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This Day In Wrestling History – September 21st‏



Trivia

1933 – EMLL promotes it’s first show. The promotion (known today as CMLL) is the oldest surviving promotion in the world

Events

In 1934, the EMLL First Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Raul Romero defeats Gorilla Pogi
– Stephan Berne defeats Ray Ryan by DQ

In 1945, the EMLL 12th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy at best, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– Gori Guerrero defeats Bobby Bonales to win the Mexican Middleweight Title

In 1950, the EMLL 17th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Cavernario Galindo & The Black Shadow defeat Gori Guerrero & Fernando Oses in the final of a tournament
– Sugi Sito defeats Tarzan Lopez to win the NWA Middleweight Title

In 1951, the EMLL 18th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Emilio Charles fought Murcielago Velasquez to a draw
– Fernando Oses defeats Jalisco Gonzalez
– El Santo defeats The Black Shadow
– Bobby Bonales defeats Cavernalio Galindo
– Enrique Llanes defeats Sugi Sito to win the NWA Middleweight Title

In 1956, the EMLL 23rd Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– El Santo defeats El Gladiator in a Mask vs Mask Match

In 1962, the EMLL 29th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Benny Galant defeats Cavernario Galindo in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Antonio Poza defeats Karloff Lagarde to retain the NWA Middleweight Title

In 1971, the EMLL 38th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– Renato Torres defeats Ciclon Velez Jr in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1973, the EMLL 40th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Rey & Ringo Mendoza defeat Angel Blanco & Kim Chul Won in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Rene Guajardo fought El Halcon to a draw to retain the NWA Middleweight Title

In 1979, the EMLL 46th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Satoru Sayama defeats Ringo Mendoza to retain the NWA Middleweight Title
– Gran Cochisse defeats Americo Rocca in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1984, the CMLL 51st Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Sangre Chicana defeats MS-1
– Atlantis defeats Talisman in a Mask vs Mask Match

In 2003, WWE Unforgiven was a Raw-exclusive event held in Hershey, Pennsylvania

– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat Rob Conway & La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier & Rene Dupree) in a Handicap Tables Match to win the World Tag Team Titles
– Randy Orton defeats Shawn Michaels
– Kane defeats Shane McMahon in a Last Man Standing Match
– Christian defeats Chris Jericho & Rob Van Dam in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Al Snow & Jonathan Coachman defeat Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler to win the right to be Raw’s announcers
– Goldberg defeats Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Title. Had Goldberg lost, he would have been forced to retire

Title Changes

1992 – Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes defeat Terry Gordy & Steve Williams to win the NWA Tag Team Titles

1992 – Junkyard Dog defeats Eddie Gilbert to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1992 – Moondog Fifi defeats Miss Texas to win the USWA Womens Title

1999 – on Smackdown, The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) defeat The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2002 – Xavier defeats Low Ki to win the ROH World Title. Also, The Prophecy (Donovan Morgan & Christopher Daniels) defeat Bryan Danielson & Michael Modest in the final of a tournament to become the first ROH Tag Team Champions

2008 – Low Ki defeats Tiger Mask IV to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2008 – The Colons (Carlito & Primo) defeat Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

2009 – Kensuke Sasaki & Takeshi Morishima defeat Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to tag team legend Ricky Morton (57), former WWE and TNA wrestler Ivelisse Velez (25) and 2-time Zero-1 Champion Kohei Sato (36)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Jack Brisco (72)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2002, the wrestling world lost former WCW and ECW Tag Team Champion Rocco Rock aged 49. Real name Ted Petty, he started wrestling as ‘The Cheetah Kid’ in 1978 after graduating from Rutgers University. His first major exposure didn’t come until Starrcade 1990, where he appeared ‘Colonel DeKlerk’, representing South Africa in the tag team tournament. By 1993, he was competing as ‘Rocco Rock’ and had formed The Public Enemy with Johnny Grunge. The pair began in the UWF, but gained major exposure through ECW, where they became 4-time tag team champions across a 3-year stint. In 1996, they signed with WCW for another three year stint, though this one was less successful, winning only one tag team title. In 1999, they had a brief stint with WWF and also competed as The South Philly Posse for Jimmy Hart’s XWF. The pair went their separate ways following their XWF departure and Petty was still active on the independents when he died suddenly of a heart attack. That year, IWA:Mid-South renamed their Sweet Sixteen Tournament to the Ted Petty Invitational as a mark of respect. The tournament was held every year from 2002 until IWA’s money troubles caused the cancellation of the 2009 event and attracted many of the top independent talents of its time, including Ken Anderson, AJ Styles, CM Punk, Christopher Daniels, Scorpio and Jerry Lynn



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