Today In Wrestling History- June 7th



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Trivia

1979 – Antonio Inoki wins the NJPW MSG League, defeating Stan Hansen in the final

2010 – The Nexus debut on tonight’s Raw, decimating the ringside area. Unfortunately, the angle never really reached its potential, & the significantly altered group had all-but-disappeared 1 year later

Events

In 1996, The 1st 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:

– Pee Wee Jones defeated Farmer Pete
– Gino Brito defeated The Missing Link via DQ
– Dominic DeNucci & Tony Parisi defeated Danny Johnson & Bruiser Bedlam
– Diamond Dallas Page defeated Alex Wright
– Konnan defeated Big Bubba Rogers to retain the WCW United States Title
– VK Wallstreet defeated Joe Gomez
– The Nasty Boys (Jerry Saggs & Brian Knobbs) defeated The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) in a Street Fight Tag Team Match
– Lex Luger defeated Jim Duggan to retain the WCW Television Title
– Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair
– The Giant defeated Sting via DQ to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Title

In 1998, AAA TripleMania VI was held in Chihuahua, Mexico. This was the 1st year since 1993 that there was only 1 TripleMania event:

– Pentagon, Octagon, & Octagoncito defeated Electroshock, Abismo Negro, & Mini Abismo Negro
– Latin Lover, La Parka Jr, Blue Demon Jr. & El Alebrije defeated Los Vipers (Histeria, Maniaco, Cibernetico & Psicosis II)
– Perro Aguayo & Perro Aguayo Jr. defeated Fuerza Guerrera & Mosco de la Merced to win the Mexican National Tag Team Titles
– Kick Boxer defeated Heavy Metal

In 2003, the final WWE Insurrextion was a Raw-exclusive event held at the Telewest Arena, in Newcastle, England. With an attendance of 10,000:

Dark Matches:
– Maven defeated Christian Eckstein
– The Hurricane defeated Lance Storm
PPV:
– Jazz (with Theodore Long) defeated Trish Stratus to retain the WWE Women’s Title
– Christian defeated Booker T to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Rob Van Dam & Kane defeated La Resistance (Rene Dupree & Sylvain Grenier) to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Goldust defeated Rico
– The Dudley Boyz (Spike, D-Von, & Bubba Ray Dudley) defeated Theodore Long, Rodney Mack, & Christopher Nowinski in a 6-man tag team match
– Scott Steiner defeated Test. With Val Venis as the special guest referee
– Triple H (with Ric Flair) defeated Kevin Nash (with Shawn Michaels) in a Street Fight to retain the World Heavyweight Title

In 2008, the NWA 60th Anniversary Show was held at Philips Arena, in Atlanta, Georgia. With an attendance of 2,500:

– Mike DiBiase defeated Aaron Stevens (WWE’s Damien Sandow) to retain the NWA North American Heavyweight Title
– Iceberg (wit Dan Wilson) defeated Mikael Judas, & Shatter (with Jeff G. Bailey) in a Triple Threat Match to retain the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title
– Abdullah The Butcher (with John Cheatum) fought Tommy Rich to a no-contest
– Blue Demon Jr & Sean Waltman defeated Rob Conway & Carl Ouellet
– Mike Quackenbush defeated Ricky Vega to retain the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title
– Los Luchas (Phoenix Star & Zokre) defeated The Naturals (Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas), & The Real American Heroes (Karl Anderson & Joey Ryan)  (with C. Edward Vander Pyle) in a Triple Threat Elimination Match to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Sid Vicious defeated The Playas Club (Dave Greco & Justin Corino) in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match
– The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) (with Jim Cornette)

In 2008, ROH Respect Is Earned II was held at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It would air on PPV on August 1st, 2008:

Dark Matches:
– 
Mitch Franklin & Shane Hagadorn defeated The Osirian Portal (Ophidian & Amasis)
– Rhett Titus defeated Ernie Osiris to win the Top of The Class Trophy
PPV:
– El Generico & Kevin Steen defeated The Vulture Squad (Jigsaw & Ruckus)
– Claudio Castagnoli defeated Davey Richards
– Brent Albright, Delirious, & Pelle Primeau (with Daizee Haze) defeated Sweet & Sour Inc. (Chris Hero, Adam Pearce, & Eddie Edwards) (with Sara Del Rey, Larry Sweeney, Bobby Dempsey, & Shane Hagadorn)
– Roderick Strong defeated Erick Stevens in a Fight Without Honor
– Nigel McGuinness defeated Go Shiozaki to retain the ROH World Title
– The Age Of The Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) defeated Austin Aries & Bryan Danielson to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
Dark Main Events:
– Jigsaw defeated Eddie Kingston (with Sabian & Robbie Mireno)
– Necro Butcher defeated Jay Briscoe in a Philadelphia Street Fight

