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This Day in Wrestling History (June 9): The WWE Hall of Fame is Born

25 years ago today, the Universal Wrestling Federation (Herb Abrams version) presented UWF Beach Brawl from the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, Florida. It was the company's only PPV, and surely enough... it bombs. The 4,000-seat arena has just 550 in attendance, with just 18,000 homes watching on PPV.

  • In a dark match, Boris Zuhkov defeated Paul Samson.
  • The Blackhearts (Apocalypse & Destruction (Gangrel) defeated Jim Cooper & Fire Cat.
  • Johnny Ace fought Terry Gordy to a double countout in a street fight.
  • Mask Confusion (Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Power Twins (David & Larry Power).
  • Rockin' Robin defeated Candi Devine to win the UWF Women's Championship.
  • Paul Orndorff defeated Col. DeBeers in a strao match.
  • Bob Backlund defeated Ivan Koloff.
  • Sunny Beach & Steve Ray defeated Bob Orton Jr. & Cactus Jack.
  • Steve Williams defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to win the UWF SportsChannel Television Championship.

25 years ago today in Mexico City, Mexico, Konnan el Barbaro defeated Cien Caras in the finals of a tournament to become the first CMLL World Heavyweight Champion.

22 years ago today, WWF holds its first ever Hall of Fame induction Ceremony from the Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

This was the first year a full class was inducted, as the previous year, the Hall of Fame was created with just one inductee, Andre the Giant. Clips of the ceremony have aired on WWE television and on its old Classics on Demand service, but the full event has never been made available to the public. Inductees included Classy Freddie Blassie, Bobo Brazil, James Dudley, Gorilla Monsoon, Arnold Skaaland, Buddy Rogers, and Chief Jay Strongbow.

21 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, the Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) defeated Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuhara Misawa to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Unified World Tag Team Championship.

18 years ago today on Nitro from Boston, Massachusetts (WWE Network link), Jeff Jarrett defeated Dean Malenko to win the WCW United States Championship.

BONUS! From the same episode, watch the awesomeness of Sting repelling down and saving a beaten Diamond Dallas Page from all the ANARCHY! ANARCHY! ANARCHY! Seriously, the anarchy was up to eleven here.

17 years ago today, Johnny Ace & Bart Gunn defeated Jun Akiyama and Kenta Kobashi to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Unified World Tag Team Championship.

16 years ago today, the Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) defeated Takao Omori and Yoshiaki Takayama to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Unified World Tag Team Championship for the sixth—and final--time.

The championships were vacated in April when Vader, one half of the tag champions with Steve Williams, fractures his left arm. The titles are vacated again just a week later when Taue is one of about two dozen men that walked out on All Japan to join the Mitsuhara Misawa-led Pro Wrestling Noah. Taue has been NOAH's president since 2009.

12 years ago today at an NWA-TNA weekly PPV taping in Nashville, Tennessee, AJ Styles defeated Kazarian to win the TNA X Division Championship.

7 years ago today, WWE releases Macho Madness, the first-ever compilation of matches featuring "Macho Man" Randy Savage. The DVD is hosted by Matt Striker and Maria. A second DVD, Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story, was released late last year and features a documentary on his life.

7 years ago today, Tommy Dreamer signs a new deal with WWE just one day after becoming ECW Champion. Dreamer's deal lasts for three years, but he leaves the company for TNA just six months later.

7 years ago today, Batista vacates the WWE Championship after its revealed he suffered a torn left bicep in the steel cage match against Randy Orton two days earlier. The title change is first announced on

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