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This Day In Wrestling History – September 22nd‏



Trivia

2006 – Smackdown begins airing on The CW

Events

In 1944, the EMLL 11th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy at best, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– Gorilla Ramos defeats Black Guzman to win the Mexican Light Heavyweight Title

In 1961, the EMLL 28th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Rene Guajardo defeats El Santo to retain the NWA Middleweight Title
– Gori Guerrero defeats Ray Mendoza to retain the NWA Light Heavyweight Title

In 1978, the EMLL 45th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Sangre Chicana & Rubi Rubalcaba defeat El Cobarde & Dragon Rojo in a Hair vs Mask Match
– Tony Salazar defeats Satoru Sayama to retain the NWA Middleweight Title

In 1989, the CMLL 56th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. There are few records for this event, so I’m unsure if this was the sole match on the card

– Atlantis & Satanico defeat Tierra Viento & MS-1 in Mask vs Hair Match

In 1995, the CMLL 62nd Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. This event drew a particularly low crowd, with just 4500 compared to the usual 10000+

– Mogur & Chicago Express defeat Javier Cruz & Xavier Rocca
– Los Brazos (Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata & El Brazo) defeat El Satanico, Mocha Cota & Gran Markus Jr
– Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000 & Negro Casas defeat El Hijo Del Santo, Dos Caras & Rayo de Jalisco Jr
– Ricky Santana, El Boricua & Foreign Exchange defeat Pierroth Jr, Emilio Charles Jr & Dr Wagner Jr
– Miguel Perez Jr defeats Silver King in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1996, WWF In Your House 10: Mind Games was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– Savio Vega defeats Justin Bradshaw in a Caribbean Strap Match
– Owen Hart & The British Bulldog defeat The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Undertaker defeats Goldust in a Final Curtain Match
– Shawn Michaels defeats Mankind by DQ to retain the WWF Title

In 2002, WWE Unforgiven was held in Los Angeles, California

– Chris Jericho defeats Ric Flair to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Triple H defeats Rob Van Dam to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Molly Holly to win the WWE Womens Title
– Brock Lesnar fought The Undertaker to a double DQ due to excessive ref bumps. As a result, Lesnar retains the WWE Title

Title Changes

1966 – Baron Mikel Scicluna & Smasher Sloan defeat Tony Parisi & Johnny Valentine to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles

1997 – on Nitro, Disco Inferno defeats Alex Wright to win the WCW Television Title

2000 – Terry Funk defeats Lance Storm to win the WCW United States Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to WCW Hall of Famer Ole Anderson (71), 2-time AWA Tag Team Champion ‘Pretty Boy’ Doug Somers (62), one-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Bob Sapp (40) and former WWE and WCW wrestler Luther ‘Horshu’ Reigns (42)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 8-time NWA Texas Champion Johnny Valentine (85)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 2004, 4-time WWF Hardcore Champion Ray ‘The Big Bossman’ Traylor died aged just 41. Traylor was legitimately a prison guard in Cobb County, Georgia before starting his professional wrestling career in 1985. He began as a jobber for WCW, but was soon repackaged into Big Bubba Rogers, a silent bodyguard for Jim Cornette. He engaged in a long feud with Dusty Rhodes throughout most of 1986 before winning his first title, the UWF Heavyweight Title, the following year. In 1988, he began his first spell with the WWF and became The Big Bossman. Bossman and ‘Twin Towers’ tag partner Akeem feuded with Hulk Hogan through to 1989, but were ultimately defeated by Hogan. Bossman then had high profile feuds with Ted DiBiase, Bobby Heenan and Nailz before leaving the promotion in 1993. A brief stint in Japan followed, but it was WCW where he ended up working again. Competing as The Guardian Angel, Traylor feuded with Vader and Rick Rude, before reverting to his Big Bubba Rogers character to join the Dungeon of Doom and later, the nWo. Traylor was released from WCW in 1998 having floated around with no direction for months. He rejoined the WWF later that year, becoming Vince McMahon’s bodyguard in his feud with Steve Austin. During this time, he won the WWF Tag Team Titles alongside Ken Shamrock and was famously ‘hanged’ by The Undertaker after a Hell In A Cell Match. He would go onto have several midcard level feuds before leaving the company again in 2003, having served his last few months as a trainer at OVW. His final match took place for Ted DiBiase’s promotion in Arizona against The Tonga Kid before he suddenly died of a heart attack

Secondly, in 2010, former WWF and WCW wrestler Jorge ‘Giant’ Gonzalez, also known as El Gigante, died at the age of 44. Gonzalez began his sporting life as a basketball player, competing for the Argentine national team before being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1988. Gonzalez failed to adapt to the pace of the American game and so Ted Turner, owner of the Hawks, offered him a job at WCW. Gonzalez made his WCW debut as El Gigante at 1990’s Capital Combat PPV. He feuded with Ric Flair and Sid Vicious before jumping to the WWF in 1993. Here, he had a memorable feud with The Undertaker, leading to one of the worst WrestleMania matches in history, though notably, it is the only WrestleMania where Taker has not won his match decisively, as Gonzalez was disqualified. After the conclusion of the feud, Gonzalez was quickly released from WWF and moved to Japan, where he competed for New Japan and WAR before retiring in 1995. In retirement, Gonzalez moved back to Argentina to live at the family farm. His health was in severe decline in his later years, having suffered kidney failure in 2009 and was confined to a wheelchair. He eventually succumbed to diabetes.



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