In 2009, WWE Extreme Rules, held at The New Orleans Arena,  in New Orleans, Louisiana, marked the start of WWE’s new match-specific PPV events. With an attendance of 9,124:

Dark Match:
– Kelly Kelly & Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix & Rosa Mendes
PPV:
– Kofi Kingston defeated MVP, William Regal, & Matt Hardy in a Fatal 4-Way Match to retain the WWE United States Title
– Chris Jericho defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. in a No Holds Barred Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– CM Punk defeated Umaga in a Samoan Strap Match
– Tommy Dreamer defeated Christian, & Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Match to win the ECW Title. Had Dreamer lost, he would have been fired
– “Santina” Marella defeated Vickie & Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a Handicap Hogpen Match to retain the title of Miss WrestleMania
– Batista defeated Randy Orton in a Cage Match to win the WWE Title
– John Cena defeated The Big Show in a Submission Match
– Jeff Hardy defeated Edge in a Ladder Match to win the World Heavyweight Title
– CM Punk cashes in his Money In The Bank & defeated Jeff Hardy to win the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1960 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeated Dan Miller & Frank Valois to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1969 – Jose Lothario defeated Johnny Valentine to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1973 – Dennis Stamp & Dewey Robertson defeated Rip Tyler & Eddie Sullivan to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1978 – Paul Jones defeated Baron von Raschke to win the NWA Television Title

1981 – Terry Taylor defeated Les Thornton to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1982 – Sgt. Slaughter defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win the NWA United States Title

1993 – Bobby Blaze defeated The Dirty White Boy to win the vacant SMW Television Title

1994 – Tracy Smothers defeated Kendo The Samurai to win the SMW Television Title

1995 – The Thugs (Tony Anthony & Tracy Smothers) defeated The Dynamic Duo (Al Snow & Unabomb (WWE’s Kane) to win the SMW Tag Team Titles. This was the only change in the history of the titles that did not involve either The Rock n Roll Express or The Heavenly Bodies

2003 – Rocky Reynolds defeated Brother Love to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 3-time WWE Champion Mick Foley (49), TNA Gut Check winner Taeler Hendrix (25), & WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel (64)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost one-time WWF Tag Team Champion John Tenta aged just 42. Tenta competed in multiple sports in his youth, but it was wrestling that he most favored. Upon graduating from Louisiana State University, Tenta moved to Japan to compete as a sumo wrestler. Despite his in-ring success (going unbeaten in his 1st 6 months of competition) Tenta quit sumo to focus on professional wrestling. He initially competed in All Japan, but was soon scouted and snapped up by the WWF, debuting as ‘Earthquake Evans’ (which was later shortened to Earthquake) in 1989. He was pushed as a monster heel, repeatedly sending his opponents out of the ring on a stretcher after repeatedly hitting his Seated Senton finisher. He was soon at the peak of his career, feuding with Hulk Hogan across 1990-91. A brief run as WWF Tag Team Champion followed, but his career began to wane and he would make the jump to WCW in 1994, after being offered a more lucrative contract. Here, he competed as ‘Avalanche’, ‘The Shark’ and ‘John Tenta’ but found little success under any of the characters. By 1997, he had left WCW & was back in the WWF a year later as ‘Golga’, though this character was also unsuccessful & he was released less than a year later. After nearly a year out of wrestling, Tenta (as Earthquake) returned to the WWF to compete in the gimmick battle royal at WrestleMania X-7 before touring Japan to round off his career. In 2004, Tenta was forced to retire from wrestling after developing bladder cancer, which later spread to his lungs, ultimately causing his death. WWE acknowledged his death on their website and included an ‘In Memorial’ image before the following Raw and Smackdown shows. It should also be noted that the folks over at Wrestlecrap.com posted a beautiful tribute, with Tenta having been involved with the site in previous years



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