This Day In Wrestling History – June 13th‏

Jun 13, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1992 – Gary Strydom wins the second and last WBF BodyStars Championship event

1994 – Jushin Liger wins the renamed NJPW Best of the Super Juniors (formerly Top of the Super Juniors) Tournament, defeating Super Delfin in the final

2004 – Tiger Mask IV wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final

2006 – The revived ECW brand airs for the first time on the Sci-Fi Channel

2010 – Prince Devitt wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Kota Ibushi in the final


In 1990, NWA Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush was held in Charleston, South Carolina

– The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) by DQ (The Midnight Express retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles)
– Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Paul Orndorff defeats Arn Anderson
– The Junkyard Dog defeats Ric Flair by DQ (Flair retains the NWA World Title)

In 1993, the first WWF King of the Ring PPV was held in Dayton, Ohio. This was actually the 7th KoR Tournament, but the first to air on PPV and indeed on TV. This was also the final WWF PPV appearance of Hulk Hogan until 2002

– Yokozuna defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Title
– The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) and The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu) and Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster)
– Shawn Michaels defeats Crush to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Bret Hart wins the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow in the final

In 1997, AAA TripleMania V-A was held in Tijuana, Mexico

– Rey Misterio Jr defeats Juventud Guerrera
– Cibernetico defeats Pierroth Jr in a Street Fight
– Heavy Metal & Leon Negro defeat Latin Lover & Perro Aguayo Jr, Jerry Estrada & El Picudo and May Flowers & Halcón Dorado Jr in a 4-Way Hair vs Hair Match. Halcón Dorado was the man pinned, so his head was shaved
– Perro Aguayo, Tinieblas Jr & El Canek defeat Jake Roberts, Killer & Gorgeous George III

In 1999, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held in Baltimore, Maryland

– Ric Flair defeats Roddy Piper by DQ to become president of WCW
– Rick Steiner defeats Sting in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– The Jersey Triad (Chris Kanyon & Diamond Dallas Page) defeat Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Kevin Nash defeats Randy Savage by DQ to retain the WCW World Title

In 2004, the final WWE Bad Blood was a Raw-exclusive event, held in Columbus, Ohio

– Chris Benoit & Edge defeat La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier & Robert Conway) by DQ (La Resistance retain the World Tag Team Titles)
– Randy Orton defeats Shelton Benjamin to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Victoria, Lita & Gail Kim in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the WWE Womens Title
– Chris Benoit defeats Kane to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Triple H defeats Shawn Michaels in a Hell In A Cell Match

In 2008, AAA TripleMania XVI was held in Mexico City

– The Black Family (Dark Cuervo, Dark Escoria, Dark Ozz & Dark Espiritu) defeat Real Fuerza Aerea (Aero Star, El Angel & Super Fly) in a Handicap Tag Team Match
– The Mexican Powers (Crazy Boy, Ultimo Gladiator & Ricky Marvin) defeat La Legion Extranjera (Bryan Danielson, Jack Evans & Teddy Hart) & La Familia de Tijuana (Extreme Tiger, Halloween & TJ Extreme) in a 3-Way Elimination Tag Team Match
– Faby Apache defeats Mari Apache in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Hair vs Hair Match. Mari Apache was supposed to have her head shaved, but her father Gran Apache sacrificed his own hair instead
– Vampiro fought El Mesias to a draw in a Hardcore Match
– La Legion Extranjera (Bobby Lashley, Electroshock & Kenzo Suzuki) defeat Chessman, La Parka & Silver King
– Cibernetico defeats El Zorro to retain the AAA World Title

In 2009, AAA TripleMania XVII was held in Mexico City

– X-Pac, Charly Manson & Rocky Romero defeat El Zorro, Dark Ozz & Dark Scoria. As a result, El Zorro gets 10 strikes with a Singapore cane
– Extreme Tiger defeats Alex Koslov, Crazy Boy & Alan Stone in a Four Way Elimination Hardcore Match to win the AAA Cruiserweight Title
– La Hermandad 187 (Nicho El Millionario & Joe Lider) defeat Latin Lover & Marco Corleone to retain the AAA Tag Team Titles
– Dr Wagner Jr defeats El Mesias to win the AAA World Title
– Team AAA (El Hijo Del Santo, La Parka, Vampiro, Octagon & Jack Evans) defeat La Legion Extranjera (Silver King, Chessman, Kenzo Suzuki, Electroshock & Teddy Hart) in a Six Sides of Steel Match to take control of AAA

Title Changes

1960 – Tony Borne defeats Bull Curry to win the vacant Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1977 – Karl Kox & Jerry Oates defeat The Medics (1 & 2) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1983 – Tiger Mask defeats Fishman to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

2003 – Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yutaka Yoshie defeat Cho-Ten (Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2006 – Paul Heyman awards the revived ECW World Title to Rob Van Dam

2009 – Austin Aries defeats Jerry Lynn & Tyler Black in a 3-Way Elimination Match to win the ROH World Title


Happy birthday to indy star Jason Cross (34), former Million Dollar Champion Mike ‘Virgil/Vincent’ Jones (51), former AWA World Champion Otto Wanz (70), one-time WWF Tag and Hardcore Champion Headbanger Thrashe (44) and former WWF Intercontinental and Tag Champion Jacques ‘The Mountie’ Rougeau (53)

Also, today would have been the birthday of AAA founder Antonio Pena (62)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1982, ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia lost his battle with cancer aged just 45. Maivia is probably best known to modern audiences as being the grandfather of The Rock, but was a talented and decorated wrestler in his own right. Across various NWA territories, he accumulated 8 Heavyweight Title reigns, one United States Title and 5 Tag Team Titles. He was most active in the Mid-Pacific territory, but won titles as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. Some may not know that he appeared in the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’ and also served as the uncredited stunt co-ordinator for the film.

Secondly, in 2009, Japanese superstar Mitsuharu Misawa died at the age of 46. Misawa was a successful amateur wrestler, but always wanted to become a professional. He became a protegé of Giant Baba, who gave him his professional debut in 1981. In the early part of his career, he competed as Tiger Mask II, succeeding Satoru Sayama. There was more than an element of luck in Misawa’s rise to stardom; after the sudden departure of Genichiro Tenryu from All Japan, Giant Baba needed a new face for the promotion and took the decision to push a young talent. Some would say that Misawa was simply in the right place at the right time. He dropped the mask in 1990 and began ascending the ranks, winning his first AJPW Triple Crown Title two years later. Misawa dominated All Japan in the 1990’s until the death of Giant Baba saw him inherit the position of AJPW President, but would last barely a year before a series of fallouts with Motoko Baba led to his removal from the position and subsequently, his leaving the promotion to set up Pro Wrestling NOAH. NOAH quickly became renowned for showcasing some of the best wrestling in the world, regularly putting on 5-star rated matches. Misawa suffered a fatal injury in the ring; teaming with Go Shiozaki to take on Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith, Misawa took a regulation belly-to-back suplex from Saito, but lost consciousness on impact and never woke up, having suffered a rumoured spinal cord injury (in accordance with Japanese law, the cause of death has not been made public). Misawa is widely considered to be one of the best wrestlers ever to have lived and is held in high esteem all over the world

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