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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: STING BEGINS HIS METAMORPHOSIS, THE FABULOUS MOOLAH WRESTLES AT 80 AND MORE

By Buck Woodward on 2007-09-15 08:00:00

September 15th

On this day in history in ....

1973 - WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales defeats George Steele in a steel cage match at the Boston Garden in Massachusetts. 

1984 - The World Wrestling Council held their 11th Anniversary Show in Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, drawing over 29,000 fans. Here are the results from the show:
- Buzz Sawyer defeated Joe Savoldi.
- Hercules Ayala defeated Tom Lintz.
- Wahoo McDaniel, Mark & Jay Youngblood defeated The Super Medics.
- Invader 3 defeated Anibal to win the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title. 
- Invader 1 defeated Konga The Barbarian to win the WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title.
- Randy Savage defeated Pedro Morales to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title.
- PWF (All Japan) Tag Team Champions Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen vs. Abdullah The Butcher & Carlos Colon went to a double disqualification. 

1986 - Black Bart defeats Chris Adams in Los Angeles, California to win the World Class Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Title. Actually, this was a "phantom" title change, as there was no show in Los Angeles. World Class simply put the title on Bart and made up the switch, so that they could have the heel Bart drop the title to Kevin Von Erich in Texas.

1989 - Sheik Braddock & Ron Starr defeat Jeff Jarrett & Matt Bourne for the USWA Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.

1992 - WWF holds a show in conjunction with the WAR promotion in Japan. In the main event, Ric Flair vs. Genichiro Tenryu goes to a draw in a three falls match. Tenryu wins the first fall, Flair the second, and both men were counted out in the third. Also on the show, Road Warrior Animal defeats the Beverly Brothers in a handicap match. During the bout, Animal aggravates a back injury and ends up retiring from the ring. He would not return to wrestling for over three years. 

1991 - The Lightning Kid defeats Chaz in Marietta, Georgia to win the GWF Light Heavyweight Title for the second time. 

1996 - WCW's Fall Brawl Pay-per-view was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Here are the results:
- Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr. with the Diamond Cutter.
- Ice Train defeated Scott Norton in a Submission match with a full nelson.
- Konnan defeated Juventud Guerrera with a Splash Mountain powerbomb.
- Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho with a top rope superplex.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio, Jr. defeated Super Calo with a double springboard (from one ring to another) into a rana.
- WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated The Nasty Boys when Booker T pinned Knobbs after Sherri Martel hit Knobbs with Col. Rob Parker's cane.
- The Giant defeated Randy Savage with a chokeslam after Hulk Hogan interfered.
- Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Sting (NWO Sting) defeated Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Sting in a War Games match when NWO Sting forced Luger to submit. Going into the match, Luger, Flair and Anderson accused Sting of being a traitor, since they believed that Sting (actually NWO Sting) had been with the NWO in a limo. When War Games took place, Sting came out, cleaned house on the NWO (who were winning the match), but then walked out on his partners, since they hadn't believed him. Left with a four on three advantage, the NWO dominated, with NWO Sting forcing Lex Luger to submit to a Scorpion Deathlock. Randy Savage ran out and attacked Hulk Hogan, but he was beaten down and spray painted (as was Miss Elizabeth) by the NWO.

The babyfaces not believing Sting, and Sting's subsequent walkout, was the beginning of his metamorphosis into the "Crow" character he would use for the remainder of his career. The next night on Nitro, he did an interview (his last spoken words for months) proclaiming himself a "free agent", then began his practice of watching shows from the rafters, starting the long build to his eventual showdown with Hulk Hogan. 

1997 - Curt Hennig defeats Steve McMichael for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title in Charlotte, North Carolina. This would be Hennig's only singles title reign during his WCW run.

1998 - Jacqueline defeats Sable for the vacant WWF Women's Title in Sacramento, California during an edition of Raw. The title had been vacant since 1995, when Alundra Blayze (Madusa) left WWF. In fact, WWF had to have a new title belt created, since Blayze had taken the strap with her (and unceremoniously dropped it in a trash can when she debuted in WCW on an edition of Nitro). The Raw taping also included X-Pac defeating D'Lo Brown to win the WWF European Title. Also on this show, Michael Modest defeats Tony Jones in a tryout match that was filmed and included in the documentary Beyond The Mat.

2001 - Scotty Anton defeats Barry Windham in Carrolton, Georgia to win the Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title. 

2003 - At an edition of Raw in Columbia, South Carolina, 80-year-old Fabulous Moolah defeats Victoria with a rollup. After the match, Randy Orton gave Moolah an RKO, furthering his "Legend Killer" reputation. While the match was only 30 seconds long, reportedly it was the result of a promise Vince McMahon had made several years earlier to Moolah that she could have a match when she was 80.