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This Day In Wrestling History – October 7th‏



Events

In 2007, WWE No Mercy was held in Rosemont, Illinois

– Vince McMahon & William Regal award the vacant WWE Title to Randy Orton
– Triple H defeats Randy Orton to win the WWE Title
– CM Punk defeats Big Daddy V by DQ to retain the ECW Title
– Triple H defeats Umaga to retain the WWE Title
– Beth Phoenix defeats Candice Michelle to win the WWE Womens Title
– Batista defeats The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Randy Orton invokes his rematch clause and defeats Triple H in a Last Man Standing Match to win the WWE Title

Also in 2007, AAA’s Antonio Pena Memorial Show was held in Naucalpan, Mexico. The event has been retrospectively renamed Heroes Inmortales I, but is still known by either name

– Los Viper Revolution (Histeria, Mr Niebla & Psicosis II) defeat El Alebrije, El Elegido & Octagon
– La Familia de Tijuana (Extreme Tiger, Halloween & Nicho el Millionario) defeat The Mexican Powers (Crazy Boy, Joe Lider & Juventud Guerrera)
– Charly Manson defeats X-Pac, Super Porky, Mascara Divina, Kenzo Suzuki, La Parka, Laredo Kid, Ron Killings, Alan Stone, Scorpio Jr, Scott Hall & Konnan in a Gauntlet Match to win the Copa Antonio Pena
– La Legion Extranjera (Abismo Negro, Electroshock & El Zorro) defeat Chessman, Cibernetico & El Intocable in a Cage Match

In 2012, AAA Heroes Inmortales VI was held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

– Halloween & Mari Apache defeat Alan Stone & Jennifer Blake, Atomic Boy & Faby Apache and Fenix & Lolita in a 4-Way Elimination Match with Sexy Star as special guest referee to win the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles
– Joe Lider & Vampiro defeat La Legion Extranjera (Abyss & Chessman) to win the AAA Tag Team Titles
– El Texano Jr defeats El Alebrije III, Daga, El Elegido, Extreme Tiger, Heavy Metal, Hector Garza, Juventud Guerrera, La Parka, El Mesias, Psycho Clown, Toscano & Ultimo Gladiator in a Gauntlet Match to win the Copa Antonio Pena. The result was later thrown out as Texano Jr won using a low blow
– El Consejo (Mascara Ano 2000 Jr & Silver King) & Jeff Jarrett defeat Dr Wagner Jr, LA Park & El Zorro
– Jack Evans & La Secta Bizarra Cibernetica (Cibernetico, Dark Cuervo & Dark Ozz) defeat Los Perros del Mal (Halloween, El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Psicosis & Teddy Hart) in a Hair vs Hair Match. Cuervo pinned Halloween, forcing him to shave his head

Title Changes

1967 – Danny Hodge & Skandar Akbar defeat Chati Yokouchi & Togo Shikuma to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – The Spoiler defeats El Halcon to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1984 – Wahoo McDaniel defeats Manny Fernandez in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States Title

1988 – Rockin Robin defeats Sensational Sherri to win the WWF Womens Title. This would be the final reign before the title was deactivated in 1990

1996 – on Nitro, Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1997 – on Raw, The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeat The Godwinns (Henry & Phineas) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2001 – Shocker defeats Villano III to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

2011 – Kevin Douglas defeats Chase Owens in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2012 – Seiya Sanada defeats Yasufumi Nakanoue in the final of a tournament to become the first AJPW Gaora TV Champion

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW World and Television Champion Rhino (38), current WWE Diva Kaitlyn (27) and one-time NWA Womens Champion Malia Hosaka (44)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2001, the wrestling world lost former World Class star ‘Gentleman’ Chris Adams at the age of 46. As a youngster in England, Adams was an accomplished judoka, winning national and world titles at youth level, aswell as being named as a member of the 1976 British Olympic squad (though he would not actually compete at the event). He entered the wrestling business with no formal training in 1978 and could regularly be seen on the famed ‘World Of Sport’ show on ITV. Within three years, he was a one-time British Tag Team Champion and one-time British Light Heavyweight Champion aswell as becoming the regular tag team partner of UK legend Big Daddy. He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and after further training under Gene LeBell, was one of the first wrestlers to utilise the Enziguiri, Suicide Dive and Superkick. He won both the Heavyweight and Tag Team Titles in the Los Angeles territory whilst also touring Mexico, Japan, Canada and Europe. In 1983, he was recruited by Texas promoter Fritz Von Erich and almost immediately became one of the top names in the promotion. Over a 6 year period, he won a total of 15 championships in the territory, including 5 ‘main’ championships (4 NWA Americas Heavyweight Titles and one WCWA World Title). After the demise of WCCW, Adams competed in several independent promotions, most notably GWF where he was a 2-time Heavyweight Champion. In 1997, he began appearing in WCW with the intention of him joining the Blue Bloods, however, Adams and Steven Regal had legitimate bad blood between them, so Adams was used primarily as a midcard talent. Unhappy with how he was being used, Adams left WCW in 1999 and returned to Texas as a promoter, primarily working with NWA Southwest. He died in what has been called a ‘drunken brawl’ with a friend, in which Adams was shot in the chest. The shooter pleaded self-defense and was eventually acquitted of all charges. Adams was planning a return to wrestling with Jimmy Hart’s XWF promotion before he died. In 2008, former WCCW promoter Mickey Grant released a documentary about Adams titled ‘The Gentleman’s Choice’, featuring interviews and tributes from many of his friends, family and colleagues.



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One Response

  1. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    Was thinking about Chris Adams this morning when I heard “Bad to the Bone” on the radio. At the time, we never understood why he didn’t go on to WCW or WWF/E. Looking back, I’m guessing alcohol and other drugs played a big part.

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