This Day In Wrestling History – October 28th

Oct 28, 2016 - by Bill Fenbers


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1959 – Josh Smith and Tosh Togo defeat Don and Luke Fields, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.

1964 – Chief Little Bear and Mack York defeat The Corsicans (Jean and Joe), to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.

1975 – Killer Karl Kox defeats Dick Murdoch, to win the Tri-State Wrestling North American Heavyweight Championship.

1989 – NWA Halloween Havoc is held in Philadelphia in front of 7,300 fans.  For complete results click

-The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship, defeating The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace).

-Lex Luger retains the NWA United States Championship, defeating Brian Pillman.

-The team of Sting and Ric Flair win the Thunderdome Match over the team of The Great Muta and Terry Funk;  Gary Hart threw in the towel on behalf of Muta and Funk, allowing Flair and Sting to win.  Bruno Sammartino served as special guest referee.

1995 – Mikey Whipwreck becomes the new ECW World Heavyweight Champion, defeating The Sandman in a Ladder Match.  Also, in a match taped for a future episode of Hardcore TV, 2 Cold Scorpio and The Sandman defeat The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock), to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship;  this would air Hardcore TV #133 on November 7th.

1995 – Tracy Smothers and Jesse James Armstrong defeat PG-13 (J.C. Ice. and Wolfie D.), to win the USWA World Tag Team Championship.  Over on WCW Saturday Night, Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeat The American Males (Marcus Bagwell and Scotty Riggs), to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.  The match originally occurred one month earlier and was being televised via tape delay.

1996 – In the Monday Night Wars, WCW Monday Nitro (3.6 TV rating) defeats WWF Monday Night Raw (2.0 rating).

1998 – On Hardcore TV episode #288, The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von) defeat Rob Van Dam and Sabu, to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship.

1999 – Logan Caine is stripped of the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship for no-showing a title defense vs Vince Kaplack.  Kaplack would go on to defeat Caine’s replacement, Chris Hero, to win the vacant championship.

2000 – Genichiro Tenryu defeats Kenji Mutoh, to win the vacant AJPW  Triple Crown Championship.

2001 – In a title-vs-title tag team match, Kenji Mutoh and Taiyo Kea (AJPW Tag Team Champs) defeat Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami (IWGP), to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship along with retaining the AJPW World Tag Team Championship.

2005 – Takeshi Morishima and Muhammad Yone defeat Naomichi Marufuji and Minoru Suzuki, to win the GHC Tag Team Championship.  Over on WWE SmackDown, MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) become the new WWE Tag Team Champions after winning a Fatal 4-Way Match.  The other participants were previous champs The Legion of Doom (Heidenreich and Animal), The Mexicools, and the team of Paul Burchill and William Regal.

2007 – WWE Cyber Sunday is held in Washington, D.C. in front of 10,094 fans.  Fans could vote online on certain aspects and stipulations for the matches.  In the main event, Batista defeats The Undertaker, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.  The fans voted Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee.  For the rest of the results click here

2012 – WWE Hell in a Cell is held in Atlanta in front of 10,000 fans.  One title change occurred.  Big Show becomes the new World Heavyweight Champion, defeating Sheamus.   For complete results click here

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Renowned promoter / trainer in the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) Les Thatcher (76 years old);  former AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Jun Izumida (51 years old);  2-time Ring of Honor Tag Team Champion & 6-time Jersey All Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champion Dan Maff (43 years old);  3-time ROH Tag Team Champion & 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Rocky Romero (34 years old);  tag team champion among various Japanese wrestling promotions Mayumi Ozaki (48 years old);  2-time WWE United States Champion & 1-time World Tag Team Champion Montel Vontavious Porter aka MVP (43 years old);  and 2004 WWE Diva Search Winner & 2006 TNA Knockout of the Year Christy Hemme (36 years old).

Today would’ve been the 65th birthday for “Iron” Mike Sharpe, who was mainly used as a jobber in the WWF from 1983 – 1995.

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