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This Day In Wrestling History – October 26th‏



Trivia

1998 – Less than 7 months after the end of it’s 84-week ratings domination, Nitro wins the ratings war over Raw for the final time

Events

In 1997, WCW Halloween Havoc was held in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Rey Misterio Jr defeats Eddy Guerrero in a Mask vs Title Match to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Curt Hennig defeats Ric Flair by DQ to retain the WCW United States Title
– Lex Luger defeats Scott Hall with Larry Zbyszko as special guest referee
– Randy Savage defeats Diamond Dallas Page in a Las Vegas Sudden Death Match
– Roddy Piper defeats Hollywood Hogan in a Cage Match

In 2001, WWA The Inception was held in Sydney, Australia. This was the first major event for the promotion and featured a one-night tournament to crown their Heavyweight Champion

– Juventud Guerrera defeats Psychosis in a Ladder Match to win the WWA International Cruiserweight Title
– Road Dogg defeats Lenny Lane & Lodi in a 3-Way Match to reach the final of the WWA Heavyweight Title Tournament
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Buff Bagwell in a Tits, Whips and Buff Match to reach the final of the WWA Heavyweight Title Tournament
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Road Dogg in a Cage Match to win the vacant WWA Heavyweight Title

In 2002, the NWA 54th Anniversary Show was held in Corpus Christi, Texas

– Char Starr defeats Madison to win the NWA Womens Title
– Jorge Estrada defeats Paul Atlas to win the NWA North American Title
– America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) defeat Rocky Reynolds & AJ Styles to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Ron Killings defeats Hotstuff Hernandez to retain the NWA World Title

In 2002, the final WWE Rebellion was a Smackdown-exclusive PPV held in Manchester, England.

– Jamie Noble defeats Rey Mysterio & Tajiri in a Triple Threat Elimination match to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit defeat Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman defeat Edge in a Handicap Match (Lesnar retains the WWE Title)

Also in 2002, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Fukuoka, Japan

– Jushin Liger, Heat & Tiger Mask IV defeat American Dragon, Rocky Romero & Ricky Reyes in a ‘Triathlon Survivor Match’
– Kenzo Suzuki & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeat Joanie Laurer & The Great Muta II
– Koji Kanemoto defeats Bas Rutten to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Tadao Yasuda, Kazunari Murakami, Ryushi Yanagisawa, Makai Mask 1 & Makai Mask 2 defeat Takashi Iizuka, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi, Osamu Nishimura & Yutaka Yoshie in an Elimination Match
– Yuji Nagata fought Masa Chono to a time-limit draw to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2003, AJPW’s 31st Anniversary Show was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Kendo Kashin defeats Dr Wagner Jr to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Satoshi Kojima defeats Nobutaka Araya
– Keiji Mutoh & Arashi defeat Bull Buchanan & D-Lo Brown to retain the AJPW Tag Team Titles
– Toshiaki Kawada defeats Don Frye by TKO to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

In 2008, WWE Cyber Sunday was the 5th and final interactive WWE PPV. The fans voted on certain aspects of the matches, with the results announced live at the show

– Prior to the event on WWE.com, Shelton Benjamin defeats R-Truth to retain the WWE United States Title. The fans voted for Benjamin’s opponent
– Matt Hardy defeats Evan Bourne to retain the ECW Title. The fans voted for Hardy’s opponent
– The Honky Tonk Man defeats Santino Marella by DQ (Marella retains the WWE Intercontinental Title). The fans voted for Marella’s opponent
– Triple H defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Title. The fans voted for Trips’ opponent
– Batista defeats Chris Jericho with Steve Austin as special guest referee to win the World Heavyweight Title. The fans voted for the referee

Title Changes

1964 – Tony Borne defeats Karl Kox to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1982 – Jules & Chief Jay Strongbow defeat Mr Fuji & Mr Saito to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1983 – Junkyard Dog defeats Butch Reed to win the MSW North American Title

1986 – John Tatum & Jack Victory defeat The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) to win the UWF Tag Team Titles

1998 – on Nitro, Diamond Dallas Page defeats Bret Hart to win the WCW United States Title. Also, Rick Steiner chooses Kenny Kaos as his partner to hold the WCW Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Smackdown, The British Bulldog defeats D’Lo Brown to win the WWF European Title

2011 – Bobby Roode defeats James Storm to win the TNA World Title. Also, Gail Kim & Madison Rayne defeat TnT (Brooke Tessmacher & Tara) to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles

2012 – Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy defeat Atsushi Aoki & Kotaro Suzuki to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 3-time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Austin Idol (64), WWE Triple Crown Champion CM Punk (35), former WCW and ECW Tag Team Champion Kevin Sullivan (64), former WWF wrestlers Kurrgan (44) and Nicole Bass (49), 2-time Shimmer Tag Team Champion Portia Perez (26), 4-time NWA Light Heavyweight Champion El Satanico (54), one-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku (40) and former WWE Diva Rochelle Loewen (34)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 2006, 4-time JWA/AJPW All Asia Heavyweight Champion Kintaro Ohki at the age of 77. Born in South Korea, Ohki had dreams of becoming a professional wrestler from a young age. In 1958, he entered Japan illegally so that he might train under the famed Rikidozan, but was arrested and jailed for a brief time. Upon his release, he trained with Rikidozan, debuting in the JWA in November 1959. Rikidozan valued Ohki so highly that he was considered one of three men to lead Japanese wrestling upon Rikidozan’s eventual retirement, the other two were Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba. After Rikidozan’s death in 1963, Ohki returned to his homeland in an attempt to boost the popularity of wrestling in the country, but it was not as successful as he had hoped and he made frequent returns to Japan. In 1972, Inoki and Baba left the JWA, leaving Ohki as its top star, but the promotion would fold barely a year later, leaving him to become a freelance performer. He remained a significant figure in Japanese wrestling, but was never a main event player outside of Korea again. He retired in the early 1980’s and largely stayed away from the industry until he was honoured with a retirement show in 1995, by which time he had been confined to a wheelchair and had to be assisted around the Tokyo Dome by Lou Thesz. As it happened, this was Ohki’s final public appearance before his death of a heart attack, brought on by kidney failure. He remains the most popular wrestler ever to come out of South Korea

In 2008, former WWF wrestler and 3-time NWA Americas Tag Team Champion Special Delivery ‘SD’ Jones died at the age of 63. Jones trained under Johnny Rodz and began his career in 1971, initially competing as ‘Roosevelt Jones’. He became something of a tag team specialist in the mid-to-late 70’s, winning 3 Tag Titles in the Los Angeles territory before moving to the WWF, where he competed primarily as a glorified jobber. In the early 80’s, he was partnered with Tony Atlas; the pair found success in the tag team division, but never quite managed a title win. He was also the partner of Andre The Giant when he had his head shaved by Ken Patera and John Studd, and also had the shortest WrestleMania match in history, losing to King Kong Bundy at the first Mania in an official time of 9 seconds (despite the bell-to-bell time being approximately 25 seconds). In 1991, he retired from wrestling to take a job at a New York newspaper and largely stayed away from the sport, but returned in 2006 to induct Tony Atlas into the WWE Hall of Fame. He died of a stroke at his home on the island of Antigua



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