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This Day In Wrestling History- March 29th



Trivia

1972 – Jim Barnett’s Mid-South Sports changes its name to Georgia Championship Wrestling

1979 – The World Wide Wrestling Federation drops a W from its name & becomes the World Wrestling Federation

1999 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 6.5 to 3.6, in the ratings

2007 – Bret Hart is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame

2009 – Former ECW champion Shane Douglas announced at the Hardcore Reunion ECW themed convention in Allentown, PA that he would be running a ECW reunion show in November 2009, calling it the “November to Remember.”  The event would never take place.

2010 – TNA released former Tag Team champion Consequences Creed.  He was soon signed to a WWE developmental deal, & is now named Xavier Woods on the WWE main roster

2010 – The day after Wrestlemania 26, WWE vs. TNA on Monday Nights continued:   Raw defeated TNA Impact: a 3.62 to 0.62 in the ratings

2011 – WWE released backstage agent Finlay after an incident at a house show over the weekend

Events

In 1987, WWF Wrestlemania III, was held at the Pontiac Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan, set the all-time attendance record for an indoor sports arena in North America with 93,173 fans in attendance. The record was only broken by the 2010 NBA All-Star game:

– The Can-Am Connection (Tom Zenk & Rick Martel) defeated Bob Orton & The Magnificent Muraco (with Mr. Fuji)
– Billy Jack Hayes & Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) fought to a double countout
– Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, & The Haiti Kid defeated King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo, & Lord Littlebrook via DQ
– King Harley Race (with Bobby Heenan & The Fabulous Moolah) defeated Junkyard Dog in a Loser Must Bow Match
– The Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) (with Johnny Valiant & Dino Bravo) defeated The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond)
– Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) in a Hair vs Hair Match
– The Hart Foundation & Danny Davis (with Jimmy Hart) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid) & Tito Santana in a six-man tag team match
– Butch Reed (with Slick) defeated Koko B. Ware
– Ricky Steamboat (with George Steele) defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Honky Tonk Man (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Jake Roberts (with Alice Cooper)
– The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff (with Slick) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) via DQ
– Hulk Hogan defeated Andre The Giant (with Bobby Heenan) to retain the WWF Title. This was the match where Hogan famously bodyslammed Andre

In 1998, WWF Wrestlemania XIV was held at the FleetCenter, in Boston, Massachusetts. This event is generally cited as the beginning of the Attitude Era & saw the last in-ring appearance of Shawn Michaels until 2002:

– L.O.D. 2000 (Hawk & Animal) (with Sunny) won a 15 team battle royal last eliminating The New Midnight Express (Bombastic Bob Holly & Bodacious Bart Gunn) (with Jim Cornette) to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Taka Michinoku defeated Aguila to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Triple H (Chyna) defeated Owen Hart to retain the WWF European Title (The DX Band (The Chris Warren Band) played the DX theme live
– Marc Mero & Sable defeated The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust & Luna Vachon in a mixed tag team match
– The Rock (with Kama Mustafa, & Mark Henry, & D’Lo Brown) defeated Ken Shamrock via DQ to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title (if The Rock had been DQ’ed, he would have lost the title to Shamrock)
– Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie defeated The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) in a Dumpster Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Undertaker defeated Kane (with Paul Bearer)
– Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels (with Triple H & Chyna) with Mike Tyson as special guest enforcer to win the WWF Title

In 1999, WCW Monday Nitro took place live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. 16,195 fans attended:

– Konnan defeated Vincent
– Wrath defeated Kenny Kaos
– Rick Steiner defeated Scott Norton
– WCW World Television Champion Booker T defeated Chris Adams to retain the title
– Chris Jericho defeated Jerry Flynn
– Buff Bagwell defeated Norman Smiley
– Billy Kidman & WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko to win the title
– Hollywood Hulk Hogan defeated Diamond Dallas Page

In 2008, the WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremony was held in Orlando, Florida. The class of 2008 are:

– Ric Flair (inducted by Triple H)
– Peter Maivia (inducted by The Rock)
– Rocky Johnson (inducted by The Rock)
– Mae Young (inducted by Pat Patterson)
– Jerry & Jack Brisco (inducted by JBL)
– Eddie Graham (inducted by Dusty Rhodes) accepted by his son Mike Graham
– Gordon Solie (inducted by Jim Ross)

