This Day In Wrestling History – September 11th‏

Sep 11, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2005, the first and only TNA Unbreakable was held in Orlando, Florida

– Abyss defeats Sabu in a No-DQ Match
– The Naturals (Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas) defeat Johnny Candido (replacing the no-showing Sean Waltman) & Alex Shelley, America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) & Team Canada (Eric Young & A-1) in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– Raven defeats Rhino in a Raven’s Rules Match to retain the NWA World Title
– AJ Styles defeats Christopher Daniels & Samoe Joe in a 3-Way Dance Match to win the TNA X-Division Title

In 2010, ROH Glory By Honor IX was held in New York City

– The Embassy (Erick Stevens & Necro Butcher) defeat Grizzly Redwood & Balls Mahoney in a Tag Team Grudge Match
– Colt Cabana & El Generico defeat Kevin Steen & Steve Corino in a Double Chain Match
– Eddie Edwards defeats Shawn Daivari to retain the ROH Television Title
– The Kings Of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) defeat Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
– Roderick Strong defeats Tyler Black in a No-DQ Match with Terry Funk as ‘ringside vigilante’ to win the ROH World Title

In 2011, TNA No Surrender was held in Orlando, Florida

– Winter defeats Mickie James to win the TNA Knockouts Title
– Mexican America (Anarquia & Hernandez) defeat D’Angelo Dinero & Devon to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Austin Aries defeats Brian Kendrick to win the TNA X Division Title
– Bobby Roode defeats Bully Ray in a tiebreaker match to win the Bound For Glory Series
– Kurt Angle defeats Sting & Mr Anderson in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1967 – The Von Erichs (Fritz & Waldo) defeat Brute Bernard & Mike Paidousis to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1973 – Mr Fuji & Professor Tanaka defeat Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1978 – Bruiser Brody defeats Fritz von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1993 – The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat The Bruise Brothers (Ron & Don) to win the SMW Tag Team Titles

1994 – Apolo Dantes defeats Javier Llanes to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title


Happy birthday to former Young Lions Cup holder Hallowicked (32), former TNA Knockout Josie ‘Sojourner Bolt’ Bynum (36) and former ECW owner Paul Heyman (48)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost former WWF and WCW wrestler Mike Shaw aged 53. Shaw began his professional career in 1981, competing as ‘Klondike Mike’ in Vancouver’s All-Star Wrestling. He later jumped to Stu Hart’s Stampede promotion, where he wrestled under his real name before becoming ‘Makhan Singh’ to form Karachi Vice, a heel stable also including Gama and Akam Singh. At the end of the decade, he was signed by WCW, where he competed as ‘Norman The Lunatic’ (later Norman The Maniac). The gimmick got fairly well over, earning Shaw an NWA World Title match against Ric Flair. The character was dropped shortly after the turn of the decade in favour of a trucker gimmick, but it was not as successful and Shaw was soon out of the company. Over the next two years, he primarily competed for GWF in between stints in Mexico. In 1993, Shaw was signed by the WWF and began competing as ‘Friar Ferguson’, however, after the promotion received negative reviews from the Catholic Church, Shaw was repackaged into perhaps his most famous character, ‘Bastion Booger’. Booger’s gimmick was that of a slob, and unsurprisingly, the character was used almost exclusively for comedy purposes across its six-month run. After his release in early-1994, Shaw became semi-retired, taking occasional independent bookings whilst also working as a trainer and sports journalist. His final major wrestling appearance came in 2007, on Raw’s 15th Anniversary Show, on which Triple H joked that Big Dick Johnson (another comedic character) was Bastion Booger’s son. Shaw died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Marquette, Michigan.

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