This Day In Wrestling History – March 16th‏

Mar 16, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2003 – La Parka Jr defeats Abismo Negro to win the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament

2008 – El Zorro wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating Abismo Negro, Mr Niebla & Alan Stone


In 2008, ROH Take No Prisoners was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– Tyler Black defeats Go Shiozaki, Delirious & Claudio Castagnoli in a Four Corner Survival Match
– The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark) defaet The Age Of The Fall (Joey Matthews & Necro Butcher) in a Tag Team War
– No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) defeat The Vulture Squad (Ruckus & Jigsaw) to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
– Bryan Danielson defeats Austin Aries
– Nigel McGuinness defeats Tyler Black to retain the ROH World Title

Title Changes

1948 – Billy Goelz defeats Marshall Esteppe to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1970 – Karl Kox & The Great Malenko defeat Wahoo McDaniel & Antonio Pugliese to win the Texas Tag Team Titles

1977 – Bob Sweetan & Tony Rocco defeat Skandar Akbar & Choi Sun to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1985 – Dusty Rhodes defeats Tully Blanchard to win the NWA Television Title

1986 – The Sheepherders (Luke Williams & Butch Miller) defeat Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams to win the UWF Tag Team Titles. Also, Buzz Sawyer was awarded the newly-created UWF Television Title by the last Mid-South Television Champion Dick Slater

1986 – Jim Duggan defeats Buzz Sawyer (subbing for Dick Slater) to win the MSW North American Title

1989 – Hiroshi Hase defeats Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – Kamala defeats Koko B Ware to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1994 – Hiroshi Hase defeats Rick Rude to win the WCW International World Title

1998 – on Raw, Triple H defeats Owen Hart to win the WWF European Title

2008 – Cibernetico defeats El Mesias to win the AAA Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to 2-time WWF Tag Team Champion Henry Godwinn (49), one-time WCW US Tag Team Champion Steve Armstrong (48), one-time World Tag Team Champion Ken Doane (27) and former WWE developmental talent Brett DiBiase (25)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2008, the wrestling world lost famed manager ‘Playboy’ Gary Hart aged 66. Hart started his career in 1963, working as a wrestler in Wisconsin and Illinois, but soon gave it up in favor of a less active role. By the 70s, he was working for WCCW (then known as Big Time Wrestling) and rose to the position of booker in 1979. Hart is credited with ushering in the ‘golden years’ of WCCW, creating the legendary Von Erichs-Freebirds feud as well as introducing talent such as The Great Muta, One Man Gang and King Kong Bundy to the territory. He also continued his manager role, guiding Chris Adams, Abdullah The Butcher and Gino Hernandez amongst others. He also had stints in the Georgia and Mid-Atlantic territories. Throughout his career, Hart became renowned for looking out for the wellbeing of all wrestlers, not just his own. When Chris Adams (managed by Hart) hit Kevin Von Erich with a wooden chair, Hart ushered Adams from the ring and called for medical attention for Von Erich. As World Class began to falter in the late 80’s, Hart began appearing in JCP, managing the J-Tex Corporation, and continued this role for a brief time after Ted Turner’s buyout. Following his WCW departure, he formed a new promotion in Texas, showcasing several of the former World Class talents, but it was unsuccessful. He also worked for the short-lived GWF promotion, as well as an ill-fated attempt to revive World Class. He retired in 1999, but made a surprise return to wrestling in January 2004, appearing on Major League Wrestling’s Reloaded tour, on which his son Chad debuted. However, MLW would fold only a month later, and Hart would retire for good. He lived out his retirement in Euless, Texas, continuing to make appearances at conventions, until his death of a heart attack. On April 5, a tribute show aired, which was attended by many top stars of the past and present, including Bill Watts, Jack Brisco, Michael Hayes & Jim Ross.

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