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This Day Wrestling History- June 15th



Trivia

1991 – Gary Strydom wins the 1rst WBF BodyStars Championship event

1998 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.3 to 4.0 in the ratings

2002 - Steve Austin’s then-wife Debra called the San Antonio police to their home to investigate an incident of alleged violence. The story would receive mainstream news coverage over the next several months

On November 25th Steve Austin pleaded No Contest to the assault charges. Austin was given a $1,000 fine, one year’s probation, forced to perform 80 hours of community service and told to undergo domestic violence counseling. As part of the plea, Austin will be prohibited from drinking alcohol for the year

2008 – Wataru Inoue wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final

2010 - TNA sent Scott Hall home and was no longer using him.  To date, his brief return with Kevin Nash during TNA’s Monday Night run was his last appearances on the national scene

Events

In 1996, AAA TripleMania IV-B was held in Orizaba, Mexico:

– Rey Misterio Jr, Oro Jr, Winners & Super Calo defeated Perro Silva, Halloween, Kraken & Mosco de la Merced
– Pierroth Jr defeated Perro Aguayo, Juventud Guerrera, Konnan, El Pantera, Pimpinela Escarlata, Psicosis & Villano III in an Elimination Match
– La Parka, Octagon & Mascara Sagrada defeated Killer, Cien Caras & Heavy Metal in a Lumberjack Match

In 1997, AAA TripleMania V-B was held in Naucalpan, Mexico:

– Sangre Chicana defeated Heavy Metal via DQ
– Los Payasos (Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, & Coco Amarillo) defeated Mascara Sagrada Jr, La Calaca, & Super Muneco in a Mask vs Mask Cage Match. La Calaca was the last man left in the cage, so had to unmask
– Latin Lover defeated Pierroth Jr.
– Perro Aguayo, Octagon, Cibernetico & El Canek defeat Jake Roberts, Gorgeous George III, El Cobarde Jr. & Fuerza Guerrera

In 1997, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held at The MARK of the Quad Cities, in Moline, Illinois. With an attendance of 9,613:

– Ultimate Dragon defeated Psychosis (with Sonny Onoo)
– Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray & Booker T) (with Sister Sherri) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) via DQ
– Konnan defeated Hugh Morris
– Glacier defeated Wrath (Bryan Clark) (with Mortis & James Vandenberg) (during the match Mortis was handcuffed to the ringpost)
– Akira Hokuto (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Madusa in a Title vs Career Match to retain the WCW Women’s Title and force Madusa to retire
– Chris Benoit defeated Meng in a Death Match
– Kevin Greene defeated Steve McMichael (with Debra)
– The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) defeated Ric Flair & Roddy Piper to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly Page) in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

In 2001,  The “Memphis Clash of the Legends” was held at the historic Mid-South Coliseum, in Memphis, Tennessee. With an attendance of 4,700 fans:

– PG-13 (J.C. Ice & Wolfie D.) defeated Spellbinder & Reggie B. Fine
– Brian Christopher defeated Mike Rapada
– King Cobra, Chris Harris, & Tommy Rogers defeated Porkchop Cash, Mad Dog, & Tracy Smothers
– The Kat defeated Ying Yang
– Bill Dundee & Robert Gibson defeated The Galaxians
– The Moondogs fought The Bushwhackers (Luke Williams & Butch Miller) to a double DQ
– Rocky Johnson & Jimmy Valiant defeated Buddy Landell & Billy Joe Travis
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) fought Stan Lane & Curt Hennig to a no contest
– Jerry Lawler defeated Lord Humongous. Guest referee was Lance Russell
– Jimmy Hart won a 20-man battle royal to win a 2002 Cadillac Escalade

In 2003, AAA TripleMania XI was held in Naucalpan, Mexico:

– Electroshock & Lady Apache defeat Gran & Faby Apache, El Brazo & Martha Villalobos and Chessman, & Tiffany in a 4-Way Tag Team Match to win the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Titles
– Rayman & El Zorro defeat Juventud Guerrera & Mr. Aguila via DQ
– Heavy Metal defeats Pirata Morgan, El Texano & Sangre Chicana in a Hair vs Hair Match. Pirata Morgan was pinned, so he was shaved bald
– Lizmark Sr, La Parka, Octagon & Super Calo defeat Abismo Negro, Cibernetico & The Headhunters (A & B)

In 2003, WWE Bad Blood, held at the Compaq Center, in Houston, Texas. With an attendance of 10,000. This was the 1st regular PPV to be brand-exclusive (Raw) beginning a long run of brand-exclusive PPVs (excluding the classics) which would eventually end with Backlash 2007:

Sunday Night Heat:
Ivory defeated Molly Holly
PPV:
– Rodney Mack & Christopher Nowinski defeated The Dudley Boyz (D-Von & Bubba Ray)
– Scott Steiner defeated Test to acquire the services of Stacy Keibler as manager
– Booker T defeated Christian via DQ (Christian retains the WWE Intercontinental Title)
– La Resistance (Rene Dupree & Sylvain Grenier) defeated Rob Van Dam & Kane to win the World Tag Team Titles
– Goldberg defeated Chris Jericho
– Ric Flair defeated Shawn Michaels
– Triple H defeated Kevin Nash in a Hell In A Cell Match with Mick Foley as special guest referee to retain the World Heavyweight Title

