long-time fans still talk about on the East Coast: Johnny
Valentine and Cowboy
Bob Ellis beat the Fabulous
Costello & Roy
Heffernan) in Washington, D.C. for the United States
tag team championship.
11, 1966 - Antonio
Inoki is a
legend in Japan, but things don't go well this date in
Nashville, Tenn. Wrestling under the name Kanji
Inoki, he teams with another Japanese superstar Hiro
Matsuda in a tournament for the Tennessee version of
the Southern tag team championship. However, it's the
combo of Len Rossi and
Mario Milano that
take the belts.
11, 1981 - After
several months of hype, Gary
Hart debuts the Great
Kabuki in Dallas and Kabuki
destroys Don Diamond. Part of the intrigue over Kabuki was because of a Mark
Lewin television interview. Lewin, who had main
evented in Dallas for three years, announced he was
leaving the area because Kabuki was too dangerous to try
and deal with. He begged Diamond not to take the match.
11, 1981 - One
of the most underrated teams in Texas history was Kerry
Von Erich and Bruiser
Brody. Brody had taken Kerry under his wing when Kerry
left college to become a full-time pro in 1979. On this
date, they win the American tag team championship from the
combination of Gino
Hernandez and Gary
Young. Kerry Von Erich had won the American
heavyweight championship two weeks earlier.
11, 1985 -
and the Midnight Express (Bobby
Eaton & Dennis
Condrey) become the top team in World Class
Championship Wrestling by winning the American tag team
championship from the Fantastics
(Bobby Fulton &
11, 1986 - Sam
the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship, beating Krusher
Khruschev in Atlanta.
11, 1991 - Nature
Boy Ric Flair rules
the NWA/WCW again. Flair regains the WCW World heavyweight
championship from Sting
at the Meadowlands.
11. 1993 - Dustin
off Ravishing Rick Rude in Atlanta, Ga. for the United States
12, 1979 - Tully
the Southwest heavyweight championship in Austin, beating Dale
Buddy Roberts). The two had swapped the title back and
forth over the last three days.
12, 1980 - Kevin
Von Erich takes
the American heavyweight championship from Ox
Baker in Dallas.
12, 1980 - Mr.
Wrestling II wins
his record 10th Georgia State heavyweight championship. He
beats the Masked
Superstar in Atlanta.
12, 1987 - A
result that's hard to imagine today. Journeyman Bob
Bradley beats the Ultimate Warrior in Fort Worth in
the finals of a tournament for the Texas State heavyweight
13, 1966 - Bearcat
Wright and Shag
Thomas beat Stan
Stasiak and Mighty Ursus in Portland, Ore to win the Northwest tag team
13, 1973 - These
two may have had more matches against each other than any
two wrestlers in modern history. Bobo
Brazil beats the Sheik
for the Detroit version of the United States
heavyweight championship in Detroit.
13, 1986 - The
Fulton & Tommy
Rogers) become the Tennessee version of the Southern
tag team champions. They win a tournament in Memphis.
14, 1966 - In
a bizarre World title change, Lorenzo
Parante is awarded the NWA World junior heavyweight
championship when Danny Hodge collapses in the ring in Tulsa, Okla. during a title
14, 1982 - Eddie
won his first championship, teaming with Ricky
Romero in Kansas City, Kansas to win the Central
States tag team championship from Jerry
Brown and Ron McFarlane.
14, 1991 - Arn
the WCW World television for the third time. He regains
the belt from Tom
Zenk in Marietta, Ga.
15, 1974 - A
top feud that drew all over Texas escalates. The Great
Mephisto uses his controversial loaded boot to beat Jose
Lothario in Dallas for the Texas State heavyweight
15, 1977 - Before
you called him Governor and before you called him
"The Mind," you called Jesse "The Body" Ventura "Champ." Jesse teams
with Buddy Rose in
Portland to beat Jimmy
"Superfly" Snuka and Dutch
Savage for the Pacific Northwest tag team
15, 1979 - The
Universal Heartthrob skips a beat in Memphis. Austin
Idol drops the Tennessee version of the Southern
heavyweight championship to Ron
Fuller in Memphis.
15, 1983 - Two
of the top stars in Florida history square off for the
Florida State heavyweight title. Mike Graham wins the title from Kevin Sullivan in Miami.
15, 1984 - Arn
one of his first titles, teaming with Jerry
Stubbs to win the Southeastern tag team championship
in Montgomery, Ala. They win a tournament, beating Jacques
Rougeau and Jimmy
Golden in finals.
15, 1986 - Check
out this result: Jesse
Barr beats Lex Luger for the Florida version of the Southern heavyweight
championship in Tampa.
15, 1998 - Rey
Misterio Jr. wins
his third WCW World cruiserweight championship, beating Juventud
Guerrera in Lakeland, Fla.
16, 1983 - Before
the Rock 'N' Roll Express, Ricky
Morton formed another terrific team with Ken Lucas. They regain the Southwest tag team championship from
the masked Grapplers
(Len Denton &
Tony Anthony) in San Antonio.
16, 1985 - Ted
hot streak, beating Armstrong for the Mid-South version of
the North American heavyweight championship in Shreveport,
16, 1985 - Ravishing
Rick Rude beats
Pez Whatley for
the Southern heavyweight championship in Tampa.
16, 1987 - Kevin
one of the most dominant wrestlers in Florida history,
takes the Southern heavyweight championship from Lex
Luger in Daytona.
16, 1992 - Two
of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all time combine. Arn
Anderson teams with Beautiful
Bobby Eaton to beat Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat and Dustin
Rhodes for the WCW World tag team championship in
- Nature Boy
Roger Kirby and Lord
Alfred Hayes win the Central States tag title,
defeating Jim Brunzell and Mike
George in Kansas City, Kansas.
- S.D. (Special
Delivery) Jones and Porkchop
Cash upend the
Hollywood Blondes (Jerry
Brown & Buddy
Roberts) in Los Angeles to capture the Americas
- Rip Oliver
and the Destroyer
(David Cannell) beat Jay
Youngblood and Joe
Lightfoot to win the Pacific Northwest tag title in
- The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau Jr.) downs Bret
Hart to become the new WWF Intercontinental champ in
- Atsushi Onita
captures the FMW Brass Knucks crown for the first time,
laying waste to Beast the Barbarian in Tokyo.