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This Day In Wrestling History – April 14th‏



Trivia

1973 – The first Japanese wrestling promotion, the JWA, goes out of business having lost it’s two main draws (Antonio Inoki & Giant Baba) who left to form their own promotions, taking many of the talent with them

Title Changes

1980 – Toru Tanaka defeats Bruiser Brody to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1989 – Jerry Lawler defeats Kerry von Erich to win the Unified World Title, though there is argument as to whether this was a legitimate ‘Unified’ Title Match

1996 – Rayo de Jalisco Jr defeats Apolo Dantes to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

2002 – The WWF Hardcore Title 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Bubba Ray Dudley to William Regal, to Spike Dudley, to Goldust and back to Bubba Ray. Each counts as a separate reign

2006 – Negro Casas & Mistico defeat Averno & Mephisto to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

2008 – on Raw, Mickie James defeats Beth Phoenix to win the WWE Womens Title

2010 – Bison Smith & Keith Walker defeat Takeshi Rikio & Mohammed Yone to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW and NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett (46), former WCW, WWF, ECW and TNA wrestler Julio Dinero (41), one-time WCWA Tag Team Champion Jesse Barr (54) 4-time WWF/E Womens Champion Lita (38) and Joshi star Toshie Uematsu (39)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time WCW Tag Team Champion Brian Adams (49)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost former AWA and NWA World Champion Gene Kiniski at the age of 81. In 1949, Kiniski began playing for the Edmonton Eskimos then of the WIFU (one of the precursors to the CFL). Stu Hart, Joe Blanchard and Wilbur Snyder were all also members of the team, and it has been regularly stated that a combination of the three encouraged Kiniski to take up the sport of wrestling. In the first football game of the 1952 season, Kiniski suffered a torn patella, which would later force his retirement and therefore, begin his wrestling career. Kiniski was a main eventer almost from the dawn of his career; during the 1950’s, he won championships all across Canada and the southern USA, finding most success in Vancouver and San Francisco. At the turn of the decade, he joined the AWA and within a year he had defeated Verne Gagne to win their world title, though would hold it for less than a month. Later in the decade, Kiniski competed in Japan, winning the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles, and the WWWF, where a storyline saw him walk away with the WWWF Title having mistakenly thought he had defeated Bruno Sammartino, but went on to lose the rematch. Only a few current title histories make any reference to this ‘change’. Arguably the peak of his career came in 1966, when he defeated Lou Thesz to win the NWA World Title. He would hold the title for 3 years, but by his own admission, took on too heavy a schedule and was relieved to eventually lose the championship to Dory Funk Jr. Kiniski continued to wrestle successfully into the 70’s and early 80’s, but it was clear that he was winding down his career. He acquired an ownership share of the All Star Wrestling promotion, controlling it until 1983. He wrestled his last match in 1992, teaming with Lance Storm and Chris Jericho against Bob Brown, Don Callis and Gerry Morrow. Kiniski retained an active interest in the wrestling business, including serving an interim term as president of All Japan’s governing body. He died at his home in Washington after a lengthy battle with cancer.



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