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This Day in Wrestling History (Oct. 11): The Impact With Six Minutes Of Wrestling

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39 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee, Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler defeated Doug Somers (substituting for Boris Zhukov) and Soldat Ustinov to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship. Somers was the sub due to Zhukov leaving for the WWF.

38 years ago today in Tokyo Japan, The Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo) defeated Bull Nakano & Condor Saito to win the AJW Best Tag Team League.

23 years ago today at a WCW Saturday Night taping in Atlanta, Georgia, Vader and Stunning Steve Austin defeated Ric Flair and Arn Anderson via disqualification.

The match featured the final WCW television appearance of Sid Vicious until 1999; a stabbing incident during their European tour lead to Sid's suspension and eventual release. Sid also taped a singles match for a future episode, but it never aired due to the incident. In an important side note, the match's conclusion did not air as the bout was still in progress as their TV ended.

20 years ago today in Osaka, Japan, Ultimo Dragon defeated The Great Sasuke to win the J-Crown Championship.

17 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Kendo Kashin to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the tenth time.

11 years ago today at a TNA Impact taping at Universal Orlando, America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) defeated The Naturals (Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

9 years ago today, WWE releases Teddy Hart from his developmental contract.

He was to join fellow Hart family members Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith, and Natalie Neidhart and form a second-generation edition of the Hart Foundation. Kidd, Smith, and Neidhart would eventually join the WWE as the Hart Dynasty.

6 years ago today, New Japan Pro Wrestling presented Destruction '10 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Manabu Nakanishi defeated Tama Tonga.
  • Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) and Tiger Mask defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi) by disqualification.
  • Complete Players (Gedo, Jado and Masato Tanaka) defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Tomoaki Honma and Wataru Inoue.
  • Tajiri defeated Toru Yano.
  • Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. The match was voted 2010 Match of the Year by Tokyo Sports Magazine.
  • Koji Kanemoto and Yuji Nagata defeated Atsushi Aoki and Go Shiozaki.
  • Hirooki Goto defeated Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Tetsuya Naito.
  • Satoshi Kojima defeated Togi Makabe to win the IWGP Heayvweight Championship.

6 years ago today at a TNA Impact taping at Universal Orlando, Madison Rayne defeated Tara to win the TNA Knockouts Championship. Well, it wasn't so much as Madison beat Tara as much as Tara laid down for Madison.

It was one of many issues that plagued the first Impact following Bound for Glory. In the two-hour timeslot (not counting the overrun), only six minutes of wrestling took place. Much of the first hour was devoted to the formation of Immortal and Kevin Nash and Sting leaving TNA (it was intended as a write-off for both; Nash left for good and would return to WWE at the 2011 Royal Rumble, Sting would return in March 2011 after negotiations with WWE fell through).

In the show's main event, Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson fought to a no contest in a #1 contender's match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Also of note, Jenni “J-Woww” Farley of Jersey Shore fame made a cameo appearance on the show.

6 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Dallas, Texas, Randy Orton wins a 41-man battle royal to earn a WWE Championship later in the show. It's the largest battle royal in WWE history.

Other participants (in alphabetical order) were Alex Riley, CM Punk, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Curt Hawkins, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Derrick Bateman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Jinder Mahal, John Morrison, Johnny Curtis, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan, Matt Striker, Michael McGillicutty, Percy Watson, Primo, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara (Negro), Ted DiBiase Jr., The Miz, Titus O'Neil, Trent Beretta, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu, and Zack Ryder.

In the show's main event, Randy Orton defeated Mark Henry via disqualification.

It's a happy 28th birthday for Trevor Mann. Though he has worked as Helios in Chikara and more recently as Lucha Underground's Prince Puma, he's best known as Ricochet.

Mann is one of the most successful wrestlers on the independents, as he has won championships in Dragon Gate and its American counterpart Dragon Gate USA, won the 2014 New Japan Pro Wrestling Best of the Super Juniors tournament, and in Lucha Underground, where he was the promotion's first ever champion after winning the league's first Aztec Warfare match winner. In Chikara as Helios, he won the Young Lions Cup in 2007. In February 2016, Ricochet and Matt Sydal won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.

In May 2016, Ricochet made news with his match in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament with British wrestler Will Ospreay. It created a massive discussion about the art of wrestling; many praised it as an evolution of wrestling, while some (most notably Vader) likened it to an elaborate gymnastics routine.

Mann also won Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Battle of Los Angeles tournament in 2014. He's a two time winner of Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Best Flying Wrestler (2011 and 2014), and won for Best Wrestling Maneuver in 2010 and 2011 for his double rotation moonsault. He recently earned his first five-star rated bout from the publication with a bout on Labor Day weekend teaming with Ospreay and Sydal against Adam Cole and the Young Bucks.

Mann is in a relationship with fellow wrestler Tessa Blanchard; the couple live in Orlando with Sesugh Uhaa (formerly Uhaa Nation, known today as Apollo Crews).

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