This Day In Wrestling History – October 13th
1970 – George Scott defeats Johnny Valentine, to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.
1975 – A WWWF Championship match, between Ivan Koloff and Bruno Sammartino, ends in a draw. Both men were unable to continue the match due to excessive bleeding. Koloff, not happy with the decision, went after Sammartino and the two had to be separated by other wrestlers. Sammartino retained the title due to the draw.
1981 – On Championship Wrestling, Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito defeat Tony Garea and Rick Martel, to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.
1984 – On this evening’s episode of Maple Leaf Wrestling, Greg Valentine defeats Tito Santana, to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
1985 – Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeat The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton), to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
1992 – On an episode of Wrestling Challenge, Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) defeat The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon), to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship.
1997 – In the Monday Night Wars, WCW Monday Nitro (3.8 TV rating) defeats WWF Raw Is War 2.3 rating). On WWF Raw, The Legion of Doom (Animal and Hawk) defeat The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I. Godwinn), to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship. Over on WCW Nitro, The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeats Scott Hall and Syxx, to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
2001 – The NWA 53rd Anniversary Show, Battle of the Belts, is held in St. Petersburg, Florida in front of 400 fans. There were 17 matches on the card. For complete results, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NWA_Anniversary_Show#2001
– Hotstuff Hernandez defeats Kevin Northcutt, to win the NWA National Heavyweight Championship. After this victory, Hernandez would the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.
-Quinn Magnum defeats Spyder, to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship.
-Sudden Impact (Chris Gatlin and Steve Lane) defeat Disturbing Behavior (Jeff Daniels and Tim Renesto) to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship.
-The Heavenly Bodies (Vito DeNucci and Chris Nelson) defeat Total Destruction (Rusty Riddle and Sean Royal), to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
-In a Five-Way Match, Jason Rumble defeats Brandon K, Lex Lovett, Jimmy Rave, and BJ Turner, to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
-Steve Corino fights Shinya Hashimoto to a no-contest. Corino retains the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
2003 – Jado wins an 11-man Battle Royal, to win the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
2006 – The Marine, starring John Cena, opens in theaters. The film made $15.1 million at the box office; the film would only make $3.7 million over the next nine weeks it was in theaters. However it was noted as being WWE Studios’ most successful film until the release of The Call in 2013 (starring David Otunga and Halle Berry). The Call earned $17 million in it’s first three days in theaters; it would earn a total of $68.6 million.
2006 – On this evening’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown, Chris Benoit defeats Mr. Kennedy, to win the WWE United States Championship.
2007 – At SHIMMER Women Athletes Volume 16, Sara Del Rey defeats Sarah Stock, to retain the SHIMMER Championship. This was a Best two-out-of-three falls Match.
2008 – Kenta defeats Bryan Danielson, to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship.
2008 – TNA Wrestling releases Johnny Devine. Devine had claimed he left because “wrestling was no longer fun” for him. On the same day, Karen Angle is released by TNA; she would return in 2011, and return again in 2015.
2008 – NJPW Destruction ’08 is held in Tokyo, Japan in front of 9,000 fans. For complete results, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_%2708
-No Limit (Testuya Naito and Yujiro) defeat Prince Prince (Minoru and Prince Devitt), to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
-Takashi Iizuka defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan, in a Chain Death Match.
-Yuji Nagata defeats Masato Tanaka, to win the Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship.
-Keji Mutoh defeats Shinsuke Nakamura, to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
2012 – Chase Owens defeats Matt Conrad and Zac Vincent, to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. The title had been stripped from Kevin Douglas; Douglas was scheduled to defend the title against Owens on this day, but never showed up.
2012 – ROH Glory By Honor XI: The Unbreakable Hope is held in Mississauga, Ontario.
-In a tag team match, Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander defeat The Bravado Brothers (Harlem and Lance).
-Mike Bennett defeats Mike Mondo.
-In a tag team match, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) defeat B.J. Whitmer and Rhett Titus.
-Jay Lethal defeats Davey Richards.
-TaDarius Thomas defeats Rhino.
-Adam Cole defeats Eddie Edwards, to retain the ROH World Television Championship.
-S.C.U.M. (Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino) defeat Jay and Mark Briscoe, to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
-Kevin Steen defeats Michael Elgin, to retain the ROH World Championship.
2014 – NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling is held in Tokyo, Japan in front of 9,100 fans. For complete results, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Pro-Wrestling_(2014)
-Chase Owens defeats Bushi, to retain the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
-K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr and Lance Archer) defeat Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima), to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
-In a Three-Way Tag Team Match, The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & Kushida) defeat The Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero) and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
-Tomohiro Ishii defeats Yujiro Takashi, to win the NEVER Open Championship.
-Ryusuke Taguchi defeats El Desperado, to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
-Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats A.J. Styles, to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: 5-time WFWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion Don Callis (53 years old), and former WWF wrestler Mike “Duke The Dumpster” Droese (46 years old).
Today would’ve been Killer Kowalski’s 90th birthday. Kowalski was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.