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This Day In Wrestling History- March 22nd



Trivia

2006 – WWE signed Andrew “Test” Martin to return to the company as part of the ECW brand

2007 – Ric Flair is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame

2007 – WWE released Rebecca DiPietro, who worked as an interviewer for their ECW brand

2009 – Hirooki Goto wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Giant Bernard in the tournament final

2009 – Chris Hero (now known as Kassius Ohno) was featured on Australian reality series Border Patrol as he was nabbed coming into the country to wrestle and defend his PWG championship on only a tourists’ visa.  In the end, Hero is allowed to buy a work visa and enter the country

2010 – The 2nd Monday Night War continued: with WWE Monday Night Raw defeating TNA Impact Wrestling: 3.24 to 0.86 in the ratings

2011 – The music video for Sarah Darling’s “Something To Do With Your Hands”, which starred AJ Styles, was number one video on CMT.com

Events

In 1996, the first CMLL Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth was held in Mexico City. The show was held as a tribute to CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth and would become an annual event

– El Bronco, Humberto Garza Jr & Mascara Magica defeated Arkangel de la Muerte, Chicago Express & Scorpio Jr
– Atlantis won a Torneo Cibernetico Match also featuring Lizmark, El Dandy, El Hijo del Santo, Dr Wagner Jr, Negro Casas, El Felino & Blue Panther
– Dos Caras, Hector Garza & La Fiera defeated Los Chacales (Bestia Salvaje, Emilio Charles Jr & Sangre Chicana) to win the CMLL Trios Titles
– Rambo defeated El Brazo in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1998, WWF ran at Madison Square Garden in New York City:

– Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher
– Henry & Phinneas Godwinn defeated Skull & 8-Ball in a Country Whipping match
– Marc Mero defeated Goldust
– Cactus Jack defeated Billy Gunn in a Falls Count Anywhere match
– Ken Shamrock defeated Intercontinental Champion The Rock via DQ
– NWA World Tag Team Champions The Headbangers defeated The Quebecers
– Bradshaw defeated Barry Windham
– Steve Austin defeated European Champion Triple H in a non-title match

In 2004, WWE held it’s Draft Lottery live on Monday Night Raw, with Raw GM Eric Bischoff & Smackdown GM Paul Heyman making the selections. With the following draft picks being made:

– Renee Dupree was drafted to Smackdown
– Shelton Benjamin was drafted to Raw
– Mark Jindrak was drafted to Smackdown
– Nidia was drafted to Raw
– Triple H was drafted to Smackdown
– Rhyno was drafted to Raw
– Rob Van Dam was drafted to Smackdown
– Tajiri was drafted to Raw
– Teddy Long (manager) was drafted to Smackdown
– Edge was drafted to Raw
– Spike Dudley was drafted to Smackdown
– Paul Heyman (GM) was drafted to Raw (Kurt Angle would replace him as the Smackdown GM)

After Raw, the GM were allowed to conduct trades with the following results:
– Triple H was traded back to Monday Night Raw for The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) & Booker T
– A-Train (Tensai) & Chuck Palumbo were traded to Raw for Miss Jackie Gayda & Rico

In 2013, Pro Wrestling Guerilla held their “All Star Weekend 9 Night 1″ at the American Legion Post #308:

– Paul London defeated Kevin Steen
– The Young Bucks (Matt & Jeremy Jackson) defeated Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano
– Eddie Edwards defeated Jay Lethal
– Rich Swann & Ricochet defeated A.R. Fox & Samuray Del Sol
– Roderick Strong defeated Trent (?)
– Brian Cage & Michael Elgin defeated Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly
– Drake Younger defeated Sami Callihan in a Guerilla Warfare Match

Title Changes

1981 – Andre The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan at a WWF event at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York

1993 – Brian Christopher & Scotty Flamingo defeated the Moondogs (Spot & Splat) for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1997 – Jerry Lawler defeated Tank to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1999 – Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka defeated Ten-Koji to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2003 – Samoa Joe defeated Xavier to win the ROH World Title

