This Day In Wrestling History – October 4th‏

Oct 4, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1975 – A plane carrying Ric Flair, David Crockett, Bob Bruggers, Tim Woods & Johnny Valentine crashes near Wilmington, North Carolina. The pilot was the only fatality, but all men suffered serious injuries. Crockett, Flair and Woods all returned to wrestling eventually. Bruggers regained his health, but chose to retire, whilst Valentine’s career was instantly ended

1987 – The WWF holds a Royal Rumble match at an arena show in St Louis. The event failed to draw fans, so the concept was shelved for a brief time. One Man Gang won the match, last eliminating Junkyard Dog

2007 – TNA Impact is expanded to 2 hours


In 2009, the first WWE Hell In A Cell PPV was held in Newark, New Jersey

– The Undertaker defeats CM Punk in a Hell In A Cell Match to win the World Heavyweight Title
– John Morrison defeats Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Mickie James defeats Alicia Fox to retain the WWE Divas Title
– Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & The Big Show) defeat Batista & Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Titles
– Randy Orton defeats John Cena in a Hell In A Cell Match to win the WWE Title
– Kofi Kingston defeats Jack Swagger & The Miz in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE United States Title
– D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeat The Legacy (Ted DiBiase Jr & Cody Rhodes) in a Hell In A Cell Match

Title Changes

1973 – Stan Kowalski & Kim Duk defeat Alex Perez & El Gran Tapio to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Ryuma Go to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1981 – Sgt Slaughter defeats Ricky Steamboat in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States Title

1993 – Marcus Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1993 – Tim Horner defeats Juicy Johnny to win the vacant SMW Television Title

1996 – The Colorado Kid defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1997 – Johnny Ace & Kenta Kobashi defeat Gary Albright & Steve Williams to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Nitro, Psychosis is awarded the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Title, but would lose it later in the show to Disco Inferno

2008 – The Skullkrushers (Rasche Brown & Keith Walker) defeat Los Luchas (Phoenix Star & Zokre) to win the NWA Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to TNA ‘Grand Slam’ Champion Abyss (40), 2-time NWA United States Tag Champion Bobby Fulton (53), one-time AAA Campeon de Campeones Heavy Metal (43), former ROH & GHC Tag Champion Naruki Doi (33) and former WWF/E CEO Linda McMahon (65)

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