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This Day In Wrestling History – October 15th‏



Events

In 2000, the NWA 52nd Anniversary Show was held in Nashville, Tennessee. The event was held over two days, with this being day two. It is perhaps a sign of how far the NWA had fallen at this point that only 200 people attended the event

– Blade Boudreaux defeats Bulldog Raines to win the NWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title
– Magic defeats Biggie Biggs, Eric Kreed & Zieg in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the NWA New York Heavyweight Title
– N8 Mattson defeats Ricco Rodriguez to win the NWA Great Lakes Junior Heavyweight Title
– The Maniacal Crew (Brother Love & Joey Venture) defeat The New Texas Outlaws (Ricky Murdock & Austin Rhodes) to win the NWA Southern Tag Team Titles
– Jimmy Angel & Paul Atlas defeat Big Poppa Gator & Brandon K (subbing for JB Destiny) to win the NWA East Tag Team Titles
– Jason Rumble defeats Beau Douglas to win the NWA New England Heavyweight Title

In 2004, the NWA 56th Anniversary Show was held across two days in Winnipeg, Canada. This was night one

– Tejas defeats Dustin Masters to retain the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title
– Conscience defeats LA Warren to retain the NWA Scottish Heavyweight Title
– Dru Onyx defeats Will Phoenix to win the vacant NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Title
– Vid Vain defeats Kerry Brown to win the NWA Candian Heavyweight Title
– Spyder defeats Rick Murdock to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1981 – Junkyard Dog & Mike George defeat The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1988 – Michael Hayes & Steve Cox defeat The Samoan SWAT Team (Samu & Fatu) to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles. Also, Jeff Jarrett defeats Eric Embry to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WWF Hardcore Champion Joey Abs (42) and 2-time GHC Heavyweight Champion Takeshi Morishima (35)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost former USWA Tag and Junior Heavyweight Champion Joey Maggs aged just 37. Maggs made his professional wrestling debut for Buck Robley’s Deep South promotion and quickly became a two-time Heavyweight Champion for the promotion. He spent time in Louisiana and Mississippi, competing as The Magnificent Magliano and ‘Hotshot’ Joey Knight before appearing in the USWA as Joey Maggs. In a short six-month stint with the promotion, he became Tag Team Champion alongside Rex King, before winning the Junior Heavyweight Title only a month before leaving for WCW. Maggs was with the promotion for around 7 years, but was used primarily as a glorified jobber, so much so that he appeared on WWF television while still under WCW contract and barely anyone batted an eye. By 1996, he was competing more often for independent promotions than he was for WCW and he left the promotion for good in 1998, quitting the business in order to train as a pilot. Very little detail seems to be available on Maggs’ later life. As far as I’m aware, his cause of death has never been made public

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