Wednesday, 9 September 2009

This Day in Wrestling History - September 9th

In 1965, Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to top $1 billion in unadjusted damages. And in 1926, NBC was formed on this day. And in the recent years in wrestling, this day has been a good day for great wrestling matches.
2007: At TNA No Surrender, Kurt Angle defeated Abyss to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Angle forced Abyss to submit to the Ankle Lock. After the match, Judas Mesias cut a hole under the ring mat and pulled Abyss underneath. Also at the event, Christian Cage defeated Samoa Joe by disqualification. Joe was disqualified after attacking the referee when he tried to break up a hold. After the match, Joe continued to attack referees, security and X Division jobbers.
2005: Today marked the day that WWE SmackDown was moved from Thursdays to Fridays for the season premier on UPN, which also was the last year that SmackDown was on UPN as it was then moved to The CW a year later as UPN disbanded. On this episode of SmackDown every Championship available were on the line. World Heavyweight Champion Batista retained his championship against JBL in a Bull Rope Match. Eddie Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio in a steel cage match, Chris Benoit retained his United States Championship after defeating Orlando Jordon in 22.5 seconds. Also, Heidenreich and Road Warrior Animal defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against MNM.

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