Today In Wrestling History- May 17th


2012 – Brooke Hogan, the daughter of Hulk Hogan, officially signed with TNA


In 1992, WCW WrestleWar: War Games was held at the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum, in Jacksonville, Florida. With an attendance of 6,000:

Dark Match:
– Diamond Dallas Page & Tommy Rich defeated Firebreaker Chip & Bob Cook
– The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes defeated Terry Taylor & Greg Valentine to win the WCW United States Tag Team Titles
– Johnny B. Badd defeated Tracy Smothers
– Scotty Flamingo (Raven) defeated Marcus Bagwell
– Rom Simmons defeated Mr. Hughes. Was scheduled to be Simmons & Junkyard Dog vs. Cactus Jack & Hughes, but Cactus Jack attacked Dog before the match)
– The Super Invader (Hercules) (with Harley Race) defeated Todd Champion
– Big Josh defeated Ricky Morton
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Takayuki Iizuka to become the #1 contenders for the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Brian Pillman defeated Tom Zenk to retain the WCW Light Heavyweight Title
– Sting’s Squadron (Sting, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff) defeated The Dangerous Alliance (Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zbyszko) (with Paul E. Dangerously & Madusa) in a War Games Match

In 1998, WCW Slamboree was held at The Centrum, in Worcester, Massachusetts. With an attendance of 11,592:

– Fit Finlay defeated Chris Benoit to retain the WCW Television Title
– Lex Luger defeated Brian Adams (with Vincent)
– Ciclope won a Cruiserweight Battle Royal. He unmasked after the match to reveal he was Dean Malenko in disguise (also in the match was: Chavo Guerrero Jr., El Dandy, Damien 666, El Grio, Juventud Guerrera, Villano IV, Marty Jannetty, Lenny Lane, Billy Kidman, Silver King, Evan Karagias, Johnny Swinger, Super Calo, & Psychosis)
– Dean Malenko defeated Chris Jericho to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Diamond Dallas Page defeated Raven in a Bowery Death Match
– Eddie Guerrero (with Chavo Guerrero Jr.) defeated Ultimo Dragon
– Goldberg defeated Saturn to retain the WCW United States Title
– Eric Bischoff defeated Vince McMahon via countout. Bischoff had issued an open challenge the previous Monday on WCW Nitro, & when McMahon failed to show, Bischoff ordered the referee to count him out
– Randy Savage defeated Bret Hart via DQ with Roddy Piper as special guest referee. The following night on Nitro, Piper reversed the decision
– Sting & The Giant defeated The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) (with Dusty Rhodes) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

In 2008, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held the 1st night of  it’s Dynamite Duumvirate 4 Tag Team Tournament at the Burbank Armory, in Burbank, California:

 Hook Bomberry defeated Nemesis
– Los Luchas (Phoenix Starr & Zokre) defeated 2.0 (Jagged & Shane Matthews) in a DDT4 Tournament Quarterfinal Match
– T.J. Perkins defeated Candice LeRae
– Generation Next (Roderick Strong & Jack Evans) defeated Ronin & Scorpio Sky in a DDT4 Tournament Quarterfinal Match
– Mini Crazy Max (El Blazer & Kagetora) defeated The Dynasty (Scott Lost & Joey Ryan) in a DDT4 Tournament Quarterfinal Match
– Austin Aries defeated Jay Briscoe
– El Generico & Kevin Steen defeated Super Dragon & Davey Richards to retain the PWG Tag Team Titles in a DDT4 Tournament Quarterfinal Match

In 2009, WWE Judgment PPV was held at the Allstate Arena, in Chicago, Illinois. With an attendance of 14,822:

Dark Match:
Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix (with Rosa Mendes)
– Umaga defeated CM Punk
– Christian defeated Jack Swagger to retain the ECW World Title
– John Morrison defeated Shelton Benjamin (with Charlie Haas)
– Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Batista defeated WWE Champion Randy Orton via DQ. As a result Orton retains the title
– John Cena defeated The Big Show
– Edge defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE World Title

Title Changes

1963 – Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers to win the WWWF Title

1965 – Bull Curry defeated Karl Kox to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1981 – Tommy Rich won a tournament to win the Georgia Heavyweight championship in Atlanta, GA

1986 – Playboy Buddy Rose & Doug Somers defeated Scott Hall & Curt Hennig to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship in Hammond, Indiana

1986 – Bruiser Brody defeated Rick Rude by DQ to win the WCCW Television Title

1987 – The Lightning Express (Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner) defeated Rick Steiner & Sting to win the UWF Tag Team Titles

1993 – on Raw, Marty Jannetty defeated Shawn Michaels to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2007 – Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) are awarded the newly created TNA Tag Team Titles, having been the previous NWA Tag Team Champions

2010 – on Raw, Bret Hart defeated The Miz in a No-DQ Match to win the WWE United States Title

2011 – Eric Young defeated Gunner to win the TNA Television Title


Happy birthday to one-time WCW Tag, Television & Cruiserweight Champion Alex Wright (39), former ECW valet Lori ‘Peaches’ Fullington (47), one-time AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion Ryuji Hijikata (36), & famed referees Earl & Dave Hebner (65)

Also, today would have been the birthday of NWA star Billy Red Lyons (82), & NWA legend Jackie Fargo (76)