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This Day in Wrestling History (Nov. 11): Ted DiBiase Wins Back The Million Dollar Belt

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To those that served in the military, past or present: thanks. Happy Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and/or Remembrance Day.

51 years ago today in Denver, Colorado, Mad Dog Vachon defeated The Crusher to win the AWA World Heavyweight Championship.

29 years ago today, WWF taped the thirteenth edition of Saturday Night's Main Event (WWE Network link) from the Seattle Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. The show aired November 28.

Dark matches:

  • Sam Houston defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • Don Muraco defeated Rip Oliver.
  • The Ultimate Warrior defeated Jim Neidhart by disqualification.
  • The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau).
  • Ted DiBiase defeated Hillbilly Jim.
  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan and King Harley Race fought to a double disqualification.

Saturday Night's Main Event matches:

  • George Steele defeated Danny Davis by disqualification.
  • Randy Savage defeated Bret Hart.
  • King Kong Bundy defeated Hulk Hogan by countout in a WWF Championship match.
  • Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Hercules.

25 years ago today, WWF taped Survivor Series Showdown from the War Memorial Coliseum in Utica, New York.

Airing 13 days later on the USA Network, the show served as a preview for the upcoming Survivor Series.

  • The Big Boss Man defeated Earthquake by disqualification.
  • Bushwhacker Luke defeated Blake Beverly.
  • Ted DiBiase defeated Virgil to win the unrecognized Million Dollar Championship.
  • El Matador defeated Skinner.
  • Roddy Piper defeated Hercules.

9 years ago today, TNA presented Genesis from the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando.

The show featured the TNA debut of Booker T, who was coming off his recent WWE release.

  • Abyss defeated Black Reign in a Shop of Horrors match.
  • The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon).
  • Gail Kim defeated Roxxi Laveaux, ODB, and Angel Williams in a four-way match to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.
  • Jay Lethal defeated Sonjay Dutt to retain the TNA X Division Championship.
  • Christian's Coalition (AJ Styles and Tomko) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Samoa Joe defeated Robert Roode.
  • Kaz defeated Christian Cage in a ladder match to win the 2007 Fight for the Right Tournament and a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match.
  • Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash defeated Sting and Booker T.

9 years ago today, Wrestling Society X taped the second of ten episodes in what would be their only season.

The series produced by Big Vision Entertainment had a hook of wrestlers competing in an underground fight club. The show featured both matches and musical performances (the latter at the beginning of the show, with the musical guest joining in on commentary afterwards).

The show’s pilot was taped in February, and wrestlers could only stay on the series if they had agreed to work the full season should the show get picked up. Most notably, Hunter “Delirious” Johnson passed on WSX as he had a deal with TNA Wrestling lined up. The remainder of the show’s series was taped over about a one-week span, with the show airing beginning in January 2007.

Despite the show pulling four to five times the rating a typical show does in its timeslot, the show was cancelled by MTV just four episodes in following a fireball incident (the incident aired, though heavily edited). Most of the remainder of the series was burned off in a marathon in March, with the series finale unaired. It is available on the Wrestling Society X: The Complete First (and Last) Season DVD box set.

  • In a WSX Xtra match, Matt Sydal defeated Matt Classic.
  • In a WSX Xtra match, The Trailer Park Boyz (Spyder Nate Webb & Josh Raymond) defeated Doing It For Her (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black).
  • Human Tornado defeated Luke Hawx.
  • That 70's Team (Disco Machine & Joey Ryan) defeated Team Dragon Gate (Horiguchi & Yoshino)
  • Vampiro defeated 6-Pac to win the WSX Championship.

7 years ago today, Ric Flair got married for a fourth time, this time to Jacqueline Beems. They filed for divorce about two and a half years later.

Flair is currently engaged—again—this time to Wendy Barlow, who had a bit of fame in WCW in the early 90s as Fifi, the maid from the Flair for the Gold segments.

6 years ago today, Lacey Adkisson, aka Lacey Von Erich, announced on her Twitter that she had decided to leave TNA effective immediately.

Eric Young and Raven were also released, though Young would eventually return when he and TNA come to terms on a new contract. Raven would also return, but for one night only: he defeated AJ Styles in a non-title match the next night at their Farewell to the Asylum event.

4 years ago today, TNA presented Turning Point from the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando.

  • Samoa Joe defeated Magnus in a no disqualification match to retain the TNA Television Championship.
  • ODB and Eric Young defeated Tara and Jesse Godderz.
  • Rob Van Dam defeated Joey Ryan to retain the TNA X Division Championship.
  • DOC defeated Joseph Park.
  • Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeated The (Former) World Tag Team Champions of the World Known As Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
  • James Storm defeated AJ Styles and Bobby Roode in a three-way match to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As a result of Styles being pinned, he could not challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship until Bound for Glory 2013 at the earliest.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Devon.
  • Jeff Hardy defeated Austin Aries in a ladder match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

4 years ago today, New Japan Pro Wrestling presented Power Struggle from the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan.

  • Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) defeated Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • Chaos (Jado, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Captain New Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Negro Casas and Tiger Mask.
  • Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Taichi) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Yuji Nagata.
  • Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) (with Taka Michinoku) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima).
  • Prince Devitt defeated Low Ki to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Laughter7 (Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba) defeated Always Hypers (Togi Makabe and Wataru Inoue).
  • Kazuchika Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to retain his right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 7.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Karl Anderson to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Yujiro Takahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

The Best of cSs on this day:

2015: Daniel Bryan has an interesting theory why indy wrestlers get over where WWE-created stars struggle (In an interview with Wrestling Inc promoting WWE Network’s launch in India, Bryan opines that overexposure is a problem in getting stars over today)

2014: WWE needs to pull the plug on whatever they're doing with Erick Rowan (Sean Rueter’s not feeling Erick Rowan’s new creeper gimmick)

2013: Hulk Hogan spies the nWo as his way back into WWE? (Hulk Hogan gets an idea on Twitter that an nWo reunion may be his way back to the WWE)

2012: SummerSlam 2013 to be an overseas stadium event? (WWE is looking to bring Summerslam back to the United Kingdom. In the end, it ended up back in Los Angeles)

2011: Vince McMahon dealing with sickness or, why Smackdown is so much better than Raw (Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the difference in RAW and Smackdown might be as simple as McMahon’s tired by Tuesday)

2010: Mick Foley on TSN's "Off The Record": He believes he's suffered "Dozens to up to 100 concussions." (The former WWE and TNA world champion believes he suffered dozens of concussions over his long career; also has the knees of a 90-year old)

2009: The Ric Flair Divorce Pool Starts Today (Ric Flair gets engaged to Jackie Beems)