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This Day In Wrestling History – April 11th‏



Trivia

1987 – The Super Powers (Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes) win the Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Tag Team Tournament, defeating Lex Luger & Tully Blanchard in the final

2001 – The AJPW Champion’s Carnival reverted to the single-block round robin format for this year. This would be the final time this format would be used, as all subsequent tournaments have used a dual-block format. Genichiro Tenryu won the event in his first appearance since 1982, defeating Taiyo Kea in the final

2010 – Minoru Suzuki wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Masakatsu Funaki in the final

2011 – On tonight’s Raw, Edge announces his retirement from professional wrestling due to injury

Title Changes

1982 – King Kong Bundy & Bugsy McGraw defeat Kerry von Erich & Al Madril to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1995 – The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat Dick Murdoch & Randy Rhodes to win the vacant NWA Tag Team Titles

2000 – on Smackdown, the WWF Hardcore Title passes from Crash Holly to Perry Saturn to Tazz and back to Crash

2011 – Brie Bella defeats Eve Torres to win the WWE Divas Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 3-time ECW Tag Team Champion Balls Mahoney (41), famed manager Bill Alfonso (56), WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race (70) and 3-time WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (47)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost Chikara Young Lions Cup II winner and ROH regular ‘Sweet n Sour’ Larry Sweeney aged just 29 (though some sources claim he was 30). He dabbled in wrestling in the early 2000’s, but didn’t take it seriously in 2004, when he began training at Chikara’s Wrestle Factory. He debuted for the promotion that summer, establishing the Sweet ‘n’ Sour International stable. Sweeney quickly made a reputation for himself as a solid in-ring competitor and an excellent talker. He soon began competing all across the United States, eventually leading to a moderately successful stint in Ring of Honor, spending most of his time in the promotion as a manager. He left ROH in April 2009, citing monetary issues, though would return at that year’s Final Battle for one night only. Following Final Battle, Sweeney took a hiatus from professional wrestling. In July 2010, Sweeney returned to Chikara, competing as the masked ‘Vökoder’ until he was unmasked in October. Sweeney claimed that he would return to Chikara full-time in 2011, but would not live to make a return, committing suicide by hanging at a wrestling school in Louisiana. Chikara held a memorial service at their King of Trios event and also named their Grand Champion Tournament ’12 Large: Summit’ in his honour. In addition, Sweeney’s brother Oliver would present the championship belt to the winner, Eddie Kingston

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3 Responses

  1. D. Noel says:

    Excellent bits of trivia and I gotta say R.I.P to Larry Sweeney even though that’s a tough way to go out. But just an observation I believe Goldust is 44 now not 47. There COULD be a margin of error there but I do believe he turned 44 because in a recent interview he said “I’m almost 44″ meaning he was 43 at the time.

  2. Jamie says:

    You’re right to point that out, there are conflicting sources giving his age at either 47 or 44. I simply went with the majority of sources, as I’ve nothing on which to vouch their accuracy

  3. D. Noel says:

    Completely understandable. I enjoy the T.D.I.W articles regardless so keep up the good work.

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