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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: THE UWF HOLDS IT'S FIRST (AND LAST) PPV EVENT

By Buck Woodward on 2009-06-09 08:15:09

June 9th

On this day in history in ....

1932 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeats Dick Shikat for the New York State Athletic Commission version of the World Heavyweight Title. National Wrestling Association World Champion Jim Londos was supposed to face the winner of this match, but he refused, so New York recognized Lewis as the new World Champion, while the NWA continued to recognize Londos.

1938 - The Masked Marvel (Ted Cox) defeats Vic Christy in Toronto, Ontario to win the Montreal World Heavyweight Title, ending Christy's second reign.

1958 - Dan Severn is born in Coldwater, Michigan.

1959 - The Zebra Kid defeats The Golden Giant in Dallas, Texas for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title.

1960 - Nick Roberts and Art Nelson defeat Dory Funk, Sr. and Bob Geigel to win the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas, ending their third reign.

1964 - Tojo Yamamoto and Alex Perez defeat Jackie and Don Fargo for the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee, ending the Fargos' second reign and beginning their own fourth.

1967 - Kim Il (Kintaro Ohki) defeats Mark Lewin in Seoul, South Korea to win the Los Angeles-based World Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Title.

1967 - Sonny Myers wins his 13th NWA Central States Heavyweight Title, defeating The Viking in St. Joseph, Missouri, ending his second reign.

1969 - Dutch Savage and Bob Brown defeat Dean Higuchi and Earl Maynard in Vancouver, British Columbia for the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title.

1969 - Johnny Walker and The Sundown Kid defeat Tojo Yamamoto and Johnny Long to win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee, ending their second reign.

1973 - Mr. Wrestling II and Bob Orton, Jr. defeat the Super Infernos (Doug Gilbert and Don Smith) to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1978 - Angelo Mosca wins a tournament final for the vacant NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1979 - The WWF runs at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results were:
- Jose Estrada defeated Steve King.
- Johnny Rodz and Baron Mikel Scicluna fought to a draw.
- Tito Santana defeated Mr. X.
- Nikolai Volkoff defeated Mike Hall.
- Bulldog Brower defeated Special Delivery Jones.
- Hossein Arab (The Iron Sheik) defeated Frank Williams.
- Bulldog Brower defeated Frank Williams.
- Jimmy, Johnny and Jerry Valiant defeated WWF North American Champion Ted DiBiase, Dominic DeNucci and Haystacks Calhoun.
- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund and Greg Valentine fought to a double disqualification in a two out of three falls match.

1986 - Kendall Windham is given back the Florida State Heavyweight Title he had lost to the White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh, Great Muta) on May 21st. Video replays shows that the Ninja had used "illegal karate moves" to win the match.

1989 - In Dallas, Texas, Jeff Jarrett and Mil Mascaras defeat Super Zodiac II and Cactus Jack to win the WCWA Tag Team Title.

1989 - Bob and Kerry Brown defeat Chris Benoit and Biff Wellington for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.

1991 - The Universal Wrestling Federation (Herb Abrams' version, not to be confused with Bill Watts') held their only Pay-per-view event, "UWF Beach Brawl" at the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, Florida. The show drew less than 600 fans live, and did a 0.1 buyrate (it wasn't available in many markets either). The company actually manages to survive for three more years, and even had a show and specials on SportsChannel (who helped produce this PPV). Here are results from the PPV, which lasted less than two hours, and was hosted by former WWF announcer Craig DeGeorge and Bruno Sammartino:
- Boris Zukhov defeated Paul Samson. This match was not shown on the PPV.
- The Blackhearts, with Luna Vachon, defeated Fire Cat & Jim Cooper.
- Terry Gordy vs. Johnny Ace (subbing for Don Muraco) went to a double countout in a Street Fight match.
- The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell, called Mask Confusion, since WWF owned the Killer Bees name) defeated The Power Twins.
- Rockin' Robin defeated Candi Divine to become the first UWF Women's Champion.
- Paul Orndorff defeated Col. DeBeers in a strap match with a piledriver, but DeBeers laid out Orndorff with a tazer following the match.
- Bob Backlunded defeated Ivan Koloff with the Backlund Bridge in under three minutes.
- Stevie Ray & Sonny Beach defeated Cactus Jack & Cowboy Bob Orton when Orton accidentally hit Cactus with brass knuckles tossed to him by manager John Tolos, who was suspended above the ring in a cage.
- Steve Williams defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to become the first UWF Television Champion with a powerslam.

