Today in Wrestling History

Historical Events

  • 1953-04-27 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"
  • 1986-11-24 Wrestler John Tatum charged with possession of marijuana
  • 1987-01-28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
  • 1987-05-20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • 1988-07-06 Wrestler Jake Roberts convicted of battery
  • 1990-07-04 Wrestler Brutus Beefcake injured during para-sailing
  • 1991-03-11 John Smith, amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award
  • 1991-10-12 Wrestler Rip Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 190

  • 1852-05-25 William Muldoon, US wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia," (d. 1933)
  • 1876-04-22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)
  • 1880-11-03 Edmond Barrett, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-bronze-1908)
  • 1883-02-03 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • 1895-08-08 Law Pendleton, US, wrestler/actor (Laughing Lady)
  • 1895-08-09 Nat Pendleton, Davenport IA, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless)
  • 1897-01-02 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • 1903-01-10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1903-10-19 Tor Johnson, Swedish wrestler and actor (d. 1971)
  • 1908-02-12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1908-03-10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1909-12-25 Mike Mazurki, Tarnopal Austria, actor/wrestler (Centerfold Girls)
  • 1912-05-15 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics-1968)
  • 1923-12-24 Michael DiBiase, American wrestler (d. 1969)
  • 1926-10-13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski (wrestler) Canadian Wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1928-07-21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1928-07-27 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican lucha libre wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1929-03-21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1929-06-27 William Afflis, American wrestler (d. 1991)
  • 1929-07-21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930-10-10 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), (d. 2012)
  • 1932-03-10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1934-12-06 Nick Bockwinkel, wrestler (WCW/AWA)
  • 1936-11-02 Abdullah the Butcher, wrestler
  • 1937-05-19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1941-01-19 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • 1942-08-07 Masa Saito, wrestler (AWA/WWF/NJPW/CWFI)
  • 1942-11-21 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan/American wrestler
  • 1943-02-20 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • 1946-01-10 Alexis Nihon Jr, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics-1968)
  • 1946-05-20 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Oly-silver-1972) disqualified
  • 1947-02-02 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • 1948-09-08 Great Kabuki, [Akihisa Yone Yoshi Mera], wrestler (NWA/NJPW/WAR/SWS)
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Gable, Waterloo Iowa, 68kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-72)
  • 1949-04-26 Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1949-04-27 Yoshiaki Fujiwara, wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF)
  • 1949-08-14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • 1949-10-26 Kevin Sullivan, wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI)
  • 1949-10-29 Paul Orndorff, wrestler (WCW/SMW/NWA/WWF, Mr Wonderful)
  • 1949-11-29 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • 1949-11-29 Jerry Lawler, American wrestler
  • 1950-02-02 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • 1950-02-09 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1951-07-15 Jesse "The Body" Ventura, wrestler/actor (Predator, Running Man)
  • 1951-12-03 Riki Chosyu, [Mitsuo Yoshida], wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan)
  • 1952-07-15 Jesse Ventura, [James Janos], wrestler/actor (mayor-Brooklyn Pk-MN)
  • 1952-07-25 "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin, [Williams], NWA/WCW/AWA wrestler
  • 1952-11-15 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, [Poffo], Sarasota FL, wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW)
  • 1952-11-17 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • 1953-02-28 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • 1953-09-04 Kengo Kimura, [Takashi Kimura], wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1953-11-20 Greg Gibson, Stafford Va, Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1953-12-05 Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)
  • 1953-12-23 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
  • 1954-01-03 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • 1954-01-14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler
  • 1954-02-08 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, [Russell], New Orl, wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1954-10-07 Victor Manuel Mar, wrestler (AAA/NJPW, Black Cat)
  • 1955-02-08 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)
  • 1955-05-30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler
  • 1955-06-01 Chiyonofuji, sumo wrestler
  • 1955-08-11 Norio Honaga, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1956-01-11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1956-03-18 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1956-05-25 Tatsutoshi Goto, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1956-07-19 Great [Yoshiaki] Yatsu, wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF)
  • 1956-08-10 Tugboat, [Fred Ottman], WWF wrestler
  • 1956-08-12 Terry Taylor, [Paul Klause], wrestler (WCW/WWF/NWA, Red Rooster)
  • 1956-09-16 Anatoly Beloglazov, USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1956-09-16 Sergei Beloglazov, USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1957-05-07 Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1957-07-26 Jeff Blatnick, Schenectady NY, wrestling (Oly-gold-1984)
  • 1957-08-14 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (d. 1986)
  • 1957-09-12 Hawk, [Michael Hegstrand], wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom)
  • 1957-09-20 Arn Anderson, [Marty Lunde], wrestler (ECW/SMW/WCW/NWA/WWF)
  • 1957-10-08 Doug Cox, Guelph Ontario, 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96)
  • 1958-01-08 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • 1958-06-02 Lex Lugar, [Larry Pfohl], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1958-08-14 "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express)
  • 1958-09-04 Shiro Koshinaka, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1959-02-10 Tonga, [Uliuli Fifita], wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders)
  • 1959-02-15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler
  • 1959-06-06 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1959-08-18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • 1959-10-20 Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1960-02-03 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1960-02-03 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • 1960-05-14 Steve Williams, American wrestler
  • 1960-06-24 Nate Carr, Erie Pa, freestyle wrestler (Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • 1960-11-02 Bruce Baumgartner, Haledon NJ, wrestler (Oly-gold/br-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1961-02-21 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961-04-18 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • 1961-05-05 Hiro Hase, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1961-05-25 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)
  • 1961-08-14 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1961-09-01 Bam Bam Bigelow, Secaucus NJ, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI)
  • 1961-11-11 Matt Ghaffari, Tehran Iran, US greco-roman wrestler (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • 1961-11-25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Oly-88, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1962-03-28 Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler
  • 1962-04-12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler

