This Day In Wrestling History – June 15th‏

Jun 15, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1991 – Gary Strydom wins the first WBF BodyStars Championship event

2008 – Wataru Inoue wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final


In 1996, AAA TripleMania IV-B was held in Orizaba, Mexico

– Rey Misterio Jr, Oro Jr, Winners & Super Calo defeat Perro Silva, Halloween, Kraken & Mosco de la Merced
– Pierroth Jr defeats Perro Aguayo, Juventud Guerrera, Konnan, El Pantera, Pimpinela Escarlata, Psicosis & Villano III in an Elimination Match
– La Parka, Octagon & Mascara Sagrada defeat Killer, Cien Caras & Heavy Metal in a Lumberjack Match

In 1997, AAA TripleMania V-B was held in Naucalpan, Mexico

– Sangre Chicana defeats Heavy Metal by DQ
– Los Payasos (Coco Rojo, Coco Verde & Coco Amarillo) defeat Mascara Sagrada Jr, La Calaca & Super Muneco in a Mask vs Mask Cage Match. La Calaca was the last man left in the cage, so had to unmask
– Latin Lover defeats Pierroth Jr
– Perro Aguayo, Octagon, Cibernetico & El Canek defeat Jake Roberts, Gorgeous George III, El Cobarde Jr & Fuerza Guerrera

In 1997, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held in Moline, Illinois

– Akira Hokuto defeats Madusa in a Title vs Career Match to retain the WCW Womens Title and force Madusa to retire
– Chris Benoit defeats Meng in a Death Match
– The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) defeat Ric Flair & Roddy Piper to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Randy Savage defeats Diamond Dallas Page in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

In 2003, AAA TripleMania XI was held in Naucalpan, Mexico

– Electroshock & Lady Apache defeat Gran & Faby Apache, El Brazo & Martha Villalobos and Chessman & Tiffany in a 4-Way Tag Team Match to win the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Titles
– Rayman & El Zorro defeat Juventud Guerrera & Mr Aguila by DQ
– Heavy Metal defeats Pirata Morgan, El Texano & Sangre Chicana in a Hair vs Hair Match. Pirata Morgan was pinned, so he was shaved bald
– Lizmark Sr, La Parka, Octagon & Super Calo defeat Abismo Negro, Cibernetico & The Headhunters (A & B)

In 2003, WWE Bad Blood, held in Houston, Texas, was the first regular PPV to be brand-exclusive (Raw) beginning a long run of brand-exclusive PPVs (excluding the classics) which would eventually end with Backlash 2007

– Scott Steiner defeats Test to acquire the services of Stacy Keibler as manager
– Booker T defeats Christian by DQ (Christian retains the WWE Intercontinental Title)
– La Resistance (Rene Dupree & Sylvain Grenier) defeat Rob Van Dam & Kane to win the World Tag Team Titles
– Goldberg defeats Chris Jericho
– Ric Flair defeats Shawn Michaels
– Triple H defeats Kevin Nash in a Hell In A Cell Match with Mick Foley as special guest referee to retain the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1977 – Rick Steamboat defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA Television Title

1982 – King Kong Bundy is awarded the vacant WCCW American Heavyweight Title after previous champion Fritz von Erich retires

1992 – Eddie Gilbert defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1996 – Brickhouse Brown defeats Bart Sawyer to win the vacant USWA Television Title

2004 – on Smackdown, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat Charlie Haas & Rico to win the WWE Tag Team Titles. Also, Rey Mysterio defeats Chavo Classic to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

2009 – on Raw, Randy Orton defeats John Cena, Triple H & The Big Show in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the vacant WWE Title


Happy birthday to one-time USWA Heavyweight Champion Brad Armstrong (52), former WCW and WWE Tag Team Champion Chuck Palumbo (42) and 2-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Scott Norton (52)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date

Firstly, in 1996, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion Dick Murdoch died aged 49. Murdoch began wrestling in 1965, initially as ‘Don Carson’ before using his real name. His first major run came in the 1970’s, teaming with Dusty Rhodes as The Texas Outlaws, which led to singles runs in Florida, Mid-South and various NWA territories. His most notable run came in Mid-South in the early 80’s, where he and Junkyard Dog became probably the promotion’s largest drawing tag team, with their feud against The Freebirds regarded as the best written in Mid-South history. In 1984-5, he had a brief spell in the WWF, winning their tag team titles with Adrian Adonis, before moving to JCP and feuding with Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes. He remained with JCP/WCW on-and-off until 1991, when he became semi-retired, though continued to accept irregular independent bookings. His last major appearance came at the 1995 Royal Rumble, where he was eliminated by Henry Godwinn. He was still active on the independents when he died of a heart attack

Secondly, in 2007, WWE Hall of Famer ‘Sensational’ Sherri Martel died also aged 49. She initially approached Grizzly Smith for training, but was turned down. After around 5 years, her interest in wrestling piqued again and she began training under Butch Moore in Memphis. She underwent further training at The Fabulous Moolah’s school (during which time she wrestled in Japan) but was kicked out for a supposed attitude problem. In the mid-80’s, she joined the AWA and would go on to win 3 Women’s Titles in the promotion before being signed by the WWF in 1987. On her debut with the WWF, she ended Moolah’s year-long reign as Womens Champion and eventually turned to a manager role when the WWF phased out it’s women’s division at the turn of the decade. She managed Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty and Tatanka before her release from the WWF in 1993. She had short stints in ECW and WCW in 1993 and 1994 before quietly disappearing from the wrestling scene. She continued to make occasional appearances in a variety of promotions, most notably in the WWE in 2005, contributing to the feud between Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels and on TNA Impact in 2006, offering her managerial services to Robert Roode, which would be her final televised appearance. She died of an accidental overdose at her mother’s home near Birmingham, Alabama.

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