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This Day In Wrestling History – November 23rd‏



Events

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 was held in San Antonio, Texas and 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
– 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
– 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, Mickei 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

1965 – Lorenzo Parente defeats Danny Hodge to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight 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

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2001 G1 Climax Winner Don Frye (47), former WWE developmental talent Ron Waterman (47), former ECW and WCW valet Kristina ‘Kimona/Leia Meow’ Laum (36), Tough Enough 1 competitor Taylor Matheny (33), current AAA Cruiserweight Champion Juventud Guerrera (38) and 2-time AJPW Triple Crown Champion Kohei Suwama (36)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former NWA and AWA World Champion Gene Kiniski (84)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1994, the wrestling world lost former AAA Tag Team Champion Art Barr aged just 28. Barr became friends with Roddy Piper as he was growing up and it was Piper, combined with father Sandy and brother Jesse, who convinced Art to join the wrestling business. He debuted for PNW in 1987 and soon began wrestling as the cartoonish ‘Beetlejuice’ character. In 1989, Barr was accused of rape and eventually convicted of first-degree sexual abuse; this combined with a previous drug-related offence saw his Oregon wrestling license revoked. He moved to WCW, but a fax campaign saw his rape charges brought to light once more and he was soon let go. In an attempt to revive his career, Barr moved to Mexico to compete for EMLL under a mask as ‘The American Love Machine’. He lost his mask at a sold out show (reportedly, there were 18000 in attendance with a further 8000 watching outside on a big screen) after a long feud with Blue Panther and soon left to join the AAA promotion. He formed La Pareja del Terror alongside Eddie Guerrero, with the duo becoming one of the most hated teams in lucha libre history. Despite this newfound success, Barr struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In 1994, with WCW, ECW and New Japan expressing interest in La Pareja del Terror, Barr was found dead at his home in Springfield, Oregon of what was supposedly a drug-related heart attack, though some sources state it was an aneurysm. In tribute to his fallen friend, Guerrero adopted Barr’s Frog Splash as his finisher.

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