Today In Wrestling History- March 11th



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Trivia

1964 – Antonio Inoki made his wrestling debut in Honolulu, Hawaii

1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Nitro defeated WWF Raw: 3.2 to 2.9. in the ratings

2005 – La Parka wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating Latin Lover, Abismo Negro, Chessman, Jeff Jarrett, Konnan & Cibernetico

2009 – Former WWF Intercontinental champion & MMA legend Ken Shamrock has been suspended for 1 year and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for 3 different types of steroids. Shamrock tested positive for Norandrosterone, Noretiocholanolone & Stanozolol after a 2/13 win in California over Ross Clifton. It was Shamrock’s 1st win in close to 4 years. The suspension effectively canceled a planned Shamrock vs. Bobby Lashley MMA bout

Events

In 2007, TNA Destination X was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida:

– The Latin American Xchange (Homicide & Hernandez) (with Konnan) defeated Team 3D (with Johnny Rodz) in a Ghetto Brawl
– James Storm & Jacqueline Moore defeated Petey Williams & Gail Kim in a Double Bullrope Match
– Senshi defeated Austin Starr in a Crossface Chickenwing Match, after the match Starr attacked Bob Backlund who had come down to ringside
– The Voodoo Kin Mafia (BG James & Kip James) defeated The Heartbreakers (Antonio Thomas & Romeo Roselli) (with Christy Hemme)
– Chris Sabin defeated Jerry Lynn in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title, after the match a masked man (Christopher Daniels) attacked both Lynn & Sabin
– Rhino defeated AJ Styles in an Elevation X Match
– Kurt Angle defeated Scott Steiner
– Sting defeated Abyss in a Casket Match
– Christian Cage defeated Samoa Joe to retain the NWA World Title

In 1989 – The WWF’s 20th edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event airs on NBC, earning a 10.0 rating. The show was taped on February 16 at the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania:

- Brutus Beefcake defeated Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) via DQ, when Andre the Giant interfered & attacked Beefcake on the floor, with Jake Roberts making the save. Roberts was then attacked by both Andre &  Rude in the ring, with Beefcake trying to make the save for Jake. Beefcake threw Rude out of the ring but was taken out by Andre. Big John Studd then came out and had a staredown with Andre, until Jake threw his snake, Damien, in the ring & scared Andre away
- Hulk Hogan (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Bad News Brown
- Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) pinned The Blue Blazer with a powerslam. This was DiBiase’s first in-ring appearance with his Million Dollar Belt.
- The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (with Bobby Heenan)) and The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels) fought to a double-countout
- The Red Rooster defeated The Brooklyn Brawler

In 1993, WCW held an event at Wembley Arena in London, England:

- WCW Television Champion Paul Orndorff defeated Michael Hayes to retain the title
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Barry Windham & WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Dustin Rhodes fought to a double-countout
- Maxx Payne defeated Cactus Jack
- Johnny B. Badd defeated Vinnie Vegas
- Van Hammer defeated Scotty Flamingo
- The British Bulldog defeated Rick Rude via DQ
- Sting pinned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader to win the title

In 2002, The WWF held the live 459th edition of RAW & taped the 133rd Jakked at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. RAW earned a 4.5 rating on Spike TV:

Dark match:
- Brock Lesnar defeated Spike Dudley
Jakked:
- The Hurricane defeated Funaki
- Lance Storm defeated The Godfather
- Val Venis defeated Perry Saturn
- WWF Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri defeated Crash Holly
RAW:
- The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) & Rob Van Dam defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) & WWF Intercontinental Champion William Regal
- Test defeated Rikishi
- Al Snow defeated WWF Hardcore Champion Goldust to win the title
- Kurt Angle & Booker T defeated Big Show & Edge
- Christian defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Billy, after Diamond Dallas Page interfered and hit the Diamond Cutter on Billy. After the match, Christian attacked Page, which set up their match at WrestleMania for Page’s European Title
- Stacy Keibler & WWF Women’s Champion Jazz defeated Lita & Trish Stratus
- The nWo (Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan & Kevin Nash) defeated Steve Austin & The Rock in a handicap match

