This Day In Wrestling History – October 16th
1968 – Dusty Rhodes makes his pro wrestling debut in World Class Championship Wrestling.
1976 – Paul Jones defeats Blackjack Mulligan, to win the NWA (Mid-Atlantic) United States Championship. Elsewhere, Mr. Wrestling defeats Angelo Mosca, to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship.
1981 – Les Thornton defeats Gerald Brisco, to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
1984 – Shawn Michaels makes his pro wrestling debut in NWA’s Mid-South Wrestling. His debut match is a loss to Art Crews.
1987 – Nelson Royal is awarded the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. The title had been vacated by Lazor Tron.
1987 – In the Universal Wrestling Federation, The Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) defeat The Lightning Express (Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner), to win the UWF Tag Team Championship. The Sheepherders are the final titleholders; the Universal Wrestling Federation is bought out by Jim Crockett Promotions in November 1987.
1988 – Ted DiBiase is the WWF King of the Ring for 1988; DiBiase defeats WWF World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage, via countout, in the finals of the King of the Ring Tournament.
1995 – In the Monday Night Wars, WWF Monday Night Raw (2.6 TV rating) defeats WCW Monday Nitro (2.2 rating).
1997 – Bam Bam Bigelow defeats Shane Douglas, to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
2000 -In the Monday Night Wars, WWF Raw Is War (4.8 TV rating) defeats WCW Monday Nitro (2.3). On Raw, William Regal defeats Al Snow, to win the WWF European Championship.
2003 – Legendary trainer Stu Hart dies at the age of 88. Hart had an elbow infection and then came down with pneumonia. Stu Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996. Among the list of wrestlers trained by Stu Hart: Bret Hart, Owen Hart, David Hart Smith, Jim Neidhart, Davey Boy Smith (The British Bulldog), Tyson Kidd, Natalya, Edge, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Justin Credible, Gorilla Monsoon, Roddy Piper, Mark Henry, Jake Roberts, and many more.
2003 – In Ring of Honor, Special K (Dixie and Izzy) defeat The Backseat Boyz (Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid), to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
2007 – In Florida Championship Wrestling, Afa, Jr. defeats Harry Smith, to win the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship.
2009 – Shane McMahon announces, via press release, his intention to resign from his position as WWE Executive Vice President of Global Media. The resignation would take effect January 1, 2010. Shane would return to WWE in February 2016, and is currently the Commissioner of the SmackDown Live Brand.
2011 – Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki defeats Kenta and Yoshinobu Kanemara, to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Also, Ricky Marvin becomes the new GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, defeating Satoshi Kojiwara. However, Marvin decides to vacate the title; he says he wants to earn it by defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima. Nakajima. At the time, Nakajima was unable to wrestle, after undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis two weeks earlier.
2011 – TNA Bound for Glory is held in Philadelphia in front of 3,585 fans.
-In a match on the pre-show, Mexican America (Anarquia and Hernandez) defeat Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore, to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
-Austin Aries defeats Brian Kendrick, to retain the X Division Championship.
-In a Full Metal Mayhem Match, Rob Van Dam defeats Jerry Lynn.
-In a Three-Way Match, Crimson defeats Samoa Joe and Matt Morgan.
-In a Falls Count Anywhere Philadelphia Street Fight, Mr. Anderson defeats Bully Ray.
-In a Four-Way Match, Velvet Sky defeats Winter, Mickie James, and Madison Rayne, to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship. Karen Jarrett served as special guest referee.
-A.J. Styles defeats Christopher Daniels in an “I Quit” match.
-Sting defeats Hulk Hogan via submission. Garrett Bischoff served as special guest referee. With Sting’s win, Dixie Carter regained control of TNA. Had Hogan won, he would’ve remained in power and Sting would’ve left TNA Wrestling. NOTE: This would be the final wrestling match of Hulk Hogan’s career.
-Kurt Angle defeats Bobby Roode, to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
2014 – Carmella makes her in-ring debut in WWE NXT. She would be promoted to the WWE main roster during the WWE Draft in July 2016; as a member of the SmackDown Live roster.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Former Chikara wrestler Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen (30 years old); one-time AJPW Heavyweight Champion, 2-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion, & 6-time AJPW World Tag Team Champion Takao Omori (47 years old); 2009 Women Superstars Uncensored Hall of Fame Inductee Missy Hyatt (53 years old); one-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion & 2-time ECW World Tag Team Champion Justin Credible (43 years old); former AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, IWGP Intercontinental Champion, 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Kenny Omega (33 years old); 3-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuyuki Fujita (46 years old);
Today would’ve been the 51st birthday for Rick “The Renegade” Wilson. “The Renegade” won the WCW World Television Championship at The Great American Bash on June 18, 1995. By 1997 WCW had relegated “The Renegade” to being a jobber; up until his release from the company in December 1998. On February 23, 1999, “The Renegade” committed suicide at the age of 33; he had been severely depressed since his release from WCW two months earlier.