Today In Wrestling History- June 11th


2003 – Kim Nielsen, wrestling for NWA-TNA as Desire, suffered a suffered a back injury during an Xplosion match at the NWA-TNA pay-per-view and was hospitalized.  Nielsen completed the match, but collapsed in the dressing room and was treated on the scene by the TNA trainer. An ambulance was called and she was taken to a local hospital.  Nielsen suffered a compression fracture of her L1 vertebrae, an injury that eventually ended her in-ring career.  After retiring, Nielsen put on a great amount of weight and later went to the finals of NBC reality series the Biggest Loser during their 2012 season, dropping over 100 lbs


In 1998, The Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show was held at the Marine Midland Arena, in Buffalo, New York. The show was promoted by Ilio’s son Dennis in association with WCW. All proceeds from the show were donated to local children’s charities:

– Dean Malenko defeated Scotty Riggs to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Juventud Guerrero defeated Billy Kidman
– Booker T defeated Chris Benoit via DQ
– Konnan defeated Scott Putski
– Saturn defeated Glacier
– The Giant & The Disciple fought Randy Savage & Lex Luger to a no-contest
– Bill Goldberg defeated Konnan to retain the WCW United States Title
– Kevin Nash & Diamond Dallas Page defeated Hulk Hogan & Bret Hart

In 1999, The Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show was held at the Marine Midland Arena, in Buffalo, New York. This was the 4th & final event. The show was promoted by Ilio’s son Dennis in association with WCW. All proceeds from the show were donated to local children’s charities:

– Jim Duggan defeated The Barbarian
– La Parka, Psicosis, & Damien defeated Silver King, El Dandy, & Villano V
– Konnan defeated Disco Inferno
– Johnny Swinger defeated Evan Karagias
– Rey Misterio Jr. & Billy Kidman defeated Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko
– Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair
– Sting defeated Diamond Dallas Page

Also in 1999, AAA TripleMania VII was held in Madero, Mexico:

– Los Vatos Locos (Charly Manson, El Picudo, Nygma & May Flowers) fought Los Vipers (Histeria, Psicosis II, Maniaco & Mosco de la Merced) to a double-DQ
– Pentagon defeated Xochitl Hamada via DQ
– Heavy Metal & El Felino defeated Kick Boxer & Thai Boxer in a Hair vs Hair Match. The two teams were fighting on behalf of referees Pepe Casas & El Tirantes. As a result, El Tirantes was shaved bald
– Perro Aguayo, Octagon & El Cobarde defeat El Texano, Perro Aguayo Jr & Sangre Chicana in a Six-Man Lucha Libre Rules Tag Team Match

In 2000, WCW’s The Great American Bash was the final Bash produced by WCW, though it would later be revived as a WWE PPV. It was held at the Baltimore Arena, in Baltimore, Maryland. With an attendance of 7,031:

– Lt. Loco (with Major Guns, Corporal Cajun, & General Rection) defeated Disqo (with Tygress, Rey Mysterio Jr., Konnan, & Juventud Guerrera) to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Kronik (Brian Clark & Brian Adams) defeated The Mamalukes (Big Vito & Johnny The Bull)
– Mike Awesome defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with Chris Kanyon) in an Ambulance Match
– GI Bro (Booker T) defeated Shawn Stasiak in a Boot Camp Match
– Shane Douglas defeated The Wall in a Best of 5 Tables Match (Douglas put The Wall thru 3 tables all at once)
– Scott Steiner (with Shakira & Midajah) defeated Rick Steiner & Tank Abbott in a Handicap Asylum Match
– Hulk Hogan defeated Billy Kidman with Horace Hogan as special guest referee. Had Hogan lost, he would have been forced to retire
– Ric Flair defeated David Flair (with Vince Russo). Had Ric lost, he would have been forced to retire
– Vampiro defeated Sting in a Human Torch Match
– Jeff Jarrett defeated Kevin Nash with Ernest Miller as special guest enforcer to retain the WCW World Title