2004 – on Raw, Evolution defeated Booker T & Rob Van Dam to win the World Tag Team Titles

2011 – Wade Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Wayne ‘Beau Beverly’ Bloom (56), Mexican stars Ray Mendoza Jr aka Villano V (52), & El Felino (50)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 2009, one-time USWA Heavyweight Champion Steven Dunn died at the age of 48. Dunn’s (real name Steve Doll) first match came in May 1985, against Dick Slater in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his early career, he toured various promotions, but secured his first regular role with PNW in 1987, amassing 4 Heavyweight Title reigns and 18 Tag Team Title reigns in his 5 years with the company. In 1993, he and then-tag partner Rex King joined the WWF and began competing as ‘Well Dunn’, managed by Harvey Whippleman. The duo were never used as more than undercard talent and left the company two years later. Doll then made his way to WCW, where he had another unspectacular run, though was involved in one of wrestling’s truly historic moments. It was during a match between him & The Mauler when Scott Hall debuted in WCW, triggering the start of the nWo angle. He then competed almost exclusively in the USWA, before it closed in late 1997. After a two year run in various independent promotions, and several WWF dark matches, Doll retired from the wrestling business. His later life was plagued with health problems; he survived a potentially fatal intestinal blockage, only to succumb to a blood clot 3 years later

Secondly, also in 2009, the 2000 AAA Rey de Reyes winner Abismo Negro died aged just 37. He made his professional debut at just 16 years old, competing as ‘Alex Dinamo’, though quickly dropped this persona in favour of ‘Pequeno Samurai’. He competed on the Mexican indies for 4 years before signing for CMLL in 1991. Here, he adopted yet another new persona, ‘Furor’, and won his first Luchas de apuestas match, defeating his mentor El Noruego in a hair vs mask match. Less than one year later, Antonio Pena left CMLL to form AAA, and he was one several young wrestlers to defect to the new promotion. His first character in the new promotion was ‘Winners’, and saw him take part in the first TripleMania event. The success of the character continued, & he would go on to compete at TripleManias III & IV, though would be unmasked in a Luchas de apuesta between the two. In 1997, the Abismo Negro character was created, which would become his best-remembered gimmick. Outside of considerable success in Mexico, he also competed several times on WWF programming and had a successful TNA run in 2004, winning the America’s X Cup & going most of the World X Cup unbeaten, as well as making several appearances in Japan, primarily for NOAH. He was found dead in a river, near the town of El Rosario. He reportedly suffered an anxiety attack on a bus & demanded to get off. He then sent a text message to his wife, saying that he was lost in the dark. His wife contacted a local wrestling promoter, who organized a search party, leading to the discovery of his body. His death made national news in Mexico, partly because someone posing as Abismo Negro wrestled on a AAA-branded show in Cancun on the night that the real Abismo Negro was lost. The promoter was banned from the sport for two years. He was honored with a minute’s silence at that year’s TripleMania

Finally, in 2012, former SCW promoter Joe Blanchard died aged 83. Blanchard was an accomplished amateur wrestler, winning the Big 7 Championship in 1950 whilst attending Kansas State University. He began his professional sporting career with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, but soon turned to wrestling and relocated to San Antonio. His in-ring career produced precious little results and by the 1960′s, Blanchard was becoming more involved with the backstage happenings of the promotion. He founded Southwest Championship Wrestling in the 1970′s and the promotion soon became a local hit, with a weekly show on cable TV. SCW’s roster grew to include Joe’s son Tully, Jose Lothario, Seigfred Steinke, &Bobby Fulton, while a young Shawn Michaels regularly attended their shows. Sadly, SCW folded in the mid-80′s after a falling out between Blanchard and former business partner Fred Behrend (who, incidentally, was later jailed for tax evasion, supposedly the cause of the fallout). Blanchard continued to appear at conventions & fan-fests, but never again took an active role in the wrestling business. He served out his days working with the Cornerstone Church before passing of cancer.

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One Response

  1. Josh says:

    Joe Blanchard founded Southwest Championship Wrestling not Southeast….

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