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Today in Wrestling History – October 4th

Liz returns with your dose of Wrestling history. October 4th brings us TNA Bound For Glory, the first Hell In A Cell PPV, Ric Flair surviving a plane crash, and more!



Liz returns with your dose of Wrestling history. October 4th brings us TNA Bound For Glory, Ric Flair surviving a plane crash, and more!

Was October 4 the most historic day in the history of our sport? Let’s see!

Born on this Date:

  • 1928 – Joseph Luke Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow)
  • 1948 – Linda McMahon
  • 1961 – James Hines (Bobby Fulton)
  • 1972 – Murray Happer (Otto Schwanz)
  • 1973 – Christopher J. Parks (Abyss)

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On This Day in History:

  • 1975 – A plane carrying Ric Flair, David Crockett, Bob Bruggers, Tim Woods, and Johnny Valentine crashed as it approached the airport. Everyone on board sustained major injuries. Ric Flair miraculously beat all the odds and returned to wrestling 8 months later.  Johnny Valentine was confined to a wheelchair the rest of his life. The pilot succumbed to his injuries 2 months later.
  • 1979 – Tatsumi Fujinami ends Ryuma Go’s two-day reign as WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion by defeating him in Tokyo, Japan and regaining the title. Fujinami’s second reign with the gold would end when he vacates the title and moves into the heavyweight division.
  • 1981 – The NWA held a tournament to determine a new United States Champion. The previous champion, Wahoo McDaniel, was forced to vacate the title after being injured by Abdullah The Butcher.
  • 1991 – Eddie Gilbert defeats The Handsome Stranger (Marcus Bagwell) in a tournament final to win the Global Wrestling Federation Television Title. The belt has been vacated when The Patriot won the Global North American Title..
  • 1983 – El Canek defeats Dos Caras to retain the UWA World Heavyweight Title in the main event of a show in Mexico City that draws over 28,000 fans.
  • 1993 – Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio defeat The Nasty Boys to win the WCW World Tag Team Title in Columbus, Georgia.
  • 1993 – Tim Horner defeats Juicy Johnny for the SMW “Beat The Champ” Television Title in Jellico, Tennessee, starting his second reign. The rules for the “Beat The Champ” title were that, after five successful title defenses, the belt would be vacated. On the same show, Chris Candido defeats Bobby Blaze for the SMW U.S. Junior Heavyweight Title.
  • 1993 – A battle royal was held on Monday Night Raw to fill the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title  with the rules being that the final two participants would meet in a singles match the following week for the title. Razor Ramon and Rick Martel were the co-winners, and would meet the following week, with Ramon winning the belt.
  • 2006 – WWE premiered “The Marine” at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA
  • 2009Hell In a Cell was upgraded to it’s own PPV! The event, replacing No Mercy, was the first gimmick PPV since King of the Ring was introduced in 1993. The event had three Hell in a Cell matches:
    • In a preshow dark match, Matt Hardy defeated Mike Knox.
    • The Undertaker defeated CM Punk in a Hell in a Cell match to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
    • John Morrison defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
    • Mickie James defeated Alicia Fox to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
    • The Big Show & Chris Jericho defeated Batista & Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship.
    • Randy Orton defeated John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match to win the WWE Championship (21:24)
    • Drew McIntyre defeated R-Truth.
    • Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz & Jack Swagger in a triple threat match to retain the WWE United States Championship.
    • D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeated The Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase) in a tag team Hell in a Cell match.
  • 2012 – CM Punk held a special screening of his WWE documentary “Best in the World” in his hometown of Chicago at the Portage Theater in Chicago.
  • 2015 TNA presented Bound for Glory from the Cabarrus Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of note, this was the last live event presented by the promotion until January as they looked for a new network for the second straight year.

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Died On this Date:

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