Today Day In Wrestling History- June 1st


1972 – Andre the Giant made his Canadian debut in Montreal, Quebec

1998 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.4 to 3.7 in the ratings

2010 – Wade Barrett wins WWE NXT season one

2010 – SpikeTV debuts Half Pint Brawlers, a reality series focusing on midget wrestling.  The series runs for 1 season

2011 – The trailer is released for “Back Door to Chyna”, the first adult film from Vivid Video starring former WWF Intercontinental champion Chyna


In 2008, the 4th & final WWE One Night Stand was held at the San Diego Sports Arena, in San Diego, California. The event would be replaced by Extreme Rules for 2009. With an attendance of 9,961:

Dark Match:
Matt Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin
– Jeff Hardy defeated Umaga in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– The Big Show defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer, & Chavo Guerrero in a Singapore Cane Match to earn an ECW Title Match against Kane at WWE Night of Champions
– John Cena defeated JBL in a First Blood Match
– Beth Phoenix defeated Melina in an I Quit Match
– Batista defeated Shawn Michaels in a Stretcher Match
– Triple H defeated Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the WWE Title
– Edge defeated The Undertaker in a TLC Match to win the vacant World Heavyweight Title, & banish The Undertaker from the WWE

In 2013, Ring of Honor Honor In The Heart of Texas was held at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, in San Antonio, Texas:

Dark Match:
– Rudy Russo & AJ Summers defeated Ricky Starks & Carson
– Kyle O’Reilly defeated Mike Sydal
– Bobby Fish defeated Raymond Rowe
– Mark Briscoe defeated Steve Corino via DQ
– Athena defeated Barbi Hayden
– Roderick Strong defeated Adam Cole
– Eddie Edwards defeated Matt Taven in a Proving Ground Match
– Jay Lethal defeated ACH
– SCUM (Jimmy Jacobs & Rhett Titus) defeated Michael Elgin & BJ Whitmer in a Texas Tornado Tag Team Match
– Jay Briscoe defeated Davey Richards to retain the ROH World Title

Title Changes

1945 – Bobby Bonales defeated El Santo to win the Mexican National Middleweight Title

1948 – Sandor Szabo defeated Bronko Nagurski to win the Minneapolis World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1948 – The Green Shadow defeated Herb Welch to win the Tennessee World Junior Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee

1956 – Buddy Rogers defeated Pepper Gomez to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1966 – Rene Goulet & Pepper Martin defeated Tony Borne & Prof. Hiro to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title

1971 – Brian Maxine defeated Clayton Thomson to win the British Middleweight Title in Croydon, England

1978 – Tor Kamata defeated Giant Baba to win the AJPW PWF Heavyweight Title in Akita, Japan

1979 – Jose Lothario & El Halcon defeated The Spoiler & Mark Lewin to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1981 – Bill Dundee defeated Stan Lane to win the Mid-America NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1981 – Jimmy Golden defeated Ken Lucas to win the  NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama

1986 – Marty Jannetty defeated The Shadow (Jaymie Knight) to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Marshalltown, Iowa

1987 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Moondog Spot to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title for the second time in Memphis, Tennessee

1990 – Kerry Von Erich defeated Matt Borne to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1991 – TNT (Savio Vega) defeated King Kong to win the WWC Television Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

1996 – ECW Fight The Power, Pitbull #2 defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW World Television Title

1996 – Brian Christopher defeated Jerry Lawler to win the  USWA Heavyweight Titles in Memphis, Tennessee

2001 – The Island Boyz (Ekmo & Kimo) (WWE’s Rosey & Umaga) defeated The Haas Brothers (Charlie & Russ) to win the Memphis Championship Wrestling Southern Tag Team Title in Marmaduke, Arkansas

2002 – Chris Sabin defeated Gutter to win the NWA Great Lakes Heavyweight Title in Sterling Heights, Michigan

2006 – Mr. Excellent defeated Andres Diamond to win the Italian Championship Wrestling Interregional Heavyweight Title in Vigvevano, Italy

2009 – on Raw, Kofi Kingston defeated MVP to win the WWE United States Title


Happy birthday to one-time World Class Heavyweight Champion Black Bart (66), former SMW & All Japan Tag Team Champion Jackie Fulton (51), IWA-MS founder Ian Rotten (44), & one-time TNA World Champion James Storm (37)