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This Day In Wrestling History – March 15th‏



Trivia

2007 – Bobby Heenan is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame

2009 – Electroshock wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating La Parka, Silver King & Latin Lover

Events

In 1998, WCW Uncensored was held in Mobile, Alabama

– Booker T defeats Eddy Guerrero to retain the WCW Television Title
– Chris Jericho defeats Dean Malenko to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Diamond Dallas Page defeats Chris Benoit & Raven in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WCW United States Title
– Sting defeats Scott Hall to retain the WCW World Title
– Hollywood Hogan fought Randy Savage by forfeit in a Cage Match

In 2009, TNA Destination X was held in Orlando, Florida

– Awesome Kong defeats Sojourner Bolt to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– AJ Styles defeats Booker T to win the TNA Legends Title
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Robert Roode) by countout in a No-DQ Off The Wagon Challenge (Beer Money retain the TNA Tag Team Titles)
– Suicide defeats Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Consequences Creed & Jay Lethal in an Ultimate X Match to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Sting defeats Kurt Angle with Jeff Jarrett as special guest referee and Mick Foley as special guest enforcer to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1956 – Whipper Billy Watson defeats Lou Thesz to win the NWA World Title

1976 – Danny Hodge is forced to vacate the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title after breaking his neck in a car accident

1997 – The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) defeat The Eliminators (Saturn & Kronus) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1997 – Tank defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Raw, Road Dogg defeats Val Venis to win the WWF Intercontinental Title. Also, Billy Gunn defeats Bob Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Title

1999 – on Nitro, Rey Misterio Jr defeats Billy Kidman to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2003 – AJ Styles & The Amazing Red defeat Christopher Daniels & Xavier (subbing for Donovan Morgan) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik (70) and one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Masayuki Naruse (40)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1977, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Antonino Rocca at the age of 49. Debuting in 1942 in his native Argentina (though born in Italy, he moved to Argentina at around 10 years old) Rocca was one of the pioneers of the high-flying, aerial style of wrestling. He began competing in America in the late 40s, winning the Texas Heavyweight Title twice in 1948, before moving on to the New York area, where he would reach the height of his success. Rocca became so popular that he is credited with ending the box office slump at Madison Square Garden that had been evident since 1938, indeed, he had a 7-year run of main event matches at the Garden. Alongside this singles success, he formed a popular tag team with Miguel Perez, winning titles in New York and Puerto Rico. By the 1960s, his star had waned, and he left the WWWF. He briefly set up a set up a competing promotion supported by Jim Crockett Sr, but it wasn’t a success, and had closed within a few years. He had a brief stint in Japan and Puerto Rico before returning to the WWWF as a color commentator. His final wrestling appearance came at Madison Square Garden, officiating a boxing match between Gorilla Monsoon & Andre The Giant. He died of complications from an unspecified infection. Notably, Rocca’s fame was such that he appeared on the cover of Superman #155 in August 1962.

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