Title Changes

1935 – Pat Newman defeated Jack Ross to win the Georgia Southern Lightweight Title in Augusta, Georgia

1946 – Ken Fenelon defeated Larry Tillman to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1952 – Hombre Montana defeated Mike Sharpe to win the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California

1968 – Aldo Bogni & Bronko Lubich defeated Eddie Graham & Lester Welch to win the Florida NWA Southern Tag Team Title in West Palm Beach, Florida

1977 – Perro Aguayo defeated El Faraon to win the NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico. As a result, Aguayo’s Mexican National Middleweight Title was vacated

1989 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Dutch Mantel to win the Championship (formerly Continental) Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1991 – Jerry Lawler defeated Terry Funk to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1999 – The Samoan Death Squad (Faku & Spade) defeated Silky Boom Boom & Frenchy Riviera to win the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title in Loganville, Georgia

2003 – Dr. X defeated Tigre Blanco to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

2007 – Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko defeated Wild Child (Manabu Nakanishi & Takao Omori) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former TNA personality Jonny Fairplay (40), former ECW Tag and Television Champion ‘Pitbull #1′ Gary Wolfe (47), WWE Hall of Famer Abdullah The Butcher (73), one-time AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima (26), & UK indy star Robbie Brookside (48)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF developmental talent Russ Haas (40)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this date:

In 1993, former WWF Tag Team Champion Dino Bravo real name Adolfo Bresciano, was shot dead at the age of 44. Bravo began wrestling in Quebec in 1970, establishing himself first as a tag team specialist (including a JCP Tag Team Title win) before beginning a singles push at the end of the decade, culminating in a Canadian Heavyweight Title win. Shortly afterwards, he began appearing on WWF programming, again beginning with a run in the tag team division, winning the belts with Dominic DeNucci, before beginning a singles push. He left the company after a falling out over a match against Hulk Hogan; Bravo was scheduled to main event a match in Montreal against Hogan, however, the WWF did not want the crowd to favor their hometown hero, Bravo, over the WWF’s ‘golden boy’ Hogan. Despite this, Bravo returned to the company a year later, adopting the bleach-blonde look that he is probably best remembered for. In this 2nd run, he was again pushed as a singles competitor, but never ascended to his previous heights, with a run against then-Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior as the highlight. He retired from active duties in 1992 & opened a wrestling school in his native Montreal. Bravo was found dead in his home, shot 17 times, supposedly a mob hit stemming from his alleged role in importing illegal cigarettes to Canada

In 2010, former WWWF Tag Team Champion Jerry Valiant succumbed to Alzheimer’s aged 63. Valiant started his career in Ontario in 1959, but quickly relocated to the USA, where he believed the ‘real money’ was. By the end of the 60′s, he had won championships in Georgia, Indianapolis, Canada & Australia. By the 70′s, he had returned to full-time competition in Canada, working under a mask as The Assassin. He had a now-legendary feud with The Sheik, culminating in his unmasking, whilst also working under Dick The Bruiser in Detroit, & taking dates in Japan. By 1975, he was winding down his career, having wrestled almost exclusively in Vancouver for the past 2 years. In 1979, the WWWF came calling, where he would hold the Tag Team Titles with storyline brother Jimmy. This proved to be Jerry’s last hurrah, though he would briefly return to the company as a referee in 1984. He lived out a quiet retirement, operating a landscaping company

Finally, also in 2010, tag team legend Sandy Scott lost his battle with cancer at 76. Scott also began his career in Ontario, though he would continue to compete in Canada throughout his career. As 1 half of The Flying Scotts, with real-life brother George, he became 1 of the most respected tag team wrestlers across the Toronto & Buffalo areas, amassing 8 Tag Title reigns in Stampede Wrestling. The duo later branched out, winning titles in Indiana, Kansas, the Carolinas, Japan, & Australia. The pair later had a falling out, leading to Sandy’s in-ring retirement, after which he took an office job with JCP. After Ted Turner’s takeover of the promotion, Scott continued in his backstage role, whilst also becoming the face of WCW WorldWide. He also helped found Smoky Mountain Wrestling, though wouldn’t last long with the promotion. Scott lived out his retirement in Roanoke, Virginia



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