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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: BRET HART SIGNS A 20-YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE WWF, ALL JAPAN'S FIRST SHOW, FINAL TAG REIGN FOR LOS GUERREROS ENDS AND MORE

By Buck Woodward on 2009-10-21 08:00:00

October 21st

On this day in history in ....

1955 - Ray Gunkel and Wilbur Snyder defeat Duke Keomuka and Danny Savich in Houston, Texas, ending Keomuka and Savich's fifth NWA Texas Tag Team Title reign.

1968 - Rocket Monroe defeats Bob Kelly to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title.

1969 - Fritz Von Erich wins his seventh NWA American Heavyweight Title by defeating Johnny Valentine in Dallas, Texas.

1969 - Danny Hodge defeats Chuck Karbo in Little Rock, Arkansas to win the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title.

1971 - Dick Murdoch & Bobby Duncum defeat The Australians (Larry O'Day & Ron Miller) in Tampa, Florida to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title.

1972 - All Japan Pro Wrestling holds it's first ever show at Machida City Gym in Tokyo, Japan. The show is headlined by a two out of three fall tag team match, with Bruno Sammartino & Terry Funk defeating Giant Baba & Thunder Sugiyama. Funk pinned Sugiyama to win the first fall, Sugiyama pinned Funk to win the second, and Baba & Sugiyama were counted out in the final fall.

1972 - The Sheik defeats Fred Curry for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1974 - Ernie Ladd defeats Carlos Colon in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title.

1976 - Akihisa Takachiho & Samson Kutsuwada defeat Jerry & Ted Oates to win the All Japan All-Asian Tag Team Title in Gifu, Japan. This was the fourth anniversary of the very first All Japan show.

1976 - Mike George and Super Intern defeat Mad Dog Vachon and Baron Von Raschke to win the Central States version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas.

1977 - Ricky Steamboat defeats Ric Flair for the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Charleston, South Carolina.

1977 - Victor Rivera and Texas Red defeat Black Gordman and Goliath for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title, ending Rivera and Red's thirteenth of seventeen reigns as champions.

1978 - Ken Patera defeats Tony Atlas to win his second NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1979 - Manny Fernandez defeats Terry Funk in Orlando, Florida to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title.

1982 - King Kamaka and General Hiro defeat Mark Lewin and Al Perez for the NWA Australasian Tag Team Title in Auckland, New Zealand.

1983 - Jack and Jerry Brisco begin their second reign and end the fourth reign of Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood as NWA World Tag Team Champions in Richmond, Virginia.

1985 - All Japan Pro Wrestling holds it's 13th Anniversary show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The main event sees NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. AWA World Heavyweight Champion Rick Martel end in a double countout after over a half hour of action. Other notable matches: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu defeated the Road Warriors via DQ. ... Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Mil Mascaras & Art Cruz. ... Tiger Mask (Misawa), Terry & Dory Funk defeated Chavo Guerrero, Terry Gordy & Billy Robinson. ... Killer Khan defeated The Great Kabuki via DQ.

1985 - Phil Hickerson defeats Mongolian Stomper in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA International Heavyweight Title for the third time.

1985 - King Parsons defeats John Tatum for the WCCW Television Title in Fort Worth, Texas.

1986 - All Japan Pro Wrestling holds it's 14th Anniversary show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The show is headlined by PWF World Heavyweight Champion Riki Choshu defeating Terry Funk via submission and Jumbo Tsuruta defeating Stan Hansen for the NWA International Heavyweight Title. Also on the card, Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu defeat The Road Warriors via DQ.

1989 - Pirata Morgan ends Satanico's second reign as NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

1992 - Fantasma de la Quebrada defeats Ciclon Ramirez for the Mexican National Welterweight Title.

1992 - All Japan Pro Wrestling holds it's 20th Anniversary show at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event, Triple Crown Champion Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Toshiaki Kawada. Also on the show, Jumbo Tsuruta, Andre The Giant & Terry Gordy defeat Giant Baba, Stan Hansen & Dory Funk Jr. when Tsuruta pins Funk.

1996 - Bret Hart, ending months of rumors and speculation, signs a 20-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation, turning down a lucrative offer from WCW. As part of the agreement, which will see Hart become a part of the WWF office following his in-ring career, Bret is allowed to go into the ring during a live edition of Raw and discuss his decision. Hart does not blast WCW (as some within WWF were hoping), but does reveal that he is staying with the WWF. One year later, Vince McMahon would be asking Bret to drop the WWF Title to Shawn Michaels at the Survivor Series and releasing him from the contract, beginning the most famous story in wrestling history, the Montreal Screwjob.

1996 - Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeats Marc Mero the WWF Intercontinental Title, his first title in WWF/E.

1996 - Wolfie D (Kelly Wolfe) and Brian Christopher defeat Bill and Jamie Dundee to win the held up USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1997 - All Japan Pro Wrestling holds it's 25th Anniversary show at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event, Triple Crown Champion Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Kenta Kobashi. Other notable results from the show: Toshiaki Kawada defeats Yoshihiro Takayama. ... Akira Taue defeats Johnny Ace. ... Giant Baba, Stan Hansen & Jumbo Tsuruta defeat Kamala II, Tamon Honda & Masa Fuchi.

2001 - WWF held their No Mercy Pay-per-view in St. Louis, Missouri at the Savvis Center, continuing the WCW-WWF "Invasion" storyline. Tim Whitehead's original report on the show is on Page 2!

2001 - A.J. Styles defeats Petey Williams, Christopher Daniels and Chris Sabin in a four-way match to win the vacant IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title in Evansville, Indiana.

2003 - Doug & Danny Basham defeat Eddie & Chavo Guerrero for the WWE Tag Team Title in Albany, New York, ending the second and final reign for the uncle-nephew tandem of the Guerreros.

Thanks to Ryan Martinez for his help with the above.


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