On This Date in Pro Wrestling History (May 15): The Hardcore Championship & Much, much MORE!

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The Hardcore Championship was defended 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, a very unlikely person became champion at one point. In addition to that, this date in history was FULL of interesting things occurring, come see what else went down...

The opening portion of this article pertaining to The Hardcore Championship was originally written and posted by Sergio Hernandez for Cageside Seats on May 15, 2012. We thank him for his contributions.

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At the time, the Attitude Era seemed like the greatest thing since gluten-free, unbleached, whole grain vegan bread.

Looking back now, with the benefit of hindsight, there's a lot of stuff during that period which is darn near unwatchable.

One aspect however, that stands the test of time is the "24/7" defense rule of the Hardcore Championship. The title was up for grabs every second of every day, which often meant the belt would change hands five, six or even seven times in one night. Heck, it would change that often in one match. As a result, Raven, Stevie Richards and Crash Holly each have over 20 reigns as champion.

It was during one of Holly's title runs where things took a HO-rrible turn for the undersized, bleach blonde.

All the way back in 2000, from an episode of Raw in Cleveland, Ohio, today in history, one of Godfather's Ho's -- who was actually Al Snow's wife, I wonder if he knew what she did in her free time? -- Snuck a pin on Holly and became the Hardcore Champion.

Check out the video right here:

Crash Holly Defends Hardcore Title 24/7

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Editorial Note: Our apologies for the issues that occurred with this article and several others on the site today due to technical difficulties here on SBNation. This article had been slotted to publish for you at 7 a.m. CT this morning in it's entirety, as you see it here now, but unfortunately, it only appeared in part and not on time. Thank you for your patience while these issues were resolved throughout the day by SBNation Support and while CSS Staff took time to rebuild the post from scratch.

And now, from the desk of our CSS Senior Editor; for your viewing pleasure we bring to you, several additional noteworthy items that happened on this date in wrestling history, as well as our old archived posts made right here at CSS which have been freshly dusted off from the CSS Archives -- ENJOY!

Title Changes and Notable Events for May 15

1957 - Second Generation NWA & World Class legend and WWE Hall of Famer, Kevin Von Erich is born Kevin Ross Adkisson in the town of Belleville, Illinois to WWE Hall of Famer Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson, Sr.). This means he was also born the brother of WWE Hall of Famers David, Kerry, Mike & Chris Von Erich (Adkisson). Later he grew to become the father of Pro Wrestling Noah stars Marshall & Ross Von Erich (Kevin Marshall & David Michael Ross Adkisson) and the Uncle of former TNA Knockout Lacey Von Erich (Lacey Adkisson).


WWF History: Kevin Von Erich vs. Chris Adams (3 Video Playlist) also available by clicking here for Part 1 of the match, here for Part 2 of the match, and here for Part 3-The Aftermath.

Title held by Kevin Von Erich include: The NWA American, Missouri & North American Heavyweight Champion, NWA World (Texas), American & Texas Tag Team Champion, NWA World (Texas) Six Man Tag Team Champion, WCWA World Heavyweight Champion, WCWA Texas Heavyweight Champion, WCWA World Tag Team Champion, WCWA World Six Man Tag Team Champion, and the AJPW All-Asia Tag Team Champion.

1958 - DAMN! The first recognized African-American World Heavyweight Champion, former NWA, WCW & WWF star Ron Simmons is born in Perry, Oklahoma. WWE Hall of Fame footage of Ron Simmons defeating Vader to win the WCW World Title show below:

WWE Hall of Fame: Ron Simmons defeats Vader to win the WCW World Title

Titles Simmons has held: WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Tag Team Champion, WCW United States Tag Team Champion, NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and MCW (Memphis) Southern Tag Team Champion, OVW Southern Tag Team Champion, and the WWF Tag Team Champion.

1965 - Mighty Igor Vodic defeats Mad Dog Vachon to win the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. Incidentally, this was the first time in the 5-year history of the AWA World Title that a title change did not involve Verne Gagne.

1973 - Twin mini-estrellas Alejandro (Espectrito II) & Alberto (La Parkita) Jiminez are born in Mexico City, Mexico.

