Today In Wrestling History- June 25th


1976 – Antonio Inoki & Muhammad Ali fought to a 15 round draw in Tokyo, Japan.  The rules of the match stated that Inoki could not use any suplexes, throws or submission moves.  Due to a misunderstanding about the finish of the bout, the entire match ended up consisting of Inoki lying on his back (so Ali could not knock him out) and kicking at Ali’s legs, while Ali would back away from the kicks as neither man trusted the other.  The fight was seen in the U.S. on closed circuit television

2007 – The bodies of WWE star Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy (known for her run as “Woman” in professional wrestling), & their son Daniel, are discovered in the Benoit home in Atlanta, Georgia.  WWE releases the following statement that afternoon:

“WWE is sad to report that Chris Benoit & his family have been found dead in their home. Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths. Tonight’s Raw will be a tribute to Chris & his family.”

Later that night, while the Raw tribute was still airing, Lt. Tommy Pope of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia told ABC News that their deaths are being investigated as what would end up being a  “double murder, suicide.”

2011 – WWE announced that Chavo Guerrero had been released from the company.  Guerrero had requested the release


In 1995, WWF King of the Ring was held at the CoreStates Spectrum, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 16,590:

Free For All:
– Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) defeated Irwin R. Schyster (with Ted Dibiase) in a King of the Ring Tournament Qualifying Match
– Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) defeated Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) via countout in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– The Roadie (with Jeff Jarrett) defeated Bob Holly in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Shawn Michaels fought Kama (with Ted Dibiase) to a time-limit drew in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Mabel (with Mo) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) defeated The Roadie (with Jeff Jarrett) in a King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final Match
– Bret Hart defeats Jerry Lawler in a Kiss My Foot Match
– Mabel (with Mo) defeated Savio Vega to win the 1995 King of the Ring Tournament
– Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow defeat Tatanka & Sycho Sid (with Ted Dibiase)

In 2000, WWF King of the Ring was held at the Fleet Center, in Boston, Massachusetts. With an attendance of 17,651. & featured the largest ever KoR tournament, with 32 wrestlers vying for the crown. Only the final 8 were featured on PPV:

Sunday Night Heat Matches:
Hardcore Holly defeated Gangrel
– Mideon defeated Mosh
– Essa Rios defeated Stevie Richards
– The Acolytes (Bradshaw & Farooq) defeated D’Lo Brown & Perry Saturn
– Rikishi defeated Chris Benoit via DQ in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Val Venis (with Trish Stratus) defeated Eddie Guerrero (with Chyna) in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Crash Holly defeated Bull Buchanan in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Kurt Angle (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeated Chris Jericho in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Edge & Christian defeated Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty & Grandmaster Sexay), T&A (Test & Albert) (with Trish Stratus), & The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) in a Four Corners Elimination Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Rikishi defeated Val Venis (with Trish Stratus) in a King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final Match
– Kurt Angle defeated Crash Holly in a King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final Match
– Pat Patterson fought Gerald Brisco to a no-contest in a Hardcore Evening Gown Match. Crash Holly pinned Patterson to win the WWF Hardcore Title under the 24/7 Rule
– D-Generation X (Road Dogg & X-Pac) & Tori defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) in a Handicap Tables Dumpster Match
– Kurt Angle wins the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Rikishi in the final
– The Rock, Kane, & The Undertaker defeated Triple H, Vince McMahon, & Shane McMahon (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley). The Rock pins Vince to win the WWF Title

In 2006, WWE Vengeance was a Raw-exclusive event held at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, in Charlotte, North Carolina. With an attendance of 6,800:

Dark Match:
– Val Venis defeated Rob Conway
– Randy Orton defeated Kurt Angle
– Umaga (with Armando Alejandro Estrada) defeated Eugene (with Doink the Clown, Kamala, & Jim Duggan)
– Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Johnny Nitro (with Melina) defeated Shelton Benjamin & Carlito in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Rob Van Dam defeated Edge (with Lita) to retain the WWE Title
– Imposter Kane (Luke Gallows) defeated Kane
– John Cena defeated Sabu in an Extreme Lumberjack Match (The Lumberjacks were: The Sandman, Snitsky, Cade & Murdoch, Shelton Benjamin, Matt Striker, Viscera, Rob Conway, Val Venis, Balls Mahoney, Tommy Dreamer, Charlie Haas, Little Guido, Stevie Richards, Danny Doring, Roadkill, Al Snow, & Justin Credible
– D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeated The Spirit Squad (Johnny, Mikey, Mitch, Nicky, & Kenny) in a Handicap Match

Title Changes

1934 – Jim Londos defeated Jim Browning to unify the New York recognized World Heavyweight Title with the NWA (National Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in New York City, New York

1968 – Bobo Brazil defeated Giant Baba to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1978 – Al Madril defeated Nelson Royal to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – The Barbarian & Dick Slater defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) to win the WCW United States Tag Team Titles. This would be the final reign before the titles were retired

2000 – Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka defeated Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Raw, X-Pac defeated Jeff Hardy to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title. Also, Rhyno defeated Test to win the WWF Hardcore Title, but quickly loses the belt to Mike Awesome

2008 – Former WWF champion The Ultimate Warrior returned to wrestling for NWE, defeating Orlando Jordan in Spain in what would be his final professional wrestling match

2009 – Homicide defeated Suicide to win the TNA X-Division Title. Also, Tara defeated Angelina Love to win the TNA Knockout’s Title


Happy birthday to former WWF wrestler Damien Demento (56), one-time WWE Divas & Women’s Champion Layla (37), former TNA wrestler Mark Haskins (26), & one-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki Goto (35)