Today in Pro Wrestling History – 10/12

Today in Pro Wrestling History – 10/12


In 2008, TNA Bound For Glory was held in Hoffman Estates, Illinois:

– Sheik Abdul Bashir defeats Consequences Creed to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Taylor Wilde defeats Awesome Kong & Roxxi in a 3-Way Dance to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Beer Money Inc (Robert Roode & James Storm) defeat Abyss & Matt Morgan, Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and The LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) in a Monster’s Ball Match with Steve McMichael as special guest referee to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Sting defeats Samoa Joe to win the TNA World Title

In 2009, NJPW held Masahiro Chono’s 25th Anniversary Show in Tokyo, Japan:

– Akebono defeats Giant Bernard & Yutaka Yoshie in a 3-Way Bodyslam Match
– Original Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask & Kota Ibushi defeat Riki Choshu, Jushin Liger & AKIRA
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Shinjiro Otani to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– Masahiro Chono, Keiji Muto & Kenta Kobashi defeat Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima & Jun Akiyama

Title Changes

1977 – Baron von Raschke defeats Rick Steamboat to win the NWA Television Title

1986 – Kevin von Erich defeats Black Bart to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Title

1987 – Frankie Lancaster & Brian Adias defeat Shaun Simpson & Skip Young (subbing for Steve Simpson) to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1992 – Bret Hart defeats Ric Flair to win the WWF Title

1992 – Butch Reed defeats Junkyard Dog to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Raw, Ken Shamrock defeats X-Pac in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title

1999 – on Smackdown, The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) defeat The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. Also, The Big Boss Man defeats Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2004 – Universo 2000 defeats Mr Niebla to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, becoming the first (and so far only) 3-time champion

2009 – on Raw, Jillian Hall defeats Mickie James to win the WWE Divas Title, but almost immediately loses it to Melina


Happy Birthday to former WWE wrestler Rodney Mack (45), and former TNA personality Karen Jarrett (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former Mexican Middleweight star Emilio Charles Jr. (59) and WWE Hall of Famer “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (70)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1983, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Grand Wizard’ Ernie Roth at the age of 57. Roth began his career as a radio DJ before becoming involved with his local Detroit territories in the 1960’s. Roth portrayed several different characters in his early career, but it was the ‘Abdullah Farouk’ moniker which brought him his early fame. Farouk and his charge, The Sheik, became one of the most hated duos in the NWA territories across the United States, partly due to the barbarity of The Sheik and partly due to the underhanded tactics of Farouk. In 1972, the WWWF came calling and Roth abandoned the Farouk persona in favour of becoming ‘The Grand Wizard of Wrestling’, often shortened to simply ‘The Grand Wizard’. He found almost immediate success, leading Toru Tanaka and Mr Fuji to two Tag Team Title reigns. Within 5 years, he would add two World Championships to his resume, courtesy of Stan Stasiak and Billy Graham (who incidentally was his first babyface client). In the late 70’s, The Wizard engaged in a feud with Bob Backlund, after Backlund defeated Graham to end his World Championship reign. He would never again manage a world champion, but remained as a major focus in the promotion, leading Pat Patterson, Ken Patera and Don Muraco to Intercontinental Championship victories. Roth was still under the employ of the renamed WWF when he died of a sudden heart attack. He had been scheduled to manage Paul Orndorff through the remainder of 1983 and into 1984. Tributes poured in from across the world of wrestling, though perhaps the most poignant came from Sgt Slaughter, who saluted his empty corner following a match at Madison Square Garden in the week after Roth’s passing. He was posthumously inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame by Slaughter in 1995.

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