This Week in Wrestling History #3 (Butch Reed, Bob Holly, Samoan Swat Team)

Wondering what happened in wrestling history during the week 14th October – 20th October?
Read on to find out!!

Major Events:

1951 – Mae Young defeated Cora Combs to become the first NWA Florida Women’s Champion, in a match that set the stage for the women’s rights movement of the 1960s.

1977 –  Jimmy Garvin faced Bill Watts for the Oklahoma State Heavyweight title. The match would later be cited by Jim Ross in many of his academic research papers.


1987 – Bill Dundee & Jerry Lawler defeated Evil Foreigner #1 & Evil Foreigner #2 for the AWA Tag Team title. They don’t like those types round there.

1988 – Michael PS Hayes and Steve Cox (aka The Forgotten Freebird) defeated The Samoan Swat Team for the World Class Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title. This wasn’t particularly significant, but I just like to mention The Samoan Swat Team every week in these proceedings.

1992 – Money Inc. defeated the Natural Disasters for the WWF Tag Team title, back when tag teams and their feuds were truly awesome. They had Legion of Doom, The Nasty Boys and the Headshrinkers all involved with this one. Ah…nostalgia.

Title Changes:

1997 – The Steiner Brothers defeated Scott Hall & Syxx for the WCW Tag Team title, in a feud which spanned almost two years of substance abuse.

1998 – One year later and X-Pac was triumphing over D-Lo Brown for the WWF European Heavyweight title (the poor man’s WCW Tag Team title)


1999 – Jushin Liger defeated Kendo KaShin to win the IWGP Junior Vice-President Heavyweight Title. KaShin was disqualified when he ripped off one of Liger’s foam horns, something which is frowned upon in Japanese society.

2001 – The NWA World Heavyweight title was held up as vacant when title holder Steve Corino realised that nobody at all cared about the NWA title any longer.

Career points:

1989 – General Tito Santana defeated Action Figure Rick Mattel to win the “King Of The Ring” tournament, having beaten the top level talents of Bad News Brown and Akeem in order to be “crowned” with said title.

1985 – Butch “Baracus” Reed defeated Dick Murdoch (from The A-Team) for the Western Mid-South North American Heavyweight title. Jimmy Snuka was the special guest referee.


1992 – Butch “The Hitman” Reed (as he was known in the WWF at that time) defeated Ric Flair for the WWF Heavyweight title.

1992 – Butch “The Other Guy From Doom” Reed defeated Junkyard Dog for the USWA Heavyweight title and thus unified the titles.

Fun Facts:


1981 – Tommy Rich defeated The Masked Superstar for the Georgia National Heavyweight title. To learn more about the life and accomplishments of Tommy Rich, you can visit the Tommy Rich Memorial Museum in Springfield, Tennessee.

2009 – Discouraging news was announced by medical researchers at the Harvard University and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology:- Wrestling causes cancer.

Thanks for reading! Come back again next week to find out what happened…next week…in history!

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