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This Day In Wrestling History– September 2nd



Trivia

2007 – WWE released Nick Dinsmore, who had portrayed the Eugene character.  He would be brought back in 2009, but after 1 appearance on Raw, he’d be released again

Events

In 1966, the EMLL 33rd Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City:

– Rene Guajardo defeated Felipe Ham Lee in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Jerry London defeated Karloff Lagarde in a Hair vs Hair Match
– In a secondary event later in the month, Rene Guajardo defeated Jerry London in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1985, “WCCW Labor Day Star Wars” was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Ft. Worth, Texas:

– Kelly Kiniski defeated Jim Powers
– World Class Television Champion John Tatum defeated Steve Casey
– Gino Hernandez defeated Brian Adidas to win the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title.
– Bruiser Brody defeated One Man Gang via DQ
– Kevin Von Erich defeated Chris Adams
– Mark Lewin defeated Iceman Parsons
– Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich, & Brian Adidas defeated One Man Gang, Mark Lewin, & Jack Victory to win the World Class Six Man Tag Team Title

In 1985, CWF Battle of the Belts was held in Tampa, Florida:

– Hector & Chavo Guerrero Sr. defeated Grappler & Rip Oliver
– Cocoa Samoa defeated Rip Rogers
– Kendall Windham defeated Jack Hart to win the Florida Heavyweight Title
– Rick Rude defeated Billy Jack Haynes to retain the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) fought Harley Race & Stan Hansen to a no-contest to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– Nick Bockwinkel defeated Frankie Lane
– Ric Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the NWA World Title

In 1992, WCW Clash of the Champions XX, held at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta, Georgia, marked the 20th anniversary of professional wrestling on WTBS. It also saw the final US television appearance of Andre The Giant:

– Ricky Steamboat defeated Steve Austin in a No-DQ Match to win the WCW Television Title
– Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton defeated Greg Valentine & Dick Slater
– Ron Simmons defeated Cactus Jack to retain the WCW World Title
– The Barbarian & Butch Reed defeated Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham
– Rick Rude, Jake Roberts, Super Invader, & Big Van Vader defeated Sting, Nikita Koloff, Rick Steiner, & Scott Steiner in an Elimination Tag Team Match

Title Changes

1963 – Bill Watts & Jerry Kozak defeated The Masked Bolos (Might Bolo & Great Bolo) to win the vacant TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1987 – Terry Taylor defeated Shane Douglas to win the UWF Television Title

1991 – Jerry Lawler defeated The Dragon Master to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. Also, Danny Davis defeated Bill Dundee to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1996 – Jerry Lawler defeated Sid Vicious to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. This is Lawler’s 25th reign

2002 – on Raw, Eric Bischoff awarded the World Heavyweight Title to Triple H, beginning the 1st WHC Title reign in the WWE era

2007 – Jeff Hardy defeated Umaga to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time ECW World & WCW US Tag Team Champion Tracy Smothers (52), & one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Joe E. Legend (45)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1985, the wrestling world lost NWA Tag Team star Jay Youngblood aged just 30. Youngblood made his wrestling debut in 1975, competing in Amarillo as ‘(The) Silver Streak’. He later moved to the Pacific region, where he adopted the ‘Jay Youngblood’ gimmick, & would go on to find his greatest successes. He also competed for JCP, where he formed a renowned tag team with Ricky Steamboat. In 1982, the culmination of a feud pitting the duo against Boris Zhukov and Don Kernodle drew 15000 fans to Greensboro, North Carolina. Youngblood would also find success in Florida, Canada, Mexico and the Western States before he died suddenly whilst on tour in Australia. As far as I’m aware, the official cause of death has never been made public, but it has long been said that he suffered a ruptured spleen during a match, which caused a series of fatal heart attacks

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