In 2014, TNA’s Slammiversary xII was held at the College Park Center, in Arlington, Texas. TNA announced Team 3D (Bully Ray & Devon Dudley) would be the 3rd inductees into the TNA Hall of Fame to be inducted at Bound For Glory weekend:

– Sanada defeated Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve (with Knux, The Freak (Rob Terry), & Rebel), & Manik to retain the TNA X-Division Title in a Ladder Match
– Bobby Lashley defeated Samoa Joe to qualify for the main event title cage match
– Magnus (with Bram) defeated Willow (with Abyss)
– Austin Aries defeated Kenny King to qualify for the main event title cage match
– Von Erich 3G (Ross & Marshall von Erich) (with their father Kevin von Erich) defeated The BroMans (Jessie Godderz & DJ Z) via DQ
– Angelina Love (with Velvet Sky) defeated Gail Kim to retain the TNA Knockout’s Title
– Ethan Carter III (with Rockstar Spud & Dixie Carter) defeated Bully Ray in a Texas Death Match
– Mr. Anderson defeated “Cowboy” James Storm
– Eric Young defeated Austin Aries & Bobby Lashley to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Title in a 3-way Steel Cage Match

Title Changes

1962 – Sailor Art Thomas defeated The Mummy to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1977 – Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA Television Title

1979 – The Blond Bombers (Larry Latham & Wayne Farris) defeated Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Tupelo, Mississippi

1980 – Sangre Chicana defeated Cachorro Mendoza to win the NWA World Middleweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico

1982 – King Kong Bundy is awarded the vacant WCCW American Heavyweight Title after previous champion Fritz von Erich retires

1990 – John Tatum defeated Bill Dundee to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1992 – Eddie Gilbert defeated Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1996 – Brickhouse Brown defeated Bart Sawyer to win the vacant USWA Television Title

2004 – on Smackdown, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeated Charlie Haas & Rico to win the WWE Tag Team Titles. Also, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chavo Classic to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

2009 – on Raw, Randy Orton defeated John Cena, Triple H, & The Big Show in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the vacant WWE Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW & WWE Tag Team Champion Chuck Palumbo (43), & 2-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Scott Norton (53)

Today would have also been the birthday of one-time USWA Heavyweight Champion Brad Armstrong (53)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost three personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1996, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion Dick Murdoch died aged 49. Murdoch began wrestling in 1965, initially as ‘Don Carson’ before using his real name. His first major run came in the 1970′s, teaming with Dusty Rhodes as The Texas Outlaws, which led to singles runs in Florida, Mid-South and various NWA territories. His most notable run came in Mid-South in the early 80′s, where he & Junkyard Dog became probably the promotion’s largest drawing tag team, with their feud against The Freebirds regarded as the best written in Mid-South history. In 1984-5, he had a brief spell in the WWF, winning their tag team titles with Adrian Adonis, before moving to JCP and feuding with Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes. He remained with JCP/WCW on-and-off until 1991, when he became semi-retired, though continued to accept irregular independent bookings. His last major appearance came at the 1995 Royal Rumble, where he was eliminated by Henry Godwinn. He was still active on the independents when he died of a heart attack

Secondly, in 2007, WWE Hall of Famer ‘Sensational’ Sherri Martel died also aged 49. She initially approached Grizzly Smith for training, but was turned down. After around 5 years, her interest in wrestling piqued again and she began training under Butch Moore in Memphis. She underwent further training at The Fabulous Moolah’s school (during which time she wrestled in Japan) but was kicked out for a supposed attitude problem. In the mid-80′s, she joined the AWA and would go on to win 3 Women’s Titles in the promotion before being signed by the WWF in 1987. On her debut with the WWF, she ended Moolah’s year-long reign as Women’s Champion, & eventually turned to a manager role when the WWF phased out it’s women’s division at the turn of the decade. She managed Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, & Tatanka before her release from the WWF in 1993. She had short stints in ECW & WCW in 1993 & 1994 before quietly disappearing from the wrestling scene. She continued to make occasional appearances in a variety of promotions, most notably in the WWE in 2005, contributing to the feud between Kurt Angle & Shawn Michaels, & on TNA Impact in 2006, offering her managerial services to Robert Roode, which would be her final televised appearance. She died of an accidental overdose at her mother’s home near Birmingham, Alabama

Thirdly, in 2009, long-time referee Ted Tanabe, who worked for Super Delphin’s Osaka Pro Wrestling, passed away after suffering a heart attack during an OPW event.   Tanabe was working a bout when he suffered the attack.  They used CPR and rushed him to the hospital, but he passed away shortly afterwards.   Tanabe worked for years for a number of promotions, including FMW, Battlarts & Michinoku Pro during its really hot era in the 1990s and came over with Michinoku to referee their show stealing six-man tag at the ECW Barely Legal PPV in 1995. He also helped out backstage with a number of promotions, including Michinoku, as well over the years.  Tanabe always stood out visually because he was a short, squat referee keeping up with all these incredibly athletic flyers and fast-paced matches.   Tanabe had also promoted some independent events in Japan and truly loved the business. On his visit to the United States in 1997, Tanabe was grabbing every American-wrestling related magazine & item he could find because he was such a huge fan

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