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This Day In Wrestling History – March 22nd‏



Trivia

2007 – Ric Flair is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame

2009 – Hirooki Goto wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Giant Bernard in the tournament final

2010 – Hirooki Goto wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Togi Makabe in the tournament final

Events

In 1996, the first CMLL Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth was held in Mexico City. The show was held as a tribute to CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth and would become an annual event

– El Bronco, Humberto Garza Jr & Mascara Magica defeat Arkangel de la Muerte, Chicago Express & Scorpio Jr
– Atlantis won a Torneo Cibernetico Match also featuring Lizmark, El Dandy, El Hijo del Santo, Dr Wagner Jr, Negro Casas, El Felino & Blue Panther
– Dos Caras, Hector Garza & La Fiera defeat Los Chacales (Bestia Salvaje, Emilio Charles Jr & Sangre Chicana) to win the CMLL Trios Titles
– Rambo defeats El Brazo in a Hair vs Hair Match

Title Changes

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

1999 – Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka defeat Ten-Koji to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2003 – Samoa Joe defeats Xavier to win the ROH World Title

2004 – on Raw, Evolution defeat Booker T & Rob Van Dam to win the World Tag Team Titles

2011 – Wade Barrett defeats Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Wayne ‘Beau Beverly’ Bloom (55) and Mexican stars Ray Mendoza Jr aka Villano V (51) and El Felino (49)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 2009, one-time USWA Heavyweight Champion Steven Dunn died at the age of 48. Dunn’s (real name Steve Doll) first match came in May 1985, against Dick Slater in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his early career, he toured various promotions, but secured his first regular role with PNW in 1987, amassing 4 Heavyweight Title reigns and 18 Tag Team Title reigns in his 5 years with the company. In 1993, he and then-tag partner Rex King joined the WWF and began competing as ‘Well Dunn’, managed by Harvey Whippleman. The duo were never used as more than undercard talent and left the company two years later. Doll then made his way to WCW, where he had another unspectacular run, though was involved in one of wrestling’s truly historic moments. It was during a match between him and The Mauler when Scott Hall debuted in WCW, triggering the start of the nWo angle. He then competed almost exclusively in the USWA, before it closed in late 1997. After a two year run in various independent promotions, and several WWF dark matches, Doll retired from the wrestling business. His later life was plagued with health problems; he survived a potentially fatal intestinal blockage, only to succumb to a blood clot 3 years later

Secondly, also in 2009, the 2000 AAA Rey de Reyes winner Abismo Negro died aged just 37. He made his professional debut at just 16 years old, competing as ‘Alex Dinamo’, though quickly dropped this persona in favour of ‘Pequeno Samurai’. He competed on the Mexican indies for 4 years before signing for CMLL in 1991. Here, he adopted yet another new persona, ‘Furor’, and won his first Luchas de apuestas match, defeating his mentor El Noruego in a hair vs mask match. Less than one year later, Antonio Pena left CMLL to form AAA, and he was one several young wrestlers to defect to the new promotion. His first character in the new promotion was ‘Winners’, and saw him take part in the first TripleMania event. The success of the character continued, and he would go on to compete at TripleManias III and IV, though would be unmasked in a Luchas de apuesta between the two. In 1997, the Abismo Negro character was created, which would become his best-remembered gimmick. Outside of considerable success in Mexico, he also competed several times on WWF programming and had a successful TNA run in 2004, winning the America’s X Cup and going most of the World X Cup unbeaten, as well as making several appearances in Japan, primarily for NOAH. He was found dead in a river, near the town of El Rosario. He reportedly suffered an anxiety attack on a bus and demanded to get off. He then sent a text message to his wife, saying that he was lost in the dark. His wife contacted a local wrestling promoter, who organized a search party, leading to the discovery of his body. His death made national news in Mexico, partly because someone posing as Abismo Negro wrestled on a AAA-branded show in Cancun on the night that the real Abismo Negro was lost. The promoter was banned from the sport for two years. He was honored with a minute’s silence at that year’s TripleMania

Finally, in 2012, former SCW promoter Joe Blanchard died aged 83. Blanchard was an accomplished amateur wrestler, winning the Big 7 Championship in 1950 whilst attending Kansas State University. He began his professional sporting career with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, but soon turned to wrestling and relocated to San Antonio. His in-ring career produced precious little results and by the 1960’s, Blanchard was becoming more involved with the backstage happenings of the promotion. He founded Southeast Championship Wrestling in the 1970’s and the promotion soon became a local hit, with a weekly show on cable TV. SCW’s roster grew to include Joe’s son Tully, Jose Lothario, Seigfred Steinke and Bobby Fulton, while a young Shawn Michaels regularly attended their shows. Sadly, SCW folded in the mid-80’s after a falling out between Blanchard and former business partner Fred Behrend (who, incidentally, was later jailed for tax evasion, supposedly the cause of the fallout). Blanchard continued to appear at conventions and fan-fests, but never again took an active role in the wrestling business. He served out his days working with the Cornerstone Church before passing of cancer.



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One Response

  1. David K says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, wasn’t Joe Blanchard president “on-screen” for the AWA before the demise?

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