This Day In Wrestling History– September 5th

Sep 5, 2014 - by staff

Trivia

2007 – Just a few weeks after debuting for the company, Andrew “Test” Martin was released from TNA

Events

In 1983, World Class Championship Wrestling holds their 1st Labor Day Weekend “Star Wars” event in Ft. Worth, Texas:

– Iceman Parsons defeated Buddy Roberts
– Bruiser Brody defeated Kamala via DQ in a Lumberjack match
– Kerry Von Erich defeated Michael Hayes in a Country Whipping match
– Kevin Von Erich defeated World Class American Champion Jimmy Garvin via DQ
– World Class Texas Champion David von Erich defeated Terry Gordy in a two-out-of-three falls match
– World Class Six-Man Tag team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (Hayes, Gordy & Roberts) defeated David, Kerry & Kevin Von Erich

In 1990, NWA Clash of the Champions XII: Mountain Madness/Fall Brawl ’90 was held at the Asheville Civic Center, in Asheville, North Carolina. With an attendance of 4,000. The event drew a TV rating of 5.0, the final time it would do so:

– The Southern Boys (Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong) (with Bob Armstrong) defeated The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) (with Buddy Roberts)
– Mike Rotunda defeated Buddy Landel
– The Master Blasters (Iron & Steel (Kevin Nash) defeated Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner
– The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags & Brian Knobs) defeated Terry Taylor & Jackie Fulton
– Tommy Rich defeated Bill Irwin
– Susan Sexton defeated Bambi
– The Steiners (Rick & Scott) defeated Maximum Overdrive (Tim Hunt & Jeff Warner)
– Stan Hansen defeated The Z-Man
– Lex Luger defeated Ric Flair via DQ to retain the NWA United States Title
– Sting defeated The Black Scorpion to retain the NWA World Title

In 1991, WCW Clash of the Champions XVI: Fall Brawl was held at he Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, in Augusta, Georgia. With an attendance of 2,800:

– El Gigante won a battle royal. Also in the match was: Z-Man, Thomas Rich, Ranger Ross, Bobby Eaton, Oz, Tracey Smothers, P.N. News, Steve Austin, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Big Josh, Dustin Rhodes, One Man Gang, & Barry Windham
– Brian Pillman defeated Badstreet in the semi-final of the WCW Light Heavyweight Title tournament
– Sting defeated Johnny B Badd to retain the WCW United States Title
– Richard Morton defeated Mike Graham in the semi-final of the WCW Light Heavyweight Title tournament
– Ron Simmons defeated The Diamond Studd (Scott Hall)
– Van Hammer defeated Terry Taylor
– Steve Austin defeated Tom Zenk to retain the WCW Television Title
– The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko) defeated Rick Steiner & Bill Kazmaier to win the vacant WCW World Tag Team Titles

In 2010, TNA No Surrender was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. With an attendance of 1,100:

– The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) defeated Generation Me (Max & Jeremy Buck) to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Douglas Williams defeated Sabu to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Velvet Sky defeated Madison Rayne
– Abyss defeated Rhino
– Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe defeated Kevin Nash & Sting
– AJ Styles defeated Tommy Dreamer in an I Quit Match
– Kurt Angle fought Jeff Hardy to a no contest. As a result, both men progressed to the final of the TNA World Title Tournament
– Mr Anderson defeated D’Angelo Dinero to progress to the final of the TNA World Title tournament. The final would be held at Bound For Glory

Title Changes

1938 – Bob Kenaston defeated Chick Dude to win the World Junior Heavyweight Title

1973 – Terry & Ron Garvin defeated Tojo Yamamoto & Johnny Marlin to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee

1979 – Mike George defeated Mr. Wrestling II to become the 1st MSW North American Champion (the title was originally the North American Title, but was renamed soon after the win). Also, Mike Sharpe Jr. defeated Mike George to win the MSW Louisiana Title

1982 – Kevin von Erich defeated King Kong Bundy to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1988 – John Tatum & Jimmy Jack Funk defeated Steve & Shaun Simpson to win the WCCW Texas Tag Team Titles

1994 – Boo Bradley defeated Lance Storm to win the SMW Television Title

1996 – Johnny Ace & Steve Williams defeated Jun Akiyama & Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1997 – Donovan Morgan defeated Michael Modest to win the All-Pro Wrestling Universal Heavyweight Title in Hayward, California

2007 – Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to win the World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to indy regular Slyck Wagner Brown (35), former WWE developmental talent Derek Neikirk (40), former TNA wrestler and referee Shane Sewell (42), & one-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champion Minoru Fujita (37)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1987, the wrestling world lost one-time WWWF Tag Team Champion Scott Irwin, also known as Yukon Eric & The Super Destroyer at the age of 35. Irwin began his career in the Mid-Atlantic territory but was soon signed to the WWWF, where he competed as Yukon Eric, one half of The Yukon Lumberjacks. He & partner Pierre (portrayed by Zarinoff Lebeouf) defeated Dino Bravo and Dominic DeNucci in June 1978 to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles, but would lose them in November of that year to Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko. The team split up following the defeat, with Irwin choosing to leave the promotion, & Lebeouf choosing to retire. After a year-long hiatus, Irwin returned to wrestling, working as ‘Thor the Viking’ in Florida. He soon dropped the character in favor of his Super Destroyer persona, a gimmick that he also took to Mid-South and Georgia, where his real-life brother Bill would join him in a tag team. The pair competed all across the southern states as The Super Destroyers, winning a total of 6 tag team titles, including 1 in Canada. The pair were unmasked by King Parsons & Buck Zumhofe in 1984 after which they became ‘The Long Riders’ and continued to compete across the southern USA, most notably for the AWA. Irwin developed a brain tumor in early 1987, from which he would never recover

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