This Day In Wrestling History – May 13th‏

May 13, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2007, TNA Sacrifice was held in Orlando, Florida. The NWA severed ties with TNA earlier this day, meaning that the NWA belts were used, but were referred to as TNA titles. For the same reason, Kurt Angle’s win is not recognised by the NWA

– Chris Sabin defeats Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Robert Roode defeats Jeff Jarrett
– Chris Harris defeats James Storm in a Texas Death Match
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Scott Steiner & Tomko and The LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) in a 3-Way Match to retain the ‘World Tag Team Titles’
– Samoa Joe defeats AJ Styles
– Kurt Angle defeats Sting & Christian Cage in a Triple Threat Match to win the ‘World Heavyweight Title’. Angle claimed he was the first TNA World Champion, but the title was vacated on Impact by Jim Cornette

Title Changes

1975 – Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera defeat Jimmy & Johnny Valiant to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1979 – Wahoo McDaniel defeats The Spoiler to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1984 – Rick Martel defeats Jumbo Tsuruta to win the AWA World Title

1984 – Magnum TA defeats Mr Wrestling II to win the MSW North American Title

1988 – Barry Windham defeats Nikita Koloff in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States Title

2002 – on Raw, Trish Stratus defeats Jazz to win the WWE Womens Title


Happy birthday to former WWE, WCW, TNA and ROH star Jimmy Yang (30)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2000, the wrestling world lost Japanese legend Jumbo Tsuruta at the age of 49. Tsuruta effectively ended his decorated career in 1992 when he was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. He formally retired in 1999 with his health deteriorating, indeed, less than one year later he was hospitalized with kidney cancer. He underwent an operation in Australia in an attempt to beat the disease, but sadly it failed, and he died around one month later. Tsuruta has been named by many as the best wrestler in the world in the 1980’s

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