This Day In Wrestling History– September 12th

Sep 12, 2014 - by staff


2006 – Ohio Valley Wrestling booker Greg Gagne was dropped by WWE from their developmental system. He had been hired as a WWE agent shortly after Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago & was then moved to OVW as booker, replacing Paul Heyman.

2006 – WWE signed former WCW star Brad Armstrong for the the ECW brand, where he appeared as an announcer.  Armstrong also did some wrestling on house shows with younger talents to help their grooming process as performers

2012 – ECW documentary “Barbed Wire City” was funded by fans completely via Kickstarter.  The film was released in April 2013 via DVD to great acclaim


In 1940, the EMLL 7th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City:

– Firpo Segura & Gorilla Macias defeated Tony Fellitto & Ray Ryan
– Tarzan Lopez defeated John Nemenic to retain the NWA World Middleweight Title

In 1989, NWA Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl ’89 was held at the Carolina Coliseum, in Columbia, South Carolina. With an attendance of 2,600:

– The Road Warriors (Animal & Hawk) defeated The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu)
– Tom Zenk defeated The Cuban Assassin
– Sid Vicious defeated Ranger Ross
– The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Brian Pillman defeated Norman The Lunatic
– Steve Williams defeated Mike Rotunda
– Lex Luger defeated Tommy Rich to retain the NWA United States Title
– Ric Flair & Sting defeated The Great Muta & Dick Slater via DQ

In 1999, WCW Fall Brawl was held at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With an attendance of 7,491:

– Rey Mysterio Jr., Eddie Guerrero, & Billy Kidman defeated Vampiro & The Insane Clown Posse (Shaggy 2 Dope & Violent J)
– Lenny Lane (with Lodi) defeated Kaz Hayashi to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– The First Family (Hugh Morrus & Brian Knobs) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated The Revolution (Shane Douglas & Dean Malenko) in a NO DQ Match
– Rick Steiner defeated Perry Saturn to retain the WCW Television Title
– Berlyn (with The Wall) defeated Jim Duggan
– Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeated The West Texas Rednecks (Barry & Kendall Windham) (with Curt Hennig) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Sid Vicious defeated Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Title
– Goldberg defeated Diamond Dallas Page
– Sting defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Title

In 2004, WWE Unforgiven was a Raw-exclusive event held at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Oregon. With an attendance of 10,000:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Maven defeated Rodney Mack (with Jazz)
– Chris Benoit & William Regal defeated Evolution (Batista & Ric Flair)
– Trish Stratus (with Tyson Tomko) defeated Victoria to retain the WWE Women’s Title
– Tyson Tomko defeated Stevie Richards
– Chris Jericho defeated Christian in a Ladder Match to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title
– Shawn Michaels defeated Kane (with Lita) in a No-DQ Match
– La Resistance (Robert Conway & Sylvain Grenier) defeated Rhyno & Tajiri to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Triple H defeated Randy Orton to win the World Heavyweight Title

In 2006, ECW was broadcast live from Madison Square Garden, in New York City. This was the 1st ever ECW show held at the historic venue:

– Rob Van Dam defeated Hardcore Holly via DQ
– CM Punk defeated Shannon Moore
– Rene Dupree defeated Balls Mahoney
– The Big Show defeated Sabu in an Extreme Rules Match to retain the ECW World Title

Title Changes

1982 – Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle defeated Giant Baba & Antonio Inoki in a tournament final for the NWA World Tag Team Title. But this was completely fictitious, as Baba & Inoki weren’t even a tag team at the time. This was simply the NWA’s way of putting the title on Slaughter & Kernodle after previous tag team champions Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen split up.

1982 – King Kong Bundy & Bill Irwin defeated The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1983 – Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart defeated Magnum TA & Mr. Wrestling II to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1988 – The Samoan SWAT Team (Samu & Fatu) defeated John Tatum & Jimmy Jack Funk to win the WCCW Texas Tag Team Titles

1991 – Masaru Toe defeated Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1998 – Barry Windham & Tully Blanchard defeated The Border Patrol (Agent Gunn & Agent Maxx) to win the NWA Tag Team Titles

2003 – Takashi Sugiura defeated Michael Modest to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title

2011 – Kota Ibushi vacated the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title after suffering a shoulder injury


Happy birthday to one-time ROH Tag Team Champion Sal Rinauro (32), UK star Darren Burridge (33), & one-time CMLL Light Heavyweight Champion Shocker (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF and AWA Tag Team Champion Adrian Adonis (59)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1991, WWE Hall of Famer Chris von Erich took his own life aged just 21. Like his brothers, Chris grew up working behind-the-scenes at his father’s WCCW promotion. He became a full-time wrestler in 1990, but several health issues held him back. He had a drug problem, suffered from asthma & also had very brittle bones, so brittle that they would break while performing very simple moves. He had only 1 notable feud in his career, against Percy Pringle (known to modern audiences as Paul Bearer) and his client, ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin, though Chris would never face Austin one-on-one in the ring. Chris fell into a deep depression following the deaths of his brothers, especially Mike, who he was particularly close to. His inability to make a name for himself in the ring only further fueled the depression & he eventually shot himself just 8 days prior to his 22nd birthday.

Secondly, in 2004, 3-time Mexican National Light Heavyweight Champion Dr. Wagner died aged 68. Wagner dropped out of school early & took up wrestling as soon as he was old enough to do so. He made his debut in 1961 as ‘Centella Negra’ (Black Lightning) and initially specialized as a tag team wrestler. Around 2 years later, he was encouraged to come up with a new persona by promoter Elias Simon. After rejecting Simon’s suggestion of El Hijo del Medico Asesino, the Dr. Wagner character was born. By 1965, Wagner had established himself as a main eventer in Mexico’s biggest promotion, EMLL. Over the next two decades, Wagner would cement his position as one of Mexico’s biggest stars, winning a total of 7 championships and 9 Lucha de Apuesta matches. By the mid-80′s, Wagner knew that his career was coming to an end and he requested that a younger star be chosen to end his career, in an attempt to create a new star, and so it came to be. In 1985, at the culmination of an 18-month feud, Wagner was unmasked by El Solitario (who, sadly, would not live to see the benefit, as he died less than 6 months later). After his unmasking, Wagner became a trainer, focusing primarily on his son, Dr Wagner Jr. In 1986, Wagner was scheduled to compete with his son for the 1st time, but was horrifically injured in a car accident & was confined to a wheelchair for most of the rest of his life. In retirement, he owned and operated a gym while also working as a taxi driver & building a real estate portfolio. Wagner died suddenly of a heart attack in Torréon, Mexico

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