This Day In Wrestling History – November 23rd‏

Nov 23, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1989, WWF Survivor Series was held in Rosemont, Illinois

– The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, The Red Rooster & Tito Santana) defeat The Enforcers (The Big Boss Man, Bad News Brown, Rick Martel & The Honky Tonk Man)
– The King’s Court (Randy Savage, Canadian Earthquake, Dino Bravo & Greg Valentine) defeat The 4×4’s (Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Ronnie Garvin & Hercules)
– The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Demolition (Ax & Smash) & Jake Roberts) defeat The Million Dollar Team (Ted DiBiase, The Powers of Pain & Zeus)
– The Rude Brood (Rick Rude, Mr Perfect & The Fabulous Rougeaus) defeat Roddy’s Rowdies (Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch))
– The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty & Jim Neidhart) defeat The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, Andre The Giant, Haku & Arn Anderson)

In 1994, WWF Survivor Series, held in San Antonio, Texas, was the final one to take place on the traditional Thanksgiving date. Starting the following year, all Survivor Series have been held on a Sunday

– Razor Ramon, The 123 Kid, The British Bulldog, Fatu & Sionne defeat Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart & Jeff Jarrett in a Survivor Series Match with Ramon as the lone survivor
– Jerry Lawler & 3 midgets defeat Doink The Clown & 3 midgets in a Survivor Series Match with Lawler’s entire team surviving
– Bob Backlund defeats Bret Hart in a Submission Match to win the WWF Title
– King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, Jimmy Del Ray & Tom Prichard defeat Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mabel, Billy Gunn & Bart Gunn in a Survivor Series Match with Bigelow & Bundy surviving
– The Undertaker defeats Yokozuna in a Casket Match with Chuck Norris as special guest enforcer

In 1997, WCW World War 3 was held in Auburn Hills, Michigan

– Perry Saturn defeats Disco Inferno to retain the WCW Television Title
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Squire David Taylor) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Raven defeats Scotty Riggs in a Raven’s Rules No-DQ Match
– Eddy Guerrero defeats Rey Misterio Jr to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Curt Hennig defeats Ric Flair to retain the WCW United States Title
– Scott Hall wins the World War 3 Battle Royal

In 2008, WWE Survivor Series was held in Boston, Massachusetts

– Team Raw (Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Candice Michelle & Jillian Hall) defeat Team Smackdown (Michelle McCool, Victoria, Maria, Maryse & Natalya) in a Survivor Series Match with Phoenix as the lone survivor
– The Undertaker defeats The Big Show in a Casket Match
– Edge defeats Triple H & Vladimir Kozlov in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Title
– John Cena defeats Chris Jericho to win the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1956 – El Medico defeats Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1976 – The Brute is awarded the TSW North American Title for filling in for The Spoiler in his title defenses

1981 – Pedro Morales defeats Don Muraco to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

1986 – Kuniaki Kobayashi defeats Hiro Saito to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – Miss Texas defeats Lauren Davenport to win the USWA Womens Title


Happy birthday to former New and All Japan wrestler Don Frye (46), former WWE developmental talent Ron Waterman (46), former WCW and ECW valet Kristina Laum, better known as Leia Meow and Kimona (35), WWF Tough Enough finalist Taylor Matheny (32), 3-time WCW and 2-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion Juventud Guerrera (37) and 2-time AJPW Triple Crown Champion Kohei Suwama (35)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former AWA and NWA World Champion Gene Kiniski (83)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1994, the wrestling world lost one-time AAA Tag Team Champion and former WCW competitor Art Barr aged just 28. Barr’s American career never really got off the ground due to a rape conviction from 1989, which alienated fans around the country. Indeed, upon his hiring by WCW, there was a large faxing campaign to have him fired. He later moved to Mexico, where he found much more success, though it took it’s toll on him, as Barr’s wife and child remained in the US. Barr turned to drugs and alcohol for solace. Early in 1994, it was reported that there was interest in the tag team of Barr and Eddie Guerrero from many major promotions around the world, including WWF, ECW and New Japan. Sadly however, Barr never entered negotiations with the promotions, as he would die of unknown causes (though it is widely suspected that it was a drug-related heart attack) at home in Portland. Eddie Guerrero paid tribute to his longtime friend by adopting the finisher he innovated; the Frog Splash

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