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This Day In Wrestling History – March 12th‏



Trivia

2010 – Chessman wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating Hernandez & Marco Corleone

Events

In 2000, the third and final ECW Living Dangerously was held in Danbury, Connecticut

– Mike Awesome defeats Kid Kash to retain the ECW World Title
– Super Nova & Chris Chetti defeat Gedo & Jado
– New Jack fought Vic Grimes to a no contest after both men were legitimately knocked out after falling from a scaffold
– The Impact Players (Lance Storm & Justin Credible) defeat Raven & Mike Awesome and Tommy Dreamer & Masato Tanaka in a 3-Way Dance to win the ECW Tag Team Titles
– Super Crazy defeats Rhino in the final of a tournament to win the vacant ECW Television Title

In 2006, TNA Destination X was held in Orlando, Florida

– The James Gang (BG & Kip James) & Bob Armstrong defeat The Latin American Exchange (Konnan, Homicide & Machete)
– Chris Sabin defeats Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt & Puma in a Four Way Match
– Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, Chris Harris & James Storm defeat Rhino, Ron Killings, Brother Ray & Brother Devon in an 8-Man War
– Christopher Daniels defeats Samoa Joe & AJ Styles in an Ultimate X Match to win the TNA X Division Title
– Christian Cage defeats Monty Brown to retain the NWA World Title

Title Changes

1962 – Jack Dalton 1st defeats Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1979 – Mike Sharpe Jr defeats Ron Bass to win the TSW Brass Knucks Title

1983 – Tiger Conway Jr & Mr Wrestling II defeat The Rat Pack (Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne) to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1984 – Mr Wrestling II defeats Junkyard Dog to win the MSW North American Title

1989 – Jeff Jarrett & Kerry von Erich defeat The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden) to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1990 – Jerry Lawler defeats Jimmy Valiant to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. Incidentally, this makes Lawler a 5-time champion in the just over 2-year history of the title

2002 – on Smackdown, Maven defeats Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2004 – American Dragon & Curry Man defeat Gedo & Jado to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles. Also, Kensuke Sasaki defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

2010 – Electroshock defeats El Mesias & Mr Anderson in a 3-Way Dance to win the AAA Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 3-time NWA Tag Team Champion Vito DeNucci (42), 2-time WWE Cruiserweight and ECW Tag Team Champion James ‘Little Guido/Nunzio’ Maritato (41), 2-time FIP Heavyweight Champion Erick Stevens (31), Tough Enough 1 winner Nidia Guenard (34), WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young (90), one-time TNA Tag Team Champion Anarquia (39) and current GHC Heavyweight Champion KENTA (32)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1978, multi-time World Heavyweight Champion John Pesek died aged 84. Pesek’s original career plan would have taken him inside a boxing ring, but he warmed to wrestling after seeing it at several touring carnivals in his native Nebraska. He wrestled his first major match in 1914, defeating Wladek Zbyszko. Pesek went the first six years of his career unbeaten before a loss to Joe Stecher. In 1921, Pesek became a so-called policeman for Ed Lewis’ promotion. ‘Policemen’ were employed by promoters for their legitimate wrestling skills, so that the promoters would have a weapon against any wrestler who may try to go off-book. Pesek was banned for life from wrestling in New York following a match against one of these so-called ‘trustbusters’; Pesek delivered such a brutal beating to Marin Plestina that several in the crowd are said to have called the police. Despite this, Pesek himself became a trustbuster later in his career. In a match against then-World Champion Joe Stecher in 1926, Pesek diverted from the planned finish, applying a wristlock to the champion. Stecher was on the verge of tapping out before the referee called time on the match, citing a chokehold by Pesek. In the 1930′s, Pesek held two different versions of the World Heavyweight Championship, but was stripped on each occasion for refusing to defend the titles against chosen competitors. By the mid-30′s, Pesek had become disillusioned with wrestling and had begun to focus more on his secondary career as a greyhound trainer. He wrestled his final match in the 1950′s, by which time he had trained two future hall of fame dogs. Pesek died at his home in Ravenna, Nebraska after a short illness. A statue of him with two of his dogs was unveiled in the town shortly after his passing. As far as I am aware, it is still standing

Secondly, in 2012, famed referee Dick Woerlhe died at the age of 81. Woerlhe was a boxer in his youth, but soon became a referee and trainer, having not made the grade as a fighter. His first exposure to wrestling came from Vince McMahon Sr; McMahon was short of a referee for one of his shows in New York City, so asked the local commission to provide one. Despite his total lack of experience (it is said that Woerlhe had never even seen a wrestling match, never mind officiated one) Woerlhe impressed McMahon and was a regular in his promotion from then on. Woerlhe also popularized (among many others) the ref bump. Due to his self-confessed poor selling skills, Woerlhe would tell the wrestlers to legitimately hit him if they wanted him to take a dive. Woerlhe ended up gaining so much experience in the wrestling business that he would go on to become a trainer and promoter, counting indy regular Reckless Youth as his most famous graduate that I am aware of. In his later years, Woerlhe’s health was in obvious decline, but he retained his usual high spirits. He was a regular on the fan fest circuit even after being diagnosed with the colon cancer which would ultimately cause his death. Woerhle declined chemotherapy treatment, stating that he had lived a full and happy life and wanted to see it out naturally. He eventually succumbed at his home in New Jersey



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