This Day In Wrestling History – September 2nd‏

Sep 2, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1966, the EMLL 33rd Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Rene Guajardo defeats Felipe Ham Lee in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Jerry London defeats Karloff Lagarde in a Hair vs Hair Match
– In a secondary event later in the month, Rene Guajardo defeated Jerry London in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1985, CWF Battle of the Belts was held in Tampa, Florida

– Kendall Windham defeated Jack Hart to win the Florida Heavyweight Title
– Rick Rude defeats Billy Jack Haynes to retain the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) fought Harley Race & Stan Hansen to a no-contest to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– Ric Flair defeats Wahoo McDaniel in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the NWA World Title

In 1992, WCW Clash of the Champions XX, held in Atlanta, Georgia, marked the 20th anniversary of professional wrestling on WTBS. It also saw the final US television appearance of Andre The Giant

– Ricky Steamboat defeats Steve Austin in a No-DQ Match to win the WCW Television Title
– Ron Simmons defeats Cactus Jack to retain the WCW World Title
– Rick Rude, Jake Roberts, Super Invader & Big Van Vader defeat Sting, Nikita Koloff, Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner in an Elimination Tag Team Match

Title Changes

1963 – Bill Watts & Jerry Kozak defeat The Masked Bolos (Might Bolo & Great Bolo) to win the vacant TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1985 – Gino Hernandez defeats Brian Adias to win the Texas Heavyweight Title. Also, Kerry von Erich, Kevin von Erich & Brian Adias defeat Mark Lewin, One Man Gang & Jack Victory (subbing for Tim Brooks) to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1987 – Terry Taylor defeats Shane Douglas to win the UWF Television Title

1991 – Jerry Lawler defeats The Dragon Master to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. Also, Danny Davis defeats Bill Dundee to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1996 – Jerry Lawler defeats Sid Vicious to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. This is Lawler’s 25th reign

2002 – on Raw, Eric Bischoff awards the World Heavyweight Title to Triple H, beginning the first WHC Title reign in the WWE era

2007 – Jeff Hardy defeats Umaga to win the WWE Intercontinental Title


Happy birthday to one-time ECW World and WCW US Tag Team Champion Tracy Smothers (51) and one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Joe E Legend (44)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1985, the wrestling world lost NWA Tag Team star Jay Youngblood aged just 30. Youngblood made his wrestling debut in 1975, competing in Amarillo as ‘(The) Silver Streak’. He later moved to the Pacific region, where he adopted the ‘Jay Youngblood’ gimmick and would go on to find his greatest successes. He also competed for JCP, where he formed a renowned tag team with Ricky Steamboat. In 1982, the culmination of a feud pitting the duo against Boris Zhukov and Don Kernodle drew 15000 fans to Greensboro, North Carolina. Youngblood would also find success in Florida, Canada, Mexico and the Western States before he died suddenly whilst on tour in Australia. As far as I’m aware, the official cause of death has never been made public, but it has long been said that he suffered a ruptured spleen during a match, which caused a series of fatal heart attacks.

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