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This Day In Wrestling History – November 2nd‏



Trivia

1998 – Raw wins the ratings war over Nitro and would not lose it again before WCW folded

2007 – Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko win the NJPW G1 Climax Tag League, defeating Koji Kanemoto & Hiroshi Tanahashi in the final

Title Changes

1969 – Karl Karlsson & Tarzan Baxter defeat The Medics (1 & 2) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1992 – Jerry Lawler defeats Todd Champion to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. Also, Lauren Davenport defeats Miss Texas to win the USWA Womens Title

1998 – on Raw, Vince McMahon awards the newly created WWF Hardcore Title to Mankind

1999 – on Smackdown, Mankind & Al Snow defeat The Holly Cousins (Crash & Hardcore) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2001 – Negro Casas & El Hijo Del Santo defeat Los Guerreros del Infierno (Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero) to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

2007 – Los Guerreros de la Atlatida (Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero) defeat Negro Casas & Mistico to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

2010 – Los Guerreros de la Atlatida (Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero) defeat Los Invasores (Mr Aguila & Hector Garza) to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WWE Tag Team Champion Cliff ‘Domino’ Compton (33), former WCW, WWE and TNA valet Sharmell (42), one-time GHC Heavyweight Champion Yoshinari Ogawa (46) and famed ring announcer Michael Buffer (68)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2007, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer The Fabulous Moolah at the age of 84. Moolah began her wrestling career in 1949, working for famed women’s promoter Billy Wolfe. She passed through various territories, including Boston, Oklahoma and Texas before joining Vince McMahon’s CWC (the precursor to today’s WWE). Here she became World Women’s Champion in 1956 by winning a battle royal and would later become the universally recognized champion after NWA World Champion June Byers retired. She would go on to hold the title, under various guises, almost uninterrupted until 1984. She would become part of what has been dubbed ‘The Original Screwjob'; Moolah, competing under a mask as ‘The Spider Lady’ defeated Wendi Richter for the WWF Women’s Title, despite Richter kicking out of the pinfall after the count of one. Moolah quietly retired in the late 80’s, though would make frequent WWF appearances (including a further WWF Women’s Title, won at the age of 76) into the 2000’s. She made her final appearance in a backstage segment in August 2007 before passing of a heart attack. In addition, Moolah has been both praised and criticized for her training and promoting efforts; she brought women’s wrestling into the mainstream, but was accused of using her financial and media prowess to control the female wrestling industry.





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