This Day In Wrestling History – October 9th

Oct 9, 2016 - by Bill Fenbers

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1951 – Chris and Babe Zaharias defeat Ellis Bashara and Danny Savich, to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship.

1970 – Dr. X defeats Blackjack Lanza, to win the AWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship.

1973 – Terry and Ron Garvin defeat Tommy Gilbert and Eddie Marlin, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.

1978 – Jerry Barber and The Jet Set (George Gulas and Bobby Eaton) defeat Gorgeous George Jr., Tommy Gilbert, and Paul Orndorff, to win the NWA Six-Man Tag Team Championship.

1981 – Bruiser Brody defeats Dory Funk, Jr., to win the NWA International Heavyweight Championship.

1982 – Nick Bockwinkel defeats Otto Wanz, to win the AWA World Heavyweight Championship.

1995 – In the Monday Night Wars, both WCW Monday Nitro and WWF Monday Night Raw tie, with a 2.6 TV rating.

1998 – Super T defeats Nitetrain C. Crane, to win the NWA Brass Knuckles Championship.

1999 – In Combat Zone Wrestling, Lobo and T.C.K. defeat John Zandig and Nick Gage, to win the CZW World Tag Team Championship.

2000 – In the Monday Night Wars, WWF Raw Is War (5.4 TV rating) defeats WCW Monday Nitro (2.5 rating).

2002 – In a Ladder Match, Syxx-Pac defeats Kid Kash, A.J. Styles, The S.A.T., Tony Mamaluke, and Ace Steel, to win the vacant NWA-TNA X Championship.  The title was vacated by Jerry Lynn due to injury.

2004 – Kensuke Sasaki defeats Kazuyuki Fujita, to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.  In Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Chris Bosh and Scott Lost (Arrogance) defeat B-Boy and Super Dragon, to win the PWG World Tag Team Championship.

2005 – WWE No Mercy (a SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view) is held in Houston in front of 7,000 fans.  This was Eddie Guerrero’s final pay-per-view appearance before his death on November 13th.

-In a tag team match on Sunday Night Heat, William Regal and Paul Burchill defeat Paul London and Brian Kendrick.

-In a six-person intergender tag team match, Christy Hemme and The Legion of Doom (Animal and Heidenreich) defeat MNM (Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, and Melina).

-Bobby Lashley defeats Simon Dean.

-In a Fatal 4-Way Match, Chris Benoit defeats Christian, Booker T, and Orlando Jordan, to retain the WWE United States Championship.  Benoit won the match by making Christian submit to the sharpshooter.

-Mr. Kennedy defeats Hardcore Holly.

-John “Bradshaw” Layfield defeats Rey Mysterio.

-In a Handicap Casket Match, Bob and Randy Orton defeat The Undertaker.

-Juventud defeats Nunzio, to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

-Batista defeats Eddie Guerrero, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Two-time ECW World Tag Team Champion and 21-time WWF Hardcore Champion Stevie Richards (45 years old), former WWF Women’s Champion Rockin’ Robin (52 years old), and 3-time GHC Heavyweight Champion / 3-time GHC Tag Team Champion / 2-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion / 6-time AJPW World Tag Team Champion Jun Akiyama (47 years old).  Also, happy birthday to the winner of WWE Tough Enough Season 4 Daniel Puder (35 years old).

Today would’ve been Eddie Guerrero’s 49th birthday.  Guerrero performed in CMLL, AAA, and NJPW from 1987-1996.  On April 8, 1995 Guerrero, in his debut in Extreme Championship Wrestling, defeated 2 Cold Scorpio to win the ECW World Television Championship.  He would win the title again on July 28, 1995.

After brief flings in World Championship Wrestling in 1989 and 1991, Eddie Guerrero would return to WCW in late 1995.  He was a two-time Cruiserweight Champion, and had one reign as United States Champion in 1996.  Guerrero was granted his release from WCW in January 2000, after Vince Russo was fired as head booker and replaced by Kevin Sullivan.

Eddie Guerrero’s greatest success occurred when he joined the WWF at the end of January 2000 as part of The Radicalz (along with Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, and Perry Saturn).  Guerrero would become a 2-time WWF/E European Champion, 4-time Tag Team Championship, 2- time Intercontinental Champion, and had one reign as WWE United States Champion in July 2003 (not to be confused with his WCW United States Championship reign in 1996).

Eddie Guerrero would reach the pinnacle of his career, when he won the WWE Championship by defeating Brock Lesnar, at No Way Out on February 15, 2004.  Guerrero would hold the title for 133 days;  he would drop the WWE Championship to John “Bradshaw” Layfield at The Great American Bash on June 27, 2004.  This would be Guerrero’s only reign as WWE Champion.

Eddie Guerrero passed away on November 13, 2005 at the age of 38, due to acute heart failure.  He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Extreme Championship Wrestling Hardcore Hall of Fame in 2015.

SOURCES: Google, Wikipedia, pwwew.net, wrestleview.com, gerweck.net, prowrestlinggueerilla.com/results/world_tag_team_champion

 

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