This Day In Wrestling History – October 14th
1977 – The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene and Ole Anderson) defeat Dusty Rhodes and Dick Slater, to win the NWA (Mid-Atlantic) World Tag Team Championship.
1978 – Assassin #1 defeats Jose Lothario, to win the NWA Tri-State Louisiana Championship.
1985 – Butch Reed defeats Dick Murdoch, to win the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship. As a result of this victory, Reed would vacate his Mid-South Television Championship.
1985 – The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn) defeat The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd and Rip Morgan), to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship.
1986 – After suffering severe injuries in an automobile accident, the wrestling career of Magnum T.A. comes to an end.
1989 – Tito Santana defeats Rick Martel, to win the 1989 WWF King of the Ring tournament.
1996 – In the Monday Night Wars, WCW Monday Nitro (3.3 TV rating) defeats WWF Monday Night Raw (1.8 rating).
1999 – Two titles change hands on this evening’s episode of WWF Smackdown. In a triple threat match, Big Boss Man defeats Al Snow and Big Show, to win the WWF Hardcore Championship. In what was supposed to be their very last match as a tag team, The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection (The Rock and Mankind) end up becoming the WWF Tag Team Champions. The Rock and Mankind defeat The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn), after interference from Hardcore and Crash Holly after the referee was knocked out.
2000 – The NWA 52nd Anniversary Show, a two-night event is held in Nashville, Tennessee. A crowd of 500 was on hand for the first night’s show. The results below are for the first night.
-Lazz defeats A.J. Styles.
-Chris Champion defeated Slash.
-In a tag team match, Nick Dinsmore and Damaja defeat Flash Flanagan and NWA Ohio Valley Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway.
-James Storm defeats Big Bully Douglas.
-Strawberry Fields defeats Leilani Kai, to win the vacant NWA World Women’s Championship. The title had been vacant since it was stripped from Debbie Combs in October 1996.
-Vince Kaplack defeats Tony Kozina, to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
-Bad Attitude (Rick Michaels and David Young) defeat The Hotshots (Cassidy O’Reilly and Air Paris), to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
-Mike Rapada defeats Chris Harris, to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
2002 – On WWE Raw, Christian and Chris Jericho defeat Hurri-Kane (The Hurricane and Kane), to win the World Tag Team Championship.
2007 – TNA Bound for Glory is held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia, in front of 4,000 fans. Adam “Pacman” Jones purchased 1,500 tickets to donate to local students for scholastic achievement and good conduct.
-In a Tag Team Ultimate X Match, The Latin American XChange (Homicide and Hernandez) defeat Triple X (Senshi and Elix Skipper). With the victory Homicide and Hernandez become #1 contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
-Eric Young wins the Fight for the Right Reverse Battle Royal.
-A.J. Styles and Tomko defeat Ron Killings and Consequences Creed (filling in for Pacman Jones). Styles and Tomko become the new TNA World Tag Team Champions.
-Jay Lethal defeats Christopher Daniels, to retain the TNA X Division Championship.
-The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon), in a Two-out-of-Three Falls Tables Match.
-In a Gauntlet for the Gold Match, Gail Kim becomes the inaugural TNA Women’s Knockout Champion. Kim eliminates Roxxi Laveaux to win the title.
-Samoa Joe defeats Christian Cage; Matt Morgan served as special ringside enforcer.
-In a Monster’s Ball Match, Abyss defeats Raven, Rhino, and Black Reign.
-Sting defeats Kurt Angle, to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
2009 – “Captain Lou” Albano, a 1996 WWF Hall of Fame Inductee, dies of a heart attack at age 76. Albano is also a 2012 Inductee of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
2010 – On this evening’s TNA Impact!, Madison Rayne forces Tara to lay down and give up her Knockouts’ Championship. Rayne felt Tara owed her for getting her job back in TNA. In a match that lasts five seconds, Tara lays down for Rayne, allowing Rayne to become Knockouts’ Champion for the 3rd time.
2011 – This evening’s episode of WWE Friday Night Smackdown makes the program the second-longest-running episodic television series American television history (only behind WWE Raw). On the 10/14/2011 episode, Randy Orton wins a 41-man Battle Royal, to become the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
2012 – TNA Bound for Glory is held in Phoenix, Arizona in front of 2,900 fans.
-Rob Van Dam defeats Zema Ion, to win the TNA X Division Championship.
-Samoa Joe defeats Magnus, via submission, to retain the TNA Television Championship.
-James Storm defeats Bobby Roode in a Street Fight; King Mo served as special guest enforcer.
-Joey Ryan defeats Al Snow, to win a TNA contract.
-In a Three-Way Tag Team Match, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeat Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle, to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
-Tara defeats Miss Tessmacher, to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship.
-In a No Disqualification Tag Team Match, Aces & Eights (D.O.C. and Knux) defeat Sting and Bully Ray.
-Jeff Hardy defeats Austin Aries, to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
2013 – On WWE Raw, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat The Shield (Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns), to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: 2005 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Nikolai Volkoff (69 years old), former WCW & WWE valet, and 2004 WWE Babe of the Year Stacy Keibler (37 years old), 2006 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee & 2016 Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee Blackjack Lanza (81 years old), former AJPW World Tag Team Champion Dan Spivey (64 years old), and former Juggalo Championship Wrestling Heavyweight & Tag Team Champion, member of Insane Clown Posse Shaggy 2 Dope (42 years old).