List of professional wrestling memorial shows

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This is a list of professional wrestling memorial shows from the 1980s until the present-day. Memorial shows have been historically important in the history of professional wrestling, usually held in memory of a recently deceased wrestler, promoter or other well-known personality, and used to pay tribute to a particular individual's accomplishments and contributions to the industry. The proceeds are generally donated to family members or charitable organizations.

These shows were often held as a form of supercard, a major wrestling event not aired on pay-per-view, and sometimes resulted interpromotional shows. These types of shows were rarely seen in the United States, the earliest being the Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions held in memory of David Von Erich from 1984-88, but have been common in Japan since the late 1980s. In North America, memorial shows are most often held by independent wrestling promotions although mainstream organizations like WWE have occasionally dedicated specific episodes of WWE Raw to then current WWE wrestlers such as Owen Hart (1999), Eddie Guerrero (2005), and Chris Benoit (2007).

List[edit]

1980s[edit]

Name Promotion Organizer(s) Years active Notes
Mike Marino Memorial Shield Dale Martin Promotions Dale Martin 1981
Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions World Class Championship Wrestling Fritz Von Erich 1984-1988 [1]
Johnny Rougeau Memorial Show 1984
Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Jim Crockett Promotions Jim Crockett, Jr. 1986-1988 [2]
Eddie Graham Memorial Show Championship Wrestling from Florida Hiro Matsuda
Duke Keomuka
1987-1988 Each show was held under different banners,[3] the second being promoted by Mike Graham and Florida Championship Wrestling.[4]
Frank Tunney, Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament World Wrestling Federation Vince McMahon 1987
Ikki Kajiwara Memorial Show Multiple promotions Giant Baba
Antonio Inoki
1988 Interpromotional event including All Japan Pro Wrestling, Japan Women's Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling.[5]
Bruiser Brody Memorial Show All Japan Pro Wrestling Giant Baba 1988 [6]

1990s[edit]

Name Promotion Organizer(s) Years active Notes
Pat O'Connor Memorial International Cup Tag Team Tournament World Championship Wrestling Ole Anderson 1990 Hosted at Starrcade '90.[7]
Kerry Von Erich Memorial Show Global Wrestling Federation Grey Pierson 1993 Headlined by Kevin Von Erich (with Fritz Von Erich) and a mystery wrestler managed by Skandor Akbar.[8]
Rikidozan Memorial Show Multiple promotions 1996 Interpromotional event including All Japan Pro Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Gaea Japan, IWA Japan, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, UWFi and others.[9]
Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show World Championship Wrestling Dennis DiPaolo
Eric Bischoff
1996-1999 [10]
Eddie Gilbert Memorial Brawl National Wrestling Alliance Dennis Coraluzzo 1996-1999 [11]
Ikki Kajiwara Memorial Show Multiple promotions Giant Baba
Antonio Inoki
1997 Interpromotional event including All Japan Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and others.[12]
Plum Mariko Memorial Show JWP Joshi Puroresu 1997-1998 [13]
Brian Pillman Memorial Show Heartland Wrestling Association Harley Race 1998-2001 [14]
Tojo Yamamoto Memorial Show Music City Wrestling Bert Prentice 1998 [15]
Junkyard Dog Memorial Show Long Island Wrestling Federation Bobby Lombardi 1998
Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup Maryland Championship Wrestling Dan McDevitt
Mark Shrader
1999-
Curtis Comes Home Multiple promotions Cody Michaels 1999
Raw Is Owen World Wrestling Federation Vince McMahon 1999 Hosted on the May 24 edition of WWF Monday Night Raw.

2000s[edit]

