Liz takes a look at what occurred on October 15th in the world of professional wrestling. Highlights include Mae Young winning the first NWA’s Florida Women’s Championship and Hulk Hogan being reinstated into the Hall of Fame.
Born On This Date
- 1955 – Alfred Dobalo (Al Green)
- 1971 – Jason Arhndt (Joey Abs)
- 1973 – Peter Joseph Polaco (Justin Credible)
- 1978 – Takeshi Morishima
- 1982 – Alipate Fifita (Tama Tonga)
- 1990 – Titán
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On This Date in Wrestling History
1951 – Mae Young defeats Cora Combs to become the first NWA Florida Women’s Champion in Tampa, Florida.
1963 – Bobo Brazil defeats Tim Anderson in Tampa, Florida, reportedly the first professional wrestling match to take place in Tampa involving African-American wrestlers.
1967 – El Nazi defeats Mil Mascaras to win the Mexican Light-Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1970 – Akio Kyo defeats Marie Vagnone for the WWWA World Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1979 – Jerry Lawler defeats Bill Dundee in Memphis, Tennessee to win his fifth Southern Heavyweight Title.
1981 – The Junkyard Dog & Mike George defeat The Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the Mid-South Wrestling Tag Team Title in Jackson, Mississippi, ending the second reign for the Samoans.
1988 – Michael Hayes & Steve Cox defeat The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu) for the World Class Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas, ending the SST’s second reign and beginning their own second run with the belts. On the same show, Jeff Jarrett defeats Eric Embry for the World Class Light Heavyweight Title, ending the second of Embry’s five reigns with the belt.
1988 – Hurricane Castillo, Jr. & Miguelito Perez defeat Bobby Jaggers & Dan Kroffat in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Title, ending the second reign of Jaggers & Kroffat.
1998 – X-Pac defeated D’Lo Brown for the WWF European Heavyweight Title. This marked the beginning of the second reign with the belt for X-Pac, as well as the end of Brown’s second reign.
2005 – WWE issued a press release touting that Wrestlemania 22 in Rosemont, IL sold out in “two minutes.”
2005 – Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio in an I Quit match. The bout would be Mysterio’s last until Summerslam the following August.
2006 – Kurt Angle defeated Sting to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship just one day after Sting defeated Angle to retain the title at Bound for Glory
2010 – The third Viva La Lucha PPV “Retribution” debuted on PPV.
2010 – TruTV debuted the second season of Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory.
2010 –Ring Roast 3, honoring Jim Cornette, was held in Monroe, NJ, featuring Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton, Nick Dinsmore, Missy Hyatt and many others.
2011 – Ghostface from the “Scream” movie series attacks John Cena during and after a match on RAW. It was revealed to be Ron Killings/R-Truth.
2012 – It was announced by WWE that they had reinstated Hulk Hogan into the Hall of Fame.
2018 – TNA Impact presented the 14th Bound for Glory. Johnny Impact defeated Austin Aries for the World Championship.
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Died On This Date
- 2006 – Joseph Magliano (Joey Maggs)