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This Day In Wrestling History- June 12th



Trivia

1996 – NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament is the 1st to use the current 2-block round robin format. Black Tiger II defeated Jushin Liger in the final

2010 – Former WWE stars Kizarny & Stacy Carter announced their engagement

Events

In 1991, WCW Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville, USA was held at the Civic Auditorium, in Knoxville, Tennessee:

Dark Match:
– Curtis Rockwell defeated Michael Laney
Clash:
– The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong), & Tom Zenk defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin, & Badstreet (Brad Armstrong)
– Oz (Kevin Nash) defeated Johnny Rich
– Danny Spivey defeated Big Josh
– Dustin Rhodes defeated Terrance Taylor via DQ
– Sting defeated Nikita Koloff
– Barry Windham & Arn Anderson defeated Brian Pillman & El Gigante in a Loser Leaves WCW Match. Windham pinned Pillman, forcing him to leave WCW
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeated Hiroshi Hase & Masahiro Chono to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– The Diamond Studd (Scott Hall) defeated Tommy Rich
– Steve Austin defeated Joey Maggs (Austin had won the WCW World Television Title on June 3, but the match didn’t air yet, so Austin was not the champion on this show)
– WCW US Champion Lex Luger defeated The Great Muta to become the #1 contender for the WCW World Title. Luger’s US Title was not on the line
– Ric Flair defeated Bobby Eaton in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the WCW World Title

In 2005, ECW One Night Stand was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, in New York City. This event was intended to be a one-off, but was adopted as a recurring PPV. It arguably led to the creation of the ECW brand. With an attendance of 2,500:

– Lance Storm (with Dawn Marie) defeated Chris Jericho
– Super Crazy defeated Tajiri (with The Sinister Minister & Mikey Whipwreck), & Little Guido (Big Guido, Tracy Smothers,  Tony Mamaluke, & J.T. Smith) in a Triple Threat Match
– Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Psychosis
– Sabu (with Bill Alfonso) defeated Rhyno
– Chris Benoit defeated Eddie Guerrero
– Mike Awesome defeated Masato Tanaka
– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeated Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman

In 2011, TNA Slammiversary IX was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. The event marked the approximate 9-year anniversary of TNA Wrestling. With an attendance of 1,100:

– Gun Money (James Storm & Alex Shelley) (with Bobby Roode) defeated The British Invasion (Douglas Williams & Magnus) to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Matt Morgan defeated Scott Steiner
– Abyss defeated Kazarian, & Brian Kendrick in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Crimson defeated Samoa Joe
– Mickie James defeated Angelina Love (with Winter) to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Bully Ray defeated AJ Styles in a Last Man Standing Match
– Mr. Anderson defeated Sting to win the TNA World Title
– Kurt Angle defeated Jeff Jarrett. Had Angle lost, he would have had to give his Olympic medal to Jarrett

Title Changes

1936 – Dave Levin defeated Ali Baba to win the World Heavyweight Title

1972 – Bob Sweetan defeated The Stomper to win the TSW Brass Knucks Title

1982 – The Spoiler defeated Frank Dusek to win the WCCW Television Title

1987 – Antonio Inoki defeated Masa Saito in the final of a tournament to become the first IWGP Heavyweight Champion

1991 – Jushin Liger defeated Norio Honaga to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – The CMLL World Heavyweight Title is vacated after incumbent champion Cien Caras moves to AAA

1996 – Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka defeated Junji Hirata & Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

1998 – Kenta Kobashi defeated Toshiaki Kawada to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2000 – on Raw, Crash Holly defeated Gerald Brisco to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2001 – on Smackdown, Test defeated Rhyno to win the WWF Hardcore Title in Baltimore, Maryland

2004 – Kendo Kashin & Yuji Nagata defeated Kaz Hayashi & Satoshi Kojima to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW World Champion Jerry Lynn (51), one-time World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry (43), the first ECW ‘Triple Crown’ Champion Johnny Hotbody (51), & former WWE referee Jack Doan (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of Mexican star Hector Garza (45)

In Memoriam

In 2010, former professional wrestler Aurelian “Grizzly” Smith passed away due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 78 years old.  Smith wrestled for a number of territories and promotions, including Bill Watt’s Mid-South Wrestling and promotions in Texas and Kentucky. Smith held a number of championships, including the NWA American Tag Team championships with Fritz Von Erich & with Luke Brown, the AWA Midwest Tag Team, the NWA Southern Tag Team titles in Georgia, & the NWA United States Tag Team titles for Tri-State Wrestling.  Later, he held road agent positions for both both WCW and the WWF.  To mordern fans today, Smith would be best known as the father of Jake Roberts, Sam Houston, & Rockin’ Robin. Aurelian’s relationship with his children were chronicled in both the Barry Blaustein documentary “Beyond the Mat” and a WWE DVD set devoted to the life and career of Jake Roberts.  Smith had been in declining health in recent years, & his children gathered by him earlier in the week as his health took a turn for the worse

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