This Day In Wrestling History – September 25th

Sep 25, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2000 – WWF Raw ends its first run on the USA Network, moving to TNN (which later became Spike TV)

2011 – KAI wins the AJPW Junior League, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final


In 1942, the EMLL 9th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy at best, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– Lobo Negro & Tarzan Lopez defeats El Santo & Charro Aguayo

In 1953, the EMLL 20th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– Blue Demon defeats El Santo to win the NWA Welterweight Title

In 1959, the EMLL 26th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City. Records of this event are sketchy, so I have only included the one confirmed match

– The show opened with the unmasking and retirement ceremony of Espectro I, who had suffered a severe neck injury
– Cavernario Galindo defeats Torbellino Blanco in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1964, the EMLL 31st Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Karloff Lagarde defeats Huracan Ramirez to retain the NWA Welterweight Title
– Rayo de Jalisco defeats Benny Galant to win the NWA Middleweight Title

In 1999, the NWA 51st Anniversary Show: Battle of the Belts was held in Charlotte, North Carolina

– EZ Ryder defeats Sebastian P Sterling to win the Queen’s Cup
– Gary Steele defeats Brian Anthony & Naoya Ogawa in a 3-Way Dance to win the NWA World Title
– Logan Caine defeats Twiggy Ramirez to retain the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title
– Ron Garvin defeats Stan Lane
– Team Extreme (Kit Carson & Khris Germany) defeat The Brotherhood (Dukes Dalton & Knuckles Nelson) to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles

Title Changes

1965 – Don Kent defeats Red McKim to win the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title

1981 – The Great Kabuki defeats Kerry von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1987 – Ron Garvin defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title

1994 – Stars n Stripes (Marcus Alexander Bagwell & The Patriot) defeat Pretty Wonderful (Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1995 – on Raw, the WWF Tag Team Titles are returned to Owen Hart & Yokozuna following a controversial win for Diesel & Shawn Michaels the night before. However, they would later lose the titles to The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart)

2000 – on Nitro, Vince Russo defeats Booker T in a Cage Match to win the WCW World Title. Also, The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O’Haire & Mark Jindrak) win a battle royal to win the vacant WCW Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Smackdown, Booker T & Test defeat The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker & Kane) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

2006 – Tamon Honda & Kenta Kobashi vacate the GHC Tag Team Titles after Kobashi is diagnosed with kidney cancer

2007 – the WWE Cruiserweight Title is vacated by Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero. This would be the final time that the belt would appear on WWE programming, though it wouldn’t be officially retired until the following year

2010 – Jay Lethal defeats The Amazing Red to win the TNA X-Division Title


Happy birthday to 4-time NWA American Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Garvin (61), former WWF jobber Chi Chi Cruz (45), current AJPW All Asia Tag Champion Atsushi Aoki (36) and Joshi star Aja Kong (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former EMLL regular Villano II (64)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2003, the wrestling world lost one-time ECW Tag and Television Champion ‘Pitbull #2’ Anthony Durante aged just 36. Durante actually began his wrestling career in the WWF, competing as a jobber in the late 80s and early 90s, regularly teaming with fellow enhancement talent Gary Wolf. By the mid-90’s, the duo were one of ECW’s top tag teams, competing as The Pitbulls. Despite their status, they only held the ECW Tag Team Titles once, with Durante also holding the ECW Television Title in 1996. Durante left ECW in 1997 and began competing on the indies, primarily for Jersey All Pro, where he was the second JAPW Heavyweight Champion, only losing the title when he was forced to vacate it through injury. In late 1998, The Pitbulls worked a tryout match for the WWF, but were unsuccessful, after which Durante quietly left the wrestling business and took a job at a casino in Connecticut. Durante was found dead alongside his girlfriend after overdosing on fentanyl (a painkiller). To add further sorrow to the story, investigators believe that their two young children had been alone in the house with the bodies for a couple of days. Durante was honoured as a ‘fallen friend’ by former members of the ECW roster at both Hardcore Homecoming and One Night Stand in 2005.

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