On This Day in Wrestling…October 13th

On this day in wrestling history, Hiroshi Tanahashi broke a NJPW record in a classic match against AJ Styles in 2014.

Credit: NJPW

1992 – TV tapings for WWE Wrestling Challenge took place in Regina just up the road from Saskatoon in Canada where Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair for the WWE World Title just 24 hours prior. The tapings aired on TV in early November, and are most notably recalled for the WWE Tag Team titles changing hands when Money Inc defeated The Natural Disasters for the belts when the champions were distracted by the debuting Headshrinkers. As a result of storyline neglect from their manager Jimmy Hart since Summerslam, The Nasty Boys turned face and attacked DiBiase and IRS in the ring prior to the tag title match. Also at these tapings Marty Jannetty returned to in-ring competition, and Shawn Michaels defeated the Big Boss Man by count-out.

1997 – On RAW the faction of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna and Rick Rude officially dubbed themselves as D-Generation X for the first time whilst interrupting an in-ring interview segment with Vince McMahon and The Hart Foundation. The origin of the DX name has often been debated over the years. Bret Hart claimed that the New York Post columnist and frequent critic of the WWF Phil Mushnick came up with the name when he described the late 90s wrestling fanbase mainly from the Generation X demographic as ‘degenerates’. However in the autobiography of Shawn Michaels, it is claimed that it was the then-WWF head writer Vince Russo who came up with the name for the faction.

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1997 – On WCW Monday Nitro from Tampa Bay, Florida Hollywood Hogan was looking for revenge on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and The Steiner Brothers faced Scott Hall & Syxx.  Also Dean Malenko faced Rey Mysterio, and in the main event Diamond Dallas Page took on Curt Hennig.

2002 – At FWA British Uprising ay York Hall in London Jody Fleisch defeated Flash Barker in a Ladder Match to win the FWA World Heavyweight Title.

2003 – On WWE Raw from Pittsburgh Ric Flair tried to convince Shawn Michaels to take up the offer of Triple H’s $100,000 bounty to injure the World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg and Christian and Chris Jericho campaigned to remove Stone Cold Steve Austin from his Co-General Manager duties. In addition, Rob Van Dam defended the Intercontinental title against Scott Steiner, Shane McMahon, Booker T and The Dudleys faced Jericho, Christian and La Resistance in an eight-man Tag Team tables match, and Michaels teamed up with Goldberg and faced Flair, Randy Orton and Booker T in a handicap tag team match in the main event.

2008 – Batista and Shawn Michaels fought in a Lumberjack match on WWE Raw from Anahiem, and in the main event Chris Jericho faced CM Punk, with Batista as the Special Guest Referee.

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2012 – At ROH Glory By Honor XI in Ontario, Canada Adam Cole defeated Eddie Edwards to retain the ROH Television Title, Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino defended the ROH World Tag Team Titles against Jay & Mark Briscoe, and in the main event Kevin Steen defended the ROH World Heavyweight Title against Michael Elgin.

2014 – At the King Of Pro-Wrestling event in Tokyo, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated AJ Styles ton win the IWGP Heavyweight Title for a record seventh time.

2014 – On WWE Raw from Atlanta, Georgia The Authority forced John Cena and Dean Ambrose to face each other in a “No Holds Barred Contract On A Pole” match.  Also Randy Orton faced Dolph Ziggler, The Big Show faced the undefeated Rusev once again, and AJ Lee teamed up with Layla to face Paige and Alicia Fox.

2018 – Walter retained the OTT World Title against Will Ospreay in the main event of the OTT 4th Anniversary Show in Dublin.  

Notable Wrestling Personalities Born On This Day:

  • Killer Kowalski (1926)
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