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This Day In Wrestling History – September 12th



Events

In 1940, the EMLL 7th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Firpo Segura & Gorilla Macias defeat Tony Fellitto & Ray Ryan
– Tarzan Lopez defeats John Nemenic to retain the NWA World Middleweight Title

In 1989, NWA Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl was held in Columbia, South Carolina

– The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Lex Luger defeats Tommy Rich to retain the NWA United States Title
– Ric Flair & Sting defeat The Great Muta & Dick Slater by DQ

In 1999, WCW Fall Brawl was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

– Lenny Lane defeats Kaz Hayashi to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Rick Steiner defeats Perry Saturn to retain the WCW Television Title
– Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat The West Texas Rednecks (Barry & Kendall Windham) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Sid Vicious defeats Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Title
– Goldberg defeats Diamond Dallas Page
– Sting defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Title

In 2004, WWE Unforgiven was a Raw-exclusive event held in Portland, Oregon

– Trish Stratus defeats Victoria to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Chris Jericho defeats Christian in a Ladder Match to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats Kane in a No-DQ Match
– La Resistance (Robert Conway & Sylvain Grenier) defeat Rhyno & Tajiri to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Triple H defeats Randy Orton to win the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1982 – King Kong Bundy & Bill Irwin defeat The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1983 – Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart defeat Magnum TA & Mr Wrestling II to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1988 – The Samoan SWAT Team (Samu & Fatu) defeat John Tatum & Jimmy Jack Funk to win the WCCW Texas Tag Team Titles

1991 – Masaru Toe defeats Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1998 – Barry Windham & Tully Blanchard defeat The Border Patrol (Agent Gunn & Agent Maxx) to win the NWA Tag Team Titles

2003 – Takashi Sugiura defeats Michael Modest to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title

2011 – Kota Ibushi vacates the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title after suffering a shoulder injury

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time ROH Tag Team Champion Sal Rinauro (31), UK star Darren Burridge (32) and one-time CMLL Light Heavyweight Champion Shocker (42)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF and AWA Tag Team Champion Adrian Adonis (59)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1991, WWE Hall of Famer Chris von Erich took his own life aged just 21. Like his brothers, Chris grew up working behind-the-scenes at his father’s WCCW promotion. He became a full-time wrestler in 1990, but several health issues held him back. He had a drug problem, suffered from asthma and also had very brittle bones, so brittle that they would break while performing very simple moves. He had only one notable feud in his career, against Percy Pringle (known to modern audiences as Paul Bearer) and his client, ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin, though Chris would never face Austin one-on-one in the ring. Chris fell into a deep depression following the deaths of his brothers, especially Mike, who he was particularly close to. His inability to make a name for himself in the ring only further fueled the depression and he eventually shot himself just 8 days prior to his 22nd birthday.

Secondly, in 2004, 3-time Mexican National Light Heavyweight Champion Dr Wagner died aged 68. Wagner dropped out of school early and took up wrestling as soon as he was old enough to do so. He made his debut in 1961 as ‘Centella Negra’ (Black Lightning) and initially specialized as a tag team wrestler. Around 2 years later, he was encouraged to come up with a new persona by promoter Elias Simon. After rejecting Simon’s suggestion of El Hijo del Medico Asesino, the Dr Wagner character was born. By 1965, Wagner had established himself as a main eventer in Mexico’s biggest promotion, EMLL. Over the next two decades, Wagner would cement his position as one of Mexico’s biggest stars, winning a total of 7 championships and 9 Lucha de Apuesta matches. By the mid-80’s, Wagner knew that his career was coming to an end and he requested that a younger star be chosen to end his career, in an attempt to create a new star, and so it came to be. In 1985, at the culmination of an 18-month feud, Wagner was unmasked by El Solitario (who, sadly, would not live to see the benefit, as he died less than six months later). After his unmasking, Wagner became a trainer, focusing primarily on his son, Dr Wagner Jr. In 1986, Wagner was scheduled to compete with his son for the first time, but was horrifically injured in a car accident and was confined to a wheelchair for most of the rest of his life. In retirement, he owned and operated a gym while also working as a taxi driver and building a real estate portfolio. Wagner died suddenly of a heart attack in Torréon, Mexico



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