This Day In Wrestling History – March 11th

Mar 11, 2017 - by Bill Fenbers

1964 – Antonio Inoki makes his pro wrestling debut in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1989 – The 20th edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event airs on NBC, and receives a 10.0 TV rating.

-Brutus Beefcake defeats Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) via disqualification.

-Hulk Hogan (with Miss Elizabeth) defeats Bad News Brown.

-Ted DiBiase defeats The Blue Blazer.

-The Brain Busters (Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson) (with Bobby Heenan) fight The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels) to a double countout.

-The Red Rooster defeats The Brooklyn Brawler (with Bobby Heenan).

1989 – Jeff Jarrett defeats Dutch Mantel, to win the CWA Heavyweight Championship.

1991 – Jerry Lawler wins the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship for the 8th time, defeating Terry Funk.

1993 – At a house show in London, England, Sting defeats Big Van Vader, to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

1995 – In Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Bobby Blaze defeats Jerry Lawler, to become the new SMW Heavyweight Champion.  Blaze would successfully defend his title later in the evening, defeating Buddy Landel.

1996 – In the Monday Night Wars, WCW Monday Nitro (3.2 TV rating) beats WWF Monday Night RAW (2.9 rating).

2002 – On RAW, Al Snow defeats Goldust, to win the WWF Hardcore Championship for the 6th time.

2007 – TNA Destination X is held in Orlando in front of 900 fans.  In a Two-out-of-Three Falls Match, Chris Sabin defeats Jerry Lynn, to retain the TNA X Division Championship.  In the main event, Christian Cage defeats Samoa Joe, to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

2007 – Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko defeat Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori, to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

2009 – Former WWF Intercontinental champion & MMA legend Ken Shamrock was suspended for 1 year & fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission.  Shamrock tested positive for 3 different types of steroids, Norandrosterone, Noretiocholanolone & Stanozolol.  The tests occurred after a February 13th win in California over Ross Clifton.  It was Shamrock’s first win in almost four years.  The suspension effectively canceled a planned Shamrock vs. Bobby Lashley MMA bout.

2010 – Former WWWF Tag Team Champion Jerry Valiant passes away at age 63, after battling Alzheimer’s.

2010 – Sandy Scott, a 20-time Tag Team Champion among various promotions and territories, passes away at age 75;  Scott had been battling pancreatic cancer.

2012 – In Florida Championship Wrestling, Leo Kruger defeats Mike Dalton, to win the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.

2013 – WWE RAW opens with a tribute to Paul Bearer, who had passed away six days earlier.

2015 – At Family Wrestling Entertainment’s FWE XIX, AJ Styles defeats John Hennigan, to win the FWE Heavyweight Championship (Two-out-of-Three Falls Match).  Styles is the final champion, as this was FWE’s final event before closing down.  Their website,, is still up, though it has not been updated since the promotion’s final event.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: former TNA/ROH/Dragon Gate Wrestler Jonny Fairplay (43 years old);  former ECW Television & Tag Team Champion Pitbull #1 (50 years old);  former AJPW Junior Heavyweight & All Asia Tag Team Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima (29 years old);  2-time European Heavyweight Champion Robbie Brookside (51 years old);  and current Impact Wrestling backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell (age unknown).

SOURCES: WrestleView, Saturday Night’s Main Event XX on Wikipedia,,

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