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This Day In Wrestling History- June 9th



Trivia

1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.4 to 2.2 in the ratings

2000 – Tatsuhito Takaiwa wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Shinjiro Otani in the final

2008 – WWE announced that Jimmy Wang Yang was suspended for 30 days under their Wellness Policy, his 1st infraction

Events

In 1991, The Herb Abrams version of the Universal Wrestling Federation held Beach Brawl PPV, it’s 1st & only ppv at the Manatee Civic Center, in Palmetto, Florida. With an attendance of 550:

Dark Match:
Boris Zuhkov defeated Paul Samson
PPV:
–  The Blackhearts (Apocalypse & Destruction (Gangrel) (with Luna Vachon) defeated Jim Cooper & Fire Cat
Johnny Ace fought Terry Gordy to a double countout in a Street Fight
– Mask Confusion (Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Power Twins (David & Larry Power)
– Rockin’ Robin defeated Candi Devine to become the 1st ever UWF World’s World Champion
– Paul Orndorff defeated Col. DeBeers in a Strap Match
– Bob Backlund defeated Ivan Koloff
– Sunny Beach & Steve Ray defeated Bob Orton Jr. & Cactus Jack (with John Tolos)
– Steve Williams defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to become the 1st ever UWF SportsChannel Television Champion

In 1994, The WWF holds its first-ever Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Baltimore, Maryland’s Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel.  The Hall Of Fame had been created the previous year, with Andre The Giant as the inaugural inductee.  The event was never released, although highlights and clips have been shown on WWE TV and Classics on Demand.  Inductees & inductors were:

– Freddie Blassie (was inducted by Shane McMahon)
– Bobo Brazil (was inducted by Ernie Ladd)
– James Dudley (was inducted by Vince McMahon)
– Gorilla Monsoon (was inducted by Jim Ross)
– Arnold Skaaland (was inducted by Bob Backlund)
– Buddy Rogers (was inducted by WWF World Champion Bret Hart)
– Chief Jay Strongbow (was inducted by Tatanka)

In 2007, Ring of Honor’s Domination PPV was held at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Dark Matches:
Pelle Primeau defeated Rhett Titus, Alex Payne, & Mitch Franklin in a 4 Corner Survival Match
– Damien Wayne defeated Rex Sterling
– Deranged & Azrieal defeated Michael Elgin & Gran Akuma
PPV:
– Matt Sydal defeated Hallowicked
– Daizee Haze fought Lacey (with Jimmy Jacobs) to a 10 minute time limit draw
– El Generico & Kevin Steen defeated Jigsaw & Mike Quackenbush
– Davey Richards defeated Matt Cross
– Delirious defeated Rocky Romero
– Brent Albright defeated Erick Stevens, BJ Whitmer, & Jimmy Rave in a 4 Corner Survival Match
– The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeated The King of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) (with Sweet n’ Sour Inc.) to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles in a 2 out of 3 Falls Tag Team Match
– Bryan Danielson defeated Nigel McGuinness
– Takeshi Morishima defeated Roderick Strong to retain the ROH World Title

In 2009, ECW was broadcast live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi:

– Evan Bourne defeated Tony Atlas
– Vladimir Kozlov defeated Luke Hawx & Chris Lewie
– The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd & D.H. Smith) (with Natalya) defeated Christian & Jack Swagger

Title Changes

1932 – Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeated Dick Shikat to win the New York State Athletic Commission version of the World Heavyweight Title. National Wrestling Association World Champion Jim Londos was supposed to face the winner of this match, but he refused, so New York recognized Lewis as the new World Champion, while the NWA continued to recognize Londos

1938 – The Masked Marvel (Ted Cox) defeated Vic Christy to win the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario

1959 – The Golden Giant defeated Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1960 – Nick Roberts & Art Nelson defeated Dory Funk Sr. & Bob Geigel to win the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas

1966 – Johnny Valentine defeated Fritz von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1978 – Angelo Mosca won a tournament final for the vacant NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1980 – The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes) defeated Junkyard Dog & Buck Robley to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1986 – Kendall Windham is given back the Florida State Heavyweight Title he had lost to the White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh, Great Muta) on May 21st. Video replays shows that the Ninja had used “illegal karate moves” to win the match

1989 – Bob & Kerry Brown defeated Chris Benoit & Biff Wellington to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta

1989 – Jeff Jarrett & Mil Mascaras defeated Super Zodiac II & Cactus Jack to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1991 – Konnan el Barbaro defeated Cien Caras in the final of a tournament to become the 1st CMLL World Heavyweight Champion

1995 – The Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) defeated Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1997 – on Nitro, Jeff Jarrett defeated Dean Malenko to win the WCW United States Title

1999 – Johnny Ace & Bart Gunn defeat Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2000 - Trent Acid defeated Justice Pain to win the CZW Junior Heavyweight Title in Paulsboro, New Jersey

2000 – The Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) defeated Vader & Steve Williams to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2001 – CM Punk defeated Mark Wolf to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title in Charlestown, Indiana

2004 – AJ Styles defeated Kazarian to win the TNA X-Division Title

2006 – Hiroka (Raven Hiroka) defeated Marcela to win the CMLL World Women’s Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

2009 – the WWE Title is vacated after Batista suffers a torn left bicep. The title change is announced on WWE.com

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time Mexican Welterweight Champion Damian 666 (53), & former WCW wrestler Chip Minton (45)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer The Sheik & famed promoter Jim Barnett (both 90), & former NWA star Dutch Savage (79)

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