27 years ago today, WWF holds a matinee event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and an evening event at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both times, one of the featured bouts had The Mega-Bucks (WWF Champion Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant) taking on Hulk Hogan and Bam Bam Bigelow. Both events saw Hogan and Bigelow get the win.
25 years ago today, WCW presented Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout (WWE Network link) from the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Steve Williams defeated Samoan Savage.
- Flyin 'Brian & The Z-Man defeated The MOD Squad (Basher & Spike).
- Mil Mascaras defeated Cactus Jack.
- Norman the Lunatic defeated Kevin Sullivan in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
- The Skyscrapers (Dan Spivey & Mean Mark) defeated The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Animal & Road Warrior Hawk) by disqualification.
- The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner defeated Doom (Butch Reed & Ron Simmons) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
- The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Ric Flair) defeated Gary Hart International (Buzz Sawyer, The Dragon Master, and The Great Muta) in a steel cage match. Earlier in the evening, Sting, who was originally supposed to be part of the match, was kicked out of the Horsemen and replaced with Ole Anderson earlier in the evening. Post-match, Sting climbed the cage and ran in, but during the brawl, Sting injured his knee.
20 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee, Jerry Lawler defeated Sid Vicious to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship for the 20th time.
14 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Charleston, South Carolina, Hardcore Holly defeated Raven to win the WWF Hardcore Championship...only to lose it back to Raven less than two minutes later.
7 years ago today, British newspaper The Scarborough Evening News reported a man was arrested on fraud charges for accepting gifts from a football club after he had impersonated wrestler/actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. From the New York Daily News:
Cops are investigating whether a con artist who pretended to be a pro wrestler to scam children in England is the man who impersonated Heath Ledger's father, sources told the Daily News.
Wayne Scott, 35, of Scarborough, England, will be in Scarborough Magistrates' Court Wednesday to face charges of fraud by false representation and conveying an indecent message, police sources said yesterday. Two of the charges stem from Scott pretending to be a pro wrestler and calling sick kids, some of whom were terminally ill, in their hospital beds, sources said.
The con man is accused of promising to visit the sick kids and give them World Wrestling Entertainment tickets and paraphernalia. He also reached out to U.S. and British organizations that grant the wishes of dying children by pretending to be a pro wrestler, sources said.
NYPD detectives believe Scott may be the con man who impersonated Ledger's father, Kim, after the 28-year-old was found dead in his SoHo loft Jan. 22.
Investigators traced the calls made by the impostor to the seaside town of Scarborough in northeastern England where Scott lives, the sources said.
After Ledger's body was found by his masseuse and housekeeper in Heath's Broome St. apartment, the imposter called the city medical examiner and pressed the doctor who performed the autopsy for toxicology results. He also asked for grisly descriptions of the Oscar-nominated star's corpse, the sources said.
The con man somehow managed to get Tom Cruise's private phone number, calling the "Mission Impossible" star to commiserate after Ledger's death.
The fake dad apparently asked John Travolta to send him money so he could buy a ticket to fly from New York to Australia, where Ledger's family lives and his body will be laid to rest.
The con man also contacted actors Mel Gibson, Halle Berry and Christian Bale, the sources said. The impostor's lies were so convincing that he even got the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home to book him a suite at the posh Carlyle Hotel New York.
The Madison Ave. funeral home received Ledger's body from the medical examiner and sent it to L.A. for a memorial service. Sources said the medical examiner's office will brief Ledger's family today on the cause of his death and then release the results to the public.
Six anti-anxiety and sleeping prescription drugs were found near the "Brokeback Mountain" star's body. Police said no illegal drugs were discovered in the $24,000-a-month rental.
An initial postmortem examination failed to determine the cause of death.
Though New York City police, who were also investigating Scott for impersonating Ledger's father, couldn't bring about charges because he did not profit from his scams, he wasn't so lucky on the other side of the pond. He was charged with three counts of fraud, two counts of malicious communication, and one count of failing to surrender to police. A year later, Scott was sentenced to six months in prison, a court-ordered curfew for three months, 200 hours community service, and fined about $500 American.
5 years ago today, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, host to many Ohio Valley Wrestling events, is shut down by parent company Six Flags.
5 years ago today, The Human Tornado, a regular on the west coast independent circuit, most notably Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and the brief MTV series Wrestling Society X, announced his retirement from professional wrestling.