This Day In Wrestling History – October 4th

Oct 4, 2016 - by Bill Fenbers

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1955 – Duke Keomuka and Danny Savich defeat Rito Romero and Pepper Gomez, to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship.

1957 – Don McIntyre and Ray Gunkel defeat Kurt and Fritz Von Brauner, to win the NWA (Georgia) International Tag Team Championship.

1960 – Hard Boiled Haggerty and Len Montana defeat Murder, Inc. (Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills), to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship.  Montana would be replaced by Gene Kiniski as Haggerty’s tag team partner in March 1961, after Montana suffers a broken leg in a match against Verne Gagne.

1975 – A plane carrying Ric Flair, Johnny Valentine, David Crockett, Bob Bruggers, and Tim Woods crashes near Wilmington, North Carolina.  The pilot was the only fatality.  However the five wrestlers suffered serious injuries.  Valentine’s career ended immediately.  Bruggers regained his health but opted to retire.  Flair, Crockett, and Woods all would eventually return to wrestling after recovering from their injuries.

1976 – Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson defeat Tojo Yamamoto and Bill Dundee, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.  Elsewhere, Jackie Fargo defeats Jerry Lawler, to win the NWA Mid-America Southern Heavyweight Championship.

1979 – Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Ryuma Go, to reclaim the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.  Go had defeated Fujinami for the title two days earlier.

1981 – Sgt. Slaughter defeats Ricky Steamboat, to win the vacant NWA Undisputed United States Championship.  The title had been vacated by Wahoo McDaniel on September 1, 1981, after he was injured by Abdullah the Butcher.

1982 – Tony Charles (aka Checkmate) defeats Bill Irwin, to win the WCWA Television Championship.

1993 – On a taping of WCW Saturday Night, Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags), to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.  The match would air on television on October 23, 1993.

1993 – In the United States Wrestling Association, Moondog Spike and Mike Anthony defeat The Dog Catchers, to win the USWA World Tag Team Championship.  Also, Jeff Jarrett defeats Tommy Rich, to win the vacant USWA Heavyweight Championship.

1993 – In Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Tim Horner defeats Juicy Johnny, to win the vacant SMW Television Championship.  The match didn’t air on television until November 6, 1993.

1996 – In the United States Wrestling Association, The Colorado Kid defeats Jerry Lawler, to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.

1997 – Johnny Ace and Kenta Kobashi defeat Gary Albright and Steve Williams, to win the AJPW World Tag Team Championship.

1999 – In the Monday Night Wars, WWE RAW IS WAR (5.9 TV rating) defeats WCW Monday Nitro (2.9 rating).  On Nitro, Psychosis is awarded the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.  It was said on air that Psychosis had won the title at a recent house show, but no date was given nor did an actual match take place.  It was later said Psychosis was awarded the title for “unexplained reasons.”  It wouldn’t matter.  Later on that night Disco Inferno would defeat Psychosis in a singles match, to win the Cruiserweight Championship.

How did Psychosis start the night with the title?  Well, the Cruiserweight Championship had been stripped from Lenny Lane.  Lane had held the title since defeating Rey Mysterio, Jr. in a title match on August 19, 1999.  But Turner Broadcasting did not approve of Lane’s gimmick pretending to be gay (along with his tag team partner Lodi).  Lane’s ring attire consisted of pink trunks with pink triangles, pigtails, facial glitter, and a lollipop. Lane was scheduled to drop the Cruiserweight Championship to Disco Inferno on this Nitro episode anyway.  However, fearing possible altercation, Psychosis replaced Lane as the champion (Lane did not appear on air in this episode).

2006 – In Ohio Valley Wrestling, Beth Phoenix defeats Serena, to win the OVW Women’s Championship;  only to lose the title to Victoria Crawford.  Beth regains the title after winning an eight-woman elimination match.

2007 – Due to increased viewership, TNA Impact! expands to a two-hour program on SPIKE TV.

2008 – The Skullkrushers (Rasche Brown and Keith Walker) defeat Los Luchas (Phoenix Star and Zokre), to win the NWA Tag Team Championship.  The Skullkrushers would hold the tag team titles until November 20, 2010;  a span of 777 days;  the longest reign in the title’s history.

2008 – Kevin Northcutt defeats El Diablo Rojo, to win the vacant NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.  The title was vacant due to being stripped from Mike DiBiase, for missing a scheduled title defense.

2009 – WWE Hell in a Cell is held in Newark, New Jersey in front of 12,356 fans.  This was the inaugural Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.

-In the dark match, Matt Hardy defeats Mike Knox.

-In a Hell in a Cell Match, The Undertaker defeats CM Punk, to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

-John Morrison defeats Dolph Ziggler, to retain the Intercontinental Championship.

-Mickie James defeats Alicia Fox, to retain the WWE Divas Championship.

-Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and Big Show) defeat Batista and Rey Mysterio, to retain the Unified WWE Tag Team Championships.

-In a Hell in a Cell Match, Randy Orton defeats John Cena, to win the WWE Championship.

-Drew McIntyre defeats R-Truth.

-In a Triple Threat Match, Kofi Kingston defeats Jack Swagger and The Miz, to retain the United States Championship.

-Triple H and Shawn Michaels (D-Generation X) defeat The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr.), in a Hell in a Cell Tornado Tag Team Match.

2014 – In Ohio Valley Wrestling, Cliff Compton defeats Melvin Maximus and Marcus Anthony, to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship (Triple Threat Match).

2015 – TNA Bound for Glory is held in Concord, North Carolina in front of 1,800 fans.

-In the dark match, Shawn Schultz defeats John Skyler.

-In an Ultimate X Match, Tigre Uno defeats Manik, DJ Z, and Andrew Everett, to retain the TNA X Division Championship.

-Tyrus wins the 12-man Bound for Gold Gauntlet Match, to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

-The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) defeat Trevor Lee and Brian Myers, to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.

-Bobby Roode defeats Lashley, to retain the King of the Mountain Championship.

-Gail Kim defeats Awesome Kong, to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.

-In a No Disqualification Match, Kurt Angle defeats Eric Young, via submission.

-In a Three-Way Match, Matt Hardy defeats Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway, to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  Jeff Hardy served as special guest referee.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (68 years old), TNA Grand Slam Champion Abyss (43 years old), 2-time NWA American Tag Team Champion and 1-time SMW Tag Team Champion Bobby Fulton (56 years old), 2-time AAA Mexican National Welterweight Champion Heavy Metal (46 years old), former ROH and GHC Tag Team Champion Naruki Doi (36 years old), 5-time Southern Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Otto Schwanz (44 years old), indie wrestler Bill Martel (30 years old), and German announcer for WWE pay-per-views Sebastian Hackl (36 years old).

Today would’ve been the 88th birthday for 4-time WWE Tag Team Champion / WWE Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow.

SOURCES:  Google, Wikipedia, gerweck.net, tpww.net, wrestleview.com

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