This Day In Wrestling History – May 12th

May 12, 2014 - by staff


1983 – NWA World champion Ric Flair defeated Billy Jack Haynes via DQ in Yakima, Washington

1984 – NWA World champion Kerry Von Erich defeated Ric Flair in San Antonio, Texas

1996 – The multi-day WWF Kuwaiti Cup tournament ends Kuwait City, Kuwait, with Ahmed Johnson defeating Hunter Hearst Helmsley to win the Cup

2005 – Captain Lou Albano was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack

2010 – TNA signed Team 3D trainee Betsy Ruth to a contract.  Ruth debuted as Rosie Lottalove on Impact but was rarely used before TNA released her later in the year

2011 – It was publicly announced that Brock Lesnar had suffered a recurrence of diverticulitis.  The disease would force him to undergo surgery to remove a piece of his colon.  The surgery and recovery would effectively end his UFC fighting career (he returned for one final bout, losing via TKO to Alistair Overeem) and opening the door for his return to WWE in March 2012


In 1994,  WWF ran a rare show in Guam while heading to Japan for a tour, at the University of Guam Fieldhouse:

– Adam Bomb defeated the 1-2-3 Kid
– WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze defeated Bull Nakano
– WWF Tag Team Champions The Headshrinkers defeated The Smoking Gunns
– Doink the Clown defeated Bob Backlund
– The Undertaker defeated Yokozuna via DQ
– Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Tatanka
– Randy Savage defeated Rick Martel (substituting for Shawn Michaels)
– WWF World Champion Bret Hart defeated Owen Hart

In 2007, ROH Respect Is Earned was held at the Manhattan Center, in New York City. This was the promotion’s 1st PPV event, & 1st aired on ppv on July 1st. With an attendance of 1,250:

Dark Matches:
– Brent Albright defeated Tank Toland (with Larry Sweeney & Bobby Dempsey)
– Davey Richards defeated Erick Stevens
– Sara Del Rey defeated Daizee Haze
– Kevin Steen & El Generico defeated The Irish Airborne (Jake & Dave Crist), Mitch Franklin & Pelle Primeau, and Adam Pearce & Jimmy Rave (with Shane Hagadorn)
– Takeshi Morishima defeated BJ Whitmer to retain the ROH World Title
– Naomichi Marufuji defeated Rocky Romero
– The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeated Claudio Castagnoli & Matt Sydal to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
– Roderick Strong defeated Delirious
– Takeshi Morishima & Bryan Danielson defeated Nigel McGuinness & Kenta

In 2012, ROH Border Wars was held at the Ted Reeve Arena, in Toronto, Canada:

Dark Match:
– Grizzly Redwood defeated Delirious
– Eddie Edwards defeated Rhino (with Truth Martini)
– The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King), & T.J. Perkins defeated Mike Mondo & The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) in a 6-man tag team match
– Jay Lethal defeated Tommaso Ciampa
– Lance Storm defeated Mike Bennett (with Bob Evans)
– Michael Elgin defeated Adam Cole
– Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini) defeated Fit Finlay to retain the ROH Television Title
– Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeated The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles in a Fight Without Honor Match
– Kevin Steen defeated Davey Richards to win the ROH World Title

Title Changes

1984 – The Masked Outlaw (Dory Funk Jr.) defeated Angelo Mosca Jr. to win the NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Championship at a Jim Crockett Promotions event in Spencer, NC

1993 – Emilio Charles Jr. defeated El Dandy to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

2001 – John Zandig defeated Wifebeater to win the Combat Zone Wrestling World Heavyweight Title in Smyrna, Delaware


Happy birthday to 2-time WWE Tag Team Champion Doug Basham (43), & former WWE wrestler Ricky Ortiz (39)

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