This Day In Wrestling History – December 24th
Dec 24, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank
2006 – Minoru Tanaka defeats Koji Kanemoto to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
2010 – Atsushi Aoki & Naomichi Marufuji defeat Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask IV to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to former JCP wrestler Brad ‘Agent Steele’ Anderson (42) and 2-time ROH Tag Team Champion Chris Hero (32)
Also, today would have been the birthday of former NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion ‘Iron’ Mike DiBiase (88)
On this day in 1985, the wrestling world lost one-half of the first WWWF Tag Team Champions Tarzan Tyler aged 58. Tyler was a regular in several NWA promotions throughout the 60’s, moving to the WWWF in 1971. After winning the tag team titles, he suffered a broken back during a match with Andre The Giant, and despite being told he would never walk again, was back working as a manager for several promotions in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He was killed along with fellow wrestler Pierre ‘Mad Dog’ Lefebvre and referee Adrien Dubois in a car crash, whilst returning from a wrestling event in his native Quebec.