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This Day In Wrestling History – May 18th‏



Events

In 1979, NWA Night of Champions was a one-off event held in Knoxville, Tennessee

– Bob Roop & Bob Orton Jr defeat Jerry Blackwell & Dean Ho to retain the Southeastern Tag Team Titles
– Alexis Smirnoff defeats Ronnie Garvin to win the Southeastern Heavyweight Title
– Kevin Sullivan defeats Mike Graham to win the NWA Alabama United States Junior Heavyweight Title
– Thunderbolt Patterson defeats Boris Malenko to retain the CWA Memphis Title
– Ric Flair fought Ron Fuller to a double-DQ to retain the NWA World Title

In 1997, WCW Slamboree was held in Charlotte, North Carolina

– Steven Regal defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Television Title
– Dean Malenko defeats Jeff Jarrett to retain the WCW United States Title
– Steve McMichael defeats Reggie White
– Ric Flair, Roddy Piper & Kevin Greene defeat Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Syxx

In 2003, WWE Judgment Day was also held in Charlotte, North Carolina

– Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri defeat Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Christian wins a Battle Royal to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title
– Mr America defeats Roddy Piper
– Kevin Nash defeats Triple H by DQ (HHH retains the World Heavyweight Title)
– Jazz defeats Trish Stratus, Victoria & Jacqueline in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Brock Lesnar defeats The Big Show in a Stretcher Match to retain the WWE Title

In 2008, WWE Judgment Day was held in Omaha, Nebraska

– In a dark match, Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes defeat Santino Marella & Carlito to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– John Morrison & The Miz defeat Kane & CM Punk to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Shawn Michaels defeats Chris Jericho
– Mickie James defeats Beth Phoenix & Melina in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Womens Title
– The Undertaker defeats Edge by countout (the World Heavyweight Title remains vacant)
– Triple H defeats Randy Orton in a Cage Match to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1970 – Boris Malenko defeats Mil Mascaras to win the vacant WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1973 – Jose Lothario defeats Blackjack Mulligan to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1984 – Gino Hernandez defeats Jimmy Garvin to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

2004 – on Smackdown, Chavo Classic defeats Chavo Guerrero & Spike Dudley in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW star The Blue Meanie (40), current GHC and former IWGP Tag Team Champion Toru Yano (35), WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka (70), one-time WWWF Tag Team Champion Gino Brito (72), former WWF Hardcore Champion Cynthia ‘Bobcat’ Lynch (42) and All Japan star Kaz Hayashi (40)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time All Japan Tag Team Champion Gary Albright (50) and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion Moondog King (64)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2002, the wrestling world lost 2-time WWF European, Tag Team and Hardcore Champion ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith at the age of 39. Smith debuted in his native England aged just 15, competing on the famed ‘World of Sport’ television show, where he wrestled the far more experienced Bernie Wright to a time-limit draw at one fall each. He also competed against or alongside Big Daddy, Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay and Blackjack Mulligan before moving to Canada at the behest of Stu Hart. During his time at Stampede, he also made his first tour of Japan, where he and Tom ‘Dynamite Kid’ Billington teamed as ‘The British Bulldogs’ for the first time in 1984. Later that year, the pair were signed by the WWF, where they would become one of the top tag teams in an initial 4-year run. In 1988, he left the promotion following an incident between Billington and Jacques Rougeau, following which they returned to Stampede and All Japan. The pair had a falling out in 1990, and Smith returned to the WWF alone. It was during this run where Smith hit the peak of his popularity, culminating in an Intercontinental Title victory over Bret Hart at Summerslam 92, though he would be released from the company barely 6 months later after it was revealed that he (as well as The Ultimate Warrior) were receiving shipments of steroids. Brief runs in WCW (from where he was released after yet another behind-the-scenes incident) and the UK preceded another WWF return. This run was somewhat less memorable, but did include Tag Team and European Title reigns before he left the promotion again following the Montreal Screwjob. A second WCW run ended after he was released while recovering from a serious back injury suffered after landing on a trap door built into the ring. His final major run was with the WWF in 1999-2000, when he was used primarily as a midcard talent. He was admitted to rehab by Vince McMahon in 2000 after developing an addiction to painkillers but was released from the company during the treatment process amid rumours of a relapse. He had been training for a return to the ring when he suffered a heart attack whilst on holiday with his girlfriend in Canada. His autopsy revealed that steroid use may have played a part in his death, however, the only clear results were that stress, serious injury and drugs had taken their toll



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4 Responses

  1. MulkeyMania says:

    The info on the NWA Night of Champions is incorrect. Ric Flair could not have faced Ron Fuller for the World Heavyweight Championship in 1979 when Flair did not win his first World title until 1981.

  2. Steven says:

    Harley Race was the champ in 1979. Flair would win the strap for another 2 years

  3. Jamie says:

    Hmm, I’m gonna have to look into that one – my original source has gone offline, so perhaps it was bogus. Thanks for the spot

  4. Steven says:

    1979 – NWA World champion Harley Race fought Ron Fuller to a double DQ in Knoxville, TN on a Southeastern Championship Wrestling event. Other results from the card saw:
    Alexis Smirnoff beat Ronnie Garvin to win Southeastern Title
    Mongolian Stomper beat Ken Lucas
    Crusher Blackwell & Dean Ho beat Bob Roop & Bob Orton Jr by DQ
    Thunderbolt Patterson beat Prof. Boris Malenko
    Kevin Sullivan beat Mike Graham to win United States Junior Title
    Mr. Fuji beat Terry Gibbs

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