Our journey thru wrestling history continues as Liz looks on events that occurred on October 16th, including the birth of Kenny Omega and the passing of a patriarch, Stu Hart!
Born On This Date:
- 1963 – Melissa Ann Hiatt (Missy Hyatt)
- 1965 – Richard C. Wilson (The Renegade)
- 1969 – Takao Omori
- 1970 – Kazuyuki Fujita
- 1972 – Juan Carlos Banos (Lizmark, Jr)
- 1983 – Tyson Smith (Kenny Omega)
- 1986 – Jimmy Olsen
- 1999 – Xia Brooks (Xia Brookside)
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On This Day in Wrestling History:
1976 – A big NWA Mid-Atlantic event in Greensboro, North Carolina saw three title changes take place on one card. Tim Woods defeated Angelo Mosca to win the Television Title (ending Mosca’s second reign), Ric Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title (ending McDaniel’s third reign and beginning Flair’s third), and Paul Jones defeated Blackjack Mulligan to begin his second reign as United States Champion.
1976 – Eric The Red defeats Carlos Colon for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title. On the same show, Higo Hamaguci & Gordon Nelson defeat Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez for the WWC North American Tag Team Title.
1981 – Les Thorton defeats Jerry Brisco in Knoxville, Tennessee to become a three-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.
1982 – Invader I defeats Dory Funk Jr. to win his second WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title.
1987 – Nelson Royal is awarded the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title, making him a four time champion. The previous champion, LazerTron (Hector Guerrero) had left the company.
1987 – The Sheepherders (Butch Miller & Luke Williams) defeat The Lightning Express (Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner) to win the UWF Tag Team Title. The Sheepherders would be the last UWF tag champs, as the company was soon absorbed into Jim Crockett Promotions.
1988 – Brad & Bart Batten defeated Chicky & Ron Starr to win the WWC World Tag Team Title.
1995 – The Monday Night Wars continued, with WWF Monday Night Raw on USA Network earning a 2.6 rating, while WCW Monday Nitro on TNT did a 2.2.
1997 – Bam Bam Bigelow defeats Shane Douglas for the ECW World Heavyweight Title. The story line was that Rick Rude had been acting as an adviser to Douglas, and lining up opponents in order to make Douglas a better champion. Rude brought out Bam Bam Bigelow, Douglas’ stablemate in the Triple Threat. Bigelow, who punched out fellow Triple Threat member Chris Candido when he tried to stop Bigelow from having the match, defeated Shane Douglas with a powerbomb to win the title.
1999 – Lobo defeats Justice Pain to win the CZW Ironman Title, beginning his second reign with the belt.
2000 – William Regal defeats Al Snow for the WWF European Heavyweight Title in Detroit, Michigan.
2002 – NWA:TNA held their weekly Pay-per-view at the TNA Asylum in Nashville, Tennessee. A major draw for the show was NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler teaming with BG James to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Bruce.
2003 – Izzy & Dixie of Special K defeat The Backseat Boyz (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere) to win the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Championship.
2009 – Shane McMahon announces via press release that he would resign from his post as Executive Vice President of Global Media effective January 1, 2010.
2011 – At TNA Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Hulk Hogan, enabling Dixie Carter to return to power.
2017 – For the first time in three years, The Shield were reunited at Monday Night RAW. They returned to the very building where it all started to address their opponents for the upcoming TLC PPV.
Died On This Date:
- 2003 – Stuart Edward Hart