Famous Weddings

  • 1976-06-21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

HeartWedding of Interest

1983-12-18 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1984-12-30 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed
  • 2000-09-13 Wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (35) weds WWE Diva Debra Marshall (40) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2006-03-14 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui
  • 2010-06-26 Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas
  • 2010-12-14 WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan (57) marries 2nd wife Jennifer McDaniel in Clearwater Florida

Famous Divorces

  • 2012-07-18 WWE wrestler John Cena (35) divorces Elizabeth Huberdeau (33) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 3 years of getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 1920-01-20 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)
  • 1931-01-09 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1960-08-22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 1963-12-26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • 1967-10-12 Nat Pendleton, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless), dies at 72
  • 1969-07-02 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 1970-06-11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • 1975-08-19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1982-06-13 Peter Maivia, wrestler (b. 1935)
  • 1982-08-19 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 1985-09-01 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 1986-02-01 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • 1987-04-12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • 1987-08-24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1988-07-04 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • 1990-12-09 Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80
  • 1992-02-07 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 1992-07-16 "Gorgeous" George, [Arena], wrestler, dies at 84

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1993-01-27 André the Giant, WWF wrestler, dies of congestive heart failure at 49

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1993-03-11 Dino Bravo, wrestler (WWF), shot to death at 44
  • 1994-03-09 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • 1996-01-26 David Schultz, wrestler (Oly-Gold-84), killed by John Du Pont
  • 1997-04-13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • 1997-06-30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • 1998-11-06 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • 1999-11-27 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2000-10-17 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2002-04-28 Lou Thesz, American wrestler, dies at 86
  • 2002-05-12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • 2003-05-01 Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 2004-11-17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2005-04-28 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • 2005-08-18 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2006-02-11 Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2006-06-23 Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 2010-04-02 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2010-09-01 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • 2011-05-20 Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952)
  • 2012-10-31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2013-04-01 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Olympic wrestling champion, dies at 73