Today In Wrestling History- June 8th
2003 - The New York State Athletic Commission began requiring all wrestling promoters who promote more than six times in a calendar year to institute a yearly drug testing program. The rule actually went into effect on paper the previous year, but the Commission is starting to ensure it’s enforcement. Basically, any performers who work for these promotions would be required, once a year, to pass a urine test
2004 - WWE & John Bradshaw Layfield found themselves with a public relations nightmare as a result of JBL doing a “Nazi Salute” in an attempt to get heat from the crowd during a WWE event on June 5th in Munich, Germany. While there was some outrage from fans over the gesture (which is actually an arrestable offense in Germany), problems really began when it was picked up by the media, with pictures of the incident appearing online. WWE used the following statement:
“WWE & John Layfield deeply regret Mr. Layfield’s actions in the ring at our event in Munich, and apologize if it has offended or upset our fans. Mr. Layfield has been reprimanded for his actions.”
2008 – WWE begins airing ‘Vintage Collection’ (later renamed Vintage Classics), a look back at classic matches, hosted by Gene Okerlund
2010 – WWE NXT season 2 begins on Syfy
In 1988, NWA Clash of Champions II: Miami Mayhem was held at the James L. Knight Center, in Miami, Florida. This was the 2nd of what would be 35 Clash of (the) Champions TV specials. With an attendance of 2,400:
– Barry Windham defeated Brad Armstrong to retain the NWA United States Title
– The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) defeated The Sheepherders (Luke Williams & Butch Miller) to retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin (with Precious) defeated Rick Steiner & Mike Rotunda (Kevin Sullivan was locked in a cage at ringside, but stole the key from Precious, & got free)
– Nikita Koloff defeated Al Perez via DQ
– Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard fought Sting & Dusty Rhodes to a double DQ after interference from Ric Flair & Barry Windham (Anderson & Blanchard retain the NWA Tag Team Titles)
In 1997, WWF King of the Ring was held at the Providence Civic Center, in Providence, Rhode Island. With an attendance of 9,312:
Free For All:
– The Headbangers (Thrasher & Mosh) defeated Jesse James & Bart Gunn
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) defeated Ahmed Johnson in a King of The Ring Tournament Semi-final Match
– Mankind defeated Jerry Lawler in a King of The Ring Tournament Semi-final Match
– Goldust (with Marlena) defeated Crush (with Clarence Mason, & D’Lo Brown)
– The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart, Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart) defeated Sycho Sid & The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) in a 6-Man Tag Team Match
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley wins the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Mankind in the final
– Shawn Michaels fought Steve Austin to a double DQ due to both men attacking the referee
– The Undertaker defeated Faarooq (with Nation of Domination members: Savio Vega, D’Lo Brown, Crush, & Clarence Mason) to retain the WWF Title
In 2008, TNA Slammiversary was held at the DeSoto Civic Center, in Southaven, Mississippi. With an attendance of 2,000. This event was marred by a fatal accident after the show; Kevin Sinex, an independent contractor, was disassembling the set, when the scaffolding he was standing on collapsed:
– The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeated Lance Hoyt & Johnny Devine
– Petey Williams (with Rhaka Khan, & Scott Steiner) defeated Kaz to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Gail Kim, ODB, & Roxxi defeated Moose, & The Beautiful People (Angelina Love & Velvet Sky) in a 6-woman tag team match
– The LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) (with Salinas, & Hector Guerrero) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Awesome Kong (with Raisha Saeed) won two $25,000 Fan Challenges against ‘fans’ Serena Deeb & Josie Robinson (Sojournor Bolt)
– AJ Styles defeated Kurt Angle (with Tomko)
– Samoa Joe defeated Robert Roode, Booker T, Rhino, & Christian Cage in a King of the Mountain Match with Kevin Nash as special guest ringside enforcer to retain the TNA World Title
1963 – Johnny Barend defeated Bobo Brazil to win the WWWF United States Title
1985 – Black Bart defeated Ronnie Garvin to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1990 – Stan Hansen defeated Terry Gordy to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title
1999 – Kendo Kashin wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the final
1999 – Ivory defeated Debra to win the WWF Women’s Title
2001 – Keiji Mutoh defeated Genichiro Tenryu to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title. Also, Masahito Kakihara & Mitsuya Nagai defeated Shinya Makabe & Yuji Nagata to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles
2002 – The Shane Twins defeated the New Heavenly Bodies (“Vivacious” Vito DeNucci & “Casanova” Chris Nelson) to win the NWA World Tag Team Title in Peru. The belts would be vacated a few weeks later, as NWA:TNA purchased the rights to the championship
2003 – Keiji Mutoh & Arashi defeated Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang in the final of a tournament to win the vacant AJPW Unified Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to 2-time NWA World Champion Dan Severn (56), former WWF/E star Tatanka (53), 5-time PWG Tag Team Champion Scott Lost (34), & one-time CZW World Champion Egotistico Fantastico (32)
Also, today would have been the birthday of 3-time NWA World Champion Wild Bill Longson (108)
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