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This Day In Wrestling History – December 9th‏



Trivia

1995 – Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League, defeating Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue in the ‘final’ after both teams finished on 16 points

2000 – Mike Rotundo & Steve Williams win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League, defeating Masanobu Fuchi & Toshiaki Kawada in the ‘final’ after a 4-way tie for first place (the ‘semi-finalists’ were Taiyo Kea & Johnny Smith and Mike Barton & Jim Steele)

2007 – Joe Doering & Keiji Mutoh win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League

Events

In 2001, WWF Vengeance was held in San Diego, California

– Edge defeats William Regal to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Jeff Hardy defeats Matt Hardy with Lita as special guest referee
– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat The Big Show & Kane to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Undertaker defeats Rob Van Dam to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Jacqueline to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Chris Jericho wins a 4-Man Tournament to unify the WWF Title and the World Heavyweight Title, becoming the first WWF Undisputed Champion

Title Changes

1974 – Jack Brisco defeats Giant Baba to win the NWA World Title

1976 – Paul Jones defeats Blackjack Mulligan to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title. This change is not recognised by current WWE Title Histories

1985 – The Grappler defeats Brian Adias to win the Texas Heavyweight Title. Also, Jack Victory defeats Dave Peterson to win the WCCW Television Title

1986 – Ron Garvin & Barry Windham defeat Krusher Kruschev & Ivan Koloff to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

1988 – Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Kerry von Erich by referee stoppage to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Title. Fujinami, unsatisfied with the result, would return the belt to von Erich the next day

1991 – Kamala defeats Jerry Lawler to win the vacant USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1995 – Tarzan Goto & Mr Gannosuke defeat Cactus Jack & Tiger Jeet Singh to win the vacant NWA Tag Team Titles

1995 – The Sandman defeats Mikey Whipwreck & Steve Austin in a 3-Way Dance to win the ECW World Title

1999 – on Thunder, Bret Hart & Goldberg defeat Creative Control (Gerald & Patrick) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

2001 – Naomichi Marufuji defeats Tatsuhito Takaiwa to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title. Also, NO FEAR (Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama) defeat Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2003 – Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

2010 – Angelina Love & Winter defeat Madison Rayne & Tara in the final of a tournament to win the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE, TNA and IWGP World Champion Kurt Angle (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Steven Dunn (51)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1990, the wrestling world lost pioneer era star Mike Mazurki at the ripe old age of 82. Mazurki is probably best remembered for his acting than his wrestling, appearing in such films as ‘Dick Tracy’, ‘Murder, My Sweet’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. He also made guest appearances on several notable TV shows such as ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘The Munsters’. That said, he is notable in the wrestling world for one particular thing; the Cauliflower Alley Club. Mazurki was co-founder and the first president of the organization that lives on to this day, indeed, a picture of his cauliflower ear still serves as the logo of the organization.






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One Response

  1. chris says:

    I thought the lowest point in Windham’s career was the stalker gimmick. I was wrong, it was having to hold the tag titles with a talentless hack like Garvin.

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