Today In Wrestling History
40 years ago today in New York City, Hall of Famer Stan Hansen defeated WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino via referee stoppage due to excessive bleeding. The title did not change hands due to the match not being won by pinfall or submission. During the match, Hansen accidentally breaks Bruno’s neck on a bodyslam; however, the storyline carries on that Hansen’s lariat broke Bruno’s neck.
24 years ago today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Johnny Hotbody defeated Jimmy Snuka to win the ECW Heavyweight Championship. The win comes just one day after Snuka defeated Sal Bellomo to become the first champion.
17 years ago today on WCW Monday Nitro from Fargo, North Dakota, Sting defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship… only to lose it less than two hours later back to Page in a fatal four-way match that included Kevin Nash and Bill Goldberg. On the same show, Rey Mysterio, Jr. defeated Psychosis to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.
12 years ago today, Lance Storm announces in a statement that he was retiring from wrestling full-time and would work as a trainer going forward. This comes a week after wrestling Steven Richards at the Calgary Saddledome. His retirement wouldn’t last long; 11 months later, Storm’s back in the ring. Storm leaves the WWE in May 2005 and opens his own wrestling school in Calgary.
It’s a happy 49th birthday for Glenn Jacobs, best known to wrestling audiences as Kane. Debuting on the independent circuit in 1992, he would wrestle for Smoky Mountain Wrestling and the United States Wrestling Association until debuting in the WWF in 1995. Initially debuting as Isaac Yankem, DDS, he was briefly the second Diesel before he was repackaged as his most well-known gimmick, Kane, in late 1997. Kane is a three-time world champion, a 12-time tag team champion, and a 2010 Money in the Bank winner.