Today In Pro Wrestling History (8/16) Fritz Von Erich, ROH ’08, Hard Justice ’09 & SD ’11


WWE Hall of Famer Fritz Von Erich would have turned 85 today.

One-time WWF Tag Team Champion & NWA star Dick Murdoch would have turned 68

1990: Former NWA & AWA World Champion Pat O’Connor died of cancer at the age of 65.

1999: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 6.6 to 2.3 in the ratings.

2008: ROH Night of The Butcher II was held at the Frontier Fieldhouse, in Chicago Ridge, Illinois.

* Kevin Steen defeated Kenny King 

* The Vulture Squad (Jigsaw & Ruckus) defeated Trik Davis & Mitch Franklin, The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay, and The Phoenix Twins (Dash & Tweek) in a Tag Team Scramble Match 

* El Generico defeated Tyler Black 

* Erick Stevens defeated Chris Hero to retain the FIP World Heavyweight Title 

* Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries defeated Claudio Castagnoli & Nigel McGuinness

* Larry Sweeney defeated Roderick Strong in a Sweet N’ Sour Inc. Gauntlet Match 

* Brent Albright defeated Go Shiozaki to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Title

* Jimmy Jacobs defeated Necro Butcher in a NO DQ Match

2009: TNA Hard Justice was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. 1,100 people were in attendance to see the following:

* Daniels defeated Amazing Red, Chris Sabin, Suicide, Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, D’Angelo Dinero, & Consequences Creed in a Steel Asylum Match to become the #1 contender for the TNA X-Division Title 

* Abyss defeated Jethro Holliday (WWE’s Trevor Murdoch) in a $50,000 Bounty Challenge (if Holliday had won, he’d have claimed the bounty) 

* Hernandez defeated Rob Terry (with Brutus Magnus & Douglas Williams) to retain his TNA World Title Shot Feast or Fired briefcase 

* The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams) defeated Beer Money Inc. (James Storm & Robert Roode) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles 

* ODB & Cody Deaner defeated The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Angelina Love) (with Madison Rayne). Deaner pinned Sky to win the TNA Knockout’s Title for ODB 

* Samoa Joe (with Taz) defeated Homicide to win the TNA X-Division Title

* The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) (with Sharmell) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles 

* Kevin Nash defeated Mick Foley to win the TNA Legends Title 

* Kurt Angle defeated Sting & Matt Morgan in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA World Title

2010: WWE announced that they would be retiring the World Tag Team Titles in favor of the WWE Tag Team Titles

2011: WWE Smackdown was taped at Rabobank Arena, here in Bakersfield, Ca.

* Bo Dallas defeated Joey Ryan 

* Cody Rhodes defeated Ezekiel Jackson to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title 

* Justin Gabriel defeated Tyson Kidd

* Alberto Del Rio defeated Daniel Bryan
* Kelly Kelly & AJ Lee defeated Alicia Fox & Natalya 

* Mark Henry won a Battle Royal to become the #1 contender for the World Title (The match included: Great Khali, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, The Usos, Heath Slater, Ezekiel Jackson, Sheamus, Johnny Curtis, Jinder Mahal, Trent Barreta, Ted Dibiase Jr., Tyson Kidd, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Zack Ryder, & Yoshi Tatsu)

2012: Miss Tessmacher defeated Madison Rayne with Taryn Terrell as special guest referee to win the TNA Knockouts Title.

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