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Curtis Comes Home

Curtis Comes Home
PromotionFreelance
DateJuly 30, 1999
CityRostraver, Pennsylvania
VenueIce Garden
Attendance1,500
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Curtis Comes Home (alternately Curtis Goes Home[1][2]) was a professional wrestling memorial show produced by Cody Michaels, which took place on July 30, 1999 at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Rostraver, Pennsylvania.[3][4][5] Proceeds from the event went to raise money for wrestling referee Mark Curtis, then suffering from stomach cancer,[6] to pay part of his medical expenses.[1]

Production

Curtis Comes Home was one of the largest independent supercards ever held in the United States according to Jim Cornette, a longtime friend of Curtis, who was also among the show's participants. The event included talent from Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation, as well as notable stars from the independent circuit. Legendary wrestlers Bruno Sammartino,[3][7] Les Thatcher, and Sandy Scott also made special appearances.[4][5] All the participants performed for free,[3] and both WCW and the WWF paid the transportation costs for its wrestlers to attend the show.[8] In addition to being held in Curtis' hometown,[4][5] the Rostraver Ice Garden was a regular venue for ECW shows held in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.[9] The event had an attendance of 1,500 and was successful in raising $30,000.[10]

Event

Nine professional wrestling matches were featured on the card. The main event was a six-man tag team match featuring The Triple Threat (Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Shane Douglas) facing off against Chris Candido, Tim Horner, and Tracy Smothers (with Tammy Sytch). This was the first time the original incarnation of The Triple Threat had teamed together since 1995 and pitted Douglas against another ex-member of the heel stable, Candido, who was aligned with fellow Smokey Mountain Wrestling alumni. In the semi-main event, Chris Jericho wrestled Terry Taylor just a few days prior to Jericho's official WWF debut on Raw Is War.[2]

There were several featured matches on the undercard. The first was a singles match between Cody Michaels, accompanied by manager Jim Cornette, and Hugh Morrus, which Michaels won. D'Lo Brown, then WWF European and Intercontinental Champion, was scheduled to wrestle Al Snow in a non-title no-disqualification match; however, special guest referee Mankind eventually became involved in the bout, turning it into an impromptu Triple threat match. Mankind ended up winning the match via pinfall when he used his "Mandible claw" finisher on both his opponents and Mark Curtis, then weighing only 75 pounds,[11] unexpectedly entered the ring to make the three count.[6]

Eddy Guerrero won a Three-Way Dance against Billy Kidman and then-reigning HWA Cruiserweight Champion Shark Boy in a non-title match.[7][10] Shark Boy was originally billed to defend the championship title he had won at the 1999 Brian Pillman Memorial Cruiserweight Tournament against a mystery opponent.[9] Also on the show, Dominic DeNucci defeated Lord Zoltan in a Legends match.[10] DeNucci had the distinction of training several wrestlers on the card including Mark Curtis, Mankind, Shane Douglas, and Cody Michaels.[1]

Aftermath

Mark Curtis' last match as referee was for the East Tennessee promotion, just a few days before his death on September 8, 1999.[8] Southern States Wrestling held a memorial show honoring Curtis from 2000 to 2003, the Mark Curtis Memorial Weekend of Champions, as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network.[12] The Mark Curtis Memorial Reunion, promoted by Curtis' widow Pam Hildebrand-Clark, was also held for the organization in 2005.[13]

Results

No.Results[10]Stipulations
1Julio Sanchez defeated Frank ParkerSingles match
2Dominic DeNucci defeated Lord ZoltanLegends match
3Big Dick Flanagan defeated Sheriff SteeleSingles match
4Eddy Guerrero defeated Billy Kidman and Shark BoyThree-way dance
5The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock) defeated Beau James and Roger AndersonTag Team match
6Cody Michaels (with Jim Cornette) defeated Hugh MorrusSingles match
7Mankind defeated Al Snow and D'Lo BrownTriple threat match
8Chris Jericho defeated Terry TaylorSingles match
9The Triple Threat (Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Shane Douglas) defeated Chris Candido, Tim Horner and Tracy Smothers (with Tammy Sytch)Six-man tag team match

References

  1. ^ a b c Gerweck, Steve (September 16, 1999). "Wrestling mourns the loss of referee to stomach cancer". The Kokomo Tribune. Kokomo, Indiana.
  2. ^ a b Sforcina, Mathew (March 2010). "Ask 411 Wrestling 03.10.10: The Flight From Hell, Checking Zingers and Wrestling with… Dice?". 411mania.com.
  3. ^ a b c Cornette, Jim (August 2014). "REMEMBERING BRIAN & BUBBA". Fighting Spirit Magazine. 1 (109). Uncooked Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  4. ^ a b c Magee, Bob (September 9, 1999). "AS I SEE IT: Reflections on the passing of a friend....Brian Hildebrand". PWBTS.com. Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets.
  5. ^ a b c Magee, Bob (September 2, 2003). "AS I SEE IT: Remembering..." PWBTS.com. Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets.
  6. ^ a b Apter, Bill, ed. (2013). "Wrestling History". PWI-Online.com. Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  7. ^ a b Roll, Dean (1999). "Shark Boy Benefit Event Gallery". Sharkboy.net.
  8. ^ a b Mooneyham, Mike (September 12, 1999). "Brian Hildebrand Stood Tall". MikeMooneyham.com.
  9. ^ a b Magee, Bob (July 6, 1999). ""Curtis Comes Home"-- the Brian Hildebrand fundraiser". rec.sport.pro-wrestling.
  10. ^ a b c d Woodward, Buck (July 30, 2010). "THIS DAY IN HISTORY: MISS ELIZABETH DEBUTS, CURTIS COMES HOME AND MORE". PWInsider.com.
  11. ^ Rosenbaum, Dave (February 2000). "Brian Hildebrand (1962-1999) "The World Loved Him and Was Honored to Honor Him"". Wrestle America.
  12. ^ "Wrestling fundraiser May 10". Daily News. Kingsport, Tennessee. May 9, 2003.
  13. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 8, 2012). "THIS DAY TO HISTORY: TNA IS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, WWE HOLDS SLAMMY AWARDS PRIVATELY FOR BUSINESS PARTNERS, NIKITA AND MUTA TEAM, FUNK INDUCTED INTO PRO WRESTLING HALL OF FAME, MARK CURTIS MEMORIAL, WRESTLEMANIA 24 BUYRATE BREAKS ONE MILLION, DGUSA TAPES FIRST PPV IN CANADA AND MUCH MORE". PWInsider.com.
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