This Day In Wrestling History – May 11th‏

May 11, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1976 – Seiji Sakaguchi wins the NJPW World League, defeating Pedro Morales in the final

1985 – WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event airs for the first time

1989 – Steve Austin makes his professional wrestling debut


In 1996, AAA TripleMania IV-A was held in Chicago, Illinois, making it the first major AAA event to be held in the US (excepting the When Worlds Collide event, which was a co-promotion with WCW)

– Jerry Estrada & Juventud Guerrera defeat El Pantera & Super Calo in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Cibernetico, El Picudo & Mosco de la Merced defeat Octagon, Ultimo Dragon & La Parka in a Six-Man Lucha Libre Rules Tag Team Match
– Konnan & Perro Aguayo defeat Pierroth Jr & Cien Caras in a Lumberjack Match

In 1997, WWF In Your House 15: A Cold Day In Hell was held in Richmond, Virginia

– Mankind defeats Rocky Maivia
– The Nation of Domination (Crush, Vega & Faarooq) defeat Ahmed Johnson in a Gauntlet Match
– Ken Shamrock defeats Vader in a No Holds Barred Match
– The Undertaker defeats Steve Austin to retain the WWF Title

In 2008, TNA Sacrifice featured a one-night, 8-team ‘Deuces Wild’ Tournament to crown new TNA Tag Team Champions. It was held in Orlando, Florida

– Kaz wins a 10-man X-Division TerrorDome Match
– Gail Kim & Roxxi Laveaux win a 10-woman TNA Knockouts Makeover Battle Royal
– Gail Kim defeats Roxxi Laveaux in a Ladder Match
– The LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) in the final of the Deuces Wild Tournament to win the vacant TNA Tag Team Titles
– Samoa Joe defeats Scott Steiner & Kaz in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1976 – The Executioners defeat Louis Cerdan & Tony Parisi to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1976 – Karl Kox & Bob Sweetan defeat Ted DiBiase & Dick Murdoch to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1981 – Ernie Ladd defeats Kerry von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

2007 – Mike Quackenbush defeats Tiger Mask IV to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2010 – on Smackdown, LayCool (Layla & Michelle McCool) defeat Beth Phoenix in a Texas Tornado Handicap Match. Layla pins Phoenix to win the WWE Womens Title


Happy birthday to CZW regular Nick Berk (33), former WCW and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman (39), former AWA, CWA and USWA Tag Team Champion Paul Diamond (52), one-time WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion Mark ‘Rollerball’ Rocco (62), 2008 King of Trios winner Lince Dorado (26) and Chickfight VI winner Daizee Haze (30)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1992, 6-time NWA Middleweight Champion Rene Guajardo died aged 59. Guajardo began training in Monterrey at the age of 16 and went on to make his professional debut 3 years later. His performance was such that EMLL signed him after only his third professional match. A friendship with famed ‘rudo’ Karloff Lagarde led to the formation of their tag team, which in turn led to Guajardo’s first main event run. He won his first major title in 1960, defeating his trainer Rolando Vera to win his first NWA Middleweight Title. Later in the decade, Guajardo & Lagarde formed an alliance both in and out of the ring with Ray Mendoza. The three used their main event status to pressure EMLL promoters to improve pay and working conditions for their fellow wrestlers. During this time, Guajardo and Lagarde won their one and only tag title, while Guajardo gained perhaps the biggest win of his career by defeating El Santo for the Mexican Middleweight Title. Guajardo continued to compete for the two middleweight titles into the 1970’s until the famed EMLL split, upon which he followed Mendoza and Lagarde to the newly-formed UWA. Guajardo used this opportunity to become more involved in backstage roles with the promotion, becoming the UWA’s lead promoter for northern Mexico. He continued to wrestle into the 1980’s, but it was clear that his career was winding down and he hung up his boots for good in 1982. In 1990, Guajardo regularly traveled to Europe to scout talent for UWA, talent which included Chris Benoit, Scorpio and Owen Hart. Despite suffering from liver cancer in his later years, Guajardo was still actively working as a promoter when he succumbed to the disease.

Secondly, in 2008, famed women’s wrestler Judy Grable died aged 72. Grable was one of numerous wrestlers who trained under The Fabulous Moolah in he 1950’s, having initially embarked on a career as a circus acrobat. Like all of Moolah’s trainees, Grable started her career in Paul Bowser’s Boston promotion but was soon competing in various NWA promotions all over the United States. Grable competed in a battle royal for the NWA Womens Title in 1956 (her only shot at the title I believe) but finished runner-up to Moolah. Grable’s fame became such that she made an appearance on the popular gameshow ‘What’s My Line?’. Despite this popularity, Grable only held two major titles in her professional career, winning the NWA Georgia Womens Title twice between 1958 and 1963. She officially retired from wrestling in the late 60’s in order to start a family with her new husband, but continued to make occasional appearances until 1974. In retirement, Grable returned to school and gained a nursing qualification, living out the rest of her life as a nursing assistant in a retirement home for war veterans. Grable developed diabetes in her later years and it was this along with Alzheimer’s disease which would eventually claim her life. Grable’s daughter Debbie occasionally appears in independent promotions in Washington state.

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