Title Changes

1933 – Ray Steele defeated Jim McMillen to win the California Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California

1934 – Abe Kaufman defeated Louie Miller to win the California Light Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California

1939 – Steve Casey defeated Gus Sonnenberg to win the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Boston, Massachusetts

1945 – Frankie Talaber defeated Pierre Labelle to win the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Ohio

1947 – Hans Schnabel is awarded the vacant Illinois Midwest Heavyweight Title. He would be later recognized as world champion in Illinois

1955 – Bulldog Curtis & Tommy Martinez defeated Kurt Von Poppenheim & Leo Wallick to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title

1962 – Don Curtis & Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) defeated Karl & Kurt Von Brauner to win the Florida NWA World Tag Team Title in Jacksonville, Florida

1968 – Spoiler #1 defeated Billy Red Lyons to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1976 – Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter defeated The Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1980 – Americo Rocca defeated Lizmark to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1982 – Bugsy McGraw defeated Jose Lothario to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1994 – Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo) defeated The Quebecers (Pierre & Jacques) at a house show at London, England’s Royal Albert Hall to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Raw, Goldust defeated Road Dogg to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2003 – J.C. Bailey defeated Nate Webb to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title in Clarksville, Indiana

2005 – on Smackdown, Paul London wins a Battle Royal to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW, NWA and WCWA Tag Team Champion Michael Hayes (55), & former ROH wrestler Dixie (32)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1974, the wrestling world lost 3-time World Heavyweight Champion Joe Stecher at the age of 81. Having established himself as a top amateur competitor, Stecher turned professional in 1912. After winning his first few fights comfortably, he took on his brother Tony (an equally accomplished amateur wrestler) as his trainer/manager, who encouraged him to develop a ‘finishing hold’. In time, Stecher became known as the ‘Scissors King’, having perfected the leg scissors hold. In the mid-1910′s, Stecher came to the attention of ‘Farmer’ Martin Burns, who was touring the area with then-World Heavyweight Champion Frank Gotch and ‘The Terrible Turk’ Yussiff Hussane. Burns attempted to pull his regular con on Stecher, claiming that the local wrestler could not defeat his ‘strongman’ Hussane. However, after a 45 minute contest, Stecher was able to get Hussane into his Leg Scissor hold, after which Hussane was disqualified for biting the leg of Stecher. This catapulted Stecher to national notoriety and in 1915, he defeated Charles Cutler to win the World Heavyweight Title, becoming the youngest person to do so at the time. However, Stecher remained in the shadow of Frank Gotch, who had retired as unbeaten champion. It was only natural then that a Gotch-Stecher match was set up, however, it would never take place, as Gotch broke his leg in training, leading to a series of health problems that would eventually cause his death a year later. Stecher thereby became the de facto ‘top star’ of wrestling. He reigned as champion until 1917, when he surprisingly lost to Earl Caddock, though would later defeat Caddock in the final of a tournament to win back the title. Incidentally, this second match with Caddock was filmed, & is the oldest surviving film of a wrestling match. Following the battle with Caddock, Stecher engaged in a feud with Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis, who would defeat Stecher for the title in December 1921. The feud continued well into the 20s; Stecher and Lewis formed rival wrestling promotions, and in 1925, were involved in the first ‘Screwjob’, where Lewis’ champion (ex-football player Wayne Munn) was soundly beaten by Stecher’s challenger (respected grappler Stanislaus Zbyszko). Stecher later beat Zbyszko to win the title, but with his best years behind him, the duo came to an agreement and Stecher dropped the title back to Lewis in 1928, retiring later that year. In retirement, Stecher suffered from depression and following a nervous breakdown, was institutionalized in St Cloud, Minnesota, where he would remain for most of his life. He was released in 1964, aged around 70 & lived out a quiet life before dying peacefully of natural causes. In 1996, Stecher was one of the inaugural inductees to the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame

Also, for those interested, the video of the match between Stecher and Caddock can be found on Youtube, though as you’d expect, the quality is poor. You can find it at this link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQl6mmAtkbE

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