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This Day In Wrestling History – March 13th‏



Events

In 2004, the WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremony was held in New York City. The Class of 2004 are:

– Don Muraco
– Greg Valentine
– Harley Race
– Jesse Ventura
– The Junkyard Dog
– Sgt Slaughter
– ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham
– Tito Santana
– Bobby Heenan
– Pete Rose

In 2005, TNA Destination X was held in Orlando, Florida

– Jeff Hardy defeats Abyss in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– The Outlaw defeats Kevin Nash in a First Blood Match
– Christopher Daniels defeats AJ Styles, Ron Killings & Elix Skipper in an Ultimate X Challenge Match to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Diamond Dallas Page in a Ringside Revenge Match to retain the NWA World Title

In 2011, TNA Victory Road was held in Orlando, Florida

– Rosita & Sarita defeat Angelina Love & Winter to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles
– Kazarian defeats Jeremy Buck, Max Buck & Robbie E in an Ultimate X Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Beer Money Inc (Robert Roode & James Storm) defeat Ink Inc (Jesse Neal & Shannon Moore) to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Rob Van Dam fought Mr Anderson to a double countout
– Sting defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Title. The match lasted a full 88 seconds as Jeff was in no condition to wrestle. He was sent home from the following Impact tapings

Title Changes

1976 – Blackjack Mulligan defeats Paul Jones to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title

1983 – The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) defeat Magnum TA & Mr Wrestling II in a Loser Receives 10 Lashes Match to win the MSW Tag Team Titles after Mr Wrestling walked out on his partner

1985 – Terry Taylor defeats Ted DiBiase to win the MSW North American Title. As a result, the MSW Television Title is vacated (Taylor was the incumbent champion)

2000 – on Raw, Dean Malenko defeats Essa Rios to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title and Pete Gas pins Crash Holly at Newark Airport to win the WWF Hardcore Title, though Crash would regain the title before the end of the show

2001 – on Heat, Crash Holly defeats Dean Malenko to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time PWG Tag Team Champion Matt Jackson (28) and one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Akira Nogami (45)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date

In 2007, WWE Hall of Famer Arnold Skaaland died at the age of 82. Skaaland’s first ambition was to become a professional boxer, however, he failed to make the grade and turned to wrestling instead, making his debut in 1946. He fought all over the USA, but achieved his only championship in New York’s WWWF promotion, holding their US Tag Team Titles with Spiros Arion, though he was given the title rather than winning it. In the 60s, Skaaland bought into Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the WWWF’s parent company, and after stepping back from the ring, became a producer for the company. By the mid-70′s, Skaaland had all-but-retired from active in-ring duties, but remained on WWWF shows in a management role, guiding Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund to World Title reigns. He stepped away from the ring in the 80s, though he continued to make one-off appearances, including a Hall of Fame induction in 1994. Skaaland died peacefully at his home in White Plains, New York with his family by his side.

In 2009, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion Andrew ‘Test’ Martin died aged just 33. After training from Bret Hart, Leo Burke & Dory Funk Jr, Martin began competing on the Canadian indies in 1994 under a multitude of aliases. He joined the WWF in 1998, making his first appearance as a bodyguard for the band Motley Crue, and going on to align with The Corporation. He found perhaps his greatest success upon leaving The Corporation, entering a storyline relationship with Stephanie McMahon, culminating in the formation of the McMahon-Helmsley stable. After this, he primarily competed in the tag team division, alongside (at different points) Albert, Booker T, Lance Storm, Christian, William Regal and Scott Steiner, though would continue to find moderate singles success. In 2004, he underwent spinal fusion surgery and was released from his WWE contract shortly afterwards. After a stint on the indies, he made a surprising return to WWE, competing on it’s ECW brand. The highlight of this second run was competing in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match at the infamous December to Dismember PPV and a series of ECW Title matches against champion Bobby Lashley. Shortly after the 2007 Royal Rumble, Martin inexplicably disappeared from WWE programming, though it was later confirmed that he had violated the Wellness Policy. Less than a week after that announcement, Martin was either released, or asked to be released (depending on who you believe) from his WWE contract. He moved to TNA, but didn’t last long there either, partly due to concerns over his physical size in the wake of the steroid scandal. After a farewell tour of Europe, Martin announced his retirement in early 2008. Police were called to Martin’s home after a concerned neighbor reported seeing him motionless for several hours. His death was ruled an accidental overdose of oxycodone.



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  1. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    Now 2004 was a true Hall of Fame year.

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