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This Day In Wrestling History – November 3rd‏



Events

In 2001, WWF Rebellion was held in Manchester, England

– Edge defeats Christian in a Cage Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat The APA (Bradshaw & Faarooq) & The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) in a Triangle Match to retain the WCW Tag Team Titles
– Chris Jericho defeats Kurt Angle to retain the WCW Title
– Steve Austin defeats The Rock to retain the WWF Title

In 2003, NJPW Yokohama Dead Out was held (unsurprisingly) in Yokohama, Japan

– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Toa The Samoan Beast to retain the U-30 Title
– Bob Sapp & Shinsuka Nakamura defeats Osamu Nishimura & Manabu Nakanishi
– Yuji Nagata defeats Minoru Suzuki by TKO
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Yoshihiro Takayama to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2008, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 6 was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Akebono defeats Ryota Hama
– Taru, Nobukazu Hirai & Brother Yasshi defeat Suwama, Kaz Hayashi & Ryuji Hijikata
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito defeat Satoshi Kojima, KAI & Hiroshi Yamato
– Naomichi Marufuji defeats Shuji Kondo to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– The Great Muta defeats Minoru Suzuki to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Title Changes

1981 – Ivan Koloff defeats Ron Bass to win the NWA Television Title

1983 – The Cobra defeats Davey Boy Smith to win the vacant NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1995 – Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco Jr defeat The Headhunters (A & B) to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

1997 – on Nitro, Perry Saturn defeats Disco Inferno to win the WCW Television Title

2004 – Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse defeat Masanobu Fuchi & Genichiro Tenryu to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

2008 – on Raw, Chris Jericho defeats Batista in a Steel Cage Match to win the World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE and ECW wrestler/valet Dawn Marie (42), Tough Enough 2 winner Jackie Gayda (31), one-time CMLL Tag Team Champion La Sombra (23), current CMLL Middleweight Champion Dragon Rojo Jr (30) and current WWE Diva Ariane ‘Cameron’ Andrew (25)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 3-time World Heavyweight Champion Bronko Nagurski (94)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1919, the first American Heavyweight Champion Evan ‘Strangler’ Lewis died aged 59. Lewis began wrestling professionally in 1882 and won a 64-man tournament on his first night of competition. Fast forward a year and he had won the Wisconsin Heavyweight Championship and had begun to appear all around the country as well as competing against international wrestlers. He came to national prominence in 1887 by winning the American Catch-As-Catch-Can Championship (which had been recognized as the World CACC Championship) and later unified it with the American Greco-Roman Championship to become the universally recognized American Heavyweight Champion. He would defend this ‘new’ championship for two further years before losing it to Martin ‘Farmer’ Burns in 1895. After losing the championship, Lewis began to wrestle infrequently and retired for good in 1899. Lewis is credited with inventing the move that we today call the Rear Naked Choke. His ‘Strangler’ moniker was later given to his namesake Ed Lewis, as he too used the same chokehold maneuver.

Secondly, in 2006, former NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Sputnik Monroe died aged 77. Monroe debuted in 1945 and competed initially in traveling carnivals in the Kansas area. His impressive physique and flamboyant nature soon saw his popularity rocket and he became a champion in several NWA territories, including Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida. However, it was in Memphis where he found most fame, holding 6 championships in the territory. He is also a notable figure in the cultural history of the area; Monroe, as the top draw on the card, refused to perform unless black fans were allowed to sit in any seat in the arena, rather than in the ‘colored section’ as was the norm. Monroe continued wrestling until the age of 70 and was still regularly seen at conventions and gatherings in his retirement. He died peacefully at his retirement home in Florida. HBO commissioned a movie about his life in 2007, but as far as I’m aware, it has yet to begin filming.

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