In 2006, ECW One Night Stand was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, in New York City. Unlike the previous year’s event, this ONS also featured WWE wrestlers &  matches. The ECW brand debuted shortly after this event. With an attendance of 2,500:

– Tazz defeated Jerry Lawler
– Kurt Angle defeated Randy Orton
– The FBI (Little Guido Maritato & Tony Mamaluke) (with Big Guido) defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri & Super Crazy
– Rey Mysterio Jr. fought Sabu to a no-contest in an Extreme Rules Match (Mysterio Jr. retains the World Heavyweight Title)
– Mick Foley, Edge, & Lita defeated Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer, & Beulah McGillicutty in an Extreme Rules Tag Team Match
– Balls Mahoney defeated Masato Tanaka in an Extreme Rules Match
– Rob Van Dam defeated John Cena in an Extreme Rules Match to win the WWE Title

In 2007, The WWE Draft Lottery was held live on Monday Night Raw. At the Wachovia Arena, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Each choice was determined by 9 matches. All 3 WWE Brands were represented (ECW, Raw, & Smackdown). At the end of the night, Vince McMahon’s limo exploded as he was shown leaving the arena. The Supplemental Draft was held on on June 17th, 2007:

– The Great Khali (with Ranjin Signh) were drafted To Smackdown
– The Boogeyman was drafted to ECW
– Booker T & Sharmell were drafted to Raw
– Chris Benoit was drafted to ECW
– Torrie Wilson was drafted to Smackdown
– Chris Masters was drafted to Smackdown
– Bobby Lashley was drafted to Raw (Lashley was stripped of the ECW title after being drafted to Raw, rendering the title vacant)
– Ric Flair was drafted to Smackdown
– Snitsky was drafted to Raw
– Ken Kennedy was drafted to Raw

Title Changes

1879 – H.M. Dufur defeated James Owens to win the American Collar-and-Elbow Title in Boston, Massachusetts. Owens still claimed the championship despite losing to William Muldoon on February 6, 1877

1965 – Wilbur Snyder & Dick the Bruiser defeated The Assassins (Guy Mitchell & Joe Tomasso) to win the World Wrestling Association Tag Team Title

1975 – Gene & Ole Anderson defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Paul Jones to win the Mid-Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Raleigh, North Carolina

1981 – Takashi Ishikawa & Akio Sato defeated The Von Erichs (David & Kevin) to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1983 – King Tonga & Gran Apolo defeated Buddy Landel & Terry Gibbs to win the WWC North American Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984 – Rick Rude defeated Jerry Lawler to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1984 – Chris Adams won the vacant WCCW Television Title

1985 – Andre The Giant won the NJPW IWGP League, defeating Tatsumi Fujinami in the final

1989 – The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeated The Southern Force (Black Bart & Tony Anthony) to win their third NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Orlando, Florida

1993 – Tracy Smothers defeated Tony Anthony to win the vacant SMW Heavyweight Title

2003 – Masahito Kakihara won the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final

2003 – on NWA-TNA weekly ppv #48, AJ Styles defeated Jeff Jarrett & Raven in a 3-Way Match to win the NWA World Title

2005 – Kafu defeated Nate Rulez to win the APW Universal Heavyweight Title in Hayward, California

2005 – Steve Corino defeated Takao Omori to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Bay City, Michigan


Happy birthday to 2-time NWA United States Champion Magnum TA (55), one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Mike Enos (51), & Japanese hardcore star Shadow WX (45)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1976, the wrestling world lost WWWF co-promoter Toots Mondt at the age of 82. Mondt revolutionized the wrestling industry by introducing the now-normal roles of bookers and agents. Mondt was also one of the 1st to introduce the scripted finish to his matches. He was also the man who brought wrestling back to Madison Square Garden in 1948 after a 9-year absence. Mondt’s influence on the WWWF began to wane in the television era, & Vince McMahon Sr. eventually bought him out & reduced him to a salaried employee of the company. Mondt passed away after a long battle with illness (the specifics of which are unclear). Sadly, due to a crippling gambling addiction, Mondt was nearly broke upon his death