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"The Jiminez twins were found murdered on June 29, 2009. It was reported that the two brothers checked into a hotel after a Sunday night show. Allegedly, two female prostitutes approached the wrestlers, and were invited back to their hotel room.

There, the two women, who were allegedly part of a group named La Filtracion - known for dosing and robbing men, spiked the men's drinks with what was believed to be eye drops mixed in with alcohol. When the two brothers passed out, they died from the drugs having been added to their drinks. Usually this procedure does not kill the victims of the La Filtracion women, but the size of the victims might have played a part in their deaths.

On July 22, 2009, it was reported that the Mexican police arrested one of the two women suspected in the death of the Jiminez twins. Police traced the whereabouts of the woman by tracking one of the Jiminez' twins cell phones, which she used. The woman admitted to going to the hotel room with the Jiminez twins but denied being involved in their deaths.

On August 12, 2009 Mexican police arrested the second suspect, tracking her down in Hidalgo and arrested her. The second suspect admitted to being at the crime scene but maintained that it was her accomplice that administered the drugs that killed Alejandro and Alberto Jiminez. The two women were later found guilty and, on July 12, 2010, were sentenced to 47 years in prison.

1978 - North American & independent star, "The Human Massacre" Keith Walker is born in Chicago, Illinois:

Photo: May 15, 1978.  North American & independent star, "The Human Massacre" Keith Walker is born in Chicago, IL.

Titles held by Walker included: The NWA World Tag Team Champion, Pro Wrestling Noah GHC Tag Team Champion, WLW (Missouri) Heavyweight Champion, WSL (Minnesota) World Heavyweight Champion, and WSL (Minnesota) Fighting World Champion.

1993 - SMW The Last Tango in Tennessee: Killer Kyle defeated Bobby Blaze, Primetime Brian Lee & "White Lightning" Tim Horner defeated Jimmy Golden & Dirty Dutch Mantel, Primetime Brian Lee defeated Kevin Sullivan in a Singapore Spike match, Dirty White Boy Tony Anthony defeated Tracy Smothers in a Coward Waves the Flag match to win the SMW Heavyweight Championship, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express defeated The Heavenly Bodies in a Loser Leaves SMW match to win the SMW Tag Team Championship.

Photo: May 15, 1993.  SMW The Last Tango in Tennessee  Killer Kyle defeated Bobby Blaze Primetime Brian Lee &

Also on this date back in 1993 - The Super Destroyers (Doug Stahl and A.J. Petrucci) defeat The Suicide Blondes to win the NWA ECW Tag Team Championship. The Blondes would regain the titles later in the night.

May 15, 1994 - AAA Triplemanía II-B took place:

Jushin 'Thunder' Liger, Tiger Mask III, El Hijo del Santo, and Octagón defeated La Parka, Psicosis, Blue Panther, and Eddy Guerrero in an 8 Man Atómicos match, Máscara Sagrada defeated Black Cat in a Mask vs Mask match, Konnan, Perro Aguayo, and Cien Caras defeated Jake Roberts, Love Machine, and Miguel Pérez, Jr.

Photo: May 15, 1994.  AAA Triplemanía II-B  Jushin 'Thunder' Liger, Tiger Mask III, El Hijo del Santo, and Octagón defeated La Parka, Psicosis, Blue Panther, and Eddy Guerrero in an 8 Man Atómicos match Máscara Sagrada defeated Black Cat in a Mask vs Mask match Konnan, Perro Aguayo, and Cien Caras defeated Jake Roberts, Love Machine, and Miguel Pérez, Jr.

Also on the card: Giro, Colorado and El Torero defeated Fantasma de la Quebrada, Marabunta and Aullido, the Latin Lover, Ángel Azteca, and El Fantasma defeated Maremoto, Terremoto, and Hectombre, Mascarita Sagrada and Jerrito Estrada defeated Micro Konnan and Espectrito by DQ, Misterioso, Fuerza and Juventud Guerrera defeated Volador, Rey Misterio, and Rey Misterio, Jr., and Los Payasos (Coc Rojo, Coco Verde and Coco Amarillo) defeated Shu el Guerrero, Scorpio, Jr., and Gran Hamada.

May 15, 2000 - Nature Boy Ric Flair defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for the 7th time, his 21st World Heavyweight Championship on WCW Monday Nitro, as show below...

