This Day In Wrestling History – June 18th‏

Jun 18, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2006 – Minoru wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Tiger Mask IV in the final


In 1994, the WWF Hall of Fame Ceremony is held in Baltimore, Maryland. The Class of 94 are:

– Arnold Skaaland
– Bobo Brazil
– Buddy Rogers
– Chief Jay Strongbow
– Freddie Blassie
– Gorilla Monsoon
– James Dudley

In 1995, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held in Dayton, Ohio

– The Renegade defeats Arn Anderson to win the WCW Television Title
– The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeat The Blue Bloods (Earl Robert Eaton & Lord Steven Regal) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Sting defeats Meng to win the vacant WCW United States Title
– Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage

In 1995, AAA TripleMania III-B was held in Tonala, Mexico

– Juventud Guerrera defeats Perro Aguayo Jr in an Olympic Rules Match
– El Hijo Del Santo, Octagon, Rey Misterio Jr & La Parka defeat Pentagon, Blue Panther, Psicosis & Fuerza Guerrera
– Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 defeat Perro Aguayo & Konnan in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Tag Team Match to retain the UWA World Title (Caras) and the IWC Heavyweight Title (Mascara)
– Winners defeats Marabunta in a Mask vs Mask Match

In 2006, AAA TripleMania XIV was held in Naucalpan, Mexico

– Abismo Negro, Gran Apache, La Diabolica & Tiffany defeat El Alebrije, Billy Boy, Estrellita & Faby Apache
– The Black Family (Chessman, Cuervo, Escoria & Ozz) fought Real Fuerza Aerea (Laredo Kid, Nemesis, Rey Cometa & Super Fly) to a no contest. As a result, the Mexican National Atomicos Title is vacated
– Charly Manson defeats El Zorro in a Last Man Standing Hair vs Hair Cage Match to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Title and force El Zorro to shave his head
– La Parka defeats Muerte Cibernetica in a Mask vs Mask Match

In 2006, TNA Slammiversary was held in Orlando, Florida and marked the approximate 4-year anniversary of TNA Wrestling

– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat The James Gang (Kip & BG) in a Bingo Hall Brawl
– Kevin Nash defeats Chris Sabin
– AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels defeat America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Samoa Joe defeats Scott Steiner
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Christian Cage, Abyss, Ron Killings & Sting in a King of the Mountain Match to win the NWA World Title

In 2011, AAA TripleMania XIX was held in Mexico City. The event saw Octagón inducted as the sixth member of the AAA Hall of Fame

– La Legion Extranjera (Angelina Love, Mickie James, Sexy Star & Velvet Sky) defeat Cynthia Moreno, Faby Apache, Mari Apache & Lolita
– Electroshock, Heavy Metal & Joe Lider defeat La Maniarquia (Chessman, Silver Cain & Ultimo Gladiator) in a TLC Match
– Extreme Tiger & Jack Evans defeat Abyss & Mr Anderson in a Cage Match to retain the AAA Tag Team Titles
– Los Perros del Mal (Damian 666, Halloween & X-Fly) defeat Los Psycho Circus (Monster Clown, Murder Clown & Psycho Clown) in a Hardcore Match in the final of a tournament to become the first AAA Trios Champions
– Jeff Jarrett defeats El Zorro to win the AAA World Title
– LA Park defeats El Mesias in a Mask vs Hair Match forcing El Mesias to shave his head
– Dr Wagner Jr defeats Rob Van Dam to become the first AAA Latin American Champion

Also in 2011, NJPW Dominion was held in Osaka, Japan

– Mascara Dorada defeats Ryusuke Taguchi to win the CMLL World Welterweight Title
– Yujiro Takahashi defeats Tetsuya Naito
– Kota Ibushi defeats Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– MVP defeats Toru Yano to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) defeat Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano in a Champion vs Champion Match to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles and win the GHC Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1990 – The Snowman defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

2005 – in England, Naomichi Marufuji & Minoru Suzuki defeat Scorpio & Doug Williams to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2005 – CM Punk defeats Austin Aries to win the ROH World Title


Happy birthday to 4-time AWA Tag Team Champion Larry ‘The Axe’ Hennig (77), former WWF jobber Salvatore Bellomo (62), 2-time WCW Tag and Hardcore Champion Big Vito (49), former WWE wrestler Bam Neely (38) and one-time WCW Tag Team Champion Kenny Kaos (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time AJPW World’s Strongest Tag League winner Bruiser Brody (67) and Japanese legend Mitsuharu Misawa (51)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost former ROH, CZW and JAPW Tag Team Champion Trent Acid aged just 29. Acid made his wrestling debut in 1995, rising to prominence in 1999 after debuting for the upstart CZW promotion. He soon began teaming with Johnny Kashmere, forming The Backseat Boyz, a partnership which would continue until Acid’s death. The pair joined ROH in 2002, competing in an interpromotional match at the first Glory By Honor event. After an impressive run, Acid quit the company in 2004, preferring to compete in CZW (though he would leave them soon after aswell) and PWU. Despite (or perhaps due to) gaining a higher profile on the independent scene, Acid developed a drug abuse problem and his ring-work began to suffer. He made attempts to get clean and competed in JCW and PWS, but he frequently relapsed, eventually leading to an arrest for possession of heroin. This, combined with previous charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication, saw him sentenced (on April 2nd) to a maximum 23 months in jail. A further trial was set for July 13th, but Acid wouldn’t live to see it. He was found dead at his home of a drug overdose. At the following ROH and CZW shows, a ten-bell salute was held in his honour. Also, JAPW and CZW co-produced a tribute show, titled ‘Acid-Fest’, featuring several friends, colleagues and students of Acid’s. He was inducted to the Hardcore Hall of Fame during the show.

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