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This Day In Wrestling History – September 8th‏



Trivia

2004 – TNA holds it’s final weekly PPV event

Events

In 1946, the EMLL 13th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Steve Morgan defeats Tarzan Lopez to win the NWA Middleweight Title
– Steve Morgan defeats Firpo Segura to win the Mexican Heavyweight Title

In 1991, the CMLL 58th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Mascara Sagrada defeats Pirata Morgan to retain the Mexican Light Heavyweight Title
– Octagon, Atlantis, El Vampiro, Rayo de Jalisco Jr & Konnan defeat Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Javier Cruz, Pierroth Jr & Perro Aguayo
– Anibal, Rayo de Jalisco Jr & Lizmark defeat Nitron, Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000
– Konnan defeats Cien Caras & Perro Aguayo in a 3-Way Hair Vs Hair Match. Perro Aguayo was shaved as he was the first to lose two falls

Title Changes

2001 – Arashi & Koki Kitahara defeat Shigeo Okumura & Nobutaka Araya to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

2007 – Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch defeat Paul London & Brian Kendrick to win the World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WCW World Champion David Arquette (42), former WCW wrestler Lodi (43), 3-time NWA Tag Team Champion Rick Michaels (39), 2-time ECW World Champion Raven (49) and ‘Asian mist’ innovator The Great Kabuki (65)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost former WCW referee Mark Curtis aged just 37. Curtis began his career as a manager in the north-eastern territories, working under a number of gimmicks, including an evil Jewish character ‘Hymie P Weiss’. He began in-ring training under Dominic DeNucci in 1986, but still rarely wrestled, seemingly preferring his other on-screen roles. He became a referee for Smoky Mountain in 1992, where he also wrestled as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle character (in full costume) named ‘Kowabunga’. A brief stint in ECW followed before he moved on to WCW. Here, he gained fame after preventing a fan from interfering in a match between Psychosis and Dean Malenko. Curtis kicked the fan in the head and applied a Guillotine Choke until security took the fan away, prompting Bobby Heenan’s famous line ‘The smallest referee in the world just took him down!’. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 1997, but continued working through the following year. In 1999, a benefit show was promoted by Cody Michaels in Curtis’ hometown of Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania. The event was notable as it featured stars from all of the big three promotions, including Mick Foley, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Shane Douglas, Bruno Sammartino and many more. Curtis’ last match as a referee took place just days before his passing, with WCW staging a ten-bell salute in his honour at their next live event. Several independent promotions also held tribute/memorial shows across the following years.



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