Also on this date in 2000:

- KroniK defeats Shane Douglas & Buff Bagwell to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
- Crowbar & Daffney defeat Chris Candido & Tammy Lynn Sytch to become co-holders of the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship.
- Cynthia ‘Bobcat' Lynch (posing as one of The Godfather's Ho Train) pins Crash Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Championship (as discussed above in the opening of this post today). Crash regains the title almost immediately, however.

2004 - The ROH World Tag Team Championship passes from The Second City Saints (Colt Cabana & CM Punk) to The Prophecy (BJ Whitmer & Dan Maff), to The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay)and back to the Saints in a Round Robin Challenge.

May 15, 2005 - the NWA TNA Hard Justice '05 PPV event took place:

The Naturals defeated America's Most Wanted to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship, Christopher Daniels defeated Shocker to retain the NWA TNA X-Division Championship, and A.J. Styles defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with Tito Ortiz as the special guest referee.

You can check out Jarrett v. Styles with Tito below...


TNA Hard Justice 2005: Jeff Jarrett vs. AJ Styles - Tito Ortiz as Special Guest Referee

Also on the card: Team Canada defeated Sonny Siaki & Apolo, Michael Shane and Trinity defeated Chris Sabin and Traci, Raven defeated Sean Waltman in a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match, Monty Brown and The Outlaw defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Ron "The Truth" Killings, Abyss defeated Bobby Roode, Zach Gowen, Eric Young, Cassidy Riley, Elix Skipper, Shark Boy, A-1, Chris Sabin, Petey Williams, Sonny Siaki, Lance Hoyt, Michael Shane, Jerrelle Clarke, Mikey Batts, The Outlaw, Trytan, Ron Killings, Apolo, and B.G. James in a Gauntlet for the Gold match to become #1 Contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. In the dark match there was Shark Boy who defeated David Young to win a spot in the Gauntlet for the Gold match.

Also on this date in 2005 - AAA Triplemanía XIII occurred. Highlights featured below...


It was during AAA's Triplemania XIII event that we saw Psicosis & Psicosis II fight to a No Contest in a Steel Cage match for the rights to the Psicosis name. Also, Juventud Guerrera, Luzbel and El Zorro defeated Al Katrazz, Predator and Apocalypse by DQ, Konnan defeated Vampiro by TKO, and the Latin Lover, La Parka and Octagón defeated Los Hell Brothers (Chessman and Cibernético) and Fuerza Guerrera.

Also on the card: El Angel, Sexy Francis, Lady Apache & Mascarita Sagrada and El Texano, Polvo de Estrellas, Tiffany and Mini Abismo Negro fought to a No Contest in an 8 Person Atómicos match, Hombre Bala, Pirata Morgan & Tinieblas, Jr. defeated El Alebrije, Hijo del Anibal & Tinieblas, Sr. by DQ, and CIMA, Electroshock and El Intocable defeated Mr. Águila, Charly Manson and Hator.

2006 - Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters & Triple H defeat John Cena & Rob Van Dam. Benjamin pinned Van Dam to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Cena's WWE Championship was also on the line in this match.

2011 - MVP defeats Toru Yano in the final of a tournament to become the first NJPW IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

Also on May 15, 2011 -- TNA Sacrifice '11 occurred, highlight footage below:

TNA Sacrifice 2011 Highlights

At the TNA Sacrifice 2011 pay-per-view (PPV) event we had Beer Money, Inc. defeating Matt Hardy & Wildcat Chris Harris to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.

Additional matches that evening had us watching Tommy Dreamer defeat A.J. Styles in a No DQ match, while Sting defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Mexican America defeated Ink, Inc., Brian Kendrick defeated Robbie E, Mickie James defeated Madison Rayne to retain the TNA Women's Knockouts Championship & free Tara from her Personal Services contract with Rayne, Kazarian defeated Max Buck to retain the TNA X-Division Championship, Crimson defeated Abyss, and Kurt Angle & Chyna defeated Jeff & Karen Jarrett.

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What say you Cagesiders? Do any of you remember any of these events from our history, or recall your Dads or Grandads talking about any of these moments over the years? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments below.

~ Today's source for all of these fantastic factoids was Brian Nixon - via TDiPWH/fb

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