This Day In Wrestling History – November 10th
In 1993, WCW Clash of the Champions XXV was held in St Petersburg, Florida
– Rick Rude fought Road Warrior Hawk to a double countout to retain the WCW International World Title
– Lord Steven Regal defeats Johnny B Badd to retain the WCW Television Title
– Dustin Rhodes defeats Paul Orndorff to retain the WCW United States Title
– Ric Flair defeats Big Van Vader by DQ (Vader retains the WCW World Title). Flair originally won the match by pinfall, but the decision was overturned when it was shown that Vader accidentally hit the referee during the match
1987 – Matt Borne defeats Ted Arcidi to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title
1997 – on Nitro, Eddy Guerrero defeats Rey Misterio Jr to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
2008 – on Raw, William Regal defeats Santino Marella to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
Happy birthday to 2-time WCW United States Champion Bill DeMott (47), WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton Jr (63), current WWE wrestler Ryback (32) and 2-time TNA Knockouts Champion Katarina ‘Winter’ Waters (33)
The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.
Firstly, in 1991, former AWA World Champion William ‘Dick The Bruiser’ Afflis died aged 62. Like many wrestlers, Afflis was a professional football player before beginning his wrestling career, appearing as a lineman for the Green Bay Packers in the 1950’s. He made his name in Detroit in the late 50’s, competing as the stereotypical powerhouse heel. In 1964, he an Wilbur Snyder bought the NWA Indianapolis territory, renamed it the WWA (World Wrestling Association) and affiliated with the AWA. Afflis was, unsurprisingly, the WWA’s top draw and he won a total of 25 championships in the promotion, alongside several in the AWA. Afflis retired from the ring in 1985 but continued to promote shows until 1989, when the rise of the WWF saw his audiences and talent dwindle. He began to work for WCW as a road agent and made his final televised appearance at Starrcade 1990, serving as the special guest referee for the Sting-Black Scorpion match. Afflis died in a freak weightlifting accident; when lifting weights with his adopted son, he ruptured a blood vessel in his throat and succumbed to internal bleeding
Secondly, in 2011, NWA star ‘Killer’ Karl Kox died aged 80. Following his debut in the mid-50’s, Kox wrestled all over the world. He won championships in Japan and Australia, as well as in several US territories, most notably Florida, Texas and the Mid-South. Kox is credited (along with others) with solidifying the Australian wrestling boom period in the 60’s and 70’s. Initially wrestling as a classic heel, Kox gave a nationally televised ‘apology’ for his actions and became the top face in the country, leading the ‘Peoples Army’ faction against ‘The Mercenary Soldiers’. Kox was also adept at working behind the scenes; he has been called ‘the greatest gimmick man in the business’ and regularly acted as a booker and talent co-ordinator across several promotions. Kox retired from the ring in 1982, but remained active in the business right up until his passing, making his final appearance at a local Fort Worth independent show in August 2011. In late October, Kox suffered a heart attack and stroke in quick succession and after a short battle, succumbed to related complications.