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This Day In Wrestling History – May 10th‏



Trivia

1985 – The first WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event is held in Long Island, New York. It would be televised the next night on NBC

2001 – Vince McMahon announces the closure of the XFL

Title Changes

1966 – The Assassins (1 & 2) defeat Stan Kowalski & The Great Matsuda in the final of a tournament to win the vacant TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Raw, Sable defeats Debra in an Evening Gown Match, however, Commissioner Shawn Michaels claims that Debra is the winner as she lost her dress. Michaels awards the WWF Womens Title to Debra

1999 – Atlantis defeats Dr Wagner Jr to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW wrestler Air Paris (36), former NWA Tag Team star Jerry Brown (76) and 2-time WWF/E Intercontinental Champions William Regal (45) and Tito Santana (60)

Also, some sources give today as the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Verne Gagne, who according to said sources would be 90. I cannot confirm the accuracy of these sources as yet. Other sources give the date as February 26 and/or the year as 1926.

In Memoriam

On this day in 1983, the wrestling world lost famed promoter Frank Tunney at the age of 70. Tunney first became involved with wrestling in a secretarial role at the Queensbury Athletic Club, who were soon moving to new premises at the Maple Leaf Gardens. The Athletic Club controlled the local wrestling promotion and Tunney eventually ascended the ranks to become its book-keeper. In 1939, QAC owner Jack Corcoran died suddenly of influenza, leaving Tunney to take the reins. The promotion struggled to stay afloat while Tunney was learning the ropes, as Wild Bill Longson was the only top draw left in the area. Eventually, after a great deal of work on his part, Whipper Billy Watson was elevated to main event status and a star was born. Watson’s drawing power almost single-handedly saved the financial situation of the promotion, which in turn allowed Tunney to bring in more stars for him to feud with. Eventually, Tunney bought a stake in the NWA St Louis territory, in an attempt to bring yet more stars to his promotion (Montreal and Toronto did not receive NWA backing until 1949). His promoting abilities and respect within the wrestling business saw him elected NWA President for one term in 1960-61. Tunney remained involved with his three promotions well into the 1970′s, but had gradually begun to step away from active duties. Eventually, control of the Canadian territories was passed to Watson and he sold his stake in St Louis. Tunney lived out a quiet retirement and died peacefully in his sleep whilst visiting Hong Kong. His status was such that his pallbearers included Sam Muchnick, Billy Watson, Vince McMahon, Gene Kiniski and Jim Crockett

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