This Day In Wrestling History – October 5th‏

Oct 5, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1997, WWF Badd Blood: In Your House, held in St Louis, Missouri, marked the last appearance of Vince McMahon as the WWF’s lead announcer. It also saw the first appearance of both Kane and the Hell In A Cell Match

– The Godwinns (Henry & Phineas) defeat The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Owen Hart defeats Faarooq in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
– Bret Hart & The British Bulldog defeat Vader & The Patriot
– Shawn Michaels defeats The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell Match

In 2008, the 11th and final WWE No Mercy was held in Portland, Oregon

– Matt Hardy defeats Mark Henry to retain the ECW Title
– Beth Phoenix defeats Candice Michelle to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Triple H defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Title
– Chris Jericho defeats Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1993 – El Dandy defeats Emilio Charles Jr to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

1996 – The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer defeat Stevie Richards & Brian Lee (deputising for the no-showing Raven). Sandman scored the pin to win the ECW World Title

2004 – Carlito Caribbean Cool defeats John Cena to win the WWE United States Title

2009 – Amazing Red defeats Samoa Joe to win the TNA X-Division Title

2009 – on Raw, The Miz defeats Kofi Kingston to win the WWE United States Title


Happy birthday to former WWF/E Diva Terri (47), current TNA X-Division Champion Zema Ion (27) and 2-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion El Faraón (66)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1997, former WCW and NWA World Tag Team Champion Brian Pillman died aged just 35. Pillman, like many wrestlers, began his sporting career as a football player, playing in both the NFL and CFL between 1984-86. While in Canada, he began training for his wrestling career at the famed Hart Dungeon, eventually debuting in November 1986 for Stu Hart’s Stampede promotion. In a 3-year stint, he became a 2-time Tag Team Champion alongside Bruce Hart. In 1989, he began competing for WCW as ‘Flyin Brian’ and quickly won the NWA United States Tag Team Titles alongside Tom Zenk, before going solo to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Title on two occasions. In 1993, Pillman teamed with ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin to form The Hollywood Blonds and the pair held the NWA & WCW Tag Team Titles for much of that year. In 1994, he had a stint in ECW, but quickly returned to WCW to reform The Four Horsemen, alongside Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit. During this time, he competed on the first match of the first ever Monday Nitro, defeating Jushin Liger. At the end of the year, Pillman began to develop his most famous gimmick, the ‘Loose Cannon’. He would frequently use worked shoot interviews and became renowned for his unpredictable behaviour. Pillman was released by WCW in February 1996 in a move that Eric Bischoff claimed was a plan formed by he and Pillman, where Pillman would go to ECW to further develop his gimmick in order to return to WCW with more legitimate heat. However, Pillman did not return, he instead jumped to the WWF upon his recovery from a serious car accident, in which he shattered his ankle. Pillman was involved in several notable angles, primarily alongside Steve Austin, before dying suddenly in a Minnesota hotel room, of what was later determined to be heart disease.

Secondly, in 2006, AAA founder Antonio Pena died at the age of 55. Pena grew up in a wrestling family; his father competed as Ponzona and his uncle was 50’s star Espectro. Pena himself debuted as a wrestler in April 1974, initially competing as El Genio, before adopting his uncle’s persona as Espectro Jr. In 1980, Pena gave up the Espectro Jr mask to his younger cousin, adopting a new persona, the crazed ‘Kahoz’ who often carried a bag of live pigeons to the ring and released them into the face of his opponent. Pena reportedly invented the character as he felt that lucha libre lacked the showmanship of other forms of wrestling. Five years later, he reinvented himself again, this time as Espectro de Ultratumba, but by then, his body was beginning to cry enough and he retired just a year after debuting the new gimmick. Upon retirement, Pena was hired by the-then EMLL (now CMLL) to work in their PR department. He soon became involved in the booking process and by 1989, was in a position of power within the company, so much so that it was he and head booker, Juan Herrera, who oversaw the rebrand from EMLL to CMLL. He was also the mastermind behind the switch to featuring smaller, more agile wrestlers in the main event, but was initially outvoted on the issue, leading to the formation of AAA. Pena approached the Televisa channel, offering to produce a weekly wrestling show for them in exchange for startup capital. The promotion debuted in 1992 and only a year later, drew the largest crowd in Mexican wrestling history, with 48000 fans turning out for TripleMania. Since then, Pena had continued to promote and develop AAA, making it an alternative to, if not better than CMLL, by far the more established promotion at the time. Pena died suddenly of a massive heart attack. Several promotions all over the world paid tribute to him in the following weeks and his own AAA established the Copa Antonio Pena Tournament (now known as the Héroes Inmortales tournament) in his honour

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