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This Day in Wrestling History – October 12th

October 12th brought us NJPW providing English commentary for the first time, Jillian Hall winning a match in 76 seconds and the premiere of “The Wrestler.”

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Liz continues her daily historical review of what occurred in the wrestling world. October 12th brought us NJPW providing English commentary for the first time, Jillian Hall winning a match in 76 seconds and the premiere of “The Wrestler.

Born On This Date:

  • 1970 – Rodney Begnaud (Rodney Mack)
  • 1972 – Karen Jarrett

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On This Day in Wrestling History:

1985 – Kevin Von Erich defeated Black Bart to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Championship

1989WWF presented a free event in conjunction with the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, AZ -at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum featuring the following results:

  • Dusty Rhodes defeated the Big Bossman
  • Tugboat Thomas defeated Barry Horowitz
  • The Bushwhackers defeated the Powers of Pain by disqualification
  • Ron Garvin pinned Greg Valentine
  • Rick Rude defeated Roddy Piper by countout

1989 – Koko B. Ware and WWF Executive Jim Troy are both let go by the company after getting into a brawl at a hotel in Brussels, Belgium.  Ware is let go immediately for the incident, which sees Ware tackle him through a plate glass window.  When it is determined that Troy instigating the situation, he resigns.   The incident is later recounted in documentary “Beyond the Mat.”

1989WWF runs in Brussels, Belgium, featuring the following results:

  • Koko B. Ware defeated the Brooklyn Brawler
  • King Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo
  • Bret Hart defeated The Honky Tonk Man
  • The Rockers, Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty defeated Jacques & Raymond Rougeau
  • Paul Roma defeated Boris Zhukov
  • WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Randy Savage

1991 -Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair to win the WWF Championship. Hart is the first man to win the WWF’s top prize at a non televised event since Hulk Hogan in 1984.

1994 -Sting and The Warrior defeated Bret Hart and Hollywood Hogan via disqualification. This would be Warrior’s last free televised match ever; he would wrestle just once more for WCW,  at Halloween Havoc a couple weeks later.

1997 –  Ken Shamrock defeated X-Pac to win the vacated WWF Intercontinental Championship.

2003 – Team Canada’s Bobby Roode and Eric Young defeated Christopher Daniels and James Storm to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

2008 – A crowd of 2,600 were in attendance for the United Stateds debut of Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in  New York City.  The critically acclaimed film closed the New York Film Festival.

2008 – Jillian Hall defeated Mickie James in just 76 seconds to win the WWE Divas Championship. Less than five minutes later, she would lose it to Melina in 26 seconds.

2013TNA and Wrestle-1 co-present Bound for Glory X from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event aired on tape delay in the United States. This was the first time that the company’s world champion was not used at TNA‘s signature event.

  • Minoru Tanaka defeated Manik
  • Ethan Carter III defeated Ryota Hama
  • MVP defeated Kazma Sakamoto
  • Samoa Joe defeated Low Ki and Kaz Hayashi in a three-way match to retain the TNA X Division Championship
  • Andy Wu and El Hijo del Pantera defeated Novus (Jiro Kuroshio and Yusuke Kodama)
  • Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) defeated Abyss and Tommy Dreamer
  • Havok defeated Velvet Sky to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship
  • The Great Muta & Tajiri defeated James Storm & The Great Sanada

2014 New Japan Pro Wrestling presented King of Pro-Wrestling fom Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The event was the first to be presented on NJPW World with English commentary.

2016 – Sanity made their debut during the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in NXT.


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Died On This Date:

  • 1983 – Ernie Roth (The Grand Wizard)


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