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This Day In Wrestling History – March 26th



Trivia

2001 – WCW officially goes out of business, bought by Vince McMahon, this was the final Monday Night War, & it saw WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.7 to 3.0 in the ratings

2007 – WWE released Joey Mercury.  He’d eventually return to the company as a wrestler & a trainer for their developmental territory

2007 – Team 3D announced the formation of their wrestling school in Florida, which would develop Jesse Neal, Jesse Sorensen, Rosie Lottalove, & several others talents to date

Events

In 1994, ECW held Ultimate Jeopardy at the Valley Forge Music Center in Devon, Pennsylvania:

– Crash the Terminator (Bill DeMott) defeated The Pitbull
– 911 defeated Don E. Allen, Blue Mask (Chad Austin) & Hack Myers in a handicap match
– ECW Television Champion J.T. Smith defeated Rockin’ Rebel
– The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don) defeated Badd Company (Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka)
– Tommy Cairo defeated The Sandman
– Jimmy Snuka defeated Tommy Dreamer in a steel cage match
– Shane Douglas, Mr. Hughes, & The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock) defeated ECW Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk, Road Warrior Hawk, Kevin Sullivan & The Tazmaniac in a War Games match, when Douglas pinned Funk after suffocating him with a plastic bag. Due to pre-match stipulations, Douglas won the title

In 2001, the last ever WCW Nitro aired. The event was dubbed ‘Night of Champions’ & was held in Panama City, Florida:

– Booker T defeated Scott Steiner (with Midajah) to win the WCW World Title & retain the WCW United States Title
– The Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman) defeated 3 Count (Shannon Moore & Evan Karagias), &  Jung Dragons (Yun Yang & Kaz Hayashi) in a 3-way match to become the #1 contenders for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Titles
– Shane Helms defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo) defeated Team Canada (Mike Awesome & Lance Storm) to retain the WCW Tag Team Titles
– Shawn Stasiak (with Ms. Hancock) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow in a “The Loser Gets A Tattoo Match”
– The Filthy Animals (Rey Misterio Jr & Billy Kidman) defeated Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo to win the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Titles
– Sting defeated Ric Flair in the last ever WCW match

In 2005, NJPW Nexess V was held in Tokyo, Japan:

– Hirooki Goto defeated Hiroyuki Ito to win the Young Lions Cup
– Ron Waterman & Minoru Suzuki defeated Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Iizuka
– Tsuyoshi Kosaka defeated Yuji Nagata by TKO
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Masahiro Chono
– Satoshi Kojima fought Shinsuke Nakamura to a time-limit draw to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2013, WWE taped an episode of “Saturday Morning Slam” at the Giant Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

– 3MB (Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal) defeated Justin Gabriel & Zack Ryder
– Kofi Kingston defeated Heath Slater
– Mark Henry defeated Daniel Bryan

Title Changes

1945 – Dick Trout defeated Danny McShain to win the World Light Heavyweight Title in Hollywood, California

1945 – George Dussette defeated Gust Johnson to win the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title

1956 – Bull Curry defeated Don Evans to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1957 – Fred Blassie defeated Mike Clancy to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title but the belt is immediately held up due to a controversial finish

1962 – Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kiniski defeated Mr. Kleen & Whipper Billy Watson to win the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia

1970 – Gene & Ole Anderson defeated George Becker & Johnny Weaver to win the NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina

1971 – Antonio Inoki defeated John Tolos to win the NWA United National Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California

1973 – Jerry Lawler & Jim White defeated Jackie Fargo & Jerry Jarrett in a Hair vs. Title match to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1976 – The Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma win the revived All Asia Tag Team Titles, now promoted by AJPW

1977 – Ken Medlin defeated Mike Dallas to win the Australian Light Heavyweight Title in Melbourne, Australia

1977 – The Medics (1 & 2) defeated Bob Sweetan & Tony Rocco to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1978 – Dutch Mantel defeated Randy Savage to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1978 – Baron von Raschke defeated Johnny Weaver to win the NWA Television Title

1978 – Jack Brisco defeated Bob Roop to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title  in Orlando, Florida

1980 – Don Muraco defeated Manny Fernandez to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Miami, Florida

1987 – Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada defeated Keiji Mutoh & Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2002 – on Smackdown, Raven defeated Maven to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2004 – Rick Steiner defeated Takeshi Morishima to win the World League Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Chariton, Iowa

2004 – Apocalypse & Harry Smith defeated Johnny Devine & Dave Swift in a tournament final for the Stampede International Tag Team Title to win the World League Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta

2004 – Apocalypse and Harry Smith defeat Johnny Devine and Dave Swift in a tournament final for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former World Tag Team Champions Mike Mondo (31), & Sylvain Grenier (37)

 

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