This Day In Wrestling History– September 15th

Sep 15, 2014 - by staff


1990 – Vince McMahon officially founded the World Bobdybuilding Federation (WBF)

1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.85 to 2.55 in the ratings

2004 – WWE released Jamie Noble.  He’d eventually be brought back to the company as a wrestler, & now works as an agent

2006 – WWE Smackdown aired for the final time on UPN

2008 – New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Naofumi Yamamoto had signed a WWE developmental deal.  He’d eventually debut as Yoshi Tatsu, & remained a member of the WWE roster until his release earlier this summer

2009 – Ric Flair signed a deal to return to the ring, facing Hulk Hogan on an Australian “Hulkamania Tour”.  Flair had retired at Wrestlemania 24 the previous year

2009 – Jim Cornette & BG James were both let go by TNA.  James had been working as an agent.  Cornette was working as an agent &  helping shape some of the matches and their TV presentation once the creative team determined the direction


In 1996, WCW Fall Brawl was held at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With an attendance of 11,300. It was the 1st event to explicitly showcase WCW’s working relationship with Mexico’s AAA:

– Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
– Ice Train (with Teddy Long) defeated Scott Norton in a Submissions Match
– Konnan (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Juventud Guerrera to retain the AAA Heavyweight Title
– Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho
– Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Super Calo to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) (with Sister Sherri) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– The Giant defeated Randy Savage
– Team nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, & nWo Sting) (with Ted Dibiase) defeated Team WCW (Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Sting) in a WarGames Match

In 2007, ROH Man Up was taped at the Frontier Fieldhouse, in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. It aired on PPV on November 30th:

Dark Match:
– Ernie Osiris & Silas Young defeated Rhett Titus & Bobby Dempsey
Man Up:
– Nigel McGuinness defeated Claudio Castagnoli, Naomichi Marufuji, & Chris Hero (with Larry Sweeney, Sara Del Rey, Bobby Dempsey, & Tank Toland) in a Four Corner Survival Match
– Rocky Romer0 (with Davey Richards & Roderick Strong) defeated Matt Cross (with Austin Aries & Erick Stevens)
– Austin Aries (with Erick Stevens) defeated Davey Richards (with Roderick Strong & Rocky Romero)
– Roderick Strong (with Rocky Romero) defeated Erick Stevens (with Austin Aries)
– Takeshi Morishima defeated Bryan Danielson to retain the ROH World Title
– The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark) defeated Kevin Steen & El Generico to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
Post PPV Dark Matches:
Mitch Franklin defeated Alex Payne to retain the Top of The Class Trophy
– Daizee Haze & Amazing Kong defeated Sara Del Rey & Lacey
– Jack Evans fought Tyler Black to a no contest

In 2012, ROH Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency iPPV was held at the Frontier Fieldhouse, in Chicago, Ridge, Illinois:

– SCUM (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) defeated Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
– Tadarius Thomas defeated Silas Young to qualify for Survival of the Fittest
– Kyle O’Reilly defeated ACH
– Charlie Haas & Rhett Titus (with Shelton Benjamin) defeated The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay)
– Jay Lethal defeated Homicide
– The House of Truth (Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong) (with Truth Martini) defeated Irish Airborne (David & Jake Crist)
– Adam Cole defeated Mike Mondo to retain the ROH Television Title
– SCUM (Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino) defeated Rhett Titus & Charlie Haas in the final of a tournament to win the vacant ROH Tag Team Titles
– Kevin Steen defeated Rhino (with Truth Martini) in a No-DQ Match to retain the ROH World Title

In 2013, WWE Night of Champions was held at Joe Lois Arena, in Detroit, Michigan. With an attendance of 10,500:

The Primetime Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neal) won a Tag Team Turmoil Match, defeating Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Sweet T) (with Naomi & Cameron),  3MD (Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre) (with Jinder Mahal), The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) (with Zeb Colter), & The Usos (Jey & Jimmy)
Night of Champions:
Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– AJ Lee defeated Brie Bella, Natalya, & Naomi to retain the WWE Divas Title in a Fatal 4-way Match
– Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Alberto Rodriguez via DQ (Del Rio retained the World Title)
– The Miz defeated Fandango (with Summer Rae)
– Paul Heyman & Curtis Axel defeated CM Punk in a No DQ 2 on 1 Handicap Match. (Heyman would’ve been fired if he didn’t compete)
– Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE United States TItles
– The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) defeated The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neal & Darren Young) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship

Title Changes

1979 – Pat Patterson was awarded the WWF Intercontinental Title after winning the WWF North American & South American Titles. This is the 1st WWF Intercontinental Title reign & saw the other 2 belts retire

1985 – Denny Brown defeated Gary Royal to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1986 – Black Bart defeated Chris Adams to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Title

1988 – Footloose (Samson Fuyuki & Toshiaki Kawada) defeated Shinichi Nakano & Shunji Takano to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1989 – Sheik Braddock & Ron Starr defeated Jeff Jarrett & Matt Bourne to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas

1997 – on Nitro, Curt Hennig defeated Steve McMichael to win the WCW United States Title in Charlotte, North Carolina

1998 – on Raw, X-Pac defeated D’Lo Brown to win the WWF European Title. Also, Jacqueline defeated Sable to win the reinstated WWF Women’s Title

2005 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Raven to win the NWA World Title. This match never aired on TNA programming, having taken place at a BCW (Canadian indy) show


Happy birthday to former ECW wrestler Chad Austin, also known as Chad Bowman (42), one-time ROH Tag Team Champion Rhett Titus (27), 2-time Open the Brave Gate Champion Genki Horiguchi (36), & former Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long (67)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time AWA Tag Team Champion Wilbur Snyder (85)

In Memoriam

In 2009, Independent wrestler Matt “Riot” Lowry passed away, a day after he was rushed to Hahnemann Hospital following an incident while training at the ECW Arena, CBS channel 3 in Philadelphia reported.  Lowry, who was only 22 years old, died from head injuries according to police statements CBS,  However, someone who was training Lowry (but not identified by name in the CBS report) stated that Lowry suffered an aneurysm while warming up for the training session. Lowry had wrestled for several independent groups in the Mid-West, including EWF & AIW but of late had been staying in New Jersey, according to the report

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