1994 - The WWF holds its first-ever Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Baltimore, Maryland's Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel.  The Hall Of Fame had been created the previous year, with Andre The Giant as the inaugural inductee.  Inductees and inductors were:
- Freddie Blassie by Shane McMahon.
- Bobo Brazil by Ernie Ladd.
- James Dudley by Vince McMahon.
- Gorilla Monsoon by Jim Ross.
- Arnold Skaaland by Bob Backlund.
- Buddy Rogers by WWF World Champion Bret Hart.
- Chief Jay Strongbow by Tatanka.

1995 - Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue win their second AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title, defeating Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi in Tokyo, Japan, ending their second reign.

1997 - The Monday Night War continued on, with WWF RAW is WAR and WCW Monday Nitro taking place a mere 100 miles apart. Fresh off the King of the Ring pay-per-view, RAW in Hartford, Connecticut posted a 2.2 rating with a show featuring a main event of Mankind defeating Brian Pillman by disqualification. Nitro took the night with a 3.4 rating, for their show in Boston, Massachusetts, featuring Jeff Jarrett winning the WCW United States Heavyweight Title from Dean Malenko.

1997 - Jeff Jarrett defeats Dean Malenko for the WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title in Boston, Massachusetts.

1998 - Destruction wins a battle royal in Parksville, British Columbia to become the first NWA (ECCW) Vancouver Island Heavyweight Champion.

1999 - Johnny Ace and Bart Gunn defeat Kenta Kobashi and Jun Akiyama in Sendai, Japan for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title.

2000 - Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue defeat Takao Omori and Yoshihiro Takayama in Tokyo, Japan, to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title, beginning their sixth reign. The title was vacated two months earlier when Vader, who held the title with Steve Williams, was injured.

2000 - Trent Acid defeats Justice Pain for the CZW Junior Heavyweight Title in Paulsboro, New Jersey, ending Pain's second reign.

2000 - Dick Raines and Frank Einstein defeat Greg Pawluk and Johnny Devine for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.

2001 - Ricky Santana and Rico Suave defeat Thunder and Lightning to win the WWC World Tag Team Title in Cayey, Puerto Rico, ending Thunder and Lightning's third reign.

2001 - CM Punk defeats Mark Wolf to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title in Charlestown, Indiana, beginning his third reign.

2001 - The Ghetto Mafia (2-Dope & Sydeswype) defeat champions Romeo Valentino & Ronnie Zukko and Earl the Pearl & Rich Myers in a three-way match for the MCW Tag Team Title in Middle River, Maryland, beginning their third reign.

2001 - Rick Fuller wins a 20-man battle royal for the vacant NWA New England Brass Knuckles Title in Milford, Massachusetts.

2001 - Dave Misterio defeats Slayer to win the NWA Jersey Junior Heavyweight Title in Wildwood, New Jersey.

2004 - TNA holds their 98th weekly pay-per-view event in Nashville, Tennessee. The show featured NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett facing all three members of the 3Live Kru in three separate challenge matches. The results:
- America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) defeated The New York Connection (Glenn Gilberti and Johnny Swinger), when Storm pinned Gilberti, to retain the NWA World Tag Team Title.
- Sonjay Dutt defeated David Young, Shark Boy, and D-Ray 3000 in a four-way Gut Check match, when Dutt pinned Young.
- Team Canada (Eric Young, Petey Williams and Bobby Roode) defeated Team Mexico (Héctor Garza and Heavy Metal) and Jerry Lynn, when Roode pinned Metal.
- NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett defeated Konnan in a Strap match.
- NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett defeated B.G. James in a Trailer Park Trash match.
- Ron Killings pinned NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett in a Ghetto Justice match.
- A.J. Styles pinned Kazarian to win his third TNA X Division Title.

2005 - Black Dragon defeats El Veneno for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico, beginning his second reign.

2006
- Hiroka (Raven Hiroka) defeats Marcela to win the CMLL World Women's Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

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