumbed to Alzheimer’s aged 63. Valiant started his career in Ontario in 1959, but quickly relocated to the USA, where he believed the ‘real money’ was. By the end of the 60’s, he had won championships in Georgia, Indianapolis, Canada and Australia. By the 70’s, he had returned to full-time competition in Canada, working under a mask as The Assassin. He had a now-legendary feud with The Sheik, culminating in his unmasking, whilst also working under Dick The Bruiser in Detroit, and taking dates in Japan. By 1975, he was winding down his career, having wrestled almost exclusively in Vancouver for the past 2 years. In 1979, the WWWF came calling, where he would hold the Tag Team Titles with storyline brother Jimmy. This proved to be Jerry’s last hurrah, though he would briefly return to the company as a referee in 1984. He lived out a quiet retirement, operating a landscaping company

Finally, also in 2010, tag team legend Sandy Scott lost his battle with cancer at 76. Scott also began his career in Ontario, though he would continue to compete in Canada throughout his career. As one half of The Flying Scotts, with real-life brother George, he became one of the most respected tag team wrestlers across the Toronto and Buffalo areas, amassing 8 Tag Title reigns in Stampede Wrestling. The duo later branched out, winning titles in Indiana, Kansas, the Carolinas, Japan and Australia. The pair later had a falling out, leading to Sandy’s in-ring retirement, after which he took an office job with JCP. After Ted Turner’s takeover of the promotion, Scott continued in his backstage role, whilst also becoming the face of WCW WorldWide. He also helped found Smoky Mountain Wrestling, though wouldn’t last long with the promotion. Scott lived out his retirement in Roanoke, Virginia

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