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This Day In Wrestling History – March 14th‏



Events

In 1999, WCW Uncensored was held in Louisville, Kentucky

– Billy Kidman defeats Mikey Whipwreck to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Stevie Ray defeats Vincent in a Harlem Street Figto gain control of nWo Black & White
– Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko defeat Barry Windham & Curt Hennig in a Lumberjack Match to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Booker T defeats Scott Steiner to win the WCW Television Title
– Ric Flair defeats Hollywood Hogan in a First Blood Barbed Wire Cage Match to win the WCW World Title and gain control of WCW. Flair was actually bleeding first, but referee Charles Robinson refused to stop the match

In 2004, Wrestlemania XX was held in New York City. It saw the final WWE appearances of Goldberg & Brock Lesnar (though Lesnar would later return) and also the return of The Undertaker to his original ‘Deadman’ gimmick

– John Cena defeats The Big Show to win the WWE United States Title
– Rob Van Dam & Booker T defeat Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) and La Resistance (Robert Conway & Rene Dupree) in a Fatal 4-Way Match to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Evolution (Batista, Ric Flair & Randy Orton) defeat The Rock n Sock Connection (Mankind & The Rock) in a Handicap Match
– Chavo Guerrero defeats Shannon Moore, Ultimo Dragon, Jamie Noble, Funaki, Nunzio, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio, Tajiri & Akio in a Cruiserweight Open to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Goldberg defeats Brock Lesnar with Steve Austin as special guest referee
– Too Cool (Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty) defeat The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin), The Basham Brothers (Doug & Danny) & The APA (Bradshaw & Faarooq) in a Fatal 4-Way Match to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Victoria defeats Molly Holly in a Hair vs Title match to retain the WWE Womens Title and force Molly to have her head shaved
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Title
– The Undertaker defeats Kane
– Chris Benoit defeats Triple H & Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat Match to win the World Heavyweight Title

In 2009, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 7 was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Riki Choshu & Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeat Osamu Nishimura & Manabu Soya
– Kaz Hayashi defeats Minoru to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki defeat Suwama & Shuji Kondo
– Yoshihiro Takayama defeats The Great Muta to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Title Changes

1980 – Jose Lothario & Tiger Conway Jr defeat Mr Hito & Mr Sakurada to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles. Also, Bruiser Brody defeats Mark Lewin to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1980 – Junkyard Dog defeats Ernie Ladd to win the MSW Louisiana Title

1987 – Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff defeats Ron Garvin & Barry Windham to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

1999 – Naoya Ogawa defeats Dan Severn to win the NWA World Title

2009 – Yoshihiro Takayama defeats The Great Muta to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2010 – Adam Pearce defeats Blue Demon Jr & Phil Shatter in a 3-Way Elimination Match to win the NWA World Title

2011 – Sheamus defeats Daniel Bryan to win the WWE United States Title

2011 – Abyss is forced to vacate the TNA Television Title through injury. Gunner defeats Rob Terry & Murphy in a 3-Way Match to win the vacant title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time WCW Tag Team Champion Bryan Clark (49), former WWE United States and Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella (34) and former ECW valet Beulah McGillicutty (44)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost NWA Hall of Famer and multiple time Tag Team Champion Corsica Joe at the ripe old age of 90. I’m afraid I don’t have a lot of information about his career, however, he started wrestling under his real name Francois Miquet in the late 40s, teaming with his real-life brother Felix. He later adopted the Corsica Joe moniker, forming another tag team with Corsica Jean (Jean Louis Roy), and the duo proceeded to win tag team gold all across the southern states. He also found some singles success in the Texas territory, winning the Texas Heavyweight Title in 1959. He retired from active duties in 1972, but remained involved in the business, and could often be found working the door at the Nashville Fairgrounds, including the period where it was known as the TNA Asylum. Modern wrestling fans may remember him as one of the ‘Legends Parade’ on the first TNA weekly PPV event. He was inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame in 2008.

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