1937 – John Pesek was awarded the NWA (National Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight Title when the NWA decided that a $1000 bond would have to be posted by the champion for the title belt. Everett Marshall had been the recognized champion until the meeting where this decision was made, however, when the NWA announced this decision, Pesek was the only contender willing to post the bond (Marshall refused), so he was made the champion! The NWA later reconsidered their decision, and awarded the title to Lou Thesz when he defeated Marshall for the Midwest Association Heavyweight Title three months later.
1977 – Peter Miavia (grandfather of The Rock) defeats WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham via pinfall in a non-title match in Portland, Maine. The two would feud for several months, trading wins via countout, before Graham would pin Miavia in a title match in December in Bangor, Maine.
1980 – Andre The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan in Landover, Maryland when Hogan attempted to slam Andre and fell back with Andre landing on top of him for the pin. The same sequence would become a memorable moment in the opening seconds of their famous Wrestlemania 3 encounter (except in that case, the referee would rule that Hogan kicked out before the three count).
1986 – WWF tapes the seventh edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. The show would air on NBC on October 4th, earning a 9.4 rating. Here are the results of the show:
Aired on SNME:
– World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff via DQ when Adrian Adonis attacked Hogan. Roddy Piper, who had an injured leg, made the save, attacking Adonis with his crutch, then leaving the ring after a stare down with Hogan.
– Ricky Steamboat defeated Jake Roberts with a cradle. After the match, Jake Roberts went for his snake, but Steamboat pulled out a kimono dragon and scared off Roberts.
– Roddy Piper defeated The Iron Sheik with a small package in under a minute. Pedro Morales was going to substitute for the injured Piper, but Piper threatened to hit Morales with his crutch if he didn’t leave the ring.
– World Tag Team Champions The British Bulldogs defeated Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine in a three falls match.
– Kamala defeated Lanny Poffo with a splash.
Matches not aired on television:
– Hercules Hernandez defeated Cousin Luke.
– Koko B. Ware defeated Mr. X.
– The Killer Bees defeated Jimmy Jack Funk & Jose Luis Rivera.
– Dick Slater defeated Steve Lombardi.
1991 – Steel cage matches were the order of the day at WWF shows, as Sid Justice defeated The Undertaker in a steel cage match in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while The Big Bossman defeated The Mountie in a steel cage match in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1991 – Chaz defeats The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) to win the Global Wrestling Federation Light Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.
1993 – The Quebecers defeat the Steiner Brothers for the WWF Tag Team Title in New York City, ending the Steiners second, and final WWF Tag Title run, at a Monday Night Raw taping at the Manhattan Center. The match was held under “Providence Of Quebec Rules”, which allowed the belt to change hands on a DQ. Other results from that show: Mr. Perfect pinned Tony DeVito, Razor Ramon pinned the Executioner, Doink (Matt Borne) pinned Rich Myers. In other matches held, with some airing the following week, Mr. Perfect pinned Mike Bell, PJ Walker (a rookie Justin Credible) pinned Irwin R. Shyster after Razor Ramon distracted IRS, Scott Steiner pinned Quebecer Pierre Oulette, Bret Hart & Randy Savage defeated WWF champion Yokozuna & Bam Bam Bigelow via DQ.
1993 – Tatanka defeats Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Lawler’s 15th title reign. On the same show, Tommy Rich defeats Jeff Jarrett for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title, ending Jarrett’s ninth title reign, and The Dogcatchers defeated The Moondogs for the USWA Tag Team Title.
1993 – The Smoky Mountain Wrestling “Beat The Champ” Television Title changed hands twice on one television taping in Oakwood, Virginia as Robert Gibson defeats Jimmy Del Rey for the belt, only to lose it later that night to Tony Anthony.
1998 – WCW’s Fall Brawl Pay-per-view was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Here are the results:
– Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart defeated Disco Inferno & Alex Wright when Smith pinned Disco with a powerslam. During the match, Smith was slammed on a trap door in the ring (to be used for the Ultimate Warrior later in the show), suffering a back injury that would plague him for the rest of his career.
– WCW Television Champion Chris Jericho defeated a fake Goldberg with the Liontamer in under two minutes. Jericho then held the WCW TV title belt and the toy WCW World title belt that the imitator had brought to the ring with him over his head as if he had just won the real thing. This program was supposed to eventually lead to a match between Jericho and the real Goldberg, but Bill reportedly refused to work with Jericho.
– Ernest Miller defeated Norman Smiley with a spin kick.
– Rick Steiner vs. Scott Steiner ended in a no-contest. Buff Bagwell tried to interfere, and Rick shoved him from the ring. Bagwell acted like he had seriously injured his neck (Bagwell was legitimately injured months before by Rick in a match) and was taken to an ambulance, as the match was stopped. However, Scott and Buff, after entering an ambulance, popped back out to attack Rick and leave him laying in the parking lot.
– WCW Cruiserweight Champion Juventud Guerrera defeated Silver King with a 450 splash.
– Perry Saturn defeated Raven with a Death Valley Driver.
– Dean Malenko defeated Curt Hennig via disqualification when Rick Rude interfered. Arn Anderson tried to make the save, but Hennig & Rude left Anderson and Malenko laying.
– Konnan defeated Scott Hall with the Tequila Sunrise.
– Diamond Dallas Page won a War Games match in which it was every man for himself (as opposed to the usual team concept) by pinning Stevie Ray (past War Games were submission only) with a Diamond Cutter. The other participants were Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan Roddy Piper, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Sting, and The Ultimate Warrior.
1999 – Chris Benoit defeats Rick Steiner for the WCW Television Title, starting his third, and final, run with the belt.
1999 – During an edition of Raw from Anaheim, California, Luna Vachon defeats Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett via disqualification after Ivory hit Luna with Jarrett’s guitar. After the match, Jarrett goes nuts over losing to a woman, and puts ring announcer Lilian Garcia in a figure-four leglock for announcing Luna as the victor.