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This Day in Wrestling History (Mar. 6): Bill Demott Resigns

44 years ago today, New Japan Pro Wrestling runs its first ever show from the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. About 5,000 people were in attendance.

  • El Furioso defeated Tatsumi Fujinami.
  • Ivan Kalmikoff defeated Osamu Kido.
  • Shoji Kai defeated the Brooklyn Kid.
  • Inca Peruano and Katsuhisa Shibata fought to a double countout.
  • Kotesu Yamamoto and Toyonobori defeated the Durangos (Jim and John) in a best of three falls match.
  • Karl Gotch defeated Antonio Inoki.

26 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, The Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy & Steve Williams) defeated Ryukanhou (Stan Hansen and Genichiro Tenryu) to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Unified World Tag Team Championship. It would be the first of five championship runs for the duo known in Japanese as Satsujin Gyorai.

25 years ago today in Nagasaki, Japan, Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki defeated Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

22 years ago today at an ECW Hardcore TV taping in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Public Enemy (Flyboy Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) defeated Kevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac to win the ECW Tag Team Championship. At the same taping, The Tazmaniac defeated Sabu for the ECW Television Championship, but would lose it soon after to J.T. Smith.

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20 years ago today at a WCW Saturday Night taping in Macon, Georgia, Lex Luger defeated Johnny B. Badd to win the WCW World Television Championship. It would turn out to be Johnny's final WCW bout. He would leave the company later in the month for the WWF due to creative differences.

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17 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Vader defeated Akira Taue to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Championship. The title was vacated back on January 29 one week after reigning champion Toshiaki Kawada suffered a broken arm during a title defense against Mitsuharu Misawa.

7 years ago today, Entertainment Weekly broke news that Survivor: The Amazon winner and one-time Playboy cover model Jenna Morasca would work with TNA as a regular. Jenna would gain infamy that summer for her match with Sharmell Sullivan; the bout was a runaway winner for Worst Worked match of 2009 by Wrestling Observer Newsletter and is considered one of the worst matches in professional wrestling history.

1 year ago today in Ybor City, Florida, the Kimber Bombs (Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee) defeated Legendary (Brandi Wine & Malia Hosaka) to win the Shine Tag Team Championship.

1 year ago today, Bill Demott resigns from his head trainer role at the WWE Performance Center. The statement from Demott:

"I deny the recent allegations made about me, however, to avoid any embarrassment or damage to the WWE, I've decided to step down from my role effective immediately."

The allegations? They surfaced from a leaked 2013 WWE internal memo regarding Demott's training practices. Though WWE investigated and concluded there was no wrongdoing, the story didn't go away and only proceeded to get bigger thanks to social media.

Demott gave his side of the story on THE BRAND, Vince Russo's website, about two months later:

"Yeah, you become a babysitter, big brother, guidance counsellor, authority figure, person of confidence, their trainer. The trick to this generation now is how do you be, I don't know if this is the right word, how do you be friendly and not be their friend?


"I always use the term it's never the quarterback, it's the coach. We talk about football and a guy will stink the joint out, so it wasn't Tony Romo, it was the other guy and he was gone. Millennials, I think right that's what this generation is called the millennials. I think it's in the whole world. So what I can say and what I will say is as a dad as you are, as I am, I try to figure that out to keep my children away from that entitlement. I guess it's old school that you get what you earn and you try to earn what you want. I think that's all I am going to say about that because I think no matter what the case, Walmart, Publix, IBM, I always use IBM I don't know why, I go to a lot of management seminars and that's a lot of the conversation, the opening conversation: 'What do we do when they don't like that?' And I want to walk out because I'm not going to learn anything if I'm still trying to figure out [that]. It's tough, it's going to be tough for whoever has to figure out what they want tomorrow. And that's a challenge I think."

He would later reiterate those statements on the Talk is Jericho podcast. Today, Demott hosts his own podcast, the Bill Demott Experience for the RELM Network.

BONUS! From RAW is WAR sixteen years ago today, Bubba Ray Dudley superbombs Mae Young through a table. The full show, which includes a Chris Benoit vs. The Rock steel cage main event, is right here via WWE Network.

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