This Day In Wrestling History – September 26th
1952 – At the EMLL 19th Anniversary Show in Mexico City, El Santo defeats Bobby Bonales, to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship. Elsewhere, Duke Keomuka defeats Ray Gunkel, to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.
1961 – Former tag team partners Hard Boiled Haggerty and Gene Kiniski face each other to determine who would control the AWA World Tag Team Championship. The two held the title together until August 8, 1961; due to Haggerty interfering in Kiniski’s cage match against Verne Gagne. The tag team championship had been vacant since the two split. On this night, Haggerty defeats Kiniski and wins the tag team title. Haggerty chooses Bob Geigel to be his new tag team partner.
1968 – The Infernos 1 & 2 defeat Terry Funk and Dory Funk, Jr., to win the NWA Texas World Tag Team Championship.
1981 – Stan Lane and Sweet Brown Sugar defeat Ricky Gibson in a handicap match, to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship.
1984 – Adrian Street defeats Terry Taylor, to win the Mid-South Wrestling Television Championship.
1991 – Jerry Estrada defeats Pierroth Jr. in a tournament final, to become the inaugural CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion.
1995 – In Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, The Gladiator (aka Mike Awesome) defeats Hayabusa, in the finals of an eight-man round robin tournament, to win the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship.
1999 – WWE Unforgiven is held in Charlotte, North Carolina in front of 15,779 fans. Only one WWE referee, Jimmy Korderas, was available; the rest were on strike due to repeated assaults from wrestlers. Korderas was the referee for the WWE Championship match, Tag Team Championship Match, and a tag team match that was on the undercard. This was the last WWE pay-per-view for head writers Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara; both left for WCW a few days later.
-Val Venis defeats Steve Blackman (The Brooklyn Brawler served as special guest referee).
-D’Lo Brown defeats Mark Henry, to win the WWE European Championship.
-Jeff Jarrett defeats Chyna, via disqualification, to retain the Intercontinental Championship. Harvey Whippleman served as the referee.
-In a tag team match, The Acolytes (Faarooq and Bradshaw) defeat The Dudley Boyz. Jimmy Korderas refereed.
-In a Hardcore Match, Ivory defeats Luna Vachon, to retain the WWE Women’s Championship. Harvey Whippleman refereed the match.
-The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) defeat Edge and Christian, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Korderas served as the referee.
-In a Kennel from Hell Match, Al Snow defeats Big Boss Man, to retain the Hardcore Championship.
-X-Pac defeats Chris Jericho via disqualification. Tom Prichard served as referee.
-Triple H wins the vacant WWE Championship; winning a Six-Pack Challenge that involved The Rock, Mankind, Big Show, Kane, and The British Bulldog. Korderas served as the referee. Stone Cold Steve Austin served as special outside enforcer.
2004 – Former WWE talent Marianna Komlos passes away at age 35, after battling breast cancer.
2005 – Five years and one day after WWE RAW began airing on TNN, the network, which had changed to SPIKE TV, airs RAW for the final time. In this final episode, SPIKE censors the future network home of RAW, and begins promoting it’s new Saturday night wrestling program, TNA Impact! SPIKE also begins pushing it’s new Monday night UFC-programming block (billing it as “unscripted” as a cheap shot to WWE). RAW would return to it’s original home, the USA Network, the following Monday.
2007 – In Ohio Valley Wrestling, The James Boys (K.C. and Kassidy James) defeat Terminal Velocity (Chet Jablonski and Steve Lewington), to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.
2008 – WWE Friday Night SmackDown airs for the final time on the CW Network. It would move to MyNetwork TV the following Friday. While delivering solid ratings for The CW, SmackDown was outside of the young female demographic that was targeted by the network. On this final episode, The Colons (Carlito and Primo) defeat Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
2008 – Ring of Honor airs New Horizons on pay-per-view. The event originally took place on July 26th from Detroit and aired via tape delay. In the only title match on the card, Nigel McGuinness defeats Claudio Castagnoli, to retain the ROH World Championship.
2009 – Satoshi Kojima defeats Yoshihiro Takayama, to win the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. In the Heartland Wrestling Association, The Kosher Klub (Joseph Schwartz and Sean Tylerstein) defeat The Hybrids (Donovan Cain and Jason Lyte), to win the HWA Tag Team Championship.
2009 – ROH Glory by Honor VIII: The Final Countdown is held from the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s the final ROH appearances for Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness.
-Colt Cabana defeats Rhett Titus.
-In a tag team match, The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Cory Chavis) defeat Up In Smoke (Cheech and Cloudy).
-Claudio Castagnoli defeats Kenny Omega.
-In a Four Corner Survival Match, Roderick Strong defeats Delirious, Grizzly Redwood, and Sonjay Dutt.
-In a Ladder War, The American Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) defeat El Generico and Kevin Steen, to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
-Chris Hero defeats Eddie Kingston.
-Austin Aries defeats Petey Williams, via countout, to retain the ROH World Championship.
-In a tag team match, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), defeat Jay and Mark Briscoe.
-Bryan Danielson defeats Nigel McGuinness in a singles match.
2012 – The TNA Television Championship is vacated by Devon (Dudley), after contract negotiations break off between he and the company.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Current WWE NXT Women’s Champion Asuka (35 years old today) and former NXT Tag Team Champion Buddy Murphy (28 years old). Also a happy birthday to the first Pro Wrestling NOAH Grand Slam Champion Naomichi Marufuji (37 years old), current Reina World Women’s Champion and 3-time Reina World Tag Team Champion Makoto (27 years old), and co-founder of Ring of Honor and EVOLVE Wrestling Gabe Sapolsky (44 years old).
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