Today In Wrestling History- March 23rd



2001 – The purchase of World Championship Wrestling by World Wrestling Federation was officially announced

2008 – Hiroshi Tanahashi wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Giant Bernard in the tournament final


In 1997, Wrestlemania 13 was held at the Rosemont Horizon, in Rosemont, Illinois:

Free For All Match:
– Billy Gunn defeated Flash Funk (with Tracy & Nadine)
– The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeated The New Blackjacks (Barry Windham & JBL), The Godwinns (with Hillbilly Jim), and Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon in a 4-way match to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Rocky Maivia defeated The Sultan (with Bob Backlund & The Iron Sheik) to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) defeated Goldust (with Marlena)
– Owen Hart & The British Bulldog fought Mankind & Vader (with Paul Bearer) to a double countout to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Bret Hart defeated Steve Austin in a No-DQ Submission Match with Ken Shamrock as special guest referee
– The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) & Ahmed Johnson defeated The Nation Of Domination (Crush, Faarooq & Savio Vega) (with PG-13 (Wolfie D & J.C. Ice), D’Lo Brown, & Clarence Mason) in a Chicago Street Fight
– The Undertaker defeated WWF World Champion Sycho Sid in a No-DQ Match to win the WWF Title

In 2013, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held it’s “All Star Weekend 9 Night 2″ at the American Legion Post #308, in Reseda, Ca.:

– Jay Lethal defeated Willie Mack
– Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano defeated Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma
– Paul London defeated Trent?
– Kevin Steen, Michael Elgin, & Brian Cage defeated Ricochet, Rich Swann, & A.R. Fox
– T.J. Perkins defeated Samuray Del Sol
– Kyle O’Reilly defeated Sami Callihan
– PWG Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt & Jeremy Jackson) defeated Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards to retain the titles
– PWG Champion Adam Cole defeated Drake Younger to retain the title

Title Changes

1984 – Ric Flair defeated Harley Race to win the NWA World Title

1985 – Magnum TA defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win the NWA United States Title

1992 – Brian Christopher defeated Jimmy Valiant for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

2012 – Vance Nevada defeated Adam Pearce to win the NWA World Title, but the decision was reversed following the match


Happy birthday to former WWE wrestler Ray ‘Jesse’ Gordy (35), one-time IWGP and TNA Tag Team Champion Travis Tomko (38), former WCW valet Midajah (44), 7-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Villano III (62),  10-time IWGP Tag Team Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan (43), & one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Kevin Northcutt (41)