Name Promotion Organizer(s) Years active Notes
Rikidozan Memorial Show Multiple promotions 2000 Interpromotional event including All Japan Pro Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Gaea Japan, UWFi and others.[16]
Gary Albright Memorial Show World Xtreme Wrestling Afa Anoaʻi 2000 [17]
Mark Curtis Memorial Weekend of Champions Southern States Wrestling Beau James 2000-2003 [18][19]
Todd The Bod Memorial Tournament Canadian Wrestling Federation
National Wrestling Alliance
Ernie Todd 2000
Tony Rumble Memorial Show Century Wrestling Alliance Knuckles Nelson
Jeff Katz
2000-2007
Robert "Diceman" Hornack Memorial Show Allied Powers Wrestling Federation Chris Lash 2000
Bruiser Brody Memorial IWA Puerto Rico Victor Quiñones 2000 First Bruiser Brody memorial show held in Puerto Rico.[20][21]
Giant Baba Memorial Spectacular All Japan Pro Wrestling 2001 Also served as retirement show for Stan Hansen.[22]
Lee Sanders Memorial Tournament Windy City Pro Wrestling Sam DeCero 2001-2010
Terry Gordy Memorial Show Legends of Pro Wrestling Linda Marx Keebles 2001 [23]
Manfred Koch Memorial Cup European Wrestling Promotion Christian Eckstein
Jörg Vespermann
2001
Yokozuna Memorial Show World Xtreme Wrestling Afa Anoaʻi 2001 [24]
Giant Baba Memorial Cup All Japan Pro Wrestling Keiji Mutoh 2002 [25]
Russ Haas Memorial Show Jersey All Pro Wrestling Frank Iadeavia 2002
Giant Baba Memorial Six Man Tag Team Tournament All-Japan Pro Wrestling Keiji Mutoh 2002 [26]
Big Dick Dudley Memorial Show USA Pro Wrestling Frank Goodman 2002-2003 [27]
Russ Haas Memorial Tag Team Tournament Phoenix Championship Wrestling Tom Bucci 2002
Ted Petty Memorial Inventational Tournament IWA Mid-South Ian Rotten 2002-2008 [28]
Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup IPW Hardcore
NWA Florida
Full Impact Pro
Howard Brody 2003- [29]
Mike Lockwood Memorial Show Pro Wrestling Iron Donovan Morgan 2003 [30]
Johnny Weaver Memorial Tournament CWF Mid-Atlantic Jeff Rudd
Danny Wenkel
2004- The tournament was attended by Johnny Weaver until his death in 2008 and subsequently held as a memorial event by the promotion.
Fred Ward Memorial Show Great Championship Wrestling Jerry Oates 2004-2008 [31]
Mike Lockwood Memorial Tournament New Breed Wrestling Association Mike Wallace 2005 [32]
Ray Mendez Memorial Tournament Pro Wrestling eXpress Jim Miller 2005-2006
Chris Candido Memorial J-Cup National Wrestling Superstars Joe Panzarino
Gino Moore
2005- Hosted at the 5th annual J-Cup tournament.[33]
Mark Curtis Memorial Reunion Pam Hildebrand-Clark 2005
Chris Candido Memorial Show USA Pro Wrestling Frank Goodman 2005-2006 [34]
Victor The Bodyguard Memorial Cup IWA Puerto Rico Victor Quinones 2005
Bruiser Brody Memorial Cup World Wrestling Council Victor Jovica
Carlos Colón
2005-2006 [35]
Chris Candido Memorial Tag Team Tournament Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Jerry Jarrett 2005 [36]
Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Show Combat Zone Wrestling John Zandig
DJ Hyde
2005-
Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show World Wrestling Entertainment Vince McMahon 2005 Hosted on the November 14 edition of WWE Raw.
Jay Youngblood Memorial Tag Team Cup Tournament Professional Wrestling Federation 2006-2008
Great Goliath Memorial Battle Royal Empire Wrestling Federation Jesse Hernandez
Bill Anderson
2006- [37]
Shinya Hashimoto Memorial Six-Man Tag Team Tournament HUSTLE Nobuhiko Takada 2006 [38]
Jose Miguel Perez Memorial Cup IWA Puerto Rico Savio Vega
Miguel Pérez, Jr.
2006- [39]
Pitbull/Public Enemy Tag Team Memorial Cup Pro Wrestling Unplugged Tod Gordon
Johnny Kashmere
2006- [40]
Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts Full Impact Pro Sal Hamaoui 2007, 2009 [41]
Steve Ranton Memorial Tournament Valley Championship Wrestling 2007
Chris Candido Cup Tag Team Tournament IWA Mid-South Ian Rotten 2007-2008 [42]
Chris Benoit Memorial Show World Wrestling Entertainment Vince McMahon 2007 Hosted on the June 25 edition of WWE Raw.[43]
Tiger Khan Memorial Show Total Mayhem Pro Wrestling Evan Ginzburg 2007 [44]
Antonio Peña Memorial Show Asistencia Asesoría y Administración Dorian Roldan 2007- [45]
Sensational Sherri Memorial Cup Tournament Association de Lutte Féminine Kim Leduc 2007-2008 [46]
Dewey Robertson Memorial Tournament Stranglehold Wrestling Bill Skullion 2007
Devil Bhudakahn Memorial Show Turnbuckle Entertainment Bobby Williams 2008, 2010 [47]
Shinya Hashimoto Memorial Legacy Cup Tournament Pro Wrestling Zero1 Yoshiyuki Nakamura
Steve Corino
2008- [48]
Danno O'Mahony Memorial Show Irish Whip Wrestling 2008-
Sean "Shocker" Evans Memorial Tournament Pro Wrestling eXpress Jim Miller 2008-
Dynamite D Memorial Show Santino Brothers Wrestling Joey Kaos
Jezabel Romo
Robby Phoenix
Rico Dynamite
Famous B
2009-
Kerry Brown Memorial Tournament Steeltown Pro Wrestling Rob Stardom 2010-2012
Walter "Killer" Kowalski Memorial Show Big Time Wrestling
United States Wrestling Federation
Richard Byrne 2008 [49]
Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Show Pro Wrestling Noah Akira Taue 2009 [50]
Dennis Coralluzzo Invitational NWA New Jersey Ricky Otazu 2009 Coralluzzo was posthumously inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame.[51]

2010s[edit]

Name Promotion Organizer(s) Years active Notes
Acid-Fest: A Tribute to Trent Acid Combat Zone Wrestling DJ Hyde 2010-2011 Organized to both eulogize late independent professional wrestler Trent Acid, and to help pay for the funeral costs of said wrestler.
Dick Murdoch Memorial Tag Team Cup Professional Wrestling Federation 2010 This was an interpromotional show with NWA Southwest.
A Nightmare To Remember LN Promotions Terry Lawler 2011-2012
Joe Williams Memorial Trophy World Association of Wrestling Ricky Knight 2011
Brain Damage Memorial Show Combat Zone Wrestling DJ Hyde 2012
Samuel J. Thompson Memorial Tournament Resistance Pro Wrestling Billy Corgan 2013-2014
Brad Armstrong Memorial Cup Armstrong family 2013
Brad Armstrong Memorial Show Knoxville Wrestling Promotions Armstrong family 2013-2014
Nagaharu Imai Memorial Show Multiple promotions 2013
Roland Alexander Memorial Show All Pro Wrestling Markus Mac 2013
Rikidozan's Death 50th Anniversary Memorial Show Multiple promotions 2013
Jumbo Tsuruta Memorial Show Pro Wrestling NOAH Akira Taue 2014
Marie Ewaschuk Memorial Show Real Canadian Wrestling Steve Ewaschuk 2014

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